October 7, 2021
for Sunday, October 10
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
• 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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
• For Family and friends of Matt Isaacson, Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Gene Heil, Roy Pihl, George Balcom, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Dave Bentley, Joe Gauvin, Tom DiMatteo, Emerson Allaby, Karen Brown and Sarah Van Staalduinen, 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.
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.
September 5 – Katie Castro
12 – Frann Wilson (Communion)
19 – Frann Wilson (Communion)
26 – Katie Castro
October 3 – Frann Wilson (Communion)
10 – Katie Castro
17 – Frann Wilson (Communion)
24 – Pr. Ivy Gauvin
31 - Pr. Ivy Gauvin
COVID update –
Vaccinated – no mask required, 6’ social distancing not required, hymnals available
Unvaccinated – masks remain mandatory, social distancing recommended
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.
A Note from Pastor Ivy
The Southwestern Conference of the Upstate NY Synod will take place Sunday, October 17, 3:00 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Olean.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Adult Bible Study
Off the the summer. Will resume in the Fall.
***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: 94
***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.
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Pastor Ivy has returned to work for 15 hours a week. She can be reached at the following numbers for all your pastoral needs.
Cell - 716-904-0855 and church office – 716-386-7820
I started a new budgeting app this summer. I know, I know. The finance person is testing out a new way to track money. I hear you. However, I decided to try something different. I’ll get back to this in just a sec…
To lay some groundwork - As the mama in a household with 4 other humans, various pets and multiple orchestras to conduct, I had quickly jumped on the “minimalism” bandwagon in an effort to have less inventory to manage, fewer legos to step on and more space in our days to be with each other rather than direct the cleaning frenzy each weekend or the “Mom, where is my other sock” dialogue. I wanted to be more intentional with what we owned and why we owned it. To save time, to save effort, to create space, and really - to clean less. I started with my own and then helped the kiddos. Careful not to declutter what wasn’t my own, we started working through the questions as a family. Sometimes, for my own stuff, the questions were bigger: What is it about releasing that scares us? What if I don’t have enough? What if I can’t do this again? I am not strong enough… I was lucky enough to get this the first time. Will God really provide? This seems irreplaceable… But as I realized the freedom that having one less item provided, my questions were answered. I am okay. God always provides. I just need to make space and allow.
Well, once I stopped buying and owning less, I started paying a bit more attention to what was coming in (seemed like a little extra now), the amount of time it was taking for this money to come in and what I wanted to do with that time and money. In comes the new budgeting app. Now, I have tried lots of different ways to make sure all of our dollars were spent where we “needed” them to be spent, to do with them what we “needed” them, to pay the bills that we had accumulated, tracking our success at the end of the month. This time though, I went with a tool that would ask me to be intentional with every dollar as it came in. To assign a job to that dollar based on how I wanted to live my life, where I wanted to go and the impact that I wanted to make. A little different…
When I started decluttering my home, I had run into those questions many, many… many times. Why am I keeping this item, what purpose is it serving, why do I have 4,576 pens - do I really write THAT much? So, I had grown accustomed to pausing and thinking things through. But when it came to this money thing and having to make a decision to do this INSTEAD of that or to put something on hold until I could afford it outright, that was a different ballgame. If I couldn’t do all of the things, all of the time, what was important for me to do now? How could I utilize this money to make the impact that I wanted to make in the world? How could I use it to direct the gifts, intentions and callings that God was asking me to make rather than the sometimes (if I’m being honest) frivolous purchases that the 25 social media purchase ads per minute were telling me would change my life? Seriously though, marketing is no joke. But I was stepping out of that picture now and looking at things with new eyes. When I read the story of the rich man and the needle, I thought, "I'll worry about that when I identify as “rich.”" But taking that pause and asking the questions now allowed me to gain some perspective. Yep, even as a middle-aged wife and mama in the throes of life, I could direct this traffic a little bit better than I had been.
So I began asking myself some questions:
What is my obligation to my siblings on this journey with me? Is it an obligation or is it really why we are here?
To use all of our God-given gifts and blessings with the intention to live fully immersed in this life experience with those that we encounter, may encounter or feel called to encounter?
How do we allow some things to separate us and to continue perpetuating the silos that keep us from the realization of community care?
How can I choose more intentionally?
I started small, I had always been drawn to a children’s charity, so when I canceled a subscription, I reallocated those dollars in my new budget to send that money there. It was only $25, but it was $25 going somewhere and to someone that I felt called to help. It felt good, better than I thought. I think I’ll keep at it and see how it goes.