Category Archives: Missions

Information about opportunities for service and mission 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.

Pop Tops and Box Tops and Other Ways To Serve

Pop Tops and Box Tops and Other Ways To Serve

Last Friday afternoon, Mame Ward dropped off our latest “haul” of aluminum tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Fairfax. The box of pull tabs totaled 14 pounds! According to Mame, “They were very excited to get them and appreciated the effort by our congregation in collecting them.” The Ronald McDonald House pop top or… Continue Reading

Our Busy November Continues at Sterling UMC!

Our Busy November Continues at Sterling UMC!

  Soup and Cookie Mix Holiday Gift Fundraiser  The annual SUMC Missions Soup and Cookie Mix Fundraiser  kicked off over the weekend 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… Continue Reading

Operation Christmas Child at Sterling UMC

Operation Christmas Child at Sterling UMC

Once again this holiday season, Sterling UMC will participate with Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox program. Starting this Sunday October 29, official Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will be available for pickup in the church narthex (lobby) and will be available until National Collection week November 13-20. Samaritan’s Purse was founded in 1970 by Bob… 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

Fifty Cleaning Kits Assembled and Delivered for UMCOR Hurricane Relief

Fifty Cleaning Kits Assembled and Delivered for UMCOR Hurricane Relief

Yesterday 50 completed UMCOR Cleaning Kits or Flood Buckets were transported from Sterling UMC and delivered to the Burke United Methodist Church where they were loaded on to the Burke UMC church bus.  This morning around 10 AM the Burke UMC bus left for the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen Virginia, the northern… Continue Reading

Local UMCOR Effort Underway to Support Disaster Relief

Local UMCOR Effort Underway to Support Disaster Relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is an organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.  According to a recent press release about UMCOR’s response to Hurricane Harvey:  “UMCOR-affiliated volunteers have been staffing emergency shelters,… 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

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

Shepherd’s Run December 25

Shepherd’s Run December 25

December 25, Noontime after the Worship Service Be part of thanking our community’s “first responders” with Christmas goodies. Some emergency personnel have to work on Christmas Day.  If you would like to be a blessing to them this Christmas, click here. You can bring baked goods and other goodies to church on Christmas Eve or on… Continue Reading

Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale

Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale

Sunday, November 6, 7:30-11:30 AM Come enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with pumpkin, chocolate chip or regular pancakes; eggs, sausage or bacon, and fruit. Suggested Love Offering:  $6.00 for 12 years and up, $5.00 for 5-12 years old, and free for children under 5. Breakfast and bake sale proceeds will help our sponsored children in… Continue Reading

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

It is time once again to partner with Samaritan’s Purse to send Christmas joy to children around the world!  Boxes are now available in the lobby.  Pick one up and fill it with small gifts and necessities.  A list is provided to help you.  Bring the filled boxes back by November 13. Contact:  Debbie Jacobus. Continue Reading

Seniors Luncheon

Seniors Luncheon

Saturday, October 1, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM in Gallihugh Hall. All seniors are invited to Sterling United Methodist Church’s Senior Citizen luncheon on Saturday, October 1, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  Please do not arrive before 11:00 AM, but be there by 11:30 AM!  This is a free luncheon (ham, turkey and all… Continue Reading