Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, June 23, 2019

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People of Shiloh,

2 years ago we initiated Aging Well as an outreach program to serve the needs and interests of a robust aging population in our community.  This space has provided safety to discuss hard topics, foster relationships and encourage participation by sharing stories and experiences of challenges faced while facing the second half of life.  Last year’s program held aging well September-May, noon-1:30 with a light lunch. We continue to be successful with 10-20 people at each lunch, and we believe that as knowledge of these events grows, so will the program.  People are finding hope and excitement through the knowledge they are gaining and the community they are building.
Donna Prewitt has been faithfully leading the team for this past year as coordinator.  She has met with community leaders, contacted speakers, coordinated the events, and prepared communication about these events.  Next year Donna has asked to step down from this role, as she plans to be traveling more.  
We are looking for people willing to step into leadership for Aging Well.  We are seeking two co-coordinators and 2-3 people to be event hosts.

  1. Event Host
    1. Greet people at events.
    2. Help speakers feel at home by welcoming them to our space.
    3. Assist Pastor Tyler in coordinating groups to provide lunches.
  2. Co-Coordinators
    1. Contact potential speakers.
    2. Help Pastor Tyler plan the speaking schedule for next year.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact me in the office, by phone or email.  We hope to start the new season of Aging Well in September.  

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler #LoveBillings

Last week during Annual Conference for the Mountain Sky Conference.  Over 500 people engaged in missional learning and work experiences to share the love of Christ in our community. Pastor Tyler, Lay Leader of 1st UMC, Pat Otstot, and Kent Thompson helped with the organization.  At Shiloh got to experience an Aging Well Program, help maintain our community garden, and others throughout the community served over 20 agencies.  
Our church building is used for things sometimes only a few people know about.  Being in BIllings means we are a major waypoint for teams going to do mission work in our region.  The team from First Limon and Hugo UMCs stayed in our church on their way to serve the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish.  Thanks for your generosity that makes space for groups going to do this important work.
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Deeper Dive –Sunday 9:00-9:45 am. Sunday’s topic: Origin Stories from the Bible
  • Shiloh Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Bible Study in the Park – Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Rose Park
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12 noon
  • 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.
A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER– 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. Sunday’s topic will be Origin Stories from the Bible.
RELAY FOR LIFEThe Relay for Life team will be selling luminarias Sunday after church and this will be the last fund raiser for this year.  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. The Relay for Life team raised almost $300.00 at our bake sale last Friday.  Thank you to everyone who baked an item for the sale and for everyone’s helped the day of the sale.
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.
BLOOD DRIVESUMC will be hosting a blood drive on July 11 from 8:00 to 10:30 am.  The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) van will be at the church.  Please sign up in the lobby, call the office or sign-up 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. 

GARAGE SALEDo you have items to sale and want to have a garage sale with lots of traffic? We are having a community garage sale 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 PROJECT– At church on July 14th we will be participating in a Red Sand Project.  This is an awareness project to fight Human Trafficking.  We ask you to wear Redthat 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 88% 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.    
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.”
THE SHED– This week the hard workers who are building “the shed” are excited that the roof is on!!! Thank you to the wonderful builders who are Toby Stapleton, Kent Thompson, Orion Thompson, Buddy Kastrop, Jerry Stanhope, Kelly Martinson, Gary McFarland and Ed Heidrich. 
COOKIESThe freezer is finally cleaned out and we now have room for cookies for Fellowship hour.  If you are baking cookies, please make an extra dozen for our fellowship time.  We will also need cookies this Friday to send to the Mission with the Sandwiches that the Sandwich Makers will be preparing. Thank you for your help.

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