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,
In the midst of all the recent events in our communities and the world I wanted to share the following reflections from my heart.
…Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the children come and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:16-17)
I think sometimes when we first hear the words of Jesus from Luke’s Gospel, we might wonder, “Well, is Jesus really expecting us to become like little children? Doesn’t he expect us to grow and become all that God wants us to be — fully mature people?” Well, the answer is yes, God does want us to become all that God has made us to be. But there is something about little children that makes them good models for us in what Jesus is trying to teach us —Recently, I had the opportunity to be around several small children of many various colors, cultures, religions, economic status’, political persuasions (parent influenced of course), etc. And while these young children were curious, wanted to find out more, to listen and learn, there was none of the rancor we find in many adult conversations today. As we grow older, we begin to think we know it all. We can’t learn anything new; we’ve got all the answers and we don’t need to listen to what others have to say.
Jesus says that he gives thanks to God because God has actually revealed to the little ones — those who listen, those who are open to truly hearing a new word from others and from God. They’re the ones that are blessed. In fact, Jesus, a little bit later on, says, “Unless you become like little children, you’ll never enter the reign of God.” So we must become like children, ready to listen, to learn, to grow in what Jesus wants to teach us. And what does Jesus want to teach us about loving one another? Look at the examples of Jesus and how he lived and what he preached—loving even our enemies who we might greatly disagree with—even those who might wish harm upon us. In the book of the prophet Zechariah, we see a passage (Palm Sunday) that the Gospel writers cite when Jesus is going up to Jerusalem and the people want to make him a king. They’re going to make him a king like David, the great warrior king, who will overthrow the Romans and the occupation by violence. He’ll be a warrior king.
But Jesus, if you remember (and this is taken directly from Zechariah 9:10), Jesus stops everything, asks his disciples to bring a donkey because he’s not going to ride into Jerusalem on a war horse—He’s not going to be a warrior king. He’s going to be, as Zechariah says, “humble, riding on a donkey. No more chariots, no more horses — war horses — in Jerusalem. This king will do away with them. He will do away with all kinds of violence and hatred—The warrior’s road shall be broken when he dictates peace to the nations. And through his love, he’ll reign from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earth.”
This is the most radical teaching of Jesus, and it’s so difficult for us to hear it, and even more difficult to live. He wants us to give up violence and hatred—never to return violence for violence or hatred for hatred. Instead, return love! He said it all in the Sermon on the Mount, and you’ve heard that. You know that. “Don’t just love those who love you, love your enemies. Love your enemies; do good to those who hurt you.” The only way we’re going to transform our communities and this world dear friends is through the love that Jesus Christ shows us and we in turn show to others—return love even in the midst of hatred. That’s how we can transform our world.
Jesus promises us that our world can be transformed into the reign of God — the reign of God where everyone will have a full human life, where there will be peace, joy, fullness of life and abundant love of neighbor. This world can be transformed—But only if we follow the way of Jesus—That spirit of Jesus who lives within us, if we listen and try to change our ways of thinking, which will then change our ways of action in our individual lives, in our neighborhoods, in our cities, our world—that is when the reign of God can and will break forth. And the peace of God will fill our hearts, fill our minds, our whole being, and gradually transform our world into the reign of God.
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
Saturday, September 2nd — Men’s Breakfast at 8:15am at Golden Goose
Tuesday, September 5th — September “Did you Know” Photo for the Day Challenge Begins
Tuesday, September 5th — “Strengthen Your Body and Your Soul” Starts at 10:30am
Thursday, September 7th — Mission Trip to Rainbow Acres
Friday, September 8th — Movie Night Food & Fellowship at 6:00pm, Movie at 6:30pm
Sunday, September 10th — Kachina Point Worship Service at 3:00pm
Sunday, September 18th — Blood Pressure Screening at 10:45 in the Fellowship Hall
Monday, September 18th — SUMC hosts Sedona Community Dinner starting at 3:00pm
Wednesday, September 20th — SUMC Soup Makers Meeting at 9:00am
Saturday, September 30th — Estate Planning Basics with Attorney Jonathan C. Linford 10am until 12:00pm
Thursday – Saturday, October 5th — Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild Fantastic Fiber Sale
Saturday, October 14th — 1st Annual SUMC Golf Tournament, Canyon Mesa Golf Course at 9:30am
Saturday, October 21st — Kids Against Hunger Packing Event, Cottonwood at 11:00am
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
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.
What is going on at Sedona UMC? Many things! Everyday in September, we will post at least one item showing the life and times of Sedona UMC. Please send your SUMC Pictures to Jenny in the office. Suggestions for photos: Fellowship time, church members in the community, team meetings, landscapes, Bible Studies, Missions, etc.
Family Movie Night will be held on Friday, September 8, 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.
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