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Back to School Means Many Hungry Kids Will Get Fed, But What Happens on the Weekends?

Back to School Means Many Hungry Kids Will Get Fed, But What Happens on the Weekends?

When you think of hunger what comes to mind?  Most of us would think of a starving child in a third-world country or an inner city soup kitchen and the long line of homeless people waiting to get in.

The reality is that hunger is a problem everywhere in the United States, but may not be so easy to see. Even in this great country of ours, known for its wealth and prosperity, 42 million Americans struggle to find their next meal.

Why?

The face of hunger has changed.  No one is a stranger to the economic hardships of today and as a result every day millions struggle to feed their families.  And as terrible as hunger is for adults, it is much worse for children.  One in six American children go to bed hungry every night resulting in health problems and cognitive development impairment that affects their social behavior and their academic success.

Closer to home, our own Loudoun County has more than 11,000 children that have limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food;  in fact one in six kids in Loudoun qualified for free or reduced price school lunches.

So what happens to these kids when they go home for the weekend where there is no cafeteria and the parent or parents may be working and relying on some other care giver?

Enter Backpack Buddies, a program model created by Feeding America to provide food for the weekend to elementary school children who are in need.   The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger;  and for more than 15 years, Feeding America’s BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food  they need that will provide them adequate food to eat on the weekends.

Loudoun County offers many opportunities to help support hungry kids in our elementary schools through organizations such as Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun and mybackpackbuddies.org.

In Sterling Park, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church  and Sterling United Methodist Church provide food for local elementary schools through backpack programs.

The Sterling United Methodist Church Backpack Buddies was established in 2008 with 25 backpacks.   This year’s program will provide 200 “backpacks” every month, the first month will be packed on September 10 at the church.

Donations of items such as individual canned meals, fruit cups, juice boxes, milk boxes, individual cereal packets, and individual snacks like granola bars or crackers can be dropped off to the church at 304 East Church Rd.

Opportunities to assist with “packing” are also available.  Please contact the church office at if you have questions.

Sterling UMC is a church working with its neighbors in our community.  All are welcome to our church family!

 

It’s back to school time again and time for the Blessing of the Backpacks!

It’s back to school time again and time for the Blessing of the Backpacks!

Remember to have the kids bring their Backpacks to our 9:30 AM service this Sunday August 20 for the Blessing of the Backpacks by Pastor Steve. But also: Does your child’s backpack look like the one this young scholar is wearing in the photo? According the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the American Occupational Therapy… Continue Reading

Next Level Innovations Update

The recommendations from the Next Level Innovations (N.L.I.) report were accepted last Wednesday evening at a Church Conference by a vote of 103-16. We had a wonderful gathering that was preceded by a time of singing, prayer, and communion. Cathy Abbott, our Arlington District Superintendent, lead the Church Conference by quoting Bishop Cho, who prayed… Continue Reading

Half Truths

Half Truths

Sermon Series for April.  “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves” and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say.  Join us for worship at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 AM and learn the truth about popular quotes we assume are “gospel truth” but miss the point of Scripture.  Based on the book by Adam Hamilton.  We look forward… Continue Reading

Palm Sunday Choral Concert

Palm Sunday Choral Concert

  Experience the story of Passion Week through unforgettable images and powerful, contemplative choral pieces. Join us on Palm Sunday to hear the Aldersgate Choir and accompanying chamber orchestra perform the beautiful “Lenten Sketches” by Joseph M. Martin. This work is a series of tableaus illustrating the pivotal final days of Christ’s earthly ministry:  the… Continue Reading

Easter Services

Easter Services

Please join us this Easter Sunday, April 16, to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM       (In our outdoor worship area, weather permitting.) Traditional Easter Services        8:15 AM and 9:00 AM Contemporary Worship             11:00 AM Amigos Servicio de Alabanza… Continue Reading

Life Signs Youth Group

Life Signs Youth Group

Sunday evenings 5:30-8:00 PM Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM  Our Focus LifeSigns youth ministry is always exciting because of all we have to look forward to as we follow in the steps of Jesus Christ.  With Him as our foundation, each individual youth fits uniquely in as we grow and learn together and enjoy fun activities… Continue Reading

Approaching Holy Week

Approaching Holy Week

The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, predicted Jesus’ sacrificial suffering and death more than 700 years before it happened. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,… Continue Reading

Potato Drop April 1

Potato Drop April 1

On Saturday, April 1, an 18-wheeler will drop 45,000 pounds of potatoes in our parking lot and we will re-bag and distribute them to local food banks and pantries, shelters, schools and individuals in need. Some jobs require lifting and others do not. We need volunteers to make netting bags ahead of time, set up the… Continue Reading

Church Activities for Wednesday, March 15

Church Activities for Wednesday, March 15

Due to Loudoun County Schools being closed, the church office is closed today. The CrossWalk meal, children’s activities (J.A.M.), and youth activities are canceled for this evening. The Aldersgate Choir and Contemporary Worship Team will rehearse as scheduled. Other Wednesday evening adult activities/studies will meet at the discretion of the leader of each group.  Please contact your group leader for information. There will be limited child… Continue Reading

Ash Wednesday Meal & Service

Ash Wednesday Meal & Service

Wednesday, March 1 Meal at 6:00 PM (a simple meal of soup and salad) Service at 7:00 PM Join us as we begin the season of Lent whether you come from a liturgical background or just wish to form a spiritual intention to hear God’s voice more clearly and discern His purpose and call in… Continue Reading

Current Sermon Topics

Current Sermon Topics

February 19 and 26 – Lessons from Shrek. What can we learn about life from the story of Shrek?  We will spend two Sundays exploring this and then be ready to enjoy the musical production with a new perspective. See you on Sunday at 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00 AM! Continue Reading

Shrek, The Musical

Shrek, The Musical

The Sterling United Methodist Players have been working hard to bring you this year’s musical production:  Shrek, The Musical.  As you can guess, this show is based on the funny and family-friendly movie, Shrek. This musical will appeal to all ages, so invite your family and friends and come out and enjoy. Tickets go on sale… Continue Reading

UMW Superbowl 2017 Pancake Breakfast

UMW Superbowl 2017 Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, February 5, 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM MENU  PANCAKES: (Plain and Gluten-Free, Chocolate Chip and Blueberry) MEAT: Bacon (Regular or Turkey) or Sausage Patties SCRAMBLED EGGS FRESH FRUIT Tea, Coffee, Juice, Milk or Water Suggested Love Offering: 12 to 90 years – $6.00 5 to 11 years – $5.00 Children under 5 and Adults over 90… Continue Reading

Grace Ministry Second Saturdays

Grace Ministry Second Saturdays

Free food and clothing are available for the community at Sterling United Methodist Church on the second Saturday of every month from 8:00-10:00 AM. Come early to register.  You are welcome to volunteer to help on Saturday or with setup on Friday, the day before.  Clothing setup is at 4:30 PM on Friday and food setup is… Continue Reading

Worship Services on Schedule for Tomorrow

Worship Services on Schedule for Tomorrow

Sterling UMC will hold all scheduled worship services tomorrow morning. The “hill” coming up from the street is clear and the sidewalks are clear.  There is a light dusting of snow on the parking lot but efforts are underway tonight to clear that. Please join us for worship tomorrow at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 AM as we begin a new sermon… Continue Reading