Sunrise United Methodist Church
19234 N. 7th Avenue  Phoenix, AZ  85027
Ph. (623) 780-1008

Pastor's Letter

February, 2008

From the Pastor

We have celebrated the close of 2007 and the opening of a new year of 2008.  God has much in store for Sunrise United Methodist Church.  God?s plans are always greater and more powerful than our own.  That is why we turn to God in prayer and in worship and in all our meetings so as to follow God?s plans for us as individuals and as a church.

The closing of Matthew?s Gospel tells us, ?Jesus came and said to them, ?all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.?  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey what I have commanded you.  Remember I am with you always.?  Matthew 28: 19.

Jesus Christ wanted the entire world to follow the first rule, the first commandment, for people to love one another as God loves us.  We know we cannot love as perfectly as God loves but we can follow the commandments and pray and work to do our very best in God?s Holy name.

At Sunrise, we hope to share this kind of love with you during worship services, classes, Bible studies and all the other activities and events that we hold.  Please come and visit us and bring your God-given talents to share with us.  It helps all of us to love more and live better in our daily lives.

Spring Worship Services and Activities and Ministries

We begin the Lenten Season on February 6th with a Soup Supper at 6:15PM and a worship service at 7 PM.  We will be dispensing ashes to any one who comes whether a member of our church or not.

Confirmation class for 6th through 12th graders will begin on February 3 and be completed on April 13th at a special worship service.  It will be held from 9:40 to 10:40 AM on Sunday.  Anyone desiring to learn and know God better is welcome to join us.

On February 22 at 5:00PM, we will hold a community chili supper and home-made pie contest and auction.  The meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children above 5 years of age and we hope you will come and bring friends and neighbors for a fun evening.

We will hold a Soup Supper at 6PM with a Prayer Service at 7PM on March 7th.  That day will begin with a prayer vigil at 6AM, praying for the world to know the love of God and Jesus Christ.  People will be praying at home and work and at the church.

Palm Sunday is March 16 with special worship services at 8:30 AM and 11AM.
We welcome you to come and celebrate with us.  We will have a children?s procession.

Easter Sunday is March 23 and we will hold celebration worship services at sunrise, 8:30AM and 11:00AM.  Families, friends and visitors are very welcome.

Pastor Sharon