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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A Message from Pastor Fred Mast
Christmas Greetings to our Sedona UMC Family & Friends,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth… John 1:1,14
The Bible is described by many as a love story between God and His people. God sent us the gift of the Son, Jesus Christ. God actually gift wrapped himself in human flesh, and was delivered in a damp and cold stable so that he could come and live among us, not as some king sitting high upon a throne—but as one with mortal flesh who would come and personally offer to us a life of salvation not attainable through our own efforts or works but as a free gift for entering into a love relationship with Him. A gift beyond all comprehension!
We have reflected for a number of weeks upon the blessings that God has brought to Sedona UMC in this past year. We have seen a number of our dear friends move to other parts of the state and country but God has brought in their place many new friends. Through our good stewardship we have been blessed to improve our financial results from the prior year—but we still have work to do as we end the year with a fairly significant deficit. We have accomplished so many good works in these past 12 months, and truly focused on moving outside of our four walls and making a difference in our local community, AND WE HAVE!
As I began to pray about the upcoming Advent and Christmas season, I realized just how truly blessed that I and my family have been to be in ministry with all of you here at SUMC this past year and a half. Sedona UMC is a very special place where the spirit of the living God is very strong, and alive and well. Sedona UMC is really an example of the miracles God can work through His people when they are willing and available. I also realized once again just how much my life and my ministry “is a gift” – a blessing from God. I realized once again how God has blessed me and my family beyond my imagining.
And it made me realize that as we celebrate once again the birth of our Lord and Savior, despite my best efforts to give thanks for all of God’s blessings this year I needed to do more! I realized that God has blessed me with much more than I need, and instead of receiving presents this year I am being called to give a special birthday present to Jesus. But what to give?
It was suggested that maybe we should do something special here at Sedona UMC this Christmas, a “March to the Manger” to help Christ’s local church finish the year strong to bring us into the New Year on a solid footing—building the foundation for the New Year.
On December 18th at our worship service we will celebrate the birth of Jesus with our Chancel Choir presenting a Christmas Cantata – ‘King of Kings’ followed by our Open House and 13 soups of Christmas luncheon right after worship. During this special service I invite you to consider making your own “March to the Manger” and offering a special gift to celebrate and give thanks to God for all of the blessings you have received this year.
I decided that instead of receiving gifts I really don’t need, that I would ask my family if they would consider taking the amount they would normally spend and make a gift to Sedona UMC in my name. We might also consider giving one less gift to our children or grandchildren and donate that amount in their name—what a powerful example it will set for them. Some have suggested taking the “club card savings” on the bottom of your grocery receipts during December and donating the amount you saved. Maybe we will have one more home cooked meal instead of eating out and giving the amount we would have spent on the restaurant meal.
I invite you to join me in prayer, and be creative with your special gift at the manger this Christmas—maybe even gift wrap your gift. Involve the whole family. It doesn’t just have to be monetary. Con-sider additional gifts you might bring, a renewed effort to step up on one or more of your membership covenants – prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Maybe you make a renewed covenant to increase your worship attendance in the coming year. Maybe this is an opportunity to increase your time in prayer for others in 2017. You might consider getting involved in missions, leadership, or some other area of service within the church. Maybe this is the year you decide to join in membership at Sedona UMC.
It is an exciting time to be in ministry together at Sedona UMC. I feel as so many of you have expressed to me in recent months that SUMC is on the verge of something really exciting and special. We have come so far together as disciples of Jesus Christ and we have so many tremendous opportunities before us to continue to be the hands and feet of that precious little baby boy, born in a manger, who lived, died, and rose to everlasting life so that we may live lives of abundance, lives full of hope, and lives filled with the assurance of an eternal future in relationship with Him!
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year – and Happy Birthday Jesus!
Grace & Peace,
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT SEDONA UMC
Thursday, December 1st through January 1st — “Lord, Hear our Prayers” Christmas Display at Tinsel Town inside Tlaquepaque
Sunday, December 4th — Second Chance Boutique after worship in the Fellowship Hall for all the last minute gift giving.
Wednesday, December 7th — Ladies Christmas Dinner at 6:00pm, Purchase tickets beginning on 11/14/16
Friday, December 9th — Family Movie Night — Christmas Party at 6:00pm, Movie at 6:30pm
Monday, December 12th — Caroling on the Sedona Trolley at 5:00pm
Saturday, December 17th — Pastor Fred and Jenny’s Open House at Parsonage
Sunday, December 18th — Cantata, Christmas Open House & Soup Luncheon after worship
Christmas Eve — Candlelight, Carols and Lessons with Communion at 6:00pm
Christmas Day — Sunday Worship Begins at 9:30am.
As usual, the fun keeps reeling.
Please visit Sedona UMC’s Holiday Display at Tinsel Town inside Tlaquepaque. The Christmas lights and the manger scene will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit.
The display will go from December 1st until January 1st from dusk until 9:00pm every evening. The event is free to the public. The display is located next to the East entrance off of Hwy 179.
Our display is entitled “Lord Hear Our Prayers” and features a manger scene in which visitors can place their prayer requests . We will be praying for our community and their concerns during Advent. We are also asking people to send us their photos so we can post them on our Facebook page.
To see the images already submitted, click to see the album below.
Our Story of Jesus Bracelets are on sale now. These lovely and meaningful bracelets tell the story of Christ’s life with symbolic beads. Please call our church office (928-282-1780) if you’d like to place an order. The price of each bracelet is $22.
The proceeds from our bracelet sales are applied towards mortgage reduction. Thanks for your continued support!
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