April 12, 2018
for Sunday, April 15
1 John 3:1-7
So how in the world did the Christian faith grow and spread throughout the earth in the first place? These early followers of Jesus were not brave and faith-filled—at least not in the beginning.
In this Sunday’s gospel, we read of the fear and doubts of these first disciples. So again, how did the faith grow? Even though Jesus had repeatedly told his followers that he would die, be raised and ascend to His Father, they still did not get it, so Jesus opened their minds to understand him as Messiah. Jesus then convinced them that he had been raised. Finally, Jesus sent his disciples on a mission to proclaim the message of repentance and forgiveness.
This pattern has not changed. Jesus opens our minds and hearts through the Holy Spirit to understand God’s Word and to grow in our faith. God convinces us of the reality of Jesus’ resurrection. As Paul wrote, “…and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain” (1 Cor. 5:14). This is an essential tenet of our faith.
When we let the living and written Word of God capture our hearts, we can then respond to Christ’s mission for us—to be witnesses of God’s love and salvation. Now if God can do so much with a small group of imperfect people in the first century, just imagine what God can do with us.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
Jsus himself stood among [the disciples] and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”
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.
***HOLD THE PLASTIC - We have had such a wonderful response to our Homeless Mat Ministry with everyone bringing in their plastic bags that we need to step back for a while and catch up. Our folders need time to fold, our cutters need time to cut and our crocheters need time crochet. So for the near future, we’re asking that you recycle your plastic bags in other area locations. THANK YOU!
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
- Go directly to our website at www.sttimothybemus.com
- Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone
- Download the app ‘GivePlus Church’. Create an account.
For further information, contact Kathy Carlson at 485-1316.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues to meet Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy.
***Adopt a Project Day at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center
April 21, 2018 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Adopt-A-Project Day is a time for accomplishing prearranged work projects. By knowing in advance who's coming and for which projects, we're better able to get things done. Previous skill or experience in the project adopted is preferred.
Projects available for adoption include:
Painting the exterior of camper cabins
Re-roofing camper cabins
Wood cutting and splitting
Spring gardening and raking
Have a special skill not listed above? - Let us know.
A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served for all volunteers. Please contact the office to adopt a project and RSVP today.
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, 5013 Rt. 430, Bemus Point, NY 14712
Southwestern Conference Women of ELCA
“Renewed in God’s Creation”
Spring Assembly Gathering
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center
- St. John’s Dining Hall –
5013 Route 430, Bemus Point, New York 14712
Program Director, LCLC
Registration: 10:00 AM
Program begins at 10:30 AM
Lunch and fellowship served following meeting
Reservations required! Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018
RSVP to Lois Rumfelt: 664-4409
- 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 Ron Simpson, Kay Marker-Magneson, Ross Gardner, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Bonnie Christoferson, John Scorse, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
- For those serving in the military and those caught up in violence and 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.
***5 & 2 Ministry Appreciation Breakfast...
As a thank you for meeting our bin collection
goal, an appreciation breakfast will be held
this Sunday, April 15th from 8:45-9:15 in
Fellowship Hall. All invited!!