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Pastor’s Corner – August 5, 2018

People of Shiloh(I am re-running this Pastor’s corner because we want your feedback and only got two responses),
This next month I will host a worship design retreat with people from our congregation.  At the retreat we will begin to plan our sermon series from December – June of next year, as well as develop the in depth ideas for the Fall series.  If you are personally interested in participating, please contact me.  My aim in preaching is to help us “build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.” I’d like your input (please do this today or tomorrow, as I’ll be inviting the leaders to help me review your ideas).
Here are the questions I’d like you to answer. Please email or fill out your bulletin and drop your response to our Prayer and Visitation Coordinator, Liz at
1.    If you could ask Jesus one (or two) 
      questions, what would you ask?
2.    What is the personal struggle or
      relationship issue that you most often 
      ask for God’s help with?
3.    Is there a book in the Bible, a section of 
      the Bible, a character in the Bible or a
      theme in the Bible that you’d value
      having as the focus of sermon or
4.    Are there ethical issues, current events
      or global concerns that you believe I 
      should address in a sermon?
5.    Thinking of your friends who don’t go to
      church, what might be a sermon topic or 
      series that you feel they would be 
      interested in attending?
6.    How can I best help you grow in your
      personal spiritual life through preaching? 
      Where do you struggle in your spiritual 
      life and growth?
7.    Last year we had a great response to 
      some of our guest preachers. Are there 
      people you feel would be amazing guest 
      preachers for a special weekend in 

Thanks so much for sharing your responses to these questions. I’m excited about the sermons coming up this fall. We’ll kick off the fall with a series focused on Prayer Matters seeking in scripture how prayer transformed Jesus life and how it can transform ours, followed with a series called Defying Gravity helping us understand God’s call to give of what we have generously, and then in late October-November we will dive into a series on Grace by exploring 1 and 2 Samuel.  

I better get going, my children are calling me back to play, hope you are having a great summer.

Enthusiastic Shalom,
Pastor Tyler 


Scriptures to study this week – John 5:5-9, Romans 12:1-12

Pastor Tyler’s Invitation to Worship – Click to watch the video
A week ago Thursday night we had 10 youth and 3 adults stay for a lock-in at Shiloh.  We had fun, prayed, learned about Jesus, and had more fun.  We also took time to plan youth group for our upcoming year.  Check out one of our new ways to have fun that our children and youth will be able to use, nine square in the air.  
Click to watch the sermon series video.
This Sunday we begin our series on living Unafraid, exploring how we do that biblically and seeking ways to support one another in the Christian walk of freeing ourselves from fear.  During this series we invite you to pray each day to be released from your fears and use this acronym to help you in your prayer life.
Reminders for the Shiloh Community
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Monthly Newsletter can be found here –

  • Worship Service – Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am
  • Shiloh 101 – Sunday – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Movie Night at Grace UMC –Sunday at 8:30 pm
  • Adult Bible Study –Today at 9:00 am   
  • Shiloh Prayers – Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Unafraid Book Study – Tuesday at 12 noon (SUMC) and 5:30 pm (FUMC)
  • Bookmobile–Tuesday at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Care Givers – Tuesday at 1:30 pm 
  • Office Closed every Friday during the summer
  • Worship Service – Next Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:15 am

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWSDuring the summer a variety of activities will be provided instead of the Bible lesson taught during the school year. The schedule for the next several weeks (held during 2ndservice):
August 5:No Sunday school, kids remain in service
August 12:Veggie Tales Video
August 19:Joint worship at Rose Park with EUMC and GUMC, followed
                    by swimming so no Sunday school.
August 26: Outdoor Games
SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT– The movie tonight (August 5th) will be at Grace UMC at 1935 Ave. B.  The movie is Frozen and will start around 8:30 pm.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and plan on joining us for a wonderful movie and a great family night.
CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTSYour 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 you 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.
VOLUNTEER FOR SHILOHWe need many volunteers to keep the church running and welcoming.  In the hallway in front of the Fellowship Hall is a round table with clipboards and a calendar on it.  There are 2 clipboards asking for Ushers(1stand 2ndservices).  There is one clipboard asking for Prayer Leaders.  During the summer, the Prayer Leader is only needed for the second service.  There is one clipboard asking for Lawn Mowersand in the winter we ask for folks to shovel snow. The last item is a calendar where people can sign up to bring goodies for the Fellowship Hour.  Passing the clipboards around during the service can be distracting, so we are trying this method.  We need your help!  We ask you to please think and pray about what you can do to help keep our church running smoothly.
WORSHIP PLANNING RETREATHave you ever thought that the one hymn would be good in worship, or that the pastor should have used that movie clip?  We want your help!  From noon to 3:00 pm, on August 26th, we will dream, imagine and pray with one another about worship at Shiloh.  Everyone who wants to join us is invited; we just ask that you RSVP to the office.  There will be lunch provided and our goal is to support Pastor Tyler and our worship design team with ideas from our congregation.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL– Vacation Bible School will be at EUMC from August 13-15, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This time will be a time of gathering around a meal, crafts,   games and Bible stories.  Please contact the church office to learn about registration at 406-259-1897 or by e-mail at
SANDWICH MINISTRY– Each month on the last Friday, the Sandwich Ministry meets and makes 200 sandwiches for the Montana Rescue Mission.  This is a list of what they use every month: 2-40 oz. jars of smooth peanut butter (not chunky), 2-32 oz. jars of jam.  Jams spread much easier then jelly. They use 100 slices of ham, 100 slices of cheese, 20 loaves of bread and 200 sandwich bags to put the sandwiches in.  They also like to take cookies if there are any available.  If you can help with these needed sandwich making supplies, you can bring your donations to the church office.  For more information, please call Susan Hathaway at 690-3412 or the church office at 656-0050.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES – 2019– This year we asked the Secretaries and Principals of Big Sky and Meadowlark Elementary Schools what supplies they need but do not receive through other means.  Here is the list they gave us. WalMart Gift Cards, Hand Sanitizer (Large), band aids (3/4″ and 1″) (not novelty) , and Cortisone cream, Kleenex, glue sticks, healthy snacks(kindergarten), underwear-Boys and girls (sizes 6,7,8), socks (all kid sizes), leggings and sweats (sizes 6,7,8). If you are interested in purchasing any of these, please place them in bins in the Fellowship Hall on or before August 26th.  Thank you for your support and help.
BACK TO SCHOOLBack-To-School Sunday will be August 26th. Join us for worship to bring us back to the school season.  We will be having blessing of the backpacks at both the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services, receive our Student Day offering, and participate in writing letters to educators and support staff at local schools.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALSOn Sunday, September 2nd join us for Labor Day weekend worship with an 8 am service and a 10:15 am Blessing of the Animals service.  Bring your pet in a way you can keep them safe, and we will have a time of blessing for them. Even animals too big to fit inside our building can come and we will bless them outside too.

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August 2018 Newsletter

Prayers for you as you enter this upcoming August.  This month continues our journey to be Unafraid, and includes worship by the pool on August 19 and Education Sunday on August 26.  Read the newsletter for more details and blessings to you as summer rounds to the end.



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