St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                     Octdober 31, 2018

                                             

                                                        Ephesians 1:11-23

                                                    

                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Oct. 31

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18

Psalm 149

Ephesians 1:11-23

Luke 6:20-31

REFLECTION

Pastor Ivy Gauvin


Why in the world should we care about All Saints’ Sunday? After all, aren’t saints just those especially chosen and named as such by the church? No. Saints are all the baptized believers in Jesus Christ—those who have joined the church triumphant before us and those still living today.

 

Maybe we don’t feel much like saints. We struggle with so many things in our lives that we think probably displease God. But just look again at the above passage. I bolded the word “power,” which is mentioned four times in just three verses, so it’s pretty important.

 

We cannot live the kind of life God has called us to as his followers. However, Paul prays that we would know “the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power” (v. 19). This power is so strong that it was at work in Jesus’ resurrection, ascension and exaltation. Finally, Jesus was exalted above “all rule and authority and power and dominion” (v. 21).

 

God gave the saints before us the power to do what God wanted them to do and to live as God wanted them to live. God does the same for us today. All we have to do is be what God has said we already are, beloved children and saints. Let’s live like it!


11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.


15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


PRAYER REQUESTS

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.





ANNOUNCEMENTS


*** Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday at 2:00 am; before retiring to bed this Saturday night, change your clocks back one hour.


                                 ***November 3 is ALL SAINTS SUNDAY.  Names of

                                 those who died during the past year will be remembered

                                 on that day. 




***On Sunday, Nov. 3, right after church, we will

be burning the mortgage (actually a copy of it!).

Plan on sticking around to help celebrate!!




***The Auction for the Honduras Promise Children Mission Project is this Sunday, November 3rd, at 6 p.m.  Hopefully you can attend and bring friends. This is the major fund raiser for this project, which has been ongoing for 25 years.

There is a live auction, with Dave Brown from Westfield as the auctioneer. We also have a Silent Auction, where you write down bids, and a Chinese Auction where you buy tickets and drop them in the cans.

Before the Auction, we have a light dinner at 5 p.m. which includes either pulled pork sandwich or chili with salad, roll, dessert and beverage for $6.00.

As always, we have a great selection of gift baskets, gift certificates to many businesses and restaurants, wooden items, fresh produce and baked goods, stays at local hotels, National Comedy Center, Reg Lenna, Chautauqua Lake Pops and so much more.

This Sunday after church, you can give silent bids on the Auction and Silent Auction, and buy tickets for the Chinese Auction. We hope you will come and have a fun evening for a good cause!

 

 

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  69

 

 

***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.

 


















                                         Mission Stories Around the Church:

Why Storytelling Matters 



My grandmother tells a story, entirely in Spanish, of a viejita, an old woman, who collects small logs on her way to her casita, her little home, and gets caught in an aguacero, a downpour. My grandmother sings this story to life, inching her fingers up my arm to the rhythm of the song in a scissor motion like a small pair of legs.

 

At the point when my grandmother sings that the rain has caught the old woman, her fingers ram into my armpit, giving me tickles of delight.

 

In an instant, any trouble or pain is vanquished by laughter.

 

I had always assumed that my grandmother made up that song just for me. But recently, I told it to a group at a women’s leadership and spirituality course. At the end, a young woman in the audience started crying. Her grandmother had sung her the same song.

 

Suddenly, we weren’t just speaker and audience. The two of us shared a moment -- we connected through this story, and a shared history.

 

Read the rest of Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros story at Faith & Leadership's website. 

 

Pastor Ivy has the entire Upstate Update posted outside her office.


Dear Church,

It has been a busy time at Love INC with our Purses & More Auction. We raised $1200 more than last year.  We were blessed with many donations. We have received a large amount of positive feedback such as “What a fun evening at the purse auction…What a great way in supporting Love INC!”  

One auction item went for more than the value had a special connection to Love INC. Chautauqua Harbor Hotel donated a 2-night stay assisted by the prompting by an employee who has been a previous benefactor of Love INC’s assistance. As she put it, “Love INC help me during a bad time.”

Love INC received over 825 telephone calls during the first 9 months of 2019, surpassing 2018. Through volunteers from area churches and resource donors, 16 neighbors in need (families & individuals) in September were provided with: 

  -3 beds                                              -3 dressers

- 2 table & chairs                              -bedding,

-4 living room chairs                        -4 couches

- 5 end tables & nightstands        -lamps

-Kitchen items                                   -microwave

-crib                                                        -TV stand

-ride to a doctor’s appointment -assistance with a small move

-4 were provided with toiletries & cleaning products

We still have a waiting list of 27-beds, 7-refrigerators & 5-stoves needed.

 Love Story

It only took was an ask and a phone call

***Eddie, a single man in his late 50’s, contacted us because he needed appliances. Unable to read or write as the result of childhood disability, Eddie’s basic needs are provided for through disability. With the donation of a stove, Eddie would be able to cook meals for himself once again. As the delivery was completed the volunteers and Eddie along with his girlfriend and a family friend gathered to pray. Eddie along with the volunteers prayed for his girlfriend and his family friend who were experiencing difficulties and Eddie himself. After the prayer, Dan, a volunteer from an area church who was assisting with the delivery began conversing with Eddie after noticing his strong faith. He asked Eddie where he went to church, and Eddie responded he “did not have a church but would like to go.” The volunteer immediately called another volunteer from a neighborhood church that Eddie had attended a long time ago. The connection made between the neighbor in need and the volunteer from the area church provided Eddie and his girlfriend with a ride to church the following Sunday and it only took an ask and a phone call to provide for Eddie in yet another way.***not his real name

Please pray  for the following clients we are currently working with:

 

10/23/19 Love INC Prayer Requests

 

A Mother of 5 kids was homeless when her apartment was condemned.  She lost everything.  We were able to bless her with some living room furniture, but she is still in need of 4 twin beds and a kitchen table with 6 chairs.  The mother also is having serious health issues. 

 

A young man who was found homeless, he had been sleeping in parked cars or on porches.  A local organization has helped him with an apartment and a bed.  We will be helping him with some other basic furniture and kitchen items.  He needs prayer for his health, he is suffering from Anxiety and Depression.  He also needs a job to be able to support himself. 

 

A young couple who have gone through rehab together and have stayed clean for about a year. We have helped them in the past with household furniture and kitchen items.   They are now expecting their first baby.  Their faith has grown incredibly and praise God daily.   They need your prayers to stay on this path.  Pray for baby’s health and parents’ health.

 

Single lady who is going through serious medical issues.  She prays daily and want to make a difference in the world for the Lord.  She also would like to be an advocate for someone who has problems for addiction.  She is also in need of a dresser and a recliner.

 

An older couple who are both handicapped.  She needs to go to dialysis 3 time a week.  They need help shoveling their walk so medical transport can pick her up.

 

Single woman and her daughter lost all their household furniture due to an infestation with bed bugs.  They have moved to a new apartment and are in need of chairs for their living room and a full size bed.

 

Thank you for all of your prayers & support.

In Christ,

Susan L. JusthamExecutive Director

Love In the Name of Christ of SCC

Helping Churches to Help People 

Phone: 716.338.9828

 

·         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: Nichelle Carlberg, Mike Krott, Gretta Kettle, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Jerry Saar, Marty Hunt, Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, 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 Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.