St. Timothy Lutheran Church


  March 2, 2023

  John 3:1-17




Scripture readings

for Sunday, March 5

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm  121

John 3:1-17

          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, Roy Pihl, George Balcom, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Alan Anderson, Vince Alessi, Norm Wolff, Sarah VanStaalduin, Charlene Hunter, Joe Gauvin, Emerson Allaby, Karen Brown, Tom West, 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.


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.



Pastor Ivy

Be a Windmill

Verse 8 says, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”


I met with my spiritual director, Mary Ellen, on Tuesday. When we spoke of being led by the Spirit, I was reminded of this gospel verse. She then described to me a weather vane and windmill that someone had installed at the top of their home. Both, of course, move at the bidding of the wind.


They do nothing of their own volition. Without wind, they just sit there. On the roof of the library at Gettysburg Seminary, there is an eye-catching weather vane. It is of a fish, which I always found surprising. I walked by the library each day on my way to and from classes. Oftentimes, it wasn’t windy enough for the weather vane to be doing much other than be decorative.


Tuesday, as my spiritual director and I were parting, she said to me, “Be a windmill!” I thought of the large Dutch windmills of my heritage, gently blowing in the wind. And I thought of the weather vane at seminary.


What about us? Can we be windmills? Are we trusting ourselves to God in such a way to allow the Spirit to move us? Are we relaxed enough in God’s presence that we can be blown by the Spirit to do and be what God is desiring of us? “So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Be a windmill!



Sunday March 5,  2023

Worship 10:00 am

Lenten Bible Study following worship


This Week:  

March. 6 and 8   Healthy Bones 9 am

March 9              Tai Chi  9:30 am and 12:30 pm

                           Choir 5 pm

                    Lenten Program 6 pm                                                 

A Farewell to Lee Lindeman 

        LCLC is a beautiful 140 acre piece of God’s creation that is dedicated to living out our mission: Sharing the gospel of Christ Jesus in ways that give life. We do this by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, renewal, and Christ centered community in the wonder of God’s Creation. And for the past 17 years we have been led by the one and only, the best and the mystical Lee Lindeman.


            Lee took camp to a place no one had even thought was possible, the days of running out of water were in the past with a new water treatment plant, a brand new Friendship Pavilion was built for another place for us to go if the rain had come or to dance the night away at the camp party every week, a new expansion of the adventure course with an Adventure Tower and zip line, and now there are even bathrooms in the cabins. Because of all of this hard work camp has a brighter future and new ways for campers to interact each summer!


            Not only has Lee done a tremendous job in updating and enhancing the facilities and grounds at camp but for 17 summers he has been there to greet campers, staff, and parents as they drive down the hill with a warm smile energized to start the new week. He has trained and led 17 camp staffs to be the best they can be and inspired us to make the camp experience unforgettable as the campers leave at the end of the week. He has planned countless worship services and devotions. Learned new songs year over year to keep the campers engaged while still rocking of some of the classics. Planned and executed 16 summer programs and to do just what the mission of camp is, to share the gospel of Christ Jesus in ways that give life.


            On behalf of the board we would like to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, for being the steadfast leader with a vision and the skills to see it though, the ability to adapt to your surrounds including an unforeseen pandemic and being able to adjust so that camp could still offer a place for people to go to experience LCLC and bringing camp back so that it will continue to change the lives for many to come.

We wish you all the best in your next endeavors Lee. May you find just as much joy as you have brought all of us. Thank you!!!


            The Board wanted to make sure Lee’s hard work and dedication to camp would never be forgotten. So we will be planting Lee’s Tree at LCLC as well as a bench next to said tree in an area we think Lee would love, the Archery Field!. We know that Lee likes Elm Trees so we will be planting a Princeton Elm. Elms are loved by many and it is a mighty tree of Character. A fitting tribute to Lees strong character he has imbued on camp, for the benefit of generations of campers and staff members. Thank you again for everything you have accomplished Lee!!


Board President

Chris George


5 & 2 Ministry

Fighting childhood hunger in our community one child at a time.

Helping combat food scarcity in our community.

Can you help pack on

Tuesday nights from 7-8?

Contact Gale Svenson-

Campbell at:

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  108

On the five Sundays of Lent, please join your St. Timothy church family immediately following worship, for a Lenten Bible Study 40 Days of Giving


#2 March 5 – Psalm 121 “My help comes from the Lord.” Ps 121:2

#3 March 12 – Psalm 95 “For the Lord is a great God, and a great King

                                        above all gods.”  Ps 95:3

#4 March 19 – Psalm 23 “You prepare a table before me.”  Ps 23:5

#5 March 26 – Psalm 130 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and I [God’s] word I hope.”  Ps 130:5


***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.

At noon at First Lutheran in Jamestown, there is a brief service followed by a light lunch for $7.


The overall theme is Turning Toward God’s Abundance. 


Week 2 – March 8, Mercy                           Preacher/Leader: Ivy Gauvin

Gospel: Luke 13:31-35 Lament over Jerusalem


Week 3 – March 15, Compassion               Preacher/Leader: Mark Swanson

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 The barren fig tree


Lutherans Restoring Creation


One way in which ELCA congregations demonstrate love for our world is by caring for God’s creation. Our actions impact our neighbors and the environment, locally and globally, in the present and in the future. Join the Actions Speak Loudly! initiative to share how your congregation is caring for creation and to learn how others are participating in this movement. Visit for resources or join the effort by completing this form:



Stories of Faith in Action


Across the ELCA we are connected through the stories we tell, the stories we hear and the stories we experience in ministry among one another. “Stories of Faith in Action” features vital ministries made possible by the generous Mission Support shared by ELCA congregations. This Mission Support is available because of the faith-filled regular offerings that individuals give to their congregations. Learn about leaders who step out in faith to try something new, and people who open their arms and their hearts to meet people in new places. Read “Stories of Faith in Action” at

Adopt-A-Project Day

                               April 15, 2023 9:00 - 3:00 PM

Calling all Volunteers! Youth groups, former staff, pastors, adult groups, handymen: we have a project for all skill sets.


Projects available for adoption this year include:

·     Screen Repair/ Re-Screening

·     Fiesta Tent Set Up

·     Indoor Painting

·     Trail Maintenance

·     Retreat Center garden raking, trimming, etc.

·     Outdoor Chapel raking, trimming, sprucing up

·     Pressure Washing the Retreat Center


A complimentary lunch will be served for all volunteers. Please contact the office to adopt a project and RSVP today. Overnight accommodations at the Retreat Center are available.


Please let us know if you are interested in being a team lead.


Office Number: 716-386-4125 Email:


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1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

 11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

 17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”