Shiloh E-Pistle for July 9, 2020

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.

People of Shiloh,


In my daily study and prayer with God I am finding growing hope for our work this year.  For me there is a knowledge that we will be called to lead other communities of faith in how to be a people of God in a time that is challenging.  The challenging time we face now is a hard reality.  It is not just grounded in the fear of global pandemic, but also a culture war that continues to ramp up.  If you did not catch my sermon on July 5, I encourage you to go back and listen to it.  In it I speak of the deep fear that is drawing rifts in our neighborhoods and in our lives.  A fear not rooted in reality, and most definitely not in God’s reality of our future.  


This week I invite you to begin to prayerfully consider how you might ground your faith in this time.  As a church we are providing multiple on-ramps to circle the roundabout of our faith to strengthen our hearts and minds to share God’s love in the world.  You can engage in Bible study on Sunday mornings, join a small group(starting July 12), or engage in online worship.  The life of the church is changing, and I believe it will strengthen our faith if we are willing to engage it.  


If you are hoping to be a part of one of our small group worship services, please contact the office and let us know or respond to this email.  Also, please know that if you are not feeling connected to a place to grow your faith then let me know.  I have been having some incredible conversations with people in our church about where they want to grow, and I want to help support each of you in your faith journey.  


Blessings as we journey ahead,


Pastor Tyler


P.S. The United Methodist pastoral appointment process means I am appointed by the Bishop each year to serve alongside a congregation for 1 year.  That time comes up July 1 every year, and I am pleased to share that the Bishop has re-appointed me to serve alongside the people of Shiloh in Billings, MT for another year.


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Sunday Worship

Pick a way to join us for worship this Sunday:

Join us this week for Drive-In Church at Shiloh UMC at 10:30 am
Or watch Live Worship at 10:30 am on Facebook or YouTube. 
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Shiloh UMC News for July 9


Drive-In Church and Food DriveJuly 12 – Mark your Calendars!  Our next Drive-In Church will be July 12 at 10:30 am at Shiloh UMC.  We will hold a Food Drive the same day. Be prepared to hand your Food Drive items out the window when you enter the parking lot. See below for more details about Drive-In Church.  The Food Bank is in need of: Canned Fruit and Veggies, Pasta, Tomato Products, Canned Beans and One-Can Meals.  They also need Gallon, Quart and Sandwich bags.  Please hand them through the window as you enter the parking lot.  

High School Youth Group Coffee Night – Thursdays at 7:30 pm – We are having a youth group (Grades 9-12) coffee night every Thursday at Mazevo on Grand from 7:30-9:00 pm. Please join us for coffee and fellowship.

Youth Group (Grades 6-12) Summer Calendar:

  • July 17-19 – Camping/Float Trip near Bozeman

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

  • July 27 – Pop-Up Camp in Billings

  • 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. The registration form is available on our website ().  You can email your registration to Bonnie Banks ( or mail it to First UMC, 2800 4th Avenue North 59101.  Payment can be mailed to FUMC or brought the first day.  The cost is $20 if registered by July 21 or $25 if after July 21. 


Free Store GIVE AWAY BAG Donations Needed! – Free Store volunteers are putting together GIVE AWAY BAGS to all who have requested them. They need clothing items for men and children and toiletries for adults.  New and Clean Used items are needed.  You can drop items in the box in front of Shiloh.

Small Group Meetings – The Small Groups are ready to meet!! The weekday groups met this week and the Sunday groups will start meeting next Sunday, July 12. Here are the Small Groups we have so far:  Online Only; Mission Ridge; Sunday 8 am; Sunday Noon (2 groups); Sunday 6 pm; and Wednesday 4 pm.  All are asked to wear masks and are required to sanitize the area when they leave. If you haven’t yet, please complete a survey today (

Luccock Park Activities – Like other UMC camps, Luccock Park Camp will not be hosting camps this year. They have lots of work that needs to be done though. Their website also shows projects you and your family or friends can help with this summer. They are also doing a Virtual Race on July 15 at 7 pm.  You can help by registering at  Registration is $30, $50 or $100 and you get a cool Zero Hero T-shirt for your donation. Take a day and visit the park this summer with your family or friends. Have a picnic. Take a hike.  Please help support our UMC camp in whatever way you can.   

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.

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

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

Peggy Parker shared this poem with us at one of our book clubs:

We fell asleep in one world and woke up in another.

Suddenly Disney is out of magic, Paris is no longer romantic, New York doesn’t stand up anymore, the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty.

Hugs and kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents and friends become an act of love.

Suddenly you realize that power, beauty and money are worthless, and can’t get you the  oxygen you’re fighting for.

The world continues its life and it is beautiful.  It only puts humans in cages.  I think it’s sending us a message.

“You are not necessary.  The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine.  When you come back, remember that you are my guests.  Not my masters.”              
Haroon Rashid

Drive-In Church – Join us for Drive-In Church THIS SUNDAY at 10:30 am at Shiloh UMC. It’s fun!! Come enjoy social distanced worship with us! Here’s what you need to know about Drive-In Church:

  • You can always watch on-line service from the comfort of your home (every week) if you are more comfortable with that.

  • Park in the lot faced north (toward the rims) and watch the service from your car (audio through an FM station).  

  • Or park in the back of the parking lot (by the mini-mall) and take your blanket/chairs to designated social-distanced spots on the lawn.   

  • Please follow all the social distancing guidelines.

  • Future dates for drive-in church @ Shiloh (on-line worship is available every week) August 9, August 26 and September 6

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.

Our Covid-19 protocol and building use guidelines can be found here:

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