Pastor’s Corner, Friday, April 10, 2020 – Easter Info

Good Friday service can be found at 7pm on Youtube by clicking the picture above or on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church.  Scroll down on Facebook to find the watch party at 7pm.

People of Shiloh – 

 

Today is Good Friday.  A day that was anything but good in the story of Jesus.  Today we remember Jesus’ death, the torture of a man who loved everyone, and we suffer and die in that moment.  It is the day that makes possible Easter, so don’t move too quickly through the pain.  Remember the places of wounding in your own life, remember that God has felt them too.  Trust your God knows the struggles you go through, even now.

Then I hope you will join us Sunday for either Sunrise at 6:30 or 10:30 for our Celebration service.  We will have online worship put together from people and clergy from all 5 of our United Methodist Churches.  Let’s join together in celebrating Easter, much the way early Christians celebrated.  We will celebrate like them from small rooms, communicating in creative ways with fellow believers, and hopeful that love can conquer the scariest parts of our world.  

Prayers as you enter this Holy Weekend of our faith.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Pastor Tyler

Daily devotions will be posted on Facebook for Holy Week.  Anyone can access these by going to http://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church
Join us on Youtube or Facebook for a Sunrise Service at 6:30am. This is a new twist on an old tradition in Billings.
Join us on Youtube or Facebook at 10:30 am for worship.  The instructions are below.
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If you appreciate Shiloh’s either spiritual or tangible work, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  
or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
Thank you for supporting our work.
KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CONNECTION – We want to support our kiddos spiritually.  Starting this week we will send out Sunday packets for the kids, they are available to print from our website https://www.shilohbillings.church/children/.  We will also be holding a Sunday School zoom on Wednesday, April 16, at 3pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it then email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

Join us on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:30am. Click on the picture above.

 
Click Here for Instructions on how to watch on Facebook Live
 
Click Here for Instructions to Watch on Youtube

 

Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050

Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for April 10
 
CALENDAR

  • Billings UMC Combined Easter Sunday Worship Service – April 12 – 10:30 am – Live Streamed (see  below)
  • Bible Study Class – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays.  See below for details.
  • Caregivers – Meetings are suspended until further notice.
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed and is asking us to hold our donations.
  • Holy Week Activities – Check out the list and details below.
    • Good Friday Service – Will be on Facebook Live Friday, April 10, at 7:00  pm.
    • *NEW* Easter Sunrise Service – Will be on Facebook Live and YouTube Live on Easter Sunday at 6:30 am
    • Easter Sunday Worship – Starts Sunday at 10:30 am on Facebook Live and YouTube Live on our Facebook page.  After Sunday, the recording is available on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
  • Kids Sunday School Connection – Easter Packet and Thursday Zoom call  at 3:00 pm.  See below for details.  
  • Making Masks – Want to Help? – See below for details
  • Phone Tree Caller Weekly Status Calls –  Have been cancelled.  See below.  
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been cancelled.  They are communicating prayers by phone and email. See below for ways you can share prayers with Pastor Tyler and the Prayer Team. 
  • Sandwich Ministry – Cancelled for April – See below for details. 

HOLY WEEK
 
Good Friday: Seven Last Words – Posted at noon with a watch party on Facebook on Good Friday (tonight) at 7 pm.  There will be a service of Jesus’ final hours in music and word.  Members of all 5 Billings churches will offer us a chance to experience Christ’s death and reminds us of the sorrow of Holy Week and the sense of loss the first disciples felt. 

*NEW* Easter Sunrise Service – Will be on Facebook Live and YouTube Live on Easter Sunday at 6:30 am.  Let the early risers REJOICE!! 

Easter Sunday Celebration Service – Join us online on FaceBook and YouTube at 10:30 am for Easter Sunday.  This will be a service of song and worship to remember that first Easter.  This powerful morning service will help us all remember that Christ has called us to be Easter people, even in the days of the Coronavirus.  Dave Merkel and other musicians will provide the music.  

NEWS
KEEPING IN TOUCH.  We are doing whatever we can to keep in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church (656-0050) and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.  If you have any questions or more importantly, need help in any way, please call the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  You can also email Liz at liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail are checked every morning.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of the state and federal health authorities and we will continue to try to keep everyone informed and keep everyone in our prayers.  

KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CONNECTION – We want to support our kiddos spiritually. We will send out an Easter packet for the kids.  They are also available to print from our website https://www.shilohbillings.church/children/.  We will hold a Sunday School zoom on Thursday, April 16, at 3pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it, email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

COMBINED EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP – Worship is available every week.  
Worship is being provided and coordinated with all five UMC churches in Billings. We hope you have been able to take advantage of this. If not, please do.  If you need help, please leave a message at the church (656-0050) and someone will help you. 
You can livestream the service on Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
Instructions for accessing Live presentations are available.
After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:
Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are available.
Instructions for accessing past worship on our YouTube page are available.
If Facebook and YouTube are not for you, we will have CDs and DVDs available upon request.  Please call the office and let us know which one you need.  We will put one in the mail to you.

406 UNITED MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIRMATION CLASSES – These are continuing on-line.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are cancelled.  The group meets via video conferencing on Sundays at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to join the class, please purchase the book (“Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur) as soon as you can.  Let the office know you are interested and we will send you the contact and video call information.    

CAREGIVERS – The caregivers group has suspended their meetings until further notice. 
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  They are no longer accepting donations.  Please hold your donations.  

MAKING MASKS – WANT TO HELP?? – We have heard that some of you would be interested in helping during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Staci Lee, a physician, and Laura Forcella, a nurse practitioner, both  members of our congregation who work at Billings Clinic, say that many groups have offered to sew fabric masks for BC. We have posted two approved patterns that can help supplement their mask supply for patients and guests. They should be made of a tightly woven cotton and should be layered with two different colors to easily differentiate the outside and inside of the mask.  Donated masks can be dropped off at 360 Office Solutions, just off the Zoo Drive Exit in Billings.  Information is available at the drop-off site about how to receive a donation letter. They are collecting finished masks only and are asking individuals to please use their own supplies. They will accept masks of different patterns that have already been made. They will take care of laundering masks prior to distribution to our patients and guests. Questions can be directed to foundation@billingsclinic.org.  A second cloth mask effort is also underway with the help of employees and the infectious disease team at Billings Clinic. The Kaizen Center has been turned into a sewing room for the purpose of making surgical drape masks and gowns for employees in a controlled environment. 

Click Here for pleated mask instructions.
Click here for duckbill mask instructions.

PHONE TREE CALLERS STATUS CALL – If you are a phone tree caller, the status call that was scheduled for each Monday has been canceled. As you receive concerns and prayer, you have been communicating with Pastor Tyler and Liz so there is no need to have another call.  Are you confused yet??  Please let Tyler or Liz know if you have questions.  

PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on the list and will include all prayers that come to the website, the church phone and through the phone tree calls. If you have a prayer, please fill out a prayer card on our website, call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings,Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you.  We are checking all these sources every day and sending them on to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.

HELP US PRAY – I would like you to join in praying over some of the requests from the past few weeks.  Please pray for loved ones, prayers for friends and neighbors and family members who have been affected by the COVID -19 virus.  Prayers for healthcare workers and prayers for a cure to be found.  We also ask for prayers for Sherry Rogers and Tim Hathaway who have lost loved ones this past week. Prayers of thanksgiving for the 5 pastors from the UMC’s for the wonderful sermons on Sunday mornings.  They have done a great job! Since we are spending Holy Week in our homes, I am so thankful that they will guide us through this week.                              Liz Stanhope, Prayer Team Coordinator

SANDWICH MINISTRY – While the sandwich ministry is suspended, Susan has provided funds to the Rescue Mission, and has taken peanut butter, apple slices and apples to them. They are very appreciative for the help!  If you know of any other needs, please call the church and give us the information.    

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