August 9, 2018
for Sunday, August 12
I love the letter of Paul to the Philippians. It is warm and personal. These were people Paul knew and loved.
When studying the epistles or letters in the New Testament in seminary, our prof brought up something really interesting. These letters were not just sent to the churches to be physically read by everyone, but rather someone was sent to perform them. The person acted the message out as though the apostle was there with them. What an impact that must have had on the people!
Look at the first word of this passage, “If.” The Greek of the New Testament is written with an assumption. “If there is any encouragement in Christ AND THERE IS. if any consolation from love AND THERE IS etc. So, instead of seeing an “if” there, let’s use “since” because that’s the meaning.
It is because of all these things that there are in Christ for us that Paul can ask us to be unselfish and humble in the way we treat people. In this second Sunday of Creation, it is Humanity Sunday. God made us as part of God’s beloved creation. We should not trash the rest of that creation that God declared as good.
Christ did come to die for us and to redeem us, but not only us. The whole creation will be freed and redeemed on the last day. As Paul wrote in Romans, “…the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21). Since Jesus cared that much for creation, shouldn’t we?
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
2 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
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 will use Season of Creation Scripture readings to help us reflect on the dimension of God’s character as creator.
***Blessing of Backpacks
On Sunday, August 26, during worship, we will have a blessing of children, teachers and backpacks as everyone returns to school.
***COMING TO ST. TIMOTHY IN SEPTEMBER:
Do you ever feel like you wish you knew more about your faith? Now
you have an opportunity. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 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.
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 – Sunday, September 16 - 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 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, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.
Dear Church Leaders,
God is always at work and He continues to keep us hopping at Love INC.
The 9th Annual Love INC Golf Marathon scheduled later this month was canceled due to lack of participation. We are so grateful to those who were willing to participate and support our fundraiser. We are asking for your prayer support as we are seeking God’s guidance and direction for what the next step is for Love INC.
God has opened the door for us to participate again with Busti Church of God in their Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway. This event will be hosted at the Love INC office at 553 W. 3rd Street in Jamestown on Saturday, August 25 from 2-4 for our neighbors in need.
We are seeking churches to join us in this Connect and Serve event. As the backpacks are being given away we would like to have the opportunity for the children and their families to participate in activities and entertainment. We do not want it to be a giveaway & walk away event.
We are seeking crafters, entertainers, those willing to socialize and connect with the families and snack providers. Attached is a flyer with more information. I am asking you to email the flyer to those people in your congregation who are gifted in these areas. (Flyer is posted on St. Timothy narthex bulletin board.) Thank you for your support in helping to make this a connection event, where churches help people in need.
Susan L. Justham
Love In the Name of Christ of SCC
· 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 victims of ongoing wildfires and recent flooding and earthquakes.
· For: 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, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
· 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.