February 22, 2018
for Sunday, February 28
Some churches use a bulletin insert called “Celebrate” that contains the Sunday’s scripture readings and prayers. Before each reading is a short summary of what it’s about. Similarly, in the Sundaysandseasons.com resource, is a few lines about the reading. I really like the succinctness of the explanation of Sunday’s gospel reading, “After Peter confesses his belief that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus tells his disciples for the first time what is to come. Peter’s response indicates that he does not yet understand the way of the cross that Jesus will travel.”
And so again this Sunday, we again hear how following Jesus is not all sweetness and light. Indeed, being a disciple turns our world upside down. I would not trade it for anything; but that doesn’t make it easy. I often wonder if any of us understands the way of the cross better than Peter.
There are several different ways Jesus made his point: telling Peter that his mind was set on earthly, not divine things, the call to all to take up their crosses and follow Jesus, saving and losing of one’s life and ultimately, are we ashamed of Jesus or not?
There is a saying that sums up what Jesus is after, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Let us live unashamed lives of surrender to Jesus Christ and in service to others.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
31[Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
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 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.
***Tired of Cooking?
Each Wednesday of Lent, 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. 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
*** 5 loaves and 2 Fish Ministry
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.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets each 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.
*** Lenten Devotions by church leaders is available in a free download at Lenten devotions by church leaders
***From Lois Rumfelt:
Dear Conference Friends,
Just a reminder that our Women of the ELCA Planning meeting is this coming Saturday, February, 24, 2018 at Warner Place on the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown (715 Falconer Street), from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (no longer than that). Please come or send a representative from your congregation or to help us plan for events and discuss other topics for this year. If you can’t attend, but have suggestions for programs or events, please contact me. Thanks for your support of Women of the ELCA.
Lois Rumfelt, Secretary,
Upstate New York Synod Women of the ELCA
- 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, Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Gregg Davis, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, Todd Reel, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson, Thom Shagla, Bonnie Christoferson and Dee Gould.
- 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.