December Happenings at SUMC!

Come Help Us Decorate the Church for Advent!

The Advent season is upon us and this 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.  This year’s event will include cookies and caroling so bring the whole family!   For more information contact the church office.

GRACE Ministries

Saturday December 9 from 7 AM to 11 AM we will host our monthly GRACE Ministry which is a food and clothing distribution to those in need from our Sterling and surrounding communities.  Its a great mission effort and one that you will find very rewarding!   Opportunities to assist are available on Friday afternoons for set up at 4 PM and on Saturday morning to assist with the distribution.

For more information contact the church office or click here.

Backpack Buddies

We will be packing backpacks again on December 10 as part of our SERVE activity during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour.

Donations of the following are still being accepted:

  • Individual meals such as canned pasta meals
  • Individual breakfast meals such as instant oatmeal packets
  • Juice Boxes
  • Milk Boxes
  • Individual snacks such as granola bars
  • Fruit cups (applesause, etc)

For more information on Backpack Buddies click here.

Sterling Loves Sterling Community Service Opportunity  

We have an opportunity to participate in community service at Sterling Middle School.  We would like to get some volunteers from the church to commit to a couple hours on December 15 to work with kids in the school.  This is a great outreach right in our Sterling community…Sterling loves Sterling!

On Friday, December 15 Sterling Middle School is having an all-day STEAM day activity.  All of their students will be divided into groups and will be participating in four different hands-on activities related to STEAM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Each classroom will have at least one teacher in the room leading the activity but they are reaching out for volunteers to help with supervision and assisting the kids as needed.

The event is all day from 9-3 PM and the school will take as many volunteers as they can find. You can volunteer for 2 hours, half the day, or the full day.  You don’t need to bring anything except a lunch if you are staying during lunch; and a willingness to work with middle school kids.

If you would like to participate in this awesome community event, the school needs your name and the time that you are able to commit by December 8.

Please contact Michelle Caldrone at to sign up or for more information.

The Christmas Cantata

This year’s Christmas Cantata is from on A NIght for Rejoicing, A Cantata for Christmas by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler.  The cantata will be performed on December 17 at the 9 AM service and the 11 AM service.

Our 2017 Christmas Eve Worship Schedule 

Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year and our worship schedule will be different as a result.

Our Amigos Spanish Language Worship service will be as scheduled at 10 AM in the sanctuary.

We will have our Children’s Christmas Pageant and worship service at 11 AM.

Our evening services are at 7 PM, 9 PM, and 11 PM and all will be a candlelight service.  Communion will be served at all three services.

Our Soup and Cookie Mix Holiday Gift Fundraiser Continues!

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.


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!

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