So many of us feel lonely, especially during this time of isolation. And often at the core of the loneliness is the idea that we are not known by someone. Even if we are in a crowd of people or with a group of friends, we can still feel lonely. This is when Psalm 139 brings us comfort. You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. Psalm 139:1.
God knows our hearts and minds. He knows where we are and understands our restlessness to be somewhere else. He knows our thoughts, so that when we are without words, He still understands. God goes before us, is with us, and assures us of His presence.
Confirmand Faith Story
God’s blessings to Will Twenter, one of Timothy’s 2021 Confirmands, who shared his faith story this past Sunday, applying his chosen Bible verse of Psalm 46:10 to his journey of growing in Christ. Click on the arrow below to hear his story.
Children’s Ministry Update
FaithRoots continues to meet every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm in the 400’s (blue) hallway at RD Mize.
All children ages 3 through 5th grade are encouraged to participate in one of two large group openings (Pre-K in one group; K-5th in second group) for the age-appropriate introduction of the Bible lesson, followed by four smaller group gatherings for Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-5th grades for further application of the Bible story.
Wondering how to get connected? It’s easy—just come to the FaithRoots hallway where you and your child will be greeted, signed in, and introduced to the teachers. Parents will pick up the students at their classrooms and take home the latest devotion booklet geared just for the kids.
We look forward to sharing the love of Jesus with all the children tomorrow evening. Bring friends!
Youth Ministry Update
Timothy’s youth in grades 6-12 will gather this Saturday, Jan. 23, from 4:15-6:30pm at Rink Ratz SkatingRink. To ensure proper social distancing, the entire facility is reserved for Timothy’s group, which includes 30 minutes of skating lessons from 4:15-4:45pm. Pizza will be provided, but skaters should bring their own drink. Cost is $5 per skater; bring your friends!
The congregation is reminded that this coming Sunday, Jan. 24, is Youth Sunday at Timothy. Students are working hard to share their time and talents in worship on this special day, such as Scripture readers, ushers, singers, musicians, thespians, and even sound techs!
Youth Ministry Fundraiser is this Sunday, Jan. 24, as well. Please stop by the table in the lobby at each campus to show your support of the youth raising funds to participate in the 2021 Youth Quake at the end of Feb. Contributions are tax-deductible since no goods are received for your donations. The youth will also appreciate donations of individually wrapped snacks, bottles of water, and cans/bottles of soft drinks. Thank you!
Cundiff Farewell Reception
Friends of long-time Timothy members Mel and Gloria Cundiff said farewell at a cake reception in their honor after the 9am worship service on Jan. 17. The Cundiffs are moving to St. Joseph, MO, where their younger son and daughter-in-law live. Thank you, Mel and Gloria, for your decades of service at ministry. We will miss you!
GodConnect Devotions Are you receiving the daily GodConnect Devotions? You can go to Timothy’s website, click on Ministries in the menu bar, then GodConnect Devotions. Be sure to click on Read More to take in the entire devotion. You are encouraged to share with family and friends, either by forwarding the devotion to them or urging them to sign up to receive them daily. Thanks!
Lenten Services We look forward to the Lenten Wednesdays Sermon series based on the Book of Job, starting Ash Wednesday. There will be two worship services at RD Mize on Ash Wednesday, 4pm and 5:30pm. All other Wednesday worship services will occur once at 5:30pm.
Drive-Thru Communion At its meeting last night, the Board of Elected Elders approved Drive-Thru Communion for the first Sunday of each month from 11:30am-12:15pm at the Wyatt Campus. Please park at the curb and enter the lobby. Thanks!
2020 Contribution Statements will be mailed first class the afternoon of Wed., Jan. 27.
Thank You Timothy received the following thank-you note recently from a Hillcrest family adopted by the congregation at Christmas: Dear Sponsor, I can’t tell you how much my family and I appreciate your generosity in helping us out this Christmas season. Thank you very much!
Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry) Training Tuesdays, Jan. 26 through Feb. 16, 6-8pm, Room 103, RD Mize; prerequisite for Care 301 (Stephen Ministry). Contact Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski, email@example.com or 81.228.5300 Ext. 8042.
Care 301 (Stephen Ministry) Training begins Feb. 23. Contact Care Ministry Nancy Nowiszewski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8042.
Lenten Non-Dinners Please contact Diane Mayfield (email@example.com) if your ministry would like to sponsor a free-will offering in lieu of the traditional Lenten Dinner. Open dates are Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 17 & Mar. 24. Thank you!
Youth Hand Bells Choir Rehearsals on Sundays in Feb. & Mar. Feb. 7 from 1-2:15pm; others from 4-5pm; RD Mize Music Room. Performances in worship services on April 1 & 4. All youth welcome! Pick up form on youth bulletin board in each lobby and in music room; return completed form to Sarah Hinkle by Feb. 7. Contact Director Ruth Sunderman with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LUMAA This is the last Sunday to donate school supplies. Donations of lined notebook paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, construction paper, etc. are appreciated. Drop off in donation bin in the lobby at each campus. Monetary donations, payable to LUMAA, may be mailed to LWML Mission Servants VP Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Deadline for all donations is this Sunday, Jan. 24. Thank you for your generosity!
Food Donations through the end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. While all donations are appreciated, please note the following items are currently a particular need: spaghetti, pasta sauces, canned tomato products; sides/rices/potatoes; cereal; and canned fruit. Please drop off your donations in the grocery cart in each lobby. Thank you!
Psalm 23 [NIV] | 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, a I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
One of many well-known scriptures in the Bible is Psalm 23, and it is filled with God’s promises. In these words, God promises we lack nothing and he leads the steps of our lives. He refreshes our soul when we are down or worried. Our Father guides us to everlasting life through the gift of his Son, Jesus. Our Lord promises we need not fear challenges we encounter for he is standing by us. His word and commands comfort us with direction for how we live our lives to the glory of his name. With his word, God shows his unending love and richly blesses us.
Is it any wonder why Psalm 23 would be so popular among God’s people? Wherever we are in life God speaks to us in these powerful words. There is such peace, comfort, and strength for a new day. The Lord is our shepherd, the one who stands in the storms of life with us. Jesus tells us, “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11). Our Shepherd approaches us directly in his Word through the Holy Spirit and lives among us. Our Good Shepherd has our Father’s authority, and he shares it with all who believe in Christ. Our Shepherd meets real needs, and we recognize his voice and follow him. Jesus has proven his sacrificial love by willingly laying down his life on the cross for the sheep.
Whatever situation we may face in life, Psalm 23 can give us hope and direction. God never promised that each day of our lives would be perfect or that he would answer every prayer as we desire. He promises that his will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. God is aware of the desires in our hearts, and he knows what is best for our lives. We live life today in the sure hope that our cup overflows with his deep love.
Lord, you are our shepherd, and we thank you for constantly looking over us. Help us to see more of you and less of the darkness around us. Lead us through the still waters and give us strength for a new day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
What situation(s) in life are you facing today can you take to God as you read Psalm 23?
Matthew 16:5-12 [NIV] | 5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Jesus can use our situations in life to help teach us and grow in our relationship with him. In our reading the disciples were following Jesus when the realized they had forgotten to bring along bread on their journey. While the disciples were worrying about bread, Jesus used the opportunity to teach of the danger of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Yeast is a key ingredient in bread, for it causes the dough to rise. “Yeast” in this passage symbolizes evil. Jesus was teaching that just as only a small amount of yeast was needed to make a batch of bread rise, so the evil teachings and hypocrisy of corrupt leaders could infiltrate and infect the entire society.
We too must be on our guard against evil messages our society sends out to the people that oppose God’s Word and our trust in Him. Jesus rebuked the disciples for hardness of heart, but here Matthew focused on their inability to grasp his true power. These men, closest to Jesus, would carry a huge responsibility after he was gone. Jesus wanted to be sure that they were getting the message. Jesus has the power to overcome and the power to prove. As we look around, we can see the miracles of God at work. Like the disciples, Jesus wants to make sure we do not lose site God and his power.
We face situations in life when we may wonder if God is listening or cares. As we spend time in God’s Word, we are reminded of the many miracles Jesus performed during his earthly ministry. We must be patient in prayer as we wait for God to respond. The yeast of the world would have us look to our own solutions, other means of placing our trust, and ultimately directing us away from Jesus. We are to keep our focus on Jesus, the author and protector of life. God absolutely loves and cares for us all.
Lord, help me keep my eyes focused on you and not allow the evil of the world to infiltrate my life. When I face times of doubt or fear situations in life, may I remember that you concurred sin, death, and the Devil. Keep my heart pure as I place my trust in you. Amen
Today I will focus on the Word of God and not allow the evil in the world direct my thoughts, words, and actions.
CREATIVE TENSION: According to legend, at the end of Peter’s life, he followed Jesus’ example and died the martyr’s death, something that Jesus hinted at in today’s Gospel lesson. While we may not be called to such an extreme path, we are still called to follow His example of love. One of the ways we can follow is by thanking God in advance for the blessings this year will bring through a First Fruits Offering.
This week the gang faces the whining Israelites. God sends Moses a snake to help the people see God. Remember, Don’t whine, be thankful!
2021 Lenten “Non-Dinners”
As COVID protocols continue, Timothy will offer an altered plan for the annual Lenten dinners. Ministry groups may reserve a table in the RD Mize lobby for the date of their choice (Feb. 24, Mar. 3, Mar. 10, Mar. 17, Mar. 24—LWML will launch this revised plan on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17) to accept free-will donations in support of each ministry’s designation for the use of the free-will offerings. Each ministry is encouraged to decorate the table and display a poster that identifies programs, events, etc receiving the donations. Contact Diane Mayfield (email@example.com or 816.228.5300 ext. 8040) to sign up for your preferred week—first come, first served! Since no goods will be received, donors may record as tax-deductible contributions. More details soon.
Check out the “work in progress” of Timothy’s page on the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce website (www.bluespringschamber.com)! Many thanks to Wes Borchers for researching and devoting many hours to this outreach project!
After logging on to the website, click on “Visitors,” then “Find a Business,” then “Religious Organizations.” If you click on the “60 Years Serving Blue Springs and Eastern Jackson County” banner, you’ll find Timothy’s current web home page. If you click on photo of RD Mize Campus, you’ll see church contact info, photo images, and a video of a FaithRoots lesson.
We look forward to posting many of Timothy’s ministries, events, and programs on the Chamber website in the near future, especially those that connect Timothy with the community. Please contact Diane Mayfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Upgrades are also “in the works” for Timothy’s website, so stay tuned! Thanks!
Community Outreach, Part II
Timothy will welcome the Releve Dance Troupe for two dance shows in the Family Life Center at RD Mize on Saturday, March 6, 2021. We look forward to welcoming 30 dancers, ages 6-18, and up to three guests per dancer for each of the shows, accommodating proper social distancing requirements.
First Fruits Sunday is this Sunday in both worship services. Thank you for prayerfully considering participation this year to reach the goal of $210, 000 to further God’s Kingdom here at Timothy. The third message of the Peter’s Path sermon series will be shared by Pastor Rod. To God Be the Glory!
Farewell Reception for Mel and Gloria Cundiff will be this Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at RD Mize after the 9am service. Stop by to wish them well as they move to St. Joseph on Jan. 20. We thank God for their faithful service to Timothy for nearly 52 years. God’s blessings on this next chapter in their lives!
Drive-Thru Holy Communion is available Monday, Jan. 18, 5:30-6:15pm, at RD Mize. Please park at the curb and enter the church lobby, one family at a time, to receive the sacrament.
Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry) training on Tuesdays, Jan. 26 thru Feb. 16, 6-8pm, Room 103, RD Mize. Contact Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski (email@example.com or 816.228.5300 ext. 8042) to register. Care 201 is a prerequisite for Stephen Ministry training.
Care 301 (Stephen Ministry) training begins Feb. 23. Contact Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski (firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.228.5300 ext. 8042) with questions.
Food Donations through end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. Special requests: spaghetti; pasta sauces; canned tomato products; sides/rices/potatoes; cereal; canned fruit. Drop off in grocery carts in each lobby. Thank you!
LUMAA (Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary) is collecting school supplies. Donations of lined notebook paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, construction paper, etc. are appreciated. Drop of in donation bin in lobby of both campuses. Monetary donations, payable to LUMAA, may be mailed to LWML Missions Servants VP Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Deadline for all donations is Jan. 24. Thank you for your generosity!
Youth Sunday Jan. 24 during both services; also thanks for stopping by the Youth table in each lobby that day to drop of free-will donations for the Feb. Youth Quake as well as bottles of water, cans of soft drinks, and individually wrapped snacks. Your help is appreciated!
2021 First Fruits contributed between Jan. 1 -10 total $5,255.00! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank you!
Thank youall for the thoughts, prayers and cards since my cancer diagnosis. We are thankful, grateful, and blessed! Mary & Don Kalthoff
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 email@example.com, OtisT@TimothyLutheran.com or
Pastor Rod at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.
Genesis 46:2-7 [NIV] | 2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he replied. 3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.” 5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6 So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring.
It is interesting how God spoke to his people in the Old Testament, it is as though he were standing face to face. Perhaps we would welcome a conversation with God in a vision to help us clearly see the path he has prepared for our lives. In today’s world when someone speaks out verbally to God and says, “Here I am,” we question their mental state. God continues to speak to us today in several ways. He communicates through prayer, in reading and hearing his Word, and in mutual conversation with others.
Our challenge in listening to God is that we are not always sure God is the one speaking. Our minds get confused or blurred with the world’s view of life, the evil forces that work against us, and Satan. Listening to God requires a great deal of concentration and time. Imagine the trust Jacob had when God said, “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there…” And Jacob responds: “So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan.” Trust – Jacob had a tremendous amount of trust in God enabling him to uproot his family and follow.
If we honestly assess our lives, we would have to confess our failures in our lack of God with everything. We find ourselves holding tight to the things we fear we may lose. We often trust in ourselves first and only turn to God when struggles or challenges are beyond our personal control. God has provided a Helper to lead and guide us. The Holy Spirit is God living in us every moment of our lives. Our God speaks boldly to us, we just need to take time and listen. We praise Jesus for sending the Holy Spirit into our lives enabling us to grow in our trust in God.
Heavenly Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to put our trust in you with everything. Help us in times of doubt and reveal to us your will for our lives. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today I will ask God to help me increase my faith and trust in him.
Genesis 45:4-9 [NIV] | 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
Waiting and watching for God’s will to be done in our lives can be a challenge. We find ourselves waiting and wondering about the mind of God. In our text for today Joseph was living the life of luxury. God had rescued Joseph from his brother and made him an equal to Pharaoh over Egypt. Throughout Joseph’s journey God was leading Joseph to a greater plan – to reunite Joseph with his family.
We often pray that God’s will be done in our lives, but we struggle in waiting to see what God is doing. God does not always share with us the path he lays out; he does not provide a blueprint explaining the final outcome of a situation. Each of us is called to follow in blind faith trusting God knows what is best for our lives. As we face our daily challenges, we take each moment of our journey in complete confidence that God is in control. When all may seem lost or out of control, we cling to the hope and promises God gives us in Jesus.
God has a wonderful plan that each of us will one day reunite as a family of believers. Sin has robbed us of the life God intended and separates us from him, and our loved ones in death. Like Joseph and his family, God takes us through the highs and lows of living in a sinful world with a promise and hope. Jesus died to give us life today and into eternity. Our focus is on Jesus taking each day as a gift from God. We can live knowing God has a greater plan and we pray we have the vision of Joseph, “7But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.”
Lord, we are thankful for the gift of Jesus and we boldly pray that your will be done in our lives. When we face times of doubt or struggle, lead us to the cross of Jesus. Help us walk patiently with you as we live our lives for you. Amen
Today I will focus and Jesus and in faith trust in God’s plan for my life.
Matthew 13:47-50 [NIV] | 47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
As we look around the world, we may be asking ourselves, “Why does God allow all this evil to continue?” It is hard to understand why a God filled with love tolerates the evil and at the same time allows those who entice evil to prosper. We are reminded that earth is not our final destination and that the Prince of the World, is Satan. Sin has entered this world and the final judgment will not take place until Jesus returns. Only then will there be no pain and suffering caused by sin.
The parable of the fishing net deals with the dividing of people much as the parable of the wheat and weeds does. While the parable of the wheat and weeds highlighted the length of time during which good and evil people must coexist, this parable focuses on the final judgment day. As the net catches all kinds of fish, the gospel message will go out to all kinds of people. At the end of the age, the angels will “sort the fish,” separating evil people from righteous. Like the wheat that will be gathered into the barns, the good fish will be put into baskets. We look for the Day when Christ returns to rescue us from evil.
As we live our lives today, we are reminded that God is with us in each step of our journey. He uses our current situations to draw us closer to him and increase our faith. God does not allow sin and suffering to pass by without using it to grow us into stronger disciples. God is fully aware of our situation. “27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:27-28). We trust in the One who leads us as we live our lives for Christ and share his love with others.
Heavenly Father, we cry out to you to rescue us for the pains and struggles of the world. We pray each day that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Whatever situation we may face, use it to strengthen trust in you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Today I will seek God in helping me to understand the current challenges I may be facing.
Gen. 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
This year is starting off not with a bang but more of a hum. I’m paying attention to the emptiness that doesn’t feel sad or weird but peaceful. I’m noticing my pace and how slow it is. It’s slow but not behind. It’s right on track, to the same step as God’s.
I often wonder about the unwritten parts of Jesus’s life, about the moments when He might have felt the ordinary to be ordinary, even though He was God. Did He relish it—this being human? Did He delight in the repetition of the small things, knowing all things?
He was familiar with it all—the mundane and the miraculous, the boring and the busy, the years when one faded into the next and the year when His life would come to an end, and He would make eternity a reality for all of us.
He calls it all good, every part.
Every time we ask God if there’s something we should be looking for, something that we’re missing or a path we should be taking, He says the same thing back to us: You’re right where you’re supposed to be.
With no word for the New Year, with no plan for how we should grow or what we should become this year, God says it’s okay—good even, and we are all starting right here, right where we are supposed to be.
Upcoming First Fruits Weekend
To prepare for First Fruits giving, we have looked at Peter’s Path in worship for the past two weeks. We’ve seen how God called Peter to a great adventure and how, even as Peter’s trust in God failed, Jesus still reached out to rescue him. He does the same for us, and recognizing that moves us to give Him thanks, not only for the blessings of the previous year but also for the blessings we know He will provide in the coming year.
Timothy has a tradition of collecting a First Fruits offering at the beginning of each year, following the Biblical practice of offering the earliest fruits of a harvest to God, thanking Him for those blessings of the past as well as trusting Him for blessings in the future.
As previously shared, Timothy’s 2021 First Fruits offering will be designated for three goals: financial stability moving forward, children and youth ministry enhancements, and debt reduction.
We officially begin collecting First Fruits offerings this weekend. If, after prayerful consideration, you choose to participate and worship in person this Sunday, please bring your offering in a clearly marked envelope and place in the offering basket before or after worship. If you will not be worshiping in person this Sunday, you can drop it off at the church office or mail it. Due to COVID considerations, there will be no processional offering during the worship service.
We continue to praise God for the way He provides for Timothy’s ministries through this unusual and tumultuous time, and we thank Him for your generosity this past year and even now in the new year.
Confirmand Sharing Her Faith
God’s blessings to Melynda Cross, one of Timothy’s 2021 Confirmands, who shared her faith story, based on applying her chosen Bible verse (Jeremiah 29:11) with the congregation this past Sunday. Click on the video link below to view her powerful story.
Next Generation: Strategic Planning Committee Update
The congregation is invited to share opinions and questions concerning the proposed Vision Statement moving forward (Transforming Lives Through Christ) and three mission focus areas (dynamic children &youth ministry, expanded outreach to the community, and increased engagement of members inTimothy’s ministries). Please visit Timothy’s website, click on the Members tab, then on Next Generation link to find an opportunity to record your thoughts. You may also click below to access the comment form. The Strategic Planning Committee looks forward to hearing from you. Thank you!
Please note that the Free Will Offering youth fundraiser on Youth Sunday (Jan. 24) will benefit all students in grades 6-12 who participate in the virtual Youth Quake in Feb. For the first time, Youth Quake will include senior high students; therefore, Timothy’s senior high youth will participate as well. Thank you for remembering these young people in your prayers and stop by the donation baskets for monetary help on Jan. 24. Donations of bottles of water, soft drinks, and individually wrapped snacks are also appreciated.
Additional Youth Opportunities
3, 2, 1. . . game on! Timothy’s youth leaders invite all students in grades 6-12 to experience an old tradition—Timothy Dodge Ball Night! This is your time to just have fun and let off a little steam every Sunday at 6pm in the Family Life Center at RD Mize.
Looking for more? Come to the Youth Room (506—RD Mize) at 5pm on Sundays for break-out Bible Study. Age-appropriate studies and discussions will help you and your friends look toward a new year growing your faith in Christ.
It’s not too early to join the next Youth Hand Bells Choir! All youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to join the fun of preparing to enhance worship services during the Easter season. The first practice is Sun., Feb. 7, at a special time (1-2:15pm) in the Music Room at RD Mize. Additional Sunday practices through March 28 will be from 4-5pm, also in the Music Room. Registration forms are available at both campuses on the youth bulletin boards and in the Youth Room, or you may contact Ruth Sunderman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous music experience is helpful but not required. Please come!
Gloria and Melvin Cundiff, Timothy members for nearly 52 years, will move to St. Joseph on Jan. 20. Please stop by the Fellowship Hall after the 9am worship service on Jan. 17 to wish them well on this new chapter in their lives. We appreciate their many years of service with the Prayer Chain, Bible Study, Stephen Ministry and Board of Elders.
Care Ministry Updates
Connect with Care: Have you considered connecting with Care Ministry volunteer opportunities? Then you will want to attend Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry), a four-week class that not only identifies the various volunteer opportunities but also helps you understand your spiritual gifs and equips you to serve. Care 201 will be offered on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 26 and end on Feb. 16. The class meets from 6-8pm in Room 103 at RD Mize. Registration is required; contact Nancy Nowiszewski, Care Minister, email@example.com or 816.228.5300, ext. 8042. Care 201 is a prerequisite for Stephen Ministry training.
Care 301: Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, Christian care to those who are hurting or coping with a life issue or crisis, such as grief, divorce, loneliness, relocation, illness, hospitalization, or job loss. This training, which begins Feb. 23, includes listening skills, confidentiality, maintaining boundaries, and other relevant information. Have you been sensing God’s call to serve as a Stephen Minister? Do you want to learn more about the ministry? Contact Nancy Nowiszewski, Care Minister, firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.228.5300, ext. 8042.
Thank You to Timothy member and Seminarian Jake Bellinghausen for sharing the message this past Sunday in worship services. Check it out on Timothy’s website! God’s blessings to Jake as he completes his final year at the Seminary in St. Louis.
Drive Thru Holy Communion will be available next Monday, Jan. 18, from 5:30-6:15pm at RD Mize (sanctuary doors). Please park at the curb and enter the building for the sacrament, one family at a time to observe social distancing.
LUMAA is collecting school supplies for the second semester of this school year. Donations of lined notebook paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, construction paper, etc. are appreciated. Drop off in donation bin in the lobby at both campuses. Monetary donations, payable to LUMAA, may be mailed to LWML Mission Servants VP Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Deadline for all donations is Jan. 24. Thank you for your generosity!
Food Donations through the end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. While all donations are appreciated, please note the following items are currently a particular need: spaghetti, pasta sauces; canned tomato products; sides/rices/potatoes; cereal; and canned fruit. Please drop off your donations in the grocery carts in both lobbies. Thank you!
Resource If anyone is interested in reading the book, Hearts of Fire: Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith, foreword by Gracia Burnham, please contact Diane Mayfield (email@example.com) who will connect you with a source to obtain a free copy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, OtisT@TimothyLutheran.com or
Pastor Rod at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.
Genesis 40:15 [NIV] | I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon. [NIV]
Joseph was the favorite son among twelve. Being jealous, his brothers sold him off as a slave removing him from the family. The Lord was with Joseph and while living in the house of his Egyptian master, the household prospered. Life was good until Potiphar’s wife wrongly accused Joseph of attempting to sleep with her. Joseph was falsely imprisoned for a sin he did not commit. While in prison he interpreted the dream of the cupbearer. Joseph asked that he not be forgotten when the cupbearer was released. It would be more than two years before Joseph would be remembered and released to become second in command of all that the Pharaoh of Egypt owned.
Joseph always had favor in the eyes of God, yet he faced a great deal of tragedy. Why would God allow Joseph’s family to reject him? Why would God allow Joseph to be falsely imprisoned and forgotten? God was preparing Joseph for greater things that could not see. After years of being in prison, Joseph received the opportunity to be released from the dungeon. Pharaoh asked Joseph to interpret a dream. He tells Pharaoh, “I cannot do it… but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires. (Genesis 41:16). Never losing hope, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. Joseph became second in command and after seven years of bountiful harvest, he named his two sons after God’s faithfulness: First son, Manasseh, because God made Joseph forget all his troubles, and his second son, Ephraim, because God made Joseph fruitful in the land of his suffering.
When we pray for God’s rescue, there are times it may feel as though God has abandoned us. Certainly Joseph must have felt deserted at times. God knows what is best and he may be preparing us for something greater during our times of suffering. We may feel at times God does not care or love us. It is in suffering we cling to our faith and trust in God’s faithfulness. God hears our prayers and answers them in his timing and the way he sees best. We do not know what our earthy future will look like, but we do know our ultimate hope in Jesus. Jesus came to rescue us from sin, death, and Satan. We need not fear our future for we have been rescued. God has everything under his control.
Heavenly Father, in times of suffering and doubt, help us place our trust in you, the one who already knows our future. May your will be done in our lives as we seek to live daily for you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Today I will take my worries and fears to the Lord in prayer trusting in his promise to be faithful.
Matthew 11:20, 25-27 [NIV] | 20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent… 25At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
In recent days it is easy to see why God would denounce towns and people that do not seek God and repent of their ways. Some wonder if the end times are near due to all the violence we see in our society. Last week we experienced two shootings at a local mall, the news was filled with violence over accusations that the election was filled with flaws. Social media is overflowing with negativity and judgment. You cannot help but wonder, “Has God denounced our society for unrepentant sins?”
As Christians, we are blessed with the gift of faith in Jesus being chosen by God to have the hidden things revealed to us. In our Baptism God calls us by name and declares is his children. Like Jesus, we too can praise our God who is the Lord of heaven and earth. As we witness the chaos that surrounds us, we have peace in the assurance that this life is not the end resolve. We live in the hope of new life that a time is coming when there will be no more pain and suffering. We rejoice in the faith and knowledge given to us through the Holy Spirit.
God has not given up on his creation. He chose to use as his messengers. For others to know God, God reveals himself through the Holy Spirit working in and through us. In Christ we are given the opportunity to transform lives – to point people to Jesus. How fortunate we are that Jesus has clearly revealed to us our Father, his truth, and how we can know him. The lost can only approach God through Jesus—he truly is the only way (John 14:6). We can transform our world one life at a time through Jesus. It’s time we share what we have in Christ with others.
Heavenly Father, thank you for reaving your Son, Jesus, to us. We praise for the gift of life we have today and into eternity. Help us see the opportunities we have to serve other. Motivate us to be your witnesses in a world that clearly needs more of you. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today I will give thanks to God for his gift of saving faith.