November 3, 2022
2 Timothy 2:8-15
for Sunday, Nov. 6
• 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 Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Karen Johnson Kay Marker Magneson, Roy Pihl, George Balcom, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Norm Wolff, Sarah VanStaalduin Stephen Gilboy, Charlene Hunter, Joe Gauvin, Emerson Allaby, Karen Brown, Tom West, Eileen Beichner, John Gingrass, those serving in the military and law enforcement and their families, including Ben Wick
• 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.
Beyond Our Wildest Imagination
Countless books and movies have offered creative and varied visions of the afterlife, portraying how it might look, sound, and feel for those experiencing it. Yet Jesus’ words in this exchange with the Sadducees imply that even our wildest imaginings will prove too narrow. Resurrection life, Jesus says, is so qualitatively different from the life we know now that we can’t even begin to comprehend it.
The Sadducees were prominent religious authorities in Jesus’ day. As the gospel writer specifies, they did not believe in the concept of resurrection, and they wanted to catch Jesus in a theological trap that would force him also to deny resurrection. Jesus evaded their trap, and his response to them is a warning to anyone who would limit what God can do. God truly can make the impossible possible—even life beyond death. According to Jesus, that new life will be so radically different that everything from physical bodies to human relationships will be transformed.
One thing will not change in the resurrection life, however: each and every person will still be uniquely precious to God. The Sadducees tried to use Mosaic law to fool Jesus, but he pointed instead to a moment in Moses’ own life that defied imagination. When Moses saw the incredible sight of the burning bush, he heard the voice of God call to him and declare his ancestors by name: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Though dead long before Moses’ time, those ancestors were not in the past tense to God. They were all alive and held in God’s infinite love, as are all the faithful who have died.
We can only begin to imagine what resurrection life will be like and how it will change us, but we can trust that no matter what, it will be a celebration of God’s unchangeable love for all of creation, including each one of God’s beloved children.
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COVID Protocols – UPDATE
Rates remain medium for our area. No masks required to worship indoor.
We welcome Pastor Dan Rumfelt this week. Pastor Ivy is feeling a bit under the weather and has asked Pastor Dan to fill in for her! Thank you Pastor Dan and WELCOME!
Nov. 6 Honduras Auction 5-8 pm
Nov. 7 VOTE
Nov. 7 & 9 Healthy Bones 9 am
Nov. 10 Tai Chi 9:30 am and 12:00 pm
Nov. 10 Choir 5 pm
Nov. 11 Ellery Senior Citizens 11:30 am
This Sunday is All Saints Sunday and Stewardship Sunday. As you know from your 3rd quarter statement notice, we are going to have to be extra careful with the budget for 2023. It will be really important to know realistically what our income will be so that we can present to the Council and the congregation a balanced budget. With that in mind, the Finance Committee is asking for Estimates of Giving for 2023. These estimates are far better than “guesses” and we thank you in advance for your help. Just place them in the container at the back of the church.
5 & 2 Ministry
***We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry. Check the list below (and sizes) and bring your donations to St. Timothy and place in the black bin in church narthex or the bin in the front entryway. Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex. Monetary donations are also welcome!
If you would like to help us pack these bags, we get together every 3rd Tuesday of the month between from 7-8. We can always use help! Contact Gale Svenson-Campbell at: .
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 101
It’s that time of year when we ask for you to support the
Bemus Point Methodist Church Food Pantry so we can
provide Thanksgiving bags for our friends in the community
that need extra help. I will be collecting monetary donations up until November 13th. Please give your donations to me or any of the ushers.
I know there is a need in our community and in the past
our church has been very supportive. Thank you in advance!
Spreading God’s love is something our church knows how
to do! Thanks Everyone! Marty
On November 5th/6th Don’t forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour!
Please remember that we will have the Honduras Auction, after a 2 year hiatus, on Sunday, November 6th, viewing at 5:30 p.m., auction at 6 p.m.
Please come and bring a friend!!
Our Advent study begins Sunday, 11/27. It is four sessions, concluding on 12/18. You can either join us in our group Bible study or pick up a copy at church for personal study. Advent calendars will also be available.
***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.
In the event of an emergency, Pastor Mark Swanson will be covering for Pastor Ivy during her absence.
His cell number is 215-264-4180.