Shiloh E-Pistle for Thursday, August 20, 2020

Join us as we bless backpacks for kids going to school, celebrate students, and pray over supplies to support schools. We believe education is important to people in our community. Kids of all ages are invited the bring backpacks for a fun blessing and to be part of the worship. We will be following safe practices and outdoor worship happens in cars or physically distanced on the lawn. Worship online will also have a focus on students and teachers.

We will also hold a school supply drive for United Way “Operation Supply”. 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.:

Loose Leaf Paper (College & Wide-Ruled)
Spiral Notebooks (College & Wide-Ruled)
Colored Pencils
Boxes of Tissue
Disinfecting Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Glue Sticks
Dry Erase Markers (Various Colors, Broad Tip)
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!

Please watch this message from Pastor Tyler about traditional in-person worship canceled for 2020.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks to learn how we are going to engage in worship this year, there will be many opportunities.

Pastor’s Corner for August 20

People of Shiloh,


I write to share the news that our worship team, with the permission of Church Council, has made the decision that traditional in person worship will be officially cancelled for the remainder of 2020.  The group asked me to convey our sadness at this decision.  Our conclusion was not made lightly and was done in prayer for what is best for our congregation during this pandemic.  We hope that this decision will allow us to focus our resources on other pandemic safe forms of worship and connection.


We will continue our plan to have our outdoor worship at 10:30am on August 23, Education Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks, and September 6, Blessing of the Pets.  Small group worship will continue on, and we will be continuing to work hard to provide a quality online experience.  


Please stay tuned to the Pastor’s corner for news about in-person opportunities and changes to our online engagement coming over the next several weeks.  We are hopeful and excited that these other opportunities allow you to connect with God and each other during these challenging times.  


Grace and Peace,

Pastor Tyler

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Common English Bible


A season for everything


3 There’s a season for everything

    and a time for every matter under the heavens:

2     a time for giving birth and a time for dying,

    a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,

3     a time for killing and a time for healing,

    a time for tearing down and a time for building up,

4     a time for crying and a time for laughing,

    a time for mourning and a time for dancing,

5     a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,

    a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,

6     a time for searching and a time for losing,

    a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,

7     a time for tearing and a time for repairing,

    a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,

8     a time for loving and a time for hating,

    a time for war and a time for peace.


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Sunday Worship

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Shiloh UMC News for August 20


Giving Statements – You should receive giving statements (Jan-July) sometime this week.  If we had your email address, you will receive your statement in your email. If we didn’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.

Drive-In Church Dates – Join us for Drive-In Church/Back to School Sunday @ Shiloh on August 23 at 10:30 am.  Kids – Bring your backpacks so they can receive a special blessing.  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 School Supplies/Food Bank barrel/box by the front door anytime before August 28: 

Loose Leaf Paper (College & Wide-Ruled), Pencils, Spiral Notebooks (College & Wide-Ruled), Colored Pencils, Boxes of Tissue, Crayons, Disinfecting Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Glue, Glue Sticks, Dry Erase Markers (Various Colors, Broad Tip), Crayola Markers (Broad Tip)

*They will gladly accept all school supplies and hygiene items, click the following link for the full list and more detail at:  Thank you for your support!  

Third Grade Bibles – If you have a kiddo who will be a third grader this year, please contact the office.  We will be sending out a special bible to each of these children.  If you have an older child who hasn’t received a bible from Shiloh yet, please let us know and we will add them to the list.  

Anti-Racism Book Club – For anyone interested in learning about the anti racism movement.  We are reading a book called “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo, and discussing it through Zoom.  The book discussion date will be TBD and will be led by pastor Angie Dornisch. For more information contact Heather Gaitonde at 706-627-8064 or

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!!

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.  

Sprinkler Issues – You may notice the grass is pretty dry at the church. We are having sprinkler issues. Don’t worry – the gardens are being watered!  The Trustees are on the job and hope to have them fixed soon!!

Small Group (In-Person) Worship – In-person 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 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. The Sunday 8:00 Small Group Worship is temporarily suspended. The next time they meet will be on August 30.  

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:
There is a BBQ for all high school students at Aiden, Devon, Melissa and Jeff Fulton’s house this Sunday, August 23rd at 5:00pm. The Fulton’s address is: 5611 Mountain Front Ave Billings, MT 59106. 

Next week, we will have our first middle school youth group event of the fall at Hope UMC (244 Wicks Lane) at 6:30pm on Wednesday, August 26th. Come and enjoy some fun games outside on the church lawn! 


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 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 sheared with the Prayer TeamAnd Pastor Tyler.     

The church does not close only the building, because we are the  church, the living body of our Lord Jesus and we are everywhere.


 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 Fall of 2020 we will be shifting to a model of community worship and online hybrid worship.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

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