St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Dearest friends,

“…we your people, the flock of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever;

from generation to generation we will recount your praise” (Psalm 79:13). As

we think about November, our minds always go to Thanksgiving, a time of

gathering with friends and family, eating (or should I say overeating) a

delicious meal and enjoying football (for some). Besides Thanksgiving Day,

we have many reasons to give thanks to God.

Personally, I give thanks for the opportunity I had to go to Colorado for the

Cross+Gen (cross generational) ministry conference. One of my take aways

from the conference is something called Faith5. First, you tell each other

your highs and lows from that day. Secondly, you read a passage or a story

from scripture. Third, you talk about the scripture and how it applies to your

highs and lows. Fourth, you pray together and fifth, you bless each other.

You may want to incorporate all or parts of this as you give thanks together.

We have a wonderful meal of blessing when we gather for the Lord’s

Supper. As we pray and recount Jesus sharing the bread and wine with his

disciples, we hear that Jesus gave thanks. Eucharist, another word for

communion means, “the giving of thanks, thanksgiving” ( No

matter what name we choose for Holy Communion, it is an important

sacramental meal through which we give thanks to God.

Activity-wise November is a month full of opportunities for thankfulness. On

November 6, at St. Timothy, there is the auction to benefit the children’s

work in Honduras. November 20, St. Mark is having their Harvest Dinner

immediately following worship. Also on Sunday, November 20, the Mayville

Ministerium is hosting an ecumenical community Thanksgiving service at

7:00 pm at the Mayille United Methodist Church.

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that

has been given you in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. 1:4). I am very grateful to each

of you for who you are and what you do. Thank you all for your concern

regarding my back. I continue to be in limbo and hope that I will hear from

the insurance company soon. You have enabled me to speak honestly with

you about how I feel on any given day. You have encouraged and prayed for


The last thing I’d like to share with you is the Apostle Paul’s prayer and

challenge to the church in Corinth. We are not given good things to keep for

ourselves, but are called to share them. That includes the joy of the good

news of salvation. Paul wrote, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always

leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the

fragrance that comes from knowing him” (2 Cor. 2:14). Amen.

In great thanks,

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

November 2016

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