Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, May 26, 2019 – Reminder One Service 9am

Reminder: One Service Sunday – 9am for Memorial Day Weekend Only

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a day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday.

Friends, as your pastor I want to encourage us to take a regular sabbath.  I believe the practices of sabbath is important to us being good neighbors, and to staying in love with God.  
Sabbath is different from a vacation.  Sabbath is about intentional time you take each week to abstain or fast from work. Sabbath is a time for us to do activities that allow us to reflect on our aliveness, the joy of being a living creature.  As a Christian, I find sabbath to be a spiritual practice to remind me God has the ability to shape the world, even without me.  
One of the things I find in our church work is that we are all reluctant to take on the spiritual practice of sabbath.  We fear we might miss a key moment to be in ministry, we pressure ministries to continue when they burn people out, and we do ourselves a disservice in our practice of faith that asks us to trust God to be active when we cannot be.  
Taking spiritual breaks is something Jesus did, Moses did, something other leaders of the Bible like the prophets did, and in the origin story of the creation, God did it too!  We need to take this practice more seriously when we see key spiritual leaders in our tradition pointing out the necessity of it. 
Prayers as you seek sabbath each week.
Enthusiastic Peace,

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 

Special thanks to all who contribute to our noisy offering on third Sundays.  This donation continues to fund our children and youth ministry.  In just this month alone impacted over 40 people in the two ministry events we did.  Thank you!
The community garden is prepared and ready for planting.  Please contact Buddy Kastrop if you are interested in helping with the community garden this summer. 

If you want to reserve your own garden box, contact the office.  Cost is $50 a box.

Sheds are for storage.  This may be true, but our shed is being built for more.  It will also store United Methodist Committee On Relief kits that are used to support disaster relief worldwide.  Thanks to our trustees for working on this project.  To date over $3,000 has come from outside our church to support this project.  If you want to learn more about how to support this work talk to one of our Trustees: Ed Heidrich, Buddy Kastrop, Kent Thompsons, Chris Munson, or Toby Stapleton.  To date we have the foundation poured and the walls will start going up soon.

Special thanks to the concrete team led by Mark Sullivan.

Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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  • Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Please take time to honor our Veterans!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 8:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • The Office is Closed on Monday for Memorial Day
  • No Shiloh Prayer Group this Tuesday
  • Pound! Class – Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Care Givers- Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at Noon
  • Free Store – Open next Saturday at 10:00 am 
  • Pound! Class – Saturday at 11:00 am 
  • Food Bank Sunday is next week
  • Adult Bible Study at 8:00 am –  Next Sunday
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 at the church & 4:00 pm at Terry Park!


  • WILL YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? SERMON SERIES– Sunday we continue learning about our neighbors, how to be a good neighbor and how Christ calls us to this.  We are glad you are joining 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 
    CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL– Children’s Sunday School is on break until the fall.  There are kid’s activity packets located in the back of the sanctuary.  The usher can help you located them.  Please take the summer to worship together as a family.  Thank you for encouraging your kids to learn and grow with us.

    FOOD BANK SUNDAY (June 2)– Next Sunday is Food Bank Sunday.  They are in desperate need of boxed macaroni and cheese, pasta, rice, and (if you can believe it) canned vegetables!  Please bring your items in and drop them in the bin by the front door.  If that’s not convenient, you can make a check out to the church and write “Food Bank” on the memo line. Abig thanks to Jerry Stanhope who drives our offerings to the Food Bank (at least) once a month!      
    PRAISE and POTLUCK IN THE PARK– We will have our regular services on June 2ndhere at the church.  Then…  please join us at Terry Park on June 2 at 4:00 pm. After worship, we will share a potluck meal in the park!  
    YARD/CRAFT SALE– Evangelical UMC is having a gigantic Yard and Craft Sale on Saturday, June 8 from 8:00am – 4:00 pmat 345 Broadwater Avenue.  You can rent a 12×12 booth for $35.  You must reserve your spot by June 1 by contacting Gayle Carter at 252-8883.  They are also accepting merchandise donations that will be sold and the money donated to EUMC ministries. If you don’t want to rent a space or have items to donate, just come and see what they have to offer.  There are 32 spots available so there’s sure to be LOTS of great stuff to buy.
    GIVING STATEMENTSIn order to save printing and postage costs, the Finance Committee has decided to email statements for the period ended April 30, 2019. The next statement you receive will be end-of-year which will be mailed to everyone.  If you would also like a paper copy of any of your statements, please contact Cindy King. Thank you.
     “TO MARS AND BEYOND” VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)– We are holding VBS with First UMC.  The dates are June 24 -27 from 9:00 am-Noon. Early registration (by May 21): $20.00 per child. Late registration (after May 21): $25.00 per child.  There are 2 registration forms on the stand in the lobby (one for children and one for volunteers). Scholarships are available if needed. Transportation will be available from Shiloh UMC to First UMC on the days of VBS.  Please sign up early to reserve your spot.

    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 once or twice. It takes about 4 hours and training is available.

    THANK YOU TO ALL THE SHED BUILDERS!-A big thank you to all the Trustees and their Helpers for all the work they are doing on the new shed. The Trustees are: Ed Heidrich(Chair)- Kent Thompson (Vice Chair), Toby Stapleton, Chris Munson, and Buddy Kastrop. They have had many helpers since they started this project and are very grateful for all the extra hands! 
If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at  Thank you for supporting our work.
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