St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                    October 24, 2019


                                                            John 8:31-36



Scripture readings

for Sunday, Oct. 29

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 46

Romans 3:19-28

John 8:31-36


Pastor Ivy Gauvin


Bondage is a problem all over our world: financial bondage, the bondage of refugees, bondage to sickness, bondage to grief and sadness and bondage to sin, death and the power of the devil as Martin Luther tells us in The Small Catechism. Sometimes we may feel like we are walking around enslaved to sadness like clouds all around us, much like Pigpen in the Peanuts comic strip who had clouds of dust all around him.


                                            While I am not suggesting God’s word to be an answer

                                            book for all of our ills, a deepened relationship with the

                                            Lord Jesus Christ makes a huge difference. We may still

                                            struggle with financial issues, grief or illness but the

                                            difference is we are not alone. The Lord is with us in this.


True freedom is found in Christ and the truth of the gospel. Jesus said that his truth makes us free. At the end of this passage Jesus declares, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (v. 36).


We struggle to let go, especially as Americans. We are so fiercely independent. We value those who are self-made men or women. And yet, this pride is something Jesus calls us to let go of.


What do you think? Will we let go of living life by our own efforts? It’s not easy, but we will find a delightful peace in our lives, a true freedom, like none other if we do so.


31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
  34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”


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.

On Sunday, Nov. 3, right after church, we will be burning the mortgage (actually a copy of it!). Plan on sticking around to help celebrate!!



November 3 is ALL SAINTS SUNDAY.  Names of those who died during the past year will be remembered on that day.  If there is anyone that you would like included in prayers, please email  or see Pastor Ivy before Oct 31st. 



***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  69



***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.


The Auction for the Honduras Promise Children Mission Project is next Sunday, November 3rd, at 6 p.m.  Hopefully you can attend and bring friends. This is the major fund raiser for this project, which has been ongoing for 25 years.

There is a live auction, with Dave Brown from Westfield as the auctioneer. We also have a Silent Auction, where you write down bids, and a Chinese Auction where you buy tickets and drop them in the cans.

Before the Auction, we have a light dinner at 5 p.m. which includes either pulled pork sandwich or chili with salad, roll, dessert and beverage for $6.00.

As always, we have a great selection of gift baskets, gift certificates to many businesses and restaurants, wooden items, fresh produce and baked goods, stays at local hotels, National Comedy Center, Reg Lenna, Chautauqua Lake Pops and so much more.

Next Sunday after church, you can give silent bids on the Auction and Silent Auction, and buy tickets for the Chinese Auction. We hope you will come and have a fun evening for a good cause!

Upcoming Commemorations

Simon and Jude, Apostles

Monday, October 28, 2019

We know little about these apostles. Simon is listed as "the zealot" or Cananean in New Testament lists. Jude, also called Thaddeus, asked Jesus at the last supper why he had revealed himself to the disciples but not to the world.


Reformation Day

Thursday, October 31, 2019

By the end of the seventeenth century, many Lutheran churches celebrated a festival commemorating Martin Luther's posting of the Ninety-five Theses, a summary of abuses in the church of his time. At the heart of the reform movement was the gospel, the good news that it is by grace through faith that we are justified and set free.


All Saints Day

Friday, November 1, 2019

The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. All Saints Day celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. On this day or the following Sunday, many congregations will remember the faithful who have died during the past year.

·         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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.

·         For: Mike Krott, Gretta Kettle, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Jerry Saar, Marty Hunt, Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier.

·         For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, 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.