Posts with the category “pastor-s-desk”

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Life Balance Series Preview
March 30th, 2023
Do you feel like your life is out of control and pulling you in every direction? Do you wake up with the very best of intentions, but by the end of your first cup of coffee, all of those intentions ha...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Turning Up the Lights
March 23rd, 2023
If you have driven through the church parking lot at night recently, you might notice something different. Our parking lot now puts off a wonderful glow from our new LED parking lot lights, making it ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Becoming Better Communicators
March 16th, 2023
Last week, we learned of a new method to share announcements and help make information easily accessible to our guests when they walk in. Yes...I'm changing things. 🙄 I don't make changes just for the...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Fun and Impact
March 9th, 2023
In December, the women had a Christmas party with 21 ladies present. They do this every year with good food, games, and fun. But the party is more than simply celebrating the holidays together. Years ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Amazing People Doing Amazing Things
March 2nd, 2023
This past Saturday, around 20 people from our church came to worship, eat, and plan how God can use us this year. The day's theme was Overflow: Planning for Loving Others in Abundance. I enjoyed being...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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In Plain Sight Series Preview
February 23rd, 2023
God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is throug...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Children Home Giving for January
February 16th, 2023
Thank you! Once a quarter, we take the time to give a special offering for the United Methodist Children's Home here in Florida. Your gift makes a difference in the lives of children right down the ro...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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When You Just Know
February 9th, 2023
Sometimes you must try a church for weeks or even months before you feel like you can decide if it's your "forever spiritual home." Other times, you walk in and know right away.That's what happened to...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Pantry Field Trip
February 2nd, 2023
In December, we joined with Sacred Heart Catholic Church next door for a joint parking lot food drive. My heart was so warmed with Deacon Rich contacted us about joining forces to serve those around u...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Lent Devotional Book
January 26th, 2023
It's hard to believe January is almost finished. As February arrives, we have Valentines Day (2/14), then Ash Wednesday (2/22), which starts our season of Lent. If you've always wondered about Lent, t...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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This is What We Do Series Preview
January 19th, 2023
February 5, 12, and 19, 2023 Do you do This? This opens doors and solves problems. This inspires others to do This, too—it’s the good kind of contagious. When they tell our life stories, we want them ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Loving to Salvation
January 12th, 2023
The pastor I grew up with, Rev. Dr. George Mathison, or Brother George as we called him, is known by a few things:His dedication to prayer - He gets on his knees early every morning and prays for peop...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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The Circuit Life
January 5th, 2023
Francis Asbury Moonlit Approach Painting by Richard G. Douglas Courtesy of B.L. Fischer Library, Asbury Theological Seminary Right before Christmas, it was shared that I would be serving two churches ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
December 31st, 2022
I hope you receive a Christmas card from me, but if you didn't, then I wanted to share the contents of it here for you:It's hard to believe it's been 6 months since AJ, Abigail, and I moved to Fleming...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Thanksgiving Boxes
December 22nd, 2022
I had the pleasure of helping pack our thanksgiving boxes for a bit. (My box is on the left side in the back. 😃) I was blown away by everyone's generosity. Through our church's generosity, we collecte...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Recap of Clay County Kitchen
December 1st, 2022
It's been the goal of our missions committee to find ways for us to serve our community, building relationships with others and those within our church at the same time. There were some things that mi...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Happy New Year
November 23rd, 2022
Sunday is the first week of Advent and the Christian New Year! As we enter the worship space, you'll see all the beautiful decorations placed by the volunteers this past week. (Thank you to everyone w...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Advent Series
November 17th, 2022
I mentioned in my sermon this past Sunday, that I am having a hard time believing that Advent is almost here. 😳For those who are like me, and you grew up Methodist/Lutheran/Catholic/Episcopal, Advent ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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October in the Bag
November 10th, 2022
October was a busy month, but we have so many things to celebrate. Many know this, but I wasn't in favor of doing the pumpkin patch this year. Why? Because I was worried it would over-tax our congrega...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Ready to Welcome
November 3rd, 2022
If you were in worship this past Sunday in-person, you might have noticed our new welcome setup in the entry way. I'm thanking to the many hands that helped me get this space ready. I'd like to explai...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Joseph and Pharaoh
October 25th, 2022
Joseph in the Old Testament is known for lots of things:The Coat of Many Colors (Genesis 26)Being Sold into Slavery by his Brothers (Genesis 37)Being Thrown into Jail after Refusing Advances from his ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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The Cross Guy
October 18th, 2022
Before I preached my first sermon at Shalimar, a woman I didn't know snuck into the sacristy and handed me three crosses in bags. She said, "These are for you and your family." I soon learned she was ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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What is the Point of Confirmation?
October 11th, 2022
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by Faith Parry
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A Musician, Fire Fighter, and Methodist, walk onto Stage...
October 5th, 2022
It was such a wonderful day in worship on Sunday! In addition to starting a new sermon series, we also received three persons into membership.Howard and Nicole Rieger started worshipping with us on Ea...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Prayers
September 27th, 2022
I want to thank everyone for your amazing spirit in worship on Sunday. I could feel your openness to God as we walked together towards him. The posters from worship this past Sunday are going up in th...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Time to Share
September 22nd, 2022
I'm not sure if you've figured it out, but there's a reason, a method to the themes of the sermons. I spend a lot of time praying over worship planning and what to preach. It's part of the long-term p...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Welcome Cathy and Katie
September 13th, 2022
September 4th, we welcomed Cathy Perry and Katie Strickland into membership. It was a joy to receive them both into membership as they renewed their belief in Christ. They are officially committed to ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Dreams, Prayers, and Transitions
September 8th, 2022
This past Sunday, I preached on dreaming big and praying about those dreams. That brings me to the question, what dreams have you claimed and are now praying for?It's tough to believe, but we're in Se...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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The Parsonage will be Open
September 1st, 2022
Believe it or not, we've unpacked, hung the pictures, and the Parry family wants to invite you over to see all the work the church has done in the parsonage.Everything done to prepare our home for us ...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Our "In Progress" Café
August 25th, 2022
Admin West, or the Youth Room, has undergone a transformation over the past few weeks. The Café, as I'm now calling it, isn't done. With a little bit of paint, some cleaning, rearranging, and some new...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Maximizing What We Have
August 18th, 2022
The phrase "being good stewards" has lots of meanings. The best way to describe it is from Luke, when Jesus talks about how we're to be ready at all times for him to return: And the Lord replied, "A f...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Exciting Things for the Children & Youth
August 11th, 2022
A lot's been done in a small amount of time! I want to give Katie a big thank you for all her hard work to get ready for the Back to School bash we had this past week. It was a different kind of Sunda...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Tired but Woah
July 28th, 2022
I haven't had the blessing of being at a Vacation Bible School in many years. At my church in Ft. Walton Beach, our VBS was always the first week of June when the pastors had to attend our Annual Conf...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Welcome in 5 Languages
July 20th, 2022
There are lots of ways people show love. According to Gary Chapman in his book The 5 Love Languages, there are 5. I wanted to pause and point out that through the past 6-weeks, we as a family have rec...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Being a Blessing
July 11th, 2022
Have you ever thought about what it means to be a blessing to someone? According to the dictionary, the word blessing (n) means (1) God's favor and protection or (2) a prayer said before or after a me...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Stop Going to Church
July 7th, 2022
"Stop Going to Church" is an odd for me, your pastor, to say. But I'm saying it because......  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Parking at the Road
June 30th, 2022
Make one change to your Sunday worship habits and help share our church with others. Find out more......  Read More
by Faith Parry
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So Blessed
June 23rd, 2022
It was such a wonderful Sunday on the 12th. The one good time about being sick–you get to slow down a bit. In my slowing down, I decided to reflect on all the things recently I’ve been blessed by…...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Holy Conferencing
June 15th, 2022
I’ll admit, there are always moment during Annual Conference that I get tired and wonder why I travel for meetings and reports. But there are moments…...  Read More
by Faith Parry
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Open for Conversations
June 8th, 2022
Over the past week, as I have been cleaning, painting, moving furniture, and preparing the office, I’ve been thankful for the time…...  Read More
by Faith Parry

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