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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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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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Summer Mission Opportunities!

Sterling United Methodist Church has announced two Summer Mission Trips for this year and applications are now available! The first trip is scheduled for July 7-12 heading to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana. The UMCOR Sager Brown Depot is the hub of UMCOR’s relief-supply operations. Each year, […]

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God’s Messy Family: A New Year Sermon Series

In his book, God’s Messy Family: Finding Your Place When Life Isn’t Perfect, author and pastor Jacob Armstrong takes a look at our faith lineage by focusing specifically on the messy family dynamics found in the Book of Genesis.  By looking at the life stories of Abraham and Sarah, and their direct descendants – we […]

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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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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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A New Sunday School Curriculum Planned for 2018-2019

A new program from Deep Blue Kids will be introduced for our Sunday school this upcoming school year.  The new curriculum is titled Deep Blue Connects:  At Home With God 2018-2019.  The curriculum is designed for all ages from the nursery to preteens.  Preteens will use a format called Submerged designed for older ages. “Deep […]

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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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