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Shalimar Is Designing A Discipleship Roadmap

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We have a lot of excitement at Shalimar United Methodist Church right now! We are concluding 21 days of worship, prayer, and fasting, preparing our hearts for the New Year, and are paying closer attention to the stirrings of God throughout our church life. Our Master Planning Phase 1 will be considered by our Church Council this upcoming week along with a new Respite Ministry. There are so many other reasons to be excited! One of those reasons is because we are designing a Discipleship Road Map.

How does a vibrant church like Shalimar become more effective and fruitful with our primary task of MAKING DISCIPLES? What if everyone could find where they are in the discipleship journey with a clear visual of ideas for next steps? What if there was a visual map to help newcomers quickly identify how to plug into Shalimar United Methodist Church? A roadmap could encourage all kinds of positive discipleship movement.

The idea of a Discipleship Roadmap emerged as a priority at our Alive at Shalimar event last fall. We currently have a team working on this project and hope to have one complete by Easter. Our team and I welcome any ideas you may have. The successful completion of this task could dramatically increase the flow of discipleship throughout our congregation. Please keep this process in your prayers.

Shalom, 
Philip

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Pray Daily and Buckle Up-An Exciting Year Has Begun

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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!

Shalom, 
Philip

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12x12 Orientation Sessions This Week

I had no idea what to expect two years ago when 12x12 began. Since then, we’ve had twelve people meet over thirty times and grow in our discipleship and leadership. Meeting together, this team exceeded my expectations! Last year expectations were exceeded and in February, we will begin our third year of 12x12 with another team!

What is 12x12? It is a program designed to recapture our Biblical and historical roots. Jesus began with twelve disciples that formed the church and changed the world. John Wesley organized class meetings (small groups) that laid the foundation for the birth of Methodism. Today, there are still a great many possibilities when a small team grows in discipleship and leadership together.

The general expectation is to meet for twelve months once a week for two hours with holiday and other breaks scheduled throughout the year. 12x12 is a high commitment and attendance is expected unless prevented.

During each session we will seek to learn and grow in our discipleship together. We will also grow in leadership and in identifying and using our gifts for God. We will encourage each other, dream together, and hold each other accountable with love. 12x12 seeks to be exponential and invites participants to form their own teams, renew existing teams or chase God sized dreams.

If you want to know more about 12x12 there are two orientations this week. The first will be on Monday, January 14, at 5pm in the chapel. The second will be on Wednesday, January 16, at 7pm in Room 106. Come check it out and see if 12x12 is something for you this New Year! The plans are to launch our new 12x12 team in February!

Shalom, 
Philip

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