Pastor’s Corner

 
Each week Pastor Tyler and others in the church will provide a reflection on our church life or an act of discipleship.

December 10, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Our Advent study continues this Sunday with the story of Joseph.  What I love about this story is that Joseph is faced with a modern dilemma in his life, one that requires more than an “either/or” choice.  He has learned Mary is pregnant and he is looking at dismissing her quietly or whether he should follow the law, which was very harsh and could result in Mary’s death.  Instead, Joseph receives an alternative way from God, learning that by following a path of supporting Mary he, in turn, is supporting God’s vision of the earth to be called closer to God’s kingdom. 
 
In this season, we are all called to look for God in new ways, to live in ways that are God’s plan more than ours.  I encourage you this season to look for those ways God is nudging you to look at your world, the way we do things differently.  And remember Jesus always shows up, all the time, and in ways that are unexpected.  Just like Jesus showed up unexpectedly as a child all those years ago. 
 
As a part of this understanding of seeking new ways to encounter God this season, I would invite you to mark your calendars for December 21, at 7 pm.  I have been meeting with members of the Jewish community and we will host the first Interfaith Solstice Service at Shiloh UMC.  This service will feature music and reflections on “Leaning Toward the Light” by members of our Christian community and their Jewish community.  Each reflection will be rooted in our traditions, and looking toward the reality that from the 21st on there is more light each day until summer.  We will have more details about this service out soon.  
 
Prayers of new wonder for you in this season of preparation.
 
Enthusiastic Peace, Pastor Tyler

P.S.  I am looking for an individual who would partner with me to continue to expand our ministry of aging well, through programs like the Lunch and Learn, Demystifying Dementia and others.  If you are interested please contact me directly.

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Unwrapping Christmas – “Unpacking Christmas”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1801906159831521/
 
This Advent season we will be exploring how we can seek the expectation of Jesus in our everyday Christmas preparation. Each week we will explore a different biblical character in the Advent story alongside an everyday part of this season, for example the first Sunday we will explore unpacking those Christmas boxes alongside the story of Zechariah. Join us as we unwrap Christmas this year and see where God’s love enters the world for you.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: http://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/

Worship begins at 8:00 am and 10:15 am on Sunday and childcare is provided. 

  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today after Children’s Message
  • Craft and Bake Sale – Today after both services
  • Blessing Billings – Today at 3:30 pm at FUMC
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • SPRC –Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Trustees – Tuesday at 7:00 pm
  • God Hunger – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Lunch with the Pastor – Wednesday at 12 noon
  • Ad Council – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at Evangelical UMC
  • Worship Service –  Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice –  Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School –  Sunday after the Children’s Message
  • Band Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am

 
CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIESThe sale will be held today after both services and this will be the last day.  The proceeds from the sale will go to a Youth Mission project.  Thank you for your supporting the youth of our church.
 
BLESSING BILLINGS – 406 Youth United Student Ministry will be partnering with EUMC and FUMC to bring a blessing the homeless in downtown Billings, alongside some other non-profits.  The youth will help serve food, communion, and offer resources to those on the street.  If you as a parent would like to join us for this event, you are welcome.  We will meet at FUMC downtown at 3:30 pm.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL The Christmas pageant will be on December 24th at 10:15 am for all children.  Please have the children at the church by 9:45 am for costume fitting.  There will be no Sunday School on December 31st.  Activity packets will be available for the children to do while in church.
 
MISSION’S GIVING TREE – The “Giving Tree” has cards hanging on the tree for gifts for people at St. John’s, Tumbleweed and the Veteran’s home. The cards from St. John’s have the requests on the back of the card with the item and size that is needed. The Veterans are asking for gift cards from Wal-Mart and Tumbleweed youth are asking for gift cards for gas or from Target and Wal-Mart.  Please have your packages under the tree and your gift cards into the office to be placed in the safe by December 17th.  Thank you for your help making this a better Christmas.  
FREE STORE – Once again we are in need of the large plastic garbage bags for our clients to use to take home the items they need from the Free Store.  We are also asking for winter clothes-warm hats, mittens, coats, gently used sleeping bags as well as bed sheets (clean, in good shape, any size).  We really appreciate and thank you for all your support of this critical mission.
 
ASANTONI SANA Sally Kent would like to thank everyone who bought crafts from the ladies of Tanzania.  She will be taking back $1,400.00 to the artists who created the items you bought.   
 
THINGS TO DO AT SHILOHUshers and Prayer Leaders are always needed.  There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer.    Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks. Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed.  Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper.  Two people must always be present in the classroom to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Please consider this ministry for one month during the year. The cookie cupboard is rather empty.  Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so.  Sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family is so important to our hospitality.
 
BOOK REVIEW – Shiloh’s Book Review group will meet on January 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the church.  The book for this discussion is a classic: Anne of Green Gables
By L.M. Montgomery.  Everyone is welcome.   
 
SHILOH’S UNITED METHODIST WOMEN – December 10th at 1:00 pm Shiloh’s UMW will meet at the church to plan a welcoming event for Pastor Tyler’s wife, Crystal.  Everyone is invited to come and help plan this event.  Many of our members are no longer able to participate and Shiloh’s circles are considering disbanding.  If you are interested in keeping this an active part of Shiloh, consider becoming part of the ladies who meet for fellowship, mission and study.
 
SHILOH 101 – COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR –The first Sunday of each month, Pastor Tyler will be hosting coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am.  This will be a chance, if you are interested in joining the church, to visit with Pastor Tyler and learn a little bit about Shiloh UMC.  Or just come and have a cup of coffee and a time of fellowship.
 
INTERFAITH SOLSTICE SERVICE – We will host a first for Billings, an InterFaith solstice service at Shiloh UMC with our Jewish Community on December 21st at 7:00 pm.  This service will feature music and reflections on “Leaning Toward the Light” by members of our Christian community and their Jewish community. Each reflection will be rooted in our traditions and looking toward the reality that from the 21st on there is more light each day until summer.  We will have more details about this service soon. 

Come join us as we partner with God!
Please visit our webpage www.ShilohBillings.church

 
 

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December 3, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

The pace is quickening, I felt it this week. The calendar is getting full as I was working, at home with family, and while I was planning events with friends. December is a busy month and it is also an important month in our Christian calendar. December 3, marks the first Sunday of Advent and for Christians it is the first day of the church year. The invitation in advent is to seek God’s presence coming into our lives in tiny ways. Just like the tiny baby Jesus was able to arrive in a small little town and bring a message of great love, so we are invited to see where love is breaking into the little areas of our lives. How are little acts of love making big change in our community, lives, and our world?

This December I invite you to remember to take a step outside the business by being present in worship, finding time for prayer, or even just taking a deep breath when you amidst the hustle of the season. In worship, we will be unwrapping Christmas by placing the everyday practices of the season alongside the characters in the Advent story. I think you will be surprised by how our lives parallel many traits of these incredible characters.

I would invite you this season to take part in giving back to our community through an act of service. Maybe that is the giving tree in the entry, or by participating in care through one of our mission causes.

This season look for where love is breaking into our community in small ways. Seek ways to help it grow. Perhaps it will blossom into an act of great love that makes an outstanding difference. As the Muppets put it in their rendition of the Christmas Carol, “Wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas.”

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

P.S. I am looking for an individual who would partner with me to continue to expand our ministry of aging well, through programs like the Lunch and Learn, Demystifying Dementia and others. If you are interested please contact me directly.

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Unwrapping Christmas – “Unpacking Christmas”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1801906159831521/

This Advent season we will be exploring how we can seek the expectation of Jesus in our everyday Christmas preparation. Each week we will explore a different biblical character in the Advent story alongside an everyday part of this season, for example the first Sunday we will explore unpacking those Christmas boxes alongside the story of Zechariah. Join us as we unwrap Christmas this year and see where God’s love enters the world for you.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: http://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/

Worship begins at 8:00 am and 10:15 am on Sunday and childcare is provided.

  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Food Bank Sunday – Today
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today after Children’s Message
  • Soup Making – Today – After second service
  • Shiloh 101- Today – Coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am
  • Craft and Bake Sale – Today after both services
  • Messy Church – Monday at 5:15 pm
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • God Hunger – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Lunch and Learn – Wednesday at noon
  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday after the Children’s Message
  • Craft and Bake Sale – Sunday after both services

CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIES – Attention all crafters and bakers!! It is time to get ready for the Holiday Craft and Bake Sale. The sale will be held today after both services and again next Sunday. We are requesting baked goods, holiday decorations, knitted items, painted items, etc. The proceeds from the sale will go to a Youth Mission project. Thank you for sharing your talents, time and gifts with the youth in our church.

MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church will be meeting Mondayevening, December 4th at 5:15 pm. This is a great way to experience the love of God and fellowship of others. We begin at 5:15 with a light meal, then a story, and then off to the craft tables. We will end the evening with a prayer and be done well before 7:00 pm. Please join us and bring all of your friends to share the evening with.

COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR- Today will be coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am. This will be a chance, if you are interested in joining the church, to visit with Pastor Tyler and learn a little Shiloh 101. Or just come and have a cup of coffee and a time of fellowship. This coffee will be held the first Sunday of each month.

LUNCH AND LEARN – The Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, December 6th will be in collaboration with Highgate. The subject will be “The Whole You.” This will be a class on how to live a holistic lifestyle your entire life long. We hope you can join us for this Lunch and Learn.

FREE STORE – Once again we are in need of the large plastic garbage bags for our clients to use to take home the items they need from the Free Store. We are also asking for winter clothes-warm hats, mittens, coats, gently used sleeping bags as well as bed sheets (clean, in good shape, any size). We really appreciate and thank you for all your support of this critical mission.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH?
Our insurance company (and our Safe Sanctuary policy) requires two adults in the room when working with youngsters. Consequently, we need someone to be a helper (we already have the teacher), one Sunday a month, during Sunday school held during 2nd service. If interested, please notify Pastor Tyler or Peg Parker (670-6730) or at pjayco44@gmail.com.

THINGS TO DO AT SHILOH – Ushers and Prayer Leaders are always needed. There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer. Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks. Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed. Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper. Two people must always be present in the classroom to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy. Please consider this ministry for one month during the year. The cookie cupboard is rather empty. Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so. Sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family is so important to our hospitality.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – The Christmas pageant will be on December 24th for all children. Please be at the church at 9:45 am for a costume fitting. There will be no Sunday school on December 31st. Activity packets will be available for the children to do while in church.

Come join us as we partner with God!
Please visit our webpage www.ShilohBillings.church


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 Lead Pastor – Tyler Amundson

 
My two primary responsibilities as a pastor are coaching leaders and creating community to help each of us see God in our everyday lives.  Shiloh is working with me to increase the interactions of people from different opinions and backgrounds.  We actively pray and work alongside God to create a diverse community to live out the love taught to us by Jesus in our daily practice. I hope you will join us as we work towards this vision of a beloved community working to spread God’s love to our community.
 
My personal passion for ministry is to all ages through preaching, teaching and organizing ways for people to find their connection with our community and God.  I find fulfillment in my work when I hear someone say, “I found God today.”  I encourage people to search for God on a mountaintop, in church, helping someone out, sharing in a small group, or in their own prayer life.  

 

When I am not at work I enjoy playing with my family by growing our garden, going for bike rides or enjoying a great day in Montana.  My own personal interests involve exercise, parenting, biking, and being a computer nerd.