Last week, SUMC celebrated the Friendship Club’s 30th Anniversary with a wonderful gathering. Eighty-five people attended this festive day which included special recognition of the club’s original members, wonderful fellowship, an inspiring message by former Senior Pastor David Chunn, and a delicious lunch provided by Chef Heyward McKenzie.
The Friendship Club began in 1989 by the initiative of Mrs. Clara Lucas. Over the last thirty years, the group has met each month (that’s well over 300 times) and participated in countless trips and excursions. For this celebration, Jon Sheperd compiled a slide show to celebrate the many faces in the Friendship Club through the years. There were also certificates of appreciation presented to original members Billy and Barbara Mills, Nadine Winterberger, and J.D. Qualls.
We were also graced by the presence of Rev. David Chunn, Senior Pastor from 1993-2002, and his wife Carol. David provided an inspiring message reflecting on his years in ministry and his fond memories as Senior Pastor of Shalimar UMC. He also remembered many of the good things that happened during his ministry at Shalimar. Rev. Chunn stated that in his life of ministry he learned more from the churches he pastored, his staff, and his wife than he ever did in the classroom. We appreciate David and Carol for helping to make the Friendship Club’s 30th anniversary so special with their presence.
This celebration was spectacularly well done by our present Friendship Club Leadership. Special thanks are extended to Jon and Kathie Sheperd who provided many exceptional touches both visibly and behind the scenes. We are so grateful for all Jon and Kathie do for Shalimar UMC! Finally, we want to thank Ollie Fay Flint for her vision to celebrate this day! Ollie Fay brought so much enthusiasm to the planning and execution of this event! Well done Ollie Fay! What a great day for the Friendship Club and Shalimar UMC!