As I write this week’s Focus, I would be remiss if I did not take time on behalf of the church to thank Steve Larson for serving as our Church Administrator. Steve has determined that his career goals are better aligned by returning to the business sector and will be pursuing opportunities in the area effective the end of June. We want to thank Steve for his contributions in such a short time. Our staff and I also want to thank Steve for this past year of serving with us. We will all miss Steve and wish him and his wife Renee all of God’s blessings and favor as they begin a new season and chapter of their lives. Thank you again, Steve, and our prayers and love go with you.
SPR will be coordinating a search for a new Church Administrator in the coming days and will update our congregation as needed in this process. Please keep this search in your prayers and with the Larsons during this time of transition.
As the temperature soars, we are grateful for all the good things summer brings. Our Discipleship Roadmap sermon series continues through July. If you would like to respond to discipleship through baptism or reaffirmation of baptism, we would like to invite you to the next beach baptism on July 13th at Beasley Park at 9:00 am. If you are interested in exploring your next step of discipleship, our Discover class can help on July 14th. Discover also teaches about how to become a member of Shalimar.
If you are seeking fellowship and would like to get to know the people of Shalimar UMC, there is a great opportunity just ahead on July 14th called Sunday Night Live. Everyone is invited to come enjoy some ice cream! The event is planned by Fun-n- Fellowship and is for the whole church! Come and enjoy! Did I say ice cream!
Our next Healing Service will be hosted on July 14th at 12:30 in the sanctuary. If you are in search of healing physically, emotionally, or spiritually, come allow others to pray for you. We will claim the promise of James 5:13-14 “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.”
The annual patriotic services are this coming Sunday at worship at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. Shalimar has a tradition of doing these special patriotic services so well and we look forward to what Dr. Brad Bradford, our chancel choir, orchestra, and worship arts volunteers have in store for us this year! I know it will be great!
May all in our congregation and community have a blessed and safe 4th of July! Our great nation is 243 years old this year! We are so grateful to all of you who serve, defend, and protect our freedom. Happy Birthday, America!