Author Archive: Curt Christiansen

Lenten Devotional for February 12

The Names of God Read: Philippians 2:1-11 Therefore, God highly honored him and gave him a name above all names, so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. –Philippians 2:9-11 […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 11

What Is Your Name? Read:  Exodus 3:1-14 God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. So say to the Israelites , ‘I Am has sent me to you.” — Exodus 3:14 Reflect: In the Hebrew Bible, names represent hopes, dreams, and the characteristics of persons. For example, Jacob, after wrestling with an angel was […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 10

God Gives Us a Home Read:  Psalm 121 The Lord will protect you on your journeys— whether going or coming— from now until forever from now. –Psalm 121:8 Reflect: On the palm of your hand you write my name, O God. Through the pages of creation, my life unfolds. In the chambers of your heart, I have […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 9

God Wants to Be Known Read:  John 1:1-18 No one has ever seen God. God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made God known. –John 1:18 Reflect: God is not hiding. God doesn’t avoid us. God wants to be known. That’s the story of the Bible. God wanted to be known […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 8

Can We Know?  Read:   Psalm 100 Know that the LORD is God— he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture. –Psalm 100:3 Reflect: Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God. The more we know [God], the more we will desire to know [God]. – Brother […]

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Senior Activity Group Events

Upcoming Activities Tuesday, December 13, 2:00-10:00 PM.  Holiday Lights Trip. (Departs at 2:30 PM for Washington, DC.)   Saturday, December 17, Noon to 3;00 PM. Christmas Party / Potluck in Gallihugh Hall at the church.     Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM.  “Million Dollar Quartet” at Riverside Dinner Theater in Fredericksburg, VA.  Cost of $74 includes […]

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As the Snow Falls…

As I hunker down and wait for the snow to begin to swirl, I am reminded of both the beauty and the power of God as expressed in nature. Whenever I think too much of myself and I need to be humbled, I need simply to stand at the edge of the ocean, or stare […]

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Good Financial News for Year-End 2015

From Pastor Steve: Dear Sterling UMC Church Family, This fall, at the end of October, we were facing a deficit of $50,000 in our operating budget fund. That means we had spent $50,000 more than we had taken in. I appealed to you for your financial assistance to close this deficit, and you generously responded. […]

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Peeling Back Christmas

I walked into the sanctuary yesterday to this scene, and with a sigh I realized, Christmas is over. The paper is literally peeling off the walls! The magical season of twinkling lights and silent nights is being replaced by the flurry of activity that greets us with the new year. A piece of me desires […]

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KUC Preschool Registration

Registration for the 2016-17 school year of Kids Under Construction Preschool begins: January 14 for current KUC families. January 28 for SUMC members and alumni. February 4 for new families. Registration is first come first served. You will find the registation forms at www.kucpreschool.org. There will be an Open House on January 21 at 10:00 […]

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Thoughts on Advent

In our Advent study so far we have been reminded how on that first Christmas, God sent Jesus to the unsuspecting, the unqualified, the undeserving people of that day who found themselves carrying out their day-to-day lives in fearful times of trouble, injustice and violence.  God was in Jesus, reconciling the world to Himself and […]

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Thanksgiving Eve Meal

A Family Thanksgiving at SUMC Wednesday, November 25, 6:00-8:00 PM Will you be alone this Thanksgiving?  Is family far away?  Have you recently lost a loved one?  Are you a single young adult or an older couple with no one to share Thanksgiving with?  Whatever your situation, you DO have a family.  Join your SUMC […]

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Drop and Shop

  DROP AND SHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT REGISTRATIONS.     Saturday, December 5, 2015 At Sterling United Methodist Church 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM We will watch your kids so you can do your Christmas Shopping. Proceeds will benefit the capital campaign. Cost:  $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional sibling […]

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Beginning the busy, happy season…

Just looking at all the activities that are already starting to crowd the blocks on our church calendar for the next couple of months, it is obvious we are beginning the “busy, happy season” of the year.  A season of joy… but not for everyone… and sometimes the hectic pace can sidetrack or interrupt the deep […]

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Charge Conference

Charge Conference  Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 PM Join us for our annual Charge Conference meeting when we will conduct annual business of the church, including receiving reports from the ministries, electing officers, and setting pastoral salaries for the coming year. The Charge Conference is presided over by our District Superintendent, Rev. Cathy Abbott.  

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Higher Education News

College Students So that Sterling UMC can stay connected to all of our college students we are asking for student addresses for the 2015-2016 school year. Please click the button below and fill out the college student information form.  If you have questions, please email Angie Sokolowski at . Church Members So that Sterling UMC can stay connected […]

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Grapple Sunday school for 5th and 6th grade

    5th and 6th graders go in-depth into the old, familiar Bible stories. Grapple is specifically designed to help preteens “grapple” with tough questions in meaningful ways so that they understand and own their faith. As they learn how to search the Bible for answers they will build a faith foundation that guides wise […]

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J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Mid Week Children’s Ministry

  J.A.M. Children’s Midweek Ministry program is for children age 2 years to 5th grade.  J.A.M. is a children’s Bible study program and is located in room 100. J.A.M. is part of our Wednesday CrossWalk Fellowship and meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM. Nursery care is available for 0-24 months from 6:45 pm- 8:30 pm. For […]

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