Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, May 12, 2019

SPRING CLEAN-UP– Saturday, May 11 – 9-Noonis the annual Spring Clean-Up day.  It takes a lot of work to keep the grounds of this church looking as great as they do. Trees need to be trimmed, outside windows need to be washed, the mail box needs to be cleaned and painted, and that is just a few starter projects. Donuts and coffee will be available for all workers.
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People of Shiloh, Mother’s Day is both a hard day and a joyous day. So many people come from so many places. May this prayer from http://michellevanloon.com/bring us peace this Mother’s Day. 

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler #loveBillings

O God, the commercials, cards and gifts of this Sunday are a reminder to honor the mothers in our lives. A day set aside to celebrate mothers is a lovely thing, and yet we recognize it as an echo, a single skipped stone, of the kind of family life to which you call us here. 
In our broken world, this single day, these reminders for some are not blessings but pain or longing. May these few words help us intercede for someone we know who may be suffering this week. 
For those who are sorrowing, raw and tender this week, we pray:
…for those who’ve suffered the loss of their mothers through death; Lord, please bring them your comfort
…for those estranged from their mothers through family division, mental illness or strife; Lord, please salve their wounds and bring your healing
 …for those who are losing their mothers by degrees through disease; Lord, please measure extra grace to parent and child alike as the roles reverse
…for those who never knew their mothers; Lord, please reveal yourself to them at every point of abandonment, longing and need as El Shaddai
…for those who have lost a child; Lord, please have mercy on them as they daily bear this searing pain
 …for those who are riding the roller-coaster of infertility; Lord, please revive their hope and bless them with new life
…for those who ache to become mothers, but find themselves without a mate again this year; Lord, please draw near to them, and help them draw near to you as they wait and hope
…for those whose children have chosen a prodigal path; Lord, please grace these parents to wait together with you for their children’s return home
…for those whose children are living, working and serving in distant lands; Lord, please keep them safe, and keep our hearts at peace
…for those who have a full and happy family life; Lord, thank you for this witness, and give them  an extra chair at their table waiting for the lonely to fill it
…for those who, in their pain, have felt abandoned and undefended by you; Lord, please comfort them…and let them recognize that you are near at all times 
In the name of the Father of the fatherless, the Bridegroom of the widow, and the Companion of the lonely, I pray. Amen.


 
 

This Spring we will be entering a time of learning about our neighbors. How to be a good neighbor, and how Christ calls us to this.  We hope you will join us for this sermon series of walking with the disciples as they learn to neighbor and call people to be neighbors in return. 

“Every human being has value. This is the basis of all healthy relationships. Through living each day as it is given to me, I’ve learned that. It cannot be “taught,” but it can be “caught” from those who live their lives right along with us. What a privilege to be able to look for the good in our neighbor!”– Fred Rogers 
 

 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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  • Sunday is MOTHER’S DAY!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Care Givers- Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Messy Church and Children’s Sunday School go Bowling- Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Book Review – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Writer’s Group – Wednesday at 9:30 am
  • Worship Design Team – Thursday at 6:30 pm
  • Lay Servant Training (On-Line) –Saturday at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Free Store –Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm 
  • Worship –Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 pm
  • Noisy Offering is next Sunday!
  • Shiloh 101– Will be held Sunday, May 19 at 11:30 am

 
WILL YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? SERMON SERIES– Sunday we will continue a time of learning about our neighbors, how to be a good neighbor and how Christ calls us to this.  We hope you will join us for this sermon series of walking with the disciples as they learn to neighbor and call people to be neighbors in return.  “Every human being has value.  This is the basis of all healthy relationships.  Through living each day as it is given to me, I’ve learned that. It cannot be “taught” but it can be “caught” from those who live their lives right along with us.  What a privilege to be able to look for the good in our              neighbor!”– Fred Rogers 
 
MESSY CHURCH AND CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL OUTING– Come join us Tuesday, May 14that 5:30 pmas we gather for a special family bowling and pizza night at Sunset Lanes.  Please contact the office to register.
 
BOOK REVIEW– The next book review will be the “The Alice Network”by Alice Quinn. This historical novel of the real-life Alice Network is a story that is set in the time frame of both World Wars. Everyone is invited.  Please join us on Tuesday, May 14that 6:00 pm.
 
SHILOH 101– will be held May 19 at 11:30 am.  It is an exploration of our church and our faith meant for everyone. Come join Pastor Tyler for coffee and conversation!   
 
FAITH & FILMFaith & Film will be Queen of Katwe.Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year old Phiona and her family.  Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende, a missionary who teaches children how to play chess.  This film is based on a true story.  Please join us May 19 at 5:30 pm for this inspirational feel good movie. Ask a friend or two and bring a snack if you want to. 

MEMORIAL WEEKEND WORSHIPOn Sunday, May 26there will be only one service at 9:00 am.  This is a chance for both services to worship together and to get to know the people who go to a different service then you do.
 
“TO MARS AND BEYOND” VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)– Explore where God’s power can take you!! We will be having VBS with First UMC this June.  The dates are Mon-Thur., June 24 -27 from 9:00 am – Noon. Early registration fee (by May 21): $20.00 per child. Late registration fee (after May 21): $25.00 per child.  Scholarships are available if needed.There are 2 registration forms on the stand in the lobby (one for children and the other for volunteers). Transportation will be available from Shiloh UMCto First UMC on the days of VBS.  Please sign up early to reserve your spot.
 
VISITATION MINISTRY– Currently each of the Visitation Ministers at Shiloh visits 13 individuals each month and visits the two hospitals each day for one week. If you are interested in helping in this ministry, please contact Pastor Tyler.
 
COMMUNITY GARDEN 2019– As the snow melts, we are beginning plans to have a Community Garden again the year.  There is a large area used to grow produce for the Free Store and Food Bank.  We also have 18 individual spots available (7 have already been reserved).  Garden spots are $50.00 each.  
 
LAWN MOWING HELPERS NEEDEDAlong with gardens comes the grass. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby on the table marked “Volunteer for Shiloh.”  Please help out this summer by signing up to mow.
 
FREE STORE– We continue to be very busy at the Free Store.  On May 4, 80 families shopped with us, of which 19 were first time shoppers.  Assuming there are at least two people per family (a conservative assumption), 160 people were in our shopping area during 2 ½ hours we were open for shopping (10am to 12:30 pm).  Needless to say many donated items filled a need in our community! An additional bonus for the shoppers is the free hot meal served in the basement.  Without the donated items this 8thyear of the Free Store would not be happening!  Thank you! Also thank-you to the many volunteers whose loyalty and commitment is so appreciated and so needed. 
 
BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR PLANET– We are trying to recycle all we can.  We also have received a mulching bin for the gardens.  Lately, we have noticed a large amount of plastic water bottles in the recycle bins.  Therefore, upon request, the Trustees have purchased an upgraded water cooler with a bottle filling station.  We will no longer provide bottled water in the refrigerator.  We encourage you to bring your own bottle to fill if you have one. If you don’t have one, we are working on ideas for making the best use of this new resource.  If you know someone who needs a used water fountain, please contact the office.
 

 
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