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 10, 2019

Special Note from Pastor Tyler:

Shiloh Family, 

This last Friday my amazing and loving mother Barbara Flint Amundson passed away.  I was blessed to be by her side with my father and family.  I will be unavailable over the next week to offer pastoral care, and if you need any support my colleagues in Billings are ready to offer support along with our visitation team.  I appreciate all the notes of care I have already received and am thankful for our community.

Please also keep our congregation in your prayers at this time as there are many experiencing unexpected illness, and challenges.  May all know God is with us, and especially with all those experiencing challenge and loss in this season.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for worship.
Did you know the Gospel of Luke is the longest of the 4 gospels and the only gospel written by a gentile, someone outside the Jewish-Christian community?  
 
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 Lent approaches I always feel a reconnection to the gospel stories.  Chapters 4-6 envelop the beginning of Jesus ministry.  Jesus did not start out like a lamb, more like a lion. He stood for caring for all people, he boldly declared that all people belong to God, and he did not shy away from those in authority when they tried to prove him wrong. Courage is what Jesus demonstrates in these chapters, and courage is what I invite us to explore this season. 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
 

Click here to watch a video for our current worship series, “Courage in the WIlderness” Daring to companion Jesus.

America is experiencing a spiritual crisis, we as American Christians find ourselves in a wilderness of people seeking spirituality. We also know that Christians need a language to talk about their faith that draws people deeply to God. Join us during this Lenten season as we journey through the wilderness of faith, like Jesus and Moses have done before us. The skills we learn this Lent will help us find our way to God, and maybe even allow us to help others in our lives.
 

 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom  
  • Hand Chime Practice – Sunday at 9:05am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • 406 Youth United –  No Youth Group This Week
  • Faith and Film – Sunday at 5:30 pm 
  • Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Lenten Book Study – does not meet this week
  • Care Givers- Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Messy Church – Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Aging Well – Fraud (Recognize, Protect, Report) – Wednesday at 12 noon
  • Adult Exercise Class (Pound!) – Wednesday at 5:30 -6:30 pm
  • Finance –Thursday at 5:30 pm
  • SPRC and Trustees –Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • Church Council  – Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • Adult Exercise Class (Pound) – Saturday at 11:00 am
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am 

 
WORSHIP IN MARCH – LENT 2019: Courage in the Wilderness– America is experiencing a spiritual crisis, we as American Christians find ourselves in a wilderness of people seeking spirituality.  We also know that Christians need a language to talk about their faith that draws people deeply to God. Join us during this Lenten season as we journey through the wilderness of faith, like Jesus and Moses have done before us.  The skills we learn this Lent will help us find our way to God, and maybe even allow us to help others in our lives.
 
History Books – Bring your $15 checks! The History of the SUMC will be available for pickup on March 10… And if you haven’t been able to put in a order or decided you want another, there are a few extras available.

FAITH AND FILM– Faith and Film will be showing “The Fundamentals of Caring”.  A writer retires after a personal tragedy and becomes the caregiver of a disabled teenager.  When the two embark upon an impromptu road-trip, their ability to cope is tested as they start to understand the importance of hope and friendship. This stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and Selena Gomez and had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Please join tonight at 5:30 pm to watch this poignant comedy.   Rated TV- MA for mature audiences.
 
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 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 16as well as9:00-10:00 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 5:30-6:30 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 and join the fun!  Meal signup sheet is in the lobby. For meal suggestions please see Brenda Longin or Pastor Tyler.
 
AGING WELL – FRAUD (Recognize, Protect and Report)– In coordination with Big Sky Senior Services, the March Aging Well presentation will focus on recognizing, protecting, and reporting fraudulent practices.  No one is immune from being preyed upon in this manner. Please join us at SUMC on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, noon-1:30 pm. RSVPs are appreciated and helpful to those who sponsor lunch.  Email liz@shilohbillings.church; or phone 406-656-0050. 
 
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, 4/5 and Pull-ups.
 
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.
 
YOU’VE GOT MAILPlease check your church mailbox for any cards or mail that you might have.  This mail box is located right inside of the entrance. The price of a stamp has gone up to 55 cents so in order to save a little money we are starting to use the mail boxes more.

 

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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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 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.