Shiloh E-Pistle for July 23, 2020

 People of Shiloh,

The dying words of John Wesley the founding voice of the Methodist movement were, “The best of all God is with us.”  

To be a people of faith is to trust that God will guide us.  To understand that even in the most uncertain times that God will nudge us to be transformed into what the current moment asks of us.  Sometimes it is not by being transformed into what we think we should be, but instead what God needs in that time.  

Thomas Merton may be one of the Christian voices of the 20th century we most need to listen to in our current age.  Merton’s draw to pull back from the pressings of culture and to focus on Christ gives us a clarion voice for God being with us in this age.  From this monk and scholar comes a message worth praying this week.  “I have no idea where I am going.”  May you, in your uncertainties, pray this prayer as a guide for your way.  

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler



The Merton Prayer 

By: Thomas Merton

My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

nor do I really know myself,

and the fact that I think I am following your will

does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you

does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,

though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though

I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,

and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. 

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Shiloh UMC News for July 23

Small Group Meetings – The Small Groups are meeting!! The small groups all met this week. If you are interested, here are the Small Groups that are available now:  Online Only; Sunday 8 am; Sunday Noon; Sunday 6 pm; and Wednesday 4 pm. Everyone is asked to wear masks and are required to sanitize the area when they leave. Please contact the office if you are interested in joining one of the small groups.  View the video from last weeks small group lesson by clicking here.

Missions Team Update – We wanted you to know that the Missions Team is still sending $100 to the HUB each week. Congratulations to the Relay for Life team who did very well with fundraising despite the challenges of COVID! Many thanks to the SUMC family for their generosity! And we want to thank Sandi Rogina for diverting 50+ masks she made to the HUB and Rescue Mission.  


Youth Group (Grades 6-12) Summer Calendar:

  • July 26 – Lead Worship at EUMC at 9:30 am 

  • August 9 – Praise at the Pool – 9:30-11:30 am

  • August 15 or 16 – BBQ – more details to come

  • August 26 – First Middle Schooler Event of the School Year!

July-August Upper Room Available Here – If you are interested in a hard copy of the July-August issue of the Upper Room, please pick one up from the box by the front door of the church.  The Upper Room also offered us the electronic version. It is available for you at  Enjoy!  


Vacation Bible School – We will co-host Vacation Bible School with First UMC (FUMC) again this year.  It will be outside at Shiloh UMC and is scheduled for August 3-6 from 9am – 12pm.  You can get a registration form from Bonnie Banks ( at First UMC, 2800 4th Avenue North 59101.  Payment can be mailed to FUMC or brought the first day.  The cost is $25 for late registration. 


Free Store Needs – If you, or someone you know, is in need of clothing or household goods, a call to 259-1897 starts the process for the Free Store to help. Do you have an abundance of the items the dentist gives you at a check-up? The Free Store is always in need of toothbrushes (packaged individually), toothpaste, and other oral products. Please put them in the box outside the door at SUMC. You are appreciated.


Praise By the Pool – Mark your calendars for August 9 at 9:30 am.  We will hold worship by Rose Park Pool.  There will be several options for you to enjoy worship.   

Open Air Church at Luccock Park – Luccock Park UMC Camp (Paradise Valley) will hold Open Air Church on August 15 (11:00 am). 

Drive-In Church Dates –   Future dates for Drive-In church @ Shiloh are August 23 (“Back to School”) and September 6 (Labor Day Weekend). Mark your calendars.  

Annual Leadership Meeting – Leaders – Mark your calendars for August 24, 6-7:30 pm. We will meet with Our District Superintendent, Deborah Christine.  We will send out Zoom information closer to the date.

Prayer Team  –  If you have a prayer you would like to share, please fill out the prayer card on our website,call the church office at 656-0050, e-mail liz@ShilohBillingsChurch,l or tell the phone tree representative  who contacts you.  Prayers will be shared with the Prayer Team and Pastor Tyler..   

Today, take a few minutes

To sit quietly

And to be thankful for

All that you have


Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Extraordinary Women” – Sundays at 9:00 am. If you are interested in joining this class, call the office for details. 

Adult Bible Study for Women – What the Women Saw” – Tuesday at 6:30 pm. If    you are interested in joining this group, call the office for details.

What happens when our world falls apart? How do we press onward when our tightly- knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become when our identity—or the path we’re on—comes undone? What if all of this is not the end we fear it will be? In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us with unexpected joy, love, and hope— with a new beginning we couldn’t have imagined.

Sometimes we need God to unravel us, for we long to be changed. This worship series explores 9 stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and expectations. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling our plans—and us—into something new.

We continue to monitor the situation as Montana opens in phases. Because we are committed to the health and safety of all, especially our most vulnerable of God’s children.  In Phase 2 we will be shifting to a model of online and small group worship, intermixed with parking lot worship. Please check back for updates and be sure to join us online for our weekly worship services.

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