We are already at mid-month and January is off to a great start! God is stirring in so many of the lives of our church. The excitement continues on into the month of February. If January is any indicator, buckle up…2019 is going to be an exciting year!
The 21 Days of worship are off to a great start. Even before daylight, our parking lot is stirring with headlights and worshippers arriving each new day! We have had over 100 people in person and livestream for our 6:00 am worship services each day. There is so much excitement with beginning each morning with praise, worship, lay testimony, and prayer. God is stirring in our lives, our church, our community, the nation, our denomination, and the world. January will include 38 worship services for our community and region. Wow, that’s more than one worship service per day, so we had better buy some more WD40 for our worship doors!
Also in January, we have numerous small groups starting and resuming. I was puzzled when I heard Dr. John Ed Mathison, long time senior pastor of Frazer United Methodist Church, once say he did not know everything that was going on in his church. I thought how could this be? Now I understand because I do not know everything going on here at Shalimar United Methodist Church. Shalimar is blessed with the laity and staff who have the initiative to start Bible studies, discipleship groups, and compassionate programs. We have such an amazingly active and vibrant congregation!
Our Church Council will consider Master Planning Committee Phase I Plans on January 28th. Chaired by Lloyd Moon, the Master Planning Committee has been actively planning this project for two years. Our prayers are encouraged in this monumental time of decision in the life of Shalimar UMC!
Our Will You Grow results were announced last weekend. We were thrilled to hear our number of estimate of giving cards have grown from 166 to 293 from 2018 to 2019. The amount of what has been pledged has grown from $766,000 to $1,393,029 for 2019. We are incredibly humbled by these results. Thanks be to God!
New things are popping up all around Shalimar! At the end of last year, Blessings for Children began with a new team led by Mary Jane Robertson. We also have a team exploring the possibilities of a new Shalimar Respite Ministry led by Don Litke. Another action team is planning a Discipleship Roadmap to blaze a clear path of discipleship for our congregation and community led by Susan Peters. These are just some of the things happening and there is so much more.
It’s still only January and there are already so many wonderful things happening in our church. February will also be truly exciting. We especially want to pray for our General Conference. In times such as these, revival and restoration is possible! God is stirring! Let us continue to move with God into the New Year!