Can you see it—5000 men gathered on a mountain side. 5000 men along with their wives, sons and daughters—so realistically the crowd might have been 15 or 20 thousand. The disciples being told by Jesus, when they wanted to send the people home, “Feed them!” Have you ever fed a big crowd? Sure, many of us have put together dinner parties for maybe 10 or 20—but over 5000? Now in a normal grown person’s mind they begin to wonder how in the world can I do this? The coffers are low—offerings at their gatherings had not been good—Phillip, who I would guess was their treasurer or maybe hospitality coordinator, begins to calculate the cost of feeding all of these people.
“For everyone to have even a little, it would take more than 200 silver coins to buy enough bread.”—John 6:7
Join us this week at Sedona UMC as Pastor Fred continues a series of sermons entitled “The Power of One,” looking at one of the most familiar biblical stories ever—the feeding of the 5000 through the eyes of one little boy who decided to share his lunch box with the masses. Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 a.m. featuring meaningful times of prayer, joyous music, and life messages that will help move you closer in your relationship with Christ. Our worship is upbeat and lively, we laugh, we cry, and most of all we welcome all as family. Our fellowship time immediately following worship features the best coffee, sweet treats, and friendship you will find anywhere. Plan to make a morning of it because once you’re here you won’t want to leave—guaranteed! All are invited!—TONIGHT Friday October 7th at 6 pm for a FREE Community Concert featuring the band “Crosby Lane.” Crosby Lane is comprised of former Country music artist, Tonja Rose; multi-Dove Award writer/arranger and long-time worship leader, John Lemonis; and his wife, multi-instrumentalist, Michaela Lemonis. The trio shares a mutual passion for the ministry side of hymns. See more at: http://www.crosbylane.com.
Join us for our monthly Family Movie Night on Friday night October 14th beginning at 6:00p.m. Our featured film this month is “God’s Not Dead 2” the story of a high school teacher who answers a student question about Jesus and finds her career in jeopardy. There will be 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, food and fun for the whole family! On Saturday morning, October 15th, you are invited to join us for a delicious SUMC Men’s Breakfast at 8:00a.m. at the Olde Sedona Restaurant in West Sedona. Our featured guest speaker will be Bob McDonal, an Air Force veteran who will share with us geopolitical topics concerning China and Russia. All the men of our Verde Valley Communities are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Like us on Facebook and visit our website at www.sedonaumc.org. Are you in need of prayer or know someone who is? Prayer requests are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sedona UMC is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona.