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Easter Reflections, Unforgettable Message, ALL IN

We move into this week basking in the glow of a wonderful Easter Weekend! Our church really had a great spiritual impact on so many people this past week. Shalimar is blessed to have a congregation that can rally together, give their all for particular areas of service, and contribute to the building up of God’s Kingdom. We are blessed indeed!

This support for Shalimar’s Ministry comes in tandem with both laity and staff. Our lay leadership has been unbelievable so far this year! Our elected leadership is “stepping up” to the challenges and seeking to bring out the best in our church both now and planning for the future. We have volunteers serving with passion and “answering the bell” to respond to needs and opportunities when they emerge. I’m grateful for all the laity who serve in leadership roles and countless volunteers that keep everything going forward in a positive direction.

Our staff has also functioned at a higher level so far this year. Let me brag on our staff. As the Shalimar campus has been “buzzing” with relentless activity our staff makes so much happen each week! All of the worship, programs, and activity require the active planning and coordination of our staff doing their job and going the extra mile. Our staff is exceptional and also gets along with the congregation, each other, getting things done, and making things happen!

As we move forward, the Easter message of resurrection goes before us. This message is why we exist and is our hope. The “Unforgettable Message” will be this weekend. This “out of the box” sermon will remain a mystery until worship time. Come and see what this is all about this weekend at all five services!

We are excited about the new sermon series ALL IN. We will be using the book ALL IN by Mark Batterson. In addition to reading the book and listening to the messages, let me also invite you to join a small group for four weeks. There is nothing better than growing with others in Christ. Mark Batterson says it like this on the cover of his book… “You are one decision away from a totally different life.” As we continue in the Easter message of new life, let us make this one decision to be ALL IN for Jesus.

Hope to see you this weekend! Thanks for all you are doing to make a difference for the Kingdom through Shalimar United Methodist Church!

Shalom, 
Philip

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