Upcoming Events at Shalimar

WE SURE HAVE MISSED SEEING YOU IN PERSON! In recent weeks, the pastors visited friends and members in their neighborhoods. This allowed us the opportunity to visit with some persons we have not seen since March. (Because of COVID-19 concerns). We hope to set up additional neighborhood meetings in the early part of 2021. In the meantime, I want to bring your attention to some exceptional opportunities this coming week.

On December 16, 4:30 pm, we have a gathering at the new Shalimar UMC firepit. An invitation to come is for everyone and anyone who have missed the fellowship of the church. This gathering is outside, and we will socially distance. Masks are optional. The informal gathering offers a “town hall” kind of format. First, I will listen to what you have been thinking and how you have been getting along. Second, I will update what is just ahead for the church. We hope you come and be a part of this outdoor gathering at the Church firepit. Bring your lawn chair and have a good time of conversation at the new fire pit! The fire pit location is between the playground and Cross Corner under some beautiful trees.
I want you to be aware of an appreciation event for Jennifer Guidoni, our Children’s Director. As you know by now, Jennifer is assuming her new position as pastor of the Way United Methodist Church in Pace, Florida. We are holding a thank-you event, a “Drive-by and Say Hi,” to the Guidoni’s on Dec 16, 2-3:30 pm. You can join in by driving to the FLC parking lot. Cars will receive directions on how to line up once you arrive. Jennifer, Joe, and Lorenzo will send greetings from the Family Life Center front-covered porch. Please feel free to drop off gift cards and signs of appreciation as you drive-by for this special send-off. Jennifer’s last day with us is Christmas Eve.

The Advent joy has been increasing by the week at Shalimar UMC. This Sunday will mark the third Sunday of Advent. Our Chancel Choir, Orchestra, and visual arts volunteers will lead us in our worship in the sanctuary at the 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 services. 11:07 will be a normal Sunday of Advent worship with Rev. Matt Langford bringing this week’s message. The following week we will continue our “Silent Night” messages with the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Our Christmas Eve plans are creating a “buzz” around our campus and community. There is something special about CANDLELIGHT and SILENT NIGHT. This year at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus more like the original Christmas, OUTSIDE! We hope you are making plans to join us! Bring your family, friends, and lawn chair to be a part of an extraordinary evening! If you cannot attend in person, we will livestream Christmas Eve Services at 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 11:07 pm.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday, in-person and on livestream, as our joy increases yet again. The celebration of Jesus’ birth is coming soon!

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