St. Timothy Lutheran Church

September has arrived and with it Labor Day. We may well be thinking,

where has the summer gone? Never mind that for much of this month, it

is still summer. However, even when our children are grown, we still

sense that change that comes with the ramping up of school as well as

the new program year at church.

For the first time since I’ve been your pastor, we will be having a church

picnic which will be held Sunday, September 9 at 1:00. There will be lots

for the kids to do. Of course, we adults can sit around and fellowship or

play our own games. This will also be a time of outreach because we are

inviting everyone from the surrounding neighborhoods. If you feel a bit

shy about inviting people to church, invite them to the picnic where they

can see God’s love in action as we are together as God’s people in this


Now that I am only the pastor of St. Timothy, I have the time to do some

things after church that I have long felt the need of doing. On September

16, a Bible study group is beginning. We will meet following worship,

after we have all gotten our coffee and goodies. We are beginning with

the Book of Acts, using N. T. Wright’s, Acts for Everyone. This will be a

discussion based study where we will learn together.

Sunday School will also begin on the 16th. The curriculum is “All

Together Now.” I am grateful for the work all of the teachers have done

in preparing for this Sunday School year. Sunday School will also meet

after worship.

This summer has been a time for renewing of friendships. On two

different occasions, people from the seminary in Gettysburg were at

Chautauqua and we had the opportunity to catch up. Relationships are

so very important and I give thanks for all those that have helped to form

who we are.

As the church program year begins, I really hope to see those of you

who have been unable to be around on Sundays during the summer.

God calls us to not only be God’s child, but to be God’s children together

in community as a church and with the larger body of Christ. Come be

part of what God is doing at St. Timothy. To God be the glory!

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

September 2018

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