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Generosity Corner – October 14, 2018

We hope you will join us for our annual Harvest Dinner served at Lunch time on October 14thafter second service.  The church will furnish the turkey, ham and mashed potatoes.  Please bring a fall harvest side dish or dessert to share. We will hope you all will join us for a great food and a wonderful time of fellowship.  
Watch Our Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
  Aging does not need to be hidden or denied, but can be understood, affirmed and experienced as a process of growth by which the mystery of life is slowly revealed to us.
– Henri Nouwen  

This is the second in our Generosity Corner series, to share where the listening sessions conducted in the summer of 2017 have resulted in ministry from our church.  I encourage you to read last week’s message for more information on how these insights were gathered.
One primary desire from our community was to serve people “like us.”  In other words, people knew we were a community of people who are on the “older” end of the age spectrum and we hope our church can offer something to those challenges they are facing.  Listening to this desire and also recognizing that many of our neighbors fit this profile, I have spent the last year as your pastor learning intimately the challenges, hopes and fears of people who are in the second half of their life.  The journey has been an amazing journey that has brought connections to all sorts of people in our community, seeking to do the same kind of ministry and work.  
In this spirit we have launched our Aging Well program.  Designed to “enrich the gift of growing older.”  Last year we had a series of experimental lunches offering learning on a variety of topics around aging, and working to form a community of people interested in learning together.  It was a success, and this year we are continuing these programs.  We invite you to join us this week to see what “Aging Well” is all about.  On Wednesday, Oct. 17, we will have a lunch and learn time on nutrition.  This program will be sponsored by one of our missional partners, Highgate Senior Living, who is providing the lunch and program. Please come join us, no matter your age. 
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

Scripture for Study – Luke 15:11-32

Our study series for October is all about learning what generosity can do for us as a spiritual practice.  Join us for worship to learn more.
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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  • 3rdGraders will get Bibles Sunday! 
  • Harvest Lunch – Sunday after 2nd service
  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 am 
  • Adult Bible Study –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • 406 Youth United– Sunday at 4:00 pm 
  • Faith & Film – Sunday at 5:30 pm
  • Children’s & Youth Ministries- Monday at 5:30 pm
  • Adult Bible Study – Monday at 6:00 pm
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bookmobile– Tuesday at 12:30 pm 
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Messy Church– Tuesday at 5:30 pm
  • Aging Well – Nutrition and Healthy Choices– Wednesday at Noon
  • Worship Next Sunday – 8:00 and 10:15 am
  • Usher Training and Noisy Offering are both next Sunday

CHOIR PRACTICE– Choir practice will be held today and the 28th at 9:00 am.  The choir will sing for us those days at the 10:15 service. Everyone is welcome to join the choir and sing with Dave Merkel directing.
ANNUAL HARVEST LUNCHWe hope you will join us for our annual Harvest Dinner servedright after 2ndservice today.  The church is furnishing the turkey, ham and mashed potatoes.  Please bring a fall harvest side dish or dessert to share. We will hope you will join us for a great food and a wonderful time of fellowship.  There will be a Free Will Offering.
FAITH & FILMThe Faith and Film feature is ALL SAINTS. This movie is based on an inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor, Michael Spurlock (John Corbett). Bring a friend, a snack, or just yourself. Please join us Tonight at 5:30 pm.
CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRIES– Children and Youth Ministries will be having meeting on Tomorrow, Monday, October 15th, at 5:30 pmabout Trunk or Treat festivities.
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church is held every Tuesday at 5:30 pm at the church.  This is family-friendly worship with a light meal and activities.  Please sign-up in the Lobby for preparing Messy Church meals for this community outreach ministry. 

AGING WELL– The AGING WELL series will be starting again on Wednesday, October 17that 12 noon to 1:30 pm. The first class will be about Nutrition, Healthy Choices. Lunch will be served.  RSVP’s would be appreciated but are not mandatory.  Please call at (406) 656-0050;
USHER TRAINING – NEXT SUNDAY– We are SO thankful for our ushers!  Liz and Pam will hold a short usher training after each service next week. There have been some changes recently and we want everyone to be comfortable performing this crucial task. If you can’t attend, there will be instruction sheets available upon request.    
SLEEPING BAGS AND WHITE SOCKS NEEDED!– During October, the Missions Team will be collecting money for sleeping bags for the HUB and Free Store. The bags are $44 each.  Please make the notation on the memo line of your check or envelope.  The HUB also needs white socks. There’s a container in the Fellowship Hall for those. Thank you for your support!
CONTRIBUTUON STATEMENTS– Your contribution statements are ready for you to pick up from your mail slot on the table in the entry way.  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 STOREOctober means winter clothing and winter bedding needs increase.  As the temperature turns colder, these items are in high demand so all donations are welcome.  Due to storage issues, please do not donate summer clothes.  Thanks for making this ministry so successful.
TRUNK OR TREATOne of our on-going goals is to increase the number  young families attending Shiloh.  The annual Trunk or Treat event is an excellent outreach effort that provides an opportunity for others to become familiar with us. We would like a parking lot full of cars giving out candy from 5 pm to 8 pm on Halloween.  If you would like more information, please let Peg know (690-6370). There is a signup sheet on the easel. Come and join the fun!  We can also use donations of wrapped candy and rinsed out 1 gal. milk jugs. Thank you for your help.
VETERANS– If you are a Veteran and served your country, please indicate on the friendship pad this morning.  Thank you.
PRAYER VIGIL– SUMC’s Prayer team will be sponsoring a Prayer Vigil on Friday November 2nd.  The church will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. We all have hope that our Country will come together in peace and harmony and with the election on November 6th, we felt this would be a good time to come into a peaceful setting and lift up your concerns and hopes to God. So please stop in, have a moment of prayer, and light a candle.   

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Thank you for your generosity!

October 8, 2018
People of Shiloh,
What an honor it is to serve alongside you in the Billings community and support our work sharing the peace, love, hope, and joy of Christ with everyone, everyday, everywhere.  Over the last year, we have worked hard at following God’s call to serve our community and grow in our faith.  One of my favorite moments is when 400+ showed up in our building for our Easter Egg hunt.  Even though we had no idea God would send us that many people, I watched the people of Shiloh shift into hospitality worthy of a church.  Members ran to get more candy for eggs, people stepped up to help guide the crowd, and the community returned the generosity by celebrating the bounce house we placed in our sanctuary, “Did you see that church move the chairs in their worship space to let people have fun?”
This month in worship, we are exploring what it means to be a “Generous Church.”  We hope to share how Shiloh is generous with our resources in supporting our community, in growing disciples and in sharing the gospel.  Enclosed in this envelope you will find a breakdown of how we hope to use our financial resources in 2019. Also on that sheet, you will see a graph of how I spend my time working as a community Christian leader on Shiloh’s behalf.  Our hope is that tools like these will help exemplify how your generous gifts support our work as Shiloh. 
Thank you for the gifts you have already given to help make our ministry possible.  Without your generous gifts we could not do the work we do, and invest in a future where God’s love will be more known here and around the world.  My hope, as your pastor, is that you gain two things from this season of generosity and learning:  1. That you find at least one skill that supports you in knowing what abundance is, and how you can share that abundance in the world, and 2. That you will find one new way to connect to God as you practice generosity.  
During this season, we invite you to participate in the following ways:
  1. Our sermon series will be available in worship each week at 8:00 and 10:15 Sunday mornings, online at ShilohBillings.Church, and through our app that can be downloaded from our website.  We invite you to join us each week by being present or listening in.


  1. Each week we will publish our “Generosity Corner” where I will share how your work as a congregation, and how listening to Shiloh’s hopes has shaped how we have organized our work as a church.  To sign up to receive these messages by email please go to find it in the bulletin.


  1. In worship each week there will be a video from one of our congregation members sharing “Why they give to Shiloh?” and “Why they are excited for Shiloh’s future?”


  1. We have two events during this season.  These are in response to congregational feedback over the last year.  They are designed to reach our existing congregation and to reach families.  Please choose the one that best fits you, or both. And please invite a friend who doesn’t go to Shiloh.
    1. Aging Well: Nutrition and Healthy Choices – October 17 at Noon.  Highgate Senior Living is going to bring a program called Lunch & Learn: Nutrition and Healthy choices, a free lunch will be included.  We will be learning about how to make healthy eating choices as we grow older, and some tips and tricks on how to do it.  They will even feed us good tasting, healthy food.
    2. Messy Church – October 23 at 5:30pm.  Messy Church is a worldwide church style that is bringing families back to church.  It allows kids and parents/grandparents/guardians to worship together, pray together, and eat together.  We are holding Messy Church every week and would love for you to join us, to learn about it, and see if there is someone in your life to invite to Messy Church.


  1. We invite you to practice generosity and let go of household items by donating them to the United Methodist FreeStore on October 21st.  October means winter clothing and winter bedding needs increase.  As the temperatures turn colder, these items are in high demand so all donations are welcome.  


  1. On October 28th, we will send you home with a piece of Shiloh, and invite you to bring the enclosed pledge card to worship with you.  We will consecrate these cards and all our gifts as a way of recognizing God’s abundance for our church.

You are part of all this gospel work and I hope you continue your commitment to the exciting ministry that is Shiloh.
Enclosed you will find a commitment card for 2019.  Please take some time to prayerfully consider your commitment to our good work.  We ask that you return your pledge cards by October 28thon our final generosity Sunday.  You can place these cards in the offering plate, mail them or fill them out online at

Enthusiastic Shalom,                                                          In Support,
Rev. Tyler Amundson                                                         Susan Hathaway, Finance Chair

Shiloh United Methodist Church 2019 Narrative Budget:

Ministry & Missions Work    $    7,815      3.76%
Includes: Sunday Schools, Youth Group, Social Activities, Missions Work, Visitation Ministry, Worship Planning and Environment  
Church Operations    $    9,000      4.33%
Includes: Advertising, Office Supplies, Postage, Phone and Internet, Computer Programs and Upkeep, Copier            

Congregational Support    $  67,222    32.32%
Includes: Personnel costs for supporting people following Jesus Christ with discipleship, education, age level ministry and worship design  
Leadership Development    $ 17,663      8.49%
Includes: Personnel costs for supporting staff, lay leadership and others in sustaining our ministries       
Counseling and Care    $ 17,195      8.27%
Includes:  Personnel costs for time in prayer with members of the congregation, supporting baptisms, weddings, funerals, and counseling in times of crisis            

Support to UMC/Interfaith Activities    $   9,592      4.61%

Includes: Personnel costs to maintain our connection with the larger United Methodist Church for mission and ministry and for connecting with others of the Christian faith and other faiths to support God’s work in the world            
Community Outreach and Mission    $ 23,043    11.08%
Includes: Personnel costs for meeting people in the community, taking part in community effortson behalf of the church, efforts to help people know why Christian people are called to make a difference in the world.            
TOTALS        $208,000    100.00%
2019 Breakdown of Pastor Tyler’s Time 
By Category
25% – Community Outreach, Mission and Evangelism
Meeting people in the community, community efforts I take part in as a United Methodist, or representing Shiloh, and any effort to help people know why Christian people are called to make a difference in the world.
35% – Supporting people following Jesus Christ
(Congregational Support)

Discipleship, education, age level ministry and worship planning/design.
15% – Leadership Development
Supporting our staff, lay leadership and others in sustaining our ministries through coaching, and advisement.
15% – Counseling and Care
Time in prayer with members of the congregation, supporting baptisms, weddings, funerals, and offering a counseling ear in times of crisis.
10% – Support to the United Methodist Church, Ecumenical and 
           Interfaith Activity
We maintain our connection with our larger church for mission and ministry, connecting with brothers and sisters in the Christian faith and other faiths to support God’s work in the world.



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