Sunday Preview

Equipping Hour


This Sunday we begin a special all-church, two-week Equipping Class on the topics of money, possessions, and giving. Join us early (9am!) as we seek greater joy in Jesus through a lifestyle of generosity.


Using Lifeway’s Gospel Project curriculum, we help our children see the glory of God in the big story of the Bible.



Service - 1o:30am

Theme: God gives us rest in Jesus.
Sermon: Finding True Sabbath Rest in Jesus
Scripture: Various
Preacher: Steve Palframan
OT Reading: Genesis 1:28-2:3
NT Reading: Matthew 11:25-30



we meet for evening service on the 2nd & 4th sundays of the month.

Join us as we sing, pray for the advance of the gospel, and hear from God’s word from the book of Ephesians. Youth and children’s classes meet as well.

We encourage you to use the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month to pursue fellowship & hospitality outside the church walls.

Upcoming Evening Service Schedule:

  • April 28 - Ephesians 3:1-6

  • May 12 - Ephesians 3:7-3

  • May 26 - Ephesians 3:14-21



5 Special Equipping Class: Generous & Joyful (Part 2)
   Men’s Reading & Accountability group
10  Youth Social @ Wachtel’s
12 New Equipping Classes begin
19  Members’ Meeting
21  Men’s Reading & Accountability group


28 Special Equipping Class: Generous & Joyful (Part 1)

Upcoming Events

Generous & Joyful - How a godly lifestyle of generosity leads to our joy

Let’s talk about money. Stressed out yet? 

The topics of money, possessions, and giving bring out all kinds of emotional reactions in us: stress, anxiety, defensiveness, avoidance. But what if it’s possible—even right and good—that a life marked by giving actually leads to more joy? That’s our contention in this class. Money can’t buy true happiness, but giving is a path to joy. 

So how do you think about your money and possessions? What about giving money away? Or, now that you consider it, have you ever really thought intentionally about what you keep and what you give away? 

Giving is a tough topic for many of us—one that, quite frankly, we’d sometimes rather avoid. But it’s our contention that the Lord speaks clearly on these things; and—just like in any topic—he speaks for our joy.  

So let’s talk about it. From who owns our stuff to how much we should give away and to whom. Come early (9:00-10:00am in the main hall) on April 28 and May 5 and let’s dive into the joy of generosity.

Men’s Reading & Accountability Group 2019

It’s never too late to join our Men’s Reading and Accountability Group. The purpose of this group is to learn and apply theology to our lives, as well as hold one another accountable in our pursuit of holiness. We meet approximately every 2 weeks on Tuesday mornings from 6:00-7:30am at the church building. If you’d like to be part of this group, then please RSVP to Mike Jones (

Equipping Class - Stewardship

On May 12, Seth will begin an 8 week Equipping Class on Stewardship - How we can use gifts we’ve been given to glorify God and bless others.

Look around you. In your home. In your closet. In your wallet. Look in your bank account. In your garage. Look at your talents and your calendar. Look at your health and your body. You’ve been given a lot. Or, or accurately, you’ve been entrusted with a lot. So what would God have you do with it all? What does faithfulness look like when it comes to the things we have?

This is the question of stewardship: how do we manage what God has given us to his glory and to the good of others? And this is what we’re diving into in this class. What would God have you do with your money? How about your talents? Or your time? If it’s true that we’ll be held accountable for how we lived with these things, then what does it look like to do it faithfully? In this class, we’ll dive into these questions head-on, asking what the Lord asks of us when it comes to stewarding the gifts he’s graciously given to us. Sign up for this class now here.

Equipping Class - Moving On: Beyond Forgive and Forget

Forgiveness is an everyday part of the Christian life, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes we experience trauma or betrayal that feels impossible to forgive. Or maybe it’s a smaller matter that happens over and over again. Maybe it’s a relationship that is broken and difficult. Or maybe forgiveness is just not a pattern you’ve ever developed in your life. If any of these situations apply to you, then we invite you to read and study Moving On: Beyond Forgive and Forget by Ruth Ann Batstone. Together, we’ll consider whys and hows of this vital spiritual practice. This class begins Sunday, May 12 at 9:30am. Note: You will need to purchase your own copy of this book in time to do some reading before the first class. Please contact if this presents an obstacle to your participation in the class. Sign up for this class now here.


Examining Ourselves

As we prepare to share the Lord’s Supper together this Sunday, we encourage you to take time this week to examine yourself (1 Cor. 11:28). We look forward to celebrating this meal together!

The New eDirectory

We hope you’re enjoying using the new eDirectory. If you haven’t received an invite yet, check your spam folder for an email called "Welcome to the Sterling Park Baptist Church Directory!" If you still can’t find it, email us at and we’ll help fix the problem.

Ways to Give to the Ministry of SPBC

We offer a number of ways that you can support the ministry of Sterling Park Baptist Church. While we are grateful for all forms of financial support, some forms of giving are more cost-effective for us than others. Here are the options for providing financial support in order of preference:

  • Use the bill pay option at your bank to send checks to SPBC on the schedule you choose. This option is free for you and us, does not require that you obtain any routing or account numbers, and allows you to provide regular support during vacations and other times away. For greater security for your donation, please have your bank mail checks to P.O. Box 2743, Sterling, VA  20167.

  • Place cash or checks in the donation boxes at the exits from the main hall. This option is also free, but requires you to play “catch up” when you miss a Sunday.

  • Click here to give online using the bank account option. This is the online option that has the lowest processing fees.

  • Click here to give online using a credit or debit card. This option deducts standard bank card processing fees.

Scripture Memory

With the start of the new year you may want to consider adding regular Scripture memory to your routine! Karen has freshly stocked our Scripture memory books for adults and children.  Children can use the memory books in coordination with Gospel Project for prizes! If you are interested please feel free to email to purchase your books!

Hospitality Sundays

There is no Evening Service on the first Sundays of the month. The main purpose is to encourage and free up the afternoon/evening for hospitality and fellowship with one another outside the church building. What could that look like? 

  • Have members and/or visitors over for lunch to enjoy one another and discuss the day's sermon.

  • Attend one of our student's sporting events and grab a bite to eat afterwards as church family.

  • Invite church members over along with unbelieving neighbors for an evening of food and fellowship.

  • Invite people to go out for an evening stroll followed by some ice cream.

The possibilities are many. The point is, we'd love to begin thinking more intentionally about spending time together with each other and unbelievers for the sake of the gospel. So think and pray about what those particular Sunday afternoons and evenings could look like for you.

Church Hospitality

  1. Service Opportunity: We need to add a few volunteers to our hospitality team to assist with set up and clean up duties for our after-service refreshment time on Sundays. Volunteers will work with a partner in the kitchen about once every six weeks. Contact Lisa Hergenrather ( for more information.

  2. The children’s table for Sunday refreshments is designated for children up to age 12. Teenagers may use the adult table.

  3. If you need to borrow things (tablecloths, coffee pot, water dispensers) that are typically used for Sunday refreshments, you are welcome to do so, but please remember to return them to the kitchen for use on Sunday.


Sunday Morning

This week we’ll be joining the rest of the church in the main hall at 9:00am to take part in the special Equipping Class: Generosity and Joy.

Movie Night @ the Wachtel’s

On Friday, May 10 from 7:00-10:00pm we’re going to have a movie night at the Wachtel’s (102 Forest Ridge Dr., Sterling, VA 20164). Pizza will be provided! Feel free to invite friends. Please RSVP to Mike Jones by May 9 to make sure we have enough food.

Upcoming Teaching

You can find the upcoming teaching schedule here.

Upcoming Events

You can find the schedule for upcoming events below:

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Homework Helpers

"Homework Helpers" is the Sterling Elementary after school club that meets every Thursday at the church building from 2:30-5:30pm. We split the time into three portions: games, Bible, homework help. If you would like to join the outreach team email Karen (

Hope Community Center

Ayman and Mary Lolas run the Hope Community Center (HCC) which aims to reach Arabs for Christ. We are extremely excited about this ministry and want to extend opportunities two opportunities to serve: a Conversation English Classes and a Women's Meeting. If you are interested in serving you can email Ayman.


Missions Opportunities

Because our church is a part of the Radstock Network we have many connections with churches all over the world. If you are interested in taking a missions trip to any of our partner churches or are interested in having conversations about going to a foreign culture for the short or long term feel free to reach out to Seth Wachtel.

General Info

Biblical Counseling

Biblical counseling is a vital ministry that is provided by our church. Recognizing that we are sinners living in a broken world, we see biblical counseling as a normal (and often necessary) part of the Christian life. For more information, please go to our church website or email Brenda at to book an appointment. 

Parking Spaces

Since we fill up every Sunday morning, it'd be great if we could leave the parking spaces closest to the building available for those who are visitors or for families with small children. A small but great way to serve others!

Small Groups

Small groups are a fantastic way to get to know people, serve others, support one another and grow as a Christian. We would encourage all of our members to seriously consider joining a small group in Ashburn, Fairfax, Herndon, or Sterling. For more information, please contact Mike Jones. 

Sermon Audio

Our morning and evening sermons are posted every Monday on our church website and our iTunes Podcast.

Office Closed on Fridays and Saturdays

Please note that the church office is typically closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Looking for Ways to Serve SPBC?

At SPBC we have various ministries (e.g. music, ushering/greeting, A/V, children's ministry, youth ministry, hospitality). Thus, there are many ways to serve! If you are looking for practical ways to serve the congregation, please contact Mike Jones.

SPBC Exchange Group

If you would like to join the buy/sell SPBC Exchange group on Facebook, please contact Emily Borkholder and she would be more than happy to add you. Current members of the group are also welcome to add people who have been added to the church's membership.

Lost & Found

Have you lost any items at the church building? Check out the Lost & Found box in the church office by the water cooler.