February 8, 2018
for Sunday, February 11
2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
We live in a world full of distractions. It’s a noisy place for one. Not only is there background white noise, but other noises that blare at us such as tv, music etc. I don’t know about you, but I am among those who can be easily distracted, but by visual rather than aural stimuli. Perhaps I’m in the middle of a conversation with someone, something interesting comes into my view and then…shiny object and I am led astray.
There was certainly visual stimuli in abundance when Jesus was transfigured! Jesus’ clothing was dazzling white. Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking with Jesus. This was a veritable, visual feast of distractions. No wonder Peter didn’t know what to say with all this heavenly stuff going on right here on earth!
But then we move from the visual to the auditory. Everything has disappeared and now there was only a cloud and a voice. The message was to listen to Jesus. After all the visual hoopla, the disciples are told to listen.
To listen, we must put away all distractions. When it’s so loud, we cannot possibly hear what Jesus wants to say to us. As we approach Lent, let us start thinking about ways we can be better listeners to God and each other.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
- 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 Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Dan Caruso, Alex Daniels, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Howard Knipe, Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Gregg Davis, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, Todd Reel, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
- for people serving in the military 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.
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.
***The Evangelism Committee will be packing Valentine Goody Boxes for our college students and military personnel. We need contributions of items to pack or monetary donations. If you have someone that you would like to receive a box, please provide their name and address—contact Marty Hunt or anyone on the Committee (see list in recent annual report). All contributions are needed no later than February 12th. Thank you!
***You are invited to the Ash Wednesday Worship Service, with communion and imposition of ashes, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, this Wednesday, February 14th, 7:00 pm. Invite a friend to come with you and share this meaningful service.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets at St. Timothy’s each Monday and Wednesday from 9:00-10:15 am. Anyone is welcome to join this low-impact, bone-strengthening class, suitable for both men and women. During the winter, the class doesn't meet if school is cancelled.
***Fran Ward will be out of the office until Tuesday, February 27th.
***The Evangelism Ministry is again sponsoring a food drive each quarter of 2018 for the Bemus Point Food Pantry. The first will be on Sunday, March 4. You are asked to bring in non-perishable food (no expired items), personal care items (no expired items), paper products, laundry detergent, etc.
The 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry (referred to as the 5 & 2 Ministry, http://www.5and2minisry.com) was founded by Laurie Beckerink and Jen Heiser because of a need in our community – childhood hunger. For some children, the two meals they receive in school Monday through Friday are the only meals they will eat.
Their goal is to place bags of food in student book bags on Friday afternoons to supplement the food they may or may not receive at home over the weekend. They are currently serving Clymer Central students in grades K-3, Sherman Central students Grades UPK/1 and now Bemus Point Elementary students grades PreK/K.
The 5 & 2 Ministry is a faith-based program where confidentially is a priority. It is an ‘opt out’ program – meaning that all families at the designated grade levels receive a letter inviting them to participate in the backpack program but giving them the ability to opt out if they choose.
On the five Wednesdays of Lent (beginning Feb. 21), please join your St. Timothy family at 6:30 pm for weekly Dinner Church along with a discussion surrounding Continuing in the Covenant of Baptism. "Dinner Church” is just what it sounds like-church around the dinner table: cuisine, conversation, and Christ. The best part? It’s how church started (dinnerchurches.com). Dinner Church is not a liturgy or a service or simply a meal. It's a little bit of everything together.
Come and see and experience what this will look like at St. Timothy!
Feb. 21 - To live among God’s faithful people
Feb. 28 - To hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper
Mar. 7 - To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
Mar. 14 - To serve all people, following the example of Jesus
Mar. 21 - To strive for justice and peace in all the earth