Category Archives: Fellowship

Information about the fellowship programs at Sterling UMC.

What’s Happening at SUMC!

What’s Happening at SUMC!

 

 

Soup and Cookie Mix Holiday Gift Fundraiser 

The annual SUMC Missions Soup and Cookie Mix Fundraiser  kicked off earlier this month and will continue through the holiday season.  Purchase your gifts of Chicken Noodle Soup mix, Minestrone Soup Mix, Cheese Soup mix, and Tortilla Soup Mix; and for baking; M & M Brownie Mix and Cranberry Cornbread Mix. Proceeds will benefit SUMC’s 2018 Mission efforts.  The holiday gift mixes, as well as greeting cards and calendars, are available for purchase in the Narthex

LINK Coat Drive and a Special Plea for Mittens and Gloves!

Our LINK Coat Drive is this weekend!   The distribution will occur on November 18 from 8 AM to 3 PM in Gallihugh Hall.  Opportunities to assist with set up on Friday afternoon starting at 1:30 PM  are many!  Also helpers to assist with managing our guests and maintaining the inventory on Saturday; as well as take down are also available!  If you would like to sign up to be a helper please click here.

Donations of your clean coats for men, women, and kids; as well as hats, gloves, mittens can be left at the donation center in the narthex (lobby) up to Friday November 17.

A Special Plea for Mittens and Gloves from Amy:

“For many of the elementary/middle schools and small businesses, collecting coats is a big undertaking.  A simpler option has been to have a glove and/or mitten drive.  As I have reached out to the local schools and businesses, many have either began holding their own coat drives to donate elsewhere or they are now collecting canned goods.

Both are wonderful options—as coats are still being collected and distributed elsewhere and we all know there is a need for food locally…but it means that the number of gloves and mittens collected for the LINK distribution will be less than we have had in the past.

I have been reaching out to as many places as possible for donations and assistance…and God takes care of it all…it is God’s coat drive…”

For more information contact Amy Thomas.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program

Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox program began on October 29 and there are still plenty of shoe boxes left to fill! Shoeboxes and instructions can be picked up in the church narthex (lobby) in front of the sanctuary.  Completed shoeboxes can be left at the donation center also in the narthex (lobby).  The boxes will need to be collected and delivered to the collection center in Leesburg by November 20 so please drop your shoebox off at the church by Sunday November 19.  Please remember to include the $9.00 per box shipping and handling fee.  For more information about Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe box program click here.

And Would You Like to Volunteer to Help Operation Christmas Child?

The Sterling United Methodist Women has secured volunteer slots for anyone who would like to work at the Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan Purse) Shoebox Distribution Facility in the Baltimore area this year. We will have groups going at least two of the days.

Available dates are:

Wednesday, December 6, 1-6pm, 15 slots available

Friday, December 8, 1-6pm, 15 slots available

Monday, December 11, 1-6pm, 15 slots available.

Please select your 1st and 2nd choices of which dates you want to go. If you want to go twice, please state clearly that you want to go twice, and select your dates. Please let us know by November 1, so we can release any slots we can’t fill.

Contact Marlene Cavaiola or Beth Meserve to get on the list.

The Eleven O’clock Contemporary Service Pizza Sundays

Something new as we finish out the year, this Sunday November 19 and again on Sunday December 17 we will have a pizza fellowship following our Contemporary service at 11 AM.  Come join us for Growing Deeper at Ten, worship with the praise band at 11 AM, and enjoy some pizza and conversation following the service!

Have Thanksgiving Dinner With Your Church Family!

Come join many of your Sterling UMC family for a Thanksgiving Dinner on the eve of Thanksgiving in Gallihugh Hall at the church.  As expected Turkey will be on the menu and if you want to share your special pot luck side dish recipe or dessert you are invited to bring that along with you.  But don’t worry if you can’t cook, just come and eat!

Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 PM so come and enjoy a couple hours of fellowship with your friends or come and meet some new ones!  For questions contact Mike Dinsmore.

Decorating the Church for Advent

Saturday December 2 from 2 to 4 PM we will be decorating the church for the holidays.  This is a great family event with fun and fellowship.  Snacks will be served.  For more information contact the church office.

Senior High Retreat 

Our Senior High Retreat is coming up the weekend of December 8-10.  For more information click here.

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

9 AM Kids Worship Hour Ages 2 & 3                                                               Room 100 Ages 4-Grade 6                                                     Gallihugh Hall   Drop Off – Children will be dropped off to their assigned room-either Gallihugh Hall or Room 100-before you go to your  worship service. Pick Up – Parents please pick up your child or… Continue Reading

Sterling Kids

Sterling Kids

  “Train a child how to live the right way.  Then even when he is old, he will still live that way.” Proverbs 22:6   The New Sunday Experience coming September 10 to SUMC includes some changes to our children’s and youth programs as well. Our Sunday School program is now called “Sterling Kids” and… 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

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

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

Beans and Greens Rescheduled

Beans and Greens Rescheduled

Due to inclement weather and the resulting ice in the church parking lot, the Beans and Greens event has been rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.   Please join us tomorrow afternoon for great food and fun fellowship as we take down our Christmas decorations to begin the new year. Again, you can still bring your favorite chili, but you… Continue Reading

Senior Activity Group (SAG) 2017

Senior Activity Group (SAG) 2017

SUMC Senior Activity Group (SAG) Tentative Schedule for 2017  All meeting programs, activities and dates are subject to change.  Please check church weekly email newsletter, weekly bulletin and SAG emails for final details closer to each event.  For more information on SAG, please contact the church office at 703-430-6455 or Mark Humphrey at *protected email* Tuesday,… Continue Reading

Life Signs Youth Group

Life Signs Youth Group

Sunday evenings 5:30-8:00 PM  Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM LifeSigns youth ministry is excited for all we have to look forward to in 2017!  With Christ as our foundation, each individual youth fits uniquely in as we grow and learn together and enjoy fun activities and music. Click here for more information.        … Continue Reading

Beans and Greens Fellowship

Beans and Greens Fellowship

Saturday, January 7 4:00-7:00 PM Please join us as we take down the church’s Christmas decorations and then enjoy a meal of crockpot specialties. This year, you can still bring your favorite chili, but you also have the option of making your favorite crockpot recipe to share. Click here to sign up.  See you there!… Continue Reading

Folding & Stuffing Party

Folding & Stuffing Party

Wednesday, December 21 at 1:00 PM in Gallihugh Hall Join the fun of preparing our Christmas Eve bulletins, gift ornaments, luminaries and various other helpful tasks while chatting with friends and enjoying some Christmas cookies and treats. Questions?  Contact:  *protected email* or call the church office at 703-430-6455. Continue Reading

Youth December Activities

Youth December Activities

Sr. High Retreat, Dec. 9-11, Camp Caroline Furnace. We will be hanging out with old friends/making new friends while teambuilding and relaxing.  A time for fun and worship and listening for the voice of God. Musical Rehearsals: Tues, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:00 PM Thurs., Dec. 8, 6:30-8:00 PM   Christmas Party:        Sunday, Dec. 18, 5;30-8:00… Continue Reading

UMW Christmas Party

UMW Christmas Party

Sunday, December 4 2:00 – 4:00 PM in Gallihugh Hall Ladies:  You are cordially invited to the United Methodist Women Christmas Party the first Sunday in December.  We will have food, fellowship, and entertainment.  All women are welcome! Child care will be provided, but we need to know ahead of time how many children will be attending.… Continue Reading