In-Person Worship
9 am – RD Mize | 10 am – Wyatt Campus
10 am Live Stream – www.facebook.com/timothylutheran/

An Advent Devotion

Today we mark the first week of Advent, a season of expectant waiting and longing for Christ. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Is. 9:6

Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. We remember that God is Healer and Counselor. He is the One who helps us and what we need for our broken hearts and our fragile minds.

Jesus is our Mighty God. When we are taken advantage of, when we feel powerless, God is our strength and our defender.

Jesus is our Eternal Father. We remember that God is our loving Father. He cares about each moment and every part of our lives.

Jesus is our Prince of Peace. When fear and anxiety rule our hearts, He is still the giver of peace.

Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.

Blessings,
Miriam Lindemann

Annual Voters’ Meeting This Sunday

Timothy’s Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting will be this Sunday, Dec. 6, immediately following the 10am service at Wyatt. Please plan to attend. Please note that Drive-Thru Communion at Wyatt will occur as normal part of worship on first Sundays. Pastor Rod will administer Holy Communion while Pastor John assists with the Voters’ Meeting in the Auditorium.

A quorum of 40 voting members is required to conduct business. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the church website for later viewing.

Agenda items include annual ministry reports, extension of Called Staff Housing Allowance, election of lay leaders, adoption of 2021 operating budget, Next Generation update, and approval of bylaws revisions. A limited number of ministry report packets and bylaws revisions will be available at the meeting. The final report from the 2020 Vision Review Task Team is posted on church website; the Ministry Review Task Force final report is near completion and will be posted on church website soon. The proposed operating budget has been at both Information Centers for three weeks and it’s also on the church website. The Housing Allowance resolution will be printed on the agenda, and the proposed slate of elected lay leaders will be on reverse side of agenda. The ministry reports and bylaws (both current bylaws adopted in 2015 and suggested bylaws revisions in 2020) can also be found on the church website.

LHS Christmas Concert at Timothy

Kansas City Lutheran High will present its annual Christmas Concert at the Wyatt Rd Campus this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7pm at the Wyatt Rd. Campus. The congregation is invited to attend.

Giving Tree “Givers”

If you took a tag from one of the Giving Trees for a gift card and told the school staff stationed by the trees this past Sunday that you wanted to order your gift card(s) through the TLS Scrips Program, your gift card(s) will be available for pickup next Sunday at the location where you ordered them (RD Mize or Wyatt). If you did not tell the school staff you wanted to order through the school’s Scrips Program, please purchase your selected gift card(s) from a local provider.

Thank you to all who are providing gifts for the tags on the trees! This is an unusual year with the large number of gift cards needed, but that is what the organizations we support requested during COVID. The register sheets will look different this year in that most of the tags are not identified by a number. Please locate your gift card description on the sheets (there may be multiple lines for the same gift card amount) and print your name on a line fitting that description. Please bring your selected gifts or gift cards to Journey to the Manger on Sunday, Dec. 13, at both services. Thank you!

Active Youth Ministry

Attention All Students Grades 6-12: Mark your calendars for Sat., Dec. 12, 6-9pm, Family Life Center, to assemble Christmas cards for Timothy’s middle/senior high youth (all 189 of them!) and then enjoy a “nice list” White Elephant Gift Exchange. What does this mean? Students are encouraged to bring a new $10 nice gift (one you would like to receive) with your name on the tag as the sender, but the receiver will be determined during the party. Girls buy for girls; boys buy for boys. The evening will conclude by watching Home Alone. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas comfy clothes and bring a blanket/pillow. Please also bring an individually wrapped, single-serve snack to share. Contact Ryan Kuecker (kueckerryan@gmail.com) with questions.

Youth Reaching Youth: This Christmas season, Timothy’s youth group is reaching out to other youth, starting right here within Timothy. If you or your student would like to include a student friend or relative to receive a card from us, please send his/her name and mailing address to Deanna Cross at scrubnurse6@gmail.com (no emails or texts here!). Paper cards will be assembled on Dec. 12, along with an invitation to attend our upcoming January events.

Christmas Program Workday: Students in grades 6-12 with an interest in drawing or art are encouraged to join Timothy’s youth group on Sunday, Dec. 13, 3-6pm, Family Life Center as we prepare stage props for the upcoming Children’s Christmas Program on Dec. 20. Please plan to wear old clothes and shoes so you are ready to assemble & paint props. To help leaders plan for an accurate count, please contact Mary Taggart (octobermom810@gmail.com) if your student plans to attend.

A sneak peek to hear the Youth Handbells Choir can be yours if you worship at 9am at RD Mize this Sunday, Dec. 6.

Touching Lives Through Food Donations

Just prior to Thanksgiving, Joe and Sandy Sauter delivered a truck load (and back seat!) of your generous November food donations to Hillcrest Transitional Housing in Lee’s Summit. All donations since Thanksgiving and continuing until Dec. 19 will be delivered to Jesu el Buen in Kansas City, KS. Pastor Frank Eberhart reminds us that all items are welcome, but especially appreciated are canned soups, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, cereal, canned green beans, bottles of antibacterial soap, toilet paper, and paper towels. Feel free to drop off your donations in the grocery carts at each campus, but you may also enjoy another “Drive-By-and-Drop-Off” opportunity on Sat., Dec. 19, 10am-noon. All items contributed between now and Dec. 19 will be delivered to Jesu el Buen that afternoon. To God Be the Glory!

Update from Seminarian Jake Bellinghausen

Greetings from the Seminary,

Or perhaps that is not quite accurate this time. A lot has happened over the last few months, and really the last year, as you know. I write to you with joy, always thanking God for your love, support, and generosity. Without God’s children at Timothy, I would not be able to study or have ever known that I should. God has used you greatly to touch lives for Christ, and He is continuing to touch lives, even as you undergo many changes. There is little that I desire more than to see you all together, in Jesus’ name. Much to my own delight, I am coming home to you, even as you work through the current difficulties.

Concordia Seminary has decided to conclude the fall semester online and move its winter courses online exclusively. That means that I will be with you until the end of January, or perhaps a little sooner to account for a quarantine. I am planning to make myself small for a couple of weeks (which should be ending around the time you read this), before rejoining you all in person. I hope to find you as united and as full of the Gospel as ever you were. I can remember many campaigns and slogans, not the least of which was “2020 Vision.” Do you remember? Have you accomplished what you planned to do? More importantly, are you accomplishing what God has given you to do? I am confident that you will boldly renew your labors for the Gospel in this new church year and that Christ will continue to shine brightly among you. Timothy has been and, according to God’s will, will continue to be a pillar of Christian community in Blue Springs and in the larger Kansas City area. I look forward to rejoining with you in worshipping the true God and serving His people.

While my classes continue virtually, it is my great joy to be surrounded by loved ones. As I strive to do all that has been placed before me, I am glad to be among Christians like yourselves, who also strive to complete what God has placed before them. Let us be merry as we await the coming of our Lord and as we continue to find ways to gather, grow, give, and go.

God Bless,
Jake Bellinghausen

Advent Services celebrating “The Songs of Advent”: Wednesdays, Dec. 2 & 9 at RD Mize, 5:30pm; Dec. 16 at Wyatt, 5:30pm, in conjunction with TLS Christmas Program.

Drive-Thru Holy Communion Dec. 6 and 13, 11:15am-Noon, Wyatt inside entrance

 Special Christmas Services:

  • TLS Christmas Program:  Wed., Dec. 16, 5:30pm, Wyatt
  • Children’s Ministry Christmas Program:  Sun., Dec. 20, 10am, Wyatt
  • Christmas Eve:  2, 4, 7, & 10pm (10pm Candlelight w/ Holy Communion)—RD Mize; 4pm—Wyatt
  • Christmas Day:  10am with Holy Communion—RD Mize