February 14, 2019
for Sunday, February 17
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
There’s a real connection between this reading, the psalm and the gospel reading. We see in Psalm 1 virtually the same language about God’s people being “…like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3). Just like our first reading from Jeremiah, Psalm 1 compares the good and the evil and what they experience in life.
Jeremiah, the psalm and gospel all have beatitudes, the “blessed”s and “happy”s. In the gospel we have the sermon on the plain as opposed to Matthew’s mount. There are lots of “blessed”s there.
So…what is the gist of what God is saying to us through these readings, particularly through Jeremiah? It’s all about the heart and whether or not it is turned toward the Lord. But then we have a problem according to Jeremiah. The heart is so deceitful and perverse. It is no good. It is diseased. What can we do for a sick heart—replace it! We need a heart transplant! This is something God does for us, if we’re willing.
Further on in Jeremiah, God says, “ I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart” (Jeremiah 24:7). God does not desire to write people off, but welcomes fellowship and communion with God’s people.
I’m curious—what do you see in this passage from Jeremiah? On the basis of this text, what would you like to hear? Please email me or text me on my cell.
5Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
and make mere flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
6They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
7Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.
9The heart is devious above all else;
it is perverse—
who can understand it?
10I the Lord test the mind
and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
according to the fruit of their doings.
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.
We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry. Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthex. Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex. Monetary donations welcome!
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy. This is a bone-strengthening, low impact class for men and women. During winter, the class does not meet when schools get closed due to the weather. A New 10 week sessions beging Monday, February 18.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 43
Got a Slogan?
Got an Idea?
Got an Idea?
Our Property Committee is looking down the road to redoing our front sign.
As part of that process, they would also like to get our St. Timothy name ‘out there’
and are looking at ideas and/or suggestions for slogans we might put on the sign or
next to the sign…Something catchy and easily remembered and quoted like “Come
As You Are” (already taken by another church).
We need your input….
· Should we refinish or replace our sign?
· Should we put a slogan or catch phrase directly on it?
o If so, do you have a suggestion for that phrase?
o We could choose one phrase or rotate through 4 or 5 phrases.
Please give your thoughts and ideas to Bob Samuelson at (716) 485-3517 or email to: bpsam.ellery@gmail.
***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.
The Evangelism Committee food drive for the Bemus Point Food Pantry will be Sunday March 3rd. You are asked to bring in non-perishable food and personal care items (no expired items please), paper products, laundry detergent, etc. Thank you in advance.
In the case of Inclement Weather, be sure to check WGRZ & WIVB cancellations and closings for the service at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
Have you thought about giving up something for Lent? Here’s an idea – try losing all that extra change hanging around in your pocket, on your dresser or wherever it tends to pile up and give it to Coins for Katie. What’s Coins for Katie? Glad you asked. But first a little info.
Full name: Katharina von Bora (1499 – 1522; pictured above); married to: Martin Luther (reformer of the Roman Catholic Church). Katie offered much support to her husband and family, leaving a legacy in small, but significant ways to the Church, especially in Women’s ministries.
So, in 1997, Women of the ELCA, Churchwide, established KATIE’S FUND, a one-million-dollar endowment, providing grants in three ministry areas – leadership development, global connections and living theology. They now hope to increase the endowment to three million dollars by 2020. And that’s what Coins for Katie is all about.
The Southwestern Conference Women of the ELCA asks for your help in this effort. Just put that loose change in a jar during Lent (use the label below, if you like). Then after Easter, contact me for final details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join your Southwestern Conference Sisters in Christ and help Katie’s Fund reach its new goal!
Thanks and God bless!
· 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: Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, George & Janet Balcom, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Eileen Widen, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary FrazierFor 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.