Author Archive: Curt Christiansen

Backpack Buddies, Because Hunger Doesn’t End On Friday

The BackPack Buddies is a national program designed to provide children from low-income households with nutritious kid-friendly groceries for the weekend when free school lunches and breakfasts are not provided.  School officials identify students who qualify to receive BackPack Buddies.  The Sterling United Methodist Church Backpack Buddies program supports the kids at the local Rolling […]

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Teacher Recognition, Backpack Buddies, Grace Ministries

Last week’s Graduate Recognition Sunday post reported that our schools are teaching more kids than ever and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, total public and private elementary and secondary school enrollment reached a record 55 million in fall 2006, representing a 12 percent increase since fall 1993. Between 2006 and 2018, a […]

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Graduate Recognition Sunday

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, total public and private elementary and secondary school enrollment reached a record 55 million in fall 2006, representing a 12 percent increase since fall 1993. Between 2006 and 2018, a further increase of 8 percent is expected. Our schools are teaching more kids than ever. And, according […]

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This Sunday Why Not Enjoy Lunch at Church

This week we have an opportunity for fellowship following our 11 AM Contemporary worship service. Our monthly pizza and salad lunch will be served in the Gallihugh Fellowship Hall at approximately 12 PM. All are invited to attend our 11 AM service and join the group for lunch right after.  Or, if you wish to […]

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Pentecost Sunday

The fiftieth day after Easter is known as Pentecost and this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  Pentecost is one of the principal days of the Christian year and in the early Church was the second most important part of the Christian year next to Easter.  The Greek word pentecoste means “fiftieth day.” Pentecost is the day on which […]

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Summer Musicians Wanted!

Are you interested in performing in church? All you need is the desire.  There are opportunities for those with talent and those who just want to learn and develop! Sterling United Methodist Church has an awesome music program that includes the choir that performs at the 9 AM service, our Latino musicians at 10 AM, […]

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Mother’s Day has Methodist Roots

In the 1860s, before there was an official Mother’s Day holiday in the U.S., a Methodist mom named Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day.” Ann organized women’s clubs in the 1860s to serve suffering mothers and children and to work for peace because they could see the ravages of war in their husbands […]

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Lessons of Easter Sermon Series Continues

We continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that: …also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative […]

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Meeting the Risen Christ

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. Luke 24:13-16 We […]

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A Busy Week of Mission Efforts

It was a great evening of fellowship last Monday when a lot of our church family turned out in support of our United Methodist Women (UMW) who held a fundraiser at Joe’s Pizzaria in Sterling Park.  Thanks to everyone who came out to relax, eat, and have some fun!  The funds support the UMW mission […]

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April Activities at Sterling UMC

Now we continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that:  also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative […]

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April Activities at Sterling UMC

Now we continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that:  also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative […]

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Confirmation Sunday

According to “A Dictionary for United Methodists.” Confirmation is “the act by which persons who were baptized as infants or young children (or, because of other special circumstances, could not make the baptismal vows themselves) make their first public statement of their declaration or profession of faith. In this sense they confirm their faith. Confirmation […]

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Holy Week – Good Friday

According to the United Methodist Church: The Friday before Easter on which the crucifixion of Jesus is remembered. Good Friday services focus upon prayer and reflection on the death of Christ and penance and special devotion for the believer. The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear.  It […]

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Holy Week – Maundy Thursday

According to the United Methodist Church: Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his […]

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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 […]

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