Category Archives: Hispanic/Latino

Information about the Hispanic-Latino ministry program at Sterling UMC.

Holy Week and Easter at Sterling UMC

Holy Week and Easter at Sterling UMC

Easter is a time of joy and renewal. Followers of Jesus saw their darkest days replaced with the miracle of hope and eternal life. Christians today take time for self-examination and reflection during Lent. “Going dark” for a few weeks prepares us to fully experience those first rays of resurrection light on Easter. (from the United Methodist Church)

Thursday, March 29, Maundy Thursday we will remember Jesus’ Last Supper with a service that will include communion at 7 PM.

On Good Friday, March 30, we will remember Christ’s crucifixion in worship at 7 PM.

Easter Sunday will begin with a Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM outside (weather permitting) complete with fire.  Our outdoor service area is behind the playground and includes bench type seating and a fire pit.  You are welcome to bring your own chairs.

Immediately following the Sunrise Service, Sterling’s United Methodist Men will begin serving breakfast in our Gallihugh Fellowship Hall.  Breakfast will continue to be available until about 10:30 AM.

At 9 AM, worship will return to our sanctuary for a celebration of Christ’s resurrection with a service that will include communion.

The Amigos Spanish language Easter service will be at 10 AM in the sanctuary.

At 11 AM we will celebrate the resurrection once more with our Praise Band and a communion service in the sanctuary.

Also beginning at 7:30 AM photographer Abbie Hernley will be taking family photos or individual photos at the church continuing through the morning.  You can sign up for a spot or just walk up.  A love offering is being accepted and all proceeds are being donated to the Backpack Buddies Program providing weekend meals for kids at our local elementary school.

Please come and spend your Easter morning with us in Worship, enjoying breakfast, and capture your Easter memory in a photo.  You are also invited to bring cut flowers to decorate the cross near the entrance off the front parking as a reminder that those darkest days have been replaced with the miracle of hope and eternal life.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope, and joy,
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others.
Amen.

(from a  prayer was composed by the Rev. Michaela Youngson)

Miércoles de Ceniza, Taking Ashes to the Street at Joe’s Restaurant in Sterling!

Miércoles de Ceniza, Taking Ashes to the Street at Joe’s Restaurant in Sterling!

In recent years some United Methodist pastors have taken to the streets with their ashes on Ash Wednesday meeting new people and applying ashes to the foreheads of those who: drove into the church parking lot in Clearwater, Florida; and on the busy sidewalk in front of Christ United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico;… Continue Reading

It’s February Already! What’s Going On at Sterling UMC?

It’s February Already! What’s Going On at Sterling UMC?

Remember we will soon be entering into the season of Lent which begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Our Ash Wednesday service will begin at 7 PM and this year we will be hosting a soup and salad meal before the service!  More on that to come! But first… Continue Reading

It’s February Already! What’s Going On at Sterling UMC?

Remember we will soon be entering into the season of Lent which begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Our Ash Wednesday service will begin at 7 PM and this year we will be hosting a soup and salad meal before the service!  More on that to come! But first… Continue Reading

Amazing GRACE

Amazing GRACE

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.  I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.  I was a stranger and you invited me in.  I needed clothes and you clothed me… ‘(Matthew 25:35-36) The GRACE Ministries food, clothing, and diaper distribution is this Saturday, the second Saturday of this… Continue Reading

Christmas in Sterling

Christmas in Sterling

Advent Focus:  The Redemption of Scrooge Sunday Services  at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 AM Based on Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol.  We can draw important truths from the past, present, and future about brokenness and redemption and the Advent themes of hope, peace, love, and joy. December 4:       The Remembrance of Christmas Past December 11:    … Continue Reading

SterlingFest 2016

SterlingFest 2016

October means it’s time for SterlingFest, and this year our community’s premier festival is celebrating its 29th birthday.  Sterling United Methodist Church is one of the original places where friends and families have gathered in our community.  YOU can help share our story with people who come to SterlingFest.  Click here to sign up. Continue Reading

Escuela de Desarrollo Congregacional 2016

ESCUELA DE DESARROLLO CONGREGACIONAL, 2016       Rev. Patricia Peña Rev. Patricia Peña es presbítero en la Iglesia Metodista Unida. Ella nació en República Dominicana y viene de una familia de pastores y ministros. Rev. Peña tiene una maestría en Divinidades de la Universidad de Boston. Tiene un corazón para las naciones, la misión, es apasionada… Continue Reading

God, Our Ever-Present Father

There is a social reality these days called “the missing father” that has a drastic negative effect on individuals and society.  Studies document that children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, drop out of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems. Boys are more… Continue Reading

Amigos Taco Breakfast

Amigos Taco Breakfast

Join us for our annual TACO BREAKFAST, with authentic Latino cuisine. May 1  7:30 AM – 11:30 AM $7.00 Adults $5.00 Children (ages 5-12) Free for children ages 4 and under. All proceeds support our Amigos Latino-Americanos ministry. Taco image by Luca Nebuloni. Used under creative commons license from www.flickr.com. Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for March 24

Resurrection or Resuscitation Read: John 11:17-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” — John 11:25-26 (NRSV) Reflect: When Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, he knew Lazarus would… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for March 23

The Tragic Gap Read: Isaiah 43:19 Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness. —Isaiah 43:19 Reflect: When familiar contours disappear and the earth moves beneath our feet, where can we stand? We can stand in the tragic… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for March 21

The Heartbeat of Jesus Read: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.” —1 Corinthians 11:25 Reflect: Overhead lights reflected through the tiny glass cup into the Communion grape juice. I was visiting a church where we waited until all were… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for March 20

Follow Me Read: Matthew 4:18-22 “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” —Matthew 4:19 Reflect: “So how are we to live now? Can we bear the light of Christ into the darkness of our time? Jesus gave several directions that serve as signposts to guide us on that… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for 3/19

The True Note Read: Psalm 150 Let every living thing praise the Lord! —Psalm 150:6 Reflect: A few nights ago my wife and I attended a program by a symphony orchestra. When the lights were dimmed the concertmaster came out, received applause, and then sounded one note, “A,” on his violin. One at a time,… Continue Reading

Good Friday Tenebrae Service with Rutter Requiem

On March 25th we will observe Good Friday at Sterling United Methodist Church with a Tenebrae candlelight service combined with the Rutter Requiem.  This service will feature our Aldersgate Choir, several instrumentalists, and the changeless scriptural account of Good Friday.  The music is haunting, transcendent, and sorrowful.  Please join us in this emotional, ancient service… Continue Reading