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.

February 2019 – Newsletter

Starting February 10 in Worship 

Give and Take
Study on 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 anddiscomfort rear their heads. In giving up our burdens we find that empty hands can better take up our cross and follow.

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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, January 27, 2019

Don’t forget the Birthday Potluck for Shiloh UMC, after the second service.  Come join us as we celebrate our 33 year as Shiloh UMC.
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Happy Birthday Shiloh!
 
This month Shiloh is 33 years old.  When our church was started the average cost of a new house was $89,430, gas was 89 cents a gallon, and a new Ford Mustang cost $7,452.  In that same year the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened, the space shuttle Challenger exploded, Nintendo came out with its first console, South African apartheid was happening, and the United Kingdom and France announced plans to build a tunnel under the English Channel.  
 
In 1986 Shiloh was in the middle of a farmer’s field, and now Billings is bounding beyond us.  On Sundays, I say we are on the growing edge of Shiloh, and the truth is we are now surrounded by our community on all sides. Today we will be blessed to receive a sharing from our history team on the work they have been doing, and we will learn some great nicknames for our church.  I invite you to thank the history team of Judy Kastrop, Norma Smith, and Cindy King.  Please consider ordering a copy of the history, so you can see where we have been and imagine where we might be going.  We are not the same congregation that founded the church in 1986, and part of Methodist faith reminds us that those who went before us are supporting us with their loving actions even now.  
 
Where is God calling us to go in the next 33 years as a Christian community? We have retirement communities surrounding us, young professionals and families moving in to the south and west of us.  As we celebrate our birthday I want to invite us to come together, to pray, and to collaborate with our God on what ministry of generosity and love might Shiloh United Methodist Church be asked to faithfully step out on next.  
 
Happy Birthday to you,
 
Pastor Tyler
 
 
Our study series for January will be focused on Finding Joy In Real Life, we will explore 5 biblically based principles that remind us how living the Christian life can bring true joy and abundant life.  Click to watch the intro video.
 
Noisy offering continues to raise funds for our children and youth ministry.  Thank you for your faithfulness.  We took our offering last Sunday, and we will do it again on February 17, always the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Here are a few pics of our youth as well as First UMC and Evangelical UMC enjoying banned game night.   
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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Monthly Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

  • Sunday is SUMC’S Birthday Sunday – Join us for a Potluck after 2ndService
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover – 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
  • 406 Youth United – Gorg and God talk at SUMC at 4:00 pm
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover– Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • “Painting the Stars” Small Group Study – Tuesday at 12 noon (Join anytime)
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Messy Church – Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • General Conference Special Session Information Meeting – Thursday at 6:30 pm
  • February 3rd, Sunday is Food Bank Sunday

 
SUMC BIRTHDAY POTLUCK– Sunday Shiloh will be celebrating its 33rdbirthday after 2ndservice.  Please join us for a potluck lunch as we celebrate both our birthday and the wonderful work the history team has done.
 
TEXAS UMVIM TRIP– Sally McConnell and Nancy Flint are leading an UMVIM work team to the Texas coast to do hurricane Harvey recovery work Feb. 23-March 2.  There is so much work still to do. All skill levels are needed.  Work will be assigned according to the skills of the team members.  Work may involve: sheet rocking, mudding, taping, painting, laying flooring, siding or insulating or other!  They are looking for people eager to work and to learn and engage with home owners affected by the hurricane.  Contact Sally or Nancy for more information.  Deadline to register is Sunday, January 27th. Sally’s contact info:  sbmcconnell06@gmail.com  406-600-0303; Nancy’s contact info: neflint@gmail.com.
 
MESSY CHURCH– We will have Messy Church service on January 29thfrom 5:30-6:30 pm. Come join us as 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!  A meal signup sheet is in the lobby, please consider providing a light meal for these amazing people and join in the fun.  If you need more information or suggestions please see Pastor Tyler or Brenda Longin.
 
SPECIAL SESSION STUDY ABOUT GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019– Pastor Tyler will be providing informational session to Methodists throughout Billings and others in our conference about General Conference 2019.  This special session focuses on “The Way Forward” as a denomination. Pastor Tyler, as head of the legacy Yellowstone Conference delegation, will provide information and a time for questions and answers. This session will be at Shiloh UMC on January 31stat 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Join us in person at Shiloh or online through a ZOOM conference. Please sign up by contacting the office at 656-0050. 
 
ON-LINE GIVING CARDS– There are “I Give On-Line” cards in the backs of the chairs in the sanctuary.  These cards are for those who give on-line, bi-weekly, monthly or yearly and who would like to participate in this part of worship.  If you want, please place one in the offering plate when it comes by.
 
FOOD BANK SUNDAY– February 3rdis Food Bank Sunday. Our church collects food for the Food Bank.  They need all food items and also need individual serving items such as mac and cheese, fruit cups, ramen noodle cups, etc.  They also need lunch sacks, sandwich baggies for the lunches that they make and pass out every day.  Remember many seniors and young families live on very restricted incomes and any help is appreciated.  The need is even greater now because of the Government shut down. 
 
VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE– Lets Dance!!!  Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Valentine Dance. When: Thursday, February 14, 20195:00 pm-8:00pm
                                 Where: Shiloh United Methodist Church
                                  Who: You!
                                  What:  Dancing, food, fun, photos, and lots of love and smiles
We will be serving a light meal from 5:00-6:00 am the dancing will start at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you there.
 
FREE STORE – Peg Parker told us about a young man who found some warm winter boots and also a pair of dress shoes. He had a job interview soon and was so pleased to find some nice shoes.  This is just one of the many stories about what the Free Store does two Saturdays of each month.  Peg also stated that the Store is completely out of infant and toddler clothes so if you see a good sale or know anyone with children’s clothes, please remember the Free Store. 
 
THE FREE STORE NEEDS YOUR HELP!– Are you wanting to volunteer?  Are you looking for a service project to do before Easter?  Do you want to feel needed?  THE FREE STORE NEEDS YOU!  Sorting Donations– Come to the Free Store on Wednesdays for approximately two hours (10am- noon). Come on the first or third Saturday from 10 am – 12:30 pm).  Do Laundry– Often the donations are in good condition, except for being dirty. Take the laundry home once a week and return to the Free Store after washing.  Please check the February Newsletter for other opportunities to volunteer. 
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS– Your yearend contribution statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entryway of the church.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please call the church office at 656-0050.  To locate your statements and any other mail (like a birthday or an Anniversary cards), that may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name.  Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.
 

If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at https://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.