News and Updates

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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Drive In at Sterling!

Are you ready for some long summer nights and time spent with family and friends? Well, you can find all of those things here at Sterling UMC for our monthly “Drive In at Sterling” summer movie nights! Once a month from July through September, we will be showing a movie in our front parking lot […]

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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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Summer Fun at Sterling UMC

Looking for exciting programs to to thrill your kids this summer? Sterling United Methodist Church is offering a wide variety of engaging and exciting programs for kids of all abilities and ages preschool through elementary school! Starting in June and going all the way through August, our In God’s Backyard Summer Camp is offering Preschool, […]

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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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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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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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