November 1 – Treasure Chest

Weekly Treasure Chest

My wife and I will continue to give to St. Paul’s because we have been taught by the teachings of an itinerant Jewish preacher who did his teaching about two thousand years ago. He taught many things, but one of his most important teachings was that we should take care of the poor and less fortunate. His teachings, as you well know, led to the establishment of the Christian religion, and continue to be taught by his followers.

In our case, as part of Methodism, caring for the poor and less fortunate was a principle theme of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. In Montana, where our own church is one hundred and fifty years old, Brother Van and other early day Montana Methodist preachers carried on the teachings of Jesus. This is true today, as Marianne, Tyler and Rick continue this great Christian tradition.

Like any other human activity that is worthwhile doing, the work of St. Paul’s cost money.

What is really important to my wife and me, and I think also to you, is the outreach of St. Paul’s.

This is in two parts. We do a lot in the community of Helena. God’s Love, Family Promise, Helena Indian Alliance, to name a few. We also make our building available to many organizations in Helena that need a place to hold their meetings.

The other outreach is for programs and activities carried on outside of Helena. One of the missions we support is the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR moves swiftly into any part of the world where disaster has struck and provides relief to the stricken, without regard too religious affiliation. The point is those people need help and UMCOR helps them.

Or think of the direct outreach to various parts of the world by the members of St. Paul’s. For example, Don Skillman has lead more than one medical mission to the Amazon region of South America. Just this year our Coordinator of Children’s Ministry, Meg White, led a group of youth and adults to a mission in Central America. We have supported a university in South Africa. There are other examples, but you get the idea.

Another main reason that my wife and I are willing to continue supporting the church is the truly outstanding job the church does with its programs for children and youth. From Promiseland, to Children’s Time during the sermons, to the many programs and activities for older children and youth.

All of these many things cost money. All of them are worthwhile and carry on the tradition of carrying out the teachings of that itinerant Jewish preacher who lived two thousand years ago.

For these reasons we will continue to give to St. Paul’s.

Respectfully submitted,
Cordell Johnson and Kay Mathews
Treasure Hunt
Each week we will hide an image of a treasure chest with a new word somewhere online.  We ask people to explore our website, facebook and app to find this treasure.  When you do email Pastor Tyler at  Let us know what word was on it and where you found it.  When you find it you will be entered into a drawing for a Treasure daily devotional book that will happen each week at worship.
This week the image you are searching for is:
Grace Chest

The image you are looking for is in a different location. Please note this is just a clue to tell you what you are looking for. The real image is somewhere on facebook, our app, or website.


October 25 Pastor’s Corner

Starting Sunday, November 1, we will begin a church-wide study and worship emphasis called Treasure: A Stewardship Program on Faith and Money. The study will be based on Jesus’ words, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

Over a period of four weeks, we will look at the many ways that our treasure (time, energy, money) affects our hearts. We will consider how financial challenges in our personal lives affect our relationships with people and with God. We will see how giving helps to determine the way we feel and act. If you have stress related to money or feel there may be more that God is calling you to do with your resources, this will be a helpful study.

At the end of the four weeks, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of giving to St. Paul’s for the coming year. All of us will receive commitment cards in the mail, and the cards will also be available on Sunday mornings. We can fill out these cards and bring them to worship on Sunday, November 22.

We look forward to an exciting month considering our treasure and God’s treasure.

Schedule for the Treasure series

Week 1: Where Is Your Treasure? (Matthew 6:19-21)
Week 2: The Problem with Two Masters (Matthew 6:24)
Week 3: Giving Your Treasure Back to God (Matthew 6:1-6)
Week 4: Don’t Worry ’Bout a Thing (Matthew 6:25-34)

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

October 18 Pastor’s Corner

Money affects your heart. Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your stress level, your anxiety, and the health of your relationships. It is no wonder, then, that Jesus talked about the relationship between our treasure and our hearts as one that can keep us from connecting with God. By seeking a healthy relationship between treasure and heart we create a chance for better relationship with others and with God.

For a four-week period starting November 1, we will look at the many ways that our treasure (time, energy, money) affects our spiritual and emotional lives. Join us in worship November 1 as we begin our new sermon series called Treasure. We will explore Matthew 6 and Jesus’ teachings on money, giving, worry, and more.

At the end of the four weeks, we will have an opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will receive commitment cards in the mail, and cards will be available on Sunday mornings. We will bring these commitment cards to worship on Sunday, November 22.

I hope that you’ll join us in the coming weeks as we look at Jesus’ teaching on how we can avoid freedom from some of the common pitfalls related to money, and how we can give our lives and our treasure to God.

Enthusiastic Peace,
Pastor Tyler

October 11 Pastor’s Corner

Greetings Friends and Members of St. Paul’s,

Last Sunday, I stopped by St. Paul’s before the 8:30 service to greet folks and then headed across town to be present for the 10:00 service at Covenant. I preached there last week which was, as always, followed by good socializing. We are into our second year now of sharing ministry with the Covenant community. We call this expanding ministry HUMM (Helena United Methodist Ministries). Together both churches share three pastors . . . Rick Hulbert (primarily at Covenant), Tyler Amundson (Young Adult and Mission Ministry for the area) and me (primarily at St. Paul’s). It is an exciting time to share ministry together that, hopefully, will strengthen our overall outreach in the area. We will continue to look for ways to collaborate on various projects – and it all begins with something as simple as getting to know each other. So, while I miss being with all of you on a Sunday morning, I enjoyed my time at Covenant last week. It is great to see the good things the Covenant folks are involved in and to imagine the possibilities for what we might do together!

Congratulations to the United Methodist Women on another great Fall Bazaar. I am actually writing this before the bazaar takes place but I know how those UM women do things! I am absolutely certain the Bazaar was great! Thanks to all who worked and to all who participated to support the amazing mission work of the UMW.

This past week, we received a thank you note from Intermountain for the contributions we have made as a church community to that important work. Chaplain Chris Haughee wrote:
“Children, youth and families are finding a place to heal because you have made Intermountain a place where healing happens. Your partnership allows us to meet a family’s needs in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting available, whether they are birth, foster, or adoptive families . . . today, Intermountain provides residential and community based services to more than 1500 children, youth and families, while providing vital education and training to over 800 parents and professionals – making a very real difference in the health of our communities. “
As president of the Intermountain Board, I want to add my thanks! The work we as a congregation helped to begin over 100 years ago continues to be amazing!

I will be leaving this Tuesday for time with my family in Florida. My parents celebrate 65 years of marriage on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and we are planning a big celebration for them next Saturday. At this point the guest list is 95 people! I anticipate quite a celebration! My siblings and spouses and their children, as well as friends from around the country, are all coming to join in the party. Lyle and I are also taking a bit of time for ourselves after the celebration so I am hoping for some high energy time followed by some nice relaxing days.

Grace and peace,