|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!
The Drummer Boy Anew
Advent greetings, beloved! Still a tad bit warm for my taste, but I am hopeful the nicer weather will be here before long. We have come Full Circle, and now it’s on to Advent!
My appreciation for Christmas music is well documented within our community of faith. Therefore, you won’t think it is odd that in June I found myself listening to The Drummer Boy. The song has always been special. As a percussion aficionado, the beat of this tune has always appealed to me. Furthermore, it is one of the first Christmas songs I learned as a young boy growing up in Puerto Rico. Yet, what has become of more importance to me is the message the song conveys. The lyrics are priceless. In essence, the song is an invitation to come meet a new born King, and to bring him the very best. A combination of humility and expectation describe the drummer boy. He’s aware of what he has to offer…and believes it may not be enough to please the newborn King. The theology is perfect; our predicament is not different!
Out of His love for you and me “the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” (John 1:14, NLT) This is the good news in a simple verse and the very core of the message for this Season. Let us break for a moment, and allow these words to wash over us again and again. As we do so, may we receive the truth with the humility and expectation of the drummer boy!
Join us on Sunday for a service of Lessons and Carols. Come on December 14th to be inspired by our children as they perform their Christmas musical Straight out of Bethlehem. Bring someone in your sphere of influence that may be going through the season with a burdened heart to our Blue Christmas service on December 19 at 7:00 p.m. Next, give the ugly sweater a chance by wearing it to church on December 22nd for our Christmas Ugly Sweater and Cookie Contest. You never know what you may win! Finally, join us for one of three Christmas Eve services on Tuesday December 24th at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
As we near the time to bid adieu to the year 2019, we do so with hearts full of gratitude. In prayerful preparation to receive the New Year, we ask the Lord for even greater things; we long for hope, joy, peace and revival!
May God bless you and yours beyond measure this Advent Season. Have a Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year!
I am blessed to serve as your pastor and will continue,
Serving All. Following One,
Staff Love Offering
As we have done in the past, we would like to reward our non-appointed staff for their great ministry and service to our church. A basket with envelopes has been placed in the main lobby. The collection will last through December 20.
Staff Parrish Relations Committee
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).
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