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Pastor’s Corner for Monday, March 30, 2020

 
People of Shiloh,

We are navigating strange new waters at this time.  However, we should not believe that people have faith have not faced such realities before.  

Take for example Martin Luther, the reformer from the 16th century who wrote to a friend about when a disease hit his home town of Wittenberg and how the church should respond (Volume 43, Pg. 132: Whether One Should Flee From A Deadly Plague – To Rev. Dr. John Hess):“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

Not being near each other is hard, not being in worship together is strange, and figuring out how life works in the social distance is challenging.  God is with us!

Four things I want you to know as we begin this week:
1.  Some of you have asked to be in touch via phone during this time.  A few of our leaders will begin a phone tree and will maintain regular contact with you this week.  If you don’t get a call by next week and you wish to receive a phone connection this way please let me know.
2.  Please consider getting some grape juice and bread for communion in your homes, we will begin blessing this over livestream on Sundays.
3.  Palm Sunday has some instructions below please consider taking a picture of your family celebrating hosanna and send it to me.
4.  The 5 Billings pastors have planned some socially responsible ways for us to do Holy Week together.  Stay tuned in the Friday email for those details.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

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Instructions to Watch on Youtube(Monday after Sunday for time being.)

 

Our Lenten Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.

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.
Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for March 30
 
CALENDAR
  • COVID-19 Precautions
  • Billings UMC Combined Palm Sunday Worship Service – April 5 – 10:30 am – Live Streamed (see below)
  • 406 Youth Middle School Confirmation – Continuing on-line!
  • 406 Youth United All Ages – Continuing on-line!  Contact Pastor Tyler.
  • Aging Well – Organ Donation (was April 8) – rescheduled to the fall
  • Bible Studies – 
    • Norma’s Class – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays now.  See below for details.
    • Tyler’s Class (was Tuesdays at Mission  Ridge and SUMC) – Postponed
    • Pastor Mike Nickerson Sundays online 9:30am. See below for details.
  • Care Givers Support– Are suspending for the time being, please be in touch with Sally.
  • Easter Egg Hunt (was scheduled for April 11) – Is canceled. 
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed at this point. See below for details.
  • Newsletter → Weekly Updates – Instead of an April newsletter, Pastor Tyler is sending out weekly updates.  If we have your email, you will receive it that way.  If not, you will receive a hard copy mailed to you!  Thanks to Liz!
  • Palms for Palm Sunday – Get yours Thursday!  (See Below)
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been canceled.  They are communicating prayers by phone and email. See below for ways you can share prayers with Pastor Tyler and the Prayer Team. 
  • Sandwich Ministry – Cancelled for April – See below for details. 
  • Worship – Starts Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.  After Sunday, the video is available on our Facebook page and on our YouTube Channel.

 
NEWS
COVID -19 Precautions – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10. During this time when we aren’t sure what will be happening from day to day, it is very important to Pastor Tyler and the staff that no one is forgotten. Until further notice, the church building will be closed, except under very special circumstances.  
We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.   
If you have any questions or more important, need help in any way, please call us at the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  Please leave a message at 656-0050 or send an e-mail to Liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail will be checked every morning.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of the state and federal health authorities and we will continue to try to keep everyone informed and keep everyone in our prayers.  
 
COMBINED PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP – Worship is available every week.  
·       Worship is being provided and coordinated with all five UMC churches in Billings. We hope you have been able to take advantage of this. If not, please do.  If you need help, please leave a message at the church (656-0050) and someone will help you. 
·       You can livestream the service on Sundays at 10:30 on Facebook Live.
o   Instructions for accessing Facebook Live are available.
·       After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are available.
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our YouTube page are available.
·       If Facebook and YouTube are not for you, we will have CDs and DVDs available upon request.  Please call the office and let us know which one you need.  We will put one in the mail to you.
 
406 UNITED MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIRMATION CLASSES – These are continuing on-line.
 
AGING WELL – The Aging Well that was scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.  The speakers were coming from Washington.  They hope to reschedule sometime in the fall. 
 
BIBLE STUDIES – 
o   Norma’s Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are canceled.  The group will meet via video conferencing on Sundays at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to join the class, please purchase the book (“Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur) as soon as you can.  Let the office know you are interested and we will send you the contact and video call information.    
o   Tyler’s Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
o   Pastor Mike Nickerson First UMC – Sunday School this week on zoom.  Rev. Mike Nickerson, Ph.D. will be teaching a 2-week class on “An Introduction to the Bible.”  We will discuss how the Bible came to be and how it can be a primary resource for our spiritual growth.  Join us at 9:15 this Sunday.  The link is: https://zoom.us/j/448143495 or call in (301) 715-8592 and the Meeting Id is 448 143 495.
 
CAREGIVERS – (Temporarily Suspended, please contact Sally with questions and call each other to stay in touch.) 
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – This event and all events during the week of Easter have been canceled. We hope to have more information soon. 
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  We recognize the hardship this creates for our many shoppers but due to the national guidelines of having no more than 10 people in one gathering, we had no choice. We will keep you updated weekly.  We currently cannot accept donations as we have run out space.  Your donation are critical to our success, so please consider keeping them on hand for when this time of separation end.    Thank you. 
 
NEWSLETTER – We will not be doing an April newsletter. If you have something to share with our church family, please email Liz, Pam or Pastor Tyler and we will get something in the weekly update.  
 
PALMS FOR PALM SUNDAY – We ordered palms for our Palm Sunday service.  Although we will not be able to meet in person, we would love you all to have a bunch or two to celebrate the day! We will leave a box of palms near the front door of the church.  Please drive on by and pick up a stock for everyone in your family.  We will also leave instructions for making palm crosses It’s a fun activity to do as a family.  Please email pictures of you waving palms with your family to Pastor Tyler.    YOU CAN PICK THEM UP ON THURSDAY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!  If you don’t get palms then make a Hosanna sign and don’t forget to send Pastor Tyler those pictures of you celebrating Palm Sunday.  We hope to use them in worship Sunday.
 
PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on our list and will include all prayers that come to the website, the church phone and through the phone tree calls. 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.  Then we are sending the prayers to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – was canceled for April.  Susan checked with the Rescue Mission.  She had Linda send a check for $100.  Susan took peanut butter, apple slices and supplies to them.  They are very appreciative of the help! She is checking with the HUB to see if they have needs we can fill.  
 

 
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Pastor’s Corner, Friday, March 27, 2020

 
People of Shiloh,

I have been watching friends this week struggle with the consistent changes that the realities of COVID-19 have brought into our lives.  For many of us, the realities of life keep changing.  I know as pastors the second we got online worship figured out, we have to do it in a new way as we are being asked to limit travel to essential travel only.  Worship will still go live 10:30 Sundays, it just will look a little different.  

We also had lots of creative ideas that we may have to put off a week or so, for how we can recognize and celebrate Holy Week and Easter.  

In all of the changes, I want to share one thing.  You are all children of God.  Each of you has wisdom to offer this world, each of you matters, and wherever the next few weeks take us please don’t hide your light.  

Thursday evening on our Shiloh Leadership call, Judy Kastrop shared a prayer that I have seen showing up in faith community circles around the world.  I invite you to join me in praying this prayer each day this next week.  On that same call, I heard incredible cooperation and faith-filled efforts to connect us.  May this prayer deepen us in the Holy Spirit as the next week goes by.

May we who are merely inconvenienced
     Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
     Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
     Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
     Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips
     Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
     Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
     Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
     let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
     Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.                         

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

Click here to download our app to stay connected with our ministries at Shiloh.

 

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

 
Click Here for Instructions on how to watch on Facebook Live
 
Instructions to Watch on Youtube(Monday after Sunday for time being.)

 

Our Lenten Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.

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.
Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for March 27
 
CALENDAR
  • COVID-19 Precautions continue
  • Billings UMC Combined Sunday Worship Service – Sundays– 10:30 am – Live Streamed 
  • 406 Youth Middle School Confirmation – Continuing on-line!
  • Aging Well – Organ Donation (was April 8) – rescheduled to the fall
  • Bible Studies – 
    • Norma’s Class – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays now.  See below for details.
    • Tyler’s Class (was Tuesdays at Mission  Ridge and SUMC) – Postponed
  • Care Givers – Continuing Tuesday at 1:30 pm  in the Youth Room
  • District Gathering – If you are interested in finding out what’s going on across the conference, feel free to visit the District Gather page and/or call in on Saturday. 
  • Easter Egg Hunt (was scheduled for April 11) – Is cancelled but we are working on some options.  Stay tuned. 
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed at this point. They are accepting donations. See below for details.
  • Newsletter → Weekly Updates – Instead of an April newsletter, we will be sending out weekly updates.  If we have your email, you will receive it that was.  If not, you will receive a hard copy mailed to you!  Thanks Liz!
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been cancelled.  They are communicating prayers by phone and email. See below for ways you can share prayers with Pastor Tyler and the Prayer Team 
  • Relay for Life Daffodils – Daffodils will be here on March 23rd.  See below for details.  
  • Sandwich Ministry – Cancelled for April – We are checking with the Mission and the HUB to see what they need!
  • Worship – Starts Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.  After Sunday, the video is available on our Facebook page and on our YouTube Channel.
 
NEWS
COVID -19 Precautions – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10. During this time when we aren’t sure what will be happening from day to day, it is very important to Pastor Tyler and the staff that no one is forgotten. Until further notice, the church building will be closed, except under very special circumstances.  
We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.   
If you have any questions or more important, need help in any way, please call us at the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  Please leave a message at 656-0050 or send an e-mail at Liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail will be checked every morning.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of the state and federal health authorities and we will continue to try to keep everyone informed and keep everyone in our prayers.  
 
COMBINED SUNDAY WORSHIP – Worship is available every week.  
·       Worship is being provided and coordinated with all five UMC churches in Billings. We hope you have been able to take advantage of this. If not, please do.  If you need help, please leave a message at the church (656-0050) and someone will help you. 
·       You can Livestream the service on Sundays at 10:30 on Facebook Live.
o   Instructions for accessing Facebook Live are available.
·       After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are available.
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our YouTube page are available.
·       If Facebook and YouTube are not for you, we will have CDs and DVDs available upon request.  Please call the office and let us know which one you need.  We will put one in the mail to you.
 
406 UNITED MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIRMATION CLASSES – These are continuing on-line.
 
AGING WELL – The Aging Well that was scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.  The speakers were coming from Washington.  They hope to reschedule sometime in the fall. 
 
BIBLE STUDIES – 
  • Norma’s Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are canceled.  The group will meet via video conferencing on Sundays at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to join the class, please purchase the book (“Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur) as soon as you can.  Let the office know you are interested and we will send you the contact and video call information.    
  • Tyler’s Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
  • Pastor Mike Nickerson First UMC – Sunday School this week on zoom.  Rev. Mike Nickerson, Ph.D. will be teaching a 2 week class on “An Introduction to the Bible.”  We will discuss how the Bible came to be and how it can be a primary resource for our spiritual growth.  Join us at 9:15 this Sunday.  The link is: https://zoom.us/j/448143495 or call in (301) 715-8592 and the Meeting Id is 448 143 495.
 
CAREGIVERS – This group is the only group allowed to meet inside the church.  They will meet in the Youth Room.  
 
DISTRICT GATHERING – The Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church is holding a District Gathering via video call on Saturday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Among other things, they will be discussing the status of the conference and the opportunity to reflect on how the church could be transformed during this time.  Video call information can be found at:  
https://www.mtnskyumc.org/eventdetail/13320892?month=3&year=2020&day=1&display=m
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – This event and all events during the week of Easter could be cancelled. We hope to have more information soon. 
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  We recognize the hardship this creates for our many shoppers but due to the national guidelines of having no more than 10 people in one gathering, we had no choice. We will keep you updated weekly.  They are currently accepting donations at EUMC, 345 Broadwater on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-4:00 pm.  Ring the bell near the east door and the secretary will let you in.  Put the donations in the chapel to your right. We are not accepting winter clothes at this time. We also ask for prayers for our shoppers who typically live on the edge of disaster.  Thank you. 
 
NEWSLETTER – We are still talking about whether it is prudent for us to do an April newsletter. If you have something to share with our church family, please email Liz, Pam or Pastor Tyler and we will get something in the weekly update.  
 
PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on our list and will include all prayers that come to the website, the church phone and through the phone tree calls. 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.  Then we are sending the prayers to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE DAFFODILS – Daffodils arrived on April 25th.  If you haven’t gotten yours yet, please call Pat Montgomery (406-696-2019) to arrange pickup.   
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – was suspended for April.  Susan checked with the Rescue Mission.  We have sent a check for $100 and will take some peanut butter and apple slices to them.  She will check with check with the HUB.  
 
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Pastor’s Corner, Monday, March 23, 2020

 
People of Shiloh,

I had planned to record you a video message and get you all some more details of how we can be church during the week.  Some of you know I have been fighting a cold for the past week, and I am going to need to take a few days off to recover.  I had hoped to take them last week, but with the transition in life, I was unable to.  

Know that I am heartened by the messages that I am seeing from the people in our congregation reaching out to you.  If you haven’t heard from someone at the church by Wednesday, please reach out to the office and let us know your needs and how we can connect with you.  I do see God at work in the ways you all are working together to connect with each other.  

Please take some time and research how a Billings Doctor is 3D printing masks now to help protect our frontline workers.  Consider donating to Billings Clinic, using your 3D printer to help, or even donating elastic.  You can also donate to the Billings Clinic Foundation.

Darlene Newstrom has begun to make cloth masks that will be needed until enough of the 3D printed masks are made.  If you want to learn more about those let us know, or contact the office to learn how to reach out to her.  

God is with us in all of this.  Enjoy each other, share God’s love, and I continue to be thankful to share in ministry with you.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

Click here to download our app to stay connected with our ministries at Shiloh.

 

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

 
Click Here for Instructions on how to watch on Facebook Live
 
Instructions to Watch on Youtube(Monday after Sunday for time being.)

 

Our Lenten Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.

If you appreciate Shiloh’s either spiritual or tangible, 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.
Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for March 23
 
CALENDAR
  • COVID-19 Precautions
  • Billings UMC Combined Worship Service – March 29 – 10:30 am – Live Streamed (see  below)
  • 406 Youth Middle School Confirmation – Continuing on-line!
  • Aging Well – Organ Donation – rescheduled to the fall
  • Bible Studies – 
  • Norma’s Class (was Sundays at 9:00 am) – Cancelled – Watch for an on-line option
  • Tyler’s Class (was Tuesdays at Mission  Ridge and SUMC) – Postponed
  • Care Givers – Continuing Tuesday at 1:30 pm  in the Youth Room
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Will likely be canceled, but we are working on some options.  Stay tuned. 
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed at this point.  See below for details
  • Newsletter – We will be sending out weekly updates.  You may also receive a newsletter… stay tuned!
  • Palm Sunday – At this point, an in-person service is unlikely.  However, the palms we ordered will be coming, so we are working on ways to celebrate Palm Sunday in some way!!  Watch for details!
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been canceled.  They are communicating prayers by phone and email. See below for ways you can share prayers with Pastor Tyler and the Prayer Team 
  • Relay for Life Daffodils – Daffodils will be here on March 23rd.  See below for details.  
  • Sandwich Ministry – Cancelled for this month – We are checking with the Mission and the HUB to see what they need!
  • Silent Saturday – Postponed to the fall
  • Worship – Starts Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.  After Sunday, the video is available on our Facebook page and on our YouTube Channel.
  • Today is a very special person’s birthday!!!  Happy Birthday Barb Woolsey.  See below for more information about Barb.  

 
NEWS
COVID -19 Precautions – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10. During this time when we aren’t sure what will be happening from day to day, it is very important to Pastor Tyler and the staff that no one is forgotten. Until further notice, the church building will be closed, except under very special circumstances.  
We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.   
If you have any questions or more important, need help in any way, please call us at the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  Please leave a message at 656-0050 or send an e-mail at Liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail will be checked every morning.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of the state and federal health authorities and we will continue to try to keep everyone informed and keep everyone in our prayers.  
 
COMBINED SUNDAY WORSHIP – Worship is available every week.  
·       Worship is being provided and coordinated with all five UMC churches in Billings. We hope you have been able to take advantage of this. If not, please do.  If you need help, please leave a message at the church (656-0050) and someone will help you. 
·       You can livestream the service on Sundays at 10:30 on Facebook Live.
o   Instructions for accessing Facebook Live are available.
·       After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are available.
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our YouTube page are available.
·       If Facebook and YouTube are not for you, we will have CDs and DVDs available upon request.  Please call the office and let us know which one you need.  We will put one in the mail to you.
 
406 UNITED MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIRMATION CLASSES – These are continuing on-line.
 
AGING WELL – The Aging Well that was scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.  The speakers were coming from Washington.  They hope to reschedule sometime in the fall. 
 
BIBLE STUDIES – 
o   Norma’s Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are canceled.  Watch for an on-line option.  If you are interested in joining the group online, please contact the church office. 
o   Tyler’s Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
 
CAREGIVERS – This group is the only group allowed to meet inside the church.  They will meet in the Youth Room.  
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – This event and all events during the week of Easter could be canceled. We hope to have more information by the time the next Fridge sheet goes out, on March 30th.
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  We recognize the hardship this creates for our many shoppers but due to the national guidelines of having no more than 10 people in one gathering, we had no choice. We will keep you updated weekly.  We are currently accepting donations but ask that none be bought to SUMC, but instead to EUMC, 345 Broadwater.  The times: Monday and Wednesday, noon to 4 pm.  We also ask for prayers for our shoppers who typically live on the edge of disaster.  Thank-you. 
 
NEWSLETTER – We are still talking about whether it is prudent for us to do an April newsletter. If you have something to share with our church family, please email Liz, Pam or Pastor Tyler and we will get something in the weekly update.  
 
PALM SUNDAY – It is highly unlikely that we will be able to have an in-person worship service on Palm Sunday (April 5).  The palms we ordered are on the way to us and we want to figure out a way to use them to celebrate Palm Sunday.  Please watch out for details on what we come up with… 
 
PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on our list and will include all prayers that come to the website, the church phone and through the phone tree calls. If you have a prayer, please call the church at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings,Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you.  We will check the church voicemail and e-mail every day.  Then we will send the prayer to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.  Even if you just have a special intention, please let us know. 
 
RELAY FOR LIFE DAFFODILS – Daffodils will be here on March 23rd.  As soon as they get here, you will get a call about how, when and where you can pick them up.   
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – is cancelled for this month.  Susan is checking with the HUB and the Mission to see how else we can help.  
 
SILENT SATURDAY – This event has been postponed to the fall.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARB WOOLSEY!! – You may not recognize her name, but she has probably touched your life in the past 12 months.  For the last several years, Barb has blessed everyone celebrating a birthday or anniversary with a card and handwritten greeting.  Thank you for your grace Barb!!   

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Pastor’s Corner, Friday, May 20, 2020

 
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People of Shiloh,

If you had told me two weeks ago that we wouldn’t be able to gather in the celebration room of our church to worship our amazing God during Lent, I would have never believed you.  

I would have never imagined we would have to give up doing the everyday things for Lent.  

Here we are, in strange times.  And in my core, I mourn the thought of seeing your faces and hearing your voices.  To the very depth of my bones, I miss your smiles, your quizzical looks as I teach you random greek words, and every note we sing together each Sunday.  I miss even your complaints, and I especially miss the little voices during prayer time.

In scripture, it says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

If I have learned anything this last week.  It is that we need to be church now, more than ever.  Our community is curious how a ragtag group of Christians might bring joy amidst uncertainty, and grace in the chaos.  We need to share Christ with our world during this time by showing people how to face the challenges of COVID-19 and social distancing with the imagination of Christ, who found ways to care for people when people said it was impossible.  

So this first week I ask you to do a few things:
Love yourself.  Prepare your home for social isolation, put yourself in a place where you could live inside your walls for two weeks.  Make sure you have the medications you need and your car always has about 1/2 tank of gas in it.  Send me a selfie of you doing something, so I can see you care for yourself. I am going to print these selfies and place them in the sanctuary to remind us who we are sharing God’s word with.

Next week we will care for those in our faith community:
People from the church will begin calling people over this weekend through Wednesday to ask you how we can stay connected with you.  How you want to receive worship(DVD, CD, Livestream).  Ask you if you want to join a phone tree and if you have any pressing needs.

After that we are going to prepare to be Easter people:
We are going to seek ways to show the people in our community how to be joyful in social isolation.  We are going to learn to sing on our back porches, so our whole neighborhoods can sing in.  The Methodist pastors are considering a palm Sunday car processional, our doctors and nurses may need us to make masks, and Easter may need to happen twice this year.  Once when we are apart and again when we can gather together.  

I have a group of our leaders meeting each week, and we will be in prayer for each of you.  We will be working for and with each of you.  

Finally, reach out to us.  Write us emails about how you are doing, call a friend or family member, send letters to each other, and take time to recognize that you are a child of God.  A God whose love is bigger than pandemics and disease, chaos and clutter.  Our God believes in resurrection.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

P.S.  Scroll down to learn more about how you can watch worship online.  How you can share prayers with us ongoing.  And remember in the week you may be getting a call from one of the members of our church asking questions of how to connect you.  Be ready to chat on the phone.

P.S.S.  Click Here for instructions on how to watch worship on Facebook Live
 
Instructions to Watch on Youtube(Monday after Sunday for time being.)

 

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Join us live by clicking on the picture or these words. Even if you do not have Facebook you can watch the service.

 
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Instructions to Watch on Youtube(Monday after Sunday for time being.)

 

Our Lenten Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.

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  • Church Service – Live Streamed this week and March 29
  • Adult Bible Study –Suspended(Other options being considered.)
  • 406 Youth – Middle School Confirmation – (Rescheduled, info to come.)
  • Prayer Group – Meeting by text.
  • Bible Study – Suspended(Other options being considered.)
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  in the Youth room(please contact Sally for details.)
  • Sandwich Ministry – Suspended for this month

COVID -19 – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10. During this time when we aren’t sure what will be happening from day to day, it is very important to Pastor Tyler and the staff that no one is forgotten. We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you have any questions or more important, need help in any way, please call us at the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  Please leave a message at 656-0050 or send an e-mail at Liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail will be checked every morning.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of the state and federal health authorities and we will continue to try to keep everyone informed and keep everyone in our prayers.
 
MARCH WORSHIP Lent – Guilty and Forgiven. A series on the seven deadly sins. The service for March 29 will be live streamed. As human beings, we often do things that seem to make us feel isolated, or cut us off from relationships that help us. Christian leaders came up with seven examples of things that keep people from relationships with each other; and more importantly, they felt it built a barrier in our relationship with God.  Join us this Lent as we explore these things and how to use radical understanding of Jesus to bring us a deeper connection and meaning in our lives. 
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LIVE STREAMING SERVICES – Services have been lived stream and live streaming services will start at 10:30 am.  Pastor Tyler will be making DVD’s of the last service for people who have trouble with live streaming.  Please call the church at 656-0050 and leave a message if you would like one of these DVD’s mailed to you. 
 
BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”-.  Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
 
EASTER EGG HUNT –  This event and all events during the week of Easter could be suspended. We hope to have more information by the time an email that goes out, on March 30th.
 
SILENT SATURDAY – This event has been postponed.
 
EASTER EVENTS COMING SOON – All Easter Week events could be suspended and we hope to know for sure by Monday the 30th when we send out the next fridge sheet.  We are being creative and things could be changed to meet social distancing requirements.
 
AGING WELL – The Aging Well that was scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.  The speakers were coming from Washington and they hope to reschedule for some time in the fall. 
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  We recognize the hardship this creates for our many shoppers but due to the national guidelines of having no more than 10 people in one gathering, we had no choice. We will keep you updated weekly.  We are currently accepting donations but ask that none be bought to SUMC, but instead to EUMC, 345 Broadwater.  The times: Monday and Wednesday, noon to 4 pm.  We also ask for prayers for our shoppers who typically live on the edge of disaster.  Thank-you. 
 
PRAYER GROUP –The prayer group will still be meeting by texting but we will still be praying for everyone on our list.  If you have a prayer for the prayer list please call the church at 656-0050 or e-mail us at liz@ShilohBillings.Church  We will check the phones and email every day.  We will then send the prayer to the prayer group.  Even if you just have a special intention, please let us know. 

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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, March 15, 2020

People of Shiloh – 

I spent last night meeting with our leadership and one of the primary topics of discussion was COVID-19 and how we respond as a faith community.  I want to share how grateful I am for our leaders and staff who have responded with reason, and facts as we move ahead.  I will be sending an email out early next week with our entire response as a congregation to COVID-19.

We will be holding worship at Shiloh this Sunday at both 8 and 10:15am.  We ask that people be mindful of washing hands, not hugging or shaking hands, and practicing social distance.  We are taking increased precautions with communion and offering this week.  Paul Nixon is still here to do our conversations about how our Methodist churches in Billings might better work together and all those events are continuing.

We will continue to hold services and small groups until we are directed otherwise by county/state authorities.  We do ask that if you consider yourself at higher risk of infection due to a medical condition, if you exhibiting flu/cold symptoms, such as fever and cough, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or Influenza that you choose to join us from home.  You can access our livestream worship by clicking here, find a link on our website, or by going to our Facebook page.

If you find yourself in need of connection or support during this time please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  You can contact the office at 656-0050 or Pastor Tyler at 406-794-3055.

Finally, I leave you with the below picture that one of my colleagues posted during this time.  We are in prayer with each of you and blessings as we all journey ahead together.

 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

P.S.  This is not the Pastor’s corner I expected to be sending you today, so if you are looking for what I normally would have sent click here and check it out, and in the meantime like our Facebook Page

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for our worship Sunday.
 
 
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Sunday is Noisy Offering

  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Missions Meeting – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Meeting with Paul Nixon – Sunday at 1:00 pm at EUMC
  • 406 Youth – Middle School Confirmation – Sunday at 4:00 pm
  • Faith & Film – Leave No Trace – Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • 406 Youth – High School – Sunday at 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bible Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Tuesday at Noon
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday – 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  
  • UMCOR Sunday –Sunday, March 22

MARCH WORSHIP Lent – Guilty and Forgiven. A series on the seven deadly sins. As human beings, we often do things that seem to make us feel isolated, or cut us off from relationships that help us. Christian leaders came up with seven examples of things that keep people from relationships with each other; and more importantly, they felt it built a barrier in our relationship with God.  Join us this Lent as we explore these things and how to use radical understanding of Jesus to bring us a deeper connection and meaning in our lives.
 
MEETING WITH PAUL NIXON – Sunday there is a meeting with Paul Nixon, an internationally known United Methodist ministry coach. We will be talking about the way each of the 5 churches could be strengthened if we share key resources and work together in areas we find shared need.   Paul will be here to listen and share recommendations that fit us. The meeting will Sunday at 1:00 pm at Evangelical UMC where our Free Store is housed (345 Broadwater). All are invited.
 
FAITH AND FILM – Leave No Trace – Sunday, March 15, we will watch a movie, have some discussion and see where God appears to us in popular movies.  This month we will be watching Leave No Trace. Will and his teenage daughter have lived off the grid for years in the forests in Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services.  After clashing with their new surroundings, they set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. Join us Sunday at 5:30 pm and bring a snack to share and a friend or just come by yourself.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER – Starting Sunday, Relay for Life will be selling Joyful Traditions cake rolls that you just thaw and serve and Pastry Puffins that go from the freezer to the oven.  There are 6 different flavors of cake rolls and 8 different flavors of Pasty Puffins. Samples will be available Sunday after both services. Order sheets will be available.     
BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”- Pastor Tyler invites you to dive deeper into the text, to understand its origins, and where you might gain deeper understanding from it.  We are using Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible.  Classes are Tuesdays at Mission Ridge at 10:30 am and at Shiloh UMC at noon.  Books are $17.00 and you can get one in the office. 
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – There is a signup sheet in the lobby to sign up for ways to help at the annual Easter Egg hunt on April 11th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.  A lot of help is always needed.  There is also a container for candy and for plastic eggs. We have used around 5,000 eggs each year. Thank you so very much for your help with this community event. 
 
HELP NEEDED WITH THE FREE STORE – As the number of shoppers at the Free Store increases so do the number of children needing nursery service.  Currently, the nursery is not available because there is no nursery attendant. Do you know someone you want to experience a service project or are you are willing to participate?  The hours are 9:30am – 12:30pm with the last hour spent sanitizing the toys. The dates are the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.  We also need a door attendant who would open the door, facilitate the placement of donations in the chapel, and issue a tax receipt, if requested.  No lifting is required.  The hours are from 12-4pm, Monday and/or Wednesday, your choice.  If you are interested in helping with either of these positions or have any questions, please call Peggy Parker at 690- 6370. LAST CHANCE TO DONATE WINTER CLOTHING! Starting April 1,2020 we will be accepting summer clothes only.  If you’ve been meaning to bring in winter duds, do so by the end of March.  All donations are welcome and appreciated.
 
SILENT SATURDAY – We are hosting a spiritual retreat on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  We will start with a short worship service and then enter into the Great Silence.  Throughout the day, there will be various activities and we will share a morning snack and lunch in silence.  We will finish with a closing worship, communion and a chance to reflect on our experience. Space is limited, so please sign up Sunday in the lobby or at www.shilohbillings.church/silence/retreat/,or call the office.  The registration fee is $12.00 to cover the cost of food and supplies.
 
EASTER EVENTS COMING SOON – On Palm Sunday, April 5, there will be only ONE service at 10:15 am. We will have a waffle breakfast after the service.  We will provide gluten free waffles to those who need them. Waffles, fresh fruit, breakfast sausage are on the menu. Saturday, April 11, is our Community Easter Egg Hunt from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.  Easter Sunday, April 12, we will have sunrise service at 6:30 am at Riverfront Park and at 8:00 am and 10:15 am at the church.  
 

Our March Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
Updated 2/21/20

The Larger United Methodist Church – Information leading up to General Conference 2020

Based on the national news attention and the things you may read about the United Methodist Church in the headlines I want to keep you informed.  As your pastor, I will keep pertinent articles listed here about what is coming to the International Church this year as we see the continued work of discerning our ability to be inclusive of all people.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

These articles I believe help you to stay informed and up to date.

Pastor Tyler

https://www.umnews.org/en/   – Articles from United Methodist News Service

Article on the most recent proposals of separation that was carried by national media.

Livestream of People talking about the proposed plan of separation on January 13. (Click Here) 

Comparison of proposed plans headed to General Conference 2020

A Video about the history of how we got to this conflict point.
 

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