The Sedona United Methodist Church has been serving Sedona and the Verde Valley for over 35 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: Tuesdays through Thursdays 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fridays 9:00a.m. to Noon
Closed on Monday and on major holidays
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by Welcoming all people, Worshiping God joyfully, Caring for each person, Discovering Christ’s transforming love, and Serving God’s world.
To share the happiness that is Christianity for all people.
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Greetings to our Sedona UMC Family & Friends,
I love this time of year, when the nights and the mornings begin to tease us with signs of cooler temperatures and the coming fall colors. Can you believe it, before we know it the holiday season will be upon us and many of our friends who travel to far off locations to beat the heat will be back among us.
World Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of October and has become a time when Christians in cultures throughout this world will break bread and share the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. We remember through this celebration that we are all part of the whole body of believers. Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith. One of my favorite stories is the story of Nina shared by Andrew & Ellen Collins, missionaries in Nepal. They wrote:
Nina had been coming to church for weeks, and you’d think she had always been a Christian. She knew all the songs, raised her hands and prayed out loud like everybody else. She read the scriptures half a syllable ahead of the others. But when communion Saturday came along, just before the elements were served Nina, like all the other non-baptized worshippers, would quietly get up and go outside. In Nepal, tradition said that communion is offered to all who have publicly declared their faith in Christ and who have been baptized.
I would watch Nina go and I silently prayed that she did not feel rejected. I hoped that this seeming lack of inclusiveness on the part of the church would not dampen her interest in Christ. “Are you kidding?” she answered, when I finally got up the courage to ask her. “The church is the only place in this country where I, a woman, am truly welcome. This is the only group of people who welcome me in, despite the fact that I have been treated for mental illness. Here I find rich and poor—educated and illiterate—sitting together, singing together, sharing a hymn book and the Gospel.” Yes, but…communion…I started to say. She put a finger to her mouth to quiet me and walked off, arm-in-arm with a lady deacon of the church.
I was moved to go and speak with the pastor about this subject— spilling my heartbreak over Nina and others not feeling they were welcomed at God’s table. Several months had passed and one Saturday I missed church for some reason. Later that day a friend phoned to say that I should have been there – Nina had stayed for communion! I found out that the pastor had reached out to Nina and all of those who were yet to be baptized, and Nina and her husband, and most within their community were indeed baptized earlier in the week. I had missed her first meal at the “welcome table”! When I met Nina at her tiny rented room the next day she beamed at me. “I am a baptized Christian—God does love me and I am worthy in God’s sight. And now I stay in church for the whole time! What a great privilege!” she exclaimed. Nina was delighted. I was delighted too.
So, as we gather for World Communion Sunday, uniting with millions around this earth, we celebrate One Lord and One Table and we do so, remembering what is common among us:
Our, God the creator of Heaven and Earth; Our faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God who gave His life on the cross for our sin so that we might have new life, eternal life free from sin; And for the Holy Spirit, who empowers and guides our lives each day, the embodiment of Christ with us.
We also remember the efficacy of the Bread and the Juice of this Table. We may not be able to gather together in one place at one time to share this meal as a single united family, but we can do the next best thing. We can gather as one spirit, in one lord, and celebrate the Sacrament with a common vision of unity for the future.
I look forward to meeting you at God’s holy banquet table, a table in the United Methodist Church where all are invited, all are welcomed, and all are encouraged to come. Praise God for this abundant gift of grace.
Grace & Peace, Pastor Fred
Sedona United Methodist Church now offers online giving as a quick, easy and secure option. If you would like to donate to our church, you may do so by using our online system. To access the system, please click the “Donate Now” button.
Did you miss Pastor Fred Mast’s sermon from Sunday Morning? Or would you like to hear his message again? Perhaps you would like to share the message with a friend or neighbor?
Sedona United Methodist Church Sunday Sermons are available for listening online or available for download.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT SEDONA UMC
Thursday – Saturday, October 5th-7th — Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild Fantastic Fiber Sale
Saturday, October 7th — Men’s Breakfast at 8:15am at Golden Goose
Sunday, October 8th — BE THE CHURCH Seminar at 11am
Friday, October 13th — Movie Night Food & Fellowship at 6:00pm, Movie at 6:30pm
Saturday, October 14th — 1st Annual SUMC Golf Tournament, Canyon Mesa Golf Course at 9:30am
Sunday, October 15th — Dedication Ceremony for the New Flame
Wednesday, October 18th — Venturing Open House at 6:00pm Fellowship Hall
Saturday, October 21st — Kids Against Hunger Packing Event, Cottonwood at 11:00am
Thursday, October 26th — Emerson Theater Collaborative Thought Reader Bill Gladwell
Saturday, October 28th at The Collective Sedona
Tuesday, October 31st — TRUNK or TREAT, Sedona UMC Parking Lot, 5:00pm until 7:00pm
Saturday, November 4th — Holiday Boutique from 10:00am until 4:00m
Sunday, November 5th — Church Charge Conference at 11:00am
Saturday, December 2nd — Christmas Celebration Mission to Navajo Nation
UMCOR Response to Hurricane Harvey
5 Things You Can Do to help
1. Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Río Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.
2. Make relief kits, send complete kits to our relief-supply depots or an affiliate warehouse. See Website to download the packing list and shipping label.
3. Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts: U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670. Go to the website to donate:
4. Donate only those items requested.
5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.
BIBLE STUDY AT SEDONA UMC
Sunday School for Children 9:45am
Men’s Bible Study — Every Wednesday at 9:00am in the Conference Room.
Anna’s Circle Bible Study — Every Thursday at 9:45am in the Conference Room. This study is for women.
Family Movie Night will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017. The fun starts at 6:00pm with lots of great food and fellowship. Movie starts at 6:30pm.
Ask a friend and bring them with you!
As usual, the fun keeps reeling. Don’t forget — it is FREE!
Cross Magnet Pins and Cross Necklaces are now available on Sunday Mornings. First time guests can get their free pin by visiting the “Welcome Center” at the front door. Members and friends of Sedona United Methodist Church can purchase a Cross Magnet Pin for $10 or a beautiful and adjustable Cross Necklace for $15.
For more information, please contact the church office at 928-282-1780.
Come and see what is happening in the life of the friendliest church in Sedona.
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