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Pastor’s Corner – For Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ken Koome a United Methodist Missionary from Angola will be visiting us March 16-18.  Pastor Tyler is looking for a few people to help with transportation and also hosting Ken for his stay.  Please contact Pastor Tyler if you are interested.
Click here to watch a video invite to prepare us for worship.
Did you know the Gospel of Luke is written by the same author as the book of Acts?  Luke is the only gospel that carries a dedication to someone as the opening lines.  Luke also contains the most stories about women of any of the gospels.  
 
This year I am challenging our congregation to read the Gospel of Luke.  In future years I will challenge us to read the other gospels together.  Reading the entirety of the books, helps us to know who Jesus can be in our lives and to know better the stories we are called to live by.  To help us do this. I would encourage you to read the chapters of Luke in the following progression.  

 

 
Gospel of Luke Chapters by Month
February  1-3
March  4-6
April 7-9
May 10-11
June-July 12-16
August 17-19
September 20-21
October 22-23
November 24
December (Read something else in scripture)
 
As I prepare to be gone for the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis later this month, reading chapters 1-3 has been helpful.  To remember that people anticipated Christ’s arrival, and that people were uncomfortable and nervous before Jesus came.  Additionally, it is good to read Jesus’ baptism to remember the strange character, John the Baptist, who blessed Jesus’ before his seclusion in the wilderness and his ministry.  


 
I encourage you to pick up your Bible and begin reading Luke this month, let’s see how reading together draws us closer to each other and to God.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler
 

 
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
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom  
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Soup Making –Sunday after Second Service
  • 406 Youth United – No regular group tonight, Pastor Tyler helping with Chrysalis
  • Faith and Film –Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • “Painting the Stars” Group Study– Tuesday at Noon
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Aging Well–“Life’s Decision Points” (Getting it All In Order) – Wednesday at 12
  • Intergenerational Valentine’s Day Dance – Thursday at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

FEBRUARY SERMON SERIES– “Give and Take,” a Study of Philippians. Following Christ is about moving closer to God, and to our neighbors.  But, as Paul warned the Philippians, life in community is not always easy. It will require us to give up our preferences and our pride. Yet we press on in faith when sacrifice, conflict and discomfort rear their heads.  In giving up our burdens, we find that empty hands can better take up our cross and follow.
 
FAITH & FILM– Tonight, Faith and Film will be showing “Only You”. A childhood incident has convinced Faith Horvath (Marisa Tomei) that her true love is a guy named “Damon Bradley”; but she flies to Venice where she meets a man of her dreams, Peter Wright (Robert Downey Jr.). But can they fall in love if she still believes she is intended to be with someone else?  Join us Sunday at 5:30 pm and find out.
 
AGING WELL– In partnership with Riverstone Health, the February Aging Well program will center on Life’s Decision Points-getting it all in order.  This may well be the conversation of a lifetime.  Please join us here at SUMC on Wednesday, February 13, NOON-1:30.  In a safe environment, we will talk over the paperwork conundrum, life’s wishes, advanced care planning, aging in place, hospice, and the benefit of a survivor’s guide.
 
VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE– Lets Dance!!! Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Valentine’s Dance.  When: Thursday, February 14, 2019
                                 Where: Shiloh United Methodist Church
                                 Who: You!
                                 What: Dancing, food, fun, photos, and lots of love and smiles.
We will be serving an assortment of wonderful finger foods. There will be small valentine’s gift for both the ladies and the gentlemen.  We hope to see you there.
 
 
RELAY FOR LIFE-DAFFODIL SALE– The Shiloh Relay for Life team will be selling daffodils for spring.  Order bright yellow daffodil bunches for yourself or for someone you love and bring a touch of spring time to them, a bunch of 10 will cost $10.00 and this year you can also buy a pot of potted daffodils for $15.00.  We will be taking orders until Feb.18thand the flowers will be delivered on March 18th.  Please contact Liz at the office at 656-0050 or Pat Montgomery at 655-3507.  Pat will have an order blank at church the next 2 Sundays and you can order your flowers then. 
 
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES– On March 6, at 7:00 pm, Shiloh UMC will host the Billings United Methodists’ Ash Wednesday Service.  We will have a Soup and Bread Supper at 6:00 pmand a free will offering will be accepted for the Free Store.  The combined choir will have supper at 5:30 pm and rehearsal at 6:00 pm.  Anyone who would like to bring a pot of soup or some bread please let the office know. We are looking for someone to work the Nursery.  Call the office if you can help. 
 
BOOK REVIEW– The next book review will be March 19 at 6:00 pmat the church. The book we will be reading is John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”.  The book is classified as a travelogue written by a fiction novel writer.  So though you may not be able to exactly replicate Steinbeck’s travels, you will still enjoy his observations of and search for America’s interests and feelings in the early 1960’s.  Everyone is invited to join our discussion.
 
WOOL AND FLANNEL NEEDED – Darlene Newstrom has placed a box under the table in the Fellowship Hall with her name on it.  This box is for flannel and wool material that you might find around.  She will use these materials to make mittens for her mitten ministry.  Last year, she made 600 pair of mittens and this year she will to make mittens for bothchildren and adults.
 
THANK YOU– A thank you card was received from Sharon Ellis and her family thanking SUMC and especially the Visitation Team for all the prayers and visits for her mother during her long illness.  They are so thankful for all the love that was shown to them by SUMC during this difficult time.   
 
LOST AND FOUND TABLE– There is a table in the Fellowship Hall that has all unclaimed kitchen items, coats and scarfs and numerous other lost and found items.  Please check the table for any belongings that might be yours.  The table will be up for the next couple weeks. Any leftovers will be donated to the Free Store. 
 
 
 

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Pastor’s Corner – Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ken Koome a United Methodist Missionary from Angola will be visiting us March 16-18.  Pastor Tyler is looking for a few people to help with transportation and also hosting Ken for his stay.  Please contact Pastor Tyler if you are interested.
Click here to watch a video invite to prepare us for worship.
Starting February 10 in worship we are going to be studying the book of Philippians and how sometimes to live in community we have to give up things. We make compromise, we allow ourselves to be molded, and we trust God will work through tensions in our relationships. So, for this Pastor’s Corner I am giving up something. I have a consistent rule to not ask for things that I need personally as a pastor. I find as a leader I am called to offer insight and to give invitation to be together in our work. However, this month, in our Christian community I need something, I need your prayers.  
 
The first thing I need your prayer for is for a weekend called “Chrysalis.”  February 8-10 I will be spending a healthy amount of time with High Schoolers at First United Methodist Church as a spiritual director. Chrysalis is a Christian spiritual and leadership development retreat for teenagers. It is modeled on the Walk to Emmaus and it is a powerful experience for those teams. In my role I will be praying, offering messages, and supporting these teenagers as they grow closer to God and each other. Keep us in prayer for a good weekend and pray that First UMC can get the teenager smell out sometime before spring. 
 
The second item I need your prayers for is General Conference. February 21-27 I will be gone to the United Methodist Special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This worldwide gathering is the only body that can speak officially for the United Methodist Church which includes churches in Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. There will be 864 delegates voting on a long held divide about the churches stance on human sexuality. This is challenging to say the least, but more so I think it will require deep prayer and the actions of the Holy Spirit. Please learn more about and/or watch the livestream at www.umc.org/gc2019I go to serve as the clergy delegate from our region. Please keep this entire gathering in your prayers.
 
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.
 
Collaboration between churches is important.  This past week Shiloh helped organize a space at Evangelical UMC that helps with the Free Store food serving.  It is truly great to see our United Methodist Churches working together to serve our community.  
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

  • Sunday is Food Bank Sunday
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom:15 am      
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today at 10:30 am
  • 406 Youth United – No Youth Group tonight
  • Visitation Meeting – Monday at 121 noon
  • 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 
  • Committee Meetings – Thursdays at 5;30 pm -6:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • Faith& Film – Next Sunday, February 10 at 5:30 pm

 
SERMON SERIES FOR FEBRUARY – Give and take, a Study of Philippians. Following Christ is about moving closer to God, and to our neighbors.  But, as Paul warned the Philippians, life in community is not always easy. It will require us to give up our preferences and our pride. Yet we press on in faith when sacrifice, conflict and discomfort rear their heads.  In giving up our burdens we find that empty hands can better take up our cross and follow.
 
FAITH & FILM – Faith and Film will be showing “Only You”. A childhood incident has convinced Faith Horvath (Marisa Tomei) that her true love is a guy named “Damon Bradley”; but she flies to Venice where she meets a man of her dreams, Peter Wright (Robert Downey Jr.). But can they fall in love is she still believes she is intended to be with someone else?  Join us at 5:30 pm on Sunday the 10thof February and find out.
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FEBRUARY –The following are the committee meetings scheduled for this month: Feb. 7 – 5:30 pm    Finance
                                                         Feb. 7-   6:00 pm   Church Council
                                                         Feb. 7 – 7:00 pm    SPRC
                                                        Feb. 7 – 7:00pm     Trustees
 
AGING WELL – In partnership with Riverstone Health, the February Aging Well program will center on Life’s Decision Points-getting it all in order.  This may well be the conversation of a lifetime.  Please join us here at SUMC on Wednesday, February 13, NOON-1:30.  In a safe environment, we will talk over the paperwork conundrum, life’s wishes, advanced care planning, aging in place, hospice, and the benefit of a survivor’s guide.
 
 
RELAY FOR LIFE-DAFFODIL SALE –The Shiloh Relay for Life team will be selling daffodils for spring.  Order bright yellow daffodil bunches for yourself or for someone you love and bring a touch of spring time to them, a bunch of 10 will cost $10.00 and this year you can also buy a pot of potted daffodils for $15.00.  We will be taking orders until Feb. 18thy and the flowers will be delivered on March 18th.  Please contact Liz at the office at 656-0050 or Pat Montgomery at 655-3507.  Pat will have an order blank at church the next 2 Sundays and you can order your flowers then. 
 
VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE– Lets Dance!!!  Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Valentine Dance. When: Thursday, February 14, 20195:00 pm-8:00pm
                                  Where: Shiloh United Methodist Church
                                   Who: You!
                                   What: Dancing, food, fun, photos, and lots of love and smiles
We will be serving an assortment of wonderful finger foods.  There will be a small valentine’s gift for both the ladies and the gentlemen. We hope to see you there.
 
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES –On March 6, at 7:00 pm, Shiloh UMC will host the Billings United Methodists Ash Wednesday Service.  We will have a soup and bread supper at 6:00pm and a free will offering will be accepted for the Free Store. The choirs will have supper at 5:30 pm and rehearsal at 6:00 pm.  Anyone who would like to bring a pot of soup or some bread please let the office know.
 
BOOK REVIEW – Thenext book review will be March 19 at 6:00 pmat the church. The book we will be reading is John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”.  The book is classified as a travelogue written by a fiction novel writer.  So though you may not be able to exactly replicate Steinbeck’s travels, you will still enjoy his observations of and search for America’s interests and feelings in the early 1960’s.  Everyone is invited to join our discussion,
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS– Your year end 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 (like a birthday or an Anniversary cards), 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.
 
WOOL AND FLANNEL NEEDED – Darlene Newstrom has placed a box under the table in the fellowship room with her name on it. This box is for flannel and wool material that you might find around.  She will use these materials to make mittens for her mitten ministry. Last year she made 600 pairs of mittens and this year she is also starting to make mittens for both children and adults.  
 

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February 2019 – Newsletter

Starting February 10 in Worship 

Give and Take
Study on Philippians

Following Christ is about moving closer, both to God,and to our neighbors. But, as Paul warned the Philippians, life in community is not always easy. It will require us to give up our preferences and our pride. Yet, we press on in faith when sacrifice, conflict anddiscomfort rear their heads. In giving up our burdens we find that empty hands can better take up our cross and follow.

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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, January 27, 2019

Don’t forget the Birthday Potluck for Shiloh UMC, after the second service.  Come join us as we celebrate our 33 year as Shiloh UMC.
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Happy Birthday Shiloh!
 
This month Shiloh is 33 years old.  When our church was started the average cost of a new house was $89,430, gas was 89 cents a gallon, and a new Ford Mustang cost $7,452.  In that same year the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened, the space shuttle Challenger exploded, Nintendo came out with its first console, South African apartheid was happening, and the United Kingdom and France announced plans to build a tunnel under the English Channel.  
 
In 1986 Shiloh was in the middle of a farmer’s field, and now Billings is bounding beyond us.  On Sundays, I say we are on the growing edge of Shiloh, and the truth is we are now surrounded by our community on all sides. Today we will be blessed to receive a sharing from our history team on the work they have been doing, and we will learn some great nicknames for our church.  I invite you to thank the history team of Judy Kastrop, Norma Smith, and Cindy King.  Please consider ordering a copy of the history, so you can see where we have been and imagine where we might be going.  We are not the same congregation that founded the church in 1986, and part of Methodist faith reminds us that those who went before us are supporting us with their loving actions even now.  
 
Where is God calling us to go in the next 33 years as a Christian community? We have retirement communities surrounding us, young professionals and families moving in to the south and west of us.  As we celebrate our birthday I want to invite us to come together, to pray, and to collaborate with our God on what ministry of generosity and love might Shiloh United Methodist Church be asked to faithfully step out on next.  
 
Happy Birthday to you,
 
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.
 
Noisy offering continues to raise funds for our children and youth ministry.  Thank you for your faithfulness.  We took our offering last Sunday, and we will do it again on February 17, always the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Here are a few pics of our youth as well as First UMC and Evangelical UMC enjoying banned game night.   
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

  • Sunday is SUMC’S Birthday Sunday – Join us for a Potluck after 2ndService
  • 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 – Gorg and God talk at SUMC at 4:00 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)
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Messy Church – Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • General Conference Special Session Information Meeting – Thursday at 6:30 pm
  • February 3rd, Sunday is Food Bank Sunday

 
SUMC BIRTHDAY POTLUCK– Sunday Shiloh will be celebrating its 33rdbirthday after 2ndservice.  Please join us for a potluck lunch as we celebrate both our birthday and the wonderful work the history team has done.
 
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 Sunday, January 27th. Sally’s contact info:  sbmcconnell06@gmail.com  406-600-0303; Nancy’s contact info: neflint@gmail.com.
 
MESSY CHURCH– We will have Messy Church service on January 29thfrom 5:30-6:30 pm. Come join us as we gather for a light meal, story, crafts, prayer, singing, dancing, and so much more.  This is a family friendly time to worship together and get messy.  All ages are welcome!  A meal signup sheet is in the lobby, please consider providing a light meal for these amazing people and join in the fun.  If you need more information or suggestions please see Pastor Tyler or Brenda Longin.
 
SPECIAL SESSION STUDY ABOUT GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019– Pastor Tyler will be providing 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. This session will be at Shiloh UMC on 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. 
 
ON-LINE GIVING CARDS– There are “I Give On-Line” cards in the backs of the chairs in the sanctuary.  These cards are for those who give on-line, bi-weekly, monthly or yearly and who would like to participate in this part of worship.  If you want, please place one in the offering plate when it comes by.
 
FOOD BANK SUNDAY– February 3rdis Food Bank Sunday. Our church collects food for the Food Bank.  They need all food items and also need individual serving items such as mac and cheese, fruit cups, ramen noodle cups, etc.  They also need lunch sacks, sandwich baggies for the lunches that they make and pass out every day.  Remember many seniors and young families live on very restricted incomes and any help is appreciated.  The need is even greater now because of the Government shut down. 
 
VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE– Lets Dance!!!  Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Valentine Dance. When: Thursday, February 14, 20195:00 pm-8:00pm
                                 Where: Shiloh United Methodist Church
                                  Who: You!
                                  What:  Dancing, food, fun, photos, and lots of love and smiles
We will be serving a light meal from 5:00-6:00 am the dancing will start at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you there.
 
FREE STORE – Peg Parker told us about a young man who found some warm winter boots and also a pair of dress shoes. He had a job interview soon and was so pleased to find some nice shoes.  This is just one of the many stories about what the Free Store does two Saturdays of each month.  Peg also stated that the Store is completely out of infant and toddler clothes so if you see a good sale or know anyone with children’s clothes, please remember the Free Store. 
 
THE FREE STORE NEEDS YOUR HELP!– Are you wanting to volunteer?  Are you looking for a service project to do before Easter?  Do you want to feel needed?  THE FREE STORE NEEDS YOU!  Sorting Donations– Come to the Free Store on Wednesdays for approximately two hours (10am- noon). Come on the first or third Saturday from 10 am – 12:30 pm).  Do Laundry– Often the donations are in good condition, except for being dirty. Take the laundry home once a week and return to the Free Store after washing.  Please check the February Newsletter for other opportunities to volunteer. 
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS– Your yearend 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 (like a birthday or an Anniversary cards), 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.
 

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Pastor’s Corner – Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Light is a such an important part of our faith and I love our church building for how much natural light it allows in.  Light helps us to see clearly, it is an image of God brining clarity, and opening insight for new direction in our life. Sometimes it can be good to also sit in darkness to know what we are accepting when we allow light into our lives. My hope is this current sermon series allows us time to see where God has shown light for how to live as Christians, but also gives us a glimpse of why we are called to accept the light and walk out of darkness.
 
In the theme of light I also want to lift up our Trustees work of replacing all of our lighting with LEDs.  They have been working hard this year to complete this work and I am proud as your Pastor to announce that our Trustees have accomplished this goal.  This is good news for a few reasons:  1. Our building and parking lot are well lit at night, and our space is bright.  2. We are saving costs on electricity.  3. We are being good stewards of our resources. If you see one of our trustees around, tell them thanks for the light, Tobie Stapleton, Ed Heidrich, Buddy Kastrop, Chris Munson, or Kent Thompson.  
 
As we continue to learn these 5 practices to experience joy in real life, I hope you find ways to live them out in your life. Jesus calls us to forgive, be forgiven and experience connection with our God.  May you feel this grace in your life.  
 
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.
 
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
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

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

  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Chime Choir Practice –Sunday at 9:05 am  
  • Missions Committee Meeting –Sunday at 9:15 in the Fellowship hall
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Shiloh 101-Sunday at 11:30 am
  • 406 Youth United –Ice Cream and God talk at SUMC at 4:00 pm
  • Martin Lutheran King Service – 6:00pm Sunday
  • 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)
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Worship Design Team – Thursday at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Sandwich Making –Friday at 12 noon
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am 
  • SUMC Birthday Party Pot Luck at 11:15 am

 
MARTIN LUTHER KING – We will be hosting a Martin Luther King memorial service here at Shiloh tonight at 6:00 pm.  This service is part of “Not In Our Town” a movement supporting the end of hate in our community.
 
WORSHIP DESIGN TEAM –  The worship design team will meet to brainstorm and plan for worship series coming in Lent and to help evaluate and discuss plans for the 8:00 am service.  This team is open to anyone who has a passion for Shiloh’s worship.  If you want to join by video call on your tablet, phone or computer, please let Pastor Tyler know.  We want many voices included in planning worship at Shiloh.
 
SUMC BIRTHDAY POTLUCK – Shiloh will be celebrating its birthday on Sunday, January 27thafter 2ndservice.  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 a salad to share.
 
MESSY CHURCH– We will have Messy Church 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 CONDERENCE 2019– Pastor Tyler will be providing 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. This session will be at Shiloh UMC on 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. 
 
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
 
SHILOH’S PRAYER GROUP – Shiloh has a prayer team that meets every Tuesday morning at 11:00 am and we are done by noon.  This is a very small group of dedicated people who have been called to pray for the needs of the church as well as pray for all other requests for prayer.  The prayer team is not a replacement for each person’s responsibility to pray.  However it is an intermediary, going before the throne of God on behalf of others.  Everyone is welcomed to join us.  You do not need to come every week.  “…for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  Isaiah 56:7
 
 
 

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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

 

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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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Pastor’s Corner – Sunday December 16, 2018

One of the gifts of being your pastor is the chance to offer resources for spiritual growth. The challenge of being a small church pastor is many times my attention gets drawn in many different directions.  Knowing this, I work hard to collaborate with pastors and church leaders in our local community and beyond to provide you resources.  One way I do this is by writing for a devotional blog called Portico Collective.  For Advent I have contributed two devotions, one that you saw in the bulletin last week.  I invite you to enjoy a portion of a blog from another contributor and if you enjoy these writings, sign up to receive these emails at the link below.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler


The Gift of Saying ‘Yes’
Back in my thirties, I had no interest in listening to a sermon or doing anything for the church. I would go to worship Sundays while my wife sang in the choir, but I’d sit in the back so that, as soon as the service was over, I could make a beeline straight for my car. That changed one day when — even though I didn’t read the Bible or have any desire to spend more time at church in a small group — I reluctantly said “yes” to a personal invitation to attend a Sunday school class.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that nudge I received to say “yes” that day triggered a string of more yeses. And the people I met in that class built a foundation for me to grow in my faith journey.
I am now leading a Sunday school class. I’m also heavily involved in leading a men’s group, ushering, participating in committees, mentoring confirmation youth and attending worship in the sanctuary without feeling the need to run as soon as it’s over.
I’ve also developed some meaningful, long-lasting relationships with other church members  — all because I said “yes,” stepped outside my comfort zone and attend a Sunday school class one given morning.
I believe every “yes” we offer has the potential give us a life-fulfilling experience.
Of course, that doesn’t mean saying “yes” is always going to be easy. Saying “yes” to something or someone means your life is going to change because, inevitably, your agreement includes a commitment of time. But one thing I have learned over the years of saying “yes” is that a commitment of time is also a commitment of love. We say “yes” as an expression of our love for God, our neighbors and ourselves…
— Bob Pacanowski
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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
  • Craft and Bake Sale –Sunday
  • Adult Choir practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir practice for the Children’s Choir-Sunday at 9:45 am
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • 406 Youth United– Christmas party 
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover  – Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am 
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Writers Group – Wednesday at 9:30 am
  • Shiloh History– Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am.

 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE – ENDS SundayThis year we have added a silent auction. Our own Carrie Anderson has four of her paintings available. The bids will close on December 16th at 10 am. Come and see what other items are available during this event sponsored by the Children and Youth Ministries Committee. Bring items to sell or buy, buy, buy!
 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church will start again in January.This is family-friendly worship with a light meal.  Please sign-up in the Lobby for preparing Messy Church meals for this community outreach ministry. 
 
FREE STOREHow heartwarming to see how many people stood up Sunday indicating their involvement with the Free Store. If you would like to make a monetary donation, a check can be written to SUMC with “Free Store” written on the “For” line.  That amount will be forwarded to the Free Store account.  Time, items, money: all needed components for this successful mission. Thank you!
 
MISSIONS GIVING TREE–   We would like to thank everyone for all their help making the Giving Tree such a success.  When we left church, the tree was full of cards.  When we came back to work on Monday, December 3rd, 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 all did to make this a success.  
 
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. We will post a list of the names and everyone can bring their cards in and put one in each stocking. 
 
BLUE CHRISTMASThe holiday season can be hard for some… you may experience loneliness, sadness, loss or you just may feel overwhelmed.  You are not alone.  First United Methodist Church invites you to a time of quite, candlelight, and music, an offer of comfort, healing and hope for burdens that you may carry.  A Blue Christmas service will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  All are invited to this service.
 
CHOIR SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER– December 16th– Choir practice at 9:15 am and we will be singing for 2ndservice.  December 23rd– the choir will be sing at both services (8:00 and10:15 am).  December 24th– the choir will sing at the 7:00 pm service.
 
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.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDRENS’ PAGEANTCome-As-You-Are Pageant–5:00 pm.  This is for any child to come and be  in a 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. 
 
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. 
 
SYMBOLS OF OUR FAITH– Many symbols of Christmas have been added to the  church in the past couple weeks, the Chrismons (the symbols of Christ) on the tree, the wreath symbolizing life everlasting, the star leading to the “Light of the World”, and the 3 trees sparking the thought of the Trinity. Let us not forget why Christ came into the world. Jesus was a Jew and so were his parents. He came to fulfill the prophesies written 700 years before in the Jewish scriptures Jesus knew well. It was the belief in one God of His forefather Abraham that created a nation. That nation scattered across the known world allowed Christianity to grow as they opened their synagogues to the Apostles. So Sunday, we remember the faith journey of God’s chosen people that leads us all to Christ. If you want to know more about the symbols ask Norma Smith, Brandy Hansen, or Pastor Tyler.
 


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