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Pastor’s Corner – Sunday, January 6, 2019

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When I was in college I was challenged by a professor to read one of the gospels from cover to cover.  It was a fascinating experience!  We always hear the Jesus story in snippets at church. Reading an entire gospel you get the sense of how the writer hoped to portray the story of Jesus, the role the disciples play in the story, and the hope the gospel writer had for Jesus’ life, birth, death and resurrection.  The truth is that reading the scriptures can change you and reading them in their complete form has the ability to re-engage us in God’s story.  
This year I am inviting us as a congregation to read the entire Gospel of Luke in a year.  Just one book of the bible.  Our sermon series this year will not be always about Luke or focused just on Luke, but you will notice me pick Luke’s gospel more this year to encourage us to hear it in worship.  I will also publish a reading plan in the February newsletter, to make sure our commitment to reading the gospel of Luke isn’t just another lost New Year’s resolution.  
Here is my hope for us as a church:  that we get so wrapped in the gospels that we begin to see how they line up with our faith, and how God might be calling us to live out our faith.  I hope as we find puzzlements that we ask questions.  Just so you know my favorite pastoral communication is when someone says, “I was reading the bible and I have a question.” I invite you to join us on the journey of reading the Gospel of Luke this year.  Just an FYI it is only 19,482 words.
Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler
P.S. Women are some of the key characters in this gospel.
Our study series for January will be focused on Finding Joy In Real Life, we will explore 5 biblically based principles that remind us how living the Christian life can bring true joy and abundant life.  Click to watch the intro video.
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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  • Worship Service –Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am  
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover –Sunday at 9:00 am in the Adult Classroom
  • Choir Practice –Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Taking down the greens Sunday.  
  • Children’s Sunday School
  • No 406 Youth United Sunday! 
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover– Monday at 6:30 pm
  • Prayer Group – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Painting the Stars – Tuesday at 12 noon
  • Care Givers Group – Tuesday at 1:30 pm
  • Youth/Children’s Parent and Team Meeting/Dinner is Tue at 5:30 pm
  • Aging Well – “Let’s Move” – Wednesday – 12:00  
  • Leadership Training – Thursday at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  

YOUTH/CHILDREN DINNER MEETINGThe Youth and Children’s team invites all parents of children age 3 to 5thgrade to gather for a meeting onTuesday, January 8that 5:30 pm to discuss our future plans as a church around our growing children’s ministry.  We want to know your hopes for your children as they grow in God’s grace. We hope you will join us for dinner and meeting.  We will provide the pizza and if you could bring a veggie or dessert to share plus a drink that would be great. 
LEADERSHIP TRAININGAll current and new leaders at Shiloh are strongly encouraged to attend our leadership meeting on January 10that 6:00 pm -8:00 pm.  This session will involve training on how to lead meetings, what each committee and team is responsible for, a decision on when Trustees, SPRC, Finance and Church Council will meet in 2019 and learn about our church budget. New members and committees begin their roles in January. There will be no regular meetings of Finance, SPRC, Trustees and Church Council to accommodate the leadership training on January 10th.  Committees may call special meetings in January, if they have business that needs to be accomplished.
FAITH AND FILM– Faith and Film will be on January 13that 5:30 pm. The movie will be “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” This is a documentary about the life and work of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s Fred Rogers.  His show was one of the longest-running series on PBS.  It wrapped up production in 2000 after 31 sessions, but PBS continuously ran reruns of the series through August 2008.  Come and join us!
MESSY CHURCH– Messy Church will resume in January. We will have our service on January 15thand 29thfrom 5:30-6:30 pm. This has been such a fun and joyful time spent with kids and family. Thank you to all who have provided the meal for us. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby, please consider signing up to provide a light meal for these wonderful people. It is such a fun time to connect with others. If you need meal suggestions, we are happy to provide some ideas. Please see Pastor Tyler or Brenda Longin for more information.  Come join us for some singing, dancing, praying, crafts, learning, great food, and all around fun.
SPECIAL SESSION STUDY ABOUT GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019 – Pastor Tyler will be providing an informational session to Methodists throughout Billings and others in our conference about General Conference 2019. This special session focuses on “The Way Forward” as a denomination.  Pastor Tyler, as head of the legacy Yellowstone Conference delegation, will provide information and a time for questions and answers. These sessions will be at Shiloh UMC on January 17thand January 31stat 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Join us in person at Shiloh or online through a ZOOM conference. Please sign up by contacting the office at 656-0050. 
SUMC BIRTHDAY POTLUCK– Shiloh will be celebrating its birthday on Sunday, January 27thafter 2nd service.  Please join us for a potluck lunch as we celebrate our birthday and the wonderful work that the History Team has done. The church will furnish the dessert and the drinks.  We hope you will bring a main dish or salad to share.
CHIME CHOIR– Chime choir will begin rehearsals on January 29that 9:05 am.  If you have any questions, please talk to Judy Frank or give her a call at 325-8029. I hope to see all my returning choir members!
CAN YOU HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL? Please sign the clipboard in the Lobby on the Volunteer table if you can help with snow removal this winter.
HABIT FOR HUMMANITY– Shiloh UMC is a supporter of the Mid-Yellowstone Valley Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.  As such, Shiloh has volunteered to provide lunches on several occasions for the volunteer work crews on Saturdays.  We have been coordinating with other Methodist churches in the Billings area by providing these lunches on a quarterly basis.  Volunteers from Shiloh have included numerous members of the congregation through the Missions Committee. Recently the Missions Committee pledged to support the upcoming Apostles Build that includes monetary donations from several churches of various denominations as well as other community groups.  In late summer 2019, the Affiliate is planning on breaking ground for the next Apostles Build in their new subdivision located near the intersection of Wicks Lane and Bench Boulevard in Billings Heights.  Please look for opportunities to help out in 2019!  

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January 2019 – Newsletter

There is a story about a church named Shiloh who was planted miraculously on the West End of Billings, Montana in 1986 and how it grew to serve the people on the “growing edge.” I have been reading, listening and learning more of this story each month I serve as your pastor. It is a story of the amazing ways God has been at work here, around us, and through us as people of Shiloh. There are moments of great light in the history, moments of hardship, and under it all a hope that Shiloh can provide people with a place to renew and re-enter the world each week. 

The final full week of December, I took the time to renew on vacation, so I could enter the 2019 year with you and follow God’s path for us. There is a lot happening in January, so I would invite you to read your newsletter or sign up for our weekly emails. January 10this our leadership training for all leaders and especially new people stepping into their roles. On January 27th, we will celebrate our church’s birthday and hear from our history team about the incredible work they have done. We hope you find a way to connect with Shiloh this season.

Next Sunday we begin our sermon series focused on “Finding Joy in Real Life–5 Habits for Living Well”. We hope this series provides you an opportunity to ground in your faith as we begin this year.

Additionally, I am going to invite us as a congregation to read a “Gospel a Year” starting in 2019.    I will write more about his practice in next week’s pastor’s corner.  We will be starting with the Gospel of Luke this year.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler


We hope you can find a way to connect with us and more importantly with God in January!

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