February 2023

Timothy Connects Friday, Feb, 3rd, 2023

By |2023-02-03T08:16:59-06:00February 3rd, 2023|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
Prayers of the Saints: Jeremiah’s Prayer”

: Sometimes life just gets to be too much for us. Like the prophet Jeremiah, we may feel like it’s all too much and we may not be sure how to express that frustration to God. But Jeremiah gives us the example and the key of how we can go through that pain and anguish in a way that remains faithful to God.

“The Gifts Waiting in Your Coldest Winter

 Why do I live where the air hurts my face?” This cold snap keeps most of us indoors, unless absolutely necessary.
 “If you choose not to find joy in the cold, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of cold.” So for two minutes, on this frigid morning, I stood outside and beheld
the beauty. The stillness was breath taking.
We all need that reminder, and I don’t mean primarily for the winter seasons that happen outside our door – but for the winter seasons that happen inside of our hearts and homes. In life, our very souls shiver inside the iceboxes of disappointment and despair.

So what are we to do in the unavoidable winter seasons of the soul? The Apostle Paul wintered. In one such wintering, Paul spent months on an island where he encountered people who were unusually kind. They built a fire and welcomed him because it was so cold (Acts 28:2). Paul’s wintering seasons gave him three key gifts: safe harbor, opportunities to share Jesus in a different kind of way, and moments of abiding with others.
Instead of figuring out how to escape cold seasons, perhaps we can learn how to winter well within them. To see winter seasons as safe harbors. To encounter Jesus in unexpected ways. To gather around cozy fires. To abide.

Livestreaming Wyatt Service

Over the past few weeks, the livestreaming function of the Wyatt service has experienced some challenges. Timothy thanks Rod Brehm for his expertise and passion to convert the 10am service to YouTube. After much research and experimentation, Rod believes the service will be successfully available through the following channel link:  www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries
Please understand that it may not be perfect this Sunday, so we ask your patience as a learning curve may occur for a while. Thank you, Rod, for your perseverance and willingness to make this happen for Timothy!

“Back to the 80’s”
TLS Annual Scholarship Auction

The Annual Scholarship Auction/Gala for Timothy Lutheran School is Saturday, February 25, 2023! Mark your calendars to attend this year! Tickets are $50 each which includes dinner, all beverages, and entertainment. Virtual bidding tickets are available for $10 each. Scholarship packages are available for those who would like to promote their business. Visit www.timothylutheranschool.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Check out the Tri-Fold poster in each lobby to choose donations for the silent auction.

Early Communion Class

Any 5th through 8th grader eager to take part in the Lord’s Supper who hasn’t been trained yet is welcome to join us Wednesdays in March at our RD Maze campus for Early Communion Class. It will run from 6:30 to about 8:00 pm. All students planning to be confirmed at Timothy must take this class with one parent, guardian, or mentor. Please RSVP Pastor Ryan so he can plan accordingly. ryanh@timothylutheran.com.

“2023 LENT”

Ash Wednesday Feb. 22; two services with Holy Communion (4pm & 6:30pm) at RD Mize

LWML Ham Dinner 5-7pm in Family Life Center; free-will donations designated for Missions (10%) and Timothy’s Church Worker Professional Development (90%)
March 1 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner (lasagna) 5-7pm in Family Life Center; hosted by June 2023 Youth Mission Trip; proceeds designated for mission trip expenses
March 8 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner (pizza) 5-7pm; hosted by School Ministry; proceeds designated for TLS Scholarship Fund
March 15 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN
March 22 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner(Sloppy Joes) 5-7 pm; hosted by Festival Committee; proceeds designated for RD Mize elevator repair.
March 29 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN

Contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) to reserve one of the open dates for Lenten Dinners.

Baby STEPs Ministry
Supporting Timothy’s Expectant Parents

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart. Jeremiah 1:5

Is your family growing? Or do you know someone whose family is growing? Timothy’s LWML Elizabeth Circle organizes the Baby STEPs ministry which supports and celebrates the new life with which God blesses our Timothy families.
Volunteers offer personal contact through phone calls, cards, and prayers. The homecoming of a new infant is also celebrated with a home visit and meals provided by “Meals for Moms” volunteers. Each Timothy baby receives a new pair of white booties, handmade by a volunteer, as a keepsake from the church, symbolizing being washed clean and made God’s child at baptism.
If you would like to be a Baby STEPs recipient or volunteer, please contact Kaye Gray at 816.585.6530 or kgray1024@gmail.com.

Card Club

Tired of the winter blahs? Love to play 10-Point Pitch?  Make plans to attend the revival of Timothy’s Card Club on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7pm in the RD Mize Fellowship Hall. You can look forward to lots of fun and fellowship. Please bring a snack to share and a drink. For more information, please contact Art MacLean (660-641-1974).

Worshiping Faithfully in Uncertain Times

Although we do not like to think about the risk of violent acts or emergency situations occurring within the church walls, preparation for them is essential. Timothy’s leadership is committed to forming a Church Safety & Security Team to better provide an atmosphere of comfort, refuge, worship, and learning for those that enter our church walls and church events, recognizing the value of its people and facilities and embracing their safety and security.
No church should assume that “it will not happen here” as that attitude contradicts what Matthew says in Chapter 10, verse 16: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this new team please contact Team Leader Don McGhee (donm@timothylutheran.com) or Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com). Those with background experience or special interest in the medical field, military, facility or property management, human resources, law, law enforcement, insurance, and safety/security protocols are urged to step forward to share their interest and expertise. Thank you!

LUMAA Community Outreach Project

LUMAA met for their January meeting at Ascension Lutheran Church.  Shelia Rancatore from Cornerstones of Care shared how the organization serves as an umbrella with groups we are familiar with:  Ozanam, Merilac, Gillis and Swaffort, and over 35 more groups Missouri wide.  These groups work with children including those going into foster care.  These children often come to them with nothing , which prompted LUMMA  to gather supplies, including hygiene items, personal items, diaries, books, blankets, toys, games, cosmetics, pens and markers, stuffed animals, and many more.  The LUMAA members’ churches, including Timothy’s LWML, were very generous!  As a hands-on community outreach project at the meeting, twelve duffle bags for
children of all ages, were filled and delivered to Gillis Home, whose staff there was very excited and thankful to receive them.

    

Attendance Jan 29 RD Mize 189, Wyatt Rd 282

Weekly General Contributions: Actual $17,771.78 vs Budgeted $28,868 Thank you!

First Fruits Weekly Contributions:  Actual  $4,520.00 vs Budgeted $2,075 Thank you!

LWML Society Meeting Tomorrow, Feb. 4th, 9 am-noon,  Fellowship  Hall, RD Mize.

Bites for Mites February 12, Sunday AM, both sites.  Get your Valentine goodies or other baked items from LWML.   All proceeds go to missions.

Contribution Statements were mailed on January 25, 2023. Please contact Financial Coordinator Chris Krenz (816.228.5300 Ext 8013) with questions.

Food Donations February food donations are for Jesu El Buen-Pastor in downtown Kansas City.   All non-perishable food donations are welcome.

Lost & Found There is a “Lost & Found” container at each campus. Please contact the RD Mize front desk personnel or TLS Office personnel if you would like to look for lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity soon. Thank you!

Thrivent Choice Dollars If you own an account with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, it is now time to direct 2022 Choice Dollars to your favorite organization, if you have not already done so. Please consider directing these dollars to support Timothy Church or Timothy Lutheran School. Deadline for designating 2022 Choice Dollars is March 31, 2023.

Save the Date: 2023 Live Well Community Fair, May 6, 10 am – 2 pm. RD Mize Campus. More details coming soon.

GriefShare Spring Schedule starts Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6:30 – 8pm,  RD Mize.

DivorceCare Spring Schedule starts Monday, February 6th, 6:30 – 8pm,  RD Mize.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “The Book of Acts—Birth of Christianity”, 10:15-11:15am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes)”; 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room, RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm, Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

January 2023

Timothy Connects Friday, Jan. 27th 2023

By |2023-01-30T08:46:02-06:00January 30th, 2023|Timothy Connects|

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JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “Prayers of the Saints: Jonah’s Prayer”

Jonah’s story is familiar to us. We know all about the wrong-way prophet who tries to hide from God instead of going to Nineveh. But what we may not realize is that, during that three day stay in a fish’s stomach, Jonah spent the time in prayer. He’s hit rock bottom because of his mistakes. His prayer can show us what true repentance looks like.

For His Faithful Love to Us Is Great: A Devotion

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:2
What do you spend your time thinking about? Our answer is probably a long list of hope and dreams, fleeting worries and deep concerns. Scripture calls us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.
This begs the question: what is above?
Heaven. God’s full presence. His power. His throne room where He hears our prayers. The Father’s house with many rooms, which He is preparing for us right now. A place of healing. A place without tears. A place of wonder and worship. Forever love. Forever belonging.
We don’t even need to answer the second implied question (what are earthly things?). We are keenly aware of our troubles and sorrow, the brokenness that surrounds us. God isn’t calling us to ignore these things or pretend they aren’t real or don’t have an immediate impact on our lives. Rather, He is inviting us to set our minds — fix our thoughts, determine our focus — on Him, despite what’s happening here on earth. Because He is where our hope and joy are.

Middle School “Cereal Bowl”

Cereal Bowl Twelve kids brought their spoons for some CEREAL-ously good times last Friday night.  From 5-9pm we hosted a night of cereal games, breakfast, and some sheer chaos.  It was enveloped by some devotions reflecting on how God meets us in our highs and lows, feeds us, gives us rest, and then sends us back out.  Tony the Tiger even agreed, it was “Greeeeeeeeeeeat!”

PRAYER WALL

As we continue our theme of prayer at Timothy, we have an opportunity over the next two months to allow our students and teachers at Timothy Lutheran School to pray for us!

Check out the Prayer Wall in the lobby at each campus, grab a colorful piece of paper near the Prayer Wall, and write a prayer request that our kids can be in prayer with you. Then roll it up and place on the Prayer Wall. Pastor Ryan will distribute them to classrooms so can pray without ceasing together!

DRUMM FARM CENTER FOR CHILDREN


TIMOTHY LADIES AND FRIENDS: Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 4th, at 9 AM.  LWML invites you to the Fellowship Hall for brunch, program and short meeting.  Adam Wright from DRUMM FARM CENTER FOR CHILDREN in Independence will inform us about the programs that are offered and answer general questions about Drumm Farm.  Monetary gifts for Drumm Farm or gift cards for the youth from Quick Trip, Walmart, or fast food are welcomed.  No reservations required for a pleasant morning with many ladies from Timothy.  You don’t have to belong to LWML to attend.  For more info, call Susan Ready, 816-229-7688.

“Back to the 80’s”
TLS Annual Scholarship Auction

The Annual Scholarship Auction/Gala for Timothy Lutheran School is Saturday February 25,2023! Mark your calendars to attend this year! Tickets are $50 each which includes dinner, all beverages, and entertainment. Virtual bidding tickets are available for $10 each Scholarship packages are available for those who would like to promote their business. Visit www.timothylutheranschool.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Check out the Tri-Fold poster in each lobby to choose donations for the silent auction.

“2023 LENT”

Ash Wednesday Feb. 22; two services with Holy Communion (4pm & 6:30pm) at RD Mize

LWML Ham Dinner 5-7pm in Family Life Center; free-will donations designated for Missions (10%) and Timothy’s Church Worker Professional Development (90%)
March 1 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner (lasagna) 5-7pm in Family Life Center; hosted by June 2023 Youth Mission Trip; proceeds designated for mission trip expenses
March 8 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner (pizza) 5-7pm; hosted by School Ministry; proceeds designated for TLS Scholarship Fund
March 15 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN
March 22 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner(Sloppy Joes) 5-7 pm; hosted by Festival Committee; proceeds designated for RD Mize elevator repair.
March 29 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN

Contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) to reserve one of the open dates for Lenten Dinners.

             Next Generation Moving Forward
Following  the Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting on Dec 4, 2022, the Executive Board continues to prepare to move to one campus. A Special Voters’ meeting is set for Sunday, March 26, at 11:30 am in the Wyatt Auditorium. As announced in the Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting, the agenda includes the following topics:

  • Approval to place RD Mize Campus on the market
  • Approval for Executive Board authority to determine fair market value for Highway 7 frontage property and authority to accept such an offer that equals or exceeds fair market value
  • Approval of financing options for Wyatt HVAC units, if necessary, if funds not received through donations

Congregational input about these topics is vital. Prior to the March 26th meeting, the Executive Board encourages Timothy members to submit specific questions about any of the above topics for Timothy’s leadership (Executive Board, Board of Elected Elders, Pastors) to address prior to the meeting on March 26th. Questions may be submitted at www.timothylutheran.com (click on Church, then Next Generation). Printed copies of the simple form may also be found at the Information Centers at both campuses and placed in the Suggestion Box. These may remain anonymous, if desired. Thank you!

Baby STEPs Ministry
Supporting Timothy’s Expectant Parents

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart. Jeremiah 1:5

Is your family growing? Or do you know someone whose family is growing? Timothy’s LWML Elizabeth Circle organizes the Baby STEPs ministry which supports and celebrates the new life with which God blesses our Timothy families.
Volunteers offer personal contact through phone calls, cards, and prayers. The homecoming of a new infant is also celebrated with a home visit and meals provided by “Meals for Moms” volunteers. Each Timothy baby receives a new pair of white booties, handmade by a volunteer, as a keepsake from the church, symbolizing being washed clean and made God’s child at baptism.
If you would like to be a Baby STEPs recipient or volunteer, please contact Kaye Gray at 816.585.6530 or kgray1024@gmail.com.

Card Club

Tired of the winter blahs? Love to play 10-Point Pitch?  Make plans to attend the revival of Timothy’s Card Club on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7pm in the RD Mize Fellowship Hall. You can look forward to lots of fun and fellowship. Please bring a snack to share and a drink. For more information, please contact Art MacLean (660-641-1974).

BITES for MITES   February 12, Sunday AM, both sites.  Get your Valentine goodies or other baked items from LWML.   All proceeds go to missions.
    

Attendance Jan 22 RD Mize 259, Wyatt Rd 160

Weekly General Contributions: Actual $61,421.77 vs Budgeted $28,868 Thank you!

First Fruits Weekly Contributions:  Actual  $8,395 vs Budgeted $2,075 Thank you!

Contribution Statements were mailed on January 25, 2023. Please contact Financial Coordinator Chris Krenz (816.228.5300 Ext 8013) with questions.

Food Donations during January will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Thanks for your ongoing support!  February donations will be delivered to Jesu el Buen.

Offering Envelopes in bundles of 25 are available in the lobby of each campus through the end of January. If interested in giving online, go to www.timothylutheran.com (Give) to sign up or visit Timothy’s mobile app (Giving, then Special, then Give Now). Thank you for supporting Timothy’s ministries!

Lost & Found There is a “Lost & Found” table at each campus. Please contact the RD Mize front desk personnel or TLS Office personnel if you would like to look for lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity soon. Thank you!

Thrivent Choice Dollars If you own an account with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, it is now time to direct 2022 Choice Dollars to your favorite organization, if you have not already done so. Please consider directing these dollars to support Timothy Church or Timothy Lutheran School. Deadline for designating 2022 Choice Dollars is March 31, 2023.

Grief Share Spring Schedule starts Thursday March 2, 2023, 6:30 – 8pm,  RD Mize.

Divorce Share Spring Schedule starts Monday, February, 6th, 6:30 – 8pm,  RD Mize.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “The Book of Acts—Birth of Christianity”, 10:15-11:15am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes); 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room, RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm, Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy Connects Friday, Jan. 20th, 2023

By |2023-01-20T09:12:09-06:00January 20th, 2023|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “Prayers of the Saints: Hannah’s Prayer”

There are many examples of prayer throughout the Bible. In the first prayer we will look at, Hannah gives thanks to God for the way that He helped her during a time of need. She sees this as something that God does and praises Him for the way He levels the playing field, bringing about justice for those who need it.

For His Faithful Love to Us Is Great: A Devotion

Praise the Lord, all nations!
Glorify him, all peoples!
For his faithful love to us is great;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. Psalm 117
Hallelujah!

January is a natural time for making goals and embracing fresh starts. But it’s also the perfect season for praise! A time to intentionally remember who God is and what He has done in our lives.
No matter how your 2022 ended or whether you’re dreading or delighting in the start of 2023, we can all answer the psalmist’s call to praise the Lord, to glorify Him, to raise a hallelujah! Praise primes our hearts to see God’s love, to see His fingerprints of faithfulness all over our lives.
Sometimes God’s love is like a flashing neon sign we can’t miss: the declaration of “cancer free,” a check in the mail exactly when we need it, a reconciled relationship we had totally written off. And sometimes His faithfulness is truly like a fingerprint whose smudge we would likely miss if we aren’t trained to look for it: an encouraging text from a friend, a parking spot in the rain, leftovers so you don’t have to cook dinner, a bird’s morning song.
Whether we categorize God’s kindness and care toward as “big” or “small,” the truth is that His faithful love to us is GREAT! And it will never end.

Middle School “Cereal Bowl”

TONIGHT -Friday January 20th 5:00 pm – 9 pm at RD Mize.

Calling all 6th – 8th graders to check out the details on the accompanying flyer for the next Middle School event! Invite your friends!

Contact Pastor Ryan (ryanh@timothylutheran.com)
or
Clancy Heisel (clancyh@timothylutheran.com)
with questions.

National Lutheran Schools Week at Timothy
“Making Disciples for Life”  January 23-27, 2023

National Lutherans Schools Week  – We look forward to a “Celebrating Timothy Lutheran School” video in worship at Wyatt on Jan. 22 and at RD Mize on Jan 29th. TLC students will sing in person in worship at RD Mize on Jan 22 and at Wyatt on Jan 29th. National Lutheran Schools Week provides more than 1,800 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we serve. We are most grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with children and their families.
National Lutheran Schools Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve. This week we look forward to celebrating with you with some fun and exciting events. Checkout Timothy Connects for all the details.
During the school days, they will enjoy a Bible Bee on Jan. 26, Grandparents’/Special Person’s Day and Talent Show on Jan. 27. Chapel will occur daily, and students will enjoy Spirit Days each day as well.

PRAYER WALL

As we continue our theme of prayer at Timothy, we have an opportunity over the next two months to allow our students and teachers at Timothy Lutheran School to pray for us!

Check out the Prayer Wall in the lobby at each campus, grab a colorful piece of paper near the Prayer Wall, and write a prayer request that our kids can be in prayer with you. Then roll it up and place on the Prayer Wall. Pastor Ryan will distribute them to classrooms so can pray without ceasing together!

DRUMM FARM CENTER FOR CHILDREN


TIMOTHY LADIES AND FRIENDS: Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 4th, at 9 AM.  LWML invites you to the Fellowship Hall for brunch, program and short meeting.  Adam Wright from DRUMM FARM CENTER FOR CHILDREN in Independence will inform us about the programs that are offered and answer general questions about Drumm Farm.  Monetary gifts for Drumm Farm or gift cards for the youth from Quick Trip, Walmart, or fast food are welcomed.  No reservations required for a pleasant morning with many ladies from Timothy.  You don’t have to belong to LWML to attend.  For more info, call Susan Ready, 816-229-7688.

“Back to the 80’s”
TLS Annual Scholarship Auction

The Annual Scholarship Auction/Gala for Timothy Lutheran School is Saturday February 25,2023! Mark your calendars to attend this year! Tickets are $50 each which includes dinner, all beverages, and entertainment. Virtual bidding tickets are available for $10 each Scholarship packages are available for those who would like to promote their business. Visit www.timothylutheranschool.com for more information or to purchase tickets

“2023 LENT”

Ash Wednesday Feb. 22; two services with Holy Communion (4pm & 6:30pm) at RD Mize

LWML Ham Dinner 5-7pm in Family Life Center; free-will donations designated for Missions (10%) and Timothy’s Church Worker Professional Development (90%)

March 1 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner (lasagna) 5-7pm in Family Life Center; hosted by June 2023 Youth Mission Trip; proceeds designated for mission trip expenses
March 8 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner (pizza) 57pm; hosted by School Ministry;
Proceeds designated for TLS Scholarship Fund
March 15 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN
March 22 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner, Festival Committee
March 29 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN

Contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) to reserve one of the open dates for Lenten Dinners.

Attendance Jan 15 RD Mize 215
Attendance Jan 15 Wyatt 182

Budgeted Weekly General Contributions: $28,868
Actual General Contributions: $20,714.56

2023 First Fruits contributions from Jan 1 – 15 total: $57549.86. Thank you!
First Fruits Budgeted Contributions: $2,075 Thank you!
First Fruits Actual Weekly Contribution: $4165 Thank you!
2023 Raise the Roof contributions total $27,800.00, as of Jan.15th. Thank you!
Wyatt HVAC contributions total $88,026.54, as of Jan. 15th. Thank you!

‘Thank You, Timothy family”, for the many cards and prayers during my recent heart procedures. I praise God for a speedy recovery and am glad to be back at work.  Don McGhee

Contribution Statements – Will be mailed out the week of January 23, 2023.

Food Donations during January will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Thanks for your ongoing support!

Offering Envelopes in bundles of 25 are available in the lobby of each campus through the end of January. If interested in giving online, go to www.timothylutheran.com (Give) to sign up or visit Timothy’s mobile app (Giving, then Special, then Give Now). Thank you for supporting Timothy’s ministries!

Pairs & Spares will not meet in January and February. Next gathering is Tuesday, March 21st.

Lost & Found There is a “Lost & Found” table at each campus. Please contact the RD Mize front desk personnel or TLS Office personnel if you would like to look for lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity on June 1st. Thank you!

Greif Share Spring Schedule starting Thursday night March 2, 2023 at RD Mize campus.

Divorce Share Spring Schedule starting Monday night February, 6th, 6:30 – 8pm, 2023 at RD Mize campus.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “The Book of Acts—Birth of Christianity”, 10:15-11:15am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes); 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room, RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm, Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy Connects Friday, Jan. 13th, 2023

By |2023-01-13T08:38:33-06:00January 13th, 2023|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “TRICK SHOT”

We normally don’t think of Jesus as an arrow, but that’s how Isaiah describes the Messiah in one of his servant songs. And this arrow is destined to do something amazing, not just for the people of Israel, but for all people on Earth.

May This Be a Year of Ripening: A Devotion

As a new year has begun, I’ve been reflecting on my younger self and all the unpleasant, imperfect versions of myself I used to be. I was very insecure and covered that by stating my opinion and thinking I was right or simply hiding from any confrontations. Through the years, I have learned to listen more, but those traits are still me.

I look at myself now, seeing how I have softened and grown through my life. This process reminds me of a persimmon. Persimmons need time for their hard flesh to become soft and sweet. Whether hanging on a tree or lying on the counter, the persimmon will only become enjoyable to the taste when it’s gone through the internal work of ripening, with the passing of time. So I’m seeing the year ahead as another twelve months of ripening.

We all need to embrace who we’ve been and to show ourselves the grace we now so generously extend to others. From that place of love, we can approach whatever this year holds for us with openness and gentleness, with no hurry or rush. We don’t have to aim for radical transformation or massive success or even making the most of every possible opportunity set before us. Instead, we want the maturity that comes with the slow, ripening of character and soul. We want wisdom and peace to mark our days.

I pray you know that, yes, He cares for where we’re headed this year, but He’s been patiently, lovingly tending to our growth all along. May this be a year of ripening.

I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

PRAYER WALL

As we continue our theme of prayer at Timothy, we have an opportunity over the next two months to allow our students and teachers at Timothy Lutheran School to pray for us!

Check out the Prayer Wall in the lobby at each campus, grab a colorful piece of paper near the Prayer Wall, and write a prayer request that our kids can be in prayer with you. Then roll it up and place on the Prayer Wall. Pastor Ryan will distribute them to classrooms so can pray without ceasing together!

Middle School “Cereal Bowl”

Calling all 6th – 8th graders to check out the details on the accompanying flyer for the next Middle School event! Invite your friends!

Contact Pastor Ryan (ryanh@timothylutheran.com)
or
Clancy Heisel (clancyh@timothylutheran.com)
with questions.

National Lutheran Schools Week at Timothy
“Making Disciples for Life”  January 23-27, 2023

It’s almost time to celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week! This week provides our network of 1,800 LCMS pre-schools, elementary schools, and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in Lutheran schools.

We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we serve. We are most grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with children and their families.

National Lutheran Schools Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve. Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ by teachers and students alike.

This year’s theme, “Making Disciples for Life,” strongly aligns with the week’s associated scripture, Matthew 28:18-20, The Great Commission:  And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

The week starts with K-8 students singing in worship at RD Mize on Jan. 22 and ends with them singing in worship at Wyatt on Jan. 29. During the school days, they will enjoy a Bible Bee on Jan. 26, Grandparents’/Special Person’s Day and Talent Show on Jan. 27. Chapel will occur daily, and students will enjoy Spirit Days each day as well.

Your Compassion & Generosity Are Appreciated


Timothy received the following email last Friday from Pat Enomoto, Mission Board Chair at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in KC.  Please know that the 40 gift cards donated for our Giving Tree ministry and Journey to the Manger were very much appreciated. You are transforming lives through Christ!
“I know that gift cards are not as much fun on your end as an Angel Tree, but, believe me, they were fun on this end! Another church brought in four gift cards that were different from yours, so we had to change our plan at the last minute. Our former pastor always held a “raffle” with a lot of items that had no real purpose for our attendees. When the four new cards came in that afternoon, I pulled out our roll of raffle tickets and used them. We mixed all gift cards together; there was no favoritism involved. I had people stop me and thank me for the blessing of the food cards. One lady said, “I had no food for tomorrow. This had to be God’s plan!” He does always have a plan. Sometimes we get in the way, but not this time! Blessings and thanks to all who provided the cards.
Pat Enomoto.”

CSL Thanks Timothy

Timothy received the following note from the Blue Springs Community Services League this week:
“Sending a very special THANK YOU for your amazing donation to Community Services League Blue Springs during the holidays. We have so many families struggling during this time and your generosity is helping us serve those in need. Your continued support is so appreciated and allows us to serve together.
Many Blessings,
Melodie Chrisman
VP Income Supports
Blue Springs Site Manager”

“Back to the 80’s”
TLS Annual Scholarship Auction

The Annual Scholarship Auction/Gala for Timothy Lutheran School is right around the corner! Mark your calendars to attend this year! Tickets are $50 each which includes dinner, all beverages, and entertainment. Virtual bidding tickets are available for $10 each Scholarship packages are available for those who would like to promote their business. Visit www.timothylutheranschool.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

“2023 LENT”
Ash Wednesday Feb. 22; two services with Holy Communion (4pm & 6:30pm) at RD Mize

  • LWML Ham Dinner 5-7pm in Family Life Center; free-will donations designated for Missions (10%) and Timothy’s Church Worker Professional Development (90%)

March 1 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner (lasagna) 5-7pm in Family Life Center; hosted
by June 2023 Youth Mission Trip; proceeds designated for mission trip expenses
March 8 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner (pizza) 57pm; hosted by School Ministry;
Proceeds designated for TLS Scholarship Fund
March 15 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN
March 22 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN
March 29 one service (5:30pm) at RD Mize; Lenten Dinner OPEN
Contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) to reserve one of the open dates for Lenten Dinners.

2023 First Fruits contributions total $35,095.00, as Jan. 8th. Thank you!
2023 Raise the Roof contributions total $27,650.00, as of Jan. 8th. Thank you!
Wyatt HVAC contributions total $88,026.54, as of Jan. 8th. Thank you!

Food Donations during January will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Thanks for your ongoing support!

LUMAA (Lutheran Urban Mission Agency) meets Wed., Jan. 18, at Ascension Lutheran, 4900 Blue Ridge Blvd, KCMO. Contact Lois Domsch (lois.domsch@gmail.com) with questions.

LUMMA Donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the urban food pantries may be placed in the plastic bin in the lobby of each campus through THIS SUNDAY, Jan. 15. Thanks for your support!

Offering Envelopes in bundles of 25 are available in the lobby of each campus through the end of January. If interested in giving online, go to www.timothylutheran.com (Give) to sign up or visit Timothy’s mobile app (Giving, then Special, then Give Now). Thank you for supporting Timothy’s ministries!

Pairs & Spares will not meet in January and February. Next gathering is Tuesday, March 21st.

Lost & Found There is a “Lost & Found” tub at each campus. Please contact the RD Mize front desk personnel or TLS Office personnel if you would like to look for lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity on June 1st. Thank you!

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “The Book of Acts—Birth of Christianity”, 10:15-11:15am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes); 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room, RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm, Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy Connects Friday, Jan. 6th, 2023

By |2023-01-06T08:29:09-06:00January 6th, 2023|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “The Gift of the Magi”

One of the things we associate with the Christmas story is the arrival of the wise men with their gifts. It may seem odd to bring gold, frankincense, and myrrh to a newborn, but each of those gifts point to who is receiving the gift and what He has come to do. And in the same way, we bring the gifts of our First Fruits to Christ because of who He is and what He has done for us.

How to Handle an Impossible Task:  A Devotion

Sometimes, tasks seem impossible because they are overwhelmingly huge. But when it comes to simple tasks, those, too, can feel impossible. Even something as simple as hanging a picture or rearranging furniture can seem daunting. But with a friend’s help and perspective, those day-to-day decisions can feel less intimidating.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 says it this way: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” I’m sure my friend who helped me didn’t overthink our collaboration; she was just present . . . a friend willing to help.

Maybe you know someone who is struggling. Perhaps they need someone to say, “Hey, how can I help you out this week? Two provide perspective. Two makes the task that felt a little impossible work. Take part in important community work. Doing things together is exactly how God wired us to live.

Children’s Ministry Epiphany Party

Calling all Timothy kids! TONIGHT (Friday, Jan. 6) is the Children’s Ministry Epiphany Party from 6-8pm at Wyatt Campus. Bring your friends and continue to build friendships with all your church friends. You’ll enjoy games, crafts, pizza, and more!

The Gift of the Magi

THIS SUNDAY, Jan. 8th, is Timothy’s observance of First Fruits Sunday. In the Old Testament, the practice of offering the first portion of a harvest (the first fruits) to God was a way of not only thanking Him for the blessings of that harvest but also a way of expressing trust that God would continue to provide for His people. That is why we offer our first fruits to God. It is a special offering above and beyond what we normally give.

For 2023, Timothy’s leadership set a First Fruits goal of $110,000.00. For each of the next three years, the first $12,000.00 of First Fruits contributions will be designated for expenses related to the 2025 National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. The remaining contributions will fund Timothy’s other ministries as supported by operations.

Please prayerfully consider supporting Timothy’s First Fruits in 2023 as we continue to focus on transforming lives through Christ. Contributions may be placed in pew envelopes or regular envelopes clearly marked “2023 First Fruits” or offered online on Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com) under the Give tab. Thank you very much!

A Night of Laughter


All ladies and their friends welcome to enjoy the humor of Comedienne Chonda Ruth Pierce, The Queen of Clean, on Thursday, Jan. 12, starting at 6pm, in the RD Mize Family Life Center. It’s free! RSVP not required but helpful by signing up on church app (Events), church website (Events), or by calling church office (816.228.5300). Childcare available upon request.

Movie Night at Timothy

Make plans to attend a free movie night to watch War Room (rated PG) in the Wyatt Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7pm. The GIVE Commission is sponsoring this opportunity to continue the church-wide prayer emphasis. Free popcorn and bottled water will be available. No need to RSVP; just show up to watch a powerful movie! Invite friends! Childcare will be provided in the nursery at Wyatt.
War Room is a compelling faith drama filled with humor and heart that became a #1 movie in US theaters and received raving reviews from audiences of all ages. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all—great jobs, beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Their world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends with his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.

Lent 2023

During the Lenten season this year, we will look at prayers Jesus prayed during Holy Week, see what we can learn from them, and how they can help us grow in our faith. Make plans to join us in worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, two services (4pm and 6:30pm) will occur at RD Mize with Holy Communion at both services. The succeeding Lenten services are Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, with only one service each evening at 5:30pm, also at RD Mize.

We look forward to the annual LWML Ash Wednesday Ham Dinner in the Family Life Center, served between 5 and 7pm. Free-will donations are accepted, with proceeds designated for Missions (10%) and Timothy’s Church Worker Professional Development (90%).

Lenten Dinners are also available for the Wednesday services in March, if hosted by a Timothy ministry, also accepting free-will donations to support that ministry’s fundraiser. On March 1, the June 2023 Youth Mission Trip Ministry will provide a lasagna meal. On March 8, Timothy’s School Ministry will provide a pizza meal to support the TLS Scholarship Fund.

If a Timothy group would like to host a Lenten Dinner on March 15, 22, or 29, please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040) to reserve your preferred date.
Thanks for supporting Timothy’s ministries!

Pink Tie Sunday

You may remember years past when Timothy recognized Pink Tie Sunday to support infant loss. While Timothy is not focusing a service on this ministry this year, you may choose to wear pink this Sunday, Jan. 8, to remember those families who have lost little ones. Below is an excerpt from a reflection written by Pastor Will Hanke, son of Pastor Rod and Miriam Lindemann. Will and Mindy Hanke created Pink Tie Sunday, as an extension of Sanctity of Life Sunday, to honor their daughter Maddy who went to heaven eight years ago.
“Pink Tie Sunday was created by Maddy’s Pa. Mindy sent Pa out to look for the perfect pink dress for Maddy’s funeral. I could only imagine the pain my parents felt searching through stores to buy a dress to bury their granddaughter. Like us, their pain turned into mission as Pa came back to church the next Sunday to preach and baptize one granddaughter while mourning another. That special day—Pink Tie Sunday—was born. It gave voice to a suffering group of people, and thus a new mission to never forget those we have lost who are home with Jesus.
At times, this Sunday can feel selfish since it is my story, yet everyone who faces loss continues to grieve even when the world moves on. This Sunday we stop and grieve together and wear pink to celebrate life and those children who will never get to tell their stories. We remember that Jesus died so that loss is not the end. We remember that Jesus died so that loss is not the end. We remember that we have Hope, which is the certainty that those who believe in Jesus will be with Him forever. Our family waits on the day we will be with Maddy, but until them we wear pink to give Hope to the hopeless!”

2022 First Fruits contributions total $103,280.59, as of Jan. 1st. Thank you!
2023 First Fruits contributions total $100.00. Thank you!
2022 Raise the Roof contributions total $27,600. Thank you!
2023 Raise the Roof contributions total $50.00. Thank you!
Wyatt HVAC contributions total $33,000. 00 (plus $55,026.54 in Facilities Designated Fund at Truman Heartland Community Foundation). Thank you!

Thank you, Timothy, for the many prayers, cards, and kind words shared with us at the death of Susan’s mom in December. It means a lot to us, and we are grateful for our Timothy family. Scott & Susan Ready

Food Donations during January will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Thanks for your ongoing support!

LUMAA (Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary) will meet Wed., Jan. 18, at Ascension Lutheran, 4900 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO. Contact Lois Domsch (lois.domsch@gmail.com) with questions.

LUMAA Donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the urban food pantries may be placed in the plastic bin in the lobby of each campus through January 15th. Contact Lois Domsch
(lois.domsch@gmail.com) with questions.

Offering Envelopes are available in the lobby at each campus through the end of January in bundles of 25. If interested in giving online, go to www.timothylutheran.com (Give) to sign up or visit Timothy’s mobile app (Giving, then Special, then Give Now). Thank you for supporting Timothy’s ministries!

Installation of Elected Lay Leaders THIS SUNDAY, Jan. 8th, either service. A list of these leaders will be included in Sunday’s bulletin.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study (note new topic) “The Book of Acts—Birth of Christianity”, 10:15-11:15am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes); 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room (302); RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review” 10-11am, Fellowship Hal, RD Mize; led by Pastor John

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm, Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt; contact Becky for current book

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

December 2022

Timothy Connects Friday, Dec. 30th, 2022

By |2022-12-29T10:35:32-06:00December 30th, 2022|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “Who Are You”

One of the most fundamental questions that a person has to answer for himself or herself is whom he or she is. How do you identify yourself, and how do you define that identity? Jesus became one of us so that we would have a solid identity that is grounded in Him.

In Our Lack, He Draws Closer:  A Devotion

We got roller skates, for Christmas, for three of our grandchildren. Yes, they tested them out on their hardwood floors. And, yes, there were falls and tears. I watch, as my daughter goes to her children, scoops them into her arms. She draws near to them, as close as she can possibly get. She can never get too close. Her love for them is never too much.

God does the same with us. Like a mother hearing the cry of her child, God came ever close. God—who formed the stars with His hands and sprinkled galaxies we’ll never even know about—allowed His body to grow within the body of a teenage girl, the closest fathomable human condition, bodies tangled and intertwined together.

God drew near, as close as anyone could possibly get. He came to all who lacked. Jesus often seemed to surround Himself with poor and unspectacular people. A teenage girl. A step-dad who wanted to choose divorce. A group of shepherds whose names we never even learn. Their lack was never something to keep Jesus at bay. He can never get too close. His love is never too much.

There is no such thing as too much love, only a lack of it. But here’s the thing: Jesus lacks nothing. And with Him dwelling within us, we don’t lack anything either. When we come to Him with nothing but empty hands and a worn-out heart, He takes our lack and gives us something in return: far more love than we could ever fathom. He pours out His love, lavishing it. In our lack, He comes closer and closer still.

Christmas Greetings from a Missionary

Timothy received the following letter from Barb Rebentisch, one of the missionaries supported by Timothy’s tithe.

Dear partners in the Coming of His Kingdom among the Chinese,

I praise God for you!  I pray you are filled with joy as you celebrate the advent of Salvation in the birth of Jesus.  I pray you are filled with hope in the anticipation of His return in glory to take us Home with Him.

The above photo is from a Christmas tree at Concordia Middle School several years back.  I love the message, because while we were lost, Emmanuel came to us.

Amazing grace!

Christmas joy,

Barb Rebentisch
Asia Regional Office Building
Chiayi, Taiwan

The Gift of the Magi

Next Sunday, Jan. 8thwill be Timothy’s observance of First Fruits Sunday. In the Old Testament, the practice of offering the first portion of a harvest (the first fruits) to God was a way of not only thanking Him for the blessings of that harvest but also a way of expressing trust that God would continue to provide for His people. That is why6 we offer our first fruits to God. It is a special offering above and beyond what we normally give.

For 2023, Timothy’s leadership set a First Fruits goal of $110,000.00. For each of the next three years, the first $12,000.00 of First Fruits contributions will be designated for expenses related to Timothy’s youth attending the 2025 National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. The remaining contributions will fund Timothy’s other ministries as supported by operations.

Please prayerfully consider supporting Timothy’s First Fruits in 2023 as we continue to focus on transforming lives through Christ. Contributions may be placed in pew envelopes or regular envelopes clearly marked “2023 First Fruits” or offered online on Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com) under the Give tab. Thank you very much!

LUMAA Update

The Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary (LUMAA) will meet on Wed., Jan. 18, at Ascension Lutheran, 4900 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO. Registration begins at 9am with the opening service at 9:30am. The speaker will be the Executive Director for Cornerstones of Care. The ladies will also fill duffle bags for children entering foster care.

The Mission of the Month collection is non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the food pantries. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by Jan. 13 to Doris Foley, 816.591.9566 (call or text). All ladies of the congregation are invited, and all donations for the Mission of the Month collection are appreciated. Thank you!

2022 First Fruits contributions total $103,201.59, as of Dec. 25th. Thank you! Per 2022 budget, First Fruits contributions are transferred to Operations each month, and the projected total transfer was $200,000.
Raise the Roof contributions total $ 27,600, as of Dec. 25th. Thank you!

Staff Christmas Gift Timothy’s church and school staff thank the congregation for its generous donations toward the annual Staff Christmas Gift opportunity. It is an honor to serve our Savior and Timothy church as we all strive to transform lives through Christ. God’s blessings to all of you! Thank you!

FaithRoots will not meet on Jan.1st. Resumes Jan. 8th.
All Wednesday Evening Education Classes resume Jan. 4th.

Church Office will be closed Jan. 2. TLS will be closed through Jan. 3rd. Classes resume Jan. 4th.

Food Donations during the month of January will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Volunteer Opportunity Are you as an individual or as a family looking for a volunteer opportunity at Timothy? The Sunday Morning Donut Ministry at RD Mize needs someone once a month. Responsibilities are picking up donuts at HyVee, setting up coffee no later than 8:15am, and cleaning afterwards. The normal time commitment is 7:45-11am. Attending worship at 9am is definitely do-able. Please contact Viv Bradshaw (vivbradshaw@aol.com) or Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) with additional questions. Thank you!

Children’s Epiphany Party Fri., Jan. 6, 6pm at Wyatt. All Timothy children and friends invited to enjoy pizza and games.

Installation of Elected Lay Leaders NEXT SUNDAY, Jan. 8theither service

A Night of Laughter Thurs., Jan. 12, 6pm, RD Mize Family Life Center; free; all ladies & friends invited to enjoy the humor of Comedienne Chonda Ruth Pierce, “The Queen of Clean.” RSVP not required but helpful by signing up on church app (Events), church website (Events), or by calling church office (816.228.5300). Childcare available upon request.

Announcements for Church Events All approved spoken worship announcements and slides will be submitted on Timothy’s website under the Events tab. Click on the Announcements for Church Events box to complete the announcement form and upload an accompanying slide, if any. Deadline to submit is 10 days prior to the requested Sunday’s date. Submitting info for the weekly Timothy Connects newsletter may continue to be emailed to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com). Deadline for Timothy Connects is 6am Thursday each week. Thank you!

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “Jesus—the Fulfillment of the Law”; 10-11am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell; no class on Jan. 1; resumes Jan. 8.

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes)”; 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm, Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt; contact Becky for current book

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy Connects Friday, Dec. 23rd 2022

By |2022-12-22T11:08:48-06:00December 23rd, 2022|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “Christmas Angels”

One of the things that people associate with Christmas are angels, whether it’s the angels who spoke to Mary and Joseph or the angelic host who sang about Christ’s birth. But the reading from Hebrews points us beyond those messengers to the Message itself: Christ, the living Word, becoming one of us in the flesh.

The Birth of Our Savior:  A Meditation

On this last week of Advent, I invite you to take a journey with storyteller Sherri Gragg as she leads us in a meditation of what Christ’s birth might have been like. I pray that your heart will be led to celebrate and worship our humble, miraculous Savior!

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed h8im in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2: 6-7 (NIV)

Mary couldn’t sit still. With great effort, she rose from the low stool in the courtyard where she and the other women were preparing the evening meal. She placed one hand on her lower back and began to pace back and forth. She felt restless, uneasy.

A moment later, Mary gasped as the dull ache in her lower abdomen suddenly intensified. “It’s time,” she said. Joseph leapt to his feet, his face white with alarm. His uncle chuckled, patted him on the shoulder, and sent him off to get the town midwife.

Quickly, the animals were evicted from the stables beneath the main living area. By the time the midwife arrived, Mary was leaning against the cool stone wall of the stables as she waited for the next contraction to pass.

Hours later, in the dark early hours of the morning, Mary gasped for air and cried out in pain from the birthing stool. The next contraction tore through Mary’s body only seconds after the last one subsided. Then, with a cry of agony, she bore down with all of her remaining strength. The pain faded as her baby’s first cry pierced the night. “You have a son!” the midwife announced. Upstairs, Joseph’s ecstatic shout was joined by the joyful celebration of his uncles and cousins.

In the stables below, the midwife tenderly placed the crying baby on His young mother’s chest. Tears flowed down Mary’s face as she bent to kiss her son’s forehead for the first time.

Joseph peeked around the corner of the stables. “Come,” she said. “Come meet your son.” Joseph rushed to Mary’s side and knelt down to wrap an arm around her. Gently, he placed a calloused hand on the baby’s head as he blinked back tears of joy. “Yeshua,” Mary said, as she gazed tenderly into the eyes of her son, now quiet and alert. “Yeshua . . . “

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus (Yeshua), because He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Celebrate Our Savior’s Birth at Timothy

Merry Christmas, Timothy! Blessings to all as we celebrate Jesus’ birth!

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Services 4pm at Wyatt Auditorium; 5:30pm, 7:30pm, & 9pm at RD Mize (Holy Communion at 9pm only)
NOTE:  The 4pm service at Wyatt on Christmas Eve will be live-streamed.
Dec. 25—Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion 10am at RD Mize only. NOTE: No other Sunday services on Dec. 25 at either campus

Journey to the Manger Serves Many

Thank you, Timothy, for your generous outpouring of love shared with area families blessed by our Journey to the Manger ministry.

You provided 11 families with a variety of specific requested gifts and gift cards. An additional 50 gift bags and 27 gift cards of $25 each for groceries and gasoline were delivered to Community Services League and other community families. In addition, 45 families received a gift card for a hot meal. Twenty-five scarves, 5 pr of gloves and hats provided needed warmth to worshipers at Our Redeemer in KC.

Since November 1st, $4,030.00 in donations have been received for Missions, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, and Timothy’s Emergency Fund. The Christmas Eve offerings will be designated for Timothy’s Ray of Hope fund, a special fund for Timothy members in need.

Timothy’s Kids Share Christmas Joy

On Sunday, December 11th, at the Wyatt worship service, students from FaithRoots and CrossWalk took the stage to sing “Away in a Manger” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain” before leading the congregation in singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. It also was a moment to acknowledge all th time and energy our FaithRoots and CrossWalk teachers offer to serve our kids. We love our Timothy family as we serve, sing, and celebrate this season together.

On Monday, December 12th and Wednesday, December 14th, the Wyatt Auditorium was packed with family, friends, church members, and neighbors to take in the sights and sounds of our TLS programs. On Monday, the school band performed an arrangement of songs, followed by pre-schoolers and kindergartners singing a variety of Christmas songs and sharing a special Christmas poem pointing us toward to the light of Christ. On Wednesday, first through eighth graders dressed as angels, wise men, shepherds, animals, and the Holy Family, leading us on a journey to knowing Jesus more through sharing Bible prophecies, songs, and the many names of Jesus found in the Scriptures. Both programs shared a simple but important message of light and hope found in the person of Christ! It was another great week of preparing our hearts to celebrate ALL that God has done.

Adult Choirs Combine Voices
There’s a Song in the Air

Last Sunday, worshipers enjoyed a special performance of Timothy’s choirs as the RD Mize Sanctuary Choir and the Wyatt Celebration Chorus combined voices to share the cantata, There’s a Song in the Air. What a fabulous performance by very talented men and women! If you missed it or if you’d like to enjoy it again, here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTWJDJ2BR-0

Timothy Blesses Its Hillcrest Resident

Timothy’s current Hillcrest resident, Dominia, appreciates Timothy’s ongoing support, with a special thanks for Christmas gifts provided by the Hillcrest Team, GIVE Commission, and other members (see photo). She reports that she can now visit with her children more which is a huge motivator to persevere in the Hillcrest program. She appreciates the prayers from Timothy which help her through this journey. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Your kindness really transforms lives through Christ.

The Gift of the Magi

On Sunday, January 8thTimothy will once again observe First Fruits Sunday. In the Old Testament, the practice of offering the first portion of a harvest (the first fruits) to God was a way of not only thanking Him for the blessings of that harvest but also a way of expressing trust that God would continue to provide for His people. That is why we offer our first fruits to God. It is a special offering above and beyond what we normally give.

In 2023, Timothy’s leadership set a First Fruits goal of $110,000. For each of the next three years, the first $12,000 of First Fruits contributions will be designated for expenses related to Timothy’s youth attending the 2025 National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. The remaining contributions will fund
Timothy’s other ministries as supported by operations.

Please prayerfully consider supporting Timothy’s First Fruits in 2023 as we continue to focus on transforming lives through Christ. Contributions may be placed in pew envelopes or regular envelopes clearly marked “2023 First Fruits” or offered online on Timothy’s website under the Give tab. Thank you very much!

Timothy Always Generously Supports Food Donations

Food pantries need restocking after holiday meals fed so many. Blue Springs Community Services League served several hundred local families this past week. Hamburger Helper, spaghetti & sauce, canned meats, and boxed potatoes are especially needed now and can be placed in the grocery cart located in the lobby at each campus. Thank you for donated groceries this past year!

Movie Night at Timothy

Make plans to attend a free movie night to watch War Room in the Wyatt Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 27th, at 7pm. The GIVE Commission is sponsoring this opportunity to continue the church-wide prayer emphasis. Free popcorn and bottled water will be available. No need to RSVP, just show up to watch a powerful movie. Bring friends! Call church office is you need childcare.

2022 First Fruits contributions total $103,165.59, as of Dec. 18th. Thank you! Per 2022 budget, First Fruits contributions are transferred to Operations each month, and the projected total transfer was projected at $200,000.
Raise the Roof contributions total $27,600, as of Dec. 18th. Thank you!

FaithRoots will not meet on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Resumes Jan. 8.
No Education Classes on Dec. 28. Resume Jan. 4th.

Church Office will be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.  TLS will be closed through Jan. 3; classes resume Jan. 4.

Special Request for Winter Necessities Timothy has learned of a special need connected to Messiah Lutheran in Independence. A community of Congolese immigrants worship at Messiah, many of whom are not accustomed to Midwest winters. If you have coats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, long underwear, gloves, shoes, socks, any type of warm clothing to donate, please contact Esther at 816.252.9405, 9am-2:30pm M-Th. You may also drop off items at Timothy’s RD Mize Campus, Room 402B. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunity Are you as an individual or as a family looking for a volunteer opportunity at Timothy? The Sunday Morning Donut Ministry at RD Mize needs someone once a month. Responsibilities are picking up donuts at HyVee, setting up coffee no later than 8:15am, and cleaning afterwards. The normal time commitment is 7:45-11am. Attending worship at 9am is definitely do-able. Please contact Viv Bradshaw (vivbradshaw@aol.com) or Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) with additional questions. Thank you!

A Note from One of Timothy’s Tithe Organizations “Shalom, Merry Christmas! The Apple of His Eye Mission Society wants to thank you for your support and prayers. Our ministry will continue to share the Gospel from your generosity. Your continued support is a blessing. Have a blessed New Year. Sincerely, Debby and the Apple of His Eye team”

Children’s Epiphany Party Friday, Jan. 6, 6pm at Wyatt. All Timothy children and friends invited to enjoy pizza and games.

Installation of Elected Lay Leaders Sunday, Jan. 8, either service.

A Night of Laughter Thursday, Jan. 12, 6pm, RD Mize Family Life Center; free; all ladies & friends invited to enjoy the humor of Comedienne Chonda Ruth Pierce, “The Queen of Clean.” RSVP not required but helpful by signing up on church app (Events), church website (Events), or by calling church office (816.228.5300). Childcare available upon request.

Middle School/High School Youth “Snow Tube” Sat., Jan. 21, 1-5pm, Snow Creek at Weston, MO; cost $35; sign up on website; contact Pastor Ryan (ryanh@timothylutheran.com) with questions.

Announcements for Church Events Effective Jan. 1st, approved spoken worship announcements and slides will be submitted on Timothy’s website under the Events tab. Click on the Announcements for Church Events box to complete the announcement form and upload an accompanying slide, if any. Deadline to submit is 10 days prior to the requested Sunday’s dat. Submitting information for the weekly Timothy Connects newsletter may continue to be emailed to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com). Deadline for Timothy Connects is Thursday 6am each week. Thank you!

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “Jesus—The Fulfillment of the Law”; 10-11am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell; no class on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Resumes Jan. 8

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes)”; 6:30-08pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John; no class on Dec. 27; resumes Jan. 3
Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm; Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt; contact Becky for current book; no class Dec. 29; resumes Jan. 5

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy Connects Friday, Dec. 16th, 2022

By |2022-12-16T08:10:22-06:00December 16th, 2022|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “THE SIGN”

What would you do if God offered you a sign, a guarantee that what He had promised would absolutely come to pass? He did that once for a king named Ahaz, and Ahaz turned Him down! While we may be shocked, we would be tempted to do the same thing if God were to offer. But thankfully, God gives us the sign of His Son, Jesus, to call us back to faithfulness in Him.

Finding Joy When the World Is a Dumpster Fire: A Devotion

You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures. Psalm 16:11

Did you know the phrase “dumpster fire” is in the dictionary? Lately, I’ve been trying to avoid the saying. While it remains true—sometimes devastatingly so—that this world offers us constant chaos and catastrophe, that isn’t the only truth I know and believe. And it isn’t the reality I want to focus on.

When we throw up our hands and declare a situation, a season, an entire calendar year to be a complete loss (i.e., a dumpster fire), we’re choosing to abandon hope and walk away from the joy God is placing before us. I’m determined to choose joy.

Finding joy when everything is falling apart feels impossible, but nothing is impossible for our God. We can ask Him to be with us and to bring us joy, and He will do it.

Celebrate Our Savior’s Birth at Timothy

Dec. 18—“A Song Is in the Air” Combined Adult Choirs 10am service at Wyatt Auditorium
Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Services 4pm at Wyatt Auditorium; 5:30pm, 7:30pm, & 9pm (with Holy Communion) at RD Mize (Holy Communion at 9pm service only)
Dec. 25—Christmas Day Service (With Holy Communion) 10am at RD Mize only. NOTE: No other Sunday services on Dec. 25 at either campus

Middle School Youth Celebrate Christmas

Christmas Chaos went down last Saturday, December 10th, in the Family Life Center at RD Mize. Fifteen middle schoolers gathered to make gingerbread houses, have an indoor snowball fight, and chat about Jesus being the light into our darkness. It was a great night as we get closer to Christmas.

The Gift of the Magi

On Sunday, January 8th, Timothy will once again observe First Fruits Sunday. In the Old Testament, the practice of offering the first portion of a harvest (the first fruits) to God was a way of not only thanking Him for the blessings of that harvest but also a way of expressing trust that God would continue to provide for His people. That is why we offer our first fruits to God. It is a special offering above and beyond what we normally give.

In 2023, Timothy’s leadership set a First Fruits goal of $110,000. For each of the next three years, the first $12,000 of First Fruits contributions will be designated for expenses related to Timothy’s youth attending the 2025 National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. The remaining contributions will contribute to funding Timothy’s other ministries as supported by operations.

Please prayerfully consider supporting Timothy’s First Fruits in 2023 to once again support Timothy’s mission of transforming lives through Christ. Contributions may be placed in pew envelopes or regular envelopes clearly marked “2023 First Fruits” or offered online on Timothy’s website under the Give tab. Thank you very much!

MOScholars: A Unique Opportunity

Taxpayers to the state of Missouri—both individuals and businesses—now have the unique opportunity to direct up to 50% of their state taxes to Lutheran Education. This summer, the Missouri State Treasurer’s Office launched a new tax program called MOScholars. The program allows organizations like the Missouri District to convert these tax dollars into scholarships for qualifying students attending LCMO schools throughout the state.

Different than a charitable donation, taxpayers participating in MOScholars are simply agreeing to prepay a portion of their state taxes so that funds may be used for Lutheran education. Reserving these tax credits is easy and can be completed online in a matter of minutes. The Missouri District website contains even more information on MOScholars, as well as the links to get the process started. Leah Sieveking at the District office can be reahed at 314.590.0211 or leah.sieveking@mo.lcms.org with questions. Timothy members may also contact TLS School Board President Christy Yager (voort04@hotmail.com or 816.820.4730) with questions. The deadline for helping these students this school year is December 31, making now the time for taxpayers to participate in MOScholars.

Calling All Ladies: A Night of Laughter

All women are invited to join in fellowship on Thursday, Jan. 12, beginning at 6pm in the Family Life Center at RD Mize, by the Women of Timothy Bible Study. A light meal will be available, followed by a DVD of comedienne Chonda Ruth Pierce, often billed as “the Queen of Clean.” The evening will conclude with some intentional discussion. Feel free to invite everyone for this fun night. Childcare available upon request. RSVP not required but helpful by signing up on church app (Events), church website (Events), or by calling church office (816.228.5300).

2022 First Fruits contributions total $103,145.59, as of Dec. 11th. Thank you!
Raise the Roof contributions total $27,600.00, as of Dec. 11th. Thank you!

Special Request for Winter Necessities Timothy has learned of a special need connected with Messiah Lutheran in Independence. A community of Congolese immigrants worships at Messiah, many of whom are not accustomed to Midwest winters. If you have coats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, long underwear, gloves, shoes, socks, any type of warm clothing to donate, please contact Esther at 816.254.9405, 9am-2:30pm M-Th.  You may also drop off items at Timothy’s RD Mize Campus, Room 402b. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunity Are you as an individual or as a family looking for a volunteer opportunity at Timothy in the new year? The Sunday Morning Donut Ministry at RD Mize needs someone once a month. Responsibilities are picking up donuts at HyVee, setting up coffee no later than 8:15am, and cleaning afterwards. The normal time frame commitment is 7:45-11am. Attending worship at 9am is definitely do-able. Please contact Viv Bradshaw (vivbradshaw@aol.com) or Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) with additional questions. Thank you!

Announcements for Church Events Effective January 1st, approved spoken worship announcements and slides will be submitted on Timothy’s website under the Events tab. Click on the Announcements for Church Events box to complete the announcement form and upload an accompanying slide, if any. Deadline to submit is 10 days prior to the requested Sunday’s date. Submitting information for the weekly Timothy Connects newsletter may continue to be emailed to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com). Deadline for Timothy Connects is Thursday 6am each week. Thank you!

LWML Nuts & Candy Sale Thank you, Timothy, for your support of this annual fundraiser. This year’s proceeds total $1,118.18 and will be disbursed as 10% to missions ($118.18), 45% to Timothy’s Youth Mission Trip next summer ($531.82), and 45% to Immanuel Lutheran (KC) Food Pantry ($531.82). Thanks to Timothy’s LWML for offering and implementing this opportunity each year.

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting A recording of this meeting may be accessed on Timothy’s website under the Events tab. The various handouts for this meeting are also available online under Church tab (Manuals, Reports, & Positions).

Holiday Office Schedule Last day of school at TLS is Dec. 20. TLS office will be closed from Dec. 21-Jan.
3. Classes resume Jan. 4. RD Mize office will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26 as well as Dec. 31-Jan. 2.

Installation of Elected Lay Leaders Sun., Jan. 8, either worship service

Save the Date Movie Night:  War Room, Fri., Jan. 27, 7pm, Wyatt Auditorium; free admission, popcorn & water provided; sponsored by GIVE Commission

Wednesday Evening Education Classes resume on Jan. 4, 2023.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “Jesus—The Fulfillment of the Law”; 10-11am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, led by Roxanne Kerwood; no class on Dec. 19

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes)”; 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John; no class on Dec. 20 or 27; resumes Jan. 3

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm; Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt; contact Becky for current book

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy Connects Friday, Dec. 9th, 2022

By |2022-12-09T10:20:09-06:00December 9th, 2022|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “THE WAY”

God’s people often find themselves wandering through wildernesses, both literal and metaphorical. It would be easy for them to get lost out in the desert, especially if they try to strike out on their own. But God is always about making a way for His people. And He especially does that by sending His Son to be the Living Way!

Make It Hard to Be Offended: A Devotion

I have a confession to make. When I overhear conversations and feel like the people I care about are being overlooked, I get upset. It used to be my children, but my circle of care has expanded to the people in my church. I can get upset. A lot . . . like a lot a lot. Lord, forgive me.

I love how it states in Colossians 3: 13: Bear with one another and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” As Christians, we are called to forgive. Every day of our lives, we sin against God, and yet He’s quick to show us mercy and grace. God doesn’t burn us, or cancel us, or shame us. God’s treatment of us is the model for how we are to treat one another.

Christians should be the most forgiving people on the face of this planet because we know best what it means to be forgiven.

Ready for Christmas:  There’s a Song in the Air

I was certainly ready for Thanksgiving this year! How about you? You may have gathered with friends and family, or you may have given thanks on your own. Maybe you baked up pies and mashed potatoes, or perhaps your kitchen and home were quiet this year. One thing I am certain of is that the shift from Thanksgiving to Advent Christmas happened quickly!

A week from Sunday is the Choir’s Christmas Worship, “A Song in the Air.” It’s a great way to begin celebrating and worshiping the Baby Jesus, the Savior, the Promised One. The choir will lead the congregation at the 10am Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Wyatt Campus. We hope you can join us.

Wherever this season finds you, we pray you feel the nearness of God. He loves you, right where you are, just as you are.

Journey to the Manger

THIS SUNDAY, Dec. 11, is the time to bring all gifts (with tags attached) from the Giving Trees to the front of the worship center at each campus as you enter worship, if you have not already brought them to church.  Thank you for your generous, caring hearts!

Celebrate Our Savior’s Birth at Timothy

Make plans to attend any of the following celebrations at Timothy! Bring family and friends!

Dec. 11—Singing by CrossWalk & Faith Roots Students—10am service at Wyatt Auditorium
Dec. 12—TLS Pre-School & Kindergarten Christmas Program—6pm at Wyatt Auditorium.  “Oh, Glorious Night!” It will be a night filled with bells, poetry, song, and lights, along with a special performance from the TLS band, all pointing us toward the most glorious night when Christ was born. Come have your hearts warmed by the message and music of these children of God.
Dec. 14—Advent Service/TLS First-Eighth Grade Christmas Program—6:30pm at Wyatt Auditorium. “Do You Know Him?”  Come hear the students lead us in joy-filled Christmas music & Scripture readings, reminding us that this little child is no ordinary child, but the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Come, let us adore Him!
Dec. 18—Combined Adult Choirs “A Song Is in the Air,” 10am service at Wyatt Auditorium
Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Services—4pm at Wyatt Auditorium; 5:30pm, 7:30pm, & 9pm (with Holy Communion) at RD Mize
Dec. 25—Christmas Day Service (With Holy Communion) at RD Mize only. NOTE:  No other Sunday services on Dec. 25 at either campus.
Jan. 1—Normal Services at both campuses (9am at RD Mize; 10am at Wyatt)

TLS Literacy Volunteer Program (“Book Buddies”)

A new, highly successful volunteer program at TLS is off and running! Under the direction of TLS
Interventionist Mary Beth Self, this program pairs an adult with TLS students as an extension of the
Classroom experience. These volunteers may also be seen helping teachers in many other ways, all of which enhance the education of TLS students.

A huge “thank you” to the following volunteers for answering the request to be a Book Buddy or helper:
Sarah Caughey, Lois Domsch, Debbie Johnson, Barb Kalbfleisch, Peggy Kappelman, Diane Knowlton, Mickey Krahenbuhl, Nancy Madden, Diana Pumphrey, Susan Ready, Carol Ready, Joe Sauter, and Lisa Zimmerschied.

The hours you donate each week are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

PTL Santa’s Workshop

The Timothy Lutheran School’s Parent Teacher League (PTL) completed their second quarter fundraiser project this past week; “Santa’s Workshop.” All students, three years old through eighth grade, were given the opportunity to purchase a gift each for his/her mom and dad for Christmas.  Over 350 gifts were donated to the PTL.  Gifts ranged in price from $5.00 – $15.00.  Students were given the opportunity to browse, select and buy the gifts for their parents.  It was my pleasure to see students’ faces light up when they found the perfect gift.  My heart was full as I watched students go through the line, excited to give something special to their parents.  This was the first time the PTL attempted anything like this.  It was a huge success!  Over $2000.00 was raised by the event. The staff and PTL officers extend a heart-felt thank you to everyone who donated.  They also wish to thank the parents who allowed their child(ren) to buy a gift for them. 

PTL Committee Picture, from left to right
Ken Holland – School Administrator
Clancy Hisle – PTL officer
Kate Force – PTL President
Autumn Rayl – Committee Chair

Annual Voters’ Assembly Recap 

The annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting was held last Sunday, Dec. 4, with 83 members signing the
attendance sheets. The meeting was recorded and may be accessed through the following link:
(Voters Meeting) or through the church website under Events. A few hard copies of the documents can be picked up at the RD Mize Information Center. All documents may also be accessed on the church website. Thanks to all who attended!

Following presentations and ensuing discussions, all proposed motions were passed by the Assembly. Thanks for your input and participation! The date for the Special Voters’ Meeting in the first quarter of 2023 will be announced soon.

2022 First Fruits contributions total $102,100.00, as of Dec. 4. Thank you!
Raise the Roof contributions total $26,100.00, as of Dec. 4. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Eve Emergency Assistance To date, Timothy’s generosity to fund this special ministry totals $2,005.00. Thank you!

Giving Tuesday Thank you, Timothy, for participating in the 2022 #GivingTuesday opportunity! To date, $6,335.00 has been contributed!

Special Request for Winter Necessities This week, Timothy learned of a special need connected with Messiah Lutheran in Independence. A community of Congolese immigrants worships at Messiah, many of whom have not experienced Midwest cold winters. Some have already expressed concern that they cannot continue to worship at church without warmer clothing. If anyone has coats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, long underwear, gloves, shoes, socks, any type of warm clothing to donate, please contact Esther at 816.254.9405, 9am-2:30pm M-Th. Thank you!

Lutheran High School of KC invites Timothy and friends to its annual Christmas concert THIS SUNDAYDec. 11, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 13145 S. Black Bob Rd., Olathe, KS, at 7pm. The Concert Choir, Band, and Handbells will all perform a wonderful selection of Christmas music. Free admission.

Wednesday Evening Education Classes resume on Jan. 4, 2023.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “Jesus—The Fulfillment of the Law”; 10-11am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship, 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood; no class on Dec. 19;

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes)”; 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies; meets offsite on Dec. 12.

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John; no class on Dec. 20 or Dec. 27; resumes Jan.3

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm, Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt; contact Becky for current book

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

Timothy Connects Weds. Dec 2nd, 2022

By |2022-12-02T08:56:25-06:00December 2nd, 2022|Timothy Connects|

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday 9:00 am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus

Worship info on Timothy’s website
(www.timothylutheran.com/worship/ )
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am
(www.facebook.com/timothylutheran)
Recorded Worship Services
(www.YouTube.com/TimothyLutheranMinistries)

As We Gather for Worship This Weekend
 “United for Welcome”

God calls us to be a place that is united in welcoming the people around us. But what does He unite us around and what are we welcoming people to? We unite around Christ and what He has done for us on the cross and we welcome our friends and neighbors into that same relationship with Him!

If It’s Gonna Get Done, God’s Gonna Have to Do It! A Devotion

“I can’t take it anymore, God! I am exhausted. Everyone around me seems busy, I can’t ask for help! Why aren’t you helping me?” Instead of seeking God first before running around for answers, I figured out what I wanted to do and then I told God what I wanted Him to do. My prayers were more about expecting God to finish my work instead of stopping to see His will.

In my effort to control the situation, I lost sight of the power, character, and sovereignty of God. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8

Just as the people God spoke to in the above verse believed that following their own path was best, we’ve done the same thing. Our efforts to fix our problems don’t bring us peace, only anxiety, anger, and what looked like the end of our faith. Yet, God’s words in Isaiah 55:8 are not only a declaration of God’s character, but also an invitation for those of us who’ve forgotten how big God truly is.

When we surrender, God will give us the gift of His peace. Surrender doesn’t guarantee that God will answer instantly, nor does it mean that God will behave as we want. It does mean that we can trust God to be faithful, loving and gracious, no matter the outcome.

Celebrate Our Savior’s Birth at Timothy

Make plans to attend any of the following celebrations at Timothy! Bring family and friends!

Dec. 7—Advent Service at RD Mize, 5:30pm
Dec. 11—Singing by CrossWalk & Faith Roots Students—10am service at Wyatt Auditorium
Dec. 12—TLS Pre-School & Kindergarten Christmas Program—6pm at Wyatt Auditorium.  “Oh, Glorious Night!” It will be a night filled with bells, poetry, song, and lights, along with a special performance from the TLS band, all pointing us toward the most glorious night when Christ was born. Come have your hearts warmed by the message and music of these children of God.
Dec. 14—Advent Service/TLS First-Eighth Grade Christmas Program—6:30pm at Wyatt Auditorium. “Do You Know Him?”  Come hear the students lead us in joy-filled Christmas music & Scripture readings, reminding us that this little child is no ordinary child, but the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Come, let us adore Him!
Dec. 18—Combined Adult Choirs “A Song Is in the Air,” 10am service at Wyatt Auditorium
Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Services—4pm at Wyatt Auditorium; 5:30pm, 7:30pm, & 9pm (with Holy Communion) at RD Mize
Dec. 25—Christmas Day Service (With Holy Communion) at RD Mize only. NOTE:  No other Sunday services on Dec. 25 at either campus.
Jan. 1—Normal Services at both campuses (9am at RD Mize; 10am at Wyatt)

Journey to the Manger

If you haven’t stopped by one of the Giving Trees in the lobby at each campus, plan to do so between now and end of next week to select one or more of the gift tags available to help make someone’s Christmas brighter.

While gifts (with tag attached) may be returned to either campus prior to our Journey to the Manger celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11th, gifts (with tag attached) brought on Dec. 11th will be placed at the front of church/auditorium as you enter the worship service.

Please note that it is very important to attach the tag to the gift/donation. If contributing a donation by check, please make check payable to Timothy rather than the benefiting organization.  Thank you!

Middle School Youth Christmas Chaos

Middle schoolers are invited to come hang out on Sat., Dec. 10 from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center at RD Mize for some Christmas chaos. We will make (and perhaps crush!) gingerbread houses, engage in an indoor snowball fight, and, of course, munch on food and spend time with Jesus. Join the chaos! Bring a friend! Questions? Contact Pastor Ryan or Clancy Heisel.

Overwhelmingly Successful Brown Sack Groceries Ministry

Thank you, Timothy, for your generous outpouring of support for the annual Thanksgiving Brown Sack Groceries Ministry!

Gary Flandermeyer and Dan Sbisa delivered all of the grocery sacks filled with items for holiday meals to the food pantry at Jesu el Buen Pastor in Kansas City on Wednesday morning. As always, the ladies at JEBP were very grateful to receive them. The food donations, along with a frozen turkey, will be distributed to needy families on Dec. 15th. This year, Timothy’s generosity in this ministry filled two pickup beds as well as the back seats! Modest estimates indicate approximately 1,500 pounds of food filled the numerous brown sacks! Thank you very much!

December Food Donations 

December food donations will be delivered to the Blue Springs Community Services League where the need is also great. Over 250 local families need food and other assistance this month and every month.

All foods are appreciated, but special needs include pasta, spaghetti sauce, Hamburger Helper meals, canned fruit, canned meat, and baking items. Thank you for placing your donations in the grocery cart at either campus. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting 

The Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting is THIS SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 11:30am in the Wyatt Auditorium. Please plan to attend. A quorum of 40 communicant members is required to conduct business. Your input is important. Thank you!

There are six documents on Timothy’s website (www.timothylutheran.com) for you to review prior to Sunday’s meeting. Click on Church on home page, then Manuals, Reports, & Positions. While there will be a limited number of hard copies of these documents at the meeting, members are encouraged to utilize the website as much as possible. We pray God’s blessings on our meeting, and thank you for attending!

2022 First Fruits contributions total $102,030.59, as of Nov. 27. Thank you!
Raise the Roof contributions total $24,550.00, as of Nov. 27. Thank you!
Giving Tuesday contributions Thank you for your support of Timothy on Giving Tuesday. Contributions are coming in both electronically and manually by placing in offering plate, mailing to church, and dropping off at church. An accurate total will be communicated soon. Thank you for your support!

LWML Nut & Candy Sale wraps up this weekend with all orders picked up by Sunday. Thank you for your support!

Staff Christmas Gift continue through this weekend with donations placed in offering plate, dropped off at church, or noted on church website. Thank you!

Pairs & Spares meets Tues., Dec. 13, 11:30am in Family Life Center at RD Mize for its monthly potluck. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the fellowship. Contact Janet Masters (jlmasters44@gmail.com) with questions.

Wednesday Evening Education Classes will hold their last session next Wed., Dec. 7.  Classes will resume on Jan. 4, 2023.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “Jesus—the Fulfillment of the Law”; 10-11am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag & Dale Russell

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study (1st & 3rd Mondays) 6:30pm fellowship; 7pm study; Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Messy People (Imperfect Biblical Heroes)”; 6:30-8pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “The Book of Acts”; 6:30-7”30am, Fireplace Room (302), RD Mize; led by various men

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Confirmation Review”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study (Women of Thursday) book study; 6:30-8pm, Room 109, RD Mize; led by Miriam Lindemann & Becky Blatt; contact Becky for current book

Saturday Morning Moms Bible Study (1st & 3rd Saturdays) 9-10am, Wyatt 4 G’s; led by Kaye Gray

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,
DougF@TimothyLutheran.com or
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.

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