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January 28, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Please take the gifts and talents survey located here, we are currently working to get our committees and teams filled for our coming work of reaching people with God’s Love:
https://goo.gl/forms/pe2Blq1Rr16O0eY92

This Sunday we will have one of our Aging WeLL programs right after church.  And I know you are looking at that first sentence wondering why both Ls in well are capitalized.  Because it visually makes a well in the word.  Our hope is that we can draw on the wealth of knowledge in our community to reach our congregation and our community with facts about healthy aging, including healthy spirituality into all ages of life.  
 
In Isaiah 64:4 it reminds us that our God supports us through all the years of our lives.  In our country aging has become something that sometimes brings shame, as if we should apologize for it.  Aging is perception though especially as the World Health Organization redefined aging categories to the following:
• 18-65 years old: youth/young people
• 66-79 years old: middle-aged
• 80-99 years old: elderly/senior
• 100+ years old: long-lived elderly
We know that by 2057 Women’s life expectancy will be 100 and men will be there soon after.  Our conversation as a church should not be about lifespan of our people in their spiritual and physical lives, but instead our role now is about health-span support.  How can we improve the quality of life of the people with God’s love in our community?  We know this from Christ’s call to offer abundant life.
 
In our sermon Sunday we will talk about a roundabout located inside of Highgate Senior Living, our neighbors across the street.  And after 10:15 church I would invite you to the Aging WeLL program on Long Term Care Insurance and VA Benefits, and to invite friends to Grace UMC on Tuesday night 6pm for another repeat of the popular program Demystifying Dementia (Free Dinner on Tuesday).  

I hope you will join us in this work,
Pastor Tyler

Bible Study Scriptures for the week – Ephesians 6:13-17, Mark 1:21-28
 

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Reminders for the Shiloh Community


Worship on Sunday – Road to Shiloh: The Way of the Christian Warrior
Watch the Intro video here:  https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1849940041694799/
 
Join us this winter as we look at how people come to Shiloh, learn the ways of Christ and share that Joy in the world. This sermon series focuses on the Letter to the Ephesians and the spiritual journey of Jesus. We hope you can join us in worship as we learn together about God’s call on our church.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/  

  • Worship Service – Today at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Today at 10:30 am
  • Aging Well Long Term Care Insurance/VA Benefits – Today at 11:30 am
  • 406 Youth United Student Ministry – Today at 6:00 – 7:15 pm
  • God Hunger –Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Aging Well – Demystifying Dementia – Tuesday at 6:00 pm at Grace UMC
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School Adventures with God –  K-6th Sunday at 10:30 am
  • 406-Youth United – Sunday at 6:00 pm
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    GOD HUNGER – Join us for lunch or just-in-time prayer, you pick.  Prayer time begins at 11:30 am on Tuesdays and is followed by brown bag lunch with Pastor Tyler and preparing meals for homeless in Billings.  This prayer time invites people to journey with Pastor Tyler in meaningful mid-day meditations. No signup necessary for this group.  Please join us in the sanctuary.
     
    AGING WELLWe are continuing our work with Highgate Senior Living to bring programs to those in our community who want to Age Well. Today, after 10:15 service, we will cover Long Term Care Insurance and VA Benefits in the Fellowship Hall.  On January 30th, we will hold an encore session of Demystifying Dementia. A free dinner will be provided by Highgate Senior Living. It will be held at Grace UMC, 1935 Avenue B, at 6:00 pm. 
     
    CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS – Your contributions statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entryway of the church.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please call the church office at 656-0050.  To locate your statements and any other mail that may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name.  Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.
     
    UMW TEA – Ladies, here is your chance to share time with other women of the church and give Crystal Amundson a chance to learn a little about us. The United Methodist Women are putting on a tea from 2-4 pm on Saturday, Feb. 3.  And while you are waiting for the event, put your thinking cap on, we will each be sharing something about ourselves that we think no one else knows!  Let’s have some fun together.  See you there!!

     
    FELLOWSHIP HOUR – We are trying something different this year with our Fellowship Hour. There is a calendar located in the kitchen where you can sign up to sponsor Fellowship Hour on a Sunday.  We will need a sponsor for every Sunday of the month, except the third Sunday.  Sponsors would bring cookies or whatever they would like to bring and fruit or veggies and set up the Fellowship Hour for that Sunday.  You do not have to stay and cleanup. Kelly Martinson will be sponsoring today’s Fellowship hour. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 656-0050.
     
    FREE STORE 2017 – A Year at the Free Store: there were 1,222 family visits for an average of 53 each Saturday.  Of the 1,222 families, new families comprised 26.5% of the families (325).  No advertising is done so those learning about the Free Store are hearing about it through word-of-mouth.  As the Free Store begins its 7th year of Ministry, none of this would be possible without the support you and others have given, as well as the time and energy given by the many volunteers.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!
     
    FREE STORE NEEDS: Currently we have no clothing for children sizes 2T-5T, both boys and girls.  Other shortages include kitchen items, heavy clothing and boots for men and women and any type of bath and bed linens. There is a tote in the Fellowship Hall labeled “Free Store” where you can leave your donations.  Thank you so much for your continued support.
     
    SUMC HISTORY – The History Team is looking for voices from those who were involved with United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) from April 1986 through last year.  If you would like to add your voice to Shiloh’s History, please contact Norma Smith at umwnsmith@bresnan.net.  The questions we would address are: (1) When were you in MYF? (2) Why were you a part of it? (3) What did you learn from MYF that you carry with you? (4) Tell of an experience(s) that was memorable for you!  We appreciate the help.  We would like enough voices and stories to actually put UMYF in its own chapter. If you have children who were involved, we would appreciate you passing the request on to them.
     
    FOOD BANK SUNDAYSunday, Feb. 4th is the first Sunday of the month and is also Food Bank Sunday.  The “giving season” is over but the need for food at the Food Bank is never over.   They need individual meals, peanut butter, jelly, baby food, canned soups, veggies, fruit, personal items, laundry soap, and even cans of pet food.  If you would rather give money, you can write a check to Shiloh UMC and put Food Bank on the memo line. 
     
    MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church will be on Monday, February 5th at 5:15 pm.  We will begin with a light meal, a Bible story, The Man who helped from Luke 10, followed by a discussion and then off to the craft tables.  We end the evening with a closing prayer.   We are done well before 7:00pm and have a blast!  Find some kids to share the evening with; it’s a great ministry and lots of fun.

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

 


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January 21, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

As a Christian community, we come together each week to remind ourselves of God’s opportunities for action, for rest, and for everything in between.  This Sunday I will be addressing something that God has called and brought to the core of Shiloh’s roundabout, “everyone having a place at the table.”  We believe everyone in worship should be empowered to serve through Shiloh’s ministry, we hope you will take this survey with diligence, prayer, and hope of what God might be doing through your life.
 
“If you don’t ask, you will never know.”  This phrase is one that I remember daily as a pastor serving God’s people.  God daily provides opportunities for us to be in prayer, to study scripture, to serve and to witness to our faith. Daily, I am made aware of places people could change the world.  However, as a pastor I cannot take each of these on myself.  I pray over these daily and seek ways to provide you all a way to pray over them, and then we are called to ask which ones we can serve God by partaking in the work.
 
At different times in our lives we find callings to share our gifts in different ways, last weekend Cassie King reminded us of this by saying, “God does not always call the equipped, but God equips those who are called.”  This Sunday we are attempting to see where you are being called to serve through our work as Shiloh.  We will ask you to take a “Gifts and Talents Survey” online or in worship on paper.  Here is my prayer for this work, that no one marks just one thing on the form.  Instead, I hope you pray over the form and then mark all the areas you have felt any nudge by God to possible work on.  We won’t call on you to do everything you mark, but our leadership needs ideas of people who feel that sense God is calling them to offer gifts and talents. Please take the gifts and talents survey located here:
https://goo.gl/forms/pe2Blq1Rr16O0eY92

Bible Study Scriptures for the week – Ephesians 5:21-6:9  Mark 1:14-20

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Reminders for the Shiloh Community


Worship on Sunday – Road to Shiloh: Working With God
Watch the Intro video here:  https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1849940041694799/
 
Join us this winter as we look at how people come to Shiloh, learn the ways of Christ and share that Joy in the world. This sermon series focuses on the Letter to the Ephesians and the spiritual journey of Jesus. We hope you can join us in worship as we learn together about God’s call on our church.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: http://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/  
 

  • Worship Service – Today at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Noisy Offering is Today!
  • Birthday Sunday
  • Human Relations Day
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today at 10:30 am
  • Chime Choir Practice –Today at 11:15 am
  • Youth/Children – Sunday School Teachers Meeting – Today at 11:30 am
  • 406 Youth United Student Ministry – Today at 6:00 – 7:15 pm
  • God Hunger –Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12 Noon
  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School –  Sunday at10:30 am
  • Aging Well – Long Term Care Insurance/VA Benefits – Sunday at 11:30 am
  • 406-Youth United –Sunday at 6:00 pm

 
HUMAN RELATIONS SUNDAY – Turn on the news, drive around the outskirts of your town and you will find what Jesus called “the least of these.”  Those people living in the margins of society, struggling to survive.  Over and over Jesus served people like this, embracing them.  And that’s what we want to model as the people of the United Methodist Church.  To continue the ministry of Jesus we established Human Relations Sunday (today).  This calls all of our churches to participate in helping God’s children realize their potential. Please plan on giving today. 
 
GOD HUNGER – Join us for lunch or just-in-time prayer, you pick.  Prayer time begins at 11:30 am on Tuesdays and is followed by brown bag lunch with Pastor Tyler and preparing meals for homeless in Billings.  This prayer time invites people to journey with Pastor Tyler in meaningful mid-day meditations. No signup necessary for this group.  Please join us in the sanctuary.
 
AGING WELLWe are continuing our work with Highgate Senior Living to bring programs to those in our community who want to Age Well. We invite you to join us January 28th at 11:30 after church for a talk on Long Term Care Insurance and VA Benefits.  Light refreshments will be served.  On January 30th there will be an Aging Well program and a free dinner provided by Highgate Senior Living. The program is called Demystifying Dementia and will be at Grace UMC, 1935 Avenue B, at 6:00 pm. 


 
FELLOWSHIP HOUR – We are trying something different this year with our Fellowship Hour. There is a calendar located in the kitchen where you can sign up to sponsor Fellowship Hour on a Sunday.  We will need a sponsor for every Sunday of the month, except the third Sunday.  The 3rd Sunday is Birthday Sunday and the church will take care of that Sunday. Sponsors would bring cookies or whatever they would like to bring and fruit/veggies and set up the Fellowship Hour for that Sunday.  You do not have to stay and cleanup.  Several people can work together or maybe a family would like to sponsor a Sunday or two. Kelly Martinson will be sponsoring the 28th of January. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 656-0050.
 
FREE STORE 2017 – A Year at the Free Store: there were 1,222 family visits for an average of 53 each Saturday.  Of the 1,222 families, new families comprised 26.5% of the families (325).  No advertising is done so those learning about the Free Store are hearing about it through word-of-mouth.  As the Free Store begins its 7th year of Ministry, none of this would be possible without the support you and others have given, as well as the time and energy given by the many volunteers.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!
 
UMW TEALadies, here is your chance to share time with other women of the church and give Crystal Amundson a chance to learn a little about us.  The United Methodist Women are putting on a tea from 2-4 pm on Saturday, Feb.3.  And while you are waiting for the event, put your thinking cap on, we will each be sharing something about ourselves that we think no one else knows! Let’s have some fun together.  See you there!!
 
SUMC HISTORY – The History Team is looking for voices from those who were involved with United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) from April 1986 through last year.  If you would like to add your voice to Shiloh’s History, please contact Norma Smith at umwnsmith@bresnan.net.  The questions we would address are: (1) When were you in MYF? (2) Why were you a part of it? (3) What did you learn from MYF that you carry with you? (4) Tell of an experience(s) that was memorable for you!  We appreciate the help.  We would like enough voices and stories to actually put UMYF in its own chapter. If you have children who were involved, we would appreciate you passing the request on to them.
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS – Your contribution statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entryway of the church.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please call the church office at 656-0050.  To locate your statements and any other mail that may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name. Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.  

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


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January 7, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

This week we begin our new worship and study series, Road to Shiloh.  Jesus’ early followers called themselves people of “The Way.”.  On my first Sunday at Shiloh I shared something we all found humorous.  I said, “Do you know how many roundabouts are between your church and the Interstate?”  My question this week is “Do you know?” 

 

I won’t give you the answer, but there are a lot.  For most people traveling to our faith community they have to negotiate at least one roundabout.  I have heard people in our congregation talk with trepidation about roundabouts and navigating them.  The other day as I drove into one I noticed all of the warning, yield, direction, slowing, and other signs and realized the challenges that learning this new traffic pattern creates. 

 

This winter, I invite us to use the roundabout as a metaphor for our faith community, the way we learn and share faith.  I don’t imagine this to be an easy because some of us love roundabouts and others of us don’t.  However, for a people of “The Way” had to follow God’s call to understand how people came to Christ, how they could bless people with exploring faith, and how they could send people out in joy to serve the world.  In, through, and out on a “Way” seems a lot like a roundabout, does it not?

 

Each week I will include scriptures for our study, for this journey we will be using the letter to the Ephesians and the stories of Jesus spiritual journey to guide our understanding.  I would encourage you to read these before Sunday and if you want to discuss these in person join us on Tuesdays staring January 16th at noon for a brown bag lunch and for prayer at 11:30 just before if you would like.

 
Bible Study Passages for Week 1 of Road to Shiloh – Ephesians 2:17-22, Mark 1:4-11
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler

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Faith and Film – January 14, 2018 – Real Steel

The next Faith and Film features

Real Steel

5:30 pm, Jan 14, 2018

The Faith and Film returns with Real Steel. Hugh Jackman is great in this near future action adventure where the sport of boxing has gone high tech.  Charlie (Jackman) attempts to turn his life around with the help of his young, estranged son in the gritty, high stakes game of robot fighting. Bring a friend, a snack, or just yourself and as always, we’ll have a discussion after the movie.

Show time:  5:30 pm Jan 14, 2018

Fellowship Room of Shiloh UMC

Run time:  126 min

Release date:  2011

Rating:  PG-13

 

 

 

 


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December 31, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

There is a story about a church named Shiloh who was planted miraculously on the West End of Billings, Montana in 1985 and how it grew to serve people in great ways.  I have been reading this story and learning about it since arriving here.  It is a story of the amazing ways God has been at work here, around us, and through us as people of Shiloh in our history.  There are moments of great light in the history, moments of hardship, and under it all a hope that Shiloh can provide people with a place to renew and re-enter the world. 
 
This final week of December, I am taking time to renew on vacation, so I can enter the 2018 year with you all to seek God’s path for us.  To help kick off that time I would like to invite each and every one of you to join us on January 7th, 2018 for worship and then to stay after the 10:15 worship for our All Church Charge Conference.  This conference will focus on our future as a church and be full of invitations for you to pray and work for God’s kingdom alongside us and with us. 
 
Next week we will also begin our new sermon series: Road to Shiloh.  We will be using the image of roundabouts to understand how we are called as people of Shiloh to support, encourage and send people to be disciples of Jesus in our world today. 
 
I invite you to join us on the 7th and to continue to pray for us as a church, to help us seek God’s call on our lives.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Unwrapping Christmas – Undoing Excess
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1801906159831521/
 
This Advent season we will be exploring how we can seek the expectation of Jesus in our everyday Christmas preparation. Each week we will explore a different biblical character in the Advent story alongside an everyday part of this season, for example the first Sunday we will explore unpacking those Christmas boxes alongside the story of Zechariah. Join us as we unwrap Christmas this year and see where God’s love enters the world for you.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: http://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/

 

  • One New Year’s Eve Worship Service @ 9:00 am

SUNDAY SCHOOL  There will be no Sunday School on December 31st.  New activity packets are available in the back for kiddos and there is a new Prayground in the sanctuary for children that come to worship this Sunday.
 
FREE STORE – The Free Store thanks Jerry Stanhope for making toppers for the clothing racks.  This adds display area, which is so needed.  Our shortages continue to focus on bedding: any size and any item.  Sofa pillows ae also welcome as the shoppers use them for bed pillows when no bed pillows are available, which is most of the time!  The shoppers and we volunteers are so appreciative of the support you give us.  Happy Holidays.
 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE –   The Children’s/Youth Ministry would like to thank all the many people that made this project such a financial success.  Thanks to those who publicized the sale, those who made/bought and baked items for the sale.  Thank you to the many generous people who donated money beyond the cost of their purchase.  Our youth group will have $570.25 for future mission projects. 
 
THINGS TO DO AT SHILOHUshers and Prayer Leaders are always needed.  There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer.    Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks. Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed.  Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper.  Two people must always be present in the classroom to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Please consider this ministry for one month during the year. The cookie cupboard is rather empty.  Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so.  Sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family is so important to our hospitality.
 
BOOK REVIEW – Shiloh’s Book Review group will meet on January 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the church.  The book for this discussion is a classic: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  Everyone is welcome.   
 
SHILOH 101 – COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR –The first Sunday of each month, Pastor Tyler will be hosting coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am.  This is a chance, especially if you are interested in joining the church, to visit with Pastor Tyler and learn a little bit about Shiloh UMC.  Or just come and have a cup of coffee and a time of fellowship.

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


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December 24, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

We hope you can join us at Shiloh this Christmas Eve,

Our hope is that Christmas Eve worship service provides a place for you to unplug, reconnect your soul, and discover what God might be doing in your life.  Whether you are experiencing stress, joy, sorrow, love, chaos or peace this season, we believe Shiloh can be a place where you can find your grounding in God’s love.  

As a child I went to Christmas Eve Services and there was a sense of excitement.  I am sure some of the anticipation was about unwrapping presents, but under that there was also something more.  As an adult, I find that the Christmas season draws me in five different directions and then I hear songs like “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” They draw me back to know life is about more than the hustle and bustle.  The birth of Jesus happened amidst the chaos and it was God’s attempt to break through to us with love, and invite us to live a life grounded in the ways of peace that Jesus teaches.

However you come to Christmas Eve, we hope that you experience love born anew.  A love that overcomes the strains of this world, that empowers us to live fully, and who invites us to care for one another in powerful new way.  

Wishing you the Peace of Christmas,
               Pastor Tyler

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Unwrapping Christmas
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1801906159831521/
 
This Advent season we will be exploring how we can seek the expectation of Jesus in our everyday Christmas preparation. Each week we will explore a different biblical character in the Advent story alongside an everyday part of this season, for example the first Sunday we will explore unpacking those Christmas boxes alongside the story of Zechariah. Join us as we unwrap Christmas this year and see where God’s love enters the world for you.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/


Worship on regular Sundays begins at 8:00 am and 10:15 am on Sunday and childcare is provided. 

  • Christmas Eve Worship Services:  
    • Traditional Service – 8:00 am
    • Children’s Christmas Pageant – 10:15 am
    • Candlelight Services –  5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • Office closed – Monday December 25th through Friday, December 29th
  • Sandwich Making – Friday, December 29th at 12 noon
  • One New Year’s Eve Worship Service @ 9:00 am
  •  
    SUNDAY SCHOOL The Christmas pageant will be today on December 24th at 10:15 am for all children.  There will be no Sunday School on December 31st.  Activity packets will be available for the children to do while in church.
     
    FREE STORE – The Free Store thanks Jerry Stanhope for making toppers for the clothing racks.  This adds display area, which is so needed.  Our shortages continue to focus on bedding: any size and any item.  Sofa pillows ae also welcome as the shoppers use them for bed pillows when no bed pillows are available, which is most of the time!  The shoppers and we volunteers are so appreciative of the support you give us.  Happy Holidays.
     
    CRAFT AND BAKE SALE –   The Children’s/Youth Ministry would like to thank all the many people that made this project such a financial success.  Thanks to those who publicized the sale, those who made/bought and baked items for the sale.  Thank you to the many generous people who donated money beyond the cost of their purchase.  Our youth group will have $570.25 for future mission projects. 
     
    THINGS TO DO AT SHILOHUshers and Prayer Leaders are always needed.  There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer.    Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks. Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed.  Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper.  Two people must always be present in the classroom to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Please consider this ministry for one month during the year. The cookie cupboard is rather empty.  Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so.  Sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family is so important to our hospitality.
     
    BOOK REVIEW – Shiloh’s Book Review group will meet on January 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the church.  The book for this discussion is a classic: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  Everyone is welcome.   
     
    SHILOH 101 – COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR –The first Sunday of each month, Pastor Tyler will be hosting coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am.  This is a chance, especially if you are interested in joining the church, to visit with Pastor Tyler and learn a little bit about Shiloh UMC.  Or just come and have a cup of coffee and a time of fellowship.
     
    SUPPORT MESSY CHURCH – UMW has raffle tickets available for the handmade quilt that is on display in the Fellowship Room.  The quilt was made by Virginia Thorson.  She and her husband, Harold, were among the worker-bees of the church before passing.  The proceeds will support Messy Church.  The drawing will take place December 24th

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

 
 

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December 17, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Before you get to the pastors corner today, I have a challenge for each of you.  Tomorrow in worship please wear your Christmas (aka ugly) sweaters to church, if you have them.  

Blessings, 

Pastor Tyler

P.S.  I am looking for an individual who would partner with me to continue to expand our ministry of aging well, through programs like the Lunch and Learn, Demystifying Dementia and others.  If you are interested please contact me directly.
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Today’s Pastor’s Corner is brought to you by Sally McConnell our Yellowstone Conference Missions Coordinator.  If you have more questions about this work please contact Pastor Tyler or Sally McConnell.
 
The people of Yellowstone Conference continue to make ministry happen in the East Angola Conference of the United Methodist Church. Gloria Edwards (Bozeman UMC) and Joanna Griffin (Whitefish UMC) visited eight churches and their pastors and church leaders this November as a way of continuing our partnership with them. It’s a way for us to hear their stories, and for them to hear ours. It is through this kind of personal exchange that we strengthen our connections as followers of Jesus.
 
“Support of a pastor makes the present tolerable and the future worth waiting for.”
– Missionary Ken Koome
 
A few years ago, Angola’s economy was looking up. Schools, infrastructure, and businesses were being built. But 90% of their economy was based on oil, so when the price of oil plummeted, their economy tanked. And the people most impacted are those in the rural area. The Kwanza, the Angolan money, has lost 30 – 40% of its value.
 
Our Christian brothers and sisters need your help. What else could you do this Christmas to make such a difference to Christians who are in such need? The salary support of $50 a month that the people of Yellowstone Conference provides to 66 pastors is the ONLY cash income they receive. Is this not what we hope most of all this Christmas: to make a difference that matters to God and to God’s people?
 
“I love bringing people to the church, to teach people
about the Bible and kindness.”  – Pastor Andriano Joao Tchindongo
 
Your continued support of pastors is needed. You can give through your church using Advance # 3021453 (Angola pastor support) on the memo line, or give online by going to www.umcmission.org and go to ‘donate’ and use the above Advance #.
 
May this season of Advent be a blessed one for you,
Sally McConnell, Yellowstone Conference Missions Coordinator

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Unwrapping Christmas – “Unwanted Gifts”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1801906159831521/
 
This Advent season we will be exploring how we can seek the expectation of Jesus in our everyday Christmas preparation. Each week we will explore a different biblical character in the Advent story alongside an everyday part of this season, for example the first Sunday we will explore unpacking those Christmas boxes alongside the story of Zechariah. Join us as we unwrap Christmas this year and see where God’s love enters the world for you.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/



Worship on regular Sundays begins at 8:00 am and 10:15 am on Sunday and childcare is provided. 

  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Band Practice – Today at 9:15 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today after Children’s Message
  • Chime Practice – Today at 11:30 am
  • 406 Youth Ministry – Christmas Party 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Bookmobile Tuesday at 12:30 pm
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • God Hunger/Lunch with the Pastor – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Interfaith Solstice Service – Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • Christmas Eve Worship Services:  
    • Traditional Service – 8:00 am
    • Children’s Christmas Pageant – 10:15 am
    • Candlelight Services –  5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • One New Year’s Eve Worship Service @ 9:00 am

SUNDAY SCHOOL The Christmas pageant will be on December 24th at 10:15 am for all children.  Please have the children at the church by 9:45 am for costume fitting.  There will be no Sunday School on December 31st.  Activity packets will be available for the children to do while in church.
 
INTERFAITH SOLSTICE SERVICE – We will host a first for Billings, an InterFaith solstice service at Shiloh UMC with our Jewish Community on December 21st at 7:00 pm.  This service will feature music and reflections on “Leaning Toward the Light” by members of our Christian community and their Jewish community.  Each reflection will be rooted in our traditions and looking toward the reality that from the 21st on there is more light each day until summer. 
 
MISSION’S GIVING TREE – The “Giving Tree” has cards for gifts for people at St. John’s, Tumbleweed and the Veteran’s home. The cards from St. John’s have the requests on the back of the card with the item and size that is needed. The Veterans are asking for gift cards from Wal-Mart and Tumbleweed youth are asking for gift cards for gas or from Target and Wal-Mart.  Please have your packages under the tree and your gift cards into the office to be placed in the safe by today.  Thank you for your help making this a better Christmas for many people.
 
FREE STORE – The Free Store thanks Jerry Stanhope for making toppers for the clothing racks.  This adds display area, which is so needed.  Our shortages continue to focus on bedding: any size and any item.  Sofa pillows ae also welcome as the shoppers use them for bed pillows when no bed pillows are available, which is most of the time!  The shoppers and we volunteers are so appreciative of the support you give us.  Happy Holidays.
 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE –   The Children’s/Youth Ministry would like to thank all the many people that made this project such a financial success.  Thanks to those who publicized the sale, those who made/bought and baked items for the sale.  Thank you to the many generous people who donated money beyond the cost of their purchase.  Our youth group will have $570.25 for future mission projects. 
 
ASANTONI SANA Sally Kent would like to thank everyone who bought crafts from the ladies of Tanzania.  She will be taking back $1,400.00 to the artists who created the items you bought. 
 
CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS Share warm Christmas greetings with your Shiloh family without the postage.  Simply bring a stocking with your family’s name on it, hang it in the Fellowship Hall and enjoy exchanging Christmas wishes with your friends at Shiloh UMC.  There will be a list on the table in the Fellowship hall for you to take home with the names of the people who have hung stockings.
 
THINGS TO DO AT SHILOHUshers and Prayer Leaders are always needed.  There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer.    Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks. Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed.  Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper.  Two people must always be present in the classroom to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Please consider this ministry for one month during the year. The cookie cupboard is rather empty.  Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so.  Sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family is so important to our hospitality.
 
BOOK REVIEW – Shiloh’s Book Review group will meet on January 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the church.  The book for this discussion is a classic: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  Everyone is welcome.   
 
SHILOH 101 – COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR –The first Sunday of each month, Pastor Tyler will be hosting coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am.  This is a chance, especially if you are interested in joining the church, to visit with Pastor Tyler and learn a little bit about Shiloh UMC.  Or just come and have a cup of coffee and a time of fellowship.  (January’s time will be 9:00-10:00am instead.)
 
SUPPORT MESSY CHURCH – UMW has raffle tickets available for the handmade quilt that is on display in the Fellowship Room.  The quilt was made by Virginia Thorson.  She and her husband, Harold, were among the worker-bees of the church before passing.  The proceeds will support Messy Church.  The drawing will take place December 24th

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

 
 

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December 10, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Our Advent study continues this Sunday with the story of Joseph.  What I love about this story is that Joseph is faced with a modern dilemma in his life, one that requires more than an “either/or” choice.  He has learned Mary is pregnant and he is looking at dismissing her quietly or whether he should follow the law, which was very harsh and could result in Mary’s death.  Instead, Joseph receives an alternative way from God, learning that by following a path of supporting Mary he, in turn, is supporting God’s vision of the earth to be called closer to God’s kingdom. 
 
In this season, we are all called to look for God in new ways, to live in ways that are God’s plan more than ours.  I encourage you this season to look for those ways God is nudging you to look at your world, the way we do things differently.  And remember Jesus always shows up, all the time, and in ways that are unexpected.  Just like Jesus showed up unexpectedly as a child all those years ago. 
 
As a part of this understanding of seeking new ways to encounter God this season, I would invite you to mark your calendars for December 21, at 7 pm.  I have been meeting with members of the Jewish community and we will host the first Interfaith Solstice Service at Shiloh UMC.  This service will feature music and reflections on “Leaning Toward the Light” by members of our Christian community and their Jewish community.  Each reflection will be rooted in our traditions, and looking toward the reality that from the 21st on there is more light each day until summer.  We will have more details about this service out soon.  
 
Prayers of new wonder for you in this season of preparation.
 
Enthusiastic Peace, Pastor Tyler

P.S.  I am looking for an individual who would partner with me to continue to expand our ministry of aging well, through programs like the Lunch and Learn, Demystifying Dementia and others.  If you are interested please contact me directly.

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Unwrapping Christmas – “Unpacking Christmas”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1801906159831521/
 
This Advent season we will be exploring how we can seek the expectation of Jesus in our everyday Christmas preparation. Each week we will explore a different biblical character in the Advent story alongside an everyday part of this season, for example the first Sunday we will explore unpacking those Christmas boxes alongside the story of Zechariah. Join us as we unwrap Christmas this year and see where God’s love enters the world for you.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/

Worship begins at 8:00 am and 10:15 am on Sunday and childcare is provided. 

  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today after Children’s Message
  • Craft and Bake Sale – Today after both services
  • Blessing Billings – Today at 3:30 pm at FUMC
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • SPRC –Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Trustees – Tuesday at 7:00 pm
  • God Hunger – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Lunch with the Pastor – Wednesday at 12 noon
  • Ad Council – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at Evangelical UMC
  • Worship Service –  Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice –  Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School –  Sunday after the Children’s Message
  • Band Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am

 
CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIESThe sale will be held today after both services and this will be the last day.  The proceeds from the sale will go to a Youth Mission project.  Thank you for your supporting the youth of our church.
 
BLESSING BILLINGS – 406 Youth United Student Ministry will be partnering with EUMC and FUMC to bring a blessing the homeless in downtown Billings, alongside some other non-profits.  The youth will help serve food, communion, and offer resources to those on the street.  If you as a parent would like to join us for this event, you are welcome.  We will meet at FUMC downtown at 3:30 pm.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL The Christmas pageant will be on December 24th at 10:15 am for all children.  Please have the children at the church by 9:45 am for costume fitting.  There will be no Sunday School on December 31st.  Activity packets will be available for the children to do while in church.
 
MISSION’S GIVING TREE – The “Giving Tree” has cards hanging on the tree for gifts for people at St. John’s, Tumbleweed and the Veteran’s home. The cards from St. John’s have the requests on the back of the card with the item and size that is needed. The Veterans are asking for gift cards from Wal-Mart and Tumbleweed youth are asking for gift cards for gas or from Target and Wal-Mart.  Please have your packages under the tree and your gift cards into the office to be placed in the safe by December 17th.  Thank you for your help making this a better Christmas.  
FREE STORE – Once again we are in need of the large plastic garbage bags for our clients to use to take home the items they need from the Free Store.  We are also asking for winter clothes-warm hats, mittens, coats, gently used sleeping bags as well as bed sheets (clean, in good shape, any size).  We really appreciate and thank you for all your support of this critical mission.
 
ASANTONI SANA Sally Kent would like to thank everyone who bought crafts from the ladies of Tanzania.  She will be taking back $1,400.00 to the artists who created the items you bought.   
 
THINGS TO DO AT SHILOHUshers and Prayer Leaders are always needed.  There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer.    Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks. Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed.  Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper.  Two people must always be present in the classroom to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Please consider this ministry for one month during the year. The cookie cupboard is rather empty.  Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so.  Sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family is so important to our hospitality.
 
BOOK REVIEW – Shiloh’s Book Review group will meet on January 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the church.  The book for this discussion is a classic: Anne of Green Gables
By L.M. Montgomery.  Everyone is welcome.   
 
SHILOH’S UNITED METHODIST WOMEN – December 10th at 1:00 pm Shiloh’s UMW will meet at the church to plan a welcoming event for Pastor Tyler’s wife, Crystal.  Everyone is invited to come and help plan this event.  Many of our members are no longer able to participate and Shiloh’s circles are considering disbanding.  If you are interested in keeping this an active part of Shiloh, consider becoming part of the ladies who meet for fellowship, mission and study.
 
SHILOH 101 – COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR –The first Sunday of each month, Pastor Tyler will be hosting coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am.  This will be a chance, if you are interested in joining the church, to visit with Pastor Tyler and learn a little bit about Shiloh UMC.  Or just come and have a cup of coffee and a time of fellowship.
 
INTERFAITH SOLSTICE SERVICE – We will host a first for Billings, an InterFaith solstice service at Shiloh UMC with our Jewish Community on December 21st at 7:00 pm.  This service will feature music and reflections on “Leaning Toward the Light” by members of our Christian community and their Jewish community. Each reflection will be rooted in our traditions and looking toward the reality that from the 21st on there is more light each day until summer.  We will have more details about this service soon. 

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

 
 

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December 3, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

The pace is quickening, I felt it this week. The calendar is getting full as I was working, at home with family, and while I was planning events with friends. December is a busy month and it is also an important month in our Christian calendar. December 3, marks the first Sunday of Advent and for Christians it is the first day of the church year. The invitation in advent is to seek God’s presence coming into our lives in tiny ways. Just like the tiny baby Jesus was able to arrive in a small little town and bring a message of great love, so we are invited to see where love is breaking into the little areas of our lives. How are little acts of love making big change in our community, lives, and our world?

This December I invite you to remember to take a step outside the business by being present in worship, finding time for prayer, or even just taking a deep breath when you amidst the hustle of the season. In worship, we will be unwrapping Christmas by placing the everyday practices of the season alongside the characters in the Advent story. I think you will be surprised by how our lives parallel many traits of these incredible characters.

I would invite you this season to take part in giving back to our community through an act of service. Maybe that is the giving tree in the entry, or by participating in care through one of our mission causes.

This season look for where love is breaking into our community in small ways. Seek ways to help it grow. Perhaps it will blossom into an act of great love that makes an outstanding difference. As the Muppets put it in their rendition of the Christmas Carol, “Wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas.”

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

P.S. I am looking for an individual who would partner with me to continue to expand our ministry of aging well, through programs like the Lunch and Learn, Demystifying Dementia and others. If you are interested please contact me directly.

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Unwrapping Christmas – “Unpacking Christmas”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1801906159831521/

This Advent season we will be exploring how we can seek the expectation of Jesus in our everyday Christmas preparation. Each week we will explore a different biblical character in the Advent story alongside an everyday part of this season, for example the first Sunday we will explore unpacking those Christmas boxes alongside the story of Zechariah. Join us as we unwrap Christmas this year and see where God’s love enters the world for you.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: http://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/

Worship begins at 8:00 am and 10:15 am on Sunday and childcare is provided.

  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Food Bank Sunday – Today
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today after Children’s Message
  • Soup Making – Today – After second service
  • Shiloh 101- Today – Coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am
  • Craft and Bake Sale – Today after both services
  • Messy Church – Monday at 5:15 pm
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • God Hunger – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Lunch and Learn – Wednesday at noon
  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday after the Children’s Message
  • Craft and Bake Sale – Sunday after both services

CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIES – Attention all crafters and bakers!! It is time to get ready for the Holiday Craft and Bake Sale. The sale will be held today after both services and again next Sunday. We are requesting baked goods, holiday decorations, knitted items, painted items, etc. The proceeds from the sale will go to a Youth Mission project. Thank you for sharing your talents, time and gifts with the youth in our church.

MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church will be meeting Mondayevening, December 4th at 5:15 pm. This is a great way to experience the love of God and fellowship of others. We begin at 5:15 with a light meal, then a story, and then off to the craft tables. We will end the evening with a prayer and be done well before 7:00 pm. Please join us and bring all of your friends to share the evening with.

COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR- Today will be coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am. This will be a chance, if you are interested in joining the church, to visit with Pastor Tyler and learn a little Shiloh 101. Or just come and have a cup of coffee and a time of fellowship. This coffee will be held the first Sunday of each month.

LUNCH AND LEARN – The Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, December 6th will be in collaboration with Highgate. The subject will be “The Whole You.” This will be a class on how to live a holistic lifestyle your entire life long. We hope you can join us for this Lunch and Learn.

FREE STORE – Once again we are in need of the large plastic garbage bags for our clients to use to take home the items they need from the Free Store. We are also asking for winter clothes-warm hats, mittens, coats, gently used sleeping bags as well as bed sheets (clean, in good shape, any size). We really appreciate and thank you for all your support of this critical mission.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH?
Our insurance company (and our Safe Sanctuary policy) requires two adults in the room when working with youngsters. Consequently, we need someone to be a helper (we already have the teacher), one Sunday a month, during Sunday school held during 2nd service. If interested, please notify Pastor Tyler or Peg Parker (670-6730) or at pjayco44@gmail.com.

THINGS TO DO AT SHILOH – Ushers and Prayer Leaders are always needed. There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer. Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks. Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed. Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper. Two people must always be present in the classroom to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy. Please consider this ministry for one month during the year. The cookie cupboard is rather empty. Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so. Sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family is so important to our hospitality.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – The Christmas pageant will be on December 24th for all children. Please be at the church at 9:45 am for a costume fitting. There will be no Sunday school on December 31st. Activity packets will be available for the children to do while in church.

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


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