Shiloh E-Pistle for Thursday, August 13, 2020

People of Shiloh,

 This coming week we will be looking at the character of Job from the Bible.  This story is trying to answer a theodicy, “An attempt to answer questions about where God is when our lives get taken apart.”  There is something stunning about Job though, as a story broken down you can discover several different theodicies.  

 In this letter I want to focus on one of them, “Nothing you can do will earn you God’s favor.”  

 You may be thinking, “Wait a minute pastor!  Then there is no incentive to do good.  It is by doing good that God blesses our lives more and more.”

 How I have wished this to be true in my own life, and how many I have seen search after this certainty.  As an author I value greatly on this subject, Kate Bowler puts it, “I wanted God to make me good and make me faithful, with just a few shining accolades along the way.  Anything would do if hardships were the only detours on my long life’s journey.  I believed God would make a way.  I don’t believe that anymore.”

 The prosperity gospel is the theodicy that Kate Bowler has invited us to step away from.  Her invitation is to step into something that John Wesley the founder of Methodism learned in his life.  He learned through suffering that reading scripture, learning about God, knowing God through spiritual practice, and living with the faith of Christ in God everyday that we will simply know the love that is there for us.  We will know that love even when we suffer. 

 That doesn’t go on a billboard very well, but the more I read Job and live the faith.  The more I know that faith is not about a tidy cleanup of the world.  Faith will be forever messy.

 Grace and Peace,

 Pastor Tyler 

 Want to learn more:

Read this interview with Kate Bowler at

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Shiloh UMC News for August 13


Church Calendaring Meeting – This Thursday, August 13, at 6:00 pm we will hold a calendaring meeting for the 2020-2021 season via Zoom.  This is a great time to share your vision for the future of our Shiloh family. If you would like to join us, please email Tyler (pastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church) for Zoom call information. 

Giving Statements – We will be sending out giving statements (Jan-July) next week.  If we have your email address, you will receive your statement in your email. If we don’t have an email address, you will receive a copy in the mail.  If you received an email statement and would like a hard copy, please call the office.

Free Store News – Although the Free Store is closed due to the pandemic, a partnership has been established with Broadwater School (located across the street from the Free Store). The principal, Mr. Huck, will share with his parents/guardians the information regarding how to make an appointment with the Free Store to shop for school clothes. The Free Store facilities are too small to establish social distancing so during the appointment time only one family will be shopping. We anticipate this ministry will be able to meet the needs of many, despite the closure. Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, we have a good supply of needed items!!


Drive-In Church Dates – Join us for Drive-In Church/Back to School Sunday @ Shiloh on August 23 at 10:30 am.  We will be accepting monetary donations for UM Student Day (more information in the bulletin).  We will also hold a school supply drive for United Way “Operation Supply” that day.  Please think about bringing the following with you to service or drop them in the Food Bank barrel by the front door anytime before August 28.: 

  1. Loose Leaf Paper (College & Wide-Ruled)
  2. Pencils
  3. Spiral Notebooks (College & Wide-Ruled)
  4. Colored Pencils             
  5. Boxes of Tissue
  6. Crayons
  7. Disinfecting Wipes
  8. Hand Sanitizer
  9. Glue
  10. Glue Sticks             
  11. Dry Erase Markers (Various Colors, Broad Tip)
  12. Crayola Markers (Broad Tip)

*They will gladly accept all school supplies and hygiene items, click the supply link below for the full list. More detail is available at:  Thank you for your support!  

Community Gardeners – If you have excess produce, please do not bring it into/or leave it outside of the church. You can drop it by the Food Bank (at the dock door) or Rescue Mission (ring the bell by the Minnesota Ave. door). Thank you for your cooperation.  

Worship for Small Groups – Small Group worship is a great way for you to stay in touch with God, your church and other folks in the church. If you are interested in joining one of our Small Group Worships, please contact the office. We have the following groups available: Sunday 8 am; Sunday Noon; Sunday 6 pm; Wednesday 4 pm and Online (coming soon!); . Everyone is asked to wear masks and are required to sanitize the area when they leave.

Mission Team News – The Mission Team was asked by the Bozeman UMC and UMW to support a Radial Justice Supply Drive for Minneapolis. We are proud to say we sent $50 to the Bozeman UMC to support their effort.  Pastor Tyler has posted a video on our FaceBook page that talks more about Minneapolis church struggles to help and Bozeman UMC’s efforts to help.    


Youth Group (Grades 6-12) Summer Calendar:

August 15 or 16 – BBQ
August 26 – First Middle Schooler Event of the School Year!


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 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.

God, in times of crisis, I turn to You
because I know you love me and will help me,
 No matter what I face. Amen      

 Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Extraordinary Women” – Sundays at 9:15 (New Time!) 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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