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10 Days and Counting for 144

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We’re down to 10 days and counting until the first gathering of 144! Are you ready to grow in your discipleship and leadership? Are you one of the 144? We will launch 144 in the Family Life Center on February 24th at 6pm and continue for 12 weeks. We will have 144 places prepared and more if needed!

I’d like to remind everyone that 144 is a theoretical number and more or less people can participate. We welcome all who want to grow in their discipleship of Jesus Christ. Each group will consist of a team leader and co-team leader. The size of each group will be twelve persons which will allow everyone to share the journey together.

Team leaders will decide the day, time of week, and location of meetings. Location can be anywhere the group prefers. They can be on church campus, private homes, or any place. We already have a Niceville location and other geographically convenient groups can be added as needed.

During these meetings, we will share God sightings and draw from the teachings of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). We will read Anatomy of Peace by the Arbinger Institute, Turn the Ship Around by Dave Marquet, and The Great Omission by Dallas Willard. We will build a covenant that speaks to what will make our teams successful. We will share our dreams and how we sense God leads us to use our gifts through a MAP exercise. A MAP stands for Ministry Action Plan. Each week will offer a variety of teaching and sharing to learn, love, and lead together.

Are you one of the 144? My reason for writing about this is encourage you to participate. This will be our Lenten focus as a church and it will extend to Pentecost. I am as excited about the launch of 144 as anything else we have done in recent years at Shalimar! Come and be a part of this brand new discipleship making system which will be unique to our church! Our spirits will be inspired each week with Ephesians 3:20 “God is able to do immeasurably more than we think or imagine!” This will be our key focus verse for 12 weeks!

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What's Happening in February

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I wanted to give you some essential and hopefully exciting updates about things happening at Shalimar UMC in February. First off, thank you all for your support last week regarding the announcement of my new position as Communication Pastor. If you missed it, you could watch the video here. I hope to keep up apprised regarding new activities and what we're working on to keep moving forward in 2020.

"Night Out" Valentine's Dinner

I want to thank everyone for their support of us trying something new with Valentine's Day dinner. It was a fresh take on an older event. We didn't have enough RSVP's for me to be able to use our volunteers effectively, so we hope to do a similar event at a later date, maybe this summer. Don't take that with a heavy heart, though. When we try new things, it's an opportunity to learn and do something more effectively in the future.

Financial Peace University

Our two FPU classes that started a few weeks ago are going strong. It has been a few years since we have done this course here. I'm excited to report that over half of our class participants are not church attenders. Please be in prayer as the class continues. We just finished week 3 of 9.

New Church Council

We just had our first Church Council meeting of 2020. I'm so happy to serve along so many excellent laypersons. You can read what the council's priorities this year are here.

Philip's 144

Philip is actively preparing for his 12 groups of 12 (or more) that will be starting on February 24. We are developing a leader's guide and participant's guide for these groups. I encourage you all to pray about being apart. Read more.


Lent starts on February 26. We'll be focusing on Heaven during those six weeks. It's a great time to think about inviting someone to join you for worship. Invite cards will be in your hands soon.

Now you're in the know of what's happening. We're working to grow your discipleship and reach outside our church walls. I can't wait to see you Sunday!


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144 is Coming Soon

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In just a little over two weeks, we will have a gathering of 144 persons seeking to grow as disciples. The number 144 is symbolic. However, more or less can participate. Our gathering will begin February 24 at 6 pm in the Family Life Center. For week one, we will worship then assemble into small groups.

The 144 groups have a shorter time table than the 12x12 groups but will still focus on discipleship and leadership. Each team of twelve will have a leader and co-leader. The 12 teams will decide a weekly meeting time and location. Around week six and twelve, all of the 144 will meet back together.

What will a regular meeting of 144 look like?
 We will have weekly God sightings to discuss how we’ve seen God’s glory during that time.
 We will study the Sermon on the Mount. Our discipleship focus will be the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5-7.
 The only cost will be for the books or kindle versions you purchase. We will learn together from three different books. Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet, Anatomy of Peace by the Abinger Institute, and The Great Omission by Dallas Willard.
 We will encourage each other to follow the dream God has placed in our hearts and learn about MAPS (Ministry Action Plans).
 We will draft a covenant for our group and each team will pen their own covenant.
 We will hold one another accountable in ways that individuals want to choose. It is totally up to you what you want others to help you with.
 We will pray for one another during the 12 week journey.

We are looking for 144 in our congregation ready to grow in their discipleship together during this season of Lent and move us to Pentecost Sunday!


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