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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, January 13, 2018

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This Sunday we will study Micah 6:8.  In my own reflection on this passage I have been continually focusing on the ending part, “walk humbly with your God.”  So many times in our lives we think we know where God should be, or what should happen next in the world.  Yet, being Christian means we are open to God’s will being done in our lives.  That means we might find out we were wrong about what God was calling us to do.
 
One of my favorite stories in Christian history involves St. Francis of Assisi.  St. Francis was the founder of the Franciscan order, many nuns and monks in the Roman Catholic church are still a part of the order today. However, his beginnings in following his call were not pretty.  Francis heard a call from God to, “Rebuild my church.”  At first Francis took this quite literally, he took to focusing his energy on physically rebuilding the little church he was serving at the time. He physically rebuilt with stone and wood the entire building.  The legend goes that upon completing the building, he still kept hearing the same call, “Rebuild my church.”  Can you imagine your exhaustion after rebuilding and entire building and God doesn’t stop?
 
When much of Francis’ church was preoccupied with war in the middle east and decadent building of cathedrals, Francis discovered God was calling him to begin teaching the Jesus ways of living with those with less and being spiritually grounded.  It wasn’t the physical church building, but a spiritual revival God called Francis to.  A revival that would sweep throughout the Christian church of his day all based in the teachings of Jesus that he echoed from Micah.
 
Where is God calling you these days?  How are you choosing to walk humbly with God?
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
 
Our study series for January will be focused on Finding Joy In Real Life, we will explore 5 biblically based principles that remind us how living the Christian life can bring true joy and abundant life.  Click to watch the intro video.
 
Aging Well was a huge success Wednesday.  We learned to be exercising and active our whole life.  150 minutes of exercise per week.  Thanks to Sally Thompson and Donna Prewitt for your organizing of this event.
The Trustees have been working hard to replace our traditional lighting with LED lighting.  The entire church is now LED lighting.  Thanks to Tobie, Ed, Buddy for your work moving chairs and vacuuming our sanctuary in the process.  We are working hard at Shiloh to be better stewards of your resources through energy and cost saving LEDs we are taking a forward step.
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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•    Read the Bible Cover to Cover – Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
•    Choir Practice –Sunday at 9:15 am  
•    Children’s Sunday School – Sunday at 10:30 am
•    406 Youth United –Sunday at FUMC @ 4:00 pm
•    Faith & Film –“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” – Sunday at 5:30 pm 
•    Read the Bible Cover to Cover – Monday at 6:30 pm
•    Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
•    “Painting the Stars” Small Group Study – Tuesday at 12 noon (Join anytime)
•    Bookmobile –Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
•    Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
•    Messy Church – Tuesday at 5:30- 6:30 pm
•    Book Review – “The Impossible Fortress” – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
•    Writers Group – Wednesday at 9:30 am
•    General Conference Special Session Class – Thursday at 6:30 – 7:30 pm
•    Noisy Offering is Sunday the 20th! 
•    Shiloh 101 – Next Sunday at 11:30 am

MESSY CHURCH – We will have Messy Church service on January 15th and 29th from 5:30-6:30 pm. This has been such a fun and joyful time spent with kids and family. Thank you to all who have provided the meal for us. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby, please consider signing up to provide a light meal for these wonderful people. It is such a fun time to connect with others. If you need meal suggestions, we are happy to provide some ideas. Please see Pastor Tyler or Brenda Longin for more information.  Come join us for some singing, dancing, praying, crafts, learning, great food, and all around fun.

SPECIAL SESSION STUDY ABOUT GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019 – Pastor Tyler will be providing an informational session to Methodists throughout Billings and others in our conference about General Conference 2019.  This special session focuses on “The Way Forward” as a denomination.  Pastor Tyler, as head of the legacy Yellowstone Conference delegation, will provide information and a time for questions and answers. These sessions will be at Shiloh UMC on January 17th and January 31st at 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Join us in person at Shiloh or online through a ZOOM conference.  Please sign up by contacting the office at 656-0050. 

SHILOH 101 – Are you new to Shiloh? Meet Pastor Tyler on January 20th at 11:30 am to learn more about our church and meet other new people by attending this one-hour informational gathering.  If you are interested in joining or just learning more about Shiloh, this time is for you.  The next session will be in March.  If you are interested, please call the office.  There will be childcare available.
CHIME CHOIR – Chime choir will begin rehearsals on January 20th at 9:05 am. If you have any questions, please talk to Judy Frank.  You can give her a call at 325-8029.  I hope to see all my returning choir members. 

SUMC BIRTHDAY POTLUCK – Shiloh will be celebrating its birthday on Sunday, January 27th after 2nd service.  Please join us for a potluck lunch as we celebrate our birthday and the wonderful work that the History Team has done. The church will furnish the dessert and the drinks.  We hope you will bring a main dish or salad to share.

HABIT FOR HUMANITY – Shiloh UMC is a supporter of the Mid-Yellowstone Valley Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.  As such, Shiloh has volunteered to provide lunches on several occasions for the volunteer work crews on Saturdays.  We have been coordinating with other Methodist churches in the Billings area by providing these lunches on a quarterly basis.  Volunteers from Shiloh have included numerous members of the congregation through the Missions Committee. Recently the Missions Committee pledged to support the upcoming Apostles Build that includes monetary donations from several churches of various denominations as well as other community groups.  In late summer 2019, the Affiliate is planning on breaking ground for the next Apostles Build in their new subdivision located near the intersection of Wicks Lane and Bench Boulevard in Billings Heights.  Please look for opportunities to help out in 2019!  

FREE STORE STATISTICS – 2018 was a very busy year for the Free Store.  1,412 family visits happened, but even more amazing was that on seven different Saturdays, 70+ families visited.  The only other time we had 70+ was in 2013 and that was only once.  Even more telling is our average number served per Saturday was 53 in 2017 and 56 in 2018.
This mission continues to make such a difference.  However without your support of time and/or donations (goods or money) many in our community would be living with oot what the resources the Free Store provides. THANK YOU. Co-directors: Dale Francetich and Peg Parker.

TEXAS UMVIM TRIP – Sally McConnell and Nancy Flint are leading an UMVIM work team to the Texas coast to do hurricane Harvey recovery work Feb. 23-March 2.  There is so much work still to do. All skill levels are needed.  Work will be assigned according to the skills of the team members.  Work may involve: sheet rocking, mudding, taping, painting, laying flooring, siding or insulating or other!  They are looking for people eager to work and to learn and engage with home owners affected by the hurricane.  Contact Sally or Nancy for more information.  Deadline to register is January 27th. Sally’s contact info:  sbmcconnell06@gmail.com  406-600-0303; Nancy’s contact info: neflint@gmail.com

 
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Pastor’s Corner – Sunday, January 6, 2019

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When I was in college I was challenged by a professor to read one of the gospels from cover to cover.  It was a fascinating experience!  We always hear the Jesus story in snippets at church. Reading an entire gospel you get the sense of how the writer hoped to portray the story of Jesus, the role the disciples play in the story, and the hope the gospel writer had for Jesus’ life, birth, death and resurrection.  The truth is that reading the scriptures can change you and reading them in their complete form has the ability to re-engage us in God’s story.  
 
This year I am inviting us as a congregation to read the entire Gospel of Luke in a year.  Just one book of the bible.  Our sermon series this year will not be always about Luke or focused just on Luke, but you will notice me pick Luke’s gospel more this year to encourage us to hear it in worship.  I will also publish a reading plan in the February newsletter, to make sure our commitment to reading the gospel of Luke isn’t just another lost New Year’s resolution.  
 
Here is my hope for us as a church:  that we get so wrapped in the gospels that we begin to see how they line up with our faith, and how God might be calling us to live out our faith.  I hope as we find puzzlements that we ask questions.  Just so you know my favorite pastoral communication is when someone says, “I was reading the bible and I have a question.” I invite you to join us on the journey of reading the Gospel of Luke this year.  Just an FYI it is only 19,482 words.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
P.S. Women are some of the key characters in this gospel.
 
 
Our study series for January will be focused on Finding Joy In Real Life, we will explore 5 biblically based principles that remind us how living the Christian life can bring true joy and abundant life.  Click to watch the intro video.
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

Monthly Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

  • Worship Service –Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am  
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice –Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Taking down the greens Sunday.  
  • Children’s Sunday School
  • No 406 Youth United Sunday! 
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover– Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Painting the Stars – Tuesday at 12 noon
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Youth/Children’s Parent and Team Meeting/Dinner is Tue at 5:30 pm
  • Aging Well – “Let’s Move” – Wednesday – 12:00  
  • Leadership Training – Thursday at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  

YOUTH/CHILDREN DINNER MEETINGThe Youth and Children’s team invites all parents of children age 3 to 5thgrade to gather for a meeting onTuesday, January 8that 5:30 pm to discuss our future plans as a church around our growing children’s ministry.  We want to know your hopes for your children as they grow in God’s grace. We hope you will join us for dinner and meeting.  We will provide the pizza and if you could bring a veggie or dessert to share plus a drink that would be great. 
 
LEADERSHIP TRAININGAll current and new leaders at Shiloh are strongly encouraged to attend our leadership meeting on January 10that 6:00 pm -8:00 pm.  This session will involve training on how to lead meetings, what each committee and team is responsible for, a decision on when Trustees, SPRC, Finance and Church Council will meet in 2019 and learn about our church budget. New members and committees begin their roles in January. There will be no regular meetings of Finance, SPRC, Trustees and Church Council to accommodate the leadership training on January 10th.  Committees may call special meetings in January, if they have business that needs to be accomplished.
 
FAITH AND FILM– Faith and Film will be on January 13that 5:30 pm. The movie will be “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” This is a documentary about the life and work of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s Fred Rogers.  His show was one of the longest-running series on PBS.  It wrapped up production in 2000 after 31 sessions, but PBS continuously ran reruns of the series through August 2008.  Come and join us!
 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church will resume in January. We will have our service on January 15thand 29thfrom 5:30-6:30 pm. This has been such a fun and joyful time spent with kids and family. Thank you to all who have provided the meal for us. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby, please consider signing up to provide a light meal for these wonderful people. It is such a fun time to connect with others. If you need meal suggestions, we are happy to provide some ideas. Please see Pastor Tyler or Brenda Longin for more information.  Come join us for some singing, dancing, praying, crafts, learning, great food, and all around fun.
 
SPECIAL SESSION STUDY ABOUT GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019 – Pastor Tyler will be providing an informational session to Methodists throughout Billings and others in our conference about General Conference 2019. This special session focuses on “The Way Forward” as a denomination.  Pastor Tyler, as head of the legacy Yellowstone Conference delegation, will provide information and a time for questions and answers. These sessions will be at Shiloh UMC on January 17thand January 31stat 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Join us in person at Shiloh or online through a ZOOM conference. Please sign up by contacting the office at 656-0050. 
 
SUMC BIRTHDAY POTLUCK– Shiloh will be celebrating its birthday on Sunday, January 27thafter 2nd service.  Please join us for a potluck lunch as we celebrate our birthday and the wonderful work that the History Team has done. The church will furnish the dessert and the drinks.  We hope you will bring a main dish or salad to share.
 
CHIME CHOIR– Chime choir will begin rehearsals on January 29that 9:05 am.  If you have any questions, please talk to Judy Frank or give her a call at 325-8029. I hope to see all my returning choir members!
 
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL? Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby on the Volunteer table if you can help with snow removal this winter.
 
HABIT FOR HUMMANITY– Shiloh UMC is a supporter of the Mid-Yellowstone Valley Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.  As such, Shiloh has volunteered to provide lunches on several occasions for the volunteer work crews on Saturdays.  We have been coordinating with other Methodist churches in the Billings area by providing these lunches on a quarterly basis.  Volunteers from Shiloh have included numerous members of the congregation through the Missions Committee. Recently the Missions Committee pledged to support the upcoming Apostles Build that includes monetary donations from several churches of various denominations as well as other community groups.  In late summer 2019, the Affiliate is planning on breaking ground for the next Apostles Build in their new subdivision located near the intersection of Wicks Lane and Bench Boulevard in Billings Heights.  Please look for opportunities to help out in 2019!  
 
 

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January 2019 – Newsletter

There is a story about a church named Shiloh who was planted miraculously on the West End of Billings, Montana in 1986 and how it grew to serve the people on the “growing edge.” I have been reading, listening and learning more of this story each month I serve as your pastor. It is a story of the amazing ways God has been at work here, around us, and through us as people of Shiloh. 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 each week. 

The final full week of December, I took the time to renew on vacation, so I could enter the 2019 year with you and follow God’s path for us. There is a lot happening in January, so I would invite you to read your newsletter or sign up for our weekly emails. January 10this our leadership training for all leaders and especially new people stepping into their roles. On January 27th, we will celebrate our church’s birthday and hear from our history team about the incredible work they have done. We hope you find a way to connect with Shiloh this season.

Next Sunday we begin our sermon series focused on “Finding Joy in Real Life–5 Habits for Living Well”. We hope this series provides you an opportunity to ground in your faith as we begin this year.

Additionally, I am going to invite us as a congregation to read a “Gospel a Year” starting in 2019.    I will write more about his practice in next week’s pastor’s corner.  We will be starting with the Gospel of Luke this year.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

We hope you can find a way to connect with us and more importantly with God in January!

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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday December 23, 2018 and Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDRENS’ PAGEANT–Come-As-You-Are–5:00 pm.  Every child is invited to come and be in the pageant.  Children can arrive as early at 4:30 pm to get costumes. We will begin our service at 5:00 pm with hymns and telling the story of Christmas.  Children will enter to create the nativity scene in all its controlled chaos. We invite all children who want to participate to join us. 
 
CHRISTMAS EVE – CANDLELIGHT SERVICES -7 & 9 PMNight of Wonder – Merry Christmas.  Candlelight services will reflect the story of Jesus and celebrate love born into the world.  There will be deep storytelling brought through readings, song and hymns.  We invite you to join us as we gather to celebrate the light of Christ born among us. 
Today marks the final Sunday in Advent.  Christmas Eve is Monday. As we began the season many of us set up our Christmas trees. We engaged in the strange custom of bringing what belongs outside in, and artificially lighting and decorating that which nature decorates quite well.   With all this focus on trees it seems good that I root us in.  Now that I have completed pining for your attention, here is a final Advent scripture:
 
Jeremiah 33:14-16 Common English Bible (CEB)
14 The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. 15 In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days, Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is what he will be called: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.
 
This reading from Jeremiah encapsulates all of the hope the people in Israel had for the coming of their Messiah. The coming of the Messiah was to change the world, bring freedom for God’s people from the oppression of Rome, and bring safety to all.
 
Like today, people in the 1st century claimed to know how God would be revealed to the world, or when the end of time would come. Each one of these claimants had different understandings of how the Messiah would appear. Some desired for a violent change to the world and sought vicious ways to attempt forcing the issue. Others sought to separate themselves and ritually purify their lives to be ready for the arrival of God. Still others did not worry and went about their daily work.
 
As we approach Christmas, I encourage us to find a path somewhere between all of these routes to the messiah.  Somewhere between indifferent, zealous, and withdrawn.  The messiah’s arrival for us is about allowing God’s love to be born in our own lives, by doing our level best to create space for Jesus. I invite us to allow ourselves to be swept into the story of Jesus birth, and remember “This Is Us” a people waiting, receiving, sharing, and searching for God, a God who is with us.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
Click here to watch a video invite join us for worship from Pastor Tyler
Our study series for December will be focused on This Is US, as we understand how we as a people find ourselves as characters in this story of God’s love being born into the world..  Click to watch the intro video.
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

Monthly Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

  • Worship Service –Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Many thanks to the Choir for singing for both services Sunday!  
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • No 406 United Sunday! 
  • Children’s Pageant Service – Monday at 5:00 pm
  • Candlelight Services – Monday at7:00 pm and 9:00 pm 
  • Merry Christmas – Tuesday – Office closed
  • SUMC History Team – Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Friday 9:30 am
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12:00 
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am.

 
MISSIONS GIVING TREE–   We would like to thank everyone for all their help making the Giving Tree such a success.  When we left church on December 2nd, the tree was full of cards.  When we came back to work on Monday, there was not one card left on the tree. The large box by the tree for pantry items for both Tumbleweed and Independence Hall was full and flowing over onto the floor.  As always your generosity has been fantastic! Thank you for everything that you did to make this a success.  
 
SHARING CHRISTMAS GREETINGSShare warm Christmas greetings with your Shiloh family and save on postage at the same time.  There are stockings hanging from the garland in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a stocking for your family and add it to the others. There is a list of current stockings on the table near the front door.  If you’d like to share greetings with your church family, use the stockings or the church mailboxes by the front door.  
 
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL? Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby on the Volunteer table if you can help with snow removal this winter.
 
YARN NEEDED!!! Hope UMC has a yarn ministry.  They donate yarn to the Women’s Prison and teach the inmates how to knit.  Then, they take the yarn and turn it into gloves and hats.  Another church has asked them to knit 30 lap robes so muchmore yarn is needed. If you have any leftover yarn, please think about donating to this great ministry. 
 
MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church will resume in January. We will have our service on January 15thand 29thfrom 5:30-6:30 pm. This has been such a fun and joyful time spent with kids and family. Thank you to all who have provided the meal for us. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby, please consider signing up to provide a light meal for these wonderful people. It is such a fun time to connect with others. If you need meal suggestions, we are happy to provide some ideas. Please see Pastor Tyler or Brenda Longin for more information.  Come join us for some singing, dancing, praying, crafts, learning, great food, and all around fun
 
FREE STORE– The Toy Wonderland held on December 15thwas a success thanks to the many at Shiloh who donated toys.  We served 74 families in the Free Store in 2.5 hours while our Shiloh cooks served a holiday meal of ham and turkey to 94 people.  As we look to 2019 our needs continue to grow.  Winter clothing, all sizes especially those for men and children never stay on the racks very long. Shoes, socks, and underwear are in high demand!  We ALWAYS need tall kitchen garbage bags that are used by every shopper. SHARING is core to the success of this vital ministry.  Thank you for your continual support.
 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALEThe Children and Youth Ministries Committee member: Jennine Budge, Jen Johnson, Tish Powell, Tiffany Madden, Brenda Longin, Becky Davis and Peg Parker thank the multitude that made this event such a success.  Over $700.00 was raised to support our youth and children. Special kudos go to Carrie Anderson who provided most of the crafts and the silent auction paintings and to Pat Montgomery who shared her homemade canned goods and bracelets. 
 
WORSHIP TABLE– The Holy Family is settling in.  The shepherds are “watching their flocks by night”.  Living night and day with sheep and sleeping on the ground didn’t make them the most sought after guests…they were common folk…the working poor if you will…yet, they were the first to be invited to see the Christ child.  The Wise Men are bringing gifts of Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh.  From the very beginning, all people were welcomed…from lowly Shepherds…to the learned wise men…from local everyday people to exotic foreigners…from those invited by angels to those who followed a star.  Christ welcomes all who seek Him.
 

 

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