December 2020

By |2020-12-04T13:26:52-06:00December 4th, 2020|ENotes|

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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 

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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)

Timothy eNotes Update, Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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

An Advent Devotion

Today we mark the first week of Advent, a season of expectant waiting and longing for Christ. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Is. 9:6

Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. We remember that God is Healer and Counselor. He is the One who helps us and what we need for our broken hearts and our fragile minds.

Jesus is our Mighty God. When we are taken advantage of, when we feel powerless, God is our strength and our defender.

Jesus is our Eternal Father. We remember that God is our loving Father. He cares about each moment and every part of our lives.

Jesus is our Prince of Peace. When fear and anxiety rule our hearts, He is still the giver of peace.

Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.

Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Annual Voters’ Meeting This Sunday

Timothy’s Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting will be this Sunday, Dec. 6, immediately following the 10am service at Wyatt. Please plan to attend. Please note that Drive-Thru Communion at Wyatt will occur as normal part of worship on first Sundays. Pastor Rod will administer Holy Communion while Pastor John assists with the Voters’ Meeting in the Auditorium.

A quorum of 40 voting members is required to conduct business. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the church website for later viewing.

Agenda items include annual ministry reports, extension of Called Staff Housing Allowance, election of lay leaders, adoption of 2021 operating budget, Next Generation update, and approval of bylaws revisions. A limited number of ministry report packets and bylaws revisions will be available at the meeting. The final report from the 2020 Vision Review Task Team is posted on church website; the Ministry Review Task Force final report is near completion and will be posted on church website soon. The proposed operating budget has been at both Information Centers for three weeks and it’s also on the church website. The Housing Allowance resolution will be printed on the agenda, and the proposed slate of elected lay leaders will be on reverse side of agenda. The ministry reports and bylaws (both current bylaws adopted in 2015 and suggested bylaws revisions in 2020) can also be found on the church website.

LHS Christmas Concert at Timothy

Kansas City Lutheran High will present its annual Christmas Concert at the Wyatt Rd Campus this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7pm at the Wyatt Rd. Campus. The congregation is invited to attend.

Giving Tree “Givers”

If you took a tag from one of the Giving Trees for a gift card and told the school staff stationed by the trees this past Sunday that you wanted to order your gift card(s) through the TLS Scrips Program, your gift card(s) will be available for pickup next Sunday at the location where you ordered them (RD Mize or Wyatt). If you did not tell the school staff you wanted to order through the school’s Scrips Program, please purchase your selected gift card(s) from a local provider.

Thank you to all who are providing gifts for the tags on the trees! This is an unusual year with the large number of gift cards needed, but that is what the organizations we support requested during COVID. The register sheets will look different this year in that most of the tags are not identified by a number. Please locate your gift card description on the sheets (there may be multiple lines for the same gift card amount) and print your name on a line fitting that description. Please bring your selected gifts or gift cards to Journey to the Manger on Sunday, Dec. 13, at both services. Thank you!

Active Youth Ministry

Attention All Students Grades 6-12: Mark your calendars for Sat., Dec. 12, 6-9pm, Family Life Center, to assemble Christmas cards for Timothy’s middle/senior high youth (all 189 of them!) and then enjoy a “nice list” White Elephant Gift Exchange. What does this mean? Students are encouraged to bring a new $10 nice gift (one you would like to receive) with your name on the tag as the sender, but the receiver will be determined during the party. Girls buy for girls; boys buy for boys. The evening will conclude by watching Home Alone. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas comfy clothes and bring a blanket/pillow. Please also bring an individually wrapped, single-serve snack to share. Contact Ryan Kuecker (kueckerryan@gmail.com) with questions.

Youth Reaching Youth: This Christmas season, Timothy’s youth group is reaching out to other youth, starting right here within Timothy. If you or your student would like to include a student friend or relative to receive a card from us, please send his/her name and mailing address to Deanna Cross at scrubnurse6@gmail.com (no emails or texts here!). Paper cards will be assembled on Dec. 12, along with an invitation to attend our upcoming January events.

Christmas Program Workday: Students in grades 6-12 with an interest in drawing or art are encouraged to join Timothy’s youth group on Sunday, Dec. 13, 3-6pm, Family Life Center as we prepare stage props for the upcoming Children’s Christmas Program on Dec. 20. Please plan to wear old clothes and shoes so you are ready to assemble & paint props. To help leaders plan for an accurate count, please contact Mary Taggart (octobermom810@gmail.com) if your student plans to attend.

A sneak peek to hear the Youth Handbells Choir can be yours if you worship at 9am at RD Mize this Sunday, Dec. 6.

Touching Lives Through Food Donations

Just prior to Thanksgiving, Joe and Sandy Sauter delivered a truck load (and back seat!) of your generous November food donations to Hillcrest Transitional Housing in Lee’s Summit. All donations since Thanksgiving and continuing until Dec. 19 will be delivered to Jesu el Buen in Kansas City, KS. Pastor Frank Eberhart reminds us that all items are welcome, but especially appreciated are canned soups, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, cereal, canned green beans, bottles of antibacterial soap, toilet paper, and paper towels. Feel free to drop off your donations in the grocery carts at each campus, but you may also enjoy another “Drive-By-and-Drop-Off” opportunity on Sat., Dec. 19, 10am-noon. All items contributed between now and Dec. 19 will be delivered to Jesu el Buen that afternoon. To God Be the Glory!

Update from Seminarian Jake Bellinghausen

Greetings from the Seminary,

Or perhaps that is not quite accurate this time. A lot has happened over the last few months, and really the last year, as you know. I write to you with joy, always thanking God for your love, support, and generosity. Without God’s children at Timothy, I would not be able to study or have ever known that I should. God has used you greatly to touch lives for Christ, and He is continuing to touch lives, even as you undergo many changes. There is little that I desire more than to see you all together, in Jesus’ name. Much to my own delight, I am coming home to you, even as you work through the current difficulties.

Concordia Seminary has decided to conclude the fall semester online and move its winter courses online exclusively. That means that I will be with you until the end of January, or perhaps a little sooner to account for a quarantine. I am planning to make myself small for a couple of weeks (which should be ending around the time you read this), before rejoining you all in person. I hope to find you as united and as full of the Gospel as ever you were. I can remember many campaigns and slogans, not the least of which was “2020 Vision.” Do you remember? Have you accomplished what you planned to do? More importantly, are you accomplishing what God has given you to do? I am confident that you will boldly renew your labors for the Gospel in this new church year and that Christ will continue to shine brightly among you. Timothy has been and, according to God’s will, will continue to be a pillar of Christian community in Blue Springs and in the larger Kansas City area. I look forward to rejoining with you in worshipping the true God and serving His people.

While my classes continue virtually, it is my great joy to be surrounded by loved ones. As I strive to do all that has been placed before me, I am glad to be among Christians like yourselves, who also strive to complete what God has placed before them. Let us be merry as we await the coming of our Lord and as we continue to find ways to gather, grow, give, and go.

God Bless,
Jake Bellinghausen

Advent Services celebrating “The Songs of Advent”: Wednesdays, Dec. 2 & 9 at RD Mize, 5:30pm; Dec. 16 at Wyatt, 5:30pm, in conjunction with TLS Christmas Program.

Drive-Thru Holy Communion Dec. 6 and 13, 11:15am-Noon, Wyatt inside entrance

 Special Christmas Services:

  • TLS Christmas Program:  Wed., Dec. 16, 5:30pm, Wyatt
  • Children’s Ministry Christmas Program:  Sun., Dec. 20, 10am, Wyatt
  • Christmas Eve:  2, 4, 7, & 10pm (10pm Candlelight w/ Holy Communion)—RD Mize; 4pm—Wyatt
  • Christmas Day:  10am with Holy Communion—RD Mize

November 2020

Timothy eNotes Update Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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

Devotion

Gratitude can shift our perspective and our hearts to see God in the present moment. In suffering pain and grief, in dealing with annoyances and inconveniences, in waiting for hope and good news, we can still practice being thankful. Gratitude has the power to change our groans to praise
and to make us aware of God who is always with us.

Let’s begin this day with a heart of thanksgiving!

Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Willing Hearts Grateful to Sew and Knit

Several Timothy ladies find joy in sewing and knitting infant receiving blankets for distribution at Truman Medical Center in Downtown KC. The next delivery to Truman will total 44 blankets, homemade by Susan Ready, Pat Bock, Jean McCormick, Lucy Johnson, Gloria Schultz, and Lois Domsch, among others. Thank you, ladies, for sharing your joy and talent!

LUMAA Ingathering

Once again, Timothy stepped up to fill a need. The recent Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary ingathering for winter necessities resulted in a tremendous outpouring of support, both in items and monetary donations. In fact, Our Redeemer, Immanuel, Jesu el Buen, and Messiah Lutheran Churches will each be blessed to receive a portion of Timothy’s total of 229 items. Thank you, Timothy, for your generous support! LUMAA is a ministry supported by Lutheran Women’s Missionary League LWML).

2021 Confirmands Prepare Faith Stories . . . Already!

As 2020 comes to an end, Timothy’s Confirmands are in the preparation stage of writing their faith stories. The current pandemic has led leaders in the confirmation ministry to break away from the normal tradition of assisting students prepare to share their faith stories in-person during worship. This year, to meet the demands of social distancing, students’ faith stories will be recorded and presented during all services on a given weekend. Being compliant, and yet beating the odds, technology allows for the congregation, family, and friends to be a part of this celebration in our students’ faith journeys.

During the next few months, one or two faith stories will be scheduled for each weekend. This week, we are excited to begin with Maddie Kephart (click on Picture for video). Feel free to share your words of encouragement to wecare@timothylutheran.com to be forwarded to the family.

Children’s Ministry Update

Lights! Camera! Action! Children’s Ministry leaders are hard at work preparing for the Children’s Christmas Program on Dec. 20 during the 10am worship service at Wyatt. The program will feature the talents of Timothy’s youth from as young as three-years-old to senior high students. If students would like to participate, it is not too late to join the group! No need to register as this program is open to all. The practice schedule below is offered to help families plan their schedules:

  • Wed., Dec. 2, 6-6:30pm, RD Mize, for middle school students
  • Wed., Dec. 2, 6:30-7pm, RD Mize, for Pre-K-5th grade students (as part of FaithRoots)
  • Wed., Dec. 9, 6-6:30pm, RD Mize, for middle school students
  • Wed., Dec. 9, 6:30-7pm, RD Mize, for Pre-K-5th grade students (as part of FaithRoots)
  • Sat., Dec. 19, 9-11am, Wyatt, all grades
  • Sat., Dec. 19, immediately after full rehearsal, Wyatt, for youth bell choir

If students can only attend on Dec. 19 but would still like to participate, they are encouraged and welcomed to join the group. Contact Sarah Hinkle, shinkle80@hotmail.com with questions.

Timothy’s Newest Stephen Leader

Roxanne Kerwood was commissioned as Timothy’s newest Stephen Leader at the 9am worship service this past Sunday. She joins Gary Williams as a trainer for the next Stephen Ministry class, scheduled to begin in mid-February 2021. Please prayerfully consider joining this next class of caregivers. All who have completed the Congregational Care Ministry (CCM) training are eligible for the 32-hour course to complete their Stephen Ministry requirements. CCM training will be offered in mid-January for four weeks. Questions? Contact Roxanne, Gary, or Nancy Nowiszewski through the church office (816.228.5300).

Turkey Dinners for Welcome Inn Residents

Timothy members Dan & Pam Sbisa and Rick Little gave turkey dinners to more than 100 residents at Welcome Inn this past Sunday. The meals, prepared by Price Chopper and packaged in individual containers, included roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, and cobbler. Additional meals were delivered to the Hillcrest Transitional Housing apartments in Lee’s Summit. Thank you to all who support Timothy’s Emergency Assistance Ministry!

TLS Enrollment Update

There is a line in Field of Dreams: “If you build it, he will come.” What if we remove it from the baseball context and apply it to the Lord, our God? “…HE will come.” I believe TLS is experiencing just that.

Through the grace of God and hard work of our staff, teachers, students and families, TLS is experiencing the largest enrollment in its history. Timothy voted to continue with our Education Ministry, and students are coming. With the various in-person closings of area schools, changes in schedules and the struggles with virtual learning for some students, families are coming to TLS in search of consistency, support, and quality education. My phone has been ringing, and families have taken tours of our school. Just this past week, six new students enrolled at TLS. Currently, the 3rd/4th grade classroom is full. The 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade classrooms can only hold one more student each. Kindergarten now has 12 students. The 1st grade classrooms have only 8 empty seats combined, and 2nd grade has three to fill. This translates to a grand total of 91 full-time students. In addition, eight home-schooled students attend TLS part-time during the week, bringing the total of all students to 99. Praise God for shining such light on TLS, covering us in grace and making it all so clear that our Educational Ministry is looked upon with favor.

This week, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and count our blessings, I cannot thank you enough for your generosity, support, and commitment to TLS. While I understand the current pandemic has created situations for families to consider alternatives to traditional public schools, I am reassured that God put us here to serve, to be a place of great learning in Christian love, and to witness to many families that likely would not have come to us in the past.

I wish you all a most blessed and joy-filled Thanksgiving holiday. I will that day, as I do every day, give thanks to God for your support.

In His Service,
Ken Holland, TLS Administrator

Thanksgiving Eve Service TOMORROW, Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Holy Communion will be celebrated; offerings will fund 2021 Emergency Assistance Ministry. Thank you!

Giving Trees will be ready TOMORROW at both campuses to select tag(s) for this year’s Journey to the Manger which occurs on Dec. 13, also at both campuses. Most tags request gift cards. Ordering gift cards through TLS Scrip Program will be available THIS SUNDAY ONLY, Nov. 29, at both campuses, for delivery on Dec. 6. Be sure to sign your name for the tag(s) you take at the registry located near each tree. Please attach your gift tag(s) to the gift(s) you are providing when offered to the Journey to the Manger collection on Dec. 13.

Winter Scarves, Gloves, Caps In addition to the gifts requested by Our Redeemer Lutheran in KC, there is a need for winter scarves, gloves and caps, mostly for adults. If you would like to donate a new winter item, please bring by Dec. 13 as well and place in containers in each lobby. Thank you!

eNotes Please Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there will be no eNotes this Friday, Nov. 27. Best wishes to all of Timothy’s families for a blessed Thanksgiving!

Holy Communion Please note that Holy Communion will be celebrated this Sunday at both in-person services, but there will be no Drive-Thru Communion after the Wyatt service.

 Annual Prayer Breakfast Women of Hope regrets that the Annual Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for Dec. 5, has been canceled, due to low registrations. Watch for information on spring events when, hopefully, the COVID virus will have subsided.

Next Generation 2020 Vision Review Task Force Final Report is posted on Timothy’s website under the Next Generation tab. Thank you to Susan Ready (chair), Eric Gerken, Charlie Bock, Aimee Gorrow, Tracy Hutton, and Mary Beth Self for compiling a comprehensive report.

November Food Donations will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Thanks for your generosity, as always!

LWML Nut & Candy Sale THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 29, LAST DAY to place an order from the table in lobby. Online orders MUST be in by Monday, Nov. 30 at noon.  Goods will be ready for pickup next Sun., Dec. 6 or call Susan Ready (816.229.7688) for other arrangements. THANK YOU to all who have purchased. 10% of proceeds given to mites for missions, and 90% will be directed to PALS (Wives Resource Project for LCMS Pastoral Education).

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting Sun., Dec. 6, immediately following Wyatt worship service. Please plan to attend. Agenda: 2021 Proposed Operating Budget, Next Generation Update, 2021 Called Staff Housing Allowance, 2020 Annual Reports, 2021 Slate of Lay Leaders, 2020 Suggested Bylaws Revisions. Plans in progress for recording of meeting and voting virtually. More details next week when finalized.

Advent Services Theme: “The Songs of Advent” Dec. 2 & 9, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Dec. 16, 5:30pm in conjunction with TLS Christmas Program.

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

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

Timothy eNotes Friday, November 20, 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: Tension
In the epistle reading, we catch a hint of the tension that Christians live in. We are stuck between the firstfruits of Christ’s resurrection and the coming day of resurrection. We watch as the world seems to crumble around us and we feel the tension within us growing. So we look forward to the coming Day with hope, longing for the day when Christ will have everything put under His feet, a metaphor that points to a day when everything will be made right.
God calls us to help with His rescue – TRUST GOD! Join us this week as the gang shares the Bible Event of Moses and the Burning Bush.

Stephen Leader Commissioning

This Sunday at the RD Mize 9am service, Roxanne Kerwood will be commissioned as a Stephen Leader.  Pictured at right  (2nd row, 2nd from left) with others who recently completed the Stephen Ministry Leader’s Training Course via Zoom, she will now join Timothy’s Stephen Ministry leadership team as a lay leader. We praise God for Roxanne’s gifts and talents to touch lives for Christ through this impactful ministry and pray God’s blessings to both Roxanne and all served through Stephen Ministry.

TLS Playgrounds Ready for Action

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Over the past six months, many people joined efforts at many different levels to bring this project to fruition, and now the children are ready to play! Last Saturday, over 70 people assembled at Wyatt to spread mulch on both playgrounds. From the beginning planning stages to the final installation, God led many to prayerfully support this project by volunteering time and labor and through significant fundraising donations. To God be the glory!

Youth Ministry Updates

Last Sunday, Timothy’s youth gathered to assemble “finals kits” to send to some of Timothy’s college students. Thanks to all who donated items such as face masks, sanitizers, granola bars, candy, bookmarks, post-it notes, and Bible verses to fill 12 kits. The kits were mailed this week as a reminder to Timothy’s college students that their church family back home is praying for them.

Following the work party to assemble the finals kits, Timothy’s youth and their families assembled for a movie night, complete with concession stand snacks such as popcorn, pizza, and soda, to raise money for their next service project and event:  Christmas cards and a Christmas party on Dec. 18,

Next Generation

 “See, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:19


Conversations continue among Timothy congregation and leadership about the direction in which God may be leading His ministry here in Blue Springs and surrounding areas. As with many areas in these days of COVID, some wonder if this is the right time to move forward with plans to consolidate to one campus. Leadership feels that the pandemic should not deter us from planning for the future. Delaying a decision further will cripple any project, and leadership understands the risk of losing support and/or members due to inaction.

The current plan makes it clear that the investment be 100% funded before breaking ground anywhere. No additional debt will be incurred.

Regardless of the new normal, leadership understands that some will desire in-person worship attendance and others will wish to continue worshipping remotely for many different reasons. Members have indicated their preferences in surveys from 2015 and 2020. Will these preferences change, due to COVID implications, on a new survey? Leadership expects less participation (300 in the 2020 survey) and results reflecting the previous survey results.

Leadership groups (Executive Board, Elected Elders, Next Generation) agree on direction. It is now time to consult professionals to help Timothy determine what is possible and realistic. That information will drive the proposal. At this point, unless restrictions lessen again, it will likely be late spring or early summer before Timothy can host large gatherings, assuming the success of vaccines. In the meantime, ministries will continue at both campuses as space allows for the size of various gatherings.

A capital campaign will be necessary regardless of the direction of the project. Leadership does not support a campaign which asks the congregation to keep things status quo. We pray for God’s direction in moving forward according to His will, and we ask that the congregation keeps this process in your prayers as well.  Please plan to attend the Voters’ Assembly Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 6, for the opportunity to learn updates and share your input. Thank you!

Recording RD Mize Service

In addition to livestreaming the 10am service at Wyatt, the 9am service at RD Mize is being recorded when a recording volunteer is available. The recorded services will be posted under the RD Mize Worship YouTube playlist. Just click on the RD Mize blue text in previous sentence to access the playlist. Click on the service you want to view.

Altar Flowers at RD Mize this Sunday are provided by Mel & Gloria Cundiff in praise and thanksgiving to God for their 60th wedding anniversary.

2020 First Fruits total $203, 203.00 as of Nov. 15. Thank you very much!

Thanksgiving Eve Service Wed., Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize. Offerings will fund 2021 Emergency Assistance Fund. Thank you!

November Food Donations delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Traditional ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal are suggested as well as household items such as paper products, cleaning products, and personal hygiene items. Thanks for your support!

Giving Tree Tags will be ready to select on Nov. 25 at both campuses. Most tags will request gift cards. Ordering gift cards through TLS Scrips Program will be available Sun., Nov. 29, for delivery on Dec. 6. Be sure to sign your name for the tag(s) you take at the registry located near each tree. All gifts will be collected on Sun., Dec. 13, the date for this year’s Journey to the Manger. Please attach your gift tag to the gift you are providing.

Winter Scarves, Gloves, Caps In addition to the gifts requested by Our Redeemer Lutheran in KC, there is a need for winter scarves, gloves and caps, mostly for adults. If you would like to donate a new winter item, please bring by Dec. 13 as well and place in containers in each lobby. Thanks!

LWML Nut & Candy Sale continues through next Sunday, Nov. 29, at both campuses and online at church website. This year’s proceeds designated for mites (10%) and PALS (90%). Thanks for your support!

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

Prayer Breakfast Ladies, please join Women of Hope at the Annual Prayer Breakfast on Sat., Dec. 5, 9:30-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize. Theme: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus. A FREE continental breakfast will be served. Please register by Nov. 27 so seating can accommodate social distancing and refreshments are prepared for all. RSVP to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) or Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com).

Advent Services Dec. 2 & 9, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Dec. 16, 5:30pm, Wyatt in conjunction with TLS Christmas Program.

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

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

Caroling with the Pastors Please note that Timothy regrets the cancellation of this ministry this year due to COVID restrictions.

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 Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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

Devotion

My mom showed us how to love others well. Growing up, she filled our kitchen with the smells of chicken casserole or homemade lasagna when we learned of someone in our church with a loss in the family. At the holidays, she taught us the joy of giving. Whenever I struggled with loneliness or sadness, she encouraged me to look around. I could take my eyes off of my own pain for just a little while and be a friend to others who needed love, too.

But then I became the “least of these” as a young, divorced single mom. As I navigated my new status as a single parent, one of my biggest struggles was realizing how much help I needed. I wanted to be the one pouring out and loving well, but in my emotional, physical, and financial exhaustion, I had nothing left. The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matt. 25:40
God met me there — empty, broken-hearted, and with nothing left to give. He showed up in the helpers when I suddenly found myself identifying as the one in need.

While it can sometimes be easier as Christ followers to pour ourselves out and show others love through our giving, there are also times when we need to learn to receive. In that humbling and hard season, God teaches us the humility of accepting the offerings of others. He used the people around us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. May we be humble enough to give without expectation and to receive help when we need it. There is a time and a season for both.

Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

COVID Update

In light of increased protocols issued by Jackson County yesterday, please note the following precautions regarding Timothy’s worship services and activities:

  • Sanctuary pews are taped again to ensure better social distancing; however, there is more seating available than the first time pews were taped.
  • The Thanksgiving Eve Service and Advent Services will be live-streamed, using a cell phone to record the services, and available on Facebook and YouTube, in the same manner that the 9am service is recorded when a volunteer is available.
  • The individual leaders of Bible Studies will determine if they will meet in-person. Please let the office know if plans change.
  • Until further notice, Timothy will not be available to outside groups, with the exception of the Blue Springs City Theatre who operates under stringent internal protocols over and above Timothy’s protocols.
  • Masks are required if 6’ social distancing cannot be maintained at all times.

Please know that Timothy’s staff and leadership is monitoring COVID precautions and protocols as they become available. The county’s order is a good reminder that it is our responsibility to take necessary steps to keep everyone safe. Future updates will be communicated as necessary. Thank you for your cooperation.

Worship Updates

There has been congregational interest for Timothy to expand weekend service opportunities. At last week’s Board of Elected Elders meeting, the elders lamented that due to COVID and especially its recent increased concerns, there are not enough volunteers (elders, ushers, sound techs) to support another service at this time. The Elected Elders will continue to monitor local COVID cases and the availability of volunteers to determine when an additional service can be added.

In addition to livestreaming the 10am service at Wyatt Rd, the 9am service at RD Mize Rd is being recorded when a recording volunteer is available. The recorded services will be posted under the RD Mize Worship Timothy Youtube playlist.  Just click on the Rd Mize Worship blue text in previous sentence and it will take you to the playlist.  Click on the service you want to view.

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting

Please plan to attend the Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 11:30am in the Wyatt Auditorium. A quorum of 40 voting members is required to conduct business. Please note the following agenda items and suggestions for preparing for the meeting:

  • Adoption of Proposed 2021 Operating Budget: Printed copies are available at the Information Center at each campus. It is also posted on Timothy’s website. The Budget Worksheet includes three items new to the operating budget from past years, all three of which are designed to provide direction for Timothy’s ministries moving forward:
  1. $20,000 for development of architectural drawings (with completion goal of 1st quarter 2021) in developing conceptual drawings for expansion at Wyatt Campus;
  2. The Next Generation Task Forces have worked hard to gather information. Some task forces are still gathering information, but final reports from the 2020 Vision Review Task Force and Ministry Review Task Force will be completed soon. Before a congregational vote about possible next steps, leadership needs the help of professionals to create conceptual architectural drawings of site plans and approximate costs to present to the congregation. By allocating funds now to develop drawings, we will gain a more accurate picture of what is or is not possible for the future. The Dec. 6 adoption of the budget does not commit Timothy to any expansion projects at this time. Voters will decide that at the appropriate time. Leadership is committed to not incurring any additional debt, regardless of the final decision by Voters.
  3. Monthly principal payments ($5,000) to Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) to reduce debt;
  4. Monthly transfer ($5,000) to a “rainy day” emergency fund.
  • 2020 Annual Reports: Will be posted to church website by Nov. 30. Please review before Voters’ Assembly Meeting and bring questions, if any, to the meeting. There will be no printed copies at the meeting.
  • Approval of Called Staff Housing Allowance:  Will be printed on the agenda.
  • 2021 Proposed Slate of Lay Leaders:  Will be printed on reverse side of agenda.
  • Approval of Bylaws Revisions:  Current bylaws, last approved in 2015, are posted on church website. Proposed 2020 revision of Timothy’s bylaws will be posted on church website by Friday, Nov. 20. Please review both documents and bring questions, if any, to the meeting. There will be no printed copies at the meeting.

Please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040) with questions.

TLS Receives Laptops

TLS is excited to add ten new laptops to the school library! These laptops were purchased with federal title money through the Blue Springs School District. TLS thanks BSSD for its cooperation and assistance to make this possible! Special thanks also to Louie Wilbers who configured them for use and to Otis Turner for installing them into the library. We give thanks to God for providing this opportunity for our school.

November Food Donations delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Traditional ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal are suggested as well as household items such as paper products, cleaning products, and personal hygiene products. Thanks for your support!

Thanksgiving Eve Service Wed., Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize.  Offerings will fund 2021 Emergency Assistance Fund. Thank you!

Giving Tree Tags ready to select on Nov. 25 at both campuses. Most tags will request gift cards. Ordering gift cards through TLS Scrips Program will be available Sun., Nov. 29, for delivery on Dec. 6. Be sure to sign your name for the tag(s) you take at the registry located near each tree. All gifts will be collected on Sun., Dec. 13, the date for this year’s Journey to the Manger. Please attach your gift tag to the gift you are providing.

Winter Scarves, Gloves, Caps In addition to the gift requested by Our Redeemer Lutheran in KC, there is a need for winter scarves, gloves, and caps, mostly for adults. If you would like to donate a new winter item, please bring those by Dec. 13 as well and place in the containers in the lobby. Thanks!

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

Prayer Breakfast Ladies, please join Women of Hope at the Annual Prayer Breakfast on Sat., Dec. 5, 9:30-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize. Theme: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus. A FREE continental breakfast will be served. Please register by Nov. 27 so seating can accommodate social distancing and refreshments are prepared for all. RSVP to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) or Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com).

Advent Services Dec. 2 & 9, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Dec. 16, 5:30pm, Wyatt in conjunction with TLS Christmas Program.

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

Christmas Services Dec. 24: 2, 4, 7, & 10pm—RD Mize (10pm Candlelight Service w/ Holy Communion); 4pm—Wyatt; Dec. 25: 10am w/ Holy Communion—RD Mize

Timothy eNotes Friday, November 13, 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

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME: Apocalypse Now!
Are we in an apocalypse? It certainly seems like it. 2020 was positively epic in the number of issues and problems our world faced. We may be tempted to focus on the negative and see them as signs of God’s impending judgment. But in reality, the word “apocalypse” is just a fancy word for “revealing.” And in that way, 2020 is an apocalypse. It has revealed who we are. Do we like what we see? Or do we heed the words of Paul, wake up, and build each other up?
God saves us from danger – Trust God. This week in our Bible Event we learn how God used baby Moses to save the people.

Musings About COVID Impact: A Devotion

The text arrives late morning. I stare at my phone and read my friend’s message again: “Did you know so-and-so is leaving our church because they don’t agree with wearing masks?” I feel the same ache I felt in school when a close friend decided there were cooler people to hang out with, and every other time anyone left or threatened to leave because conditions weren’t right for them.

We are no longer grounded in all the ways we once took for granted, and we are tangled up tight in our fears. When we make decisions about staying or leaving, let’s be courageous enough to face our feelings and fears, remembering that any freedom we’ve been given hasn’t been given as a right to keep but as an opportunity to serve one another in love. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

I sit still in the fog of sadness that surrounds continued losses. God graciously reconnects my heart towards hope, one prayer at a time. No matter what falls apart and what still remains, Christ’s love cannot be separated from us, and that is the foundation where all good things can grow and begin again.
Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Navigating a Pandemic
While Ministering to God’s People

Almost nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many at Timothy and elsewhere reflect upon God’s plan for ministering to His people. How much longer, Lord? Are we hearing and following Your direction? We know You are in control. We know You are always with us and love us. We thank you for blessings as well as challenges just as always. We thank You for this opportunity to grow in our faith walk as we always put our trust in You. We also thank You for the opportunity to share with Timothy congregation just some of the specific ways in which “daily life at Timothy” looks somewhat different as we continually focus on safe procedures and decisions to Touch Lives for Christ.

All of us long to worship and fellowship in person “like normal,” but for those who are uncomfortable and at significant risk in doing that, Timothy’s staff and leadership respect that perspective, just as staff and leadership respect the perspective of those who are anxious to resume services and activities as they were prior to March 2020, and everything in between! For now, the following information is intended to keep the congregation informed of what staff must accomplish so that ministries can proceed as close to “normal” as possible.

Among other things, “sanitizing” has taken on new meaning for all of us. At Timothy, a tremendous amount of time must now be devoted to sanitizing daily, especially at TLS, where all classrooms, “high touch areas,” and lobby must be sanitized each morning before school and again during lunch. After lunch, tables must be sanitized and put away, floor must be mopped, and kitchen must be sanitized. At RD Mize, all rooms are sanitized before and after use, regardless of time of day. We praise God for Timothy’s two facilities managers, Don McGhee and Gary Williams, who hold high a tremendous commitment to prepare both campuses for Timothy’s ministries to thrive, even during a pandemic, especially during a pandemic. They both approach their work as a ministry itself. Timothy’s staff and leadership thank them and the many volunteers who assist them whenever possible. To God be the glory!

Please keep Timothy’s leadership and staff in your prayers as they try to balance the needs and expectations of Timothy’s diverse members and worshippers with the safety and comfort level of essential volunteers and servants. It is often difficult to discern “best practices” in this ever-changing environment. Thank you!

Annual Voters’ Assembly

The Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting will be Sunday, Dec. 6, 11:30am at Wyatt Auditorium. Please note the following agenda items:

  • Adoption of Proposed 2021 budget:  Printed copies will be available at both campuses this weekend and posted on church website early next week. There are 3 major items included in the proposed budget:  1) $20,000 for architectural drawings (with completion goal of 1st quarter of 2021) to work with Construction Task Force in developing conceptual drawings for construction at Wyatt Campus; 2) increased commitment for monthly payments to Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) to reduce debt; and 3) establish emergency “rainy day” fund with monthly allocation from general offerings. To date, there have been 118 viewings of the Next Generation revised video prepared for the Oct. 25 Town Hall. If you have not viewed the video or slide presentation, please do so on church website before the Voters’ Meeting for reminder of background information. Leadership plans to call a Special Voters’ Meeting in the 1st quarter of 2021 if the architectural drawings are ready to present to the Voters. At that Voters’ Meeting, there will be a motion to: (a) accept the drawings to move forward with first phase of construction, (2) place RD Mize Campus on the market, and (3) initiate a capital campaign to fund Phase One. Leadership recommends a small chapel/chancel/multipurpose room, similar to current Fellowship Hall, in Phase One. The RD Mize Campus will continue to be utilized until sold. NO ADDITIONAL DEBT WILL BE INCURRED FOR CONSTRUCTION. Nothing will be built until funds are secured through sale of RD Mize and/or provided through capital campaign contributions.
  • 2020 Annual Reports:  Will be posted on church website by Nov. 30. Please review before Voters’ Meeting and bring questions, if any, to the meeting.
  • Approval of 2021 Called Staff Housing Allowance:  Will be printed on the agenda.
  • 2021 Proposed Slate of Lay Leaders:  Will be printed on reverse side of agenda. (See below)
  • Approval of Bylaws Revisions:  Current bylaws, last approved in 2015, are on church website. 2020 Revised Bylaws will be posted on church website by Nov. 20. Please review both documents and bring questions, if any, to the meeting.

Please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040) with questions.

2020 Proposed Slate of Lay Leaders
Executive Board:  Carol Cronkhite, Dave Domsch, Gary Flandermeyer, Charlie Johnson, Diane Mayfield, Joe Sauter, Louie Wilbers
Commission Leaders:  GATHER (open), GROW (Mary Reed), GIVE (open), GO (open)
Board of Elected Elders:  Charlie Cronkhite, Tary Krahenbuhl, Rick Little, Kyle Oelkhaus, Ben Ryan, Steve Schild, Kelly Twenter, Gary Williams
School Board:  Charlie Bock, Lois Domsch, Kate Force, Aimee Gorrow, Tyler Hutton, Dave MacLean, Trent Yager

TLS Playground Mulch Spreading Tomorrow, Nov. 14, 8:30am. Thank you for your help!

Job Opportunity TLS part-time pre-school teacher; contact Ken Holland (kenh@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8015) or Kristen Anderson (kristena@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8017).

Drive-Thru Communion This Sunday, Nov. 15, 11:30am-12:15pm, Wyatt. Please drive to canopy entrance, park vehicle, and enter building, one car at a time.

2020 First Fruits totals $203,203.00 as of Nov. 8. Thank you very much!

September Financial Reports are posted on church website. A few printed copies may be picked up at Information Centers at both campuses.

November Food Donations delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Suggested items include Thanksgiving-related necessities: sugar, flour, cooking oil, canned vegetables, canned fruits, pkgs of jello, pkgs of instant dressing, cake/brownie mixes. As always, thank you for your generous support!

LWML Nut & Candy Sale continues through Dec. 6 (last day to place orders is Nov. 29). Place order online at church website or pick up printed order forms at tables in both lobbies. Merchandise will be ready for pick up the Sunday after order is submitted. Contact Susan Ready (816.229.7688) or Lois Kuecker (816.868.5500) for other arrangements. Proceeds distributed between mites (10%) and PALS (90%). Thanks for your support!

LUMAA Ingathering for winter necessities concludes this Sunday, Nov. 15. Drop off in lobby at either campus. Monetary donations may be dropped off at church office or mailed to Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64062. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Eve Service Wed., Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize. Offerings will fund 2021 Emergency Assistance Fund. Thanks for your support!

Giving Tree Tags ready to select on Nov. 25 at both campuses. Most tags will request gift cards. Ordering gift cards through TLS Scrips Program will be available Sunday, Nov. 29 for delivery on Dec. 6. Be sure to sign your name for the tag(s) you take at the registry located near each tree. All gifts will be collected on Sunday, Dec. 13, the date for this year’s Journey to the Manger. Please attach your gift tag to the gift you are providing.

Winter Scarves, Gloves, Caps In addition to the gifts requested by Our Redeemer Lutheran in KC, there is a need for winter scarves, gloves, and caps, mostly for adults. If you would like to donate a new winter item, please bring those by Dec. 13 as well and place in the containers in the lobby. Thanks!

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

Prayer Breakfast Ladies, please join Women of Hope at their annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 5, 9:30-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize. Theme is Unwrapping the Names of Jesus. A FREE continental breakfast will be served. Please register by Nov. 27 so seating can accommodate social distancing, and refreshments are available for all. RSVP to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) or Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com).

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

Advent Services Dec. 2 & 9, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Dec. 16, 5:30pm, Wyatt in conjunction with TLS Christmas Program

Christmas Services Dec. 24: 2, 4, 7, & 10pm—RD Mize (10pm Candlelight Service w/ Holy Communion); 4pm—Wyatt; Dec. 25: 10am w/ Holy Communion—RD Mize.

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 Update November 10, 2020

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

Live Theatre Comes to Timothy

Timothy’s Executive Board is excited to share that the Blue Springs City Theatre, a local live theatre performing arts company, will rent the RD Mize Family Life Center for its first production since COVID altered its normal performances. Operating under a stringent ArtSafe reopening plan, the Blue Springs City Theatre will prepare and present a production of the show Almost, Maine via live stream on each of the dates, January 1 ,2, & 3, 2021. While auditions have already occurred and early rehearsals will occur remotely, the Family Life Center will be the venue for blocking rehearsals (December 14-18), set building and final tech-week rehearsals (Dec. 27-31), and production performances (January 1-3). Timothy is pleased to connect with the Blue Springs City Theatre through this community outreach opportunity and looks forward to supporting the arts in Blue Springs! Hopefully, this first partnership will lead to similar arrangements for their other virtual productions throughout 2021.

Giving Tree

Timothy’s Giving Tree ministry is alive and well, just looks a little different this year due to COVID. The trees with tags for gifts brought for Journey to the Manger will be on display in each lobby beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25. Tags on each tree will specify gifts for the individuals Timothy is adopting. This year, organizations that Timothy supports (Community Services League and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church) have requested mostly gift cards for distribution to their families. However, there will be some tags with specific gift requests for families living at Hillcrest Transitional Housing in Lee’s Summit. Be sure to sign your name at the registry located near each tree for the tag(s) you take.

If you would like to order your gift cards through the Timothy Lutheran School Scrips Program, stop by their table in the lobbies on Sunday, Nov. 29, to order the cards you need. The cards will then be available to you the following weekend, Dec. 6. Check the table for pick-up details.

This year, Journey to the Manger will occur on Sunday, Dec. 13. All gifts will be collected before services begin, either at the communion rail (9am service) or on the stage (10am service). Baskets will be available to receive the gift cards. As in previous years, please attach the gift tag to your donated gift(s). Thanks for your support of this ministry!

Winter Scarves, Gloves, Caps

In addition to the gift cards requested by Our Redeemer, there is a special need for winter scarves, gloves, and caps, mostly for adults. If you would like to donate one or more of these new winter items, please bring to the Dec. 13 Journey to the Manger as well and place in the containers in the lobby. Thank you!

Women of Hope Annual Prayer Breakfast

Ladies, it is time to mark your calendar to attend the Women of Hope Annual Prayer Breakfast on Sat., Dec. 5, 9:30-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize Campus. The theme this year is Unwrapping the Names of Jesus. A FREE continental breakfast will be served, but please register by Nov 27 so seating can accommodate social distancing and refreshments are available for all. RSVP to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) or Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com). Looking forward to another prayerful fellowship opportunity to kick off the Advent season! Bring a friend!

Young Women in Service

Timothy’s LWML Elizabeth Circle is eager to expand its “circle of friends!” If you are a young woman/mom eager to meet other young women/moms, grow in your faith through service to God and each other, and interested in supporting programs like Baby STEPs (Supporting Timothy’s Expectant Parents), this opportunity is for you! The Baby STEPs ministry supports the new life of blessings from God through prayers, phone calls/email/text messages, and cards for families. Soon after newborns come home, Elizabeth Circle friends often deliver a few “Meals for Moms” and a new pair of booties, handmade by volunteers, as a keepsake from Timothy and reminder of being washed clean at baptism as a child of God. Current Elizabeth Circle chair, Kaye Gray, who remembers the love and care her family received through the Baby STEPs program with the delivery of a meal and gifts when her daughter was born, was invited to Elizabeth Circle, met new friends, and the rest is history! Contact her soon at kgray1024@yahoo.com or 816.585.6530 to learn more about Elizabeth Circle and all of its activities

TLS Playground Mulch Spread The playground is near completion! Your help in spreading mulch this Saturday, Nov. 14, starting at 8:30am will be greatly appreciated! Contact Ken Holland (kenh@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8015) to volunteer some time to complete this project! Thank you very much!

Job Opportunity TLS Pre-School Teacher, part-time. Contact School Administrator Ken Holland (kenh@timothylutheran.com) or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8015) for specific details.

2021 Lay Leaders Have you felt God’s nudge yet? Please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040) if you’d like more information about leading GATHER, GIVE, or GO Commissions. A great supporting cast of members in each commission will be a guaranteed blessing to your service.

November Food Donations will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Special requests include Thanksgiving-related items, such as flour, sugar, vegetable oil, canned vegetables, canned fruits, pkgs of jello, pkgs of instant stuffing, & cake/brownie mixes. As always, thanks for your generous support!

Thanksgiving Eve Service Wed., Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize. Offerings fund Timothy’s Emergency Assistance Fund for 2021. Thanks for your strong support, as always!

LWML Nuts & Candy Sale continues through Dec. 6 (last day to submit orders is Nov. 29). Place orders online at church website or pick up printed order forms at tables in both lobbies. Merchandise will be ready to pick up the Sunday after order is submitted. Contact Susan Ready (816.229.7688) or Lois Kuecker (816.868.5500) for other arrangements. Proceeds distributed between mites (10%) and PALS (90%). Thanks for your support!

LUMAA Ingathering This is the last weekend to donated winter necessities or send monetary donations to Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Thank you!

Staff Christmas Gift Donations continue through Dec. 6. Please drop off in offering plates or at church office or contribute online at church website. Thank you very much!

Advent Services Theme: “The Songs of Advent” Mark your calendars to attend on Dec. 2 and 9, 5:30pm, at RD Mize; Dec. 16 service will be at Wyatt, 5:30pm, in conjunction with the TLS Christmas Program.

Christmas Services Dec.24:  2, 4, 7, & 10pm—RD Mize (10pm Candlelight Service w/ Holy Communion); Dec. 24, 4pm—Wyatt; Dec. 25: 10am w/ Holy Communion—RD Mize.

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting Sunday, Dec. 6, 11:30pm, Wyatt Auditorium.

Timothy eNotes Friday, November 6, 2020

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JOIN US FOR WORSHIP THIS WEEKEND
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

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME: Grieving with Hope

When many people read the epistle reading for this weekend, they want to focus on the rapture. But that’s not actually what Paul wants to teach. If anything, it’s a footnote. Instead, Paul’s focus is on the resurrection. It is that hope that allows Christians to go through life with hope, even when they grieve.

Even in tough times – God can make good things happen! Join the gang as our Bible Event shares how Joseph forgave his brothers.

TLS Veterans’ Day Program

TLS invites the congregation to enjoy this year’s Veterans’ Day Program on Nov. 11 by accessing the church and school website or the church and school Facebook pages. Yes, COVID will alter this celebration just as other events require a “new normal”! The broadcast will start at 9am, so spread the word to family and friends! Thank you, TLS staff and students, for your commitment to honoring those who have served our nation in protecting our freedoms!

Next Generation Update
“See, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:19

Have you reviewed the PowerPoint and watched the updated Town Hall video? If not, please take the opportunity to do so very soon. Links for both are below.  The task forces continue to meet, and the steering committee will meet Nov. 12 to develop next steps. Look for another update next Friday in eNotes.

NG Slideshow from Oct 25 Town hall meeting
Oct 25 Town Hall meeting Video

Thanksgiving Offering

Each year, the Thanksgiving offerings are designated to fund the emergency assistance that Timothy provides to the community and our own members. This year has been unusual with the emergence of COVID-19. Because many people were unable to work except for those who have essential jobs, government assistance and regulations easing the burden of utility bills for a number of months resulted in fewer requests for help. During the first ten months of 2020, Timothy’s emergency assistance fund helped 13 families from the community and our church with utilities, lodging, medical, and gasoline for a total of $2,540. Timothy also provides financial support ($100 weekly) to Hillcrest Transitional Housing through our sponsorship of an apartment in Lee’s Summit. We know that as we enter the winter months, we will once again be asked to provide utility and other assistance to those in need. Thank you for your gift to support this ministry with your Thanksgiving offering! If you are unable to attend the Thanksgiving Eve service on Nov. 25 at 5:30pm at RD Mize, feel free to drop off or mail your offerings to the church office (425 NW RD Mize Rd., BSMO, 64014). Thank you very much!

2021 Lay Leaders

Is God nudging you to join the leadership team at Timothy? Beginning in January, three of Timothy’s commissions (GATHER, GIVE, and GO) will welcome new leaders for the next two years. Each commission, already composed of talented and hard-working members who carry out Timothy’s mission, works closely with the Executive Board and staff. The GATHER Commission organizes fellowship activities. The GIVE Commission focuses on Timothy’s response to Jesus through care ministries and stewardship. The GO Commission concentrates on outreach and witness. Please prayerfully consider how you can offer your talents to further Timothy’s mission of Touching Lives for Christ through one of these leadership roles. No prior experience required, just a willingness to serve! The Executive Board looks forward to hearing from you.

Below is the proposed slate of officers for approval at the Annual Voters’ Meeting on Dec. 6. After prayerful consideration, perhaps your name will be added for one of the open positions? You will be glad you did! Please contact Diane Mayfield (dianelmayfield@comcast.net or 816.898.8772) for specific details. Thank you!

Elected Positions
As of January 1, 2021
(Specific dates of terms will be included on slate presented to Voters’ Assembly on Dec. 6)

Executive Board                               Board of Elected Elders                                 School Board         
Carol Cronkhite                                 Charlie Cronkhite                                             Charlie Bock
Dave Domsch                                    Tary Krahenbuh                                                                Lois Domsch
Gary Flandermeyer                         Rick Little                                                             Kate Force
Charlie Johnson                                                Kyle Oelkhaus                                                   Aimee Gorrow
Diane Mayfield                                 Ben Ryan                                                             Tyler Hutton
Joe Sauter                                           Steve Schild                                                        Dave MacLean
Louie Wilbers                                     Kelly Twenter                                                    Trent Yager
Gary Williams

Commission Leaders:
GATHER:  (open)
GROW:  Mary Reed
GIVE:  (open)
GO:  (open) .

Youth Ministry Updates

Timothy’s Youth Ministry will host a Family & Friends Movie Night on Sunday, Nov. 15, 5-7pm in the Family Life Center at RD Mize to watch Evan Almighty, a comedy for all ages. Junior Congressman, Evan Baxter, whose wish is to “change the world,” is heard by none other than God. When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it. But soon mysterious deliveries of wood and tools are dropped on his doorstep, animals of every shape and size are flocking to him two by two, and his self-absorbed life goes from overnight success to almighty mess.

This is a free event, but to ensure adequate seating and social distancing, please register in advance at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4a8a628aaf85-middle1
All your favorite concessions will be available for purchase in individually sealed bags: popcorn, cookies, and juice boxes. All proceeds will be applied toward expenses to conduct service projects and events sponsored by Timothy’s middle school youth ministry.

Calling All Middle School Youth

Be sure to mark your calendars for Sun., Nov. 15! We will meet in Family Life Center starting at 3pm to pack college finals kits. Afterwards, be sure to stick around to help set up your own movie night seats as family and friends are invited to join you for the Evan Almighty movie on the big screen! See you then!

2020 First Fruits total $203,008.00 as of Nov. 1. Thank you very much!

Thrivent Members If any of Timothy’s Thrivent members are willing to donate their access to Thrivent Action Team funds to purchase the necessary supplies for Timothy’s baptismal faith chests, please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040). Thank you!

November Food Donations will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Suggested items include  Thanksgiving-related necessities, such as flour, sugar, vegetable oil, canned vegetables, canned fruits, pkgs of jello, pkgs of instant dressing, & cake/brownie mixes. As always, thanks for your generous support!

LWML Nut & Candy Sale continues through Dec. 6 (last day to submit orders is Nov. 29). Place orders online at church website or pick up printed order forms at tables in both lobbies. Merchandise will be ready to pick up the Sunday after order is submitted. Contact Susan Ready (816.229.7688) or Lois Kuecker (816.868.5500) for other arrangements. Proceeds distributed between mites (10%) and PALS (90%). Thanks for your support!

LUMAA Ingathering for winter necessities continues through Nov. 15. Drop off in lobby at either campus. Monetary donations may be dropped off at church office or mailed to Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Thank you!

Giving Tree If you know of a family or individual who could use some extra assistance this Christmas, please submit their name, address & phone number in a sealed envelope and place into Nancy Nowiszewski’s church mailbox or email her at nancyn@timothylutheran.com. We appreciate the generous support given in the past and look forward to another successful year. If you personally could use some assistance, please contact Nancy.

Staff Christmas Gift Donations continue through Dec. 6. Drop off in offering plate or church office or contribute online at church website. Thank you very much!

Journey to the Manger Dec. 13, both services.

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting Dec. 6, 11:30am, Wyatt

Advent Services Theme: “The Songs of Advent” Mark your calendars to attend on Dec. 2 and 9, 5:30pm, at RD Mize; Dec. 16 service will be at Wyatt, 5:30pm, in conjunction with the TLS Christmas Program.

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

Christmas Services Dec. 24: 2, 4, 7, & 10pm—RD Mize (10pm Candlelight Service w/ Holy Communion); Dec. 24, 4pm—Wyatt; Dec. 25, 10am w/ Holy Communion—RD Mize. More details soon.

  • Nov. 8-Dec. 6: LWML Nut & Candy Sale, both campuses
  • Nov. 12: Next Generation Steering Committee meeting, Room 503, RD Mize
  • Every Sunday: In-person Worship (9am, RD Mize; 10am, Wyatt; 10am also live-streamed.
  • Nov. 15:  Drive-thru Holy Communion, 11:30am-12:15pm, Wyatt
  • Nov. 15: Middle School Family Movie Night, 5pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize
  • Every Tuesday 6:30-7:30am: Men’s Bible Study, Room 302 (Fireplace Room), RD Mize
  • Every Tuesday 10am: Adult Bible Study, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize
  • Every Sunday 5:45-7pm:  Youth Bible Study, Room 506 (Youth Room), RD Mize
  • Nov. 22: Welcome Inn meal at hotel
  • Nov. 23: GIVE Commission Meeting, 6pm, Room 303, RD Mize
  • Nov. 23: GROW Commission Meeting, 7pm, Room 302 (Fireplace Room), RD Mize
  • Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Eve Service, 5:30pm, RD Mize
  • Dec. 5: Women of Hope Annual Prayer Breakfast, 9:30-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize
  • Dec. 2, 9, & 16: Advent Services, 5:30pm; Dec. 2 & 9, RD Mize; Dec. 16 (TLS Christmas Program), Wyatt
  • Dec. 6: Annual Voters’ Meeting, 11:30am, Wyatt Auditorium
  • Dec. 7: GO Commission Meeting, 7pm, Room 103, RD Mize
  • Dec. 13: Journey to the Manger, both services
  • Dec. 20: Children’s Christmas Program, 10am, Wyatt
  • Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Services, 2, 4, 7, & 10pm—RD Mize (10pm Candlelight Service w/ Holy Communion; 4pm, Wyatt
  • Dec. 25: Christmas Day Service w/ Holy Communion, 10am, RD Mize
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 Update Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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

Next Generation Update

“See, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:19

The congregation is invited to view the revised video of information shared by the Next Generation Task Forces intended for the Oct. 25 Town Hall Meeting. Follow the link below on the church website. We look forward to members’ feedback and questions. Thanks for your patience and continued prayers as we seek God’s direction for Timothy’s future.

Go to Next Generation webpage  for Town Hall October 25, 2020 video.
https://youtu.be/ZoDm2TzBgck

Middle School Family Movie Night

Timothy’s Middle School Youth Ministry is sponsoring a FREE movie night to enjoy Evan Almighty on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 5pm in the RD Mize Family Life Center.  Make plans now to attend! Space is limited, so please pre-register to reserve a seat. Social distancing and wearing masks will be required. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ba628aaf85-middle1

Ministry of Presence

I was a stay-at-home mom for many years. During that time, I invited young people to gather in our house. These times were not characterized by impressive entertainment, we simply shared life.

The Ministry of Presence is an underutilized resource in a culture that values fixing. Our greatest offering is often not what we do or say; it’s inviting others into a sacred space where stories are heard, unique qualities are valued, burdens are shared, and joys are celebrated. Paul writes to the Corinthians, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). The comfort Paul describes is coming alongside and offering hope, inspiring courage, and alleviating or lessening grief and sorrow. We don’t magically remove another’s burden; we help carry the weight. Our personal narratives are crafted by a loving God who is faithful to use all things for our good.

Join us this Thursday for Chapter 4 Rejection Must Fall
We meet at the R.D. Mize Campus in room 102
Beginning at 6:30 PM

Surviving the Holidays The holidays can be difficult for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or a relationship. If you or someone you know is struggling, please share two opportunities to receive support. GriefShare will host a special Surviving the Holidays session on Thurs., Nov. 12, and DivorceCare will sponsor its survival workshop on Mon., Nov. 9. Cost is $5 for materials. Please call the church office (816.228.5300) for details or to register.

 Thanksgiving Eve Service Wed., Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Offerings will fund Timothy’s 2021 Emergency Assistance Program. Thank you!

Advent Services Theme: “The Songs of Advent” Dec. 2 & 9, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Dec. 16, 5:30pm, Wyatt to enjoy TLS Christmas Program

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

Giving Tree If you know of a family or individual who could use some extra assistance this Christmas, please submit their name, address & phone number in a sealed envelope and place into Nancy Nowiszewski’s church mailbox or email her at nancyn@timothylutheran.com. We appreciate the generous support given in the past and look forward to another successful year. If you personally could use assistance, please contact Nancy.

Journey to the Manger Sun., Dec. 13, both services. More details soon.

November Food Donations will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Thanks for your generous support!

LWML Nut & Candy Sale continues through Dec. 6 (last day to submit orders is Nov. 29). Place orders online at church website or pick up printed order form at tables in both lobbies. Merchandise ready to pick up the Sunday after order is submitted. Contact Susan Ready (816.229.7688) or Lois Kuecker (816.868.5500) for other arrangements. Proceeds distributed between mites (10%) and PALS (90%). Thanks for your support!

LUMAA Ingathering for winter necessities continues through Nov. 15. Drop off in lobby at either campus. Monetary donations may be dropped off at church office or mailed to Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Thank you!

Thrivent Members If you are willing to donate your access to Thrivent Action Team funds to purchase materials for Timothy’s baptismal faith chests, please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothyluthean.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040). Thank you!

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting Sun., Dec. 6, 11:30am, Wyatt

October 2020

Timothy eNotes October 30, 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

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME: The Unknown Future
There’s so much about the future that’s unknown. We’re even told that what we will be in the world to come isn’t fully known. But rather than despair because of a question mark hovering on the horizon, we focus on the promise that we have: Christ purifies us so that we will be like Him. And all this happens because God has lavished His love upon us.
God Promises if we trust in Him, He will keep us safe! In this week’s Bible event Joseph is protected by God.

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

Each year, Christians celebrate the ancient tradition All Saints Day on the first Sunday in November. It is a time for us, as Christians, to pause and remember our brothers and sisters in the faith who have fallen asleep in Jesus during the past year and to thank God for the example of these faithful witnesses in our lives. It is a good reminder to us to look forward to the day when faith will become sight as we are reunited with them in the new heaven and new earth.

This Sunday, November 1, Timothy will remember these brothers and sisters in the faith who went home to Jesus during the past year. Whether you join us in person or online, please take a moment to remember these saints who now rest with Christ.

Loren Knudson
Jack Welch
Roger Deterding
Tim Fabry
Paul Schnakenberg
Donna Lindemann
Judi Kaltenstadler
Sydnee Soendker
Sharon Wilson
Dick Kalbfleisch
Randy Henning

NG Update

The posts from the Next Generation Town Hall meeting last Sunday continue to be updated. The congregation will be informed when the documents and video are ready to view on the church website. Please watch for another congregational email dedicated solely to Next Generation. Thank you!

A Devotion to Share
I’ve Been Asking: Where Is God?

Listening to the findings of the Next Generation, I have more question than answers. I think about John 11 and Mary’s short, honest, and vulnerable question. In the middle of her deep sadness and disappointment, Jesus comes, and Mary asks, “Where were You?” In other words, why didn’t You come sooner? Why didn’t You change this, prevent this, fix this, heal this? Where were You when I needed You?

I’m saying those things now. I’m wondering where He is in this confusion. So I returned to John 11, this time reading the story aloud. My own voice reading “Where were You?” in a different tone. Still desperate, but eager. Still confused, but hopeful and expectant. Could it be? Maybe, instead of pointing a finger, Mary was looking for fingerprints.

What if we say those three words not as an accusation but as a hope-full question, asking Him to reveal to us where He is in the middle of the confusion? Where are You, Lord? I believe that You are always here, right here, present and faithful and good. Show us Your fingerprints. Give us eyes to see Your goodness running through. We can ask why, or we can ask where.

God is with us in the big and the small, leaving His fingerprints and forever reminding us: Remember My goodness here. Look around. Do you see Me? I hang the clouds in the sky and fling stars into the night, all so that you remember I’m with you always.
And so, we are asking, “Where are You?” even as we look for fingerprints, His leading and His plan. I’ll keep on watching. He’s already here, present and good, faithful and kind throughout the process.

Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Surviving the Holiday

The holidays can be difficult for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or a relationship. If you or someone you know is struggling, please share two opportunities to receive support. GriefShare will host a special Surviving the Holidays session on Thurs., Nov. 12, and DivorceCare will sponsor their survival workshop on Monday, Nov. 9. Cost is $5 for materials. Please call the church office for details or to register.

Youth Ministry Updates

  • Fleece Blankets:  Eleven blankets were donated to the Veterans Community Project on Troost Avenue in KCMO on Oct. 23rd. They were very appreciative! If you would like to help at the next youth workday on Nov. 15, 3pm, to pack college finals kits, please contact Deanna Cross (pictured, left) at 816.807.6778.
  • Calling All Youth:  Exciting news to share! Timothy’s youth are invited to participate as narrators in the upcoming Children’s Christmas Program on Dec. 20 during the 10am service at Wyatt. If you are interested in a speaking part, please pick up an informational handout at the Youth Calendar area at either campus (on bulletin board across from RD Mize reception desk or inside Wyatt entrance area). Mark your calendars as practice begins on Wed., Nov. 4, 5-6:30pm in the FaithRoots hallway at RD Mize. After practice, all youth will be dismissed to Confirmation classes. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Sarah Hinkle (shinkle80@hotmail.com) with questions.

Food Donation Update

November Food donations will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing in Lee’s Summit. Special suggestions are Thanksgiving meal items such as flour, sugar, vegetable oil, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pkgs of stove top dressing, cake/brownie mixes, and pkgs of jello.

Thank you, Timothy, for always stepping up to support the food donation ministry. On Wednesday morning this week, Gary Flandermeyer loaded food from four packed grocery carts into his 5’ pickup bed and put overflow bags into the back seat before delivering all of it to Jesu el Buen in KC. Upon his return and reporting to Carol Ready about the trip downtown, Carol’s response, “Timothy really cares!” was an understatement. Gary, in turn, expressed his agreement with, “Yes, they do care! Wonderful response . . . again and again!” May we never take your generosity for granted!

Thank You from Hillcrest for Supporting Hillcrest’s 20th Annual Gala “It was an unconventional event in an unconventional year, but you rallied around Hillcrest! Together, we raised more than $150,000 for Hillcrest’s work in solving homelessness in Kansas City. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Special thanks to all of our business sponsors, virtual table hosts, and to all who donated auction items.”

Thrivent Members  If any of Timothy’s Thrivent members are willing to donate their access to Thrivent Action Team funds to purchase the necessary supplies for Timothy’s baptismal faith chests, please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040). Thank you!

2020 First Fruits contributions total $208,848.00 as of October 25th. Thank you very much!

TLS Playground Workday to Spread Mulch on Oct. 31 is postponed due to recent inclement weather. Watch for updates. Thank you!

Flowers at Service of Joy (10am, Wyatt) this Sunday are provided by Tom & Nancy Nowiszewski in memory of loved ones.

LWML Nut & Candy Sale is here! Order online at church website or pick up printed order form on tables in each lobby. Last day to order:  Nov. 29. Last day to pick up orders: Dec. 6. No merchandise displayed/for sale on lobby tables this year. Proceeds:  10% mites and 90% PALS (Post-Seminary Applied Learning & Support). Thank you!

Giving Tree If you know of a family or individual who could use some extra assistance this Christmas, please submit their name, address & phone number in a sealed envelope and place into Nancy Nowiszewski’s church mailbox or email her at nancyn@timothylutheran.com. We appreciate the generous support given in the past and look forward to another successful year. If you personally could use assistance, please contact Nancy.

2021 Lay Leaders This is the last weekend to nominate members for the open 2021 lay leader positions of GATHER Commission Leader, GIVE Commission Leader, GO Commission Leader, and Vice-President on the Executive Board. Please send nominations to Joe Sauter (joesauter5@gmail.com), Allison Spencer (aspencer2312@gmail.com), Mary Taggart (octobermom810@gmail.com), Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com), or Gary Williams (18gdub@gmail.com). Thank you!

LUMAA (Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary) Ingathering of winter necessities continues through Nov. 15. Please drop off at either lobby. Monetary donations may be sent to Lois Domsch, 3349 S Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Eve Service Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize. Offerings will fund Timothy’s Emergency Assistance Program for 2021. Thank you!

Advent Services Theme: “The Songs of Advent” Mark your calendars to attend on Dec. 2 and 9, 5:30pm, at RD Mize; Dec. 16 service will be at Wyatt, 5:30pm, to enjoy the TLS Christmas Program. Theme: “The Songs of Advent”

Journey to the Manger Dec. 13, both services

Middle School Youth November Service Project Stop by the tables in lobbies to support the middle school youth with their “finals kits’ for Timothy’s college students. They welcome snack donations to fill the kits. Thanks!

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting Sun., Dec. 6, 11:30am, Wyatt. Please plan to attend!

  • Every Sunday:  In-person Worship (9am, RD Mize; 10am, Wyatt; 10am also live-streamed)
  • Nov. 1 & 15:  Drive-Thru Communion, 11:30am-12:15pm, Wyatt
  • Every Sunday 5:45-7pm: Youth Bible Study, Room 506, RD Mize
  • Every Tuesday 6:30-7:30am:  Men’s Bible Study, Room 302 (Fireplace Room), RD Mize
  • Every Tuesday 10am:  Adult Bible Study, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize
  • Nov. 1:  All Saints Sunday
  • Nov. 1-Dec. 6:  LWML Nut & Candy Sale
  • Nov. 2:  GO Commission meeting, 7pm, Room 103, RD Mize
  • Nov.3:  Election Day (RD Mize is a polling location)
  • Nov. 22:  Welcome Inn meal at hotel
  • Nov. 23:  GIVE Commission meeting, 6pm, Room 303, RD Mize
  • Nov. 23:  GROW Commission meeting, 7pm, Room 302 (Fireplace Room), RD Mize
  • Nov. 25:  Thanksgiving Eve service, 5:30pm, RD Mize
  • Dec. 2, 9, & 16:  Advent services, 5:30pm; Dec. 2 & 9, RD Mize; Dec. 16, Wyatt (TLS Christmas Program)
  • Dec. 6:  Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting, 11:30am, Wyatt
  • Dec. 13:  Journey to the Manger, both services
  • Dec. 20:  Children’s Christmas Program, 10am, Wyatt
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.
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