November 2, 2017
for Sunday, Nov. 5
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
What do we think of when we read or hear the Beatitudes? Are they just another set of commandments and is Jesus just another Moses? The word beatitude is defined in the dictionary as “a state of utmost bliss” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beatitude). I don’t think a list of commandments or moral imperatives would rate as “a state of utmost bliss.”
Jesus is turning upside down the world’s and religious establishment’s idea of what demonstrates blessedness. Particularly in the Hebrew scriptures we see the idea of wealth and health being a sign of God’s blessing. Here Jesus points to those who could easily be disregarded by the world—the meek, hungry, thirsty etc.
It’s significant that this gospel is chosen for All Saints’ Sunday. Jesus shows us that in the lives of the saints of God past and present, we see the characteristics our Lord has enumerated. Is it because the church calls them saints, such special, holy people? No, it is because of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives and ours. This begins with baptism.
Martin Luther wrote concerning baptism:
“[W]hat a great and excellent thing baptism is, which snatches us from the jaws of the devil and makes us God’s own, overcomes and takes away sin and daily strengthens the new person, and always endures and remains until we pass out of this misery into eternal glory. Therefore let all Christians regard their baptism as the daily garment that they are to wear all the time” (Book of Concord, Kolb/Wengert, 2000, p. 466).
I’m a saint and you are too.
1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
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.
Honduras Live Auction and Chinese Auction, Sunday, November 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Plan to come for dinner, starting at 5 p.m. for your choice of pulled chicken sandwich or chili, salad, dessert and beverage for $6 donation.
Come and bring family and friends with you! There are lots of great items that will be auctioned either in the Chinese Auction or in the Live Auction with auctioneer Dave Brown of Westfield.
***“Munchies with Macholz”, Monday, Nov. 6, 6:00 PM
Lutheran’s Christ Chapel, 715 Falconer Street, Jamestown
All are welcome to join Bishop John Macholz for a reception and open forum town meeting. Savory and sweet gourmet finger foods provided by Chef Dave start the evening out, followed by conversation with Bishop Macholz. Please come enjoy the food, fellowship and discussion.
*** Partnering with Bemus Point United Methodist Church, the Evangelism Committee is collecting items for Thanksgiving baskets for friends in our community needing help. Through your generous donations, St. Timothy is providing: instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, canned sweet corn or sweet potatoes. Monetary donations welcome, please give to Ginnie Sloan. Collection deadline is Sunday, Nov. 12th.
*** Fran Ward will be out of the church office beginning Nov. 14, returning Dec. 5.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am at St. Timothy. This session runs through November 15th.
*** A community-wide Thanksgiving service will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm.
Family Advent Weekend (NEW!)
December 1-3, 2017
What better way to combine all you love about LCLC with the excitement of this special time of the year. Join us for this great way to get your Advent and Christmas seasons off to an appropriate start.
The LCLC Family Advent Weekend will include:
*Advent Worship & Bible Study
*Reconnecting with your family and camp friends
*Camp Games, activities, hikes, and more
WHEN: 7:00 PM Friday through 11:00 AM Sunday
WHERE: The Retreat Center at LCLC
COST: (Includes meals, lodging, and program)
1 Adult: $95.00
2 Adults: $180.00
Youth ages 8-17: $48.00
Youth 7 & younger: Free
Maximum fee per family: $255.00
$10.00 of each registration fee is a non-refundable deposit
The registration deadline is 11/24/17.
· 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 Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Deacon Gregg Davis, Roy Pihl, Faye Stebbins, Gloria Gardner, Bob & Audrey Markwart, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Arden Johnson, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
· 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.