St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                               November 15, 2018

                                             

                                                        Mark 13:1-8

                                                    

                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Nov. 18

Daniel 12:1-3

Psalm 16

Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25

Mark 13:1-8

REFLECTION


In Mark’s gospel, we are now in the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. One of the disciples was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and beauty of the temple complex. The Jerusalem temple, which had been newly reconstructed by Herod the Great was impressive. It was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The temple complex was twice as large as the Roman Forum and four times as large as the Athenian Acropolis with its Parthenon. Today what remains of it are the huge retaining walls that supported the temple. The enormous Herodian stones are as long as 40 feet, some of which still stand as part of the Western or Wailing Wall. Their sheer magnitude is incredible.

I’m sure the people of Paradise, California and elsewhere who have experienced the most recent, devastating fires felt pretty secure in the certainty of their beautiful homes and neighborhoods lasting for their lifetimes at least. But like the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 A. D., their hope and delight in their buildings is demolished. It is incredible to see everything flattened and consumed by fire. These people certainly need our prayers and whatever actions that can be done to help them reestablish their lives.

Lutheran Disaster Response is on the ground working to help those affected by the wildfires. One way we can help is to give to LDR as they are our hands and feet in California. Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for "U.S. wildfires" will be used to help those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. You can give online at Lutheran Disaster Response.


The Christian life is not about stones and bricks. What goes on inside is what really matters. The life-giving waters of baptism are splashed, stories of faith are told, the meal of bread and wine are given to all, and we gather as a community of faith, to build each other up, to spread God's love in the community and to worship our Creator by bringing God our sorrows and joys. The stones and bricks may fall, but God's church, the community he has called together, will continue on--living and breathing in the unconditional grace of God.



Pastor Ivy Gauvin

1As [Jesus] came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4“Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.”

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.












ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

***Immediately following worship this Sunday, November 18,  a brief congregational meeting will be held in the sanctuary to discuss the purchase of a new furnace.

JOB OPENING – Part Time Administrative Assistant

St. Timothy is currently looking to fill a part time Administrative Assistant (Secretary) position in our office.  Fran Ward is resigning effective January 10, 2019 and we would like to hire a replacement before Christmas to train with Fran.

It is a 12 hour/week position @ $10/ hr.  Must be proficient in use of Word and Excel Programs, have excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills.   If interested, please email your contact information to:  sttimothy2015@gmail.com


***THIS Sunday is Stewardship Sunday.  Estimates of giving will be distributed for the 2019 Calendar Year to be filled out and placed in the offering plate.

Suppose…

…we go into church on a cold winter morning and there was no heat because we couldn’t pay the bill.

…we got stuck in the snow in our parking lot because we couldn’t pay the plow company.

…there was no music because we couldn’t pay our Music Director.

…there was no minister because there was no money to pay her.

Each year we fill out a pledge that we can comfortably handle to keep the church going.  We rely on these to meet our expenses that go on throughout the year and each pledge counts.

Please pledge today to support our family and ministries at St. Timothy.

Please commit to giving on a regular basis – whether or not you’re able to attend the church service weekly.

We need you!

St. Timothy Church Council

***You are invited to the Mayville Area Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service this Sunday, November 18, at 7:00 pm at Mayville United Methodist Church, 81 S. Erie St.

***THANK YOU! To everyone who brought in food or made a monetary donation for the Thanksgiving food baskets.  You have blessed many neighbors who are in need this season.

***We will celebrate Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens Sunday, December 2.  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 2nd.

***The Evangelism Committee is hosting the last Food Pantry Drive of 2018 on Sunday, December 2nd.  Please bring non-perishable food (no expired items), personal care products (no expired items), paper products, laundry detergent, etc. for the Bemus Point Food Pantry.

***St. Timothy’s commitment to 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes Ministry has increased and we are VERY excited about it.  Not only will we be collecting food to send home on Fridays with elementary children in Bemus Point, the GA Home, Clymer and Sherman, we will now be PACKING those bags that go into our student’s backpacks!  

We will officially become a Distribution Site beginning December 11 at St. Timothy.  All food collected here will now stay here to be packed and we’re in the process of getting ready for the big event.  Industrial strength shelving has arrived and is being used to store our inventory.  If anyone feels moved to help defray the cost of this shelving, it would be greatly appreciated.  Just mark “5 & 2 shelving” in the memo line.  

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION!  Fighting childhood hunger one student at a time in our community.

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  38

***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.












As soon as you get your 2019 calendar, mark on it that St. Timothy’s Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 20th following worship.  It is important that everyone attends to find out the inner workings of your church.

Committee heads – all reports are due into St. Timothy office no later than Friday, December 28th.  Reports can be hand written and left on the office desk or emailed to the office at sttimothy2015@gmail.com.

·       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:  Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Bonny Davis, The Kibbe family, Marisa Hammerquist, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Scott Stearns and 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 Zimbabwa and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.