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.

April 29, 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 – 
Over the past year, we have been holding monthly events called Aging Well.  These times of gathering as community and hearing from people in our community have been focused on learning more about issues facing us as we age.  We have learned about Dementia, caring for people with memory loss, veteran’s benefits, holistic living, and normal vs. not normal aging.  The hope behind these events has been to gage a need in our community for this kind of offering.  We have been successful, and have had 10-20 people at each learning session, and beyond that the response of what people learn and the peace they have found in the learning has been overwhelming. 
 
This Sunday, Rev. Rick Hulbert will be at Shiloh to share with us his passion for ministry with people in wiser years of life.  Rick has started a program in Helena very similar to ours and I have invited him to share some of his successes. 
 
For us to continue next year, we will need to have some folks step into volunteer rolls for us to continue.  Currently I am looking for an event host who can be a greeter at the events, help our speakers feel at home, and also assist me in coordinating the lunches provided by outside groups.  I am also looking for someone to assist me as a calendar coordinator, this person would help me with contacting potential speakers and helping me setup next years calendar.  We will be taking a break after May with our Aging Well program and planning to start up again in September. 
 
If you are interested in helping out, please contact me in the office or by email.  Please join us May 2nd at 11:30 to learn about building age friendly communities. 
 
Enthusiastic Shalom,

Pastor Tyler

 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – James 5:13-15, Lamentations 5:15, John 10:10

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

April 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
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • 406 Youth United – Sunday at 6:00 pm
  • WCI – Monday at 6:30 pm
  • 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 am  
  • Aging Well – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am -12:30 pm
  • Worship Service –  Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Work continues on House #80, but we could use your help.  We’re looking for volunteers of up to 10 people on the weekend of April 28th.  Please call Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Nantx, at 406-652-0960 to sign up today! If you can’t make it those days go ahead and still give us a call and we will get you signed up for another day.   
 
SMALL GROUP PRAYER AND STUDY – Tuesday, May 1st, Pastor Tyler will continue to be leading a small group study to accompany the Broken sermon series.  In this group, we  practice  prayer, share in conversation, and end with a love feast every time.  It is offered twice each Tuesday at 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm from April 17 – May 22.  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 April and May we will journey through a sermon series called Broken.This series will explore 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.
 
AGING WELL  – Join us on Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:30 am to learn what it takes to make a community age friendly for all ages.  A livable community is designed with all residents in mind, from the very young to older adults who want to remain in the community they call home.  Join us as we hear from AARP Montana on how we can work to make our community livable for all ages.  Lunch is provided.
 
 
FOOD BANK SUNDAY – Sunday May 6th is Food Bank Sunday. Winter is finally over but the need for food is still present.  The Food Bank can always use: can goods, peanut butter, jelly, individual serving items, shelf milk, beans, rice and pasta. Personal items such as toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, tooth paste are also needed. Baby food and diapers are needed. They also need sandwich bags and brown lunch bags.  Please place your donations in the barrel inside the entry doors and thank you for helping our community.
 
SHILOH COMMUNITY GARDEN – We have a great community garden and we have a few spots left that anyone can rent for $50.00.  Please contact the office if you are interested. This a chance to help feed both your family and our community. There is one spot left.
 
KEYS FOR THE CHURCH Do you have keys to the church?  If you have any keys to the church, please either 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?  Now that the snow is gone, it is lawn mowing season.  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 so much 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 we’ll have a discussion after the movie.
 
FREE STORE –
Cleaning 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!! 
 
 

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April 22, 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

Please be aware our church is being used for the Yellowstone Conference Middle School Retreat this weekend.  The facility will be unavailable for other groups to use from Friday afternoon through Saturday night to help us maintain Safe Sanctuaries.  Thank you for your generosity in creating safe places for young people to connect with God together.

 
Pastor’s Corner – 

People of Shiloh –
 
There is a story of a young boy who is being bullied by an older boy.  The older boy each day comes to school with a new insult for the younger one.  Eventually the little boy misses school and the older boy doesn’t know if he will remember the insult, so he writes it down in his notebook.  The next day the little boy is gone, and the little boy is not around for a whole week. 
 
Then the younger boy returns and the older bully walks up to him, and the little boy holds out his hand.  The older bully stops, and asked in a befuddled voice, “What are you doing?”  The young boy says, “I have been sick for a week, and guessed you had been writing down your insults, so you could remember them.  Can I just have them in written form because my head still hurts?”  The older boy doesn’t know what to do and doesn’t like being caught in the act, so he says without thinking, “No, I didn’t, but I am glad you are feeling better.” 
 
This Sunday we will be exploring the sense of bullying and lack of civility that seems to have arisen in our culture in media, politics, religion, local government, and even around our family gatherings.  These realities are not new to history.  Jesus faced them in his own time and this Sunday we will use our scriptures from the series and Jesus’ skills to explore how we as Christians can respond to bullying and uncivil behavior in our modern world. 
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler
 
P.S.  If you have an old phone, cell phone, chorded phone that we could use for the altar next weekend, please drop it by the office this week.  We are looking for 

 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – James 4:1-3, Lamentations 5:12

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

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

  • Worship Service  – Today at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Pie Sale for Relay for Life – Today after both services
  • 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 am
  • 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 am
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12 noon
  • Worship Service –  Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am

RELAY FOR LIFE Today the Relay for Life team will be having a pie sell.  We will be selling slices of pie with ice cream or selling a half or whole pie if you want to take some home.  All money earned will go to the Relay for Life Team.  Thank you for your support.
 
LED LIGHT PROJECT – The Trustees requested $5000 to begin converting the church lights to LED.  We had a free lighting audit done and we are going to be able to convert the lights in the Lobby, Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, Front Office, Back Office and Pastor’s Office for less than the amount we received.  The work started Monday.  The lobby is finished. Work will continue for the next couple of weeks. Watch for more information about this project in the May newsletter.
 
CON SPIRITO CONCERTJennine Budge would like to invite you to a Con Spirito Concert on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 pm or Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm at St. Pius X Church at 18th and Broadwater.
 
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Work continues on House #80, but we could use your help.  We’re looking for volunteers of up to 10 people on the weekends of April 21stand April 28th.  Please call Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Nantx, at 406-652-0960 to sign up today! If you can’t make it those days go ahead and still give us a call and we will get you signed up for another day.   
 
SMALL GROUP PRAYER AND STUDY – Tuesday, April 24th, Pastor Tyler will be leading a small group study to accompany the Broken sermon series.  The group will practice prayer, share in conversation, and end with a love feast every time.  It will be offered twice each Tuesday at 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm from April 17 – May 22.  The book we will be using is Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Lovedby Kate Bowler.  If you need a copy of this book, let the office know and we will order more books.  This book tackles the topics of faith couched in a question “Why do bad things happen?”  Please contact Pastor Tyler or the office if wish to attend this study.
 
BROKEN – In April and May we will journey through a sermon series called Broken.This series will explore 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.
 
SHILOH COMMUNITY GARDEN – We have a community garden.  We have a few spots left and anyone can rent a spot for $50.00.  Please contact the office if you are interested. This a chance to help feed both your family and our community.
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – The success of our first ever community Easter egg event can be measured many ways:  by the 342 registered children and accompanying adults that attended, by the very flexible parents who understood the situation, or perhaps by the number of “newbies” who may attend service at Shiloh for the first time after Saturday.  However, the most important measure for me is the support given by the people of Shiloh UMC, whether donating eggs/candy, serving on the committee responsible for the planning and preparation of the activities, being one of the 40 + volunteers who came Saturday for two very busy hours.  Each of you is so appreciated.  Thank you.  Peg Parker, Chair of the Children and Youth Ministries Committee.
 
SHILOH PRAYERS – Tuesday we will be holding a prayer group where we will remember all the people who were lifted up in prayer today.  We will meet at 11:30 am every Tuesday in the sanctuary and share prayer together.  This prayer time will last about 30 minutes and it is a great time to take a break from your busy week to take a deep breath and give yourself a chance to recharge and connect with God.
 
KEYS FOR THE CHURCH Do you have keys to the church?  If you have any keys to the church, please either 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(and that means people) – Can you help mow the lawn this summer?  Now that the snow is gone, it is lawn mowing season.  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 so much 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!!
 

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.