Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, July 28, 2019

Today’s message is from Joni Oswald one of the leaders in our congregation. I am thankful for her message and her leadership to help us follow God’s call here at Shiloh.  I pray you take the time to read her message.  
-Pastor Tyler
Greetings People of Shiloh:
This year marks my third year at Shiloh UMC and my first as a new leader of the Welcoming Team.  When Pastor Tyler enthusiastically approached me about this opportunity, I of course, thought that I was too “new” to the church and didn’t know everything I should know to be successful. Sounded kind of hard too.  My first inclination was to say NO! Sound familiar? 
There are stories in our Bible about many leaders who thought they just didn’t have the skills needed to take on something new and maybe something scary.  God makes it easy for us. “Follow Me”. “Trust me”. “I will not forsake you, ever”. Have a little faith, will ya?
Pastor Tyler provided me with a lot of reading material, encouragement and asked me to pray about the position before making the decision.  We met several times and after prayer and reflection, I said yes and feel so blessed to be a part of this Welcoming Team.  
What an important role a Pastor has as a counselor and educator and in my case, a cheerleader.  Just one of many responsibilities necessary to lead a church. I am thankful that we have a Pastor who looks outside the box and finds opportunity in the many challenges we are facing in our world, our church and our denomination.  Pastor Tyler challenges our thinking and asks the hard questions about the present and future of Shiloh.    
We have the opportunity to thrive in these times of challenge and change by loving God and one another.    “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  Romans: 8:31 
The vision statement for Shiloh is, “Peace, Hope, Love, Joy – Every One, Every Day, Every Where.”  People of Shiloh, this is how we show the world and each other how to live in Christ.  God is calling You-Say YES!! 
Blessings to You and Yours, Joni Oswald
We invite you to watch this video to learn more about what is coming up in worship this week. 
Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
Deeper Dive: “What’s Happening to UMC?”– Sunday at 9:00 am
Family Day at Oasis Waterpark – Sunday at 2:00pm
Front Office Closed – Monday
Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Food Bank Sunday– Next Sunday


BLOOD DRIVE– Thank you to everyone who came out to donate blood.  Our next drive will be October 1.  
WORSHIP IN JULY – 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. 
FAMILY DAY AT OASIS WATER PARK– Join us Sunday at 2:00 pm for family fun at the Oasis Waterpark in the Heights. If you are available, we would LOVE to see you there.  No need to sign-up, just gather the family and show up at the waterpark. 
FRONT OFFICE CLOSURE– The Front Office of the church will be closed on July 29.  If you need to get into the church that morning, please ring the bell and someone will let you in.  
A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER– Next Sundayat9:00 am, Pastor Tyler will hold a “Deeper Dive” discussion on “Fish/Gospel/Resistance Stories from the bible.
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 using Inspired by Rachel Held Evans.  There will be activities for children, so adults can enjoy the study. Study will be held,Wednesday (August 7, 14).  We request an RSVP to know how many adults plan to attend and if kids are coming. The study books we purchased are all gone now. 
WELCOMING TRAINING – CHURCH/FROM SCREEN-TO-DOOR –Are you looking for a quick two day practical experience for your church to learn how to help people connect to you from their computer/phone/tablet screen to the door of the church.  Hosted by SUMC, this training will be streamed in from Colorado on August 9 and 10 from 9am – 3pm.  We hope you can join us for this great learning experience.

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALESDo you have items to sale and want lots of traffic? We are having community garage sales in the parking lot at Shiloh United Methodist Church on, 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 and volunteers are needed at the next 2 garage sales to work from 6am – 10 am to open the church, check people in and show them where to set up and 10-2:00 pm someone to sit at the Shiloh table and answer questions and will be there at the end to make sure everyone cleans up their area and that the church is locked up before leaving.
METHODIST NIGHTAT THE MUSTANGS –Saturday, August 24 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pmwill 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, 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!!!
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.  In the last 3 months, UMCOR delivered 46,128 hygiene kits to six church-run transitional shelters.  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 to the church and we will get them to the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City.  If you are interested in sponsoring this project, let us know.   
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 can quilt, we have all the pieces for another Shiloh UMC hand quilt.  If you can help, please contact the office.   
STROKE CAMP– There will be a Weekend Retreat for Stroke Survivors and Their Caregivers on September 20-22, 2019at Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge.  This retreat is sponsored by United Stroke Alliance and St. Vincent Healthcare, Neurosciences & Spine Center.
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