Thursday, April 17, 2014

This is My Body…..This is My Blood

Today as I read through the story of Jesus, the disciples and His Last Supper, I was reminded that Christians throughout the whole world are receiving Communion today-- Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Orthodox and yes, even some Non-Denominational Churches participate in Maundy Thursday services.  There is something incredibly unifying when I imagine people who don't look like me, speak my language, and are not part of the same church receive the gift of Jesus' body and blood.  Today as you continue to read through the last week of Jesus' life, I want to challenge you to remember what unifies us, what makes us part of the same family!  No matter how big our differences, Jesus Christ is Lord of us all!    

I also want to remind you that tonight, Thursday, April 17, at 7pm we will be having a Maundy Thursday Service in Fellowship Hall.  It is an incredible way to remember The Last Supper and prepare for the remainder of Holy Week.  

Don't forget we also have the opportunity to pray through Stations of the Cross in the sanctuary tomorrow, Friday, April 18, 11am-7pm.  And our Easter Services are this Sunday, April 20, at our Delhi Campus 8, 9:30am, and 11am and at our Price Hill Campus at 11am.  

We are the body of Christ redeemed by His Blood!  


Blessings, 


Pastor Rachel 




 


Monday, April 7, 2014

“No Change” Change

Last fall, the Leadership Council in partnership with the SPPRC (Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee) announced plans to shift Pastor Brent’s role as Pastor of Youth and Young Adults to the Pastor and Director of Adult Discipleship. This shift lead the SPPRC to begin a search for a new Director of Student Ministry.  Throughout this prayerful process, Pastor Brent has discerned a call to remain in the Student Ministry seat while taking on the role and responsibility of the Director of Discipleship.  The Director of Discipleship supervises and partners with the Staff and servant leaders in the Discipleship Ministry areas including: Children, Youth, Adult, and Preschool.  Since Brent is remaining in Student Ministry, we will be looking to hire a part-time Adult Discipleship Director along with a Full-Time Director of Operations.  The Director of Operations will be concentrating on all things building and finance in partnership with the Trustees and Finance Committee. The great news about these hires is that they are budget neutral.     

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tana Casper, Chair of the SPPRC, at tanajean@aol.com,  or Pastor Brent Dearnell at brent@shilohumc.com, 451-3600 #106.   

Blessings, 

Pastor Rachel 

Here is a rough idea of these organizational adjustments:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What’s Happening In Price Hill?



There is a lot happening at our Price Hill campus!  In January, I wrote a blog about our strategy for our Price Hill location.  At the time, we were focused on rotating preaching on a monthly basis.  Since January’s blog, a lot has changed! Not only will there be changes in the pastoral staff in both locations, but our strategy has changed with the appointment of Rev. David Hood.  Rev.  Hood will begin serving as interim Campus Pastor starting May 1, 2014.  Pastor Dave will get an on-the-ground look at what is happening at Shiloh at Price Hill.  The appointment of Pastor Dave to Shiloh at Price Hill is a sign of both Shiloh Church’s and The West Ohio Annual Conference’s commitment to Shiloh at Price Hill.  You may not know this, but the District and Conference have granted $157,000 for our Price Hill location, which means that even though we have budgeted money for Shiloh at Price Hill in our Delhi budget, we have not used one penny of those budgeted funds in our Price Hill location!  We are grateful for the generosity of the Annual Conference and take the stewardship of those resource dollars very seriously.  God has given us a gift, an opportunity to claim our Price Hill community for Jesus Christ.  Here are some of the ways that you can be a part of what is happening in Price Hill:  
  • BLOC after school program- Mondays and Tuesdays 6pm-8pm at Shiloh at Price Hill  
  • Question & Answer Session- Wednesday, April 2 at Price Hill and Sunday April 6 at Delhi we will have opportunities for people to ask questions and to clear up any confusion around the transition between pastors in our Price Hill location.  
  • Easter at Price Hill- There will be an Easter service, Sunday April 20, at 11am followed by brunch.  There will be an Easter Egg hunt for kids of all ages after brunch.  
  • Celebration of Dorian's Ministry on Sunday, April 27, following the 11am service at Price Hill, there will be a luncheon celebrating Dorian’s ministry.  Please RSVP to Sandy Dietz at sandy@shilohumc.com or 513-451-3600 #101.
  • Change the World Weekend United Methodists throughout the nation will be engaged in serve projects to make the declaration “we are making disciples for the transformation of the world.”  On Saturday, May 17, we will be gathering at our Price Hill location to be deployed in East Price Hill to serve throughout our neighborhood.   

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Transition


Dear Shiloh Church Family, 

God is moving!  The Holy Spirit’s movement always brings life and change in our lives and the life of the church.  I am writing this letter to inform you of the changes that are happening here at Shiloh.  With this new appointive season, our Campus Pastor, Rev. Dorian Daniels, has requested a change of appointment.  Dorian’s request was granted and on Thursday, March 20, he was introduced to the Pastor Parish Relations Committee of Mt. Washington United Methodist Church as their new Senior Pastor effective July 1, 2014.  In preparation for that appointment, Dorian has also requested time off so that his last Sunday as Campus Pastor of Shiloh @ Price Hill will be Sunday, April 27, 2014.  The whole of Shiloh will celebrate Dorian’s ministry with a luncheon following the 11am service in the Fellowship Hall at Shiloh @ Price Hill.  If you would like to participate in the celebration by attending the luncheon please RSVP to Sandy at 513-451-3600 #101 or sandy@shilohumc.com.
God has made it possible for our incoming Senior Pastor, Rev. David Hood,  to join us and to step into Dorian’s role at Price Hill on May 1, 2014.  This is an opportunity for Dave to develop a hands-on understanding of the context, ministry, and mission of the Price Hill Campus so that he can maximize his leadership at the Delhi Campus when he arrives in July.  During the months of May and June, Rev. Hood will spend one hundred percent of his time and energy focused on the Price Hill Campus.  What an opportunity to maximize the impact that we can have in both the Price Hill and Delhi communities!   
Attached is a list of possible questions that you may have concerning this new transition.  If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me at 513-451-3600 #105 or rachel@shilohumc.com or the Chair of our SPPRC (Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee) Tana Casper at tanajean@aol.com.   We will have Question and Answer sessions at Price Hill during Music, Meal and Message at 6:30pm on April 2 and at the Delhi Campus following the 11am April 6, to address any confusions or concerns.   

God is moving and we are anticipating all that God will do in us and through us!   


Christ’s Peace, 



Rev. Rachel Billups
Lead Pastor 
Shiloh United Methodist Church 

Questions that you may have......

  • Why is all this happening?
After prayerful consideration, Dorian requested a move and the Conference (Cabinet) honored that request.  We celebrate with Dorian as he continues to follow his call into ministry.  

  • Is Dave coming early to be the new Senior Pastor? 
No.  Pastor Dave will focus 100 percent of his energy on learning and developing the Price Hill Campus until June 29 when he arrives in Delhi.  Dave’s official introduction will happen on Sunday, June 29, 2014.  Dave and his family will be enthusiastically welcomed at that time.  Pastor Rachel will continue to serve as Senior Pastor until that time.   

  • Will Dave move to Price Hill?
No. Pastor Dave will be commuting from Dayton until he moves into the parsonage in Delhi.  

  • Should we expect more surprises from the rest of our pastoral staff?  
Short answer, no.  Brent and Danny have expressed a clear commitment to God’s call here at Shiloh Church.  

  • What happens to Shiloh @ Price Hill in July?
Effective immediately, the leadership of Shiloh Church and the Cabinet are prayerfully searching for a New Campus Pastor to lead Shiloh @ Price Hill to start Sunday, June 29, 2014.  


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Thank God for Basketball!

I’m thankful for basketball!  Not only because it’s March Madness and the NCAA tournament is well under way, but also because of ministries like Upward.  For the last three months, our church has been bursting at the seams from the growing numbers of Upward families who participated in this incredible ministry.  Every Saturday, over 730 people gathered for basketball games that taught the fundamentals of basketball and the fundamentals of faith.  This year, 172 boys and girls participated as basketball players and cheerleaders, 66 different people served as coaches, coordinators, half-time speakers, and referees.  All of this orchestrated by the passion and leadership of the Upward’s core team Luanne Thorman, Sissy Galbraith, Sandy Brannon, and Kathy Shea!    
This ministry is incredible!  But the focus of Upward isn’t basketball and learning cheers, the focus of Upward is Jesus.  This is an opportunity for us to teach our kids and the kids of others what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  During every practice, the kids are engaged in conversations about how their faith affects their lives.  What does it mean to be patient?  How can we be kind to friends, family, and even siblings?   As athletes, what does it mean to be honest on the court?  We here at Shiloh know that God has called us to invest in the next generation.  Upward is just one of the incredible ways that make a Kingdom investment in our kids and their families.  
I want to encourage you to continue to pray for these kids and families and pray for Upward ministry.  If you would like to be involved with our next Upward opportunity, call Children’s Ministry Director, Kathy Shea, at 513-451-3600 #102 or email kathy@shilohumc.com.  
Thank God for basketball and thank God for Upward!



Blessings, 




Pastor Rachel 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Way


On May 28, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man in the modern era to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.  Hillary was part of the 9th British expedition to attempt to climb the mountain.  It was with intense training and intentional preparation that Hillary made the way to climb Mount Everest.  Throughout this season of Lent we too will be making our way, but instead of climbing a mountain we will be following he footsteps of Jesus.  Jesus was on a journey.  From the moment that Jesus was baptized to the final days of his life Jesus was focused on a single destination, but instead of climbing Mount Everest, Jesus climbed the cross.  This is The Way!  In the Church we spend the 40 days of Lent praying, preparing, serving, fasting, and remembering the life and death of Jesus so that we can experience the spiritual transformation that happens when we follow the footsteps of Jesus.  In order to experience the fullness of the journey we too just like Hillary and his fellow mountaineers must focus on training and intentional preparation.  What will you do, how will you fast, what habits will you form to help you experience the footstep of Jesus?

 Our preparation will begin with Ash Wednesday Services on Wednesday March 5.  Our traditional Ash Wednesday services will be at 7pm in the sanctuary at the Delhi Campus and 6:30pm at the Price Hill Campus.  The Pastoral Staff will be at Refuge Coffee Bar on Wednesday March 5 from 6am-8am and 11am-1pm with Ashes and free coffee for those who would like the imposition of Ashes during the day.   

Church it's time to prepare!  It's time to begin our climb!  It's time to experience The Way!  


Blessings, 

Pastor Rachel   


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Midweek Is Back!

Midweek Is Back!

Starting Thursday, March 13, Midweek Bible Study is back!  This lenten season we will be studying Pastor Adam Hamilton’s The Way.   We will be walking in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism all the way to the cross.  You are not going to want to miss this in-depth study of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  Midweek Bible Study is held in the sanctuary at 7pm where we will watch a DVD of the actual locations of Jesus’ ministry in the Holy Land followed by group discussion.  Study materials will be handed out for those interested in the study and books are available for purchase (see the bulletin for an order form).  Although The Way books are available for purchase, they are only supplemental to the study and are not necessary for participating in the study.  Child care is available.  

Don’t forget Ash Wednesday Services at the Refuge Coffee Bar 6am-8am and 11am-1pm on March 5 and also 7pm Traditional Ash Wednesday Service at Delhi and 6:30pm Ash Wednesday Meal, Message and Music at Price Hill.

If you are interested in hearing Pastor Adam Hamilton speak, he will be a Keynote Speaker at the Change The World Conference at Ginghamsburg Church.  Rev. Hamilton will be speaking at 9am on April 3.  The Conference runs April 3-4th and early bird registration is $135 by March 1 and $155 post March 1.  If you are interested in registering with Shiloh, please see Sandy in the church office or contact her at sandy@shilohumc.com or 513-451-3600 #101.

Can’t wait to retrace the footsteps of Jesus!


Blessings, 


Pastor Rachel