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 December 23, 2018 and Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDRENS’ PAGEANT–Come-As-You-Are–5:00 pm.  Every child is invited to come and be in the pageant.  Children can arrive as early at 4:30 pm to get costumes. We will begin our service at 5:00 pm with hymns and telling the story of Christmas.  Children will enter to create the nativity scene in all its controlled chaos. We invite all children who want to participate to join us. 
 
CHRISTMAS EVE – CANDLELIGHT SERVICES -7 & 9 PMNight of Wonder – Merry Christmas.  Candlelight services will reflect the story of Jesus and celebrate love born into the world.  There will be deep storytelling brought through readings, song and hymns.  We invite you to join us as we gather to celebrate the light of Christ born among us. 
Today marks the final Sunday in Advent.  Christmas Eve is Monday. As we began the season many of us set up our Christmas trees. We engaged in the strange custom of bringing what belongs outside in, and artificially lighting and decorating that which nature decorates quite well.   With all this focus on trees it seems good that I root us in.  Now that I have completed pining for your attention, here is a final Advent scripture:
 
Jeremiah 33:14-16 Common English Bible (CEB)
14 The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. 15 In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days, Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is what he will be called: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.
 
This reading from Jeremiah encapsulates all of the hope the people in Israel had for the coming of their Messiah. The coming of the Messiah was to change the world, bring freedom for God’s people from the oppression of Rome, and bring safety to all.
 
Like today, people in the 1st century claimed to know how God would be revealed to the world, or when the end of time would come. Each one of these claimants had different understandings of how the Messiah would appear. Some desired for a violent change to the world and sought vicious ways to attempt forcing the issue. Others sought to separate themselves and ritually purify their lives to be ready for the arrival of God. Still others did not worry and went about their daily work.
 
As we approach Christmas, I encourage us to find a path somewhere between all of these routes to the messiah.  Somewhere between indifferent, zealous, and withdrawn.  The messiah’s arrival for us is about allowing God’s love to be born in our own lives, by doing our level best to create space for Jesus. I invite us to allow ourselves to be swept into the story of Jesus birth, and remember “This Is Us” a people waiting, receiving, sharing, and searching for God, a God who is with us.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
Click here to watch a video invite join us for worship from Pastor Tyler
Our study series for December will be focused on This Is US, as we understand how we as a people find ourselves as characters in this story of God’s love being born into the world..  Click to watch the intro video.
 
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

  • Worship Service –Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Many thanks to the Choir for singing for both services Sunday!  
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • No 406 United Sunday! 
  • Children’s Pageant Service – Monday at 5:00 pm
  • Candlelight Services – Monday at7:00 pm and 9:00 pm 
  • Merry Christmas – Tuesday – Office closed
  • SUMC History Team – Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Friday 9:30 am
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12:00 
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am.

 
MISSIONS GIVING TREE–   We would like to thank everyone for all their help making the Giving Tree such a success.  When we left church on December 2nd, the tree was full of cards.  When we came back to work on Monday, there was not one card left on the tree. The large box by the tree for pantry items for both Tumbleweed and Independence Hall was full and flowing over onto the floor.  As always your generosity has been fantastic! Thank you for everything that you did to make this a success.  
 
SHARING CHRISTMAS GREETINGSShare warm Christmas greetings with your Shiloh family and save on postage at the same time.  There are stockings hanging from the garland in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a stocking for your family and add it to the others. There is a list of current stockings on the table near the front door.  If you’d like to share greetings with your church family, use the stockings or the church mailboxes by the front door.  
 
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL? Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby on the Volunteer table if you can help with snow removal this winter.
 
YARN NEEDED!!! Hope UMC has a yarn ministry.  They donate yarn to the Women’s Prison and teach the inmates how to knit.  Then, they take the yarn and turn it into gloves and hats.  Another church has asked them to knit 30 lap robes so muchmore yarn is needed. If you have any leftover yarn, please think about donating to this great ministry. 
 
MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church will resume in January. We will have our service on January 15thand 29thfrom 5:30-6:30 pm. This has been such a fun and joyful time spent with kids and family. Thank you to all who have provided the meal for us. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby, please consider signing up to provide a light meal for these wonderful people. It is such a fun time to connect with others. If you need meal suggestions, we are happy to provide some ideas. Please see Pastor Tyler or Brenda Longin for more information.  Come join us for some singing, dancing, praying, crafts, learning, great food, and all around fun
 
FREE STORE– The Toy Wonderland held on December 15thwas a success thanks to the many at Shiloh who donated toys.  We served 74 families in the Free Store in 2.5 hours while our Shiloh cooks served a holiday meal of ham and turkey to 94 people.  As we look to 2019 our needs continue to grow.  Winter clothing, all sizes especially those for men and children never stay on the racks very long. Shoes, socks, and underwear are in high demand!  We ALWAYS need tall kitchen garbage bags that are used by every shopper. SHARING is core to the success of this vital ministry.  Thank you for your continual support.
 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALEThe Children and Youth Ministries Committee member: Jennine Budge, Jen Johnson, Tish Powell, Tiffany Madden, Brenda Longin, Becky Davis and Peg Parker thank the multitude that made this event such a success.  Over $700.00 was raised to support our youth and children. Special kudos go to Carrie Anderson who provided most of the crafts and the silent auction paintings and to Pat Montgomery who shared her homemade canned goods and bracelets. 
 
WORSHIP TABLE– The Holy Family is settling in.  The shepherds are “watching their flocks by night”.  Living night and day with sheep and sleeping on the ground didn’t make them the most sought after guests…they were common folk…the working poor if you will…yet, they were the first to be invited to see the Christ child.  The Wise Men are bringing gifts of Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh.  From the very beginning, all people were welcomed…from lowly Shepherds…to the learned wise men…from local everyday people to exotic foreigners…from those invited by angels to those who followed a star.  Christ welcomes all who seek Him.
 

 

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Pastor’s Corner – Sunday December 16, 2018

One of the gifts of being your pastor is the chance to offer resources for spiritual growth. The challenge of being a small church pastor is many times my attention gets drawn in many different directions.  Knowing this, I work hard to collaborate with pastors and church leaders in our local community and beyond to provide you resources.  One way I do this is by writing for a devotional blog called Portico Collective.  For Advent I have contributed two devotions, one that you saw in the bulletin last week.  I invite you to enjoy a portion of a blog from another contributor and if you enjoy these writings, sign up to receive these emails at the link below.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler


The Gift of Saying ‘Yes’
Back in my thirties, I had no interest in listening to a sermon or doing anything for the church. I would go to worship Sundays while my wife sang in the choir, but I’d sit in the back so that, as soon as the service was over, I could make a beeline straight for my car. That changed one day when — even though I didn’t read the Bible or have any desire to spend more time at church in a small group — I reluctantly said “yes” to a personal invitation to attend a Sunday school class.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that nudge I received to say “yes” that day triggered a string of more yeses. And the people I met in that class built a foundation for me to grow in my faith journey.
I am now leading a Sunday school class. I’m also heavily involved in leading a men’s group, ushering, participating in committees, mentoring confirmation youth and attending worship in the sanctuary without feeling the need to run as soon as it’s over.
I’ve also developed some meaningful, long-lasting relationships with other church members  — all because I said “yes,” stepped outside my comfort zone and attend a Sunday school class one given morning.
I believe every “yes” we offer has the potential give us a life-fulfilling experience.
Of course, that doesn’t mean saying “yes” is always going to be easy. Saying “yes” to something or someone means your life is going to change because, inevitably, your agreement includes a commitment of time. But one thing I have learned over the years of saying “yes” is that a commitment of time is also a commitment of love. We say “yes” as an expression of our love for God, our neighbors and ourselves…
— Bob Pacanowski
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Our study series for December will be focused on This Is US, as we understand how we as a people find ourselves as characters in this story of God’s love being born into the world..  Click to watch the intro video.
 
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

  • Worship Service –Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Craft and Bake Sale –Sunday
  • Adult Choir practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir practice for the Children’s Choir-Sunday at 9:45 am
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • 406 Youth United– Christmas party 
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover  – Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am 
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Writers Group – Wednesday at 9:30 am
  • Shiloh History– Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am.

 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE – ENDS SundayThis year we have added a silent auction. Our own Carrie Anderson has four of her paintings available. The bids will close on December 16th at 10 am. Come and see what other items are available during this event sponsored by the Children and Youth Ministries Committee. Bring items to sell or buy, buy, buy!
 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church will start again in January.This is family-friendly worship with a light meal.  Please sign-up in the Lobby for preparing Messy Church meals for this community outreach ministry. 
 
FREE STOREHow heartwarming to see how many people stood up Sunday indicating their involvement with the Free Store. If you would like to make a monetary donation, a check can be written to SUMC with “Free Store” written on the “For” line.  That amount will be forwarded to the Free Store account.  Time, items, money: all needed components for this successful mission. Thank you!
 
MISSIONS GIVING TREE–   We would like to thank everyone for all their help making the Giving Tree such a success.  When we left church, the tree was full of cards.  When we came back to work on Monday, December 3rd, there was not one card left on the tree. The large box by the tree for pantry items for both Tumbleweed and Independence Hall was full and flowing over onto the floor. As always your generosity has been fantastic!  Thank you for everything that you all did to make this a success.  
 
CHRISTMAS GREETINGSShare warm Christmas greetings with your Shiloh family and save on postage at the same time.  There are stockings hanging from the garland in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a stocking for your family and add it to the others. We will post a list of the names and everyone can bring their cards in and put one in each stocking. 
 
BLUE CHRISTMASThe holiday season can be hard for some… you may experience loneliness, sadness, loss or you just may feel overwhelmed.  You are not alone.  First United Methodist Church invites you to a time of quite, candlelight, and music, an offer of comfort, healing and hope for burdens that you may carry.  A Blue Christmas service will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  All are invited to this service.
 
CHOIR SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER– December 16th– Choir practice at 9:15 am and we will be singing for 2ndservice.  December 23rd– the choir will be sing at both services (8:00 and10:15 am).  December 24th– the choir will sing at the 7:00 pm service.
 
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL? Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby on the Volunteer table if you can help with snow removal this winter.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDRENS’ PAGEANTCome-As-You-Are Pageant–5:00 pm.  This is for any child to come and be  in a pageant.  Children can arrive as early at 4:30 pm to get costumes.  We will begin our service at 5:00 pm with hymns and telling the story of Christmas.  Children will enter to create the nativity scene in all its controlled chaos.  We invite all children who want to participate to join us. 
 
CHRISTMAS EVE – CANDLELIGHT SERVICES -7 & 9 PMNight of Wonder – Merry Christmas.  Candlelight services will reflect the story of Jesus and celebrate love born into the world.  There will be deep storytelling brought through readings, song and hymns.  We invite you to join us as we gather to celebrate the light of Christ born among us. 
 
YARN NEEDED!!! Hope UMC has a yarn ministry.  They donate yarn to the Women’s Prison and teach the inmates how to knit.  Then, they take the yarn and turn it into gloves and hats.  Another church has asked them to knit 30 lap robes so muchmore yarn is needed. If you have any leftover yarn, please think about donating to this great ministry. 
 
SYMBOLS OF OUR FAITH– Many symbols of Christmas have been added to the  church in the past couple weeks, the Chrismons (the symbols of Christ) on the tree, the wreath symbolizing life everlasting, the star leading to the “Light of the World”, and the 3 trees sparking the thought of the Trinity. Let us not forget why Christ came into the world. Jesus was a Jew and so were his parents. He came to fulfill the prophesies written 700 years before in the Jewish scriptures Jesus knew well. It was the belief in one God of His forefather Abraham that created a nation. That nation scattered across the known world allowed Christianity to grow as they opened their synagogues to the Apostles. So Sunday, we remember the faith journey of God’s chosen people that leads us all to Christ. If you want to know more about the symbols ask Norma Smith, Brandy Hansen, or Pastor Tyler.
 


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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.