Children are a precious gift from God, but children are suffering – not only throughout the world, but right here in the United States and right here in Sedona.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, more than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.  According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there were a nationally estimated 686,000 victims of child abuse and neglect in 2012.  How are followers of Jesus called to respond to the suffering of these little ones?

Please join Sedona United Methodist Church for Worship on Sunday, Feb. 2nd at 9:30 am as Rev. Matt Ashley shares the message “Little Ones to Him Belong.”  UMC is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, just off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona.  Nursery and Sunday School every week and all are welcome!  Gentle yoga classes every Friday at 4 and Wednesday at 7:45 am.  Mark February 14 on your calendar for our “That’s Amore” Spaghetti Dinner and Theater event.  It starts at 5 pm and includes the “SUMC Mighty Art Players.”  Call the office at 282-1780 for tickets or information about worship, bible study,  children’s events, choir, and missions.  We are in particular need of sopranos for our Easter program!