St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                              November 21, 2019

                                             

                                                 Colossians 1:11-20

                                                    

                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Nov. 24

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm 46

Colossians 1:11-20

Luke 23:33-43

REFLECTION

Pr. Ivy


God has rescued us. Have you ever felt like you needed someone to rescue you from a situation? Here, God has rescued us from the worst of all situations imaginable—the power of darkness. But we’re not just rescued FROM that and left to our own devices, but we are transferred TO somewhere else—the kingdom, the reign and rule of God’s beloved Son.

 

And what do we get when we’re in God’s kingdom—redemption and the forgiveness of sins. In other words, we are made right with God and others. And this is God’s, not our work. This all began with baptism.

 

In the second section, we have vivid images of the cosmic Christ, who was with the Father from the beginning because he himself is God. I like the imagery of all things holding together in Christ. Sometimes I feel like everything is falling apart, but here we learn that Christ holds it all together. Jesus is the cosmic Super Glue of our lives and of our world.


                                        Christ holding all things together and reconciling all

                                           things on heaven and earth reminds me of the picture of

                                           The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks. After all

                                           God’s wonderful blessings in our lives, may we allow our

                                           Lord Jesus to hold us all together—individually and as

                                           the people of God at St. Timothy.

11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

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

***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 this 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!


***Several times in past years we’ve collected suitcases/backpacks for GA residential youth to use when they transition home or to a different setting. We're being asked to collect suitcases over the next couple Sundays. I can deliver them when I go to the next conference ministerium and Pastor Dan Rumfelt will make sure they get over to GA. It is very much appreciated by all, youth and staff alike, as their residential program comes a close.


***We will celebrate Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens Sunday, December 3.  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.


***Advent is just around the corner, beginning next Sunday, Dec.1.  Advent calendars are available in the narthex on the round table.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

It is time to order poinsettias from Brigiotta’s to beautify our Sanctuary for Christmas. Plants are available in red  with festive foil wrappers. 

Cost is $7.00 each; cash or check payable to “St. Timothy Lutheran Church” (please put “Poinsettia” in memo line).

You may also make a donation to St. Susan’s Kitchen in addition to, or in lieu of, poinsettias.

Place this form, with payment, in the offering plate. 

Sunday, December 8th is the last day to order.

PURCHASER’S NAME:     _____________________________________________


________ Plants @ $7.00 each = $____________

_______ Paid


In Memory of: __________________________

In Honor of: ____________________________

Donation to St. Susan’s Center: ________


***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!


Fighting childhood hunger one student at a time in our community.

***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 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.


          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:  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.