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.

Pastor’s Corner – Sunday December 16, 2018

One of the gifts of being your pastor is the chance to offer resources for spiritual growth. The challenge of being a small church pastor is many times my attention gets drawn in many different directions.  Knowing this, I work hard to collaborate with pastors and church leaders in our local community and beyond to provide you resources.  One way I do this is by writing for a devotional blog called Portico Collective.  For Advent I have contributed two devotions, one that you saw in the bulletin last week.  I invite you to enjoy a portion of a blog from another contributor and if you enjoy these writings, sign up to receive these emails at the link below.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler


The Gift of Saying ‘Yes’
Back in my thirties, I had no interest in listening to a sermon or doing anything for the church. I would go to worship Sundays while my wife sang in the choir, but I’d sit in the back so that, as soon as the service was over, I could make a beeline straight for my car. That changed one day when — even though I didn’t read the Bible or have any desire to spend more time at church in a small group — I reluctantly said “yes” to a personal invitation to attend a Sunday school class.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that nudge I received to say “yes” that day triggered a string of more yeses. And the people I met in that class built a foundation for me to grow in my faith journey.
I am now leading a Sunday school class. I’m also heavily involved in leading a men’s group, ushering, participating in committees, mentoring confirmation youth and attending worship in the sanctuary without feeling the need to run as soon as it’s over.
I’ve also developed some meaningful, long-lasting relationships with other church members  — all because I said “yes,” stepped outside my comfort zone and attend a Sunday school class one given morning.
I believe every “yes” we offer has the potential give us a life-fulfilling experience.
Of course, that doesn’t mean saying “yes” is always going to be easy. Saying “yes” to something or someone means your life is going to change because, inevitably, your agreement includes a commitment of time. But one thing I have learned over the years of saying “yes” is that a commitment of time is also a commitment of love. We say “yes” as an expression of our love for God, our neighbors and ourselves…
— Bob Pacanowski
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Our study series for December will be focused on This Is US, as we understand how we as a people find ourselves as characters in this story of God’s love being born into the world..  Click to watch the intro video.
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

Monthly Newsletter can be found here – http://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

  • Worship Service –Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Craft and Bake Sale –Sunday
  • Adult Choir practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir practice for the Children’s Choir-Sunday at 9:45 am
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • 406 Youth United– Christmas party 
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover  – Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am 
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Writers Group – Wednesday at 9:30 am
  • Shiloh History– Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am.

 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE – ENDS SundayThis year we have added a silent auction. Our own Carrie Anderson has four of her paintings available. The bids will close on December 16th at 10 am. Come and see what other items are available during this event sponsored by the Children and Youth Ministries Committee. Bring items to sell or buy, buy, buy!
 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church will start again in January.This is family-friendly worship with a light meal.  Please sign-up in the Lobby for preparing Messy Church meals for this community outreach ministry. 
 
FREE STOREHow heartwarming to see how many people stood up Sunday indicating their involvement with the Free Store. If you would like to make a monetary donation, a check can be written to SUMC with “Free Store” written on the “For” line.  That amount will be forwarded to the Free Store account.  Time, items, money: all needed components for this successful mission. Thank you!
 
MISSIONS GIVING TREE–   We would like to thank everyone for all their help making the Giving Tree such a success.  When we left church, the tree was full of cards.  When we came back to work on Monday, December 3rd, there was not one card left on the tree. The large box by the tree for pantry items for both Tumbleweed and Independence Hall was full and flowing over onto the floor. As always your generosity has been fantastic!  Thank you for everything that you all did to make this a success.  
 
CHRISTMAS GREETINGSShare warm Christmas greetings with your Shiloh family and save on postage at the same time.  There are stockings hanging from the garland in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a stocking for your family and add it to the others. We will post a list of the names and everyone can bring their cards in and put one in each stocking. 
 
BLUE CHRISTMASThe holiday season can be hard for some… you may experience loneliness, sadness, loss or you just may feel overwhelmed.  You are not alone.  First United Methodist Church invites you to a time of quite, candlelight, and music, an offer of comfort, healing and hope for burdens that you may carry.  A Blue Christmas service will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  All are invited to this service.
 
CHOIR SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER– December 16th– Choir practice at 9:15 am and we will be singing for 2ndservice.  December 23rd– the choir will be sing at both services (8:00 and10:15 am).  December 24th– the choir will sing at the 7:00 pm service.
 
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL? Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby on the Volunteer table if you can help with snow removal this winter.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDRENS’ PAGEANTCome-As-You-Are Pageant–5:00 pm.  This is for any child to come and be  in a pageant.  Children can arrive as early at 4:30 pm to get costumes.  We will begin our service at 5:00 pm with hymns and telling the story of Christmas.  Children will enter to create the nativity scene in all its controlled chaos.  We invite all children who want to participate to join us. 
 
CHRISTMAS EVE – CANDLELIGHT SERVICES -7 & 9 PMNight of Wonder – Merry Christmas.  Candlelight services will reflect the story of Jesus and celebrate love born into the world.  There will be deep storytelling brought through readings, song and hymns.  We invite you to join us as we gather to celebrate the light of Christ born among us. 
 
YARN NEEDED!!! Hope UMC has a yarn ministry.  They donate yarn to the Women’s Prison and teach the inmates how to knit.  Then, they take the yarn and turn it into gloves and hats.  Another church has asked them to knit 30 lap robes so muchmore yarn is needed. If you have any leftover yarn, please think about donating to this great ministry. 
 
SYMBOLS OF OUR FAITH– Many symbols of Christmas have been added to the  church in the past couple weeks, the Chrismons (the symbols of Christ) on the tree, the wreath symbolizing life everlasting, the star leading to the “Light of the World”, and the 3 trees sparking the thought of the Trinity. Let us not forget why Christ came into the world. Jesus was a Jew and so were his parents. He came to fulfill the prophesies written 700 years before in the Jewish scriptures Jesus knew well. It was the belief in one God of His forefather Abraham that created a nation. That nation scattered across the known world allowed Christianity to grow as they opened their synagogues to the Apostles. So Sunday, we remember the faith journey of God’s chosen people that leads us all to Christ. If you want to know more about the symbols ask Norma Smith, Brandy Hansen, or Pastor Tyler.
 


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Pastor’s Corner – Sunday, December 9, 2018

Romans 5:5 Common English Bible (CEB)
This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
 
I would rather complain about my problems than fix them.  There it is, my confession.  I know in my heart of hearts that the best way to bring resolution is to let the Holy Spirit loose, because my needs will always seem the best way to solve any problem.  The gospel tells us something very different.  It tells us to “Love God and others” and then God’s spirit will transform the world.  
 
I am an extrovert, which means the best way to fix problems must be to hash it out with whoever is near. God often disagrees.  Recently, at a retreat, I was given 1 hour of silence after each session.  This is an extrovert’s nightmare, and simultaneously God’s dream.  In the terror of silence offered to me I wandered to the lakeshore. I this sense of being asked to sit on a rock.  Not the most comfortable seat, but occasionally I can compromise, when God asks.  
 
As I sat squirming in silence, I began to notice a shape in the water.  The rocks, liquid, light, and plants converged to form what seemed to be a hand laying open on the bottom of the lake.  In my fidgeting I had picked up a rock began to poor all of the thoughts around a problem in my life that I had not been able to complain away.  A problem caused by people, agitated by humans, and something terran knowledge would never be able to heal.  Quietly God invited me to place the pain filled rock in her fluidic hand.
 
I still think complaining about my problems is more fun, as I consider the Spirit’s silence.  This season of Advent as we wait for Christ, consider the opportunity to sit in silence as a spiritual practice.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
 
Watch Our Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
 
Our study series for December will be focused on This Is US, as we understand how we as a people find ourselves as characters in this story of God’s love being born into the world..  Click to watch the intro video.
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

Monthly Newsletter can be found here – http://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

 
  • Worship Service –Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Craft and Bake Sale –Sunday
  • Soup Making –Sunday in the Goodman Padgett Hall at 9:00 am
  • Adult Choir practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir practice for the Children’s Choir-Sunday at 9:45 am
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • 406 Youth United– Sunday at 4:00 – 6:00  pm 
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover  – Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am 
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Messy Church – Tuesday at 5:00 pm
  • Aging Well – Wednesday  at 12 noon – 1:30 pm
  • Shiloh History– Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Finance Meeting- Thursday at 5:30 pm
  • Church Council –Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • SPRC and Trustees –Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am.

 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE – This Sunday and Next SundayThis year we have added a silent auction. Our own Carrie Anderson has four of her paintings available. The bids will close on December 15th at 10 am. Come and see what other items are available during this event sponsored by the Children and Youth Ministries Committee. Bring items to sell or buy, buy, buy!
 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church will be held Tuesday, December 11th at 5:30 pm at the churchhave a Birthday party for Jesus and decorate cookiesThis is family-friendly worship with a light meal. Please sign-up in the Lobby for preparing Messy Church meals for this community outreach ministry. 
 
FREE STOREIf you have any Christmas items you no longer use, including artificial Christmas trees, the Free Store certainly will pass them on.  The Free Store is open December 15th. On that day we will create a Toy Wonderland where the children choose a toy from those that have been donated. We are always short of items for boys and infants.  These do not have to be new.  Any donations will make such a difference.  Thank you.
 
AGING WELL– Join us for Christmas carols and good food on Wednesday,December 12that Noon.  We will join in the joy through song and music… carols, hymns, chimes and bells. Join us as we gather to lift our voices at the most wonderful time of the year.  RSVPs are appreciated to assist with no cost lunch sponsors: (406) 656-0050 or email liz@shilohbillings.church.
 
MISSIONS GIVING TREE–   We would like to have all gifts and cards to the church by Wednesday, December 12th. There is also a large box by the tree for pantry items for both Tumbleweed and Independence Hall. They are requesting easy-to-go and single serve items such as individual packs of oatmeal, individual packs of Ramen noodles, snack packs, trail mix packets, protein bars, fruit snack bars, and jerky. Thank you for your help.
 
CHRISTMAS GREETINGSShare warm Christmas greetings with your Shiloh family and save on postage at the same time.  There are stockings hanging from the garland in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a stocking for your family and add it to the others. We will post a list of the names and everyone can bring their cards in and put one in each stocking. 
 
CHIOR SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER– December 9th– Choir practice at 9:15 am but we will not be singing, just practicing.  December 16th– Choir practice at 9:15 am and we will be singing for 2ndservice.  December 23rd– the choir will be sing at both services (8:00 and10:15 am).  December 24th– the choir will sing at the 7:00 pm service.
 
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL-Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby on the Volunteer table is you can help with snow removal this winter.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDRENS’ PAGENTCome-As-You-Are Pageant–5:00 pm.  This is for any child to come and be  in a pageant.  Children can arrive as early at 4:30 pm to get costumes.  We will begin our service at 5:00 pm with hymns and telling the story of Christmas.  Children will enter to create the nativity scene in all its controlled chaos.  We invite all children who want to participate to join us. 
 
CHRISTMAS EVE – CANDLELIGHT SERVICES -7 &9 PM Night of Wonder – Merry Christmas.  Candlelight services will reflect the story of Jesus and celebrate love born into the world.  There will be deep storytelling brought through readings, song and hymns.  We invite you to join us as we gather to celebrate the light of Christ born among us. 
 
YARN NEEDED!!!– Hope UMC has a yarn ministry.  They donate yarn to the Women’s prison and teach the inmates how to knit.  Then, they take the yarn and turn it into gloves and hats.  Another church has asked them to knit 30 lap robes so muchmore yarn is needed. If you have any leftover yarn, please think about donating to this great ministry. 
 
SYMBOLS OF OUR FAITH– Our Worship Environment volunteers seek to deepen our faith through symbols.  The tree ornaments are Chrismons (the symbols of Christ), the wreath shares the ongoing circle of everlasting life, and look for Joseph and Mary on their way to the stable. Behind them sits the scripture of Isaiah’s prophecy about a Messiah. If you want to know more about the symbols ask Norma Smith, Brandy Hansen, or Pastor Tyler.
 
 

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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.