October 19, 2017
for Sunday, Oct. 22
1st Thessalonians 1:1-10
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
This is such an interesting passage of Matthew’s gospel. First of all, we are getting closer and closer to the crucifixion, so these are the last days and teachings of Jesus.
The Pharisees really wanted to trap Jesus in his words. Now as the saying goes, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” The Pharisees and Herodians were diametrically opposed to each other, particularly in their relationship to the Roman occupation. Pharisees were dead set against it, while the Herodians benefitted financially from it. However, they were united in their hatred of Jesus and their desire to get rid of him.
Despite the buttering up of those approaching Jesus, our Lord of course, saw right through their insincere words. Jesus cut to the chase with a coin with the emperor’s image on it. I’ll say more about all of this Sunday.
The bottom line for us today is who are we and whose are we? Whose image do people see in our lives? There’s a very short hymn in the ELW that expresses it beautifully:
On My Heart Imprint Your Image ELW 811
On my heart imprint your image,
blessed Jesus, king of grace,
that life's troubles nor its pleasures
ever may your work erase.
Let the clear inscription be:
Jesus, crucified for me,
is my life, my hope's foundation,
all my glory and salvation!
Text: Thomas H. Kingo, 1634-1703; tr. Peer O. Strömme, 1856-1921, alt.
15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
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 this 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 a few of those items. Monetary donations welcome, please give to Ginnie Sloan. Collection deadline is Sunday, Nov. 12th.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am at St. Timothy. New members always welcome!
*** As we pray for those who have been affected by the recent disasters, Thrivent Financial is mobilizing its financial resources and members nationwide to help those in need. Thrivent members and others who are interested in ways to help with the recovery efforts are encouraged to visit www.Thrivent.com to learn more about the organization’s commitment to match individual personal donations and other ways in which they can help.
Honduras Auction…Sunday, November 5th!
One of the major fundraisers through many years for the Honduras Promise Children Project has been our Honduras Live Auction and Chinese Auction, this year on Sunday, November 5th at 6 p.m.
We also have a light dinner, starting at 5 p.m. for $6 donation with choice of pulled chicken sandwich or chili, salad and dessert.
Here are some of the ways you could 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 themed baskets also.
Some other ideas include a talent, baked goods, hand-made items, “manly gifts”, teaching others
a skill, etc.
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. Contact Gale Svenson-Campbell at email@example.com or 753-6319.
Thanks for your consideration!!
Love INC Update
Dear Church Partner,
We are praising God for what he has done through His people, the church.
We had previously sent you a list of the needs our clients (our neighbors) had as of October 3, 2017.
The list was... - 3 twin beds and 4 full size beds
- 3 refrigerators
- 3 sofas
-a washer and dryer (electric
We have had 2 washers and 2 dryers, a recliner and a microwave donated meeting the needs of those on this list and new client intakes we have had since our last need request. We referred the clients needing the sofas to Community Helping Hands, as we current do not have any sofa donations.
We still need beds and refrigerators. We are working with local appliance stores seeking donations for refrigerators, but beds are an ongoing struggle. Bed bugs have become an issue with many landlords and some are refusing donated beds. (We are very careful to inspect the beds before accepting bed donations.) We have partnered with a local business for complete beds, if you are interested in sponsoring a bed please contact me at 338-9828 or our Call Center Coordinator, Kristy at 338-9705.
Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. As the year starts to lean towards the end, we like you, are working through some of the same things; planning budgets for next year and end-of-year programs. As you are planning, we will be lifting you up in prayer for God's wisdom, guidance and peace for your decisions for His ministry for the upcoming year.
Serving Him, His Church and Others,
Susan L. Justham
Love In the Name of Christ of SCC
· 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.