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As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME:  “The Song of Christmas: The Angel’s Song”

The Christmas story is filled with irony. The angels’ song alone is mindboggling. We’re told that a “host” of angels came to sing to the shepherds, but we forget what that was: an army. A group of angelic warriors arrived on the scene, not to go to war, but to sing about peace. And the peace that they sing about is chock-full of irony as well, for the peace that the angels celebrated is brought about by the birth of a baby in a backwater corner of the world. But that baby’s birth brings us peace, so we join the angel’s song and glorify God for what He does for us.

Join the FaithRoots gang this week as we learn about Moses and the Ten Commandments in this week’s Bible Event.

Merry Christmas!

That seems like such an odd thing to write, especially after (and forgive me for using an overused phrase) such an unusual and unprecedented year. It may not feel much like Christmas right now, with no snow on the ground, holiday plans up in the air or maybe even canceled, and such a crazy year winding down. It may be tempting, as 2020 wraps up, to focus only on the negative, and there is certainly a lot of that clamoring for our attention. It would be really easy to trot out a different Christmas-related phrase: “Bah, humbug!”

But before we break out our Ebenezer Scrooge impersonations, let’s remind ourselves of the many blessings over the past year. Yes, things have been very unusual and unprecedented (there are those words again), but I am very thankful for the way that Timothy came together as a congregation. You have been very patient with us as we navigate these uncharted waters to chart the course forward. You have been understanding as we have made some missteps along the way, and you have continued to generously support our ministries even during times of such incredible uncertainty.

And, despite all the craziness of 2020, think about the amazing things we’ve seen in just the last month! Not one, but two, excellent Christmas programs put on by the young people of our congregation! And if we continue to rewind the clock a little, we see the resumption of Wednesday evening Bible classes for our youngest members. We’ve seen volunteers come together to engage in the hard work of finding direction and vision for our congregation into the next year and beyond. We’ve seen people continue to uplift Timothy in prayer so that we can continue to touch lives for Christ.

Yes, this holiday season may be different than what we’re used to, and we may not know what the next year will hold for us. But as we wind down the year, let’s remember the wisdom shared in Hebrews 13:8—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. The year may come to a close, our holiday traditions may need to bend a little, but the Christ Child we welcome is still the same!

Under the mercy,
Pastor John

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

And Mary said:
My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, because he has looked with favor on the humble condition of his servant. Luke 1:46-48

I love the crazy look of an upside down Christmas tree the idea that the small top that appears so weak can support the whole tree. It’s CRAZY. In choosing Mary, God favors the humble, turning away from the proud and powerful. This is the upside down kingdom of God, where the unseen are seen and the unloved loved.

As we look forward to the day when Christ will return, may we, like Mary, be bearers of the good news that He is making and will make all things right again. Looking at the world in a different way.

Blessings to you as you celebrate the miracle of Christmas.

Merry, Merry Christmas

Miriam Lindemann

Youth Ministry Update

If you’ve been keeping up with Timothy’s Youth Ministry, you know they have been very busy this Advent season. Youth and leaders alike spent time Sunday evening unwinding after a busy week of assembling Christmas cards for other youth, painting sets for the Children’s Christmas Program, assisting with and participating in the Children’s Christmas Program, and, for some, performing in the youth bells choir. What better way to unwind than with chocolates, games, and a friendly dodgeball game with their youth leaders??!!

December 20 was set to be the last meeting of the year, but thanks to our dedicated volunteers, Timothy’s youth will meet one last time before saying goodbye to 2020. The youth group invites all Timothy youth and their friends to attend a fun evening on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 5-7:30pm in the Youth Room at RD Mize (Room 506). A planning meeting, specifically to sign up for Youth Sunday, from 5-6pm will start the evening. Then they will enjoy pizza from 6-6:30pm (please bring $5 donation per student), followed by a blanket-tying activity (to donate to homeless veterans) from 6:30-7:30pm. To RSVP for this event, please text Deanna Cross at 807.6778.

Timothy Lutheran School Ministry:
A Year in Review

If 2020 were a story book character, it might be compared to The Grinch. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is a story that teaches that, despite hardships, the good in the world will always rise above, and the love we have for each other is what matters most. The school year still came and with each other, we prevailed.

Christmas Day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to grasp.
Christmas Day will always be
Just as long as we have, we.

Because “we have, we,” TLS experienced a remarkable year filled with an abundance of unexpected silver linings. While we were forced to a virtual learning model in March, we finished the year strong. With all the educational programming shut down from May – July, it was an opportunity to reassess, regroup, and restructure our vision for TLS. Decisions were hard, but change was necessary. Here is how we landed:

  • TLS was the first school in the area to implement online learning last spring. Our staff quickly discovered online teaching platforms, and with the collaboration of parents, our students learned from home as we navigated a COVID world.
  • The TLS School Ministry is now under one roof. With a restructuring of our organization, the early childhood programming was discontinued, and preschool was fully moved to the Wyatt Road Campus. Having all classrooms together has allowed for a more cohesive teaching staff, a streamlined continuum from preschool to kindergarten, consolidation of resources, and more efficient budgeting of funds.
  • Our classrooms are now fully and consistently staffed, enabling better support and learning opportunities for students and teachers.
  • We have a new record in school-aged enrollment. Enrollment has significantly increased (+17) from a year ago. Currently, 92 full-time K-8, eight home-schooled, and 25 preschool students attend our programs. We have 125 total students, nothing short of a miracle!
  • The enrollment increase required an additional first grade classroom. Not a bad problem at all!
  • The consolidation of programs to the Wyatt Road Campus allowed us to create two playgrounds: Preschool/Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. Playground equipment was moved from RD Mize to Wyatt, new and updated equipment was purchased, and new surfacing and fencing were added. Over 70 people helped one Saturday to spread the surfacing material. An amazing turnout! The playground was fully funded through donations and fundraising efforts. Again, another miracle!
  • We have experienced a record level of giving. Individuals have come forward to support the scholarship fund, especially knowing some families are struggling financially. The Walk-a-Thon raised record funds, and new laptops were donated and now available in our library. Thanks be to God!
  • Our ultimate success:  125 students (a record number) are learning and living God’s Word. Our mission is being lived out every day as the TLS family grows. We are blessed and give thanks, s the Lord has been gracious unto us and looks upon us with favor and gives us peace.

And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Is. 54:13

In His Service,
Ken Holland
TLS School Administrator

In-Person Christmas Worship Questionnaire Responses Update

As of yesterday morning, the following numbers have been submitted from the emailed questionnaire:  2pm—55 worshippers; 4pm RD Mize—85 worshippers; 4pm Wyatt—70 worshippers; 7pm—65 worshippers; 10pm—70 worshippers; 10am Christmas Day—30 worshippers. Thirty families have indicated plans to watch the 4pm service at Wyatt online. It is not too late to send in your plans. Click the link below by noon tomorrow, Dec. 23. Thank you!

Worship Questionnaire

Another Successful Food Drive

Although a slower day on Saturday for dropping off groceries for Jesu el Buen in KCK, volunteers Dan Sbisa and Joe Sauter still delivered a truck full for Pastor Frank Eberhart to share with his parishioners through their food pantry. Thank you, Timothy, for again helping so generously. The need continues to exist, and Community Services League will appreciate our donations in the grocery carts at each lobby through the end of January.

Drive-Thru Holy Communion is available tomorrow evening (Wed.), 6:30-7pm at RD Mize. Please drive to the north entrance (sanctuary doors), park at the curb, and enter lobby to receive the sacrament. Plans for Drive Thru-Holy Communion in January will be available soon.

In-Person Christmas Worship Services:

  • Dec. 24:  2, 4, 7, & 10pm (10pm will be candlelight w/ Holy Communion), RD Mize
  • Dec. 24:  4pm (also livestreamed), Wyatt
  • Dec. 25:  10am (w/ Holy Communion), RD Mize

Friendship Club, for those with different abilities, has been unable to meet during the pandemic. They are starting a PEN PAL CLUB to keep in contact with their members. Volunteers are needed to send a card or letter to Friendship Club members each month to encourage them while the club cannot meet. Please email Diane Knowlton, dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net with your email address, and she will send some names and addresses. Thank you so much!

Prayer Chain Reminder that Linda Merrell is the new Prayer Chair coordinator. Please send your prayer requests to timothyprayerchain@gmail.com or call Linda at 816.988. 8706. God’s blessings again to Gloria Cundiff for her many years of leadership in this ministry and to Linda who has stepped up to continue the ministry.

Job Opportunity Full-time Children & Youth Ministry Director. Position description is posted on church website (www.timothylutheran.com). Please send resume to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com).

Next Generation Strategic Planning Committee is forming now. Contact Dave Domsch (daved146@gmail.com) to join the group and share your expertise and interest in vision casting and strategic planning for the next 3-5 years. The committee will start its work in early Jan. Thank you!

Blue Springs City Theatre virtual performances of Almost, Maine include two members of Timothy’s family, Nick and Kristen Henning. God’s blessings to the entire cast and crew for a successful production. Promotional and ticket information may be accessed by clicking on the picture (right). The virtual performances will be livestreamed on Jan. 1 & 2 at 7pm and Jan. 3 at 3pm.

eNotes will not be emailed on Christmas Day (this Friday) or New Year’s Day (next Friday), but it will be emailed on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Installation of 2021 Lay Leaders will be in worship services on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Birthday Card Shower The family of Verna Lohman is organizing a birthday card shower for Verna, who turns 90 on January 10. The goal is for Verna to receive at least 90 cards from family and friends to celebrate this milestone since an open house is not possible this year. Her address is Ignite Medical Resort, 111 NW Mock Ave. F204, BSMO 64014. (This is a surprise, hopefully! Thank you!)

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,
OtisT@TimothyLutheran.com or
Pastor Rod at RodL@TimothyLutheran.com.

Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.