The Cross We Carry is Heavy
by Pastor Rod Lindemann

Jesus shares some interesting words when He says to His disciples, “Do not suppose that I have come to words we expect to hear from a loving God – a merciful God – A God who loves YOU! Maybe you can relate to the lyrics of Dolly Parton, “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden, Along with the sunshine, There’s gotta be a little rain some time.” (Yes, the song is in my head, too.)

This weekend I will return from a three-month break in preaching. I am thankful to Pastor John for allowing me this time of reflection and agreeing to let me focus on the planning, execution, and leading of our online worship. I am also thankful to those who have asked, “Why haven’t you been preaching?” The answer is tough. I did not do so well following the weekend of my mother’s Celebration of Life service. In addition to preaching my mom’s service, I preached four services on the theme of Suffering to Hope. The emotional strain that week was more than I expected.

As the days passed, a fear grew within me about returning to our R.D. Mize campus to preach. I worried about not seeing my mom in her pew next to my dad. As a lifelong member of Timothy, I struggled dealing with such change in my church. In addition to challenges I faced, that weekend was also the last weekend we met at church to worship as a Timothy family, and now I must much face my concerns. I struggled preparing as I allowed the fears to overcome my Calling as a pastor to share God’s Word. But then something interesting happened; a small quote shared in a meeting touched me in a special way, “You get 24 hours to have your pity party, then make a plan.” I allowed myself to be controlled by the grieving process of my mother’s passing.

The theme for this weekend speaks powerfully to me – Crosswalkers. Sometimes it seems we pastors often preach to ourselves. The cross I carry is the pains and struggles of serving God as a pastor. Jesus did not promise to bring peace to earth, but His Word. I have been given the unique privilege of sharing God’s Sword – His Word. And like Dolly Pardon sings, “There’s gotta be a little rain sometime.” God uses that rain to strengthen and nourish. God has used these three months to help me better understand the Cross I Carry as a pastor. It is tough, it is hard, it is not always rewarding, but it is a privilege and a Calling.

Pray for me as I return to the pulpit this weekend to share God’s Word. It is the cross I will carry in fulfilling the plan God has for my life.

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Community Services League Grocery Drive

Timothy’s support of the various grocery drives this spring has been tremendous! Helping those in need with food and household supplies is a simple but important outreach to our community. Those who rely on the Hillcrest Transitional Housing and Jesu el Buen food pantries have been grateful for our donations, and our “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” grocery and school supply drive for the Blue Springs Community Services League this Saturday, June 27, at both campuses from 10am-noon will be equally appreciated! The pick-up trucks manned by Dan Sbisa, Joe Sauter, Gary Flandermeyer, and others will eagerly accept your donations once again for another worthy organization in our community.

As a reminder, CSL especially appreciates the following to fill their shelves: 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 mixes, canned mixed vegetables, and all sizes/kinds of canned soup. In addition, it will soon be time for CSL to help families with school supplies, so any typical supplies for all ages of students will be most welcome!

The GIVE Commission thanks our Timothy family for its support of all the grocery drives, including the Welcome Inn opportunity (explained below) during the COVID pandemic. The Commission will discuss and plan how best to continue these efforts in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates soon.  Thank you!

Welcome Inn Grocery Distribution

The next Welcome Inn distribution of non-perishable food items and household items will be Wednesday, July 1, from 11am-12:30pm at the hotel. Please contact Nancy Nowiszewski if you can volunteer for this outreach opportunity. The residents especially appreciate boxes of cereal, canned vegetables, fruit cups, peanut butter, snack or club crackers, small bags of chips, boxes of Kleenex or napkins, toilet paper, and cleaning products. Please drop off your donations before this Friday, June 26, in the black receptacle outside the RD Mize entrance from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

NOW:  Respond to In-Person Worship Survey!

Before Friday, June 26:  Drop off Welcome Inn grocery distribution items, 8:30am-4:30pm

June 27: “Drive-By-And-Drop-Off” grocery drive for BS Community Services League, 10am-noon, both campuses

July 1:  Welcome Inn grocery distribution, 11am-12:30pm, at hotel. Contact Nancy Nowiszewski to volunteer.

July 24-25:  School Ministry Toy/Equipment Sale, Family Life Center, RD Mize

July 29:  Next Generation Town Hall Meeting, 6:30pm, Wyatt Auditorium