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As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME: “Repent and Believe”

CREATIVE TENSION: “How does it work?” That’s often the question that we ask ourselves when we encounter a new device, a new process, a new game. We want things to be laid out in an easy-to-understand way. It seems like that’s what Jesus is giving us in the Gospel lesson, a two-step process for being part of God’s Kingdom. But it’s important to remember that “repent” and “believe” describe our response to what God does for us through Christ. These two words describe how we live out our identities. We repent of our sins, and then we believe that God’s grace sets us free.

Gordy learns what it means to be Salt and Light!

You Are Chosen:  A Devotion

In school, I remember being assigned as captain to pick teams. It was both a privilege and a curse because I was forced to make hard choices. A captain might first choose the most athletic if she really wanted to win, or she might consider her friends who may not be as athletic. There is a gift and a weight to being chosen.

Last week, I lamented with a friend about living through a pandemic, missing out on special trips and celebrations. Then I read Isaiah 43:10: “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.”

Perhaps God chose me, chose us, to live during this time of uncertainty. Perhaps we are chosen in the way Esther was chosen to be taken into the palace as the king’s young bride and eventually to save the Jewish people from annihilation. Perhaps we are chosen in the way Joseph was chosen to depart from his family and endure prison so he could eventually rise to a place of power that would save the nation and his brothers from famine.

We are chosen by God not by our own merit but because of His grace. We are chosen to bear witness to whom He is and how He is working. We are called to tell the story of His faithfulness to a weary world in 2021. We are chosen to be beacons of light in these times.

After all, we are chosen.

Lenten Season Updates

Ash Wednesday services started our journey into the Book of Job. If you attended in person or via the YouTube recording later, you know Pastor John challenged the congregation with a homework assignment for next Wednesday. In case you missed it or haven’t viewed the service yet, here is your homework: “Read Job 1:13-21 and answer these questions:
1) Can you relate with Job’s catastrophes? In what ways?
2) What is the first thing Job did when he learned about his tragedies?
3) Why did Job bless God’s name? What name of God gives you courage and strength in your trials? Will you bless that name?”

No excuses now! Get ‘er done! J

Thank you, LWML, for hosting the Ash Wednesday Non-Dinner Free-Will Offering to kick off our support of ministries that normally accompany a delicious ham dinner! Their display on the credenza in RD Mize lobby will continue through this Sunday, so if you were unable to drop off a donation and would still like to pick up a small treat (chocolate kisses or jelly beans), feel free to visit the display and the LWML ladies this Sunday, Feb. 21. You may also choose to drop off donations at the front desk (8:30am-4:30pm, M-F) or mail to 425 NW RD Mize Rd, 64014. Be sure to clearly mark envelopes and/or check memo lines with “Ash Wed. LWML” for their distribution to mites, the family of Aspen Deke, and Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation.

Each ministry hosting a Lenten Non-Dinner Free-Will Offering may keep its display on the credenza through the following Sunday, if desired. Next Wednesday, Feb. 24, Timothy’s School Ministry will warmly greet donors and accept donations to its Scholarship Fund.

Ongoing Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study
to Resume

The congregation is invited to attend a new Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study starting on SundayMarch 7, at RD Mize from 10:15-11:15am in the Fellowship Hall. Fritz Barlag is excited to resume his teaching skills on a new, timely topic:  “HOPE FOR THE PRESENT: The Fall of Christendom in America and the Call to True Faith.”  Mark your calendars and invite your friends!

Care Ministry Update

Stephen Ministry training will not begin next Tuesday, Feb. 23. The leaders are working on a new date which will be communicated in the near future. Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski will lead Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry) classes beginning Tuesday, Apr. 13, and ending on May 4 to conclude the four weeks of training. More details soon.

Timothy’s current apartment resident at Hillcrest Transitional Housing will graduate from the Hillcrest program next week. Because Hillcrest cannot host a graduation ceremony at this time, they instead ask that we provide a Card Shower for Johnnie. If you would like to send a card of congratulations to him, and possibly a gift card, mail the card to Hillcrest Apartments, Attention: Johnnie, 501 SW Mission Rd.,  Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. Thank you so much!

Special Voters’ Assembly Meeting
Next Generation Update

Elected lay leaders and pastors met on Feb. 15 via Zoom to confirm approval from each group (Executive Board, Board of Elected Elders, and School Board) to adopt the new Vision & Mission Focus Areas document. After discussion and slight revision, the group agreed it is ready to share with the congregation. The group then discussed next steps in moving forward to present two recommendations to the congregation. A Special Voters’ Assembly Meeting will occur on Sunday, March 21, after the 10am service at Wyatt, for that purpose.

Two motions will be presented for approval:

  • Adoption of Vision & Mission Focus Areas document for the next 3-5 years (click here to open or download)
  • Proceed with development of plans and related matters to move to Wyatt, as recommended by elected lay leadership. Activities at RD Mize Campus will continue until it is sold.

Accommodations will be in place and explained soon for voting remotely if unable to attend the meeting in person. Please continue to keep Timothy’s Next Generation process in your prayers.

Youth Updates

Lots going on these days for all of Timothy’s youth! After wrapping up the Valentine’s Day At-Home Bible Event by distributing a total of 51 packages to families, even in the midst of extreme cold temps impacting worship attendance, the youth are ready to enjoy upcoming activities. Don’t forget the Valentine’s Day Party for all youth and their friends on Feb. 21, 5-7pm. Please bring a snack to share (individually wrapped, single serve) with a $5 gift to exchange (boys for boys, girls for girls).

If you’re interested in joining the youth hand bells choir, contact Ruth Sunderman (ruthsunderman@gmail.com) soon! If your interests lie in all things drama, please contact Ryan Kuecker (kueckerryan@gmail.com).

With the anticipation of spring, plans are in progress for a simplified Easter activity and then a family skating party on a Sunday afternoon in April. Watch for more details soon!

Recently, a 75” TV and sound bar were generously donated and installed by two Timothy families for the Youth Room. Special thanks to Louie Wilbers’ son-in-law, Alex Fullerton, for volunteering his time on Super Bowl Sunday to help Louie, Property Board chair, mount the TV. Check out the volunteers, pictured left to right, who were lucky to enjoy the first opportunity to view it: Youth Leader Ryan Kuecker, Noah Hinkle, Youth Leader Sarah Hinkle, and Alex). Thank you to all who made this possible!

Midwest Christian College Expo

The Midwest Christian College Expo is Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10am-noon, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO. This expo features 37 universities from 12 states, including Concordia University—Seward (NE) and Concordia University—River Forest (Chicago). College reps from all of the universities are excited to connect with students and parents.

This is a non-profit, community service, FREE event. There is a poster displayed on the Youth Bulletin Board at RD Mize listing all of the participating universities. Organizers will follow Jackson County Health Department’s guidelines for safety precautions.

2021 First Fruits total $94,590.92, as of Feb. 14th!  Thank you very much!

Thank you, Timothy, for praying for and supporting Aspen Deke and the entire Deke family over all these years. You will never know how much your prayers and support have meant to our family. And thank you to everyone that made her Celebration of Life Service perfect. We are blessed to be a part of Timothy’s family.—Sue Deke-Pennington

“Run for the Roses” Annual TLS Scholarship Auction is TOMORROW, Feb. 20, starting at 6pm at Hilton Garden Inn, Independence, MO. Thanks to all for your support!

Special Voters’ Assembly Meeting to call Children & Youth Minister is THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 21, immediately after 10am worship service at Wyatt. Please plan to attend! Thank you!

Food Donations for month of February will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Special needs include canned pasta meals, kids’ snacks, bags of rice, condiments (ketchup & mustard), and paper products (paper towels, Kleenex, toilet paper). 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.