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.

May 13, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

Invitation to Sunday Worship
Complete the “Readiness 360” offered by our Whole Church Initiative team to help us assess our congregations readiness to follow God’s calling. You can do that by going to https://www.shilohbillings.church/whole-church/ or it will be offered after worship on May 20.
Pastor’s Corner – 
For this week I have chosen to share a prayer for mothers day I found online.  In worship we will be engaging in the challenging topic of suicide and mental illness, this will be a chance for us to be a welcoming place for all mothers.

Prayer for Mothers on Mother’s Day
~ written by John Ballenger, pastor of Woodbrook Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD.
Found on http://re-worship.blogspot.com
This day, our God, as we gather, we pray for mothers.
We give thanks for mothers who love and care for their children
and are loved and cared for right back.
But we also pray for women who have longed for children
and don’t and can’t have them.
And we pray for women who had children who shouldn’t have—
for children who grew up without the love and care they deserved and needed.
We pray for grandmothers—
for those for whom that turned out to be what they dreamed it would be
and for those for whom it didn’t.
We pray for mothers with sick children and children with sick mothers.
We pray for mothers with lost children
and dead children—
children with lost mothers and dead mothers—
for those who grieve what they had
and those who grieve what they never had.
We pray for women who are afraid.
We pray for all the dilemmas and doubts
and fears, frustrations and heartaches
and richness and wonder and sleeplessness of parenting.
We pray for mothers who parent by themselves.
We pray for women who carefully negotiate life with step children,
and for women trying to adopt,
and women hoping fertility treatments
will renew disappointed hope.
We pray for mothers whose children have grown up and moved out
and those whose children have grown up and
not moved out.
We pray for women who mother the children of others,
and we pray for women who give birth in every
conceivable way—
to ideas and art and possibility and wonder and joy—
to new life in job contexts and in relational ones.
This complicated day, our God,
we’re reminded again of just how much will not fit on a Hallmark card.
but does fit into Your full awareness of all that is—
that does fit into Your investment in love and grace
in and through all circumstances.
We pray for mothers in all the fullness of what it can mean—
informed by what we know of all those we know—
gratefully trusting You
to know so much more than we do or can—
gratefully trusting You
with the hearts of those we love—
gratefully trusting You
with all the deep pain and joy of this day,
in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bible Study Scripture for the week – James 4:11-12, Lamentations 1:15-16

 

 
Broken – Worship Series April 15 – May 27
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

May Newsletter can be found here – https://www.shilohbillings.church/church-updates

  • Today is Membership Sunday!  Please welcome George Forton to our family!
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School -Adventures with God – K-6th  – Today at 10:30
  • 406 Youth United – Faith and Fun Night – 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
  • Visitation Meeting – Monday at 11:00 am 
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • “Everything Happens for A Reason” Book Study –Tuesday at Noon and 5:30 pm
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  
  • Book Review – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Writers Group – Wednesday at 9:30 am
  • Community – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • Mission Team & Worship  Design Teams – Thursday at 6:30 pm
  • Planting Day and Spring Cleaning Day – Saturday at 9:00 am
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:30 am
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am

BROKEN – In May we are journeying through a sermon series called Broken. This series explores broken places in our world.  We are going to see how others have found hope amidst those challenges. We are not just seeking hope that brings ecstatic joy, but the tempered joy of knowing God.  To help make this series something you are part of creating too, we would like to invite you to bring something you own that was broken and you have fixed or repurposed.  We may use this in slides, video or for the altar.
 
LAWN MOWERS NEEDED – We still need lawnmowers!   If you can help mow the church lawn, please sign the clipboard in the Fellowship Hall or call the office with the dates you are available.  It takes about 4 hours and training is available.  Thank you in advance for your help!!!   
 
RELAY FOR LIFE – There will be a Relay For Life meeting on Sunday, May 20, right after second service.  Anyone who would like to be part of this team is welcome to join us as
we plan the rest of our team events. 
 
FAITH & FILM – The movie for the May Faith and Film is The Greatest Showman, starting Hugh Jackman who leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical.  Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackson), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle.  This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. Because of Mother’s Day, the date has changed to Sunday, May 20th at 5:30 pm. Run time: 105 minutes, Release date: 2017.  Bring a friend, a snack, or just yourself and as always we will have a discussion after the movie.

THANK YOU FROM WARREN AND JUDY – Thank you to all of our friends at Shiloh for the special thank you last Sunday.  It has been our pleasure to serve you in music ministry for these past 2 years. We know how much we will miss being in leadership but we are ready to step back into retirement and enjoy traveling without a schedule.  We will continue to be active members at Shiloh and available to help whenever and wherever we are needed.  Again many thanks for the lovely and thoughtful gifts.  Blessings to all!
 
FREE STOREThis past Saturday 71 families were served during the 2.5 hours the Free Store was open and available.  During this same time, the ladies from Shiloh provided a Cinco de Mayo themed meal until they ran out of food!  Some of the “faces” seen Saturday included ladies from Passages; a transitional residency for those about to leave the penal system. Another” face” was a grandmother who is raising two grandchildren and was very needy.  Two young people, carrying all each owned in a backpack, were so grateful for clothing, towels, and other survival items they received.  Your donations and gifts make SUCH a difference!
 
CLEANUP DAY/COMMUNITY GARDEN DAY We invite our entire congregation to join us for our community garden planting day and church cleanup.  We need help keeping our property up and getting the garden planted.  This will be a fun day of work and a great way to get to know members of your church.  If you have your own community garden spot you can get that planted on this day as well. We have just one garden spot left. Join us as we help make Shiloh a welcoming place next Saturday, 9:00 am – noon.
 
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 2 special Sundays in the summer when we will participate in “Praise in the Park” with other United Methodist Churches in our area, one in June at Terry Park and one in August at Rose Park. 
 
BOOK REVIEW – Shiloh’s UMC’s Book Review group will meet on Tuesday at 6:00 pm at church.  The book for discussion is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels.  Ron Charles writes, “this is an endearing reminder of graciousness of real class.  It has nothing to do with money; it’s predicated on the kind of moral discipline that never goes out of style”.  Everyone is welcome to join us.
 
PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY Peace with Justice Sunday is Sunday the 20th of May.  This is another of the church-wide special Sundays. Gifts on “Peace with Justice Sunday” fund programs that advocate for peace and justice in the United States and around the world.   
 

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

 

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May 6, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

Invitation to Sunday Worship
As a part of our new contact system and database at the church we are asking all members and friends of Shiloh to fill out a contact form.  Please take a few minutes and fill it out here: https://shilohbillings.breezechms.com/form/0c17d1
Pastor’s Corner – 
People of Shiloh,
When I was a middle schooler I took a trip with my family to Michigan. We went to Makinac Island. There I picked up a beautiful yellow-plastic boomerang. Back at my Aunt’s I threw that boomerang on her quiet street, hoping it would return to me. Up it would go and then “CRASH” it would hit the asphalt and slide along scraping the edge more and more. Finally, we went to a park with open space, I wound up and threw the boomerang. It arced out and up, just like before, then it turned and CAME BACK! I prepared to catch my boomerang like my favorite TV characters. It missed my hand saving it from injury, but contacted with my lip just below my nose slicing a gash in my face with the precision of an asphalt sharpened plastic boomerang.

God is calling us to go out and bring new disciples to join us on our journey with Jesus. Every leader in our church works to provide ways for our current membership to deepen their faith and follows the call to spread the gospel message to others, both young and wise in years. We want to be ready to receive new people that come to us with spaces for them to grow in their faith. We have to be ready for what comes back to us. This month I am inviting our membership to consider three ways of doing this:

  • Attend church council and help us develop our yearly goals for next year. The meeting is May 10 at 6 pm and everyone is welcome. We need input and prayer from everyone in our church on this work.
  • Complete the “Readiness 360” offered by our Whole Church Initiative team. You can do that by going to https://www.shilohbillings.church/whole-church/ or it will be offered after worship in the coming weeks to folks without a computer.
  • Attend a Shiloh 101 course in the next 6 months. We offer them every month. They are for new people to our church; however existing members need to know what we are offering to people just joining us on the journey. (Look inside for more info.)

Enthusiastic Shalom, Pastor Tyler 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – James 5:7-11, Lamentations 4:18-19

 
Broken – Worship Series April 15 – May 27
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

May 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
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Shiloh 101 – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School -Adventures with God – K-6th  – Sunday at 10:30
  • Messy Church – Monday at 5:15 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • “Everything Happens for A Reason” Book Study –Tuesday at Noon and 5:30 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  
  • Church Council meets Thursday at 6:00 pm. SPRC and Trustees meet at 7:00
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am

 
MESSY CHURCH – We will have one more Messy Church night before we take a break for the summer.  Messy Church will start on Monday, May 7th at 5:15 pm in the sanctuary with a story and a message and a couple fun church songs.  Then we will go to several prayer/activity stations to help focus us on the message – wait until you see what Pastor Tyler has come up with this time!  Later we will pray and eat and will end with our Messy Church blessing.  Bring the family and join us.
 
BROKEN SMALL GROUP PRAYER AND STUDY Each Tuesday, Pastor Tyler is leading a small group study to accompany the Broken sermon series.  In this group, we practice prayer and share in conversation.  It is offered twice each Tuesday at 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm until May 22nd.  The book we are using is Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler. This book tackles the topics of faith couched in a question “Why do bad things happen?”  
 
BROKEN – In May we will journey through a sermon series called Broken. This series explores broken places in our world.  We are going to see how others have found hope amidst those challenges. We are not just seeking hope that brings ecstatic joy, but the tempered joy of knowing God.  To help make this series something you are part of creating too, we would like to invite you to bring something you own that was broken and you have fixed or repurposed.  We may use this in slides, video or for the altar.
 
KEYS FOR THE CHURCH Do you have keys to the church?  If you have any keys to the church, please call the office (656-0050) or email the information to Pam (pam.d@shilohbillings.church) as soon as possible.  Thanks in advance.
 
LAWN MOWERS NEEDED – Can you help mow the lawn this summer?  We gone directly from snow to lawn mowing!  If you can help mow the church lawn, please sign the clipboard in the Fellowship Hall or call the office with the dates you are available.  It takes about 4 hours and training is available.  Thank you in advance for your help!!!   
COOKIES NEEDED – Thank you to everyone who has signed up to sponsor a Sunday Fellowship hour.  We still need to keep some cookies on hand and the cupboard is really bare.  We can also use cookies to send with the sandwiches on Sandwich-Making-Friday.  If you are going to make cookies, please make an extra dozen or so for the church.  Thank you so very much!!
 
FAITH & FILM – The movie for the May Faith and Film is The Greatest Showman, starting Hugh Jackman who leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical.  Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackson), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle.  This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. Because of Mother’s Day, the date has changed to Sunday, May 20th at 5:30 pm. Run time: 105 minutes, Release date: 2017.  Bring a friend, a snack, or just yourself and as always we will have a discussion after the movie.
 
FREE STORECleaning out your closets?  Having a garage sale?  The Free Store is always hoping for donations of clothing, kitchen items, linens and even suitcases.  However, we have neither the storage room nor the demand for all the other items that one may no longer need. In fact, if those are left for the Free Store, the volunteers must dispose of them, which takes away from other tasks that need completing.  Thank you for your cooperation and support!  You do make a difference!! 
 
CLEANUP DAY/COMMUNITY GARDEN DAY We invite our entire congregation to join us for our community garden planting day and church cleanup.  We need help keeping our property up and getting the garden planted.  This will be a fun day of work and a great way to get to know members of your church.  If you have your own community garden spot you can get that planted on this day as well. We have just one garden spot left. Join us as we help make Shiloh a welcoming place on May 19th at 9:00 am – noon.
 
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 2 special Sundays in the summer when we will participate in “Praise in the Park” with other United Methodist Churches in our area, one in June at Terry Park and one in August at Rose Park. 
 
BOOK REVIEW – Shiloh’s UMC’s Book Review group will meet on May 15 at 6:00 pm at church.  The book for discussion is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels.  Ron Charles writes, “this is an endearing reminder of graciousness of real class.  It has nothing to do with money; it’s predicated on the kind of moral discipline that never goes out of style”.  Everyone is welcome to join us.
 
 

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.