Shiloh E-pistle for Thursday, May 21, 2020

A weekly video message from Pastor Tyler.  

Pastor’s Corner for May 21

People of Shiloh,

Last week in prayer and dialogue, our Church Council discussed and discerned what worship should look like over the summer in light of COVID-19.  The challenge we prayerfully tackled is that even in Phase 2 of reopening, many of our congregation fall in the most vulnerable and are encouraged to avoid large groups.  Prior to the meeting, I spent time studying other congregations across the country, and in our local area and praying with our scriptures.  Jesus calls us to care for one another and all creation, I asked our leaders to wrestle with this call as we considered next steps.


The primary thing I heard from our leadership was a hope to find ways for meaningful connection with God and one another, and a desire to involve even the most vulnerable.  Based on this understanding, the Church Council has asked that I develop a model of small groups, online worship, and parking lot worship to help us grow our faith this summer.  


We will not have worship in our sanctuary as a large group until we head into the fall.  


The model we are going to use to worship this summer is rooted deeply in the ways the Methodist church started sharing the gospel in our region, and the ways Methodism has transformed our community over the past century and a half.  


In other words, we are going retro, going back to the basics, or going old school.  Our worship in the parking lot will be drive-in style and happen about once a month.  Online worship will continue to be shared each week, and sent out to those who need it by CD or DVD.   


The small groups will be designed by groups who are at higher or lower risk from COVID-19, and will be limited in size and the time they meet to allow us to disinfect the space.  Each group will receive a message to go along with the worship theme of the week, have scripture, prayer and discussion.  For parents with kids, we will be looking at organizing in a slightly different way.  


To better understand how you might choose to participate in church activities this summer, we ask you to fill out the attached form.  Regardless of how much you will participate we need you to fill this out to understand how to include you in growing your faith this summer.  This information will tell us how we can best connect you to our community of faith this summer.  


Enthusiastic Peace,


Pastor Tyler


P.S.  Please fill the form out by Pentecost, May 31.


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, the current plan is for Shiloh to remain online only through Phase 1.  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 leadership is meeting next week to discuss our next steps.

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

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Sunday Worship

Join us on Sunday as the Billings United Methodists Churches gather to explore where the resurrection nudges us to go next, Pastor Tyler is preaching.

Join us Sunday – 10:30 am – Live Streamed on Facebook  and YouTube.  Visit our website to access either platform.

Shiloh UMC News for May 21

Linda Stahley served as the Treasurer for Shiloh from 1992 until this past month in both volunteer and paid positions. She also served as a secretary/administrative assistant from 2001-2012. Linda worked for many years alongside her dear friend Marcy Howe and they were considered by many to be the “face of the church” (as our church historians described them) because they seemed to always be available to offer laughter, kind words and support. All these years Linda has been a faithful, steady presence and her wisdom and expertise have made an enormous difference for our church. Linda is not someone who wanted us to make a big deal about her years of work. She said that the work itself, the opportunity to serve and the friends that she made over the years have been thanks enough. So, we honor her in this quiet and yet heartfelt way for all she has meant to us. 

-Shiloh Staff Parish Relations Committee

Sally Thompson (Chair), Becky Davis, Joni Oswald, Dave King

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” – 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 June 28. 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. Cars will enter off of Avenue C, you can choose to park in the dirt lot on the west of our property, if you want to sit on the lawn or park in our regular lot if you want to stay in your car.  The service will be broadcast on FM radio and outdoor speakers.  It’ll be fun!! After church, we will “parade” down Shiloh to the Zoo before heading home (or to lunch 😎)! If you are interested in more details, please call the church or go to . We will have a food drive for the food bank that day. Come enjoy social distanced worship with us! 

Food Bank Support – The Missions Team is sending funds to the Food Bank every month. Because folks have been asking if they could DO something as well, Liz and Jerry 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 because they are limited (just like the rest of us) in buying some of the items they need. As part of Drive-In Church on May 31, we will be doing another food drive. Special requests are: canned fruit and vegetables, rice, pasta, canned meat, all sizes ziplock bags, brown lunch sacks, canned tomato products, ramen, and individual items for lunches. 

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. 

Graduating High School Seniors – We have three graduating High School Seniors this year. Congratulations to Reese Lester, Caelen Madden and Alyssa Munson. We are so proud that you are part of our church and we wish you the very best in whatever you do. Congratulations from your church family!! 

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   This Thursday will be our last one for May.  We are looking at other options to keep our kiddos connected for the summer and will share those soon.

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 Toby Stapleton (406-671-1643) to sign up. 

Mask Making! 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 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 – 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.

Sandwich Ministry – The Missions Team is 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. 

Caregiver Support Group – Our caregiver support group will begin meeting again beginning June 2, from 1:30-3pm at Shiloh.  Please contact Sally Thompson at  605-480-1438 if you plan to attend.

Donation Drive -Hope United Methodist Church is doing a Donation Drive for those without homes in our community. They especially need underwear, socks, bras (sports bras are best) and femine hygiene products. All donations will be taken to St. Vincent de Paul, a local charity that assists the homeless in Billings.  The date of the drive is Saturday, June 6th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  You can drop your donations off  at Hope UMC at 244 Wicks Lane in the Heights. If you have any questions you can call the office at 656-0050. 

Click here to share a prayer online or you can call the church office at 656-0050
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  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


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