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 Friday, April 3, 2020 – Holy Week Info

 
Learn about our Holy Week at this time and how you can journey with us to Easter over the next week.  

People of Shiloh,

This week I got to the church and found these hearts all over the door.

One of our children, Devon, worked hard to adorn the church doors with hearts as a part of a worldwide campaign to show that we care for each other during this time of the Corona Virus.  #spreadingjoyinmyneighborhood

On Thursday I asked our Shiloh Leadership to consider the passage: 

Acts 2:42-47 Common English Bible (CEB)
 

42 The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. 44 All the believers were united and shared everything. 45 They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. 46 Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. 47 They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

I know it is not a pre-Easter text.  However, this act of hearts on our door is a reminder that we are not a pre-Easter people.  This movement of sharing hearts is a global phenomenon of sharing love in a world that needs to know people care, right now.

How could we, Shiloh, spread the joy of Christ as this time continues on?  What ways could we be creative in courageously using our resources to support people in our community during unprecedented times?  What simple acts will we need to do to help people find grace and love in the times we face?  What people are seeking Christ at this time?

I invite you to consider this as we enter Holy Week.  How do Christ’s life, death, and resurrection move us in the Holy Spirit to offer God’s grace to the world?  

Don’t do anything new this week to change the world, there will be time for that.  As your Pastor, I ask you to take part in the Holy Week practices of faith in our Holy Week section below.  And as you do them consider how, like the disciples, you will be called to share God’s grace in new ways after Easter.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

HOLY WEEK
Palm Sunday Parade and Service – Join us for online worship on Facebook and YouTube at 10:30, detail below.  Prior to worship consider waving branches in a picture or decorating your house with hearts and signs of hosanna and sending a picture to PastorTyler@shilohbillings.church.  We would like pictures to offer a virtual Palm Sunday Parade during worship.  We hope you can join us.
 
Stations of the Cross – Posted on Wednesday on Shilohbillings.Church and on Facebook will be a printable stations of the cross. Go to different places online to watch videos or do it all on paper at home.  Pray for different places in our community as you journey with Christ to the cross.  
 
Comfort Food Love Feast – Join Pastor Tyler on Facebook at 5:30pm for a short liturgy of communion and gathering together.  Plan to eat dinner afterwards, knowing that your congregation is all eating after communion too.  We hope this recognition of Jesus’ final meal with his disciples reminds you we are all still gathered at the table of God together.  
 
Good Friday: Seven Last Words- Posted at noon with a watch party on Facebook at 7pm.  There will be a service of Jesus final hours in music and word.  Members of all 5 Billings churches will offer us a chance to experience Christ’s death and remind us the sorrow of Holy Week and the sense of loss the first disciples felt. 
 
Easter Sunday Celebration Service- Join us online at 10:30am for Easter Sunday.  This will be a service of song and worship to remember that first Easter.  This powerful morning service will help us all remember that Christ has called us to be Easter people, even in the days of the Corona Virus.  Dave Merkel and other musicians will provide the music.  
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Thank you for supporting our work.
KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CONNECTION – We want to support our kiddos spiritually.  Starting this week we will send out Sunday packets for the kids, they are available to print from our website https://www.shilohbillings.church/children/.  We will also be holding a Sunday School zoom on Wednesday, April 8, at 1pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it then email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

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Instructions to Watch on Youtube(Monday after Sunday for time being.)

 

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Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for April 3
 
CALENDAR
  • Keep in touch, call or reach out if you need support or just someone to chat with!
  • Billings UMC Combined Palm Sunday Worship Service – April 5 – 10:30 am – Live Streamed (see  below)
  • 406 Youth Middle School Confirmation – Continuing on-line!
  • Bible Studies – 
    • Norma’s Class – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays now.  See below for details.
    • Pastor Mike Nickerson Sundays online 9:30am. See below for details.
  • Care Givers – Meeting are suspended until further notice.
  • Easter Egg Hunt (was scheduled for April 11) – Is cancelled. 
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed at this point. They are NO LONGER accepting donations.
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been cancelled.  They are communicating prayers by phone and email. See below for ways you can share prayers with Pastor Tyler and the Prayer Team. 
  • Sandwich Ministry – Cancelled for April – See below for details. 
  • Worship – Starts Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.  After Sunday, the recording is available on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

 
 
NEWS
KEEPING IN TOUCH.  We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church (656-0050) and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.  If you have any questions or more importantly, need help in any way, please call the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  You can also email Liz at liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail are checked every morning.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of the state and federal health authorities and we will continue to try to keep everyone informed and keep everyone in our prayers.  
 
COMBINED PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP – Worship is available every week. 

  • Worship is being provided and coordinated with all five UMC churches in Billings. We hope you have been able to take advantage of this. If not, please do.  If you need help, please leave a message at the church (656-0050) and someone will help you. 
  • You can livestream the service on Sundays at 10:30 on Facebook Live.
    • Instructions for accessing Facebook Live are available.
  • After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:
    • Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are available.
    • Instructions for accessing past worship on our YouTube page are available.
  • If Facebook and YouTube are not for you, we will have CDs and DVDs available upon request.  Please call the office and let us know which one you need.  We will put one in the mail to you.

 
406 UNITED MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIRMATION CLASSES – These are continuing on-line.
 
BIBLE STUDIES – 

  • Norma’s Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are cancelled.  The group will meet via video conferencing on Sundays at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to join the class, please purchase the book (“Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur) as soon as you can.  Let the office know you are interested and we will send you the contact and video call information.    
  • Tyler’s Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
  • Pastor Mike Nickerson First UMC – Sunday School this week on zoom.  Rev. Mike Nickerson, Ph.D. will be teaching a 2-week class on “An Introduction to the Bible.”  We will discuss how the Bible came to be and how it can be a primary resource for our spiritual growth.  Join us at 9:15 this Sunday.  Please contact Pastor Tyler for the link.

 
CAREGIVERS – The caregivers group has suspended their meetings until further notice. 
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  They are no longer accepting donations.  Please hold your donations.  
 
PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on our list and will include all prayers that come to the website, the church phone and through the phone tree calls. If you have a prayer, please fill out a prayer card on our website, call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings,Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you.  We are checking all these sources every day.  Then we are sending the prayers to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – While the sandwich ministry is suspended, Susan has provided funds to the Rescue Mission, and has taken peanut butter, apple slices and apples to them. They are very appreciative for the help!  
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – This event and all events during the week of Easter have been suspended.
 
 

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Pastor’s Corner for Monday, March 30, 2020

 
People of Shiloh,

We are navigating strange new waters at this time.  However, we should not believe that people have faith have not faced such realities before.  

Take for example Martin Luther, the reformer from the 16th century who wrote to a friend about when a disease hit his home town of Wittenberg and how the church should respond (Volume 43, Pg. 132: Whether One Should Flee From A Deadly Plague – To Rev. Dr. John Hess):“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

Not being near each other is hard, not being in worship together is strange, and figuring out how life works in the social distance is challenging.  God is with us!

Four things I want you to know as we begin this week:
1.  Some of you have asked to be in touch via phone during this time.  A few of our leaders will begin a phone tree and will maintain regular contact with you this week.  If you don’t get a call by next week and you wish to receive a phone connection this way please let me know.
2.  Please consider getting some grape juice and bread for communion in your homes, we will begin blessing this over livestream on Sundays.
3.  Palm Sunday has some instructions below please consider taking a picture of your family celebrating hosanna and send it to me.
4.  The 5 Billings pastors have planned some socially responsible ways for us to do Holy Week together.  Stay tuned in the Friday email for those details.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

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Join us on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:30am. Click on the picture above.

 
Click Here for Instructions on how to watch on Facebook Live
 
Instructions to Watch on Youtube(Monday after Sunday for time being.)

 

Our Lenten Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.

If you appreciate Shiloh’s either spiritual or tangible work, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  
or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
Thank you for supporting our work.
Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
Shiloh UMC Church Calendar and News for March 30
 
CALENDAR
  • COVID-19 Precautions
  • Billings UMC Combined Palm Sunday Worship Service – April 5 – 10:30 am – Live Streamed (see below)
  • 406 Youth Middle School Confirmation – Continuing on-line!
  • 406 Youth United All Ages – Continuing on-line!  Contact Pastor Tyler.
  • Aging Well – Organ Donation (was April 8) – rescheduled to the fall
  • Bible Studies – 
    • Norma’s Class – Is offered via video call at 1:00 pm on Sundays now.  See below for details.
    • Tyler’s Class (was Tuesdays at Mission  Ridge and SUMC) – Postponed
    • Pastor Mike Nickerson Sundays online 9:30am. See below for details.
  • Care Givers Support– Are suspending for the time being, please be in touch with Sally.
  • Easter Egg Hunt (was scheduled for April 11) – Is canceled. 
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed at this point. See below for details.
  • Newsletter → Weekly Updates – Instead of an April newsletter, Pastor Tyler is sending out weekly updates.  If we have your email, you will receive it that way.  If not, you will receive a hard copy mailed to you!  Thanks to Liz!
  • Palms for Palm Sunday – Get yours Thursday!  (See Below)
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been canceled.  They are communicating prayers by phone and email. See below for ways you can share prayers with Pastor Tyler and the Prayer Team. 
  • Sandwich Ministry – Cancelled for April – See below for details. 
  • Worship – Starts Sundays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.  After Sunday, the video is available on our Facebook page and on our YouTube Channel.

 
NEWS
COVID -19 Precautions – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10. During this time when we aren’t sure what will be happening from day to day, it is very important to Pastor Tyler and the staff that no one is forgotten. Until further notice, the church building will be closed, except under very special circumstances.  
We will be doing whatever we can do to remain in touch with everyone in our congregation.   If you haven’t received a call from someone from the church, please call the church and leave your current contact information and someone will contact you just to check in.   
If you have any questions or more important, need help in any way, please call us at the church and leave a message and we will do the best we can to see what we can do.  Please leave a message at 656-0050 or send an e-mail to Liz@ShilohBillings.Church.  The phone messages and e-mail will be checked every morning.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of the state and federal health authorities and we will continue to try to keep everyone informed and keep everyone in our prayers.  
 
COMBINED PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP – Worship is available every week.  
·       Worship is being provided and coordinated with all five UMC churches in Billings. We hope you have been able to take advantage of this. If not, please do.  If you need help, please leave a message at the church (656-0050) and someone will help you. 
·       You can livestream the service on Sundays at 10:30 on Facebook Live.
o   Instructions for accessing Facebook Live are available.
·       After Sunday, the worship is available on our Facebook and YouTube pages:
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our Facebook page are available.
o   Instructions for accessing past worship on our YouTube page are available.
·       If Facebook and YouTube are not for you, we will have CDs and DVDs available upon request.  Please call the office and let us know which one you need.  We will put one in the mail to you.
 
406 UNITED MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIRMATION CLASSES – These are continuing on-line.
 
AGING WELL – The Aging Well that was scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.  The speakers were coming from Washington.  They hope to reschedule sometime in the fall. 
 
BIBLE STUDIES – 
o   Norma’s Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – On-site classes are canceled.  The group will meet via video conferencing on Sundays at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to join the class, please purchase the book (“Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur) as soon as you can.  Let the office know you are interested and we will send you the contact and video call information.    
o   Tyler’s Study – “Making Sense of the Bible” – Classes are postponed at both Mission Ridge and at the church.
o   Pastor Mike Nickerson First UMC – Sunday School this week on zoom.  Rev. Mike Nickerson, Ph.D. will be teaching a 2-week class on “An Introduction to the Bible.”  We will discuss how the Bible came to be and how it can be a primary resource for our spiritual growth.  Join us at 9:15 this Sunday.  The link is: https://zoom.us/j/448143495 or call in (301) 715-8592 and the Meeting Id is 448 143 495.
 
CAREGIVERS – (Temporarily Suspended, please contact Sally with questions and call each other to stay in touch.) 
 
EASTER EGG HUNT – This event and all events during the week of Easter have been canceled. We hope to have more information soon. 
 
FREE STORE UPDATE – At this time the Free Store is closed until further notice.  We recognize the hardship this creates for our many shoppers but due to the national guidelines of having no more than 10 people in one gathering, we had no choice. We will keep you updated weekly.  We currently cannot accept donations as we have run out space.  Your donation are critical to our success, so please consider keeping them on hand for when this time of separation end.    Thank you. 
 
NEWSLETTER – We will not be doing an April newsletter. If you have something to share with our church family, please email Liz, Pam or Pastor Tyler and we will get something in the weekly update.  
 
PALMS FOR PALM SUNDAY – We ordered palms for our Palm Sunday service.  Although we will not be able to meet in person, we would love you all to have a bunch or two to celebrate the day! We will leave a box of palms near the front door of the church.  Please drive on by and pick up a stock for everyone in your family.  We will also leave instructions for making palm crosses It’s a fun activity to do as a family.  Please email pictures of you waving palms with your family to Pastor Tyler.    YOU CAN PICK THEM UP ON THURSDAY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!  If you don’t get palms then make a Hosanna sign and don’t forget to send Pastor Tyler those pictures of you celebrating Palm Sunday.  We hope to use them in worship Sunday.
 
PRAYER GROUP – The prayer group is still meeting by phone and text.  They will pray for everyone on our list and will include all prayers that come to the website, the church phone and through the phone tree calls. If you have a prayer, please fill out a prayer card on our website, call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillings.Church, or tell the phone tree representative who contacts you.  We are checking all these sources every day.  Then we are sending the prayers to the prayer group and to Pastor Tyler.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – was canceled for April.  Susan checked with the Rescue Mission.  She had Linda send a check for $100.  Susan took peanut butter, apple slices and supplies to them.  They are very appreciative of the help! She is checking with the HUB to see if they have needs we can fill.  
 

 
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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.