Local pastors bring a Destin tradition to South Walton

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 03:42 PM.

Pastor Jason Scheler of Hope Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa Beach has been participating in Destin's Week of Blessings for years.

"I thought, 'Why doesn't South Walton have its own week of blessings?' " he said.

With that, the South Walton Ministerial Association agreed to begin blessing South Walton. Twelve churches including the pastoral office at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast , will be dedicating next week to blessing the community.

"South Walton has never had much unity before. It's all so spread out with 26 miles and about 15 different small communities," Scheler said. "We don't have a center. Our center is Christ. This has brought us pastors together."

The South Walton Week of Blessings is based off of Destin's model, even carrying the same motto, "One church, many congregations."

"I feel like we were called to do this," explained Scheler. "And it's just the beginning. We're looking at other ways to help those that are broken. Some people think that churches as always trying to get stuff, when we're really just trying to give stuff."

Scheler and fellow pastors will be making stops throughout the week in different South Walton spots and will also be available for house calls should any families want a pastor to visit and bless their home or organization.

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