Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, July 7, 2019

People of Shiloh,

This week I will return from serving as chaplain at Tween (4th and 5th Grade) and Intergenerational Camp at Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp. Camp always is a powerful reminder that time away in nature can bring a new awareness of God’s presence in our lives. The playfulness of nature gives us a new sense of God’s hope in our own lives, and a new perspective to see where life is stirring around us.  The camps of our church were founded for this very purpose and I invite all of us to take advantage of these facilities for an organized camp, family getaway or personal retreat to support your journey of faith and abundant living.  
 
Here is a short description of each of our Montana camps:
 
Flathead Lake is a year-round campground retreat facility.  The camp is bordered by 3,000 feet of the pristine shoreline of Flathead Lake and is set amidst 30 acres of lush forest and grounds.  Recreation opportunities include canoeing, swimming, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, baseball, hiking, fishing, table tennis, campfire circle.  Facilities include 12 cabins with a sleeping capacity of 180, dining hall and retreat center, restroom and shower facilities, large indoor chapel, fire pit area, outdoor chapel area, four classrooms, dock, swimming area, basketball and volleyball courts.  Food services are available for groups of 40-180.  Heated cabins support 50 overnight guests during the winter.
 
Luccock Park Camp offers individuals, families, and groups of all sizes a mountain setting in paradise ~ literally located in Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Montana.  Luccock Park can offer you the opportunity of many venues.  Take an easy hike to Pine Creek Falls, play basketball on the open court, enjoy an old fashioned game of horseshoes or just pull up a lounge chair and enjoy the peace and quiet that can only be found at Luccock Park.
 
Learn more at mtnskyumc.org/campingretreats

Prayers of peace to you all,

Pastor Tyler 

We invite you to watch this video to learn more about what is coming up in worship this week. 
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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Sunday is Food Bank Sunday!!!
Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
Deeper Dive: War Stories –Sunday at 9:00 
Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Bible Study in the Park – Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Rose Park on July 10th
Finance – Thursday at 5:30 pm
Trustees and SPRC – Thursday at 6:00 pm
Red Sand Sunday – Next Sunday
Deeper Dive: Deliverance Stories – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
Adult Bible Study at 9:00 am –  Next Sunday
Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 at the church

WORSHIP IN 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. We have a couple more available in the church office for $12.00.

A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER – July 7 at 9:00 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 8th and 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, July 10, 17, 24, and August 7, 14.  We request an RSVP to know how many adults plan to attend and if kids are coming. We have a couple books left in the office for $12.00.

BLOOD DRIVE – SUMC will be hosting a blood drive on July 11th from 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.  
 
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALES – Do 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 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 the church on July 14th after each service. 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-12th grades.  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.church for details.

BOOK REVIEW – The next book review will be MONDAY (new day), July 15, at 6:00 pm. We will discuss the The Rent Collector by 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.

WILL YOU BE OUR PRAYER KEEPER TODAY? – If you are willing to record the prayers shared in the “Prayers of the People” section of today’s 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!

UMCOR HYGIENE KITS – Since 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!  On the table in the lobby, there is a list of the items that go into a UMCOR Hygiene kit.  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.   
 

If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at https://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  Thank you for supporting our work.
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