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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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January Stirrings, 21 Days, and a New 12x12 Team

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January will begin with three opportunities to grow spiritually. Our New Sermon Series is entitled Stirrings. How is God stirring in your life, church, and our world? A second way is 21 days of prayer, fasting, and worship. A third opportunity is the forming of the new 12x12 team for 2019. These three opportunities are all great spiritual investments for the New Year!

In Ephesians 4:14 Paul says… “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Our new sermon series will be focused on waking up and paying attention to the stirring God is doing in our soul, our church, and our world. We will be learning from those who have followed God’s stirring such as Elijah, Jacob, and Ezekiel. The series will ask are these times for distress or times God is leading to revival? We want to WAKE UP to God’s stirring! Make a commitment to be in worship all five weeks of this series!

Speaking of WAKING UP…our 21 days of prayer, fasting, and worship begins Monday, January 7 at 6AM. There is also a daily devotional to read from the book Awakening by Stovall Weems. Set your alarm clock to be present each day to begin the year in worship. As we set our alarm, God is charting our course for the entire year! Where will God lead us in 21 days of worship, fasting, and prayer? Let us join in this journey of where God will lead us!

Finally, I am forming a new 12x12 team for 2019. 12x12 is a journey of growing in both discipleship and leadership. This new team will encourage dreaming dreams, following God’s stirrings, and using gifts for the glory of God. If you are interested in knowing more come to an orientation session on Monday, January 14 at 5PM in the chapel or Wednesday, January 16, at 7PM in room 106. The new team will begin in February 2019 and will meet throughout the year.

God is stirring, let’s wake up, and respond to His leading in the New Year!
Happy New Year!

Shalom, 
Philip

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Finishing Strong for End of Year

Thank you for giving to the Lord through Shalimar United Methodist Church!

Through the ministry of our congregation, hundreds of children, youth, and adults have all been positively impacted for Jesus.  Through our church, people have come to know the Lord, grow as a disciple and hundreds more have served our community through deeds of shalom and missions.

Our Kingdom impact has been both significant and strong this year. Your generous giving helps make such Kingdom work possible.

The end of 2018 year is drawing near, and we only have a few weeks left to meet our financial requirements for 2018. In November, our giving to the Lord through Shalimar UMC for general operations was less than we planned.

While our generosity to help our neighbors with Hurricane Michael recovery was likely the most significant reason we received less in November for operations, Shalimar UMC strives to have a strong finish for 2018 and continue the momentum into next year. Our congregation has always risen to the challenge with End of the Year giving, and I trust we will continue this tradition in the remaining few weeks.      

You can help us finish strong by giving before the end of our 2018 fiscal year.  The budget year ends with offerings received, or postmarked, not later than December 31, 2018. 

There are also additional ways that you may potentially create tax benefits prior to the end of the year.  The good news is we can fulfill our hearts desire to give, and potentially reduce taxes at the same time.  Of course, you should always consult your individual tax adviser or preparer for specific advice prior to deciding.   

  • Donating appreciated marketable stock or securities
  • If you are over 70 ½ and required to take distributions from your IRA, you may consider a direct transfer from your administrator to Shalimar UMC to simplify paperwork and potentially save taxes.
  • You can remember Shalimar UMC in your estate planning and annual updates
  • And as always, you can send Jesus a check as a special birthday present!

 If you have questions about year-end giving, please contact the Church Administrator.

Thank you again for all you do for Shalimar United Methodist Church.  2018 has been a great year!  2019 looks very promising for Kingdom impact and ministry! The success of our Will You Grow campaign is also placing us in a strong position for a great year!  Thank you for giving to the Lord!

Shalom, 
Philip

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