December 6, 2018
for Sunday, Dec. 9
“…the word of God came to John…in the wilderness.” In the Holy Land, the wilderness was a scary place. It was and is riddled with scorpions and poisonous snakes. It is so dry, that often the first rain of the rainy season is muddy rain. It’s really something, especially the way it stains your clothes.
The wilderness is a hard place to live in. It is dry, because it is desert. Lack of water is an issue. It is desolate and void of color, except for the few cacti. It can be very unpleasant.
But on the flip side, the Judean Desert is beautiful as the sun is low in the sky and sunset is near. Rather than the drab beige, everything is transformed, taking on a pink hue. The desert wilderness is a quiet place without distractions. You can think in the wilderness and hear in the wilderness. Perhaps this is why this is where the word of God came to John.
Jesus also sought the wilderness to get away from the throngs of people. He went there to pray and commune with his Father.
Do we feel like we’re in the wilderness—alone, lonely and afraid? Where is God? God is right there with you in the wilderness, desiring to speak to you in the quiet. Calm yourself and look and listen and you will know God’s comforting presence and direction in your life.
In the wilderness, the word of God was proclaimed “6…and all flesh shall see the salvation of God’” (v. 6). God is present wherever we are.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
5Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ”
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 12 hour/week position @ $10/ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
***Christmas Poinsettias will be ordered from Brigotta’s again this year, $7.00/plant. As in the past, donations for St. Susan’s kitchen are also being accepted on the poinsettia forms, in addition to or in lieu of poinsettias. Forms are available on the church’s narthex table, payment should accompany order. Last day to order is Sunday, December 9.
***St. Timothy’s commitment to 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes Ministry has increased and we are VERY excited about it. Not only will we be collecting food to send home on Fridays with elementary children in Bemus Point, the GA Home, Clymer and Sherman, we will now be PACKING those bags that go into our student’s backpacks!
We will officially become a Distribution Site beginning December 11 at St. Timothy. All food collected here will now stay here to be packed and we’re in the process of getting ready for the big event. Industrial strength shelving has arrived and is being used to store our inventory. If anyone feels moved to help defray the cost of this shelving, it would be greatly appreciated. Just mark “5 & 2 shelving” in the memo line.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION! Fighting childhood hunger one student at a time in our community.
***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 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.
***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 email@example.com.
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 and Janet Balcom, Joe Gauvin Eileen Widen, Rod Stork, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, 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 and 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 Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.