DECEMBER 2018 /JANUARY 2019 EDITION
The Gathering is held the second Wednesday of each month, thru April (excluding Dec.) Each Gathering will have a different seasonal theme with food, fun, and fellowship!
WORSHIP WITH US Sunday Service- 9AM Sunday School- 10:15AM Office Hours- M-TH: 9AM - 3PM
THIS ISSUE : 2- “THE GATHERING” 2- “NEW KINGDOM KID” 3- “SHINE” PASTOR KEN D. HUTCHENS 4- “BEING IN THE MOMENT” MICHELLE ROSE 5- “RESLIENCY” BEV COMEAUX 6- UPCOMING EVENTS 7- UPCOMING EVENTS 8- TRUSTEES REPORT 8- FINANCE CORNER 9- SUMC YOUTH MINISTRY 10- “LESSONS FROM MY TOY BOX” CHILDREN’S MINISTRY 11- CALENDAR
Beginning to think about getting into shape for the new year? Search no more! Come to THE GATHERING on January 9 th for a hearty, tasty salad bar for dinner. Afterward, stick around for some high energy and/or relaxing fitness fun! There will be Yoga, Tai Chi, and Zumba you may choose to enjoy! Wear your comfy workout clothes and shoes and let’s get together to celebrate 2019! The cost for each Gathering is $6 per person or $20 for a family. Our last one in April will be our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which will be complimentary for all. To purchase tickets or to RSVP, go to myshiloh.org/register or email Bev Comeaux at email@example.com.
NEW KINGDOM KID! Jocelyn Grace Williamson, 7 lbs 8 oz, 19.5” was born to Jake & Jessi Williamson & proud sister Zoe on Oct 18th. Shiloh Grandparents are: Tim & Margo Gravelle and Rick & Lisandra Brink.
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SHINE When I was a kid Christmas was all about presents -- my presents. One of the joys of anticipating Christmas was the surprise of what those wrapped presents contained. Isn’t surprise why we wrap presents in the first place? I loved the experience of tearing the present open on Christmas morning to find what wonderful thing was inside. Once, the suspense got to me. While my parents were at work, I carefully unwrapped some of my presents to see what was inside. I found out what I was getting, but it ruined part of the joy. The surprise was gone, and I had to wait to enjoy the present! When I read the accounts of the sending of the Christ child in Luke 1-2 I am struck by the clear aspect of surprise on the part of the participants. There is the obvious surprise of angelic visits that always call forth a reassurance not to fear. Zechariah is so surprised by the news that his wife will give birth to a special son that he doubts the angel’s message and is struck mute. Elizabeth is surprised by her conception late in life and by the leap of the child in her womb when the pregnant Mary visits. The neighbors of Zechariah and Elizabeth are surprised at the child being named John, the release of Zechariah’s tongue and the prophecy he speaks of what John the Baptist will do. Mary is surprised that she would be chosen for the incredible honor of bearing the Messiah. She sings of God’s tendency to make unexpected choices of the lowly to play key roles in His plan. She is amazed at the prophecies about baby Jesus made by Simeon and Anna in the Temple. The shepherds are surprised to be included in the joyous celebration of the birth of God’s Messiah, invited personally by an angelic messenger and choir. This Advent season our theme at Shiloh is Shine. As we focus on the Light that came into the world that first Advent, I hope you grasp the joy, excitement and sheer surprise of God in action. I know you have heard the stories over and over. Maybe some of the excitement has been lost in the familiarity? That experience of surprise in what God has done, will do and is doing now can return at Christmas time. You know all about the darkness. Now let the Light of the world shine into your heart and mind! Yours In Christ, Pastor Ken D. Hutchens
BEING IN THE MOMENT-LESSONS FROM MR. ROGERS by Michelle Rose, Worship Director “Please won’t you be my neighbor?” Like countless others of my generation, I grew up watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and internalizing the lessons of love, friendship, and kindness he shared. A generation later, my son will watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a cartoon spinoff that holds to the same values. Lately, many documentaries and movies have been created attempting to shed light on the man Fred Rogers. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that he was a devout Christian man who in fact completed a Master’s in Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He took Christ’s challenge to “love your neighbor as yourself ” to heart, and his whole life was spent helping people of all ages know that they are special and loved. When interviewed, people who interacted with Mr. Rogers talk about how he would give them 100% of his attention when in conversation and make them feel like they were the most important person in the world. He spoke to children in a way that didn’t demean or belittle them, but rather showed he respected and understood them. How often are you 100% in the moment? When having a conversation with someone, are you more concerned about what you’re going to say or where you need to be, or do you listen intently to hear the heart of what they are saying? I wish I could say that I was skilled at this, but I am guilty as the next person, often distracted by my own thoughts or world. We are called to be Christ in this world, and for some people we interact with, we may be all the Christ they see. Countless scriptures tell us how to demonstrate Christ’s love. “Be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8 NIV). “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV). “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10:24). “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). The scriptures go on and on, and yet we live in an individualized society where self is number one, and we have so much mental clutter that we fail to make the most of the experiences and people right in front of us. Mr. Rogers was a man that people of all faiths, races, political standpoints, and socioeconomic backgrounds respected and revered. His life was a mirror of Christ’s love to others. Let us go out and be neighbors to all we encounter, living our lives 100% in the moment reflecting God’s love.
Family Focus by Bev Comeaux, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Lately, several of our children have had to deal with some adversity and tough times in their lives. A beloved pet passed away, a best buddy is moving, and uncertain changes are taking place in their lives. It makes me sad to see any child go through a rough stretch. Many start to wonder if God is bigger than the “boogie man”. But there are some positive things that kids can learn in these situations where they have to deal with adversity. One of the greatest lessons to be learned is resiliency. How do children act when the “boogie man” adversity shows up? Resiliency is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, disappointment, or other significant sources of stress. In short, resiliency is the ability to “bounce back” from difficult experiences. People regularly demonstrate resiliency, it is not an extraordinary trait but it does take a while to learn. Resilient people have certain skills and abilities in common, and I firmly believe that it is never too early to start teaching these skills to children. The most common characteristics of those who handle adversity best is that of hope and faith! In Proverbs 3:5-6 it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” No matter what hard times life brings, trust that God goes before you to make things better, that He has not left you. Our God listens and comforts. Trust Him! Other scriptures that my own children have found helpful is Philippians 4:6-9, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” These are true instructions for daily living with adversity and teaching resiliency. Helping your children (and the children around you) develop resiliency will enable them to better manage any crisis or stress they might experience. Pray with your children daily. Everyday life is often tough, but God and your child are tougher! God really is bigger than the “boogie man”!
NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM
Join us December 2nd, 4-6pm, for a family Advent event. Experience what Bethlehem was like on that wondrous night. Visit the marketplace, taste the bread, hear the angels, talk with Mary and Joseph, and enjoy our children’s program A Child Is Born. An authentic Mediterranean meal will conclude the evening. Dress in Bethlehem attire and bring one can of food per family (to go to Weekend Wildcats). This event is free but the experience will be priceless! To RSVP or help, contact Bev at email@example.com.
Giving Tree is coming November 29th. Please help make Christmas brighter for someone less fortunate. This is such an easy way to give: 1. Take a tag or two from the Giving Tree. 2. Go shopping for your gift. 3. Simply place your unwrapped gift with gift tag from the Giving Tree back under the tree no later than December 14th. Then our SUMC elves can deliver all the wonderful gifts before Christmas.
ADVENT TEACHING SERIES
Our Advent theme at Shiloh this year is “Shine: The Coming of Our Savior.” Join us as we focus on the message of Advent and Christmas during Sunday morning worship on December 9th, 16th and 23rd. Our children will be lighting the Advent candle every week starting with December 2.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
Join us this Christmas Eve celebrating the birth of our Savior! We will have candlelight communion services at 4pm and 6pm, with a message by Pastor Ken entitled “The Promise Shines For All” Nursery will be available at both services.
NEW YEAR WORSHIP
Begin the year right worshiping God at Shiloh! Our message on January 6th at 9am will be “Renewing the Covenant of God’s People: Joshua 24:1-15.” We will gather around God’s table for Holy Communion, have a special message for our children, and sing the praises of our God.
NEW YEAR SERMON SERIES- GOOD NEWS: JESUS AND HIS MESSAGE
Who is Jesus and what does he mean for your life today? Our teaching series from January 13th until Easter will focus on the life and message of Jesus Christ as found in the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark is the earliest, shortest, most direct and liveliest of the four Gospels. Often neglected in favor of the teaching focus of Matthew, the “kinder, gentler” picture of Jesus in Luke or the deep symbolism of John, Mark has a lot to offer as we learn the very basics of belonging to and following Jesus.
Shiloh Church will be having a Ministry Fair January 13th immediately following service. This is an opportunity to get to know several of the ministries, resources, small groups, ways/group to connect with, and volunteer opportunities we have here at Shiloh!
BOXING OF THE GREENS
As much fun as decorating for the holidays can be, each year they come to an end and it’s time to tear everything down. Our fourth Boxing of the Greens will take place Saturday morning, January 5th at 10am. We’ll have light refreshments served as we take down and store away decorations. Ornaments and other decor from each ministry tree will be returned to their owner. Email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING EVENTS NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS CLASS
New and Prospective Member Luncheon will be held January 20th in the Gathering Area at 11:20AM (following Sunday school) Join us for a light lunch and discussion of what it means to belong to the church of Jesus Christ, the Methodist church, and Shiloh Church. Please RSVP by 6pm on Wednesday, January 16th by calling 618-632-6913 or email Pastor Ken at email@example.com.
TUESDAY NIGHT LADIES BIBLE STUDY
We will finish this study, PSALM 23 on December 4. On January 8th, we begin a new 10-session study “God of Creation”. This verse by verse study is by Jen Wilkin and covers the first 11 chapters of Genesis. As God reveals Himself through Scripture, we can only begin to understand ourselves when we first glimpse the character, attributes, and promises of our Creator. We meet at 6pm in the Chapel. If you would like a workbook, please email Colleen Headrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 618-401-5066.
SHILOH PAGE TURNERS BOOK CLUB
The Shiloh Page Turners Book Club will not meet in December. We will meet Friday, January 25th at 12:30pm at the Shiloh Bread Co. If you are interested in joining the book club, please contact Cathy Shackelford at email@example.com
MOPS MONTHLY MEETINGS
The Scott Military MOPS group will have their monthly meeting on Friday, December 14th. from 9 - 11:30am. Scott Military MOPS will kick off the New Year with a member play date (TBD) on Thursday, January 17th, and their monthly meeting takes place on Friday, January 25th, from 9-11:30am.
OAKS (OLDER ADULTS KNOWING THE SAVIOR)
Join us for lunch at the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows restaurant on January 24th at 11:30am. Please RSVP to Marilyn Arnold by January 21st at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-738-1026.
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED: DECEMBER 25-JANUARY 1
The office will be closed between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. For pastoral care, please contact David Anderson at (618) 978-7387, or Denise Augustine at (618) 402-8595.
SHILOH NEWS FOR THE MESSENGER IS DUE JANUARY 7TH PRAYER GATHERING
The Prayer Gathering is a part of the Shiloh Prayer Ministry. A group meets weekly to pray for the needs and the people of Shiloh UMC. The Prayer Gathering currently meets on Monday mornings at 9:30am for about an hour. The Prayer Gathering will be moving to Monday evenings in the Chapel at 6:30pm on January 7th. If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry, please join us either on Mondays at 9:30am in December, not the 24th or 31st or Monday at 6:30pm starting January 6th. No experience is necessary to be a part of the Prayer Gathering. For more information, contact Cathy Shackelford at email@example.com
Trustees Report I.T. AND THE FUTURE OF SHILOH UMC Shiloh UMC is faced with a dilemma of network proportions. Your trustees are attempting to expand the capabilities of the staff and various ministries throughout the congregation with an improved and secure intranet system. However our expertise is limited. I am looking to form a small team with the expertise to expand our capabilities. I realize that some of this will have to be contracted out, but once we get a basic infrastructure setup and repaired we can move forward. Some of this includes establishing a SharePoint site and secure network storage. If you have the training and the capability please contact Jerry McCrave, 618-558-1526 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally for 2019, the trustees are looking at some renovation projects to include the downstairs restrooms. Would prefer to do much of this work via self-help so if you have a little plumbing or construction experience or just want to help. Please let me know. Jerry McCrave Chair, Trustees Committee
Finance Corner By Craig Wilkes
As we close out 2018 and look forward to the year ahead, I wanted to reflect on the many financial blessings Shiloh has experienced this year. Here are some of the highlights: - - - - - - -
Raised $55,000 extra capital for the Unfinished Campaign. Paid off the Seibert House loan three years early. Switched bank accounts to a 5-Star bank for an estimated $750 annual savings. Offered a Financial Peace University class that nine people completed. Raised $4,000 through the $25 Club to offset HVAC expenses. Anticipate paying 100% of our apportionments for the second year in a row. Approved the 2019 budget.
As we say goodbye to this year and thank you for your financial gifts, I want to remind you the Christmas Eve offering is taken to support our Good Samaritan Fund. This fund is targeted to help the needy in our community for the entire year. May God bless you in the coming year.
F.I.R.E SHILOH YOUTH MINISTRY
The Youth of Shiloh are more than just a group of young people, they are Christians filled with God’s consuming fire, building their Christian foundations and biblical knowledge so that they can set the World on FIRE with God’s love and the good news of Jesus Christ. F.) Followers of Jesus I.) Igniting and Impacting R.) Real Change E.) Everywhere
F.I.R.E. YOUTH MINISTRY WORSHIP & GATHERING
In 2019, Shiloh’s Youth Ministry, 6th Grade – Senior High, will continue to host monthly YOUTH GROUP on the 3rd Sunday of every month except for April, because that is Easter Sunday! The Youth will have time to eat, socialize, serve, and fellowship. We will have guest speakers, amazing service project opportunities, and life changing experiences! During these evenings, encourage our youth to build deeper relationships with Jesus, and to be encouraged to tell others about the Gospel. It is a great opportunity for our youth to invite classmates, teammates, neighbors, and friends to church. The evening begins at 5pm with a light dinner, then from 5:30 – 6:30pm is Biblical devotion, and from 6:30 – 7:00pm either a group activity or a service project will be completed, and the evening will end with an hour of fellowship & fun from 7 - 8pm.
SHILOH F.I.R.E. YOUTH MINISTRY CALENDAR DECEMBER
December: Jr. & Sr. High Sunday school every Sunday morning from 10:15 – 11:15 am Sunday, Dec. 2nd – Family Advent Night in Bethlehem/Children’s Christmas Program! 4:00 – 6:00 pm Sunday, December 16, 5-8PM – Shiloh F.I.R.E. Youth Worship & Gathering and Christmas Party!!! Monday, Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Service! 4:00 – 6:00 pm Tuesday, Dec. 25th – CHRISTMAS DAY!!! (Hope everyone enjoys a relaxing day celebrating with family & friends!)
F.I.R.E. SHILOH YOUTH GROUP DATES 2019
Sun. January 20, 2019 - Mission Trip 2019 Focus Sun. February 17, 2019 Sun. February 24, 2019 - Youth Fundraiser Sun. March 17, 2019 No April - EASTER Sun. May 19, 2019 Sun. June 16, 2019 Sun. July 21, 2019 Sun. August 18, 2019 Sun. September 15, 2019 Sun. October 20, 2019 Sun. November 17, 2019 Sun. December 15, 2019
What we've been up to! Recap from Fall Festival What a terrific time we had at Fall Festival. We had over 500 folks attend, an estimated 9/10ths were from the community! All took place inside the church this year due to the inclement weather possibility. The look on the kids’ faces, (and many adults faces) when they saw the bouncy houses in the sanctuary was priceless. Many hotdogs and chili were eaten, games played, bodies bounced, and tricky trunks treated!
Congratulations also go out to our Best Trunk was 1st place- Meagan McLaughlin with Robbers…so cute! And there was a three way tie for 2nd place with Chuck and Corrinne Hanson with “Camper”, Sharon Meinkoth with “Sparkly Trolls”, and Harold and Joyce Pruitt with “Skeletons Treat”. All of these wonderful memories were made possible by our dedicated 60 volunteers and the most loving place around, our Shiloh family.
In November, we were able to purchase a brood of chicks, a hive of honeybees, a flock of hope, a pig, a goat and a heifer with our yearlong savings for the Heifer Project. And God blessed this gift by the Heifer project, matching our gifts so that we were honored to give 2 broods of chicks, 2 hives of honeybees, 2 flocks of hope, 2 pigs, 2 goats and 2 heifers to families who will now have enough to eat so their children can grow up to be healthy and strong. Shiloh Kids along with God are making a difference for other kids in the world! Field Trip to Cedarhurst: On Sun. Dec. 16th, our children will visit Cedar Hurst Assisted Living and Memory Care during the Children’s Church and Sunday School time. We will share our Christmas program, A Child is Born.
Upcoming events! NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM Join us December 2nd, 4-6 p.m, for a family Advent event. Experience what Bethlehem was like on that wondrous night. Visit the marketplace, taste the bread, hear the angels, talk with Mary and Joseph, and enjoy our children’s program A Child Is Born. An authentic Mediterranean meal will conclude the evening. Dress in Bethlehem attire, and bring one can of food per family to go to Weekend Wildcats. This event is free, but the experience will be priceless! To RSVP or help, contact Bev at email@example.com. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT We’ll be starting off the new year right by joining in a Winter Movie Night. Fri., January 18th, 6-9PM showing: Incredibles 2. Join us for free pizza, popcorn and soda. Bring a snack to share. ATTENTION ParentS! If you have children between 2yrs and 5th grade, please join me for a Parent Meeting on January 6th, 2019 in the Sanctuary at 1PM. This is an important meeting to brain storm ideas for what you would like to see develop for the Children’s Ministry future. Some topics include, but are not limited to: • Upcoming spring events • Update on the Children Check-in system • Open forum for your suggested programs/events Any questions, please contact Bev Comeaux at Bev@shiloh-umc.org.
SAVE THE DATE Sunday, Feb. 3- Sunday School and Children Church Volunteer Training Wednesday, Feb. 13- The Gathering: Family Valentine Pizza Dinner Sunday, Feb 17- Children’s Ministry Team Meeting Friday, Feb. 22- Mock-In
Every Sunday Worship Service, 9am Sunday School, 10:15am
Prayer Gathering, 9:30am Explorer Men’s Bible Study, 7pm
Every Tuesday Preschool, 9am-11:30am Ladies Bible Study, 6pm
Every Wednesday Preschool, 9am-11:30am Ladies at the Table, 9am Praise Team, 7pm
Every Thursday Preschool, 9am-11:30am
Night in Bethlehem, 4-6pm
Peter’s Place, 5pm
Stephen Ministry, 6pm
Children to Cedarhurst, 9:30am F.I.R.E Youth Group, 6-8pm
20 Prschool Christmas Break Begins
24 Christmas Eve Services 4pm & 6pm Church Office Closed
25 Merry Christmas!
26 Church Office Closed
27 Church Office Closed
Church Office Closed
No Prayer Gathering
31 Church Office Closed
No Prayer Gathering
Every Sunday Worship Service, 9am Sunday School, 10:15am
Preschool, 9am-11:30am Prayer Gathering, 9:30am Explorer Men’s Bible Study, 7pm
Every Wednesday Ladies at the Table, 9am
Every Thursday Preschool, 9am-11:30am
Preschool, 9am-11:30am Ladies Bible Study, 6pm
Preschool, 9am-11:30am Praise Team, 7pm
Happy New Year! Church Office Closed
6 Children’s Ministry Parent Mtg, 1pm
8 Shiloh News Due Finance Mtg, 6pm
Ministry Fair, 10:15am
15 SPPRC Mtg, 6pm
F.I.R.E Youth Group, 5-8pm New Member Luncheon, 11:20am
Martin Luther King Day
5 Boxing of the Greens, 10am
The Gathering, 5:30pm Stephen Ministry, 6pm Trustee Mtg, 6:30pm
Lunch Bunch, 11:30am
Finance Mtg, 6pm Ad Council, 7pm
11 MOPS Steering Mtg, 9:30am
25 Shiloh Page Turners, 12:30pm
Church Office Closed No Prayer Gathering
Family Movie Night, 6pm
12 Youth Hidden Valley Trip, 8am-6pm