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APRIL/MAY 2021 EDITION


A WORD WITH JEN M.

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THIS ISSUE: 1- A WORD WITH JEN M. 2- “ABRAHAM” PASTOR KEN D. HUTCHENS 3- “THIS YEAR” DAVE FILKINS 4- “DEEP WATERS” PEGGY JARMON 4- “ARE YOU CALLED TO SERVE?” TERRY CALLAHAN 5- UPCOMING EVENTS 6- UPCOMING EVENTS 7- FINANCE CORNER 7- TRUSTEES REPORT 8- YOUTH MINISTRY 9- CHILDREN’S MINISTRY 10- CALENDAR

Ten years ago, on Easter I started coming to Shiloh Church. I had been working in the preschool for a couple of years at this point as an assistant teacher for an amazing lady that taught me so much about Jesus. She shared her love for Jesus with the kids and with me every day, her faith was infectious. The following year she moved away, and I followed in her footsteps and became the lead teacher. It was my turn to share my love for Jesus with the children and the new assistant teacher. I had only been to church a handful of times in my life, and never felt like I was in the right place. Before that day I hadn’t even attended a service at Shiloh Church, but yet I felt like I was at home. On Easter Sunday back in 2011 I walked into the worship center and never looked back. I knew I was home, and that I was loved by Jesus even if it took me 40 years to get here. That summer I was baptized on the back patio of the church. A patio that I had played on many times with the preschoolers, it was definitely a God thing for me. After 10 years I still remember being immersed into the baptismal pool and coming back up and feeling a love like I have never felt before. I still feel very much at home here at Shiloh Church, and my love for Jesus continues to grow all the time. Happy Easter, Jen Mason Three Springs Preschool Director

CONTACT US Phone: 618.632.6913 Web Site: www.shiloh-umc.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/theShilohChurch

CHURCH EMAILS Office: churchoffice@shiloh-umc.org Pastor: pastorken@shiloh-umc.org Worship: dave@shiloh-umc.org Communication: rachel@shiloh-umc.org Finance: kathy@shiloh-umc.org

Setup: ruben@shiloh-umc.org Youth: mitchell@shiloh-umc.org Children: mitchell@shiloh-umc.org Nursery: kelly@shiloh-umc.org Preschool: jen@shiloh-umc.org


“Abraham: Man with a Call and a Promise”

What are the qualifications to be the “father of faith” for three religions?

Abraham is claimed by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as the first man of faith, the patriach. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, is the corresponding matriarch of faith. What is so special about this couple? What do they teach us today about God, humans, and how the two relate? In late April we will begin a series on the accounts of Abraham and his family found in Genesis 11-22. These chapters tell a family story that involves faith and doubt, promises given and threatened, hope and disappointment, cooperation and conflict, sin and punishment. It is a story that any of us who have experienced family life can relate to in one way or another. Perhaps the most striking thing about Abraham, Sarah, and their family is how ordinary and human these heroes and heroines of the faith truly are. Genesis has much to teach us about God as well. The picture we get of God is one who draws close to persons and a family. God calls and promises and rescues and provides. God makes covenants and does miracles. God expects human trust and obedience although often disappointed. God also forgives and solves problems created when the humans in the story fail. Does that sound familiar? Yet, this God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob is not controlled by humans nor on a human time table. Often the struggles come between the making of the promise and its fulfillment. Threat after threat to the promises arise. Again and again humans are tempted to find their own fulfillment rather than patiently waiting on God, to take their own precautions rather than trusting in God. This dance of faith and doubt in a God who draws near yet remains mysterious sets the tone for many more journeys of faith to come after Abraham and Sarah are gone. I hope you can join us as we look at the journey of Sarah, Abraham and their family. As much as life has changed since the days of the patriarchs and matriarchs of faith, human nature and the need for God remains the same. It is a story worth hearing again. As the writer of Hebrews notes in the 11th chapter: “By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promise was ready to offer up his only son . . . He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead.” Yours In Christ, Pastor Ken D. Hutchens


THIS YEAR by Dave Filkins

I love fall. I love snow. I love the sun. I love overcast, misty days where the air is easier to breath. I love spring. I’m guessing you probably shook you head yes, then no, then yes, then…….. I look out and see signs of spring. I hear the birds singing and feel the warmth on my uncovered arms (yes I wore short sleeves all winter long.) I look forward to the Easter week and realize, it’s renewal that I love. I wonder if it is coincidence that Easter is smack dab in the middle of the time that our little piece of the earth seems to be renewing itself. Nah. I can think of a season (or two) in my life when it was frigid cold, dark, and easy to fall into despair. And I remember some times when the weather was just like that too. But then I realize that life can be just like the earthly seasons. This last year I didn’t get to experience quite the same renewal as before. You? Yeah, thought so. I didn’t get my usual cobweb busting, deep breathing, spring fever feeding time before I got to the “how’d we get here?” dog days of summer when I just sat in the air conditioning (when I wasn’t working on projects around the church.) And then we made it to the fall season where I didn’t get out and enjoy the weather then either. Seemed the only time I was enjoying the weather was on those nice long motorcycles rides……..to the church and back home. This year is different. This year WILL be different. This year Covid is moving aside as I ease into the passing lane to overtake it and leave it behind where it can eat my dust. This year I’m going to get outside to enjoy nature’s renewal as I begin to realize Christ’s renewal in me over this season of contemplation and acceptance of His grace. This year the hot days won’t seem so hot because I’m going to get out and enjoy them. This year fall will be a time to see how the Creator created a way for nature to turn dormant to survive for the harshness of winter…..just like He did for us. This year I’ll enjoy the cold as the snow falls as gently as a whisper, just as the Spirit comes to remind us of what is important. This year I’ll be able to weather those days I feel cold and the days I feel hot…..and I’ll be able to weather those days when the temperature is cold and hot too. This year’s renewal will get me ready to experience the hills and valleys of the whole year. All the instructions about finding that renewal are readily available. They can be found in the book of renewal. I’m ready for renewal. You? Thought so. I got a guy……and if you don’t know Him yet, I’ll introduce you. See you here Easter morning at the 7am sunrise service (yep, outside) or the 9am service in the Worship Center. We’re gonna rock for the Rock.


DEEP WATERS In his book, “Living the Proverbs”, Chuck Swindoll writes, “The thoughts and motives of a person lie deep within, and deep in this sense doesn’t mean ‘profound’. Think of a deep well or cistern, where reaching the water requires special effort and lots of energy. Similarly, reaching the thoughts and motives deep within a troubled heart requires special effort and lots of energy, but a wise, discerning, insightful friend can help us pull up our feelings and examine them honestly. As one experienced counselor remarked, ‘The issue is never the issue.’ We think we understand our own thoughts and motives, but very often we’re driven by internal forces we do not fully understand.” Enter a STEPHEN MINISTER. No, we are not counselors, but we are trained and equipped to listen, empathize, encourage, pray, provide confidential care, and patiently support you as you work through a crisis or difficult time. If you, or someone you know could benefit from this type of care, please contact the office who will put you in touch with one of our Stephen Ministry leaders. Blessings, Peggy Jarmon

ARE YOU CALLED TO SERVE? ? Do you want to get involved with Shiloh Church but are just not sure how or where you can help? Perhaps you have computer skills or a background in personnel. Perhaps your gifts are in trouble-shooting and repairs. If so, please consider becoming an active member of one of the various committees at Shiloh. Over the next several months the Nominations and Lay Leadership Committee is looking to fill a variety of vacancies on several different committees. If you’re not sure which committee is right for you, ask a member of the committee just what is involved. Not sure who to contact? Either Pastor Ken or Terry Callahan, the Nominations Vice Chair, will be happy to help. Below is a list of the vacancies we anticipate starting in January, 2022. Please send an e-mail to tpcalla@charter.net with your name and the area or areas that interest you. We have a strong future ahead of us and the Spirit is reviving itself in our diverse congregation. COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS AND LAY LEADERSHIP The Lay Leadership Committee is looking to fill several vacancies for the 2022 – 2023 class years. Please contact us for any areas of interest: • • • •

Committee on Finance ( 1 opening) Trustees (1 opening) Pastor / Parish Relations Committee (5 openings) Nominations / Lay Leadership (3 openings)


UPCOMING EVENTS CHURCHWIDE

MAUNDY THURSDAY

On the night that Jesus was betrayed he gathered with his disciples for one last meal. We will celebrate the events of Holy Week with a Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, April 1, at 6 pm. It is a time to gather once again around the Lord’s Table and reflect on the sacrifice of our Lord that made it all possible.

EASTER EVENTS

He is risen! Christ is risen indeed! This year for Easter we will have some exciting special events. On Easter Sunday, April 4, we will begin with a Sunrise Service at 7am on Shiloh Church’s front lawn (this will not be streamed). Then at 9am we will have an in-person and online Easter worship service, which will include a time of baptism. After 9am worship, we’ll have family Easter activities including a hunt for Easter eggs, family pictures, live Easter chicks, and more for the children of our church, Three Springs Preschool, and MOPS. We ask kids to invite one friend each so we can stay safe and have a wonderful celebration. Sign-up for services online at www.shiloh-umc.org/register. For baptism, contact Pastor Ken at (217) 390-1566 or pastorken@shiloh-umc.org.

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY

Confirmation Sunday will be on April 25 this year. Our confirmation youth will have completed their studies of the Christian faith and be given a chance to confirm their faith in Jesus Christ in a public way. We hope you can be a part of this special time. We thank Beth and Craig Wilkes for teaching the confirmation classes at Shiloh.

MOTHER’S DAY

We appreciate those who are mothers or serve in the role of mothers in our community. Mothers will be celebrated on May 9, as part of our worship at Shiloh UMC.

TSPS TELETHON!

Three Springs Preschool is hosting their first ever Telethon this year that will take the place of trivia night. Please, join us on Facebook or YouTube (just like watching church at home)on April 24 for your chance to help grow the preschool! We will be live from 6-8pm showcasing amazing talented people from the community and church. We will have musicians, singers, dancers, and even a former Three Springs alum performing some fun card tricks. We will be answering your calls and taking pledges all evening. All funds raised from this event will go towards continuing education for the preschool staff and new outdoor classroom items. We can’t be successful without the help of our Shiloh church family!

FEED MY LAMBS

It’s time to start planning for Feed My Lambs. Shiloh UMC will be participating again in the summer lunch program for the area kids who are on the free or reduced lunch program at school. Please, contact Jen Mason at jen@shiloh-umc.org if you are interested in helping with Feed My Lambs anytime during the months of June, July and the first part of August.


UPCOMING EVENTS TSPS GRADUATION

Three Springs Preschool will be having a graduation ceremony on May 20, 2021, starting at 6:00pm in the worship center.

YOUTH SUNDAY

The youth will lead our worship on May 30. We will also have available oil for anointing and special prayer on that Sunday.

MEMORIAL DAY

Join us as we remember those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in defending our freedom and country. More details to come soon.

WOMEN SHILOH PAGE TURNERS BOOK CLUB

We are now meeting at Shiloh Church for our book club meetings. You are welcome to bring something to drink/eat since we meet at lunchtime. The Shiloh Page Turners Book Club will meet Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:30pm at the church. Our book for April is Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister. We will meet Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:30pm, at the church. Our book for May is Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, by Mitch Albom. If you are interested in joining the book club, please contact Cathy Shackelford at cathylshac@charter.net.

MOPS

Scott AFB MOPS meetings will be held April 16, and May 14 at 6pm. We are also collecting clothing/household linen donations for our Savers Fundraiser after service April 21. If you are interested in joining MOPS or would like to arrange a donation pick up please contact us at scottafbmops@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY LADIES AT THE TABLE

Our weekly Bible study has returned to in-person meeting at the church. Join us Wednesdays at 9:30am for great fellowship and in depth Bible study with other Christian women.

TUESDAY NIGHT WOMENS BIBLE STUDY

Tuesday Night Women’s Bible Study will not meet until Fall (September).

MEN MEN’S BREAKFAST

The men of Shiloh will resume their breakfast gathering on Saturday, April 10, at 8 am at the Shiloh Pavilion next to Kluecker Hall. Join us for fellowship, food and spiritual growth! The May date for the Men’s breakfast is Saturday, May 8.


Finance Corner By Brian Manion

In 1998, our church took a giant leap of faith. The Shiloh community began to quickly grow in population and the sanctuary in the old church could no longer accommodate our congregation. We undertook an ambitious building project to add a modern worship center as an addition to a century old country church. The total project cost with building and furnishings was around $2 million with more than $1 million financed. Over these past 20 years, we have steadily paid down the worship center loan. We are down to the last $30,425. We paid off two other loans on the parsonage and the Seibert property in recent years. Once the worship center is paid off, Shiloh will be debt free! If you are interested in making an extra contribution to help us retire the worship center loan, choose debt reduction when giving online or note debt reduction on your check or envelope. Thank you for your financial support of Shiloh!

Trustees Report

By: Jerry McCrave, Chair, Trustees Committee Greetings from your Trustees Committee. Welcome to 2021. We have gotten off to a good start this year in planning for the future at the church. We are installing bottle filling water fountains to make it easier for the staff and membership to have access to water fountains again during the week and weekend services. This will be a welcome addition as a result of the COVID protocols. This spring we are planning on cleaning out the old Seibert house and garage and putting that property up for sale. We will need help filling a dumpster from that house, its garage, and the other garage located in front of the old TSPS playground. Additionally we will be fixing up that second garage to improve our storage situation. I will be in need of folks that can help with putting up siding, building shelves and upgrading the electric inside. If you can help, please contact myself or one of the trustees. With any luck we will start those project mid-late April.


“All ministry must be God-centered, but it must also be man-purposed.” - Samuel Waldron

YOUTH GROUP IS HELD EVERY 2ND & 4TH SUNDAYS AT 5PM! SUMC Youth is all about helping middle school and high school students discover, develop, and live out an authentic faith. Whether we’re meeting online or in person — we believe in the next generation and what the Lord wants to do in and through them. We now have a dedicated speaker for each of our Sunday night Youth Groups. This is a rotating schedule of leaders in our church that will deliver a gospel-centered message that they have prepared. This is a great way for us to connect to our youth so thank you so much everyone who has already committed to speaking for us! Our mission trip this year will be in Charleston, South Carolina. We will be helping the community with service projects through Group Mission Trips. After all that hard work we will be heading over to the beach to have some time to relax and have fun! This will be at the end of June and we will have more information for you soon! We believe discipleship starts in the home, because no one has more influence on the faith journey of a teenager than parents. We want to partner with you to equip you! If you need access to material or curriculum please reach out!


What we've been up to! Winter is fading away and Spring is on its way! We have started our new Spring curriculum and are excited to jump in! Did you know that 85% of Christians “Come to Christ” between the ages of 4 and 14? This is one reason Children’s Ministry is SO important and no one has more influence on your child than you. We’re here to partner with you and be your biggest fan, your strongest supporter, and a trusted guide as you raise your child to know what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Please reach out if you need anything to help your child grow in their love for Christ!

EASTER EGGSPERIENCE! We’re excited to offer an Easter Eggs-perience right after service on Easter Sunday! We will have egg hunting opportunities, games, and even some fuzzy friends who will be visiting. Due to Covid we will not be opening this up to the community, however we would still like to encourage you to bring a close friend! Remember to bring an Easter Basket!


APRIL Sunday

Monday

Every Sunday Worship Service, 9am (Online, In-Person, or via Phone Stream) Sunday School, 10:15am

Preschool, 9am-11:30am Men’s Explorer’s Bible Study, 6pm

Every Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Every Tuesday

Every Wednesday Ladies at the Table Bible Study, 9am Preschool, 9am-11:30am STEAM, 11:30am Praise Team, 7pm

Every Thursday Preschool, 9am-11:30am STEAM, 11:30am Prayer Gathering, 6pm

Preschool, 9am-11:30am

Friday

Maundy Thurs. 1

Saturday

Good Friday 2

3

9

10

MAUNDY THURSDAY Service, 6pm

5

Easter 4 Holy Communion EASTER SUNDAY 7AM & 9AM Eggs- perience, 10:30am

Church Office Closed

7

8

Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm

Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm Trustees, 6:30pm

Nominations Mtg, 6:30pm

13

14

15

12

11 Youth Group, 5pm

6

Peter’s Place Mtg, 6pm

18

Stephen Ministry, 6:30pm

19

20

Men’s Breakfast, 8am

16

17

23

24

MOPS Mtg, 6pm

21

22

Shiloh Page Turners,

TSPS TELETHON!

12:30pm

25

26

27

28

29

6PM ONLINE

30

1

CONFRIMATION SUNDAY New Members Luncheon, 11:30am Youth Group, 5pm

MAY Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Every Sunday Worship Service, 9am (Online, In-Person, or via Phone Stream) Sunday School, 10:15am

Every Monday

Every Tuesday Preschool, 9am-11:30am Tuesday Women’s Bible Study, 6pm

Every Wednesday Ladies at the Table Bible Study, 9am Preschool, 9am-11:30am STEAM, 11:30am Praise Team, 7pm

Every Thursday Preschool, 9am-11:30am STEAM, 11:30am Prayer Gathering, 6pm

Cinco De Mayo 5

6

Preschool, 9am-11:30am Men’s Explorer’s Bible Study, 6pm

2

3 Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm Shiloh News Due

Mother’s Day 9

10

4 Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm PPRC Mtg, 7pm

12 Stephen Ministry, 6:30pm

16

17

18

23-Pentecost Sunday Youth Group, 5pm 30- Youth Sunday

24/31 24- No Events 31- Memorial Day Office Closed

25

7

19

26

8 Men’s Breakfast, 8am

13 Nominations Mtg, 6:30pm

Finance Mtg, 6pm Ad Council Mtg, 7pm

23/30

Saturday

Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm Trustees, 6:30pm

11

Holy Communion Youth Group, 5pm

Friday

20

14

15

21

22

28

29

MOPS Mtg, 6pm

Preschool Graduation, 6pm

27

Shiloh Page Turners, 12:30pm


Three Springs Preschool is hosting their first ever Telethon!

Please, join us on Facebook or YouTube (just like watching church at home) on April 24th for your chance to help grow the preschool! We will be live from 6-8pm showcasing amazing talented people from the community and church. We will have musicians, singers, dancers, and even a former Three Springs alum performing some fun card tricks. We will be answering your calls and taking pledges all evening. All funds raised from this event will go towards continuing education for the preschool staff and new outdoor classroom items.

Three Springs Preschool Live

Virtual Telethon April 24th 6-8pm

Facebook and YouTube

Profile for Shiloh UMC

THE MESSENGER - APRIL/MAY 2021 EDITION  

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