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, May 19, 2019

Shiloh 101– Sunday, May 19, 11:30-12: 30 pm – Are you new to Shiloh or want to ask questions about how you can connect more deeply to God, our faith community and take the next step in your faith.  join us for Shiloh 101, held in Padget-Goodman Hall after church this Sunday.  
Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for worship.
Did you know the Gospel of Luke has a second volume?  The book of Acts is written by the same author, we know this based on the writing style and also the way the book is addressed in the beginning to someone named, Theophilus.  Right now as we study Acts in worship, taking some time to study is prequel is timely.
 
This year I am challenging our congregation to read the Gospel of Luke. In future years I will challenge us to read the other gospels together.  Reading the entirety of the books, helps us to know who Jesus can be in our lives and to know better the stories we are called to live by.  To help us do this. I would encourage you to read the chapters of Luke in the following progression.  
 
February  1-3
March  4-6
April 7-9
May 10-11
June-July 12-16
August 17-19
September 20-21
October 22-23
November 24
December (Read something else in scripture)
 
As Pentecost approaches, I always feel a reconnection to the gospel stories as we consider our call to neighbor others.  Chapters 10-11 share a message of Jesus’ sending out 72 disciples to share the message of Christ, to heal, and to bring hope to others.  It also holds in it the Lord’s prayer, how to pray, and how to lift others up.  The Good Samaritan story is the principle parable in these chapters, and a reminder of our duty as Christians to cross boundaries and help others.  We are called in these chapters to live the Jesus’ following life with courage.  Courage is wholehearted living, and I believe that is what we see in these chapters of Luke.  
 
I encourage you to pick up your Bible and begin reading Luke this month, let’s see how reading together draws us closer to each other and to God.
 
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler #loveBillings
 
This Spring we will be entering a time of learning about our neighbors. How to be a good neighbor, and how Christ calls us to this.  We hope you will join us for this sermon series of walking with the disciples as they learn to neighbor and call people to be neighbors in return. 

“Every human being has value. This is the basis of all healthy relationships. Through living each day as it is given to me, I’ve learned that. It cannot be “taught,” but it can be “caught” from those who live their lives right along with us. What a privilege to be able to look for the good in our neighbor!”– Fred Rogers 
 

The community garden is prepared and ready for planting.  Please contact Buddy Kastrop if you are interested in helping with the community garden this summer.  buddy@kastrops.com 

If you want to reserve your own garden box, contact the office.  Cost is $50 a box.

Sheds are for storage.  This may be true, but our shed is being built for more.  It will also store United Methodist Committee On Relief kits that are used to support disaster relief worldwide.  Thanks to our trustees for working on this project.  To date over $3,000 has come from outside our church to support this project.  If you want to learn more about how to support this work talk to one of our Trustees: Ed Heidrich, Buddy Kastrop, Kent Thompsons, Chris Munson, or Toby Stapleton.  To date we have the foundation poured and the walls will start going up soon.

Special thanks to the concrete team led by Mark Sullivan.

 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

Monthly Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

  • Sunday is NOISY OFFERING!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Missions Team – Sunday at 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall
  • Shiloh 101 – Sunday at 11:30 am
  • Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 -2:00 pm
  • Care Givers- Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Children & Youth Committee Meeting- Wednesday at 5:30 pm
  • Leadership & Nominations Team – Thursday at 6:30 pm 
  • Adult Bible Study at 8:00 am –  Next Sunday
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 9:00 am only

WILL YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? SERMON SERIES– Sunday we continue learning about our neighbors, how to be a good neighbor and how Christ calls us to this.  We are glad you are joining us for this sermon series of walking with the disciples as they learn to neighbor and call people to be neighbors in return.  “Every human being has value.  This is the basis of all healthy relationships.  Through living each day as it is given to me, I’ve learned that. It cannot be “taught” but it can be “caught” from those who live their lives right along with us.  What a privilege to be able to look for the good in our              neighbor!”– Fred Rogers 
 
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL– Sunday is our last day of Sunday School until fall.  It has been such an amazing experience teaching these sweet, smart and fun little kiddos.  Jen and Brenda are looking forward to more Adventures With God in September.  We would like to encourage all our families to take the summer to worship together as a family.  There are kid’s activity packets located in the back of the sanctuary.  The usher can help you located them.  Thank you for encouraging your kids to learn and grow with us.
 
SHILOH 101– will be held Sunday at 11:30 am.  It is an exploration of our church and our faith meant for everyone. Come join Pastor Tyler for coffee and conversation!   
 
FAITH & FILMFaith & Film will be Queen of Katwe.Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year old Phiona and her family.  Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende, a missionary who teaches children how to play chess.  This film is based on a true story.  Please join us Sunday at 5:30 pm for this inspirational feel good movie. Ask a friend or two and bring a snack if you want to. 
 
THANK YOUSPlease join us Sunday after each service for cake and ice cream and say thank you to Dave Merkel and Judy Frank for all their work with the choir and chime choir. Sunday is the last day for the choir to sing until the fall.  If you know of anyone who plays an instrument or likes to sing and would like to bring their talents to church this summer, please talk to either Dave or Judy.  
 
GIVING STATEMENTSIn order to save printing and postage costs, the Finance Committee has decided to email statements for the period ended April 30, 2019. The next statement you receive will be end-of-year which will be mailed to everyone.  If you would also like a paper copy of any of your statements, please contact Cindy King. Thank you.
 
MEMORIAL WEEKEND WORSHIPOn Sunday, May 26there will be only one service at 9:00 am.  This is a chance for both services to worship together and to get to know the people who go to a different service then you do. Adult Bible study will be at 8:00 am.
 
“TO MARS AND BEYOND” VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)– We are holding VBS with First UMC. The dates are June 24 -27 from 9:00 am-Noon.  Early registration (by May 21): $20.00 per child. Late registration (after May 21): $25.00 per child.  There are 2 registration forms on the stand in the lobby (one for children and one for volunteers). Scholarships are available if needed.Transportation will be available from Shiloh UMCto First UMC on the days of VBS.  Please sign up early to reserve your spot.
 
LAWN MOWING HELPERS NEEDEDAlong with gardens comes the grass. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby on the table marked “Volunteer for Shiloh.”  Please help out this summer by signing up to mow once or twice. It takes about 4 hours and training is available.
 
FREE STORE– We continue to be very busy at the Free Store.  On May 4, 80 families shopped with us, of which 19 were first time shoppers.  Assuming there are at least two people per family (a conservative assumption), 160 people were in our shopping area during 2½ hours we were open for shopping (10am to 12:30pm).  Needless to say, many of the items you donated filled needs of our community! An additional bonus for the shoppers is the free hot meal served in the basement.  Without the donated items, this 8thyear of the Free Store would not be happening!  Thank you! Also thank-you to the many volunteers whose loyalty and commitment is so appreciated and so needed. 
 
THANK YOU-A big thank you to all the Trustees for all the work they have done and are continuing to do on the shed. The Trustees are: Ed Heidrich(Chair)- Kent Thompson (Vice Chair), Toby Stapleton, Chris Munson, and Buddy Kastrop. Many thanks to Mark Sullivan whose help has been invaluable. Thanks to everyone who helped with Clean-up Saturday. 
 
BEING GOOD STEWARDS– We are recycling all we can! We also have a mulching bin for the gardens. We have noticed a lot of plastic water bottles in the recycle bins. The Trustees will be upgrading the water cooler to a bottle filling station.  We are working on ideas for making the best use of this new resource. We will no longer provide bottled water in the refrigerator. If you know someone who needs a used water fountain, please contact the office.
 

 
If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at https://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  Thank you for supporting our work.
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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, May 12, 2019

SPRING CLEAN-UP– Saturday, May 11 – 9-Noonis the annual Spring Clean-Up day.  It takes a lot of work to keep the grounds of this church looking as great as they do. Trees need to be trimmed, outside windows need to be washed, the mail box needs to be cleaned and painted, and that is just a few starter projects. Donuts and coffee will be available for all workers.
Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for worship.
People of Shiloh, Mother’s Day is both a hard day and a joyous day. So many people come from so many places. May this prayer from http://michellevanloon.com/bring us peace this Mother’s Day. 

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler #loveBillings

O God, the commercials, cards and gifts of this Sunday are a reminder to honor the mothers in our lives. A day set aside to celebrate mothers is a lovely thing, and yet we recognize it as an echo, a single skipped stone, of the kind of family life to which you call us here. 
In our broken world, this single day, these reminders for some are not blessings but pain or longing. May these few words help us intercede for someone we know who may be suffering this week. 
For those who are sorrowing, raw and tender this week, we pray:
…for those who’ve suffered the loss of their mothers through death; Lord, please bring them your comfort
…for those estranged from their mothers through family division, mental illness or strife; Lord, please salve their wounds and bring your healing
 …for those who are losing their mothers by degrees through disease; Lord, please measure extra grace to parent and child alike as the roles reverse
…for those who never knew their mothers; Lord, please reveal yourself to them at every point of abandonment, longing and need as El Shaddai
…for those who have lost a child; Lord, please have mercy on them as they daily bear this searing pain
 …for those who are riding the roller-coaster of infertility; Lord, please revive their hope and bless them with new life
…for those who ache to become mothers, but find themselves without a mate again this year; Lord, please draw near to them, and help them draw near to you as they wait and hope
…for those whose children have chosen a prodigal path; Lord, please grace these parents to wait together with you for their children’s return home
…for those whose children are living, working and serving in distant lands; Lord, please keep them safe, and keep our hearts at peace
…for those who have a full and happy family life; Lord, thank you for this witness, and give them  an extra chair at their table waiting for the lonely to fill it
…for those who, in their pain, have felt abandoned and undefended by you; Lord, please comfort them…and let them recognize that you are near at all times 
In the name of the Father of the fatherless, the Bridegroom of the widow, and the Companion of the lonely, I pray. Amen.


 
 

This Spring we will be entering a time of learning about our neighbors. How to be a good neighbor, and how Christ calls us to this.  We hope you will join us for this sermon series of walking with the disciples as they learn to neighbor and call people to be neighbors in return. 

“Every human being has value. This is the basis of all healthy relationships. Through living each day as it is given to me, I’ve learned that. It cannot be “taught,” but it can be “caught” from those who live their lives right along with us. What a privilege to be able to look for the good in our neighbor!”– Fred Rogers 
 

 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

Monthly Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

  • Sunday is MOTHER’S DAY!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Care Givers- Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Messy Church and Children’s Sunday School go Bowling- Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Book Review – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Writer’s Group – Wednesday at 9:30 am
  • Worship Design Team – Thursday at 6:30 pm
  • Lay Servant Training (On-Line) –Saturday at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Free Store –Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm 
  • Worship –Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 pm
  • Noisy Offering is next Sunday!
  • Shiloh 101– Will be held Sunday, May 19 at 11:30 am

 
WILL YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? SERMON SERIES– Sunday we will continue a time of learning about our neighbors, how to be a good neighbor and how Christ calls us to this.  We hope you will join us for this sermon series of walking with the disciples as they learn to neighbor and call people to be neighbors in return.  “Every human being has value.  This is the basis of all healthy relationships.  Through living each day as it is given to me, I’ve learned that. It cannot be “taught” but it can be “caught” from those who live their lives right along with us.  What a privilege to be able to look for the good in our              neighbor!”– Fred Rogers 
 
MESSY CHURCH AND CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL OUTING– Come join us Tuesday, May 14that 5:30 pmas we gather for a special family bowling and pizza night at Sunset Lanes.  Please contact the office to register.
 
BOOK REVIEW– The next book review will be the “The Alice Network”by Alice Quinn. This historical novel of the real-life Alice Network is a story that is set in the time frame of both World Wars. Everyone is invited.  Please join us on Tuesday, May 14that 6:00 pm.
 
SHILOH 101– will be held May 19 at 11:30 am.  It is an exploration of our church and our faith meant for everyone. Come join Pastor Tyler for coffee and conversation!   
 
FAITH & FILMFaith & Film will be Queen of Katwe.Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year old Phiona and her family.  Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende, a missionary who teaches children how to play chess.  This film is based on a true story.  Please join us May 19 at 5:30 pm for this inspirational feel good movie. Ask a friend or two and bring a snack if you want to. 

MEMORIAL WEEKEND WORSHIPOn Sunday, May 26there will be only one service at 9:00 am.  This is a chance for both services to worship together and to get to know the people who go to a different service then you do.
 
“TO MARS AND BEYOND” VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)– Explore where God’s power can take you!! We will be having VBS with First UMC this June.  The dates are Mon-Thur., June 24 -27 from 9:00 am – Noon. Early registration fee (by May 21): $20.00 per child. Late registration fee (after May 21): $25.00 per child.  Scholarships are available if needed.There are 2 registration forms on the stand in the lobby (one for children and the other for volunteers). Transportation will be available from Shiloh UMCto First UMC on the days of VBS.  Please sign up early to reserve your spot.
 
VISITATION MINISTRY– Currently each of the Visitation Ministers at Shiloh visits 13 individuals each month and visits the two hospitals each day for one week. If you are interested in helping in this ministry, please contact Pastor Tyler.
 
COMMUNITY GARDEN 2019– As the snow melts, we are beginning plans to have a Community Garden again the year.  There is a large area used to grow produce for the Free Store and Food Bank.  We also have 18 individual spots available (7 have already been reserved).  Garden spots are $50.00 each.  
 
LAWN MOWING HELPERS NEEDEDAlong with gardens comes the grass. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby on the table marked “Volunteer for Shiloh.”  Please help out this summer by signing up to mow.
 
FREE STORE– We continue to be very busy at the Free Store.  On May 4, 80 families shopped with us, of which 19 were first time shoppers.  Assuming there are at least two people per family (a conservative assumption), 160 people were in our shopping area during 2 ½ hours we were open for shopping (10am to 12:30 pm).  Needless to say many donated items filled a need in our community! An additional bonus for the shoppers is the free hot meal served in the basement.  Without the donated items this 8thyear of the Free Store would not be happening!  Thank you! Also thank-you to the many volunteers whose loyalty and commitment is so appreciated and so needed. 
 
BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR PLANET– We are trying to recycle all we can.  We also have received a mulching bin for the gardens.  Lately, we have noticed a large amount of plastic water bottles in the recycle bins.  Therefore, upon request, the Trustees have purchased an upgraded water cooler with a bottle filling station.  We will no longer provide bottled water in the refrigerator.  We encourage you to bring your own bottle to fill if you have one. If you don’t have one, we are working on ideas for making the best use of this new resource.  If you know someone who needs a used water fountain, please contact the office.
 

 
If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at https://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.