November 29, 2018
for Sunday, Dec. 2
1st Thessalonians 3:9-13
The first Sunday of Advent always focuses on the future coming of Christ. It all sounds so overwhelming and yet, this text is peppered with hope. In the first few verses we have the warning signs in the sun, moon, stars and on earth. Then there’s the good news about our redemption drawing near.
In the story of the fig tree, when we see “these things taking place,” we know the kingdom is near. These are hard things. Here the good news is that Jesus’ words will not pass away.
Every generation thinks that they must be the final one before the return of our Lord. Things are so bad. How could they get any worse? Luther wrote:
It seems to me that within the space of ten or twelve years, there have been such storms and tempests and waters roaring as have never before been seen or heard. We are to consider, therefore, that although in former times these signs came singly and at less frequent intervals, now they appear many and frequent. In our time both sun and moon are darkened, stars fall, distress of nations is present, winds and waves are roaring, and many other signs are being fulfilled. They are all coming in a heap. (from a Sermon by Martin Luther, 1521)
So, in the midst of out of control forest fires, mounds of snow, floods and war, how are we to cope? We are to raise up our heads because our redemption is near. We are to trust in the never-failing Word of God, living a life of faith in Christ.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
***We will celebrate Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens this 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; if there are still names, please 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 this Sunday, December 2nd.
***The Evangelism Committee is hosting the last Food Pantry Drive of 2018 this 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.
***Christmas Poinsettias will be ordered from Brigotta’s again this year, $7.00/plant. As in the past, donations for St. Susan’s kitchen are also being accepted on the poinsettia forms, in addition to or in lieu of poinsettias. Forms are available on the church’s narthex table, payment should accompany order. Last day to order is Sunday, December 9.
***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: 39
***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.
UPSTATE NEW YORK SYNOD, SOUTHWESTERN CONFERENCE
“Advent – A Season for all Generations”
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Christ Chapel, Lutheran, Jamestown
715 Falconer St., Jamestown, NY 14701
Registration & Fellowship: 9:15 am
Catered Continental Breakfast: 9:30 am
*Compliments of Lutheran’s own Chef Dave*
RSVP deadline: November 30, 2018
Call Lois Rumfelt: 664-4409
Free-will offering to benefit Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund at Lutheran
***Help benefit St. Timothy Lutheran Church when you shop at smile.amazon.com:
Committee heads – all reports are due into St. Timothy office no later than Friday, December 28th for inclusion in the Annual Report. Reports can be hand written and left on the office desk or emailed to the office at email@example.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: Eileen Widen, Rod Stork, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Bonny Davis, The Kibbe family, 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 Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.
[Jesus said:] 25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”