Beyond Journey

Destin United Methodist Church has begun a transformative journey — a radical journey that asks every member to be bold, to be brave and to go beyond their perceived limitations to discover God’s vision and do His work.  

DUMC is focused on how to develop a more intimate and complete relationship with God and serve others, locally and across the world, as an expression of their love for God.  They are asking God to create in them, individually and as an entire church, a spirit of caring more deeply about others They desire to be the church for the outsider, the newcomer, the forgotten, the unreligious, the poor, the underprivileged, the least, the lost and the last. 

The church will celebrate its Beyond Journey with one combined service beginning at 10 a.m. March 10 followed by a celebration reception. This service will be held on the campus in the Destin Life Center. Members and visitors are welcome for this special celebration of Beyond.


The second Shine On Women’s & Teen’s Conference will be held March 15-16 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Speakers will be Dee Chernicky, Ruth Graham, Cathy Duplantis, Mona Ponder, Scarlett Harrington, Valerie Peterson, and Faith Ellisor. Online registration is at and includes two speaker luncheons. Group rates are available. To volunteer, call 366-3550 or see website.

Raisin’ of the Green fundraiser

Corned beef and cabbage will be on the menu from 12-4 p.m. March 17 at the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks Street in Fort Walton Beach, when the restaurant hosts a special St. Patrick’s Day event benefitting Catholic Charities and the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Cost is $8/advance and $10/door. To purchase tickets, call 737-0864 or 244-2825.

The “Raisin’ of the Green” fundraiser will feature the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Attendees will enjoy lively Irish music, and those who are feeling lucky can take part in a 50/50 donation drawing.

Easter service

Emerald Coast Baptist Church, 734 Legion Drive in the Buck Destin facility, will have services at 10: a.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 31.

Sunrise Service

A sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. March 31 on the beach at Beasley Park on U.S. 98 on Okaloosa Island. Good Shepherd Lutheran, Shalimar; Grace Lutheran, Destin; Holy Trinity Lutheran, Fort Walton Beach; and St. Paul Lutheran, Niceville, will sponsor the service. Bring chair or blanket and please stay off the dunes.

Emerald Coast Revival Time

Emerald Coast Baptist Church will hold a time of revival with lively congregational singing, old-fashioned gospel preaching and Holy Spirit led worship at 7 p.m. nightly April 1-3 at 734 Legion Drive in the Buck Destin facility. Guest preacher will be Pastor Barry Rackley from Roversville, Tenn.

Lisa Osteen Comes

Women of Destiny presents Lisa Osteen Comes, associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, under the leadership of her brother, Pastor Joel Osteen, at 7 p.m. April 26 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the free event.

An accomplished minister of the gospel, Comes has held several key positions at Lakewood Church, including director of ministries. Through all of her challenges and experiences, Lisa has become known as a respected ministry leader and Bible teacher. Her passion for God's Word and love for people radiate in her practical and insightful messages.

Childcare by registration only: 6 weeks to 10 years.

The Gathering

The Gathering at Sandestin, a non-denominational Christian worship service, meets weekly at 10 a.m. in the Terrace Room of the Linkside Conference Center in the Sandestin Resort. David Seering, worship leader, and Billy Gray, pastor, lead the service.

Seering is a local entertainer who has performed for the military, three presidents, and a multitude of recording stars, not to mention many local events and charities. Gray is head of Billy Gray Ministries, a global missionary group that brings the Word of Christ. More information can be found at

Upper Room Morning Worship

Gather in the “upper room” upstairs at Marlin Grill in The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at 9 a.m. each Sunday for an interdenominational morning service of teaching, praise and worship. Dress casual. Call 543-4382.


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