Shiloh E-Pistle for June 11, 2020

We hope you join us this June as we explore Hope: Living with Confident Expectation.  We will explore how hope is the foundation for faith, not a plan, but where we begin from.  

People of Shiloh,

As I begin my prayers each day, I find the world’s pace grating to the soul.  The everyday is still happening amidst the upheaval and turmoil we are feeling.  The challenge of race is in front of us, COVID-19 still stands as a challenge, and our economic challenges are raging.  We as people of God are called to witness to our faith amidst all of these things. Christ’s disciples were given this instruction in Acts 1 as a final call, before the risen Christ stepped beyond the veil.  This is what we must each do in this time, we must be witnesses to the hope of God’s kingdom being revealed.  

Our perceptions of what this means will be changing too.  For years our picture of the church was “if we build it, they will come.”  Now we must shift to a different protocol of “God has asked us to witness to our faith.”  We must move from being a place of perfect program to a place of imperfect community.  A community of believers challenging, learning and sharing with each other, so that we can share that faith in the world.  

One change that has happened is that of how we care for those in our community.  It used to be the case that hospitals and Billings was small enough that if you got hurt or were in the hospital we would hear about it and a pastor or church member could respond.  This is often not true anymore.  This week I got a letter from Billings Clinic that in the season of COVID-19 this is definitely not true.  In order for us to be in touch with you, you must let the hospital and us know you want to hear from us.  As your pastor I cannot go into the hospital except in extremely special circumstances.  We will be able to chat via phone or electronic device, but you have to ask for that connection.  We want to be your community, so in this season please let us know if you need care.  

Keep in prayer, stay in faith, and witness to hope,

Pastor Tyler


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Shiloh UMC News for June 11

Drive-In Church at EUMC – Evangelical UMC will hold drive-in church on Sunday at 10:30 am for their church family. They are located at 345 Broadwater Avenue.  Feel free to join them or join us on Facebook or YouTube Live at the same time.    

Luminaria Sale – Our fundraising for Relay for Life came to a halt with the virus this spring.  We do have one more way we can help fight cancer and that is with the purchase of a Luminaria in memory of someone or in honor of a cancer survivor.  This year they are also offering a Caregiver luminaria.  If you would like to purchase a luminaria, they are $10.00 each and you can mail your check to the church by June 29 and we will fill out an order blank and get it to the Yellowstone Relay for Life. Please be sure to put the name of who the luminaria is for on the memo line of your check.


Free Store GIVE AWAY BAG Donations Needed! – Free Store volunteers, Judy and Janet, have put together GIVE AWAY BAGS to all who have requested them.  A small toy is included for children and toiletries for adults. The majority of the requested bags have been for children. The following donations new or used (clean) are needed:

JEANS: Girls, Boys and Men – All Sizes

SHORTS: Girls, Boys – All Sizes

SUMMER TOPS: Girls – All Sizes

COLORED T-SHIRTS: Boys – All Sizes

UNDERWEAR AND SOCKS: Girls, Boys – All Sizes

Please mark your donation: Give Away Bags and bring them to Shiloh, not EUMC. Place them in the box next to the front door of the church. The Free Store is SO grateful to be able to continue to execute this ministry during difficult times. Thank you so much for your support.

Small Group Meetings – Some small groups are beginning gathering in the church or on-line beginning the week of June 21. If you indicated interest in a Small Group in your survey, you will be notified of the day and time of your Small Group meeting.  Here are the Small Groups we are planning so far:  Online; Mission Ridge; Sunday 8 am; Sunday Midday (2 groups); Sunday Evening (2 groups); and Wednesday 4 pm.  Classes will start with one of Adam Hamilton’s bible study programs and will share communion together every week.  All are asked to wear masks and are required to sanitize the area when they leave. If you haven’t responded to the survey, please complete one soon (   

Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Ordinary Men” – Sundays at 8:45 am. If you would like to join the 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.

New Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Extraordinary Women” – Starts on Sunday, June 28, at 8:45 am. If you are interested in joining this class, call the office for details. 

DVD Players Available – Many thanks to the Visitation Team!  We have purchased several DVD players that will be delivered to folks who do not have access to the internet so they can enjoy on-line worship. If you know of someone who could use one, please let the office know.   

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. We are checking all these sources every day and sending them on to the prayer team and Pastor Tyler.

Music With Judy… Judy Frank is providing short stories and tunes weekly. Each video shares the story of how a song of our faith came to be and includes the tune itself. We hope you can use this to understand the depth of the music of our faith. Please take advantage of the videos through our Facebook page. So far, she has shared videos about “Standing on the Promises”, “Precious Lord”, and “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”. 

Vacation Bible School – We are planning on holding Vacation Bible School with First UMC again this year.  It will be, mostly outside, at Shiloh and is tentatively scheduled for August 3-6 from 9am – 12pm.  More details later. 

No Weekly Update June 29-July 3 – We will not publish a weekly update the week of June 29.


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:

Our leadership is meeting next week to discuss our next steps for worship.

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