Ministry Matters May 25, 2018


Vol. 4 No. 21   May 25, 2018

The purpose of Ministry Matters is to provide an opportunity for the leaders of Timothy to share what is happening in their ministry areas. Each Friday, Ministry Matters is emailed to Timothy’s executive board, elders, staff, commission leaders and other lay leaders. If you wish to include something, please email it to Diane Mayfield ( by 8am Thursday. Feel free to share this document as you wish.

From GO Commission—Carol Windler, secretary

GO Commission met on May 14 with Carol Cronkhite, Charlie Cronkhite, Courtney Dryer and Kathy Wildschuetz attending.

Mission Report:  Discussion was held concerning how to best help the Federwitz family coming to Concordia to work with Lutheran Bible Translators. The commission approved the allocation of $250 from designated funds to purchase a gift card for the family to apply toward the purchase of needed items. Courtney shared an update about Carol Halter and her ministry.

Operation Christmas Child:  The commission decided not to operate a neighborhood drop off site for 2018 but will collect and deliver filled boxes from Timothy members who participate. There will be two weekends designated for collection.

Everyone His Witness:  The commission began the “First Article Witnessing” section of the leader’s manual by viewing the Listen and Ask video, followed by Exercise 4.

The next commission meeting will be Monday, June 25, 6pm, Room 1101, South Campus.

From GIVE Commission—Pam Sbisa, commission leader

GO Commission met on May 21 with Pam Sbisa, Esther Maxwell, Diane Mayfield and Nancy Nowiszewski attending. June Schubkegel (representing Break Time ministry) and Steve Schild (representing Elected Elders) were welcomed as guests.  Esther was thanked for joining the commission as a new member. Pam opened the meeting with prayer.

June shared valuable information concerning Timothy’s Break Time Club. Started in 2003, Timothy’s Break Time Club is associated with Shepherd’s Centers of America, a trusted partnership of professionals, volunteers, caregivers and the loved ones they care for, offering socialization for dependent older adults and providing dependable, short-term respite for caregivers. The primary purpose is to provide a safe and enriching program for older adults who cannot be left alone while their caregivers are provided a much-needed break. This break from caregiving responsibilities is intended to reduce stress and improve individual well-being so that family caregivers can remain in their caregiver role as long as needed. The Break Time Club, as the name suggests, offers a refreshing “break” for both caregivers and care receivers. Currently, Timothy’s Break Time Club services 11 clients, 8 men and 3 women. Over the past 15 years, only 2 clients have been Timothy members. The club meets each Wednesday year-round from 9:30am-2:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. The first Wednesday of each month is devoted to making a simple craft, led by Don and Janell Gramlich. Gayl Calvin, who has offered her expertise since the very beginning, leads singing activities on the second Wednesday of each month. Bingo is enjoyed by all on the third Wednesday of each month, and Janell Gramlich leads “a stroll down memory lane” discussion with the clients on the fourth Wednesdays. June appreciates the assistance of 7 additional, dedicated volunteers each week, all members of Timothy except one, who is a member of Messiah Lutheran in Independence. Most of the male clients are veterans who enjoy sharing memories of their military service. Many of their wives have also bonded as a fellowship group. The clients enjoy interacting with Timothy’s ECC children whenever possible, such as marshmallow snowball fights during the winter as well as observing holidays throughout the year, such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter, etc. The clients enjoy playing all kinds of games as well as short Bible devotions and Bible studies. June noted that Timothy member Susan Macko is another volunteer who has volunteered her time and expertise since the beginning 15 years ago. If anyone is interested in assisting with this valuable outreach ministry, please contact June Schubkegel or Nancy Nowiszewski.

Nancy shared her May 2018 Care Ministry Report:

  • Compassionate Care Our new family who moved into the transition house over Easter weekend is settling in well. Pastor Rich offered a house blessing on April 8, with several members present. We can still use some furniture (mostly a table for the family room and a small table for the laundry room). Bob Mueller has begun meeting with the mother to provide financial guidance and support.
  • Hillcrest Transitional Housing Our resident, Gwendolyn, continues to do well. She appreciates all the support she has received to date, and I have encouraged her to connect with me for any specific needs not being met.
  • Cancer Support I met with Lucy Johnson and Gary Williams on April 10 to look at the resources we have gathered from Cancer Companions and Journey of Hope (Cancer Treatment Centers) as well as feedback from our Stephen Ministers. Our plan will be incorporated into the Congregational Care Ministry plans, pending approval by the Elders, with suggestions given by the GIVE Commission.
  • DivorceCare and GriefShare DivorceCare will finish its current class in June; GriefShare began its new session on April 19.
  • Welcome Inn Regulations prevent us from serving meals at the Welcome Inn until further notice. Diane Mayfield contacted Representative Jeanie Lauer, who spoke with the Jackson County Environmental Health Division about the requirements for churches who said: “Currently, if a church is going to provide food to the public, they must either have their kitchen registered with Jackson County as a food establishment or obtain a temporary food establishment permit. According to the Environmental Health Division, food handler permits are not required for people handing out food if the church has a temporary permit.” I am checking to see what permits Timothy currently holds for serving food.
  • 13th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, with registrations being taken at weekend services and online. Our goal is to collect 85 usable units. The drive will run from 9am – 3pm in the Family Life Center. T-shirts are being provided by Rod’s Sports; lunch items and prizes are being purchased through a Thrivent grant.
  • Live Well Community Event will be held in March 2019. The commission has chosen either March 2 or March 23 as possible dates, both of which are available at this time on the church calendar. If anyone sees a conflict with another event occurring on either of those two dates, please let Nancy know ASAP. She plans to contact community organizations and other churches this summer to start the planning process. The goal is to offer a “wholistic health fair” for the community at the South Campus. As a church-wide event, GIVE Commission will take the lead for this event with help from all commissions, boards, and church committees.
  • Congregational Care Team David Escobar, Esther Maxwell and I attended training at Church of the Resurrection on April 19-21 for developing a congregational care team. (Nancy shared a detailed packet of information about this proposed new care ministry approach. Steve Schild will share this preliminary information with Elected Elders at their next meeting.)
  • Other Women of Hope is planning a perennial garden around the cross on the southwest corner of the North Campus with planning to occur over Memorial Day weekend; June 9 Friends’ Café scheduled at Epic Church Coffee Shop at 9:30am; June 1 Get Connected; financial assistance; vacation scheduled for June 30-July 9.

Diane Mayfield shared a brief Connections Coordinator report. She continues to coordinate and publish the weekly Ministry Matters newsletter and assists with trifold information, Get Connected and Celebrate newsletters.

The commission is excited to welcome Esther Maxwell as a new commission member and still hopes to welcome more! Contact Pam Sbisa or Nancy Nowiszewski if you or someone you know is interested.

The next commission meeting will be Monday, June 18, 6pm, Fireplace Room, North Campus.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

May 26-27—Graduate Recognition Weekend, all services

May 29—Elected Elders meeting, 7pm, Fireplace Room, North Campus

June 3—13th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive, 9am-3pm, Family Life Center, North Campus

June 4—Executive Board meeting, 6pm, Room 1101, South Campus

June 6—“REJUVENATE” Introduction/Instruction, 7:15-7:45pm, Sanctuary, North Campus

June 9—Friends’ Café, 9:30-11am, Epic Church Coffee Shop, Independence

June 9-10—Middle School Ministry Lock-in, 6:45pm Sat-7am Sun, both campuses & offsite

June 10—School Board meeting, 11:45am, Room 1101, South Campus

June 13—Women of Hope Wine Wednesday, 5-8pm, Colonial Gardens, Wyatt Rd., Blue Springs

June 15—Celebrate deadline for activities in April, May, June

June 18—GIVE Commission meeting, 6pm, Fireplace Room, North Campus

June 24—Middle School Ministry Paddle Boats/Canoes, 1:45am-2pm, Legacy Park, Lee’s Summit

June 25—GROW Commission meeting, 6pm, Fireplace Room, North Campus

June 25—GO Commission meeting, 6pm, Room 1101, South Campus

July 15—Pre-VBS Celebration Kickoff services, 8:30 & 9:45 am services, North Campus

July 15—VBS Kickoff, 4-6pm, North Campus

July 16-20—VBS Week, North Campus

July 22—Post-VBS Celebration Service, 10am, South Campus

Aug. 2-4—School Ministries Rummage Sale, Family Life Center, North Campus

Nov. 10—School Ministries Auction/Gala, 6-10pm, Adams Pointe Conference Center, Blue Springs

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