St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                                 March 9, 2017


                                                       

                                                                     John 3:1-17

Scripture readings

for Sunday, March 12

Genesis 2:15-17

Psalm 32

Romans 5:12-19

Matthew 4:1-11

REFLECTION


Questions Come to Light

What is it about the night that invites questions? As our head rests on the pillow and shadows stretch out on the bedroom wall, questions, like field mice, begin to emerge from the nooks and crannies of our mind. At first, the questions are utilitarian: Did someone let the dog out this evening? Are the kids’ lunches packed for school? When am I going to get to the grocery store this week? And then, without warning, the questions morph: Is Grandma going to recover from this illness? Why are my prayers so short these days? Does Jesus really care about us—about me? At this point we know that night has truly descended. Truth uttered in darkness. Naked honesty feels much safer, much less exposed when light’s reach seems a day way.

Maybe that is why we can relate to Nicodemus. For when did Nicodemus come to Jesus? By night! Though we can easily skip over the setting’s description in this gospel encounter, it is so very important. With shadows dancing in the torchlight, Nicodemus makes his way to Jesus, beset by questions he can ask only under cover of darkness. Though the darkness is Nicodemus’ security blanket, he cannot help himself. Like a moth fluttering in the night sky, Nicodemus is irresistibly drawn to the light. Not just any light: Jesus, the light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome. As people filled with our own questions, we follow in the furtive footsteps of Nicodemus, falsely believing our naked honesty will remain hidden in the gloom of night. But the Spirit, through the light of Christ, calls us out from the shadows, and in fact, exposes us to the brilliance of God’s love—a love that meets our questioning hearts with nothing less than life eternal.

From Sundays & Seasons

Sundays and Seasons v.20170207.1553
Copyright © 2017 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." 3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

 

9 Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" 10 Jesus answered,  11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

***REMINDER – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS THIS SUNDAY AT 2:00 AM; CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR BEFORE GOING TO BED SATURDAY NIGHT... YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS CHURCH!

 

***Pastor Ivy Gauvin has been transferred to Lutheran

 

Floor B1 - Room 162

 

Direct line into her room:  720-9428

 

Mailing address:

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

Room 162

Lutheran

715 Falconer Street

Jamestown, NY 14701

 

Pastor Ivy is settling in at Lutheran and hard at work with rehab. Currently, most of her OT/PT is in the morning, but not always.  It’s also very tiring work.  She’s requesting any visitors to please call her first at 720-9428 and she can let you know the best time to visit after 1:00.   She doesn’t want to miss anyone because of her rehab schedule or sleep through your visit.  

 

We thank Kathy Carlson for keeping us abreast of news on Pastor Ivy.

 

*** On Wednesdays during Lent, please join your church family for a weekly Dinner & Lenten worship series entitled, "With Awe and Love: A Midweek Lenten Series Based on Luther's Small Catechism” led by Pastor Heather Allport-Cohoon and Pastor Lee Magneson. Each week focuses on a different topic:

 

Week 2 (March 15) - The Creed

Week 3 (March 22) -  The Lord's Prayer

Week 4 (March 29) -  Baptism

Week 5 (April 5) - Holy Communion

 

Dinner will be held at 6:30 pm (hosted by different church committees) with the Lenten Series following at 7:15 pm. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come.  Bring a friend!

 

***There will be NO choir rehearsal on Wednesday, March 15th.

 

*** Lenten Devotional booklets are available from the table in the church Narthex.  Pick one up Sunday, take it home and use it daily during Lent.

 

***Honduras Mission Trip in April

The team heading to Honduras, including Tammy Haas, leaves on Thursday night, April 6th to stay over in Buffalo for a 6 am departure.  Return is on Monday, April 17th.  Please pray for this team in travel and as they minister in Honduras.

 

If you are a Honduras Promise Child Sponsor:

Sponsors are asked to send a card/letter only to their child as we have stopped giving individual gifts.  You are also encouraged to send a picture of your family.  Please get your letter and picture to St. Timothy’s church office by Sunday, April 2nd so they may be included in the packing that will take place at the church that afternoon.

 

How everyone can help:

St. Timothy’s Sunday School is collecting school supplies for the children. Below is the list of items needed.  Please bring your donations to the church by Sunday, April 2nd as the group will be packing items that afternoon.

 

pencils and erasers

pens

scissors, both small and large

crayons

colored pencils

paint sets

colored markers

rulers

simple calculators

glue sticks

tape

staplers and staples

(No paper, please)


{}***The Caring & Sharing Ministry is again gathering items for Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits.  All of the items for kits are needed at this time.  Monetary donations are also requested for buying in bulk and shipping.  When we package, each kit needs to contain the following:

     •     One light-weight bath towel, dark colors (20”x40” to 27”x52”).

     •     Two bath-size bars (4-5 oz.) of soap, in original wrapping.

     •     One adult-size toothbrush in original packaging.

     •     One sturdy comb (no picks or fine-toothed combs), remove packaging.

One metal nail clippers (attached file is optional), remove packaging.


*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class is currently on break. On Monday, March 27th at 9:00 am, they will have an informational meeting for new members in St. Timothy’s fellowship hall.  The next session of classes at St. Timothy’s will be held April 3 through June 14 on Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 am.


***Save the Date: October 14, 2017 

Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center Quilt, Art, & Pie Auction

 

Mark your calendars now for an exciting afternoon of fun and fellowship to benefit LCLC!

 

This Fun Event includes:

*Live Auction for quilts, hand crafted art, pies, and more

*Silent Auction for theme baskets

*Congregational Chili Cook-Off Competition

*Snacks and beverages

*Opportunity to connect with LCLC friends and alumni

*Closing Camp-Style Worship

*Special Auction Item:  Dinner with, prepared, served, and brought to your house by Bishop John Macholz of the Upstate NY Synod!

 

WHEN:  October 14, 2017 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm

 

WHERE:  St. John's Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville, NY

 

COST:  FREE!  This is a fundraiser though, so come prepared to bid high and often!

 

Donations Needed:  For information about making a donation to the auction, please click here.

 

For additional information please visit the auction page on our website or call 716-386-4125. 

 



 


   ▪     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 Bill Reel upon his passing, Pastor Ivy for healing & strength and Ray for endurance, Ben Wickherham (military deployment), Marilyn See, Gloria Gardner, Grace Wakefield, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman,  Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Maj-Britt Traynor, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse 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.