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The Church Versus the Sofa

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews: 10:24-25

As church attendance numbers move up and down across the nation and online services become convenient and accessible, it is important to recall why church attendance for you and your family matters as we continue to face challenging times.

You cannot have community of faith among believers on your sofa. You cannot experience the power of a room full of believers worshipping and singing together on your sofa. You cannot faithfully serve God and His people on your sofa with the gifts He has provided.

Christians are not meant to be consumers. We are contributors, doers of the Word, servants of Christ. We do not simply watch. We engage. We give. We sacrifice. We encourage. We do life together even if it is from a distance.

The church needs you, and you need the church. We are meant to be together.

If you are at risk—by all means, stay at home. If you find yourself being lazy, get out of bed, get dressed, and join the Body of Christ in fellowship. You and your family are a part of a community of believers, and God expects you to use your gifts and talents to advance the Kingdom and reach others.

God desires that we come alongside one another physically, not just through a screen when it may be convenient or comfortable. While I am grateful for the technology that keeps people safe and connected to those whom should not physically gather in a facility, it is nothing compared to being in church with others. It lacks what God desires in fellowship. It never replaces in-person worship. God did not intend for it to become a new normal.

Yes, church on the sofa is nice; it is safe for those needing protection. But it will never be the same as church where we gather for fellowship, worship, receiving Word and Sacrament, and praising God. If online worship has become an escape, it is time to make a change.

Pastor Rod Lindemann

LWML Sunday

This Sunday, October 18, Timothy will salute the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Approximately 90 Timothy ladies Serve the Lord with Gladness in three “circles” as they share devotions, plan service projects for Timothy and the community, and always enjoy food. The main goal of LWML is to gather mites (loose change) for spreading the Gospel of Jesus locally, nationally, and internationally. Nearly $3000 in mites was donated for missions last year from Timothy LWML sisters. Be sure to stop by the table in either lobby this Sunday to learn more, or call Susan Ready, Chairman, at 229.7688. All Timothy ladies are invited to join, or just take a mite box. To see what Timothy’s LWML is about, go to YouTube and search for Timothy Lutheran LWML to see the video.

Are you looking forward to the annual LWML Nut & Candy Sale? With pandemic protocols in place, please be advised of this year’s details.  The sale starts Sun., Nov. 1 and ends Sun., Dec. 6 (last date to place orders is Sun., Nov. 29).  Orders may be placed online on Timothy website (coming soon at or on paper order forms at tables in lobby at both campuses. No merchandise will be available for sale on the tables on Sunday mornings. Orders will be bagged and ready for pick-up on Sunday mornings at both campuses, or contact Susan Ready (816.868.5500) for other arrangements. This year’s proceeds: 10% Mites, 90% PALS (Post-Seminary Applied Learning & Support), a mentoring program for young Lutheran pastors and their wives.

FaithRoots Update

Have you heard the news? FaithRoots is back! All children ages 3 years through 5th grade are welcome to attend every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm in the new Children’s Ministry Hallway at RD Mize. Come join us every week for an exciting VBS-inspired adventure as we dive into God’s Word. You will enjoy a video, individual crafts, individually wrapped snacks, and, of course, small-group time to dive deeper into the lesson.

Register NOW on Timothy’s Children’s Ministry page, or complete a printed form at church when you arrive Wednesday evening.

Please note that everyone entering the children’s ministry hallway must first check in for a wellness check, and every student should plan to wear a mask during large-group activities.

Your teachers are eager to welcome you in person! As always, grab a friend and come check out all the fun activities! See you tomorrow night!

Seeking Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitar Musicians
for Contemporary Service – Wyatt Campus.

Do you play the Acoustic, Electric, or Bass guitar? As we continue to grow our contemporary worship service, Timothy is seeking musicians who are interested in using their musical talents at our Wyatt Campus on Sunday mornings. Regularly scheduled musicians are compensated $75 per weekend for rehearsal and practice. Musicians are asked to serve a minimum of two Sundays per month and attend the scheduled worship rehearsal.

This is a great opportunity to worship and serve with others in providing a contemporary worship service. If interested, please contact Pastor Rod Lindemann by email at or leaving a message at 816-228-5300 X8010.

Timothy Youth Bell Choir

Calling all interested youth bell ringers! Exciting news to share:  Timothy is starting a handbell choir for students in grades 6-12. The bells have been polished, music has been selected, and the director is waiting for you!

Interested students and their parents should attend a brief meeting this Sunday, Oct. 18, at 5pm in Room 506 (Youth Room) at RD Mize. Student orientation will be on Oct. 25, and practices begin on Nov. 1 at 5:30pm. If you have questions prior to the meeting or cannot attend, please contact Ruth Sunderman at 712.542.7430.

Youth Ministry Falloween Update

Timothy youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to attend a Falloween Party just for them on Fri., Oct. 23, 4-7pm, at RD Mize. From 4-5pm, pumpkin carvers (bring your own pumpkin, please) will head outdoors to display their expertise in a carving contest, weather permitting. At 5pm, the party moves indoors for food, fellowship, and Bible Study. At 6pm, be prepared to engage in a nerf battle of epic proportions. If you bring a nerf shooter, please put your name on it. As always, please plan to wear a mask and bring a friend! More info can be found on Timothy’s Student Page at See you then!

“Thank you, Timothy family, for all the warm support you have given us during Dick’s long fight after his accident in 2000, even before we ‘officially’ joined Timothy. This meant so much to Angie and me.
With love to all of you,
Barb, Angie, and our whole Kalbfleisch family.”

Friends’ Café Time is running out to reserve your spot for the next Friends’ Café on Sat., Oct. 24, 9:30-11am, at Rae’s Café, 1605 SW Highway 7, Blue Springs. Cost: $5. Only a few spots remain. Timothy’s Laurie Milbrodt will share a faith story. RSVP soon to Diane Mayfield ( or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8040).

Next Generation Town Hall Meeting will be Sun., Oct. 25, 11:15am, in Wyatt Auditorium to provide updates and next steps to the congregation from the task forces. The meeting will be recorded but not live-streamed. More details Friday.

Volunteers Needed at Hillcrest Thrift Store in Lee’s Summit on Thursdays. Helpers needed in all departments, including cashiers, and can choose which Thursday(s) and number of hours. For more information, please call 816.272.1976. Thank you!

October Food Donations will be delivered to Jesu el Buen in KC. Especially needed items are sugar, flourcooking oil, spaghetti sauce, canned beans (black, pinto, navy), toilet paper, and laundry detergent. Thank you!

Care 101 (Tools for Caring) will be offered Thursday evening, Oct. 15, 6-8pm, at RD Mize. To sign up, contact the church office or Timothy’s Care Minister, Nancy Nowiszewski ( or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8042). If you prefer to attend via Zoom on your computer, please contact Nancy to receive the link.

Care 201 (Congregational Care Ministry), a pre-requisite for Stephen Ministry training, will be offered Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10 & 17, with commissioning on Nov. 22. Topics include care skills of listening, prayer, visitation guidelines, boundaries as well as opportunities to serve at Timothy. Please register with the church office or Timothy’s Care Minister, Nancy Nowiszewski ( or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8042). These sessions will not be available on Zoom.

Middle School Service Project This Sunday, Oct. 18, is last day to bring 2 yards of fleece for the middle school students to make into warm, fleece blankets for homeless veterans. Please drop off your donations in the designated bin at either campus lobby. Thank you!