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Ash Wednesday, the Season of Lent Begins

Ash Wednesday, February 26, marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent lasts for forty days, not counting the Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. During this period of repentance and renewal, we recall and relive the resurrection story to understand the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection that gave […]

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What’s Happening in Adult Education

Sterling United Methodist Church has many opportunities for adults to meet in fellowship and Christian education. Sunday morning small groups meet at 10 a.m. during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour.  There are currently four classes to choose from. Our Spirit Seekers Adult Sunday school class is our longest running adult Bible study. They are […]

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The 2020 Summer Mission Program

Sterling United Methodist Church has announced its summer Missions trips and the applications now available on the Sterling United Methodist Church website Resources page. This year’s program includes two opportunities to serve in mission.  The first opportunity is the Youth trip in support of the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) located in the southwest Virginia and […]

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LINK Coat Drive on November 16

LINK, Inc. provides emergency food and financial assistance to those in need in the Sterling, Herndon, and Ashburn, Virginia communities. The workers at LINK, Inc. are all volunteers comprised of dedicated local churches, organizations, and individuals.  It is supported primarily by donations of food, funds, and other needs for special distributions such as the LINK […]

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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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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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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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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

“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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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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Welcoming Our New 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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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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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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