St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                                        

    May 5, 2022

                                                  John 10:22-30                                            

Scripture readings

for Sunday, May 8

Acts 9:36-43

Psalm 23

John 10:22-30


          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, their families, essential workers, doctors, nurses, aides, those working in nursing homes, etc.

          For Kay Marker Magneson,  Rose Johnson-Prieur, Roy Pihl, George Balcom,   Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Sarah VanStaalduinen, Stephen Gilboy, Roger Samuelson, Charlene Hunter,   Dave Bentley, Joe Gauvin, Emerson Allaby, Karen Brown, Tom West, John Alm, Eileen Beichner, John Gingrass, those serving in the military and law enforcement and their families, including Ben Wickerham, 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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.























REFLECTION

Pastor Ivy


Every year, the Fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. The gospel lesson is always some part of John 10, picturing Jesus as the shepherd and his followers the sheep. In this Sunday’s gospel, we find a description of the main characteristic of Jesus’ sheep/followers. “My sheep hear my voice.”

 

While living in Bethlehem with my then-husband and small children, we could look out our living room windows and see the street filled with sheep and a shepherd leading them. Sometimes, it would just be a young boy leading the sheep. When they needed to have the sheep pay better attention, they would speak to them. Those shepherds knew their sheep, and the sheep did follow them.

 

The gifts Jesus gives his sheep far exceed food and water. Jesus gives his followers eternal life that begins in baptism and continues on and on.

 

“…they will never perish” (v. 28). God is our protector, just as Luther wrote, “A mighty fortress is our God.” I also love the image of no one being able to snatch Jesus’ sheep from his hand. It’s a feeling of security, comfort, safety and refuge. In spite of all that may be happening around us, God is with us.

 

Holy God, you have known me since before I was born. You have been with me throughout my life. Protect me and keep me safe through all the changes that may come. In Christ you made me your own. Help me to trust that who I am will never be lost to you.

Amen.

(This prayer is from All Creation Sings, a new worship resource from the ELCA).


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

COVID ProtocolsUPDATE

 

Those who live in a low or moderate risk area need not wear a mask while indoors.  We are in a moderate risk area, so St. Timothy will adopt that recommendation with the understanding that people should feel free to wear a mask if they so choose.  Our numbers are creeping up.


We continue to have our offering plate at the back of our church and not pass the plate.  We will also continue to remain at our seats during communion with individual cups. 


 

This week…                                                                                                                                                                       

 

May 12 – Tai Chi 9:30 and 12:00                                         

May 12 – Choir 5:00 pm

May 14, 9:00 am Spring Clean-Up (Rain date, May 21)


                                                 Bible Study

On Sunday, May 1, we will begin a 7 week Bible study called, "Lessons for Today’s Disciples." This week is “Studying God’s Word.”  We will meet after church and fellowship in the council meeting room. If you are unable to attend, but are interested, I can send you a PDF of the study. 

 Synod Assembly

 

This year we are meeting in person for the Upstate NY Synod Assembly. The meeting is in Rochester, from the afternoon of Sunday, June 5 through Monday, June 6. Each congregation can have two lay voting members. Ray and I will be going, however, we have no voting members. Can you help? See me or call /text me at 716-904-0855. All the costs are covered and besides doing the business of the church, we have great fellowship and worship. 



ELCA Social Statement on Abortion

 

We are living in a contentious and confusing time. The hot button issue of abortion is once again on the forefront of social issues. Do you want to know what your church believes about abortion. Here is the ELCA's social statement on abortion. If you'd like to talk about it more or even have a study group on the document, I'd be happy to do so.

Pastor Ivy



Lutheran Camp  

RSVP Requested:  Open House & Reunion

June 11, 2022 1:00-4:00 PM 

RSVP: Please let us know if you'll be joining us. 716-386-4125 or contact@lclcenter.org

 

Summer 2022 will be here before we know it. LCLC's Open House & Reunion is designed to both introduce prospective campers to LCLC and reconnect camper and staff alumni from across the decades. This dual-purpose event includes:

·     Camp tours

·     First-time Camper Q&A with our Staff

·     Camp Games

·     Reconnecting with camper and staff alumni

·     Closing Campfire Devotions

·     Snacks available for purchase

Whether you're new to LCLC or a long-time veteran, this event has something for everyone. 

More Information 

Basket Raffle & Time Capsule 

3 Also included in the Open House & Reunion on June 11th will be a Time Capsule burial. The Time Capsule will be filled with mementoes from this historic period in LCLC's and the world's history. Participants can buy "time caplets" to place personal messages inside the Capsule, to be opened again in 2052.

 

Another way to help LCLC is by donating or participating in the Basket Raffle. See you in June!Width

 

For more information call 716-386-4125 or email contact@lclcenter.org.

 


***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!

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 97












***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards.   3 ways to give:

   - Go directly to our website at www.sttimothybemus.com

   - 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.


22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30The Father and I are one.”