Shiloh E-Pistle for Thursday June 18, 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 we discuss hope as part of Christian practice, I am struck by how often hope is associated with something that many of us struggle with, waiting.  In a culture where I can order something from Amazon and have it in 2 days, or run to the local Wal-Mart and have it now, we are not that good at waiting because most of the time we do not have to.  


Take a minute though and think about some of the best things in life.  They are worth waiting for.  A good dessert that takes time and preparation, that fills the kitchen with good smells before finally being ready to consume.  Projects that take time, but the outcome is heartfelt and specifically designed for you: knitted blankets, wood furniture that is handmade, or something specifically designed for you.  Plants from our gardens that produce fruits and vegetables, waiting for them seems to make their produce taste better than store bought.  


And these are just the tangible things of life.  Spiritual waiting can be wholly satisfying.  So, how do we allow God to give us direction to train ourselves in this kind of waiting.  For spiritual waiting to be satisfying there also has to be a desire to see something come to fruition, so a little human impatience is good.  I heard one author describe the necessary components for spiritual waiting as the phrase “holy urgency.”  Perhaps this is what hope really is.  It is us learning the practice of “holy urgency.” The need for the world and God to conspire and co-create the thing we need in our lives.  


Ecclesiastes 3:1 Common English Bible (CEB)

There’s a season for everything

    and a time for every matter under the heavens.


How are you practicing hope or “holy urgency” in this strange season of life we all find ourselves in?  A time that is generally full of a lot more waiting?  Share your thoughts with me in email or give me a call, so we can connect.  


Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler


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Shiloh UMC News for June 18

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.

Youth Group Coffee Night – Thursdays at 7:30 pm – We are having a youth group (8-12 Grade) coffee night every Thursday at Mazevo on Grand from 7:30-9:00pm. Please join us for coffee and fellowship.

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 – We promise you we are working to set up small groups at Shiloh!  We are shooting for the weekday groups to meet the week of July 7 and the Sunday groups to start  meeting on July 12. 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 (  

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 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. 

Worship 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.   

No Weekly Update The Week on July 2 – 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.

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

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