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.

January 2019 – Newsletter

There is a story about a church named Shiloh who was planted miraculously on the West End of Billings, Montana in 1986 and how it grew to serve the people on the “growing edge.” I have been reading, listening and learning more of this story each month I serve as your pastor. It is a story of the amazing ways God has been at work here, around us, and through us as people of Shiloh. There are moments of great light in the history, moments of hardship, and under it all a hope that Shiloh can provide people with a place to renew and re-enter the world each week. 

The final full week of December, I took the time to renew on vacation, so I could enter the 2019 year with you and follow God’s path for us. There is a lot happening in January, so I would invite you to read your newsletter or sign up for our weekly emails. January 10this our leadership training for all leaders and especially new people stepping into their roles. On January 27th, we will celebrate our church’s birthday and hear from our history team about the incredible work they have done. We hope you find a way to connect with Shiloh this season.

Next Sunday we begin our sermon series focused on “Finding Joy in Real Life–5 Habits for Living Well”. We hope this series provides you an opportunity to ground in your faith as we begin this year.

Additionally, I am going to invite us as a congregation to read a “Gospel a Year” starting in 2019.    I will write more about his practice in next week’s pastor’s corner.  We will be starting with the Gospel of Luke this year.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

We hope you can find a way to connect with us and more importantly with God in January!

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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
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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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 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.