Pastor’s Corner for Saturday, April 18, 2020

People of Shiloh – 

Our Bible is chock-full of the stories of a cloud of witnesses who have gone before us in living God-centered lives.  Our history of the Church is full of additional stories.  Both these sources stories of the challenges they overcame and also the mistakes they made along the way.  

Starting a week from Sunday, April 26, we will be exploring this cloud of witnesses and how we are called to be part of that ongoing work of sharing Christ’s love in the world.  

One thing to consider is we are a part of that cloud of witnesses, even in the everyday parts of life. This morning I went out to go shopping for the grocery run for my family.  I took the usual precautions we all should consider in this time: wearing a mask, having some disinfecting wipes with me, and going at a time I knew many others would not be shopping to try and limit my contact with others.  

One of the striking things was the number of people not wearing masks.  I know masks are not a sure thing to protect me or others, but one of the scientific realities we know about COVID-19 is that it is respiratory and it is spread through droplets from the nose and mouth.  My concern as a Christian is for the least of these, the most vulnerable in our community.  If I wear a mask and others wear a mask we reduce the exposure for everyone.  Jesus calls us to consider the least of these, and though at times we make mistakes we are called to listen to wisdom and God’s call to care for all life.  In this time it is going to mean wearing masks in public places.  

In this vein of thought, I was called to the words of our United Methodist Social Principles that say:

We acknowledge our complete dependence upon God in birth, in life, in death, and in life eternal. Secure in God’s love, we affirm the goodness of life and confess our many sins against God’s will for us as we find it in Jesus Christ. We have not always been faithful stewards of all that has been committed to us by God the Creator. We have been reluctant followers of Jesus Christ in his mission to bring all persons into a community of love. Though called by the Holy Spirit to become new creatures in Christ, we have resisted the further call to become the people of God in our dealings with each other and the earth on which we live.
-United Methodist Book of Discipline 2016, Social Principles Preamble

As we consider emerging from our stay at home time, please consider making it normal to wear a mask for those who are more vulnerable to the disease.  If you are having trouble finding a mask, let us know and we will see if we can get one for you.

Our church leadership continues to consult with medical professionals and pray for the time when we can gather as a community and worship God together in a physical space again.  Until then we invite you to continue to connect with us through the mail, electronic or other means.

God bless you all and blessings on your journey of faith.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

Staff Parish Relations Committee Update(SPRC)

Linda Stahley, who has served as our treasurer, has made the decision to step down from her staff role at Shiloh.  Linda has faithfully served our congregation for 28 years. We want to thank Linda for her years of service and for her commitment to Shiloh. 

SPRC serves to support our staff and pastor in service of our Church’s mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  We will be working with Pastor Tyler and the finance team to facilitate a smooth transition.

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or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
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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 Thursdays, 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 17
 

CALENDAR
  • Billings UMC Combined Sunday Worship Service – April 19 – 10:30 am – Live Streamed (see  below)
  • Adult Bible Study – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays.  See below for details.
  • Caregivers – Meetings are suspended until further notice.
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed and is asking us to hold our donations.
  • Keeping in Touch – see below for details.
  • Kids Sunday School Connection – Thursdays at 3:00 pm.  See below for details.  
  • Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed – See the article below for how to volunteer.   
  • Making Masks!  Want to Help? See below for details.  
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been cancelled.  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

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

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.

LAWN MOWERS NEEDED!!  – If you are available to volunteer to mow the lawn once a week once or twice this season, please contact the church and give us your contact information.  Someone will call you and give you a list of the weeks that are available.  

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.

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 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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