St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                    December 13, 2018

                                                         Philippians 4:4-7





Scripture readings

for Sunday, Dec. 16

Zaphaniah 3:14-20

Isaiah 12:2-6

Philippians 4:4-7

Luke 3:7-18


This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent, Joy Sunday. The reading from Philippians is very fitting for that theme. We will also experience the joy of the cantata, “The Light Before Christmas,” done by our choir.


Paul was in prison when he wrote these words and yet he was able to tell the Philippians to rejoice. There are many aspects of joy and many things that bring us joy. For Paul, it’s obvious that his rock-solid relationship with God was his main source of joy. Out of that, was his relationship with his churches whom he dearly loved. For us as well, it all begins with our relationship with God. Out of that comes our relationships with each other and finally with our communities.


On Sunday, before our cantata, I will pose the question, “What brought you joy this week?” Be prepared to share with your fellow worshippers.


May you experience God’s joy and peace in this holy season of preparation.


Pastor Ivy Gauvin

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


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.



JOB OPENING – Part Time Administrative Assistant

St. Timothy is currently looking to fill a part time Administrative Assistant (Secretary) position in our office.  Fran Ward is resigning effective January 10, 2019 and we would like to hire a replacement before Christmas to train with Fran.

It is a 10 hour/week position @ $11.25/ hr.  Must be proficient in use of Word and Excel Programs, have excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills.   If interested, please email your contact information to:

***St. Timothy’s has officially become a Distribution Site for 5 & 2 Ministry. We completed our first packing event this past Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Many hands made light work, all bags were packed in just under one hour!  Thank you to all who participated.  Contact Kathy Carlson or Gale Svenson-Campbell if you would like to be on the list to help in future months.  Remember to continue to bring in food.  Monetary donations also accepted and will be used to purchase wholesale food and supplies.


***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  39


***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.



A fund-raising Chicken BBQ dinner will be held this Sunday, December 16 for local residents Joshua and Kristina Near whose mobile home was recently destroyed by fire.  The event will be held at Fluvanna Community Church from 12:00-3:00 pm.  The family has 3 children, Nick 8 yrs., Pailyn 6 yrs., and Maci 3yrs.  Two pet dogs were lost in the fire.


The event will include raffles, 50-50, Chinese auction and bake sale.  Auction baskets, monetary donations and help the day of the event are needed.  Please call Carrie Bielawski if you can donate any of these.


The family has received a trailer from a generous donor as well as some appliances, clothing and boots.  Needed are housewares and gift cards for places like Wal-mart or Tops for food and remaining household needs.

St. Timothy’s Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 20th following worship.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.


Committee heads – all reports are due into St. Timothy office no later than Friday, December 28th  for inclusion in the Annual Report.  Reports can be hand written and left on the office desk or emailed to the office at

·         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 wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.

·         For:  George & Janet Balcom, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Joe Gauvin, Rod Storck, Bonny Davis, The Kibbe family, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier.

·         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.

·         For:  The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwa and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.