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Please join us this weekend for worship.
Sunday 9am, RD Mize Rd, Campus
Sunday, 10am, Wyatt Campus 

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As We Gather For Worship This Weekend

THEME: Apocalypse Now!
Are we in an apocalypse? It certainly seems like it. 2020 was positively epic in the number of issues and problems our world faced. We may be tempted to focus on the negative and see them as signs of God’s impending judgment. But in reality, the word “apocalypse” is just a fancy word for “revealing.” And in that way, 2020 is an apocalypse. It has revealed who we are. Do we like what we see? Or do we heed the words of Paul, wake up, and build each other up?
God saves us from danger – Trust God. This week in our Bible Event we learn how God used baby Moses to save the people.

Musings About COVID Impact: A Devotion

The text arrives late morning. I stare at my phone and read my friend’s message again: “Did you know so-and-so is leaving our church because they don’t agree with wearing masks?” I feel the same ache I felt in school when a close friend decided there were cooler people to hang out with, and every other time anyone left or threatened to leave because conditions weren’t right for them.

We are no longer grounded in all the ways we once took for granted, and we are tangled up tight in our fears. When we make decisions about staying or leaving, let’s be courageous enough to face our feelings and fears, remembering that any freedom we’ve been given hasn’t been given as a right to keep but as an opportunity to serve one another in love. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

I sit still in the fog of sadness that surrounds continued losses. God graciously reconnects my heart towards hope, one prayer at a time. No matter what falls apart and what still remains, Christ’s love cannot be separated from us, and that is the foundation where all good things can grow and begin again.
Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Navigating a Pandemic
While Ministering to God’s People

Almost nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many at Timothy and elsewhere reflect upon God’s plan for ministering to His people. How much longer, Lord? Are we hearing and following Your direction? We know You are in control. We know You are always with us and love us. We thank you for blessings as well as challenges just as always. We thank You for this opportunity to grow in our faith walk as we always put our trust in You. We also thank You for the opportunity to share with Timothy congregation just some of the specific ways in which “daily life at Timothy” looks somewhat different as we continually focus on safe procedures and decisions to Touch Lives for Christ.

All of us long to worship and fellowship in person “like normal,” but for those who are uncomfortable and at significant risk in doing that, Timothy’s staff and leadership respect that perspective, just as staff and leadership respect the perspective of those who are anxious to resume services and activities as they were prior to March 2020, and everything in between! For now, the following information is intended to keep the congregation informed of what staff must accomplish so that ministries can proceed as close to “normal” as possible.

Among other things, “sanitizing” has taken on new meaning for all of us. At Timothy, a tremendous amount of time must now be devoted to sanitizing daily, especially at TLS, where all classrooms, “high touch areas,” and lobby must be sanitized each morning before school and again during lunch. After lunch, tables must be sanitized and put away, floor must be mopped, and kitchen must be sanitized. At RD Mize, all rooms are sanitized before and after use, regardless of time of day. We praise God for Timothy’s two facilities managers, Don McGhee and Gary Williams, who hold high a tremendous commitment to prepare both campuses for Timothy’s ministries to thrive, even during a pandemic, especially during a pandemic. They both approach their work as a ministry itself. Timothy’s staff and leadership thank them and the many volunteers who assist them whenever possible. To God be the glory!

Please keep Timothy’s leadership and staff in your prayers as they try to balance the needs and expectations of Timothy’s diverse members and worshippers with the safety and comfort level of essential volunteers and servants. It is often difficult to discern “best practices” in this ever-changing environment. Thank you!

Annual Voters’ Assembly

The Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting will be Sunday, Dec. 6, 11:30am at Wyatt Auditorium. Please note the following agenda items:

  • Adoption of Proposed 2021 budget:  Printed copies will be available at both campuses this weekend and posted on church website early next week. There are 3 major items included in the proposed budget:  1) $20,000 for architectural drawings (with completion goal of 1st quarter of 2021) to work with Construction Task Force in developing conceptual drawings for construction at Wyatt Campus; 2) increased commitment for monthly payments to Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) to reduce debt; and 3) establish emergency “rainy day” fund with monthly allocation from general offerings. To date, there have been 118 viewings of the Next Generation revised video prepared for the Oct. 25 Town Hall. If you have not viewed the video or slide presentation, please do so on church website before the Voters’ Meeting for reminder of background information. Leadership plans to call a Special Voters’ Meeting in the 1st quarter of 2021 if the architectural drawings are ready to present to the Voters. At that Voters’ Meeting, there will be a motion to: (a) accept the drawings to move forward with first phase of construction, (2) place RD Mize Campus on the market, and (3) initiate a capital campaign to fund Phase One. Leadership recommends a small chapel/chancel/multipurpose room, similar to current Fellowship Hall, in Phase One. The RD Mize Campus will continue to be utilized until sold. NO ADDITIONAL DEBT WILL BE INCURRED FOR CONSTRUCTION. Nothing will be built until funds are secured through sale of RD Mize and/or provided through capital campaign contributions.
  • 2020 Annual Reports:  Will be posted on church website by Nov. 30. Please review before Voters’ Meeting and bring questions, if any, to the meeting.
  • Approval of 2021 Called Staff Housing Allowance:  Will be printed on the agenda.
  • 2021 Proposed Slate of Lay Leaders:  Will be printed on reverse side of agenda. (See below)
  • Approval of Bylaws Revisions:  Current bylaws, last approved in 2015, are on church website. 2020 Revised Bylaws will be posted on church website by Nov. 20. Please review both documents and bring questions, if any, to the meeting.

Please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040) with questions.

2020 Proposed Slate of Lay Leaders
Executive Board:  Carol Cronkhite, Dave Domsch, Gary Flandermeyer, Charlie Johnson, Diane Mayfield, Joe Sauter, Louie Wilbers
Commission Leaders:  GATHER (open), GROW (Mary Reed), GIVE (open), GO (open)
Board of Elected Elders:  Charlie Cronkhite, Tary Krahenbuhl, Rick Little, Kyle Oelkhaus, Ben Ryan, Steve Schild, Kelly Twenter, Gary Williams
School Board:  Charlie Bock, Lois Domsch, Kate Force, Aimee Gorrow, Tyler Hutton, Dave MacLean, Trent Yager

TLS Playground Mulch Spreading Tomorrow, Nov. 14, 8:30am. Thank you for your help!

Job Opportunity TLS part-time pre-school teacher; contact Ken Holland (kenh@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8015) or Kristen Anderson (kristena@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8017).

Drive-Thru Communion This Sunday, Nov. 15, 11:30am-12:15pm, Wyatt. Please drive to canopy entrance, park vehicle, and enter building, one car at a time.

2020 First Fruits totals $203,203.00 as of Nov. 8. Thank you very much!

September Financial Reports are posted on church website. A few printed copies may be picked up at Information Centers at both campuses.

November Food Donations delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Suggested items include Thanksgiving-related necessities: sugar, flour, cooking oil, canned vegetables, canned fruits, pkgs of jello, pkgs of instant dressing, cake/brownie mixes. As always, thank you for your generous support!

LWML Nut & Candy Sale continues through Dec. 6 (last day to place orders is Nov. 29). Place order online at church website or pick up printed order forms at tables in both lobbies. Merchandise will be ready for pick up the Sunday after order is submitted. Contact Susan Ready (816.229.7688) or Lois Kuecker (816.868.5500) for other arrangements. Proceeds distributed between mites (10%) and PALS (90%). Thanks for your support!

LUMAA Ingathering for winter necessities concludes this Sunday, Nov. 15. Drop off in lobby at either campus. Monetary donations may be dropped off at church office or mailed to Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64062. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Eve Service Wed., Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize. Offerings will fund 2021 Emergency Assistance Fund. Thanks for your support!

Giving Tree Tags ready to select on Nov. 25 at both campuses. Most tags will request gift cards. Ordering gift cards through TLS Scrips Program will be available Sunday, Nov. 29 for delivery on Dec. 6. Be sure to sign your name for the tag(s) you take at the registry located near each tree. All gifts will be collected on Sunday, Dec. 13, the date for this year’s Journey to the Manger. Please attach your gift tag to the gift you are providing.

Winter Scarves, Gloves, Caps In addition to the gifts requested by Our Redeemer Lutheran in KC, there is a need for winter scarves, gloves, and caps, mostly for adults. If you would like to donate a new winter item, please bring those by Dec. 13 as well and place in the containers in the lobby. Thanks!

Staff Christmas Gift Donations continue through Dec. 6. Drop off in offering plate or church office, mail to RD Mize Campus, or contribute online at church website. Thank you very much!

Prayer Breakfast Ladies, please join Women of Hope at their annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 5, 9:30-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize. Theme is Unwrapping the Names of Jesus. A FREE continental breakfast will be served. Please register by Nov. 27 so seating can accommodate social distancing, and refreshments are available for all. RSVP to Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) or Nancy Nowiszewski (nancyn@timothylutheran.com).

Children’s Christmas Program Sunday, Dec. 20, 10am service at Wyatt

Advent Services Dec. 2 & 9, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Dec. 16, 5:30pm, Wyatt in conjunction with TLS Christmas Program

Christmas Services Dec. 24: 2, 4, 7, & 10pm—RD Mize (10pm Candlelight Service w/ Holy Communion); 4pm—Wyatt; Dec. 25: 10am w/ Holy Communion—RD Mize.

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.