Posts with the category “philips-focus”

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A New Children’s Director Begins
October 21st, 2021
On behalf of our SPR Committee, I am pleased to announce we have hired a new Children’s Director. Robyn Lamberth was hired and started on October 20, 2021. Let me encourage our congregation to make it...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Synopsis of Lead Pastor’s Report to Charge Conference
October 14th, 2021
This Sunday, October 17th, we will gather with eight other churches for a cluster Charge Conference. The Charge Conference will be hosted by First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach and will...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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You Play Like You Practice
October 7th, 2021
What an exciting time of year! Football season is well into the second month, and big games are ahead in the coming weeks. Baseball season has moved into the playoffs and is moving toward the World Se...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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What is the Reading of Our Joy Meter?
September 30th, 2021
Our power meters tell a story in our homes. In July, our story is likely to show that we ran our air-conditioners all the time, and our power bill will have an uptick. In the fall months, we would lik...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Parry Family Moving to Jacksonville
September 23rd, 2021
Rev. Faith Parry’s husband, AJ, has been presented and accepted a full-time position with the National Guard. His new position is quite an opportunity and begins immediately in October. As a result, t...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Are Your Gifts Overlooked and Under the Radar?
September 16th, 2021
Shalimar United Methodist Church is a fairly large congregation. We have many wonderful people serving in many and various roles. Everyone who finds ways to use their gifts for the glory of God finds ...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Forty Leaders for Forty Days
September 9th, 2021
Save the dates now! The season of Lent in 2022 begins on March 2. Lent will extend through Easter, April 17, 2022. Thus, in the coming six months, we will have an opportunity to prepare for an unprece...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Keeping Perspective in Stressful Times
September 2nd, 2021
Would you agree our mental health has been tested for the last eighteen months? The presence of stress, worry, and depression can come to even the strongest people. What can be done to take care of ou...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Part of Being a Disciple: Taking Care of Our Sheep?
August 26th, 2021
What makes my heart sink faster than any other news I hear? I can answer this question easily. When I receive news that someone is disappointed that the church has not responded in their time of need....  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Updated: Free Steak Dinner and Church Plans
August 19th, 2021
We have some updates about the free dinner plans on Monday, August 23rd, at 6pm. First of all, there is good news! There is still time for you to make your reservation for Monday Night's free steak di...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Current Status and Future Plans of the Church Steak Dinner, My Treat
August 12th, 2021
On August 23rd, I want to invite you to attend a free steak dinner in which I will share the current status of our church and some future discipleship plans. This event will be capped at 100 persons f...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Staying on Mission saying “Yes to Disciple 2022”
August 5th, 2021
The year 2022 will be here in about five months. On the horizon will be unprecedented new opportunities to grow as a disciple each week through Shalimar United Methodist Church! The goal is to live ou...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Putting Our Oars in the Water
July 29th, 2021
What would Shalimar United Methodist Church be capable of if everyone put their oar in the water and rowed in the same direction? Even better, what if we all rowed in the direction of living as a disc...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Hopes for the Next Six Months (Part Two Mid Year Report)
July 22nd, 2021
We are now at the beginning of the second half of 2021. Last week, I reflected on the first six months of the year. This week, I will shift toward hopes for the second half of the year.Before Labor Da...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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A Few Mid-Year Observations and Hopes for Rest of Year (Part One Mid Year Report)
July 14th, 2021
Believe it or not, the calendar says we have begun the second half of 2021! What are some observations about the first six months? What are hopes for the rest of this year? Let me share with you some ...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Dr. Brad Bradford will take Study Leave for Six Weeks
July 8th, 2021
Over the next six weeks, Dr. Brad Bradford will be on study leave from July 5-August 11. He is entitled to this leave and has been planning a productive project for many months. Brad has received all ...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Immediate Opportunities to Grow
July 1st, 2021
Can you believe this week marks the mid-way point of 2021! As we continue to see some normal coming out of a long Covid Year, I would like to lift up some of the current opportunities to grow through ...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Shalimar United Methodist Church is 70 Years Old Today!
June 17th, 2021
Type your new text here. Today is July 17, 2021, and it is a special day! Shalimar United Methodist is 70 years old on the day this article is published. I hope you will take some time reading this ar...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Congratulations, Keith Latimer!
June 10th, 2021
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...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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McVay’s Meandering
June 3rd, 2021
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 w...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Shalimar UMC receives the Heroes and Hard Workers Award!
May 27th, 2021
Shalimar United Methodist Church received an award last Friday. The Heroes and Hard Workers Award. We received the award from Nash FM 105.5. This award goes to business groups and organizations that p...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Welcome!!! Welcome Back!!!
May 20th, 2021
We will have “Dinner on the Grounds” on our campus this Sunday. The meal is not a “bring a covered dish” but is catered. Please do not bring food from home! You will be treated to a delicious meal fro...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Thank You, Deb Steele!
May 12th, 2021
Deb Steele has been our custodian for nine years here at Shalimar UMC. She will be retiring next week, and I wanted to call this to your attention. In her time with us, Deb has made quite a contributi...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Around Shalimar, Things to Know, and Having Some Fun
May 6th, 2021
This week I have chosen to write some short snippets of what is going on around Shalimar UMC. In this article/blog, I will list some things you may or may not know. If you know the answers to all the ...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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The “SHIPS” of the Church
April 29th, 2021
A few weeks ago, I learned from our Mayor, Mark Franks, the name Shalimar means “By the beautiful water.” That means our church name could mean “Church by the beautiful water.” Some of the sights and ...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Eighteen Lives and Eternal Life
April 22nd, 2021
We lost our pet cat, Dasher, last year. Dasher was with us eighteen years! He was remarkably resilient. The old saying that cats have nine lives proved very true for Dasher. He likely had double the n...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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What have we missed? What will be the same? Different?
April 15th, 2021
The post-pandemic church is emerging before our eyes! What have we missed the most? What might be the same? What will be different? What are the unprecedented opportunities? I do not know anything mor...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Some Clues for the Unforgettable Message After Easter
April 8th, 2021
About a quarter of a century ago, I began preaching a message billed as the “unforgettable message after Easter!”  Why? Because the Sunday after Easter often felt like the antithesis to Easter. On Eas...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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God Has the Final Word!
April 1st, 2021
We have and, to some extent, are still enduring one of the craziest times in history. In such a time, we look for a person to reassure us and say, “It will be over soon.”  Who will have that word we l...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Updated Shalimar UMC Covid Protocol for Holy Week
March 25th, 2021
As of Palm Sunday, March 28th, we will slightly revise our Covid-19 Protocol. As the positive trends show an upward number of vaccinations and a lower number of Covid cases in Okaloosa County, we beli...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Save the Dates…A Month of Special Sundays
March 18th, 2021
In the coming four weeks, we will have special Sundays one after the other. As we move deeper into Lent, this means special worship is rising on the horizon. You will want to be present in-person or o...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Time Change is This Sunday
March 10th, 2021
This weekend is time change Sunday! Remember to move your clocks up one hour for worship in-person or on Livestream! In speaking of the time change, have you ever forgotten to change your clocks? I di...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Time to Nominate this Year’s Hospitality Award Winner
March 4th, 2021
Last year, we created the first-ever hospitality award and presented it to David Dale. The award also took on the name of David Dale because he exhibited extraordinary gifts of hospitality. There is a...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Learning from History and Including All as Jesus
February 25th, 2021
I choose to remain a United Methodist because we know our denomination is more than a "fad" or a "short-lived movement." We can learn from our rich history, and we can be sparred some of the same mist...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Announcing a New Children's Ministry Director
February 18th, 2021
We are happy to announce that Mrs. Nicci Fahle will be joining our church staff as our part-time Children's Ministry Director. Nicci and her husband Brodie have been in our congregation for a long tim...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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In Praise of our Ministry Teams
February 10th, 2021
In previous weeks of Beacon articles, I have praised our congregation, staff, and lay leadership. In this article, I want to lift up some additional ministry teams and offer praise for their good mini...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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State of Shalimar United Methodist Church 2021
February 3rd, 2021
As a part of our Nation's fabric, one tradition is customary to give a State of the Union Address for late January. Somewhere along the way, I began a tradition by giving the "state of the church" eac...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Praise of Our Lay Leadership
January 28th, 2021
In previous Beacon articles, I have praised our steadfast congregation and last week our phenomenal staff! Today, I praise our amazing lay leadership! As we move forward from the most challenging year...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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Praising Our Staff
January 21st, 2021
In the last ten months, we have not had "church" as usual. We have had to adapt, be flexible, and exercise additional caution at most every turn. Through it all, we have found a way to move forward wi...  Read More
by Philip McVay
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History is Prelude and Righteousness Exalts a Nation
January 14th, 2021
The events of the last week have been disturbing, sobering, and saddening. We have so much division in our country! There is so much anger and angst. What do we do to channel the powder keg of emotion...  Read More
by Philip McVay

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