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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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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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Sterling UMC Member Darlene Kumler Featured in INOVA Loudoun Chaplaincy Services Newsletter

(From the Inova Loudoun Hospital Chaplaincy Services Newsletter) Volunteer Spotlight: Darlene Kumler Chaplaincy Services News Inova Loudoun Hospital   On a typical Tuesday morning, Darlene Kumler packs inspirational stones into her jacket pockets and heads off to visit patients and families with her Chaplaincy partner, Don Meyer. Darlene became a chaplaincy services volunteer around November […]

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Renovation Project 2017

Celebration Join us Sunday, June 11th, for worship at 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00. Followed by a cookout to celebrate the culmination of the renovations at our church. Thank you for your support and for working with us during this exciting and stressful time. We hope that you’re happy with the changes and that we can […]

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Worship Services on Schedule for Tomorrow

Sterling UMC will hold all scheduled worship services tomorrow morning. The “hill” coming up from the street is clear and the sidewalks are clear.  There is a light dusting of snow on the parking lot but efforts are underway tonight to clear that. Please join us for worship tomorrow at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 AM as we begin a new sermon […]

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Year End Information

Year End Information Our church office will be closed this year between Christmas and the New Year’s Day holiday, and will reopen Tuesday, January 3.In case of an emergency that requires pastoral care, please call the church office (703) 430-6455, and leave a voicemail for Pastor Steve (Extension 25), or other staff members at their extensions. […]

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Note from Pastor Steve

Re:  The difference knowing Jesus makes Have you noticed? It’s not just at Christmas time, but it seems that the needs of people around us cry out louder at this time of year. Last Saturday, I talked with a lot of visitors to our church while I watched the Grace ministers at work supplying food […]

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Stewardship Campaign

November 15, 2016 Dear Sterling Church Family, We had a great day of worship this past Sunday where many of you made a commitment to support the church in 2017:  84 people made commitments totaling $287,146.  Of those commitments, 29 represented an increase over last year, and 8 persons made a commitment for the first […]

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UMC Council of Bishops’ Response to Orlando Shooting

  Our Sympathy and Prayers go out for the victims,survivors and families of the recent terrorist shooting in Orlando on June 12.  Below you can read the response of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church to this horrific act of terror. United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2016 Minneapolis, […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 27

Knowing God’s Presence Read: Mark 1:9-13 At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. —Mark 1:12-13 Reflect: Our love for God grows and deepens when we keep the faith during dark times. When we begin our journey with Christ, we often feel […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 26

Light Divine Read: John 8:12-30 Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12 Reflect: Come, Christ-light, undying, inseparable Light of love, we celebrate The offering of your eternal Hope. A light into our […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 25

The Light of Life Read: John 9:1-7 Jesus answered, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” —John 9:5 Reflect: One of my favorite sayings is “let’s shed some light on this.” It’s a familiar expression to use when you want to take a closer look at an object or […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 24

Spiritual Fullness Read: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 May the Lord cause you to increase and enrich your love for each other and for everyone in the same way as we also love you. —1 Thessalonians 3:12 Reflect: Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a pint-size missionary nun, whose road to saintliness took her from her home country […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 23

Emptied to Be Filled Read: Mark 10:17-22 Jesus looked at him carefully and loved him. He said, “You are lacking one thing. Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” —Mark 10:21 Reflect: I like to imagine that each of […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 22

Every Day God Comes to Us Read: John 6:25-40 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” —John 6:35 Reflect: Every day God waits for us to pray in gratitude and trust, asking for what we and what […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 21

Break Thou Bread of Life Read: John 6:1-25 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, […]

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