October 5, 2017
for Sunday, Oct. 8
By Pastor Ivy Gauvin
In order to go to seminary, I needed to get my undergrad degree. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Perhaps when you’re in your late teens or 20s. However, I was in my 50s. There was one course I particularly struggled with, math. One Saturday, as I was pulling my hair out, trying to figure some math problems out, I burst into tears and much to Ray’s chagrin, was inconsolable. I just couldn’t deal with this. The next day at church I told my pastor about my frustration. He said, “Keep your eyes on the prize.”
In the last part of the reading from Philippians, that’s exactly what Paul is talking about. He is using the illustration of a race. If a runner wants to win, he or she cannot be paying attention to the people behind them. Rather, they must focus on the finish line. As Paul wrote, “I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
But how do we do that? We mean well, but sometimes, try as hard as we may, we fail again and again. The key is, it is not our hard work that makes us successful, faithful Christians, but God’s work in us. Earlier Paul said, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.” We respond to God’s grace. Let us keep our eyes on Christ, our prize.
…even though we can list what many might think are impressive credentials. You know my pedigree: a legitimate birth, circumcised on the eighth day; an Israelite from the elite tribe of Benjamin; a strict and devout adherent to God’s law; a fiery defender of the purity of my religion, even to the point of persecuting the church; a meticulous observer of everything set down in God’s law Book.
7-9 The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.
10-11 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.
12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
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.
*** Honduras Cookie Baking is scheduled for this Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th beginning at 9:00 am. If you would like to help, contact Sarah Goebel for details.
*** 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.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am at St. Timothy. New members always welcome!
Blessing of the Animals
This Saturday, October 7th at 11:00 am, Pastor Ivy
Gauvin will have a “Blessing of the Animals” to be
held in the front yard of St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
All pets and working animals welcome! (Please use
leash for your animals.)
How can you help with our Honduras Auction…Sunday, November 5th?
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 23 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 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
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. See Sarah, Tammy or Gale.
Thanks for your consideration!!
Dear Church Partner,
As our Call Center Coordinator and myself return from the Love INC National Gathering we feel so poured into by God through His people, the Church. Seeing your calling spelled out to you in scripture is both overwhelming and encouraging. We are choosing to continue to step out to answer the call to mobilize the Church to transform lives and our community in the name of Christ. We ask for your prayers for our clients (our neighbors and yours) and for the staff and volunteers as Love INC as we continue on this path of service.
As of October 3, 2017 the list of needs has become very lengthy of those who are waiting to have a bed to sleep in, a refrigerator for food, furniture to sit on or a washer and dryer for clean clothes.
We currently are in need of:
- 3 twin beds and 4 full size beds for single moms, some escaping domestic abuse and some single individuals
- 3 refrigerators for individuals who had to relocate due to financial reasons, former apartment issues or on a fixed income and unable to afford a new one.
- 3 sofas for a single man with no resources, a working mom of 2 and a disabled man
-a washer and dryer (electric) for a single mom who is struggling with appliance rental fees to have clean clothes for her kids
-a microwave for a single man
If you or your congregation feels called to assist in meeting these needs in some way, please contact us at 338-9705.
Serving God, the Church and His Children,
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 all affected by the horrific event in Las Vegas, Ronald Amaral, Mardell Hanson, Adam Hull, 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, 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.