Pastor’s Corner

 
Each week Pastor Tyler and others in the church will provide a reflection on our church life or an act of discipleship.

Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, January 26, 2020

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for our worship Sunday.

People of Shiloh – 
Today is Shiloh’s Birthday!  We are celebrating 33 years of ministry!  Every January we celebrate the hard work of the saints who worked to share the gospel before us, and we remember that God is still showing up at Shiloh.  
 
One of my favorite stories about Shiloh’s past is of the time when we started our church.  We met for worship in a common room at  St. John’s United just up the road.  The story goes that each week we would have to setup chairs in an empty room.  Worship would from time to time be interrupted by people wandering in or alarms going off.  Then each week we would have to clean up and put the room back the way we found it.  
 
Our pastor at the time comments that during the transformation of a bare room to a worship space that he realized how much a church was about the people who make it up.  We didn’t even have silverware, is how the story goes, people had to bring their own utensils for pot lucks.  
 
Now on this Birthday find ourselves blessed with a beautiful building, green space outside, and no debt whatsoever. What is God calling us to do in our community?  What new ministries are needed to help us share the gospel?  What existing ministries need an infusion of energy?  Where are we called to share our blessing?
 
1 Samuel 3:21 Common English Bible (CEB)
21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh because the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh through the Lord’s own word.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 

Our January Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
•    Sunday is Shiloh’s 33rd BIRTHDAY!!!
(and our staff member Liz Stanhope’s Birthday!!)
•    Birthday cake and ice cream after 1st and 2nd service
•    Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
•    Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
•    406 United Middle School – Sunday at 4:00 pm- Echo the Story Bible Experience
•    Conference Trustee Insurance Meeting – Tuesday at 6:30pm
•    Shiloh Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
•    Deeper Dive – Making Sense of the Bible – Tuesday at Noon
•    Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
•    Sandwich Making – Friday, January 31, at 12 noon
•    Food Bank Sunday is Next Sunday, February 2!!

BIRTHDAY SUNDAY – Come help us celebrate Shiloh’s 33rd birthday (and Liz Stanhope’s birthday) Sunday and welcome our new members.  There will be cake and ice cream served after both services. 

JANUARY WORSHIP – Let It Go: A Series on Forgiveness.  This January we will be exploring what true forgiveness looks like.  Jesus teaches us great ways to understand forgiveness, and it is not as easy as the old line “Forgive and Forget.”  Forgiveness takes practice.  We invite you to join us in learning forgiveness this January.

“TWELVE ORDINARY MEN” – by John MacAuthur is the new Adult Bible Study, Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Sunday School Room.  This study dives into what we can learn from the Apostles.  The study will run through May 10.  All are welcomed to join us. 

DEEPER DIVE –BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”- The Bible is a sacred text that we hold in reverence as Methodists, but how do we understand it?  Pastor Tyler invites you to dive deeper into the text, to understand its origins, and where you might gain deeper understanding from it.  We will be using Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and if that doesn’t work keep an eye out late in February for Sunday morning study 6 weeks before Easter. We will meet at St. John’s Mission Ridge Tues at 10:30 am, Jan. 28, Feb. 2, 9 and at Shiloh UMC Tues at noon Jan. 28, Feb 2, 9.  Books are $17.00 and you can get one in the office.

SANDWICH MAKING  – One of the missions of our church is the Sandwich making Mission.  This Friday, the sandwich makers will start at 12 noon and make 200 sandwiches for the Mission.  They will also take cookies if there are any, and fruit. Everyone is welcomed to come and help with this mission that helps feed the homeless and hungry in our city.  It usually takes about an hour to get all the sandwiches made.  Thank you for everyone who donated peanut butter and sandwich bags.  It is greatly appreciated!   

FOOD BANK SUNDAY – Food Bank Sunday is Next Sunday.  They need peanut butter, individual packs of chips and meat sticks and they always need volunteer help.

CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS – Your yearend contribution statements are ready for pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entryway of the church.  If you have questions regarding your statement, please call the church at 656-0050 on Mondays.  To locate your statements and any other mail like a birthday card or an Anniversary card that may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name. Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.

RELAY FOR LIFE DAFFODIL SALE – The Shiloh Relay for Life team will be selling daffodils for spring. Order bright yellow bunches for yourself or someone you love and bring them a touch of spring.  A bunch of 10 will cost $10.00. We will be taking orders until Feb. 23.  The flowers will be delivered on March 23.  Please contact Pat Montgomery at 655-3507 or Liz Stanhope at 656-0050.  There will be order forms in the kitchen and in the office.  Thank you for supporting your Relay for Life Team. 

VALENTINES DAY – Dancing, bingo and, of course, eating on February 14th at 5:00- 8:00 pm. Everyone is invited!! There will be a taco bar, nachos and a dessert.  Last year’s event was a lot of fun and it was a great time to visit and dance (and, of course, eat).  We hope you can all come and join us this year.

FREE STORE REQUESTS – Recently we have had many requests for adult backpacks, usually from men.  This is reflective of the number of homeless who use one to hold all their belongings.  In addition, luggage, any size, is taken as soon as it comes in. As always, the Free Store is appreciative of any donation.  However, due to storage problems, we are currently accepting only winter clothing.  Thanks so much for your continued support

VISITATION MINISTRY – In the past, one of the Visitation Volunteers visited both hospitals every Monday- Friday.  The goal was to provide spiritual support for anyone from Shiloh who happened to be in the hospital.  Many options were available to the patient and/or the family: prayers, anointing, communion and support in general.  These same options continue to be available but a call must be made to the church to notify a member of the Visitation Team to go to the hospital (656-0050).  The Visitation Team has lost several members and currently the team is very small.  PLEASE call.  This is a very important ministry for all involved.   

The Larger United Methodist Church – Information leading up to General Conference 2020

Based on the national news attention and the things you may read about the United Methodist Church in the headlines I want to keep you informed.  As your pastor, I will keep pertinent articles listed here about what is coming to the International Church this year as we see the continued work of discerning our ability to be inclusive of all people.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

These articles I believe help you to stay informed and up to date.

Pastor Tyler

https://www.umnews.org/en/   – Articles from United Methodist News Service

Article on the most recent proposals of separation that was carried by national media.

Livestream of People talking about the proposed plan of separation on January 13. (Click Here) 

Comparison of proposed plans headed to General Conference 2020

 

If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  Thank you for supporting our work.
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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, January 19, 2019

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for our worship Sunday.

People of Shiloh – 
This Sunday is Human Relations Sunday!  Throughout the gospels, Jesus demonstrates that ministry is sharing God’s love with all people.  By opening ourselves to God’s love we allow ourselves to be made whole, and we are invited to share this love with others.  Martin Luther King Jr. was a prophet in our modern era who solidified this understanding for Americans.  As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day this Monday, I invite us to remember the sacrifice it takes to help others respond to the needs of those our society rejects. 
The United Methodist Church’s statement on human rights is powerful.  As you read this statement remember that churches across the United States and the World are committed to this statement.  
“The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.” Paragraph 162, 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline 
In your faith practice, I invite you to consider these words, to think deeply about MLK Jr.’s vision and to seek ways to touch the lives of those that society has left behind.  As a pastor, I pray that our church continues to work diligently to do this both inside our doors and in our communities.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 

Our January Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
  • SUNDAY is NOISY OFFERING DAY and HUMAN RELATIONS SUNDAY
  • Mission Team Meeting- Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Chime Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • 406 United High School – Sunday at 4:00 pm
  • Prayer Vigil – Tuesday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Deeper Dive – Making Sense of the Bible – Tuesday at Noon
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Our Church Birthday Party is Sunday, January 26, (33 years)-please stay for cake and ice cream!!

 
JANUARY WORSHIP – Let It Go: A Series on Forgiveness.  This January we will be exploring what true forgiveness looks like.  Jesus teaches us great ways to understand forgiveness, and it is not as easy as the old line “Forgive and Forget.”  Forgiveness takes practice.  We invite you to join us in learning forgiveness this January.
 
“TWELVE ORDINARY MEN” – by John MacAuthur will be the new Adult Bible Study, Sunday at 9:00 am.  This study dives into what we can learn from the Apostles.  The study will run through May 10th.  All are welcomed to join us. 
 
HUMAN RELATIONS SUNDAY – The Human Relations Day offering supports neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy in the United States and Puerto Rico through United Methodist Voluntary Services, and work with at-risk youth through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.
 
DEEPER DIVE –BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”- The Bible is a sacred text that we hold in reverence as Methodists, but how do we understand it?  Pastor Tyler invites you to dive deeper into the text, to understand its origins, and where you might gain deeper understanding from it.  We will be using Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and if that doesn’t work keep an eye out late in February for Sunday morning study 6 weeks before Easter. We will meet at St. John’s Mission Ridge Tues at 10:30 am, Jan. 21, 28 and at Shiloh UMC Tues at noon Jan. 21, 28.  Books are $17.00 and you can get one in the office.
 
PRAYER VIGIL – The prayer group will hold a prayer vigil on Tuesday, January 21 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  In this time of political unrest we need prayers for global peace and environmental changes. The worship center will be opened for anyone who wants to stop in a pray in a soothing and comfortable atmosphere. 
 
 
FREE STORE REQUESTS – Recently we have had many requests for adult backpacks, usually from men.  This is reflective of the number of homeless that use one to hold all their belongings.  In addition, luggage, any size, is taken as soon as it comes in.   As always, the Free Store is appreciative of any donation.  However due to storage problems, we are currently accepting only winter clothing.  Thanks so much for your continued support
 
VISTATION MINISTRY – In the past, one of the Visitation Volunteers visited both hospitals every Monday- Friday.  The goal was to provide spiritual support for anyone from Shiloh who happened to be in the hospital.  Many options were available to the patient and/or the family: prayers, anointing, communion and support in general.  These same options continue to be available but a call must be made to the church to notify a member of the Visitation Team to go to the hospital (656-0050).  The Visitation Team has lost several members and currently the team is very small.  PLEASE call.  This is a very important ministry for all involved.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – On the last Friday of every month the Sandwich making committee makes 200 sandwiches for the Mission.  The cupboard is bare!!  If you would like to help with this ministry, they need peanut butter (plain), jams and sandwich bags. Both peanut butter and sandwich bags are on sale at COSTCO right now.

SHILOH UMC’S BIRTHDAY – Please come and join us for Shiloh’s 33rd birthday and to welcome new members on Sunday, January 26th.  We will be serving birthday cake and ice cream after both services.  

The Larger United Methodist Church – Information leading up to General Conference 2020

Based on the national news attention and the things you may read about the United Methodist Church in the headlines I want to keep you informed.  As your pastor, I will keep pertinent articles listed here about what is coming to the International Church this year as we see the continued work of discerning our ability to be inclusive of all people.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

These articles I believe help you to stay informed and up to date.

Pastor Tyler

https://www.umnews.org/en/   – Articles from United Methodist News Service

Article on the most recent proposals of separation that was carried by national media.

Livestream of People talking about the proposed plan of separation on January 13. (Click Here) 

Comparison of proposed plans headed to General Conference 2020

 

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