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
Merry Christmas to our Sedona UMC Family & Friends,
I believe that Christmas is not a specific time or date on the calendar, nor a season that comes once a year, but a state of mind we should celebrate each and every day of our lives. It is a state in which we cherish peace and goodwill, we are plenteous in mercy and generosity, and we have an opportunity to give thanks to God for the abundant gift of Jesus Christ. Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year. This is truly for me the real spirit of Christmas.
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 purely and simply as a free gift for entering into a loving relationship with Him. A gift beyond all comprehension!
As I began to pray about the upcoming Advent and Christmas season, I again realized just how truly blessed that I and my family continue to be. We have now been to be a part of this great family of faith for two and a half years (I pray for many more!). You have heard me share what a special congregation we have and we indeed celebrate the spirit of the living God being strong and alive within us. Sedona UMC is really an example of the miracles God can work through His people when they are ready, willing and available. I also celebrate again this year just how much my life and my ministry “is a gift” – a blessing from God. I realized once again how God has blessed me, my family, and this congregation beyond my imagining.
And as we celebrate the birth of “God incarnate”, despite my best efforts to give thanks for all of God’s blessings again this year that I still desired to do more! As family members began to ask what I “needed”—what I “wanted” for Christmas I discovered that God has blessed me with much more than I need or want, and it has become my tradition year after year, instead of receiving presents I am being called to give a special birthday present to Jesus. But what to give? Can you imagine posing the “what do you need” or “what do you want” question to Jesus?
Last year we did something really special here at Sedona UMC, a “March to the Manger” which helped us finish the year very strong and bring us into the New Year with lots of momentum—building the foundation for great missions and ministries in the New Year.
So, on December 17th during our special “Open House” Sunday morning worship service we will celebrate the culmination our advent celebrations followed by our ever popular “13 soups of Christmas” luncheon right after worship. During this special service preparing us for Christmas, I invite you to join me in making your own “March to the Manger” – offering a special gift to celebrate and give honor, and glory, and thanks to God for all of the blessings he has provided you in this past 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 “March to the Manger” gift to Sedona UMC. We might also consider giving one less gift to our children or grandchildren and donate that amount in their honor— what a powerful example of stewardship it will set for them. Another great suggestion is to take the “club card savings” on the bottom of your grocery receipts during December and make the amount you saved your gift. How about one more home cooked meal instead of eating out and giving the amount you 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. Consider 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 (we miss you when you’re gone). Maybe this is an opportunity to increase your time in prayer for others in 2018 (what an impact this could have). You might consider getting involved in missions, leadership, or some other area of service within the church. Maybe this is the year you commit to join in membership at Sedona UMC.
It is an exciting time to be in ministry together at Sedona UMC. 2017 has been a great year in the life of our church and I am confident the work we have started will continue to grow and flourish. We have come so far together in being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ for this community and beyond, and we have so many tremendous opportunities before us to continue serve this 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 relationship with Him!
Don’t forget, this is a great time to Invite, Pick-Up, and Bring family & friends to all the great Advent/Christmas events happen here at Sedona UMC!!!
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – Happy Birthday Jesus!
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, December 2nd — Men’s Breakfast at 8:15am at Golden Goose
Saturday, December 2nd — Christmas Celebration Mission to Navajo Nation
Saturday, December 2nd — Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, December 3rd — Advent Begins
Sunday, December 3rd — 2nd Chance Holiday Boutique after worship at 10:40am
Wednesday, December 6th — Ladies Christmas Dinner at 6:00pm Tickets on sale now!
Friday, December 8th — Family Movie Night Christmas Party at 6:00pm
Sunday, December 10th — Nativity Pageant at Kachina Point, 3:00pm
Saturday, December 16th — Pastor Fred & Jenny’s Open House at the Parsonage
Sunday, December 17th — Christmas Open House and Soup Luncheon after Worship
Sunday, December 24th — Christmas Eve, 9:30am Service with Carols and Lessons and 6:00pm for Candlelight, Carols, Lessons and Communion.
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, December 8th, 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!
This will be our annual Christmas Party and everyone is invited to bring an appetizer to share.
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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