Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, August 11, 2019

People of Shiloh:
4 years ago I shared this prayer from Pastor Kelly Addy of Bigfork UMC, following a shooting at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  With the recent shootings in our country, it seems we have not gotten any closer to finding a way to escape this violence.  I pray we say this prayer again, to remind us that our prayers need to call us to change those things that are continuing to create an opportunity for these awful events to continue.  May this prayer embody our sorrow and our need for God at this moment.
 
Dear Lord,
We come to you as your children, seeking your wisdom and patience in the midst of our bewilderment. You have made humankind so magnificently and so powerfully, but we lose our way before we can arrive at the kind of love with which you made us. We know it is there because we are the work of your hands and we ask your gentle hand to guide us to it and place it at the center of all things and nations, and races and peoples.
 
We gathered to learn of the riches of your abundant love, which overcomes all the violence the world, can muster. And then shots rang out across this great land of hope and freedom, infecting people with fear and suspicion.
 
We turn to you and to you alone, as we cry out once again that we are love because you are love and we are from you. How can anyone hope to love anyone if they do not love everyone? How can anyone seek to overcome darkness with darkness? How can anyone hate anyone without hating everyone?
 
Turn our hearts to neither the left nor the right, but only to you. We read your Word and hear your love in it even when people in (California, Ohio and Texas are dying for it.)
 
We lift up those people who have died, may their names be reminders of the need for us to change our world.
 
We pray for peace. We lift up those who suffer violence anywhere in the world and we do not look down on them, but up to you.
 
Give us your peace. Give us your love. Give us your will, abundantly as we trudge onward and upward and homeward together to you.
 
And when we go back into the world from this place may our light so shine that other would see the Christ in us and be led in the Way, by the Truth, to the Life Everlasting. Amen.
 
As we enter this next week, I invite us to hold this prayer in our hearts.  May our life be a prayer that our world might see a day when racial violence, mass shootings and systemic hatred are no more.  
 
Grace and Peace, 
Pastor Tyler
Reminder that on Sunday August 18, next Sunday we have a regular 8am service at Shiloh.  Our second service is at Rose Park at 10am, Praise by the Pool.
We invite you to watch this video to learn more about what is coming up in worship this week. 
The United Methodist Church has been in upheaval over understandings of Human Sexuality.  I invite you as Pastor to watch this video by Lovett H. Weems Jr. who is the director of the Lewis Center for Leadership at Wesley Seminary.  It is the best overview of our current challenges I have seen.  
Click Here to View the Video – https://www.churchleadership.com/news/whats-next-for-the-united-methodist-church/
-Pastor Tyler
 
Adult Bible Study-Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
Deeper Dive: “US Immigration Stories”– Sunday at 9:00 am
UMCOR Hygiene Kit Assembly – Grace UMC Monday at 6:00 pm
Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 – 12:00 noon 
Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Bible Study in the Park: Church Stories – Wednesday at 6:30 pm
Free Store – Saturday, August 17, at 10:00 am- 12:30 pm
Adult Bible Study –Next Sundayat 9:00 am
Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 at SUMC and at 10:00 at Rose Park Pool

WORSHIP SERIES – The summer worship services are diving 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. 
 
PRAISE BY THE POOL– Next SundayAugust 18that 10:00 am, we will have Praise by the Pool with EUMC and Grace UMC, at Rose Park. Please bring a long a chair, and a snack to share for fellowship after the service.  Don’t forget your swim gear if you want to go swimming after the service. We will hold the 8:00 am service at the church.  There will be no 10:15 service at the church on that day, August 18.
 
UMCOR HYGIENE KITSSince UMCOR Hygiene kits cannot be taken to the U.S. Government holding centers, we are distributing UMCOR Hygiene kits at transitional shelters along the US-Mexico border.  More hygiene kits are needed!  There is a list of the items and a sample kit on the table in the lobby. Everything can be bought at the Dollar store. There are also instructions on how to assemble these kits. Please bring your assembled kits, or just bring the items for kit(s) to the church and we will get them to the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City.  Another way to help is packing hygiene kits. If you want to join other Methodists around Billings come to Grace UMC Tomorrow(August 12) at 6 pm. Bring a potluck dish and supplies for hygiene kits.    
 
CHURCH FINANCIAL SECRETARY NEEDED – Are you hoping for something to do when kids are back in school?  Why not consider joining the staff at SUMC as Financial Secretary? Can you email, text and balance a checkbook?  Great! You may be just the person Shiloh is looking for.  The position is part-time.  Approximately 5 hours on Monday morning.  The position requires basic skills such as data entry.  Any bookkeeping or accounting skills would be helpful. Training will be provided.  A monthly staff meeting is part of this role.  Please submit a resume and letter of interest to PastorTyler@shilohbillings.church or contact the office 656-0050 to learn more.
 
METHODIST NIGHT AT THE MUSTANGS –Saturday, August 24 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm will be Methodist Night at the Mustangs.  This is a Billings City-Wide Methodist Event.  The cost is $18.00 per person (ages 13 and older) or $13.00 per child (ages 3-12).  This includes: game admission and all-you-can-eat buffet @ the Pepsi Pavilion before the start of the game.  There will be Pepsi products, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, brats, salads and chips. There will also be fellowship with all 5 Billings United Methodist Churches. Checks need to be into the church office no later than the 21stof August.  We hope to see you at the ball game!!!
 
ONE MORE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALEWe are having one more community garage sale in the parking lot at Shiloh United Methodist Church on 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 and volunteers are needed at the garage sale to work 2-hour shifts from 6 am to 3:00 pm.
 
SEWING TEACHER AND QUILTER NEEDEDThe Women’s Shelter has a sewing room but they have no one to teach the women how to sew.  The shelter manager would love any support they can get because the women love learning to sew.  If you are interested, you can contact either the volunteer coordinator at the shelter or the shelter manager at the Women’s Shelter. Also, if you quilt, we have all the pieces for another Shiloh UMC hand quilt.  If you can help, please contact the office.   
 
NEW FREE STORE PARTNERSHIPA new thrift shop has opened at the corner of Minnesota and South 30thStreet.  The name is Gratitude in Action, whose “goal is to fund Recovery and Sober Living by creating a Community that empowers men and women to become self-supporting.”  The Free Store’s partnership with them will provide a venue where their shoppers can purchase furniture at a reduced cost by showing their Free Store identification card. If you have furniture to donate, consider this location!  Many thanks for the continuing support for this important ministry. Please do not bring any furniture to SUMC or to EUMC.
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIESThe Missions Committee is asking for school supplies for the 2 schools we support. There is a list on the table in the entryway of the supplies needed by Big Sky School and Meadowlark School. Please have the supplies here by August 25th. Thank you.
 

 
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