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 – November 11, 2018

Gifts and Talents Survey
Supporting our church takes the skills and individual support of people of different skill levels, people willing to take little risks to make a difference, and people like you.  We would appreciate if you would take 5 minutes to take this gifts and talents survey. Let us know where God might be nudging you to serve at Shiloh.  Take the survey at  https://www.shilohbillings.church/gifts-and-talents/
 
Watch Our Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
Two weeks ago an awful attack took place at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Eleven people lost their lives in this act of terror and violence.  In response, the local Muslim community raised funds for the families who were impacted and lost loved ones, and they vowed to stand around synagogues to protect them. Our United Methodist family responded by reaching out in Pittsburgh to support their Jewish brothers and sisters, and locally First UMC wrote letters of care to Congregation Beth Aaron here in Billings.  
 
Acts of violence like these remind us that we need to be a people united in America to stand against those who would inflict fear on people who wish to practice their religion. As people of faith, we are called to stand with those who have are persecuted because of their faith.  I invite you to consider attending the Interfaith Solstice Service that we hold each year with the Jewish community here in Billings. This year it will be on December 21, 7pm, at Congregation Beth Aaron.  Due to limited space this is an RSVP only event.  Please contact the office 656-0050 or myself pastortyler@shilohbillings.churchto RSVP.  
 
This service is our chance to stand with our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community, and it is also a powerful chance to share our traditions with one another, so that we can understand one another and work together to build a diverse and loving community in Billings.  There will be song, prayer, a message of hope, and we will support Family Promise together that evening.
 
I invite you to join me on December 21st at 7pm.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
 
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

 
  • Come celebrate Veteran’s Day with Brunch at 9:00 am! 
  • 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 4:00 pm 
  • Faith & Film – Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover  – Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am 
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Messy Church –Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Book Review – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Aging Well- Wednesday at 12 pm
  • Shiloh History– Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Missions Team Meeting – Thursday at 6:30 pm
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am


CHOIR PRACTICE– Choir practice will be held on  Sunday and the 18that 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.
 
VETERAN’S DAY BREAKFAST– Our annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast will be served Sunday at 9:00 am.  Please join us for biscuits and gravy, sausage, fruit and cinnamon rolls and help us say thank you to all our Veterans. 
 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church is held every Tuesday 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.There will be no Messy Church Tuesday, November 20th..
 
A STORY FROM THE FREE STORE– This past Saturday a male shopper asked for a blanket, which fortunately we had. Unfortunately, he needed it for the car that he was living in. Blankets, comforters, pillows and even used sleeping bags never stay on the shelves very long. Sometimes those we receive are so stained or torn that we don’t pass them on to the shoppers. However, we do give them to the animal shelters who are always so glad to have them. We are so blessed for the support so many give!
 
BOOK REVIEW– The book review group will meet at the church on November 13 at 6:00 p.m. They will review The Rosie Project. All are welcome to join this group and discuss the selection.
 

 
AGING WELL– This Wednesday, November 14th, at 12 noon, we will be hosting another Aging Well.  This month’s topic will be “How to Weather the Holidays, Grief and Loss”.  Please join us for lunch, no cost, community and learning.  
 
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 November 18thand 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!  
 
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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Pastor’s Corner – November 4, 2018

Set your clocks back Sunday.
Gifts and Talents Survey
Supporting our church takes the skills and individual support of people of different skill levels, people willing to take little risks to make a difference, and people like you.  We would appreciate if you would take 5 minutes to take this gifts and talents survey. Let us know where God might be nudging you to serve at Shiloh.  Take the survey at  https://www.shilohbillings.church/gifts-and-talents/
 
Watch Our Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
In November we will be talking about Grace in worship. Grace is the Christian understanding that God offers love freely to all.  True grace is a challenging concept to understand, especially when we see people hurt others or we feel wronged by others.  God has the power to help us find ways to reconcile with those we have hurt, encourage others to reconcile with us when possible, and room enough to love everyone.  
 
Grace is not possible without a strong prayer life, and complete Christian community, church, does not continue to follow God’s call if we don’t open ourselves to God’s grace in prayer.  We studied prayer in September as a congregation, and I heard someone say just last Sunday that we have a reputation for being grace-filled “prayer warriors.”  
 
In this prayerful spirit, we are working to deepen our work in prayer.  This month, we will begin sending weekly prayer emails.  If you would like to sign up for these emails we ask that you commit to the following:  1) Hold the information as personal information and work to not use it in any form of gossip.  We will work hard to make sure that all information in these emails is public; and, 2) If you receive these emails, you take time each week to offer a prayer for those on the list.  This may happen during your daily prayer or simply by praying when you see the email.  
 
You can sign up for these prayer emails by emailing liz@shilohbillings.churchor calling our Prayer and Visitation Coordinator, Liz Stanhope, in the office (656-0050).

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

Scripture Study – 

MATTHEW 20:1-16, ISIAH 65:1, JOHN 10:16
 
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

  • Sunday is All Saints Sunday!  
  • 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 4:00 pm 
  • 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 
  • Messy Church –Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Financial Peace – Tuesday at 6:30 pm 
  • Shiloh History– Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Trustees – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • SPRC – Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • Veteran’s Day Brunch is Sunday November 11th at 9:00 am!

 
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY – Sunday is all Saints Sunday. It is a day for us to give thanks for people who served us in faith and life.  On this day, we want to take a special moment to honor those who have returned to God after death in this past year.  We are honoring:
Madylene Stockburger, Nancy Bales, Marty Brininstool, James B. Schmalz, Sterling Starr, Thelma Kratochvil, Tana Rae Creger and Pat Andrews.

CHOIR PRACTICE– Choir practice will be held on November 4th, 11thand 18that 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 every Tuesday 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.There will be no Messy Church Tuesday, November 20th..
 
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.   
 
VETERAN’S DAY BREAKFAST– Our annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast will be served on November 11that 9:00 am.  Please come and join us for biscuits and gravy, sausage, fruit and cinnamon rolls and help us say thank you to all our Veterans. 
 
 
FREE STORE– The arrival of the winter months means increased activity at the Free Store.  Pastor Tyler has encouraged all to rid their home of “stuff” that is needed at the Free Store and no longer needed in your home.  We are currently very short of the tall, white garbage bags that the shoppers use for their items.  Whatever support we receive, from whatever setting, is so appreciated.   
 
CON SPIRITO CONCERT– Con Spirito, a women’s group vocal ensemble presents “Child With The Starry Crayon” at St. Pius Catholic Church at 18thand Broadwater on Saturday, November 10that 7:00 pmand Sunday, November 11that 3:00 pm.  
 
RELAY FOR LIFE– The Shiloh Relay for Life team will start their 2019 campaign with a Butter Braid sales event in time for Christmas.  Orders will be taken Nov 4ththrough 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.  
 
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 from November 4-18 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.
 
SAVE THE DATESThe annual craft and bake sale will be held after December 9thand 16thafter each service.  Come, support our youth activities.
 
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!  
 
TRUNK OR TREATThanks to everyone who helped make our Halloween outreach event a success. The decorated car trunks in the parking lot, the generous donations of candy and the labor contributed each Sunday to put together the prizes for the carnival, the volunteers at the carnival, and the members of the planning committee.  YOU ARE THE GREATEST!!!
 

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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.