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May 6, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

Invitation to Sunday Worship
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Pastor’s Corner – 
People of Shiloh,
When I was a middle schooler I took a trip with my family to Michigan. We went to Makinac Island. There I picked up a beautiful yellow-plastic boomerang. Back at my Aunt’s I threw that boomerang on her quiet street, hoping it would return to me. Up it would go and then “CRASH” it would hit the asphalt and slide along scraping the edge more and more. Finally, we went to a park with open space, I wound up and threw the boomerang. It arced out and up, just like before, then it turned and CAME BACK! I prepared to catch my boomerang like my favorite TV characters. It missed my hand saving it from injury, but contacted with my lip just below my nose slicing a gash in my face with the precision of an asphalt sharpened plastic boomerang.

God is calling us to go out and bring new disciples to join us on our journey with Jesus. Every leader in our church works to provide ways for our current membership to deepen their faith and follows the call to spread the gospel message to others, both young and wise in years. We want to be ready to receive new people that come to us with spaces for them to grow in their faith. We have to be ready for what comes back to us. This month I am inviting our membership to consider three ways of doing this:

  • Attend church council and help us develop our yearly goals for next year. The meeting is May 10 at 6 pm and everyone is welcome. We need input and prayer from everyone in our church on this work.
  • Complete the “Readiness 360” offered by our Whole Church Initiative team. You can do that by going to or it will be offered after worship in the coming weeks to folks without a computer.
  • Attend a Shiloh 101 course in the next 6 months. We offer them every month. They are for new people to our church; however existing members need to know what we are offering to people just joining us on the journey. (Look inside for more info.)

Enthusiastic Shalom, Pastor Tyler 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – James 5:7-11, Lamentations 4:18-19

Broken – Worship Series April 15 – May 27
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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May Newsletter can be found here –

  • Worship Service  – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Shiloh 101 – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School -Adventures with God – K-6th  – Sunday at 10:30
  • Messy Church – Monday at 5:15 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • “Everything Happens for A Reason” Book Study –Tuesday at Noon and 5:30 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  
  • Church Council meets Thursday at 6:00 pm. SPRC and Trustees meet at 7:00
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am

MESSY CHURCH – We will have one more Messy Church night before we take a break for the summer.  Messy Church will start on Monday, May 7th at 5:15 pm in the sanctuary with a story and a message and a couple fun church songs.  Then we will go to several prayer/activity stations to help focus us on the message – wait until you see what Pastor Tyler has come up with this time!  Later we will pray and eat and will end with our Messy Church blessing.  Bring the family and join us.
BROKEN SMALL GROUP PRAYER AND STUDY Each Tuesday, Pastor Tyler is leading a small group study to accompany the Broken sermon series.  In this group, we practice prayer and share in conversation.  It is offered twice each Tuesday at 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm until May 22nd.  The book we are using is Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler. This book tackles the topics of faith couched in a question “Why do bad things happen?”  
BROKEN – In May we will journey through a sermon series called Broken. This series explores broken places in our world.  We are going to see how others have found hope amidst those challenges. We are not just seeking hope that brings ecstatic joy, but the tempered joy of knowing God.  To help make this series something you are part of creating too, we would like to invite you to bring something you own that was broken and you have fixed or repurposed.  We may use this in slides, video or for the altar.
KEYS FOR THE CHURCH Do you have keys to the church?  If you have any keys to the church, please call the office (656-0050) or email the information to Pam ( as soon as possible.  Thanks in advance.
LAWN MOWERS NEEDED – Can you help mow the lawn this summer?  We gone directly from snow to lawn mowing!  If you can help mow the church lawn, please sign the clipboard in the Fellowship Hall or call the office with the dates you are available.  It takes about 4 hours and training is available.  Thank you in advance for your help!!!   
COOKIES NEEDED – Thank you to everyone who has signed up to sponsor a Sunday Fellowship hour.  We still need to keep some cookies on hand and the cupboard is really bare.  We can also use cookies to send with the sandwiches on Sandwich-Making-Friday.  If you are going to make cookies, please make an extra dozen or so for the church.  Thank you so very much!!
FAITH & FILM – The movie for the May Faith and Film is The Greatest Showman, starting Hugh Jackman who leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical.  Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackson), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle.  This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. Because of Mother’s Day, the date has changed to Sunday, May 20th at 5:30 pm. Run time: 105 minutes, Release date: 2017.  Bring a friend, a snack, or just yourself and as always we will have a discussion after the movie.
FREE STORECleaning out your closets?  Having a garage sale?  The Free Store is always hoping for donations of clothing, kitchen items, linens and even suitcases.  However, we have neither the storage room nor the demand for all the other items that one may no longer need. In fact, if those are left for the Free Store, the volunteers must dispose of them, which takes away from other tasks that need completing.  Thank you for your cooperation and support!  You do make a difference!! 
CLEANUP DAY/COMMUNITY GARDEN DAY We invite our entire congregation to join us for our community garden planting day and church cleanup.  We need help keeping our property up and getting the garden planted.  This will be a fun day of work and a great way to get to know members of your church.  If you have your own community garden spot you can get that planted on this day as well. We have just one garden spot left. Join us as we help make Shiloh a welcoming place on May 19th at 9:00 am – noon.
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE – This summer we will be continuing with two worship times at 8 am and 10:15 am.  The 8 am service will use Pastor Dave Merkel’s recorded work for music and sermons from Pastors throughout our area. The 10:15 service will continue with our traditional order of service.  There will be 2 special Sundays in the summer when we will participate in “Praise in the Park” with other United Methodist Churches in our area, one in June at Terry Park and one in August at Rose Park. 
BOOK REVIEW – Shiloh’s UMC’s Book Review group will meet on May 15 at 6:00 pm at church.  The book for discussion is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels.  Ron Charles writes, “this is an endearing reminder of graciousness of real class.  It has nothing to do with money; it’s predicated on the kind of moral discipline that never goes out of style”.  Everyone is welcome to join us.

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May 2018 Newsletter

We hope you are discover God amidst the broken places in the world, and remember God uses the broken places for life to spring from.  Like a seed planted in a break in the soil, allows fruit to grow, God helps us grow from the challenges.



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