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.

October 29, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

Next week you will see a title change to the Pastor’s Corner, it is going to become our generosity corner for November.  Each week members of our church will share a message of how being generous has changed their lives.  This will accompany the beginning of season of generosity at Shiloh, and our sermon series “Practicing Extravagant Generosity.”

 

Last year around this time, the Cubs won the World Series of the first time in 108 years!  One of my friends posted a video of Chicago after the win, and you could hear cheering and applause rising throughout the city.  People in Chicago were celebrating an amazing victory after 2 lifetimes of ups and downs.

 

Every Sunday, starting next week, I am going to invite us to get as excited about a part of our worship, as Cub’s fans got last year.  When I get up and say, “Now is the time for the offering.”  I want to invite you to clap.  Not for me (could be an easy way to get an ovation), not for the offering itself.  I want to invite us to clap before the offering because of the opportunity we have to share our gifts with the world. 

 

Now some people won’t read this, and they won’t know what we are doing.  Keep clapping until they join us, and let’s see what joyful noise we can make.

 

Next week I invite you to use applause as spiritual practice to remind you what you are thankful for in your life. My hope is it becomes a reminder in this season of generosity that through the ups and downs of life, God does provide blessings of love for us to share with our community.  Perhaps someday we can share this practice with other churches, so on Sundays people will hear cheering throughout our city, like last year in Chicago. 

 

Enthusiastic Peace,

 

Pastor Tyler

 

 


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October 22, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

Each week I will share a Pastor’s Corner or a member of our congregation will write a message.  These will come out on Friday of each week and will include reminders of the topic for Sunday Worship.  We hope this ministry brings blessings to you wherever you are on life’s journey.  
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Most days I get to the office between 9 and 9:15. Almost every day I have seen a man walking along Shiloh Road with a walker right when I arrive.  The man is Mike and he shared with me that he walks by every day because he is recovering from a stroke, and this is one way he is doing Physical Therapy to overcome this challenge in his life.  

Who are our neighbors?  As I prepared to serve you all I did some demographic research.  To our north and east is primarily a population of adults 55+.  This should probably not surprise us with Highgate, St. John’s and other senior and assisted-care facilities near us.  To the west and south of us are a population of people under 55 and many are either families or soon to be starting families. 
           
Over the summer, you all did work with Rev. John Pugh to explore where we might be called to serve and go as a congregation.  Working to include more young people and families was clearly a priority.  We will be working to welcome young families and children into our church as we work together.
           
We also have an older(perhaps I should say “wiser”) congregation and it is clear that our neighborhood reflects this, so I would like to invite us to consider how we might serve our 55 and older neighbors.  One way I am going to invite us to do this is on November 8, at noon.  Highgate assisted living is going to partner with us to bring a program called Lunch & Learn: Demystifying Dementia to our congregation, a free lunch will be included. 
           
I would like to invite you to let your friends and neighbors know about this event.  And our hope is to have more events on different topics in the future.
          
 I believe church is one of the last places that brings people of all ages together and I look forward to seeing how God will help us reach all people young, old, and everyone in between.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler 

Worship on Sunday – Half Truths: “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It”
Video – https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1717022464986558/
 
There are several phrases that are associated with the Bible, phrases that are said at different times in our culture to evoke faith, and yet they are not in the scriptures anywhere.  Each of these phrases has the power to both endear people to our faith and frighten others away.  Over the next 5 weeks we will be exploring some of these phrases, seeking God’s presence in them, and dispelling the pieces of them that cause harm to others in the faith journey.

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

Reminders for the Shiloh Community

Choir practice starts at 9:00 on Sunday. 

“Animate” (Adult Bible Study) will be held at 9:00 am in the Education Wing.  This is an
multi-media class that focuses on seven aspects of faith: God,
Religion, Jesus, Salvation, the Cross, the Bible and the Church. 

Our Annual Harvest Dinner will start about 11:15 am (after 2nd service)
with lots of seasonal foods to enjoy.  Everyone is welcome! 

The Caregivers Support Group meets Tuesday at 1:30 pm.

“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.  If you are looking for a moment of silence and focus on God, join us.

Sandwich Making will begin at noon on Friday.  We will make 200+ sandwiches to be distributed to Family
Services and the Rescue Mission.  This team will also be stuffing a mailing for Shiloh UMC, help us serve our community and church.  Pastor Tyler will be joining too.

Coming in November – Stewardship Season

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.