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.

Newsletter – March 2020

 
 
As human beings, we often do things that seem to make us feel isolated or cut off from relationships that help us.  In Christian history, leaders came up with seven examples that kept people from relationships with each other. More importantly, they felt it built a barrier in their relationship with God. What if we took the time to put those in a modern context? What if we look at where our culture has skewed those divisions for the good or for the better? Join us this Lent as we explore these things and how to use the radical understandings of Jesus to bring you deeper connection and meaning in your life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, February 23, 2020

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for our worship Sunday.
People of Shiloh – 
I can still remember my mentor and friend warning me, “Do not mix water with the ashes!”  I responded questioningly with a drawn-out, “Ok…”  My mentor in ministry was a Franciscan Catholic Nun who felt a call to preach.  As you can imagine there was not a lot of room in her tradition for her to use her skills.  Except in rural Montana where there was no Catholic priest.  She got the chance to preach more than a few times and every time people came away saying, “I wish you could preach more often.”   
 
Ash Wednesday is coming up this week, February 26.  It is a day when we repent, recognize our lives are short in the cosmic reality and remember God breathed life into the dust of our being for a purpose.  Repentance is often associated with dispelling massive amounts of guilt, but I want to remind us it is really about letting go of anything that prevents us from turning to God and God’s purpose in our lives.  For my mentor, repenting in her life meant turning away from her vows and her birth tradition to pursue ordination as a United Methodist preacher.  
 
On Ash Wednesday you can receive Ashes on your forehead as a mark of your repentance at Mazevo Coffee on Central and Shiloh from 10:30am-11:30am, City Brew from 3:30pm-4:30 pm. (We will also be making prayer beads at this location.), or we would love to have you join our shared Methodist Ash Wednesday service that rotates between our churches each year.  This year the service is at First UMC at 7 pm. (Childcare provided and a soup supper starts at 6pm).  
 
I am thankful for this chance to turn in repentance with you on Ash Wednesday as we turn towards Lent and Easter.  I am also thankful that a Catholic Nun turned in repentance to her calling to preach, so that I do not burn the foreheads of those I serve with water and ash.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
Our February Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • 406 Youth – Middle School – Sunday from 4-5 pm at SUMC
  • Deeper Dive – Making Sense of the Bible – Tuesday at Noon
  • Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Feb 26 Ash Wednesday Service at First UMC- 7:00 pm
  • Sandwich Making – February 28, Friday at noon
  • Next Sunday, March 1, is FOOD BANK SUNDAY
  • Next Sunday, March 1, is COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR

 
FEBRUARY WORSHIP – true. Reading Scripture in the Age of Fake News is the February 2020 Sermon Series.  We are studying the Bible and an overview of the scriptures and what the book means for us as Christians.  It is as easy to transmit good information as bad information.  Through sermons in February we will explore how we read scriptures to find the truth God asks us to find for our Christian living.
 
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 are 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 meet at Mission Ridge Tues at 10:30 am, Feb. 25 and at Shiloh UMC Tues at noon, Feb 25. Books are $17.00 and you can get one in the office.
 
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – Billings United Methodists will be holding an all United Methodist Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday at First UMC on this Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:00 pm.  There will be a soup and bread at 6:00 pm.  The choirs will eat at 5:30 pm and then practice at 6:15 pm.  This service is a wonderful way to start out the Lenten season.  First UMC is located at 2800 4th Ave. N. 
 
ASH WEDNESDAY – On Ash Wednesday, Pastor Tyler will be offering ashes at the following places:  Mazevo Coffee, 3911 Central Ave., from 10:30 -11:30 and City Brew, Golden Valley Road (next to the Frontier Cancer Center off Grand) from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. If you join us at City Brew, we will also be making Prayer Beads for Lent.
 
JOHN NEEDS A RIDE – Reverend John Pugh is asking for a ride to Ash Wednesday services at First United Methodist Church.  The service starts at 7:00 pm. Please call the office if you can help John get to the church. 
COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR – The next Coffee with the Pastor will be next Sunday, March 1 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!  
 
NEXT SUNDAY IS FOOD BANK SUNDAY – They are asking for rice, individual packages of chips, meat sticks, peanut butter and as always they need volunteers.
 
INFO MEETING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR DENOMINATION – There will be an information meeting on Monday, March 2 at 6:30 pm at Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane. This is the first meeting time for people to gather and receive information on the future of the denomination.
 
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 on March 10 at 6:00 pm
 
TEXT GIVING – You can contribute to the ministries and missions of Shiloh UMC over your phone.  It’s easy! Text “give” to 406-412-2402.  The first time you do this, the system will reply with a text message containing a link.  Click on the link to open a web page where you will enter an amount (we suggest $1 for your initial donation), your name, home address, email address and your debit/credit card or ACH bank information.  Once you’ve completed this initial step, the system will respond with a text message indicating that you have successfully linked.  After the first time, you will be able to just text the amount you want to give in the following formats: “give $10” to give $10 right now; “give $10 weekly” to set up a weekly donation of $10. You can also use this option to give to special offerings (Student Day, Food Bank, etc.), pay for Bible Study books or pay registration fees for events, etc.  The church will pay standard fees for these transactions.
 
FREE STORE – Since September, the numbers of shoppers at the Free Store have continued to grow, which is good news.  However, during January, February and March when few garage sales are held, our donations really drop.  Consequently, we are currently very short on children’s and men’s winter clothing, linens, and household items.  If you have been planning on cleaning closets or drawers, this is a good time to donate some goods to the Free Store! As always we appreciate your support!!
 

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.