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January 2021

Timothy eNotes January 19, 2021

By |2021-01-19T10:35:26-06:00January 19th, 2021|ENotes|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus 

Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)
Live Stream worship on Facebook
Worship Videos

Searching to Be Known:  A Devotion

So many of us feel lonely, especially during this time of isolation. And often at the core of the loneliness is the idea that we are not known by someone. Even if we are in a crowd of people or with a group of friends, we can still feel lonely. This is when Psalm 139 brings us comfort. You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. Psalm 139:1.

God knows our hearts and minds. He knows where we are and understands our restlessness to be somewhere else. He knows our thoughts, so that when we are without words, He still understands. God goes before us, is with us, and assures us of His presence.

Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Confirmand Faith Story

God’s blessings to Will Twenter, one of Timothy’s 2021 Confirmands, who shared his faith story this past Sunday, applying his chosen Bible verse of Psalm 46:10 to his journey of growing in Christ. Click on the arrow below to hear his story.

Children’s Ministry Update

FaithRoots continues to meet every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm in the 400’s (blue) hallway at RD Mize.

All children ages 3 through 5th grade are encouraged to participate in one of two large group openings (Pre-K in one group; K-5th in second group) for the age-appropriate introduction of the Bible lesson, followed by four smaller group gatherings for Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-5th grades for further application of the Bible story.

Wondering how to get connected? It’s easy—just come to the FaithRoots hallway where you and your child will be greeted, signed in, and introduced to the teachers. Parents will pick up the students at their classrooms and take home the latest devotion booklet geared just for the kids.

We look forward to sharing the love of Jesus with all the children tomorrow evening. Bring friends!

Youth Ministry Update

Timothy’s youth in grades 6-12 will gather this Saturday, Jan. 23, from 4:15-6:30pm at Rink Ratz Skating Rink. To ensure proper social distancing, the entire facility is reserved for Timothy’s group, which includes 30 minutes of skating lessons from 4:15-4:45pm. Pizza will be provided, but skaters should bring their own drink. Cost is $5 per skater; bring your friends!

The congregation is reminded that this coming Sunday, Jan. 24, is Youth Sunday at Timothy. Students are working hard to share their time and talents in worship on this special day, such as Scripture readers, ushers, singers, musicians, thespians, and even sound techs!

Youth Ministry Fundraiser is this Sunday, Jan. 24, as well. Please stop by the table in the lobby at each campus to show your support of the youth raising funds to participate in the 2021 Youth Quake at the end of Feb. Contributions are tax-deductible since no goods are received for your donations. The youth will also appreciate donations of individually wrapped snacks, bottles of water, and cans/bottles of soft drinks. Thank you!

Cundiff Farewell Reception

Friends of long-time Timothy members Mel and Gloria Cundiff said farewell at a cake reception in their honor after the 9am worship service on Jan. 17. The Cundiffs are moving to St. Joseph, MO, where their younger son and daughter-in-law live. Thank you, Mel and Gloria, for your decades of service at ministry. We will miss you!

GodConnect Devotions Are you receiving the daily GodConnect Devotions? You can go to Timothy’s website, click on Ministries in the menu bar, then GodConnect Devotions. Be sure to click on Read More to take in the entire devotion.  You are encouraged to share with family and friends, either by forwarding the devotion to them or urging them to sign up to receive them daily. Thanks!

Lenten Services We look forward to the Lenten Wednesdays Sermon series based on the Book of Job, starting Ash Wednesday. There will be two worship services at RD Mize on Ash Wednesday, 4pm and 5:30pm. All other Wednesday worship services will occur once at 5:30pm.

Drive-Thru Communion At its meeting last night, the Board of Elected Elders approved Drive-Thru Communion for the first Sunday of each month from 11:30am-12:15pm at the Wyatt Campus. Please park at the curb and enter the lobby. Thanks!

2020 Contribution Statements will be mailed first class the afternoon of Wed., Jan. 27.

Thank You Timothy received the following thank-you note recently from a Hillcrest family adopted by the congregation at Christmas:  Dear Sponsor, I can’t tell you how much my family and I appreciate your generosity in helping us out this Christmas season. Thank you very much!

Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry) Training Tuesdays, Jan. 26 through Feb. 16, 6-8pm, Room 103, RD Mize; prerequisite for Care 301 (Stephen Ministry). Contact Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski, nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 81.228.5300 Ext. 8042.

Care 301 (Stephen Ministry) Training begins Feb. 23. Contact Care Ministry Nancy Nowiszewski, nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8042.

Lenten Non-Dinners Please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) if your ministry would like to sponsor a free-will offering in lieu of the traditional Lenten Dinner. Open dates are Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 17 & Mar. 24. Thank you!

Youth Hand Bells Choir Rehearsals on Sundays in Feb. & Mar. Feb. 7 from 1-2:15pm; others from 4-5pm; RD Mize Music Room. Performances in worship services on April 1 & 4. All youth welcome! Pick up form on youth bulletin board in each lobby and in music room; return completed form to Sarah Hinkle by Feb. 7. Contact Director Ruth Sunderman with questions, ruthsunderman@gmail.com.

LUMAA This is the last Sunday to donate school supplies. Donations of lined notebook paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, construction paper, etc. are appreciated. Drop off in donation bin in the lobby at each campus. Monetary donations, payable to LUMAA, may be mailed to LWML Mission Servants VP Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Deadline for all donations is this Sunday, Jan. 24. Thank you for your generosity!

Food Donations through the end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. While all donations are appreciated, please note the following items are currently a particular need: spaghetti, pasta sauces, canned tomato products; sides/rices/potatoes; cereal; and canned fruit. Please drop off your donations in the grocery cart in each lobby. Thank you!

Timothy eNotes January 15, 2021

By |2021-01-19T15:59:47-06:00January 15th, 2021|ENotes|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus 

Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship-online/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)
Live Stream worship on Facebook
Worship Videos

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME: “Peter’s Path: Following in Faith”

CREATIVE TENSION: According to legend, at the end of Peter’s life, he followed Jesus’ example and died the martyr’s death, something that Jesus hinted at in today’s Gospel lesson. While we may not be called to such an extreme path, we are still called to follow His example of love. One of the ways we can follow is by thanking God in advance for the blessings this year will bring through a First Fruits Offering.

This week the gang faces the whining Israelites. God sends Moses a snake to help the people see God. Remember, Don’t whine, be thankful!

2021 Lenten “Non-Dinners”

As COVID protocols continue, Timothy will offer an altered plan for the annual Lenten dinners. Ministry groups may reserve a table in the RD Mize lobby for the date of their choice (Feb. 24, Mar. 3, Mar. 10, Mar. 17, Mar. 24—LWML will launch this revised plan on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17) to accept free-will donations in support of each ministry’s designation for the use of the free-will offerings. Each ministry is encouraged to decorate the table and display a poster that identifies programs, events, etc receiving the donations. Contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 ext. 8040) to sign up for your preferred week—first come, first served! Since no goods will be received, donors may record as tax-deductible contributions. More details soon.

Community Outreach

Check out the “work in progress” of Timothy’s page on the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce website (www.bluespringschamber.com)! Many thanks to Wes Borchers for researching and devoting many hours to this outreach project!

After logging on to the website, click on “Visitors,” then “Find a Business,” then “Religious Organizations.” If you click on the “60 Years Serving Blue Springs and Eastern Jackson County” banner, you’ll find Timothy’s current web home page. If you click on photo of RD Mize Campus, you’ll see church contact info, photo images, and a video of a FaithRoots lesson.

We look forward to posting many of Timothy’s ministries, events, and programs on the Chamber website in the near future, especially those that connect Timothy with the community. Please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) with questions.

Upgrades are also “in the works” for Timothy’s website, so stay tuned! Thanks!

Community Outreach, Part II

Timothy will welcome the Releve Dance Troupe for two dance shows in the Family Life Center at RD Mize on Saturday, March 6, 2021. We look forward to welcoming 30 dancers, ages 6-18, and up to three guests per dancer for each of the shows, accommodating proper social distancing requirements.

First Fruits Sunday is this Sunday in both worship services. Thank you for prayerfully considering participation this year to reach the goal of $210, 000 to further God’s Kingdom here at Timothy. The third message of the Peter’s Path sermon series will be shared by Pastor Rod. To God Be the Glory!

Farewell Reception for Mel and Gloria Cundiff will be this Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at RD Mize after the 9am service. Stop by to wish them well as they move to St. Joseph on Jan. 20. We thank God for their faithful service to Timothy for nearly 52 years. God’s blessings on this next chapter in their lives!

Drive-Thru Holy Communion is available Monday, Jan. 18, 5:30-6:15pm, at RD Mize. Please park at the curb and enter the church lobby, one family at a time, to receive the sacrament.

Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry) training on Tuesdays, Jan. 26 thru Feb. 16, 6-8pm, Room 103, RD Mize. Contact Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 ext. 8042) to register. Care 201 is a prerequisite for Stephen Ministry training.

Care 301 (Stephen Ministry) training begins Feb. 23. Contact Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 ext. 8042) with questions.

Food Donations through end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. Special requests: spaghetti; pasta sauces; canned tomato products; sides/rices/potatoes; cereal; canned fruit. Drop off in grocery carts in each lobby. Thank you!

LUMAA (Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary) is collecting school supplies. Donations of lined notebook paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, construction paper, etc. are appreciated. Drop of in donation bin in lobby of both campuses. Monetary donations, payable to LUMAA, may be mailed to LWML Missions Servants VP Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Deadline for all donations is Jan. 24. Thank you for your generosity!

Youth Sunday Jan. 24 during both services; also thanks for stopping by the Youth table in each lobby that day to drop of free-will donations for the Feb. Youth Quake as well as bottles of water, cans of soft drinks, and individually wrapped snacks. Your help is appreciated!

2021 First Fruits contributed between Jan. 1 -10 total $5,255.00! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank you!

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and cards since my cancer diagnosis. We are thankful, grateful, and blessed! Mary & Don Kalthoff

Do You Have A Story To Share?
If you have an article or celebration you would like to share with the members of Timothy, please submit it to
Diane Mayfield at dianelmayfield@comcast.net,
OtisT@TimothyLutheran.com or
Pastor Rod at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.

Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy eNotes January 22, 2021

By |2021-01-12T11:24:15-06:00January 12th, 2021|ENotes|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus 

Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)
Live Stream worship on Facebook
Worship Videos

Right Where I Am Supposed to Be . . .  A Devotion

Gen. 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

This year is starting off not with a bang but more of a hum. I’m paying attention to the emptiness that doesn’t feel sad or weird but peaceful. I’m noticing my pace and how slow it is. It’s slow but not behind. It’s right on track, to the same step as God’s.

I often wonder about the unwritten parts of Jesus’s life, about the moments when He might have felt the ordinary to be ordinary, even though He was God. Did He relish it—this being human? Did He delight in the repetition of the small things, knowing all things?

He was familiar with it all—the mundane and the miraculous, the boring and the busy, the years when one faded into the next and the year when His life would come to an end, and He would make eternity a reality for all of us.

He calls it all good, every part.

Every time we ask God if there’s something we should be looking for, something that we’re missing or a path we should be taking, He says the same thing back to us:  You’re right where you’re supposed to be.

With no word for the New Year, with no plan for how we should grow or what we should become this year, God says it’s okay—good even, and we are all starting right here, right where we are supposed to be.

Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Upcoming First Fruits Weekend

To prepare for First Fruits giving, we have looked at Peter’s Path in worship for the past two weeks. We’ve seen how God called Peter to a great adventure and how, even as Peter’s trust in God failed, Jesus still reached out to rescue him. He does the same for us, and recognizing that moves us to give Him thanks, not only for the blessings of the previous year but also for the blessings we know He will provide in the coming year.

Timothy has a tradition of collecting a First Fruits offering at the beginning of each year, following the Biblical practice of offering the earliest fruits of a harvest to God, thanking Him for those blessings of the past as well as trusting Him for blessings in the future.

As previously shared, Timothy’s 2021 First Fruits offering will be designated for three goals: financial stability moving forward, children and youth ministry enhancements, and debt reduction.

We officially begin collecting First Fruits offerings this weekend. If, after prayerful consideration, you choose to participate and worship in person this Sunday, please bring your offering in a clearly marked envelope and place in the offering basket before or after worship. If you will not be worshiping in person this Sunday, you can drop it off at the church office or mail it. Due to COVID considerations, there will be no processional offering during the worship service.

We continue to praise God for the way He provides for Timothy’s ministries through this unusual and tumultuous time, and we thank Him for your generosity this past year and even now in the new year.

Confirmand Sharing Her Faith

God’s blessings to Melynda Cross, one of Timothy’s 2021 Confirmands, who shared her faith story, based on applying her chosen Bible verse (Jeremiah 29:11) with the congregation this past Sunday. Click on the video link below to view her powerful story.

Next Generation:  Strategic Planning Committee Update

The congregation is invited to share opinions and questions concerning the proposed Vision Statement moving forward (Transforming Lives Through Christ) and three mission focus areas (dynamic children & youth ministry, expanded outreach to the community, and increased engagement of members in Timothy’s ministries). Please visit Timothy’s website, click on the Members tab, then on Next Generation link to find an opportunity to record your thoughts. You may also click below to access the comment form. The Strategic Planning Committee looks forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

Link to NextGeneration Webpage

Youth Fundraiser Clarification

Please note that the Free Will Offering youth fundraiser on Youth Sunday (Jan. 24) will benefit all students in grades 6-12 who participate in the virtual Youth Quake in Feb.  For the first time, Youth Quake will include senior high students; therefore, Timothy’s senior high youth will participate as well. Thank you for remembering these young people in your prayers and stop by the donation baskets for monetary help on Jan. 24. Donations of bottles of water, soft drinks, and individually wrapped snacks are also appreciated.

Additional Youth Opportunities

3, 2, 1. . . game on! Timothy’s youth leaders invite all students in grades 6-12 to experience an old tradition—Timothy Dodge Ball Night! This is your time to just have fun and let off a little steam every Sunday at 6pm in the Family Life Center at RD Mize.

Looking for more? Come to the Youth Room (506—RD Mize) at 5pm on Sundays for break-out Bible Study. Age-appropriate studies and discussions will help you and your friends look toward a new year growing your faith in Christ.

It’s not too early to join the next Youth Hand Bells Choir! All youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to join the fun of preparing to enhance worship services during the Easter season. The first practice is Sun., Feb. 7, at a special time (1-2:15pm) in the Music Room at RD Mize. Additional Sunday practices through March 28 will be from 4-5pm, also in the Music Room. Registration forms are available at both campuses on the youth bulletin boards and in the Youth Room, or you may contact Ruth Sunderman at ruthsunderman@gmail.com. Previous music experience is helpful but not required. Please come!

Farewell Reception

Gloria and Melvin Cundiff, Timothy members for nearly 52 years, will move to St. Joseph on Jan. 20. Please stop by the Fellowship Hall after the 9am worship service on Jan. 17 to wish them well on this new chapter in their lives. We appreciate their many years of service with the Prayer Chain, Bible Study, Stephen Ministry and Board of Elders.

Care Ministry Updates

Connect with Care:  Have you considered connecting with Care Ministry volunteer opportunities? Then you will want to attend Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry), a four-week class that not only identifies the various volunteer opportunities but also helps you understand your spiritual gifs and equips you to serve. Care 201 will be offered on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 26 and end on Feb. 16. The class meets from 6-8pm in Room 103 at RD Mize. Registration is required; contact Nancy Nowiszewski, Care Minister, nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300, ext. 8042. Care 201 is a prerequisite for Stephen Ministry training.

Care 301:  Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, Christian care to those who are hurting or coping with a life issue or crisis, such as grief, divorce, loneliness, relocation, illness, hospitalization, or job loss. This training, which begins Feb. 23, includes listening skills, confidentiality, maintaining boundaries, and other relevant information. Have you been sensing God’s call to serve as a Stephen Minister? Do you want to learn more about the ministry? Contact Nancy Nowiszewski, Care Minister, nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300, ext. 8042.

Thank You to Timothy member and Seminarian Jake Bellinghausen for sharing the message this past Sunday in worship services. Check it out on Timothy’s website! God’s blessings to Jake as he completes his final year at the Seminary in St. Louis.

Drive Thru Holy Communion will be available next Monday, Jan. 18, from 5:30-6:15pm at RD Mize (sanctuary doors). Please park at the curb and enter the building for the sacrament, one family at a time to observe social distancing.

LUMAA is collecting school supplies for the second semester of this school year. Donations of lined notebook paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, construction paper, etc. are appreciated. Drop off in donation bin in the lobby at both campuses. Monetary donations, payable to LUMAA, may be mailed to LWML Mission Servants VP Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Deadline for all donations is Jan. 24. Thank you for your generosity!

Food Donations through the end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. While all donations are appreciated, please note the following items are currently a particular need: spaghetti, pasta sauces; canned tomato products; sides/rices/potatoes; cereal; and canned fruit. Please drop off your donations in the grocery carts in both lobbies. Thank you!

Resource If anyone is interested in reading the book, Hearts of Fire: Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith, foreword by Gracia Burnham, please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) who will connect you with a source to obtain a free copy.

Do You Have A Story To Share?
If you have an article or celebration you would like to share with the members of Timothy, please submit it to
Diane Mayfield at dianelmayfield@comcast.net,
OtisT@TimothyLutheran.com or
Pastor Rod at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.

Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy eNotes Friday, January 8, 2021

By |2021-01-19T15:59:47-06:00January 8th, 2021|ENotes|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Rd, Campus
Sunday, 10am, Wyatt Campus 

Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship-online/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)
Live Stream worship on Facebook
Worship Videos

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME: “Peter’s Path: Measuring Trust”

CREATIVE TENSION: We’ve all heard the phrase, “I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him.” That’s an odd way to measure trust, but we understand it. How do you measure trust? How do you determine how far you’re able to trust someone in any given situation? Maybe one way to measure trust is by seeing how far you’re willing to go on the basis of trust. Peter once trusted Jesus enough to step out of a boat in the middle of the night and that allowed him to do the seemingly impossible. May God fill us with that kind of trust too!

Join the FaithRoots gang this week as we continue our journey with Moses and the two spies. This week’s take home point: Be a Winner… Trust God for Victory!

Next Generation Update

The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) held its first meeting this past Monday to begin discussions about incorporating the valuable recommendations submitted on the Vision Review Task Force and Ministry Review Task Force final reports. Committee members include Dave Domsch, Cathy Althoff, Charlie Cronkhite, Gary Flandermeyer, Sandy Logan, Dave MacLean, Diane Mayfield, Pastor John, Susan Ready, Ben Ryan, Dale Russell, Louie Wilbers, Gary Williams, and Trent Yager.

After extensive discussion concerning vision, mission, and goals, the committee crafted “Transforming Lives Through Christ” as a possible vision statement and three mission focus areas: 1) dynamic youth involvement /education; 2) expanded outreach to the community; and 3) increased engagement of members in ministry. A brief verbal report will be shared this Sunday at the end of worship services.

The congregation is invited to share opinions and questions as this process moves forward. Next Tuesday’s (Jan. 12) eNotes will provide information about that. The SPC’s next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 12. Thank you!

Children’s Ministry Update

As 2020 slips away, it can be easy to say “good riddance” as we look forward to 2021. However, as any parent can confirm, the winter months still ahead can be long, cold, and, to put it bluntly—boring. This year Timothy’s children’s ministry leadership invites you to take a look at any of our children’s programs to bring more fun and faith into what may otherwise be a bleak winter.

Did you know a new curriculum from Group Publishing is now utilized for Wednesday evening FaithRoots classes? It greatly resembles Timothy’s VBS programs, offering an amazing curriculum to bring some summer fun to all children, ages 3 through 5th grade. Every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm, children meet with teachers and friends to experience Jesus through video, song, and Bible time called “Digging Deeper,” learning important lessons from the Bible through hands-on activities, including game and crafts. Take-home sheets go with the kids to continue the lesson at home with an adult.

Want more? Timothy’s FaithRoots ministry includes a weekly online video for kids to meet up with some familiar faces from Wednesday evening as well as some new friends.

If you know of kids who could use some VBS summer fun this winter, bring them to church for in-person Wednesday classes which resumed this week. See you at 6:30pm on Wednesdays in the FaithRoots Hallway at the RD Mize Campus!

LUMAA In-Gathering

The Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary (LUMAA) is collecting school supplies for needy students for the second semester of this school year. Donations of lined notebook paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, construction paper, etc. would be appreciated. You’ll find a donation bin in the lobby of both campuses. Monetary donations are also appreciated and may be mailed to LWML’s Mission Servants VP Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Checks are payable to LUMAA. Deadline for all donations is Jan. 24. Thank you for your generosity!

Middle School Youth Fundraiser

Timothy’s middle school youth often attend the Lutheran Youth Quake at St. Louis over Presidents’ Day weekend each year. It’s a great opportunity for students to gather with Lutheran youth from the region to grow in their faith and make new friends. It’s fun to travel in vans or a bus, stay in a hotel all weekend, and basically leave behind parents and siblings for a couple days!

You can probably guess how COVID has impacted Youth Quake this year! Yes, it is VIRTUAL! Timothy’s youth will camp out in the Family Life Center to participate virtually. Even though travel and hotel expenses are not included in this year’s total cost, each participating student is responsible for approximately $75 in fees for registration and materials.

Here is how the congregation may help:  On Youth Sunday (Jan. 24), middle school youth will “man” a table in each lobby to provide information about Youth Quake and accept free-will donations to offset the cost of the Youth Quake weekend. They would also appreciate donations of bottles of water, cans of soft drinks, and individually wrapped snacks for the weekend in the Family Life Center. Thank you very much! Questions can be directed to Sarah Hinkle (shinkle80@hotmail.com) or Becky Blatt (ebblatt99@yahoo.com).

2020 First Fruits total $214,869.26, as of the end of the year. Praise God for your very generous contributions to surpass the 2020 goal of $208,000.00! We look forward to another successful First Fruits campaign in 2021. This Sunday we will hear the second in a series of three sermons called Peter’s Path. First Fruits Sunday for 2021 will be Jan. 17.  Thank you for your continuous support!

Annual Contributions Statements will first be emailed on Monday, Jan. 11, to help in checking for accuracy of the statements. The statement will go to the primary “head of household” in Timothy’s computer system and only if that email address is listed with the primary name. Contributors who do not receive email messages may call the church office for that information. Printed annual statements will be mailed through USPS (first class) the week of Jan. 25, as occurs every year at the end of Jan. Questions concerning either statement may be directed to Sandy Gregory (Member Services) or Chris Krenz (Financial Services). Thank you!

Care Training 201 will connect your spiritual gifts with care ministry volunteer opportunities. This class meets for two hours on four Tuesdays, Jan. 26 through Feb. 16. Care 201 is a prerequisite for Care 301 (Stephen Ministry). Register for both Care 201 and Care 301 with Timothy’s Care Minister at nancyn@timothylutheran.com. Care 301 (Stephen Ministry) begins Feb. 23.

Altar Flowers at RD Mize this Sunday are offered in praise and thanksgiving to God for the 90th birthday of Verna Lohman. Her family thanks the congregation for prayers and cards celebrating this milestone.

Caring for God’s House As more and more groups resume evening activities at both campuses, leaders of the groups are reminded to turn off lights in the meeting rooms and hallways when leaving. Please also remember to clean the rooms of trash, sanitize table surfaces, and turn in a sign-in sheet listing participants’ names for contact tracing, if it may be necessary. The RD Mize Campus no longer utilities a cleaning service. Thank you for your help and cooperation!

“Thank You to all who helped me during a medical incident at church this past Sunday morning. I appreciate the care, concern, and prayers of my Timothy family. Continued prayers are also appreciated as I am still being monitored to find a cause.” Lois Warren

Food Donations through the end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. While all donations are appreciated, please note the following items are currently a particular need: spaghetti; pasta sauces; canned tomato products; sides/rices/potatoes; cereal; and canned fruit. Please drop off your donations in the grocery carts in both lobbies. Thank you!

Job Opportunity Full-time Children & Youth Ministry Director; position description can be found on church website (www.timothylutheran.com). Please send resume to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com).

Friendship Club, for those with different abilities, has been unable to meet during the pandemic. They are starting a PEN PAL CLUB to keep in contact with other members. Volunteers are needed to send a card or letter to Friendship Club members each month to encourage them while the club cannot meet. Please contact Diane Knowlton, dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net, and she will send some names and addresses. Thank you!

Do You Have A Story To Share?
If you have an article or celebration you would like to share with the members of Timothy, please submit it to
Diane Mayfield at dianelmayfield@comcast.net,
OtisT@TimothyLutheran.com or
Pastor Rod at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.

Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

December 2020

Timothy eNotes Tuesday December 29, 2020

By |2020-12-29T11:29:25-06:00December 29th, 2020|ENotes|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus 

Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)
Live Stream worship on Facebook
Worship Videos

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME: “Peter’s Path: A Call to Adventure”

As a new year dawns, God once again calls His people out on a new adventure. We don’t know what the new year is going to hold for us, but by remembering how Jesus once blessed Peter’s catch of fish, we remember that so long as God is the one calling us forward, we have nothing to fear. He will bless us in our new ventures as we strive to follow Him.

2021 GodConnect Devotionals

As we prepare to enter 2021, it’s that time of year we make our resolutions—promises to ourselves. I will once again offer a daily devotional (Mon-Fri) following my regular reading of God’s Word. Together, we can take time each day to build our relationship with God, strengthen our faith, and work to live our lives for Him.

We all need to take time to connect with God and His Word. Sign up today at the link below if you would like to take a journey through the Bible with me. Click on the web link and select GodConnect Devotions. SIGN UP:  http://eepurl.com/glvyxb

Youth Looking Ahead

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Tim. 4:12

In addition to spiritual growth and fellowship, Timothy youth are dedicated to serving the community and beyond. The next monthly service event is TONIGHT (Dec. 29) from 5-7:30pm in the Youth Room (506) at RD Mize. All 6th-12th graders are invited! After planning Youth Sunday, they will enjoy pizza ($5/student) and then finish the event by tying blankets for the homeless in downtown KC, which will be delivered this cold week. Adults wishing to get involved should contact Deanna Cross (816.807.6778) or Julie Storck (816.213.5631) to help prepping the blanket material at 5pm.

Then, moving into January, all youth return to Wednesday evening classes at RD Mize: FaithRoots (Pre-K-5th), Confirmation (6th-8th), and Senior High “Revolution” (6-8pm in Youth Room for fellowship and relevant Bible studies appropriate for all faith levels). If unsure how to get connected, contact Ryan Kuecker (kyeckerryan@gmail.com or 816.868.1409) for all the latest in scheduling and study topics.

Parents, is your teen unsure about joining an existing group? This is normal, so Timothy’s youth have planned “new” events that your teen can plug into without being the “new” kid. A New Year’s-themed Youth Bible Study begins on Sun., Jan. 10, at 5pm in Youth Room (506), followed by an hour of dodgeball in the Family Life Center. This is open to all 6th-12th graders (divided into classes), and they can participate in all or just some of the events to meet new people and see what Timothy’s youth group is all about. Contact Sarah Hinkle (shinkle80@hotmail.com or 816.392.2084) to RSVP.

Finally, friends are always welcome and encouraged to attend, especially as this particularly difficult year draws to a close. The Youth Leadership Team has planned new events for January, so check back often or hop over to Timothy’s Student Page on the church website (www.timothylutheran.com) for all the latest news. You can also see schedules posted on the Youth Calendar Boards in the lobby of both campuses. If your student is looking for some extra fun and faith in his/her life, we encourage you all to join any of the upcoming events. If you have questions, contact any of the youth leaders (adults and students) to help your student jump into a new chapter in 2021!

Another Powerful Confirmand Faith Story

God’s blessings to Isaiah Otte, one of Timothy’s 2021 Confirmands, who shared his faith story, based on applying his chosen Bible verse (Romans 12:2) with the congregation this past Sunday. Video below.

Isaiah Xion Otte Faith Story
Confirmation Verse: Romans 12:2

Appreciating Timothy’s Tithes

An update from Steve Cohen at The Apple of His Eye Mission Society in Brentwood, TN, dated Dec. 14th:
Shalom, Timothy Lutheran Church!

While the news of the world seems dark and confusing, the God News of Y’shua the Messiah abounds, and because of you, your prayers, and your sustaining mission support, we are able to go and grow with the Gospel.

Bob Roegner has cultivated personal relationships with three unsaved Jewish people in the Tel Aviv areas and is sharing the Message of salvation with them. They have also welcomed our very first Apple of His Eye mission volunteers into Israel in the last couple of days. Please watch for our newsletter to give you photos and stories of how the Lord is using them over the next few months, even during this COVID era.

Yours in Y’shua—Isaiah 9:6-8
Steve Cohen, Founder


An update from Kathy Edwards at Rachel House, headquartered in Lee’s Summit, dated Dec. 12th:

Dear Timothy,

Thank you for thinking of the men, women, and babies we serve at Rachel House in your holiday giving! You may not know this, but nearly 80% of the individuals who come through our doors live below the federal poverty level. Your partnership allows us to give them material, physical and emotional support at Christmas and throughout the entire year. Most importantly, we get to introduce them to the Lord Jesus. He is the reason for the season and all that we do.

Even with the complications we have faced in 2020, your generosity has encouraged us to persevere in the mission the Lord has set before us. You can feel confident that your donation is being used to accomplish His purpose during this time. By year’s end, over 2,850 men and women will have received life-saving help because Rachel House was here for them. We are here because of partners like you.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Kathy Edwards, CEO, President

Next Generation Update

The Strategic Planning Committee continues to form, so please contact Dave Domsch (daved146@gmail.com) as soon as possible if you wish to join this committee. The first meeting will be Monday or Tuesday evening next week (Jan. 4 or 5). One of the first agenda items will include incorporating the final reports of the Vision Review and Ministry Review Task Forces to discuss what moving forward with specific goals over the next 3-5 years may look like within Timothy’s mission of Touching Lives for Christ.

The following Next Generation questions were submitted recently from a parishioner:

1. How much property needs to be sold for TLC to be solvent again?
Answer:  Timothy is not insolvent. Insolvency occurs when liabilities exceed assets. In round numbers, Timothy’s liability is about $6.4M, and assets are $11.4M. This information is shown on the balance sheet which is available on Timothy’s website.

2. What would be necessary to subdivide the Wyatt acreage for a partial sell-off there?
Answer:  The Wyatt Campus is zoned GB (general business) and SO (service office). The approximate 6.6 acreage of Highway 7 frontal property at Wyatt continues to be for sale with no activity for the past several years. Approximately 23 acres on the east end of the property were sold a few years ago and re-zoned for recent residential development in the area. (As a point of information, the 5.06 acreage of the RD Mize Campus is zoned SF-7 (single family residential.) Re-zoning of either property would be necessary if either sold for a different purpose than currently zoned. Selling any part of either property requires Voters’ Assembly approval.

3. What is the agenda for the newest committee being formed about vision?
Answer:  Partial Answer above.

2020 First Fruits As of Dec. 20th, First Fruits total $212,599.26. Praise God! 2021 First Fruits sermon series, Peter’s Path, begins this Sunday for three weeks. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can participate in 2021 First Fruits giving.

“Thank you, Timothy, for your cards and visits during this Christmas season. Without God’s help, we would never have been able to make it this far.”  Wyan and Kay Stockdell

Food Donations through the end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. Please drop off your donations in the grocery carts in both lobbies. Thank you!

Job Opportunity Full-time Children & Youth Ministry Director; position description can be found on church website (www.timothylutheran.com). Please send resume to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com).

Friendship Club, for those with different abilities, has been unable to meet during the pandemic. They are starting a PEN PAL CLUB to keep in contact with other members. Volunteers are needed to send a card or letter to Friendship Club members each month to encourage them while the club cannot meet. Please email Diane Knowlton, dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net, with your email address, and she will send some names and addresses. Thank you!

Blue Springs Community Theatre virtual performances will be Jan. 1 & 2 at 7pm and Jan. 3 at 3pm. Tickets may be purchased by accessing the link on the photo at right.

eNotes will not be emailed this Friday (New Year’s Day).  Looking forward to resuming the regular Tuesday/Friday schedule next week. Thanks!

Installation of Lay Leaders will be in worship services this Sunday, Jan. 3.

Timothy eNews Update Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus 

Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)
Live Stream worship on Facebook
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As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME:  “The Song of Christmas: The Angel’s Song”

The Christmas story is filled with irony. The angels’ song alone is mindboggling. We’re told that a “host” of angels came to sing to the shepherds, but we forget what that was: an army. A group of angelic warriors arrived on the scene, not to go to war, but to sing about peace. And the peace that they sing about is chock-full of irony as well, for the peace that the angels celebrated is brought about by the birth of a baby in a backwater corner of the world. But that baby’s birth brings us peace, so we join the angel’s song and glorify God for what He does for us.

Join the FaithRoots gang this week as we learn about Moses and the Ten Commandments in this week’s Bible Event.

Merry Christmas!

That seems like such an odd thing to write, especially after (and forgive me for using an overused phrase) such an unusual and unprecedented year. It may not feel much like Christmas right now, with no snow on the ground, holiday plans up in the air or maybe even canceled, and such a crazy year winding down. It may be tempting, as 2020 wraps up, to focus only on the negative, and there is certainly a lot of that clamoring for our attention. It would be really easy to trot out a different Christmas-related phrase: “Bah, humbug!”

But before we break out our Ebenezer Scrooge impersonations, let’s remind ourselves of the many blessings over the past year. Yes, things have been very unusual and unprecedented (there are those words again), but I am very thankful for the way that Timothy came together as a congregation. You have been very patient with us as we navigate these uncharted waters to chart the course forward. You have been understanding as we have made some missteps along the way, and you have continued to generously support our ministries even during times of such incredible uncertainty.

And, despite all the craziness of 2020, think about the amazing things we’ve seen in just the last month! Not one, but two, excellent Christmas programs put on by the young people of our congregation! And if we continue to rewind the clock a little, we see the resumption of Wednesday evening Bible classes for our youngest members. We’ve seen volunteers come together to engage in the hard work of finding direction and vision for our congregation into the next year and beyond. We’ve seen people continue to uplift Timothy in prayer so that we can continue to touch lives for Christ.

Yes, this holiday season may be different than what we’re used to, and we may not know what the next year will hold for us. But as we wind down the year, let’s remember the wisdom shared in Hebrews 13:8—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. The year may come to a close, our holiday traditions may need to bend a little, but the Christ Child we welcome is still the same!

Under the mercy,
Pastor John

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

And Mary said:
My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, because he has looked with favor on the humble condition of his servant. Luke 1:46-48

I love the crazy look of an upside down Christmas tree the idea that the small top that appears so weak can support the whole tree. It’s CRAZY. In choosing Mary, God favors the humble, turning away from the proud and powerful. This is the upside down kingdom of God, where the unseen are seen and the unloved loved.

As we look forward to the day when Christ will return, may we, like Mary, be bearers of the good news that He is making and will make all things right again. Looking at the world in a different way.

Blessings to you as you celebrate the miracle of Christmas.

Merry, Merry Christmas

Miriam Lindemann

Youth Ministry Update

If you’ve been keeping up with Timothy’s Youth Ministry, you know they have been very busy this Advent season. Youth and leaders alike spent time Sunday evening unwinding after a busy week of assembling Christmas cards for other youth, painting sets for the Children’s Christmas Program, assisting with and participating in the Children’s Christmas Program, and, for some, performing in the youth bells choir. What better way to unwind than with chocolates, games, and a friendly dodgeball game with their youth leaders??!!

December 20 was set to be the last meeting of the year, but thanks to our dedicated volunteers, Timothy’s youth will meet one last time before saying goodbye to 2020. The youth group invites all Timothy youth and their friends to attend a fun evening on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 5-7:30pm in the Youth Room at RD Mize (Room 506). A planning meeting, specifically to sign up for Youth Sunday, from 5-6pm will start the evening. Then they will enjoy pizza from 6-6:30pm (please bring $5 donation per student), followed by a blanket-tying activity (to donate to homeless veterans) from 6:30-7:30pm. To RSVP for this event, please text Deanna Cross at 807.6778.

Timothy Lutheran School Ministry:
A Year in Review

If 2020 were a story book character, it might be compared to The Grinch. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is a story that teaches that, despite hardships, the good in the world will always rise above, and the love we have for each other is what matters most. The school year still came and with each other, we prevailed.

Christmas Day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to grasp.
Christmas Day will always be
Just as long as we have, we.

Because “we have, we,” TLS experienced a remarkable year filled with an abundance of unexpected silver linings. While we were forced to a virtual learning model in March, we finished the year strong. With all the educational programming shut down from May – July, it was an opportunity to reassess, regroup, and restructure our vision for TLS. Decisions were hard, but change was necessary. Here is how we landed:

  • TLS was the first school in the area to implement online learning last spring. Our staff quickly discovered online teaching platforms, and with the collaboration of parents, our students learned from home as we navigated a COVID world.
  • The TLS School Ministry is now under one roof. With a restructuring of our organization, the early childhood programming was discontinued, and preschool was fully moved to the Wyatt Road Campus. Having all classrooms together has allowed for a more cohesive teaching staff, a streamlined continuum from preschool to kindergarten, consolidation of resources, and more efficient budgeting of funds.
  • Our classrooms are now fully and consistently staffed, enabling better support and learning opportunities for students and teachers.
  • We have a new record in school-aged enrollment. Enrollment has significantly increased (+17) from a year ago. Currently, 92 full-time K-8, eight home-schooled, and 25 preschool students attend our programs. We have 125 total students, nothing short of a miracle!
  • The enrollment increase required an additional first grade classroom. Not a bad problem at all!
  • The consolidation of programs to the Wyatt Road Campus allowed us to create two playgrounds: Preschool/Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. Playground equipment was moved from RD Mize to Wyatt, new and updated equipment was purchased, and new surfacing and fencing were added. Over 70 people helped one Saturday to spread the surfacing material. An amazing turnout! The playground was fully funded through donations and fundraising efforts. Again, another miracle!
  • We have experienced a record level of giving. Individuals have come forward to support the scholarship fund, especially knowing some families are struggling financially. The Walk-a-Thon raised record funds, and new laptops were donated and now available in our library. Thanks be to God!
  • Our ultimate success:  125 students (a record number) are learning and living God’s Word. Our mission is being lived out every day as the TLS family grows. We are blessed and give thanks, s the Lord has been gracious unto us and looks upon us with favor and gives us peace.

And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Is. 54:13

In His Service,
Ken Holland
TLS School Administrator

In-Person Christmas Worship Questionnaire Responses Update

As of yesterday morning, the following numbers have been submitted from the emailed questionnaire:  2pm—55 worshippers; 4pm RD Mize—85 worshippers; 4pm Wyatt—70 worshippers; 7pm—65 worshippers; 10pm—70 worshippers; 10am Christmas Day—30 worshippers. Thirty families have indicated plans to watch the 4pm service at Wyatt online. It is not too late to send in your plans. Click the link below by noon tomorrow, Dec. 23. Thank you!

Worship Questionnaire

Another Successful Food Drive

Although a slower day on Saturday for dropping off groceries for Jesu el Buen in KCK, volunteers Dan Sbisa and Joe Sauter still delivered a truck full for Pastor Frank Eberhart to share with his parishioners through their food pantry. Thank you, Timothy, for again helping so generously. The need continues to exist, and Community Services League will appreciate our donations in the grocery carts at each lobby through the end of January.

Drive-Thru Holy Communion is available tomorrow evening (Wed.), 6:30-7pm at RD Mize. Please drive to the north entrance (sanctuary doors), park at the curb, and enter lobby to receive the sacrament. Plans for Drive Thru-Holy Communion in January will be available soon.

In-Person Christmas Worship Services:

  • Dec. 24:  2, 4, 7, & 10pm (10pm will be candlelight w/ Holy Communion), RD Mize
  • Dec. 24:  4pm (also livestreamed), Wyatt
  • Dec. 25:  10am (w/ Holy Communion), RD Mize

Friendship Club, for those with different abilities, has been unable to meet during the pandemic. They are starting a PEN PAL CLUB to keep in contact with their members. Volunteers are needed to send a card or letter to Friendship Club members each month to encourage them while the club cannot meet. Please email Diane Knowlton, dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net with your email address, and she will send some names and addresses. Thank you so much!

Prayer Chain Reminder that Linda Merrell is the new Prayer Chair coordinator. Please send your prayer requests to timothyprayerchain@gmail.com or call Linda at 816.988. 8706. God’s blessings again to Gloria Cundiff for her many years of leadership in this ministry and to Linda who has stepped up to continue the ministry.

Job Opportunity Full-time Children & Youth Ministry Director. Position description is posted on church website (www.timothylutheran.com). Please send resume to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com).

Next Generation Strategic Planning Committee is forming now. Contact Dave Domsch (daved146@gmail.com) to join the group and share your expertise and interest in vision casting and strategic planning for the next 3-5 years. The committee will start its work in early Jan. Thank you!

Blue Springs City Theatre virtual performances of Almost, Maine include two members of Timothy’s family, Nick and Kristen Henning. God’s blessings to the entire cast and crew for a successful production. Promotional and ticket information may be accessed by clicking on the picture (right). The virtual performances will be livestreamed on Jan. 1 & 2 at 7pm and Jan. 3 at 3pm.

eNotes will not be emailed on Christmas Day (this Friday) or New Year’s Day (next Friday), but it will be emailed on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Installation of 2021 Lay Leaders will be in worship services on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Birthday Card Shower The family of Verna Lohman is organizing a birthday card shower for Verna, who turns 90 on January 10. The goal is for Verna to receive at least 90 cards from family and friends to celebrate this milestone since an open house is not possible this year. Her address is Ignite Medical Resort, 111 NW Mock Ave. F204, BSMO 64014. (This is a surprise, hopefully! Thank you!)

Do You Have A Story To Share?
If you have an article or celebration you would like to share with the members of Timothy, please submit it to
Diane Mayfield at dianelmayfield@comcast.net,
OtisT@TimothyLutheran.com or
Pastor Rod at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.

Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy eNotes Friday, December 18, 2020

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JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Rd, Campus
Sunday, 10am, Wyatt Campus 

Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship-online/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)
Live Stream worship on Facebook
Worship Videos

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME:  A Christmas Surprise
We are so used to the Christmas story that we overlook the shock and surprise that comes with a virgin birth. Listen to how confused Mary is: she’s willing to be part of the story, but she doesn’t understand how any of this will happen. The surprise in Mary’s story is palpable. But the angel reminds Mary that God’s Word doesn’t fail. And it doesn’t fail for us either, as surprising as that might seem.
This Week’s FaithRoots

Thank You, Timothy

Journey to the Manger gifts and gift cards, delivered earlier this week, were very much appreciated by Our Redeemer Lutheran in KCK, Community Services League in BS, and Hillcrest Transitional Housing in LS.

Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski reports that 50 gift cards were delivered to CSL.  Hillcrest received 50 gifts for residents and an additional 20 items for the Hillcrest office as well as a 32” flat-screen television and stand donated by a Timothy member. Two large bags of winter wear and 50 gift cards were delivered to Our Redeemer. What an overwhelming outpouring of love and support for so many people in need!

Nancy received the following email message from Melodie Chrisman at CSL: “Please let your congregation know we so appreciate all that they collected. We are doing three days here of Christmas distribution. We have over 250 families. Merry Christmas!”

Reminder:  The “Drive-By-and-Drop-Off” grocery collection for Hillcrest is tomorrow, Dec. 19, 10am-noon, at both campuses. Thanks to all who participate as well as all those who brought goods to the grocery carts at each campus during the past four weeks! We look forward to collecting goods starting Sunday through end of January for Community Services League.

LWML Thanks Timothy

Timothy’s LWML thanks the congregation for its support of the Annual Nut & Candy Sale! It was another successful year, even with necessary adjustments due to COVID-19. LWML will donate 10% of net proceeds to mites for missions and 90% to PALS Wives Resource Project for LCMS Pastoral Education. PALS (Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support) will purchase resources for PALS wives, facilitators, and participants. A recent thank-you note from LCMS about this donation stated, “We are excited to receive this donation—what a blessing to our new pastors’ wives!”

2020 First Fruits contributions total $211,439.26, as of Dec. 13th.  Thank you, Timothy, for your above and beyond contributions to Timothy’s ministries. A letter outlining goals for 2021 First Fruits will be mailed today. God’s blessings to you as you review your opportunities to participate in the new year!

Children’s Christmas Program This Sunday, Dec. 20, at 10am service at Wyatt. Final practice will be tomorrow, Dec. 19, from 9-11am. Hand bell choir will practice from 11am-1pm.

Drive-Thru Holy 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.

In-Person Christmas Worship Questionnaire Responses have dropped off since earlier this week. If you still plan to complete that questionnaire, please do so soon. Your input is appreciated!

WORSHIP NOTES:

  1. In-person Holy Communion this Sunday, Dec. 20, will only occur at the 9am service at RD Mize. The FaithRoots promo video will only be shown at the 9am service as well.
  2. The 10am service at Wyatt will be the Children’s Christmas Program. There will be no in-person Holy Communion at Wyatt or Drive-Thru Holy Communion after the service.
  3. The next Drive-Thru Holy Communion will be Wed., Dec. 23, 6:30-7pm, at RD Mize (sanctuary doors entrance).
  4. The FaithRoots promo video will not be shown at the 10am service at Wyatt this Sunday, but it can be accessed online as always.

Christmas In-Person Worship Services:

  • Dec. 24:  2, 4, 7, & 10pm (10pm will be candlelight w/ Holy Communion), RD Mize
  • Dec. 24:  4pm (also livestreamed), Wyatt
  • Dec. 25:  10am (w/ Holy Communion), RD Mize

Food Drive:  One more reminder about food drive tomorrow at both campuses, 10am-noon. Thanks!

Financial Reports through Nov. 30 are posted on Timothy’s website for your review. Thanks!

Next Generation Ministry Review Task Force Final Report (6 separate documents) are posted on Timothy’s website under Next Generation link for your review.

Next Generation Strategic Planning Committee is forming now. Contact Dave Domsch (daved146@gmail.com) to join the group and share your expertise and interest in vision casting and strategic planning for the next 3-5 years. The committee will start its work in early Jan. Thank you!

Job Opportunity: Full-time Children and Youth Ministry Director. Position description is posted on church website (www.timothylutheran.com). Will be advertised both internally and externally. More details soon.

Click here to RegisterBlue Springs City Theatre virtual performances of Almost, Maine include two of Timothy’s family, Nick and Kristen Henning. God’s blessings to the entire cast and crew for a successful production. Promotional and ticket information may be accessed by following clicking on picture (right). The virtual performances will be livestreamed on Jan. 1 & 2 at 7pm and Jan. 3 at 3pm.

Timothy eNotes Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Hey, have you watched any holiday movies yet? I love a quiet evening to myself, wrapping Christmas presents and watching a Christmas movie. Now, if you can’t stand made-for-TV holiday movies, don’t worry. I’m not really here to convince you they’re for everyone. Instead, I want to encourage you to embrace whatever simple comfort helps you find your way back to the Reason for this holiday season.

Does Christmas music warm your heart? Go for it.

Does driving past that house with the crazy lights make you laugh every time? Do it.

Are you craving daily Christmas cookies? Why not?!

Or on a more serious note . . .

Do you need to watch four different sermons this week because you’re missing in-person church so much?

Are you wishing you could stay home, even though everyone else is getting together?

Is your Advent devotional the only thing keeping you from spiraling into a dark place?

Then I say, Do it. Do whatever it is that brings you comfort and joy in this season, that pulls you closer to the One we celebrate this time of year — our Emmanuel.

The truth is that this year has been challenging in ways we never expected, ways we were not equipped to handle. We might be tempted to think our “silly” traditions don’t even matter.

But our reason for celebrating the holidays — with all the traditions — hasn’t changed. Our true comfort is in Christ, and our real joy is in Him.

We need the comfort of Christmas more than ever. And if you find some of that in candy canes or white lights or Christmas carols or even in my beloved holiday movies, I hope you embrace those things with joy. Just don’t forget the One who loves you most, who never changes, and who is always there for you.

Blessings, Miriam Lindemann

TLS Christmas Program

Timothy Lutheran School will present its Christmas Program tomorrow (Dec. 16) at 5:30pm at Wyatt. The theme is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Even though this is a secular song, its history began in the sixteenth century. The gifts we sing about all represent hidden meanings which teach about the Bible. The preschool through 8th grade students will perform songs, a dramatic presentation, and recitations, along with the Timothy Band playing a selection of songs. Please join us and prepare your heart for the good news and coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This program will be part of the final Advent Service.

Ken Holland
School Administrator

Children’s Christmas Program Update

Volunteers, students, and children have been working hard the past few months to prepare for this year’s Children’s Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 20, during the 10am worship service at Wyatt. The program will also be broadcast live via Facebook.

The finishing touches to the set were added this past Sunday by youth and volunteers. Now all eyes look to this weekend as the children prepare for their final practice at Wyatt on Sat., Dec. 19, from 9-11am. The hand bells choir will rehearse immediately after from 11am-1pm.

It’s not too late for children to join the program! This is an open invitation even if your child has not participated in the Wednesday practices. We welcome all of Timothy’s children to join us for practice this Sat. morning.

Hillcrest Thanks Timothy

Hillcrest sent Timothy a thank-you letter recently for a tithe contribution, excerpts of which are below. Thank you, Timothy, for your unwavering support through tithing.

December 8, 2020
Dear Timothy,

Thank you so much for your support of Hillcrest Transitional Housing. For more than 40 years, Hillcrest has helped families get back on their feet. Your gift enables us to provide homeless individuals, families, and youth with the skills and tools they need to lead self-sufficient lives and to heave behind the cycle of homelessness forever.

Serving together,
Cotton Sivils
Vice-President of Development

A Confirmand’s Faith Story

God’s blessings to Noah Hinkle, one of Timothy’s 2021 Confirmands, who shared his faith story, based on applying his chosen Bible verse (Jeremiah 29:11), with the congregation this past Sunday. (Click on picture below to see video)

Food Collection A “Drive-By-and-Drop-Off” non-perishable food drive will occur this Saturday, Dec. 19, 10am-noon at both campuses. The goods collected on Sat. will be combined with others brought in since Thanksgiving and delivered to Jesu el Buen in KCK Sat. afternoon. Pastor Eberhart appreciates all donations, but special needs include canned soups, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, cereal, canned green beans, antibacterial soap, toilet paper, and paper towels. Donations dropped off in the grocery carts in both lobbies from Dec. 20 through end of January will be designated for Blue Springs Community Services League. Thank you very much!

In-Person Christmas Worship Questionnaire was emailed last Wed. afternoon to those signed up for church emails. Your responses will help staff and leadership plan for in-person Christmas worship service attendance on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It was reported to staff and leadership that some who receive eNotes did not receive the questionnaire. If that applies to you, please contact Diane Mayfield.  Thanks to those who have responded so far. The replies are very helpful!
Christmas In-Person Services:

  • Dec. 24:  2, 4, 7, & 10pm (10pm will be candlelight w/ Holy Communion), RD Mize
  • Dec. 24:  4pm (also live-streamed), Wyatt
  • Dec. 25: 10am (with Holy Communion), RD Mize

FaithRoots will resume Wed., Jan. 6, 2021.  Another reminder here that practice for the Children’s Christmas Program will be this Sat., Dec. 19, from 9-11am at Wyatt.

Drive-Thru Holy 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.

Looking ahead . . . A letter regarding 2021 First Fruits will be mailed later this week as well as emailed and placed on the church website. Thank you for tremendous support of the 2020 goal of $208,733.00, which was surpassed earlier this month. To God Be the Glory!

Next Generation Strategic Planning Committee needs members to help with Timothy’s vision casting and strategic planning for the next 3-5 years. Please contact Dave Domsch at daved146@gmail.com to join the group.  The committee will begin its work in early Jan.  Thank you!

Timothy eNotes Friday, December 11, 2020

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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.

Timothy eNotes Friday December 4, 2020

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Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Rd, Campus
Sunday, 10am, Wyatt Campus 

Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship-online/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)
Live Stream worship on Facebook
Worship Videos

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME:  The Patience of God
Peter says that God is being patient, but who is He being patient with? It’s us, His children! He is being patient with us so that we can get to work and share the Gospel of what He did through Christ with our family, friends, and neighbors. And Peter even points to the best witness: living holy and godly lives. That is how we look forward to the Day.
In this Bible Event the kids learn about the final plague and the Passover that rescues all who believe in Jesus. This week’s take home point: Never forget. Can’t you see? Always remember. God rescues me.

A Most Unusual Christmas

Now that December is here, our thoughts turn toward the Christmas season. Decorations are up in homes and around town, and while we haven’t seen snow stick to the ground yet, the chill in the air reminds us that Christmas and its celebrations are quickly approaching.

Part of getting ready for Christmas is participating in Advent worship services. The next in-person Advent worship service will be on Dec. 9 at 5:30pm. The theme this year is “The Songs of Advent.” Then on Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Advent service will occur at Wyatt at 5:30pm in conjunction with the TLS Christmas Program. If you are able to attend, we would love to see you at these services. If you are unable to attend, the Advent services will be live-streamed.

But what does the current pandemic mean for our Christmas celebrations? We do not entirely know. We know that some families will gather as in the past which often includes attending worship on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. For others, we know they will make the difficult decision to pare down their celebrations and participate in worship via livestream. We are not advocating one or the other. Each family best knows its personal context, and we trust that you will use your God-given common sense to make the best decision for your circumstances.

This does leave us with a significant amount of uncertainty because we do not know how many people will want to attend in-person worship on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you choose to worship with us in-person, we will continue to follow Jackson County Health Department guidelines regarding masking, physical distancing, and room capacities. We ask that each family group maintains good physical distancing between other families during worship. Hopefully, we can accommodate everyone who wishes to worship in-person, but we ask for patience and understanding as we navigate these most unusual circumstances.

As a reminder, in-person worship will occur at the following times:

Christmas Eve: 
At RD Mize—

  • 2:00pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 10:00pm (Candlelight Service with Holy Communion)

At Wyatt Road—

  • 4:00pm (live-streamed)

Christmas Day:
                10:00am at RD Mize (with Holy Communion)

The schedule for Drive-Thru Communion for December is slightly altered. It will be offered on Dec. 6 from 11:30am-12:15pm. However, since the Children’s Christmas Program is during the Dec. 20 service at Wyatt, Drive-Thru Communion for that week will occur on Wed., Dec. 23, 6:30-7:00pm, at RD Mize. Those wishing to participate are asked to come to the north doors (sanctuary doors), park at the curb, and then enter church to receive the Sacrament. Staff will determine best ways to provide Drive-Thru Communion in January and update the congregation in a timely manner.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. It has been tricky finding the best balance between everyone’s expectations and concerns. We may not get everything right, but with your help, we can still have a wonderful and blessed Advent and Christmas season.

Under the mercy,
Pastor John

Cleaning During a “New Normal”

During these days of operating through COVID implications and adaptations, a “new normal” of eMisting occurs often on a daily basis at both of Timothy’s campuses, especially at Wyatt before, during and after the school day. Just ask Facilities Assistant Manager Gary Williams, who is Timothy’s newest expert on cleanliness even if he walks around in an “eMist fog” most of the time.

Do you know much about the chemical called Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL)? It is known as “nature’s perfect germ killer.” Discovered in 1834 by a French chemist, HOCL is created when salt water is electrolyzed. It is a naturally occurring chemical produced by our own white blood cells to fight bacteria and inflammation after an infection or trauma. Lethal to almost all known dangerous bacteria and viruses that threaten our health, HOCL is 100% safe for humans, chemical-free, non-toxic and all-natural. Unlike liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite), HOCL is safe. Even if accidentally ingested, HOCL is completely harmless. Yet it is 80-100 times more efficient at killing microbial pathogens including SARS-CoV-2, MRSA, and Pseudomonas Aeroginosa than chlorine bleach.

2020 First Fruits totals $203,753.00 as of Nov. 29. Thank you!

Drive-Thru Communion for the month of December will be this Sunday, Dec. 6, 11:30-12:15pm, at Wyatt. Another drive-thru opportunity will be Wednesday, Dec. 23, 6:30-7pm, at RD Mize (sanctuary entrance). (Please note that Tuesday’s eNotes listed Drive-Thru Communion on Dec. 13. That is incorrect!)

Giving Trees tags are still available at both campuses. Please sign your name on the registry next to the item(s) you choose. Next Sunday, Dec. 13, is Journey to the Manger at both campuses. Please bring your chosen gift(s) with tag(s) attached for the gift collection. Separate donations of adult-sized winter scarves, gloves and caps may be dropped off on Dec. 13 in the provided tubs as well. Thank you!

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 in parking lots of 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 for your generous support!

 Timothy’s Youth Hand Bell Choir will perform this Sun., Dec. 6, during 9am service at RD Mize.  Thank you, ringers!

Lutheran High School Christmas Concert will be held this Sun., Dec. 6, at 7pm in Wyatt Auditorium. Congregation is welcome to attend!

Advent Services “The Songs of Advent” Dec. 9, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Dec. 16, 5:30pm, Wyatt as part of the TLS Christmas Program

Children’s Christmas Program Sun., Dec. 20, 10am Wyatt service

Christmas Services Dec. 24: 2, 4, 7, & 10pm –RD Mize (10pm Candlelight w/Holy Communion); 4pm, Wyatt (live-streamed); Dec. 25:  10am with Holy Communion, RD Mize

Annual Voters’ Meeting is this Sun., Dec. 6, immediately following 10am service at Wyatt. Please plan to attend; a quorum of 40 voting members is required to conduct business. The meeting will be recorded and referenced in next Tuesday’s eNotes for a direct link to view the meeting. Agenda items include Annual Ministry Reports, Next Generation Update, 2021 Operating Budget, Called Staff Housing Allowance, Election of Lay Leaders, and Bylaws Revisions. Please plan to attend.

LWML Nut & Candy Sale This Sunday, Dec. 6 is final day to pick up orders at each campus. Contact Susan Ready (816.229.7688) or Lois Kuecker (816.868.5500) for alternate pickup arrangements. Thanks!

Staff Christmas Gift Donations continue through this Sun., Dec. 6. Drop off in offering plate or at church office, mail to RD Mize Campus, or contribute online at church website. Thank you!

Youth Christmas Activities

  • Assembling Christmas Cards, White Elephant Exchange, Movie:  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 cards assembling & sending to other youth
  • Christmas Program Workday: Sun., Dec. 13, 3-6pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize; contact Mary Taggart (octobermom810@gmail.com)
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