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 – July 8, 2018

People of Shiloh,

 

This week I will return from Intergenerational Camp at Flathead Lake UM Camp.  Camp always is a powerful reminder that time away in nature can bring new awareness of God’s presence in our lives.  The playfulness of nature gives us a new sense of God’s hope in our own lives, and new perspective to see where life is stirring around us.  The camps of our church were founded for this very purpose and I invite all of us to take advantage of these facilities for an organized camp, family getaway or personal retreat to support your journey of faith and abundant living.  

 

Here is a short description of each of our Montana camps:

 

Flathead Lake is a year-round campground retreat facility.  The camp is bordered by 3,000 feet of pristine shoreline of Flathead Lake and is set amidst 30 acres of lush forest and grounds.  Recreation opportunities  include canoeing, swimming, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, baseball, hiking, fishing, table tennis, camp fire circle .  Facilities include 12 cabins with sleeping capacity of 180, dining hall and retreat center, restroom and shower facilities, large indoor chapel, fire pit area, outdoor chapel area, four classrooms, dock, swimming area, basketball and volleyball courts.  Food services are available for groups of 40-180. Heated cabins support 50 overnight guests during the winter.

 

Luccock Park Camp offers individuals, families and groups of all sizes a mountain setting in paradise ~ literally located in Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Montana.  Luccock Park can offer you the opportunity of many venues.  Take an easy hike to Pine Creek Falls, play basketball on the open court, enjoy an old fashioned game of horse shoes or just pull up a lounge chair and enjoy the peace and quiet that can only be found at Luccock Park.

 

Camp on the Boulder is a pure and holy place set apart from life’s distractions, located on 79 acres set in the Absaroka Mountains of south-central Montana surrounded by wilderness.  Our recreational opportunities include a low ropes course, a PDGA registered Frisbee golf course, mini golf course, volleyball and basketball courts, great hiking and many other recreational activities including fishing on the Boulder River!  

 

Learn more at www.yacumc.org/canpshttp://

Prayers that we all find a glimmer of God’s peace in nature this summer,

Pastor Tyler

 

 
Pastor Tyler’s Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the 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 
Adult Bible Study – Sunday  at 9:00 am  
Outdoor Movie – Tonight at 8:30 pm – “Black Panther”
Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
Unafraid Book Study – Tuesday at 12 noon
Care Givers- Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
Blood Drive – Thursday at 8:30 am – 11:45 am
Office Closed every Friday during the summer
Community Garage and Vendor Sale – Saturday at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am

SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT – The movie for Sunday night will be here at Shiloh UMC.  The movie is Black Panther and will start around 8:30 pm.  Bring a lawn chair and plan on joining us for a wonderful movie and a great family night.  The yogurt man and the kettle corn lady will be here. 

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE – This summer we will be continuing with two worship times at 8 am and 10:15 am.  The 8 am service will use Pastor Dave Merkel’s recorded work for music and sermons from Pastors throughout our area. The 10:15 service will continue with our traditional order of service.  There will be 1 more special Sunday when we will join other United Methodist Churches in our area. The next one will be at Rose Park on August 19th  at 10:30 am. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS – During the summer a variety of activities will be provided instead of the Bible lesson taught during the school year.  The schedule for June (held during 2nd service):
July 8: Veggie Tales Video
July 15: Outdoor Games
July 22: Craft Packets
July 29: Use packets that are in the worship totes

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE AND VENDOR SALE – Shiloh is going to do a Garage and Vendor Sale on July 14th from 10am-4pm.  Shiloh members and friends are encouraged to come sell their household goods.  Each garage sale spot is $10 and additional funds will go to support our children’s ministry.  Sign up forms will be in the office and online starting on Monday July 2nd.  Shiloh friends and members can use our tables, but supplies are limited.  Thanks to Brenda Longin, Jen Johnson, and Rachael Wertz for organizing this event. If you know a vendor, they can sign up at https://www.shilohbillings.church/parking-lot-sale/  Garage Sale spots are $10.  Vendor spots are $25.

UNAFRAID STUDY AND PRAYER SMALL GROUP – Starting this Tuesday, July 10th  until August 7th, Pastor Kama from First UMC and Pastor Tyler  will be 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.  Unafraid offers on informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.  One study will be at Shiloh (noon) and one will be at First UMC (5:30 pm).  We hope you will join us.  Please let the office know if you will be attending so we can get a book ordered for you.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Vacation Bible School will be at EUMC from August 13-15, 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 office@actyourfaith.org 

BLOOD DRIVE – Shiloh UMC and United Blood Services are teaming up to support our local hospitals during one on the hardest times of the year!  This summer is especially difficult as the need for blood has nearly tripled and the amount of donors we are seeing have decreased by 45%.  This makes keeping the blood supply up, a very hard task.  So we are partnering with United Blood Services on July 12th from 8:30 am – 11:45 am to help make 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. 

If you donate on July 12th you will be entered to win a $300.00 DQ or ice cream card.  

We ask that each of you talk with your coworkers, friends, family and students ask them to please sign up to save up to 3 lives on July 12th.

RELAY FOR LIFE – The Relay for Life team will be selling luminarias for $10.00 each.  The luminarias will be placed around the track at West High the night of July 13th and can be bought in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one who lost their battle with cancer.  This is the last week to purchase them.  Someone will be in the Fellowship Hall after service to assist you.  


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Pastor’s Corner – June 24, 2018

Join us for Worship!
Pastor’s Corner – 
People of Shiloh,Last week in worship I shared that we received a $1,500 check from the CMYK Christian community that meets in the Art House Pub downtown.  Their Pastor Matt Blakeslee and I met upon my arrival in Billings, and meet every month to pray together and support each other.  CMYK gives 33% of their budget to the community and along with the check was a letter from Matt that said, “we are sending you this check because we believe you embody what it means to be church.”  Matt and CMYK love who we are and what we as people of God are doing on the west side of Billings.  

This letter brought tears to my eyes, because it means people are taking note of Shiloh.  This gift, along with the amazing faithful gifts we each share with Shiloh, help us continue to dream with God how we share the love of Christ in our community.  

God is working through us!

In the bulletin you will note that our giving is behind what we need to make our budget.  This is something I have been watching closely with our finance committee, Susan Hathaway, our Finance Chair, and Linda Stahley, our Treasurer.  When we set our budget last year we extended ourselves financially with hope of connecting new people to our congregation.  We did this knowing God was calling us to this outreach, and knowing we had faithfully prepared a reserve that could address the shortfall, if needed.  We have seen the fruits of our outreach in connections with new people and increased awareness in Billings of our church.  However, gifts are behind where they have been since 2013.  We believe factors contributing to this include the loss of membership to death, a pastoral transition, and that new people take time reach the same level of giving of long time members.

For now our request is that we each remain faithful in our giving and our prayers for Shiloh.  I, along with our finance committee, will be sharing more in the coming months about how we can shape our budget to continue to follow God’s call for our community of faith.

Enthusiastic Shalom,
Pastor Tyler 

Scripture for study this week: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

 
Many of us have been struggling with the separation of children from families and questions of immigration to our country.  On Sunday between services, Pastor Tyler will offer a 45 minute prayer and Bible reflection conversation on immigration in the fellowship hall from 9-9:45.  We want to provide a safe space for people to ask questions about the United Methodist stance on immigration and for people to understand each other’s struggles with the issue.
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

Monthly Newsletter can be found here – http://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

 
  • Worship Service – Today at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers- Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Office Closed every Friday during the summer
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12 noon
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Food Bank Sunday- Next Sunday
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE – This summer we will be continuing with two worship times at 8 am and 10:15 am.  The 8 am service will use Pastor Dave Merkel’s recorded work for music and sermons from Pastors throughout our area. The 10:15 service will continue with our traditional order of service.  There will be 1 more special Sunday when we will join other United Methodist Churches in our area. The next one will be at Rose Park on August 19th  at 10:30 am. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS – During the summer a variety of activities will be provided instead of the Bible lesson taught during the school year.  The schedule for June (held during 2nd service):
June 24: Craft Projects 
July 1: No Sunday School, kids remain in service with parents
July 8: Veggie Tales Video
July 15: Outdoor Games
July 22: Craft Packets
July 29: Use packets that are in the worship totes

LAWN MOWERS NEEDED – We still need lawnmowers!! If you can help mow the church lawn, please sign the clipboard in the lobby or call the office with the dates you are available.  It takes about 4 hours and training is available.  Thank you for your support.

SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT –Sunday night, July 8th  at Shiloh UMC, the outdoor movie night will be Black Panther (Ya !) at 8:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair and plan on joining us for a great family fun evening.  We will have kettle corn  and the yogurt man will also be here.

THREE SIMPLE RULES SERMON SERIES – Pastor Tyler will be sharing the “Three Simple Rules “of Methodism.  These are the messages of what Jesus calls us to as seen through our Methodist founder, John Wesley.  Join us as we navigate the challenges of life. 

UNAFRAID STUDY AND PRAYER SMALL GROUP – From July 8th to August 12th, Pastor Kama from First UMC and Pastor Tyler  will be 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.  Unafraid offers on informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.  One study will be at Shiloh (noon) and one will be at First UMC (5:30 pm).  We hope you will join us.  Please let the office know if you will be attending so we can get a book ordered for you.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Vacation Bible School will be at EUMC from August 13-15 , 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 office@actyourfaith.org 

BLOOD DRIVE – Shiloh UMC and United Blood Services are teaming up to support our local hospitals during one on the hardest times of the year!  This summer is especially difficult as the need for blood has nearly tripled and the amount of donors we are seeing have decreased by 45%.  This makes keeping the blood supply up, a very hard task.  So we are partnering with United Blood Services on July 12th from 8:30 am – 11:45 am to help make 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. 

 If you donate on July 12th you will be entered to win a $300.00 DQ or ice cream card.  

We ask that each of you talk with your coworker, friends, family and students ask them to please sign up to save up to 3 lives on July 12th.

The signup sheet will be available on the table in the lobby.  Please help us to help 3 others this summer.
 
 

 

Come join us as we partner with God!
Please visit our webpage www.ShilohBillings.church

 

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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.