December 30, 2020
for Sunday, Jan 3
John 1:[1-9] 10-18
Written by the Rev. Phil Ressler, Pastor of Good Shephard Lutheran Church, Old Bridge, NJ in 2019.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
New Years are filled with possibilities, hopes, and dreams. We don’t know what the New Year will bring. The future is unknown. But I can imagine there will be some of these experiences.
• There will be celebrations. Remember to thank God as the giver of every good thing.
• There will be challenges. Ask God to give you the courage to take the leap of faith.
• There will be sorrows. Trust God to walk with you through the valley.
• There will be victories. Walk humbly as the Spirit allows.
• There will be defeats. Rest in God’s grace. He does not measure you by your accomplishments.
• There will be sin. Confess it and receive God’s forgiveness.
• There will be new people entering into your life. Offer the hospitality of Jesus.
• There will be people who move out of your life. Remember that Jesus is your constant companion.
• There will be interruptions to your plans. Embrace the moment and ask God about the opportunity he is providing.
• There will be broken people you will encounter. Offer compassion.
• There will be people who disagree with you and are hostile towards you. Love them.
• There will be temptations that come your way. Open the Scripture to unleash God’s power to overcome.
• There will be busy days. Create margin to get adequate rest.
• There will be slow days. Resist the urge to busy yourself.
Whatever this New Year brings, I pray for God’s richest blessings. Thank you for being part of this church family. I look forward to what God will accomplish.
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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.
**Mark your calendars**
Katie Castro will be our guest preacher on the 1st Sunday of the Month until Pastor Ivy’s return.
Communion Sundays will be on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month
Greetings friends! I am home and doing well; getting stronger each day. Thank you for your continued prayers and good thoughts. They have made all the difference. I also want to thank you for the cards you sent, both physical and electronic. They have lifted my spirits. I look forward to when I can see you once again.
Committee heads: It’s time to get your year-end reports into St. Timothy office for inclusion in the annual report. Reports can be hand written and left on the office desk or typed and emailed to . Please submit by Jan 13th.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
• Jan. 17 – Copies of the Annual Congregational Meeting Packet will be available for anyone wishing one at the service. It will also be emailed to any member not attending the church service.
◦ Please read the packet over carefully BEFORE the meeting, as there will not be discussion during the actual meeting. Questions should be emailed to Kristie Bloomquist at or texted or phoned at 485-3931. She will direct your question to the appropriate person to respond to you personally.
◦ Committee Heads will be asked to write their sections as usual. The Financial Report will be as extensive as possible to try to answer presumed questions, as the actual meeting will NOT include customary detailed explanations.
• Jan. 24 – Following worship, a very short meeting and votes will be held. All are welcome to stay. Drive In people will continue to receive their information over the radio with no need to enter the church.
◦ Because all the Annual Packets were distributed the week before, and questions answered prior to the meeting, no discussion will be needed.
◦ Three votes will be taken:
▪ Acceptance of Committee Reports
▪ Nominations for 2 positions on Council
▪ Adoption of the 2021 Budget.
◦ Again, if you have questions, please contact Kristie BEFORE this meeting so that we can address your question(s) fully and adequately directly and not over the radio airwaves. :-)
This is the year of COVID-19 and as we know, flexibility is the word. We’ll keep our constitutional obligations and prepare for next year as is our tradition - as a congregational family. Thank you for all your support throughout this year!!!!!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 90
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! Contact Gale-Svenson-Campbell for details .
***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.
• 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 Alice Swartz, 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, Barb Mattern, Robert Gauvin, Rick Duzick, Emerson Allaby, Sarah Van Staalduinen, and Dick Starks
• For 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.