Worship

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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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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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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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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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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The Breath Of God, 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. Last week on Ash Wednesday Pastor Steve Vineyard introduced a new […]

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Trunk or Treat At Sterling UMC

Join us Saturday October 28 from 10 AM to 1 PM to and bring the kids to celebrate Halloween at SUMC with our annual Trunk or Treat event! We invite you to join us in your non scary Halloween costumes and visit the decorated trunks set up in our  front parking lot to receive nut free […]

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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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Father’s Day, You Can Thank a Methodist

Loving God, We give thanks for the men of virtue who have touched our lives. Those who have shown us kindness, courage, generosity, truth, compassion, faith, and love.   Bless all sons and brothers and fathers and grandfathers who reveal a glimpse of your loving presence on earth. Amen (The Rev. Jane Sommers, a retired […]

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Teacher Recognition, Backpack Buddies, Grace Ministries

Last week’s Graduate Recognition Sunday post reported that our schools are teaching more kids than ever and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, total public and private elementary and secondary school enrollment reached a record 55 million in fall 2006, representing a 12 percent increase since fall 1993. Between 2006 and 2018, a […]

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Graduate Recognition Sunday

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, total public and private elementary and secondary school enrollment reached a record 55 million in fall 2006, representing a 12 percent increase since fall 1993. Between 2006 and 2018, a further increase of 8 percent is expected. Our schools are teaching more kids than ever. And, according […]

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This Sunday Why Not Enjoy Lunch at Church

This week we have an opportunity for fellowship following our 11 AM Contemporary worship service. Our monthly pizza and salad lunch will be served in the Gallihugh Fellowship Hall at approximately 12 PM. All are invited to attend our 11 AM service and join the group for lunch right after.  Or, if you wish to […]

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Pentecost Sunday

The fiftieth day after Easter is known as Pentecost and this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  Pentecost is one of the principal days of the Christian year and in the early Church was the second most important part of the Christian year next to Easter.  The Greek word pentecoste means “fiftieth day.” Pentecost is the day on which […]

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Summer Musicians Wanted!

Are you interested in performing in church? All you need is the desire.  There are opportunities for those with talent and those who just want to learn and develop! Sterling United Methodist Church has an awesome music program that includes the choir that performs at the 9 AM service, our Latino musicians at 10 AM, […]

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Mother’s Day has Methodist Roots

In the 1860s, before there was an official Mother’s Day holiday in the U.S., a Methodist mom named Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day.” Ann organized women’s clubs in the 1860s to serve suffering mothers and children and to work for peace because they could see the ravages of war in their husbands […]

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