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 – September 23, 2018

 
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“During Paul’s lifetime, the Christian church was not yet an institution or a centrally organized set of common practices and beliefs. It was a living organism that communicated the Gospel primarily through relationships. This fits with Paul’s understanding of Christ as what we might call an energy field, a set of relationships inside of which we can live with integrity. Today’s support or recovery groups are good examples of these relationships.”
-Richard Rohr
 
 This past week I went on retreat to work on worship planning, to be connected to God in prayer and to center my being in the teachings of Jesus. Over the weekend I am attending a meeting in Bozeman of leaders from our United Methodist Churches in the Mountain Sky Conference consisting of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and a tiny part of Idaho.  Many of these conversations will be about the “right” structure for us to organize under, or the ideal way to do things.  
 
I have learned one thing in particular as I have served here at Shiloh, relationships are how the gospel moves with the fire of the Holy Spirit.  In my time as a Methodist, I have learned that difference bridged in relationship is one of the sweetest gifts of God.  As I sit in these meetings, I wonder if you might pray for us, and also ask yourself, “What it would mean for Shiloh to share God through relationships in our community?”  Please email me or call me with some responses, trust me I might need them in some of these meetings.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
 
Our study series for September is all about learning what prayer is to us as Christians, why Jesus taught us to pray, and how it can impact our lives and others.  
 
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 and 10:15 am 
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • 406 Youth United– Tuesday Sept. 25 at 5:40 pm – Escape Room (Contact Pastor Tyler for details)
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am 
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Prayer Study – Tuesday at Noon
  • Care Givers– Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Financial Peace University Class – Tuesday at 6:30 pm
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at Noon
  • Worship Next Sunday – 8:00 and 10:15 am

OFFICE CLOSUREThe front office will be closed on Monday and Friday this week.  If you need to get in on Monday, please ring the doorbell.    

CHOIR PRACTICE– Choir practice will be held today and the 30that 9:00 am.  The choir will sing for us those days at the 10:15 service. Everyone is welcome to join the choir and sing with Dave Merkel directing.
 
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER ARTICLE DUE DATE:  Tomorrow, September 24th  
 
PRAYER STUDY­Pastor Tyler will hold a Prayer Study on Tuesday at noonat the church to accompany the Prayer Matters sermon series.  Please come join us.  
 
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church will be held weekly beginning Tuesday, October 2 at 5:30 pm at the church.  This is family-friendly worship with a light meal and activities.  Watch for a sign-up sheet for preparing Messy Church meals for this community outreach ministry.    
 
BLOOD DRIVE – OCTOBER 1st – Shiloh UMC is sponsoring a blood drive on October 1stfrom 4:30 – 7:00 pm to helpmake sure we can keep our hospitals stocked with the lifesaving blood they need! You are important as a donor because with every donation you give saves up to 3 lives.   We ask that each of you talk with your coworkers, friends, family and students and ask them to please sign up to save up to 3 lives.  You can make an appointment online at https://bloodhero.com/. The signup sheet will be available on the table in the lobby later this month.  There are 17 spots…  NONE of them are filled yet.  Please consider giving this lifesaving gift.  Thanks for your support!  
 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE– Now is the time to begin preparing for the annual Craft and Bake Sale that is held in December. The craft and Bake sale will be held on December 9thand 16th. The proceeds will be used by UMYF.
COVER TO COVERReading the Bible cover to cover is hard work but so rewarding!!  Reading the Bible in chronological order gives even more insight.  Would you like to accept the challenge and have a place to discuss what you just read? A new group will meet for the first time on Monday, October 1stat 6:30 pm.  The first discussion will be on the New Testament scripture read September 24-30. Let Linda Stahley (672-0529) know if you would like a copy of the One Year Chronological Bible (NLT)($16.61) and she will order it for you.  The Bible has scripture divided by calendar date so you know just what to read. Orders must be in ASAP. If you have questions or are ready to sign up, call Norma Smith at 656-4897 or Tish Powell at 652-5799.
 
FALL CHURCH AND GARDEN CLEANUP– Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13, 9:00 – Noonfor the annual fall church and garden cleanup. Please bring gloves and help us get the church and garden plots ready for winter.  If that date doesn’t work, there is a list of tasks on the bulletin board if you’d like to bring your own tools and complete tasks before the 13th.
 
AUTOMATIC DOOR OPENER– In case you haven’t noticed, the Trustees had an automatic door opener installed on the front door.  We are very excited to provide this service!!
 
NEW SUMC COOKBOOK– Shiloh is publishing a new cookbook and we need your help.  The proceeds of this cookbook will go to support the BackPack Meals Program for the Billings Schools.  All recipes in the past three cookbooks from current members will be included in the new cookbook so only new recipes are needed.  Please either send recipes to recipes@shilohbillings.churchor drop them by the church office.  We are very excited about this project – there are already close to 200 recipes included.  We only have a few recipes in the following categories and would like to see more:  Appetizers, Beverages, Candies, and Canning.  We would also like to see recipes for gluten free, barbecue, ethnic recipes, and any others you may think of – the sky’s the limit!
 
WHO MOWS THE CHURCH LAWN?  The answer is: a dedicated group of SUMC individuals who spent 4-5 hours each week to complete the mowing (approx. 6 acres) and keep the church property looking neat and orderly.  This summer, the church’s riding lawn mower broke down and had to be repaired.  During the 2 1/2 weeks of shutdown, a commercial lawn company was hired to complete the mowing at a cost of $150.00 per week.  The SUMC trustees appreciate and thank the individuals who have donated their time and labor to maintain our lawn this summer.  Also, the cost savings of at least $150.00 per week helped stretch the church budget.  Please help the Trustees extend a special thanks to Jerry Stanhope, Gary McFarland, Kent Thompson, Dave King, Toby Stapleton, George Forton, and Bob Teegardenfor their help and dedication.
 

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Pastor’s Corner – September 16, 2018

 
Watch Our Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
A friend of mine just shared a story with me of when she was training to be a pastor.  She was doing what is known as CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education).  This is the time when Pastor’s spend time being chaplain interns at hospitals and care facilities.  Most of the day involves meeting with people you will have short or very limited connection with and hoping to support them in their grieving, loss, or challenges. 
 
One of the first days in this work my friend walked into a room where a woman had just lost her husband, who was a Baptist minister.  Just prior to this loss the woman had lost both of her children too.  This lifelong Christian woman turned to my friend and said, “I don’t even know if I can believe in God anymore.  I don’t even feel like prayer is doing anything, it feels like I am talking to a wall.”

“Prayer begins where our power ends.”   ― Abraham Joshua Heschel 

My friend had a chance to meet with woman a few weeks later, and she said, “I still don’t feel like I hear or have any real connection, but from time to time hymns come to me.  I guess that is some form of prayer.”
This week we will continue learning about prayer, and I can’t help wonder what this woman went through between these two moments.  I do know something; she didn’t give up on her “conversation with God.” Despite her feelings of betrayal and loss, she held to a practice of prayer.  This Sunday I invite us to consider where our next step in our practice of prayer might be?

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Scripture to Study – Luke 18:1-16

 
Our study series for September is all about learning what prayer is to us as Christians, why Jesus taught us to pray, and how it can impact our lives and others.  
 
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 and 10:15 am 
  • Noisy Offering is Sunday!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Shiloh 101  – Sunday at 11:30 in the Youth Room
  • West End Task Force Social– Sunday 3:00 – 5:00 at Faith E
  • 406 Youth United– Sunday at 4:00 pm 
  • Faith and Film is Sunday at 5:30 pm 
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bookmobile– Tuesday at 12:30 pm 
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • SUMC Book Review – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Financial Peace University Class – Tuesday at 6:30 pm
  • Writer’s Group– Wednesday at 9:30 am 
  • Conference Lay and Clergy Meeting and Lunch  – Thursday at noon
  • Missions – Thursday at 6:30 pm  Everyone is Welcome!  
  • Worship Next Sunday – 8:00 and 10:15 am

 
OFFICE CLOSUREThe front office will be closed on Monday and Friday this week.  If you need to get in on Monday, please ring the doorbell.    
 
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY CLASS– Shiloh UMC is hosting another Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University (FPU) class.  It began Tuesday, September 11thand will continue for 9 weeks.  It includes sessions on Saving, Budgeting, Debt Reduction, Giving, Relating to Money, Making Purchases, Insurance, Real Estate, Retirement and College Planning.  If you are still interested in this class, please contact Rachael Wertz (697-0016), Pam Dandrea (690-1910) or the church office for more information.
 
CHOIR PRACTICE– Choir practice will be held the 23rd and the 30that 9:00 am.  The choir will sing for us those days at the 10:15 service. Everyone is welcome to join the choir and sing with Dave Merkel directing.
 
WEST END TASK FORCE SOCIAL– With collaboration of our neighbors, we were able to help shape our neighborhood by not having a casino move in.  Now we, as a church, have a chance to help continue brining positive things to the west end of Billings.  Pastor Tyler would like folks to consider being a part of the West End Task Force and you can learn more by attending their social TODAY, 3:00-5:00 pm at Faith E Church (at pavilion on North side of the church). The social will be next to a very fun playground so bring kids!
 
 
ACTIVITY SIGNUP– There are signup sheets in the lobby for Adult Studies and Children and Youth Activities.  Please provide you contact information if you are interested in these programs.  
 
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER ARTICLE DUE DATE:  September 20th  
 
FREE STORE WORK DAY– September 22 – 9:00-noon– We will have a work day at the Free Store.  Tasks will include putting summer clothes in totes, hanging up the winter clothes, reorganizing and cleaning the tote room and dusting the shelving in the shopping room, etc.  All are welcome to join us.   Also, staring October 1st, the Free Store will be accepting winter clothing.  Coats, gloves, mittens boots and hats for all ages, for children, men and women are needed. Your support is so appreciated.
 
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE AND VENDOR SALE– Shiloh is hosting another Garage and Vendor Sale on September 22ndfrom 8am-2pm.  Shiloh members and friends are encouraged to come sell their household goods.  Each garage sale spot is $10and vendor spots are $25with funds going to support our children’s ministry.  Sign up forms are in the office and online.  Thanks to Brenda Longin, Jen Johnson, and Rachael Wertz for organizing this event. Participants can sign up at https://www.shilohbillings.church/parking-lot-sale/
 
BLOOD DRIVE – Shiloh UMC is sponsoring a blood drive on October 1stfrom 4:30 – 7:00 pm to helpmake sure we can keep our hospitals stocked with the lifesaving blood they need! You are important as a donor because with every donation you give saves up to 3 lives.   We ask that each of you talk with your coworkers, friends, family and students and ask them to please sign up to save up to 3 lives. You can make an appointment online at https://bloodhero.com/.  The signup sheet will be available on the table in the lobby later this month. There are 17 spots… let’s fill them up!! Thanks for your support!  
 
COVER TO COVERReading the Bible cover to cover is hard work but so rewarding!!  Reading the Bible in chronological order gives even more insight.  Would you like to accept the challenge and have a place to discuss what you just read? A new group will meet for the first time on Monday, October 1stat 6:30 pm.  The first discussion will be on the New Testament scripture read September 24-30. Let Linda Stahley (672-0529) know if you would like a copy of the One Year Chronological Bible (NLT)($16.61) and she will order it for you.  The Bible has scripture divided by calendar date so you know just what to read. Orders must be in ASAP. If you have questions or are ready to sign up, call Norma Smith at 656-4897 or Tish Powell at 652-5799.
 
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE– Now is the time to begin preparing for the annual Craft and Bake Sale that is held in December. The craft and Bake sale will be held on December 9thand 16th. The proceeds will be used by UMYF.      
 

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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.