Shiloh E-Pistle for Thursday, May 14, 2020

A weekly video message from Pastor Tyler.  
In may we will be shifting the weekly email to come out on Thursday, so we can print it and send it to our members that don’t do electronic communication.  Additionally, we will be changing the name to the Shiloh E-pistle.  A play on the epistles or letters in the New Testament.  Each one will still have a message from Pastor Tyler, and all the updates for the week.  If you have announcements for the week please have them into the office by Tuesday.  We hope these weekly messages get to all of those who are serving alongside of us, are a part of our community, and are sharing the loving of Christ.

Pastor’s Corner for May 14

People of Shiloh,

Over this last week, in conversation with people of different life stages, it has been striking how the stay at home and even these reopening phases has impacted our lives in very different ways.  For some this has been a time of learning new skills, like how to homeschool children or do community activities on a computer.  For others it has been hectic, working from home and managing home life and work, side by side.  For others the push to stay home has been a blessing, allowing them to let go of things keeping them busy and focus on the important.

People of faith have often found in times of life change and transition as a call to consider the new things God is calling them to.  I think what will be challenging as we are able to see each other more, is that life has changed for people in these very different ways.  As with Jacob by the river, we are wrestling with God to discover what God will name us and call us to in the months ahead (Genesis 32).

I have heard some church leaders invite us to imagine when we come back into our churches to prepare that congregations will have changed in what they need.  Some will find that they can get what they wanted from church online, so they will be seeking something more if they come back to the building.  Some will have felt isolated from their traditional social network of Sunday morning fellowship, so they will be happy to have things “the way they were.”  Others will simply not come back, having found another way to connect to God during the time away.  New people may wander in the doors spurred on by life circumstance or inspired by the way churches have been resilient to the challenges of the time.  This time will change us as people of Shiloh.

I invite you to take some time this week to consider the things you are leaving behind during this time. Some things will be things worth mourning, because they were not bad, but they have come to an end.  

God is with us in this transition and God will call to us as we step into the future.  Jesus was clear that God’s love never ends and we will be called to share that love with all kinds of people who need to know they are loved.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

 

COVID-19  
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 people, the current plan is for Shiloh to remain online-only through Phase1. Please check back for updates and be sure to join us online for our weekly worship services.  Our leadership is meeting next week to discuss our next steps.

Please read about our potential drive in worship May 31, Pentecost listed below.

Sunday Worship
Join us on Sunday as the Billings United Methodists Churches experience a worship led by our young people, including our graduating high school seniors

– Sunday – 10:30 am – Live Streamed on Facebook  and YouTube.  Links to both platforms are below, along with instructions on how to access them.

Shiloh UMC News for May 14
  • Adult Bible Study– “Twelve Ordinary Men” – Sundays at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to join the class, call the office for details.
  • Adult Bible Study for Women – What the Women Saw” – Tuesdays – 6:30 pm.  If you are interested in joining this group, call the office for details.
  • Adult Bible Study – “Twelve Extraordinary Women” – Starts on May 24. If you are interested in joining this class, call the office for details.    
  • Church Building is not open – If you must visit the building, please wear a mask. 
  • Communion and Devotion Call – Our next Communion and Devotion Call will be May 28 at 6:00 pm.  See next week’s update for details.   
  • Community Garden Boxes – There is only 1 Left!  The cost is only $15 this year.  Please contact David Prewitt (757-880-6568) or Buddy Kastrop (406-698-0783) to put your name on the remaining spot.
  • Drive-In Church – Mark your calendars and watch this update about Drive-In Church on May 31 (Pentecost Sunday) at 10:30 am at Shiloh UMC. It’ll be fun!! After the church, we will “parade” down Shiloh to the zoo!  We will need lots of volunteers.  If you are interested, please call the church and let us know. We are talking about doing another food drive that day too!  Check in for more details in next week’s update.      
  • Food Bank Support – Shiloh has supported the Food Bank with money and food donations since we opened… The Missions Team will begin sending money to the Food Bank.  The phone tree callers and the office heard from several folks that they wanted to DO something.  So, Liz and Jerry Stanhope sponsored a food drop-off at the church on May 2.  The back of Jerry’s truck was overflowing, and the Food Bank was SO thankful!!  We are talking about doing another food drive on May 31.  Watch for details.    
  • Free Store – The Free Store is closed and is asking us to hold our donations. Donations that are dropped off at EUMC will have to be placed in the garbage.  
  • Habitat For Humanity – The Missions Team was scheduled to provide lunch to the work crew on April 25.  Since they did not work that day, the Missions Team has donated $100 to help them feed the crew whenever they are able to work.  
  • iPhones Needed – We are in need of TWO iPhone 6 or newer in order to enhance our live-stream experience.  If you have one you would like to donate, please contact the church and we will make  arrangements to get it.  Thank you in advance. 

 

  • Kids Sunday School Connection – Thursdays at 3:00 pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it, email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

  • Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed – If you are available to volunteer to mow the lawn once a week once or twice this season.  The schedule is almost full!  Please call the church and give us your contact information.  Someone will call you and give you a list of the weeks that are available.     
  • We’re Making Masks!  Want to Help?   Instructions are available on our website. Several members of our congregation are making masks.  Darlene Newstrom has shifted her team from making mittens to making masks. They are in need of cotton fabric and ¼ inch elastic to meet this new need.  If you have these items available, please place them in the box next to the front door of the church.  We will get them to the team.   

 

  • 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” and “Precious Lord”. 
  • Prayer Team – In-person meetings have been cancelled.  If you have a prayer, 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.
  • Sandwich Ministry – While the sandwich ministry is suspended, we have been sending $100 to the Rescue Mission to help them cover food costs.  If you know of an organization in need, please call the church and give us the information. 
  • Vacation Bible School – We are planning on holding Vacation Bible School with First UMC in early August.  More details later.  
  • WiFi at the Church has been Updated! – We are getting ready for you to come back to the church building.  We got new WiFi equipment which means the name and password have changed.  Please check the signs hung up throughout the building for the new info.   
Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050

If you appreciate Shiloh’s either spiritual or tangible work, please consider giving to us financially.  You can give online at http://www.shilohbillings.church/give/  
or give by check by sending it to 1810 Shiloh Rd., Billings, MT 59106
Thank you for supporting our work.
We hope you will join us as we explore what it means to live our faith in this time. We explore the stories of the Christians after the ressurection and prepare for what God is calling us to next.

We will ask you to share where you are in God’s journey of faith by using hashtags: #BillingsMethodists #LivingGod #LivingHistory

This first week share with us when you have journeyed with Jesus and didn’t know it. Share those in comments, videos, or pictures. Use the hashtags.

KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL CONNECTION – We want to support our kiddos spiritually.  Starting this week we will send out Sunday packets for the kids, they are available to print from our website https://www.shilohbillings.church/children/.  We will also be holding a Sunday School zoom on Thursdays, at 3pm.  If you would like your child to be a part of it then email pastortyler@shilohbillings.church.

 

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