Category Archives: Fellowship

Information about the fellowship programs at Sterling UMC.

Join Us for the Second Sunday of  Advent and the Celebration of Christmas!

Join Us for the Second Sunday of Advent and the Celebration of Christmas!

This Sunday December 10 we will celebrate the Second Sunday of the Advent Season at Sterling United Methodist Church.  Our new sermon series, A Night for Rejoicing continues with Part Two: There Will Be Singing!

But even before we get to Sunday there is opportunity for service and fellowship!

We will be setting up for GRACE Ministries on Friday December 8 beginning at 4 PM and volunteers can also help out Saturday morning December 9 at 7 AM for the food distribution.

Our youth program has an event on Friday December 8 that includes helping out GRACE Ministries from 4 – 6 PM.  Then they will enjoy some dinner with Pizza in the youth room before they depart at 6:30 PM for some fun at Monster Mini-Golf in Chantilly, returning to the church between 9:30 and 10 PM.  Youth grades 6-12 are invited to come for all or part of the evening’s activities.  Contact Linda Budzinski at to receive a permission slip for the Monster Mini-Golf and to RSVP.  Parent drivers are needed, please contact Linda for that as well.

Also on Sunday December 10 during our Growing Deeper at Ten discipleship hour (10AM) we will be packing “backpacks” for our Backpack Buddies Program in the church Narthex (lobby area).  Please join us for the 9 AM service and stay to help out or come and help at 10 AM then stay for our 11 AM Contemporary Service.

Sunday December 17 is an exciting day as our choir presents this year’s Christmas Cantata.  The cantata is from A Night for Rejoicing: A Cantata for Christmas by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler.  The program will be performed at the 9 AM and 11 AM service.  Our 10 AM Amigos Spanish language worship service will not be held on Sunday December 17 as a result.

And if you attend our 11 AM Cantata Service we invite you to stay for a time of pizza and fellowship in Gallihugh Hall (our fellowship hall) after the service.

Sunday December 24 is Christmas Eve and the lighting of the final Advent Candles.  We will have five services on Christmas Eve including our Amigos Spanish language service at 10 AM;   our Sterling UMC children will perform their Christmas Pageant and Children’s service at 11 AM; and there will be three candlelight and communion services that evening at 7 PM, 9 PM, and 11 PM.

On Christmas Day our annual Shepherd’s Run mission event will occur.  Shepherd’s Run is an event where volunteers gather at the church then fan out with small gifts of food and the spirit of Jesus and Christmas as they visit those who are serving our community on Christmas Day; like our first responders, law enforcement, hospital and other health care workers.  Donations of baked goods can be brought to the Christmas Eve service and placed in Room 105.  If you would like to participate with the Shepherd’s Run on Christmas Day meet at the church at 11 AM for carols and assignments!

So please join us in December!  Attend our services, our Christmas Cantata, and especially worship with us on Christmas Eve!

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only son”John 1:14, NIV

Merry Christmas!

Sterling United Methodist Church is a community church serving the Sterling community and its neighbors.  All are welcome to worship with us and participate in our ministries.  Please be our guest on Sunday mornings!

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… Continue Reading

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