Pastor’s Corner

 
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Pastor’s Corner for Monday, March 30, 2020

 
People of Shiloh,

We are navigating strange new waters at this time.  However, we should not believe that people have faith have not faced such realities before.  

Take for example Martin Luther, the reformer from the 16th century who wrote to a friend about when a disease hit his home town of Wittenberg and how the church should respond (Volume 43, Pg. 132: Whether One Should Flee From A Deadly Plague – To Rev. Dr. John Hess):“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

Not being near each other is hard, not being in worship together is strange, and figuring out how life works in the social distance is challenging.  God is with us!

Four things I want you to know as we begin this week:
1.  Some of you have asked to be in touch via phone during this time.  A few of our leaders will begin a phone tree and will maintain regular contact with you this week.  If you don’t get a call by next week and you wish to receive a phone connection this way please let me know.
2.  Please consider getting some grape juice and bread for communion in your homes, we will begin blessing this over livestream on Sundays.
3.  Palm Sunday has some instructions below please consider taking a picture of your family celebrating hosanna and send it to me.
4.  The 5 Billings pastors have planned some socially responsible ways for us to do Holy Week together.  Stay tuned in the Friday email for those details.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

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or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
Thank you for supporting our work.
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Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for March 30
 
CALENDAR
  • COVID-19 Precautions
  • Billings UMC Combined Palm Sunday Worship Service – April 5 – 10:30 am – Live Streamed (see below)
  • 406 Youth Middle School Confirmation – Continuing on-line!
  • 406 Youth United All Ages – Continuing on-line!  Contact Pastor Tyler.
  • Aging Well – Organ Donation (was April 8) – rescheduled to the fall
  • Bible Studies – 
    • Norma’s Class – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays now.  See below for details.
    • Tyler’s Class (was Tuesdays at Mission  Ridge and SUMC) – Postponed
    • Pastor Mike Nickerson Sundays online 9:30am. See below for details.
  • Care Givers Support– Are suspending for the time being, please be in touch with Sally.
  • Easter Egg Hunt (was scheduled for April 11) – Is canceled. 
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed at this point. See below for details.
  • Newsletter → Weekly Updates – Instead of an April newsletter, Pastor Tyler is sending out weekly updates.  If we have your email, you will receive it that way.  If not, you will receive a hard copy mailed to you!  Thanks to Liz!
  • Palms for Palm Sunday – Get yours Thursday!  (See Below)
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been canceled.  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. 
  • Worship – Starts Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.  After Sunday, the video is available on our Facebook page and on our YouTube Channel.

 
NEWS
COVID -19 Precautions – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10. During this time when we aren’t sure what will be happening from day to day, it is very important to Pastor Tyler and the staff that no one is forgotten. Until further notice, the church building will be closed, except under very special circumstances.  
We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.   
If you have any questions or more important, need help in any way, please call us at the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  Please leave a message at 656-0050 or send an e-mail to Liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail will be 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.  
 
COMBINED PALM 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 on Facebook Live.
o   Instructions for accessing Facebook Live are available.
·       After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are available.
o   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.
 
AGING WELL – The Aging Well that was scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.  The speakers were coming from Washington.  They hope to reschedule sometime in the fall. 
 
BIBLE STUDIES – 
o   Norma’s Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are canceled.  The group will meet 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.    
o   Tyler’s Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
o   Pastor Mike Nickerson First UMC – Sunday School this week on zoom.  Rev. Mike Nickerson, Ph.D. will be teaching a 2-week class on “An Introduction to the Bible.”  We will discuss how the Bible came to be and how it can be a primary resource for our spiritual growth.  Join us at 9:15 this Sunday.  The link is: https://zoom.us/j/448143495 or call in (301) 715-8592 and the Meeting Id is 448 143 495.
 
CAREGIVERS – (Temporarily Suspended, please contact Sally with questions and call each other to stay in touch.) 
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – This event and all events during the week of Easter have been canceled. We hope to have more information soon. 
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  We recognize the hardship this creates for our many shoppers but due to the national guidelines of having no more than 10 people in one gathering, we had no choice. We will keep you updated weekly.  We currently cannot accept donations as we have run out space.  Your donation are critical to our success, so please consider keeping them on hand for when this time of separation end.    Thank you. 
 
NEWSLETTER – We will not be doing an April newsletter. If you have something to share with our church family, please email Liz, Pam or Pastor Tyler and we will get something in the weekly update.  
 
PALMS FOR PALM SUNDAY – We ordered palms for our Palm Sunday service.  Although we will not be able to meet in person, we would love you all to have a bunch or two to celebrate the day! We will leave a box of palms near the front door of the church.  Please drive on by and pick up a stock for everyone in your family.  We will also leave instructions for making palm crosses It’s a fun activity to do as a family.  Please email pictures of you waving palms with your family to Pastor Tyler.    YOU CAN PICK THEM UP ON THURSDAY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!  If you don’t get palms then make a Hosanna sign and don’t forget to send Pastor Tyler those pictures of you celebrating Palm Sunday.  We hope to use them in worship Sunday.
 
PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on our 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.  Then we are sending the prayers to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – was canceled for April.  Susan checked with the Rescue Mission.  She had Linda send a check for $100.  Susan took peanut butter, apple slices and supplies to them.  They are very appreciative of the help! She is checking with the HUB to see if they have needs we can fill.  
 

 
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Pastor’s Corner, Friday, March 27, 2020

 
People of Shiloh,

I have been watching friends this week struggle with the consistent changes that the realities of COVID-19 have brought into our lives.  For many of us, the realities of life keep changing.  I know as pastors the second we got online worship figured out, we have to do it in a new way as we are being asked to limit travel to essential travel only.  Worship will still go live 10:30 Sundays, it just will look a little different.  

We also had lots of creative ideas that we may have to put off a week or so, for how we can recognize and celebrate Holy Week and Easter.  

In all of the changes, I want to share one thing.  You are all children of God.  Each of you has wisdom to offer this world, each of you matters, and wherever the next few weeks take us please don’t hide your light.  

Thursday evening on our Shiloh Leadership call, Judy Kastrop shared a prayer that I have seen showing up in faith community circles around the world.  I invite you to join me in praying this prayer each day this next week.  On that same call, I heard incredible cooperation and faith-filled efforts to connect us.  May this prayer deepen us in the Holy Spirit as the next week goes by.

May we who are merely inconvenienced
     Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
     Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
     Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
     Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips
     Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
     Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
     Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
     let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
     Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.                         

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

Click here to download our app to stay connected with our ministries at Shiloh.

 

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
 
Instructions to Watch on Youtube(Monday after Sunday for time being.)

 

Our Lenten Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.

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.
Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for March 27
 
CALENDAR
  • COVID-19 Precautions continue
  • Billings UMC Combined Sunday Worship Service – Sundays– 10:30 am – Live Streamed 
  • 406 Youth Middle School Confirmation – Continuing on-line!
  • Aging Well – Organ Donation (was April 8) – rescheduled to the fall
  • Bible Studies – 
    • Norma’s Class – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays now.  See below for details.
    • Tyler’s Class (was Tuesdays at Mission  Ridge and SUMC) – Postponed
  • Care Givers – Continuing Tuesday at 1:30 pm  in the Youth Room
  • District Gathering – If you are interested in finding out what’s going on across the conference, feel free to visit the District Gather page and/or call in on Saturday. 
  • Easter Egg Hunt (was scheduled for April 11) – Is cancelled but we are working on some options.  Stay tuned. 
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed at this point. They are accepting donations. See below for details.
  • Newsletter → Weekly Updates – Instead of an April newsletter, we will be sending out weekly updates.  If we have your email, you will receive it that was.  If not, you will receive a hard copy mailed to you!  Thanks Liz!
  • 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 
  • Relay for Life Daffodils – Daffodils will be here on March 23rd.  See below for details.  
  • Sandwich Ministry – Cancelled for April – We are checking with the Mission and the HUB to see what they need!
  • Worship – Starts Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.  After Sunday, the video is available on our Facebook page and on our YouTube Channel.
 
NEWS
COVID -19 Precautions – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10. During this time when we aren’t sure what will be happening from day to day, it is very important to Pastor Tyler and the staff that no one is forgotten. Until further notice, the church building will be closed, except under very special circumstances.  
We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.   
If you have any questions or more important, need help in any way, please call us at the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  Please leave a message at 656-0050 or send an e-mail at Liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail will be 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.  
 
COMBINED 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 on Facebook Live.
o   Instructions for accessing Facebook Live are available.
·       After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are available.
o   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.
 
AGING WELL – The Aging Well that was scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.  The speakers were coming from Washington.  They hope to reschedule sometime in the fall. 
 
BIBLE STUDIES – 
  • Norma’s Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are canceled.  The group will meet 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.    
  • Tyler’s Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
  • Pastor Mike Nickerson First UMC – Sunday School this week on zoom.  Rev. Mike Nickerson, Ph.D. will be teaching a 2 week class on “An Introduction to the Bible.”  We will discuss how the Bible came to be and how it can be a primary resource for our spiritual growth.  Join us at 9:15 this Sunday.  The link is: https://zoom.us/j/448143495 or call in (301) 715-8592 and the Meeting Id is 448 143 495.
 
CAREGIVERS – This group is the only group allowed to meet inside the church.  They will meet in the Youth Room.  
 
DISTRICT GATHERING – The Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church is holding a District Gathering via video call on Saturday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Among other things, they will be discussing the status of the conference and the opportunity to reflect on how the church could be transformed during this time.  Video call information can be found at:  
https://www.mtnskyumc.org/eventdetail/13320892?month=3&year=2020&day=1&display=m
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – This event and all events during the week of Easter could be cancelled. We hope to have more information soon. 
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  We recognize the hardship this creates for our many shoppers but due to the national guidelines of having no more than 10 people in one gathering, we had no choice. We will keep you updated weekly.  They are currently accepting donations at EUMC, 345 Broadwater on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-4:00 pm.  Ring the bell near the east door and the secretary will let you in.  Put the donations in the chapel to your right. We are not accepting winter clothes at this time. We also ask for prayers for our shoppers who typically live on the edge of disaster.  Thank you. 
 
NEWSLETTER – We are still talking about whether it is prudent for us to do an April newsletter. If you have something to share with our church family, please email Liz, Pam or Pastor Tyler and we will get something in the weekly update.  
 
PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on our 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.  Then we are sending the prayers to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE DAFFODILS – Daffodils arrived on April 25th.  If you haven’t gotten yours yet, please call Pat Montgomery (406-696-2019) to arrange pickup.   
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – was suspended for April.  Susan checked with the Rescue Mission.  We have sent a check for $100 and will take some peanut butter and apple slices to them.  She will check with check with the HUB.  
 
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 Lead Pastor – Tyler Amundson

 
My two primary responsibilities as a pastor are coaching leaders and creating community to help each of us see God in our everyday lives.  Shiloh is working with me to increase the interactions of people from different opinions and backgrounds.  We actively pray and work alongside God to create a diverse community to live out the love taught to us by Jesus in our daily practice. I hope you will join us as we work towards this vision of a beloved community working to spread God’s love to our community.
 
My personal passion for ministry is to all ages through preaching, teaching and organizing ways for people to find their connection with our community and God.  I find fulfillment in my work when I hear someone say, “I found God today.”  I encourage people to search for God on a mountaintop, in church, helping someone out, sharing in a small group, or in their own prayer life.  

 

When I am not at work I enjoy playing with my family by growing our garden, going for bike rides or enjoying a great day in Montana.  My own personal interests involve exercise, parenting, biking, and being a computer nerd.