December 29, 2016
for Sunday, Jan. 1
On Friday evenings, in Jerusalem, one sees Jewish families out walking. The sabbath began at sunset, so it is family time. The most profound image and sound is to see little arms reaching up and saying, “Abba.“ That means daddy.
This is how Paul describes our relationship with God. God as our Father, provides for us as any good father would. If an inheritance is a great thing from our physical families, can you imagine what we might inherit as God's children? What about eternal life, God's presence in our daily lives and so much more.
Sunday we celebrate the Name of Jesus. On the eighth day following his birth, Jewish boys are circumsized and named. What a special name Paul has lifted up in this reading from Galatians, Daddy. It is apropos that we begin another year in Jesus' name, under his name, through his name. If we are God's children, we cannot escape God's name or presence.
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***Ushers are needed for this Sunday, January 1st. All worship assistant positions are open for January, sign up now for dates you want!
***2017 Offering Envelope boxes are on the narthex table, please pick yours up.
***Snow Shoveling: The Property Committee is still seeking volunteers to shovel both church entrances early Sunday mornings. If you are able to help, please put your name on the sign-up sheet in the church narthex. THANK YOU!
***St. Timothy's is continuing to collect mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for those in need. Place your donations on the white stick tree on the table in the narthex.
***The annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 8, 2017 immediately following worship. A light lunch will be provided. All members of the congregation are encouraged to attend.
Committee heads: Please turn in your annual reports to the office by December 24th. (Electronic reports emailed to the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org are appreciated.)
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class is on break for the holiday season. The new session starts Monday, January 9th at 9:00 am. Anyone is welcome to join this low-impact, bone-strengthening class, suitable for both men and women.
***St. Timothy has just finished the process of registering at AmazonSmile as a non-profit organization eligible to receive support from shoppers using AmazonSmile. It costs you nothing and the monies received will be placed into our Designated Fund to be distributed at the end of the calendar year to area organizations. Previous recipients include Bemus Point and Fluvanna Libraries, Meals on Wheels, 4 H, and Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. This is separate and aside from Goodsearch - where we also earn donations through their site for making purchases with their registered stores.
There are a number of ways to access this to receive 5% of your purchase as a donation to St. Timothy Lutheran Church:
-Through St. Timothy Website with this link: http://www.sttimothybemus.com/Shop-Amazon.html
- Directly with this link: https://smile.amazon.com/?ie=UTF8&ein=16-1117683&ref_=smi_ext_ch_16-1117683_cl&ref_=smi_ext_ch_16-1117683_dl
Once you get to this page, bookmark it for future use throughout the year. If you are already a shopper at Amazon, why not use Amazon Smile!
Below is a letter received by St. Timothy Lutheran Church from ELCA World Hunger,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Thank you for your gifts to ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response this year.
As our church family comes together around the crech this Christmas to gaze in awe at Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, thousands of families in the U.S. and around the world are living new lives by the work you help make possible. With your generous gifts, you are sharing the Christmas hope and joy each day.
Along with this letter you will find the picture of one small fmaily, in one village, in one of the 60 or so countries where we have the opportunity to serve. I'm struck by the joy of this family, despite the hardship of little rain and the challenge to grow enough to take to the market.
This family's hard work, combined with your gifts, mobilized through the hands of those who serve in the name of Christ, has brought joy. It is like Christmas all year long. I can think of no better way to celebrate remembrance of Bethlehem, when the star of God's promise guided shepherds and magi alike. For together, we have become beacons of hope and joy in the midst of troubles and challenges today. Thank you for joining this work.
In Christ's birth and in your faithful response to this holiest gift, there is a“thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.“ Thank ou for joining with ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response to help to create this “thrill of hope“ and joyful celebration around the world, throughout the year.
Wishing you and yours Christmas joy and peace.
The Rev. Dan Rift, Director
ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
· For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
· For those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
· For victims of violence and their families in all places
· For Al Lamb, Elenor Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla,
· For people serving in the military and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
· For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.