Pastor’s Corner January 18

Today is Human Relations Sunday! Throughout the gospels Jesus demonstrates that ministry is sharing God’s love with all people. By opening ourselves to God’s love we know that we are whole and created in God’s image, and we are invited to share this love with others. Martin Luther King Jr. is our modern day prophet on human rights. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I invite us to remember the sacrifice it takes to help others respond to the needs of those our society rejects.

The United Methodist Church’s statement on human rights is powerful. As you read this statement remember that churches across the United States and the World are committed to this statement.

“The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.” Paragraph 162, 2014 United Methodist Book of Discipline

In your faith practice I invite you to consider these words, to think deeply about MLK Jr.’s vision and to seek ways to touch the lives of those that society has left behind. Let us all pray that our church continues to work diligently to do this both inside our doors and in our communities.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler



Pastor’s Corner 1-11-15

Going in Mission –

“If your congregation suddenly disappeared, would the community mourn losing the blessings they provide?”

This quote is one I use when I think about mission. Mission is seeking ways to offer blessings to the world. Churches in mission are seeking to share God’s love in tangible ways. By praying, supporting and going in mission we are helping to change the world and share Jesus’ vision of hope for all. St. Paul’s continues to go in mission with integrity by using the heritage of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Wesley’s vision for mission does not just involve sharing stories of God’s love, but also blankets, food, and solutions to real world problems. Go to stpaulshelena.org and click on the outreach tab each month to learn more about the work we are doing.

Today in worship Don Skillman will share some of the ways in which he has served in Mission through the United Methodist Church in Brazil. We are thankful to Don for his example of how to make ministry come alive, and his leadership in helping take several groups from St. Paul’s on trips to Mozambique, Haiti, and Brazil. International or domestic mission is one way to experience the transforming power of sharing God’s love in mission. If you are interested in a trip, I would encourage you to speak with Don, myself or other members of the mission team. These trips will transform and deepen your faith.

Thank you St. Paul’s for your continued commitment to mission that transforms people and the world.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler



Mission Focus – January

January Mission Focus

Human Rights

This month at St. Paul’s we are looking at Human Rights as our mission focus. Currently, issues of race are front page in our nation, human trafficking remains a problem, and we continually see cycles of poverty causing more problems for our society. During times like this it is important to remember God has a dream for our world for us to live into. Part of that dream is shared in our Book of Discipline:

“The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.” Paragraph 162, 2014 United Methodist Book of Discipline

This month find some way to engage in acts of solidarity with anyone who finds themselves in a position of not receiving all the rights and privileges of our society. It might be as simple as making sure someone has a pair of socks in our sock drive or helping with the Point in Time survey to count the homeless. Human Relations Sunday is January 18, so join us this month as we focus on Human Rights in our community and around the world.

by Tyler Amundson



Mission Focus – December

Christmas Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

It is a red blur.  Christmas flies by every year and rarely do we remember the gifts we opened last year.  The stories people do remember and share are about when their heart was touched.  Perhaps people remember the look as they brought a warm meal to a family in need.  Others remember watching their child share a gift with another for the first time.  When hearts are warmed, traditions are created that are worth keeping.

The mission focus this month is an invitation is to uncomplicate Christmas by focusing on creating a memory that you can remember next year.  The invitation is to share the message of God’s love in small and surprising ways.  The birth of Christ demonstrates to us each year that small packages develop in world changing realities of love.  We invite you to choose a way to give that is simple this season.  Here is a list of simple gifts you might have already participated in or might yet be a part of through the church:

  • Shopped for gifts at the Fair Trade Market to share a just wage with people worldwide
  • Shoebox to Blackfeet United Methodist Parish (Due Dec 3)
  • Pajamas for Intermountain (We got all we needed with one Sunday request!)
  • Gift Tag off the Giving Tree to help a family in need
  • Share the gift of music with your talents (Christ Child’s Birthday Party Talent Share!)
  • Bring your family to the Christ Child’s Birthday and donate to UMW’s mission work
  • Give to our Christmas Offering for local mission.

Perhaps there is something else in the community that touches your heart.  Whatever you give to this season doesn’t need to be complicated, just let it be from your heart.  Giving from the heart is true hospitality, it is a great tradition, and that is church.