Shiloh E-pistle for Thursday, May 7, 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 7

People of Shiloh,

What practice is helping you find God during this time?

I don’t know if you are experiencing this time like I am, but my normal patterns of life are not really happening.  I am finding time for some healthy habits to start and noticing some of my less than helpful habits continue in funky ways.  Times of up and down anxiety tend to propel us in these two directions in our behavior, facilitating change to healthy coping and pushing us to use familiar unhealthy coping activities.  And I am going to take a guess as your pastor that you have experienced some strange anxiety over the past few months.

I call it “strange” anxiety because for many of us we have had to ponder a deadly virus that is invisible to the human eye, and not as present in our communities as other places in the United States.  Having it not be as present here makes us doubt some of the changes we are making in our behavior to help reduce the spread of the disease.  So I find myself some days wondering, “Do I need to wear a mask in public?”  I find myself handling anxiety by taking more walks and doing more yoga, a good thing.  I also find myself handling anxiety by binge watching a few more netflix series than usual.  

I pray that some of this “strange” has driven you to the place all Christians should turn during times of anxiety.  As I have shared, for me the Psalms have been a constant source for me during this time.  This last week I have been examining what Martin Luther referred to as the penitential psalms.  These are psalms that remind us to turn to God in our strengths and in our failings.  Psalm 130 in particular has been a reminder to me of our need in our anxiety and hopes to recognize that sometimes finding God means putting voice to our own human condition.  As the psalm says, “I cry out from the depths, O Lord.”  

Putting voice to our anxieties clears out the things that stand between us and the God of love Christ has pointed us to.  A God that reminds us that wearing masks is not for us, but to protect those we love.  A God that begs us to seek healthy habits that connect us to God and one another more than send us off to self made hiding places of fear and anxiety.

Share with me a place in scripture you are finding refuge during this time.

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.

Shiloh UMC Church News for May 7

Billings UMC Combined Sunday Worship Service – Sundays – 10:30 am – Live Streamed on Facebook  and YouTube.  Visit our Facebook page to access http://www.facebook.com/shilohbillings.church

Adult Bible Study– “Twelve Ordinary Men” – meets via video conferencing on 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” – Started May 5 but you can join anytime- Tuesdays at 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.    

Caregivers – Meetings are still suspended.

Church Building is not open – If you must visit the building, please wear a mask. 

Community Garden Boxes – 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.

Free Store – The Free Store is closed and is asking us to hold our donations.

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. 

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 group and to Pastor Tyler.

Sandwich Ministry – While the sandwich ministry is suspended, we would like to know of any other help we can provide.  If you know of an organization in need, please call the church and give us the information. 

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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