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!
Pastor Appreciation Month
Staff Pastor Relations Committee Special Announcement
October is Pastor Appreciation month. If you would like to prepare a note to Pastor Jamie of appreciation for his ministry at St John’s, a basket will be in the lobby. Notes of gratitude can also be sent to his e-mail if you wish to do that.
Our entire committee feels blessed to have him as our Pastor, and we encourage each one of you, if you are led, to take a moment and drop him a note. This is NOT intended to be a Love Offering event.
Thanks for your participation.
Dick Mac Millan
An Invaluable Treasure in a Fragile Vessel
Greetings in the Name of Christ! I wish I could celebrate even a mild change in weather patterns, but not yet. Maybe in next month’s newsletter! Last year at this same time I reflected on the busyness of October. Of course, every time this happens I attempt to make a mental note to avoid jamming up my calendar of activities next time around. So far…the results are far from encouraging. Pray for your pastor. This year again, October is shaping up to be a very busy month.
For the past few days I have been spending my devotional time with Paul and his letters to the Corinthians. Of special interest is 2 Corinthians 4:7-9. The apostle wrote, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” Paul was an able expert in writing about God’s grace and goodness in times of trial. His resumé was unparalleled; his confidence in God unmatched. We too have the treasure of the Truth of God in our hearts. We too look about us often times with fear and trembling, and more than not, justifiably so. We too struggle with everyday concerns and strive to live better lives, safer lives, and holier lives. The truth revealed in Christ tells us that the One for us is far greater than the one against us (1 John 4:4). The vessel may weaken by the minute, but the God who saved you and me from a life of sin and death is as able and powerful as ever. Think about this!
Next Sunday we will start a sermon series on Titus. Come and discover what God did through this servant we do not often hear about. Please plan on attending one of the church assemblies scheduled for October 6 and 20th. If you have not done so, please register for the new members’ class on October 19th. In all and through all, pray, pray, pray!
May God bless you and yours as you trust in Him. I am…
Serving All. Following One,
A Great Way to Invest in the Future of St. John's
A Qualified Charitable Distribution (“QCD”) is a tax efficient way to make charitable contributions. A QCD is a direct transfer from your IRA to a charity (e.g., St. John’s UMC). It is only available to IRA owners and IRA beneficiaries who are age 70 ½ or older. The amount contributed counts toward any Required Minimum Distribution (“RMD”) and will be excluded from your income, creating an “effective” tax deduction that is in addition to your standard deduction. Your IRA custodian is an excellent resource to explain and create a QCD.
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.
St. John's is now equipped with a Hearing Loop Assistive Listening System
A loop system is a special type of sound system for people who use hearing aids. The loop system provides a magnetic wireless signal that is picked up by a hearing aid when it is set to the T-setting (telecoil).
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley