February 15, 2018
for Sunday, February 15
1 Peter 3:18-22
How many times are we going to hear these or similar words, “11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”? Sunday we heard similar, yet slightly different words addressed to the disciples at Jesus’ transfiguration, halfway through Mark’s narrative.
Now we travel farther back in time once again to Jesus’ baptism, his commissioning from the Father and his testing in the wilderness. Jesus went through all of this before he started his ministry. Just as we so often experience in our own lives, Jesus had the high from the affirmation of his Sonship via the voice of his Father. But then…comes the hard part, the testing. We are not alone in our experiences of the ups and downs of life.
I will never forget what my Greek prof said in seminary about the word “drove” in verse 12. “Drove” is far too mild. The Holy Spirit THREW Jesus out to the wilderness. In our parlance, the Holy Spirit drop kicked him into the wilderness. Even though it was Satan who was tempting Jesus, it was the work of the Spirit that put him there.
Jesus was baptized, commissioned and tempted—then he was ready to minister to others. He could really understand what we struggle with as human beings because he was God with us. “The Spirit that comes upon Jesus at his baptism sustains him when he is tested by Satan so that he might proclaim the good news of God’s reign” (sundaysandseasons.com). On the Wednesdays of Lent, join us for Dinner Church where we will discuss baptism.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized
by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water,
he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
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.
***The Confirmation Class will not meet this Sunday.
***The Evangelism Ministry is again sponsoring a food drive each quarter of 2018 for the Bemus Point Food Pantry. The first will be on Sunday, March 4. You are asked to bring in non-perishable food (no expired items), personal care items (no expired items), paper products, laundry detergent, etc.
***UPDATE TO 5 and 2 Ministry FOOD LIST:
Individual boxes of juice are now being accepted in addition to bottles (as close to the weight as stated on the card).
We have currently donated 5 bins of food since we started January 21. THANK YOU so much. Keep up the good work everyone.
*** 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.
On the five Wednesdays of Lent (beginning Feb. 21), please join your St. Timothy family at 6:30 pm for weekly Dinner Church along with a discussion surrounding Continuing in the Covenant of Baptism. "Dinner Church” is just what it sounds like-church around the dinner table: cuisine, conversation, and Christ. The best part? It’s how church started (dinnerchurches.com). Dinner Church is not a liturgy or a service or simply a meal. It's a little bit of everything together.
Come and see and experience what this will look like at St. Timothy!
Feb. 21 - To live among God’s faithful people
Feb. 28 - To hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper
Mar. 7 - To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
Mar. 14 - To serve all people, following the example of Jesus
Mar. 21 - To strive for justice and peace in all the earth
***The 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry (referred to as the 5 & 2 Ministry, http://www.5and2minisry.com) was founded by Laurie Beckerink and Jen Heiser because of a need in our community – childhood hunger. For some children, the two meals they receive in school Monday through Friday are the only meals they will eat.
Their goal is to place bags of food in student book bags on Friday afternoons to supplement the food they may or may not receive at home over the weekend. They are currently serving Clymer Central students in grades K-3, Sherman Central students Grades UPK/1 and now Bemus Point Elementary students grades PreK/K.
The 5 & 2 Ministry is a faith-based program where confidentially is a priority. It is an ‘opt out’ program – meaning that all families at the designated grade levels receive a letter inviting them to participate in the backpack program but giving them the ability to opt out if they choose.
***The 40 Days of Giving is a way for ELCA members to support this church's hunger and poverty ministry during Lent. Choose one of five ELCA World Hunger programs that urgently need support, and walk
alongside our neighbors as they address hunger in their communities communities.
• India: Food and Agriculture
• India: Women’s Rights
• Malawi: Education and Income
• Malawi: Health and Wellness
• United States: Accompany Migrants and Refugees
Online giving is open today (Feb. 14) through Easter (April 1).
Check back often – we are tracking our progress live, and new programs and projects may be unlocked if those goals are met. If the funds raised for a specific program exceed the goal, they will be used to address a similar need in that country or region.
Visit ELCA.org/40days to learn more about this life-saving, life-changing work and make your gift today.
WAYS TO GIVE
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Please make checks payable to “ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving” and write the country and the project focus, if desired, in the check’s memo line.
***E-Link January 2018
4th-8th Grade Winter Retreat
March 2-4, 2018
Come enjoy a weekend of faith, friends, and fun while we
explore what it means to be a person of faith.
The Winter Retreat will also include:
*Powerful worships and devotions
*Reconnecting with old camp friends and making new ones
*Camp Games and activities
*Sledding and fun in the snow
WHEN: 7:00 PM Friday through 11:00 AM Sunday
WHERE: The Retreat Center at LCLC
COST: $100 (Includes meals, lodging, and program)
$25 of which is a non-refundable deposit
The registration deadline is 2/26/18.
Click here for a registration form or call 716-386-4125 for more information.
· 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: Dan Caruso, Alex Daniels, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, the friends and family of Howard Knipe, Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Gregg Davis, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, Todd Reel, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, 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.