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.

February 4, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

This Sunday in worship we will be continuing on our “Road to Shiloh.”  This Sunday’s focus will draw us into the challenges facing the church in reaching people with God’s love, specifically the new generations of Christians we all want to see.  I will be sharing with our church how Jesus took on the challenges of feeling overwhelmed by the questions of how to share God’s love and to draw closer to God even in the midst of the busy life humans lead.

As a part of the sermon I will be sharing two personal stories of members in our congregation.  I think it is important to let you know that I share stories like this with permission from those who have shared them with me.  My belief is that people’s stories are theirs to tell and that if I get the opportunity to share them, it is their choice to have someone do that.  If I have ever ask you, “Can I use that in a sermon?”  I am serious, but please know you can also tell me no, or ask for time to pray about that opportunity to share that story.  

One story is about the challenge that exists for many people to even cross the threshold of a church entry, but the power when it happens.  The person shared this in her story, “And there it was!! Unsuspecting, I’d received the “golden ticket” – an invitation from someone who BELONGED! It was like being invited to join a special club!”  

The other story I will share is about the power someone in our congregation has recently found her calling to make a difference in the world through prayer.  She shares this in her story, “God is good.  God is listening.  I am thankful.”  

I am in awe of the way God is calling us in prayer, and in person to share God’s love in the world.  God is calling each of us, as Cassie King say, “God does not call the equipped, he equips the called.”

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

Bible Study Scriptures for the week – Ephesians 3:14-21, Mark 1:29-39
 

Reminders for the Shiloh Community


Worship on Sunday – Road to Shiloh: Drawing Closer, Praying Closer
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/  

February 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
  • Shiloh 101 –Today at 11:30 am
  • 406 Youth United Student Ministry – Sunday at 4:30 pm
  • Big Game Day – Sunday at 4:30 pm
  • Children’s/Youth Ministries meeting – Monday at 5:00 pm
  • Messy Church – Monday at 5:15 pm
  • God Hunger –Tuesday at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • All staff meeting –Wednesday – 9:30 am
  • Visitation meeting– Wednesday at 11:00 am
  • Finance – Thursday at 5:00 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
  • Soup Making – Sunday at 11:15
  • Faith and Film – Sunday at 5:30 pm – The movie is Return to Me.
  • 406-Youth United – Sunday at 6:00 pm

 
BIG GAME DAYCome and join the Youth for a Big Game Day party.   We will start at 4:30 pm and cheer for your favorite team either the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles.  (Sorry Bronco fans.)  Bring a snack to share and join us for the Big Game.
 
MESSY CHURCHMessy Church will be on Monday, February 5th at 5:15 pm.  We will begin with a light meal, a Bible story, “The Man Who Helped” from Luke 10.  Followed by a discussion and then off to the craft tables. We end the evening with a closing prayer.  We are done well before 7:00 pm.  Bring some friends to share this fun evening with; it is a great ministry and a lot of fun.
 
GOD HUNGER – Join us for lunch 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.
 
FELLOWSHIP HOUR – Today’s Fellowship Hour is sponsored by the Shiloh UMW.
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS – Your contributions statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entryway of the church.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please call the church office at 656-0050.  To locate your statements and any other mail that may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name.  Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.
 
FREE STORE NEEDS – Currently we have no clothing for children sizes 2T-5T, both boys and girls.  Other shortages include kitchen items, heavy clothing and boots for men and women and any type of bath and bed linens. There is a tote in the Fellowship Hall labeled “Free Store” where you can leave your donations.  Thank you so much for your continued support.
 
SUMC HISTORY – The History Team is looking for voices from those who were involved with United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) from April 1986 through last year.  If you would like to add your voice to Shiloh’s History, please contact Norma Smith at umwnsmith@bresnan.net.  The questions we would address are: (1) When were you in MYF? (2) Why were you a part of it? (3) What did you learn from MYF that you carry with you? (4) Tell of an experience(s) that was memorable for you!  We appreciate the help.  We would like enough voices and stories to actually put UMYF in its own chapter. If you have children who were involved, we would appreciate you passing the request on to them.
 
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.
 
ASH WEDNESDAY – 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 14h.  Choir will meet and eat at 5:30 and then practice at 6:00 pm. The service begins at 7:00 pm with food served at 6:00 pm.  Childcare is provided and Pastor Tyler will share in the preaching with Pastor Kama from First UMC.  We hope you can join us!
 
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.    

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

 


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January 28, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Please take the gifts and talents survey located here, we are currently working to get our committees and teams filled for our coming work of reaching people with God’s Love:
https://goo.gl/forms/pe2Blq1Rr16O0eY92

This Sunday we will have one of our Aging WeLL programs right after church.  And I know you are looking at that first sentence wondering why both Ls in well are capitalized.  Because it visually makes a well in the word.  Our hope is that we can draw on the wealth of knowledge in our community to reach our congregation and our community with facts about healthy aging, including healthy spirituality into all ages of life.  
 
In Isaiah 64:4 it reminds us that our God supports us through all the years of our lives.  In our country aging has become something that sometimes brings shame, as if we should apologize for it.  Aging is perception though especially as the World Health Organization redefined aging categories to the following:
• 18-65 years old: youth/young people
• 66-79 years old: middle-aged
• 80-99 years old: elderly/senior
• 100+ years old: long-lived elderly
We know that by 2057 Women’s life expectancy will be 100 and men will be there soon after.  Our conversation as a church should not be about lifespan of our people in their spiritual and physical lives, but instead our role now is about health-span support.  How can we improve the quality of life of the people with God’s love in our community?  We know this from Christ’s call to offer abundant life.
 
In our sermon Sunday we will talk about a roundabout located inside of Highgate Senior Living, our neighbors across the street.  And after 10:15 church I would invite you to the Aging WeLL program on Long Term Care Insurance and VA Benefits, and to invite friends to Grace UMC on Tuesday night 6pm for another repeat of the popular program Demystifying Dementia (Free Dinner on Tuesday).  

I hope you will join us in this work,
Pastor Tyler

Bible Study Scriptures for the week – Ephesians 6:13-17, Mark 1:21-28
 

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Reminders for the Shiloh Community


Worship on Sunday – Road to Shiloh: The Way of the Christian Warrior
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/  

  • 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
  • Aging Well Long Term Care Insurance/VA Benefits – Today at 11:30 am
  • 406 Youth United Student Ministry – Today at 6:00 – 7:15 pm
  • God Hunger –Tuesday at 11:30 am
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Aging Well – Demystifying Dementia – Tuesday at 6:00 pm at Grace UMC
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:30 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
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    GOD HUNGER – Join us for lunch 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.
     
    AGING WELLWe are continuing our work with Highgate Senior Living to bring programs to those in our community who want to Age Well. Today, after 10:15 service, we will cover Long Term Care Insurance and VA Benefits in the Fellowship Hall.  On January 30th, we will hold an encore session of Demystifying Dementia. A free dinner will be provided by Highgate Senior Living. It will be held at Grace UMC, 1935 Avenue B, at 6:00 pm. 
     
    CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS – Your contributions statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entryway of the church.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please call the church office at 656-0050.  To locate your statements and any other mail that may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name.  Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.
     
    UMW TEA – Ladies, here is your chance to share time with other women of the church and give Crystal Amundson a chance to learn a little about us. The United Methodist Women are putting on a tea from 2-4 pm on Saturday, Feb. 3.  And while you are waiting for the event, put your thinking cap on, we will each be sharing something about ourselves that we think no one else knows!  Let’s have some fun together.  See you there!!

     
    FELLOWSHIP HOUR – We are trying something different this year with our Fellowship Hour. There is a calendar located in the kitchen where you can sign up to sponsor Fellowship Hour on a Sunday.  We will need a sponsor for every Sunday of the month, except the third Sunday.  Sponsors would bring cookies or whatever they would like to bring and fruit or veggies and set up the Fellowship Hour for that Sunday.  You do not have to stay and cleanup. Kelly Martinson will be sponsoring today’s Fellowship hour. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 656-0050.
     
    FREE STORE 2017 – A Year at the Free Store: there were 1,222 family visits for an average of 53 each Saturday.  Of the 1,222 families, new families comprised 26.5% of the families (325).  No advertising is done so those learning about the Free Store are hearing about it through word-of-mouth.  As the Free Store begins its 7th year of Ministry, none of this would be possible without the support you and others have given, as well as the time and energy given by the many volunteers.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!
     
    FREE STORE NEEDS: Currently we have no clothing for children sizes 2T-5T, both boys and girls.  Other shortages include kitchen items, heavy clothing and boots for men and women and any type of bath and bed linens. There is a tote in the Fellowship Hall labeled “Free Store” where you can leave your donations.  Thank you so much for your continued support.
     
    SUMC HISTORY – The History Team is looking for voices from those who were involved with United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) from April 1986 through last year.  If you would like to add your voice to Shiloh’s History, please contact Norma Smith at umwnsmith@bresnan.net.  The questions we would address are: (1) When were you in MYF? (2) Why were you a part of it? (3) What did you learn from MYF that you carry with you? (4) Tell of an experience(s) that was memorable for you!  We appreciate the help.  We would like enough voices and stories to actually put UMYF in its own chapter. If you have children who were involved, we would appreciate you passing the request on to them.
     
    FOOD BANK SUNDAYSunday, Feb. 4th is the first Sunday of the month and is also Food Bank Sunday.  The “giving season” is over but the need for food at the Food Bank is never over.   They need individual meals, peanut butter, jelly, baby food, canned soups, veggies, fruit, personal items, laundry soap, and even cans of pet food.  If you would rather give money, you can write a check to Shiloh UMC and put Food Bank on the memo line. 
     
    MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church will be on Monday, February 5th at 5:15 pm.  We will begin with a light meal, a Bible story, The Man who helped from Luke 10, followed by a discussion and then off to the craft tables.  We end the evening with a closing prayer.   We are done well before 7:00pm and have a blast!  Find some kids to share the evening with; it’s a great ministry and lots of fun.

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.