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 – December 2, 2018

We are amidst the hustle and bustle now, this season is such a mix of emotions.  Every year I hear people say, ”I am trying to change focus this year, or I want to settle and ground myself for the holidays.”  There is a strong desire for people to find themselves during this season and there should be.  The holiday season draws us near family and people who make the times memorable and who have supported our growth.  This can be hard for the same reason, because if we have lost people in the year or those relationships have changed, this is the time we miss what was.
 
I invite youth this season to try one thing to ground yourself and change the focus this season.  You should prayerfully choose what will matter for you.  Do not overdo it, be gentle with yourself.  Choose one new tradition that makes you slow down, like our Solstice Service with the Jewish community.  Find one way to learn something new this season, like listening to all the sermons for the season on our website.  Or if you are missing someone, find a way to gather with people, join us for the Aging Well or Messy Worship this month.  Finally, be sure to culminate the season by joining us on Christmas Eve to remember the story of who we as a people who follow love born in a lowly stable.
 
Finally, I want to celebrate this year of ministry.  Advent officially begins the new Christian year and it is good to offer my thanks for the past year. We have welcomed 600+ people through our doors with an Easter Egg Hunt and Trunk or Treat.  We have welcomed 7 new members by profession of faith and 2 new transfers. Together we have mourned the loss of dear friends and family and spent time remembering their contributions to our lives.  And as always I give thanks for each conversation I have had with people who are growing their faith with our God.
 
As we reflect and turn toward the manger, blessings and prayers to each of you.  

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 

 
Watch Our Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
 
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
  • No Adult Choir practice.
  • 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
  • Shiloh 101-Coffee with the Pastor at 11:30 an – 12:30 pm
  • 406 Youth United– Sunday at 4:00 – 6:00  pm 
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover  – Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am 
  • “If Grace is True” – Pastoral Small Group- Tuesday at 12 pm 
  • Bookmobile-Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  •  Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Messy Church – Tuesday at 5:00 pm
  • Shiloh History– Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am.
  • Christmas Bake Sale and Craft Sale-Next Sunday

 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church is held Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at the church.  This is family-friendly worship with a light meal and activities. Please sign-up in the Lobby for preparing Messy Church meals for this community outreach ministry. 
 
TRUE GRACE – PASTORAL SMALL GROUPWe invite you take part in one of our small study groups.  We invite you to come as you are, wherever you are in your faith.  This month we will be following the book “If Grace Is True” by Phillip Gulley and James Mulholland.  In class we will watch video and discuss what it would mean if God’s grace means “everyone” is saved.  We will meet Tuesday, November 27 and December 4 and 18 at 12 noon.  There is also a completely online digital devotion group in the evening that will meet via zoom; all you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer with a camera and microphone.  Contact pastortyler@billings.churchif you want to join the online class. 
 
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL?– Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby.  
 
SAVE THE DATESThe annual craft and bake sale will be held December 9thand 16thafter each service.  Come, support our youth activities.
 
SONGS OF WORSHIP AND PRAISE– Dave Merkel, choir director at SUMC, has recorded an album of Songs of Worship and Praise. You can purchase the downloadable album for $25.00 at WWW.DAVEMERKEL.COM/SWP-FS.  $5.00 from each album purchased will go to The Free Store ministry. Please make checks out to Dave Merkel.  
 
 
 
FREE STOREThroughout the year, donations often include Christmas items that we store until this time of year when we put them out for the shoppers. If you have any Christmas items you no longer use, including artificial Christmas trees, the Free Store certainly will pass them on.  The Free Store is open December 1stand 15th.  On the 15th, we will also create a Toy Wonderland where the children choose a toy from those that have been donated.  We are always short of items for boys and infants. These do not have to be new.  Any donations will make such a difference. Thank you.
 
AGING WELL– Join us for Christmas carols and good food on Wednesday,December 12that Noon.  We will join in the joy through song and music… carols, hymns, chimes and bells. Join us as we gather to lift our voices at the most wonderful time of the year.  RSVPs are appreciated to assist with no cost lunch sponsors: (406) 656-0050 or email liz@shilohbillings.church.
 
MISSIONS GIVING TREE– The “Giving Tree” has been decorated and cards are hanging on the tree.  This year there are 20 cards for Tumbleweed and they are asking for $25.00 gift cards from either Target or Walmart.  There are 20 cards for the Veterans at Independence Hall and they are asking for $25.00 gift cards for Walmart.  There are also 10 cards for residents at St. John’s and they have a variety of requests.  We would like to have all gifts and cards to the church by the 12thof December. There is also a large box by the tree for pantry items for both Tumbleweed and Independence Hall.  They are requesting  easy-to-go and single serve items such as individual packs of oatmeal, individual packs of Ramen noodles, snack packs, trail mix packets, protein bars, fruit snack bars, and jerky. Thank you for your help.
 
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS –Share 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 room.  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. If you need a stocking, we have 3 new ones in the office that you could take home and decorate and bring back.
 
CHOIR SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER– December 9th– Choir practice at 9:15 am but we will not be singing, just practicing.  December 16th– Choir practice at 9:15 and we will be singing for second service.  December 23rd– choir will sing at both services at 8:0 am andagain at the 10:15 service.  December 24ththe choir will sing at the 7:00 pm service.

 

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Pastor’s Corner – November 18, 2018

Sermon Series Help
For December we are doing a sermon series on the Advent story and how we are all a part of that story. We need people from Shiloh to be in the video.  There are no speaking parts we just need about 5 people to come be in the filming project, Dave Merkel is doing the recording.  If you can help out, please come to Grace UMC, 1935 Ave B at 5:30 this Sunday, November 18.  
 
Watch Our Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
Blessed Friends, 
 
This coming week is Thanksgiving.  A week filled with travel, coming together, preparing food, breaking bread with friends and loved ones.  As your pastor I would encourage you make sure you have a place for thanksgiving. If you do not, then go out to dinner with a friend or connection.  One thing I constantly keep in prayer is that some of our congregation has lost loved ones in the past several years, and Thanksgiving becomes a time of remembering that loss.  I encourage you, if this is you, to find someone else to spend time with over the Thanksgiving weekend.  
 
Many of us are going to dinner with our families.  There is one piece of advice I always hear shared, “Don’t talk religion or politics over the Thanksgiving meal.”  I encourage you not to heed this advice.  One of the reason people increasingly don’t go to or trust church is they don’t understand the value of genuine faith communities, like Shiloh.  This is the fault of us being convinced that religious conversation has to be about persuading people to one understanding. Instead church is about a place where we share hopes and failures, and where we dream with God about positive change in our community.  
 
Don’t avoid politics. This is why our country is so polarized right now.  If families can’t even discuss it in a civil way, then who can? If politics comes up, gets tense, or happens then take a moment to just listen and breathe as the opinions fly. Then instead of flinging your opinions back out there, I would encourage you to ask the other person what they are thankful for about their community or country.  Then share your thankfulness too.  Jesus shared thankfulness and hope against a backdrop of an awful government who was crucifying his people.  He shared where he saw God active in the world and did it in a way to remind people that God is with us. 
 
Blessings on your Thanksgiving week,
Pastor Tyler

Scripture Study – Matthew 20:1-16, Matthew 7:13-14, Exodus 32

 
Our study series for November will be focused on Grace, how it matters to us as Christians and why this word means so much to us.  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
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice –Sunday at 9:15 am
  • 406 Youth United– Sunday at 5:00 pm 
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover  – Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am 
  • “If Grace is True” – Pastoral Small Group- Tuesday at 12 pm and 6:30 pm
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Thanksgiving – Thursday – Office Closed
  • Shiloh History– Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am
  • Hanging of the Greens- Next Sunday after 10:15 Service


CHOIR PRACTICE– Choir practice will be held Sunday at 9:15 am.  The choir will sing for us at the 10:15 service. Everyone is welcome to join the choir and sing with Dave Merkel directing.
 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church is held Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at the church. However, there will be no Messy Church this Tuesday, November 20thThis is family-friendly worship with a light meal and activities.  Please sign-up in the Lobby for preparing Messy Church meals for this community outreach ministry. 
 
TRUE GRACE – PASTORAL SMALL GROUPWe invite you take part in one of our small study groups.  We invite you to come as you are, wherever you are in your faith.  This month we will be following the book “If Grace Is True” by Phillip Gulley and James Mulholland.  In class we will watch video and discuss what it would mean if God’s grace means “everyone” is saved.  We will meet Tuesday, November 20 and 27 and December 4 ad 11 at 12 noon or 6:30 pm.  There is also a completely online digital devotion group in the evening that will meet via zoom; all you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer with a camera and microphone.  Contact pastortyler@billings.church if you want to join the online class. 
 
CAT/GRIZ FOOD DRIVE The youth are challenging us to compete with First UMC downtown as we raise food for Family Services through a Cat/Griz food drive.  Bring items to the church through Sunday and place them with your favorite team.  We want to see if we can beat First UMC downtown for total food raise. Please bring non-perishable food items for this drive.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER– The Shiloh Relay for Life team will start their 2019 campaign with a Butter Braid salesevent in time for Christmas.  Orders will be taken through Nov 25thand delivery is scheduled in plenty of time for the holidays.  The Butter Breads are $15.00 each and please pay for them at the time you order. These will be so good for breakfast on Christmas morning.  

THANKSGIVING DINNER– Evangelical UMC is having its second annual Miriam Lang Memorial ThanksgivingDinner, hosted by Bob & Linda Lang, for anyone who doesn’t have a place to go on Thanksgiving Day.  It will begin at2 pm on Thanksgiving Day. The Langs provide the turkey. Others are asked to bring a side dish. Please pass this information on to folks who may need a place to spend Thanksgiving.  Also, if you are interested in helping with the planning, please let the church office know.  

UNITED METHODIST-BETTER TOGETHER THAN APART!– A group of folks from the Billings and Laurel United Methodist churches got together to talk about how we could support each other. The first event approaching was Trunk or Treat.  Both Shiloh and Evangelical UMC are holding these events, Hope UMC will be helping Shiloh’s event and Grace and First UMC’s will be helping Evangelical.  Coming up next, mark your calendars on November 23, all the UMC churches have agreed to help UMC hand out hot chocolate downtown during the parade.   Other outreach opportunities were discussed, so stay tuned for more information on those. We are better together than apart!  
 
HANGING OF THE GREENS– In preparation for Advent and Christmas, please plan on helping decorate the worship space next Sunday immediately following the 10:15 worship service.  The Worship Environment team is dedicated to making our worship visually appealing each and every week but needs extra hands to transform the space for this special season.  All help is appreciated – there are tasks for those who need to sit, those who are able to climb ladders and lift heavy boxes, and those with abilities in between. 
 
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL?– Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby.  
 
SAVE THE DATESThe annual craft and bake sale will be held December 9thand 16thafter each service.  Come, support our youth activities.
 
SONGS OF WORSHIP AND PRAISE– Dave Merkel, choir director at SUMC, has recorded an album of Songs of Worship and Praise. You can purchase the downloadable album for $25.00 at WWW.DAVEMERKEL.COM/SWP-FS.  $5.00 from each album purchased will go to The Free Store ministry. Please make checks out to Dave Merkel.  
 
 
 

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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.