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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, January 19, 2019

Click here to watch a video to prepare your heart and mind for our worship Sunday.

People of Shiloh – 
This Sunday is Human Relations Sunday!  Throughout the gospels, Jesus demonstrates that ministry is sharing God’s love with all people.  By opening ourselves to God’s love we allow ourselves to be made whole, and we are invited to share this love with others.  Martin Luther King Jr. was a prophet in our modern era who solidified this understanding for Americans.  As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day this Monday, I invite us to remember the sacrifice it takes to help others respond to the needs of those our society rejects. 
The United Methodist Church’s statement on human rights is powerful.  As you read this statement remember that churches across the United States and the World are committed to this statement.  
“The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.” Paragraph 162, 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline 
In your faith practice, I invite you to consider these words, to think deeply about MLK Jr.’s vision and to seek ways to touch the lives of those that society has left behind.  As a pastor, I pray that our church continues to work diligently to do this both inside our doors and in our communities.  
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 

Our January Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
  • SUNDAY is NOISY OFFERING DAY and HUMAN RELATIONS SUNDAY
  • Mission Team Meeting- Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Chime Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • Adult Bible Study – Sunday at 9:00 am
  • 406 United High School – Sunday at 4:00 pm
  • Prayer Vigil – Tuesday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Deeper Dive – Making Sense of the Bible – Tuesday at Noon
  • Bookmobile – Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Our Church Birthday Party is Sunday, January 26, (33 years)-please stay for cake and ice cream!!

 
JANUARY WORSHIP – Let It Go: A Series on Forgiveness.  This January we will be exploring what true forgiveness looks like.  Jesus teaches us great ways to understand forgiveness, and it is not as easy as the old line “Forgive and Forget.”  Forgiveness takes practice.  We invite you to join us in learning forgiveness this January.
 
“TWELVE ORDINARY MEN” – by John MacAuthur will be the new Adult Bible Study, Sunday at 9:00 am.  This study dives into what we can learn from the Apostles.  The study will run through May 10th.  All are welcomed to join us. 
 
HUMAN RELATIONS SUNDAY – The Human Relations Day offering supports neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy in the United States and Puerto Rico through United Methodist Voluntary Services, and work with at-risk youth through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.
 
DEEPER DIVE –BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”- The Bible is a sacred text that we hold in reverence as Methodists, but how do we understand it?  Pastor Tyler invites you to dive deeper into the text, to understand its origins, and where you might gain deeper understanding from it.  We will be using Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and if that doesn’t work keep an eye out late in February for Sunday morning study 6 weeks before Easter. We will meet at St. John’s Mission Ridge Tues at 10:30 am, Jan. 21, 28 and at Shiloh UMC Tues at noon Jan. 21, 28.  Books are $17.00 and you can get one in the office.
 
PRAYER VIGIL – The prayer group will hold a prayer vigil on Tuesday, January 21 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  In this time of political unrest we need prayers for global peace and environmental changes. The worship center will be opened for anyone who wants to stop in a pray in a soothing and comfortable atmosphere. 
 
 
FREE STORE REQUESTS – Recently we have had many requests for adult backpacks, usually from men.  This is reflective of the number of homeless that use one to hold all their belongings.  In addition, luggage, any size, is taken as soon as it comes in.   As always, the Free Store is appreciative of any donation.  However due to storage problems, we are currently accepting only winter clothing.  Thanks so much for your continued support
 
VISTATION MINISTRY – In the past, one of the Visitation Volunteers visited both hospitals every Monday- Friday.  The goal was to provide spiritual support for anyone from Shiloh who happened to be in the hospital.  Many options were available to the patient and/or the family: prayers, anointing, communion and support in general.  These same options continue to be available but a call must be made to the church to notify a member of the Visitation Team to go to the hospital (656-0050).  The Visitation Team has lost several members and currently the team is very small.  PLEASE call.  This is a very important ministry for all involved.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – On the last Friday of every month the Sandwich making committee makes 200 sandwiches for the Mission.  The cupboard is bare!!  If you would like to help with this ministry, they need peanut butter (plain), jams and sandwich bags. Both peanut butter and sandwich bags are on sale at COSTCO right now.

SHILOH UMC’S BIRTHDAY – Please come and join us for Shiloh’s 33rd birthday and to welcome new members on Sunday, January 26th.  We will be serving birthday cake and ice cream after both services.  

The Larger United Methodist Church – Information leading up to General Conference 2020

Based on the national news attention and the things you may read about the United Methodist Church in the headlines I want to keep you informed.  As your pastor, I will keep pertinent articles listed here about what is coming to the International Church this year as we see the continued work of discerning our ability to be inclusive of all people.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

These articles I believe help you to stay informed and up to date.

Pastor Tyler

https://www.umnews.org/en/   – Articles from United Methodist News Service

Article on the most recent proposals of separation that was carried by national media.

Livestream of People talking about the proposed plan of separation on January 13. (Click Here) 

Comparison of proposed plans headed to General Conference 2020

 

If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  Thank you for supporting our work.
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Pastor’s Corner for Sunday, January 12, 2020

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People of Shiloh – 
 
I wish the world was fair, and that fairness was something that happened for everyone.  My inner child desires it, the parent in me wishes it for my kids, and the Christian in me really desires for everyone to experience fairness in their lives.  
 
The reality is, life is not going to be fair.  Starting with our genetics being different from someone else, the cultural places of privilege, or not, that people are born into, and the reality that the older I get the more I realize that I do not know.  In the new Disney Movie Frozen 2 the living snowman Olaf sings the words, “Life will all make sense when I am older.”  And every time I hear the line my heart chuckles because life seems to make less and less sense.
 
Then I look at our world today, and I admit something I think Jesus knew, “Life will not be fair.”  However, I think Jesus knew something else and he tried to teach us, “God will provide enough, we are enough, if we just allow God to change our story.”  Then I think Jesus taught us the principles of this new life, this new story he hoped we would find.  This new life and story is one where God is active and working if we can just work to see it.  One of the main things Jesus taught about finding this new world is that FORGIVNESS is the first key to finding this new reality.  Through forgiveness God will work with us to rewrite the story, not for fairness, but for justice.  
 
I pray for us all, to seek how to follow this path and for the pain in the process.  Resurrection and new life is not easy.
 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
 

Our January Sermon Series – Watch this Video to learn more.
 
  • NEW Adult Bible Study – Starts Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice – Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Chime Choir Practice – Sunday at 11:30 am
  • Leadership Retreat – Sunday at 12:00-4:00 pm
  • Faith & Film – “Blinded by the Light” – Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • Prayer Group –Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Deeper Dive – Making Sense of the Bible – Tuesday at 12:00 pm
  • Care Givers –Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Book Review – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – Tuesday at 6 pm
  • Finance Committee – Thursday at 5:00 pm
  • Trustees Meeting – Thursday at 6:00 pm
  • SPRC – Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • Free Store – Saturday, January 18, at 10:00 am 
  • Noisy Offering is Next Sunday, January 19!
  • Mission Team Meeting-Sunday the 19th at 9am -All Mission Project Leaders are invited!

 
JANUARY WORSHIP – Let It Go: A Series on Forgiveness.  This January we will be exploring what true forgiveness looks like.  Jesus teaches us great ways to understand forgiveness, and it is not as easy as the old line “Forgive and Forget.”  Forgiveness takes practice.  We invite you to join us in learning forgiveness this January.
 
“TWELVE ORDINARY MEN” – by John MacAuthur will be the new Adult Bible Study, starting Sunday at 9:00 am.  This study dives into what we can learn from the Apostles.  The study will run through May 10th.  All are welcomed to join us. 
 
FAITH AND FILM – Join us on Sunday at 5:30 pm as we watch a movie, have some discussion and see where God appears to us in popular movies. This month we will be watching Blinded by the Light.  In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.  Bring a snack and a friend and join in the discussion after the film.
 
DEEPER DIVE –BIBLE STUDY “Making Sense of the Bible”- The Bible is a sacred text that we hold in reverence as Methodists, but how do we understand it.  Pasto Tyler invites you to dive deeper into the text, to understand its origins, and where you might gain deeper understanding from it.  We will be using Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and if that doesn’t work keep an eye out late in February for Sunday morning study 6 weeks before Easter. We will meet at St. John’s Mission Ridge Tues10:30, Jan – 14, 21, 28 and at Shiloh UMC – Tuesday noon Jan 7, 14, and 28.  Books are $17.00 and you can get them at the office.
 
BOOK REVIEW –Join Shiloh’s book review for a discussion on” The Book Women of Troublesome Creek” written by Kim Michelle Richardson.  This historical fiction book is inspired the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the 1930’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Program.  The book recounts the power of literacy to bring hope and learned tolerance to all. Come and join the discussion on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 pm.
 
BILLINGS UNITED METHODIST YOUTH – The Middle school kids (grades 6-8) and the High School will meet tonight at First UMC, 2800 4th Ave N. use alley entrance) for Banned Game Night.  Come play games, from 4-6 pm) that we won’t let you play any other time of the year. All middle school kids and high school youth are welcome. 
 
FREE STORE REQUESTS – Recently we have had many requests for adult backpacks, usually from men.  This is reflective of the number of homeless that use one to hold all their belongings.  In addition, luggage, any size, is taken as soon as it comes in.   As always, the Free Store is appreciative of any donation.  However due to storage problems, we are currently accepting only winter clothing.  Thanks so much for your continued support
 
PRAYER VIGIL – The prayer group will hold a prayer vigil on January 21st, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  In this time of political unrest we need prayers for global peace and so many other things.  The Worship Center will be opened for anyone who wants to stop for prayer in a soothing and comforting atmosphere.  
 
VISTATION MINISTRY – In the past, one of the Visitation Volunteers visited both hospitals every Monday- Friday.  The goal was to provide spiritual support for anyone from Shiloh who happened to be in the hospital.  Many options were available to the patient and/or the family: prayers, anointing, communion and support in general.  These same options continue to be available but a call must be made to the church to notify a member of the Visitation Team to go to the hospital (656-0050).  The Visitation Team has lost several members and currently the team is very small.  PLEASE call.  This is a very important ministry for all involved.
 
SANDWICH MINISTRY – On the last Friday of every month the Sandwich making committee makes 200 sandwiches for the Mission.  The cupboard was bare!!  If you would like to help with this ministry, they need peanut butter (plain), jams and sandwich bags. Both peanut butter and sandwich bags are on sale at COSTCO right now.
 
MISSION TEAM MEETING – Next Sunday, January 19 at 9:00 am – We invite everyone who sponsors a mission project in our church will attend and tell us how it’s going and how we can help! 
 

The Larger United Methodist Church – Information leading up to General Conference 2020

Based on the national news attention.  As your pastor, I will keep pertinent articles listed here about what is coming to the International Church this year as we see the continued work happen.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Pastor Tyler

https://www.umnews.org/en/   – Articles from United Methodist News Service

Article on the most recent proposals of separation that was carried by national media.

Livestream of People talking about the proposed plan of separation on January 13. (Click Here) 

Comparison of proposed plans headed to General Conference 2020

 

If you appreciate what Shiloh does, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  Thank you for supporting our work.
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