|St. John's United Methodist Church – Our Purpose: Love, Grow, Serve, Share||
We would like to welcome you to St. John’s United Methodist Church located on Proctor Road in Sarasota, Florida. Currently have three worship services on Sunday mornings – two Traditional and one Contemporary. Our congregation is welcoming and focuses on loving others, growing in Christ, serving Jesus and sharing our faith. You will be able to connect with one of our small groups, whether it is our energetic children, amazing youth, patient adults or caring seniors.
We invite you to join us for one of our worship services or a special event. Hope to see you soon!
Planting and Watering in 2018!
Hello and Happy New Year, beloved! I pray you have had a joyous few days, but also have managed to rest and relax a bit among family and friends. I am thankful for quality time with Julie and the kids. Now back to work. In a few minutes I’ll be traveling to Tampa for a 3-day conference event designed to sharpen my leadership skills. Pray that God speaks to me and that my leadership skills are sharpened; please do. Thanks.
As I have had the opportunity to take stock of the year that just came to a close, I am excited that our weekly average worship attendance increased by 27, and that we had 10 professions of faith and baptisms. Praise the Living God! I know you may be saying, “It isn’t about the numbers, Pastor Jaime," and I could not agree more. Yet, numbers tell—at least in part—about growth, or to use the scriptural term, fruitfulness. So, let’s explore it from that perspective. The church is a living organism, and living organisms are designed to grow. In the case of the church, we are told in the Bible that, “It’s not important who does the planting, and who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. (1 Corinthians 3:7) What becomes obvious from this verse is that someone needs to be planting and someone needs to be watering for God to bring about growth. Are you personally more into planting or watering? Whichever role you feel most called to play, God is counting on you and me to do what we are called to do, and then He will continue to do what He’s great at doing!
As we get going this year, we will talk about Missional Communities and Caring Hearts Ministries, about fellowship opportunities and movie groups and membership, about students and children…in essence, about planting and watering! In ALL that we do as a church, we will seek to invite more people into a relationship with Jesus. That’s what we are all about and I am excited that we are in this together. So…gear up and have your tools, boots and gloves ready. St. John’s will be doing a lot of gardening in 2018.
I covet your prayer as we get ready to launch our January series Unveil: A Look at John’s Revelation. This one begins on the 14th. In preparation, on Sunday I will preach about the blessedness of listening to God. Don’t miss it. I’ll see you at 8, 9:30 or 11 a.m. I truly enjoy praying for you and your families—never hesitate to ask me to pray for you on Sunday. Peace.
Trusting the One,
Pastoral Care Team
We have launched a team here at St. John's to help with all of our congregational needs.
For emergency and pastoral care needs, please call 941-210-9229.
This is a confidential contact.
6611 Proctor Road
Sarasota, FL 34241
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Emergency & Pastoral Care:
941-210-9229 (confidential contact)
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