Pastor’s Corner for June 30, 2019

People of Shiloh,
 
Faith formation, the way we grow in our understanding of how God is at work in our lives is a lifelong process.  Some of the most important years of my faith formation were in college.  As I learned world expanding ideas, prepared for a job, and saw the challenges of world rise before me it was good to have other companions to learn together how our faith would wrap throughout life to make a firm foundation for living in Christ. 
 
One of my favorite memories from this time was sitting in a room with my campus minister, at a whiteboard, talking about some book I had found and how its understandings tied to my Christian faith.  We looked like some kind of Beautiful Mind convention as we drew ideas on the board and connected them.  We went from arguing, to laughing, topondering, and I was thankful for the time offered to help me see where these new ideas and my faith could come together.  
 
This Sunday we are going to be welcoming Dwight Welch, the Campus Chaplain for United Campus Ministry at MSU Billings.    Dwight is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is a leader in our community.  He works with students of all ages through his ministry at a school that has more non-traditional students than others.  Dwight also gets to play a role at a secular school that most chaplains at larger institutions do not.  The University invites him to sit in on school committees and be a voice in the direction of the institution.  
 
I hope you will join us this Sunday as we learn about campus ministry and if you get a nudge from God on a way Shiloh can support Dwight’s work directly, please let me know.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
It was a such an honor and privlege for us to work alongside Billings First UMC this year for Vacation Bible School and our Easter Egg Hunt. Vacation Bible School had over 75 kids at it and included 4 of our volunteers there full time. 15 of our young people from Shiloh had a great time. We look forward to more fruitful and God-centered partnerships like the one we had with Billings First UMC this year.  (Click to watch the short video of our VBS fun)
Two weeks ago, during Annual Conference for the Mountain Sky Conference.  Over 500 people engaged in missional learning and work experiences to share the love of Christ in our community. Pastor Tyler, Lay Leader of 1st UMC, Pat Otstot, and Kent Thompson helped with the organization.  At Shiloh got to experience an Aging Well Program, help maintain our community garden, and others throughout the community served over 20 agencies.  
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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Monthly Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Bookmobilewill be here Tuesday at 12:30 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Bible Study in the Park – Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Rose Park on July 10th
  • Adult Bible Study at 9:00 am –  Next Sunday

 
WORSHIP IN JUNE AND JULY – The remainder of the summer services will dive deeply into the scripture, to understand how we use it in our spiritual practice and to open us to the divine love God promised through Christ.  Pastor Tyler encourages everyone to get a copy of Inspired by Rachel Held Evans to follow along in this series. They are available from the church office for $12.00.
 
A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER– July 7at9:00 am, Pastor Tyler will hold a “Deeper Dive” discussion about War Stories from the Bible as part of our sermon series. What do we learn from them?
 
BIBLE STUDY IN THE PARK– Join Pastor Tyler, Pastor Sarah and Pastor Wendy for a Bible Study in Rose Park, Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.  Our backup site for inclement weather is Mazevo Coffee on 8thand Grand. We will be usingInspired by Rachel Held Evans.  There will be activities for children, so adults can enjoy the study.  Study will be held,July 10, 17, 24, and August 7, 14.  We request signup to know how many to plan for and if kids will be coming. The cost of the book is $12.00 and is available in the office.
 
BLOOD DRIVESUMC will be hosting a blood drive onJuly 11thfrom 8:00 to 10:30 am. The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) van will be parked at the church.  Please sign up in the lobby, call the office or sign-up online at vitalant.com. Summer is a critical time for the blood supply. Donors are out of town and busy with summer activities and do not donate as much. An adequate blood supply is critical for cancer and other vulnerable patients.
 
GARAGE SALE DATESDo you have items to sale and want to have lots of traffic? We are having community garage sales in the parking lot at Shiloh United Methodist Church on July 13, August 10 and September 14.  Each booth space is $10.00 which gives you 2 parking spaces.  Set up is from 6am – 8am and the sale is from 8am – 2pm. You sell your own items and keep the money you make. There are also vendor spots available and a couple of food trucks will accompany us. To register call Brenda at 256-5535 or Jen at 671-5770.  There is a clipboard on the “Volunteer for Shiloh” table with more information.

 
RED SAND SUNDAY– We will be participating in a Red Sand Project at church on July 14th.  This is an awareness project to fight Human Trafficking.  We ask you to wear Red that day.  We will share information about Human Trafficking going on in Billings! It affects mostly women and children. 1 in 7 runaways are victims and 86% of those were in the care of social services or foster care. After service, we will spread red sand in the sidewalk and parking lot cracks to show our support for victims and those who are trying to help, including the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force. There are packets of Red Sand and an information sheet on a table in the lobby.  If you are unable to be here with us on the 14th, please take one home and engage your own neighborhood.
 
406 UNITED YOUTH– 406 United is open to youth in 6th-12thgrades.  We are continuing our summer activities on July 14, 4-6 pm with a time at the Steepworld climbing wall.  Please contact Pastor Tyler at pastortyler@shilohbillings.churchfor details.
 
BOOK REVIEWThe next book review will be MONDAY (new day), July 15, at 6:00 pm. We will discuss the The Rent Collectorby Cameron Wright. This novel comes highly recommended and will surprise readers that a novel set in a garbage dump in Cambodia can still be uplifting.  Whether you choose to read the book or not, everyone is invited to join the discussion as we consider the “beauty of life.”

PAINTING THE SHED– The UMCOR shed is almost done and it will soon be time to paint it.  There is a signup sheet on the “Volunteer for Shiloh” table where you can sign up to help paint when the time comes. Ed Heidrich will give you a call and let you know when they will start the painting.  Again, thank you to all the wonderful people who have been building this shed.
 
WE NEED COOKIES!!The freezer is finally cleaned out and we now have room for cookies for Fellowship hour.  If you are baking cookies, please make an extra dozen for our fellowship time. Thank you for your help.
 
WILL YOU BE OUR PRAYER KEEPER IN WORSHIP? – If you are willing to record the prayers shared in the “Prayers of the People” section of worship, please pick up the “Prayer Keeper” badge on the welcome stand in the lobby.  It’s easy!! The instructions are on the back of the badge.  The prayers you record will be shared with the prayer team who will include them in their daily prayers this week.  Thank you SO much for your service!
 
HANDICAP CHAIRS – You may have noticed that we have added two more handicap chairs to the sanctuary.  We have several attendees who use walkers now.  To accommodate those guests, please leave the Handicap Chairs for them or the companion of someone in a wheelchair.

 
 

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