A WORD FROM PASTOR KEN:
Greetings Shiloh faithful,
When I started my ministry I met church people who had gone through the great Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19. In a day with few of the medical advances people have today they pulled together as churches and communities to minister to the sick, try to stop the spread of the illness, and offer the hope and comfort from knowing Jesus Christ, the Resurrected One. God’s people have gotten through many ups and downs over the last 2,000 years and we can make it through this pandemic as well!
Our God is powerful and good. Jesus healed sick bodies. God has not given us a spirit of fear but one of victory. And we have an incredible promise that nothing can keep us away from the love of God!
Pastor Ken D Hutchens
During this time of pandemic and disruption we need your prayers, support and an ability to communicate with you. The church will be posting important COVID-19 items, updates on the life and ministry of the church, and our virtual worship services on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theshilohchurch/ and our web site HERE. You can tune into our worship service online (there will be no in-person attendance) on Sunday at 9:00 am or the FB page. There is a red button on the web site that reads Watch Service Live for you to click on. We will have a full service with live musicians, prayer and a message. Please let us know you are virtually present. All sermons are also archived on the web site and FB page so you can watch later.
Our office will remain open from Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 3:00. Please do not come by in person unless it is essential. We are doing our part to contain this virus and protect all of our people. Assume all other in person meetings are cancelled unless you hear otherwise.
OUR MINISTRY STAFF:
We will continue to minister to the needs of our Shiloh family and community. Much of this will be online with content for adults, youth and children on the respective Facebook pages listed below. We will also be offering delivery of essential things to our Shiloh family. If you have needs in those areas please contact the church office at (618) 632-6913 or Marie@shiloh-umc.org. You may also contact Pastor Ken at PastorKen@shiloh-umc.org.
HELPING OUR COMMUNITY:
We understand the deep uncertainty and economic implications of this time. We have stopped all non-essential (not focused on ministering to people, paying staff, or keeping up ongoing utility and mortgage bills) spending at Shiloh. We will continue to focus our Good Samaritan Fund on helping those in the Shiloh School District. If you have particular needs we want to do our best to help you as part of our church family. If you are in a position where you have secure income and the ability to give please continue to remember your church family and perhaps give a little extra. You can give online on our web site, by mail or electronically from your bank. If you need help with giving please call our church office. This is a time when the hope and love we give as a church of Jesus Christ is vital for all.
The safest way to get help to our local food pantries is to designate a gift to Shiloh UMC as "Food Pantry" or "Good Sam." We can then have staff do the shopping and follow all protocols on safe delivery.
Our talented Shiloh sewers are helping to make masks for the local hospitals. At deaconess.com you can search for Masks and find instructions on how to make a safe mask. Share a picture of your mask and we can help you get those to the right places.
CONNECTING WITH YOU:
Our Children's Director is going LIVE on Facebook almost daily, bringing your children fun lessons and Bible stories! So grab your kids, huddle around the laptop or cellphone, and tune in with Bev Comeaux for Jesus time. CLICK HERE follow the Facebook page and get notified when its class time!
Our Youth Director, Vikki Harms, will be hosting weekly Zoom Youth Group meetings to connect with your teens, including virtual games and Bible lessons! For details, or to be included, email email@example.com.
THREE SPRINGS PRESCHOOL:
Join Ms. Harms daily on Facebook LIVE for a fun lesson, story time, and family craft! CLICK HERE follow the Facebook page and get notified when its class time!
CHURCH MEETINGS AND BIBLE STUDIES:
Our Shiloh UMC Zoom account is available for church meetings or virtual Bible studies of all types. For instructions or to schedule a group/meeting please call the office.
What a great staff we have at Shiloh! We discussed ways to stay in touch, upcoming Easter celebration plans -- including a safe way to make and distribute Easter bags for kids, helping out the local food pantries, staying connected with the people of Shiloh of all ages in quarantine and much more.
RIGHT NOW MEDIA:
As part of Shiloh, you have FREE access through our church membership to Right Now Media with thousands of videos from children's programs to adult Bible studies to movies. If you need help accessing your account, or need an account setup, please email Rachel@shiloh-umc.org and we will get you connected. They have Veggie Tales!
AVAILABLE LINKS FOR QUICK CONNECTION:
Shiloh UMC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheShilohChurch/
Shiloh UMC Children’s Ministry Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/293633517335270/
Shiloh UMC Youth Ministry Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/839745936160102/
Shiloh UMC Women’s Ministry Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/680388712040259/
Three Springs Preschool: https://www.facebook.com/threespringspreschool2004/