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July 2020

Timothy eNotes for July 14, 2020

By |2020-07-14T19:37:42-05:00July 14th, 2020|ENotes|

In-Person Worship
10 am – Wyatt Campus
Live Stream – www.facebook.com/timothylutheran/
Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Timothy’s worship service was celebrated by at least an estimated 1,000 people this past Sunday, July 12, 2020, as approximately 150 gathered for in-person worship at Wyatt and approximately 800 “screens” tuned in from homes, all of whom were reminded that the act of worshiping our Lord is always reason to celebrate.

Pastor Rod shares his joy of participating in the first in-person weekend service in four months at Timothy:

“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Psalm 100:2

Words cannot describe the amazing feeling of gathering as one in the Body of Christ for worship with our brothers and sisters at Timothy following a four-month void. One could feel the joy and excitement of uniting together in song. Whether it was a hymn or contemporary song, I could hear the voices of the worshipers offering their praise to God—even through masks. Maybe we needed this void to remind ourselves of the gladness we experience gathering with joyful songs. We perhaps needed a void to desire that longing to worship our God. With nearly 150 worshipers gathered under one roof, we have taken our first step forward towards in-person worship. It is our prayer that God continues to open the opportunities for all to return.

I, like many, longed for the sacrament of our Lord’s Supper. While it was provided in a very untraditional way, my heart was filled seeing so many people and having the opportunity to share blessings with one another. With just under 100 vehicles passing through for Communion, God’s gift of forgiveness and the strengthening of faith was received by many. I’m excited to share we can all look forward to August 2nd, when we can once again partake in Christ’s body and blood either during our in-person worship or as a drive-through offering for those who are unable or not ready to gather.

TLS Class of 2020

Congratulations to the TLS 8th graders who were finally honored last Friday at the annual TLS Graduation! Alayna Borchers, Robert Fehr, Annabel Myers, Javier Sanchez, and Jantz Sullivan and their families waited an extra two months for this ceremony. The ceremony, the official first live-streamed event at Timothy, can be viewed on YouTube.

The Class of 2020 chose Romans 1:16 as its class verse: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” 

God’s blessings to the Class of 2020 as they take their faith into high school and beyond!

View the Class of 2020 Graduation.

TLS Playground Fundraiser

This fundraiser is off and running, with a strong start for the first week of $1,500 donated to fill 15 “squares” on the Rams grid. Will you help make the second week just as successful?

This fundraising project at Wyatt will develop a new K-8 playground space and improve the existing playground for Pre-K students. Work begins soon, so all dollars are greatly needed and appreciated

Donors can sponsor one or more of the 900 squares on our virtual playground grid through a $100 donation per square. Donations may be placed via PayPal via credit, debit, or electronic check. A PayPal account is not required. Donors may choose to include their names or designate in honor or memory of someone. Once completed, a list of the people will be recognized in a frame picture of the finished product. The virtual playground will be updated weekly to display donation progress. Thank you for your support of this project through your prayers and monetary donations.

Timothy School Playground Fundraiser – CLICK HERE

  • July 19 & subsequent Sundays:  In-person Worship, 10am, Wyatt
  • July 29: Next Generation Town Hall Meeting, 6:30pm, Wyatt
  • August 2:  In-service and Drive-Thru Holy Communion, Wyatt
  • August 8: “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” Grocery Donations for Hillcrest Transitional Housing, 10am-noon, both campuses

Timothy School Playground Fundraiser

By |2020-07-10T10:17:51-05:00July 10th, 2020|ENotes|

Timothy Lutheran School Ministry Playground Fundraiser

Timothy Lutheran School Ministry is sponsoring a fundraising project to develop a new K-8 playground space and improve the existing playground for Pre-K students.
The playground project involves:

  1. Site development for a K-8 grade playground

  1. Relocation/installation of existing playground equipment at R.D. Mize to Wyatt Road

  1. Partial relocation of existing Wyatt Road playground equipment

  1. Fence installation for the existing Wyatt playground to secure Pre-K students

  1. Rubber mulch installation for both playgrounds

We urge Timothy members and friends to prayerfully support this project to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional growth of our students in an improved, secure playground.
Donors can sponsor one or more of the 900 squares on our virtual playground grid below through a $100 donation per square. Donations may be placed via PayPal via credit, debit, or electronic check. A PayPal account is not required. Donors may choose to include their names or designate in honor or memory of someone. Once completed, a list of the people will be recognized in a framed picture of the finished product. The virtual playground will be updated weekly to display donation progress. Thank you for your support of this project through your prayers and monetary donations.

Click the link below to donate
www.timothylutheran.com/playground/

Help Fill The Big Square
By Donating $100 Per Little Square
Our Goal is $90,000

Timothy eNotes for July 10, 2020

By |2020-07-10T09:21:11-05:00July 10th, 2020|ENotes|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us this weekend for worship.
SUnday, 10am, Wyatt Campus 

 Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship-online/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran

Live Stream worship on Facebook

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

WELCOME BACK! – The Church never shut down. We may have had to stay separate for a while, but the Church never went away. But we still rejoice that we are able to resume our in-person worship this weekend. We understand that the reason why we gather together is so we can hear the Word that is proclaimed and have it feed our faith.
Join the FaithRoot’s gang this week as they teach the children their take home point “JOIN GOD’S FAMILY – BE KIND TO OTHERS” through the Bible Event. This week we learn about Lydia. We thank God for those who help us see Jesus. Albie, Gordy, Megan, Miriam and King Rodnae are ready to share this amazing story.
Timothy’s Tithes Reach Out and Touch Many

The following note from Rachel House reminds us of the importance of Timothy’s mission tithes as we reach out to Touch Lives for Christ in our community and beyond. Thank you, Timothy, for your regular general contributions so that all tithes can be shared at the full 10% level.

“Your donation is received with so much gratitude. During the summer months an estimated 1,000 women and men will walk through the door of one of our four pregnancy centers….It is partners like you who ensure that we will be open and ready for service, educate and support them. At Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Centers, our top priority is that our clients receive compassionate care through our services and programs, equipping them for a healthier future.”  Kathy Edwards, CEO/President, Rachel House”

Hillcrest Transitional Housing Graduation

Timothy’s current apartment resident will graduate from the Hillcrest program on Sunday, July 19. If you would like to congratulate Sharrone with a card, you may drop it off at the church office by July 17. Sharrone will enter the graduate program at Hillcrest and move into a graduate apartment with her son Willie, who will celebrate his 5th birthday on the 19th also.

Hillcrest “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” Grocery Drive

PLEASE NOTE:  The date for this grocery drive is now Saturday, August 8th, not August 1st.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.

As a reminder, the following items are especially needed as new residents move into the Hillcrest apartments:  paper towels; toilet paper; hand soap; body wash; shampoo; box dinners (Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, etc); canned tuna; Spaghetti-O’s & Ravioli-O’s for kids; ketchup; mayo; and syrup. Thank you!
See you on August 8, 10am-noon, both campuses!

Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Did you notice the title above? Timothy’s Friday Morning Bible Study is now the Tuesday Morning Bible Study! Pastor John will be the leader. We welcome past as well as new participants. Open to all! No age restrictions! Come for spiritual nourishment as well as delicious goodies and coffee, tea, water . . . and maybe Pastor John will share his Coke as well. 😊  A start-up date is set for September 8th, realizing the situation is very fluid and subject to change if necessary. More details available soon!

Next Generation Study Update

Don’t forget to attend the Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:30pm at Wyatt Auditorium, either in person or via Zoom. For those planning to attend via Zoom, watch for details soon about logging on that evening.

Last week, a Special Voters’ Meeting was announced for Sunday, August 16. Please note that the Special Voters’ Meeting is postponed until such time that it will hopefully be safer for large in-person gatherings. Given the reality of our world right now, we know not everyone feels comfortable with in-person meetings at this time. We want to honor those concerns and not force anyone to do something they feel is risky or ill-advised. Stay tuned for updates and thanks for your cooperation.

Timothy Lutheran School Ministry Playground Fundraiser

Timothy Lutheran School Ministry is sponsoring a fundraising project to develop a new K-8 playground space and improve the existing playground for Pre-K students.
The playground project involves:

  1. Site development for a K-8 grade playground
  2. Relocation/installation of existing playground equipment at R.D. Mize to Wyatt Road
  3. Partial relocation of existing Wyatt Road playground equipment
  4. Fence installation for the existing Wyatt playground to secure Pre-K students
  5. Rubber mulch installation for both playgrounds

We urge Timothy members and friends to prayerfully support this project to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional growth of our students in an improved, secure playground.

Donors can sponsor one or more of the 900 squares on our virtual playground grid below through a $100 donation per square. Donations may be placed via PayPal via credit, debit, or electronic check. A PayPal account is not required. Donors may choose to include their names or designate in honor or memory of someone. Once completed, a list of the people will be recognized in a framed picture of the finished product. The virtual playground will be updated weekly to display donation progress. Thank you for your support of this project through your prayers and monetary donations.

www.timothylutheran.com/playground/

Help Fill The Big Square
By Donating $100 Per Little Square
Our Goal is $9,000

Donate Now – Timothy Playground
 TLS 8th Grade Graduation

The congregation is cordially invited to attend the TLS 8th Grade Graduation at 7pm tonight via live streaming. Timothy congratulates the graduates and wishes them God’s blessings as they enter high school.

2020 First Fruits Update As of July 5th, Fruits Fruits contributions total $197,208.00! Praise God! Thank you, Timothy!

Thank You for all the cards and prayers sent to me in the past couple weeks for my knee surgery. I am thankful to not have pain now.  Kay Stockdell

During This Time of isolation due to COVID-19, please know that support is available through Care Ministry. If you are unable to get out and need something picked up for you, call the church office (816.228.5300). We are here to help!

DivorceCare provides support to those who are divorced or separated from their spouse. Timothy facilitators guide participants through 13 DVD-led sessions, featuring professional therapists, Christian ministers and people who have gone through a divorce experience. Participants may attend any of the weekly themed sessions which begin at 6:30pm for one hour. Register through the church office, 816.228.5300.

GriefShare will host a summer series of support sessions, each lasting one hour. If you would like to participate online via a Zoom session, contact Roxanne Kerwood (roxannekerwood@gmail.com) for the Zoom link. Remaining sessions will be held on July 16 and 30, 7-8pm. The full GriefShare program will resume on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Reminders

  1. July 12:  In-person Worship Service, 10am, Wyatt Rd. (also live-streamed)
  2. July 12:  Drive-In Household Communion, 1-3pm, Wyatt Rd.
  3. July 24-25: ECC Toy/Equipment Clearance Sale, 8am-5pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize
  4. July 29:  Next Generation Town Hall Meeting, 6:30pm, Wyatt Auditorium (also via Zoom)
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 or
Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy eNotes for July 7, 2020

By |2020-07-07T21:56:09-05:00July 7th, 2020|ENotes|

In-Person Worship Begins Sunday, July 12
10 am – Wyatt Capmpus
Live Stream – www.facebook.com/timothylutheran/
Drive-In Household Communion Procedures
Sunday, July 12, 1pm-3pm
~Wyatt Campus~

 Communion Procedures for Households in Cars 

  1. The pastors will start serving communion at 1pm and will end at 3pm. You may get in line starting at 12:45pm. Drive under the awning from the east side and stop in front of the entrance doors.
  2. We ask that you stay in your vehicle while receiving communion.
  3. The pastors will deliver communion wafers on a plate to you. One person from the vehicle will gather communion wine/grape juice from the tray for those attending. We will take back the communion cups and throw them away after you are finished.
  4. We will ask those receiving the Lord’s Supper if they attended worship either on-site or viewed online. Worship prior to receiving communion is required. The elements will be consecrated in the service.
  5. Those receiving communion will be asked four questions used in worship service to examine themselves prior to receiving the elements.
Masks and More Masks

Some of Timothy’s LWML sisters have been busy making fabric masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to 200+ masks for Timothy worshipers, if they need one, starting this coming Sunday at the 10am service at Wyatt, over 75 masks were made for others in need as well.

Check out the various colors and designs . . . and sizes! What a deal! They are grouped according to five different sizes (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large).  Susan Ready reports that approximately 90 yards of elastic and over 30 yards of fabric went into these masks. Many thanks to Lois Domsch, Lois’s friend Carol, Pat Bock, Jean McCormick, Jeanine West and Susan Ready for sharing their seamstress skills to help fellow Timothy worshipers and others! Definitely a mission-minded labor of love!

Now how many of the 200 available disposable masks do you think will be picked up? Probably only by those who are not at the mask table early for the first come, first serve opportunity to get a handmade fabric one! (In all seriousness, please remember masks are currently required and that bottles of hand sanitizer will also be available for worshipers.)

Drive-By-And-Drop-Off Grocery Collection Still a Huge Need

Are you ready for Round 2 of grocery collections? Timothy’s response to these food drives has been outstanding! Hillcrest Transitional Housing will gladly accept our donations from the next “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” opportunity on Saturday, August 1, from 10am-noon at both campuses.

The following items are especially needed at Hillcrest now, as new residents begin to move in: paper towels; toilet paper; hand soap; body wash; shampoo; box dinners (Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, etc); canned tuna; Spaghetti-O’s & Ravioli-O’s for kids; ketchup; mayo; and syrup.

Volunteers Dan Sbisa, Joe Sauter, Gary Flandermeyer and others look forward to loading your donations into their trucks, so mark your calendars for this next grocery drive! Definitely another mission-minded labor of love!

Timothy Lutheran ECC Clearance Sale

Pre-Sale: MO District Early Childhood Centers – Call for Appointment
Pre-Sale: Blue Springs Area Early Childhood Centers – Call for Appointment
July 24 – 25 (Friday & Saturday, 8:00am – 5:00pm) – Open to the Public

**Free Will Offering or Best Offer** A Wide Variety of Early Childhood Items!

Wooden Shelves ~ Book Display ~ Wooden Portable Coat Racks ~ Wooden Table and Chairs ~ See-Thru Evacuation Cribs ~ Balance Bikes (tricycles) ~ Stackable Rest-Time Cots ~ Horseshoe Tables ~ Round Table ~ Preschool Chairs ~ Gliding Rocking Chairs ~ Wooden Walk-Up Changing Table ~ Wooden Changing Table/Cabinet ~ 4-Passenger Stroller Toys

425 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO 64014
Questions? 816-228-5300 Ext. 8015 Ken Holland, Principal

  • Starting July 12:  In-person Worship, 10am, Wyatt Auditorium (will be live-streamed as well)
  • July 12:  Drive-In Household Communion, 1-3pm, Wyatt Rd.
  • July 24-25:  ECC Toy/Equipment Clearance Sale, 8am-5pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize
  • July 29:  Next Generation Town Hall Meeting, 6:30pm, Wyatt Auditorium (also via Zoom)
  • Aug. 16:  Special Voters’ Meeting, 11:15am, Wyatt Auditorium

Timothy eNotes for July 3, 2020

By |2020-07-03T07:27:32-05:00July 3rd, 2020|ENotes|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us for Online Worship Services
 Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship-online/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran

Sunday Morning 9:30 am
(All services available on the TImothy website)

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

The Fourth of July weekend is usually seen as a time of rest and relaxation for people. We plan big trips with huge celebrations. That may not be happening this year, but we all understand the need to stand down and rest. In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus calls to us to find the rest we need in Him. He is the one who gives us shelter and peace, refreshing us for the ways we serve Him.
CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE WORSHIP
Join the FaithRoot’s gang this week as they teach the children their take home point “JOIN GOD’S FAMILY – BE KIND TO OTHERS” through the Bible Event. This week we learn about Lydia. We thank God for those who help us see Jesus. Albie, Gordy, Megan, Miriam and King Rodnae are ready to share this amazing story.
Drive-Through Household Communion Procedures
Sunday, July 12, 1pm-3pm
~Wyatt Campus~

 Communion Procedures for Households in Cars 

  1. The pastors will start serving communion at 1pm and will end at 3pm. You may get in line starting at 12:45pm. Drive under the awning from the east side and stop in front of the entrance doors.
  2. We ask that you stay in your vehicle while receiving communion.
  3. The pastors will deliver communion wafers on a plate to you. One person from the vehicle will gather communion wine/grape juice from the tray for those attending. We will take back the communion cups and throw them away after you are finished.
  4. We will ask those receiving the Lord’s Supper if they attended worship either on-site or viewed online. Worship prior to receiving communion is required. The elements will be concentrated in the service.
  5. Those receiving communion will be asked four questions used in worship service to examine themselves prior to receiving the elements.
We Need Your Help Reaching 100 Subscribers

As we get ready for our return to in-person worship on July 12, we are also getting ready for a big transition in our online worship services too! We’re going live! In this video, Pastor John explains what this change means.
To help us prepare for this change, we need as many people as possible to subscribe to this YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXI6pYzwdeiaoGLi27zOzGQ/
CLICK ON THE VIDEO – THEN CLICK “SUBSCRIBE”

Anticipating a Timothy Mailing

Many will probably agree that a silver lining of COVID is less mail, especially junk mail, arriving in our mailboxes. Well, keep your eyes open for a mailing from Timothy to arrive very soon after the holiday, unless USPS happens to deliver it to you TODAY (doubtful, but you never know!). Since not all members have email access, this mailing is important in sharing some celebratory news as well as specific details about resuming in-person worship starting July 12. No more hints here! Just watch for it soon!

Providing Groceries to Welcome Inn Residents

On Wednesday this week, 38 family units at Welcome Inn appreciated Timothy’s donations once again. Their heartfelt thanks cannot be overstated. One silver lining of COVID is that Timothy can once again help Welcome Inn residents since we have not been allowed to serve quarterly hot meals for the past several months.

On August 12, thanks to generous monetary gifts, Timothy will provide pizzas for the Welcome Inn family units. If you would like to help distribute the pizzas that day, contact Chris Hruska at cdhruska@sbcgloal.net.

Next Generation Study Update

The Next Generation Steering Committee met via Zoom Wednesday evening to prepare for the Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:30pm in the Wyatt Auditorium. Please be sure to attend this meeting, either in person or via Zoom, the details of which will be available soon.

The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to share results of the congregational survey and present “next step” recommendations for the congregation’s consideration. Mark your calendars to attend a Voters’ Assembly Meeting on Sunday, August 16, at 11:15am in the Wyatt Auditorium to vote on the recommendations.

Early Childhood Center Clearance Sale

The Family Life Center is packed with early childhood toys and equipment that will not move to preschool classrooms at Wyatt. Pre-sale opportunities for fellow Missouri District (Lutheran) early childhood programs will occur by appointment before July 17. The sale will then be open to local daycares/preschools by appointment on July 20-23. The sale will be open to the public on July 24-25 from 8am-5pm. All proceeds received from the sale will be applied toward the new playground equipment at the Wyatt Campus.

Please contact Ken Holland (kenh@timothylutheran.com) or Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com or dianelmayfield@comcast.net) if you can volunteer on July 24 or 25 to help customers during 2-hour suggested shifts or whatever time you can provide. Appropriate protocol applicable to COVID rules at that time will be followed. Even though the nature of this year’s clearance sale will be different than previous rummage sales, we hope it will still be an enjoyable event (and also less tiring/stressful). Thank you for stepping up to volunteer to help!

Timothy School Enrolment

To Schedule a Tour or Enroll – Contact Ken Holland, School Principal 816.228.5300 Ext. 8015

https://timothylutheranschool.com/open-enrollment/

Attention Middle Schoolers Due to the rising number of COVID cases, Timothy’s middle school Bible School book study will now meet virtually with the author on Thursdays in July at 6:30pm. https://m.facebook.com/groups/633630717225053?tsid=0.5199229029240864&source=result Contact Sarah Hinkle with questions.

2020 First Fruits  As of June 28, Timothy’s First Fruits total is $196,643.00. Thank you!

During This Time of isolation due to COVID-19, please know that support is available through Care Ministry. If you are unable to get out and need something picked up for you, call the church office (816.228.5300). We are here to help!

GriefShare will host a summer series of support sessions, each lasting one hour. If you would like to participate online via a Zoom session, contact Roxanne Kerwood to get the Zoom link: roxannekerwood@gmail.com. Remaining sessions will be held on July 16 and 30, 7-8pm. The full GriefShare program will resume on Thursday, Sept. 3.

DivorceCare resumes Sept. 14, meeting Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm.

Thank You to our volunteers who helped serve groceries at the Welcome Inn on July 1 when 37 units were able to receive this assistance. Our next date will be Aug. 12, but we will not collect donations for this visit. The GIVE Commission is considering future collections/donation opportunities as we return to worship. Thank you to all who have donated for the past three months!

Reminders

  • Starting July 12: In-person worship at 10am at Wyatt; also live streaming of this service
  • July 12: Drive-In Household Communion in cars, 1-3pm, Wyatt Rd. Campus
  • July 24-25: ECC Clearance Sale open to the public, 8am-5pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize
  • July 29: Next Generation Town Hall Meeting, 6:30pm, Wyatt Auditorium (also via Zoom)
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 or
Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

June 2020

Update on Resuming In-Person Worship at Timothy

By |2020-07-17T14:14:57-05:00June 29th, 2020|ENotes|

 MOVING FORWARD WITH IN-PERSON WORSHIP

As I look back over this past weekend, I am positively blown away. Like many of you, I have missed worshiping with my Timothy family. Preaching to empty pews with only a camera for company has been awful. Seeing so many of you at the worship service on Sunday and then for communion afterwards filled me with joy! I am hoping that this can be a first step toward getting back to “normal.”

So what is the next step? Our next step at Timothy is to resume in-person worship at the RD Mize campus as well. Our hope is that, in mid-August, we will be able to start a service at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning. While we would like to be more specific about the date this will happen, we also need to acknowledge that the situation is fluid. The timing is dependent on a number of different factors, such as mandates from state and local governments and the availability of key volunteers to help run the service. Rest assured, we want to be able to resume in-person worship at RD Mize as well and we are working diligently to do so. We will continue to update you on these plans as they develop.

Thank you so much for your patience as we work through this difficult time. I appreciate the words of encouragement that many of you have sent us regarding the hard work that’s gone into what we’ve been doing. And I want to share a special word of thanks to the many volunteers who worked and sacrificed so our worship services could continue. We have some very talented people at Timothy and I am so thankful for all that they have done.

Under the mercy,

Pastor John

Timothy eNotes for June 23, 2020

By |2020-06-23T09:46:01-05:00June 23rd, 2020|ENotes|

The Cross We Carry is Heavy
by Pastor Rod Lindemann

Jesus shares some interesting words when He says to His disciples, “Do not suppose that I have come to words we expect to hear from a loving God – a merciful God – A God who loves YOU! Maybe you can relate to the lyrics of Dolly Parton, “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden, Along with the sunshine, There’s gotta be a little rain some time.” (Yes, the song is in my head, too.)

This weekend I will return from a three-month break in preaching. I am thankful to Pastor John for allowing me this time of reflection and agreeing to let me focus on the planning, execution, and leading of our online worship. I am also thankful to those who have asked, “Why haven’t you been preaching?” The answer is tough. I did not do so well following the weekend of my mother’s Celebration of Life service. In addition to preaching my mom’s service, I preached four services on the theme of Suffering to Hope. The emotional strain that week was more than I expected.

As the days passed, a fear grew within me about returning to our R.D. Mize campus to preach. I worried about not seeing my mom in her pew next to my dad. As a lifelong member of Timothy, I struggled dealing with such change in my church. In addition to challenges I faced, that weekend was also the last weekend we met at church to worship as a Timothy family, and now I must much face my concerns. I struggled preparing as I allowed the fears to overcome my Calling as a pastor to share God’s Word. But then something interesting happened; a small quote shared in a meeting touched me in a special way, “You get 24 hours to have your pity party, then make a plan.” I allowed myself to be controlled by the grieving process of my mother’s passing.

The theme for this weekend speaks powerfully to me – Crosswalkers. Sometimes it seems we pastors often preach to ourselves. The cross I carry is the pains and struggles of serving God as a pastor. Jesus did not promise to bring peace to earth, but His Word. I have been given the unique privilege of sharing God’s Sword – His Word. And like Dolly Pardon sings, “There’s gotta be a little rain sometime.” God uses that rain to strengthen and nourish. God has used these three months to help me better understand the Cross I Carry as a pastor. It is tough, it is hard, it is not always rewarding, but it is a privilege and a Calling.

Pray for me as I return to the pulpit this weekend to share God’s Word. It is the cross I will carry in fulfilling the plan God has for my life.

Have You Responded to In-Person Worship Survey Yet?

Thanks to those who have responded so far to the simple in-person worship survey. If you haven’t had a chance to do that yet, please do it NOW. Timothy’s staff and leadership appreciate your input very much!

Take The Survey Now

Community Services League Grocery Drive

Timothy’s support of the various grocery drives this spring has been tremendous! Helping those in need with food and household supplies is a simple but important outreach to our community. Those who rely on the Hillcrest Transitional Housing and Jesu el Buen food pantries have been grateful for our donations, and our “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” grocery and school supply drive for the Blue Springs Community Services League this Saturday, June 27, at both campuses from 10am-noon will be equally appreciated! The pick-up trucks manned by Dan Sbisa, Joe Sauter, Gary Flandermeyer, and others will eagerly accept your donations once again for another worthy organization in our community.

As a reminder, CSL especially appreciates the following to fill their shelves: canned fruit, spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned tuna/chicken, meal in a can (especially ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, etc), canned green beans or corn, Hamburger Helper meals, rice & potato side dishes, cereal/oatmeal packages, snacks for kids (granola, applesauce cups, fruit snacks, cracker snacks, chips), Jiffy corn mixes, canned mixed vegetables, and all sizes/kinds of canned soup. In addition, it will soon be time for CSL to help families with school supplies, so any typical supplies for all ages of students will be most welcome!

The GIVE Commission thanks our Timothy family for its support of all the grocery drives, including the Welcome Inn opportunity (explained below) during the COVID pandemic. The Commission will discuss and plan how best to continue these efforts in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates soon.  Thank you!

Welcome Inn Grocery Distribution

The next Welcome Inn distribution of non-perishable food items and household items will be Wednesday, July 1, from 11am-12:30pm at the hotel. Please contact Nancy Nowiszewski if you can volunteer for this outreach opportunity. The residents especially appreciate boxes of cereal, canned vegetables, fruit cups, peanut butter, snack or club crackers, small bags of chips, boxes of Kleenex or napkins, toilet paper, and cleaning products. Please drop off your donations before this Friday, June 26, in the black receptacle outside the RD Mize entrance from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

NOW:  Respond to In-Person Worship Survey!

Before Friday, June 26:  Drop off Welcome Inn grocery distribution items, 8:30am-4:30pm

June 27: “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” grocery drive for BS Community Services League, 10am-noon, both campuses

July 1:  Welcome Inn grocery distribution, 11am-12:30pm, at hotel. Contact Nancy Nowiszewski to volunteer.

July 24-25:  School Ministry Toy/Equipment Sale, Family Life Center, RD Mize

July 29:  Next Generation Town Hall Meeting, 6:30pm, Wyatt Auditorium

Are You Ready for Worship

By |2020-06-19T07:20:07-05:00June 20th, 2020|ENotes|

Dear Timothy Family,

As many of you know, Timothy’s leadership has decided on the weekend of July 11 & 12 to resume in-person worship at Timothy’s campuses. There are many details to work out, volunteers to recruit, and decisions to be made. But to answer some of the questions that remain, we need to hear from you!

Please take the time to fill out this short survey: Please click here. This will allow us to get a feel for how many people will be ready to return on the weekend in question and allow us to make decisions regarding needed supplies, volunteers, and so on.

Please be honest in the survey. We understand that some of our members are not yet ready to return to in-person worship due to health concerns or worries about the pandemic. We understand and support whatever decisions you feel you have to make for yourself and your family. We don’t want anyone to feel that they must return to worship in July. We are simply trying to determine how many people are ready.

Please fill out the survey within the next few days so we can continue to move forward. Thank you for your time.

Under the mercy,
Pastor John

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW

Timothy eNotes for June 19, 2020

By |2020-07-03T07:29:33-05:00June 19th, 2020|ENotes|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Please join us for Online Worship Services
 Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com/worship-online/) or
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran

Sunday Morning 9:30 am
(All services available on the TImothy website)

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

The words of the prophet Jeremiah can be jarring. Normally, when we think of God’s prophets, we think of people who have deep and unshakable faith, people who stand in the midst of the storm unmoved. And yet we see raw anger and pain in Jeremiah’s words, all of which are directed at God. We cringe at the hostility, but we recognize it because we too show that same anger at times. So is it okay to yell at God? Jeremiah’s words holds the key for how we can express our true feelings while still staying strong in our faith.
CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE WORSHIP
Join the gang this week as the kids learn how to “Thank you, God, for the people—who link us to Jesus.”” through the Bible Event of Paul sharing the Good News with Timothy. We thank God for those who help us see Jesus. Albie, Gordy, Megan, Miriam and King Rodnae are ready to share this amazing story.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_5WM4cJNiQ

Resuming In-Person Worship Update

As of this writing, plans remain to offer in-person worship services on July 11-12 (Sat., 6pm, RD Mize; Sun., 9am, RD Mize; Sun., 10am, Wyatt which will be live streamed). However, staff and leadership continue to monitor daily developments from governmental entities.
Please look for and complete a simple survey from Timothy in your Inbox tomorrow to help staff and leadership learn members’ intentions about returning to in-person worship. Thank you very much!

Next Generation Study Update

The Next Generation Steering Committee met on June 17 to continue planning next steps. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for a Town Hall Meeting on Wed., July 29, at 6:30pm at Wyatt Road Auditorium. This meeting will be recorded and available to view the next day if you cannot attend. The written materials distributed at this meeting will be posted on Timothy’s website the next day as well.  The purpose of this Town Hall Meeting is to share survey results, discuss ministry implications, offer recommendations, and gather input from the congregation. Thank you for planning to participate!

2020-2021 Timothy Lutheran School
Enrollment Now Open

Pre-school Through 8th Grade
Wyatt Road Campus

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Timothy Lutheran School brings the love of Jesus to children and their families by providing a Christ-centered education. Our curriculum applies the state of Missouri’s expectations. We pair amazing teachers with small class sizes to meet each individual child’s needs. Our younger grades interact with the older kids to create a
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Preschool – 8th Grade
To Schedule a Tour or Enroll – Contact Ken Holland, School Principal 816.228.5300 Ext. 8015

https://timothylutheranschool.com/open-enrollment/

Timothy Lutheran School Playground Equipment

Staff and Property Board leadership are busy securing bids for various aspects of upgrading the existing playground at TLS for the pre-school students and a new playground for the elementary students. As details are finalized, plans for implementation and fundraising will be shared with the congregation.

We welcome all avenues of support for this project from our members and friends. Last weekend, a Timothy family hosted a garage sale, all proceeds from which were donated to the TLS Playground Project. The family challenges other Timothy families to pursue creative and fun ways to raise money for these playground areas. Stay tuned for ideas offered by church leadership very soon!

Early Childhood Toy/Equipment Sale

As shared last week, since the Annual School Ministry Rummage Sale will not occur this year, dedicating this year to selling toys and equipment not needed in the Wyatt pre-school classrooms will free up much-needed storage space at both campuses as well as provide the community with the opportunity to go home with great deals for young kids. So spread the word! Mark your calendars for this sale on July 24-25 in the Family Life Center. More details soon.

This Week’s Bulletin Announcements

First Fruits Update Praise God for your generous support of 2020 First Fruits. As of June 14, the total is $195,563.00! Thank you very much!

Financial Reports Treasurer Gary Flandermeyer reports that those interested in reading the April 2020 complete financial reports can access that information on Timothy’s website under Resources/Church Directory & Forms/Church Manuals, Reports and Positions.

Thank You We just want to say Thank You to our Timothy family for all of the encouraging phone calls and cards. It has been a tough week for the Escobar family, especially in my hometown of Topeka, with the loss of my mom and then the next day the passing of my cousin to cancer. Gratefully, we are a strong family of faith. With that strength and the strength from your prayers and well wishes, it has made these last couple days a lot easier. God’s blessings—David and Sharon Escobar

During This Time of isolation due to COVID-19, please know that support is available through Care Ministry. If you are unable to get out and need something to be picked up for you, call the church office (816.228.5300). We are here to help!

GriefShare will host a summer series of support sessions, each lasting one hour. If you would like to participate online via a Zoom session, contact Roxanne Kerwood to get the Zoom link: roxannekerwood@gmail.com. Sessions will be held July 2, 16, & 30, 7-8pm. The full GriefShare program will resume on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Reminders

By June 26: Drop off Welcome Inn grocery goods for the July 1 distribution; black receptacle is outside RD Mize office door, 8:30am-4:30 M-F.

June 27: “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” groceries and school supplies for BS Community Services League, 10am-noon, both campuses

July 1—Welcome Inn grocery distribution, 11am-12:30pm, at hotel; contact Nancy Nowiszewski (816.228-5300 or nancyn@timothylutheran.com to volunteer assistance)

July 11-12:  In-person worship services resume (6pm Sat. at RD Mize, 9am Sun. at RD Mize, 10am Sun. at Wyatt which will be live-streamed through Facebook and YouTube)

July 29:  Next Generation Town Hall Meeting, 6:30pm, Wyatt Auditorium

Aug. 1-2: Sacrament of Holy Communion in all services

Letter from Pastor John

By |2020-06-08T13:59:58-05:00June 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A question on everyone’s mind lately is, “When will Timothy resume in-person worship?”  While we appreciate the hard work and dedication of numerous volunteers and staff to shift our services to an online format, we long for the chance to gather in worship together.

This question has weighed heavily on Timothy’s leaders for the past few weeks, especially as restrictions on in-person gatherings have relaxed. We want to strike a balance between our members’ desire to be together with the need to do so safely. We also want to resume public worship with as little change or disruption as possible so that, when we come together, our worship experience is as similar as possible before the pandemic.

After much deliberation and after studying suggestions from the Missouri District and guidelines from federal, state, and local governments, Timothy’s leaders plan to resume in-person worship on July 11 & 12, hoping that Jackson County will be in Phase 3 of its recovery plan by then.

There will still be changes to the worship services and times. Going forward, only three in-person worship services will occur each weekend: Saturday at 6pm at RD MizeSunday at 9am at RD Mize, and Sunday at 10am at Wyatt. This will allow adequate time to clean the worship spaces after each service. The 10am service at Wyatt will also live stream via Facebook and YouTube.

During these worship services, face masks will be encouraged but not required, and physical distancing between family groups will be encouraged as well. Offering plates will be stationed at the room exits.

Holy Communion will resume in August once the logistics of worship are in place.

Finally, it is important to note that these plans are dependent upon the assumption that Jackson County will enter Phase 3 of its recovery plan in July. If the county delays that transition, Timothy will delay the return to in-person worship as well. In addition, if another stay-at-home order is issued, Timothy’s services will immediately transition back to online worship for the duration.

This has been a difficult time, and we appreciate your patience and prayers. Please bear with us as we work to transition to a new normal of touching lives for Christ.

Under the mercy,
Pastor John

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