Missions

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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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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Sager Brown Mission Team Thursday Update

Today was our last full day at Sager Brown! The time sure has gone by fast, but we won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. As always, we started the day with a good meal in the cafeteria, then went our separate ways to work on our projects. Several of our team members helped organize a […]

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Sager Brown Mission Team Update for Tuesday and Wednesday!

Tuesday: Tuesday was another day of hot weather, hard work, and great fellowship. A group of four went off-site to work at a senior housing complex in the morning. They cleaned two apartments and had a chance to chat with the residents at the apartments. Another group continued their work at Chez Hope, gathering materials for building and assembling shelves. The […]

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The Sager Brown Mission Team Has a Productive First Day

Update from our Sager Brown Mission Team: Monday: Orientation this morning gave us background information and recent changes at UMCOR. Photos were taken of all five teams which include over 80 volunteers ranging in age from 9-86 and from five states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas, Virginia. Today’s jobs included: flood bucket verification and packing, garbage […]

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Our Busy Month Continues

Saturday our local Missions Outreach week ended with the GRACE Ministries food distribution.  It was a successful week that started with serving lunch for the seniors of our community; then Tuesday working in the DeShong’s Gift Back gardens and the LINK Food Pantry; on Wednesday it was grounds maintenance at a Good Shepherd Alliance facility; then Thursday […]

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July, A Busy Time at Sterling UMC

The month of July is a busy one at Sterling UMC. Last Sunday the Mission Team members were commissioned and on Monday the Local Mission Outreach week started with an event for the seniors of our community.   Members of our local mission team served lunch and afterward the group of about eighty seniors played bingo […]

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It’s Time for Summer Missions!

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I.  Send me!”   Isaiah 6:8 Sterling United Methodist Church kicks off its summer Missions program this Sunday with a commissioning of the mission team members at the 9 AM service.  All […]

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A Return to Calm and a Big Thank You!

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?”   Mark 4:39-40   This week, as we wrap up the final clean up from the annual […]

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Good Shepherd Alliance and Sterling UMC’s Local Mission Week

Good Shepherd Alliance is a Christian nonprofit that has served the homeless and near homeless in Loudoun County since 1983.  More than 3,000 men, women, and children are helped each year with the provision of almost 10,000 bed nights.  The Good Shepherd Alliance has a shelter and transitional housing that can accommodate immediate emergencies.   In […]

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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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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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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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United Methodist Women Stamps for Mission

The Virginia Conference United Methodist Women collects stamps and sells them to raise money for Missions. We have been doing this for over 32 years. Even common used postage can have value in bulk. The stamps will be sold and 100% of the proceeds donated to UMCOR. Below are some tips if you, your church, […]

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Healing Sunday: Finding Your Power, Listening for Healing

This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent,  Pastor Steve Vineyard continues his sermon series titled “Listen, Hearing that Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own” with a sermon titled Finding Your Power, Listening for Healing. Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. She was thinking, If […]

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The Fourth Sunday Of Lent, Listen…

This Lent we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own True Self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on holy texts is an ancient Lenten practice. Come and rest, come and listen. This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent,  Pastor Steve Vineyard continues his […]

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