St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                        February 22, 2024

                                          Mark 8:31-38





Scripture readings

for Sunday, Feb. 28

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Psalm  22:23-31

Romans 4:13-25

Mark 8:31-38

31[Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

          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.




Feb. 25          Worship

                  Bible Study following fellowship

Feb. 26 & 28     Heathy Bones

Feb. 29          Tai Chi  9:30 am & 12:00 pm

                    Choir 5 pm

               Lenten Program 6:00 pm


Lenten Series

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. 

Journey through the Psalms- Sunday Adult Bible Study


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 

Office Hours to Change during Lent

During Lent, which ends with Easter on March 31, my office hours will be a little different. I’ll be in the office Thursday mornings and afternoons. And then, at 6, I hope to see many of you for pizza and worship in the fellowship hall (newly painted by our elves!). 


God’s peace,

Pastor Ivy Gauvin 

Our MANY Thanks

It takes a village….grant writers, prep and repair workers, scrapers, tapers, painters and cleanup crew. All to revitalize and update our Fellowship Hall!  Thank you Mike and Mary Lou Krott, Bob Samuelson, Kristie Bloomquist, Kathy Carlson, Sarah Goebel, Tammy Haas, and Don Traynor.   Thank you to the Chautauqua Community Region Foundation for the grant to purchase our new ROKU TV.  

All photos can be found at this link:


Caring and Sharing

Ministry Returns


St. Timothy is excited to announce that the Caring and Sharing Ministry is starting up again under the guidance of Trish Pecuch.  The goal this year will be to send a little token or basket to our shut ins on holidays to say, “Hi.  We’re thinking about you.”


If you can join us, please let Trish or Kristie Bloomquist know.   

      Trish Pecuch – (716) 673-5510

       Kristie Bloomquist – (716) 485-3931

Mondays @ St. Timothy’s starting 3/4/24, each class running ~1 hour:

 4:30pm: Doggie Manners One / 6 weeks… Reliably House Trained Dogs Only.  Another location available if you know interested students with potential for potty accidents. 

6pm: CGC / 4 weeks

·  1st class: Week of March 4th.  

·  2nd class: Week of March 11th.

·  3rd class: Week of March 18th.

·  4th class: Week of March 25th. …

          This will also be CGC Evaluations in 15 minute blocks, likely going later than 7pm… That will be the last CGC class… if there are enough Therapy Dog candidates the next week might offer that in that time block.  

·  5th class: Week of April 1st.

·  6th & Grraduation Class: Week of April 8th… 

          then potentially continuing Mondays depending on student interest and qualifications.  

Contact Carly Davis at: | 716-268-1421



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Pastor Ivy Gauvin


The U.S. Surgeon General recently issued an advisory, describing loneliness as a public health crisis. Has there ever been a time when you felt lonely or isolated from others? How did your family, friends or members of your congregation help you? How does your faith community provide connection and a sense of community? What suggestions do you have for those facing loneliness? Please share your story, insights and ideas with Gather magazine by February 22, 2024, at

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

5 Loaves & 2 Fish Backpack Ministry

23/24 School Year

Our school year 23/24 is well underway.  We are still packing on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month (unless there's a conflict with the school) 7-8 pm and would love to  invite  new volunteers to help pack bags of food for the  kids.  Check out our  schedule....

If you can volunteer, please contace Gale Svenson-Campbell at the link below.  Thank you!!

Bring your donations and place them in the black bin in the church narthex.  Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex.  Monetary donations welcome! Contact

Gale-Svenson-Campbell for details      



ONLINE GIVING at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards

Three 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.


¨  Mailing in your weekly or monthly offering would be greatly appreciated for     November, if you haven’t already done so.

Anyone that has any pictures or stories that they would like to share?  Send them to


Pr. Ivy Gauvin

Altered Through Stories We Don't Trust

We will continue our sermon theme of being “Altered by the Spirit.” This week, we focus on being “Altered Through Stories We Don’t Trust.” Let’s admit it: do we always trust the stories we read in scripture? Probably not. To have an honest, dynamic relationship with our Lord, we need to be honest about our feelings.


In Mark's gospel, this is the first time Jesus tells his disciples that the Lord will suffer and die soon. Can you imagine? Just when Jesus’ popularity for healing and casting out demons has reached its height, he teaches, “...the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed…” No wonder Peter reacted the way he did.


Jesus’ speech goes against everything the Jewish people anticipated concerning their messiah. He was to be triumphant, delivering the people from their enemies, in this case, the Romans. On top of that, his followers not only believed in him, but also loved him. This man the disciples had walked with, listened to, and observed for three years—how can he talk of leaving them?


Did you catch the end of verse 31, however? “...and after three days rise again.” It’s obvious that Peter had a hard time trusting the story Jesus was telling. The interesting thing is that just a few verses earlier, Peter confessed that Jesus was the Messiah. He believed, and Jesus congratulated him for his understanding. Now he's speaking the words of the devil. There was the Father’s will for Jesus, and anything that went against that was from the devil.


It’s not easy to trust the second part of the story as well, the great call to discipleship. These are the hard words Jesus is preaching. They are counter-cultural. They are the opposite of the teachings of the world and the teachings of our day.


The Holy Spirit alters us and forms us for God’s use, through the hard sayings of Jesus and through stories we don’t like or trust. God is good all of the time, but do we believe it?


Almighty God, your Holy Spirit equips the church with a rich variety of gifts. Grant that we may use them to bear witness to Christ in lives that are built on faith and love. Make us ready to live the gospel and eager to do your will, so that we may share with all your church in the joys of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


(Evangelical Lutheran Worship)