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,

October 4 Pastor’s Corner

As we enjoy the beautiful fall colors, full moon nights, and visually crisp days it’s a reminder of the blessings God has offered to all of us. This past week I gathered with clergy from around the Yellowstone Conference (Montana, Northern Wyoming, and a sliver of Idaho). We shared our joys in ministry and were challenged by how to share God’s love in a world whose needs are constantly changing. As I listened to colleagues one of the great ways we are sharing love is service to our local schools. Our local schools are incredible blessings in our lives for educating and supporting our children into their future.

At the end of August many of us participated in Education Sunday. We blessed our children’s backpacks and wrote letters offering support to the local teachers at Central School and other schools in our community. We then left those messages in God’s hands to see how teachers and staff might respond. We got some amazing responses!

One paraprofessional at Central-Linc shared that our letter was one of the most meaningful offers of support she got at the beginning of the year. A kindergarten teacher asked if St. Paul’s could have a group help her prep art projects because she is assisting the other 1st year kindergarten teacher with all art projects. Another professional at Kessler contacted us about having members volunteer in classrooms to offer teachers additional support. As a congregation that values education we have shared our desire to be God’s hands and feet and the community has responded.

I would like to invite you to prayerfully consider these two requests we have been given. If you feel a desire and want to help out please sign up on the Presence Form or email the office.
We are seeking:
1. An individual or group that would be willing to cut/organize/prepare art supplies for both kindergarten classes at Central School. These supplies would be delivered to your group and picked up when completed.
2. Individuals who feel they have the skills and desire to serve in a classroom at Kessler School as a volunteer on a regular basis.

Thank you for your prayers and service to Helena,

Pastor Tyler