Congratulations, Keith Latimer!

Congratulations to Keith Latimer! Keith is the winner of this year’s David Dale Hospitality Award. This choice came through nominations from our congregation, our Lead Team, and ratified by our Church Council on June 7, 2021. We will make a formal presentation to Keith at worship in the near future.

Keith has been a member of Shalimar United Methodist Church for over twenty years. Several different people from our congregation nominated him. Here are some of the things said as to why Keith was nominated.

 “For as long as I can remember, Keith has been in the Narthex before the 8am service to welcome us. He is always happy, friendly, and has some kind words for us.”      

 “As soon as we started serving coffee again (meaning the Covid precautions when coffee was not available), he was on campus at 6am every Sunday brewing coffee. Keith is always serving our church with his huge heart.”  

If you have ever spent time with Keith, you have likely heard his standard greeting when asked how he is doing; he responds, “blessed and peachy!” Thank you, Keith, for making us feel “blessed and peachy” with your extraordinary hospitality! What a great choice you are as this year’s recipient for the David Dale Hospitality award!

We had other persons nominated this year! These nominees will likely be nominated again in future years. They, too, offer hospitality in extraordinary ways, and we are grateful for each of them.

This year’s nominees included Pat Brantley, Ollie Fay Flint, Ron and Pat Gross, Lorenzo Guidoni, Heyward McKenzie, Sara Michaelson, John Patterson, Brenda Ray, and Mary Jane Robertson.

As this award was established last year, may we always be reminded of the indispensable contribution of hospitality in the church! Especially this year following the year of Covid. Let us all greet newcomers and extend warm smiles to all! May our church be the brightest place on the Emerald Coast every time we gather with a warm Shalimar UMC welcome!

Shalom,
Philip  

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