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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021 EDITION


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THIS ISSUE: 1- HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2- “DOES GOD HAVE YOUR NUMBER” PASTOR KEN D. HUTCHENS 3- “GIFTS AND TALENTS” DAVE FILKINS 4- “HAS GOD WITHHELD GOOD FROM ME?” DESIRINGGOD.ORG 5- UPCOMING EVENTS 6- UPCOMING EVENTS 7- FINANCE CORNER 7- STEPHEN MINISTRY 8- SUMC YOUTH MINISTRY 9- “LESSONS FROM MY TOYBOX” CHILDREN’S MINISTRY 10- CALENDAR

Do you sometimes feel isolated and alone? I recently went an entire weekend without getting out of the house or speaking to a single human being. I ask myself, “I exist, don’t I?” Could that be you? Children grown and on their own or thankfully back in school, spouse away on business trips or away permanently, empty, squeaky-clean rooms make our home feel deserted. Also many close friends have drifted in different directions. I used to look forward to solitary time, but now that I have lots of it, I dread it. Loneliness can even sink into self-pity. I know this is not Jesus’ desire for me. He doesn’t want me to stay stuck in a slump, feeling forgotten or believing no one cares. So, during this season of isolation, I’m making a daily choice to spend time with Jesus and also reach out to friends. I put that novel back on the shelf to read in a less lonely season. I picked up my phone and called a “listening ear” from church, then grabbed my Bible to spend time with Jesus because He’s always there for me. I also took this step of faith (and suggest it to you): Write this on a piece of paper and tape it on your mirror to remind you of His caring presence: “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NLT) Shiloh’s Stephen Ministers are here for you, too. If you happen to be a Stephen Minister-on-sabbatical, is God calling you back? We need you and one other trained guy and gal to serve for a season or at least to be “on call.” Please contact David Anderson (618-978-7387) or Peggy Jarmon (618-541-9649). Based on Mornings With Jesus by Jeannie Blackmer January 15, 2021.

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


“Does God Have Your Number”

of Psalm The forty-sixth word from the beginning of the King James version 46 is “shake” and the forty-sixth word from the end (not counting the musical notation selah) of the Psalm is “spear.” The King James translation was completed in 1610, Shakespeare’s forty-sixth birthday. Mark Allan Powell in his “Introducing the New Testament” suggests it might have been an intentional wink at the great Bard from English Bible translators who loved his work.

It is no coincidence that the Gospel of Matthew uses numbers to convey a message. The names in the genealogy of Jesus fall into three sets of fourteen, the Hebrew number of David’s name. Matthew organizes the teaching of Jesus into five parts like the five books of Moses. Jesus tell seven parables about the kingdom of heaven and we are told twelve times by Matthew that prophecy is fulfilled in the life of Jesus. Matthew shares with the other Gospels the fact that Jesus suffers three temptations, is denied three times by Peter, and chooses twelve disciples. What do all these numbers -- and many more -- convey to us readers of the Gospel? First, the coming of Jesus was no accident. It was long predicted in astounding detail in the Old Testament prophecies of the Christ. In fact, most of the misunderstanding of Jesus by his contemporaries was due to a failure to take all those prophecies into account. Some expected only a judgmental Messiah, others a royal Messiah, and very few a Messiah who suffers for all. But all three aspects of the Messiah, and many more, are there in the prophecies. Second, there is a plan according to which the life and ministry of Jesus unfolds. Jesus symbolically regathers the twelve tribes of Israel in the twelve apostles. The holy numbers of three and seven are reflected again and again, pointing to the presence of God in Christ -- the very mystery of the incarnation. Jesus fulfills the Law as expressed in the five books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) in his five teaching sessions. The Sermon on the Mount concentrates on the Ten Commandments in part and parallels their original giving to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Space forbids me from going on and on. Suffice it to say that the depths of both the life of Jesus and the Gospel presentation of that life are profound. I have read Matthew dozens of times. I have taught on it over and over. Yet, I learn something new every time I open the pages of this Gospel. One of my favorite verses in Matthew -- which may be the special goal of this Gospel for its readers -- is Matthew 13:52. Jesus says, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” May you and I be one of those well equipped scribes! Yours In Christ, Pastor Ken D. Hutchens


GIFTS AND TALENTS by Dave Filkins

Being married for almost 36 years and having two daughters, I sometimes find my girls know me better than I know myself. For Christmas, my oldest gave me a devotional book from Billy Graham called Wisdom For Each Day. On about day six of the devotional I was reminded of the importance of “doing God’s will.” More specifically, what is it that God wants ME to do? As Christians we toss around the idea of where or how to use the gifts or talents with which God has blessed us. Rev. Graham explains that one of the most important things we can do is to discover what God’s will is for our lives, and then..………do it! How do we discover what His will is specific to our lives? Prayer, the scriptures, and others speaking wisdom into our lives are all important components. Could you imagine going to work for a company making widgets, but not having a manual to explain how to do the job? How about being placed in a position to produce a widget, but there’s nobody there to show you how or give you advice when things happen that you’re unable to handle? And what if no friends or persons with experience said you were doing a good job (or bad job)? You’d have no gauge to know if, and how much, you need to adjust to be a better widget maker. You know many people come to church in the same way? Many times I found myself in this category. Over the years I found myself not searching the life manual (Bible). Oh, I’d reference a few scriptures here or there as needed but I didn’t actually study it. When I finally made the commitment to read the Bible……the whole Bible…….it was eye opening. Some put more emphasis on the New Testament over the Old Testament. Some say you need the books of Proverbs and Psalms. Some Ecclesiastes. I believe that one section of the Bible makes the others come alive and gives complete meaning. Take away any part, the other parts lose that meaning or context. I now see how one section sets the stage for the next, and how the new references the past. Reading a book can be very enlightening. Think what it would be like if you could talk directly to the author or the one who inspired the story. How much more would we understand of what we’ve read if we could actually converse with the one who’s responsible for the content. I’d like to think that would make a profound difference in my understanding of what I was reading. Isn’t it awesome that God has provided a way for us to converse with Him. Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus Himself broke down that barrier where each of us can just simply sit, talk, and listen to the Father? You know, oftentimes God doesn’t give us the answer in a way that we want or expect. Sometimes He talks to us and gives us direction through His people. Sometimes the one who says, “Dave, you could do this better by, or if……..” is actually an answer from God. Sometimes we second guess that feeling or prompt we had during or after prayer and we need a fellow human to confirm what that feeling really meant. And don’t think that only others can speak into your life……..because God may too put something on your heart to share with someone else. Oh yeah, back to God’s will in your life…..in my life. Talking to God, reading His written word, and listening to the counsel of others will bring you that answer. And it may not be the answer you expect. Be ready with an open heart and it will be revealed to you. Of course, in the meantime if you feel you haven’t received the answer, I do have several volunteer positions that need filled…


HAS GOD WITHHELD GOOD FROM ME? By Vaneetha Rendall Risner, DesiringGod.org

God wants to give us good things. Not only that, he promises good things to us and assures us they will all come to pass (Joshua 23:14). In fact, “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). I love those promises, yet there are many good things that I’ve begged God for that I haven’t received. Good things like a healthy body, a thriving family, and a balanced, secure life. When my infant son died, after my first husband left, or as I’ve seen my body slowly deteriorating, I’ve wondered why God did not answer my prayers for good things. Had I not been upright enough? Was I not asking the right way? Or were God’s good things different than mine? I know that I haven’t walked uprightly on my own, and I’m increasingly aware of my sin, but God sees me as righteous and perfect because of Christ’s blood. I need not fear that I’m not measuring up, that I’m not praying perfectly, or that God is denying me some essential good. He could not be more for me, and he will graciously give me all things (Romans 8:32), because he longs to give his children good gifts when they ask (Matthew 7:11). So, God’s definition of good things must be different than the earthly blessings I often think I need. What, then, are God’s good things if they are not earthly blessings? How can we recognize them when our focus is riveted on our circumstances, especially those that feel unfair, unfixable, or unfinished? Many of us have struggled for years, even decades, faithfully serving God but living with unfulfilled longings, broken dreams, and mounting losses. Do God’s good things include those? As we see in Scripture, the unfair, the unfixable, and the unfinished often mark the lives of God’s chosen. Moses reluctantly accepted God’s call, worked faithfully for decades, and then failed in a moment and never entered the Promised Land. Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet, yet was persecuted all his days. An angel proclaimed to Mary that her Son would sit on the throne of David, yet she watched him die on a cross. John the Baptist was a faithful prophet who prepared the world for Christ, yet never served with him. None of these people saw the fulfillment of all God had spoken over their lives - they only embraced them from afar (Heb.11:13). Though God commended these saints, their lives were often hard and lonely. Now we can look back and see how powerfully God used each of them, how God was with them, how they fulfilled the purpose that God called them to. We know that their suffering was not wasted and that God never left them, even when life didn’t turn out as they had planned. And we know that they have received an “unfading crown of glory” (1 Peter 5:4), and that they are rejoicing because their suffering was not even worth comparing with the weight of glory they now enjoy (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17). All their stories were part of God’s larger story. Can we look at our lives through the same lens, understanding that we all are in the middle of our stories and that our disappointments and missteps are all part of the beautiful story God is writing? When we are discouraged at what’s happening in our lives, we must remind ourselves that there’s more to come. We are looking at one frame, or perhaps one scene in the story. We may see our circumstances dramatically change in this life, as Joseph did, or we may need to wait till heaven when it will all make sense to us. Either way, we will thank him for all of it. We can be assured that, if troubles were not beneficial to us, God would neither allow them nor send them. Everything God gives us and withholds from us must be part of His good things. The truly good things of God are bestowed on those He loves. His presence. His peace. Joy in the Spirit. The assurance of heaven and beholding His face. Nothing can take away these good things of God. They are independent of circumstances and often grow stronger in trials. Adversity may be one of God’s best gifts because it makes us grab hold of God, desperate for His presence and peace. We cling to Him more tightly when there is nothing else. For believers, the troubles of the world can be blessings because they draw us to God. We desperately long for God’s presence, where we find fullness of joy that can never be taken away (Psalm 16:11; John 16:22). And we know that adversity can make us stronger, more compassionate, and more fruitful. It is often in our darkest moments, when we have nothing to hold on to but God, that we truly understand that “No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”


UPCOMING EVENTS CHURCHWIDE

ASH WEDNESDAY

The season of Lent begins on February 17, with our annual Ash Wednesday service at 6:00 pm. Lent is built around the idea of a 40 day preparation for the celebration of Easter. Our focus for Ash Wednesday will be on Matthew 16:13-26 where Jesus asks his followers, “Who Do People Say I Am?” Ash Wednesday includes a reflection on our human condition, including mortality and the need for a Savior, as we submit to the ashes of repentance.

LENTEN STUDY

Our Lenten Study will focus on “The End of Anxiety: The Biblical Prescription for Overcoming Fear, Word, and Panic” by Josh Weidmann. The author addresses why God allows anxiety, how to deal with it, and how it can be a part of our spiritual growth. I felt this was a timely subject for now. Even if you do not struggle with anxiety, chances are you know someone who does that would benefit from your participation in this study. Our Lenten Study will begin on Sunday, February 21, and continue until March 28. We will have two options to participate in the study. An in-person (socially distanced) class will meet on Sunday morning following worship at 10:20 am in the chapel. A Zoom class will meet on Sunday afternoon at 6 pm. Books are available in the church office for $13 or you can buy your own online. Please sign up for the course for a list of readings and/or a Zoom link. by emailing Marie@shiloh-umc.org.

HOLY WEEK

Palm/Passion Sunday kicks off Holy Week on March 28, this year. We will have a special Holy or Maundy Thursday service on April 1, at 6 pm. The celebration of Easter is April 4. Watch for more details about how we will celebrate the victory of our Lord over death!

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation will resume on Sunday, March 7. Confirmation gives our young people, fifth grade and older, a chance to learn about the Christian faith and make an informed decision to follow Jesus. The class will meet on Sunday mornings after worship and will be led by Beth and Craig Wilkes. Confirmation Sunday this year will be April 25. If you have youth who have not been through confirmation classes please call the office to sign them up.

BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN:MOSIAC

We are partnering with the Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Center to help raise awareness and funds during their annual Baby Bottle Campaign. The campaign runs through February 14, 2021. You can help transform lives and save babies when you fill a baby bottle with coins, cash or check. Collect and drop off your bottles during business hours or on Sundays. You can also give online at www.supportmosiac.org/get-involved/donate-3 . Thank you so much for your continual support.


UPCOMING EVENTS GOOD SAMARITAN FUND UPDATE

Each year the Christmas Eve offering is designated to Shiloh’s Good Samaritan Fund. The purpose of the fund is to offer hope and help to those in need in our church and the Shiloh community by alleviating their financial concerns as we are able. We were afraid it would suffer this year since we met online. I am happy to report we collected $5916 this year for the fund, an increase of over $850 from 2019! We also have a further contribution to the fund from the memorial of Stephanie Zimmerman. Thank you, Shiloh, for your faithful giving!

STEPHEN MINISTRY LEADER COMMISSIONING

During worship on February 28, we will commission our Stephen Ministry leaders as we recognize this vital ministry of Christian care and support.

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, February 26, 2021, at 12:30pm at the church. Our book for February is The Book of Hours by Davis Bunn. We will meet Friday, March 26, 2021, at 12:30 at the church. Our book for March is The Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs. If you are interested in joining the book club, please contact Cathy Shackelford at cathylshac@ charter.net.

MOPS

Scott MOPS will be meeting on February 19, and March 19. Please contact scottafbmops@gmail for more information.

MISCELLANEOUS “HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM TSPS!” - BY JEN MASON

If you are anything like me, you were ready for the new year to get here. I am not sure what changed over night from 12-31 to 1-1, but the idea of a fresh start always sounds good. Last year (2020) brought so much change to our lives that a new beginning couldn’t get here fast enough. Even though there wasn’t a big change in the uncertain times over night, the idea of a new beginning gives us HOPE!! We all need hope in our lives. Like a new year, Jesus brings hope to us too. JOB 11:18 says, And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take rest in security. I continue to pray that God brings love to your heart and hope to your lives, He is always with you through good times and not so good times. Be sure to look around and see His presence in your life, and know you are secure in His love.


Finance Corner By Brian Manion

I am pleased to report there was a smooth and peaceful transfer of power between outgoing Finance Committee Chair, Craig Wilkes, and myself. We had a socially distant transition meeting on December 14th, with Finance Manager, Kathy Denton. Craig went above and beyond the call of duty by serving as Finance Chair for four years. Under Craig’s leadership, we paid off both parsonages and greatly reduced our debt. When the pandemic struck, Craig’s quick and decisive action lead to us applying for and receiving a CARES Act loan, which was later converted to a grant. On behalf of the congregation, I thank Craig for his leadership and service. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the economy and our lives in so many ways. It has affected how we gather as a church, how we give, and how we as a church use our resources. We enter 2021 with high hopes that the pandemic will be brought under control with the arrival of effective vaccines. We do not know when things will return to normal. We must be patient and flexible, knowing that God will see us through this trial. While I serve as Chair of the Finance Committee, I will do my best to make sure the committee is a good steward of the resources you entrust to our church. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Year End Report

Total Income: $744,354 Total Expenses: $706,235 Net Income: $38,119

Highlights: 1. We received multiple grants in 2020 including: • PPP Loan that was 100% converted to a grant ($52,605 total - General Fund $47,330 and Preschool $5,275) • Forward in Ministry grant from our conference ($6,654)– Forgiven at 50% and other half to be paid back through 2021 • Additional grants from conference for Missions and Worship 2. Paid for HVAC system with more than $10,800 donated to $25 Club (most ever) and a memorial gift in amount of $3295 3. Pledges received for 2021 averaged $6063 compared to average of $5211 for 2020. 4. Received multiple debt reduction donations and are on target to pay off worship center loan by November 2021 5. We received multiple memorial gifts in 2020 and utilized a memorial gift from previous year. These gifts were used in the following ways: • Helped pay for HVAC System • New camera system was installed to enhance worship experience • Youth Room Remodel • Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes • Good Samaritan Fund • Mary and Martha Funeral Luncheon Fund • Additional ways to remember are still being considered


YOUTH news Getting an upgrade! The SUMC Youth room is having new furniture and equipment put in. This will include additional lighting, a new TV, and some additional decorative adjustments.

During Christmas, we had a Zoom call that was a good time to talk and catch up. We also played a Zoom scavenger hunt that had people running all over their house. Two of our youth won a prize of a 3-foot box of candy which we made sure to have delivered the following day! Way to go JENNA and HANNAH!

Additionally, SUMC Youth will now be meeting twice a month on Sunday evenings. This is a time to talk about issues and topics in more of a “small group” setting and hang out and enjoy getting out of the house! We will be adding more fun activities to our regular Sunday night routine as we move forward. Our first meeting was on January 9 and our next will be on January 24. This will continue being the 2nd and 4th of each month 5-6pm. 5th Sundays will be “Hang Out” Nights!This season has had its obstacles due to Covid, however, we’re ready to start pushing towards our plans for this year and summer!


What we've been up to!

Upcoming events! CHRISTMAS ZOOM \

A Christmas zoom call was also put together and gave us a good time to be silly and share our excitement for the Christmas season. We were able to talk and learn about the story of Christmas thanks to our very own Kelly Prince joining in for story time!

The GIANT duck. I'm sure most of you saw during the Christmas season that there was a giant duck that came up more than a couple of times. This was all impromptu, but we sure had a blast being able to drive around town bringing cheer to all of our SUMC Kids. Not only did we make sure they had a site to see, but we also made sure everyone had their own Christmas duck and a goodie bag for the holidays. Shout out to Jim Fogwell and Bev Como for all of your help!

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After speaking with parents and staff, we have decided that although we will still have many regulations, we will be working towards opening our Children's Ministry again! This will be a careful push towards a new normal that we can monitor as we slowly work towards what is comfortable and needed for our congregation.


FEBRUARY Sunday

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Tuesday

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Thursday

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

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

Every Wednesday Preschool, 9am-11:30am STEAM, 11:30am Praise Team, 7pm

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

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Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm

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Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm

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Saturday

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

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Holy Communion Youth Group, 5-6pm

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Stephen Ministry, 6:30pm

14 Baby Bottles due back

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Presidents Day Office Closed

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Ash Wednesday, 6pm

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MOPS Mtg, 9am

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Lenten Study Begins, In-person @ 10:20am Online Zoom @ 6pm Youth Group, 5-6pm

Shiloh Page Turners, 12:30pm

MARCH 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

28 Lenten Study, 10:20am & 6pm (Online)

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Thursday

Every Tuesday

Every Wednesday Preschool, 9am-11:30am STEAM, 11:30am Praise Team, 7p

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

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

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Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm

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Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm

Food Pantry Collection, 9am-1pm

Shiloh News Due

PPRC, 7pm

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Holy Communion Youth Group, 5-6pm Lenten Study, 10:20am & 6pm (Online)

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Tuesday

9 TSPS Board Mtg,

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Finance Mtg, 6pm Ad Council, 7pm

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Youth Group, 5-6pm Lenten Study, 10:20am & 6pm (Online)

28 PALM SUNDAY Youth Group, 5-6pm Lenten Study, 10:20am & 6pm (Online)

Saturday

Trustees, 6:30pm

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS Lenten Study, 10:20am & 6pm (Online)

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MOPS Mtg, 9am

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Shiloh Page Turners, 12:30pm

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