News and Updates

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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The Invisible Problem

Recently, Loudoun Hunger Relief picked up this season’s final crop from JK Community Farm which has provided an estimated $240,000 in free produce and livestock this year. The JK Community Farm in Purcellville, Virginia, was created to assist hunger relief organizations by providing fresh food to those who need it most.  The median household income […]

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Upcoming UMW Partnership Events!

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves are starting to change and the weather is getting a little bit chillier. It also means that activities within the church are starting to pick back up and there are even more opportunities to get involved! Our United Methodist Women’s group has been a part of […]

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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, Feeling God’s Love

“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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Sterling UMC Fall Kick Off Finally Here!

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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Welcome Our New Sterling UMC Staff Members

This is the time of the year when the church staff is fully engaged in planning, developing, promoting, practicing, implementing, and praying over the new programs that will begin in the next couple of weeks.  Along with the lay leadership who have also invested a great deal of time and energy, everyone is working towards […]

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Acting in Service to Christ

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Matthew 25:40 New International Version (NIV)   This Sunday in worship we will learn what it is to be servants of God.  What it is like to act in […]

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Sterling UMC is the Place To Be on Wednesday Evenings!

(Updated September 27) Wednesday, September 12 was the beginning of a new weekly evening of activity at Sterling United Methodist Church. There was a fellowship time with a meal catered by one of our local restaurants, adult Bible studies, activities for children and youth, our music ministry rehearsals, and our Master’s Crafters craft group. The […]

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What Is New and Coming this Fall to Sterling UMC?

The Fall programs are gearing up here at Sterling United Methodist Church with a kick off date of Sunday, September 9. The new Sunday school curriculum that has been introduced, Deep Blue Kids, and there will be an orientation on Sunday, August 26 for the 2018-2019 school year beginning on September 9. And there is […]

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