June 18, 2020
for Sunday, June 21
Psalm 69:7-10, 16-18
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
As I read this passage, I couldn’t help but think of hymn #764 in the ELW, Have No Fear, Little Flock. The first verse is:
Have no fear, little flock. Have no fear little flock. For the Father has chosen to give you the kingd
Have no fear, little flock.
The main thrust of this gospel passage is Jesus comforting his first followers, telling them not to fear. And there was plenty to be afraid of! The disciples could expect to be treated in the same way as their Lord. This is the “them” to which John refers, those who persecuted Jesus. Everything would be revealed and come to light. Jesus offers transparency. His words and message are to be shouted from the rooftop.
John teaches that we are not to fear those who can only harm us physically. There are worse things. We are not to fear for what will happen as we proclaim the good news. The One to fear is God.
Finally, we see the love and concern of Jesus for his followers. We are worth more than the birds and God numbers the very hairs of our heads. The great Lord of creation, the great God who came and lived among us, conquering death, can be so concerned for us and aware of us.
In this time of disease and death and protests and death due to racial hatred. In all of this, God’s word to us as his followers is,
Have no fear, little flock.
[Jesus said to the twelve:] 24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
32“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”
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.
***Council has voted to continue Drive-In Services until Labor Day at St Timothy. No in person services in the building until further notice. Interactive bulletins will still be available until we return to regular worship services. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Deadine for any articles or information to share in the July church Mouse is June 24th. Email all submissions to the church email
18 Gene Heil
18 Rachel McKillip
19 Payton Daniels
22 Marcy Saar
23 Michael Saar
***Pastor Ivy talked with Roy Pihl. He said to say "Hello" to everyone for him. He is looking forward to finishing his therapy and going home.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 85
Our LAST Family Food Bag Pick Up is Friday, June26 from 2-4 pm for ALL community members. We are handing out bags of food to any families in need, no questions asked. This is held at St Timothy’s. Please use the side entrance of the church.
***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.
VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
I have offered to take over the Zoom Virtual Coffee Hour (VCH) until we are able to begin fellowship in person again at St. Timothy.
I have a Zoom Pro account, so it will not shut down automatically at 45 minutes. This will allow us to have a little more time, and accommodate more people to join us.
I will be sending out an email VCH invitation to everyone we have an email for.
However, all you have to do is join my meeting at 11:00 am on Sunday by going to the ZOOM app, and putting in the following ID and Password numbers:
If you are not yet using ZOOM, feel free to call me and I can walk you through downloading the free app. It's pretty easy, even for me!
Keep on keeping on. We will go forward together!
St. Timothy Updates due to Coronavirus Pandemic. Heres the link:
Dear Church ,
As businesses begin to open in our county, the phones at the Connections Center are ringing more frequently. The emphasis on handouts to those in need has slowed. As Love INC is not an emergency relief organization, we are here to assist you in transformational changes in the lives of neighbors in need. We are relationship focused as we serve the church in loving our neighbors in need together. Neighbors in need are assisted with furniture and housewares. Love INC Gap Ministries through Jamestown Free Methodist Church and Bethel Baptist Church provide toiletries, cleaning products and diapers and wipes. Other assistance includes minor home repairs, minor car repairs, rides to appointments (currently suspended due to social distancing issues) yard work and other various projects.
Love INC still has Flexible Funding still available for neighbors in need that are COVID 19 related. Examples of flexible funding would be cell phones, cell phone minutes, paying off back cable bills which are preventing access to the internet for students or people needing access to telemedicine, tele-counseling or tele-psychiatric services.
Transportation may be used on items such as gas cards, basic car repairs, delivery, uber and cab fare to help people be able to access their primary needs such as food, medical and mental health services.
Flexible funding can also be used to help meet basic needs to purchase items that they cannot find from traditional food pantries such as baby formula and diapers. Please contact me for the application and more information.
Love Story- This past week a young woman appeared at our door several hours after we closed. She was seeking financial assistance and was uncertain where to go. You could tell she was overwhelmed as she began to cry. When we discovered she was a previous client, we made arrangements to connect with her the next morning to review her file, gain a better understanding of what was going on and how assistance could be provided. She needed someone who cared to come alongside her and her permission was sought to pray with her and physically connect with her. We prayed with her, with a hand on her should calling out to God on her behalf for her emotional, physical and spiritual needs and seeking God's presence and peace in her life.
She left the office hopeful and encouraged and was connected with some resources the next day to assist her in caring for her little ones.
Thank you for your support and your prayers to invest in the lives of our neighbors in need.
Susan L. Justham | Executive Director
Love In the Name of Christ of SCC
Helping Churches to Help People
Love INC Prayer Requests 06/15/2020
A young mother with 5 children and a new baby on the way, has suffered physical abuse. As a former neighbor in need, she came into the Love INC office crying and at a loss as to what the next step was for her life. We prayed with her and directed her to Jamestown Free Methodist Church for needed baby items.
A middle age woman moved here in January and feels very fearful during this COVID time. A bed is being delivered for her 15-year-old daughter as she is sleeping on the floor at this current time. This neighbor in need has been on the waiting list for a bed since February
A young woman has been homeless with a young toddler and another baby is due in September. She needs furniture for their apartment.
A young mother with three young children (all toddlers) had to leave her home due to an abusive relationship. She now has her children from Foster care but has no family in the area. She has her own place to live but needs furniture and kitchen items. Please continue praying for her needs to be met.
An older woman has suffered domestic violence but is in need of a microwave now that she is living by herself.
A single older woman who is need of a ramp for her home. She has MS and has a lot of difficulties getting in and out of the house Praise, the ramp is complete with the help of funding from Christ First UMC and Busti Church of God and volunteers from Bemus Point UMC, Christ First UMC, St. James RC. The day it was completed was the neighbor in needs birthday and she was so excited!
A middle age gentleman will be receiving a couch. He is recovering from alcoholism and prayer for feeling worthy of the church’s love. Praise God for the donations received to bless these people so they see the love of Christ!
Praise - the Furniture Ministry was able to make some deliveries. Pray for the safety & protection of the volunteers
Family of 5 who are struggling financially. The husband’s work hours were cut because of the Covid-19 “Pause’ and the wife is a stay-at home mom. They needed some diapers that were provided them through Baby Gap Ministry at Jamestown Free Methodist. Pray for all the families who are going through a similar struggle.
Love INC needs a Board Member with Social Media Expertise to assist with better Social Media Communication
Love INC needs a volunteer accountant/bookkeeper. Our current bookkeeper will be retiring in May and we are looking for a replacement.
Cabin Rentals for Summer 2020
New for summer 2020, LCLC is renting its camper
cabins to individuals and families for weekend fun.
While operating safely within the NY Forward guidelines,
cabin camping offers you a safe way to enjoy LCLC this
summer. Guests will need to be 100% self-sufficient, just
as they would be in a state park or wilderness area. With the self-contained toilet and shower facilities of our cabins though, it will be camping made easy!
As we hopefully move into Phase 3 and 4 of NY State's reopening guidelines, programmatic offerings such as worship, crafts, boating, and swimming may be offered.
For more information
· 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 Hans Steen, Alberta Prall (Julie Bihler’s mother), Roy Pihl, Rose Johnson-Prieur, Avis West, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Mabel Tranum, Gloria Fitzpatrick, Sarah Van Staalduinen
· For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham and Jeffrey Clauson, 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.
· For: The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.