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.

Lent 2018 Begins

Welcome to Lent,  

This is a season in our church that takes us through the story of Jesus right up to Easter morning where we see the true power of God and Christ.  This season is about repenting, which can be interpreted as returning to “The Way.”   For the early church this season was used to teach new people in the faith about the tradition culminating with baptizing them on Easter. The early church was referred to as “The Way.”  My hope is to provide our church with multiple ways to find “Your Way” to Christ this season.  I would encourage you look through this list of opportunities and find one that allows you to receive, connect, and return to your faith this season.  

Ash Wednesday opportunities are listed below.  I encourage you to start your season by connecting tomorrow during the day to receive ashes or by joining us  tonight for Ash Wednesday service.

Below is a reflection from a colleague and writer of a blog I regularly write for.  If this fits you then I invite you to sign up for a daily email from Portico Collective, it is a blog that invites Christian reflections from a variety of voices.  These will also be available on our Facebook Page during Lent.

Below are instructions for an opportunity to receive daily text messages from our Annual Conference who is offering them as a reflections during this season.  

Maybe you might choose to use this 40 days of spiritual activities.  If you have a partner or kids to involve this is a great way for the season – go to https://goo.gl/DJ1CT1 to print this one out.  

Finally, there is the opportunity to engage in our Lenten Study below through sermons and also a class offered 3 different times and 2 different ways(online too).  

This season I invite you to connect, return and journey the Way of Christ with us.  

Pastor Tyler

Email Devotionals by Portico Collective

Wisdom for Today
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then have my people not been restored to health?
— Jeremiah 8:22 (CEB)
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Day 1: Heal

I am the oldest of three boys, which means part of my childhood was the literal equivalent of rough and tumble. I have multiple scars that remind me of our escapades. Our sporadic brawls spread across a decade were documented by on-call physicians at multiple hospitals. There were many stitches; even more scrapes and abrasions.

We learned quickly, however, to avoid confrontations which resulted in bloodshed when at grandma’s house. Not for the reason you may think, though. There was no fear of punishment. It was actually quite the opposite. 

We were afraid of her balm — the homemade cure-all which she would always insist on applying to our wounds. She called it “Aunt Mary’s Salve.” It was a lumpy, earth-colored paste that lived inside an old baby food jar with a rusty, metal lid. It smelled like bloated death; repugnance given form.

But it also worked — and not just as a preventative measure. That rancid-smelling balm actually healed your wounds.

For the longest time, I couldn’t find a way to resolve this in my mind. Aunt Mary’s salve couldn’t have been remotely related to the biblical balm of Gilead. I’d always assumed such things were pleasant in both fragrance and texture. In fact, I’m certain I believed “pleasantness” to be the healing power of any balm.

Jesus, though — healer of the nations — makes a balm of spit and dirt to make a blind man see. Jesus — the great physician — is God in flesh; the incarnation tumbling toward death and decay like each of us. The one who makes the wounded whole is reduced to death himself.

Maybe Aunt Mary had it right when she concocted her balm. Maybe healing has to be a little repulsive to actually work. Sometimes, it takes something vile to remind us that there is more to life than the temporary pain we endure. A shock to our senses may be necessary to help us move beyond the sting of our wounds.

Today, as we smudge our heads with ash, may we remember God can — and does — heal our lives, relationships and communities. Like Lent, it isn’t always pleasant when its happening, though. Still, the Sunday of healing is coming. And if we plug our noses, we are likely to miss it.

— Matthew Johnson

 

Daily Text Message Devotions – The Mountain Sky Area is trying new things this Lent open to everyone in the area to connect in new ways. One is daily text reminders right to your phone.

All you have to do is text Lent2018 to 797979 to signup. Churches are encouraged to invite people to signup during worship this Sunday. We are aiming to make them very encouraging daily reminders of God’s love and our call to share that love. I hope you will take advantage of this experiment. If the feedback is possitve we could certainly do more in the future.
 

ASHing Around – Pastor Tyler will be available at Shiloh at 11:30-Noon for prayer and Ashes and from Noon to 1pm to receive ashes.  From 1:15pm to 2:30pm he will be available at the City Brew on Grand and Golden Valley Circle for Ashes and conversation.  

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – Shiloh has a great tradition in Billings, sharing in Ash Wednesday’s service with our United Methodist brothers and sisters.  This year the Ash Wednesday service will be at Hope UMC, at 244 Wicks Lane in the Heightson Wednesday, February 14th.  The choir will meet and eat at 5:30 pm and then practice at 6:00pm.  The service begins at 7:00pm with food served at 6:00pm.  Childcare will be provided and Pastor Tyler will share the preaching with Pastor Kama from First UMC.  We hope you can join us!

Next Sunday begins our sermons series and Lenten study on:

Watch the sermon series video here: https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1893513710670765/

To listen to weekly sermons go to: http://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/

 “I AM”SAYINGS Lenten Study – February 18th we will be studying the “I Am” sayings of Jesus in the scriptures.  This is one study that is great to tap into questions about the character of not just Jesus, but of our God that we are told by our fore-bearers in the tradition that we can know.  Please join us for the series through worship and bible study.  A class will be offered on this series at noon on Tuesdays at Shiloh by Pastor Tyler. Beginning on February 21st, Pastor Sara at Grace UMC will offer one on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Pastor Wendy at EUMC will offer one on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. We encourage individuals to attend the one that works best for you and to contact the church office to sign up where you plan to attend.

If online is a better option please join us at noon on Tuesdays by contacting Pastor Tyler, we use Zoom video chat to connect folks to the class.

 

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

 

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February 11, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

This Sunday is our final Sunday of this sermon series about the “Road to Shiloh,” but as a Pastor I hope it is the beginning of our journey considering how we are called to be people of Christ in this new age.  During our sermon, we will be hearing from one of the people who has been called into professional ministry through the work of our church.  It has been important for me that this series involve voices of both a person going into ordained ministry from the church, Cassie King, and someone who we have supported in going to serve the gospel, this Sunday find out who that is.
 
I would strongly encourage each of you to go listen to last week’s sermon “Drawing Closer, Praying Closer.”  It can be found at this address https://goo.gl/z8fTDq and I will have written copies available for in fellowship after church Sunday. 
 
Next week also begins Lent, on February 14th, Valentines Day, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday.  At Shiloh you can stop in from 11:30-1pm to receive ashes.  I will then be at the City Brew at 1335 Golden Valley Circle(between Rehberg and Zimmerman on Grand) to offer Ashes for anyone who would like them.  Finally, we will be partnering with the other United Methodists in Billings to celebrate at Hope UMC, 244 Wicks Ln in the heights.  Dinner for people singing in the choir starts at 5:30, Dinner for others 6pm, and the service starts at 7pm.
 
Please consider joining one of the studies we have during Lent at Shiloh, Grace, and Evangelical churches, or online.  I am considering doing an additional late evening study online for folks who can’t make the current times listed in the bulletin.  If this is of interest please contact me by email or phone. 
 
Join us as we continue our journey,
Pastor Tyler
 

Bible Study Scriptures for the week – Ephesians 4:25-5:2, Mark 9:2-9
 

Reminders for the Shiloh Community


Worship on Sunday – Road to Shiloh: Living Shiloh
Watch the Intro video here:  https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1849940041694799/
 
Join us this winter as we look at how people come to Shiloh, learn the ways of Christ and share that Joy in the world. This sermon series focuses on the Letter to the Ephesians and the spiritual journey of Jesus. We hope you can join us in worship as we learn together about God’s call on our church.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/  

Next week begins our sermons on:

February 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
  • Soup Making – Today
  • Relay for Life 2018 – Interest meeting at 11:30 am
  • Faith & Film – Today at 5:30 pm
  • 406 Youth United Student Ministry – Today at 6:00 pm
  • Writer’s Group– Monday at 1:00 pm
  • God Hunger –Tuesday at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • SPRC– Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Trustees – Tuesday at 7:00 pm
  • Ash Wednesday Service at Hope UMC –Wednesday – 7:00 pm
  • All Church Charge Conference – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • 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

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – Shiloh has a great tradition in Billings, sharing in Ash Wednesday’s service with our United Methodist brothers and sisters.  This year the Ash Wednesday service will be at Hope UMC, at 244 Wicks Lane in the Heights on Wednesday, February 14th.  The choir will meet and eat at 5:30 pm and then practice at 6:00pm.  The service begins at 7:00pm with food served at 6:00pm.  Childcare will be provided and Pastor Tyler will share the preaching with Pastor Kama from First UMC.  We hope you can join us!
 
GOD HUNGER – Join us for  or just-in-time prayer, you pick.  Prayer time begins at 11:30 am on Tuesdays and is followed by brown bag lunch with Pastor Tyler and preparing meals for homeless in Billings.  This prayer time invites people to journey with Pastor Tyler in meaningful mid-day meditations. No signup necessary for this group.  Please join us in the sanctuary.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE – There will be a meeting at 11:30 am in the Sunday School area to see if there is an interest in having a Relay for Life team for 2018.  If this is something you would be interested in doing please plan on attending a short meeting today after second service. 
FELLOWSHIP HOUR – Today’s Fellowship Hour is sponsored by the Pat Montgomery in honor of her son Chad Thaut.


AGING WELL – We continue our work with Aging Well to invite folks of all ages to learn from experts in our community about different aspects of aging. People are living longer lives.  Feb. 18th will be Normal and Not Normal Aging at 11:30 am, right after church.  Learn what is normal in aging and signs of other aging conditions to watch for, especially around memory.  On February 20th, memory screenings are available at the church from 1-3 pm.  Please sign up on February 18th at our event.

HEARING ASSISTANCE – We have acquired some new headphones for our assisted hearing devices.  They are located on the tables at the back of the sanctuary.  Please help yourself!  Let the ushers know if you need assistance.
 
A DAY AT THE FREE STORE – FEBRUARY 3, 2018 – A worship service (optional)is held at 9:30 am, prior to the store opening at 10 am.  Our own Pastor Tyler led the service.  A Valentine toy give-away for the children was held due to the generous donations of Valentine motif stuffed animals throughout the year.  A little boy, grinning ear to ear while holding a stuffed bear as big a he is, brings joy to him and the volunteers! A Birthday Bag, containing the items needed for a birthday cake and party is given to a child celebrating her 4th birthday.  These are provided by Dale Francetich, co-director or the Free Store and a member of Grace UMC.  In the 2 ½ hours the Free Store is open, 51 families shopped.  As each checked out, the soup mix assembled by our membership is available to take home.  Nearly all finished their visit with a free hot chili lunch donated, cooked, and served by the SUMC ladies!  Thanks to each of you for your support for this life-changing ministry.   
 
QPR – Question*Persuade* Refer*Suicide Prevention Training.  Learn how to recognize the warnings of suicide and how to 1. Question, 2, Persuade and 3 Refer.  This is sponsored by the Mental Health Friends Network of FUMC. This Sunday, following church service. a free lunch will be severed at 11:45 am and at 12:15 there will be a free presentation at Billings First United Methodist Church at 2800 4th Ave. N.  All are welcome.
 
“I AM”SAYINGS – February 18th we will be studying the “I Am” sayings of Jesus in the scriptures.  This is one that is great to tap into questions about the character of not just Jesus, but of God we are told by our fore-bearers in the tradition that we can know.  Please join us for the series through worship and bible study.  A class will be offered on this series at noon beginning February 13th.  Pastor Tyler will teach this class at Shiloh. Beginning on February 21st, Pastor Sara at Grace UMC will offer one on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Pastor Wendy at EUMC will offer one on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. We encourage individuals to attend the one that works best for you and to contact the church office to sing up where you plan to attend.
 
FELLOWSHIP HOUR –Today’s Fellowship Hour is sponsored by Pat Montgomery in honor of her son Chad Thaut. 

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.