Author Archive: Curt Christiansen

Online Worship

As a result of COVID-19, the Coronavirus,  and in an effort to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease, we have decided to cancel the 9am and 11am in person worship services. However, just because the church building is closed does not mean the ministry will stop! We will continue to praise the Lord through […]

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GRACE Ministries Food and Clothing Distribution Canceled This Saturday

The GRACE Ministries Food and Clothing distribution scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been canceled as a result of precautions being taken to prevent the possible transmission of the COVID-19 Corona Virus Disease. Please continue to visit our website for future events and schedule changes. For more information please contact the church office at .

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Ash Wednesday, the Season of Lent Begins

Ash Wednesday, February 26, marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent lasts for forty days, not counting the Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. During this period of repentance and renewal, we recall and relive the resurrection story to understand the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection that gave […]

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What’s Happening in Adult Education

Sterling United Methodist Church has many opportunities for adults to meet in fellowship and Christian education. Sunday morning small groups meet at 10 a.m. during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour.  There are currently four classes to choose from. Our Spirit Seekers Adult Sunday school class is our longest running adult Bible study. They are […]

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The 2020 Summer Mission Program

Sterling United Methodist Church has announced its summer Missions trips and the applications now available on the Sterling United Methodist Church website Resources page. This year’s program includes two opportunities to serve in mission.  The first opportunity is the Youth trip in support of the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) located in the southwest Virginia and […]

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Wednesday Night Fellowship at Sterling UMC

Sterling UMC’s Wednesday Night Fellowship program is a time for fellowship and growth with catered meals provided by local restaurants followed by small groups for all ages and interests. The fellowship meal is served in the Gallihugh Fellowship Hall at 6 PM.  There is an option to RSVP online before the meal, but all are […]

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LINK Coat Drive on November 16

LINK, Inc. provides emergency food and financial assistance to those in need in the Sterling, Herndon, and Ashburn, Virginia communities. The workers at LINK, Inc. are all volunteers comprised of dedicated local churches, organizations, and individuals.  It is supported primarily by donations of food, funds, and other needs for special distributions such as the LINK […]

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Backpack Buddies for the New School Year Begins August 18

According to Feeding America’s website, twenty-two million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. As a result, fifteen or so years ago, Feeding America started their BackPack Program to help make […]

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Ordinary Time? No Way

The season after Pentecost, is the season known as Ordinary Time in the United Methodist Church. The word ordinary, according to the dictionary means with no special or distinctive features; normal. So does that mean that there is nothing special going on at Sterling UMC this summer?  There is nothing distinctive?  Everything is just normal? Actually […]

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2019 Local Missions Week

Sterling UMC will once again host a week of local missions work focusing on serving those in our local Sterling and Loudoun community. The opportunities to serve will occur the week of July 8 through July 13. The Sterling United Methodist Church has supported our local seniors with luncheons over many years and starting with […]

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Sterling UMC Annual Yard Sale

For many years now Sterling UMC has held an Annual Yard Sale to support our worldwide missions teams and our local missions efforts such as Backpack Buddies and GRACE Ministries’ monthly food and clothing distributions. Over the years the “yard” has gotten much larger as the annual sale has taken on Event status with shoppers […]

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Eastertide: The Season Continues

When everything was dark and it seemed that the sun would never shine again, your love broke through. Your love was too strong, too wide, too deep for death to hold. The sparks cast by your love dance and spread and burst forth with resurrection light. Gracious God, We praise you for the light of […]

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Sound The Alarm in Sterling

Last month the American Red Cross launched a program known as Sound the Alarm which is a home fire safety effort with a goal to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across the country.  “Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half,” said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American […]

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Holy Week at SUMC

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gently and riding on a donkey…”  (Zechariah 9:9) The greatest time of the Christian year, the week that includes the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, begins on Palm Sunday.  On that day, the Sunday […]

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Lent Sermon Series

He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. (from Simon Peter, by Adam Hamilton) Simon Peter was thirty years old, married, and had three […]

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Response From Pastor Steve Regarding the Special Session of the General Council

Dear Sterling United Methodist Church Family, On Tuesday, the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to adopt the Traditional Plan, which makes no changes to the church’s position on human sexuality.  This decision affirms and strengthens the position that United Methodist Clergy do not officiate at same-sex weddings […]

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King Street Bluegrass to Perform at Sterling UMC

Speaking about bluegrass music, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe once characterized the genre as: “Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin’. It’s Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It’s blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound.” Bluegrass music is referred to as a form of American roots music, an offshoot of country music that was inspired by mainly […]

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Teddy Bear Brigade

“Right now there are children in poverty who have never had a toy.  There are children who have survived a natural disaster who need a friend.” (from the GFTW.org website) What difference can a stuffed animal make? When a disaster strikes and the relief efforts have provided food, water, medicine, and shelter, what about the […]

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Re-Imagine Your Discipleship Journey

By Vincent Williams, Director of Discipleship Fall’s programs are now in full-gear at Sterling UMC. Our adult discipleship and fellowship opportunities have all re-launched this week with our Growing Deeper at Ten small groups on Sundays and our newly reimagined Wednesday Night Fellowship starting tomorrow September 12. This time of the year offers us all […]

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