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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!


Posted by Philip McVay with