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 for Sunday, January 12, 2020

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for our worship Sunday.

People of Shiloh – 
 
I wish the world was fair, and that fairness was something that happened for everyone.  My inner child desires it, the parent in me wishes it for my kids, and the Christian in me really desires for everyone to experience fairness in their lives.  
 
The reality is, life is not going to be fair.  Starting with our genetics being different from someone else, the cultural places of privilege, or not, that people are born into, and the reality that the older I get the more I realize that I do not know.  In the new Disney Movie Frozen 2 the living snowman Olaf sings the words, “Life will all make sense when I am older.”  And every time I hear the line my heart chuckles because life seems to make less and less sense.
 
Then I look at our world today, and I admit something I think Jesus knew, “Life will not be fair.”  However, I think Jesus knew something else and he tried to teach us, “God will provide enough, we are enough, if we just allow God to change our story.”  Then I think Jesus taught us the principles of this new life, this new story he hoped we would find.  This new life and story is one where God is active and working if we can just work to see it.  One of the main things Jesus taught about finding this new world is that FORGIVNESS is the first key to finding this new reality.  Through forgiveness God will work with us to rewrite the story, not for fairness, but for justice.  
 
I pray for us all, to seek how to follow this path and for the pain in the process.  Resurrection and new life is not easy.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 

Our January Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
  • NEW Adult Bible Study – Starts Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Chime Choir Practice – Sunday at 11:30 am
  • Leadership Retreat – Sunday at 12:00-4:00 pm
  • Faith & Film – “Blinded by the Light” – Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • Prayer Group –Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Deeper Dive – Making Sense of the Bible – Tuesday at 12:00 pm
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Book Review – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – Tuesday at 6 pm
  • Finance Committee – Thursday at 5:00 pm
  • Trustees Meeting – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • SPRC – Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • Free Store – Saturday, January 18, at 10:00 am 
  • Noisy Offering is Next Sunday, January 19!
  • Mission Team Meeting-Sunday the 19th at 9am -All Mission Project Leaders are invited!

 
JANUARY WORSHIP – Let It Go: A Series on Forgiveness.  This January we will be exploring what true forgiveness looks like.  Jesus teaches us great ways to understand forgiveness, and it is not as easy as the old line “Forgive and Forget.”  Forgiveness takes practice.  We invite you to join us in learning forgiveness this January.
 
“TWELVE ORDINARY MEN” – by John MacAuthur will be the new Adult Bible Study, starting Sunday at 9:00 am.  This study dives into what we can learn from the Apostles.  The study will run through May 10th.  All are welcomed to join us. 
 
FAITH AND FILM – Join us on Sunday at 5:30 pm as we watch a movie, have some discussion and see where God appears to us in popular movies. This month we will be watching Blinded by the Light.  In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.  Bring a snack and a friend and join in the discussion after the film.
 
DEEPER DIVE –BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”- The Bible is a sacred text that we hold in reverence as Methodists, but how do we understand it.  Pasto Tyler invites you to dive deeper into the text, to understand its origins, and where you might gain deeper understanding from it.  We will be using Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and if that doesn’t work keep an eye out late in February for Sunday morning study 6 weeks before Easter. We will meet at St. John’s Mission Ridge Tues10:30, Jan – 14, 21, 28 and at Shiloh UMC – Tuesday noon Jan 7, 14, and 28.  Books are $17.00 and you can get them at the office.
 
BOOK REVIEW –Join Shiloh’s book review for a discussion on” The Book Women of Troublesome Creek” written by Kim Michelle Richardson.  This historical fiction book is inspired the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the 1930’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Program.  The book recounts the power of literacy to bring hope and learned tolerance to all. Come and join the discussion on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 pm.
 
BILLINGS UNITED METHODIST YOUTH – The Middle school kids (grades 6-8) and the High School will meet tonight at First UMC, 2800 4th Ave N. use alley entrance) for Banned Game Night.  Come play games, from 4-6 pm) that we won’t let you play any other time of the year. All middle school kids and high school youth are welcome. 
 
FREE STORE REQUESTS – Recently we have had many requests for adult backpacks, usually from men.  This is reflective of the number of homeless that use one to hold all their belongings.  In addition, luggage, any size, is taken as soon as it comes in.   As always, the Free Store is appreciative of any donation.  However due to storage problems, we are currently accepting only winter clothing.  Thanks so much for your continued support
 
PRAYER VIGIL – The prayer group will hold a prayer vigil on January 21st, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  In this time of political unrest we need prayers for global peace and so many other things.  The Worship Center will be opened for anyone who wants to stop for prayer in a soothing and comforting atmosphere.  
 
VISTATION MINISTRY – In the past, one of the Visitation Volunteers visited both hospitals every Monday- Friday.  The goal was to provide spiritual support for anyone from Shiloh who happened to be in the hospital.  Many options were available to the patient and/or the family: prayers, anointing, communion and support in general.  These same options continue to be available but a call must be made to the church to notify a member of the Visitation Team to go to the hospital (656-0050).  The Visitation Team has lost several members and currently the team is very small.  PLEASE call.  This is a very important ministry for all involved.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – On the last Friday of every month the Sandwich making committee makes 200 sandwiches for the Mission.  The cupboard was bare!!  If you would like to help with this ministry, they need peanut butter (plain), jams and sandwich bags. Both peanut butter and sandwich bags are on sale at COSTCO right now.
 
MISSION TEAM MEETING – Next Sunday, January 19 at 9:00 am – We invite everyone who sponsors a mission project in our church will attend and tell us how it’s going and how we can help! 
 

The Larger United Methodist Church – Information leading up to General Conference 2020

Based on the national news attention.  As your pastor, I will keep pertinent articles listed here about what is coming to the International Church this year as we see the continued work happen.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Pastor Tyler

https://www.umnews.org/en/   – Articles from United Methodist News Service

Article on the most recent proposals of separation that was carried by national media.

Livestream of People talking about the proposed plan of separation on January 13. (Click Here) 

Comparison of proposed plans headed to General Conference 2020

 

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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, January 5, 2020

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People of Shiloh – 

It is a new year, and 2020 promises to be full of as many promises and great challenges as 2019. My prayer for our year is that we engage deeply in scripture, that we seek the ways of Jesus amidst the turmoil and tumultuous times our world will offer, and that we will seek God’s Holy Spirit in our work as a community of faith.

Last year I challenged our congregation to a new practice, reading a gospel each year. This year I encourage you to read the Gospel of Mark. Mark is the shortest gospel at just 16 chapters. This was the first gospel I read from beginning to end, and my favorite characters are the disciples in this gospel. The disciples in the gospel play the role of being clueless to the revealing truth of what Christ is really doing.

For us as readers the opening lines, quoted from the prophet Isaiah, make it clear. Jesus’ is revealing a love from God that invites people out of an exile, like the people in Isaiah faced, and back to an understanding they can and do live in the love of God each day, in God’s kingdom. Mark makes clear that God will provide enough for each day, and that God will call us from our wilderness into the promise he offers us.  

Join us in reading Mark this year!

Reading Schedule for the Gospel of Mark chapters in 2020

January 1-2                 February 3-4               March 5-6                   April 7-8 

May 9-10                    June 11-12                  July 13-14                  
August 15-16

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

Our January Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
  • Sunday is FOOD BANK SUNDAY !!!
  • Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Coffee with the Pastor – Sunday at 11:30am
  • Prayer Group –Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Aging Well – Wednesday at 11:30 am- 2:00 pm
  • Faith & Film – Next Sunday at 5:30 pm 

JANUARY WORSHIP – Let It Go: A Series on Forgiveness.  This January we will be exploring what true forgiveness looks like.  Jesus teaches us great ways to understand forgiveness, and it is not as easy as the old line “Forgive and Forget.”  Forgiveness takes practice.  We invite you to join us in learning forgiveness this January.
 
COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR – The first Coffee with the Pastor for the year 2020 will be Sunday, at 11:30 am.  This a great chance to learn more about the church.  Join Pastor Tyler in his office for a discussion and coffee.
 
406 YOUTH UNITED MIDDLE SCHOOL – Middle schoolers , grades 6-8, will meet the 2nd and 4th Sunday from 4-5 pm at Shiloh UMC . All meetings unless noted otherwise are at Shiloh UMC from 4-5 pm. We will be including some 5thgraders.  Please talk to Pastor Tyler about any 5th grader who is interested.
 
AGING WELL – Please mark your calendars for the Aging Well presentation on January 8 at 11:30 am.  We will hear from Josh Henderson of North 40 Physical Therapy.  All presentations are interactive, educational, and fun!  Everyone is welcome! RSVPs to the office are appreciated and assist us with our luncheon needs. We have the following programs scheduled:  Staying Engaged, Overcoming Social Isolation (Feb. 12); House of Books Author Event (Mar 11); Organ Donation (April 8); and Planting Pollinator-Friendly Gardens (May 13). 
 
FAITH AND FILM – Join us on Jan. 12 at 5:30 pm as we watch a movie, have some discussion and see where God appears to us in popular movies. This month we will be watching Blinded by the Light.  In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.  Bring a snack and a friend and join in the discussion after the film.
BOOK REVIEW – Join Shiloh’s Book Review for a discussion on The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” written by Kim Michelle Richardson.  This historical fiction book is inspired the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the 1930’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Program.  The book recounts the power of literacy to bring hope and learned tolerance to all. Come and join the discussion on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 pm.
 
“TWELVE ORDINARY MEN” – by John MacAuthur will be the new Adult Bible Study, starting on Sunday the 12th of January at 9:00 am.  This study dives into what we can learn from and about the Apostles.  The study will run through May 10th.  If you would like to join us, contact the office to order a book.
 
VISTATION MINISTRY – In the past, one of the Visitation Volunteers visited both hospitals every Monday- Friday.  The goal was to provide spiritual support for anyone from Shiloh who happened to be in the hospital.  Many options were available to the patient and/or the family: prayers, anointing, communion and support in general.  These same options continue to be available but a call must be made to the church to notify a member of the Visitation Team to go to the hospital (656-0050).  The Visitation Team has lost several members and currently the team is very small.  PLEASE call.  This is a very important ministry for all involved.
 
FREE STORE NEWS – The Free Store has just completed eight years of ministry to people in our community.  None of this could of happened without the support of the members of EUMC, Grace UMC, Shiloh UMC and Hope UMC as well as others who donate time and/or items.  Every first and third Saturday when the Free Store is open, many volunteers are needed:  those who conduct the church service at 9:30, the nursery attendant, three people who “manage the shoppers” (checking them in, managing the number of shoppers in the shopping area, and checking them out after shopping).  As many as 10 volunteers sort donations to replenish the spots already emptied while also bring empty hangers back to the sorting room.  A couple of men to help shoppers take their bags down the stairs and bring up new donations. The director problem solves when difficulties arise.  New volunteers are always welcomed.  Consider being a part of this powerful ministry.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – On the last Friday of every month the Sandwich making committee gets together and makes 200 sandwiches which they then take to the Mission.  After the December 27th the cupboard was bare.  They need peanut butter (plain), jams and sandwich bags. Both peanut butter and sandwich bags are now on sale at COSTCO if you would like to help with this ministry.
 

If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  Thank you for supporting our work.
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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.