October 13, 2016
2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5
for Sunday, Oct. 16
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
This scripture is chock full of advice for young Timothy as he grows in his ministry. But, such advice is good for us all.
Timothy is urged to continue in the way he was trained (3:14). However, Timothy is not the only one this text applies to. “so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work,” 3:17. Look at that! All of God’s people need to be trained and proficient in every good work, so that as we mature in Christ, we can share the good news with everyone.
We are to persistently teach people about Jesus Christ. Their lives depend on this. In our day of materialism, consumerism and downright greed, people need what we have and we have to let go and allow others to join us in the community of faith.
In this day of shrinking church attendance, what can we do? For one, we can boldly proclaim what God has done for us. Invite friends and acquaintances to church, but most of all, live a life of faith in Christ. People will become curious about why you act the way you do and do the things you do. Let the Christ light shine through you.
The short phrase at the end summarizes what this text is about, “carry out your ministry fully (4:5). Hang in there for the long haul.
14-17 But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
1-2 I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.
3-5 You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.
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.
***A Special Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, October 30th immediately following the service for the sole purpose of discussing the update of the church fire safety system.
*** Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ) in Jamestown, needs to stock their Partner Pantry. Donations may be brought to St. Timothy’s and placed in their collection tote located in the narthex. Items needed are: Laundry detergent, Dish soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toilet paper, Deodorant and Diapers sizes newborn, 5 and 6. Thank you!
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues at St. Timothy. Classes for this session are held at 9:00 am on Monday & Wednesday through December 14th.
***SW Conference Fall Assembly – Sunday, October 23, 3 PM at Holy Trinity, Jamestown. Each congregation can have two voting delegates and anyone is welcome to attend. Sharon Hamilton will be sharing her experience as a delegate to the Churchwide Assembly this summer.
***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 Elenor Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, family of Ryan Abbey, Arden Johnson, Dr. Gerald & Kris Magneson, Don Frank, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Ryan Samuelson,
· 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.