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 GATHER Commission—Charlie Johnson, Commission Secretary
GATHER Commission met on Jan. 14 with Melissa Struewe, Alex Burns, Charlie Johnson, Gayl Calvin, Gene Bond, Kyle Oelklaus, Mary Taggart, Nancy Bond, Sandy Bahrenburg and Val Leakey attending. Ben Ryan was welcomed as a guest.

After a Dice Breaker team exercise, members reviewed the Commission Member Commitment guidelines outlining expectations of all commission members. Mary Taggart was appointed as the officer for Public Relations, and Charlie Johnson was appointed as secretary for the commission.

In group and open discussions, the commission compiled responses to the following questions:

What does the GATHER Commission do?

  • Spread the love of Jesus and reach out to bring people together
  • Stay together at GATHER events to listen, evaluate and act
  • Gather souls for Christ
  • Plan larger worship services combining both campuses
  • Work with the other commissions at Timothy

Who does the GATHER Commission work with and for?

  • We work for God as disciples for every ministry and mission of Timothy
  • Ministry staff
  • Other commissions and committees and the inclusion of both campuses

What does the GATHER Commission promote?

  • All types of worship, Bible study, small groups, by gathering people together
  • Inclusion
  • Team atmosphere at worship
  • Reaching out to the members and encouraging their involvement

What does the GATHER Commission restore?

  1. Awareness of Timothy
  2. Faith and fellowship
  3. Unity and inclusion

History of the GATHER Commission:  The Commission reviewed a March 9, 2018 list of GATHER Commission responsibilities and received feedback from current members. Some of the challenges mentioned:

  • Limited budget, which decreased the social aspect of planning events, such as planning larger whole church events
  • Lack of vision
  • Challenges of working within the 4G’s structure

Commission Committees:  After reviewing the list of committees, the group questioned if Worship Planning, as well as a few others, should remain a part of GATHER. Revising the list may require changes in the church by-laws. Since the Executive Board is reviewing other by-law changes, GATHER will submit possible changes, if any, at the same time.

GATHER Informational Survey:  A suggested printed survey was reviewed. If an online version was offered, it may be a challenge to reach young adults 25 & under because they may not take the time to complete it. Ben will check with Steve Schild about past congregational surveys and what data has been gathered. GATHER will review the survey questions and determine which may or may not be included in the future GATHER survey.

Next and Future Meetings:  The next GATHER Commission meeting will be Monday, Jan. 28, 6-8pm in the Fellowship Hall. Future meetings will occur on the 4th Monday of each month.

Action Items:

  • Commission members to review the GATHER Commission Information Survey and mark items to retain and delete by next meeting on Jan. 28.
  • Melissa the GATHER Commission Informational Survey to Ben. She will also change name to Worship and Fellowship Survey. Ben will contact Steve Schild to determine if some of the data had been collected on a previous survey about four years ago.


  • Agenda for Commission Meeting on Jan. 28.
  • Commission Committees
  • Commission Member Commitment
  • Fellowship Committee Guidelines
  • GATHER Commission Responsibilities (3/9/18)
  • Office Description  —  Secretary
  • Office Description  —  Public Relations
  • Timothy GATHER Commission Informational Survey

From GIVE Commission—Pam Sbisa, Commission Leader
GIVE Commission met on Jan. 28 with Pam Sbisa, Nancy Nowiszewski, Joe Sauter, Chris Hruska, Esther Maxwell and Diane Mayfield attending.  Pam opened the meeting with prayer.

Nancy shared her January Care Ministry Report:

  • Compassionate Care:  Timothy’s resident started a full-time job on Jan. 28 (today) and is looking for possible housing to move into once this school year is over. Availability for a new resident will be shared with the congregation once we have a date when the property will be vacated and cleaned for a new resident.
  • GriefShare began a new set of sessions on Jan. 17; only one person attended so we will wait until our Feb. sessions to use the curriculum. Our lead facilitator, Roxanne Kerwood, is recovering from surgery and will likely not return for several months. In the meantime, Esther Maxwell and I are leading the group and will be training a new facilitator for the team.
  • DivorceCare will begin a new set of sessions on Feb. 11.
  • Cancer Companions will be a presence at the Feb. 10 cancer prayer service at Timothy. Group facilitators are David Escobar and Esther Maxwell. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 5.
  • Hillcrest Transitional Housing: Our most recent resident graduated on Jan. 27; 7 Timothy members attended the graduation at the Hillcrest Thrift Store in Lee’s Summit. Our graduate, who works at the Ford Motor plant, now has an apartment of her own in Independence. Applicants are being interviewed this week for the open apartments in Lee’s Summit.
  • Congregational Care Ministry: Our second class of CCMs will be commissioned during the Feb. 2 worship service. The five ladies are Mary Thompson, Carol Thompson, Laura Hartley, Lois Domsch and Sheila Ross. A bulletin insert with their photos and information will be available for the Feb. 2-3 worship services. The next class will be offered in June.
  • Care After Services: One part of additional care offered at Timothy is to equip ushers and elders serving in worship services to be available after services for anyone who has a care need. I have contacted Jacob Gorrow for the elder connection and will then work with the ushers once we have a start date determined (I expect it will be April).
  • Live Well Community Fair: We continue to receive RSVPs from organizations invited to have an information table at this community event on March 2, Wyatt Rd. Campus. Tow added today include Rainbow Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center, who is also considering sponsorship of the event by paying for all or part of the cost of the tote bags given to the first 300 attendees. An email to organizations planning to attend will go out this week with details about the room arrangement, where to check in, etc. The email will also invite selected organizations to speak from the stage during the day. Our team will meet again on Feb. 22 in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Stephen Ministry: Only one applications for the class was received. Because it is a male applicant, Gary Williams and I will train him in a more informal, one-to-one setting. The applicant, Gary Moore, is a commissioned lay minister, so he has received care ministry training through that program. I will be talking to Gary Moore about a schedule so he finishes by May 1.
  • Offering Envelopes: Boxes of envelopes, including those for 2019 holiday services, are still available on tables in each lobby. Loose, undated envelopes are also available for those who do not need weekly envelopes or who give online but want to have a supply for special offerings. The first magnet with the 2019 special service dates was not magnetized; the replacement order is now available with the envelopes.
  • Other: Women of Hope “Conquering Clutter!” workshop with Molly Calvin Bassett will be Feb. 9 and a one-day retreat will occur on April 6. I will take vacation days on Feb. 13 and 14.

Spending of $8100 for GIVE Commission ministries:  The guidelines and process is now complete. Each commission will apply funds to needed items for its ministries. Staff and Vice-Presidents will be tasked with approval of all expenditures.

Connections Coordinator Report:  Diane continues to assist with announcements in the weekly bulletin and prepare the weekly Ministry Matters publication. Nancy and Diane shared that the Get Connected and Celebrate publications have been discontinued. The Get Connected items are always communicated well and in timely fashion through the weekly congregational emails, weekly bulletins, and announcements. The Celebrate photos will now be shared with the congregation in a timely manner through Powerpoint slides at worship services.  This will be communicated to the congregation soon.
The meeting closed with prayer by Joe Sauter.
From GROW Commission—Mary Low, Secretary
GROW Commission met on Jan. 28 with Pastor Rod, Ryan Kuecker, Jacob Gorrow, Mary Reed, Dawn Twenter, Mary Low, Diane Mayfield, Nathan Burns and Richard Pirch attending. Mary Reed opened the meeting with prayer.

Old Business:

  • Confirmation Prayer Pals:  Mary Low shared that the Secret Prayer Pal Reveal Party will be Feb. 20, at 6:30pm. Mary will organize the event. Several people offered to bring cookies.
  • Commission Spending:
  1. Ryan Kuecker will work with the Youth Group to determine technology needs for the Youth Room.
  2. Jacob Gorrow will contact Nancy N. regarding televisions needed in specific rooms at church. After he has this information, the commission has authorized Jacob to make the purchases.
  • Live Well Community Fair:
  1. Richard Pirch is the GROW Commission representative on this team. He shared that the event will be held at the Wyatt Rd. Campus on March 2, from 9am-3pm. The GROW Commission will have a table at this event to highlight all GROW ministries.
  2. Mary Reed will contact leaders of each ministry to see if they would like to provide information in the form of a handout/brochure at this event. Once we have this information, the commission will plan the visual layout of the table.

New Business:

  • Goals for 2019:  After brainstorming, the following suggestions were offered:
  1. Raise up future leaders of the various GROW ministries—develop some sort of “mentoring” program
  2. Continue to build relationships within the congregation
  3. Focus on growing/supporting the 20s-30s age group

Next meeting:  Feb. 25, Room 302, R.D. Mize Campus

From GO Commission—Carol Windler, Secretary
GO Commission met on Jan. 28 with Charlie & Carol Cronkhite, Kathy Wildschuetz, Courtney Dryer and Pastor John attending. The meeting opened with prayer.

Missions:  No report.

Live Well Community Fair: Courtney reported that the GO Commission will assist with the follow-up to community organizations invited to participate, help participating organizations get set up for the day of the event, and distribute door hangers in three neighborhoods near the Wyatt Rd. Campus the weekend of Feb. 16-17. Charlie suggested a bulk mailing instead of the door hangers. After discussion, it was decided that Pastor John would clear this idea with Nancy and check about a printing company for this type of mailing. Charlie will check with the post office for how to target certain neighborhoods and the bulk mailing rates. GO Commission will cover the cost of the postcard mailing with the specially allocated funds to enhance ministry. Courtney will attend the next Live Well planning meeting on Feb. 11.

GO Commission Community Event: A Christian Music Festival was agreed upon as the sponsored event to be held in June. A tentative time of 1-6pm on June 22, 2019, was suggested. Music groups would perform, a VBS booth could be available for summer sign-ups, and snacks would be available. Pastor John know several names of musical groups that might be available to perform: New Bridge, Tangled Blue, Cabin Fever, and a local Christian rapper. He will check with Alex Burns to get more ideas and discuss logistics of hosting such an event.

Next meeting location: Since all 4 commissions now meet on the same night each month, GO will meet at the R.D. Mize Campus to accommodate better communication between the commissions if desired. GO will meet at 6pm on the 4th Monday of each month in Room 103 at the R.D. Mize Campus.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Feb. 2—LWML Brunch, 10am, Fellowship Hall, R.D.  Mize Campus
Feb. 9—Women of Hope “Conquering Clutter!” 9:30-11am, Fellowship Hall, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 10—School Board meeting, 11:45am, Room 1101, Wyatt Rd. Campus
Feb. 10—Cancer Prayer Service, 3-4pm, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 11—Live Well Community Fair planning session, 5-6pm, Fellowship Hall, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 11—Executive Board meeting, 6pm, Room 302, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 12 or 19—Call Committee meeting, 6:30pm, Room 302, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 23—Leadership Orientation, 9-11am, Fellowship Hall, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 25—GO Commission meeting, 6pm, Room 103, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 25—GIVE Commission meeting, 6pm, Room 302, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 25—GROW Commission meeting, 7pm, Room 302, R.D. Mize Campus
Feb. 25—GATHER Commission meeting, 6pm, Fellowship Hall, R.D. Mize Campus
Mar. 2—Live Well Community Fair, 9am-3pm, Wyatt Rd. Campus
Mar. 6—Ash Wednesday Services (4 & 6:30pm) and LWML Ham Dinner (4-7pm) R.D. Mize Campus
Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10—Lenten Services (4 & 6:30pm) and Lenten Meals (5-7pm), R.D. Mize Campus
Mar. 16 – ENGAGE Worship and Praise, 7pm, Wyatt Rd. Campus
Mar. 22—School Ministries Trivia Night, 6-10pm, Wyatt Rd. Campus