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Shiloh E-Pistle for Thursday, June 4, 2020

A weekly video message from Pastor Tyler.  

People of Shiloh,

I write to you with a weary heart from the struggles we have faced and continue to see in the earthly place we call home.  I am weary from the countless changes we have faced in our daily lives.  The tug and pull back and forth from concern of disease, to the everyday pieces of life.  I am weary of the reality that our country is not safe for neighbors just because of their skin color.  I am weary, but I must remember in my weariness that I am not as exhausted as those who have lost their jobs in this time, those who have been reminded once again that they may not be safe on their own street, and those who fear death everyday.   I am not dead yet, and even if I was, I believe in a God of resurrection.  

 

Like Moses, we may feel like he did when he was in the depths of doubt and uncertainty of his vocation.  We may feel like running away to some wilderness to herd sheep and find the life we think we want.  However, we are here and now.  

 

Our vocation as Christian people is to know that God’s work of justice is not done until God says it is done.  Many prophets are emerging in this age, and false prophets too.  I encourage us to listen for those who speak like the prophet Micah to remind us of our role in this world.  

 

He has told you, human one, what is good and

        what the Lord requires from you:

            to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (Common English Bible)

 

In the coming weeks me and my colleagues will be sharing messages of Hope with you all.  Hope is not a method, but it is where we begin our faith in confident expectation.  We will hear about race again, and if you feel weary remember there are others falling exhausted and even dying.  We will hear about the need for neighboring again in changing times, and if you feel weary remember others are unable to leave their homes.  When you feel weary, do this:  Remind yourself that it is not just about you.  Then take some time to rest, and remember the dream preached by a young preacher from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We aren’t there yet, but we can get there with God.

 

Spirit Filled Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

PS – Please consider taking time to fill out the form we have shared the last few weeks.  We will have Drive-In Worship once a month, and online the rest of the month.  The small groups will create ways for people to connect, pray, and fellowship.  The groups will be 6-8 in size and will be in-person and online as people need.  We will not be back in our sanctuary this summer for worship.  I will be organizing the groups this next week, and we will begin communicating with you all soon.    Form is found at www.shilohbillings.church/summer-worship-2020/ just click on the summer worship picture.

 

COVID-19  
We continue to monitor the situation as Montana opens in phases. Because we are committed to the health and safety of all, especially our most vulnerable of God’s children.  In Phase 2 we will be shifting to a model of online and small group worship, intermixed with parking lot worship. Please check back for updates and be sure to join us online for our weekly worship services.

Our Covid-19 protocol and building use guidelines can be found here: www.shilohbillings.church/covid-19/

Our leadership is meeting next week to discuss our next steps for worship.

Updates on worship be posted to www.shilohbillings.church/summer-worship-2020/

Please read below about our drive in worship June 7.


Shiloh UMC – June 7, 2020 at 10:30am

We had a great time last week worshiping with other Billings Methodists from the parking lot and the lawn at Shiloh.  This week we will hold Drive-In Church at Shiloh UMC for our congregation. If you are not comfortable with “in person” worship, on-line worship will be available every week.  As you enter the parking lot, you will be given a bulletin, individual communion elements and other goodies by volunteers wearing a mask and gloves.

Please enter the lot from Avenue C Only!  The Shiloh Road entrance will be blocked off until after worship.    

If you want to watch from your car:  Park in the parking lot facing north (toward the rims) and tune your radio to FM 88.5.  

If you want to watch from the lawn:  Park in the back of the parking lot (near the mini mall) or on the lawn near the back fence (west side).  Sit in one of the designated areas on the east lawn with immediate family members.  Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. 

Guidelines for safe worship

  • Anyone showing symptoms of sickness should remain home.
  • No passing of offering plates or anything else (including communion elements) from car to car, or people to people.
  • Receive and exchange of items will happen with gloved and masked volunteers as people come into worship.
  • Electronic giving or mailing offerings are requested.
  • With the permission of a volunteer, use of church bathrooms will be permitted. Since they will not be sanitized between uses, you will be using them at your own risk.  
  • Attendees are asked to stay inside vehicles at all times if they do not choose to sit on the lawn.
  • For individuals wanting to sit in the lawn area, they must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other households at all times. They are responsible for bringing their own lawn chairs and blankets.
  • Those who sit on the lawn are asked to wear a mask to protect others as we sing during worship.
  • Attendees should not interact physically with clergy, staff or participants in other vehicles or spaces. 
  • Vehicles should contain only members of a single household. Do not bring your neighbors or others outside of your household. 

Free Store Drive

We invite you to bring the items requested in the Free Store GIVE AWAY BAGS article above.  Please hand them out your window as you enter the parking lot on Sunday.  

Come enjoy social-distanced worship with us!


If you appreciate Shiloh’s either spiritual or tangible work, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  
or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
Thank you for supporting our work.

Sunday Worship

Pick a way to join us for worship on Sundays:

We will hold Drive-in Church at 10:30 am this week.  Please consider joining us.

Or Join us online at 10:30 am for worship on Facebook or Youtube.  Visit our website to access either platform.

Shiloh UMC News for June 4

NEW TIME Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – Sundays at 8:45 am. If you would like to join the class, call the office for details.

Adult Bible Study for Women – What the Women Saw” – Tuesday at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in joining this group, call the office for details.

New Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Extraordinary Women” – Starts on Sunday, June 28, at 8:45 am. If you are interested in joining this class, call the office for details. 

Aging Well – Pollinator-Friendly Gardens – Mark your calendars for Aging Well on Wednesday, June 10 at 11:30 am. The Yellowstone Valley Beekeepers will be here to tell us how to make our gardens more pollinator friendly. Most of this one will be outside so please dress accordingly.    

Caregivers – The caregivers will start meeting in person next week.

Church Building is not open to the congregation – Although we will start holding some small group meetings at the church, the front door will be locked when not in use.  We ask that you wear a mask when you visit the church. 

Donation Drive for the Homeless – Hope United Methodist Church is doing a Donation Drive for those without homes in our community. They especially need underwear, socks, bras (sports bras are best) and femine hygiene products. All donations will be taken to St. Vincent de Paul, a local charity that assists the homeless in Billings. The date of the drive is Saturday, June 6 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  You can drop your donations off at Hope UMC at 244 Wicks Lane in the Heights. If you have any questions you can call the office at 656-0050. 

Drive-In Church – Join us for Drive-In Church THIS SUNDAY at 10:30 am at Shiloh UMC. It’ll be fun!! Come enjoy social distanced worship with us! Here’s what you need to know about Drive-In Church:

  • You can always watch on-line service from the comfort of your home (every week) if you are more comfortable with that.

  • You can watch the service from your car (audio through an FM station).  Park in the lot faced north (toward the rims).

  • You can watch the service from designated social-distanced spots on the lawn. Bring your own blanket/chairs. Park at the back of the lot closest to the mini mall or on the lawn by the back fence.   

  • Please follow all the social distancing guidelines.

  • Future dates for drive-in church @ Shiloh (on-line worship is available every week)

    • July 12

    • August 9

    • September 6

DVD Players Available – We have heard from several folks that they do not have access to the internet so have not been able to enjoy on-line worship. Many thanks to the Visitation Team, we have purchased several DVD players that will be delivered to those folks. If you would like one, please let the office know.    

Free Store GIVE AWAY BAG Donations Needed! – The Free Store has not been open since Governor Bullock’s guidelines were issued. This past month two volunteers, Judy and Janet, have put together GIVE AWAY BAGS. The contents are sex and size specific and contain: top, bottom, underwear, socks.  A small toy is included for the children and toiletries are included. Since they have been made available, more than a dozen bags have been given away to those who came to the church requesting specific needs. The majority of the requested bags have been for children. The following donations new or used (clean) are needed:

JEANS: Girls, Boys and Men – All Sizes

SHORTS: Girls, Boys – All Sizes

SUMMER TOPS: Girls – All Sizes

COLORED T-SHIRTS: Boys – All Sizes

UNDERWEAR AND SOCKS: Girls, Boys – All Sizes

Please mark your donation: Give Away Bags and bring them to Shiloh, not EUMC. Bring them to Drive-In Church on Sunday or place them in the box next to the front door of the church. The Free Store is SO grateful to be able to continue to execute this ministry during difficult times. Thank you so much for your support.

iPhones Needed – We are in need of ONE iPhone 6 or newer in order to enhance our live-stream experience. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact the church and we will make arrangements to get it. Thank you in advance. 

Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed – If you are available to volunteer to mow the lawn once or twice this season. The schedule is almost full! Call Toby Stapleton (406-671-1643) to sign up. 

Mask Making! Want to Help? Instructions are available on our website. Several members of our congregation are making masks. Darlene Newstrom has shifted her team from making mittens to making masks. They are in need of cotton fabric and ¼ inch elastic to meet this need. If you have these items available, please place them in the box next to the front door of the church. We will get them to the team. 

Music With Judy… Judy Frank is providing short stories and tunes weekly. Each video shares the story of how a song of our faith came to be and includes the tune itself. We hope you can use this to understand the depth of the music of our faith. Please take advantage of the videos through our Facebook page. So far, she has shared videos about “Standing on the Promises”, “Precious Lord”, and “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”. 

Prayer Team – If you have a prayer you would like to share, please fill out a prayer card on our website, call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings.Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you. We are checking all these sources every day and sending them on to the prayer team and Pastor Tyler.

Sandwich Ministry – Our sandwich ministry is suspended right now.  We’ve heard there are several organizations looking for sandwiches so we will incorporate that into our Missional Small Groups that will start up this summer.  More details later.  

Small Group Meetings – Some small groups are beginning to gather in the church. All will be asked to wear masks and will be required to sanitize the area when they leave. Please call the office and request a meeting time so it can be added to the church calendar.  

Summer Worship Survey – Please don’t forget to fill out your summer worship survey! Based on your feedback, Pastor Tyler will create opportunities for you to connect with others and with God this summer.  https://shilohbillings.breezechms.com/form/3cfb8f

Vacation Bible School – We are planning on holding Vacation Bible School with First UMC again this year.  It will be, mostly outside, at Shiloh and is tentatively scheduled for August 3-6 from 9am – 12pm.  More details later.

Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
We hope you join us this June as we explore Hope: Living with Confident Expectation.  We will explore how hope is the foundation for faith, not a plan, but where we begin from.  

 

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Shiloh E-Pistle for Thursday, May 28, 2020

A weekly video message from Pastor Tyler.  

People of Shiloh, 

In front of our church sits a rock that reminds us each of the call of our ministry as disciples of Jesus Christ.  It goes something like this…

“I will pour out my Spirit

    on every kind of people:

Your sons will prophesy,

    also your daughters;

Your young ones will see visions,

    your old ones dream dreams.”

 

The prophet is calling us to know that we are a part of the unfolding of God’s kingdom through even the challenging times.  That God will use our imaginations, our soul, our bodies and our being to help do this work.  I share this scripture with you because it is shared in the book of the prophet Joel and again in the Acts passage for Pentecost.  And as if those who placed the rock knew, it is the kind of understanding we need for a time such as this.  

 

This summer we are going to be worshipping in creative ways, to maintain our community connection and to be a people of God in this age.  

 

Drive In Worship starts this Sunday, May 31 at 10:30am and wear red for Pentecost.  We will have additional drive in worship services this summer at 10:30am on June 7, July 12, August 9 and September 6.  These services will provide the opportunity for you to park and stay in your car listening to worship on FM 88.5 or sit on the lawn physically distanced from others.  

 

Also, we will be organizing small group worship for others.  This will allow you to meet for a message, prayer, fellowship and communion.  More details on these groups can be found at www.shilohbillings.church/summer-worship-2020/  We ask that all members of Shiloh fill out this form found at https://shilohbillings.breezechms.com/form/3cfb8f.  This will help us know your interest, when in the week you are available, your comfort level with in person or not.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this.  

 

We are a people of God living through challenging times, but like this scripture says, “God is with us.”  God is with us as we imagine our new future, and we are in a company of the saints who have lived through challenging times before us. 

 

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

COVID-19  
We continue to monitor the situation as Montana opens in phases. Because we are committed to the health and safety of all, especially our most vulnerable of God’s children.  In Phase 2 we will be shifting to a model of online and small group worship, intermixed with parking lot worship. Please check back for updates and be sure to join us online for our weekly worship services.  Our leadership is meeting next week to discuss our next steps.Updates will be posted to www.shilohbillings.church/summer-worship-2020/

Please read below about our first drive in worship May 31, on Pentecost listed below.

 


If you appreciate Shiloh’s either spiritual or tangible work, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  
or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
Thank you for supporting our work.

Sunday Worship

Pick a way to join us for worship on Sundays:

We will hold Drive-in Church at 10:30 am @ Shiloh the next two weeks! 

Or Join us online at 10:30 am for worship on Facebook or Youtube.  Visit our website to access either platform.

Shiloh UMC News for May 28

 

Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – Sundays at 1:00 pm. If you would like to join the class, call the office for details.

Adult Bible Study for Women – What the Women Saw” – Tuesday at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in joining this group, call the office for details.

New Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Extraordinary Women” – Starts on June 28 at 1:00 pm. If you are interested in joining this class, call the office for details. 

Aging Well – Pollinator-Friendly Gardens – Mark your calendars for Aging Well on June 10 at 11:30 am. The Yellowstone Valley Beekeepers will be here to tell us how to make our gardens more pollinator friendly. Most of this one will be outside so please dress accordingly.    

Caregivers – The caregivers will start meeting in person starting next week.

Church Building is not open to the congregation – Although we will start holding some small group meetings at the church, the front door will be locked when not in use.  We ask that you wear a mask when you visit the church. 

Communion and Devotion Call – Our next Communion and Devotion Call will be May 28 at 6:00 pm. See next week’s update for details. 

Community Garden Boxes – There is only 1 Left! The cost is only $15 this year. Please contact David Prewitt (757-880-6568) or Buddy Kastrop (406-698-0783) to put your name on the remaining spot.

Donation Drive for the Homeless – Hope United Methodist Church is doing a Donation Drive for those without homes in our community. They especially need underwear, socks, bras (sports bras are best) and femine hygiene products. All donations will be taken to St. Vincent de Paul, a local charity that assists the homeless in Billings. The date of the drive is Saturday, June 6 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  You can drop your donations off at Hope UMC at 244 Wicks Lane in the Heights. If you have any questions you can call the office at 656-0050. 

Drive-In Church – Mark your calendars and watch this update about Drive-In Church THIS SUNDAY (May 31 – Pentecost Sunday) at 10:30 am at Shiloh UMC. It’ll be fun!! Come enjoy social distanced worship with us! Here’s what you need to know:

 

  • Enter the parking lot only from Avenue C. There will be a pickup there to collect items for the Food Bank (see the article below).
  • Exit the parking lot only onto Shiloh Road.

  • You can watch the service from your car (audio through an FM station)

  • You can watch the service from designated social-distanced spots on the lawn. Bring your own blanket/chairs. 

  • Please follow all the social distancing guidelines.

  • After service, we will show off our Pentecost Red as we drive down Shiloh to the Zoo. Then you can head home or off to lunch!

  • Future dates for drive in church @ Shiloh

    • June 7

    • July 12

    • August 9

    • September 6

 

DVD Players Available – We have heard from several folks that they do not have access to the internet so have not been able to enjoy on-line worship. Many thanks to the Visitation Team, we have purchased several DVD players that will be delivered to those folks.  d

Food Drive This Week – Some folks have asked what else they can do, we are holding a food drive at Drive-In Church this Sunday.  There will be a pickup at the entrance for your donations.  Special requests are: canned fruit and vegetables, rice, pasta, canned meat, all sizes zip lock bags, brown lunch sacks, canned tomato products, ramen, and individual items for lunches. 

Free Store – The Free Store is closed and is asking us to hold our donations. Donations that are dropped off at EUMC will have to be placed in the garbage. We will have the UMCOR shed open during next week’s Drive-in Church to accept your donations.   

Graduating High School Seniors – We have three graduating High School Seniors this year. Congratulations to Reese Lester, Caelen Madden and Alyssa Munson. We are so proud that you are part of our church and we wish you the very best in whatever you do. Congratulations from your church family. 

iPhones Needed – We are in need of TWO iPhone 6 or newer in order to enhance our live-stream experience. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact the church and we will make arrangements to get it. Thank you in advance. 

 Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed – If you are available to volunteer to mow the lawn once a week once or twice this season. The schedule is almost full! Please call Toby Stapleton (406-671-1643) to sign up. 

Mask Making! Want to Help? Instructions are available on our website. Several members of our congregation are making masks. Darlene Newstrom has shifted her team from making mittens to making masks. They are in need of cotton fabric and ¼ inch elastic to meet this need. If you have these items available, please place them in the box next to the front door of the church. We will get them to the team. 

Music With Judy… Judy Frank is providing short stories and tunes weekly. Each video shares the story of how a song of our faith came to be and includes the tune itself. We hope you can use this to understand the depth of the music of our faith. Please take advantage of the videos through our Facebook page. So far, she has shared videos about “Standing on the Promises”, “Precious Lord”, and “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”. 

Prayer Team – If you have a prayer you would like to share, please fill out a prayer card on our website, call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings.Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you. We are checking all these sources every day and sending them on to the prayer team and Pastor Tyler.

Sandwich Ministry – Our sandwich ministry is suspended right now.  We’ve heard there are several organizations looking for sandwiches so we will incorporate that into our Missional Small Groups that will start up this summer.  More details later.  

Small Group Meetings – Some small groups are beginning to gather in the church. All will be asked to wear masks and will be required to sanitize the area when they leave.  

Summer Worship Survey – Please don’t forget to fill out your summer worship survey! Based on your feedback, Pastor Tyler will create opportunities for you to connect with others and with God this summer.  

Vacation Bible School – We are planning on holding Vacation Bible School with First UMC again this year.  It will be, mostly outside, at Shiloh and is tentatively scheduled for August 3-6 from 9am – 12pm.  More details later. 

 

Warren Frank – Thank You!! – Thanks to Warren Frank for participating in Sunday’s Memorial Day celebration by playing “Taps” from his balcony.  Great picture of you Warren!!
 

Drive In Church Information

May 31, 2020 –  Pentecost

We will be gathering in an intentional and safe way this summer for worship several times.  Using God’s backdrop of Montana’s outdoors as our worship space.

Please enter on Avenue C,  1810 Shiloh Road, Billings, 59106

Those gathering to worship will have two options.  
  1. Stay in their cars in the parking lot and listen to worship on their FM radios.  
  2. Sit on the lawn with immediate family, bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Spaces will be marked off. Please park on the lawn to the back of the building.
  Guidelines for safe worship
  • Anyone showing symptoms of sickness should remain home.
  • No passing of offering plates or anything else (including communion elements) from car to car, or people to people.
  • Receive and exchange of items will happen with gloved and masked volunteers as people come into worship.
  • Electronic giving or mailing offerings are requested.
  • No use of public bathrooms will be permitted.
  • Attendees are asked to stay inside vehicles at all times if they do not choose to sit on the lawn.
  • For individuals wanting to sit in the lawn area, they must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other households at all times. They are responsible for bringing their own lawn furniture, and blankets.
  • Those who would like to sit on the lawn are asked to wear a mask to protect others as we sing during worship.
  • Attendees should not interact physically with clergy, staff or participants in other vehicles or spaces. 
  • Vehicles should contain only members of a single household. Do not bring your neighbors or others outside of your household. 
  •  Food Drive
  • We invite you to bring food for our local food banks.  We will ask you to hand food out your window to a masked and gloved volunteer as you drive into the parking lot at Shiloh.
  •  After Church – Pentecost Parade
  • After worship will we drive down Shiloh Road to the Zoo, honking our horns and displaying red out our windows.  Celebrating the Holy Spirit sending us out.  After you get to the Zoo, head on your way to your next thing at home or getting lunch.
 

Come enjoy social distanced worship with us!

Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
We hope you will join us as we explore what it means to live our faith in this time. We explore the stories of the Christians after the ressurection and prepare for what God is calling us to next.

We will ask you to share where you are in God’s journey of faith by using hashtags: #BillingsMethodists #LivingGod #LivingHistory

This first week share with us when you have journeyed with Jesus and didn’t know it. Share those in comments, videos, or pictures. Use the hashtags.

 

Join us on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:30am. Click on the picture above.

 
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Shiloh E-pistle for Thursday, May 21, 2020

A weekly video message from Pastor Tyler.  

Pastor’s Corner for May 21

People of Shiloh,

Last week in prayer and dialogue, our Church Council discussed and discerned what worship should look like over the summer in light of COVID-19.  The challenge we prayerfully tackled is that even in Phase 2 of reopening, many of our congregation fall in the most vulnerable and are encouraged to avoid large groups.  Prior to the meeting, I spent time studying other congregations across the country, and in our local area and praying with our scriptures.  Jesus calls us to care for one another and all creation, I asked our leaders to wrestle with this call as we considered next steps.

 

The primary thing I heard from our leadership was a hope to find ways for meaningful connection with God and one another, and a desire to involve even the most vulnerable.  Based on this understanding, the Church Council has asked that I develop a model of small groups, online worship, and parking lot worship to help us grow our faith this summer.  

 

We will not have worship in our sanctuary as a large group until we head into the fall.  

 

The model we are going to use to worship this summer is rooted deeply in the ways the Methodist church started sharing the gospel in our region, and the ways Methodism has transformed our community over the past century and a half.  

 

In other words, we are going retro, going back to the basics, or going old school.  Our worship in the parking lot will be drive-in style and happen about once a month.  Online worship will continue to be shared each week, and sent out to those who need it by CD or DVD.   

 

The small groups will be designed by groups who are at higher or lower risk from COVID-19, and will be limited in size and the time they meet to allow us to disinfect the space.  Each group will receive a message to go along with the worship theme of the week, have scripture, prayer and discussion.  For parents with kids, we will be looking at organizing in a slightly different way.  

 

To better understand how you might choose to participate in church activities this summer, we ask you to fill out the attached form.  Regardless of how much you will participate we need you to fill this out to understand how to include you in growing your faith this summer.  This information will tell us how we can best connect you to our community of faith this summer.  

 

Enthusiastic Peace,

 

Pastor Tyler

 

P.S.  Please fill the form out by Pentecost, May 31. https://shilohbillings.breezechms.com/form/3cfb8f

 

COVID-19  
We continue to monitor the situation as Montana opens in phases. Because we are committed to the health and safety of all, especially our most vulnerable of God’s children, the current plan is for Shiloh to remain online only through Phase 1.  In Phase 2 we will be shifting to a model of online and small group worship, intermixed with parking lot worship. Please check back for updates and be sure to join us online for our weekly worship services.  Our leadership is meeting next week to discuss our next steps.

Please read about our potential drive in worship May 31, Pentecost listed below.


If you appreciate Shiloh’s either spiritual or tangible work, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  
or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
Thank you for supporting our work.

Sunday Worship

Join us on Sunday as the Billings United Methodists Churches gather to explore where the resurrection nudges us to go next, Pastor Tyler is preaching.

Join us Sunday – 10:30 am – Live Streamed on Facebook  and YouTube.  Visit our website to access either platform.

Shiloh UMC News for May 21

Linda Stahley served as the Treasurer for Shiloh from 1992 until this past month in both volunteer and paid positions. She also served as a secretary/administrative assistant from 2001-2012. Linda worked for many years alongside her dear friend Marcy Howe and they were considered by many to be the “face of the church” (as our church historians described them) because they seemed to always be available to offer laughter, kind words and support. All these years Linda has been a faithful, steady presence and her wisdom and expertise have made an enormous difference for our church. Linda is not someone who wanted us to make a big deal about her years of work. She said that the work itself, the opportunity to serve and the friends that she made over the years have been thanks enough. So, we honor her in this quiet and yet heartfelt way for all she has meant to us. 

-Shiloh Staff Parish Relations Committee

Sally Thompson (Chair), Becky Davis, Joni Oswald, Dave King

Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – Sundays at 1:00 pm. If you would like to join the class, call the office for details.

Adult Bible Study for Women – What the Women Saw” – Tuesday at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in joining this group, call the office for details.

New Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Extraordinary Women” – Starts on June 28. If you are interested in joining this class, call the office for details. 

Church Building is not open – If you must visit the building, please wear a mask. 

Communion and Devotion Call – Our next Communion and Devotion Call will be May 28 at 6:00 pm. See next week’s update for details. 

Community Garden Boxes – There is only 1 Left! The cost is only $15 this year. Please contact David Prewitt (757-880-6568) or Buddy Kastrop (406-698-0783) to put your name on the remaining spot.

Drive-In Church – Mark your calendars and watch this update about Drive-In Church on May 31 (Pentecost Sunday) at 10:30 am at Shiloh UMC. Cars will enter off of Avenue C, you can choose to park in the dirt lot on the west of our property, if you want to sit on the lawn or park in our regular lot if you want to stay in your car.  The service will be broadcast on FM radio and outdoor speakers.  It’ll be fun!! After church, we will “parade” down Shiloh to the Zoo before heading home (or to lunch 😎)! If you are interested in more details, please call the church or go to . We will have a food drive for the food bank that day. Come enjoy social distanced worship with us! 

Food Bank Support – The Missions Team is sending funds to the Food Bank every month. Because folks have been asking if they could DO something as well, Liz and Jerry sponsored a food drop-off at the church on May 2. The back of Jerry’s truck was overflowing, and the Food Bank was SO thankful because they are limited (just like the rest of us) in buying some of the items they need. As part of Drive-In Church on May 31, we will be doing another food drive. Special requests are: canned fruit and vegetables, rice, pasta, canned meat, all sizes ziplock bags, brown lunch sacks, canned tomato products, ramen, and individual items for lunches. 

Free Store – The Free Store is closed and is asking us to hold our donations. Donations that are dropped off at EUMC will have to be placed in the garbage. 

Graduating High School Seniors – We have three graduating High School Seniors this year. Congratulations to Reese Lester, Caelen Madden and Alyssa Munson. We are so proud that you are part of our church and we wish you the very best in whatever you do. Congratulations from your church family!! 

iPhones Needed – We are in need of TWO iPhone 6 or newer in order to enhance our live-stream experience. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact the church and we will make arrangements to get it. Thank you in advance. 

Kids Sunday School Connection – Thursdays at 3:00 pm. If you would like your child to be a part of it, email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.   This Thursday will be our last one for May.  We are looking at other options to keep our kiddos connected for the summer and will share those soon.

Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed – If you are available to volunteer to mow the lawn once a week once or twice this season. The schedule is almost full! Please call Toby Stapleton (406-671-1643) to sign up. 

Mask Making! Want to Help? Instructions are available on our website. Several members of our congregation are making masks. Darlene Newstrom has shifted her team from making mittens to making masks. They are in need of cotton fabric and ¼ inch elastic to meet this need. If you have these items available, please place them in the box next to the front door of the church. We will get them to the team. 

Music With Judy… Judy Frank is providing short stories and tunes weekly. Each video shares the story of how a song of our faith came to be and includes the tune itself. We hope you can use this to understand the depth of the music of our faith. Please take advantage of the videos through our Facebook page. So far, she has shared videos about “Standing on the Promises” and “Precious Lord”. 

Prayer Team – If you have a prayer you would like to share, please fill out a prayer card on our website, call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings.Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you. We are checking all these sources every day and sending them on to the prayer team and Pastor Tyler.

Sandwich Ministry – The Missions Team is sending $100 to the Rescue Mission to help them cover food costs. If you know of an organization in need, please call the church and give us the information. 

Vacation Bible School – We are planning on holding Vacation Bible School with First UMC in early August. More details later. 

Caregiver Support Group – Our caregiver support group will begin meeting again beginning June 2, from 1:30-3pm at Shiloh.  Please contact Sally Thompson at  605-480-1438 if you plan to attend.

Donation Drive -Hope United Methodist Church is doing a Donation Drive for those without homes in our community. They especially need underwear, socks, bras (sports bras are best) and femine hygiene products. All donations will be taken to St. Vincent de Paul, a local charity that assists the homeless in Billings.  The date of the drive is Saturday, June 6th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  You can drop your donations off  at Hope UMC at 244 Wicks Lane in the Heights. If you have any questions you can call the office at 656-0050. 

 
Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
We hope you will join us as we explore what it means to live our faith in this time. We explore the stories of the Christians after the ressurection and prepare for what God is calling us to next.

We will ask you to share where you are in God’s journey of faith by using hashtags: #BillingsMethodists #LivingGod #LivingHistory

This first week share with us when you have journeyed with Jesus and didn’t know it. Share those in comments, videos, or pictures. Use the hashtags.

KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CONNECTION – We want to support our kiddos spiritually.  Starting this week we will send out Sunday packets for the kids, they are available to print from our website https://www.shilohbillings.church/children/.  We will also be holding a Sunday School zoom on Thursdays, at 3pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it then email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

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Shiloh E-Pistle for Thursday, May 14, 2020

A weekly video message from Pastor Tyler.  
In may we will be shifting the weekly email to come out on Thursday, so we can print it and send it to our members that don’t do electronic communication.  Additionally, we will be changing the name to the Shiloh E-pistle.  A play on the epistles or letters in the New Testament.  Each one will still have a message from Pastor Tyler, and all the updates for the week.  If you have announcements for the week please have them into the office by Tuesday.  We hope these weekly messages get to all of those who are serving alongside of us, are a part of our community, and are sharing the loving of Christ.

Pastor’s Corner for May 14

People of Shiloh,

Over this last week, in conversation with people of different life stages, it has been striking how the stay at home and even these reopening phases has impacted our lives in very different ways.  For some this has been a time of learning new skills, like how to homeschool children or do community activities on a computer.  For others it has been hectic, working from home and managing home life and work, side by side.  For others the push to stay home has been a blessing, allowing them to let go of things keeping them busy and focus on the important.

People of faith have often found in times of life change and transition as a call to consider the new things God is calling them to.  I think what will be challenging as we are able to see each other more, is that life has changed for people in these very different ways.  As with Jacob by the river, we are wrestling with God to discover what God will name us and call us to in the months ahead (Genesis 32).

I have heard some church leaders invite us to imagine when we come back into our churches to prepare that congregations will have changed in what they need.  Some will find that they can get what they wanted from church online, so they will be seeking something more if they come back to the building.  Some will have felt isolated from their traditional social network of Sunday morning fellowship, so they will be happy to have things “the way they were.”  Others will simply not come back, having found another way to connect to God during the time away.  New people may wander in the doors spurred on by life circumstance or inspired by the way churches have been resilient to the challenges of the time.  This time will change us as people of Shiloh.

I invite you to take some time this week to consider the things you are leaving behind during this time. Some things will be things worth mourning, because they were not bad, but they have come to an end.  

God is with us in this transition and God will call to us as we step into the future.  Jesus was clear that God’s love never ends and we will be called to share that love with all kinds of people who need to know they are loved.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

COVID-19  
We continue to monitor the situation as Montana opens in phases. Because we are committed to the health and safety of all, especially our most vulnerable people, the current plan is for Shiloh to remain online-only through Phase1. Please check back for updates and be sure to join us online for our weekly worship services.  Our leadership is meeting next week to discuss our next steps.

Please read about our potential drive in worship May 31, Pentecost listed below.

Sunday Worship
Join us on Sunday as the Billings United Methodists Churches experience a worship led by our young people, including our graduating high school seniors

– Sunday – 10:30 am – Live Streamed on Facebook  and YouTube.  Links to both platforms are below, along with instructions on how to access them.

Shiloh UMC News for May 14
  • Adult Bible Study– “Twelve Ordinary Men” – Sundays at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to join the class, call the office for details.
  • Adult Bible Study for Women – What the Women Saw” – Tuesdays – 6:30 pm.  If you are interested in joining this group, call the office for details.
  • Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Extraordinary Women” – Starts on May 24. If you are interested in joining this class, call the office for details.    
  • Church Building is not open – If you must visit the building, please wear a mask. 
  • Communion and Devotion Call – Our next Communion and Devotion Call will be May 28 at 6:00 pm.  See next week’s update for details.   
  • Community Garden Boxes – There is only 1 Left!  The cost is only $15 this year.  Please contact David Prewitt (757-880-6568) or Buddy Kastrop (406-698-0783) to put your name on the remaining spot.
  • Drive-In Church – Mark your calendars and watch this update about Drive-In Church on May 31 (Pentecost Sunday) at 10:30 am at Shiloh UMC. It’ll be fun!! After the church, we will “parade” down Shiloh to the zoo!  We will need lots of volunteers.  If you are interested, please call the church and let us know. We are talking about doing another food drive that day too!  Check in for more details in next week’s update.      
  • Food Bank Support – Shiloh has supported the Food Bank with money and food donations since we opened… The Missions Team will begin sending money to the Food Bank.  The phone tree callers and the office heard from several folks that they wanted to DO something.  So, Liz and Jerry Stanhope sponsored a food drop-off at the church on May 2.  The back of Jerry’s truck was overflowing, and the Food Bank was SO thankful!!  We are talking about doing another food drive on May 31.  Watch for details.    
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed and is asking us to hold our donations. Donations that are dropped off at EUMC will have to be placed in the garbage.  
  • Habitat For Humanity – The Missions Team was scheduled to provide lunch to the work crew on April 25.  Since they did not work that day, the Missions Team has donated $100 to help them feed the crew whenever they are able to work.  
  • iPhones Needed – We are in need of TWO iPhone 6 or newer in order to enhance our live-stream experience.  If you have one you would like to donate, please contact the church and we will make  arrangements to get it.  Thank you in advance. 

 

  • Kids Sunday School Connection – Thursdays at 3:00 pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it, email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

  • Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed – If you are available to volunteer to mow the lawn once a week once or twice this season.  The schedule is almost full!  Please call the church and give us your contact information.  Someone will call you and give you a list of the weeks that are available.     
  • We’re Making Masks!  Want to Help?   Instructions are available on our website. Several members of our congregation are making masks.  Darlene Newstrom has shifted her team from making mittens to making masks. They are in need of cotton fabric and ¼ inch elastic to meet this new need.  If you have these items available, please place them in the box next to the front door of the church.  We will get them to the team.   

 

  • Music With Judy… Judy Frank is providing short stories and tunes weekly. Each video shares the story of how a song of our faith came to be and includes the tune itself. We hope you can use this to understand the depth of the music of our faith. Please take advantage of the videos through our Facebook page.  So far, she has shared videos about “Standing on the Promises” and “Precious Lord”. 
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been cancelled.  If you have a prayer, please fill out a prayer card on our website, call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings.Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you.  We are checking all these sources every day and sending them on to the prayer team and Pastor Tyler.
  • Sandwich Ministry – While the sandwich ministry is suspended, we have been sending $100 to the Rescue Mission to help them cover food costs.  If you know of an organization in need, please call the church and give us the information. 
  • Vacation Bible School – We are planning on holding Vacation Bible School with First UMC in early August.  More details later.  
  • WiFi at the Church has been Updated! – We are getting ready for you to come back to the church building.  We got new WiFi equipment which means the name and password have changed.  Please check the signs hung up throughout the building for the new info.   
Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050

If you appreciate Shiloh’s either spiritual or tangible work, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  
or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
Thank you for supporting our work.
We hope you will join us as we explore what it means to live our faith in this time. We explore the stories of the Christians after the ressurection and prepare for what God is calling us to next.

We will ask you to share where you are in God’s journey of faith by using hashtags: #BillingsMethodists #LivingGod #LivingHistory

This first week share with us when you have journeyed with Jesus and didn’t know it. Share those in comments, videos, or pictures. Use the hashtags.

KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CONNECTION – We want to support our kiddos spiritually.  Starting this week we will send out Sunday packets for the kids, they are available to print from our website https://www.shilohbillings.church/children/.  We will also be holding a Sunday School zoom on Thursdays, at 3pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it then email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

Join us on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:30am. Click on the picture above.

 
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