October 25, 2018
for Sunday, Oct. 29
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
We are used to propositional phrases like if this, then that. As Lutheran Christians, accustomed to God’s unbounded grace that comes to us without our own efforts, we may find ourselves startled by the first two verses of this Sunday’s gospel. God’s grace does indeed secure our salvation, but if we want to grow in our faith, there are things we should do. It is much like any relationship that needs nurturing if it is to grow.
Jesus tells those who had believed that if they continue in his word, then the rest follows, i.e. knowing the truth and being made free. So, how do we continue in that word? Is it a matter of reading scripture? Yes. Praying? Yes. Worshipping with the rest of God’s family? Check. Following Jesus’ teachings? Absolutely. These are the things that help us grow in relationship to God and one another. Even here, we can rely on God’s grace to enable us to do these things.
At the very end, Jesus says, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (v. 36). Earlier, we’re told that if we continue in the word, the truth will make us free. Here it is the Son who makes us free. Jesus is the Word of God and the truth that sets us free. Thanks be to God.
31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?” 34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
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.
***Adopt-a-Highway is TOMORROW, Friday, October 26th, 9:30 - 11:30. Volunteers needed! Meet at the church at 9:30. Bring a pair of work gloves if you have them – if not plastic gloves will be provided.
*** All Saints Sunday is November 4th. Please provide the church office with names of those who have passed away since last November that you would like remembered during the service.
*** The Honduras Mission Project Live Auction and Chinese Auction at St. Timothy Lutheran Church is Sunday, November 4. Dinner at 5:00 pm-choice of pulled chicken sandwich or chili, and salad, beverage and dessert for $6.00 donation. You may also come at that time to view the auction items. The live auction begins at 6:00 pm. We welcome donations of gift certificates and new or gently used items and pre-filled baskets. For more information, contact Gale Svenson-Campbell at 715-753-6319 or email@example.com.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 35
***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
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. Last year, 27 baskets were given out to our friends who needed assistance. Our drive will be through Sunday, November 11th; we ask every contribute to this need.
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!
· 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: Beverly Klang, Bob Samuelson, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, T. J. Bihler, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Pastor Tom Calzone, Richard Starks, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, 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.