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October 6th, 2014

Nov. 1st Chili Supper/Auction

Nov. 7th Stocking night

Nov. 9 2:00pm Charge Conference  at St. John

Nov. 16th Shoe Boxes are due

Nov. 23rd Thanksgiving Dinner and Decorate the church for the Advent season.

 

Pastor Lisa’s Corner

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!

Advent Season

November 8th, 2014

Advent is around the corner! During Advent and Christmas the 6 Oldham County United Methodist ChurchAdvent_Wreathes 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!)

 

Next Door Neighbor

November 8th, 2014

clip_image002_thumb.jpgI 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.

Pastor Lisa’s Corner

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.

Blessings!
Pastor Lisa

 

Christmas Ministries & Projects

October 6th, 2014

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes—Since 1993 Samaritan’s Purse has distributed over 113 million shoebox gifts in Jesuimage-thumb.pngs’ 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 1image-thumb.png0,000 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.  

Shiloh Wellness

October 6th, 2014

clip-image002-thumb.jpgSome days it seems like everyone is jumping on the fitness “bandwagon”. Recently there was a Facebook share on John Wesley’s views on health and fitness. It seems that he was ahead of his time with some of his ideas on staying healthy.
In 1747 Wesley wrote a best seller, “Primitive Physick: or An Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Disease”.  Wesley diet and exercise tips include:

  •      Eat a light supper at least 2-3 hours before bed.
  •      Drink lots of water, it is the healthiest of all drinks.
  •      Avoid coffee and tea, they elevate anxiety.
  •      Exercise, preferably walking, is necessary for good health.
  •      Go to bed at 9 pm and rise at 4 or 5 am.
  •      Cold baths promote circulation (that one I wouldn’t try).

In summary, John Wesley advised, “Those who read or write much, should learn to do so standing; otherwise it will impair their health”.
***Also, the Big Four walk is scheduled for October 11, meeting at Prospect Kroger at 9 am to carpool.

Next Door Neighbor

October 6th, 2014

 Pleaseclip_image002_thumb.jpg consider picking that item up when you are shopping that week and drop it off at church we would greatly appreciate the help and support. Many of these items may be purchased at the dollar stores.

Items in need:

  • Bath/Shampoo and lotion
  • Bottom cream
  • Toddler snacks
  • Cornstarch powder

The St. John Consignment Sale is about to start. If you have extra time Oct. 9-11 please consider helping out for this sale. NDN is blessed to be one of the places that benefit from the donations that are left at the end of the sale. Thank you for your continued support.