St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                    October 3, 2019


                                                           2 Timothy 1:1-14


Scripture readings

for Sunday, Oct. 6

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4

Psalm 37:1-9

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Luke 17:5-10


By Pastor Ivy Gauvin

Do you know anybody like Timothy; whose faith has such a history—faith that has run through the family from grandmother to mother to child? I know a few. One such family I became acquainted with at seminary while taking out Amity and her predecessor, Abby. Joel was out with his dogs and we chatted. From his demeanor I didn’t know and didn’t find out until later that he was the son of one of the professors whose family had a long history of service at the seminary. His uncle and other family members, as well as his father had been professors. Joel is now a pastor. Throughout the family is a strong faith without inordinate pride because of their connections to the seminary.


Not all of us come from that kind of family, but rather came to faith later in life, like I did. I was a teenager and the faith mentors I looked to were outside of my family. The laying on of hands mentioned in this passage has always been very meaningful to me—from the time I was a teenager at a weekly charismatic prayer group in Rochester, where we regularly laid hands on those in need of prayer. We do that when we pray for the sick and on Maundy Thursday as well. Baptism and confirmation are other occasions for the laying on of hands.


Laying on of hands is part of the ordination service for pastors and deacons. Former was such power and a sense of the Holy Spirit working through her. It is something I will never forget.


We need to constantly remind ourselves to rekindle the gifts given us in baptism by the laying on of hands: particularly the gift of faith, which we have been freely given.

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

2To Timothy, my beloved child:

  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

8Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.


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.


Just 2 more bin of food to go!!  

Donated to date:  66 bins

Blessing of the Animals

                                              This Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 am, Pastor Ivy

                                              Gauvin will have a “Blessing of the Animals” to be

                                              held in the front yard of St. Timothy Lutheran Church.

                                              All pets and working animals welcome!  (Please use

                                              leash for your animals.)     




*** Mark your calendar! The Honduras Mission Project Live Auction and Chinese Auction at St. Timothy Lutheran Church is Sunday, November 3.  Dinner at 5:00 pm-choice of pulled pork sandwich or chili, and salad, beverage and dessert for $6.00 donation.  You may also come at that time to view the auction items.  The live auction begins at 6:00 pm.  We welcome donations of gift certificates and new or gently used items and pre-filled baskets. Contact Gale Svenson-Campbell at 715-753-6319 or for more information.


***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  33



***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.

Eat Healthy • Be Active

SHINE Community Workshops


Seniors Health Improvement and Nutrition Education (SHINE) Community Workshops will guide you in making small changes in food choices and physical activity that make a large difference in overall health and maintaining a healthy weight.



Workshop 1:

Enjoy Healthy Food that Tastes Great

Workshop 2:

Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks

Workshop 3:

Eating Healthy on a Budget



Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Wednesdays in October

October 9th, 2019

October 16th, 2019

October 23rd, 2019


St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Following Healthy Bones

3748 NY-430, Bemus Point NY

All are Welcome!

Pre-registration is encouraged.

Call NY Connects: 716-661-7582


Workshops are

Interactive and include taste-testing and

simple physical activities for hands-on learning that will lead to lasting lifestyle changes.


This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet.

To find out more, contact 1-800-352-8401


Chautauqua County

Office For Aging



·         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, Sandy Whitford, Maj-Britt Traynor, Bill Ahl, 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.