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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
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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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