Pastor’s Corner for April 14, 2020

People of Shiloh – 

I awoke the Monday after Easter with trouble in my heart.  The trouble was the knowledge that we are unsure how long this all goes on and what life will look like after all this.  We are still waiting to see how hard this virus hits our community, and how it will change how we live. I took some time to dwell in scripture and as I often do in times of trouble, I turned to the Psalms which say:

 

Psalm 25:16-21 Common English Bible (CEB)

16 Turn to me, God, and have mercy on me because I’m alone and suffering.

17 My heart’s troubles keep getting bigger—set me free from my distress!

18 Look at my suffering and trouble—forgive all my sins!

19 Look at how many enemies I have and how violently they hate me!

20 Please protect my life! Deliver me! Don’t let me be put to shame because I take refuge in you.

21 Let integrity and virtue guard me because I hope in you.

 

That is exactly how I felt yesterday.  It is as if the Psalmist was pulling out the emotions of my heart and portraying the conversation I was having with God.  Inviting me to step into the Easter life that Jesus had just called us into. Then I thought to myself, the reason I am struggling is last week I had plenty to keep me busy, editing videos for us to connect to Holy Week.  Now, real life sets in. I am sure this is how the disciples felt right after the resurrected Jesus left them.

 

They would have been wondering what to do next.  As I invited us to do in the message Sunday. Don’t hesitate to stay in the fear and trembling place.  Do like I did yesterday and dwell in a Psalm for a day or two.  

 

Then as you emerge, let the power of God tug you where you should go next.  I want to offer that one direction that may bring you life is making masks for healthcare workers and others.  The details are below. Another might be taking time to call someone in the church or in your life you have not yet taken time to check in with and just see how they are doing.  Or maybe there is something your heart has been saying to you, that you have been avoiding. Maybe now is the time to dwell in that next step. 

 

Prayers for each of us as we start the hard work of being Easter people.  Take your time to be in this moment before you jump into the next. 

 

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

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KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CONNECTION – We want to support our kiddos spiritually.  Starting this week we will send out Sunday packets for the kids, they are available to print from our website https://www.shilohbillings.church/children/.  We will also be holding a Sunday School zoom on Thursday, April 16, at 3pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it then email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

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Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for April 14

 

CALENDAR

  • Billings UMC Combined Sunday Worship Service – April 19 – 10:30 am – Live Streamed (see  below)
  • Bible Study Class – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays.  See below for details.
  • Caregivers – Meetings are suspended until further notice.
  • Church Meetings This Week:
    • Trustees – Wednesday – 6:45 pm via Zoom
    • SPRC – Thursday – 5:30 pm via Zoom
    • Finance/Church Council – Thursday – 6:30 pm via Zoom
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed and is asking us to hold our donations.
  • Kids Sunday School Connection – Thursday at 3:00 pm.  See below for details.  
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been canceled.  They are communicating prayers by phone and email. See below for ways you can share prayers with Pastor Tyler and the Prayer Team. 
  • Sandwich Ministry – Cancelled for April – See below for details. 

 

NEWS

MAKING MASKS – WANT TO HELP?? – We have heard that some of you would be interested in helping during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Staci Lee, a physician, and Laura Forcella, a nurse practitioner, both  members of our congregation who work at Billings Clinic (BC), say that many groups have offered to sew fabric masks for BC. We have posted two approved patterns that can help supplement their mask supply for patients and guests. They should be made of a tightly woven cotton and should be layered with two different colors to easily differentiate the outside and inside of the mask.  Donated masks can be dropped off at 360 Office Solutions, just off the Zoo Drive Exit in Billings. Information is available at the drop-off site about how to receive a donation letter. They are collecting finished masks only and are asking individuals to please use their own supplies. They will accept masks of different patterns that have already been made. They will take care of laundering masks prior to distribution to our patients and guests. Questions can be directed to foundation@billingsclinic.org.  A second cloth mask effort is also underway with the help of employees and the infectious disease team at Billings Clinic. The Kaizen Center has been turned into a sewing room for the purpose of making surgical drape masks and gowns for employees in a controlled environment. If you are making masks and need troubleshooting help please contact Darlene Newstrom in our congregation. (If you need her number just call the office or email Pastor Tyler). Instructions are also on our website.

Click Here for pleated mask instructions.

Click here for duckbill mask instructions.

 

KEEPING IN TOUCH.  We are doing whatever we can to keep in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church (656-0050) and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.  If you have any questions or more importantly, need help in any way, please call the church or email Liz (liz@shilohbillings.church) and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  

 

KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CONNECTION – We want to support our kiddos spiritually.  Starting this week we will send out Sunday packets for the kids, they are available to print from our website https://www.shilohbillings.church/children/.  In case you missed the one this week, we will be holding a Sunday School zoom on Thursday at 3pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it, email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

COMBINED SUNDAY WORSHIP – Worship is available every week.  

  • Worship is being provided and coordinated with all five UMC churches in Billings. We hope you have been able to take advantage of this. If not, please do.  If you need help, please leave a message at the church (656-0050) and someone will help you. 

  • You can livestream the service on Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

    • Instructions for accessing the live versions are available upon request.

  • After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:

    • Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are above.

    • Instructions for accessing past worship on our YouTube page are above.

  • If Facebook and YouTube are not for you, we will have CDs and DVDs available upon request.  Please call the office and let us know which one you need. We will put one in the mail to you.

 

ADULT BIBLE STUDY – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are cancelled.  The group meets via video conferencing on Sundays at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to join the class, please purchase the book (“Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur) as soon as you can.  Let the office know you are interested and we will send you the contact and video call information.    

 

CAREGIVERS – The caregivers group has suspended their meetings until further notice. 

 

FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  They are no longer accepting donations. Please hold your donations.  

 

PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on the list and will include all prayers that come to the website, the church phone and through the phone tree calls. If you have a prayer, please fill out a prayer card on our website, call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings,Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you.  We are checking all these sources every day and sending them on to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.

 

HELP US PRAY – I would like to share part of a prayer with you that I found in a book called the Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate.  Dear Father: And I wonder, am I to think of a way to aid a neighbor?  Can this old body that creaks and groans with small efforts, can it yet serve?  What does a lighthouse do? I ask myself. It never moves. It cannot hike up its rocky skirt and dash into the ocean and rescue the foundering ship.  It cannot calm the waters or clear the shoals. It can only cast light into the darkness. It can only point the way. Yet, through the lighthouses you guide many ships.  Show this old lighthouse the way. Amen.

  As we go through this COVID-19 time of our lives, I am sure God will be our lighthouse and show us the way.  – Liz Stanhope, Prayer Team Coordinator

SANDWICH MINISTRY – While the sandwich ministry is suspended, we would like to know of any other help we can provide.  If you know of an organization in need, please call the church and give us the information.

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