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, July 21, 2019

People of Shiloh,
 
In the Methodist system for Pastors, we are assigned a year at a time.  In general, those assignments or “appointments” start July 1 and continue for 1 year. Each year the Bishop has the choice to reappoint a pastor to their current community or to assign them to a new community.  I am pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2019 I have been re-appointed to serve the people of Billings alongside Shiloh United Methodist Church.  
 
Over the past year we have accomplished a lot of things, we have seen over 600+ people in our space between and Easter Egg Hunt and Trunk or Treat, we welcomed more new members into our church in 2018 than we had in the any other year in the past 10 years, we have formed community partnerships to help us accomplish our calling, we have studied scripture, learned spiritual practice, and we have continued to make a difference in our community through sandwich making, the Free Store, the Community Garden and so many other missions. 
 
It is a privilege to serve each and every one of you, even in the hard moments. We have lost more dear saints of this congregation who have passed away this year.  Each of those deaths is getting harder for me, because when you pastor people you begin to care for them dearly and each loss gets more difficult. 
 
This next year will be full of opportunity and challenges for us all. We continue to see new faces in worship each week and I am excited to have a new welcoming team developing ways to connect them to us.  Our denomination as a whole is still in disagreement and we will feel the impact of those changes in the coming year.  However, I know one thing to be true, “God keeps appearing at Shiloh.”  God is showing up so that people like you and I, and people we have yet to meet may experience the love of God.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,   
 Pastor Tyler
 
We invite you to watch this video to learn more about what is coming up in worship this week. 
 
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 Noisy Offering Sunday!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Missions Committee Meeting- Sunday at 9:15 in Fellowship Hall
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Bible Study in the Park – Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Rose Park
  • Sandwich Making – Friday at 12 noon
  • Deeper Dive:  “What’s Happening to UMC?” – Next Sunday, June 28, at 9:00 am

 
WORSHIP IN JULY – The summer worship services are diving 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. All the study books we purchased have been sold. 
 
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 8thand Grand. 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,Wednesday (July 24, and August 7, 14).  We request an RSVP to know how many adults plan to attend and if kids are coming. The study books we purchased are all gone now. 
 
FAMILY DAY AT OASIS WATER PARK– Join us Next Sunday at 2:00 pm for family fun at the Oasis Waterpark in the Heights. If you are available, we would LOVE to see you there.  No need to sign-up, just gather the family and show up at the waterpark. 
 
A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER– Next Sunday June 28 at 9:00 am, Pastor Tyler will hold a “Deeper Dive” discussion about “What’s Happening to UMC?”
 
FRONT OFFICE CLOSURE– The Front Office of the church will be closed on July 29.  If you need to get into the church that morning, please ring the bell and someone will let you in.  
 
WELCOMING TRAINING – CHURCH/FROM SCREEN-TO-DOOR –Are you looking for a quick two-day practical experience for your church to learn how to help people connect to you from their computer/phone/tablet screen to the door of the church.  Hosted by SUMC, this training will be streamed in from Colorado on August 9 and 10 from 9am-3 pm.  We hope you can join us for this great learning experience.

 
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALESDo you have items to sale and want lots of traffic? We are having community garage sales in the parking lot at Shiloh United Methodist Church on, August 10 and September 14. Each booth space is $10.00 which gives you 2 parking spaces.  Set up is from 6am – 8am and the sale is from 8am – 2pm. You sell your own items and keep the money you make. There are also vendor spots available and a couple of food trucks will accompany us. To register call Brenda at 256-5535 or Jen at 671-5770. There is a clipboard on the “Volunteer for Shiloh” table and volunteers are needed at the next 2 garage sales to work from 6am – 10 am to open the church, check people in and show them where to set up and 10-2:00 pm someone to sit at the Shiloh table and answer questions and will be there at the end to make sure everyone cleans up their area and that the church is locked up before leaving.
 
METHODIST NIGHT AT THE MUSTANGS –Saturday, August 24 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm will be Methodist Night at the Mustangs.  This is a Billings City-Wide Methodist Event.  The cost is $18.00 per person (ages 13 and older) or $13.00 per child (ages 3-12).  This includes: game admission, all you can eat buffet @ the Pepsi Pavilion, before the start of the game.  There will be Pepsi products, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, brats, salads and chips. There will also be fellowship with all 5 Billings United Methodist Churches.  Checks need to be into the church office no later than the 21stof August. We hope to see you at the ball game!!!
 
UMCOR HYGIENE KITSSince UMCOR Hygiene kits cannot be taken to the U.S. Government holding centers, we are distributing UMCOR Hygiene kits at transitional shelters along the US-Mexico border.  In the last 3 months, UMCOR delivered 46,128 hygiene kits to six church-run transitional shelters.  More hygiene kits are needed!  There is a list of the items and a sample kit on the table in the lobby.  Everything can be bought at the Dollar store. There are also instructions on how to assemble these kits.  Please bring your assembled kits to the church and we will get them to the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City.  If you are interested in sponsoring this project, let us know.   
 
SEWING TEACHER AND QUILTER NEEDEDThe Women’s Shelter has a sewing room but they have no one to teach the women how to sew.  The shelter manager would love any support they can get because the women love learning to sew.  If you are interested, you can contact either the volunteer coordinator at the shelter or the shelter manager at the Women’s Shelter. Also, if you can quilt, we have all the pieces for another Shiloh UMC hand quilt.  If you can help, please contact the office.   
 
STROKE CAMP– There will be a Weekend Retreat for Stroke Survivors and Their Caregivers on September 20-22, 2019at Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge.  This retreat is sponsored by United Stroke Alliance and St. Vincent Healthcare, Neurosciences & Spine Center.
 

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, July 14, 2019

People of Shiloh,
 
This summer as we study scripture, I think it is important that we take time to consider how we study scripture as a people of God.  Scripture for faith communities is not meant to be a stagnate doctrine, but living text.  Communities have passed this text along to us knowing that it can hand us what we need for the modern era, not so we can maintain the rules of past.  In worship I have shared that our Bible was not put together until nearly 400 CE(AD) and even then it was not in English.  Meaning the Bible many of us read has been translated by a person or a group of people and has been moving through the work of living human beings into what we have today.
 
“The New Testament was written in everyday street language,” Peterson said. “Words make something. They don’t just say something. … You are free not to study the Bible but to enter into it, to let it become part of you, — not deciding what you need, but receiving what’s there.” – Eugene Peterson
 
The early Christians would have had fragments of our Bible, maybe a gospel in their care, some epistles from Paul or others, perhaps a Torah, and some ancient writings from Israel’s prophets.  Somehow still the Holy Spirit and the faith of Christ shown through them in how they lived.  As a pastor of a congregation I trust that if people live in community, share God’s peace and love with each other, and read their text together that the Holy Spirit will guide them to find ways to offer God’s life giving grace to strangers and the community around them.  This is the call of the Christian journey and for us.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
 
Pastor Tyler
 
We invite you to watch this video to learn more about what is coming up in worship this week. 
 
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 Red Sand Sunday!
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Deeper Dive: Deliverance Stories – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • 406 United Youth will be at Steepworld –Sunday at 4 pm
  • Book Review – “The Rent Collector” – Monday at 6:00 pm
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Bible Study in the Park: Deliverance Stories – Next Wed at 6:30 pm at Rose Park
  • Noisy Offering – Next Sunday, July 21st

 
WORSHIP IN 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. Sorry, all the study books we purchased have been sold.  
 
A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLERSunday at 9:00 am, Pastor Tyler will hold a “Deeper Dive” discussion about Deliverance Stories, Truth in the Stories of the Rejected, from the Bible as part of our sermon series. What do we learn from them?
 
SUNDAY IS RED SAND SUNDAYSunday we will be participating in a Red Sand Project at the church after each service.  This is an awareness project to fight Human Trafficking.  We ask you to wear red that day.  We will share information about Human Trafficking going on in Billings! It affects mostly women and children.  1 in 7 runaways are victims and 86% of these were in the care of social services or foster care.  After service, we will spread red sand in the sidewalk and the parking lot cracks to show our support for victims and those who are trying to help, including the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force.  There are packets of Red Sand and information sheets on a table in the lobby.  
 
 
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 8thand Grand. 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,July 17, 24, and August 7, 14.  We request an RSVP to know how many adults plan to attend and if kids are coming. The study books we purchased are all gone now. 
 
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALESDo you have items to sale and want lots of traffic? We are having community garage sales in the parking lot at Shiloh United Methodist Church on, August 10 and September 14. Each booth space is $10.00 which gives you 2 parking spaces.  Set up is from 6am – 8am and the sale is from 8am – 2pm. You sell your own items and keep the money you make. There are also vendor spots available and a couple of food trucks will accompany us. To register call Brenda at 256-5535 or Jen at 671-5770.  There is a clipboard on the “Volunteer for Shiloh” table with more information.
 

PAINTING THE SHED– The UMCOR shed is almost done and it will soon be time to paint it.  There is a signup sheet on the “Volunteer for Shiloh” table where you can sign up to help paint when the time comes. Ed Heidrich will give you a call and let you know when they will start the painting.  Again, thank you to all the wonderful people who have been building this shed.
 
WILL YOU BE OUR PRAYER KEEPER SUNDAY? – If you are willing to record the prayers shared in the “Prayers of the People” section of Sunday’s worship, please pick up the “Prayer Keeper” badge on the welcome stand in the lobby.  It’s easy!! The instructions are on the back of the badge.  The prayers you record will be shared with the prayer team who will include them in their daily prayers this week.  Thank you SO much for your service!
 
UMCOR HYGIENE KITSSince UMCOR Hygiene kits cannot be taken to the U.S. Government holding centers, we are distributing UMCOR Hygiene kits at transitional shelters along the US-Mexico border.  In the last 3 months, UMCOR delivered 46,128 hygiene kits to six church-run transitional shelters.  More hygiene kits are needed!  On the table in the lobby, there is a list of the items that go into a UMCOR Hygiene kit. Everything can be bought at the Dollar store. There are also instructions on how to assemble these kits. Please bring your assembled kits to the church and we will get them to the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City.  If you are interested in sponsoring this project, let us know.   
 
SEWING TEACHER AND QUILTER NEEDEDThe Women’s Shelter has a sewing room but they have no one to teach the women how to sew.  The shelter manager would love any support they can get because the women love learning to sew.  They work on simple things such as pillow cases, pajama pants and other simple things.  If you are interested, you can contact either the volunteer coordinator at the shelter or the shelter manager at the Women’s Shelter. Also, if you can quilt, we have all the pieces for another Shiloh UMC hand quilt.  If you can help, please contact the office.   
 

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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 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.