April 21, 2016
for Sunday, April 24
34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
Wait a minute. This sounds awfully familiar. Didn’t we just hear this during Holy Week? Yes we did hear this on Maundy Thursday, when Jesus gave a new commandment—that his followers love one another. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (v. 35).
Loving one another is the gist of Jesus’ final message to his followers. Hmm. Jesus didn’t tell them to love everyone outside the household of faith but to love each other. But, it seems that if all is well on the home front, then that love cannot help but spread to everyone God’s people have contact with in the course of daily living.
You know, sometimes it is easier to love people from afar. We may even put such people on a bit of a pedestal. All we can see is how wonderful this person/group of people is. But when we get to know them better, we see the faults they have.
It is harder to love the people we know best—at church, in our families, even at work. If we can follow Jesus’ new commandment, to love one another, there is no limit to how God can use us here and everywhere. This is the essential mark of Jesus’ followers—love.
Dear Lord, we so often fall short in loving those who know us best. May your love flow through us continually to each other that the world may know that we are your disciples. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
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.
***Following her Sabbath on Monday, April 18th, Pastor Gauvin will be on vacation for the week, returning Tuesday, April 26th
*** The Scandinavian Folk Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year on July 15-17 at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. The planning committee is looking for volunteers to help out in a variety of areas. Volunteering for three hours gets you in free for the day; six hours gets you in free for the entire weekend. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Gale Svenson-Campbell at email@example.com or 716-763-6319. This is NOT asking for volunteers for the St. Timothy Beef on Weck booth; that will be later in June.
***Adopt-a-Project Day will be held at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp on Saturday, April 23rd. A complimentary breakfast & lunch will be served for all volunteers. Please contact the office in advance at 386-4125 to adopt a project and RSVP.
***Women of the ELCA Southwestern Conference presents “Faith Notes” Spring Assembly Gathering, Saturday, April 23rd at Christ Chapel, Lutheran, 715 Falconer St., Jamestown. Special presenter is Kathy Ekstrom, Zion Lutheran. Registration 9:00 am, continental breakfast 9:30 am, cost is $5.00. RSVP to Stephanie Buccola at 665-4221 by Monday, April 18th.
***The deadline to submit articles for the May edition of the Church Mouse is Monday, April 25th.
***You’re invited to make a difference in a child’s life: an Open House will be held Thursday, April 28th at G. A. Family Services Foster Care, 515 West 5th St., Jamestown from 11:00 am-8:00 pm.
***Healthy Bones exercise class held at St. Timothy on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am will begin a new session, May 2 through July 13. The bone strengthening exercises are low impact and meant for any level of fitness. Men and women are both invited to participate. To register, contact RSVP coordinator Debbie Basile at 665-8039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
***The annual Purse Auction Fundraiser by Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ of Southern Chautauqua County) will be held Friday, April 29th from 6:00-9:00 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 W. Fairmont Ave., Lakewood. $5.00 admission at the door. Men’s, Women’s and Children’s bags for all occasions filled with valuables will be auctioned.
***Don’t forget to save your aluminum can tabs to be taken to Synod Assembly the first weekend of June. Place them in the container on the table in the narthex.
***Honduras Sponsors Needed
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Our Honduas Promise Children Mission continues to grow and help our Promise Families in La Villa De San Francisco, Honduras. In the past year we have graduated several students form High School and graduated several other children from the program who no longer needed our assistance. Recently we invited 4 new children and families into the program- 3 little boys and one little girl. We have had one mother graduate from the sewing school for women, and she is being hired to make school uniforms for the children in the village. Several of our young teen men are in occupational training, apprenticeships, and going to school on weekends. They are very grateful for all our Sponsors have provided, and continue to provide, for them and their families.
We are currently making a concerted effort to let people know of our mission work and ask for new sponsors. The donation is $30/mo ( $360 per year). We will give you a picture and bio of "your child" and you will receive a letter from them 1-2 per year. You will also have the opportunity to send them a small money gift when we send a mission team in August 2016. Our team with spend time with the children and families, and is always a special blessing to all.
If you are willing to be a sponsor, please contact me!
In addition, if you are interested in joining us on our next mission trip, let me know! We are in the beginning stages of forming this team for an early August visit.
Thanks again for all your support over the years as sponsors, donors, and attendees at our various fundraisers. You are the hands and feet of Jesus.
Your sister in Christ,
▪ 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.
▪ Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Rochester due a fire.
▪ for: Maj-Britt Traynor (hip replacement scheduled April 25), Gerald Ayers,
Phillip Dove, Matt Isaacson, Scott Stearns, JoLynn Stearns, Helen Cogliano,
Esther, Zacharary Frazier, Debra Kohl, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla,
Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Kay Magneson, Ryan Samuelson
▪ People serving in the military and their families, 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.