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, March 8, 2020

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for our worship Sunday.
People of Shiloh – 
Next weekend will be a full weekend in the life of our church, and I hope you take some time to participate.  Over the past two years, I have been meeting weekly to pray, work, and grow our ministries alongside pastors and leaders of the 4 other Methodist churches in Billings.  We believe it is time to have a conversation about how God might be calling us to effectively share resources and dreams to better make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  We believe that each of the 5 churches could be strengthened if we can share key resources, and work together in areas where we find shared need.  
 
This coming weekend we are inviting in a ministry coach the Pastors have been working with for the past year, named Paul Nixon.  Paul is an internationally known, United Methodist, ministry coach.  We have gotten grants from the conference as well as other UMC churches to support this work.  Paul will be here to listen and share recommendations that fit us.  I value Paul’s leadership and he consistently is looking to see what is needed on a local level, not offering a one size fits all solution.
 
I want to take a moment and ask you to consider taking some time out of your weekend to gather with members of other Methodist churches on March 15 at 1pm.  Our meeting will be at Evangelical UMC where our Free Store is housed(345 Broadwater).  
 
If you cannot make the above time, consider meeting at Shiloh on March 13 at 1:30pm for a shorter meeting we are planning.
 
I believe these will be a vital conversation for our congregation and will help us be faithful to how God is inviting us to share the gospel in the future.
 
If you are interested in learning more, please go to www.shilohbillings.church/shiloh-futures or feel free to ask me more about the work ahead.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
Our March Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
Please check out the Lost and Found in the Kitchen
  • Soup Making –Sunday after 8:00 Service
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Chime Choir Practice- Sunday at 11:15 am
  • 406 Youth – Middle School – Sunday at 4:00 pm
  • Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bible Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Tuesday at Noon
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • SUMC Book Review – Marilla of Green Gables – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Aging Well – Author Event: Russell Rowland – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Thursday Meetings:  SPRC-5:30 pm; Trustees-6:00 pm; Church Council-6:30 pm
  • Noisy Offering – Sunday, March 15
  • Faith and Film – Leave No Trace – Next Sunday, March 15 at 5:30 pm

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.
 
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 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. Keep an eye out for information about a Sunday morning study 6 weeks before Easter.
 
BOOK REVIEW – Join Shiloh’s Book Review for Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00 pm.  The book is “Marilla of Green Gables” written by Sarah McCoy. Plucky and ambitious Marilla Cuthbert is a 13 year old when her world is turned upside down.  Her beloved mother dies in childbirth, and suddenly Marilla must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house and overseeing Green Gables with her brother and her father. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Izzy, who “escaped” to the city.  Marilla ventures beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. Please join us for discussion. 
 
AGING WELL – AUTHOR’S EVENT – Join us for the Aging Well luncheon presentation this Wednesday at 11:30 am. We will be visited by author Russell Roland. Hi parents, Chuck and Lorene Rowland, were founding members of our church. Russell will talk about Montana history.  He has written several books on the subject. We have the following programs scheduled for the rest of the year: Organ Donation (April 8); and Planting Pollinator-Friendly Gardens (May 13).
 
FAITH AND FILM – Leave No Trace – Next 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 next Sunday, March 15, at 5:30 pm and bring a snack to share and a friend or just come by yourself.
 
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.
 
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 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 have two guest cooks who 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.  

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.
 

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, March 1, 2020

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for our worship Sunday.
Let’s Talk about Sin, Baby!
 
Alright you may be thinking of a certain popular song right now and wondering “What is Pastor Tyler doing here?” And just as we don’t often attempt to talk about the “s” word in church, we also don’t like to talk about “sin.” The word makes us uncomfortable. Our world and faith communities have used the word “sin” as a weapon at times or we have found it useless.
 
Which is really too bad. When we shy away from the three-letter “s” words in church we forget that our world gets to shape the messages around these things for us. Advertisements and Netflix series are shaping our minds more than the call of the Gospel. If we don’t talk about these things in church, then we are ignoring an opportunity to influence our children and one another in a holy and biblically grounded way.
 
Sin can be defined as acts that separate us from God and one another. 
 
Another way to think about sin is by thinking about all the things God created and intended for good─the earth’s bounty, family and healthy relationships, time to work and time to rest─and recognizing the ways we misuse them. Enjoying good food is a blessing; eating too much can lead to serious health problems. Taking time to rest and replenish our bodies and souls is something God commanded us to do; resting all the time can keep us from doing the productive work God has given us. Earning a lucrative living can provide opportunities for good; working without satisfaction can cause a lot of hurt and pain.
 
I know life is tough. Addiction, depression, anxiety, injustice and trauma are real. None of us like the idea of scrutinizing every decision and behavior we make and do. However, as followers of Christ, we are called to “make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord,” Hebrews 12:14.
 
Lent is the perfect time for us to explore what it means to live holy lives and to take a closer look at the ways sin impacts us. For the early church a time for people new to the faith to learn their call before baptism. For us it can be a time to renew the baptismal pledge we made or that was made for us. I encourage all of us to commit to a practice that will move us closer to God this season─praying, fasting, Bible Study, worship. I encourage all of us to be honest about our sin so that when Easter comes, we can joyfully embrace the incredible gift of proclaiming, “we are guilty AND FORGIVEN!”


 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Our March Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
  • Sunday is Food Bank Sunday
  • Sunday is Coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 am 
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • 406 Youth – High School – Mazevo Coffee Sunday at 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
  • Visitation Meeting – Monday at 11:30 am
  • What is the UMC up to? – Monday at Hope at 6:30 pm.
  • Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • 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
  • Carl Clark’s Funeral – Wednesday at 11:00 am
  • Soup Making – Next Sunday, March 8 after 1st service

 
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. In Christian history, leaders came up with seven examples of things that kept 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.
 
WHAT IS THE UMC UP TO? – Many of you have read about splits in our denomination online, or you may have even heard Pastor Tyler explain it.  Tomorrow, March 2   at 6:30 pm at Hope UMC at 244 Wicks, there will be an information session on what is in front of the UMC in 2020. Our goal is to have as many people as possible be able to explain the changes coming.
 
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 are using Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible.  Classes are held on Tuesdays at Mission Ridge 10:30 am, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 and at Shiloh UMC at noon, on March 3, 10, 17, and 24.  Books are $17.00 and you can get one in the office. Keep an eye out for information about a Sunday morning study 6 weeks before Easter.
 
COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR – The next Coffee with the Pastor will be Sunday at 11:30 am.  If you are new to the church or you have been here for a while and have some questions, come join Tyler in his office.  All are invited!  
DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR LENT – We have a couple copies of God With Us, a daily devotional book for Lent from 2017. These devotions were written by members of our church and are a good way to pause and reflect through the season of Lent. They are on the Welcome table in the lobby.
 
BOOK REVIEW – Join Shiloh’s Book Review for March 10 at 6:00 pm.  The book is “Marilla of Green Gables”written by Sarah McCoy. Plucky and ambitious Marilla Cuthbert is a 13 year old when her world is turned upside down.  Her beloved mother dies in childbirth, and suddenly Marilla must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house and overseeing Green Gables with her brother and her father. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Izzy, who “escaped” to the city.  Marilla ventures beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. Please join us for discussion. 
 
AGING WELL – Mark your calendars for the Aging Well luncheon presentation on March 11 at 11:30 am. This month we will be visited by author Russell Roland. Russell will talk about Montana history.  He has written several books on the subject. We have the following programs scheduled for the rest of the year: Organ Donation (April 8); and Planting Pollinator-Friendly Gardens (May 13).
 
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 have someone in your family 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 and we also need someone to be 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, on 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.
 
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 today at www.shilohbillings.church/silence/retreat/,or call the office.  The registration fee is $12.00 to cover the cost of food and supplies.
 
 
 
 

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.
 

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.