St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                          July 18, 2019

                                                            Luke 10: 38-42

Scripture readings

for Sunday, July 21

Genesis 18:1-10a

Psalm 15

Colossians 1: 15-28

Luke 10: 38-42



Just five short verses…but oh does this passage pack a punch. It also raises some questions. On an initial reading, this is what jumps out at me:


1. Is this the same Mary and Martha that were Lazarus’ sisters. If so, where was Lazarus?

2. It was Martha’s home. Was Lazarus dead?

3. The text twice tells us that Martha was distracted. How many of us have been so concerned with serving a guest that we have become more concerned with the details of service than the guest? That was certainly the case for me when I was younger.

4. Why did Martha go to Jesus to complain and not right to Mary?

5. Is Jesus being mean again? Does he seem harsh with Martha?


There are many more questions and observations we could come up with upon an initial reading. However, what I especially see in this passage is not so much an either/or but a both/and attitude that Jesus is calling for.


Pastor Ivy Gauvin

38Now as [Jesus and his disciples] went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”


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.




Erie Sea Wloves Baseball Game

Sunday, July 28 at 1:00 pm

Meet at the church immediately after the church service.  

If interested, please contact Bob Samuelson at 485-3517

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  54

Keep bringing in items - donations collected during the summer!



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For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.

Pastor and Ray would like to thank everyone that came to the service for Amity in the memorial garden last Sunday.  Here are some pictures of the service.

Dear Church,

We have the opportunity for a church to minister to a single, senior woman who struggles with environmental illness issues. She is needing to relocate to an environment that is healthier for her illness issues. She is moving from a first-floor apartment, including appliances to a small house. All residences are within the city and she needs to be out by the end of the month. We are seeking a team of 6-12 people to assist with this move. Our volunteer who usually assists with moving coordination is out of town. If you, your church, men's ministry or youth group are interested in serving in this way, please contact us at 338-9705 ASAP


In Christ,

Susan L. JusthamExecutive Director

Love In the Name of Christ of SCC

Helping Churches to Help People 

Phone: 716.338.9828




·         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 Gene Heil, Bob Ivey, Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum,  Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown,  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 Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.