The Pastor’s Pen: September 8, 2019

In our efforts to reimagine Shiloh, second Sundays are designated to our young adult ministers. Today, we welcome to the pulpit the Rev. E. Taylor Doctor, a young man who came to serve with us last winter and has made a tremendous impact in our congregation with his preaching, teaching, and musical abilities. He comes from a family of preachers and has spent his life in serious study and preparation for the ministry. Rev. Doctor is a brother beloved and a committed servant of Christ. We know that he will deliver an insightful inspirational message from on high.

Our Covenant Commitment Campaign (CCC) has showcased the amazing spirit of our Shiloh family. In July, when we were faced with the challenge that the “summer slump” in giving might put our covenants with the bank in jeopardy, we came before the congregation and asked at least 500 members to contribute $1,000.00 before the end of September to ensure our good standing with our lending institution. We reached our goal last week by receiving $150,000.00 in contributions, but the amount pledged was $240,000.00!  We also asked that our CCC gifts would be in addition to our regular contributions of tithes and offerings. We are grateful that, for the most part, most have done just as we asked; our tithes and other offerings have remained strong throughout the summer. We continue to ask those who have pledged and those who still want to contribute to this good-faith campaign, to complete your commitments by next Sunday, September 15.  Meeting this deadline will ensure that we will have a strong financial picture as we come to the end of the 2019 church year.

I have never been prouder of Shiloh than I have been this summer. Our wonderful Shiloh family has responded indisputably to this challenge. I pray that God will continue to bless our congregation as we continue to lift up the name of Jesus. 

The reimagining team has done extraordinary work in developing a comprehensive document outlining the plans that we will implement throughout the coming church year. Nicole Lamb-Hale and Antonio McLaren have done yeoman’s duty in leading the first phases of our reimagining work. The cooperation amongst the various groups with whom they have worked has been magnificent. Church leaders will receive the team’s document in the next few days. The document will be made available to all church members by the September quarterly church meeting. It is a great time to be a Shiloh member and to enjoy the energy and vibrancy of worshipping at a church on fire for the Lord!