Everyone will be interested to know we have had some major developments with the Presbyterian Church property next door. As a result, we will have a special called Church Council meeting on June 3rd, 12:30 pm and a Charge Conference on June 10th, 12:30 pm, to formally bring before our congregation the matter of potential purchase of this property. Please read the following statement penned by our Church Administrator Jimmy McAdams giving the current status of the sale of this property.
“We have grieved with our Presbyterian friends as their numbers dwindled and their church closed. God has provided us with an opportunity to have this nearby property continue Kingdom services under the banner of SUMC. We have a contract to purchase the Shalimar Presbyterian Church property pending final approval by Church Council and special Charge Conference. Appropriate church leaders are developing plans to pay for this purchase as well as hearing suggestions and making recommendations as to the best use of the property. Let us celebrate the doors God is opening to his people and pledge to be good stewards of what is in our hands.”
We are humbled by this surprising development and opportunity for Shalimar UMC. Only God could bring two denominations together to work through the many details in such a short time. The process of selling church property is never easy. Surely the Hand of God is evident as we proceed toward a purchase. We give thanks to God for all who have labored in God’s vineyard on this property for over fifty years. Our role is considering the future Kingdom stewardship of this campus. We give thanks to God for the good will of our friends and neighbors in the Presbyterian Church to give Shalimar United Methodist this opportunity. We ask that our congregation pray for all impacted in the Presbyterian Church as they also pray for us.
We ask all Council Members to note and plan to attend the two special meetings on June 3rd for Church Council and June 10th for Charge Conference, both at 12:30 pm, in the Sanctuary. Our congregation is welcome to attend these meetings as well. This is a most exciting time in the life of Shalimar United Methodist Church! Let us, most of all, hold these proceedings in prayer!