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

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Right Where I Am Supposed to Be . . .  A Devotion

Gen. 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

This year is starting off not with a bang but more of a hum. I’m paying attention to the emptiness that doesn’t feel sad or weird but peaceful. I’m noticing my pace and how slow it is. It’s slow but not behind. It’s right on track, to the same step as God’s.

I often wonder about the unwritten parts of Jesus’s life, about the moments when He might have felt the ordinary to be ordinary, even though He was God. Did He relish it—this being human? Did He delight in the repetition of the small things, knowing all things?

He was familiar with it all—the mundane and the miraculous, the boring and the busy, the years when one faded into the next and the year when His life would come to an end, and He would make eternity a reality for all of us.

He calls it all good, every part.

Every time we ask God if there’s something we should be looking for, something that we’re missing or a path we should be taking, He says the same thing back to us:  You’re right where you’re supposed to be.

With no word for the New Year, with no plan for how we should grow or what we should become this year, God says it’s okay—good even, and we are all starting right here, right where we are supposed to be.

Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Upcoming First Fruits Weekend

To prepare for First Fruits giving, we have looked at Peter’s Path in worship for the past two weeks. We’ve seen how God called Peter to a great adventure and how, even as Peter’s trust in God failed, Jesus still reached out to rescue him. He does the same for us, and recognizing that moves us to give Him thanks, not only for the blessings of the previous year but also for the blessings we know He will provide in the coming year.

Timothy has a tradition of collecting a First Fruits offering at the beginning of each year, following the Biblical practice of offering the earliest fruits of a harvest to God, thanking Him for those blessings of the past as well as trusting Him for blessings in the future.

As previously shared, Timothy’s 2021 First Fruits offering will be designated for three goals: financial stability moving forward, children and youth ministry enhancements, and debt reduction.

We officially begin collecting First Fruits offerings this weekend. If, after prayerful consideration, you choose to participate and worship in person this Sunday, please bring your offering in a clearly marked envelope and place in the offering basket before or after worship. If you will not be worshiping in person this Sunday, you can drop it off at the church office or mail it. Due to COVID considerations, there will be no processional offering during the worship service.

We continue to praise God for the way He provides for Timothy’s ministries through this unusual and tumultuous time, and we thank Him for your generosity this past year and even now in the new year.

Confirmand Sharing Her Faith

God’s blessings to Melynda Cross, one of Timothy’s 2021 Confirmands, who shared her faith story, based on applying her chosen Bible verse (Jeremiah 29:11) with the congregation this past Sunday. Click on the video link below to view her powerful story.

Next Generation:  Strategic Planning Committee Update

The congregation is invited to share opinions and questions concerning the proposed Vision Statement moving forward (Transforming Lives Through Christ) and three mission focus areas (dynamic children & youth ministry, expanded outreach to the community, and increased engagement of members in Timothy’s ministries). Please visit Timothy’s website, click on the Members tab, then on Next Generation link to find an opportunity to record your thoughts. You may also click below to access the comment form. The Strategic Planning Committee looks forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

Link to NextGeneration Webpage

Youth Fundraiser Clarification

Please note that the Free Will Offering youth fundraiser on Youth Sunday (Jan. 24) will benefit all students in grades 6-12 who participate in the virtual Youth Quake in Feb.  For the first time, Youth Quake will include senior high students; therefore, Timothy’s senior high youth will participate as well. Thank you for remembering these young people in your prayers and stop by the donation baskets for monetary help on Jan. 24. Donations of bottles of water, soft drinks, and individually wrapped snacks are also appreciated.

Additional Youth Opportunities

3, 2, 1. . . game on! Timothy’s youth leaders invite all students in grades 6-12 to experience an old tradition—Timothy Dodge Ball Night! This is your time to just have fun and let off a little steam every Sunday at 6pm in the Family Life Center at RD Mize.

Looking for more? Come to the Youth Room (506—RD Mize) at 5pm on Sundays for break-out Bible Study. Age-appropriate studies and discussions will help you and your friends look toward a new year growing your faith in Christ.

It’s not too early to join the next Youth Hand Bells Choir! All youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to join the fun of preparing to enhance worship services during the Easter season. The first practice is Sun., Feb. 7, at a special time (1-2:15pm) in the Music Room at RD Mize. Additional Sunday practices through March 28 will be from 4-5pm, also in the Music Room. Registration forms are available at both campuses on the youth bulletin boards and in the Youth Room, or you may contact Ruth Sunderman at ruthsunderman@gmail.com. Previous music experience is helpful but not required. Please come!

Farewell Reception

Gloria and Melvin Cundiff, Timothy members for nearly 52 years, will move to St. Joseph on Jan. 20. Please stop by the Fellowship Hall after the 9am worship service on Jan. 17 to wish them well on this new chapter in their lives. We appreciate their many years of service with the Prayer Chain, Bible Study, Stephen Ministry and Board of Elders.

Care Ministry Updates

Connect with Care:  Have you considered connecting with Care Ministry volunteer opportunities? Then you will want to attend Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry), a four-week class that not only identifies the various volunteer opportunities but also helps you understand your spiritual gifs and equips you to serve. Care 201 will be offered on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 26 and end on Feb. 16. The class meets from 6-8pm in Room 103 at RD Mize. Registration is required; contact Nancy Nowiszewski, Care Minister, nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300, ext. 8042. Care 201 is a prerequisite for Stephen Ministry training.

Care 301:  Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, Christian care to those who are hurting or coping with a life issue or crisis, such as grief, divorce, loneliness, relocation, illness, hospitalization, or job loss. This training, which begins Feb. 23, includes listening skills, confidentiality, maintaining boundaries, and other relevant information. Have you been sensing God’s call to serve as a Stephen Minister? Do you want to learn more about the ministry? Contact Nancy Nowiszewski, Care Minister, nancyn@timothylutheran.com or 816.228.5300, ext. 8042.

Thank You to Timothy member and Seminarian Jake Bellinghausen for sharing the message this past Sunday in worship services. Check it out on Timothy’s website! God’s blessings to Jake as he completes his final year at the Seminary in St. Louis.

Drive Thru Holy Communion will be available next Monday, Jan. 18, from 5:30-6:15pm at RD Mize (sanctuary doors). Please park at the curb and enter the building for the sacrament, one family at a time to observe social distancing.

LUMAA is collecting school supplies for the second semester of this school year. Donations of lined notebook paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, construction paper, etc. are appreciated. Drop off in donation bin in the lobby at both campuses. Monetary donations, payable to LUMAA, may be mailed to LWML Mission Servants VP Lois Domsch, 3349 S. Scott Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Deadline for all donations is Jan. 24. Thank you for your generosity!

Food Donations through the end of January will be delivered to BS Community Services League. While all donations are appreciated, please note the following items are currently a particular need: spaghetti, pasta sauces; canned tomato products; sides/rices/potatoes; cereal; and canned fruit. Please drop off your donations in the grocery carts in both lobbies. Thank you!

Resource If anyone is interested in reading the book, Hearts of Fire: Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith, foreword by Gracia Burnham, please contact Diane Mayfield (dianem@timothylutheran.com) who will connect you with a source to obtain a free copy.

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.