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Sunday 9am, RD Mize Campus
Sunday 10am, Wyatt Campus 

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The Gift of God:  A Devotion

 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”  John 4:10

Many of you know her as the Samaritan woman, but I decided to start calling her Sam to make her feel more like the real woman she was. A woman just like me. A woman who struggled with hurt, rejection, and loneliness. A woman who needed to be pursued and loved, despite her failures and her flaws.
Jesus knew Sam. He knew, that while Sam was running an errand that day, she was also running from those who knew of her failures, shame, and imperfections. Pursuing her with His perfect love, Jesus timed it so she would run into Him.

Jesus intentionally pursued Sam in one of the loneliest parts of her day, and in the same way, He pursues us in the midst of our sometimes lonely and imperfect lives.
He is there when we’re just going through the motions. He is there during endless days filled with projects. He is there when we’re criticizing ourselves.
Jesus is pursuing us with the gift of His perfect love — love that is patient and kind, love that keeps no record of our wrongs, love that won’t give up on us. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we are not alone. Jesus is there.

Additional Updates about Lenten Worship

Plan now to attend Timothy’s midweek Lenten services, either in-person or online. This year, we will take a journey through the book of Job to see what this ancient wisdom literature says to us as God’s people today. Ash Wednesday in-person services, with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes, will be at 4 & 5:30pm at RD Mize. The remaining Wednesday Lenten services will occur at 5:30pm, also at RD Mize. The Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in-person services, 4 & 5:30pm, will be at RD Mize. Holy Communion will be celebrated on Maundy Thursday.

For those who are unable to or uncomfortable with gathering in person, the services will be recorded and posted to YouTube that same evening.

Confirmand’s Faith Story

God’s blessings to Carson Mullins, one of Timothy’s 2021 Confirmands, who shared his faith story, based on Deuteronomy 31:6, this past Sunday. Click below to hear how his chosen Confirmation verse applies to his life today.

Early Communion Preparation Instruction:  Attention 5th-8th Grade Students

Students and parents are invited to attend Early Communion Instruction classes to prepare to receive the Lord’s Supper. Timothy will host a five-week session during the Lenten season.

Is your student ready? Talk it over as a family, and, if interested, please register by Wed., Feb. 22. At least one parent/guardian/mentor for students in grades 5-7 is required to attend the class—sorry, no exceptions.

The final class will be on Maundy Thursday, Apr. 1. Upon completion, the students will attend and participate in their first communion during the 5:30pm service commemorating the Lord’s Supper. This is an exciting opportunity for your family!

Classes will be Sundays, 5-6pm, starting Feb. 28, in Room 501 at RD Mize. Contact Pastor Rod (rodl@timothylutheran.com) or stop by Confirmation class locations on Wednesdays with any questions. Registration is online only—no exceptions—at https://www.timothylutheran.com/communion-class/

Update from Seminarian Jake Bellinghausen

Greetings from the Seminary,

It was a wonderful blessing to be with you all for the past two months. Timothy is filled with wonderful people who have incredible potential to reach out to their community. I loved getting to hear from many of you, how you hoped Timothy might be serving God now and in the future. While it may involve change, which concerns some of you, it is important to remember that God is the One who transforms His Church, transforms communities, and transforms lives. There may be some discomfort along the way, but I can’t wait to see what God is preparing for Timothy. May we always remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and He does not dwell in red bricks and fond memories but has promised to be wherever two or more are gathered in His name.

I cheated a little bit on this letter because I wrote it a few days early. By the time you read this, though, I’ll be back at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I have one more semester of classes before I take a call in May. I am both excited and a little nervous because I have no idea what will be in that little envelope I receive in May. What I do know is that God is preparing me for something. Wherever that envelope sends me, I will go, trusting that God has prepared me and will continue to prepare me for His will. I don’t know if it will be a familiar place or in a church that is anything at all like the church I know, but I know that God’s ways are higher than mine, His thoughts high than my own, and He is with us, no matter where we go.

I won’t write it all out here, but I’d like to share Psalm 42 with you today. I suppose that I’ll give you a little teaser, a preview to show you why you should crack open your Bible of your hymnal or that app on your phone. It reads, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” As we all long to with God, let us keep focus on His Word. For the grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever.

God Bless,
Jake Bellinghausen

Lady Rams Shine On and Off the Court:
Glory Be to God

Congrats to the 4th/5th/6th grade Timothy Lutheran Lady Rams! They earned a first-place trophy at the St. Paul’s Lutheran (St. Joseph) tournament this past weekend! Go Rams!  While proud of her team’s performance on the court, Coach Kim Brunkhorst especially appreciates the parents, players, and other coaches for their amazing sportsmanship, as noted by the Athletic Director at St. Paul’s in the following email message sent Monday morning:

Thank you for your kind words . . . we LOVE Timothy Lutheran! Your people are the MOST KIND people! Not only do I feel that way, but my principal made the comment, too, about how kind and respectful they were! There were, for sure, some sportsmanship issues from fans, players, and coaches throughout the tournament, and it was heartbreaking when we are all Christian/Lutheran schools. Your coaches, fans, and players NEVER had a single complaint and just kept rolling with everything that happened as well as some calls on the court. Feel free to pass that along to your people! Tell them I said THANK YOU!!

Amy Wisneski
AD, St. Paul Lutheran School, St. Joseph”

Outreach Efforts Appreciated

Please know that your generous donations of all kinds are greatly appreciated by the recipients. Below are two thank-you messages this week:

“Sending a very special THANK YOU for your amazing donation to Community Services League in Blue Springs during the holidays. We have so many families struggling during this time, and your generosity is helping us serve those in need. Your continued support is so appreciated and allows us to serve together.
Many blessings,
Melodie Chrisman
VP Income Support/Blue Springs Site Manager”

“Greetings and thank you for your support. Please pray for our new ministry in Tel Aviv as we muddle through the maze of COVID challenges and pivot to reach even more of the lost sheep of the house of Israel with the love of Y’shua.
Shalom,
The Apple of His Eye Mission Society”

Drive-Thru Communion will be offered this Sunday, Feb. 7, 11:30am-noon, Wyatt Campus. Please park at the curb and enter building one family at a time, to receive the sacrament. Thank you!

“From Invisible to Indispensable” Bible Study Sun., Feb. 14, 10:15am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study, led by Fritz Barlag, will resume on Mar. 7 from 10:15-11:15am in the Fellowship Hall, RD Mize. More details soon!

Soup(er) Bowl Collection Thanks for the great support so far! Please drop off your cans of soup in the Chiefs box near the grocery cart in each campus until this Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks for your generosity! GO CHIEFS!

Food Donations Thanks to Bill & Carol Ready who delivered the January groceries to Blue Springs Community Services League this past Sunday afternoon. Donations in the grocery carts during the month of February will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. All donations are greatly appreciated, but special requests include canned pasta meals (ravioli, spaghetti), kids’ snacks, bags of rice, condiments (ketchup, mustard), and paper products (Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels). Thank you!!

“Run for the Roses” Annual TLS Scholarship Auction Sat., Feb. 20, Hilton Garden Inn, Independence, MO. Go to Timothy Lutheran School website or stop by table in each lobby this Sunday to purchase tickets ($50 per person) and learn other ways to support. Thank you!

Lenten Non-Dinners:  Free-Will Offerings to Support Timothy Ministries

  • Ash Wednesday (Feb. 17): Hosted by LWML: proceeds to benefit mites; the family of Aspen Deke; and Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation (www.jacobskids.org) who provides therapy services during early stages of development to children with special needs (in memory of Roger & Donna Schmidt’s great-niece who was a therapist for this organization)(checks payable to LWML)
  • Feb. 24: Hosted by School Ministry; proceeds to benefit TLS Scholarship Fund
  • Mar. 3: Hosted by Timmy’s Boys; proceeds to benefit 2021 Live Well Community Fair & Timothy’s Youth Ministry
  • Mar. 10: Hosted by GIVE Commission; proceeds to benefit Journey to the Cross, a new opportunity to donate towards the purchase of gift cards for local people in need (collecting offerings through Mar. 29)
  • Mar. 17: Open (Contact Diane Mayfield, dianem@timothylutheran.com, to reserve)
  • Mar. 24: Open (Contact Diane Mayfield, dianem@timothylutheran.com, to reserve)

NOTE:  Dropping off or mailing in donations specified for any of these opportunities is possible. If payable by check, please note benefitted ministry on memo line.)

Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry) is rescheduled for April. Contact Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8042) with questions.

Care 301 (Stephen Ministry) training from Feb. 23 through May 18. Please apply by Feb. 16 with Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8042).

Job Opportunity Pre-school assistant teacher or substitute teachers. St. Matthews Lutheran, Lee’s Summit. Asst teacher position is M-F, 8:30am-2:30pm. Substitute teachers needed M-F with varying hours. Duties include, but not limited to, helping with lessons, setting up class, cleaning; must be 18 years or older, pass background check & peer interview. Need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs. of giggles& love teaching and children. Experience preferred. Contact Interim Director Traci Waugh-Rinehart (stmatthewps@gracefaithlove.org or 816.524.4354).

Congrats to Barb Kalbfleisch and Angie Jones (great-grandmother and grandmother, respectively) at the birth of their new bundle of joy, Jonas, who lives in Rolla. God bless the little ones!

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.