October 12, 2017
for Sunday, Oct. 15
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
Verse 4 “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him” is usually translated, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.” The question I think many of us struggle with is how can we do this with all the terrible things happening in our world? We have wildfires in the west, with hundreds of people losing everything. People are still recovering from hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Violence surrounds us with incidents like the mass killing in Las Vegas. How in the world can we celebrate the reign of God in all of this? Where is God when things like this happen?
For one thing, faith does not make us immune to tragedy and hardship. When the Apostle Paul wrote, “Celebrate God…,” he was in prison! Before his conversion to Christ, Paul had it good. He was a well-respected Jewish leader. Paul was zealous for his faith to the point of persecuting those who believed in Jesus.
When he responded to Christ’s call, Paul’s life was turned upside down. He was now a part of the church he once persecuted. Life didn’t get easier, but rather harder. The persecutor had become the persecuted. And yet, through all of that, Paul calls on us to celebrate, rejoice! The reason we can have joy in the midst of sorrow is that we are not alone. Christ is with us always. Additionally, we have an entire family of faith surrounding us, supporting us and sustaining us. Being a Christian is not an individual pursuit, but that of a community of faith. God and the people of God are with us.
1 My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don’t waver. Stay on track, steady in God.
2 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to iron out their differences and make up. God doesn’t want his children holding grudges.
3 And, oh, yes, [my loyal companion], since you’re right there to help them work things out, do your best with them. These women worked for the Message hand in hand with Clement and me, and with the other veterans—worked as hard as any of us. Remember, their names are also in the Book of Life.
4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and
meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
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.
*** The Southwest Conference Fall Assembly will be held Sunday, October 22nd at 3:00 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 904 West 3rd St., Jamestown. Everyone is invited to attend.
*** Adopt-a-Highway final 2017 clean-up is Saturday, October 28 at 9:00. Rain Date is November. 4. All help is greatly appreciated!
*** The combined 500th Anniversary of the Reformation worship service by churches of the Southwestern Conference of the Upstate NY Synod will be Sunday, October 29 at First Lutheran Church in Jamestown. A special 20-minute instrumental prelude will begin at 10:10 am with worship following at 10:30 am. Following our abbreviated 9:30 am service at St. Timothy, all are encouraged to attend the Reformation service.
*** Partnering with Bemus Point UMC, the Evangelism Committee is collecting items for Thanksgiving baskets for friends in our community needing help. St. Timothy is providing: instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, canned sweet corn or sweet potatoes and asks for everyone to donate just a few of those items. Monetary donations also welcome and will be used to purchase basket items. Collection ends on November 12th.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am at St. Timothy. New members always welcome!
***Honduras Auction – November 6th – How can YOU help?
The people of St. Timothy have been involved with the Honduras Mission from the very beginning, when Sonnie Samuelson asked a number of members and friends to sponsor the boys at the orphanage, over 20 years ago.
St. Timothy has continued to be the sponsoring church, while encouraging so many other churches to join in the mission trips and to sponsor children over the years. Over 130 people have been on mission trips with us. We have also spun off several other missions in Honduras.
One of the major fundraisers through many years has been our Honduras Auction and Chinese Auction, this year being held on Sunday, November 6th at 6:00 pm. Preceeding the auction is a light dinner, starting at 5:00 pm for $6.00. (Choice of chili or pulled pork sandwich, salad, beverage and dessert.)
Here are some ways you can help the Auction and the Mission:
We need items, large and small for the auction. We have both a live Auction and a Chinese Auction, so we can use any new or gently used items. We often make baskets from the items you bring in. We appreciate donations of themed baskets also.
We invite you to attend the Auction and bring friends. In order to be successful, we need to have many baskets and items at the Auction, and we need to have people to bid on those items.
We always need sponsors for the children in the Promise Children Project. Sponsorships are $30 per month/$360 per year.
If you need more information, contact Sarah Goebel, Tammy Haas, or Gale Svenson-Campbell.
Thank your for your consideration!
· 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 Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Deacon Gregg Davis, Roy Pihl, Faye Stebbins, Gloria Gardner, Bob & Audrey Markwart, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, 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.