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 March 25, 2018

Reminder – Prayer Vigil today, March 23, 8am to 6pm at Shiloh.

 

Pastor’s Corner – 

People of Shiloh,
 
This Sunday is Palm Sunday, a celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  However, the reason it feels so triumphant for us is we know what happens on Easter morning.  For the disciples, there is an obvious reluctance to have Jesus entering Jerusalem the way he did.  They know Jesus is being sought by the authorities and they’re not quite sure they should trust the moment of Hosanna entry into Jerusalem. 
 
This next Saturday we are trying something new to share our faith and excitement for Easter with our community, we are holding a Community Easter Egg Hunt from 10am-Noon.  There will be a bounce house, games, and even food trucks at this celebration. 
 
When we began to plan this event, I shared with the planning team that this new way was a “ministry experiment.”  I invited us to set an audacious and achievable goal.  The goal was to get 100 children to experience the love and community of our church through the event.  Then I asked, “You may not reach that goal, so what is success to you?”  From the team I have heard named, “1 or 2 new families find a safe place to explore faith at Shiloh,” “our community knows we are a fun and exciting place,” and “we get to meet some of our neighbors.” 
 
Like the disciples, some of us are unsure about trying this new thing, and I know at moments I question the risk.  However, unlike the disciples on Palm Sunday we know what Easter means.  I would invite each of us to consider what success as a faith community means on Easter weekend, and celebrate what God might be doing through us to share faith. 

Please invite someone you know in the community to join us for the Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday March 31st from 10am-Noon.  Grandkids, children, friends, neighbors, or anyone you think would enjoy a fun time.

Enthusiastic Peace,      
Pastor Tyler 

Bible Study Scripture for the week – John 14:1-7

 
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:
  

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

  • Worship Service  – Today at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • 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
  • Filling plastic Easter eggs – Today after 2nd service
  • 406-Youth United –  Tonight -Ted Talk – 6:00 -7:15pm
  • Lenten Study – Tuesday at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  
  • Maundy Thursday Service -Thursday at 6:30 pm
  • Good Friday Service – Friday at Grace at 7:00 pm
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12 noon.
  • Worship Service – Easter Sunday at 6:45 am and 10:15 am
  • Easter Breakfast – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Sunday at 10:30 am

 
406-YOUTH UNITEDThis evening at 6:00 pm – 7:15pm. Ted Talk “How My Dad’s Dementia Changed My Idea of Death & Dying” by Beth Malone
 
1000 EASTER EGGS??? – The volunteers organizing the Easter egg event have set a goal of having 100 kids plus their accompanying adults attend.  We will be filling 1000 eggs after second service today.  Obviously MANY hands ae needed!  All supplies and directions will be provided as well as PIZZA. Please come and help, even if it is for a short time.  We also need volunteers for the Saturday, March 31stevent (sign-up sheets are available in the Fellowship Hall.)
 
MAUNDY THURSDAY Join us in the Shiloh UMC sanctuary for a service of reflection, connection and understanding of the day in our church year that remembers the final meal with Jesus and his disciples.  Maundy Thursday-March 29th at 6:30 pm. This service is designed for all ages to participate.
 
GOOD FRIDAY Join us at Grace UMC on Good Friday, March 30th at 7:00 pm for a service reflecting on the final moments of Jesus’ life before he died on the cross.  Grace UMC, at 19th and Avenue B, is hosting this service.  We are all welcome to attend.  This is a great time to honor and understand Jesus’ dying moments.
 
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE Here is our schedule for Easter morning:
Sunrise service – 6:45 am 
Easter Breakfast (Free and open to all) – 9:00 am 
Resurrection Worship – 10:15 am
 
FREE STORE – The Free Store will be changing the clothing selection in April from winter to summer attire.  Due to our limited storage, we are asking that only summer clothing be donated at this time.  Please be sure the items are clean, without stains or tears, and have workable zippers.  Linens and kitchen items are always in high demand and short supply.  Your continued support of this ministry is so appreciated.
 
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PAT KLINGMAN – There will be a celebration memorial service for Pat Klingman on Saturday, May 5th at 1:00 pm at Manito United Methodist Church, Spokane, WA.  If you want to attend, make your travel/housing plans soon.  This is also the weekend of the big Bloomsday race that brings lots of people to Spokane. For all of you who want be there in person, there will be a video of the service that you can watch online.  I will be happy to e-mail you a link. Also if you have a story/memory you would like to share, please feel free to e-mail or send and I will include that in a book at the reception.
 
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
 
EASTER BREAKFAST Please plan on joining us for an Easter Breakfast on Easter morning at 9:00 am.  We will be serving biscuits and gravy, sausage, breakfast casserole,
monkey bread and fruit.  We hope you can join us and celebrate the wonder of Easter and welcome the coming of spring. 
 
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 on the previous Sunday.  We will meet at 11:30 am every Tuesday in the sanctuary and share prayer together.
 
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! 

 
 

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

 
 
 

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March 18, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

We have been asked to participate in the Whole Church Initiative. So you might be asking, “What is the Whole Church Initiative?”

Exploring the challenges of 21st century church, a 10-member team made up of Evangelical, Shiloh and Grace United Methodist Churches, both members and pastors, will be participating in the Whole Church Initiative(WCI).  The Whole Church Initiative will help us explore how we can share God’s love in our community in the coming years.  This process is built on the idea that there are no easy fixes. Moving congregations to greater vitality will take dedicated and prayerful work from clergy and lay leadership working in partnership.  The WCI process was developed by a pastor from here in Billings, Montana, Rev. Jeremy Scott.  Pastor Jeremy serves as our Vital Congregations Developer for the Mountain Sky Area and is helping to plant new churches and re-inspire existing churches to follow God’s call for their ministry.

The WCI is built to expose local church teams to a variety of information about church in the 21st century, its opportunities, and its challenges. In addition to information sharing, the process will guide congregations in identifying and executing ministry experiments that will help us better live into God’s calling for our church.  Over the next few months you will be hearing more from our team through newsletters, Facebook, email, and more. We will be commissioning the team in worship in the month of April.

We invite you to hold our team in prayer.  The Shiloh team members include Trudye King, Kelly Martinson, and Alyssa Munson.  To learn more about WCI please visit www.shilohbillings.church/WholeChurch

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
Bible Study Scripture for the week – John 15:1-8

 
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:
  

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

  • Worship Service  – Today at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Birthday Sunday – Today
  • Noisy Offering Sunday – Today
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Today at 10:30 am
  • 406-Youth United – Parents meet today at 5:30 pm.  Laser Tag at 6:00 pm
  • Lenten Study – Tuesday at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm  
  • SUMC Book Review – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Writers Group – Wednesday at 1:00 pm
  • Prayer Vigil – Friday at 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (stop by anytime)
  • Clean the Sanctuary for Easter – Saturday at 9:00 am
  • 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

 
406-YOUTH UNITEDThis evening at 5:30 pm, there will be a parents meeting to discuss the mission trip and schedule.  At 6:00 – 7:15 pm –Youth Group Laser Tag.
 
CLEAN THE CHURCH FOR EASTER SUNDAY – Do you clean your house before expected company arrives?  During Easter week guests typically attend events at Shiloh.  Come help make our sanctuary sparkle:  Saturday, March 24th at 9:00 am.  We will be doing those tasks that Kelly doesn’t have the time to do: oil/dust the chairs, wash the windows, etc.  If interested, please contact Peg Parker (690-6370 or pjayco44@gmail.com.
 
CANDY AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! – The volunteers organizing the Easter egg event have set a goal of having 100 kids plus their accompanying adults attend.  Consequently, candy donations, small enough to fit inside the plastic eggs are needed by March 18th.  We also need volunteers for the Saturday, March 31st event (sign-up sheets are available in the Fellowship Hall.)
 
PRAYER VIGIL – The Visitation Ministry Team will be holding a prayer vigil on Friday, March 23rd from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.  Please feel free to stop in anytime that day and say a prayer or just sit in silence and reflect.  
 
AUDIO HEADPHONESIf you are having trouble hearing, there are audio headphones on the table at the back of the sanctuary that work well with hearing aids.     
 
MAUNDY THURSDAY Join us in the Shiloh UMC Sanctuary for a service of reflection, connection and understanding of the day in our church year that remembers that final meal with Jesus and his disciples.  Maundy Thursday-March 29th at 6:30 pm. This service is designed for all ages to participate.
 
GOOD FRIDAY Join us at Grace UM on Good Friday, March 30th at 7:00 pm for a service reflecting on the final moments of Jesus’ life before he died on the cross.  Grace UMC is on 19th and Avenue B and is hosting this service.  We are all welcome to attend.  This is a great time to honor and understand Jesus’ dying moments.
 
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE Here is our schedule for Easter morning:
Sunrise service at 6:45 am. 
Easter Breakfast (Free and open to all) – 9 am. 
Resurrection Worship – 10:15.
 
FREE STORE NEEDS – Socks:  Do you and/or others in your household have a sock drawer overflowing?  The shoppers ALWAYS need socks, all sizes.  Please be sure your donations are clean and without holes. 
Childcare Volunteers: childcare is provided in the nursery at EUMC during the hours the Free Store is open:  first and third Saturdays from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  Commitment to every Saturday is not necessary: once a month, once a quarter, whatever fits your schedule is appreciated.  Please contact Pastor Wendy (pastorwendyochs@gmail.com) or 259-1897.  
Lunch Crew: We have several volunteers who have had to quit and we need more help.  We meet at EUMC on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 9:30 -10:00 am.  We get the dining area and food ready.  We serve lunch from 10:00 am until 12:15 pm.  Then, we clean up and pack everything away for the next Saturday.  We (Pat Montgomery, Susan Hathaway, Linda Woolsey and Liz Stanhope) would love to have more people help us with this great and much needed ministry.  Thanks so much for your generosity! 
 
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, 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

 

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.