September 1, 2016
for Sunday, Sept. 4
One way to get at the gist of what God is saying to us through scripture, is to ask questions about the text. A few come to my mind about this Sunday's gospel.
The first is why does Jesus seem so harsh as opposed to other times when his love was more evident? This drives us to ask other questions of the text: what period of Jesus' ministry did this occur in? Who was Jesus' audience? When we find out that this text is from the last part of Jesus' ministry and that he was on his way to Jerusalem, we can better understand the tone of Jesus' call to the crowds. His time on earth was nearly finished. He wanted to challenge all to come and follow him.
You may want to explore what Jesus meant by hating father, mother and family and even life itself. Did he really mean that or did it seem that way compared to the love for God and the kingdom? Some would say yes and others no. We'll talk about that more on Sunday.
My point is that it is good to ask questions of scripture. Rather than simply reading it and not understanding, and giving up, become engaged with the word of God. The more time we spend prayerfully in scripture, the better we will know the Lord of scripture. Luther taught that scripture is the cradle that holds the Christ child. Here we will find God. Let us follow Jesus.
Now large crowds were traveling with [Jesus;] and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”
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.
***We are in need of Coffee Hour Hosts for this Sunday, September 4th.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class will resume at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
Informational Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 7 – 9:00 am
Classes Begin: Monday, Sept. 12, meeting each Monday & Wednesday from 9:00 am – 10:15 am, session ending Dec. 14
To enroll: call the instructor, Paula Daneshkhah at 490-2343
***Choir rehearsal will not resume until Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 pm.
***Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 18th…
Rally Day: Kick off for Youth Sunday School!
All Committees Meeting - to be held following the service, with Pastor Ivy staying at St. Timothy after worship to try to meet with as many committees as possible.
Members of all committees are encouraged to stay for this very important meeting where we will set goals for the upcoming year and complete a member list.
If you've wondered what a particular committee does, this would be the perfect time to visit a committee to ask questions and decide whether you would like to join. We love having new people participate in the life of the congregation!
***Uniting Pennsylvania Seminaries Choose Name, Launch Presidential Search
August 24, 2016
The Launch of a New Seminary
At the recent August 18-19 meetings of the Gettysburg and Philadelphia Seminary boards, which included the jointly appointed 12-member Transition Team, the group received positive news regarding fundraising for the fiscal year just completed and encouraging enrollment projections for the coming academic year as they prepared to make decisions regarding the New Venture. At the conclusion of their meetings, they had selected a name for the newly formed semi-nary, determined a formal pathway forward to unify the two schools, and launched a presidential search process.
United Lutheran Seminary was the unanimously chosen name for the unified school. "United Lutheran Seminary sums up our vision of the future into which we believe God is calling us," declared Bishop James Dunlop of the Lower Susque-hanna Synod. The name was selected from a list of many suggested by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board members.
A Pathway Forward to Unify the Seminaries
Original plans to consolidate the two existing schools by closing both and creating a new entity were modified based upon the counsel of Pennsylvania's Department of Education. In order to preserve licensure and full accreditation, the Department advised that the new school adopt and adapt the existing corporate structure of one of the two schools and have the other join the new venture by closing and transferring its assets.
The boards reviewed multiple factors in adopting a plan forward including the schools' current accreditation status, the complexity of the corporate structures at each school, the transferability of restricted endowments, and the desire to pre-serve the historical legacy of both schools by retaining the oldest charter. In order to strengthen the mission of the exist-ing schools by creating a new venture in theological education hosted on two distinct campuses, the boards decided to adopt the corporate entity of the seminary in Gettysburg. The Gettysburg school will therefore modify and rename its corporate entity to create United Lutheran Seminary and to transfer the assets of LTSP to this new school. Through the revision of Gettysburg's bylaws a new board will be created from the synods of both Regions 7 and 8 of the ELCA and additional members appointed by the ELCA's Church Council. It will also change its name to United Lutheran Seminary and call a new president to lead the new school hosted on two campuses.
Presidential Search to be Launched
Both boards also affirmed the Transition Team's recommendation to launch a search in early fall for the individual who will serve as the first president of the united school. Both current presidents, the Revs. David Lose of Philadelphia and Michael Cooper-White of Gettysburg, have said they will not be candidates
· 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 Don Frank, Danielle Hull, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Eleanor Bergeson Orman, Helen Cogliano, Chris Ziemba, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Adam Hull, 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.