November 14, 2019
for Sunday, Nov. 17
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
Are you a fan of the sci-fi genre? Ray and I are. We especially enjoy disaster movies or ones with pandemics. But those are merely fiction.
When Jesus speaks of a reality to come, it’s scary. But then, there’s something I think is even worse—being arrested and persecuted for being a Christian. I love the way Jesus frames this, “This will give you an opportunity to testify” (v. 13). Thanks Jesus.
But as we’ve talked about before, being a Christian doesn’t mean we get to escape all kinds of problems. It means that in the middle of the really hard things of life—your home being burned down and losing everything, dealing with political unrest, hurricanes, floods, family problems—you name it. No matter what life may throw at us, Jesus is with us, holding us close through all that we might experience. “’17You will be hated by all because of my name. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your souls.’” That sounds encouraging, but what about faithful people in the past who died for their faith?
Sometimes all I know is that God is faithful and God and is with us in the middle of what feels like the garbage heap of our lives. God keeps us close to himself.
Let us pray:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen (ELW, p. 304).
5When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, [Jesus] said, 6“As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”
7They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” 8And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them.
9“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” 10Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
12“But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; 15for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17You will be hated by all because of my name. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your souls.”
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.
***The Evangelism Committee, in conjunction
with BPUMC, will again deliver Thanksgiving
food baskets to friends in our area who need
assistance. We will collect items thru next
Sunday, Nov. 24. Our church is asked to provide:
cranberry sauce, canned turkey gravy, instant
mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned sweet potatoes and corn; the Methodist Church is providing turkeys. Please spread God’s love to our neighbors by filling the trunk of Marty’s car. She will shop for you if you would like to give a monetary donation. Thank you in advance!
***We will celebrate Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens Sunday, December 1. Potluck dinner at 5:30 (meat provided), decorating at 6:30 with carol singing to follow. The potluck sign-up sheet is on the narthex table. Everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy this special evening – bring your family and friends!
***The G. A. Family Services Angel Tree is in St. Timothy
narthex; select a name/ornament from the tree, purchase
the gift and return unwrapped gift in a bag. You may
include wrapping in the bag if you desire. Last day to
bring in a gift will be Sunday, December 1st.
***St. Timothy’s commitment to 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes Ministry
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!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 71
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
- Go directly to our website at
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For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.
· 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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
· For: Family and friends of Jerry Saar, Tim O’Brien, Nichelle Carlberg, Mike Krott, Gretta Kettle, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, , Marty Hunt, 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, 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.
· 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.
· For: The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.