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 further increase of 8 percent is expected.

More kids than ever mean more teachers than ever are working with our children.  And those facts don’t include pre-school education programs and Sunday schools or other religious educational programs including adult programs.

This Sunday is Teacher Recognition Sunday at Sterling United Methodist Church, when we will acknowledge and thank those in and outside our church family who serve in the very important capacity of teacher to our kids and ourselves; those who have the calling and teach as a career and also those who take the time to volunteer to educate and mentor in the classroom.

This Sunday Pastor Steve will continue the sermon series titled The First Christians with part three titled “When Christians Disappoint.”

This weekend we will host our monthly GRACE Ministry clothing and food distribution.  Friday, volunteers will set up for the Saturday morning distribution.  If you are interested in helping, set up starts about 4 PM on Friday and lasts into the early evening so any time after that you can jump in and help.  On Saturday volunteers are needed at 8 AM for the distribution until about 11 AM when clean up ends.

The final Backpack Buddies packing for this school year will be this Sunday, June 10 during our Growing Deeper discipleship hour at 10 AM and will be set up in the narthex (lobby).  An additional 100 “backpacks” will be assembled over the normal 200 to provide a little extra for the summer months.

The current needs for packing are:

100 noodles/ramen/mac & cheese cups single cups

190 cereal boxes, single serving

250 oatmeal, single serving

200 snacks (crackers, granola bars,
fruit snacks)

220 canned meals (cans with pop tops)

230 juice boxes (no pouches)

No milk is needed!

Thanks to all those who helped assemble the bags during last Sunday’s 10 AM hour to be used this week for GRACE and Backpack Buddies.

Sterling UMC is a community church and all are welcome to be our guest, attend our services and support our mission efforts.  Please visit our website often for updates.  To subscribe to our weekly email newsletter please send your email contact information to 

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