News and Updates

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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Easter Cantata

Sterling United Methodist Church’s Music Department presents In My Place: Remembering Christ’s Sacrifice of Love – An Easter Cantata this Palm Sunday, April 14. The Cantata follows the journey of Jesus to the cross in a beautiful narrated orchestration. The Cantata will be directed by Willis Rosenfeld, Sterling’s Music Director and features a full orchestra […]

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Easter Carnival

This year, we are excited to be hosting our annual Easter Carnival once again! Every year, the Easter Carnival is a time for celebration and fun for all ages – and this year is sure to be no different! As always, the carnival will feature lots of exciting games, fun photo opportunities and a moon […]

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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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Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month and we would like to celebrate the African-Americans who have played vital roles in the development of The United Methodist Church. These notable Methodists have played a great role not only in our Methodist history but also in the history of our country. Susan Angeline Collins was the daughter of […]

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Super Sunday at Sterling UMC

This Sunday, the New England Patriots will square off against the Los Angeles Rams in Superbowl LIII at 6:30 EST. However, the Superbowl isn’t the only exciting thing happening on Sunday! The Sterling United Methodist Women will have their annual Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast from 8 AM until 12:30 PM in the church’s Gallihugh Fellowship […]

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Summer Mission Opportunities!

Sterling United Methodist Church has announced two Summer Mission Trips for this year and applications are now available! The first trip is scheduled for July 7-12 heading to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana. The UMCOR Sager Brown Depot is the hub of UMCOR’s relief-supply operations. Each year, […]

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God’s Messy Family: A New Year Sermon Series

In his book, God’s Messy Family: Finding Your Place When Life Isn’t Perfect, author and pastor Jacob Armstrong takes a look at our faith lineage by focusing specifically on the messy family dynamics found in the Book of Genesis.  By looking at the life stories of Abraham and Sarah, and their direct descendants – we […]

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A Season of Waiting

Advent is the first season of our Christian church year. It takes place during the month of December, leading up to Christmas, where we to focus on four virtues of Jesus: hope, love, joy and peace – as symbolized by the four candles within the advent wreath. It is a time of the year where […]

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A Time for Thanksgiving

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 Today is the day. The day when the seeming madness of the holiday season is finally fully upon us and there is a whirlwind of family. We are consumed with […]

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Happy Pastor Appreciation Month!

This October, churches across the nation are celebrating Pastor Appreciation Month. Every year Pastor Appreciation Day, aka Clergy Appreciation Day, occurs on the second Sunday of the month. This is a day and a month set aside to celebrate the contributions of pastors, priests, reverends and ministers across the United States. It has been proposed […]

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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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Youth Connections – What’s in a Name?

The youth program here at Sterling UMC has a new name – Youth Connections. The goal of a new name relates to the idea that a name represents what a group is about and how it should operate. So, what does this mean for our new name, Youth Connections? Why this name and what does […]

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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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Fall Kick Off!

The kick-off celebration Sunday at Sterling UMC has finally arrived and this Sunday, September 9 we will present our new adult and young adult Bible studies, the Deep Blue Kids Sunday School, new sessions for our youth and youth group, and new opportunities to serve. And at noon, we will celebrate with a “Fall Fiesta” […]

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SUMC Youth, Reaching New Heights

“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people” – Philemon 1:7 The Sterling UMC Youth Program has been in a period of transition for the past year or so, but now we are getting ready to launch a new program to reach youth […]

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