*** Daily devotional, Monday-Saturday (Friday recorded) at 6:30 a.m. with Pastor Peavey www.youtube.com/user/EnvoyPV      |      Benefit Concert for Qixin Sun and family, Saturday, September 11th at 2:00 p.m. Methodist Church Sanctuary.      |      Church Office closed September 13th-17th. Pastor Kelly will be in his office Monday-Thursday.      |      Chancel Choir practices Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.      |      Special addition cookbooks, celebrating 150 years, are available for $8 each or 2/$15. Contact the office to make a purchase.       |      Change of address, phone, or email? Go to the bottom of the first page of our website shen.church and fill out your changes and hit submit.      |      The weekly Booster can be found under "News" along with much more information.      |      Prayer Request and Our Care Center Family link can be found under "News."      |      Share your prayer request and praises at any time during the week by calling the church office or emailing office@shen.church      |      NEW - Online "Giving" is now available. The "Giving" button is located in the upper right corner of the website. See the "News" section for more information.      |      "News" page (updated daily & weekly) with Bible App for Kids, Lesson Activities & Resources for Children's Sunday School, activities for everyone, learning resources, and much more. ***
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Coloring Pages & Other Fun Activities

Apr. 22, 2021 @ 7:20 pm

Check it out, new Advent coloring activities for children and other activities for everyone! Check these activities out by clicking here.

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Those In Need of Prayer Update

Apr. 22, 2021 @ 4:59 pm

We need to continue to pray for our church, Pastor Luke, all those that attend in person and on-line. We also need to continue to pray for those in our care centers and prayer list. To view those individuals and families click here.

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2021 Iowa United Methodist Camps

Mar. 20, 2021 @ 11:58 am

It is that time of the year to start thinking about summer camps. For a catalog or questions call 1-800-765-1651. You can find out more and register at www.iaumc.org/camps.

For more information about summer camps click here.

Registration forms and camp activities are available as well on the table below the whiteboard.

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Returning to the Sanctuary

Mar. 06, 2021 @ 10:52 pm

Grace and Peace in the name of Jesus Christ,

Over the last year, I’ve had many opportunities to reflect upon the ways that we, as Christians, were given opportunities to respond to the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic presented us with. These past few months there has been a verse from one of the letters of the Apostle Paul that has stuck with me throughout all of this.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

This has been a difficult year, and we’re coming up upon the anniversary of our state’s first lockdown. So naturally, this has been a time to reflect upon the ways that our lives have been affected, but also to recall the conversations I’ve had with people. It seems as though everyone I’ve spoken with has had to make monumentally difficult decisions for the well-being of not only themselves but also their loved ones. And not just physical well-being, but spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational well-being too. This has been something that everyone should be applauded for, as the complexity of our lives oftentimes goes unnoticed by others. These decisions, also, have been made during a climate of sharp disagreements between loved ones and friends alike, as well as an environment where truth and truthfulness have been, at times, difficult to discern.

The emotions that seem to bubble up within people have also run the spectrum from weariness to frustration, confusion to fear, and perhaps even an intentional distancing from sources of conflict. For many of us, the grief and anxiety that has accompanied these feelings have come either from a perceived loss of our ability to choose for ourselves, a sense of abandonment that has come from making sacrifices that others don’t seem to share in, or perhaps some other elusive experience that we just haven’t been able to name.

I say perceived not because these feelings aren’t real, but rather it has been my experience that everyone is simply doing as best as they can and are acting in good faith to meet the challenges of their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. And so I return back to Paul’s encouragement for the believers of Galatia; “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Of course, Paul is likely referring to one of Christ’s commands in John 13:34, that for us as believers we are called to love one another as Christ has loved us. Which convicts the very depths of my heart and causes me to ask the question, “How can we love each other in a time that seems to heap controversy after controversy, and division after division, upon not only ourselves but also our communities?”

Nothing about the conversations surrounding how we should act during this pandemic has been easy, and in fact, it has seemed that some corners of public discourse have been completely devoid of the graciousness that the blood of Christ affords us. These conversations have been difficult, especially when taking into account that each of us has a level of risk that we are willing to undertake as well as a list of consequences that we are willing to accept. And this not only is different between persons but also changes during different seasons of life or perhaps even as we gain different experiences. So as the state’s Covid numbers drop, knowing the furthest I can see into the future is what I’m going to have for dinner (and even that is not always a guarantee), I would like to suggest and encourage an approach as we begin to return to worship in our sanctuary.

So, what can and should we do? As we’ve seen throughout this past year, many of us will be making hard decisions and will continue to do so. What has made those decisions bearable has not necessarily been what was decided, but rather the love, grace, and commitment of those around us to stick by each other even in the midst of the frustration, the unknown, and perhaps even the loss. Put simply, whether we agree or not, it’s the love of Christ and the love that we have for each other that will make all things bearable. While the Administrative Council has voted to continue to require masks and social distancing, what I am also encouraging everyone to do is bear the love of Christ towards each other and pray for patience, grace, and kindness. We’re in an awkward time in the midst of this pandemic, and it is important to remember that there are no easy answers. Persevere with each other, bear one another’s burdens, and remember that (despite our different approaches and opinions) all of us long to be back in the presence of one another and of God. Thank you for your graciousness and your faithfulness, and I look forward to the day when the community can be reunited.

Blessings,
Ps. Luke Fillmore

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Pledges 2021

Mar. 05, 2021 @ 10:27 pm

The Church Council met on Monday, March 1, 2021. An item of discussion and concern is the 2021 Pledges.

FACTS: As of February 21st our congregation has pledged $29,225 dollars for the budget year 2021.

Will you find that pledge card (orange as shown in the picture) the church has sent you and return it with your support to our church.

As a reminder, if you haven’t completed your pledge for 2020 it would be appreciated if you could take care of this as soon as possible.

Duane Rexroth
Finance Chairman

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Iowa COVID-19 Tracker

Jan. 09, 2021 @ 12:24 am

Iowa Covid Tracker - To review your county data, click here

Positive Analysis by School Districts click here

Harvard/Globalpandemics click here

You will find there are inconsistencies in the reports as these groups are following and reporting their information/metrics differently. Look for pieces of information that are confirmed between two or more sites.

For updated information from the Iowa Department of Public Health click here.

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Welcome Center (Coffee & Conversation): 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Worship Service: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Fellowship: 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:30-11:30 a.m.(only during school year)

P.O. Box 394

200 CHURCH ST

Shenandoah, IA 51601

712-246-2081