Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, March 31, 2019

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People of Shiloh,
When I was back in my hometown, for my mother’s memorial, I was struck by something, “I grew up with great neighbors.”  One couple who was at the service, the Greens, was this couple who was always there for us in little ways.  The Greens would bring us fudge at Christmas, shovel our sidewalk from time to time, buy something from whatever fundraiser I was doing, and would always be there every day with a smile and wave.  Fred Green walked 5 miles every day between me and my school, so I usually got to wave at him more than once along the route.
This Lenten journey in the Wilderness is an important one, I hope our congregation is grappling with what it means to be in the challenges of life and belong to God. It is not an easy journey, but when we find belonging in Christ our hearts are changed.  We are changed to know that we belong and in turn many are compelled to help others know they belong too.  I hate to say this, but Easter is in sight and soon our wilderness journey will end. I am comforted in the wilderness and not quite ready to leave, but just like Jesus we will be called out of the wilderness soon.  The call out of the wilderness is not small, it will be by a resurrection and an empty tomb. 
After Easter, we will be challenged as we watch the disciples learn what it means to live without Jesus with them in the same way, and as they learn where Christ is present in the stranger.  I grew up across the street from the Greens watching Mr. Rogers and I remember imaging Mr. Green was my Mr. Rogers.  A kind man who always helped me learn more about neighboring.  
I hope you will continue your discipleship journey as we move from the wilderness in April, into neighboring this spring.  
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Tyler #loveBillings
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America is experiencing a spiritual crisis, we as American Christians find ourselves in a wilderness of people seeking spirituality. We also know that Christians need a language to talk about their faith that draws people deeply to God. Join us during this Lenten season as we journey through the wilderness of faith, like Jesus and Moses have done before us. The skills we learn this Lent will help us find our way to God, and maybe even allow us to help others in our lives.

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  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Chime Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • 406 Youth United –  Sunday Suicide Awareness, grades 6-12 at 4pm at First UMC
  • Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Lenten Book Study –Tuesday at Noon and 6:30 pm
  • Care Givers- Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Messy Church– Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Pound! Adult Exercise Class – Wednesday at 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Pound! Adult Exercise Class – Saturday at 11:00 am
  • Food Bank Sunday is Sunday April 7!

UMCOR SUNDAY– Sunday is one of the Church Wide Special Sundays that are reserved for a special offering for UMCOR.   Gifts to UMCOR lay the foundations for all United Methodist Committee of Relief work by covering the costs of doing business.  This means all other contributions designated for specific programs/projects can go 100% to those programs because UMCOR basic expenses are covered. With all the flooding happening in the Midwest, UMCOR will be needed! 
WORSHIP IN MARCH – LENT 2019: Courage in the WildernessAmerica is experiencing a spiritual crisis.  We, American Christians, find ourselves in a wilderness of people seeking spirituality. We also know that Christians need a language to talk about their faith that draws people deeply to God.  Join us during this Lenten season as we journey through the wilderness of faith, like Jesus and Moses did before.  The skills we learn this Lent will help us find our way to God, and maybe even allow us to help others in our lives.
Braving the Wilderness BOOK STUDY FOR LENT– Pastor Tyler is leading a Lenten study on a book in concert with weekly scriptures.  The book is Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown.  The study will focus on America’s experience of spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduce four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other.  Classes will be offereduesdays at noon and 6:30 pm through April 16as well as9:00 am through April 28. Please sign up for the class by signing the sheet in the lobby, contacting the office or emailing Pastor Tyler.  The cost of the book is $13.00. 
NEW LANYARDS/HOLDERS– If your name tag is on a special lanyard and we could re-use it, we did.  If you would like a new lanyard, please let the office know. We have ordered more.
MESSY CHURCH– Come join us Tuesday evening in April 2nd from5:30-6:30 pmas we gather for a light meal, story, crafts, prayer, singing, dancing, and so much more.  This is a family friendly time to worship together and get messy.  All ages are welcome!  Please consider providing a light meal and join the fun!  Meal signup sheet is in the lobby. For meal suggestions please see Brenda Longin or Pastor Tyler. A big thank you to those who have provided the meal for these amazing families.  We appreciate you!
DIAPER DRIVE– This year our youth is challenging us to bring diapers to church through April 14.  They will be given to several community agencies which will distribute them to people who need them.  Please bring packages of new diapers to the front of the church.Diaper sizes needed most are: Newborn, 4/5 and Pull-ups.
POUND! ADULT EXERCISE CLASS– Adult exercise classes are held at the church.  The Saturday class is from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. The Wednesday class is from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Classes are $5.00 each or buy a punch card for $40.00 for 9 classes.  Pound is for all fitness levels and ages 18 and up. If you have questions please email Jen Johnson at
SPRING BOOK SALE– The Spring Book Sale will be held at Central Christian Church at 1221 16thSt. West on Tuesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 6th.  This is the Northwest’s largest book sale. Do you have books, CD’s, DVD’s, jigsaw puzzles or old vinyl records to donate?  Please call Central Christian Church at 252-1825.  We can pick up. We can pick up year around.
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNTWe will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm with the help of First United Methodist Church. We will need many volunteers for this huge event.  There is a signup sheet in the lobby, please consider helping with this great community outreach.  Last year we had 340+ kids and it was amazing!  This year we have 2 bounce houses, face painting, 2 food trucks (Sandees and Mini Donut), an Easter Bunny and lots of egg hunting.  We are looking for small pre-wrapped candy to stuff eggs. There is a basket in the lobby for those donations.  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !!! Call Brenda Longin @ 256-5535 or email: brendalongin@hotmail.comif you have questions. 
FOOD BANK SUNDAY– Next week is Food Bank Sunday.  The Food Bank is currently in need of Cereal, Pasta and Peanut Butter.  Please consider helping meet the need.  

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