February 23, 2017
for Sunday, February 26
2 Peter 1:16-21
REFLECTION: While Pr. Ivy is out on medical leave, our reflections will be taken from the NYSynod’s Midweek Musings.
This Week's Reflection Comes From
University at Albany Cornerstone Campus Ministry
In January I was part of a group that traveled to Baton Rouge, LA as part of our Campus Ministry Service Trip where we helped rebuild homes impacted by flooding. I have to admit that when I first thought of the mission trip to Baton Rouge I was filled with anxiety, worry and a little bit of doubt. Even though a great majority of the expenses was covered through the various churches that sponsored us students, we each had to pay a small fee. Our Campus Minister, Sandy, had helped us all raise most of the money, but when the deadline came for the down payment, I wasn't sure. So, I left it up to God; it was the best thing possible! Often times we worry our brains till it eventually fries and we become frustrated. Matthew tells us that to avoid all of that we could just go to God as a first priority instead of saving him as "Plan B".
In the Gospel of Mark we are informed how we should not serve two masters because we will never give them equal importance and we may even learn to love one and resent the other. Also we are told our importance in the eyes of the lord in verse 26 of chapter 6 states "are you not of more value than they?" "They" is reference to the birds; if God has the patience to feed the birds why wouldn't He also be with us.
Once I got to Baton Rouge and arrived at our work site, I worried about the tasks that we had to complete day to day. I was worried about the physical task; not to mention I left the comfort of my home and everything that was familiar to me. I am proud to say the Lord made a way! We were entering a field that I had no experience in. The most I've ever done was floor tiling. But as the week went by I put all my faith and hope in the Lord and we completed our mission successfully without any injuries. The Lord wants us to not worry about tomorrow's issue for today's trouble is enough for today.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won't he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? So then, don't worry saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
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.
*** Update on Pr. Ivy - Last Tuesday Dr. Capuccino found that Pr. Ivy had an infection. Because of this, the operation to put the stabilizers into her back was postponed. At that time, Dr. Capuccino irrigated the infected area, and removed as much of the infection as he could. Tuesday night into Wednesday, Ivy started running a fever, which has been brought down to a moderate level.
The plan now is to monitor Ivy over the next few days, bring down the fever, and make sure that the infection is totally cleared up.
Ivy will now be in the ICU at the Lockport hospital until Feb.27 or Feb. 28. Then she will be discharged to Lutheran. The second stage of her surgery will be postponed for anywhere between 1 to 2 months. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Ray suggests that cards be sent to him at PO Box 43, Bemus Point, NY or brought to church Sunday and he can take them up to her. She is also doing some texting.
*** Rev. Rob Allport-Cohoon and his wife Rev. Heather Allport-Cohoon will be serving St. Timothy and St. Mark until Pastor Ivy is able to return to work. Pastor Rob will be our weekly pastor for Sunday service and Pastor Heather will be available for visitations and emergency situations such as hospitalizations, funerals, etc. We are fortunate to have both of these pastors for the duration of Pr. Ivy’s medical leave. If you need to contact Pr. Heather for an emergency, her contact information is: Home phone 664-1557 Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** Ash Wednesday Service - March 1. Service is at 7:00 pm with Lee Magneson and Pr. Heather Allport-Cohoon. Begin the season of Lent with this wonderful service and imposition of ashes.
*** Lenten Services this year will be based on Luther’s Small Catechism lead by Lee Magneson and Pr. Heather Allport-Cohoon. Dinners are provided by various Ministries in St. Timothy at 6:30 pm followed by the Small Catechism program. So just come and enjoy!
***Fran Ward will be returning to the office until Tuesday, February 28th. Welcome back Fran!
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets at St. Timothy’s each Monday and Wednesday from 9:00-10:15 am. Anyone is welcome to join this low-impact, bone-strengthening class, suitable for both men and women.
***Volunteer Income Tax Assistance does free tax preparation for those earning less than $54,000 in 2016. Call 211 or 1-888-696-9211 to schedule an appointment. More information is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
- 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 the family and friends of Jack Starks, Marty Hunt’s father, who passed away Wednesday, the family and Friends of Ann Dahlberg, Pastor Ivy, Gloria Gardner, Grace Wakefield, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Bill Reel, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Maj-Britt Traynor, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Dan Bylund, Ben Wickerham, and Thom Shagla
- for the children and families of Honduras and other Central American countries that they might be restored to safety.