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.

November 19, 2017 – Generosity Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Each week during our season of Generosity you will receive an email message from one of our congregation.  We are asking people to share what helps them find their practice of giving at Shiloh UMC.  We will be hearing from longtime givers, and people who are new to committed giving.  I hope you join me in reading their messages and praying over the inspirations we receive from them.

Also, each week we will be invited to look for and easter egg somewhere on our shilohbillings.church website.  It will move each week and this weeks is already out there.  When you find the egg, email the location of the egg and your name to PastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church.  If you are the first person you will receive a gift supporting your practice of generosity from our Finance and Stewardship team.  

Congrats to Jennine Budge for winning already!

Join us for this journey of generosity,

Pastor Tyler
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GENEROSITY CORNER

“How about donating a bag of fruit,” my friend Liz responded when I asked what was needed for the bi-monthly meal served at the Free Store by members of SUMC. Thus began my journey with the Free Store. The donation of fruit soon included baking the dessert, followed several months later by my being at the Free Store meal site to help with the set-up, serving, and clean-up. During this time I was feeling a nudge by God that I really ought to be doing more.
 
Two years ago I agreed to be the co-director of the Free Store, which focuses on providing free clothing, linens, and household goods to those in need; goods all donated by members of the community. As I grew to know our shoppers, God led me to the realization that I should provide additional leadership in publicizing our ministry, in providing a more welcoming shopping experience, in improving what was available for our shoppers and in recruiting more volunteers. While all this continues to happen, my commitment has become a passion and my attitude has become one of joy because I know God is beside me saying, “yes, Peggy!”
 
Certainly volunteerism makes a difference in our own lives. However, the needs in our city, in our neighborhood and in our own church are great. During our congregation’s focus on Extravagant Generosity, consider those needs and what you can do with your time and commitment to embark on your own journey.
 
Blessings,
Peg Parker

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Practicing Extravagant Generosity “Vision and Hope Are Inspirations of the Heart”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1771670642855073/
 
In November we are inviting our congregation to engage in a “Season of Generosity.” Our sermon series and congregational study focuses on “Practicing Extravagant Generosity” and is based on a book by Robert Schnase. This season becomes a time for members and friends of Shiloh to seek how to use their resources to do God’s work in the world. We encourage everyone to take time to find spiritual practices that help you to recognize where God has given you blessings in your life and how you might share those blessings.
If you missed last weeks sermons go to: http://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/

Worship begins at 8:00 am and 10:15 am on Sunday and childcare is provided. 
 

  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Today after Children’s Message
  • Chime Choir Practice – Today after 2nd service
  • 406 Youth United-Student Ministry– Today at 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Bookmobile –Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • God Hunger – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Lunch with the Pastor  – Wednesday at noon
  • Thanksgiving – Office Closed – Thursday
  • Office Closed  – Friday
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Next Sunday after the Children’s Message

 
HANGING OF THE GREENS We will be getting Shiloh UMC ready for the Christmas season on Sunday, November 29th after second service.  We hope you will stay and help decorate the church and then have snack after the work is all done.  This is a great time of fellowship and getting a big job done. We hope you can join us!

406 YOUTH UNITED – STUDENT MINISTRY – Our youth group for grades 6-12 is about helping connect youth to each other, their community and learn about this radical guy we know as Jesus.  Today, November 19th we will meet at the church at 3:30 to ride together to First UMC downtown for the All Church Dodgeball afternoon.  We hope to be back by 6:30.
 
TANZANIA –Sally Thompson will have the arts and crafts that she bought back from Tanzania on display November 19 in the fellowship hall.  All proceeds go back to the artist or crafter in Tanzania who made the beautiful basket, jewelry, bags, linens, rugs and so much more.
 
FREE STORE – Once again we are in need of the large plastic garbage bags for our clients to use to take home the items they need from the Free Store.  We are also asking for winter clothes-warm hats, mittens, coats, gently used sleeping bags.  We really appreciate and thank you for all your support for this much-needed mission.
 
UNITED METHODIST STUDENT SUNDAY Gifts to the United Methodist Student Day help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discover what God has called them to do.
CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIES – Attention all crafters and bakers!!  It is time to start getting ready for the Holiday Craft and Bake Sale. The sale will be after both services on December 3rd and December 10th.  We are requesting items for the craft sale; baked goods, holiday decorations, knitted items, painted items, you name it and we’ll take it.  The proceeds from the sale will go to a Youth Mission project.  Thank you for sharing your talents, time and gifts with the youth in our church.
 
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH?
Our insurance company (and our Safe Sanctuary policy) requires two adults in the room when working with youngsters.  Consequently, we need someone to be a helper (we already have the teacher), one Sunday a month, during Sunday School held during 2nd service.  If interested, please notify Pastor Tyler or Peg Parker (670-6730) or at pjayco44@gmail.com.
 
PIE MAKING!!! Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a homemade pie crust?  Do you like to make pies?  The Children and Youth Ministries is offering you an opportunity to do both.  Come to the church on December 2nd at 9:00 am.  All you have to bring is the filling for a pie.  If you don’t want to do homemade, then bring a ready –made crust and a pie tin.  All pies will be sold the next day at the Craft and Bake Sale with proceeds going to help fund the mission work of the UMYF.
 
THINGS TO DO AT SHILOHUshers and Prayer Leaders are always needed.  There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer.  Hanging of the Greens will be on November 26th.  Please plan to help ready the entire church get ready for the Advent Season.  It is a fun afternoon of fellowship.  Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks. Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed.  Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper.  Two people must always be present in the classroom to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Please consider this ministry for one month during the year. The cookie cupboard is rather empty.  Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so.  Sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family is so important to our hospitality.
 
MESSIAH FESTIVAL –  This free concert, now in its 24th year, will be performed at the Alberta Bair Theater, Sunday, December 3rd at 3:30 pm. Interested singers may borrow a Messiah score and attend any or all rehearsals the weekend of the performance. 
Call (406) 237-3686 or go to svfoundation.org and click on events and then click on the Messiah Festival.

 


“God’s Hunger” will continue at 11:30 am on Wednesday, this time of prayer and contemplative reflection is for all people.  We meet for 30 minutes and then people can join us for a brown bag lunch afterwards(except when there is a Lunch and Learn).  If you are looking for a moment of silence and focus on God, join us.

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


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November 12, 2017 – Generosity Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Each week during our season of Generosity you will receive an email message from one of our congregation.  We are asking people to share what helps them find their practice of giving at Shiloh UMC.  We will be hearing from longtime givers, and people who are new to committed giving.  I hope you join me in reading their messages and praying over the inspirations we receive from them.

Also, each week we will be invited to look for and easter egg somewhere on our shilohbillings.church website.  It will move each week and this weeks is already out there.  When you find the egg, email the location of the egg and your name to PastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church.  If you are the first person you will receive a gift supporting your practice of generosity from our Finance and Stewardship team.  

Congrats to Jennine Budge for winning last week!

Join us for this journey of generosity,

Pastor Tyler
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GENEROSITY CORNER

I (Ryan) graduated high school in a suburb east of Dallas, Texas.  In our town of nearly 10,000 people, we had what was known as a “megachurch”, which started in the 1980’s by a semi-famous televangelist, who eventually found economic ruin after doing some shady deals, all in the name of God.  The congregation rebuilt under a different name, and is still there to this day. 

What perplexed me most about this particular church was that, given its size – in both congregation and building – was that the presence in the community was nothing more than a visual of never ending construction, rather than a mission-driven focus on issues that plagued our small town.

I don’t expect Shiloh UMC to become a mega-church, but I’m proud of the way that our relatively small worship community makes a significant effort to give back outside the church– through backpacks for school children, food drives, sandwiches, and a community garden, but also through larger initiatives like UMCOR. 

In this season of Extravagant Generosity, we ask our fellow congregation to consider the large impact that Shiloh has on our community.  Feel comfortable knowing that your pledge helps make the dreams and visions of both old and new members of Shiloh a reality, and that not only affects our church, but our world around us.

God’s blessings from our family,
Ryan and Kassie Sullivan

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Worship on Sunday – Practicing Extravagant Generosity “Relationships are Matters of the Heart”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1771670642855073/

In November we are inviting our congregation to engage in a “Season of Generosity.” Our sermon series and congregational study focuses on “Practicing Extravagant Generosity” and is based on a book by Robert Schnase. This season becomes a time for members and friends of Shiloh to seek how to use their resources to do God’s work in the world. We encourage everyone to take time to find spiritual practices that help you to recognize where God has given you blessings in your life and how you might share those blessings.
If you missed last weeks sermons go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/

Worship begins at 8:00 am and 10:15 am on Sunday and childcare is provided. 

  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Sunday after Children’s Message
  • Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast (to Honor our Vets) – Sunday after both services
  • Faith & Film – Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • 406 Youth United-Student Ministry– Sunday at 6:00 pm- 7:15 pm
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • SPRC – Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Trustees – Tuesday at 7:00 pm
  • God Hunger – Wednesday at 11:30 am
  • Lunch with the Pastor  – Wednesday at noon
  • Free Store  – Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday, at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Choir Practice – Next Sunday, at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Next Sunday, at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Next Sunday after the Children’s Message

BISCUITS AND GRAVY BREAKFASTOur annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast will be today after both services.  We will be serving biscuits, gravy, eggs and sausage.  Please plan on joining us as we honor our Veterans and their families.

FAITH & FILM November’s Faith and Film selection is Last Word starring Shirley McClaine and Amanda Seyfried.  Harriet is a retired business woman who tries to control everything around her.  When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship.  Bring a friend, a snack, or just yourself and, as always, we will have a discussion after the movie.  Show time 5:30 pm today.

FREE STORE – Once again we are in need of the large plastic garbage bags for our clients to use to take home the items they need from the Free Store.  We are also asking for winter clothes-warm hats, mittens, coats, gently used sleeping bags.  We really appreciate and thank you for all of your support for this much-needed mission.

CRAFT SALE FOR YOUTH MINISTRIES – Attention all crafters and bakers!!.  It is time to start getting ready for the Holiday Craft and Bake Sale. The sale will be after both services on December 3rd and December 10th.  We are requesting items for the craft sale; baked goods, holiday decorations, knitted items, painted items, you name it and we’ll take it.  The proceeds from the sale will go to a Youth Mission project.  Thank you for sharing your talents, time and gifts with the youth in our church.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH?
Our insurance company (and our Safe Sanctuary policy) requires two adults in the room when working with youngsters.  Consequently, we need someone to be a helper (we already have the teacher), one Sunday a month, during Sunday School held during 2nd service.  If interested, please notify Pastor Tyler or Peg Parker (670-6730) or at pjayco44@gmail.com.

PIE MAKING!!! Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a homemade pie crust?  Do you like to make pies?  The Children and Youth Ministries is offering you an opportunity to do both.  Come to the church on December 2nd at 9:00 am.  All you have to bring is the filling for a pie.  If you don’t want to do homemade, then bring a ready –made crust and a pie tin.  All pies will be sold the next day at the Craft and Bake Sale with proceeds going to help fund the mission work of the MYF.

THINGS TO DO AT SHILOHUshers and Prayer Leaders are always needed.  There are clipboards in the Fellowship hall to sign up for these opportunities to volunteer.  Hanging of the Greens will be on November 26th.  Please plan to help ready the entire church get ready for the Advent Season.  It is a fun afternoon of fellowship.  Snow season is upon us and volunteers are needed to help clear the snow from the sidewalks.Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed.  Our young people need you as a leader, mentor, and helper.  Two people must always be present in the classes to fulfill the Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Please consider this ministry for one month during the year.
The cookie cupboard is rather empty.  Anyone interested in filling the freezer with goodies of your choice, please do so.  The minutes sharing coffee and goodies on Sundays with visitors and church family are so important to our hospitality.

TANZANIA – Sally Thompson will have the arts and crafts that she bought back from Tanzania on display November 19th. All proceeds go back to the artist or crafter in Tanzania who made the beautiful basket, jewelry, bags, linens, rugs and so much more.

MESSIAH FESTIVAL –  This free concert, now in its 24th year, will be performed at the Alberta Bair Theater, Sunday, December 3rd at 3:30 pm. Interested singers may barrow a Messiah score and attend any or all rehearsals the weekend of the performance. 
Call (406) 237-3686 or go to svfoundation.org and click on events and then click on the  Messiah Festival.


“God’s Hunger” will continue at 11:30 am on Wednesday, this time of prayer and contemplative reflection is for all people.  We meet for 30 minutes and then people can join us for a brown bag lunch afterwards(except when there is a Lunch and Learn).  If you are looking for a moment of silence and focus on God, join us.

Celebration of Our Past Events

 

November 8, at noon. Highgate senior living shared a presentation and interactive experience on learning about Dementia. We had 20 people present and many shared how much they benefited from the experience. Look for our next event like this in the coming months!

 

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.