“You are sent into this world to believe in yourself as God’s chosen one and then to help your brothers and sisters to know that they also are beloved sons and daughters of God who belong together.”—Finding My Way Home

The Bible is unambiguous about God’s concern for those in need. “Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and the needy neighbor in your land’” (Deut. 15:11; Isaiah 58:6-12). From its inception the Church has recognized the privileged place of those in need in God’s sight. “Listen my dear friends! God chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith and to possess the kingdom which he promised to those who love him.” (James 2:5)

Indeed the poor and suffering remind us that the Son of God became poor for our sake—and in loving and serving those in need, we have the beautiful opportunity to love and serve like Jesus which honors and glorifies God. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus says to his disciples, “whatever you do to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you do unto me.” (Matt. 25:40) Join us this week at Sedona UMC as the Rev. Fred Mast delivers a sermon entitled “Becoming More Like Jesus” celebrating the missions and ministries of the church that reflect and express the outward love of Jesus Christ. Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring joyful music, special times of prayer and passionate life changing messages designed to move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. Immediately following worship you are invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time you will find anywhere featuring delicious snacks and great coffee and always friendship.

How about some early holiday shopping? Come join us this Saturday, November 5th from 9am to 3pm in our Fellowship Hall as SUMC presents our “Annual Holiday Boutique” featuring arts and crafts from many of Sedona’s best local artists. There will be door prizes, arts, crafts and a mouth-watering “$6 Hamburger/Hot Dog Lunch”—You won’t find a better lunch anywhere in Sedona especially for that price. Come hungry and come excited–And bring your friends.

Also Saturday morning November 4th the men of the Verde Valley are invited to gather for a delicious SUMC Men’s Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at The Golden Goose Restaurant in West Sedona. Our featured speaker will be Bob Brawley sharing his experiences of “Living with the Amish”. Bring a canned food item! All men are welcomed, encouraged and invited to attend.

We offer a number of book and bible studies—So many great missions, ministries and events happening at Sedona United Methodist Church—Visit our website at www.sedonaumc.org and “Like” us on Facebook. We would love to pray for you!—Prayer requests may be submitted online or by calling us at 928-282-1780. We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona. Come and grow with us!