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.

May 27, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE

PLEASE COMPLETE THE READINESS 360 ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF SHILOH ARE INIVTED TO COMPLETE THIS IMPORTANT SURVEY

Complete the “Readiness 360” offered by our Whole Church Initiative team to help us assess our congregations readiness to follow God’s calling. You can do that by going to http://www.shilohbillings.church/whole-church/

Pastor’s Corner – 
People of Shiloh,
 
Our Broken series has been a challenging and deeply rooting journey.  We have touched on some of our deepest pain and sorrow, and in that process discovered “signposts” in scripture and from God’s love to help us journey with our sorrow to new life.  This week is our final Sunday of this series.  When we began the series I had in my mind the Japanese art of Kintsugi as the metaphor for the work we do.
 
Kintsugi is the art by which the Japanese take something broken, like a tea cup or pottery, and instead of discarding it, they pour molten gold into the cracks.  It is believed to use this broken piece of art anew is an honor because the gold highlights its brokenness.  The highlighted brokenness demonstrates the honor that has been presented to the object and the beauty of the piece that has been preserved.  
 
This Memorial Day Sunday as we discuss the challenges of our seemingly broken culture and political system, I invite us to consider Kintsugi as a metaphor.  Our country is broken in many ways, but there are those who have sacrificed in a multitude of ways to bring honor and highlight its brokenness as a sign of the grace of working together.  We as people of Christ believe God redeems even the broken places in the world.  What could it mean to highlight the broken places we feel exist in the world, to honor them and bring wholeness?   If we could love those broken places as God loves us, perhaps we might see something transform.  
 
I look forward to many more journeys with Shiloh, and am thankful for the depths you all have been willing to go to on this leg of our journey.  
 
Enthusiastic Shalom,
 
Pastor Tyler
 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – James 2:1-7, Lamentations 5:16-18

 

 
Broken – Worship Series April 15 – May 27
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  May Newsletter can be found here – http://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates
 
  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am  
  • Office Closed – Monday – Memorial Day
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • Care Givers– Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Office Closed every Friday during the summer
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 here at Shiloh UMC and at 10:30 am at Terry Park

 
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE– This summer we will be continuing with two worship times at 8 am and 10:15 am.  The 8 am service will use Pastor Dave Merkel’s recorded work for music and sermons from Pastors throughout our area. The 10:15 service will continue with our traditional order of service.  There will be 2 special Sundays in the summer when we will participate in “Praise in the Park” with other United Methodist Churches in our area. The first one will be June 3rdat 10:30 am at Terry Park, please bring a lawn chair and a picnic lunch. 
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWSThere is no Sunday school today because of the holiday weekend. During the summer a variety of activities will be provided instead of the Bible lesson taught during the school year.  The schedule for June (held during 2ndservice):
June 3:No Sunday School – Joint worship at Terry Park with EUMC and GUMC
June 4:Veggie Tales Video
June 17:Outdoor Games
June 24:Craft Projects 
 
RELAY FOR LIFE BAKE SALE– The Relay for Life team will be holding a bake sale in the lobby of the First Interstate Bank at the downtown building at 401 N 31stSt. on June 1stfrom 9:00 – 3:00. Anyone who would like to donate baked goods for this sale, please bring them to the church on May 31stbetween 9 am and 12 noon, if this time will not work for you please call Liz either at the office or on her cell phone at 670-6416. 
 
LAWN MOWERS NEEDEDWe still need lawnmowers!! If you can help mow the church lawn, please sign the clipboard in the Fellowship Hall or call the office with the dates you are available.  It takes about 4 hours and training is available.  Thank you for your support.
 
OFFICE CLOSED– Starting Friday, June 1stthe office will be closed every Friday for the summer.
 
MANY THANKS!– The Children and Youth Ministries Committee is charged with the responsibility of providing the means for the population to become disciples for God.  Throughout this past school year many have contributed to this effort by teaching and assisting with Sunday School.  These special people: Buddy and Judy Kastrop, Kent Brewer, Sandi Rogina, Georgia Heffner, Nic Rogina. Crystal Amundson, Linda Stahley, Jen Johnson, Brenda Longin and Peg Parker made this task possible.  Pastor Tyler and Sandi Rogina provided the leadership for our youth group UMYF.  You are all appreciated!
 
FREE STOREA special thank-you is extended to Mission Ridge.  In April, appropriate items that remained after their rummage sale were given to the Free Store (more than a SUV).  This was followed in May with a month-long clothing drive for the Free Store shoppers. 
 
The downsizing of someone’s parent’s home or the emptying of a parent’s residence following a death is such an emotional event.  Recently several in our congregation experienced one or the other of these. Again, the Free Store was the recipient of many items from these situations.  Thank-you for remembering the needs of so many!
 
FATHER’S DAY BREAKFASTThe Relay for Life team will be hosting a Father’s Day Breakfast on June 17that 9:00 am. This will be the last fundraiser for the Relay for Life team and we hope you all will join us.  This will be a great time for everyone from both services to meet and greet.  So please plan on joining us for great food and fellowship.
 
 
“WAFFLES AND WORSHIP”Evangelical UMC is excited to announce that the Conference Trustees have approved a three-year grant to support the church’s efforts to create a new faith community, aimed at engaging Free Store customers and those who care for them!  The current vision is being called “Waffles and Worship” and will involve breakfast, stories, songs and prayer on the second and fourth Saturdays on the month.  Because of the powerful and effective ministry our dedicated Free Store volunteers already offer, the Trustees were able to see the possibility for expanding efforts to provide an on-going alternative worship community.    
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1810 Shiloh Road
Billings, MT 59106
406-656-0050
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May 20, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

Invitation to Sunday Worship
PLEASE COMPLETE THE READINESS 360 ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF SHILOH ARE INIVTED TO COMPLETE THIS IMPORTANT SURVEY

Complete the “Readiness 360” offered by our Whole Church Initiative team to help us assess our congregations readiness to follow God’s calling. You can do that by going to http://www.shilohbillings.church/whole-church/ or it will be offered after worship on May 20.

Where red on Sunday for Pentecost.
Pastor’s Corner – 
A few years ago I stumbled onto a study called the “ACE study.”  ACE stands for adverse childhood experiences.  The study reveals that there were 10 ACEs that children experienced in childhood that had long term effects on the their well-being.  These 10 ACEs are: emotional abuse, emotional neglect, child physical abuse, physical neglect, child sexual abuse, drug addicted or alcoholic family member, incarceration of a family member, loss of apparent to death or abandonment, mentally ill, depressed, or suicidal family member, or witnessing domestic violence against their mother.  It was nothing new to understand that these forms of trauma would have a long term effect on children’s well-being. 
 
What was remarkable about the study is that it demonstrated that children with 4 or more ACEs were at higher risk of mental illness, chronic illness(i.e. COPD or high blood pressure), and early death.  Additionally, Montana was at a higher rate of children with 4 or more ACEs than many other states.  In my work in communities I have found that this study is a form of “secular gospel” that allowed me to share the good news of what a changed life could mean for our children.  ACEs span the racial, financial wealth, and other divides to remind us we have to all do better for our children to thrive. 
 
The final piece of knowledge that arises from this study is that “one positive adult relationship” can make all the difference in helping children become resilient and grow beyond their ACEs.  If there has ever been a calling to be Christ in the world, there it is. 
 
I hope you will join us in worship this Sunday as we learn more about ACEs, or check out https://youtu.be/y-XnBicAdhw or www.healthybydesignyellowstone.org/trauma-informed-care/ to learn more about work happening in Billings. 
 
Enthusiastic Shalom, Pastor Tyler 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – James 5:13-16, Lamentations 3:55-57

 

 
Broken – Worship Series April 15 – May 27
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

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

 
  • Peace with Justice Sunday
  • Birthday Sunday
  • Noisy Offering Sunday
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School -Adventures with God – K-6th  – Sunday at 10:30
  • Relay for Life Meeting – Sunday at 11:30 am
  • Faith & Film – Sunday night at 5:30 pm in the Youth Room
  • 406 Youth United – Sunday – Fun Spiritual Practices – 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm 
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • Everything Happens for A Reason Book Study –Tuesday at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12:00 noon
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am

 
HELP REQUESTED We will need help today at 9:00 am and after 10:15 service to move everything out of the Fellowship Hall, the Nursery and the storage closets in the Fellowship Hall.  If we have lots of help it won’t take too long. We are preparing for the installers to replace the carpet with laminate flooring next week.  Then… we will need help moving it all back Friday (May 25) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Please come and help! Thanks
 
PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY Today is Peace with Justice Sunday.  This is another of the church –wide special Sundays.  Gifts given on “Peace with Justice Sunday” fund programs that advocate for peace and justice in the United States and around the world.
 
LAWN MOWERS NEEDED – We still need lawnmowers!   If you can help mow the church lawn, please sign the clipboard in the Fellowship Hall or call the office with the dates you are available.  It takes about 4 hours and training is available.  Thank you for your help!!!   
 
RELAY FOR LIFEThere is a Relay For Life meeting today, right after second service.  Anyone who would like to be part of this team is welcome to join us as we plan the rest of our team events. 
 
FAITH & FILM – The movie for the May Faith and Film is The Greatest Showman, starting Hugh Jackman who leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical.  Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackson), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle.  This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.  Come join us tonight at 5:30 in the Youth Room.  Run time: 105 minutes. Release date: 2017.  Bring a friend, a snack, or just yourself and as always we will have a discussion after the movie.
 
 
FREE STOREThis past Saturday 71 families were served during the 2.5 hours the Free Store was open and available.  During this same time, the ladies from Shiloh provided a Cinco de Mayo themed meal until they ran out of food!  Some of the “faces” seen Saturday included ladies from Passages; a transitional residency for those about to leave the penal system. Another” face” was a grandmother who is raising two grandchildren and was very needy.  Two young people, carrying all each owned in a backpack, were so grateful for clothing, towels, and other survival items they received.  Your donations and gifts make SUCH a difference!
 
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE – This summer we will be continuing with two worship times at 8 am and 10:15 am.  The 8 am service will use Pastor Dave Merkel’s recorded work for music and sermons from Pastors throughout our area. The 10:15 service will continue with our traditional order of service.  There will be 2 special Sundays in the summer when we will participate in “Praise in the Park” with other United Methodist Churches in our area. The first one will be June 3rd at 10:15 am at Terry Park, please bring a lawn chair and a picnic lunch.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS There is no Sunday school on May 27th because of the holiday weekend. During the summer a variety of activities will be provided instead of the Bible lesson taught during the school year.  The schedule for June (held during 2nd service):
June 3: No Sunday School – Joint worship at Terry Park with EUMC and GUMC
June 4: Veggie Tales Video
June 17: Outdoor Games
June 24: Craft Projects
 
RELAY FOR LIFE BAKE SALE: The Relay for Life team will be holding a bake sale in the lobby of the First Interstate Bank at the downtown building at 401 N 31st St.  Anyone who would like to donate baked goods for this sale, please bring them to the church on May 31st between 9 am and 12 noon. For more information call the office at 656-0050. 
 
“WAFFLES AND WORSHIP” – Evangelical UMC is excited to announce that the Conference Trustees have approved a three-year grant to support the church’s efforts to create a new faith community, aimed at engaging Free Store customers and those who care for them!  The current vision is being called “Waffles and Worship” and will involve breakfast, stories, songs and prayer on the second and fourth Saturdays on the month.  Because of the powerful and effective ministry our dedicated Free Store volunteers already offer, the Trustees were able to see the possibility for expanding efforts to provide an on-going alternative worship community.   
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1810 Shiloh Road
Billings, MT 59106
406-656-0050
Click Here to Email Us
 
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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.