Pastor’s Corner

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

October 18th Update

 
Dear Shiloh,
 

October can be a trying time for a pastor. You survived the glut of activities that kick off a new school year, but you know that Advent is hanging out around the corner. If you are in a new charge, as I am, you’ve learned most of the names, some of the customs, and you have a good idea of where you might need to tread lightly. But there still is so much uncertainty, especially in our current season of (hopefully) late-stage pandemic, making decisions and setting dates for things all has to be done in pencil instead of pen. So, in the midst of that, we must pray for a love that is as John Wesley said is “long suffering” or, as 1 Corinthians 13:8 says, “hopes all things and endures all things.” Only that can carry us to the next season of our lives. 

This week will be a full one, especially as next Friday and Saturday will be our Mountain Sky Annual Conference. The conference will be all virtual and members of the Billings United Methodist Cohort will be converging on Grace United Methodist Church here in town to witness and vote on the proceedings. Please pray for all of our delegates as we set out to make the best decisions for our conference in what continues to be a trying time for our church. Also, by orders of Bishop Karen Oliveto, all Mountain Sky pastors will be taking a Sabbath Day on Wednesday, October 20, so I will be resting that day, though the Church Office will still be open. 

Again, I want to thank everyone who pitched in and cleaned up our Garden Plots! They look absolutely great! Also, thank you to everyone who came and bought Pies at our Harvest Pie Sale yesterday. We raised almost four hundred dollars to buy sleeping bags for various organizations around town and I had a piece of chocolate cream pie that was to die for! Special thanks to Liz Stanhope and Susan Hathaway for coming up with and planning this event! 

 

Until next time—Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose,

Pastor Frank Anguiano

 

October 11th Update

 
Dear Shiloh,
 

It’s been three months today since I preached my first sermon in Montana, and sometimes it feels like I have been at Shiloh forever. So much has gone on and so much has transpired since my arrival. I feel like I’ve preached a lot of good sermons, and gotten to know many of the people in the Shiloh community. And as we continue to move through the stages of a Pandemic that just won’t end, we have continued to try to make progress and do church in a very trying time. 

Certainly, it has not been easy. Being the pastor of a church never is. Add on a world that seems to be crazier than ever and the challenges of a new city, state, and culture, and I know that I have barely scratched the surface of what it is like to do life at Shiloh and in Billings as a whole. 

Yet, I continue to be buoyed by the way that I have been accepted by the people of Shiloh. Yes, there have been growing pains. Yes, there have been changes in our congregation. But every week, I feel blown away by the love I have received at Shiloh, everything that our church does in the community, and the potential that exists in our congregation. 

So, for now, I find comfort in the fact that the Church was not built in a day. Our progress, while sometimes interrupted, continues forward and we continue to learn as a congregation. I continue to learn as a pastor, and I pray that our city and our state can continue to learn how to be more loving and accepting in such a polarizing time, 

As October progresses, that means cooler weather and cleaning season! It’s time to clean our community garden and our church! Please have your plots cleaned out by this Saturday, October 16. Then, on October 23rd, we hope to clean up the church for the coming Advent season. The next day, Faith and Film will continue its return. We will be watching the movie Tolkien on October 24 at 5:30pm. 

 

Until next time—Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose,

Amen. 
 
 

Lead Pastor – Rev. Frank Anguiano

 
Hello everyone! My name is Frank, and I was appointed to Shiloh United Methodist Church in June 2021 and started on July 1, 2021! I was born in Lubbock, Texas, and came to Christ when I was sixteen years old. I was baptized into the United Methodist Church when I was 22 years old at the Wesley Foundation at West Texas A&M University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the WTAMU in Canyon, Texas in 2013 and my Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 2020.
 
Previously, I served as the Associate Pastor of Smithfield United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills, Texas and First United Methodist Church in Quanah, Texas. I am so excited to be in Montana and at Shiloh, and I am looking to rebuilding our church in our Post-COVID world, building an intergenerational fellowship that can take our church into the future. My hobbies include running, hiking, reading all sorts of books, and trying not to eat too much cake.