In-Person Worship
9 am – RD Mize | 10 am – Wyatt Campus
10 am Live Stream – www.facebook.com/timothylutheran/

Voters’ Assembly Meeting Update

The annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting was well-attended Sunday. A recording of the meeting may be accessed on Timothy’s website and by clicking the link below.  After discussion, all motions carried. Extra copies of the agenda, slate of officers, Next Generation recommendations, and operating budget can be picked up at the Information Centers. The 2020 annual ministry reports, Next Generation recommendations, operating budget, and bylaws revisions are on the church website.

The PowerPoint slideshow is available, click HERE

Video of the 2020 Annual Voters meeting below.

Timothy Lutheran Church 2020 Annual Voters Meeting

Next Generation Strategic Planning Committee

The formation of a strategic planning committee is the next step in the Next Generation process.  If you would like to contribute your expertise in vision casting and strategic planning, please contact Dave Domsch at daved146@gmail.com by Wed., Dec. 23rd.  The committee, comprised of a representative cross-section of the congregation, will begin its work in early 2021. A brief verbal update to the congregation will be shared after each service this Sunday. Thank you!

Blue Springs City Theatre Update

In God’s Word, we are reminded that we are in the world, but we are not to be of the world. We are also called on to be the light in a sin-darkened world. Part of our call as a congregation is to engage with our community and to be witness to God’s grace and love. To this end, Timothy’s leaders have been looking for additional ways to reach out to our community.

Earlier this fall, Timothy agreed to partner with the Blue Springs City Theatre to utilize the RD Mize Family Life Center as a venue for virtual productions, starting this December. We were excited for this opportunity to welcome the community to Timothy. We have looked forward to this partnership and where it might lead us as a community partner and leader.

Timothy’s leadership recently learned of a potentially problematic scene in the upcoming production of Almost, Maine, depicting one woman professing her love for the other woman at the end of the scene in which the two have been drinking beer. We reached out to BSCT to discuss concerns. We explained our doctrine, and they explained contractual obligations with the play’s publishing company which did not allow for any changes to the script. Timothy’s leaders read the script and then extensively discussed implications.

Timothy’s leadership ultimately decided to move forward with our contractual agreement with BSCT; however, safeguards are in place for situations like this to not occur in the future. Even though BSCT should have anticipated our objection, they did not. Even though Timothy’s leadership should have been more diligent about knowing the content of the play, they were not. Both groups learned much during this process. Timothy’s leadership still focuses on being the light of the world as we welcome the community to our church home with grace and mercy.

Leadership wants to be upfront with the congregation to understand our reasoning. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Diane Mayfield
Pastor John
Pastor Rod

A Confirmand’s Faith Story

Elizabeth Storck shared her Confirmation faith story this past Sunday. Her Bible verse is I Peter 5:7. If you missed it, click on the video below to hear how this verse guides her life.

Elizabeth Storck Faith Story

CSL Christmas Store Needs Volunteers Next Week

Community Services League’s annual Christmas Store for Independence runs from Dec. 14-20 at the Uptown Market on the Independence Square and needs volunteers to help operate it. Strict COVID procedures will be followed for all volunteers, staff, and neighbors in need to help ensure everyone’s health and safety. Masks and social distancing will be required, and the facility will be frequently sanitized.

Numerous shifts and jobs are available. Please click on the link below for sign-ups under the various tabs across the top for the various volunteer opportunities. All questions may be directed to Sharon Wingate (816.491.2016 or wingates@cslcares.org. Thank you!

Click on HERE to sign up to volunteer

Youth Hand Bells

How exhilarating to listen to the Youth Hand Bell Choir fill the sanctuary with a beautiful performance this past Sunday at RD Mize! Thanks to Director Ruth Sunderman, all ringers and the other leaders for sharing their talents to enhance worship so meaningfully.

The bells will ring at Timothy again this Christmas season! If you missed their performance Sunday, you can catch them on Dec. 20 during the 10am worship service at Wyatt as part of the Children’s Christmas Program. As always, that service will also be live-streamed, so be sure to tune in if not in-person.

Do you have a student in grades 6-12 wanting to participate in the hand bell choir? Please contact Ruth Sunderman at ruthsunderman@gmail.com to sign up for the next season of bell choir in early 2021!

Appreciation for a Portion of Timothy’s Tithe

Timothy received a letter from Lutherans for Life yesterday, an excerpt from which is printed below.

“Dear Friends of Life,

We are humbled and heartened to have received your recent $85.80 offering. Thank you for your Gospel-motivated voice For Life. And thank you most of all for your ongoing fellowship and support of our life-affirming labors. Having you standing, speaking, and acting alongside us enhances our joys in this mission and eases its sorrows.

In truth and love,
Pastor Michael Salemink, Exec. Dir. Of Mission & Ministry, Lutherans for Life”

Journey to the Manger is this Sun., Dec. 13, at both services. Gift tags will be available on the tree at RD Mize until tomorrow evening after the Advent service. Returning the gifts, with the gift tags attached, will occur this Sunday by taking your gift prior to the service to either the chancel or stage at each campus. If you will not be at one of the worship services this weekend, please drop off your gift at the RD Mize front desk before Friday 4:30pm, as gifts will be delivered Sunday afternoon. Thank you!

Winter scarves, gloves and caps may be dropped off this Sunday as well in the provided totes located in the lobby at each campus. Thank you!

In-Person Christmas Worship Questionnaire will be emailed this week to help staff and leadership plan for in-person Christmas worship service attendance on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Please be looking for it and thanks for your help!

Advent Services “The Songs of Advent” continue tomorrow (Dec. 9) at 5:30pm, RD Mize, and next Wed., Dec. 16, 5:30pm, at Wyatt as part of the TLS Christmas Program.

Children’s Christmas Program Sun., Dec. 20, 10am Wyatt service, including Youth Hand Bells.

Drive-Thru Communion will be offered on Wed., Dec. 23, 6:30-7pm, RD Mize. Please drive to north entrance (sanctuary doors), park at the curb, and enter lobby to receive the sacrament. Updates about January Drive-Thru Communion opportunities will be available soon.,

December Food Donations will be collected at both campuses through Dec. 19 for delivery that afternoon to Jesu el Buen in KCK. Grocery carts are available at both campuses. A special “Drive-By-and-Drop-Off” collection will occur at both campuses on Sat., Dec. 19, 10am-noon. All food items are appreciated, but Pastor Eberhart especially requests donations of canned soups, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, cereal, canned green beans, antibacterial soap, toilet paper, and paper towels. Thanks always for your generous support!

Youth Christmas Activities

  • Assembling Christmas Cards, White Elephant Gift Exchange, Movie:  Sat., Dec. 12, 6-9pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize; contact Ryan Kuecker (kueckerryan@gmail.com) about gift exchange & movie; contact Deanna Cross (scrubnurse6@gmail.com) about Christmas card assembling & sending to other youth.
  • Christmas Program Workday: Sun., Dec. 13, 3-6pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize; contact Mary Taggart (octobermom810@gmail.com) for details.