5 06, 2020

Timothy eNotes for June 5, 2020

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Sunday Morning 9:30 am
(All services available on the TImothy website)

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

Jesus is For Sinners – Rite of Confirmation. This week’s Gospel lesson is a good reminder that Jesus didn’t come for those who had everything together. While Matthew may have appeared to have a great life from the outside, being a tax collector would have meant he was an outcast to his own people, someone that people sneered at or gossiped about. Jesus’ call to Matthew reveals that He looks for the broken, the outcasts, the losers. And that is good news for us sinners! It means that He is here for us.
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Join us for this week’s Bible Event – Conversion of Paul
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Another Grocery Drive

Timothy will conduct another “Drive-By-and Drop-Off” grocery drive on Saturday, June 27, this time for the Blue Springs Community Services League. Site Manager Melodie Chrisman reports that their shelves are almost empty, so Timothy’s help is much appreciated.

Most-needed items are canned fruit, spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned tuna/chicken, meal in a can (especially ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, etc), canned green beans or corn, Hamburger Helper meals, rice & potato side dishes, cereal/oatmeal packages, snacks for kids (granola, applesauce cups, fruit snacks, cracker snacks, chips), Jiffy corn mix, canned mixed vegetables, and all sizes/kinds of canned soup.

Next Generation Study Update

Members of the Next Generation Study steering committee met on June 2 to review the final report compiled from data the committee submitted to Volunteer Consultant Dave Kuerschner. In a joint meeting on Monday, June 8, the Elected Elders and Executive Board will also review the report. The intent is to share the report findings with the congregation at a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, July 29, if Jackson County is in Phase 3 by then. More details soon.

Resuming Gatherings at Timothy

As announced last weekend, in-person worship services are set to resume during the July 11-12 weekend if Jackson County is in Phase 3 by then. There will be a Saturday service at RD Mize at 6pm, a Sunday service at RD Mize at 9am, and a Sunday service at Wyatt Road at 10am. The service at Wyatt Road will also live stream on Facebook and YouTube. Protocol includes the encouragement, but not requirement, of wearing masks; family groups sitting together at least 6 feet from other worshippers; and discouragement of mingling or visiting prior to or after services.

Professional deep cleaning/sanitizing of the entire RD Mize building is scheduled for July 9. The same procedures will occur at Wyatt Road during the week of July 6, but exact date is not yet known.

Timothy groups of more than 10 people will not be able to reserve rooms until the fall. However, smaller groups of 10 or less may start reserving meeting space. At RD Mize, those rooms are Fellowship Hall, Fireplace Room (302), Room 501, and Youth Room (506). At Wyatt Road, those areas are the 4 G’s in lobby, Conference Room (1101), and Music Room (1206). Please contact Sandy Gregory of Member Services (229-5300) to reserve areas. Guidelines for meeting in any of these areas include maintaining adequate physical distancing between attendees, using provided cleaning supplies to wipe down the room at conclusion of the meeting, listing attendees’ names and phone numbers on a sign-in form, and placing the completed form on Sandy Gregory’s or Kristen Anderson’s desk at conclusion of the meeting.

Thank you for your patience and help in keeping everyone as safe as possible!

Appreciation from Community

This week, a friend of a Timothy member expressed appreciation for Timothy’s online Faith Roots presence. Below is her message:

“Today, we were looking online to see if Timothy Lutheran was doing a VBS this summer and came across yesterday’s children’s church teaching. I just wanted to say thank you so much for having the children’s teaching online. My kids have been missing children’s church so much. And as we enter this sadly vacant VBS season, it was great to see a small VBS-like service, giving my kids and me teaching, music, and fun. Again, I just wanted to say “Thanks!” It was so sweet to see my kids’ heads bowed during prayer and know that they were getting the message of them being the Church and teaching others about Jesus!”

Have your kids logged on to the weekly Faith Roots messages? Please check it out and spread the word!

Sprucing Up RD Mize Entrance

If something needs attention, whom do you call? At Timothy, that often involves volunteers stepping up to fill a need. Recently, Facilities Manager Don McGhee commented to Steve Schild about the declining condition of the five current honeysuckle boxes at the 5th Street entrance and mentioned it would be nice to replace them with new boxes before activities resumed following the COVID-19 shutdown.

That is all it took for Steve to act. After taking pictures and contacting some willing helpers (Gary Flandermeyer and Bruce Wands), the three of them built new planter boxes. Don Vratny volunteered to transplant the honeysuckle bushes in the new planters. Thank you very much to these four servants!

This Week’s Bulletin Announcements

First Fruits Update Praise God for your continued 2020 First Fruits contributions! As of May 31, the 2020 total is $192,683.00, only approximately $17,000 from our goal! Thank you!

15th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive is this Sunday, June 7, in Family Life Center, RD Mize, from 9am-3pm. Must make an appointment: https://donate-savealifenow.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/68627 Commemorative t-shirt to first 50 donors; free boxed lunch beginning at 11am. Donors will be asked to wear a mask; one will be provided, if needed.

Prayer Room Don’t forget that our Prayer Room is available at RD Mize any time the church is open. When you need a quiet place to pray and the sanctuary is too large, just stop by the Prayer Room, at the back of the lobby, where you can also leave a written prayer.

During This Time of isolation due to COVID-19, please know that support is available through Care Ministry. If you are unable to get out and need something picked up for you, call the church office (228-5300).  We are here to help!

Connect with Care Ministry Timothy members are natural caregivers, but there are opportunities to receive training to further your caregiving.

  • Care 101: Tools for Caring This 2-hour workshop will provide specific ways to show care in situations where you aren’t sure what to do or say; attend either Tues., June 16, 6-8pm or Wed., June 17, 2-4pm, RD Mize. Register with Care Ministry by June 10.
  • Care 201: Congregational Care Minister CCM’s provide care through a variety of Timothy opportunities based on your availability and interests; 4 sessions of 2 hours each: June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 6-8pm, RD Mize. Register with Care Ministry by June 18.
2 06, 2020

Timothy eNotes for June 2, 2020

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Free Commemorative Adam’s Army T-shirt to the first 50 Donors while supplies last. Register Now for the Adam’s Army Blood Drive on Sunday, June 7.
CLICK HERE to Register.
Sign Up To Give Blood

Resuming Worship Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A question on everyone’s mind lately is, “When will Timothy resume in-person worship?”  While we appreciate the hard work and dedication of numerous volunteers and staff to shift our services to an online format, we long for the chance to gather in worship together.

This question has weighed heavily on Timothy’s leaders for the past few weeks, especially as restrictions on in-person gatherings have relaxed. We want to strike a balance between our members’ desire to be together with the need to do so safely. We also want to resume public worship with as little change or disruption as possible so that, when we come together, our worship experience is as similar as possible before the pandemic.

After much deliberation and after studying suggestions from the Missouri District and guidelines from federal, state, and local governments, Timothy’s leaders plan to resume in-person worship on July 11 & 12, hoping that Jackson County will be in Phase 3 of its recovery plan by then. READ MORE…

Timothy Continues to Give and Give and Give!

Timothy again showed its tremendous caring spirit this past Saturday as three truckloads of groceries and household items were collected and delivered to Jesu el Buen in Kansas City. Thank you to everyone!

Pastor Frank sends his letter of thanks: CLICK HERE TO READ

Please remember that we can continue this caring spirit this week by dropping off groceries for the next Welcome Inn distribution by Friday, June 5, in the black receptacle outside the RD Mize office doors, 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F. Suggested donations include cereal, cookies, cups of mac & cheese, tuna packets, bags of small oranges, toilet paper, tissues, napkins, and cleaning supplies. After these donations are delivered on June 10, the Welcome Inn visits will continue monthly.

New Chairs for the Fellowship Hall

At its February 1 Society Meeting, Timothy’s LWML voted to purchased 100 sorely-needed, new chairs and one cart for the Fellowship Hall at RD Mize, funded by proceeds from the Ash Wednesday Lenten Dinner, monies in the LWML treasury (Fellowship Hall Fund) and a generous matching gift from an anonymous donor. While we were “busy” under quarantine, the order was placed, and the delivery truck finally arrived this past Friday with the new chairs!

A very special THANK YOU to Don McGhee, Steve Schild and Bruce Wands who graciously unloaded the chairs and to Carol Ready for taking the lead in submitting the order and following the order process during the pandemic. The chairs are a medium gray fabric with a dark gray metal frame. Hoping we can all SIT on the chairs soon as we eventually get back to meeting again in person! To God Be the Glory!

REMINDERS: 

Sunday, June 7 15th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive, 9am-3pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize Campus; sign up on Timothy’s website – CLICK HERE to sign up.

Care 101: Tools for Caring Attend either Tues., June 16, 6-8pm, or Wed., June 17, 2-4pm, RD Mize Campus. Register with Nancy Nowiszewski at NancyN@TimothyLutheran.com by June 10. CLICK HERE for information.

2 06, 2020

Thank You Letter From Jesús El Buen Pastor

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The Lutheran Church of Jesus the Good Shepherd
3007 Mercier Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Pastor F E Eberhart, Pantry Administrator, 913-707-3518 pastorfee@gmail.com ;

Timothy Lutheran Church
425 NW R D Mize Rd,
Blue Springs, MO 64014

June 1, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters at Timothy,

Thank you for your persistent love! You recently sent three pickup trucks loaded with a variety of groceries for the Food Pantry at Jesus El Buen Pastor Lutheran Church.

We are now regularly serving more than 100 client families a week. Because of Covid-19 our system has changed. God has not changed.

We have the chance to share the Gospel with a printed bilingual devotion and are never hesitant to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, the very light of God shining in darkness. Our masked clients and masked volunteers cannot stop that light. We serve five families at a time. Only one person may enter for the family. Children must wait with a caregiver. No longer do we serve a dinner or give an embrace. Clients accept this and understand. Yet the Holy Spirit allows us to show His love and power as we do all things in the Name of Jesus.

But as funds dry up and groceries are hard to replace, we ask God to show us how we are to feed the multitude. Harvesters is great for fruit and vegetables but other items are also in demand, soups, sauces, oil, sugar, flour, all the standard groceries.

So God says to us through Gary Flandermeyer and Associates and Timothy Lutheran Church, “It’s under control. Before you ask or even think about asking, it is under control. Trust me!”

All four Gospel writers include miracle of the the feeding of the five thousand. But Luke’s version is my favorite.  The disciples come to Jesus and wonder how the multitude is going to get food. Our Lord’s first response to them was, “You feed them.”

Then they had to learn trust and obedience and Jesus showed them the way through thanksgiving and prayer and a love so deep that it is almost beyond comprehension.

“You feed them.”

And the saints of St. Timothy, Blue Springs, Missouri, said, Okay, Lord! And it happened! Thank you so much. God bless you and uphold you with His Spirit. It is my joy to serve with you.

Pastor Frank
Pantry Administrator

2 06, 2020

Resuming Worship Update – Pastor John

By |2020-06-02T05:41:37-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Announcements|1 Comment

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A question on everyone’s mind lately is, “When will Timothy resume in-person worship?”  While we appreciate the hard work and dedication of numerous volunteers and staff to shift our services to an online format, we long for the chance to gather in worship together.

This question has weighed heavily on Timothy’s leaders for the past few weeks, especially as restrictions on in-person gatherings have relaxed. We want to strike a balance between our members’ desire to be together with the need to do so safely. We also want to resume public worship with as little change or disruption as possible so that, when we come together, our worship experience is as similar as possible before the pandemic.

After much deliberation and after studying suggestions from the Missouri District and guidelines from federal, state, and local governments, Timothy’s leaders plan to resume in-person worship on July 11 & 12, hoping that Jackson County will be in Phase 3 of its recovery plan by then. READ MORE…

There will still be changes to the worship services and times. Going forward, only three in-person worship services will occur each weekend: Saturday at 6pm at RD Mize, Sunday at 9am at RD Mize, and Sunday at 10am at Wyatt. This will allow adequate time to clean the worship spaces after each service. The 10am service at Wyatt will also live stream via Facebook and YouTube.

During these worship services, face masks will be encouraged but not required, and physical distancing between family groups will be encouraged as well. Offering plates will be stationed at the room exits.
Holy Communion will resume in August once the logistics of worship are in place.

Finally, it is important to note that these plans are dependent upon the assumption that Jackson County will enter Phase 3 of its recovery plan in July. If the county delays that transition, Timothy will delay the return to in-person worship as well. In addition, if another stay-at-home order is issued, Timothy’s services will immediately transition back to online worship for the duration.

This has been a difficult time, and we appreciate your patience and prayers. Please bear with us as we work to transition to a new normal of touching lives for Christ.

Under the mercy,
Pastor John

29 05, 2020

Timothy eNotes for May 29, 2020

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Please join us for Online Worship Services
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Facebook page (www.facebook.com/timothylutheran

Sunday Morning 9:30 am
(All services available on the TImothy website)

As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

WE ARE… WITNESSES. When you come right down to it, the mission of the Church is witnessing. Those are the marching orders that Jesus gave His disciples after He rose from the dead. That is why God poured out the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples on Pentecost. It was to send them out into the world and spread the Good News of what He did on the cross. And now that is the mission we are called to as well, to witness to the Good News of what Jesus has done.
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Join us for this week’s Bible Event – Philip and the Ethiopian

Jesu el Buen Grocery Drive Tomorrow

Don’t forget we have another opportunity to reach out with a “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” grocery drive for Jesu el Buen in Kansas City, one of the ministries receiving a regular tithe from Timothy, tomorrow from 10am-noon, parking lot of both campuses. Pastor Eberhart suggests that the most-needed donations include canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal, pasta, pasta sauces, and bottles of hand soap. Their food pantry currently serves over 100 families each week, so whatever we can provide will be much appreciated. Thank you!

Timothy’s Tithes Impact Lives

The following note was received this week from People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO), another ministry supported by our tithe. Thank you for remembering others as we reach out to Touch Lives for Christ.

“Dear Timothy Saints,

Thank you so much for your prayers, partnership, and support. Our growth and success in these 27 years was all by His grace and because you are our partner in missions. We wish and pray that our Lord will keep you safe and stay with you, as we read in Deut. 31:8: “The Lord will himself go ahead of you and stay with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Amen! All POBLO missionaries are safe by His grace. Please continue to pray for POBLO, as you know we are a faith-based ministry with no fixed source of revenues. Our total support comes from churches and individuals, and it has gone down considerably due to COVID-19 challenges. May our good Lord keep you safe. Thank you!

Rev. Farrukh Khan
POBLO International”

2020 Rite of Confirmation

As our society has ben placed on hold, Timothy’s 8th grade Confirmation Class has been patiently awaiting the big day to celebrate the Rite of Confirmation. On Wednesday, June 3, Timothy’s 2020 Confirmation Class will publicly confess their faith in a private service in their witness of their parents. Fifteen students with Pastor John and Pastor Rod in a nontraditional worship service which will be recorded and included as part of our corporate online worship service on June 7.

Even though it may not be the traditional way, we know God works in all ways. We praise God for the gift of faith He has given these students and the opportunity to allow them to publicly confess it with you in a new, less-traditional way.

CLICK HERE to view a list of Timothy’s 2020 Confirmation Class and their Confirmation verses.

May 30 (Tomorrow): “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” grocery drive for Jesu el Buen, 10am-noon, both campuses
May 30:  31st Annual “Affair of the Heart” Virtual Auction, 7pm. This event, normally held in April, was postponed. Check it out on KC Lutheran High’s website.
May 31:  2020 Graduate Recognition Sunday
June 2-6:  Lost & Found Thrift Store, supporting KC Lutheran High, holds Grand Re-Opening; 12104 Blue Ridge Blvd. 816.673.1099.
June 7: “Virtual” Rite of Confirmation as part of online service
June 7:  15th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive, 9am-3pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize; sign up on Timothy’s website; free t-shirt to first 50 donors; free boxed lunch beginning at 11am. Thank you, Reed family!
June 10 Welcome Inn grocery distribution (donation suggestions: cereal, cookies, cups of mac & cheese, tuna packets, bags of small oranges, napkins, tissues, toilet paper, cleaning supplies); drop off at RD Mize Campus in black receptacle outside church office doors from 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F by June 5. Contact Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300)  to volunteer on June 10.

This Week’s Bulletin Announcements

First Fruits Update Contributions through May 24 total $188,633.00 for 2020. Thank you, Timothy!

LUMA Mission Project Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary is collecting a monetary gift to support its food pantry; donations will support the needy in the metro area. Please consider dropping off a monetary gift at either church office or mail to Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Indep, MO 64052. Checks are payable to LUMAA with “Food Pantry” in the memo line. Collection ends June 5. Thank you for supporting the mission work of LUMAA!

2020-2021 Timothy Lutheran Academic Scholarship Applications available online at Truman Heartland Community Foundation website: www.thcf.orgDeadline to apply: June 1. Students in grades 2-8 attending Timothy Lutheran School complete the Schubkegel Scholarship application. Students in grades 9-12 attending KC Lutheran High or St. Paul’s Lutheran High in Concordia, MO, complete the Wilson Scholarship application. Contact Christy Yager, 816.820.4730, with questions.

15th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive June 7, 9am-3pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize. Must make an appointment: https://donate.savealifenow.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/68627 Commemorative t-shirt to first 50 donors; free boxed lunch beginning at 11am. Donors will be asked to wear a mask; one will be provided, if needed. Questions? Contact Nancy Nowiszewski, Care Minister, 816.228.5300, or nancyn@timothylutheran.com

Connect with Care Ministry Timothy members are natural caregivers, but there are opportunities to receive training to further your caregiving:

  • Care 101: Tools for Caring This 2-hour workshop will provide specific ways to show care in situations where you aren’t sure what to do or say; attend either Tues., June 16, 6-8pm or Wed., June 17, 2-4pm, RD Mize Campus. Register with Care Ministry by June 10.
  • Care 201: Congregational Care Ministry CCM’s provide care through a variety of Timothy opportunities based on your availability and interests; 4 sessions of 2 hours each: June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 6-8pm, RD Mize Campus. Register with Care Ministry by June 18.

During This Time of isolation due to COVID-19, please know that support is available through Care Ministry. If you would like to have a weekly call from a Congregational Care Minister or Stephen Minister, just contact the church office. If you are unable to get out and need something to be picked up for you, call the church office (81.228.5300). We are here to help!

Resources Many resources are available to help us cope with COVID-19 in our community. One helpful website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/checklist-household-ready/html

Prayer Room Don’t forget that our Prayer Room is available at RD Mize Campus any time the church is open. When you need a quiet place to pray and the sanctuary is too large, just stop by the Prayer Room, at the back of the lobby, where you can also leave a written prayer.

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 or
Pastor Rod Lindemann at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.
Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.
29 05, 2020

Confirmation Class 2020

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Kassie Ann Berthelson
Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Emma Louise Freeman
Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 Gretchen Elaine Freeman
Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Kaya Elizabeth Gorrow
Romans 8:28
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.

Allie Maree Gray
Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any
powers,
 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ella Grace Hogan
Psalm 30:2
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.

Jonathan Wesley Jackson
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!

Brody Troy LaFrentz
Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Anthony David Lorek
Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Annabel Rose Myers
Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Jack Alexander Parker
Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Emily Grace Poynter
Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Alex Raelynn Taylor
Isaiah 43:18-19
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Aidan Thomas Trout
Isaiah 43:1
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:  “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Aniston Paige Wulff
Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Confirmation Class 2020
22 05, 2020

A Praise Story – Milbrodt Family

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OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!
A STORY OF PRAISE

The following story is shared by Timothy member Laurie Milbrodt, an integral member of Timothy’s worship team. What an awesome God we serve!

“Dear Friends,

To say that our God is good is such an understatement. Today is Wednesday, and late last Friday afternoon, my husband, Matthew, was placed on a list to receive a heart transplant. He was listed as a level 6 which means he was at the bottom of the priority list. There is no way of knowing how long you will have to wait for a heart, but being at the bottom of the list meant that he would, most likely, need to get much sicker than he already was to move up the list . . . and from my perspective he was already VERY, VERY seriously ill. As I’m sure many of you know, it is awful to watch someone you love deteriorate and know there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop it. So what do you do in that situation? You pray, and pray, and pray!

So as of Friday evening when he was “listed” we were to keep our phones turned on and nearby at all times so that if we got a call for a heart, we could respond within one hour to accept or reject the offer. Now Matthew gets LOTS of spam calls, so when his phone rang at 5:00am this past Sunday, in his “not quite awake stupor” he didn’t answer it. It immediately rang again so he picked it up, and it was the hospital saying they had a heart for him!! So roughly 36 hours after he was placed on the list, there was the gift of a “new” heart for Matthew. How could that be?! Only through our God.

We got to the hospital at 7:00am on Sunday, but by noon, it was determined that the surgery wouldn’t take place until the following morning. You see, when someone donates several organs, the heart is the last one to be taken, and that was the case here. So Matthew’s new heart was placed in his body early Monday morning and began beating on its own immediately. I am still (and always will be) in awe that such a thing is even possible. What a miracle!

Matthew’s surgeon told me that it was a textbook surgery. Nothing could have gone any better, and that Matthew received a “beautiful heart.” Because of the pandemic, I had to leave the hospital before Matthew woke up, and I cannot go back to visit until he is released. So, we video chat several times a day and every time I ask him if he is in pain, he says “no.” I said they must be giving him some REALLY good drugs, but he said no, that he wasn’t on pain medication, and the nurse confirmed it! How can you have your chest sawed open and your ribs spread apart and not have any pain afterward? Only through our God.

If all continues to go well, I’ll get to bring my husband home sometime next week. I would ask you for prayers that this is what will happen.

Of course, our happiness is someone else’s grief. Someone had to die in order for Matthew to receive that heart. Every time (which is multiple times a day) I think of the organ donor and their family, I am overcome with grief for them. I pray that they will be comforted in some small way, knowing that their loved one gave others the gift of life.
I am utterly undone as I contemplate the miraculous workings of our God. I cannot even fathom how much, or even why, God loves us. But I know with every fiber of my being that God orchestrated every step of this miracle. I stand in awe.”

Thank you, Lord, for continually showing your people what miracles are all about!

21 05, 2020

School Ministry Update – A Refocus

By |2020-05-21T08:27:53-05:00May 21st, 2020|ENotes|0 Comments

Pastor John and Pastor Rod reflect on the changes and relaunching of our Timothy School Ministry.
May 21, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

In Chapter 15 of John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of Himself as the Vine and of us, His people, as the branches. While this is a beautiful metaphor of Christ’s relationship with the Church, it also contains some uncomfortable imagery as well. In that same passage, Jesus speaks of the need to prune if a vine is to remain as fruitful as possible. At times, we also must go through a period of pruning, which can be both uncomfortable and painful, but we know it will ultimately lead to further growth of the Church for God’s glory. Timothy’s leadership feels this is such a time for the Timothy Lutheran Early Childhood Center.

Last fall, Timothy’s Executive Board formed the ECC Task Force to extensively study and subsequently recommend practices to bring the program closer to a zero-based budget. Upon the Executive Board’s approval of the recommendations, the School Board approved the implementation of a portion of the suggestions for 2020. Before the unprecedented and unexpected pandemic crisis, it became increasingly clear to Timothy’s leadership that the Early Childhood Center at the RD Mize Campus has fallen behind in terms of necessary student safety and security accommodations to meet current regulations. These safety and security concerns cannot be ignored in modern-day Early Childhood Centers. The pandemic shutdown allowed Timothy’s leadership to pause and re-evaluate all of Timothy’s ministry priorities in moving forward, asking hard questions about our effectiveness as good stewards of God’s resources entrusted to us. It also became increasingly clear that Timothy’s budget simply cannot sustain the costs of upgrading the RD Mize Campus to what is considered standard practices for safety and security of early childhood programs.

After an all-embracing discussion among the Executive Board, Board of Elected Elders representatives, School Board President, School Administrator Ken Holland, ECC Director Mary Beth Self, and Timothy’s pastors, the Executive Board unanimously approved housing for three-year-old classes and Pre-K (four-year-old) classes at the Wyatt Road Campus, effective Fall 2020, while discontinuing ECC classes at RD Mize. A relaunch of our early childhood ministry at the Wyatt Road Campus in the fall will promote a refocus of our efforts to prune this important ministry, strategically restart our early childhood ministry, and grow the school ministries as a unified whole.

We celebrate the impact of Timothy’s RD Mize Early Childhood Center over the past decades, both within our church family and in the community. We acknowledge that change like this may be painful and difficult, but we entrust this move to God, praying that He will continue to guide us and bless us as we touch lives for Christ.

In His Service,

Diane Mayfield
Congregational President

Pastor John Otte
Senior Pastor

Pastor Rod Lindemann
Associate Pastor

19 05, 2020

Timothy eNotes for May 19, 2020

By |2020-05-19T07:46:19-05:00May 19th, 2020|ENotes|0 Comments

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History of Timothy’s Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive


If you began worshipping at Timothy since 2005, you may not know how the Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive originated. What a tremendous honor it is to host this ministry each year in early June!

Adam, the oldest of Jeff and Mary Reed’s five children, was a lifetime member of Timothy. Just before his 13th birthday, Adam was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent almost 2 ½ years in treatment, undergoing two bone marrow transplants, many rounds of chemo, and radiation. He entered his eternal heavenly home in May 2005, at the age of 15.

The Timothy family was a huge support to Adam and the Reed family throughout his fight. “Adam’s Army” started as a group of church friends and family who faithfully lifted him up in prayer, sent cards, visited, provided meals, organized fundraisers, and performed countless other acts of kindness and support.

After Adam went to heaven, his sister Jenna suggested that the family host a blood drive in his memory since blood and platelet transfusions were so vital during Adam’s treatment. It is a way to remember Adam while helping others in need.

The first blood drive was held at Timothy in May 2006, one year after Adam’s death. It has been held each year since then, and the 2020 Adam’s Army Blood Drive marks its 15th anniversary. The Timothy family continues to support the blood drive, and it has become the largest community-based drive in the Kansas City area.

You can help save lives by making an appointment on Timothy’s website for this year’s drive on SundayJune 7, from 9am-3pm, in the Family Life Center at RD Mize. Donors must make an appointment; no walk-ins are allowed this year due to the COVID-19 considerations.

The first 50 donors will receive an extra bonus of a commemorative t-shirt, continuing the annual giveaway tradition. How many of us have all 15 shirts? Be sure to see the full t-shirt display when you join us at the blood drive. May God be glorified as we continue to touch lives for Christ! Sign up now for an appointment that suits your schedule!

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Next Generation Congregational Study Update

For the past six months, Timothy participated in various phases of the Next Generation Congregational Readiness Study to re-visit and re-evaluate the visioning process adopted by the congregation in 2005. Members prayerfully and thoughtfully embraced each step of this study to provide input through attendance and discussion at cottage meetings, submission of oral and written comments, and completion of a congregational survey.

Timothy received the final report, as prepared by Volunteer Consultant Dave Kuerschner, this week. The Next Generation Steering Committee, Executive Board and Board of Elected Elders will study the findings soon. We look forward to sharing the information with the congregation soon.

Grocery Drives Much Appreciated

Timothy’s efforts to provide non-perishables and household supplies to those in need are greatly appreciated. On May 2, staff at Hillcrest Transitional Housing in Lee’s Summit were overwhelmingly ecstatic to fill their shelves with Timothy’s two pickups full of goods. The residents at Welcome Inn in Blue Springs have appreciated two deliveries to date with the next scheduled for June 10. Did you see the front-page article about Timothy’s community efforts in the Examiner on May 13?

Don’t forget that we have another opportunity to reach out with a “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” grocery drive to Jesu el Buen in Kansas City, one of the ministries receiving a regular tithe from Timothy, on Saturday, May 30, from 10am-noon, parking lots of both campuses. Pastor Eberhart suggests that the most-needed donations include canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal, pasta, pasta sauces, and bottles of hand soap, if available. Their food pantry currently serves over 100 families each week, so whatever we can provide will be much appreciated.

REMINDERS: 

Men’s Zoom Bible Study Cancelled This Week – This week’s Men’s Bible study has been cancelled due to a special meeting Pastor Rod will be attending. Watch for information on next week’s study.

  • Tomorrow, May 20:  Volunteer opportunity at Welcome Inn to distribute groceries. Contact Nancy Nowiszewski for details (nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8042)
  • Friday, May 22: Deadline for 2020 graduates to submit info for Graduate Recognition Sunday – CLICK HERE to submit pictures and information.
  • Saturday, May 30: “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” grocery drive for Jesu el Buen, 10am-noon, both campuses
  • Sunday, May 31: 2020 Graduate Recognition Sunday
  • Sunday, June 7: 15th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive, 9am-3pm, Family Life Center, RD Mize Campus; sign up on Timothy’s website – CLICK HERE to sign up.
16 05, 2020

Update on Opening Worship Services

By |2020-06-02T09:37:52-05:00May 16th, 2020|Announcements|0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A question on everyone’s mind lately is, “When will Timothy resume in-person worship?”  While we appreciate the hard work and dedication of numerous volunteers and staff to shift our services to an online format, we long for the chance to gather in worship together.

This question has weighed heavily on Timothy’s leaders for the past few weeks, especially as restrictions on in-person gatherings have relaxed. We want to strike a balance between our members’ desire to be together with the need to do so safely. We also want to resume public worship with as little change or disruption as possible so that, when we come together, our worship experience is as similar as possible before the pandemic.

After much deliberation and after studying suggestions from the Missouri District and guidelines from federal, state, and local governments, Timothy’s leaders plan to resume in-person worship on July 11 & 12, hoping that Jackson County will be in Phase 3 of its recovery plan by then.

There will still be changes to the worship services and times. Going forward, only three in-person worship services will occur each weekend: Saturday at 6pm at RD Mize, Sunday at 9am at RD Mize, and Sunday at 10am at Wyatt. This will allow adequate time to clean the worship spaces after each service. The 10am service at Wyatt will also live stream via Facebook and YouTube.

During these worship services, face masks will be encouraged but not required, and physical distancing between family groups will be encouraged as well. Offering plates will be stationed at the room exits.

Holy Communion will resume in August once the logistics of worship are in place.

Finally, it is important to note that these plans are dependent upon the assumption that Jackson County will enter Phase 3 of its recovery plan in July. If the county delays that transition, Timothy will delay the return to in-person worship as well. In addition, if another stay-at-home order is issued, Timothy’s services will immediately transition back to online worship for the duration.

This has been a difficult time, and we appreciate your patience and prayers. Please bear with us as we work to transition to a new normal of touching lives for Christ.

Under the mercy,
Pastor John