United Methodist Women

The purpose of the United Methodist Women is to be a community of women who know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.  The UMW meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.  We provide luncheons and various other service projects and fundraisers for missions during the year.  Come join us when you can.

To learn more about upcoming United Methodist Women’s events, click here.


“Christmas Cheer Bags” for GRACE Ministries Project

Sterling UMW is collecting items to put into 100 “Christmas Cheer Bags” to spread a little cheer to families at the December 8 GRACE Ministries food and clothing distribution here at Sterling UMC.  If you would like to help with providing items to put into the bags, please bring your donated items to the church by Sunday, November 4.  The bags will be 14″ x 16″ and some suggested items to donate are: calendars, Hershey candy bars or Hershey’s Kisses, candy canes, scotch tape, individual packs of hot chocolate, microwave popcorn, notepads, cards, coloring books, crayons or colored pencils, flashlights with batteries, stamps, or any other small kid friendly item.

Donations may be left at the Donation Center in the Narthex (lobby) or in the church office.  The bags will be packed at the UMW meeting Monday, November 5 at 7:00 PM and all are welcome to assist.


A Place for Creativity, Service and Fellowship

There are several opportunities at Sterling UMC for ladies to get together for fellowship and to be creative with the intention of being a blessing to others.  Prayer Quilts and new baby comforters are created and missions projects are completed.  Women of all ages and quilters of all levels of experience are welcome to come at any time.


Busy Hands is a “Circle” of the Sterling United Methodist Women. We meet most Thursdays at 12:30 PM at the church for lunch (and occasionally out-to-lunch).  We keep our hands busy with personal projects as well as a variety of projects for ministries of the church.  Women of all ages are invited to our lively group for fellowship and service.




Prayers & Squares is an interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt.  This group meets in the Jacobus Building on the third Thursday of the month from 12:30 to 3:00 PM and third Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Visitors and new sewers/quilters are encouraged to join us at any time!


Contacts: Nancy Craner and Marlene Cavaiola.


The Master’s Crafters arts and crafts group meets every Wednesday, afternoons from 2:00-4:00 PM and evenings during CrossWalk from 7:00-9:00 PM January to June, September to November, for fellowship and to work on crafts for their November craft sale. The crafters hold this large craft sale every fall to raise money for unbudgeted items the church needs. In recent years the crafters have purchased many items for the church, including tables and chairs, cabinets, and even a new freezer.  Join this vital ministry, learn some new skills and enjoy an evening of laughter and fun!

Contacts:  Jan Hobbs and Beth Meserve.


Sterling UMW Officers for 2018

President – Tracey Brooks, <>

Vice President – Debbie Jacobus, <>

Secretary – Karin Kindig, <>

Treasurer – Marlene Cavaiola, <>

Spiritual Growth – Faye Vibbert, <> Nominations – Bonnie Cunningham, <> and Cindy Printz, <>

Mission Representative – Dawn Crowson


UMW Ongoing Collections  

The Sterling United Methodist Women support many organizations and efforts on an ongoing basis throughout the year.  The list below provides the organization and the items that can be brought to the church donation center for processing.


  • nail clippers
  • hand towels
  • notebooks
  • crayons (24 pack only)
  • rulers
  • pencil sharpeners
  • erasers

UMW Virginia Conference

  • Stamps, used and unused

Homeless and Abused Women Shelter

  • Feminine Hygiene products

SUMC and LINK Coat Drive

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves

GRACE Ministries Stockings

  • Greeting Cards
  • Notepads
  • 2019 Calendars

Operation Christmas Child

  • Wow Items
  • Doll
  • Stuffed Animal
  • Balls, deflated, with pump
  • Harmonica
  • Backpack
  • Personal Care Items
  • Comb
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hairbrush
  • Washcloth
  • Bar Soap
  • Bandages
  • Non-liquid lip balm
  • Nail clipper & file
  • Flashlight
  • Clothing and Accessories
  • Tee Shirt
  • Wristwatch
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • Tote Bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Hair accessories
  • School Supplies
  • Pencils & Sharpener
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Notebook
  • Index Cards
  • Toys
  • Jump rope
  • Tennis ball
  • Plastic tools
  • Puzzles
  • Stickers
  • Finger puppets
  • Yoyo
  • Slinky
  • Playing Cards

For more suggestions, check out this website:

Official Shoebox Gift Suggestions

I Support the Girls

  • New and used bras

Backpack Buddies  (September to June)

  • Shelf milk (non-refrigerated, singles serving)
  • Cereal or Oatmeal, single serving
  • Fruit or Applesauce single cups
  • Snacks (crackers, granola bars, fruit snacks)
  • Canned meals (cans with pop tops) or Ramen Noodles
  • Juice boxes (no pouches)