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Thank You, Lay Leaders and Staff

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The last few weeks have been very demanding on our lay leadership and staff and I just wanted to pause and say thank you! Thanks to our lay leadership and staff for phenomenal work around Shalimar UMC in the last few weeks! Already this month we have held our special Church Conference, Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp, begun Choir Tour, hosted ten worship services, a funeral and reception, and many other events and ministries. The vibrancy happens at Shalimar because of wonderful lay persons and staff.

Thank you Lay leadership and Lay chairpersons! You have devoted countless hours to the glory of God and the Church and we are grateful for volunteering in your roles. You do it all for the glory of God! We have experienced some tough challenges this month and I thank you for your Christian spirit through them. Bless you and thank you to all our chairpersons. Words are so inadequate to say thank you! We are and will be a stronger church because of you! I am amazed and thankful for each of you!

Let us pause to say thank you to all our staff as well. We have a wonderful staff! Our church has something significant going on all the time. Balls are always in the air so I thank you for juggling so many responsibilities. It is not always easy since Shalimar UMC never sleeps but because of you so much happens each day and week! Thank you Staff for all your hard and conscientious work and giving the glory to God!

Let us as a congregation be quick to thank our lay leadership for their countless hours of loyalty to Christ and the Church. Let us also thank our ministry, office, financial, and campus staff. They make so much happen each week! We are so blessed to have such wonderful people on staff! They go the second mile for the good of the church and we are so blessed right now to have them. Your work is not always easy and it was on my heart today to say thank you all!

Shalom, 
Philip

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Pentecost is Just Ahead for Shalimar UMC

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We move to Pentecost Sunday this week. Pentecost is one of the greatest Sundays of the year as we celebrate both the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. Let us prepare our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit so it can help us, inspire us, even heal us, and empower us today.

The message preached this week will come from Book of Acts. The Book of Acts tells the story of the birth, growth, and development of the Church. We will be drawing from the wells of inspiration and spiritual truth as written by Luke. During the birth of the early Church, there were many trials and challenges, but most importantly, there were opportunities. We will seek to draw from the deep wells of the teachings of the Book of Acts as we seek God’s vision for our church.

How fitting and timely that Pentecost is this coming Sunday? Pentecost will help us reflect on the vision God has for us following last week’s Church Conference (please take a moment to read about the results of the Church Conference in the Beacon).

 What does this vote mean for the future of Shalimar United Methodist Church? We will need some time to seek God’s wisdom and truth in the coming months. What we do know is that our confidence remains in the Lord to finish the good work He has begun here at Shalimar UMC. We also know our plan is confirmed through becoming fruitful in “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

God ultimately has a plan for the good of Shalimar UMC. As God did amazing things on the first Pentecost may the best for the Church come again this Pentecost!

In the meantime, we all need to seek the Holy Spirit as we find the wisdom to do what is best for Shalimar United Methodist Church. Also, for now, let us prepare our hearts for a great Pentecost Sunday.

Hope to see you at worship this Sunday! Come Holy Spirit Come!

Shalom, 
Philip

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Church Conference this Sunday

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Our called Church Conference convenes this Sunday at 10:30 AM. All
present professing members of Shalimar United Methodist Church have
a vote. We hope all members will plan to attend and participate in this
process. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Tim Trent will preside.

Phase one of the Master Plan is still at the conceptual level and the next
step among many needed in the approval process. Our Master Planning
Team met and solicited input from our congregation for two years.
When they completed their work, a series of approvals followed. The
Master Plan has been approved by the Master Planning Committee,
Trustees, and Finance Committee, and in January, our Church Council
approved it by a 34 - 3 vote.

After the Church Council approval, we had the option to choose a
Charge Conference or a Church Conference for the next step. We opted
for a Church Conference which encourages broader participation and
gives all members a vote. Originally, we planned the Church Conference
for a March date. After some concerns were expressed to await
Haverty’s renewal in May, we decided to move Church Conference back
to June. One week ago, Haverty’s declared their intention to renew their
lease. Now, we move on to the next step in the approval process: a
Church Conference on June 2.

If approved on June 2 by the Church Conference, more formal steps will
follow later this year. This will include forming a Capital Campaign Team
and electing a Building Committee. The Building Committee will take the
concepts and begin the process of adopting formal building plans. The
final building plans will then need approval from the Building Committee,
Trustees, Finance Committee, Church Council, Pensacola District Board
of Church Location and Extensions, and another Charge or Church
Conference. As you can see, our called Church Conference is just one
step of many steps. Today, we bring before all members of our
congregation the next step.

May we seek the Lord and glorify Him in this process!

I hope to see everyone at the Church Conference this Sunday!

Shalom,
Philip

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