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.

Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, June 16, 2019

June 16th – Special Worship Opportunity – There will be our regular two services at Shiloh on June 16.  As your pastor, I would encourage you to consider alternatively attending the Ordination Service at the local Methodist Conference for our area. Bishop Karen Oliveto is usually the preacher.  This service is where the new clergy are licensed, commissioned and ordained.  Join us at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center at 8:30 am on June 16th.
People of Shiloh,
I write you as I prepare for the Mountain Sky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The gathering happening June 12-16, 2019 here  in Billings is where Methodists from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, one church in Idaho, and Montana gather to help set course for our future.  Many in our church have worked hard to help make folks feel at home, we will be using our building Friday where people will help maintain our community garden, and learn about our Aging Well program.  Please keep Joni Oswald, Cassie King, Pam Dandrea, and me in your prayers as we also take part in the challenging work this week of helping guide the future in these uncertain times for Methodists.  

For those who remember, in February 2019, a Special General (International) Conference of United Methodists gathered in St. Louis.  The hope of this time was to find a way to faithfully live together despite growing disagreement on full inclusion of all people based on their sexual or gender identity.  The result of the conference was the passage of punitive and harsh measures for anyone disobeying the rules that exclude people from ministry and marriage in our churches.  This week at Annual Conference in Billings we will be working through the fallout of this awful decision made in February.  

Last month our Church Council called a special meeting on June 20 at 6pm of all our main committees (SPRC, Finance, Trustees) along with any who is interested.  The primary topics of discussion are:  1. The financial resources of our church and developing our stewardship program.   2. A need to evaluate seriously our committee structure and consider single board governance.  3. Understanding the denominational timeline around the issues I described above.  4. Finally, to receive the final report from our Whole Church Initiative process which contains encouraging news about the future of our church.  Details of the meeting can be found at https://www.shilohbillings.church/shiloh-futures/

I invite you to pray for our leaders at Annual Conference this week, join us at the meeting on June 20 at 6pm, and continue to hope for the future by dreaming of what God is doing with Shiloh.  

Enthusiastic Peace,  
 Pastor Tyler 
#loveBillings
 

Sheds are for storage.  This may be true, but our shed is being built for more.  It will also store United Methodist Committee On Relief kits that are used to support disaster relief worldwide.  Thanks to our trustees for working on this project.  To date over $3,000 has come from outside our church to support this project.  If you want to learn more about how to support this work talk to one of our Trustees: Ed Heidrich, Buddy Kastrop, Kent Thompsons, Chris Munson, or Toby Stapleton.  To date we have the foundation poured and the walls will start going up soon.
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

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

  • Sunday is Peace with Justice Sunday and Noisy Offering Sunday!
  • Ordination Service –Sunday at 8:30 am at Billings Hotel and Convention Center
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Shiloh Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bookmobile –Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Committee Meetings –ThursdayFinance at 5:30 pm; All Leader meeting at 6:00
  • Summer Movie Series – Starts this Friday, June 21, at 7:00 pm (Inside) here at SUMC
  • Lunch for Habit for Humanity Builders –Saturday at 12:00 noon
  • The “Deeper Dive” Class starts next Sunday, June 23, at 9:00 with “Origin Stories”
  • Adult Bible Study at 9:00 am –  Next Sunday
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 at the church

WORSHIP IN JUNE AND JULY – The remainder of the summer services will dive deeply into the scripture, to understand how we use it in our spiritual practice and to open us to the divine love God promised through Christ.  Pastor Tyler encourages everyone to get a copy of Inspired by Rachel Held Evans to follow along in this series. They are available from the church office for $12.00.
 
BIBLE STUDY IN THE PARK– Join Pastor Tyler, Pastor Sarah and Pastor Wendy for a Bible Study in Rose Park, Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.  Our backup site for inclement weather is Mazevo Coffee on Grand Ave. We will be using Inspired by Rachel Held Evans. There will be activities for children, so adults can enjoy the study.  Study will be held June 26, July 10, 17, 24, and August 7, 14.  We request signup to know how many to plan for and if kids will be coming. The cost of the book is $12.00 and is available in the office.
 
RELAY FOR LIFEThe Relay for Life team will be selling luminarias this Sunday and next Sunday after church.  The luminarias are $10.00 each and are a wonderful way to remember someone who has died or to honor someone who is fighting or has won the battle with cancer. Relay for Life will be July 12 at West High and everyone is welcomed to join us.
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGSFinance will meet at 5:30pm on June 20.  Then a joint Church Council, SPRC, and Finance meeting will begin at 6:00pm. If you are interested, we invite you to attend this meeting. We will be discussing the committee structure of our church, financial/stewardship future and some information about the decisions that may happen at this week’s Annual Conference around the denominational affiliation in 2020.
 
THE SUMMER MOVIE SERIES– The summer movie series will begin inside here at Shiloh with “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” this Friday at 7:00 pm.  Join us! 
 
A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER– Next Sunday at 9:00 am, Pastor Tyler will hold a “Deeper Dive” discussion about our Origin Stories as part of the sermon series we are starting.
 
LUCCOCK PARK FAMILY OPEN HOUSE– is next weekendand it’s free!
 
 “TO MARS AND BEYOND” VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)– We are holding VBS with First UMC. The dates are June 24 -27 from 9:00 am-Noon.  The cost is $25.00 per child.  There are 2 registration forms on the stand in the lobby (one for children and one for volunteers). Scholarships are available, if needed.Transportation will be available from Shiloh UMC to First UMC on the days of VBS. Please sign up early to reserve your spot.
 
THIS I KNOW-STUDY ON HUMAN SEXUALITY AND THE BIBLEThere will be a small study group about the thorny issue of biblical interpretation and lead us toward the Bible’s ultimate message of Christ-centered love.  This group study will be at one of our member’s homes this summer.  If you are interested in signing up, please contact the office.  Space is limited; if we have more interest, we will host another class this fall. The study will meet Thursdays from 10-11:30 am on June 27, July 11, 18, and August 15 and 22.
 
BLOOD DRIVESUMC will be hosting a blood drive on July 11 from 8:30 to 10:30 am.  The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) van will be at the church.  Please sign up with the office or on-line at vitalant.com if you are available to give blood that day.  Summer is a critical time for the blood supply. Donors are out of town and busy with summer activities and do not donate as much. An adequate blood supply is critical for cancer patients and other vulnerable patients.  Please consider signing up as soon as you can. 
 
406 UNITED YOUTH– 406 United is open to youth in 6th-12thgrades.  We are continuing our summer activities on July 14, 4-6 pm with a time at the Steepworld climbing wall.  Please contact Pastor Tyler at pastortyler@shilohbillings.churchfor details.
 
BOOK REVIEWThe next book review will be MONDAY (new day), July 15 at 6:00 pm. We will discuss the The Rent Collectorby Cameron Wright. This novel comes highly recommended and will surprise readers that a novel set in a garbage dump in Cambodia can still be uplifting.  Whether you choose to read the book or not, everyone is invited to join the discussion as we consider the “beauty of life.”
 

 

If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at https://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  Thank you for supporting our work.
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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, June 9, 2019

Reminder: Wear Red for Pentecost Sunday, as we celebrate the Holy Spirit at work in our world.

June 16th – Special Worship Opportunity – There will be our regular two services at Shiloh on June 16.  As your pastor, I would encourage you to consider alternatively attending the Ordination Service at the local Methodist Conference for our area. Bishop Karen Oliveto is usually the preacher.  This service is where the new clergy are licensed, commissioned and ordained.  Join us at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center at 8:30 am on June 16th.
Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for worship.
People of Shiloh,
 
This summer I want to invite us as a congregation on a unique journey of experiencing an overview of our Bible together. It has been on my heart for the last year to delve deeper into the scriptures with our entire congregation. We, as a congregation, have been reading the gospel of Luke this year together, but more than just Luke I want us to get a sense of this entire book we call the Bible. This summer, starting on June 23, we will begin a journey that will take us through the scriptures, not book by book, but by the types of stories found in the Bible. My hope is that by studying the Bible this way your curiosity to read more will be sparked by the Holy Spirit.
 
To do this study, I am inviting everyone in the church to pick up a copy of Inspiredby Rachel Held Evans. If you would like us to order one for you, please notify the church office by June 10. The cost is $12 if we order them for you. If you don’t love reading, the audiobook is excellent for Inspiredand there are some great ones for the Bible too. Below is a quote from Rachel Held Evans encapsulating the journey we set out on.
            God is still breathing. The Bible is both inspired and inspiring. Our job is to ready the sails and gather the embers, to discuss and debate, and like the biblical character Jacob, to wrestle with the mystery until God gives us a blessing. If you’re curious, you will never leave the text without learning something new. If you’re persistent, you just might leave inspired.  -Evans, Rachel Held. Inspired (p. xxiii).
 
I invite you to join us on the journey this summer as we understand our God, our Bible and our way of life more deeply.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler #LoveBillings
 
This Spring we will be entering a time of learning about our neighbors. How to be a good neighbor, and how Christ calls us to this.  We hope you will join us for this sermon series of walking with the disciples as they learn to neighbor and call people to be neighbors in return. 

“Every human being has value. This is the basis of all healthy relationships. Through living each day as it is given to me, I’ve learned that. It cannot be “taught,” but it can be “caught” from those who live their lives right along with us. What a privilege to be able to look for the good in our neighbor!”– Fred Rogers 
 

Sheds are for storage.  This may be true, but our shed is being built for more.  It will also store United Methodist Committee On Relief kits that are used to support disaster relief worldwide.  Thanks to our trustees for working on this project.  To date over $3,000 has come from outside our church to support this project.  If you want to learn more about how to support this work talk to one of our Trustees: Ed Heidrich, Buddy Kastrop, Kent Thompsons, Chris Munson, or Toby Stapleton.  To date we have the foundation poured and the walls will start going up soon.
 
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
If you missed last weeks sermons click here:
  

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

  • Sunday is Pentecost Sunday!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Shiloh Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Pound! Class – Tuesday at 5:30 pm 
  • Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build Kickoff Breakfast – Saturday at 9 am 
  • Free Store – Saturday at 10:00 am
  • Pound! Class – Saturday at 11:00 am 
  • Ordination Service –Sunday at 8:30 am at Billings Hotel and Convention Center
  • Adult Bible Study at 9:00 am –  Next Sunday
  • Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 at the church

 
CONFERENCE HELPThe staff from the Mountain Sky Conference will arriving in Billings late next Monday afternoon to set up the office for Annual Conference. They will call me when they leave Denver and when they are about an hour away.  I am looking for people to help unload their van/truck.  They will set up office in the Montana Convention Center behind the Red Lion hotel.  Would you be able to help? Many hands make light work.  Please let me know.  If you are not available, is there someone else you know who might be able to help. Please contact me at pastorsaraneff@gmail.com  Many thanks – Sara
 
 
BIBLE STUDY IN THE PARK– Join Pastor Tyler, Pastor Sarah and Pastor Wendy for a Bible Study in the Park, Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.  Our backup site for inclement weather is Mazevo Coffee on Grand Ave. We will be using Inspired by Rachel Held Evans.  There will be activities for children, so adults can enjoy the study.  Study will be held June 26, July 10, 17, 24, and August 7, 14.  We request signup to know how many to plan for and if kids will be coming. The cost of the book is $12.00.
 
MISSION TEAM ACTIVITIESThe Mission Team would love for you to join them for one or all of the upcoming events they have planned: 
June 15-H4H Apostles Build Wall Rising
June 22-Provide Lunch to the H4H Workers
July 14-Red Sand Sunday (Human Trafficking Awareness Event)
 
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGSA joint Church Council, SPRC and Finance meeting will happen June 20.  Finance will meet at 5:30 pmand then all then all will meet at 6:00 pm.  If you are interested, we invite you to attend this meeting.  We will be discussing the committee structure of our church, financial/stewardship future, and some basic information about decisions that may happen around denominational affiliation in 2020.
 
 “TO MARS AND BEYOND” VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)– We are holding VBS with First UMC. The dates are June 24 -27 from 9:00 am-Noon.  The cost is $25.00 per child.  There are 2 registration forms on the stand in the lobby (one for children and one for volunteers). Scholarships are available, if needed.Transportation will be available from Shiloh UMC to First UMC on the days of VBS. Please sign up early to reserve your spot.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE– The Relay for Life team will be having a bake sale at the First Interstate Bank at 401 N. 31stSt. on Friday, June 14.  If you would like to contribute any baked goods they will need to be at the church on Thursday, June 13 by 12 noon. The team will also be selling luminarias two Sundays, June 16 and 23, after services.  They are $10.00 each and are a wonderful way to honor someone with cancer or to remember someone we have lost from cancer.  These are the last 2 fundraisers we will be holding.  Relay for Life will be July 12that West High and everyone is welcomed to join us.
 
THIS I KNOW-STUDY ON HUMAN SEXUALITY AND THE BIBLEThere will be a small study group about the thorny issue of biblical interpretation and lead us toward the Bible’s ultimate message of Christ-centered love.  This group study will be at one of our member’s homes this summer.  If you are interested in signing up, please contact the office.  Space is limited; if we have more interest, we will host another class this fall. The study will meetThursdays from 10-11:30 am on June 27, July 11, 18, and August 15 and 22.
 
BLOOD DRIVESUMC will be hosting a blood drive on July 11-8:30 – 10:30 am.  The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) van will be at the church.  Please sign up with the office or on-line at vitalant.com if you are available to give blood that day.  Summer is a critical time for the blood supply. Donors are out of town and busy with summer activities and do not donate as much. An adequate blood supply is critical for cancer patients and other vulnerable patients.  Please consider signing up as soon as you can. 
 
THANK YOU TO ALL THE SHED BUILDERS! A big thank you to all the builders who are working so hard on the shed.  Last Saturday they got the walls up and the roof started and during the week they worked on the siding for the walls.  Thanks to Ed Heidrich, Kent Thompson, Orion Thompson,  Kelly Martinson, Buddy Kastrop, Toby Stapleton, Jerry Stanhope and Gary McFarland for all the hard work that they are doing.
 

 

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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.