January 10, 2019
for Sunday, January 13
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Don’t you get frustrated when you encounter someone who refuses to do something other than what they understand their job description to be. You hear, “That’s not my responsibility!” Then on the other side of the coin are those who take the credit for everything. It’s always because of their gifts and abilities that things happen.
When we look at the odd and yet compelling character of John the Baptist, we see one who is unafraid to do the hard work to which he was called and by the same token he does not take credit for what he does. He knew who he was and who he wasn’t. We find that people had questions about him. Who wouldn’t? John’s response to the question of whether or not he was the Messiah was “Don’t look at me. There’s someone more powerful.”
John’s response could be ours as well. Whatever good is done, whatever valuable ministry, it’s not because of us. It is not on our shoulders. It is the work of God the Holy Spirit in and through us. Jesus was empowered for service at his baptism. May we allow that same Spirit to work through us for the sake of the world as we hear the Father call us beloved, for he is the One who calls us, saves us and fills us with God’s power not for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all in need.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
· 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 & Janet Balcom, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Joe Gauvin, Rod Storck, 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 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 Zimbabwa and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.
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.
*** January Packing Night for 5 & 2 Ministry will take place at St. Timothy’s this coming Tuesday, January 15th, at 7:00 pm.
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!
*** The Southwestern Conference Women of the ELCA Planning Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th, 10:00 AM in the Conference Room at Lutheran, Jamestown. The Conference Room is located down the hall to the left of Christ Chapel (next to the Occupational Therapy Room). Use Lutheran’s main entrance. We need representatives from all our Conference congregations to help plan for future gatherings and share ideas. Please join us. Thanks so much for all your continued support.
Lois Rumfelt, Secretary
***The monthly Ladies’ Lunch will be held the 3rd MONDAY of the month at the Bemus Inn at 12:00 pm. January date is Monday the 21st. All ladies welcome!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 43
***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 (with lunch) will be held Sunday, January 20th following worship. It is important that all members and friends attend!
An Update from Love INC:
We celebrate the birth of our King every December as we study Luke 2. We were given a gift that first Christmas that was to last our whole life through. Like New Year's Resolutions, we often fall off the wagon of remembering our King and what he did for us by being born an earthly man. We have so much to be grateful for and we at Love INC are so grateful. We were blessed with many gifts big and small, but each is so precious.
A recap of our blessings in December:
• A request for wrapping paper on our Facebook page provided enough wrapping paper for next year too.
• The need for stoves was lessened with a financial gift that was multiplied thanks to ACME Appliance.
• A Toy Giveaway with REALiFE Church and Greater Chautauqua Credit Union became a pop-up toy shop that not only provided Christmas gifts and volunteer hours, but it provided a warm and welcoming place to be loved on and encouraged for the neighbors we serve.
• Many generous financial gifts assisted to lessen the financial burden of maintaining the Love INC Clearinghouse Call Center which assisted in serving the many, many neighbors in Southern Chautauqua County in 2018.
As we celebrate the many blessings, the neighbors we serve continue to have unmet physical needs. Our bed list is once again growing. If you or someone you know has an unused bed in good condition with no rips, tears or stains, please contact our call center 338-9705. Many landlords are no longer providing appliances with apartment rentals so we have a list of neighbors needing stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers. We ask that all appliances are less than 10 years old, clean and in good working condition.
Thank you for your support and your prayers as we work together to mobilize the local church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.
Susan L. Justham | Executive Director
Love In the Name of Christ of SCC
Helping Churches to Help People
Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, died 1968
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
An American prophet of justice among races and nations, King was an eloquent preacher, a leader of the nonviolent resistance to race-segregated society, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Born on this date, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, died around 356
Thursday, January 17, 2019
One of the earliest of the Egyptian desert fathers, Antony gave away his sizeable inheritance and became a hermit. Later he became leader of a group of monks who devoted themselves to prayer, worship, and labor.
Pachomius, renewer of the church, died 346
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Born in Egypt, Pachomius became a Christian while a soldier. He became a hermit (a solitary monk) and organized others into a religious community. His rule for monasteries influenced later ones in both the Eastern and Western churches.
Confession of Peter
Friday, January 18, 2019
Today the church remembers the apostle Peter's great acknowledgement of Jesus as "the Christ, the Son of the living God." This festival serves as a fitting beginning to the week in which we particularly pray that all Christians might be united in faith and witness.
Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, martyr, died 1156
Saturday, January 19, 2019
When Erik, King of Sweden, determined to invade Finland for the purpose of converting the people there to Christianity, Henry went with him. Henry is recognized as the patron saint of Finland.
In the coming week, let’s remember those who have gone before us, on whose shoulders we and our church stand.