St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

November 24, 2022

                                                    

   First Sunday of Advent  

Time to  Wake Up     


                                                              

                                                                      

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Nov. 27

Isaiah 2:1-5

Psalm 122

Matthew 24:36-44


REFLECTION


Advent is a season of waking up. Even as the days grow darker, we are awoken to the light of truth about our lives, the world, and, ultimately, God. But no one really likes being woken from sleep, real or metaphorical. No one likes being pulled from a cozy blanket to a crowded commute, from dreams to reality, from what’s comfortable and “always has been” to what’s actually happening right now. It’s why when we have pivotal, perhaps painful moments in our lives in which we become aware of something previously hidden, or about which we shed the veil of denial, we refer to them as “wake-up calls.”

Yet it is never God’s intent to hurt us by rousing us from sleep. It is not to punish us for our past mistakes, to expose our inner failings to the world, or to add to the already deep well of shame that so many of us carry. It is for our good that God comes to reveal that which was hidden, breaking into our world as human flesh and blood. And it is for our good that, through our baptism, we are able to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14). The divine image is revealed in you, and in every friend and stranger. God knows, loves, and takes delight in each of us.

That is why nations will beat their swords into plowshares, their spears into pruning hooks, and their guns into gravel to build a highway for our God. We won’t need to learn war anymore, as the prophet says (Isaiah 2:4), because you can’t raise arms against your own kin, another person in whom the living Christ dwells.

This season is a time for us to awaken to this new reality: at any moment, and at every moment, Christ lives among and within us, helping us rub the sleep out of our eyes, and revealing a different way. Welcome to Advent.

 

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  •     For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.


          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 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.


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 Protocols

 

Rates are at a low level for COVID for our area.  No masks required to worship indoors.

                                             


We welcome back Pastor Dan Rumfelt this Sunday to St. Timothy. 


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.


CALENDAR:

Sunday, November 27

  Worship 10:00 am

  Bible Study following worship


Nov. 28 & Nov. 30 Healthy Bones 9am

Dec. 1     Tai Chi 9:30 am and 12:00pm

Dec. 1     Choir 5pm  

 

Church Mouse Articles are due November 30!

         


 





























 





          

              5 Loaves & 2 Fish Backpack Ministry

We are well into our routine each month packing 325 bags of food to be distributed to our elementary students.  We can always use more hands, so if you're able to give an hour once a month,

we can use you.  


3rd Tuesday of the month

7-8 pm

Fellowhip Hall


Click this link to volunteer:  gales1949@gmail.com

 

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

                  5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  101









     




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.


To all Thrivent Members,

Last year, you donated over $1,000 in Live Generously gift cards for our 5 & 2 Ministry.  We purchased hard to find items for our student food bags.  This year, we are again finding that the packs of crackers are limited to only 5 packages per order, so we are using your gift cards to order throughout the month to reach 650 packs of crackers needed each month. 

 

We have currently used the 2 gift cards given to us by the Pecuchs for Sept. to November packing and would greatly appreciate any other cards for the next few months.  Thank you for choosing 5 & 2 Ministry as your Live Generously donations! 


Purchase With Purpose

This Holiday Season!

 

Holiday shopping season has begun, and many of our members and friends will be using Amazon for their gift purchases. After all, you can find just about anything on Amazon, right?! 

 

But did you know that every time you shop on Amazon, you can also support St. Timothy’s ministries at the same time and at no extra cost to you? And doing so is super easy! 

 

Simply sign up for AmazonSmile using an existing or new Amazon account, choose St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Bemus Point as your charity of choice, and then just shop as you normally do! Amazon will then donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to St. Timothy!

 

Already using AmazonSmile? Be sure St. Timothy is selected as your charity of choice! 

 

Not using AmazonSmile yet? Here’s how: 

 

On a web browser:

1.      Visit smile.amazon.com.

2.      Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com.

3.      Select St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Bemus Point as your charity.

4.      Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for your chosen charity.

 

(Tip: Add a bookmark to make it easier to shop at smile.amazon.com.)

 

Using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:

1.      Open the Amazon Shopping app.

2.      Navigate to the main menu (≡).

3.      Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile.”

4.      Select St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Bemus Point as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app.

5.      Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for St. Timothy.

 

That’s it! You are now signed up for AmazonSmile and can start purchasing with a purpose! 

 

(Note: The tablet app is not yet supported. Please visit smile.amazon.com/onthego to learn more.)



Save the date for Giving Tuesday

– a global day of giving

On Nov. 29, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection, strengthen communities and change our world.

On Giving Tuesday, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will lift up ELCA Good Gifts as a way for members across the church to show their support of the ministries we share. We have more than 50 charitable gifts to choose from, and each makes a real impact in the world, sharing the love of Christ — one goat, water well or school uniform at a time.



Here is how you can help:

     1. Give. On Nov. 29, go to ELCA.org/goodgifts to make your donation.

     2. Spread the word. Share what gift(s) you gave and what our churchwide ministries mean to you — then invite your friends, family and congregation members to join you! Check your inbox and social media feeds on the morning of Nov. 29 for shareable content from the ELCA that you can use that day. God is calling us into the world — together. And with generous, loving hands, we can make a difference. Thank you for your leadership and support.

 

From Word and Way news:

Advent Starts Sunday

The season of Advent begins this coming Sunday (Nov. 27). And we’re back for the second year with our Unsettling Advent devotionals. These short daily email devotionals will connect the social context of Jesus’s time with unsettling news from our world this year. More than 20 writers will help us all consider Advent in light of the war in Ukraine, the global refugee crisis, and the plague of gun violence.

The Unsettling Advent devotionals are free, but you have to sign up to receive them.

Pastor Ivy Gauvin St. Timothy Lutheran Church








December 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


St. Luke’s Church and the Jamestown Public and Mobile Market are teaming up with the Chautauqua Area Potters to host the Empty Bowl Project in Jamestown on Saturday, December 10th.

“Empty Bowls” is an annual fund raising event held all over the world. Potters everywhere gather to create hundreds of one of a kind ceramic bowls that are given to persons willing to make a modest contribution to a local charity serving food to the hungry.

Locally, this event is sponsored by Chautauqua Area Potters (CAP), a loosely organized assembly of the area’s amateur and professional potters. Many of these individuals work together at Mudslingers, the pottery studio owned and operated by Ron Nasca in downtown Fredonia. Others in the group work in their own studios. Over the years the fund drive has met with growing success in Fredonia and now it is coming to Jamestown.

While numerous individuals have created the hundreds of beautiful, one of a kind bowls, none are signed by the maker. Instead, they are imprinted with the “Empty Bowls” logo thus continuing to remind the user that there are hungry persons in the world. The bowls come in sizes designed to acknowledge contributions of $10, $20, and $30.

During the Season of Advent when many are preparing for the holiday season and looking for the perfect Christmas gift, this event will allow you to come get in the holiday season with bowl of soup, live music, the opportunity to walk away with a one of a kind gift AND to help address food insecurity in our own community.

 

***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.

 


 

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