St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                          July 19, 2018


                                                           Ephesians 211-22

Scripture readings

for Sunday, July 22

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm 23

Ephesians 2:11-22

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

REFLECTION

 

When Paul wrote this, there was a big debate going on in the early church. Since Jesus and his first followers were all Jewish, many thought that those who were not born Jewish, needed to become Jewish in order to become Christians. Jewish males were circumcised and gentile males were not, therefore, some expected them to be.

 

BUT NOW…this is the turning point in this passage. God has intervened and brought the outsiders, the gentiles, in. Most of us are in that gentile camp. Jesus not only makes peace between the two groups that were so at odds with each other, but he is our peace.

 

It seems that today everyone is at each other’s throat. Our society is filled with tension and division. Can we let Jesus, our peace, break down the walls of division between people because of race, immigration status or political affiliation? Just as we are no longer strangers and aliens from God and God’s people, don’t you think that may be the case for others? All of us are made in the image of God.

 

We know how to welcome at St. Timothy! May we be a light for the darkness in our world. May we demonstrate God’s attitude and love for all.

 

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

Remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


***Hoops for Honduras this weekend! The 3 on 3 Hoops for Honduras Basketball Tournament is a fundraiser for the Honduras Mission.  It will be held at Village Park in Bemus Point, tomorrow, Friday July 20, 4:00-8:00pm and Saturday, July 21, 8:00 am-6:00pm.  Come out and cheer on the teams!  Sponsors always needed; contact Bob Goold at 716-386-2288 or rgoold@gmail.com.


***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  24

Keep bringing in items - donations collected during the summer!

 

 

***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.









Update from Love INC

 

We have some immediate needs for volunteers who are willing to drive to doctors appointments.  The clients need rides to doctors appointments in Orchard Park. We have an elderly woman who needs a ride on July 24th and a single man who needs a ride on August 9th.  We would like a female volunteer for the woman and a male volunteer for the man. If you or someone you know is able to help please contact us ASAP 339-9705.

 

 

Dear Church Leaders,

 

With summer comes busyness and the Church body has been busy with Love INC. The phone continues to ring with donations and neighbors with needs. The donations come in and go out just as quickly as we are able to answer the phone and complete the intake process. This past month we have been blessed by the generosity of the God's people. We had an abundance of donations and needs that overwhelmed our system. The need for volunteers became very apparent and are still very needed. We were blessed with the assistance of a mission team from Detroit who helped to organize our storage and assist with deliveries to neighbors in need. 

The Body of Christ was able to assist our neighbors in need with many household items. We provided 25 different household furnishings, (couches, chairs, tables, dressers, beds, and lamps), 6 major appliances (stove, refrigerator, washers & dryers), 7 household necessities, (dishes, pot & pans, glasses, silverware & linens). The church also gave 3 rides to doctor appointments and to the store and assisted 4 neighbors with toiletries from our Gap ministry hosted at Bethel Baptist. 

 

God's people have been busy and none of this could possible without the many volunteers from various churches. We are still in need of volunteers.  Below is a job description for various volunteer jobs at Love INC.

 

The needs our neighbors currently have:

 

-Single mom with 2 kids recently received a twin bed is still in need of a full-size bed resides in Linden Street area

-Single mom of seven is in need of a full-size bed resides in the Broadhead Ave. area

-a single lady recently released release from jail in of a full-size bed in the Sturges St. area

-a single man who is moving from assisted housing out on his own is in need of a washer & dryer in the 11th St. area

-a single mom moved to protect her daughter from abuse is in need of a gas stove in the N. Main St. area

-a grandmother caring for a grandchild is in need of a full-size bed, washer & dryer and toaster in the Windsor St. area

-a single father recently released from jail with 2 kids recently received a twin bed and still is in need of a full-size bed in the Peach St. area

-a single working man with no extra resources is in need of a full-size bed in the 4th St area

-a grandmother getting custody of her grandchildren is in need of a full-size bed, , a twin bed & a gas stove in the Forest Ave area

-a single man recently released from prison is in need of a full-size bed in the N. Main St. area

-a single woman with health issues is in need of a new bed for back issues in the w. 3rd St area

-a grandmother taking care of grandchildren for addicted daughter is in need of a twin bed in the Elliott Ave. area

-a grandmother just got custody of grandson is in need of a full-size bed in Windsor St. area

-a single mom of 3 is in need of 2 full-size box springs in the Phillips St. area

-a grandmother raising her grandchildren is in need of car repairs (estimate of $165.85 for repairs with one of our approved repair shops). They reside in the Elliott Ave area.

 

Please consider adopting a neighbor in need. The physical need is God's open invitation to connect with them and help them connect with God.

   


In Christ,

Susan L. Justham

Executive Director

Love In the Name of Christ of SCC

716-338-9828


Love INC Job Descriptions

 

Call Center Volunteer

Duties: Answer call center phone line, assist a neighbor in need with completion of intake form over the telephone, pray with neighbor, write neighbor an encouraging note and communicate with call center coordinator regarding neighbor’s story

Skills Needed: comfortable on phone, comfortable asking questions, some probing and praying for others out loud

Minimal requirement: 2 hrs per week

 

Furniture Ministry Volunteer

Duties: Picking up donated items and delivering to neighbors in need and pray with our neighbor.

Skills Needed: Strong back and able to lift up to 50 lbs., able to climb steps, flexibility, ability to work on a team and willingness to pray out loud with clients if needed.

Minimal requirement: up to 4 hrs 1-2 times a month.

 

Call Center Receptionist Volunteer

Duties: Answer call center phone line, assist a neighbor in need in completing an initial contact form, pray out loud with a neighbor (If neighbor refuses prayer, pray over initial contact after completing the telephone call.) Greet guests, photocopy documents and pray with visiting neighbor.

Skills Needed: welcoming personality, comfortable on the phone, comfortable asking questions, the ability to photocopy documents and praying for others out loud.

Minimal Requirement: 2-4 hours per week

 

Storage Manager Volunteer:

Duties: Oversee donations in storage by sorting, putting away and gathering requested items for neighbor in need

Skills Needed: organizational and decision-making skills

Minimal Requirement: flexible schedule (based on needs and donations)

 

 

·       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 Kelly, Dan Caruso, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, 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.