St. Timothy Lutheran Church


Feb 15, 2024


Mark 1:9-1


Scripture readings

for Sunday, Feb. 18

Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 25: -10

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15

          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 Ann Saar, Kay Marker Magneson, Roy Pihl, George Balcom, Thom Shagla, Eileen Beichner, Tom Dellapenta, Myron Klein, Pastor Karen Larson, Adam Hull, Pastor Gerry Zimmerman (Bethel, Portville and Shepherd of the Valley, Wellsville), James Dieter, Joe Gauvin, Emerson Allaby, John Gingrass, those serving in the military and law enforcement and their families, including Sean Pecuch, and Ben Wickerham, those caught up in violence and war who have no safe home in which to live. 

          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.

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”


12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.


14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”



Pr. Ivy Gauvin

Our overarching sermon theme will be Altered by the Spirit throughout the Sundays of Lent. For this particular Sunday, it is Altered on the Edge of Belonging. What does this mean? It means that we’re looking at what’s happening with people on the edges, outsiders, outliers.


Rather than John the Baptist traveling from village to village, people had to come to him at the Jordan River. Among those people was our Lord. It is a trek from Nazareth to the Jordan River, and it is uncertain as to which portion of the Jordan John was situated in. Was it closer or farther from Galilee?


Let’s see how the Holy Spirit showed its work in this passage. First, it came down from the torn-apart heavens, descending like a dove. Dove is the same word translated as pigeon in Greek. Hmm… not so sweet sounding, is it? Just as the people came from the Edge of Belonging, so did the Holy Spirit, coming down from the distant, wide-open heavens.


Jesus received quite an “atta boy” from his Father. Oh, how nice and encouraging, until the Spirit “drove him” into the wilderness to be tempted. “Drove” is the same expression used to refer to Jesus driving out demons from people. Basically, the Spirit drop-kicked him out into the wilderness.


We might wonder if Jesus was truly tempted, but unless he was, he would not be truly human. He certainly was.


Where is John in the story? “In order for Jesus (or anyone, for that matter) to be baptized by John, he has to leave the boundaries of the city, safety, and comfort behind and enter the wilderness place” (Church Anew, Lent in a Box). It is most definitely not safe there!


The wilderness was Jesus’ proving ground, after which, he was ready to proceed with his preaching and healing.


We may be the ones on the edge. Maybe it’s others at church. Perhaps those who are in no way related to the church. Could one of them be pointing a finger at the Savior, who is right there with them? Can He be seen by them and not us?


Open our eyes, Lord, to your presence in and around us, in friend and stranger alike. Use us to bring others to you now and always. Amen.



Feb. 18       Worship 10:00 am     

                    Church Council Meeting

Feb. 19 & 21    Healthy Bones 9:00 am

Feb. 20             5 & 2 Packing 7:00 pm     

Feb. 22             Tai Chi  9:30 am & 12:00 pm  

                          Choir 5 pm

                 Lenten Program 6:00 pm

Special Thanks to Adam McKillip for

joining us this Sunday!

Journey through the Psalms- Sunday Adult Bible Study

                  During Lent     Beginning 2/18


1. Psalm 32-God Our Hiding Place

2. Psalm 121-“My help comes from the Lord,“ v. 2

3. Psalm 95-“For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all

     gods,” v.3.

4. Psalm 23-God Prepares a Table

5. Psalm 130-Watching and Waiting 

Lenten Bible Study Program

Thursday 2/22 Week One What Is Lament?

Thursday, 2/29–Week Two: “Little” Laments

Thursday, 3/7–Week Three: Laments from the Depths

Thursday, 3/14–Week Four: Individual Lament

Thursday, 3/21–Week Five: Communal Lament

We will be meeting at 6 for worship and pizza. 

5 & 2 Ministry

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 and on our website.  Monetary donations always  welcome! Contact Gale-Svenson-Campbell for details.

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

Helping combat food scarcity in our community.

Can you volunteer every 3rd Tuesday

from 7-9 pm at church?

Contact Gale Svenson-

Campbell at:




Volunteers  Needed: 


Evangelism Committee – card ministry


Finance Committee – quarterly meetings plus budget


5 & 2 Backpack Ministry – pack bags every 3rd Tuesday of the month 7:00 pm Fellowship Hall. (every 2nd Tuesday around holidays)

                              The Ashville Hewes Center has a new project brewing - a Food/Clothing/Hygiene Closet! Whether it be a basic need for these items, an upcoming job interview, an upcoming school or personal event, a dress code concern, or a need for appropriate work attire for our vocational programs - we will have these resources on hand for all our students on the Hewes Campus to have their basic needs met. The students will create and vote on a name for the closet and make it their own!  It will also be run by the students as they learn basic work skills.  Alissa Rinaldo is our contact person here at St. Timothy, as well as the representative for the Hewes Center for 5 & 2 Ministry and Packing. 


Below is a list of items they are requesting.  For clothing, please keep in mind that these are middle/high school students ages 14-18 and what they would wear.  Any donations can be brought to church and placed in our bin or hung on the Fellowship Hall coat rack.  Alissa will pick them up when she comes to pack for the month.  THANK YOU.



Men’s & Women’s Clothing- casual, business & workwear

- t-shirts

- sweatshirts

- sweatpants

- leggings

- winter necessities- coats (casual & business), hats, gloves 

- jeans - work jeans

- shoes & boots - casual & work footwear 

- scrubs

- work outerwear - flannels, work coats, work gloves 

- business apparel for job interviews or formal school & personal events

- women’s and men’s undergarments 

- deodorant

- toothbrushes & toothpaste

- shampoo & conditioner

- body wash and soap

- hair brushes & combs & hair products

- lotion 

- laundry detergent - preferably pods or smaller bottles to be sent home

- laundry stain remover 

- feminine hygiene products

- reusable shopping bags

- backpacks

- travel bags (bags are for students to bring items home, discreetly) 

- cosmetic bags 

- clothing hangers


***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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