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 8, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

Invitation to Holy Humor Sunday
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 – 

Holy Humor is happening Sunday at Shiloh!   This is our day of joy and of being silly as we recognize the ultimate last laugh Jesus had over death when he was resurrected.  This tradition comes from the early church as a Sunday of jokes and laughs to remind people of the joy of God in their lives.  We also hope it is something new as you find time to engage your humor side, the side that gives us hope and release from the hard parts of life.  Part of being Christian is recognizing that God in Christ learned to appreciate a good belly laugh to help deal with stressful times, just like we do.    
 
Holy Humor Sunday is about the resurrection of Jesus and resurrections in our own lives that take us by surprise, lead us to new life, and help us to laugh.  One time another pastor and I were talking with a group of youth and a question was raised, “What if someone faked the resurrection?”  To which my friend replied, “It worked didn’t it.”  Here we are today celebrating resurrection because it worked.  It invited a group of people into a new life of sharing God’s love with everyone they encountered. 
 
Next week we will be diving into a new worship series call Broken that is focused on where God walks with us through the challenging parts of our lives.  As always, I want to remind folks you can watch our services live or listen to sermons later by going to www.ShilohBIllings.Church
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler
 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – John 20:19-31

 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Holy Humor
Watch the sermon series video here: https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1893513710670765/

If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

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

  • Holy Humor Sunday
  • 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
  • Soup Making –Sunday after both services
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Shiloh 101 – Sunday at 11:30 am
  • Faith & Film –Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • 406 Youth United – Sunday at 6:00pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Finance Committee– Thursday at 5:30 pm
  • Church Council – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • SPRC and Trustees – Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • Camp Create – Saturday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Worship Service –  Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir – Next Sunday at 9:00 am

 
406 YOUTH UNITED Sunday at 6:00 pm – Devotions and Games Inside, Creation Care project set when it finally warms up.
 
FAITH & FILM The movie tonight, at 5:30 pm, is “A United Kingdom”.  The movie is based on extraordinary true events happening in Botswana, Africa.  In 1947 Seretse Khama, the king of Botswana, meets Ruth Williams, a London office worker.  They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but also by their governments.  The idea of a biracial couple ruling a country was intolerable.  Bring a friend, a snack or just yourself and, as always, we will have a discussion after the movie.  Run time: 111 minutes.  Release date 2017. Rating: NR.  
 
SHILOH PRAYERS – Tuesday, April 10, we will be holding a prayer group where we will remember all the people that were lifted up in prayer the previous Sunday.  We will meet at 11:30 am every Tuesday in the sanctuary and share prayer together.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE TEAMThe Relay for Life Team will be selling donuts and bagels this morning after both services. 
 
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. 
BROKEN – In April and May we will begin a journey through a sermon series called Broken. This series will explore broken places in our world.  We are going to seek 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.
 
SMALL GROUP PRAYER AND STUDYStarting Tuesday, April 17, 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 each 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 Loved by Kate Bowler.  If you need a copy of this book, let the office know by April 11th and we will order the books.  This book tackles the topics of faith couched in the question “Why do bad things happen?”  Please contact Pastor Tyler or the office to sign up for a group.  
 
CAMP CREATE – This one day workshop is an opportunity for adults to enjoy creativity in an environment of spirited exploration.  No previous experience is required… just a curious mind, playful nature and eager soul.  Class size is limited to 15, so sign up early.  The class is free of charge and includes a light lunch. The class is on Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Shiloh UMC.  To register contact Shiloh UMC at 406-656-0050.
It includes: 

  • Creating Journals & Photo Quilts
  • Stamp carving and Printmaking
  • Sculpture of All Types

 
SHILOH COMMUNITY GARDEN – We have a community garden.  Anyone can rent a plot for $50.00.  Please contact the office if you are interested.  We will be holding a meeting on April 19 at 6:30 pm for anyone interested in the garden and especially if you can help with the main plot that we use to raise food for local food banks. 
 
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.

 
 

Come join us as we partner with God!
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April 1, 2018 – Easter Weekend – Pastor’s Corner

 
Invitation to Holy Week Services

Holy week services – 
Maundy Thursday Service – Shiloh UMC – 6:30pm
Good Friday Service – Grace UMC – 7:00pm

There is sandwich making on Friday this week at 12pm.

 

Pastor’s Corner – 

Welcome to Shiloh as we end Holy Week and discover Easter Resurrection. 
 
Alright, I am going to be very honest with you all.  This is a strange week-end in the church year.  It is a conglomeration of expectations, excitement, confusion, and joy.  Over the previous week some of us have participated in services struggling with the challenges of Jesus walk toward the cross, and his last moments with his friends.   We will experience the strange awkwardness of hearing the story of Jesus who is put to death in a violent way. 
 
Some of us might miss out on hearing the darkness, and yet we are showing up Easter morning to see the joy of new possibilities.  Excited to hear the story of love’s victory over death.
 
Others of us are showing up because grandma or grandpa expects us to, mom and dad said we had too, or we really just want to see what the Pastor does to explain what eggs and bunnies have to do with Jesus and Resurrection. 
 
As a Pastor, I hope that any of us can leave this service knowing a few things:

  1. Faith is about living an authentic life of love and forgiveness.
  2. Church is a place where you can be real with who you are, we hope you can feel comfortable sharing pains and joys with us here or in our community when it fits you.
  3. We follow Jesus and God in believing you are loved, just as you are!

 
If you want learn more about Shiloh or would like to meet with me sometime to ask questions about faith, please contact me.  I am willing to join you for a cider or coffee.  We will also offer Shiloh 101, a coffee with the Pastor next Sunday at 11:30am if you want to drop in.  
 

Enthusiastic Peace,      
Pastor Tyler 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – John 11:17-27 and Luke 24

 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – The God We Can Know
Watch the sermon series video here: https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1893513710670765/

In the Gospel of John, Jesus gives us the “I Am” sayings, meaningful metaphors such as “I am the bread of life” and “I am the light of the world,” to reveal his mission and purpose. One by one, the “I Am” sayings of Jesus not only grab our imagination about Jesus’ identity, they also help us to experience God, who spoke the first “I am” to Moses. Join us for this insightful worship and study series as we learn more about the God we can know and as we seek to answer Jesus’ question to us, “Who do you say I am?”

If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

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

 

  • Worship Service  – Today at 6:45 am and 10:15 am
  • Easter Breakfast – Today at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Today at 10:30 am
  • Messy Easter – Monday at 5:15 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Visitation Meeting – Wednesday at 11:00 am
  • Aging Well: Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body – Thursday 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
  • Soup Making – Next Sunday
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Shiloh 101 – Sunday at 11:30 am
  • Faith & Film – Sunday at 5:30 pm

 
MESSY EASTER Messy Easter will be Monday, April 2nd at 5:15 pm.  We will begin with a bible story, games and activities followed by a light meal.  We end the evening with a closing prayer.  We are done well before 7:00 pm.  Bring some friends to share the fun evening.  It is a great ministry and a lot of fun. 

SHILOH PRAYERS – Starting Tuesday, April 3rd we will be holding a prayer group where we will remember all the people that were lifted up in prayer the previous Sunday.  We will meet at 11:30 am every Tuesday in the sanctuary and share prayer together.
 
HOLY HUMOR SUNDAY April 8 – There is an ancient tradition in the church of celebrating the week after Easter with practical jokes being shared in the community.  The idea is that Easter is the ultimate practical joke played on death, so we should celebrate life with fun.  We invite you to come to worship on Holy Humor Sunday wearing bright colors and be ready for some fun.
 
BROKEN – In April and May we will begin a journey through a sermon series called Broken. This series will explore broken places in our world and we are going to seek 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.
SMALL GROUP PRAYER AND STUDYStarting Tuesday, April 17th, 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 each 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 Loved by Kate Bowler.  If you need a copy of this book, let the office know by April 11th and we will order the books.  This book tackles the topics of faith couched in the question “Why do bad things happen?”  Please contact Pastor Tyler or the office to sign up for a group.  
 
AGING WELL: Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body Thursday, April 5th at 11:30 am we will have our monthly Aging Well program.  This month the topic will be Healthy Living for your Brain and Body.  Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations in a plan for healthy aging.
 
CAMP CREATE – This one day workshop is an opportunity for adults to enjoy creativity in an environment of spirited exploration.  No previous experience is required… just a curious mind, playful nature and eager soul.  Class size is limited to 15, so sign up early.  The class is free of charge and includes a light lunch. The class is on Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Shiloh UMC.  To register contact Shiloh UMC at 406-656-0050.
It includes: 

  • Creating Journals & Photo Quilts
  • Stamp carving and Printmaking
  • Sculpture of All Types

 
CLAVINOVA – The Clavinova had not been used for a long time so the Trustees offered it to other UMC churches.  The Buffalo UMC is very pleased with their new addition! 
 
406 – YOUTH UNITED – Sunday, April 8th at 6:00 pm – Creation Care Project: Preparing the Community Garden.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE – The Relay for Life team will be holding a bagel and donut sale on Sunday, April 8th after both services. 
 
SHILOH COMMUNITY GARDEN – We have a community garden.  Anyone can rent a plot for $50.00.  Please contact the office if you are interested.  We will be holding a meeting on April 19th at 6:30 pm for anyone interested in the garden and especially if you can help with the main plot that we use to raise food for local food banks.  
 
 

 
 

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.