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.

February 11, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

This Sunday is our final Sunday of this sermon series about the “Road to Shiloh,” but as a Pastor I hope it is the beginning of our journey considering how we are called to be people of Christ in this new age.  During our sermon, we will be hearing from one of the people who has been called into professional ministry through the work of our church.  It has been important for me that this series involve voices of both a person going into ordained ministry from the church, Cassie King, and someone who we have supported in going to serve the gospel, this Sunday find out who that is.
 
I would strongly encourage each of you to go listen to last week’s sermon “Drawing Closer, Praying Closer.”  It can be found at this address https://goo.gl/z8fTDq and I will have written copies available for in fellowship after church Sunday. 
 
Next week also begins Lent, on February 14th, Valentines Day, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday.  At Shiloh you can stop in from 11:30-1pm to receive ashes.  I will then be at the City Brew at 1335 Golden Valley Circle(between Rehberg and Zimmerman on Grand) to offer Ashes for anyone who would like them.  Finally, we will be partnering with the other United Methodists in Billings to celebrate at Hope UMC, 244 Wicks Ln in the heights.  Dinner for people singing in the choir starts at 5:30, Dinner for others 6pm, and the service starts at 7pm.
 
Please consider joining one of the studies we have during Lent at Shiloh, Grace, and Evangelical churches, or online.  I am considering doing an additional late evening study online for folks who can’t make the current times listed in the bulletin.  If this is of interest please contact me by email or phone. 
 
Join us as we continue our journey,
Pastor Tyler
 

Bible Study Scriptures for the week – Ephesians 4:25-5:2, Mark 9:2-9
 

Reminders for the Shiloh Community


Worship on Sunday – Road to Shiloh: Living Shiloh
Watch the Intro video here:  https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1849940041694799/
 
Join us this winter as we look at how people come to Shiloh, learn the ways of Christ and share that Joy in the world. This sermon series focuses on the Letter to the Ephesians and the spiritual journey of Jesus. We hope you can join us in worship as we learn together about God’s call on our church.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/  

Next week begins our sermons on:

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

  • Worship Service – Today at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Today at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Today at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Today at 10:30 am
  • Soup Making – Today
  • Relay for Life 2018 – Interest meeting at 11:30 am
  • Faith & Film – Today at 5:30 pm
  • 406 Youth United Student Ministry – Today at 6:00 pm
  • Writer’s Group– Monday at 1:00 pm
  • God Hunger –Tuesday at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • SPRC– Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Trustees – Tuesday at 7:00 pm
  • Ash Wednesday Service at Hope UMC –Wednesday – 7:00 pm
  • All Church Charge Conference – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School Adventures with God –  K-6th Sunday at 10:30 am.
  • 406-Youth United – Sunday at 6:00 pm

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – Shiloh has a great tradition in Billings, sharing in Ash Wednesday’s service with our United Methodist brothers and sisters.  This year the Ash Wednesday service will be at Hope UMC, at 244 Wicks Lane in the Heights on Wednesday, February 14th.  The choir will meet and eat at 5:30 pm and then practice at 6:00pm.  The service begins at 7:00pm with food served at 6:00pm.  Childcare will be provided and Pastor Tyler will share the preaching with Pastor Kama from First UMC.  We hope you can join us!
 
GOD HUNGER – Join us for  or just-in-time prayer, you pick.  Prayer time begins at 11:30 am on Tuesdays and is followed by brown bag lunch with Pastor Tyler and preparing meals for homeless in Billings.  This prayer time invites people to journey with Pastor Tyler in meaningful mid-day meditations. No signup necessary for this group.  Please join us in the sanctuary.
 
RELAY FOR LIFE – There will be a meeting at 11:30 am in the Sunday School area to see if there is an interest in having a Relay for Life team for 2018.  If this is something you would be interested in doing please plan on attending a short meeting today after second service. 
FELLOWSHIP HOUR – Today’s Fellowship Hour is sponsored by the Pat Montgomery in honor of her son Chad Thaut.


AGING WELL – We continue our work with Aging Well to invite folks of all ages to learn from experts in our community about different aspects of aging. People are living longer lives.  Feb. 18th will be Normal and Not Normal Aging at 11:30 am, right after church.  Learn what is normal in aging and signs of other aging conditions to watch for, especially around memory.  On February 20th, memory screenings are available at the church from 1-3 pm.  Please sign up on February 18th at our event.

HEARING ASSISTANCE – We have acquired some new headphones for our assisted hearing devices.  They are located on the tables at the back of the sanctuary.  Please help yourself!  Let the ushers know if you need assistance.
 
A DAY AT THE FREE STORE – FEBRUARY 3, 2018 – A worship service (optional)is held at 9:30 am, prior to the store opening at 10 am.  Our own Pastor Tyler led the service.  A Valentine toy give-away for the children was held due to the generous donations of Valentine motif stuffed animals throughout the year.  A little boy, grinning ear to ear while holding a stuffed bear as big a he is, brings joy to him and the volunteers! A Birthday Bag, containing the items needed for a birthday cake and party is given to a child celebrating her 4th birthday.  These are provided by Dale Francetich, co-director or the Free Store and a member of Grace UMC.  In the 2 ½ hours the Free Store is open, 51 families shopped.  As each checked out, the soup mix assembled by our membership is available to take home.  Nearly all finished their visit with a free hot chili lunch donated, cooked, and served by the SUMC ladies!  Thanks to each of you for your support for this life-changing ministry.   
 
QPR – Question*Persuade* Refer*Suicide Prevention Training.  Learn how to recognize the warnings of suicide and how to 1. Question, 2, Persuade and 3 Refer.  This is sponsored by the Mental Health Friends Network of FUMC. This Sunday, following church service. a free lunch will be severed at 11:45 am and at 12:15 there will be a free presentation at Billings First United Methodist Church at 2800 4th Ave. N.  All are welcome.
 
“I AM”SAYINGS – February 18th we will be studying the “I Am” sayings of Jesus in the scriptures.  This is one that is great to tap into questions about the character of not just Jesus, but of God we are told by our fore-bearers in the tradition that we can know.  Please join us for the series through worship and bible study.  A class will be offered on this series at noon beginning February 13th.  Pastor Tyler will teach this class at Shiloh. Beginning on February 21st, Pastor Sara at Grace UMC will offer one on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Pastor Wendy at EUMC will offer one on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. We encourage individuals to attend the one that works best for you and to contact the church office to sing up where you plan to attend.
 
FELLOWSHIP HOUR –Today’s Fellowship Hour is sponsored by Pat Montgomery in honor of her son Chad Thaut. 

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

 

 

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February 4, 2018 – Pastor’s Corner

A message from our Pastor – 

This Sunday in worship we will be continuing on our “Road to Shiloh.”  This Sunday’s focus will draw us into the challenges facing the church in reaching people with God’s love, specifically the new generations of Christians we all want to see.  I will be sharing with our church how Jesus took on the challenges of feeling overwhelmed by the questions of how to share God’s love and to draw closer to God even in the midst of the busy life humans lead.

As a part of the sermon I will be sharing two personal stories of members in our congregation.  I think it is important to let you know that I share stories like this with permission from those who have shared them with me.  My belief is that people’s stories are theirs to tell and that if I get the opportunity to share them, it is their choice to have someone do that.  If I have ever ask you, “Can I use that in a sermon?”  I am serious, but please know you can also tell me no, or ask for time to pray about that opportunity to share that story.  

One story is about the challenge that exists for many people to even cross the threshold of a church entry, but the power when it happens.  The person shared this in her story, “And there it was!! Unsuspecting, I’d received the “golden ticket” – an invitation from someone who BELONGED! It was like being invited to join a special club!”  

The other story I will share is about the power someone in our congregation has recently found her calling to make a difference in the world through prayer.  She shares this in her story, “God is good.  God is listening.  I am thankful.”  

I am in awe of the way God is calling us in prayer, and in person to share God’s love in the world.  God is calling each of us, as Cassie King say, “God does not call the equipped, he equips the called.”

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

Bible Study Scriptures for the week – Ephesians 3:14-21, Mark 1:29-39
 

Reminders for the Shiloh Community


Worship on Sunday – Road to Shiloh: Drawing Closer, Praying Closer
Watch the Intro video here:  https://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church/videos/1849940041694799/
 
Join us this winter as we look at how people come to Shiloh, learn the ways of Christ and share that Joy in the world. This sermon series focuses on the Letter to the Ephesians and the spiritual journey of Jesus. We hope you can join us in worship as we learn together about God’s call on our church.

If you missed last weeks sermons go to: https://www.shilohbillings.church/sermonslisten/  

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

  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School – Adventures with God – K-6th  – Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Shiloh 101 –Today at 11:30 am
  • 406 Youth United Student Ministry – Sunday at 4:30 pm
  • Big Game Day – Sunday at 4:30 pm
  • Children’s/Youth Ministries meeting – Monday at 5:00 pm
  • Messy Church – Monday at 5:15 pm
  • God Hunger –Tuesday at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • All staff meeting –Wednesday – 9:30 am
  • Visitation meeting– Wednesday at 11:00 am
  • Finance – Thursday at 5:00 pm
  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Children’s Sunday School Adventures with God –  K-6th Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Soup Making – Sunday at 11:15
  • Faith and Film – Sunday at 5:30 pm – The movie is Return to Me.
  • 406-Youth United – Sunday at 6:00 pm

 
BIG GAME DAYCome and join the Youth for a Big Game Day party.   We will start at 4:30 pm and cheer for your favorite team either the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles.  (Sorry Bronco fans.)  Bring a snack to share and join us for the Big Game.
 
MESSY CHURCHMessy Church will be on Monday, February 5th at 5:15 pm.  We will begin with a light meal, a Bible story, “The Man Who Helped” from Luke 10.  Followed by a discussion and then off to the craft tables. We end the evening with a closing prayer.  We are done well before 7:00 pm.  Bring some friends to share this fun evening with; it is a great ministry and a lot of fun.
 
GOD HUNGER – Join us for lunch or just-in-time prayer, you pick.  Prayer time begins at 11:30 am on Tuesdays and is followed by brown bag lunch with Pastor Tyler and preparing meals for homeless in Billings.  This prayer time invites people to journey with Pastor Tyler in meaningful mid-day meditations. No signup necessary for this group.  Please join us in the sanctuary.
 
FELLOWSHIP HOUR – Today’s Fellowship Hour is sponsored by the Shiloh UMW.
 
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS – Your contributions statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entryway of the church.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please call the church office at 656-0050.  To locate your statements and any other mail that may be waiting for you, look in the slot with the first letter of your last name.  Shiloh UMC continues to be a generous congregation and we thank you for your support.
 
FREE STORE NEEDS – Currently we have no clothing for children sizes 2T-5T, both boys and girls.  Other shortages include kitchen items, heavy clothing and boots for men and women and any type of bath and bed linens. There is a tote in the Fellowship Hall labeled “Free Store” where you can leave your donations.  Thank you so much for your continued support.
 
SUMC HISTORY – The History Team is looking for voices from those who were involved with United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) from April 1986 through last year.  If you would like to add your voice to Shiloh’s History, please contact Norma Smith at umwnsmith@bresnan.net.  The questions we would address are: (1) When were you in MYF? (2) Why were you a part of it? (3) What did you learn from MYF that you carry with you? (4) Tell of an experience(s) that was memorable for you!  We appreciate the help.  We would like enough voices and stories to actually put UMYF in its own chapter. If you have children who were involved, we would appreciate you passing the request on to them.
 
AGING WELL – We continue our work with Aging Well to invite folks of all ages to learn from experts in our community about different aspects of aging. People are living longer lives.  Feb. 18th will be Normal and Not Normal Aging at 11:30 am, right after church.  Learn what is normal in aging and signs of other aging conditions to watch for, especially around memory.  On February 20th, memory screenings are available at the church from 1-3 pm.  Please sign up on February 18th at our event.
 
ASH WEDNESDAY – Shiloh has a great tradition in Billings sharing in Ash Wednesday’s service with our United Methodist brothers and sisters.  This year the Ash Wednesday service will be at Hope UMC, at 244 Wicks Lane in the Heights on Wednesday, February 14h.  Choir will meet and eat at 5:30 and then practice at 6:00 pm. The service begins at 7:00 pm with food served at 6:00 pm.  Childcare is provided and Pastor Tyler will share in the preaching with Pastor Kama from First UMC.  We hope you can join us!
 
HEARING ASSISTANCE – We have acquired some new headphones for our assisted hearing devices.  They are located on the tables at the back of the sanctuary.  Please help yourself!  Let the ushers know if you need assistance.    

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.