Posts with the category “philips-focus”
50 New Members in 50 Days
March 24th, 2022
As our church continues to move forward into 2022 with new energy, I am happy to announce some great news! We are joining with other United Methodist Churches in our area with a common goal to reach 5...
General Conference Postponed Until 2024
March 17th, 2022
In case you have not heard the news, General Conference in the United Methodist Church is postponed until 2024. This means that there will not be a General Conference in 2022. The decision to postpone...
Follow Me 40-Day Devotional Plan Begins
March 2nd, 2022
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and we move now into the 40-day journey of Lent. Jesus said to His disciples, “Follow me.” Likewise, this call to follow Jesus is for all of us today. In preparation for ...
Ash Wednesday is a Big Day and Some of the Reasons Why
February 24th, 2022
This coming Wednesday, March 2, is our Ash Wednesday Service at 6pm. It is one of the most special times of the year. Why is Ash Wednesday so special? There are numerous reasons. Ash Wednesday marks t...
Members are to Become and Make Disciples
February 17th, 2022
One of my main priorities this year is for our members to grow as disciples of Jesus. Let me explain what I mean through a story. Years ago, a couple visited the church I pastored every Sunday for at ...
FOLLOW ME Begins, Ash Wednesday, March 2
February 9th, 2022
Ash Wednesday is March 2. Ash Wednesday begins our 40-day Lent plan of FOLLOW ME. In this Beacon, I would like to inform you about this plan, invite you to participate, and challenge you to be present...
What we Know Even When We Do Not Know
February 3rd, 2022
One of the four initiatives that the Lord placed on my heart at the beginning of the year is to be more positive in the local church. After all, the reason we exist is to bring the good news of Jesus ...
Good News Around Shalimar UMC!
January 27th, 2022
As I alluded to on Christmas Eve, with the help of my wife Karen, we are all wanting good news. In fact, there has been way too much bad news in the past year. People have “bad news fatigue.” So, in t...
The Positive Message of Jesus Christ
January 20th, 2022
Last week, I shared about four specific areas placed on my heart. I also wanted to put these on your hearts. These priorities I am nicknaming “post-Covid Church opportunities for a new era.”One is res...
Post Covid Church Opportunities for a New Era
January 13th, 2022
Over the Christmas and New Year's Holidays, I was out of my routine and spent some significant quality time with the Lord. One day the Lord placed on my heart four specifics to place on the congregati...
Three Questions and a Prayer to Begin the New Year
January 6th, 2022
As we begin 2022, I have three questions for us. First, are our best days behind us or in front of us? Second, what if we leveraged everything we had to be a positive influence for Jesus? Third, what ...
New Things in a New Year!
December 29th, 2021
What NEW things might the Lord bring in our lives in the New Year? The word NEW is possible for all of us regardless of age or circumstances. What are some ways the Bible teaches us about God making u...
Merry Christmas from the Pastors at Shalimar UMC
December 22nd, 2021
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and blessings to the new year!......
The Perfect Christmas for Imperfect People!
December 15th, 2021
In nine days, we will gather for Christmas Eve for worship. As we move through these final days of Advent preparation, I would like to invite us to have a perfect Christmas. How in the world can imper...
Inspiring Worship Opportunities Just Ahead
December 9th, 2021
Well, here we go! Already, we are approaching the third Sunday of Advent. Hard to believe there are only two Sundays left before Christmas! 2022 will begin in less than four weeks. As we continue the ...
Pumping the Brakes
December 2nd, 2021
Advent began last Sunday. This is a season to "pump the brakes," pay attention to our heart more and spend quiet time with God. The season of Advent is a time to prepare to experience the birth of Jes...
A Very Special Thanksgiving
November 24th, 2021
Last year, Thanksgiving plans were interrupted for many. For the first time in over 60 years, I know my family did not gather at my mother’s on McVay Hill, near Jackson, Alabama. However, we are resum...
TOGETHER we can do more for the LORD!
November 18th, 2021
“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.” Thomas Ken 1674 When we stand and sing ...
Count Our Blessings
November 12th, 2021
Next week, I get to write up my 100 blessings for the year, which is one of my most anticipated moments of the year. Decades ago, I began listing 100 reasons to be grateful each year just before Thank...
TOGETHER in Doxology
November 4th, 2021
Ten years from now, we will likely reminisce about the years 2020-2021. We will possibly reflect on how quickly the normal we knew changed in the “blink of an eye.” The dramatic changes sparked isolat...
A Cheerful Disposition is Good for Your Health
October 28th, 2021
The Proverbs says, “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” (Proverbs 17:22; The Message). We cannot always change our circumstances, but we can certainly...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Bread House Week 93Most Welcoming RugGuidebook 20222023 is calling already! Will you answer?What we Know Even When We Do Not KnowBread House Week 94FOLLOW ME Begins, Ash Wednesday, March 2Members are to Become and Make DisciplesBread House Week 95Ash Wednesday is a Big Day and Some of the Reasons WhyBread House Week 96
State of Shalimar United Methodist Church 2021Week 42 Bread House40-Day Lent DevotionsCheck It Out! Feb 7, 2021Using the New Church AppIn Praise of our Ministry TeamsWeek 43 Bread HouseA Word from Our Librarian - Feb 14, 2021Bread House Week 44Announcing a New Children's Ministry DirectorBread House Week 45How You Can Help Refer Families to Blessings for ChildrenLibrary NewsLearning from History and Including All as Jesus
Time to Nominate this Year’s Hospitality Award WinnerBread House Week 46Bread House Week 47Around the SUMC LibraryTime Change is This SundaySave the Dates…A Month of Special SundaysBread House Week 48Updated Shalimar UMC Covid Protocol for Holy WeekBread House Week 49Giving DandelionsEaster Lily Project
Bread House Week 50God Has the Final Word!Some Clues for the Unforgettable Message After EasterWeek 51 at the Bread HouseWhat have we missed? What will be the same? Different?Make Us One...Week 52 at the Bread HouseEighteen Lives and Eternal LifeThank You from REBOOT Class MemberWeek 54 at the Bread HouseNUMBERS and NAMESThe “SHIPS” of the ChurchVBSSenior Recognition
Around Shalimar, Things to Know, and Having Some FunBread House Week 55Thank You, Deb Steele!Young Adults Summer Schedule2021 OCSW Women of HonorWelcome!!! Welcome Back!!!Summer News from Our LibrarianLICE and Blessings for Children!Week 57 at the Bread HouseShalimar UMC receives the Heroes and Hard Workers Award!
McVay’s MeanderingWeek 58 at the Bread HouseCongratulations, Keith Latimer!Week 59 at the Bread HouseA STORY WORTH SHARINGJune 6, 2021 BaptismStephen MinistryShalimar United Methodist Church is 70 Years Old Today!Bread House Week 60Jesus Loves the Little ChildrenWe will never run out of this…….Ephesians 6:18