Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, June 16, 2019

June 16th – Special Worship Opportunity – There will be our regular two services at Shiloh on June 16.  As your pastor, I would encourage you to consider alternatively attending the Ordination Service at the local Methodist Conference for our area. Bishop Karen Oliveto is usually the preacher.  This service is where the new clergy are licensed, commissioned and ordained.  Join us at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center at 8:30 am on June 16th.
People of Shiloh,
I write you as I prepare for the Mountain Sky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The gathering happening June 12-16, 2019 here  in Billings is where Methodists from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, one church in Idaho, and Montana gather to help set course for our future.  Many in our church have worked hard to help make folks feel at home, we will be using our building Friday where people will help maintain our community garden, and learn about our Aging Well program.  Please keep Joni Oswald, Cassie King, Pam Dandrea, and me in your prayers as we also take part in the challenging work this week of helping guide the future in these uncertain times for Methodists.  

For those who remember, in February 2019, a Special General (International) Conference of United Methodists gathered in St. Louis.  The hope of this time was to find a way to faithfully live together despite growing disagreement on full inclusion of all people based on their sexual or gender identity.  The result of the conference was the passage of punitive and harsh measures for anyone disobeying the rules that exclude people from ministry and marriage in our churches.  This week at Annual Conference in Billings we will be working through the fallout of this awful decision made in February.  

Last month our Church Council called a special meeting on June 20 at 6pm of all our main committees (SPRC, Finance, Trustees) along with any who is interested.  The primary topics of discussion are:  1. The financial resources of our church and developing our stewardship program.   2. A need to evaluate seriously our committee structure and consider single board governance.  3. Understanding the denominational timeline around the issues I described above.  4. Finally, to receive the final report from our Whole Church Initiative process which contains encouraging news about the future of our church.  Details of the meeting can be found at

I invite you to pray for our leaders at Annual Conference this week, join us at the meeting on June 20 at 6pm, and continue to hope for the future by dreaming of what God is doing with Shiloh.  

Enthusiastic Peace,  
 Pastor Tyler 

Sheds are for storage.  This may be true, but our shed is being built for more.  It will also store United Methodist Committee On Relief kits that are used to support disaster relief worldwide.  Thanks to our trustees for working on this project.  To date over $3,000 has come from outside our church to support this project.  If you want to learn more about how to support this work talk to one of our Trustees: Ed Heidrich, Buddy Kastrop, Kent Thompsons, Chris Munson, or Toby Stapleton.  To date we have the foundation poured and the walls will start going up soon.
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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  • Sunday is Peace with Justice Sunday and Noisy Offering Sunday!
  • Ordination Service –Sunday at 8:30 am at Billings Hotel and Convention Center
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Shiloh Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bookmobile –Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Committee Meetings –ThursdayFinance at 5:30 pm; All Leader meeting at 6:00
  • Summer Movie Series – Starts this Friday, June 21, at 7:00 pm (Inside) here at SUMC
  • Lunch for Habit for Humanity Builders –Saturday at 12:00 noon
  • The “Deeper Dive” Class starts next Sunday, June 23, at 9:00 with “Origin Stories”
  • Adult Bible Study at 9:00 am –  Next Sunday
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 at the church

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.
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 Grand Ave. 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 June 26, 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.
RELAY FOR LIFEThe Relay for Life team will be selling luminarias this Sunday and next Sunday after church.  The luminarias are $10.00 each and are a wonderful way to remember someone who has died or to honor someone who is fighting or has won the battle with cancer. Relay for Life will be July 12 at West High and everyone is welcomed to join us.
COMMITTEE MEETINGSFinance will meet at 5:30pm on June 20.  Then a joint Church Council, SPRC, and Finance meeting will begin at 6:00pm. If you are interested, we invite you to attend this meeting. We will be discussing the committee structure of our church, financial/stewardship future and some information about the decisions that may happen at this week’s Annual Conference around the denominational affiliation in 2020.
THE SUMMER MOVIE SERIES– The summer movie series will begin inside here at Shiloh with “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” this Friday at 7:00 pm.  Join us! 
A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER– Next Sunday at 9:00 am, Pastor Tyler will hold a “Deeper Dive” discussion about our Origin Stories as part of the sermon series we are starting.
LUCCOCK PARK FAMILY OPEN HOUSE– is next weekendand it’s free!
 “TO MARS AND BEYOND” VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)– We are holding VBS with First UMC. The dates are June 24 -27 from 9:00 am-Noon.  The cost is $25.00 per child.  There are 2 registration forms on the stand in the lobby (one for children and one for volunteers). Scholarships are available, if needed.Transportation will be available from Shiloh UMC to First UMC on the days of VBS. Please sign up early to reserve your spot.
THIS I KNOW-STUDY ON HUMAN SEXUALITY AND THE BIBLEThere will be a small study group about the thorny issue of biblical interpretation and lead us toward the Bible’s ultimate message of Christ-centered love.  This group study will be at one of our member’s homes this summer.  If you are interested in signing up, please contact the office.  Space is limited; if we have more interest, we will host another class this fall. The study will meet Thursdays from 10-11:30 am on June 27, July 11, 18, and August 15 and 22.
BLOOD DRIVESUMC will be hosting a blood drive on July 11 from 8:30 to 10:30 am.  The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) van will be at the church.  Please sign up with the office or on-line at if you are available to give blood that day.  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 patients and other vulnerable patients.  Please consider signing up as soon as you can. 
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.”


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