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 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
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  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.
 

 

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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Pastor’s Corner – For Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ken Koome a United Methodist Missionary from Angola will be visiting us March 16-18.  Pastor Tyler is looking for a few people to help with transportation and also hosting Ken for his stay.  Please contact Pastor Tyler if you are interested.
Click here to watch a video invite to prepare us for worship.
Did you know the Gospel of Luke is written by the same author as the book of Acts?  Luke is the only gospel that carries a dedication to someone as the opening lines.  Luke also contains the most stories about women of any of the gospels.  
 
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.  

 

 
Gospel of Luke Chapters by Month
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 I prepare to be gone for the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis later this month, reading chapters 1-3 has been helpful.  To remember that people anticipated Christ’s arrival, and that people were uncomfortable and nervous before Jesus came.  Additionally, it is good to read Jesus’ baptism to remember the strange character, John the Baptist, who blessed Jesus’ before his seclusion in the wilderness and his ministry.  


 
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
 

 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  Monthly Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom  
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Soup Making –Sunday after Second Service
  • 406 Youth United – No regular group tonight, Pastor Tyler helping with Chrysalis
  • Faith and Film –Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • Shiloh’s Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • “Painting the Stars” Group Study– Tuesday at Noon
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Aging Well–“Life’s Decision Points” (Getting it All In Order) – Wednesday at 12
  • Intergenerational Valentine’s Day Dance – Thursday at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

FEBRUARY SERMON SERIES– “Give and Take,” a Study of Philippians. Following Christ is about moving closer 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.
 
FAITH & FILM– Tonight, Faith and Film will be showing “Only You”. A childhood incident has convinced Faith Horvath (Marisa Tomei) that her true love is a guy named “Damon Bradley”; but she flies to Venice where she meets a man of her dreams, Peter Wright (Robert Downey Jr.). But can they fall in love if she still believes she is intended to be with someone else?  Join us Sunday at 5:30 pm and find out.
 
AGING WELL– In partnership with Riverstone Health, the February Aging Well program will center on Life’s Decision Points-getting it all in order.  This may well be the conversation of a lifetime.  Please join us here at SUMC on Wednesday, February 13, NOON-1:30.  In a safe environment, we will talk over the paperwork conundrum, life’s wishes, advanced care planning, aging in place, hospice, and the benefit of a survivor’s guide.
 
VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE– Lets Dance!!! Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Valentine’s Dance.  When: Thursday, February 14, 2019
                                 Where: Shiloh United Methodist Church
                                 Who: You!
                                 What: Dancing, food, fun, photos, and lots of love and smiles.
We will be serving an assortment of wonderful finger foods. There will be small valentine’s gift for both the ladies and the gentlemen.  We hope to see you there.
 
 
RELAY FOR LIFE-DAFFODIL SALE– The Shiloh Relay for Life team will be selling daffodils for spring.  Order bright yellow daffodil bunches for yourself or for someone you love and bring a touch of spring time to them, a bunch of 10 will cost $10.00 and this year you can also buy a pot of potted daffodils for $15.00.  We will be taking orders until Feb.18thand the flowers will be delivered on March 18th.  Please contact Liz at the office at 656-0050 or Pat Montgomery at 655-3507.  Pat will have an order blank at church the next 2 Sundays and you can order your flowers then. 
 
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES– On March 6, at 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 pmand 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 a pot of soup or some bread please let the office know. We are looking for someone to work the Nursery.  Call the office if you can help. 
 
BOOK REVIEW– The next book review will be March 19 at 6:00 pmat the church. The book we will be reading is John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”.  The book is classified as a travelogue written by a fiction novel writer.  So though you may not be able to exactly replicate Steinbeck’s travels, you will still enjoy his observations of and search for America’s interests and feelings in the early 1960’s.  Everyone is invited to join our discussion.
 
WOOL AND FLANNEL NEEDED – Darlene Newstrom has placed a box under the table in the Fellowship Hall with her name on it.  This box is for flannel and wool material that you might find around.  She will use these materials to make mittens for her mitten ministry.  Last year, she made 600 pair of mittens and this year she will to make mittens for bothchildren and adults.
 
THANK YOU– A thank you card was received from Sharon Ellis and her family thanking SUMC and especially the Visitation Team for all the prayers and visits for her mother during her long illness.  They are so thankful for all the love that was shown to them by SUMC during this difficult time.   
 
LOST AND FOUND TABLE– There is a table in the Fellowship Hall that has all unclaimed kitchen items, coats and scarfs and numerous other lost and found items.  Please check the table for any belongings that might be yours.  The table will be up for the next couple weeks. Any leftovers will be donated to the Free Store. 
 
 
 

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.