St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                                 March 8, 2018


                                                                     John 3:14-21

Scripture readings

for Sunday, March 12

Genesis 2:15-17

Psalm 32

Romans 5:12-19

Matthew 4:1-11


Ray and I like football. It seems that no matter what game we watch, there is always someone in the stadium with a big John 3:16 sign. But I cannot help but wonder if the average person seeing that even knows what that means. Many do not read scripture and today we have people who have never been to church. John 3:16, so what does that mean?


First of all, for a basic of understanding scripture, we need to read the verses before and after the verse we’re looking at. One can come to a very narrow understanding of God’s salvation by just reading John 3:16. God has done this and you have to believe.


Whereas, if you look at verse 17, you get a fuller picture. God didn’t send his Son to condemn, but so that the world may be saved. THAT is God’s plan—to save the whole world. Doesn’t that give John 3:16 a more grace-filled feel?


Of course, further on in the text, we are told what God’s judgment is, about light and darkness and evil deeds. “But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God” (John 3:21). Let us walk together in the light as God’s people.

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

[Jesus said:] “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

  “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”


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.



***It is time to order Easter lilies – see information at bottom of E-Ministry. Order forms will also be in bulletins this Sunday.


***Tired of Cooking?   Weekly Lenten Dinner Church continues…join your St. Timothy family on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm for dinner and discussion surrounding Continuing in the Covenant of Baptism.  "Dinner Church” is church around the dinner table: cuisine, conversation, and Christ.  It is not a liturgy or a service or simply a meal but a little bit of everything together. Come and see and experience what this will look like at St. Timothy!

Mar. 14 - To serve all people, following the example of Jesus

Mar. 21 - To strive for justice and peace in all the earth

***On Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 pm, you are invited to our Conference’s Chrism Mass, led by Bishop John Macholz, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. Refreshments will be served following the service.


***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards.   3 ways to give:

   - Go directly to our website at

   - Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone

   - Download the app ‘GivePlus Church’. Create an account.    


For further information, contact Kathy Carlson at 485-1316.

***EIGHT bins of food have been collected for the 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry (referred to as the 5 & 2 Ministry,  Thank you to everyone who is supporting this ministry.  The donation process is not limited to the church but open to everyone in the community.  Information cards about the ministry are available in the church narthex to make it easy to share this project with your friends and co-workers – talk it up!   


***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues to meet 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.   All are welcome!


***On Maundy Thursday, March 29, our church will host the combined worship and luncheon with Bemus Point Methodist Church at St. Timothy’s at 12:00 pm.  St. Timothy’s will also have a worship service with communion that evening at 7:00 pm.


If you would like to order an Easter Lily for our Sanctuary in honor or in memory of a loved one, please complete this form and place it in the offering plate by Sunday, March 18th, or return it to the church office no later than Wednesday, March 21st.


Price is $8.00 per plant.  Please include payment with your order.  If paying by check, make payable to “St. Timothy Lutheran Church”.





# of plants __________ x $8.00 ea    Amount enclosed $_____________



Information for acknowledgement in Easter Sunday bulletin:


In Memory of:






In Honor of:







Donation to St. Susan’s Kitchen in lieu of/or in addition to flowers:               


Amount $_______________



   ▪     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 family & friends of Harry Ward who passed on Tuesday, Gloria Gardner, Dan Caruso, Alex Daniels, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Dee Gould, Bonnie Christoferson, John Scorse, Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart,  Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.

   ·       for people serving in the military 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.