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Thank You, Volunteers

Shalimar United Methodist is a vibrant church as we have ministry and activities occurring daily at all times. SUMC also provides so much for our community and impacts thousands of people for Jesus each year.
Shalimar UMC could not have this tremendous impact without our volunteers. In this Focus, I would like to acknowledge and thank the many members and friends that give so much of themselves to the Lord. Thank you for volunteering your gifts and time as we truly could not be the church we are without you.

  • To the worship volunteers…Thank you!
  • To those who serve as chairpersons…Thank you!
  • To all those in leadership roles and ministry teams…Thank you!
  • To those in ministry roles of leadership…Thank you!
  • To those who serve the youth...Thank you!
  • To those who serve the children…Thank you!
  • To those who volunteer behind the scenes...Thank you!
  • To those who volunteer in the office…Thank you!
  • To those of you who say “yes” when called to help…Thank you!
  • To those who serve on mission teams…Thank you!
  • To those who teach…Thank you!
  • To all those who visit our shut-ins and home bound…Thank you!
  • To those who set up for special programs and keep long hours…Thank you!
  • To those who have particular roles that only you can do...Thank you!
  • To all others who volunteer short and long term…Thank you!
  • To all the Stephen Ministers…Thank you!

As a result of all our volunteers, disciples are being made and the church is extending the Kingdom. We are grateful and thankful for all who serve the Lord. If you are not currently volunteering, we invite you to jump in and know the joy of those serving the Lord through Shalimar UMC.


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Enthusiasm Makes a Difference!

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This week begins the bracket of college teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. This basketball Tournament is referred to as the road to the Final Four and creates so much excitement. There are so many different teams involved ensuring the abundance of good match-ups and games. Every game is a single elimination game. Win and advance. Lose and go home. There is great drama. Along the way, there will likely be buzzer beaters, desperation shots, underdogs, upsets, and unlikely heroes winning the game. Who will win? Who will lose? No one knows and this is why they play the games.

Who will be this year’s Cinderella team? It will likely be the team that plays with less talent and more enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is powerful! A team with less talent can beat a team with more talent if they are more enthusiastic. Especially if the team with more talent just goes through the motions. Enthusiasm is one of the greatest motivators in sporting events and life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said about enthusiasm…“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Mark Twain was once asked why he was so successful and he said, “I was born excited!” A church is also able to move forward with enthusiasm. Brian Bauknight says…“Enthusiasm is contagious.” The early followers of John Wesley were called “Enthusiasts” before they were called “Methodists.” Enthusiasm in worship, volunteering, and service in the church makes such a difference. Our enthusiasm at Shalimar makes a difference.

Did you know one of the meanings of the word enthusiasm is to be in God? The closer to God we are the greater our enthusiasm. As we move closer to God, let us grow in our enthusiasm for the work of God. Shalimar United Methodist Church has wonderful opportunities and challenges just ahead. I cannot think of anything more important than greeting every one of these challenges and opportunities with enthusiasm.

In the coming weeks, teams with the equal talent of their opponent will win and advance by capitalizing on this indispensable quality of enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is powerful, a motivator, and contagious. Let us share our enthusiasm through Shalimar UMC for the greatest work on the face of the earth…the Church!


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Exciting Things Happening Around Shalimar

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Things are going great at Shalimar UMC! Ash Wednesday services were well attended and very impactful…especially with the multitude of youths and children present at the evening service. Study groups abound! Several classes are teaching the Gospel of Mark and the Lenten lunches are making it their focus as well. The Daniel Plan has started and a class on forgiveness is now in session. Praying and fasting are part of our church culture. Last Sunday, David Garvin and I taught twelve students in our confirmation class. During the 11:00 am service, we commissioned eight new Stephen Ministers! We are making disciples throughout Shalimar UMC!

Our Through the Eyes of Mark 40 Day Bible Study is off to a great start. We meet each weekday at 6:00 am and Saturdays at 9:00am. All are welcome to join us in person or on livestream. This coming week’s Study Guide focus will be on days 11-17. The Gospel of Mark is so impactful and I pray all in our congregation are being inspired by this Lenten study and sermon series.

Our called Church Conference to consider Master Plan Phase 1 has been pushed back to June 2. This will allow more time for everyone to process what is in the Master Plan proposal. The Master Plan is the two year result of preparation and input from our congregation. We look forward to this called special Church Conference in which each member will have the opportunity to cast their vote about these future plans and timeline.

On another note, we will hold a post General Conference wrap up and overview Sunday, March 17, at 1:30 pm in the Sanctuary. I will include information shared from last week’s Alabama-West Florida Conference overview sessions. This will be a follow-up meeting for Shalimar UMC from our Pre-General Conference Session back in February.

Shalimar is alive and well and I cannot recall a time when so many good things were occurring at one time. May the Lord continue to bless us and the ministry to our community! God is doing great things in our church and I look forward to seeing you this upcoming weekend for worship!


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