November 30, 2017
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
for Sunday, Dec. 3
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthias 1:3-9
Many of us know I Corinthians because of chapter 13, the love chapter that we hear so often at weddings. But then there’s a darker side to the Corinthian church, which was why Paul wrote this letter. First, they had written to him with a number of questions that he was answering. Second, he was writing in response to what he had heard about them from the bearers of the letter, as well as reports he had received from “Chloe’s people” (v. 11). There were problems in Corinth such as immorality, division and lawsuits among believers.
It’s hard to believe that these words are really those of Paul to the Corinthians. They’re so positive, given much of the letter. But it is these reminders of thankfulness and grace that keep God’s people in Christ. It is what keeps us going.
God had given the Corinthians all they needed to do what God wanted them to do. God has given us all we need to do what God wants us to do. How is this? It is God who is the One who does the work through his people.
At times we are no better Christians than the Corinthians; and yet God loves us, provides for us and makes us like Jesus. 8”He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen
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.
***This Sunday, December 3rd we will celebrate Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens. Potluck dinner at 5:30 (meat provided), decorating at 6:30 with carol singing to follow. Look for a sign-up sheet for the potluck on the narthex table in the church. Everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy this special evening!
***This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. As we conclude the Generosity Project and celebrate our generosity this week, the Council would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been so supportive of this congregation and it's missions! Without your generosity, we would not be able to do what we do.
We will bring forth Estimates of Giving this Sunday to add to our many blessings. If you so choose, you may also use this online form to give your Estimate of Giving at this link:
*** St. Timothy’s has again participated in the Angel Tree project with G. A. Family Services. Please remember to return your UNWRAPPED gifts by Sunday, Dec. 3.
The staff at G. A. sends their thanks to St. Tim’s for our dedication to this community outreach over the years. The gifts are handed out by Santa at the annual family Christmas party and a fun time is had by all!
***We will order poinsettias from Brigiotta’s to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. The price is $7.00 for red or white poinsettia, 6” pot wrapped in foil. You may also make a donation to St. Susan’s Kitchen in addition to, or in lieu of, purchasing a poinsettia. Deadline to order is Sunday, December 3rd.
*** Fran Ward will be back in the church office Tuesday, December 5.
***The Evangelism Ministry is hosting their final 2017 Food Pantry drive this Sunday, December 3. Please bring personal care items, non-perishable food (no expired items), paper products, laundry detergent, etc. to be donated to the Bemus Point Food Pantry.
***It’s time to order Christmas Cookies to benefit the Honduras Promise Children! For a $12.00 suggested donation, you will receive two dozen delicious cookies handmade with love.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class will be on hiatus for the holidays. The next session is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 8th at 9:00 am.
*** Double your impact! Your gift to ELCA World Hunger will be matched dollar for dollar (until we reach $165,000) when given between now and Dec. 31. You may give online at elca.org/hunger or by mail to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Processing Center, PO Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.
· 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 Pastor Ivy, Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Gregg Davis, Roy Pihl, Faye Stebbins, Gloria Gardner, Bob & Audrey Markwart, Al Lamb, 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 and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
· 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.
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—6just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.