December 3, 2020
for Sunday, Dec. 6
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
The Rev. Lori Kochanski, Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation
Those women, the ones who found the tomb empty...the ones who ran away afraid, vowing to never tell anyone anything about what they found...they must have changed their mind. Because here we are. At the beginning of one of the greatest love stories ever told.
This story, this book has adventure and intrigue, suspense and drama. It tells the truth and teaches wisdom about how to be human. How to be a friend and an enemy. What to wear in the wilderness, how to care for your body. How to live and how to die.
How when life feels big you must find a way, moment by moment, to love the one, the thing right in front of you.
Sit down. Listen close. There is a story unfolding. Pay attention.
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" 4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
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.
***Kathy Carlsom spoke with Ray this afternoon and Pr. Ivy is settled at Lutheran. Her 2nd operation went well and now it’s all about rehab. Thank you for all your prayers and keep them coming!
***Thanks to the many folks who have made contributions for our Honduras Promise Children Mission. We have received over $5,500.00 so far, and we are very grateful!
***While Pr. Ivy is out, you can contact Pastor Heather Allport-Cohoon if there is a need for pastoral care. She can be reached at 716-708-6466.
***We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry.
Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthex.
Lists detailing items needed are also available
in the narthex. Monetary donations welcome!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 87
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
- Go directly to our website at
- 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.
With the onset of colder weather, we will be changing how we get communion cups to you. Instead of asking the usher to stand out in the cold, rainy or snowy weather for 20 minutes, we will bring the cups out to you when everyone has arrived, gotten their bulletins and parked.
Also for colder weather, we have a portable charger available in the church JUST IN CASE….J
Stay warm, and stay healthy!!!
• 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 people affected by coronavirus, essential workers, doctors, nurses, aides, those working in nursing homes, etc.
• For victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
• For Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Sandy Carlson, Ron Simpson, Karen Johnson, Roy Pihl, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Mabel Tranum, Robert Gauvin, Rick Duzick, Bishop John Macholz, Dan Christoferson, Emerson Allaby, Sarah Van Staalduinen, and Dick Starks,
* Those serving in the military and law enforcement and their families, including Ben Wickerham, Jeffrey Clauson, David Bentley and Kris Peterson, those caught up in violence and 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.
• For The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.