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.

January 21, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

As a Christian community, we come together each week to remind ourselves of God’s opportunities for action, for rest, and for everything in between.  This Sunday I will be addressing something that God has called and brought to the core of Shiloh’s roundabout, “everyone having a place at the table.”  We believe everyone in worship should be empowered to serve through Shiloh’s ministry, we hope you will take this survey with diligence, prayer, and hope of what God might be doing through your life.
 
“If you don’t ask, you will never know.”  This phrase is one that I remember daily as a pastor serving God’s people.  God daily provides opportunities for us to be in prayer, to study scripture, to serve and to witness to our faith. Daily, I am made aware of places people could change the world.  However, as a pastor I cannot take each of these on myself.  I pray over these daily and seek ways to provide you all a way to pray over them, and then we are called to ask which ones we can serve God by partaking in the work.
 
At different times in our lives we find callings to share our gifts in different ways, last weekend Cassie King reminded us of this by saying, “God does not always call the equipped, but God equips those who are called.”  This Sunday we are attempting to see where you are being called to serve through our work as Shiloh.  We will ask you to take a “Gifts and Talents Survey” online or in worship on paper.  Here is my prayer for this work, that no one marks just one thing on the form.  Instead, I hope you pray over the form and then mark all the areas you have felt any nudge by God to possible work on.  We won’t call on you to do everything you mark, but our leadership needs ideas of people who feel that sense God is calling them to offer gifts and talents. Please take the gifts and talents survey located here:
https://goo.gl/forms/pe2Blq1Rr16O0eY92

Bible Study Scriptures for the week – Ephesians 5:21-6:9  Mark 1:14-20

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Reminders for the Shiloh Community


Worship on Sunday – Road to Shiloh: Working With God
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: http://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/  
 

  • Worship Service – Today at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Noisy Offering is Today!
  • Birthday Sunday
  • Human Relations Day
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today at 10:30 am
  • Chime Choir Practice –Today at 11:15 am
  • Youth/Children – Sunday School Teachers Meeting – 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
  • 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
  • Children’s Sunday School –  Sunday at10:30 am
  • Aging Well – Long Term Care Insurance/VA Benefits – Sunday at 11:30 am
  • 406-Youth United –Sunday at 6:00 pm

 
HUMAN RELATIONS SUNDAY – Turn on the news, drive around the outskirts of your town and you will find what Jesus called “the least of these.”  Those people living in the margins of society, struggling to survive.  Over and over Jesus served people like this, embracing them.  And that’s what we want to model as the people of the United Methodist Church.  To continue the ministry of Jesus we established Human Relations Sunday (today).  This calls all of our churches to participate in helping God’s children realize their potential. Please plan on giving today. 
 
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. We invite you to join us January 28th at 11:30 after church for a talk on Long Term Care Insurance and VA Benefits.  Light refreshments will be served.  On January 30th there will be an Aging Well program and a free dinner provided by Highgate Senior Living. The program is called Demystifying Dementia and will be at Grace UMC, 1935 Avenue B, at 6:00 pm. 


 
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.  The 3rd Sunday is Birthday Sunday and the church will take care of that Sunday. Sponsors would bring cookies or whatever they would like to bring and fruit/veggies and set up the Fellowship Hour for that Sunday.  You do not have to stay and cleanup.  Several people can work together or maybe a family would like to sponsor a Sunday or two. Kelly Martinson will be sponsoring the 28th of January. 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!
 
UMW TEALadies, 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!!
 
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.
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS – Your contribution 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.  

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


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January 7, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

This week we begin our new worship and study series, Road to Shiloh.  Jesus’ early followers called themselves people of “The Way.”.  On my first Sunday at Shiloh I shared something we all found humorous.  I said, “Do you know how many roundabouts are between your church and the Interstate?”  My question this week is “Do you know?” 

 

I won’t give you the answer, but there are a lot.  For most people traveling to our faith community they have to negotiate at least one roundabout.  I have heard people in our congregation talk with trepidation about roundabouts and navigating them.  The other day as I drove into one I noticed all of the warning, yield, direction, slowing, and other signs and realized the challenges that learning this new traffic pattern creates. 

 

This winter, I invite us to use the roundabout as a metaphor for our faith community, the way we learn and share faith.  I don’t imagine this to be an easy because some of us love roundabouts and others of us don’t.  However, for a people of “The Way” had to follow God’s call to understand how people came to Christ, how they could bless people with exploring faith, and how they could send people out in joy to serve the world.  In, through, and out on a “Way” seems a lot like a roundabout, does it not?

 

Each week I will include scriptures for our study, for this journey we will be using the letter to the Ephesians and the stories of Jesus spiritual journey to guide our understanding.  I would encourage you to read these before Sunday and if you want to discuss these in person join us on Tuesdays staring January 16th at noon for a brown bag lunch and for prayer at 11:30 just before if you would like.

 
Bible Study Passages for Week 1 of Road to Shiloh – Ephesians 2:17-22, Mark 1:4-11
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler

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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.