Welcome to Sedona United Methodist Church

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churchcourtyardThe Sedona United Methodist Church has been serving Sedona and the Verde Valley for over 30 years.  Whether you are a visitor, newcomer or a part of our family, you are invited to share the glory of God with us.  Our Spirit filled congregation has become known as one of the friendliest places around Sedona.  Please explore our website to learn more about us.  We invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30a.m. or at any of our many activities.  We have a place for you, come and worship with us!

 


Sedona United Methodist Church welcomes you.

We are located at: 110 Indian Cliffs Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336

We are located on Highway 179, at the round-a-bout at Indian Cliffs Road in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.

Church office is open: Mondays through Thursdays 9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed on Friday and on major holidays

Phone number is: 928-282-1780
Fax number is: 928-282-6377


 

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 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Message from the Pastor

Celebrating Black History Month

During the month of February, the United Methodist Church calls upon and has charged its congregations to remember the historical contributions of Black people and African Americans in these United States. We are asking you to share God’s love and transforming power by celebrating Black History month, Sunday, February 15, 2015, by giving generously to two of the United Methodist Mission programs: The Black College Fund and Africa University on Mission/Outreach. These agencies are making a difference in the lives of young people across the nation and in Africa by building leaders who will help the United Methodist Church make a difference for tomorrow.

Being the first Black American female lead pastor at Sedona UMC, I struggle with how to celebrate a rich history of Black Americans and African American influence on the building of our nation and the United Methodist Church. The Reverend Dr. Tracy S. Malone, district superintendent of the Chicago Southern District of the Northern Illinois Conference stated, “While Black History Month becomes an opportunity to celebrate African-American Heritage, it risks becoming nothing more than tokenism if the stories and struggles of people of this heritage are not part of the common story.” Thus, I risk telling my story among the stories for this month’s newsletter.

My appointment as pastor for two predominately Caucasian congregations in the Desert Southwest Conference, one as solo pastor and at Sedona UMC as lead pastor, has made me aware of how my presence and positional leadership could evoke unspoken, unacknowledged, and unresolved racism among some of the members. However, and more significantly, I am also very aware that in these two congregations and especially here at Sedona UMC, there are substantially more people who proclaim a profound love for God and a love for their neighbor and seek justice for all no matter a person’s race, creed, nationality or gender. I am equally convinced that there are sincere individuals in all Christian congregations that want to know and experience God’s truth and love and desire to embody it and to share it with others.

This has been the foundational belief that has shaped my theology and preaching for twenty years. It has provided a lens through which I interpret Scripture and a theological framework for preaching, bold, prophetic, empowering sermons. It helps to create a message that provokes and invites the listeners to examine their faith and lives in light of God’s truth, justice, and love. With my presence in any congregation, black or white, I affectionately challenge congregations to fully embrace who they are in Jesus Christ, to be God-shaped, Christ-centered, and Holy Spirit led, and to radically demonstrate their faith by the way they welcome, treat, communicate, and serve those who are different. I pray that within the complexity of the world’s unrest because of racial or cultural differences that the vision and involvement of the United Methodist church prevail in local and global societies making a difference and bringing a reality that cannot be denied, that we are the Body of Christ transforming the world, one congregation at a time. Let us at Sedona UMC, as a part of that reality, take time to remember the rich and diverse history and contributions of Black people and African Americans to our country and world.

Grace be unto you,

Pastor Jimelvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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