McVay’s Meandering

In most of my Beacon articles, I title them “Philip’s Focus” as they have just a point or two. This article has too many subjects to have only one focus. I am naming this one “McVay’s Meandering.”

As we begin the summer, meandering seems to fit the many different winding turns of a church proceeding full blast into the summer.

 Here are some JUNE JOLTS!

  • Congratulations, Reverend David Garvin! David will be ordained a Deacon in Full Connection at Annual Conference this Sunday Night, June 6th. The ordination is a part of the Annual Conference proceedings and will be available on Livestream. ( The ordination service begins at 4pm and will be hosted by Frazer UMC in Montgomery.
  • Annual Conference will be held by Zoom this year and will be held June 6-9.

  • Wonder World Funfest Vacation Bible School is June 14-17. The activities are 9am to noon each day. Friday evening, June 18th, there will be a celebration with carnival activities, exhibits, and treats from 6-8:30 pm. Our Director, Nicci Fahle, tells me we still need volunteers in every area. Volunteering is only a 1-week commitment that lasts a lifetime and makes a Kingdom difference for our children. Could you be a volunteer for one of these needed spots?

  • “Our Time to Shine” from Matthew 5:16 will be the theme of Youth Choir Tour June 16-26th this year! After a year of a COVID hiatus, Dr. Bradford has the youth primed to tour the state. They will start here in Shalimar then visit Daytona Beach, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Rockledge, Melbourne, and Orlando.
  • Youth Choir Commissioning Concert - help us send off the Youth Choir on the Mission Tour on June 16th. Chef Heyward will be cooking fried chicken and sides. Cost will be $5 for adults, $3 for kids, and a family max of $25. No reservations are needed. Dinner will start at 5pm, and the concert will begin at 5:45pm.
  • Faith over Fear Sermon Series begins June 6th and continues through July. We will be learning about the most courageous faith stories in the Bible, such as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel, Abraham, Jochebed and Moses, Joshua and Caleb, David, and Job. We have heard a great deal about fear this year! We will compensate with this series on FAITH, planned and written by our Shalimar UMC pastors.

Well, this is enough meandering for one Beacon! Hope to see you this Sunday as we begin our meandering through the summer together!


Philip McVay

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