November 8th, 2014
November is here. I can hardly believe it. The beauty of fall will soon lead to colder weather and shorter days! So, I try to keep my focus on the beauty of today. First Thessalonians 5:16-18, helps me keep my attitude in check: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” Gratitude helps us keep our hearts tuned into God’s grace and presence in our lives. In the midst of all the “bad” news on TV, radio, and social media, we can begin to focus on the negativity and problems of life. When that happens it helps me to focus on the blessings in life. “Giving thanks in all circumstances” gets our focus back on God’s gifts in our lives.
My first blessing in life is Christ. God has transformed my life and continues to love me and work on me daily. Second is Don, my children and family. A strong marriage and good relationships with family are priceless. Don and I are blessed to be appointed here at Shiloh. You have made us feel so welcomed into the church family. I am thankful for a roof over my head and food on the table and so much more. What about you? What blessings can you begin to name?
During November let’s focus on the many blessings God is pouring into our lives. The challenge is to begin to look for them all around us, every day. It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and rush through the day. Will you join me in looking for God at work in our midst?
Rueben Job and Marjorie Thompson call Gratitude the “Hallmark of the heart that knows its Redeemer personally and intimately.” (Companions in Christ) May we journey through this month drawing closer to Christ our Redeemer as we give thanks for the gift of his love and grace in our lives!
November 8th, 2014
Advent is around the corner! During Advent and Christmas the 6 Oldham County United Methodist Churches will be using the theme “Christmas Connections: Connecting with God and Others.” The pastors are working together on the theme, preaching and daily devotions for the congregations during this season.
We all have times of feeling disconnected. In our fast-paced culture it is difficult to make connections. We live next door to folks and barely know each other. As the Christmas season rolls around these feelings of isolation can deepen. This year let’s make connecting with God and one another the priority for this special time of year.
November 30: “Connecting with Our Neighbors” Luke 2:1-7
December 7: “Honor the Overlooked” Luke 2:8-20
December 14: “Love a Family Member” Matthew 1:18-25
(This will be the Choir Cantata, please consider inviting family and friends to this service!)
November 8th, 2014
I would like to start by thanking all the wonderful people who helped gather and transport clothes and shoes from St. John’s Consignment sale. And the tremendous effort by soooo many to get them sorted and available for our families. In the last month we have had three babies born. We have also experienced a tragedy. One of the dad’s was killed in an ATV accident last week. That mother and child will now need our help and prayer more than ever.
Though we see about 20-40 families a week they are not all the same families. We have over 60 enrolled and new families join almost every week. The value of this mission is found in the relieved faces and gratitude expressed by the mothers, fathers, and grandparents. However, we are out spending our funds almost every week. It takes about $200 a week to supply just the diaper and wipe needs. Which is about $10 a week per child. As you pledge your giving for the year please consider adopting a family weekly.
October 6th, 2014
It is hard to believe that summer is gone and fall is here. With fall comes the time we look at the stewardship of our prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness.
Starting with prayer; I ask you to join me in praying about the future of Shiloh Church and how we each play a part in this. Please know that your presence is needed and appreciated. We are better together.
All of us have been given gifts and abilities to serve by God to share in community, material gifts, talents and spiritual gifts. I Corinthians 12:4-7 says, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” To be all that God wants us to be we must combine our gifts and talents. We need each other.
Christ says in John 13, “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Shiloh Church is the most caring congregation I have served. Love within the congregation that reaches out into the community is our witness to Christ.
Back to prayer. The Committee on Lay Leadership (CLL) will be meeting October 5 to nominate folks for positions on committees, ministries and teams. Pray for the CLL to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Pray about your participation in the ministries of the church. My desire is to see everyone involved somewhere in the life of the church.
God has brought us all together for a purpose, together we can discern and live into the plans God has for us in this time and place.
October 6th, 2014
Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes—Since 1993 Samaritan’s Purse has distributed over 113 million shoebox gifts in Jesus’ name to children around the world, and Shiloh has been involved just about that long. Last year 37,439 were collected in the Louisville area. It’s fun to see what you can put into a shoebox to delight a child. Brochures will be available in October to help you shop. Collection day at church is November 16.
Christmas Stocking Project—We sew and decorate stockings for children of prisoners in Kentucky and Indiana. There is a goal of 10,000 stockings, and handmade are preferred over store-bought so a little love goes into them. Through donations, the stockings are filled with edible goodies and small toys, hygiene items, Bibles, etc. This is the only way prisoners can give something to their children, and in some cases, these are the only gifts a child may receive. Felt stockings are easiest to decorate, and we have a family stocking night is set for Nov. 7.