St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                        August 16, 2018

                                                          Philippians 2:14-18

Scripture readings

for Sunday, August 19

Jeremiah 4:23-28

Psalm 19:1-6

Philippians 2:14-18

Mark 15:33-39



Paul was in prison for his faith. He was concerned for his beloved Philippian church and so gives them these instructions.


But I have to tell you that when I read this passage, I couldn’t help but wonder what in the world it had to do with Sky Sunday. They were certainly reaching when they chose that text. The only sky-related thing I saw was the part about shining like stars in the world. And how does this all relate to creation and environmental stewardship?


It is in our behavior that we are the light of Christ in the darkness of this world. If we are constantly arguing and murmuring, how will people see Christ in us? By the same token, how we treat the rest of creation reflects the light of Christ in us as well—either positively or negatively.


When I hear the words “shine like stars in the world,” I immediately think of this passage from the Old Testament Book of Daniel, “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).


Any thoughts as to how all this relates to our third Sunday in the Season of Creation, Sky Sunday? I would love to hear from you.


Pastor Ivy Gauvin

Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you— and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.


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.


***This month in worship we are celebrating the Season of Creation. Rather than follow the Revised Common Lectionary scripture readings, each week we are using Season of Creation Scripture readings to help us reflect on the dimension of God’s character as creator.



***Blessing of Backpacks

Next Sunday, August 26, during worship we will have a blessing of children, teachers and backpacks as everyone returns to school.

***The Evangelism Committee is hosting a Food Pantry Drive on Sunday, Sept. 2nd.  Please bring non-perishable food (no expired items), personal care products (no expired items), paper products, laundry detergent, etc. for the Bemus Point Food Pantry.



Bible Study

Do you ever feel like you wish you knew more about your faith? Now

you have an opportunity. Beginning Sunday, September 16, we will be having Bible study during fellowship. You’ll have time to get your coffee and other goodies and then we’ll meet at the back of the fellowship hall.


Our study books have arrived!  We are beginning with the

Book of Acts, using N. T. Wright’s Acts for Everyone. It will be

primarily a discussion-based study. Together we will learn

what God is saying to us through this book.


All Together Now

Sunday school will soon begin, using a new curriculum and at a new time. “All Together Now” is the name of the curriculum and the time will be after church.


Worship will be a time that will be more inclusive, with more opportunities for involvement for all ages. We will worship together as a family and then following worship, have educational time for all.


Rally Day is September 16. We look forward to seeing you then!



***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  27



***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards.   3 ways to give:

   - Go directly to our website at

   - Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone

   - Download the app ‘GivePlus Church’. Create an account.   

For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.

Mark your calendar for the 5 & 2 Ministry Charity Auction, Friday, September 7, held at Chautauqua Produce Auction in North Clymer, 7844 Route 474, Panama, NY.  Chicken BBQ at 5:00 pm, Live Auction at 6:00 pm and a Chinese Auction. If you would like to donate an item for the live auction, contact JoAnn Kopta at (716) 237-0356.



·       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 Dianne Sloan, Mabel Tranum, Michele Ardillo, Richard Starks, Mabel Tranum, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.

·       For people serving in the military and their families, including Ben Wickerham, 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.