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, Friday, May 20, 2020

 
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People of Shiloh,

If you had told me two weeks ago that we wouldn’t be able to gather in the celebration room of our church to worship our amazing God during Lent, I would have never believed you.  

I would have never imagined we would have to give up doing the everyday things for Lent.  

Here we are, in strange times.  And in my core, I mourn the thought of seeing your faces and hearing your voices.  To the very depth of my bones, I miss your smiles, your quizzical looks as I teach you random greek words, and every note we sing together each Sunday.  I miss even your complaints, and I especially miss the little voices during prayer time.

In scripture, it says, “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

If I have learned anything this last week.  It is that we need to be church now, more than ever.  Our community is curious how a ragtag group of Christians might bring joy amidst uncertainty, and grace in the chaos.  We need to share Christ with our world during this time by showing people how to face the challenges of COVID-19 and social distancing with the imagination of Christ, who found ways to care for people when people said it was impossible.  

So this first week I ask you to do a few things:
Love yourself.  Prepare your home for social isolation, put yourself in a place where you could live inside your walls for two weeks.  Make sure you have the medications you need and your car always has about 1/2 tank of gas in it.  Send me a selfie of you doing something, so I can see you care for yourself. I am going to print these selfies and place them in the sanctuary to remind us who we are sharing God’s word with.

Next week we will care for those in our faith community:
People from the church will begin calling people over this weekend through Wednesday to ask you how we can stay connected with you.  How you want to receive worship(DVD, CD, Livestream).  Ask you if you want to join a phone tree and if you have any pressing needs.

After that we are going to prepare to be Easter people:
We are going to seek ways to show the people in our community how to be joyful in social isolation.  We are going to learn to sing on our back porches, so our whole neighborhoods can sing in.  The Methodist pastors are considering a palm Sunday car processional, our doctors and nurses may need us to make masks, and Easter may need to happen twice this year.  Once when we are apart and again when we can gather together.  

I have a group of our leaders meeting each week, and we will be in prayer for each of you.  We will be working for and with each of you.  

Finally, reach out to us.  Write us emails about how you are doing, call a friend or family member, send letters to each other, and take time to recognize that you are a child of God.  A God whose love is bigger than pandemics and disease, chaos and clutter.  Our God believes in resurrection.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

P.S.  Scroll down to learn more about how you can watch worship online.  How you can share prayers with us ongoing.  And remember in the week you may be getting a call from one of the members of our church asking questions of how to connect you.  Be ready to chat on the phone.

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

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  • Church Service – Live Streamed this week and March 29
  • Adult Bible Study –Suspended(Other options being considered.)
  • 406 Youth – Middle School Confirmation – (Rescheduled, info to come.)
  • Prayer Group – Meeting by text.
  • Bible Study – Suspended(Other options being considered.)
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  in the Youth room(please contact Sally for details.)
  • Sandwich Ministry – Suspended for this month

COVID -19 – “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. We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   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.
 
MARCH WORSHIP Lent – Guilty and Forgiven. A series on the seven deadly sins. The service for March 29 will be live streamed. As human beings, we often do things that seem to make us feel isolated, or cut us off from relationships that help us. Christian leaders came up with seven examples of things that keep people from relationships with each other; and more importantly, they felt it built a barrier in our relationship with God.  Join us this Lent as we explore these things and how to use radical understanding of Jesus to bring us a deeper connection and meaning in our lives. 
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LIVE STREAMING SERVICES – Services have been lived stream and live streaming services will start at 10:30 am.  Pastor Tyler will be making DVD’s of the last service for people who have trouble with live streaming.  Please call the church at 656-0050 and leave a message if you would like one of these DVD’s mailed to you. 
 
BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”-.  Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
 
EASTER EGG HUNT –  This event and all events during the week of Easter could be suspended. We hope to have more information by the time an email that goes out, on March 30th.
 
SILENT SATURDAY – This event has been postponed.
 
EASTER EVENTS COMING SOON – All Easter Week events could be suspended and we hope to know for sure by Monday the 30th when we send out the next fridge sheet.  We are being creative and things could be changed to meet social distancing requirements.
 
AGING WELL – The Aging Well that was scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.  The speakers were coming from Washington and they hope to reschedule for some time in the fall. 
 
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 are currently accepting donations but ask that none be bought to SUMC, but instead to EUMC, 345 Broadwater.  The times: Monday and Wednesday, noon to 4 pm.  We also ask for prayers for our shoppers who typically live on the edge of disaster.  Thank-you. 
 
PRAYER GROUP –The prayer group will still be meeting by texting but we will still be praying for everyone on our list.  If you have a prayer for the prayer list please call the church at 656-0050 or e-mail us at liz@ShilohBillings.Church  We will check the phones and email every day.  We will then send the prayer to the prayer group.  Even if you just have a special intention, please let us know. 

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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, March 15, 2020

People of Shiloh – 

I spent last night meeting with our leadership and one of the primary topics of discussion was COVID-19 and how we respond as a faith community.  I want to share how grateful I am for our leaders and staff who have responded with reason, and facts as we move ahead.  I will be sending an email out early next week with our entire response as a congregation to COVID-19.

We will be holding worship at Shiloh this Sunday at both 8 and 10:15am.  We ask that people be mindful of washing hands, not hugging or shaking hands, and practicing social distance.  We are taking increased precautions with communion and offering this week.  Paul Nixon is still here to do our conversations about how our Methodist churches in Billings might better work together and all those events are continuing.

We will continue to hold services and small groups until we are directed otherwise by county/state authorities.  We do ask that if you consider yourself at higher risk of infection due to a medical condition, if you exhibiting flu/cold symptoms, such as fever and cough, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or Influenza that you choose to join us from home.  You can access our livestream worship by clicking here, find a link on our website, or by going to our Facebook page.

If you find yourself in need of connection or support during this time please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  You can contact the office at 656-0050 or Pastor Tyler at 406-794-3055.

Finally, I leave you with the below picture that one of my colleagues posted during this time.  We are in prayer with each of you and blessings as we all journey ahead together.

 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

P.S.  This is not the Pastor’s corner I expected to be sending you today, so if you are looking for what I normally would have sent click here and check it out, and in the meantime like our Facebook Page

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

  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Missions Meeting – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Meeting with Paul Nixon – Sunday at 1:00 pm at EUMC
  • 406 Youth – Middle School Confirmation – Sunday at 4:00 pm
  • Faith & Film – Leave No Trace – Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • 406 Youth – High School – Sunday at 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bible Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Tuesday at Noon
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday – 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  
  • UMCOR Sunday –Sunday, March 22

MARCH WORSHIP Lent – Guilty and Forgiven. A series on the seven deadly sins. As human beings, we often do things that seem to make us feel isolated, or cut us off from relationships that help us. Christian leaders came up with seven examples of things that keep people from relationships with each other; and more importantly, they felt it built a barrier in our relationship with God.  Join us this Lent as we explore these things and how to use radical understanding of Jesus to bring us a deeper connection and meaning in our lives.
 
MEETING WITH PAUL NIXON – Sunday there is a meeting with Paul Nixon, an internationally known United Methodist ministry coach. We will be talking about the way each of the 5 churches could be strengthened if we share key resources and work together in areas we find shared need.   Paul will be here to listen and share recommendations that fit us. The meeting will Sunday at 1:00 pm at Evangelical UMC where our Free Store is housed (345 Broadwater). All are invited.
 
FAITH AND FILM – Leave No Trace – Sunday, March 15, we will watch a movie, have some discussion and see where God appears to us in popular movies.  This month we will be watching Leave No Trace. Will and his teenage daughter have lived off the grid for years in the forests in Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services.  After clashing with their new surroundings, they set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. Join us Sunday at 5:30 pm and bring a snack to share and a friend or just come by yourself.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER – Starting Sunday, Relay for Life will be selling Joyful Traditions cake rolls that you just thaw and serve and Pastry Puffins that go from the freezer to the oven.  There are 6 different flavors of cake rolls and 8 different flavors of Pasty Puffins. Samples will be available Sunday after both services. Order sheets will be available.     
BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”- Pastor Tyler invites you to dive deeper into the text, to understand its origins, and where you might gain deeper understanding from it.  We are using Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible.  Classes are Tuesdays at Mission Ridge at 10:30 am and at Shiloh UMC at noon.  Books are $17.00 and you can get one in the office. 
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – There is a signup sheet in the lobby to sign up for ways to help at the annual Easter Egg hunt on April 11th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.  A lot of help is always needed.  There is also a container for candy and for plastic eggs. We have used around 5,000 eggs each year. Thank you so very much for your help with this community event. 
 
HELP NEEDED WITH THE FREE STORE – As the number of shoppers at the Free Store increases so do the number of children needing nursery service.  Currently, the nursery is not available because there is no nursery attendant. Do you know someone you want to experience a service project or are you are willing to participate?  The hours are 9:30am – 12:30pm with the last hour spent sanitizing the toys. The dates are the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.  We also need a door attendant who would open the door, facilitate the placement of donations in the chapel, and issue a tax receipt, if requested.  No lifting is required.  The hours are from 12-4pm, Monday and/or Wednesday, your choice.  If you are interested in helping with either of these positions or have any questions, please call Peggy Parker at 690- 6370. LAST CHANCE TO DONATE WINTER CLOTHING! Starting April 1,2020 we will be accepting summer clothes only.  If you’ve been meaning to bring in winter duds, do so by the end of March.  All donations are welcome and appreciated.
 
SILENT SATURDAY – We are hosting a spiritual retreat on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  We will start with a short worship service and then enter into the Great Silence.  Throughout the day, there will be various activities and we will share a morning snack and lunch in silence.  We will finish with a closing worship, communion and a chance to reflect on our experience. Space is limited, so please sign up Sunday in the lobby or at www.shilohbillings.church/silence/retreat/,or call the office.  The registration fee is $12.00 to cover the cost of food and supplies.
 
EASTER EVENTS COMING SOON – On Palm Sunday, April 5, there will be only ONE service at 10:15 am. We will have a waffle breakfast after the service.  We will provide gluten free waffles to those who need them. Waffles, fresh fruit, breakfast sausage are on the menu. Saturday, April 11, is our Community Easter Egg Hunt from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.  Easter Sunday, April 12, we will have sunrise service at 6:30 am at Riverfront Park and at 8:00 am and 10:15 am at the church.  
 

Our March Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
Updated 2/21/20

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

A Video about the history of how we got to this conflict point.
 

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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.