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 18, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

As I write this Pastor’s corner, I am sitting in a coffee shop, offering Ashes to friends and strangers.  Meanwhile, images on the television show news about a school shooting in Florida.   A man next to me just bemoaned the seemingly consistent school gun violence and 4 teenagers sit at a table enjoying each other’s company acting oblivious to the drama playing out on the wall behind them.
 
This is the complex world we live in involves the sacred colliding with the everyday, pain bordered by moments of joy, and our Christian life in lent calls us to repent amidst the continued pace of life.  Repentance goes beyond giving up something, it is the act of getting out from under life and getting to know God again, it is about finding God’s voice to call you to the next step of your life.
 
To accomplish this as a church we will be studying the “I Am” statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John because Christ used them to help people understand God amidst the collision with their everyday lives in the first century.  There are several ways you can participate this season in this exploration as we journey with Jesus to the cross.
 
First, join us Sunday for worship and sermons.  Each week will focus on a different aspect of God’s character.  You can always catch up on sermons at www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/, go online and download our app, or if you need a printed copy contact the office. 
 
Second, you can join me, Pastor Sarah Beck from Grace or Pastor Wendy from Evangelical in a group study on the book for our series.  I will teach an in-person class at Shiloh UMC at noon Tuesdays and It is also offered online.  Let Pastor Tyler know if you want to connect online.  Pastor Wendy is offering one at Evangelical UMC Wednesday at 6pm and Pastor Sarah at Grace UMC at 7pm Wednesday. 
 
Join us this Lent,
 
Pastor Tyler

Bible Study Scripture for the week – Exodus 3:1-14
 

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 go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/  

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

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.  Today’s topic 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 today at our event.

  • Birthday Sunday
  • Noisy Offering Sunday
  • Adult Bible Study – 9:00 am
  • Band Practice – Today at 9:15 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Today at 10:30 am
  • Aging Well:  Normal and Not Normal Aging is Today about 11:30 am (w/ lunch)
  • Youth United – Student Ministry – Today at 6:00 pm
  • Lenten Study – Tuesday at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Book Mobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Memory Screening – Tuesday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Children’s & Youth Meeting – Tuesday at 5:00 pm
  • Book Review – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Safe Sanctuaries Training – Tuesday at 6:00 pm
  • Prayer Team Meeting – Thursday at 5:30 pm
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12 noon
  • 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
  • 406-Youth United – Sunday at 6:00 pm

 
LENTEN STUDY – Join us for Prayer time which begins at 11:30 am on Tuesdays and is followed by brown bag lunch with Pastor Tyler. Beginning at noon, Pastor Tyler will be leading a Lenten Study on the “I Am” Sayings. The book for this study is available in the office for $8.00.  So come for prayer from 11:30 am – 12 noon, or just come for the Lenten Study and lunch, the choice is up to you, but please plan on joining us on the journey.
 
SPIRITUALITY IN DEMENTIA – A Lenten Study offered by Brenda Boogren, a Pastoral Intern at Peace Lutheran Church and St. John’s Ministries will be offering a series of forums on “Spirituality in Dementia”.  This will take place during Lent on Sunday morning at Peace Lutheran, 1301 Ave. D from 11:15-12:15 and Monday mornings at Mission Ridge from 11:00-12:00 in the chapel.  The series is weekly beginning this week.  No need to commit to each week, just come as you can.
 
A DAY AT THE FREE STORE – FEBRUARY 3, 2018 – A worship service (optional) was 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 as 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 of 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.   
 
 “I AM” SAYINGS – We are beginning a new sermon series today. 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, as 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 is also offered at noon on Tuesdays.  Pastor Tyler is teaching 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 sign up where you plan to attend.
 
FREE STORE THANKS AND NEEDS – THANKS to the MYF kids and sponsors plus Corrine and Quincy Amundson for filling pop bottles with liquid laundry detergent for the shoppers.  The first Saturday they were available, all were gone within the first 15 minutes.  Clearly there is a need!
NEEDS: bottles of liquid laundry detergent, toiletries such as shampoo, toothbrushes, etc., men’s clothing and linens.  Your donations make SUCH a difference.
 
SAFE SANCTUARY TRAINING There will be a Safe Sanctuary training session on Tuesday, February 20th at 5:00 pm.  Pastor Tyler is offering this training for all people who will be serving children or youth in our church.  If you think you will serve them now or in the future, please attend.  Sign up by calling the office or email Pastor Tyler.
 
MENTAL HEALTH FRIENDS NETWORKThe Mental Health Friends Network was formed at First UMC in 2015 to bring Mental Health Issues out in the open and to provide a safe faith based environment for persons experiencing issues.  They also offer support and help for friends and family of people with mental health illnesses.   They do not intend to duplicate service of specialized groups.  The Mental Health Friends Network’s number is 406-245-3001 if you would like to connect with them.

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

 

 

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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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 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.