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Interested in Becoming a Christian

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Shalimar United Methodist Church exists to help people on their life
journey to become Christians and grow as Christ’s disciples. This week, I
reach out to those who want to know more about becoming a Christian.
This is the most important work we do in the Church. Please know we are
here to be of help to you on this journey.

What is a Christian? The name is obviously rooted in the name “CHRIST”
and was first used in the book of Acts (chapter 11:26) to describe the
disciples at Antioch. Today, the name is used to describe those who come to
know salvation through Jesus Christ. A Christian is one who knows
Jesus as Savior and follows Him as Lord. I will write about following Jesus
next week.

The United Methodist tradition teaches of God’s prevenient grace and how
it woos us into a relationship with Him. This is why, even as babies,
children, and youth, we believe God has already developed a relationship
with us. God’s “wooing” of us is a prelude to how He can “wow” us later into
an abundant life. In John 3:1-17, we read a salvation story about the second
birth of Nicodemus. We also read the most important verse in the Bible
about salvation, “For God so loved the world that he gave us his only
begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have
eternal life” (John 3:16).

We become Christians by the grace of God which is the gift Christ offered
to us when He died on the cross for our sins. Paul said, “For by grace you
are saved through faith. It is not of works lest anyone should
boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

If you should want to talk more or have questions about becoming a
Christian, please let any of our pastors know. There are also many
laypeople in the congregation willing to listen and talk with you about
salvation. Please let me know how we can help assist you in what is the
most important work of the church: to become a Christian and follow as a

Please let me know how I can help!


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Committee on Lay Leadership Development Begins 2020 Preparations

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The Committee on Lay Leadership is meeting and nominating our Lay Leadership for the year 2020. This team is elected by the annual Charge Conference annually to help set in place a nominating team to identify chair persons, committee members, and at large members of our Church Council. Our Annual Charge Conference this year is November 17th at 12:30pm. These nominations are made by a team of laity and we ask for the congregation’s prayers during this important process.

As we began our work this week, I am thankful to our current leaders and all they do to serve the church. My hope is that every position of leadership at Shalimar UMC will share the mission of making disciples through the various responsibilities and ministries of the church. This includes all laity, staff, and pastors.

When new members join Shalimar United Methodist Church, they affirm and profess their faith in Jesus Christ and offer their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Everyone has different gifts and there are many ways to serve. Our committee on Lay Leadership seeks to connect these gifts with different areas of service to strengthen the church. We live out what the Apostle Paul said, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach the unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13). We do seek the unity of faith and to build up the church. 

You can help us in at least three ways. First, you can indicate your interest to serve and that you would like consideration for where your gifts can best be used. Second, you can offer suggestions of nominations for consideration to anyone serving on the Committee of Lay Leadership. Third, and most importantly, you can include the process in your prayers so that all nominations will help the church move forward in “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”


Committee on Lay Leadership/ Nominations Team
Suzy Chapman
Brian Dale
Josie Kiser
Philip McVay
John Patterson
Pat Payne
Ron Sacco
Bruce Smith
Gavin Tovrea
Jackie Youngblood

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Happy 30th Anniversary Friendship Club!

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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!


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