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Sterling UMC Member Darlene Kumler Featured in INOVA Loudoun Chaplaincy Services Newsletter

Sterling UMC Member Darlene Kumler Featured in INOVA Loudoun Chaplaincy Services Newsletter

(From the Inova Loudoun Hospital Chaplaincy Services Newsletter)
Volunteer Spotlight: Darlene Kumler Chaplaincy Services News Inova Loudoun Hospital
 
On a typical Tuesday morning, Darlene Kumler packs inspirational stones into her jacket pockets and heads off to visit patients and families with her Chaplaincy partner, Don Meyer. Darlene became a chaplaincy services volunteer around November of 2016. An active member of Sterling United Methodist Church, she was recruited by fellow church member and On-Call Chaplain Don Meyer and by Pastora Marcela, the minister for the Spanish speaking ministry at the church. Darlene speaks Spanish; she lived in Mexico for several years. Even though Darlene’s first thought when asked was “no thanks,” Don and Pastora Marcela kept inviting her. They knew that she had the gifts and graces for ministry with the sick. After a while, “the time just felt right,” and she became a chaplaincy service volunteer, mentored by Don along the way. And what about her hats? She said, “I always liked hats and a found one in the gift shop. I decided to wear it on the floor visiting patients. They seemed to like it. It allows patients who wish to chat to have something to chat about.” Darlene dresses her hats with the seasons. She also handouts holiday stickers to patients and staff. She began handing out little heart stickers on her first Valentine’s day here. She passed out over 50! As Darlene visits with patients and their families, she listens to their struggles and their stories. She’s learned something about herself in her service here. She says, “God has always been with me, I know that. But I realize it more so now that I am visiting with others, praying with others.” Darlene doesn’t miss a beat when asked if there is anything she would like to add to our ministry here. She replies with her gracious humor, “A nap when I am done!” God bless you Darlene and thank you for sharing your gifts and graces here!
 
“Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.”
           John Wesley
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Renovation Project 2017

Celebration Join us Sunday, June 11th, for worship at 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00. Followed by a cookout to celebrate the culmination of the renovations at our church. Thank you for your support and for working with us during this exciting and stressful time. We hope that you’re happy with the changes and that we can… 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

Year End Information

Year End Information

Year End Information Our church office will be closed this year between Christmas and the New Year’s Day holiday, and will reopen Tuesday, January 3.In case of an emergency that requires pastoral care, please call the church office (703) 430-6455, and leave a voicemail for Pastor Steve (Extension 25), or other staff members at their extensions.… Continue Reading

UMC Council of Bishops’ Response to Orlando Shooting

  Our Sympathy and Prayers go out for the victims,survivors and families of the recent terrorist shooting in Orlando on June 12.  Below you can read the response of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church to this horrific act of terror. United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2016 Minneapolis,… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 27

Knowing God’s Presence Read: Mark 1:9-13 At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. —Mark 1:12-13 Reflect: Our love for God grows and deepens when we keep the faith during dark times. When we begin our journey with Christ, we often feel… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 26

Light Divine Read: John 8:12-30 Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12 Reflect: Come, Christ-light, undying, inseparable Light of love, we celebrate The offering of your eternal Hope. A light into our… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 25

The Light of Life Read: John 9:1-7 Jesus answered, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” —John 9:5 Reflect: One of my favorite sayings is “let’s shed some light on this.” It’s a familiar expression to use when you want to take a closer look at an object or… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 24

Spiritual Fullness Read: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 May the Lord cause you to increase and enrich your love for each other and for everyone in the same way as we also love you. —1 Thessalonians 3:12 Reflect: Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a pint-size missionary nun, whose road to saintliness took her from her home country… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 23

Emptied to Be Filled Read: Mark 10:17-22 Jesus looked at him carefully and loved him. He said, “You are lacking one thing. Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” —Mark 10:21 Reflect: I like to imagine that each of… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 22

Every Day God Comes to Us Read: John 6:25-40 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” —John 6:35 Reflect: Every day God waits for us to pray in gratitude and trust, asking for what we and what… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 21

Break Thou Bread of Life Read: John 6:1-25 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish,… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 20

Knowing God’s Satisfaction Read: Luke 12:14-31 “Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.” —Luke 12:29-31 Reflect: C.… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 18

Bread for the Journey Read: John 6:25-35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” —John 6:35 (NRSV) Reflect: “Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?” Our mother always asked us these questions the moment we came… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 17

God’s Name Is “I Am” Read: Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. –Proverbs 3:5 Reflect: Have you ever wished God would do more to assure you? Have you ever waited to act faithfully until feeling adequate? Have you ever delayed saying yes to a challenge… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 16

Knowing the Great “I Am” Read: Exodus 3:1-14 God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. So say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” —Exodus 3:14 Reflect: Moses very likely hoped for something more satisfying than what he got from God on Sinai—a little reassuring information, perhaps an explanation that… Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 15

In God’s Presence Read: Psalm 16 You teach me the way of life. In your presence is total celebration. Beautiful things are always in your right hand. —Psalm 16:11 Reflect: God is active in the world and in our lives in many ways. We may feel the mystery of God as we view storm clouds… Continue Reading