November 8, 2018
for Sunday, Nov. 11
1 Kings 17:8-16
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
The last verse of this gospel passage sums up the point Jesus is making. It is like hitting the bullseye—pow! Widows were truly on the margins of Jewish society and were not well cared for. In the Old Testament God told the people to look after the widows, by making sure they had food (Deuteronomy 24:19-21). God was also concerned about the widow’s need of justice (Deuteronomy 27:19). The psalmist says, “Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).
So, on the one hand you had the scribes who were all about themselves, “devour[ing] widows’ houses” (v. 40). The scribes had more than enough and so giving for them was easy because it was out of their abundance, while the widow gave out of her own need. She threw her entire trust into the God who was her Father and protector. Our Lord Jesus sees her as a whole person, not simply as an object of compassion or charity.
Of course, most people with needs don’t like to be objects of charity but want to be seen for who they are as people. We are to walk with those in need, accompanying them along the way in this life, seeing them as beloved children of God, for God cares about each and every one of us.
38As [Jesus] taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
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, 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 2nd.
***With sadness, Fran Ward has tendered her resignation from St. Timothy and will be leaving our employ January 11th. If you know anyone who would be interested in being considered for our church secretary position, please contact Pastor Ivy or any other church council member.
***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: 37
***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.
***Thanksgiving Food Basket Collection – THIS SUNDAY!
The Evangelism Committee and our congregation, along with the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, will again this year be delivering food baskets to our community for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our drive will be through this Sunday, November 11th.
St. Timothy Lutheran Church will be providing: cranberry sauce, canned turkey gravy, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned sweet potatoes and pickles. The Methodist Church will provide the turkeys.
Please help fill the trunk of my car and let’s spread God’s love to our neighbors and friends. Remember – I love to shop so monetary donations are greatly appreciated - see Marty Hunt. Thank you in advance!
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· 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: Bonny Davis, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, The Kibbe family, Marisa Hammerquist, 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 Zimbabwa and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.