Pastor’s Corner

 
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Newsletter – March 2019

In March we hope you will gather with us as we journey through Lent.  We will be studying how to have courage in challenging times in our world.  Following the Christian journey can be hard, and so we invite you to do it together by learning skills to help you along the way.  There is a group to help you journey through Lent we will be holding these groups on Tuesdays at noon and 6:30pm, and on Sundays between worship.  Pastor Tyler encourages everyone in the church to try and connect to one of these study groups this season.

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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday March 3, 2019

MARDI GRAS FAMILY FUN EVENT– Tonight, from 4:00 -5:30 pm you and your family are invited to come out of the cold, play games and enjoy fellowship at a Mardi Gras Family Fun Event in Brother Van Hall at First UMC.  This year FUMC is combining with other surrounding United Methodist Churches to throw one large Family Fun Day!  There will also be a pancake dinner provided by Grace UMC. Games will include a big parachute, hula hoops, giant Jenga and jump ropes.  Table games and activities will also be available for children and adults. Invite friends and family members and join the fun.   
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES– On March 6that 7:00 pm, Shiloh UMC will host the Billings United Methodists’ Ash Wednesday Service.  We will have a Soup and Bread supper at 6:00 pm and a free will offering will be accepted for the Free Store.  The combined choir will have supper at 5:30 pm and rehearsal at 6:00 pm.  Anyone who would like to bring some bread, please let the office know.  The nursery will be available. 
 
Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for worship.

 People of Shiloh,

I am writing as I return from St. Louis. The General Conference of the United Methodist Church met Feb. 23-26. As many of you know, this Special Session was organized to address the growing divide over the church’s stance on human sexuality. There were 4 plans possible to help us find a way forward. We knew that 2 were untenable, 1 was unworkable, and the One Church Plan could potentially help us contextualize our understandings of scripture on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQI people. Prayerfully I share with you that we failed to come to an agreement and our connection as an institutional church is frayed. 

I want to share that I am deeply committed to the inclusion of all people in our congregation. If you identify as conservative, progressive, republican or democrat, gay, straight, transgender, questioning your faith, firm in your foundation, anxious, questioning or confused you are welcome to grow your faith at Shiloh. You will see national news articles this week saying the United Methodists don’t welcome all people, at Shiloh we welcome all people to the full life of faith. Jesus calls us to welcome all of God’s children, and Philippians 1:27 reads “Most important, live together in a manner worthy of Christ’s gospel. Do this, whether I come and see you or I’m absent and hear about you. Do this so that you stand firm, united in one spirit and mind as you struggle together to remain faithful to the gospel.”

The conference this week passed the Traditional Plan, which does more than remaining traditional, it brings punishment on those it disagrees with. This plan is mean spirited and hurtful to our colleagues and friends doing faithful work around the globe. The plan is largely unconstitutional as ruled by our judicial body. So, we are largely back where we started before all this happened. I am sorry, our institutional Church failed to follow the Holy Spirit. So, I ask for your forgiveness and your hope that people of Shiloh can be the church together. Our church is not our building, it is not our name, but as Jesus and Apostle Paul remind us, “The church is the people of God following God’s Holy Spirit.”

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

Click here to watch a video for our current worship series, “Give and Take” a study on the book of Philippians.  Following Christ is about moving closer, both to God, and to our neighbors. But, as Paul warned the Philippians, life in community is not always easy. It will require us to give up our preferences and our pride. Yet, we press

on in faith when sacrifice, conflict and discomfort rear their heads. In giving up our burdens we find that empty hands can better take up our cross and follow.

 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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  Monthly Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates
  • Sunday is Food Bank Sunday!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom  
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Hand Chime Practice –Sunday at 11:15 am
  • 406 Youth United – Mardi Gras Family Fun Event-4:00 pm-5:30 pm at FUMC
  • Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Lenten Book Study –Tuesday at 12 noon -1:00 pm
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Ash Wednesday Soup and Bread– Wednesday at 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Ash Wednesday Services – Wednesday at 7:00 pm
  • Adult Exercise Class (Pound!) – Saturday at 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Daylight Saving Time Starts Next Saturday Night!

 
MARDI GRAS FAMILY FUN EVENT– Tonight, from 4:00 -5:30 pm you and your family are invited to come out of the cold, play games and enjoy fellowship at a Mardi Gras Family Fun Event in Brother Van Hall at First UMC.  This year FUMC is combining with other surrounding United Methodist Churches to throw one large Family Fun Day!  There will also be a pancake dinner provided by Grace UMC. Games will include a big parachute, hula hoops, giant Jenga and jump ropes.  Table games and activities will also be available for children and adults. Invite friends and family members and join the fun.   
 
Braving the Wilderness BOOK STUDY FOR LENT – Pastor Tyler will lead a Lenten study on a book in concert with weekly scriptures.  The book is Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown.  The study will focus on America’s experience of the spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduce four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other.  Classes will be offered Tuesdays at noon and 6:30 pm on March 5, 19 and 26 and April 2, 9 and 16  as well as  9:00-10:00 am on March 10, 24 and 31 and April 7, 14 and 28. Please sign up for the class by signing the sheet in the lobby, contacting the office or emailing Pastor Tyler.  The cost of the book is $13.00. 
 

MESSY CHURCH – Come join us Tuesday evening, March 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pmas we gather for a light meal, story, crafts, prayer, singing, dancing, and so much more.  This is a family friendly time to worship together and get messy.  All ages are welcome!  Please consider providing a light meal for these amazing people and join the fun!  Meal signup sheet is in the lobby. For meal suggestions please see Brenda Longin or Pastor Tyler.
 
DIAPER DRIVE – This year our youth will challenge us to bring diapers to all Billings United Methodist Churches.  We will collect the diapers and they will be given to several community agencies which will distribute them to people who need them.  We will start collecting on March 3 and continue through Lent. Please bring packages of new diapers to the front of the church.Diaper sizes needed most are: Newborn and 4/5. Pull-ups are also needed.
 
ADULT EXERCISE CLASS AT SHILOH – There will be an adult exercise class held twice a week at the church.  Initially, it will run 6-weeks.  The Saturday class will begin March 9 from 11:00-12:00. There will also be a Wednesday class beginning March 13 from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Classes are $5.00 each or you can buy a punch card for $40.00 for 9 classes.  Pound is for all fitness levels and ages 18 and up.  If you have a questions please email Jen Johnson at jen@reliabletent.com.
 
THE AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHIOR – Billings First UMC (2800 4thAve N.) is thrilled to announce that the African Children’s Choir will be returning to perform a free concert on Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 pm. The African Children’s Choir is made up of some of the neediest children in their countries.  Many have lost one or both parents to poverty or disease. The African’s Children’s choir helps these children break away from the everyday cycle of poverty and hopelessness and raise awareness of the destitute and orphaned children in Africa.  The mission of the African Children’s Choir is to help Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow.  Please join us for this amazing and inspiring performance.
 

 

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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.