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 – August 5, 2018

People of Shiloh(I am re-running this Pastor’s corner because we want your feedback and only got two responses),
    
This next month I will host a worship design retreat with people from our congregation.  At the retreat we will begin to plan our sermon series from December – June of next year, as well as develop the in depth ideas for the Fall series.  If you are personally interested in participating, please contact me.  My aim in preaching is to help us “build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.” I’d like your input (please do this today or tomorrow, as I’ll be inviting the leaders to help me review your ideas).
 
Here are the questions I’d like you to answer. Please email or fill out your bulletin and drop your response to our Prayer and Visitation Coordinator, Liz at liz@shilohbillings.church
1.    If you could ask Jesus one (or two) 
      questions, what would you ask?
2.    What is the personal struggle or
      relationship issue that you most often 
      ask for God’s help with?
3.    Is there a book in the Bible, a section of 
      the Bible, a character in the Bible or a
      theme in the Bible that you’d value
      having as the focus of sermon or
      sermons?
4.    Are there ethical issues, current events
      or global concerns that you believe I 
      should address in a sermon?
5.    Thinking of your friends who don’t go to
      church, what might be a sermon topic or 
      series that you feel they would be 
      interested in attending?
6.    How can I best help you grow in your
      personal spiritual life through preaching? 
      Where do you struggle in your spiritual 
      life and growth?
7.    Last year we had a great response to 
      some of our guest preachers. Are there 
      people you feel would be amazing guest 
      preachers for a special weekend in 
      2019?

Thanks so much for sharing your responses to these questions. I’m excited about the sermons coming up this fall. We’ll kick off the fall with a series focused on Prayer Matters seeking in scripture how prayer transformed Jesus life and how it can transform ours, followed with a series called Defying Gravity helping us understand God’s call to give of what we have generously, and then in late October-November we will dive into a series on Grace by exploring 1 and 2 Samuel.  

I better get going, my children are calling me back to play, hope you are having a great summer.

Enthusiastic Shalom,
Pastor Tyler 

 

 
Scriptures to study this week – John 5:5-9, Romans 12:1-12

 
Pastor Tyler’s Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
A week ago Thursday night we had 10 youth and 3 adults stay for a lock-in at Shiloh.  We had fun, prayed, learned about Jesus, and had more fun.  We also took time to plan youth group for our upcoming year.  Check out one of our new ways to have fun that our children and youth will be able to use, nine square in the air.  
 
Click to watch the sermon series video.
This Sunday we begin our series on living Unafraid, exploring how we do that biblically and seeking ways to support one another in the Christian walk of freeing ourselves from fear.  During this series we invite you to pray each day to be released from your fears and use this acronym to help you in your prayer life.
 
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
  • Shiloh 101 – Sunday – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Movie Night at Grace UMC –Sunday at 8:30 pm
  • Adult Bible Study –Today at 9:00 am   
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Unafraid Book Study – Tuesday at 12 noon (SUMC) and 5:30 pm (FUMC)
  • Bookmobile–Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Office Closed every Friday during the summer
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWSDuring the summer a variety of activities will be provided instead of the Bible lesson taught during the school year. The schedule for the next several weeks (held during 2ndservice):
August 5:No Sunday school, kids remain in service
August 12:Veggie Tales Video
August 19:Joint worship at Rose Park with EUMC and GUMC, followed
                    by swimming so no Sunday school.
August 26: Outdoor Games
 
SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT– The movie tonight (August 5th) will be at Grace UMC at 1935 Ave. B.  The movie is Frozen and will start around 8:30 pm.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and plan on joining us for a wonderful movie and a great family night.
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTSYour contribution statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entry way.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please call the church office at 656-0050.  To locate your statements and any other mail that you may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name.  Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.
 
VOLUNTEER FOR SHILOHWe need many volunteers to keep the church running and welcoming.  In the hallway in front of the Fellowship Hall is a round table with clipboards and a calendar on it.  There are 2 clipboards asking for Ushers(1stand 2ndservices).  There is one clipboard asking for Prayer Leaders.  During the summer, the Prayer Leader is only needed for the second service.  There is one clipboard asking for Lawn Mowersand in the winter we ask for folks to shovel snow. The last item is a calendar where people can sign up to bring goodies for the Fellowship Hour.  Passing the clipboards around during the service can be distracting, so we are trying this method.  We need your help!  We ask you to please think and pray about what you can do to help keep our church running smoothly.
 
 
 
WORSHIP PLANNING RETREATHave you ever thought that the one hymn would be good in worship, or that the pastor should have used that movie clip?  We want your help!  From noon to 3:00 pm, on August 26th, we will dream, imagine and pray with one another about worship at Shiloh.  Everyone who wants to join us is invited; we just ask that you RSVP to the office.  There will be lunch provided and our goal is to support Pastor Tyler and our worship design team with ideas from our congregation.
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL– Vacation Bible School will be at EUMC from August 13-15, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This time will be a time of gathering around a meal, crafts,   games and Bible stories.  Please contact the church office to learn about registration at 406-259-1897 or by e-mail at actyourfaith.org.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY– Each month on the last Friday, the Sandwich Ministry meets and makes 200 sandwiches for the Montana Rescue Mission.  This is a list of what they use every month: 2-40 oz. jars of smooth peanut butter (not chunky), 2-32 oz. jars of jam.  Jams spread much easier then jelly. They use 100 slices of ham, 100 slices of cheese, 20 loaves of bread and 200 sandwich bags to put the sandwiches in.  They also like to take cookies if there are any available.  If you can help with these needed sandwich making supplies, you can bring your donations to the church office.  For more information, please call Susan Hathaway at 690-3412 or the church office at 656-0050.
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES – 2019– This year we asked the Secretaries and Principals of Big Sky and Meadowlark Elementary Schools what supplies they need but do not receive through other means.  Here is the list they gave us. WalMart Gift Cards, Hand Sanitizer (Large), band aids (3/4″ and 1″) (not novelty) , and Cortisone cream, Kleenex, glue sticks, healthy snacks(kindergarten), underwear-Boys and girls (sizes 6,7,8), socks (all kid sizes), leggings and sweats (sizes 6,7,8). If you are interested in purchasing any of these, please place them in bins in the Fellowship Hall on or before August 26th.  Thank you for your support and help.
 
BACK TO SCHOOLBack-To-School Sunday will be August 26th. Join us for worship to bring us back to the school season.  We will be having blessing of the backpacks at both the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services, receive our Student Day offering, and participate in writing letters to educators and support staff at local schools.
 
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALSOn Sunday, September 2nd join us for Labor Day weekend worship with an 8 am service and a 10:15 am Blessing of the Animals service.  Bring your pet in a way you can keep them safe, and we will have a time of blessing for them. Even animals too big to fit inside our building can come and we will bless them outside too.

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Pastor’s Corner – July 29, 2018

People of Shiloh,
    Last week one of our neighbors dropped a letter by the church. The letter notifies that our city is planning a special review of a lot on Avenue B, just south on Shiloh Rd. for the zoning of a casino.  According to city code no casino is to be built within 600 feet of a church.  As your pastor I will be writing a letter to the city and attempting to be at one of two meetings to oppose this action.  I personally believe gambling to be a detriment to our neighborhood and to our community, and a tax on the poor. Additionally I stand with our larger United Methodist church who states the following about gambling:

Gambling, as a means of acquiring material gain by chance and at the neighbor’s expense, is a menace to personal character and social morality. Gambling fosters greed and stimulates the fatalistic faith in chance. Organized and commercial gambling is a threat to business, breeds crime and poverty, and is destructive to the interests of good government. It encourages the belief that work is unimportant, that money can solve all our problems, and that greed is the norm for achievement. It serves as a “regressive tax” on those with lower income. In summary, gambling is bad economics; gambling is bad public policy; and gambling does not improve the quality of life.  (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/gambling)

I welcome any support in the work on this and the meeting times are listed below.  Additionally I would ask you to begin to pray and dream with me about what things we “do” want to support as future zoning requests are made for our neighborhood.  I believe as a church we can be an active participant in encouraging the positive growth of the West End of Billings.  
 
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
Public Hearing – Zoning Commission – Tuesday, August 7, at 4:30pm in the City Conference Room, 1st Floor, Miller Building, 2825 3rd Avenue North.
 
City Council – Monday, August 27, 2018, at 5:30pm in the City Council Chambers – Testimony

 
Scriptures to study this week – Luke 9:24-25, Psalm 139:5, 7-10

 
Pastor Tyler’s Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
Thursday night we had 10 youth and 3 adults stay for a lock-in at Shiloh.  We had fun, prayed, learned about Jesus, and had more fun.  We also took time to plan youth group for our upcoming year.  Check out one of our new ways to have fun that our children and youth will be able to use, nine square in the air.  
 
Click to watch the sermon series video.
This Sunday we begin our series on living Unafraid, exploring how we do that biblically and seeking ways to support one another in the Christian walk of freeing ourselves from fear.  During this series we invite you to pray each day to be released from your fears and use this acronym to help you in your prayer life.
 
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
  • Movie Night at Grace UMC –Sunday at 8:30 pm
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am   
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Unafraid Book Study – Tuesday at 12 noon (SUMC) and 5:30 pm (FUMC)
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Office Closed every Friday during the summer
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am

 
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWSDuring the summer a variety of activities will be provided instead of the Bible lesson taught during the school year. The schedule for the next several weeks (held during 2ndservice):
July 29:Use packets that are in the worship totes
August 5:No Sunday school, kids remain in service
August 12:Veggie Tales Video
August 19:Joint worship at Rose Park with EUMC and GUMC, followed
                    by swimming so no Sunday school.
 
SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT– The movie tonight (July 29th) will be at Grace UMC at 1935 Ave. B.  The movie is Guardians of the Galaxy and will start around 8:30 pm.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and plan on joining us for a wonderful movie and a great family night.
 
UNAFRAID STUDY AND PRAYER SMALL GROUP– Pastor Kama from First UMC and Pastor Tyler are teaming up to teach this study and prayer series on the book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times,by Adam Hamilton. This study is for anyone who struggles with fear, worry, or anxiety or wonders how families and communities can live as peacemakers in troubled times.  Unafraidoffers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions. One study will be at Shiloh UMC (noon) and the other will be at First UMC (5:30 pm).  We hope you will join us.  
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTSYour contribution statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entry way.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please call the church office at 656-0050.  To locate your statements and any other mail that you may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name.  Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.
 
 

 
VOLUNTEER FOR SHILOHWe need many volunteers to keep the church running and welcoming.  In the hallway in front of the Fellowship Hall is a round table with clipboards and a calendar on it.  There are 2 clipboards asking for Ushers(1stand 2ndservices).  There is one clipboard asking for Prayer Leaders.  During the summer, the Prayer Leader is only needed for the second service.  There is one clipboard asking for Lawn Mowersand in the winter we ask for folks to shovel snow. The last item is a calendar where people can sign up to bring goodies for the Fellowship Hour.  Passing the clipboards around during the service can be distracting, so we are trying this method.  We need your help!  We ask you to please think and pray about what you can do to help keep our church running smoothly.
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL– Vacation Bible School will be at EUMC from August 13-15, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This time will be a time of gathering around a meal, crafts,   games and Bible stories.  Please contact the church office to learn about registration at 406-259-1897 or by e-mail at actyourfaith.org.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY– Each month on the last Friday, the Sandwich Ministry meets and makes 200 sandwiches for the Montana Rescue Mission.  This is a list of what they use every month: 2-40 oz. jars of smooth peanut butter (not chunky), 2-32 oz. jars of jam.  Jams spread much easier then jelly. They use 100 slices of ham, 100 slices of cheese, 20 loaves of bread and 200 sandwich bags to put the sandwiches in.  They also like to take cookies if there are any available.  If you can help with these needed sandwich making supplies, you can bring your donations to the church office.  For more information, please call Susan Hathaway at 690-3412 or the church office at 656-0050.
 
THANK YOU BLOOD DONORS!– A huge thank you to all the blood donors.  After almost canceling the drive due to the low numbers (1), we had 6 donors and collected 8 units of blood.  This included 3 people who saw the sign on Shiloh and dropped in to give!  We will do another drive on October 1stfrom 4:30 – 7:00 pm.  Please mark your calendars. Thank you again for supporting this life-giving cause! 
 
 


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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.