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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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Around Shalimar UMC

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We have exciting things on the horizon for Shalimar United Methodist Church. Let me lift up three for the immediate future. They are Vacation Bible School, our called Church Conference, and the new Service of Healing.

  • Vacation Bible School is June 3-7 where we are blasting off to Mars and Beyond! We appreciate the wonderful preparation and planning by Jennifer Guidoni and her Children’s Ministry Team. Registration is open and the participation promises to be outstanding. We can always use volunteers, so if you can come for the whole week or any particular time at all, please sign up on the Connection Point card, visit sumc.io/vbs, or call the church office at 651-0721
  • All members will want to be sure to be present on June 2nd as we have the exciting master plan to present at our Church Conference. The called Church Conference will allow all professing church members to vote on this plan. This means all professing members of Shalimar UMC have a vote. The Church Conference will convene in the sanctuary at 10:30am and be led by our District Superintendent Dr. Tim Trent. We look forward to seeing everyone on this exciting day. Let us be in prayer as we take this next step in the administrative process of planning for the future! 
  • Our new Service of Healing will begin officially on Sunday, June 9th at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary. We will claim the promise of James 5:14 “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” The service will be for anyone who would like to have others pray for healing, wholeness, and wellness in their lives. We look forward to beginning
    this new service which will be planned for every second Sunday at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary. Please spread the word of this new service of healing.

These are just some of the upcoming opportunities at Shalimar UMC! We are a vibrant church and it promises to be a great summer! Thank you for your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness for Jesus through Shalimar UMC! We look forward sharing all the good things God is doing through our Church! Have a great week!

Shalom, 
Philip

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