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 7, 2019

People of Shiloh,

This week I will return from serving as chaplain at Tween (4th and 5th Grade) and Intergenerational Camp at Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp. Camp always is a powerful reminder that time away in nature can bring a new awareness of God’s presence in our lives. The playfulness of nature gives us a new sense of God’s hope in our own lives, and a new perspective to see where life is stirring around us.  The camps of our church were founded for this very purpose and I invite all of us to take advantage of these facilities for an organized camp, family getaway or personal retreat to support your journey of faith and abundant living.  
 
Here is a short description of each of our Montana camps:
 
Flathead Lake is a year-round campground retreat facility.  The camp is bordered by 3,000 feet of the pristine shoreline of Flathead Lake and is set amidst 30 acres of lush forest and grounds.  Recreation opportunities include canoeing, swimming, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, baseball, hiking, fishing, table tennis, campfire circle.  Facilities include 12 cabins with a sleeping capacity of 180, dining hall and retreat center, restroom and shower facilities, large indoor chapel, fire pit area, outdoor chapel area, four classrooms, dock, swimming area, basketball and volleyball courts.  Food services are available for groups of 40-180.  Heated cabins support 50 overnight guests during the winter.
 
Luccock Park Camp offers individuals, families, and groups of all sizes a mountain setting in paradise ~ literally located in Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Montana.  Luccock Park can offer you the opportunity of many venues.  Take an easy hike to Pine Creek Falls, play basketball on the open court, enjoy an old fashioned game of horseshoes or just pull up a lounge chair and enjoy the peace and quiet that can only be found at Luccock Park.
 
Learn more at mtnskyumc.org/campingretreats

Prayers of peace to you all,

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 Food Bank Sunday!!!
Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
Deeper Dive: War Stories –Sunday at 9:00 
Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Bible Study in the Park – Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Rose Park on July 10th
Finance – Thursday at 5:30 pm
Trustees and SPRC – Thursday at 6:00 pm
Red Sand Sunday – Next Sunday
Deeper Dive: Deliverance Stories – Next Sunday at 9:00 am
Adult Bible Study at 9:00 am –  Next Sunday
Worship – Next Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 at the church

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. We have a couple more available in the church office for $12.00.

A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER – July 7 at 9:00 am, Pastor Tyler will hold a “Deeper Dive” discussion about War Stories from the Bible as part of our sermon series. What do we learn from them?

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 8th and 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 10, 17, 24, and August 7, 14.  We request an RSVP to know how many adults plan to attend and if kids are coming. We have a couple books left in the office for $12.00.

BLOOD DRIVE – SUMC will be hosting a blood drive on July 11th from 8:00 to 10:30 am. The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) van will be parked at the church.  Please sign up in the lobby, call the office or sign-up online at vitalant.com. 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.  
 
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALES – Do 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 July 13, 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.

RED SAND SUNDAY– We will be participating in a Red Sand Project at the church on July 14th 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 those were in the care of social services or foster care. After service, we will spread red sand in the sidewalk and 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 an information sheet on a table in the lobby.  If you are unable to be here with us on the 14th, please take one home and engage your own neighborhood.

406 UNITED YOUTH – 406 United is open to youth in 6th-12th grades.  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.church for details.

BOOK REVIEW – The next book review will be MONDAY (new day), July 15, at 6:00 pm. We will discuss the The Rent Collector by 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.”

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 TODAY? – If you are willing to record the prayers shared in the “Prayers of the People” section of today’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 KITS – Since 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.   
 

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 June 30, 2019

People of Shiloh,
 
Faith formation, the way we grow in our understanding of how God is at work in our lives is a lifelong process.  Some of the most important years of my faith formation were in college.  As I learned world expanding ideas, prepared for a job, and saw the challenges of world rise before me it was good to have other companions to learn together how our faith would wrap throughout life to make a firm foundation for living in Christ. 
 
One of my favorite memories from this time was sitting in a room with my campus minister, at a whiteboard, talking about some book I had found and how its understandings tied to my Christian faith.  We looked like some kind of Beautiful Mind convention as we drew ideas on the board and connected them.  We went from arguing, to laughing, topondering, and I was thankful for the time offered to help me see where these new ideas and my faith could come together.  
 
This Sunday we are going to be welcoming Dwight Welch, the Campus Chaplain for United Campus Ministry at MSU Billings.    Dwight is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is a leader in our community.  He works with students of all ages through his ministry at a school that has more non-traditional students than others.  Dwight also gets to play a role at a secular school that most chaplains at larger institutions do not.  The University invites him to sit in on school committees and be a voice in the direction of the institution.  
 
I hope you will join us this Sunday as we learn about campus ministry and if you get a nudge from God on a way Shiloh can support Dwight’s work directly, please let me know.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 
It was a such an honor and privlege for us to work alongside Billings First UMC this year for Vacation Bible School and our Easter Egg Hunt. Vacation Bible School had over 75 kids at it and included 4 of our volunteers there full time. 15 of our young people from Shiloh had a great time. We look forward to more fruitful and God-centered partnerships like the one we had with Billings First UMC this year.  (Click to watch the short video of our VBS fun)
Two weeks ago, during Annual Conference for the Mountain Sky Conference.  Over 500 people engaged in missional learning and work experiences to share the love of Christ in our community. Pastor Tyler, Lay Leader of 1st UMC, Pat Otstot, and Kent Thompson helped with the organization.  At Shiloh got to experience an Aging Well Program, help maintain our community garden, and others throughout the community served over 20 agencies.  
 
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

  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Bookmobilewill be here Tuesday at 12:30 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Bible Study in the Park – Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Rose Park on July 10th
  • Adult Bible Study at 9:00 am –  Next Sunday

 
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.
 
A DEEPER DIVE WITH PASTOR TYLER– July 7at9:00 am, Pastor Tyler will hold a “Deeper Dive” discussion about War Stories from the Bible as part of our sermon series. What do we learn from them?
 
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 usingInspired by Rachel Held Evans.  There will be activities for children, so adults can enjoy the study.  Study will be held,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.
 
BLOOD DRIVESUMC will be hosting a blood drive onJuly 11thfrom 8:00 to 10:30 am. The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) van will be parked at the church.  Please sign up in the lobby, call the office or sign-up online at vitalant.com. 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 and other vulnerable patients.
 
GARAGE SALE DATESDo you have items to sale and want to have lots of traffic? We are having community garage sales in the parking lot at Shiloh United Methodist Church on July 13, 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.

 
RED SAND SUNDAY– We will be participating in a Red Sand Project at church on July 14th.  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 those were in the care of social services or foster care. After service, we will spread red sand in the sidewalk and 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 an information sheet on a table in the lobby.  If you are unable to be here with us on the 14th, please take one home and engage your own neighborhood.
 
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.”

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.
 
WE NEED COOKIES!!The freezer is finally cleaned out and we now have room for cookies for Fellowship hour.  If you are baking cookies, please make an extra dozen for our fellowship time. Thank you for your help.
 
WILL YOU BE OUR PRAYER KEEPER IN WORSHIP? – If you are willing to record the prayers shared in the “Prayers of the People” section of 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!
 
HANDICAP CHAIRS – You may have noticed that we have added two more handicap chairs to the sanctuary.  We have several attendees who use walkers now.  To accommodate those guests, please leave the Handicap Chairs for them or the companion of someone in a wheelchair.

 
 

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.