Blessing of the Backpacks – Pastor’s Corner for Sunday August 25, 2019

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People of Shiloh,
Education has long been a centerpiece of the Methodist tradition.  Going back to John and Charles Wesley who received a strong education from their mother Susanna.  Susanna had an incredible education background for a woman in her era.  Susanna knew several languages, knew the Bible well, and passed on this vast knowledge to her children.   In Montana, Methodists have long worked for education, one great example is the founding of the college that is now Rocky Mountain College.  As Methodist people we believe that people can change the world when empowered through a good education and with the support of a Holy Spirit filled community.
In this spirit, it is important for us to continue learning how we can help our community support education.  The best way for us to do this is by learning to be missional and connecting with our schools. 

  1. Describing an act of sharing God’s love in the community.
  2. Existing as part of the above act.

Today, during worship we are going to be missional in several ways. 

  1. We are going to bless the backpacks of our students heading back to school and supplies we send to the schools.  We want our children to know that we care about their education and that we are supporting them as they learn.  
  2. Second, we will take a student offering to support students through scholarships administered by our United Methodist connection.  This shows we support people connecting with knowledge in our global community.  
  3. Finally, we will be invited to write letters to educators and staff in our schools.  A form letter can be found at

Grace and Peace, 
Pastor Tyler

Labor Day Weekend 
We will have one service at 9am, the blessing of the animals.  Bring a pet that is good in public or a picture of your animal and we will offer blessings for the pets in our lives.  
  • Sunday is Blessing of the back packs and school supplies!!!
  • Sunday is United Methodist Student Sunday 
  • Sunday is Soup Making after the first service
  • Adult Bible Study– Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Coffee with the Pastor –Sunday at 11:30 am
  • Safe Sanctuary Training – Monday at 6:00 pm
  • Shiloh’s Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Church Calendaring Meeting –Thursday August 28 at 6:00 pm
  • Sandwich making – Friday August 30 at noon.
  • Food Bank Sunday –September 1
  • Blessing of the Animals –Labor Day Sunday at 9:00 am (ONLY ONE SERVICE)

SAFE SANCTUARY TRAININGMonday, August 26 and Thursday, September 5 at 6:00 pm we will be holding a Safe Sanctuary Training class.  Pizza and child care will be provided. This training is required for anyone helping with Youth Group and Sunday school. Contact Pastor Tyler for more information.
CHURCH CALENDARING MEETING– If you are one of those people who plan activities at the church, we welcome you to the church calendaring meeting on Thursday night at 6:00 pm.  Bring your plans and proposed dates and let’s put them on the calendar!   
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALSBlessing of the animals will be next week (September 1)after the 9:00 service.  Bring your pets or a picture to worship.  We will have a blessing for them.  Even animals too big to fit inside our building can come and we will bless them outside.  There will be only 1 service that day
FOOD BANK SUNDAY – Food Bank Sunday is on September 1.  This is a chance to donate food to the Billings Food Bank. They can always use peanut butter, jelly, mac and cheese, pasta, canned vegetables, single serving meals, shelf milk and many other items. There is a huge need in our community to help people who have little or no food.
WELCOME BACK SUNDAY!– We invite you to join us on September 8as we welcome everyone back to church. We will celebrate the day with a pot luck lunch after the second service. The church will furnish the fried chicken and drinks, please bring a side dish to share.  There will be lots of activities for the kids (bounce house, singing some VBS songs, and enjoying time with their church friends), during and after worship, a blessing of our new UMCOR/SUMC Shed and information about things you can do to engage your faith this coming year. We hope to see you September 8!

SHILOH UMC CHOIR– I would like to personally invite you to sing with the SUMC Choir this season.  We are an open group of people who enjoy lifting our voices to enhance and guide the worship experience. Our choir members all started without knowing their part and learned by practicing Sunday mornings prior to worship. My desire for you as a choir member is that you have a beautiful learning experience, have fun (yes, we laugh plenty), and learn to read and understand music more clearly if you don’t already know.   We will start Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9:15 am. If you have questions contact me, Dave Merkel, at
ONE MORE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALEWe are having one morecommunity garage sale in the parking lot at Shiloh United Methodist Church onSeptember 14.  Each booth space is $10.00 which gives you 2 parking spaces.  Set up is from 6am – 8am and the sale is from 8am – 2pm. You sell your own items and keep the money you make. There are also vendor spots available and a couple of food trucks will accompany us. To register call Brenda at 256-5535 or Jen at 671-5770. Proceeds from the space rentals go the Children and Youth Programs.
ATTENTION ALL BAKERSThe Sunday School will be having a bake sale and lemonade stand in the church parking lot on September 14 from 8 am to noon.  If you love to bake and would like to donate your goodies we would be so appreciative. Please contact Brenda at 256-5535 to make arrangements to drop off your baked goods if outside normal church hours. Thank you! We hope to see you there!
PARENTS MEETINGParents of Sunday Schoolers and the Children and Youth committee will meet in the Padget Goodman Hall after church on September 15.
UMCOR HYGIENE KITSIf you are still working on your UMCOR Hygiene kits at home, please turn them in by Labor Day Sunday.  The kits are scheduled to leave here right after church that day for the trip to Salt Lake.  Thank you for all your help.
NEEDED: AGING WELL COORDINATOR– We are still looking for someone to coordinate our Aging Well programs.  Training is available and you will not be on your own, Pastor Tyler and the staff will be here to help you!  Please contact Tyler or the church office if you are interested. 
CHURCH PICTURE DIRECTORY– We will be doing a picture directory of our church family this fall… stay tuned for details. 
MISSING BOWL –  We had a great big metal bowl under the counter with all the other bowls.  This bowl missing and the other bowls miss him, plus I need it when I am getting the beans ready for the soup mixes.  Award offered for his return.   

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