St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                      May  19, 2022


                                                             John 14:23-29

                                                              

Scripture readings

for Sunday, May 22

Acts 16:9-15

Psalm 67

John 14:23-29

23Jesus answered [Judas (not Iscariot),] “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”

 

27”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”


          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.

          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.





















































ANNOUNCEMENTS



COVID ProtocolsUPDATE


 All those who live in a low or moderate risk area need not wear a mask while indoors.  CDC has us listed as low risk.  However, 2 other reliable sources put us at high moderate. Home tests are not included in CDC data.  St. Timothy will continue to leave masking up to each individual with the understanding that

people should feel free to wear a mask if they so choose.                   

 


CALENDAR:

Sunday – May 22, 2022

Worship– 10:00 am

Council Meeting 10:45 am

 

This week…

May 26  Tai Chi  9:30 and 12:00

Tai Chi will be taking a break during June.  If you are interested in taking a class, please contact Irene Terreberry.       

May 26 - Choir


ELCA'S 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



Bishop Lee M. Miller II

Upstate New York Synod, ELCA

P.O. Box 160~Syracuse, NY 13124

(315) 299-4955

www.upstatenysynod.org

Cultivating a G.R.A.C.E. Mindset

May 17, 2022


Beloved,

Grace and peace to you in the name of One who makes us one, Jesus Christ our Lord.

“I just don’t understand why,” he said to me, shaking his head, “why would someone

drive so far to do this to us?”

We were walking away from the scene in front of the Tops supermarket on Jefferson

Avenue in Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. Walking in the same direction, I asked, “Is your

family safe? How are you doing with all of this?” He said they were safe, and as the tears

fell, asked he this question of God as much of me.

“I just don’t understand why. Why would someone drive 3 1/2 hours, to do this to us?”

There is so much in that question to breakdown. Why do dreadful things happen to

good people? Why did this happen in this place. Why would a person drive so far to

perpetrate such an atrocity?

“We have heard with our ears, O God,

Our ancestors have told us,

What deeds you performed in their days,

In the days of old...

Yet you have made us like sheep for slaughter,

And have scattered us among the nations.”

Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?

Awake, do not cast us off forever!” (Psalm 44:1, 11, 23)

Most of these questions I have no answers for, I join in with the petitioner, and pray the

Holy Spirit intercedes for us when sighs are too deep for words.

What then are we to say about these things?


If God, who is maker of heaven and earth, creator of our first ancestors and of all nations, who calls each one of us “good” and “beloved” and “inheritors” of abundant life, is for us, then what are we to say about these things?

Our first witness is rooted in our Lutheran theological identity. God in Christ has come

down to us, to the world, because God loves God’s people so much. God in Christ

through the whole church is present on the ground, on the scene. Since the event

happened, ministers of and around Buffalo have been on the scene to hold those who

are falling, comfort those grieving, and pray with those watching and witnessing. God is

here.

Our synod, church-together, is also present through the ministries of the Community of

Good Neighbors which accompanies families on the Eastside of Buffalo, in addition to

Holy Trinity, Parkside, Grace, and the greater Niagara Frontier Conference. Pr. Kwame

Pitts, Dean Jeremiah Smith, and Pr. Imani Olear, Assistant to the Bishop, are

coordinating local responses for donations of time, food, and resources for mental

health care.

Our second response is that for those of us of European descent, we are called to

acknowledge the pain, conflict, and hatred in our communities and culture, and spend

some time in the discomfort of this tragedy without trying to find a “quick fix” to the

issue. Contributions to the victims’ funds and ministries to Buffalo are a support, but

they are not a cure, or even a band-aid, for the underlying issues of racism and white-

supremacy that were at the core of the motive for the assailant.

Let us be of one mind. We in the Upstate New York Synod and in the Evangelical

Lutheran Church in America reject racism and a white-supremacy worldview and

mindset. We renounce the ways scripture has been used to support genocide,

enslavement of people, oppression, and mass incarceration. We acknowledge, lament,

and repent in the ways we have been complicit in a white dominate culture which

supports competitive individualism, binary ways of problem solving, seeking comfort

over reparations, and centering power within, thereby marginalizing the experience,

voice, and thoughts of others.

What then shall we say about this?

God is present. God’s love is active in the world. God’s love was visible on Saturday in

the love and service of Tops associates, in the love poured out by neighbors who

stopped to care for those who were harmed, in the courage of the security officer and

first responders, police officers and paramedics. Love was visible in a community which

began to envelope itself in care and support. Love is ongoing in the outpouring of

resources for the immediate needs of those directly impacted. Love is palpable by the

various calls, messages, texts, and emails sent to those who live in Buffalo, each one

wanting to know “are you safe?” So, let’s say that “God is here.” Love is here.

And too we will sit, remember, reflect, and consider our own selves and our

communities. How is God at work in our lives and in the life of our Congregation? How is

the love of God in Christ making “all things new?” How is God at work in you to make

God’s love known, knowing the brokenness that we have experienced? How is God

using you as an instrument of God’s love and peace?

Finally, beloved, we are convinced, amid all of this, as we grieve and lament, remember,

and resolve, that:

neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor

powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate

us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:37-39)

Thanks be to God.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Lee Miller II

BishopMiller@UpstateNYSynod.org

315.299.4955 ext. 106


5 Loaves & 2 Fish Backpack Ministry

21/22 School Year


As always, we’re excited to have bags of food for

our students for another school year.  Fighting

childhood hunger in our community one child at

a time!

                 

         5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 97



Lutheran Camp

                

 Food Service Staff Urgently Needed 

With summer camp just a month away, LCLC has urgent staff needs. The following positions still need to be filled:

·     1 Full-time Cook

·     1 Part-time Cook's Aid

·     2 Dishwashers (Residential staff also involved in the summer program)

·     We also need 2 more Volunteer Nurses

For more information, please contact Lee Lindeman at 716-386-4125 or lee@lclcenter.org.  If you or someone you know is interested, please let us know ASAP.  Thanks



***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.

REFLECTION

Pr.Ivy


Could any words of Jesus be more appropriate today than these? Our peace is shaken as we hear more about those killed and the survivors in Buffalo. On the heels of racism against black people, we hear of another incident in California, this time against Asian people, at a church no less! We certainly expect safety as we’re shopping and as we’re going to church.

 

Jesus doesn’t promise us that life will be easy, without pain, without danger, but he does promise his presence, his peace. Jesus calls us to trust in him, to be unafraid, with untroubled hearts.

 

Jesus promised his disciples the Holy Spirit, who would be with them in his absence. The Spirit would teach and remind the disciples of all Jesus’ teaching. The icing on the cake, though, is his peace for those disciples who would soon keenly feel their Lord’s absence.

 

How about us? In difficult, unsettled times like ours, how can we lean in to God? How can we receive this promised peace, even when we certainly don’t feel it now? I suggest spending even one to two minutes a day in quiet. Be still in God’s presence and tell God just how you feel. Then listen for God’s voice. Hear the words of the psalmist:

 

‘“Be still, and know that I am God!

    I am exalted among the nations;

    I am exalted in the earth.’”

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 46:10-11).

 

I’d love to hear from you regarding how you have/have not experienced God’s presence as you’ve taken these steps. Let me know.

 

As Paul wrote to the Romans, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).