November 7, 2019
for Sunday, Nov. 10
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
How is that for a convoluted story that the Sadducees presented to Jesus? The Law required this, but this is certainly an extreme example. Because the Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection, the only way someone could live on was through their children.
The gist of Jesus’ answer concerns life that is true life; resurrection life. God is after all, the “God…of the living.” That being the case, relationship with our living God is essential. It is out of such relationship that we connect with our God.
Because God is the God of the living, we know that those who have gone before us into the church triumphant, are alive. One article I read yesterday suggested that this gospel reading would have been a good one for All Saints’ Day. To God, “all of them are alive.” All the baptized, who believe in Christ have everlasting life. As John’s gospel says, “4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people” (John 1:4). Embrace this life God has for us!
27Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to [Jesus] 28and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30then the second 31and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32Finally the woman also died. 33In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”
34Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”
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.
Love INC Prayer Requests 11/4/19
A single lady with some medical issues residing in the Allen Park area needing help with some yard work and snow removal. Please pray for her health and a volunteer to help her meet her needs.
An elderly lady who needs a ride to the eye doctor appointment in Erie; as her elderly sister is no longer able to drive her.
A young man with learning disabilities who recently moved into our area. He is currently not attending a church. He also needs some basic furnishings for his apartment- tv, tv stand and a shower curtain.
For Love INC Volunteers for their hearts and clear discernment. We are also in need of volunteers for our call center, furniture ministry and ride providers. (For more information call 338-9705)
Continued Prayers & Updates
A mother of 5 kids was homeless when her apartment was condemned; lost everything. We were able to bless her with some living room furniture, but she is still in need of 4 twin beds and a kitchen table with 6 chairs. The mother also is having serious health issues.
A young man who was found homeless, he was sleeping in cars or on porches. He was assisted by another local organization with an apartment and a bed and we will be helping him with some furniture, kitchen items and toiletries. He needs prayer for his health as he is suffering from anxiety and depression and a job to be able to support himself.
A young couple who went through rehab together and have stayed clean for about a year are now expecting their first baby. They are regular church attenders and their faith has grown incredibly; praising God daily. They need your prayers to stay on this path, for their health and the health of the baby.
A single lady going through serious medical issues; who prays daily. She wants to make a difference in the world for the Lord and advocate for someone who has problems for addiction. She is in need a dresser and a recliner.
An older couple who are both handicapped need help shoveling their walk; as she needs medical transport for dialysis 3 times a week.
Single woman and her daughter lost all their household furniture due to an infestation with bed bugs. They have moved into a new apartment and still need living room chairs and a full-size bed.
This Monday, November 11.
***The G. A. Family Services Angel Tree has been set up in St. Timothy narthex! Select a name/ornament from the tree - on the back is the gift the child has requested. Return the unwrapped gift in the shopping bag with the name/ornament included in the bag by Sunday, December 1st.
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When you first met Amity over 4 ½ years ago, she and Ray had already been a working team for 7 years. The relationship between Ray and Falla is brand new. The first few weeks of their working together are crucial. In that time, the success of the two as a working team will be determined.
Family and friends can help by observing a few simple rules:
1. When Ray and Falla arrive, greet them in a relaxed manner. Do not rush up to them.
2. Let the dog make the first advance to greet you. Don't stare at the dog; it's unnerving.
3. Never follow the team when it is working. The dog will recognize you and look back at you rather than paying attention to its work. This is a serious distraction and will prevent the team from working safely and effectively.
4. Never touch or talk to a Seeing Eye Dog when in harness.
5. Please do not share any treats with Falla during fellowship.
6. Ray has been taught to correct the dog by using the leash. A leash correction does not hurt the dog; coupled with affection, it results in efficient guide work and good behavior.
7. Even though Ray has a wealth of experience gained from working and living with a previous dog, a new dog means a new relationship. Ray needs to help the dog adjust to new working conditions away from The Seeing Eye and the instructor. Each dog has a unique personality and will be quite different from its owner's previous dog.
Amity loved her church family and we’re sure that Falla will learn to do so as well. We appreciate your help and patience in these first weeks of Falla’s time at home and church.
· 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 the family and friends of Jerry Saar, 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.