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December 2017 Newsletter

Your copy of the December 2017 

Genesis, Shiloh UMC’s monthly newsletter can be found here December 2017 Newsletter

Advent is upon us and thus begins the hustle of the season.  We pray you find time to slow the pace and see where God might be entering the world during this season of expectation.

Grace and peace,

Shiloh UMC

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November 26, 2017 – Generosity Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

This week I invite you to look for and easter egg somewhere on our shilohbillings.church website.  Hint: It is on a page describing different community activities at Shiloh.  When you find the egg, email the location of the egg and your name to PastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church.  If you are the first person you will receive a gift supporting your practice of generosity from our Finance and Stewardship team.  

Congrats to Jennine Budge for winning already!

____________________________________________________

GENEROSITY CORNER

Love, Peace, Hope, Joy to you.  This is the final Sunday of our “Season of Generosity.”  I first want to say thank you to each and every one of you for taking this journey together.  The journey of finding peace in our finances as we seek to be people of God is always messy, and challenging.  Messy because we all see money a bit differently, and challenging because it is a constant struggle for many of us to understand how we can have enough to make it through each moment of life. 
 
Last Sunday we learned gratitude can actually change our brain, and help us to be more generous people in our hearts and lives each day.  You each wrote down visions for the church and they will be hanging on our gratitude tree this Sunday.  This Sunday I will be inviting our members and friends to turn in their pledge cards for 2018.  These cards are meant to be a spiritual practice, and they are one I use each year.  It reminds me that I am called as a child of God to celebrate God’s generosity. 
 
I invite you to turn these cards in with your whole heart.  If it is something that feels begrudging to you then pray over it for a time and turn it in when your heart is ready.  These pledge cards are for you, more than for the church.  They are for you to find a practice of generosity.  If you forgot your card there are some in the back of the church today and if you prefer you can fill it out online at www. ShilohBIllings.Church/give and go to the bottom of the page. 
 
However, you share your gifts with Shiloh, please let me share my deepest thanks for all you do to make our ministry possible!
 
 
Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Practicing Extravagant Generosity “Declarations of the Heart”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1771670642855073/
 
In November we are inviting our congregation to engage in a “Season of Generosity.” Our sermon series and congregational study focuses on “Practicing Extravagant Generosity” and is based on a book by Robert Schnase. This season becomes a time for members and friends of Shiloh to seek how to use their resources to do God’s work in the world. We encourage everyone to take time to find spiritual practices that help you to recognize where God has given you blessings in your life and how you might share those blessings.
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. 

 
HANGING OF THE GREENS We will be getting Shiloh UMC ready for the Christmas season on Sunday, November 26th after second service.  We hope you will stay and help decorate the church and then have snack after the work is all done.  This is a great time of fellowship and getting a big job done. We hope you can join us!

406 YOUTH UNITED – STUDENT MINISTRY – Our youth group for grades 6-12 is about helping connect youth to each other, their community and learn about this radical guy we know as Jesus.  Today, we will be helping with the brunch for hanging of the greens, December 3rd we are at the church from 6-7:15pm

  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today after Children’s Message
  • Soup Making – Today – After second service in the Adult Sunday School Room
  • Hanging of the greens – Today after 2nd service
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Pie Making –  Saturday at  9:00 am
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Next Sunday after the Children’s Message
  • Craft and Bake Sale – Next Sunday after both services
  • Shiloh 101 – Coffee with the Pastor – Next Sunday from 11:30 – 12:30

 
TANZANIA –Sally Thompson will have the arts and crafts she bought back from Tanzania on display today in the fellowship hall.  All proceeds go back to the artist or crafter in Tanzania who made the beautiful basket, jewelry, bags, linens, rugs and so much more.
 
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.
 
HANGING OF THE GREENS We will be getting Shiloh UMC ready for the Christmas season today after second service.  We hope you will stay and help decorate the church and then have snack after the work is all done.  This is a great time of fellowship and getting a big job done. We hope you can join us!
 
UNITED METHODIST STUDENT SUNDAY Sunday the Gifts to the United Methodist Student Day will help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discover what God has called them to do.
 
CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIES – Attention all crafters and bakers!!  It is time to get ready for the Holiday Craft and Bake Sale. It will be held after both services on December 3rd and 10th.  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.
 
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.
 
PIE MAKING!!! Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a homemade pie crust?  Do you like to make pies?  The Children and Youth Ministries is offering you an opportunity to do both.  Come to the church on December 2nd at 9:00 am.  All you have to bring is the filling for a pie.  If you don’t want to do homemade, then bring a ready –made crust and a pie tin.  All pies will be sold the next day at the Craft and Bake Sale with proceeds going to help fund the mission work of the UMYF.
 
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.  Hanging of the Greens is TODAY.  Please plan to help decorate the church for the Advent Season.  It is a fun afternoon of fellowship.  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.
 
MESSY CHURCHMessy Church will be meeting Monday evening, December 4th at 5:15 pm. This is a great way to experience the love of God and the 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 closing prayer and be done well before 7:00 pm. Please join us and find some kids to share the evening with.
 
FOOD BANK SUNDAY  The first Sunday of each month is Food Bank Sunday and they are in need of all types of food. If you don’t want to shop you can make a money donation.  There is need for personal and paper items, such as paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissues and also for laundry soap, dog and cat food and the list goes on.

 

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

 
 

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November 19, 2017 – Generosity Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Each week during our season of Generosity you will receive an email message from one of our congregation.  We are asking people to share what helps them find their practice of giving at Shiloh UMC.  We will be hearing from longtime givers, and people who are new to committed giving.  I hope you join me in reading their messages and praying over the inspirations we receive from them.

Also, each week we will be invited to look for and easter egg somewhere on our shilohbillings.church website.  It will move each week and this weeks is already out there.  When you find the egg, email the location of the egg and your name to PastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church.  If you are the first person you will receive a gift supporting your practice of generosity from our Finance and Stewardship team.  

Congrats to Jennine Budge for winning already!

Join us for this journey of generosity,

Pastor Tyler
____________________________________________________

GENEROSITY CORNER

“How about donating a bag of fruit,” my friend Liz responded when I asked what was needed for the bi-monthly meal served at the Free Store by members of SUMC. Thus began my journey with the Free Store. The donation of fruit soon included baking the dessert, followed several months later by my being at the Free Store meal site to help with the set-up, serving, and clean-up. During this time I was feeling a nudge by God that I really ought to be doing more.
 
Two years ago I agreed to be the co-director of the Free Store, which focuses on providing free clothing, linens, and household goods to those in need; goods all donated by members of the community. As I grew to know our shoppers, God led me to the realization that I should provide additional leadership in publicizing our ministry, in providing a more welcoming shopping experience, in improving what was available for our shoppers and in recruiting more volunteers. While all this continues to happen, my commitment has become a passion and my attitude has become one of joy because I know God is beside me saying, “yes, Peggy!”
 
Certainly volunteerism makes a difference in our own lives. However, the needs in our city, in our neighborhood and in our own church are great. During our congregation’s focus on Extravagant Generosity, consider those needs and what you can do with your time and commitment to embark on your own journey.
 
Blessings,
Peg Parker

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Practicing Extravagant Generosity “Vision and Hope Are Inspirations of the Heart”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1771670642855073/
 
In November we are inviting our congregation to engage in a “Season of Generosity.” Our sermon series and congregational study focuses on “Practicing Extravagant Generosity” and is based on a book by Robert Schnase. This season becomes a time for members and friends of Shiloh to seek how to use their resources to do God’s work in the world. We encourage everyone to take time to find spiritual practices that help you to recognize where God has given you blessings in your life and how you might share those blessings.
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
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today after Children’s Message
  • Chime Choir Practice – Today after 2nd service
  • 406 Youth United-Student Ministry– Today at 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Bookmobile –Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • God Hunger – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Lunch with the Pastor  – Wednesday at noon
  • Thanksgiving – Office Closed – Thursday
  • Office Closed  – Friday
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Next Sunday after the Children’s Message

 
HANGING OF THE GREENS We will be getting Shiloh UMC ready for the Christmas season on Sunday, November 29th after second service.  We hope you will stay and help decorate the church and then have snack after the work is all done.  This is a great time of fellowship and getting a big job done. We hope you can join us!

406 YOUTH UNITED – STUDENT MINISTRY – Our youth group for grades 6-12 is about helping connect youth to each other, their community and learn about this radical guy we know as Jesus.  Today, November 19th we will meet at the church at 3:30 to ride together to First UMC downtown for the All Church Dodgeball afternoon.  We hope to be back by 6:30.
 
TANZANIA –Sally Thompson will have the arts and crafts that she bought back from Tanzania on display November 19 in the fellowship hall.  All proceeds go back to the artist or crafter in Tanzania who made the beautiful basket, jewelry, bags, linens, rugs and so much more.
 
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.  We really appreciate and thank you for all your support for this much-needed mission.
 
UNITED METHODIST STUDENT SUNDAY Gifts to the United Methodist Student Day help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discover what God has called them to do.
CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIES – Attention all crafters and bakers!!  It is time to start getting ready for the Holiday Craft and Bake Sale. The sale will be after both services on December 3rd and December 10th.  We are requesting items for the craft sale; baked goods, holiday decorations, knitted items, painted items, you name it and we’ll take it.  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.
 
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.
 
PIE MAKING!!! Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a homemade pie crust?  Do you like to make pies?  The Children and Youth Ministries is offering you an opportunity to do both.  Come to the church on December 2nd at 9:00 am.  All you have to bring is the filling for a pie.  If you don’t want to do homemade, then bring a ready –made crust and a pie tin.  All pies will be sold the next day at the Craft and Bake Sale with proceeds going to help fund the mission work of the UMYF.
 
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.  Hanging of the Greens will be on November 26th.  Please plan to help ready the entire church get ready for the Advent Season.  It is a fun afternoon of fellowship.  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.
 
MESSIAH FESTIVAL –  This free concert, now in its 24th year, will be performed at the Alberta Bair Theater, Sunday, December 3rd at 3:30 pm. Interested singers may borrow a Messiah score and attend any or all rehearsals the weekend of the performance. 
Call (406) 237-3686 or go to svfoundation.org and click on events and then click on the Messiah Festival.

 


“God’s Hunger” will continue at 11:30 am on Wednesday, this time of prayer and contemplative reflection is for all people.  We meet for 30 minutes and then people can join us for a brown bag lunch afterwards(except when there is a Lunch and Learn).  If you are looking for a moment of silence and focus on God, join us.

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


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November 12, 2017 – Generosity Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Each week during our season of Generosity you will receive an email message from one of our congregation.  We are asking people to share what helps them find their practice of giving at Shiloh UMC.  We will be hearing from longtime givers, and people who are new to committed giving.  I hope you join me in reading their messages and praying over the inspirations we receive from them.

Also, each week we will be invited to look for and easter egg somewhere on our shilohbillings.church website.  It will move each week and this weeks is already out there.  When you find the egg, email the location of the egg and your name to PastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church.  If you are the first person you will receive a gift supporting your practice of generosity from our Finance and Stewardship team.  

Congrats to Jennine Budge for winning last week!

Join us for this journey of generosity,

Pastor Tyler
____________________________________________________

GENEROSITY CORNER

I (Ryan) graduated high school in a suburb east of Dallas, Texas.  In our town of nearly 10,000 people, we had what was known as a “megachurch”, which started in the 1980’s by a semi-famous televangelist, who eventually found economic ruin after doing some shady deals, all in the name of God.  The congregation rebuilt under a different name, and is still there to this day. 

What perplexed me most about this particular church was that, given its size – in both congregation and building – was that the presence in the community was nothing more than a visual of never ending construction, rather than a mission-driven focus on issues that plagued our small town.

I don’t expect Shiloh UMC to become a mega-church, but I’m proud of the way that our relatively small worship community makes a significant effort to give back outside the church– through backpacks for school children, food drives, sandwiches, and a community garden, but also through larger initiatives like UMCOR. 

In this season of Extravagant Generosity, we ask our fellow congregation to consider the large impact that Shiloh has on our community.  Feel comfortable knowing that your pledge helps make the dreams and visions of both old and new members of Shiloh a reality, and that not only affects our church, but our world around us.

God’s blessings from our family,
Ryan and Kassie Sullivan

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Practicing Extravagant Generosity “Relationships are Matters of the Heart”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1771670642855073/

In November we are inviting our congregation to engage in a “Season of Generosity.” Our sermon series and congregational study focuses on “Practicing Extravagant Generosity” and is based on a book by Robert Schnase. This season becomes a time for members and friends of Shiloh to seek how to use their resources to do God’s work in the world. We encourage everyone to take time to find spiritual practices that help you to recognize where God has given you blessings in your life and how you might share those blessings.
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 – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday after Children’s Message
  • Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast (to Honor our Vets) – Sunday after both services
  • Faith & Film – Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • 406 Youth United-Student Ministry– Sunday at 6:00 pm- 7:15 pm
  • 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 noon
  • Free Store  – Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday, at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice – Next Sunday, at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Next Sunday, at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Next Sunday after the Children’s Message

BISCUITS AND GRAVY BREAKFASTOur annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast will be today after both services.  We will be serving biscuits, gravy, eggs and sausage.  Please plan on joining us as we honor our Veterans and their families.

FAITH & FILM November’s Faith and Film selection is Last Word starring Shirley McClaine and Amanda Seyfried.  Harriet is a retired business woman who tries to control everything around her.  When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship.  Bring a friend, a snack, or just yourself and, as always, we will have a discussion after the movie.  Show time 5:30 pm today.

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.  We really appreciate and thank you for all of your support for this much-needed mission.

CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIES – Attention all crafters and bakers!!.  It is time to start getting ready for the Holiday Craft and Bake Sale. The sale will be after both services on December 3rd and December 10th.  We are requesting items for the craft sale; baked goods, holiday decorations, knitted items, painted items, you name it and we’ll take it.  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.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT 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.

PIE MAKING!!! Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a homemade pie crust?  Do you like to make pies?  The Children and Youth Ministries is offering you an opportunity to do both.  Come to the church on December 2nd at 9:00 am.  All you have to bring is the filling for a pie.  If you don’t want to do homemade, then bring a ready –made crust and a pie tin.  All pies will be sold the next day at the Craft and Bake Sale with proceeds going to help fund the mission work of the MYF.

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.  Hanging of the Greens will be on November 26th.  Please plan to help ready the entire church get ready for the Advent Season.  It is a fun afternoon of fellowship.  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 classes 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.  The minutes sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family are so important to our hospitality.

TANZANIA – Sally Thompson will have the arts and crafts that she bought back from Tanzania on display November 19th. All proceeds go back to the artist or crafter in Tanzania who made the beautiful basket, jewelry, bags, linens, rugs and so much more.

MESSIAH FESTIVAL –  This free concert, now in its 24th year, will be performed at the Alberta Bair Theater, Sunday, December 3rd at 3:30 pm. Interested singers may barrow a Messiah score and attend any or all rehearsals the weekend of the performance. 
Call (406) 237-3686 or go to svfoundation.org and click on events and then click on the  Messiah Festival.


“God’s Hunger” will continue at 11:30 am on Wednesday, this time of prayer and contemplative reflection is for all people.  We meet for 30 minutes and then people can join us for a brown bag lunch afterwards(except when there is a Lunch and Learn).  If you are looking for a moment of silence and focus on God, join us.

Celebration of Our Past Events

 

November 8, at noon. Highgate senior living shared a presentation and interactive experience on learning about Dementia. We had 20 people present and many shared how much they benefited from the experience. Look for our next event like this in the coming months!

 

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

 
 
 

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November 2017 Newsletter

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we hope you take a few minutes to see how we are sharing our thankfulness for God and our opportunity to serve Billings. 
 
 

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November 5, 2017 – Generosity Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Each week during our season of Generosity you will receive an email message from one of our congregation.  We are asking people to share what helps them find their practice of giving at Shiloh UMC.  We will be hearing from longtime givers, and people who are new to committed giving.  I hope you join me in reading their messages and praying over the inspirations we receive from them.

Also, each week we will be invited to look for and easter egg somewhere on our shilohbillings.church website.  It will move each week and this weeks is already out there.  When you find the egg, email the location of the egg and your name to PastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church.  If you are the first person you will receive a gift supporting your practice of generosity from our Finance and Stewardship team.  (Egg Picture is on website somewhere).

Join us for this journey of generosity,

Pastor Tyler
____________________________________________________

GENEROSITY CORNER

Our commitment to giving to the church started long before involvement with Shiloh. 
Having been blessed to be raised in Christian families, it was a given that we would be giving.  Buddy’s family had always been regular tithers, while my family gave throughout the year, helped for immediate needs and gave year end to our home church and other churches that needed a helping hand. Signing a pledge card was new to me, but Buddy convinced me that the church needed to have a budget and without an estimate of income, it would be an impossible task to plan for even a year ahead. We decided to give a certain amount that we felt we could handle. Time passed and as we were blessed we added to our gift to our church. 
Being charter members, Shiloh is near and dear to our hearts.  We have seen this church through good and lean years.  Each passing year brings its own ups and downs, but Shiloh has life of its own and I have always contended Shiloh has “good bones”.
We would urge everyone to at least committing to a pledge at whatever level you are comfortable with. 
Strange as it may seem, the more you give, the more you have to give.  It seems the Lord rewards good stewardship. 

Prayers and good thoughts for Shiloh and our minister, Pastor Tyler.    
 
Buddy and Judy Kastrop

Worship on Sunday – Practicing Extravagant Generosity “Ministry Flows From the Heart”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1771670642855073/
 
In November we are inviting our congregation to engage in a “Season of Generosity.” Our sermon series and congregational study focuses on “Practicing Extravagant Generosity” and is based on a book by Robert Schnase. This season becomes a time for members and friends of Shiloh to seek how to use their resources to do God’s work in the world. We encourage everyone to take time to find spiritual practices that help you to recognize where God has given you blessings in your life and how you might share those blessings.

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

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Seasonal Offering – Lunch and Learn: Demystifying Dementia

November 8, at noon.  Highgate senior living is going to partner with us to bring a program called Lunch & Learn: Demystifying Dementia to our congregation, a free lunch will be included.  We will be learning about what dementia is like for people, the warning signs, and what care is needed for people facing this illness.

 

 Seasonal Offering – Smart Money Event


Many of you are familiar with Dave Ramsey and his life-changing class, Financial Peace University.  Millions of people have found the freedom that getting out of debt can bring to their lives. Whether it’s credit cards, student loans, or even your mortgage, being free of debt gives you the opportunity to give more of your time and your talents than you ever have before.  Our church wants that type of financial peace for all of you. So we’re planning something special here on the evening of
November 7 at 6pm.
 
 
That evening, you’re welcome to join us right here at the church as we host a live stream of one of Dave’s events, Smart Money.  He’s going to be joined by his daughter, Rachel Cruze, and they are going to walk you through the steps you need to take to get a clear vision for your family’s financial future.  The best part? It’s completely free for you to come!  This three-hour event is going to lay out a seven-step proven plan for getting you and your family out of debt, and on track to live and give like you never have before.  So go ahead and mark your calendars and plan to join us on Tuesday, November 7 at 6pm.  


Messy Church starts at 5:15 pm on Monday and begins with a light meal, followed with a story, discussion and lots of crafts.

Choir practice starts at 9:00 on Sunday. 

“Animate” (Adult Bible Study) will be held at 9:00 am in the Education Wing.  This is an
multi-media class that focuses on seven aspects of faith: God,
Religion, Jesus, Salvation, the Cross, the Bible and the Church. 

 

The Caregivers Support Group meets Tuesday at 1:30 pm.


“God’s Hunger” will continue at 11:30 am on Wednesday, this time of prayer and contemplative reflection is for all people.  We meet for 30 minutes and then people can join us for a brown bag lunch afterwards(except when there is a Lunch and Learn).  If you are looking for a moment of silence and focus on God, join us.


Trunk or Treat was a great success we had about 30 volunteers and somewhere between 75-100 people join us from the community.  Thanks to all who came and joined us!

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

 


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Practicing Extravagant Generosity

 

Greetings,

 

In November we are inviting our congregation to engage in a “Season of Generosity.”  Our sermon series and congregational study focuses on “Practicing Extravagant Generosity” and based on a book by Robert Schnase.  This season becomes a time for members and friends of Shiloh to seek how to use their resources to do God’s work in the world.  We encourage everyone to take time to find spiritual practices that help you to recognize where God has given you blessings in your life and how you might share those blessings.

 

This year’s focus will invite us to consider where our call for generosity comes from, how we live out generosity in our lives, how God’s dreams embrace generous living, and finally how we as people of God commit to a generous lifestyle in Christ. 

 

Since this is the first season of generosity that Shiloh has experienced with me as the pastor, let me share with you what I hope during this season.  1.  That you find at least one skill that supports you in knowing what abundance is for you, and how you can share that abundance in the world.  2.  That you will find one new way to connect to God as you practice generosity. 

 

During this season, we invite you to participate in the following ways:

 

  1. Our sermon series will be available in worship each week at 8 and 10:15 Sunday mornings, online at ShilohBillings.Church, and through our app that can be downloaded from our website. We invite you to join with us each week by being present or listening in.

 

  1. Each week we will publish our “Generosity Corner.” This message will replace the Pastor’s Corner for this season and will be written by members of our congregation.  To signup to receive these by email please go to church/church-updates/

 

  1. Each week there will be an electronic Easter egg hunt. We know it is the wrong season, but we have to have some fun.  Each week in our weekly email you will be reminded to look for this egg image, if you find it email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church and you will receive a gift if you are the first one.  See the Egg Image at shilohbillings.church/give
 
  1. We have two special events we would like you to consider attending during this season. Please choose the one that best fits you, or both.  And please invite a friend who doesn’t go to Shiloh.
    1. Lunch and Learn: Demystifying Dementia – November 8, at Noon.  Highgate Senior Living is going to partner with us to bring a program called Lunch & Learn: Demystifying Dementia to our congregation, a free lunch will be included.  We will be learning about what dementia is like for people, the warning signs, and what care is needed for people facing this illness.
    2. Smart Money Event – November 7 at 6pm. Many of you are familiar with Dave Ramsey and his life-changing class, Financial Peace University.  Millions of people have found the freedom that getting out of debt can bring to their lives. Whether it’s credit cards, student loans, or even your mortgage, being free of debt gives you the opportunity to give more of your time and your talents than you ever have before.  Our church wants that type of financial peace for all of you.

 

  1. Each week we will have the opportunity to fill out cards to support our practice of generosity. The cards will help us learn where we see generosity in our lives, in the lives of others around us, and who the saints of our church are.  On the last Sunday we will invite members and friends to complete and return the enclosed pledge cards or complete it online.

 

Thank you with gratitude! 

Things are happening around Shiloh and, through us, in many other places. You are part of it and I hope you want to continue your commitment to the exciting ministry that is Shiloh.

 

Enclosed you will find a commitment card for 2018.  Please take some time to prayerfully consider your commitment to our good work.  We ask that you return your pledge cards by November 26

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our final generosity Sunday.  You can place these cards in the offering plate, mail them or fill them out online at https://www.shilohbillings.church/give/

 

You matter greatly to all we do.  I am thankful for your faithfulness! 

 

Enthusiastic Peace,

 

Pastor Tyler

 

 

 

 


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October 29, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

Next week you will see a title change to the Pastor’s Corner, it is going to become our generosity corner for November.  Each week members of our church will share a message of how being generous has changed their lives.  This will accompany the beginning of season of generosity at Shiloh, and our sermon series “Practicing Extravagant Generosity.”

 

Last year around this time, the Cubs won the World Series of the first time in 108 years!  One of my friends posted a video of Chicago after the win, and you could hear cheering and applause rising throughout the city.  People in Chicago were celebrating an amazing victory after 2 lifetimes of ups and downs.

 

Every Sunday, starting next week, I am going to invite us to get as excited about a part of our worship, as Cub’s fans got last year.  When I get up and say, “Now is the time for the offering.”  I want to invite you to clap.  Not for me (could be an easy way to get an ovation), not for the offering itself.  I want to invite us to clap before the offering because of the opportunity we have to share our gifts with the world. 

 

Now some people won’t read this, and they won’t know what we are doing.  Keep clapping until they join us, and let’s see what joyful noise we can make.

 

Next week I invite you to use applause as spiritual practice to remind you what you are thankful for in your life. My hope is it becomes a reminder in this season of generosity that through the ups and downs of life, God does provide blessings of love for us to share with our community.  Perhaps someday we can share this practice with other churches, so on Sundays people will hear cheering throughout our city, like last year in Chicago. 

 

Enthusiastic Peace,

 

Pastor Tyler

 

 


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October 22, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Each week I will share a Pastor’s Corner or a member of our congregation will write a message.  These will come out on Friday of each week and will include reminders of the topic for Sunday Worship.  We hope this ministry brings blessings to you wherever you are on life’s journey.  
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Most days I get to the office between 9 and 9:15. Almost every day I have seen a man walking along Shiloh Road with a walker right when I arrive.  The man is Mike and he shared with me that he walks by every day because he is recovering from a stroke, and this is one way he is doing Physical Therapy to overcome this challenge in his life.  

Who are our neighbors?  As I prepared to serve you all I did some demographic research.  To our north and east is primarily a population of adults 55+.  This should probably not surprise us with Highgate, St. John’s and other senior and assisted-care facilities near us.  To the west and south of us are a population of people under 55 and many are either families or soon to be starting families. 
           
Over the summer, you all did work with Rev. John Pugh to explore where we might be called to serve and go as a congregation.  Working to include more young people and families was clearly a priority.  We will be working to welcome young families and children into our church as we work together.
           
We also have an older(perhaps I should say “wiser”) congregation and it is clear that our neighborhood reflects this, so I would like to invite us to consider how we might serve our 55 and older neighbors.  One way I am going to invite us to do this is on November 8, at noon.  Highgate assisted living is going to partner with us to bring a program called Lunch & Learn: Demystifying Dementia to our congregation, a free lunch will be included. 
           
I would like to invite you to let your friends and neighbors know about this event.  And our hope is to have more events on different topics in the future.
          
 I believe church is one of the last places that brings people of all ages together and I look forward to seeing how God will help us reach all people young, old, and everyone in between.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler 

Worship on Sunday – Half Truths: “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1717022464986558/
 
There are several phrases that are associated with the Bible, phrases that are said at different times in our culture to evoke faith, and yet they are not in the scriptures anywhere.  Each of these phrases has the power to both endear people to our faith and frighten others away.  Over the next 5 weeks we will be exploring some of these phrases, seeking God’s presence in them, and dispelling the pieces of them that cause harm to others in the faith journey.

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

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Choir practice starts at 9:00 on Sunday. 

“Animate” (Adult Bible Study) will be held at 9:00 am in the Education Wing.  This is an
multi-media class that focuses on seven aspects of faith: God,
Religion, Jesus, Salvation, the Cross, the Bible and the Church. 

Our Annual Harvest Dinner will start about 11:15 am (after 2nd service)
with lots of seasonal foods to enjoy.  Everyone is welcome! 

The Caregivers Support Group meets Tuesday at 1:30 pm.

“God’s Hunger” will continue at 11:30 am on Wednesday, this time of prayer and contemplative reflection is for all people.  We meet for 30 minutes and then people can join us for a brown bag lunch afterwards.  If you are looking for a moment of silence and focus on God, join us.

Sandwich Making will begin at noon on Friday.  We will make 200+ sandwiches to be distributed to Family
Services and the Rescue Mission.  This team will also be stuffing a mailing for Shiloh UMC, help us serve our community and church.  Pastor Tyler will be joining too.

Coming in November – Stewardship Season

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

 


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October 15, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Each week I will share a Pastor’s Corner or a member of our congregation will write a message.  These will come out on Friday of each week and will include reminders of the topic for Sunday Worship.  We hope this ministry brings blessings to you wherever you are on life’s journey.  
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As I get to know each of you and we enter into our time of ministry together, it seems appropriate to introduce my family to the congregation.  Crystal and I each consider our lives a calling and we also find parenting a calling.  As we work with the people of Billings and Shiloh we will each be seeking ways to serve in the places God calls us, and we hope to support others in doing the same.

Crystal, my amazing spouse of 10 years, is a mental health counselor.  She primarily serves children under the age of 12.  We each work hard to split our work week to each serve the community.  She will be practicing her therapy in town as well as serving various non-profits in her work.  Crystal also provides training and supervision in the field of play therapy, so others can become licensed to serve children in their communities. 

As we get settled into Billings, Crystal and I will be balancing work schedules, and support our family.  We have two young daughters, Corinne(7) and Quincy(4).  Corinne is in elementary school and Quincy attends pre-school.  You will often see each of them at meetings and various church activities.  I encourage you to introduce yourself to them, and if you give them a little time, they will probably ask who you are too. 

Family is an important part of our life, and as a family we work hard to serve the community we are a part of.  Our whole family is thankful for the gracious way Shiloh UMC has welcomed us to Billings, and we look forward to prayerfully working together to share Christ’s peace, hope, love and joy in our Billings community. 
           
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Worship on Sunday – Half Truths: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1717022464986558/
 
There are several phrases that are associated with the Bible, phrases that are said at different times in our culture to evoke faith, and yet they are not in the scriptures anywhere.  Each of these phrases has the power to both endear people to our faith and frighten others away.  Over the next 5 weeks we will be exploring some of these phrases, seeking God’s presence in them, and dispelling the pieces of them that cause harm to others in the faith journey.

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

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

It’s Noisy Offering Sunday – please bring your change to church.  The
kids will pick it up and will donate 10% to mission work and will use
the rest to support their activities. 

Choir practice starts at 9:00 on

Sunday.  “Animate” (Adult Bible Study) will be held at 9:00 am in the
Education Wing.  This is an multi-media class that focuses on seven
aspects of faith: God, Religion, Jesus, Salvation, the Cross, the
Bible and the Church.  The Faith in Film group will show the movie
“Lion” and will share treats and discussion beginning at 5:30 pm on
Sunday at the church.  Everyone is welcome. 

The Caregivers SupportGroup meets Tuesday at 1:30 pm.

Pastor Tyler will begin a series called “God Hunger” at on Wednesdays.  Come at 11:30am for prayer and/or join us for an informal lunch with the Pastor at noon.

Come join us as we partner with God!

Please visit our webpage (ShilohBillings.church).

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