OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEveryone has a fish story to tell of one kind or another. I remember the day I was fishing with my father and my brother, casting my new “Lucky 13” lure out from our boat towards the shoreline. And then it happened—I snagged the biggest northern pike you have ever seen, and we almost got it in the boat. With a tear in my eye and sadness in my heart, I watch as the big one swam off with my prized lure. The gospel contains two great fish stories: one of them calling Christ’s disciples, and other a call to their commencement exercises—one serving as a prologue while the other serving as an epilogue to their schooling. Both stories begin with the fish that didn’t get away, and ends with the fishermen who couldn’t get away from Jesus and His earthly mission.  This week Pastor Fred Mast will look at these two unique yet very different fish stories from Luke 5 & John 21 in which the miracle was not found in Jesus’ ingenuity—it was found in His authority as nature made way for the amazing power found in prayer and in faith. Jesus lured the fish without the need for trick bait or tackle, but simply by the dominion given by God the creator, and the fishermen, by the power of the Holy Spirit working within them. You won’t want to miss this fishing expedition, a memorable trip with a lasting and important message for all.

Immediately following our spirit filled worship you are invited to join in the best “Fellowship Time” anywhere featuring great coffee, cold drinks, and sweet treats—and lots of friends. Join us for our monthly Family Movie Night on Friday night July 8th beginning at 6:00pm. Our featured film this month is “The Mighty Macs” a true story of Cathy Rush a Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach. 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. On Saturday July 9th at 8am, you are invited to join us for a delicious SUMC Men’s Breakfast at the Ole Sedona Restaurant in West Sedona. We will feature a great guest speaker Ross Hawkins, President of the Hummingbird Society Int’l. All men of our Verde Valley Communities are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Sedona UMC, where no matter where you may find yourself on life’s journey, you are welcomed. We are truly a great and growing community of faith! 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.  Visit www.sedonaumc.org 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.