In the classic novel: “Alice in Wonderland,” Alice comes to a fork in the road. One unmarked path leads one way, while the other path leads the another way… Alice asks the Cheshire Cat for advice:

“Would you tell me please,” she asks, “which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.

“I don’t much care where,” said Alice.

“Then it matters not which way you go,” said the Cat.

Today more than ever, we so often struggle for direction in our lives. Questions such as where I will go to school after graduation, what will I study, which career to choose. Or as we age out of the work force questions like, where will I retire, how much money will I need, what if I get sick? We worry about our children and our grandchildren’s futures and pray that they will choose the right path.

So where can we turn in these challenging times for answers to which path to choose. Who should we turn to for this direction and leadership?

Join us this week as Pastor Fred Mast presents a sermon titled “Knowing the Shepherd” based on Psalm 23. In this world so often the only sure place to turn is toward God—The Good Shepherd who leads his sheep in seeking answers—if we know Him and are willing to listen.

Immediately following worship, you are invited to stay and join us for the best fellowship anywhere—this week we will celebrate our Administration Assistant Vicki Loeding. Come as we celebrate and recognize all of her hard work as she leaves SUMC for Minnesota.

On Saturday June 4, the Sedona UMW will meet for a potluck salad lunch at 11:30 am in our Fellowship Hall.  A program will follow at 1:00 pm featuring the “Harmony on the Rocks” who will entertain. This is a barbershop chorus of about twenty members who will bless us with their great harmonies.  We would like to extend an invitation to all the ladies of our Verde Valley Communities to come make new friends, enjoy a great luncheon, and hear some great music. Please RSVP to our church office (928)282-1780 so we can reserve a space for you.   You are invited to our monthly Family Movie Night on Friday night June 10th beginning at 6:30pm. Our featured film is “Courageous,” an incredible story celebrating fathers and the importance of parents and families.  This movie will bring you to tears, have you laughing out loud, and experiencing great joy.  Lots of great food as always so come hungry. This is a FREE event open to the entire community, so invite your friends and join in the fun.  Fellowship, and fun for all ages.

On Saturday morning, June 11th, you are invited to join us for a delicious SUMC Men’s Breakfast at 8:00am at Relic’s Restaurant in West Sedona. All men of our Verde Valley Communities are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  It is a great opportunity to meet new people and make some great new friendships.

Make plans to attend Sedona UMC’s “Spring into Summer BBQ” on Sunday, June 12th after worship.  The Special Events Team will be grilling up some delicious hamburgers and hotdogs.  Potato salad and baked beans are also on the menu.  The lunch is free so bring your hungry friends to celebrate the change of seasons.

No matter where you may find yourself in your faith journey—you are welcome at Sedona UMC!  Sedona UMC is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, off the Back O’Beyond rotary on Route 179, in Sedona and worship starts at 9:30 each Sunday in the sanctuary.  Childcare available.  Visit or call 928-282-1780 for more information on worship, getting a ride to church or any event, Family Movie Night, to hear past services, for missions, Bible studies, Sunday School, youth events, and any of the many activities of our church.  There is something very special happening at Sedona UMC, and we would love for you to be a part of it.  Everyone is family here–come and experience it first-hand.