St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                              May 16, 2019


                                                       

                                                             Revelation 21:1-6

Scripture readings

for Sunday, May 19

Acts 11:1-18

Psalm 148

Revelation 21:1-6

John 13:31-35

REFLECTION


This Sunday, in addition to being the Fifth Sunday of Easter, is One Voice, One County, One Hope Sunday. One Voice is the churches together speaking out on the addiction problem. One County is Chautauqua County with its share of addiction issues. One Hope is our Lord Jesus, the ultimate answer to the needs of all our hearts.

 

The reading from Revelation is so apropos for this theme. God does not present a refurbished old heaven and earth, but a new one. The holy city is the new Jerusalem. God is making all things new—even humanity.

 

The thing is we are not made new and left on our own, but God lives with mortals. God will be with us, drying the tears we cry. Those addicted to opioids, cigarettes, alcohol or anything else are made new in Christ and God is with them as well—wiping their tears. “…mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away” (v. 4). This is true for everyone, whether addict or not. There are many good and helpful forms of treatment, but ultimately, only God can recreate and make a life brand new.

 

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

1I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

 “See, the home of God is among mortals.

 He will dwell with them: they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with

    them;

4he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

 Death will be no more;

 mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

 for the first things have passed away.”

5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.”

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.

ANNOUNCMENTS


***The Evangelism Committee food drive for the Bemus Point Food Pantry will be Sunday June 2nd.  You are asked to bring in non-perishable food and personal care items (no expired items please), paper products, laundry detergent, etc.  Thank you in advance.


***Sunday, May 19 is ONE VOICE, ONE COUNTY, ONE HOPE Sunday. It has been designated as a Sunday to speak and to pray with one voice regarding the Church’s response to the destructive addictions that beset people. It is being sponsored by the Addiction Response Ministry with the hope that we can speak as one to this issue.



***Throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Muslim community has community fast breaking meals on Saturday evenings at 8:20 PM.  This traditional community event takes place at the GA Family Services cafeteria, 200 Gustavus Ave., Jamestown. We are invited to join in this festive time. Please let Pastor Ivy know which Saturdays you would like to go so we can go together. The last Saturday is June 1. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

 

God’s peace. 

 

 

***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.









 

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  52

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!

 

 



 







Dear Church , 

Spring has sprung and the work continues at Love In the Name of Christ to mobilize the local church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.

 We were able to serve 15 individuals and families during the month of April, for a total of 27 lives impacted with the love of Christ, through furnishings, toiletries, rides and referrals; mobilizing 49 volunteers from 16 different churches for a total of over 120 hours of service to our neighbors in need.

Each initial serving opportunity brought with it an average of 6 opportunities for prayer, encouraging words, a listening ear and a friend to walk beside of them sharing the love of Christ in word and in-deed. Can you see the potential of the ripple on the neighbors served and to the volunteers? I find myself shouting with a joyous voice, “Yeah God!” We do not necessarily know the impact we are having on each life, but we know we are loving God, and loving our neighbors, as commanded.

The needs still continue to come in with each ring of the phone. Current needs:

Gas stoves: 8 needed

Electric stoves: 2 needed

Refrigerators: 5 needed

Washers & Dryers: 7 needed

Twin beds: 14 needed

Full-size beds: 9 needed

Couches: 3 needed

Dressers: 3 needed

Table & chairs: 2 needed

Vacuum: 1 needed

Please pray for the neighbors we serve and for God’s provision physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.

If your church, mission team or group would like to learn more about Love INC and how we can help your congregation to be the hands and feet of Jesus, please contact me at 338-9828.

 

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 wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.

·         For  Bonnie Davis, Gene Heil,  Barb Macholz Grimaldi, 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, 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.

          People serving in the military including Ben Wickerham and their families, those caught up in violence

        and war who have no safe home in which to live.

          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.