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

Worship info on Timothy’s website (
Live Stream worship on Facebook – Sundays 10am on Facebook page (
Recorded Worship Services | FaithRoots (

Feeling Frazzled? WWMD:
A Devotion

Think about the best mom you know. Maybe it’s your own mother or a friend. Maybe it’s a lady at church. If you went to her in a frazzled and overwhelmed state, what would she tell you to do to take care of yourself? WWMD or What Would Mom Do?

Most likely, she would make sure you’re comfortable on the couch, perhaps with a fuzzy blanket. She’d get you a glass of water. Then she might advise you to take a shower. Go to sleep. Turn off the TV. Stop scrolling. Call a friend. Laugh. Forgive yourself. Forgive the other person.

The care that this amazing mom offers? That is what God offers to us. God wants to care for us like the best mother there ever was—ready to help put our minds at ease, invite us to practices that help our whole selves, and/or give us a kick in the pants to shake it off and get moving. Maybe a combination of it all because that might be what we really need.

Just as a mother constantly thinks about and cares for her children, God does the same for us. Psalm 139:17-18 says, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!”

God thinks of us more often that there are grains in the sand. He cares for us, and He’d like us to care for ourselves, too. That care might look like a doctor’s appointment to check on that weird thing, or it might look like drinking that glass of water, or going to bed early, or praying when you worry. It might also look like accepting help and care, admitting when things are a big deal and when we need to be taken care of.

A Letter from Jake Bellinghausen

Greetings from the Seminary,

As many of you already know, I received a Divine Call to serve as the sole pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Vestal, New York! Words can hardly express the excitement, honor, and joy that I feel. However, it is rather bittersweet. Timothy Lutheran Church has been my home for many years, and you my beloved family. It will be with a very full heart that I depart from home and those who have made me whom I am and whom I so greatly desire to know and to care for, but it is also with a full heart that I embrace the wonderful people that God desires to be served and shepherded.

I will never, ever be able to express how much you saints at Timothy mean to me or how incredibly God has used you all in my life. As our time together draws to a close, it is my hope that we can rejoice together in the great things that God has done, is still doing, and will continue to do in His Church.

I will be home, walking with you in Blue Springs, during the month of June, which I understand will be a very busy and exciting month for Timothy. In June, Timothy has the wonderful joy of both receiving and installing a pastor and ordaining and sending out another.

While I do not yet have an official date to share with you for my ordination at Timothy, I greatly look forward to being with you once more. In the meantime, join me in praying for both Timothy and Grace.

God bless you all,
Jake Bellinghausen

Sarah Barber Receives a Divine Call

This past Sunday, TLS teacher and Timothy member Sarah Barber received a divine call to teach at Belvoir Christian Academy at First Lutheran Church in Chattanooga, TN. While not actively seeking a new position and also surprised to receive this divine call, over the next few weeks Mrs. Barber will deliberate on the two calls, one to serve at Timothy Lutheran School and one to serve at Belvoir Christian Academy, seeking God’s guidance where He wants her to serve. We ask that you uphold her in prayer as she seeks God’s wisdom and guidance during this time.

Pastor Hochgrebe Installed Soon

Timothy looks forward to the upcoming installation service for Pastor Ryan Hochgrebe as our Children & Youth Minister on Sunday, June 6, at 3pm in the sanctuary. A reception to welcome him and his family will follow the service in the Family Life Center. To help staff and leadership plan for both the service and reception, your help is requested by completing the simple survey below or go to the Worship page on Timothy’s website.

Complete Survey If You Plan to Attend Installation and Reception
To welcome the Hochgrebes to Timothy, staff and leadership suggest a “gift card shower” to various areas restaurants and/or businesses (Home Depot; Lowes; Menards; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Target; Walmart; Quik Trip, etc). The gift cards may be placed in baskets at the reception or dropped off at the RD Mize front desk during business hours any time prior to June 6. Thank you very much!

Live Well Community Fair Update

FREE Event—No Registration Required

Don’t miss this year’s Live Well Community Fair when more than 30 organizations and ministries promoting physical, mental and spiritual wellness will be featured in a community fair on Sat., June 5, 10am-2pm, at our Wyatt Campus. There is no cost or registration to attend; come early to get the free handouts (either tote bag, water bottle, or koozie). Royals Sluggerrr will be there for autographs and photos in the morning, and KC Wolf will welcome everyone in the afternoon. Door prizes, jump house challenge courses, plus so much more! Come early and stay for the whole time—you will be glad you did! Bring your friends and neighbors! Contact Care Minister Nancy Nowiszewski ( or 816.228.5300 Ext. 8042) with questions. You can find a list of participating organizations by clicking on the Live Well image on Timothy’s web home page (

Revised COVID Protocols

Effective April 30, Jackson County eased some COVID-19 restrictions following recent CDC guidelines, including the following:

  • Masking and social distancing are no longer required outdoors, although masking is recommended with medium-to- large gatherings;
  • Small gatherings, indoor and outdoor, of fully vaccinated individuals are permitted without restriction. Large gatherings are still discouraged at this time;
  • All persons, including those who are vacinnated, must still wear masks in public indoor settings; and
  • Social distancing is no longer required indoors, although distancing is still recommended wherever possible.

For the remaining Sundays in May, Timothy will continue to provide attendance slips and baskets for the attendance slips and offerings at the entrance tables. The side sections in the sanctuary will continue to be taped, and the chairs at Wyatt will be spaced appropriately. The “sign-in-sheets” for meetings and other smaller gatherings will be discontinued. These practices will be re-evaluated in early June. Thank you for your cooperation!

Summer Bells Choir

Calling all youth (ages 11+) and adults! Bells choir practices will resume this summer, starting on Wednesday, June 2, from 6-7pm in the music room at RD Mize. Please contact Ruth prior to May 28 at to save your spot. Youth do not need a parent in the choir, but parents, as well as all adults, are welcome to participate.  Contact Ruth soon!

It’s Starting to Look A Lot Like . . . VBS!!!

Check out the VBS donations display on the wall in the RD Mize lobby! It’s now time to start pulling tags from the trees and wall for the items you’d like to donate for “Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through.”  This year VBS will be July 19-23, so it’s time to gear up for that always exciting week!

Timothy’s Youth Are Busy

This past Saturday evening, 30 youth gathered with youth leaders at both campuses to welcome students entering both 5th & 9th grades next school year into Timothy’s youth programs. The senior high group enjoyed a bonfire, smores, and Bible study at Wyatt; the middle school group enjoyed a friendly game of kickball and Bible study, “God’s Power,” at RD Mize.

This past Sunday afternoon, 30 girls (grades 3-8) and coaches gathered for Girls on the Run—not only for training for the upcoming 5K as part of the Live Well Community Fair on June 5, but also for learning life skills and the value of community service. This week, they are preparing for their upcoming service project at St. Mary’s track as well as learning how to overcome obstacles in asking for help when needed.

This past Sunday evening, all youth met as a large group to prepare for the upcoming Mother’s Day service project. All women at both RD Mize and Wyatt services are welcome to stop by the table in the lobbies before or after the worship service to pick up a long-stemmed, silk flower as a small token to honor all women on this special day. Following that activity, the youth wrapped up their current Bible study about “Drama!” Over the past four weeks, they have had a blast playing games, enjoying snacks, and learning how to be a peace-maker/peace-keeper at both home and school.

Looking to get your student involved? The next youth group meeting is Sunday, May 16, 5-6:30pm in the Youth Room at RD Mize (Room 506) as a new all-new Bible study begins. Then they will continue their summer kickball series, so proper dress for outdoor activities for the first 30 minutes of fellowship time is advised.

Don’t forget about the Rink Ratz “Celebrate Summer Skating Party” on Wed., May 26, from 6:15-9pm at Rink Ratz, $10/skater—grab a friend and let’s celebrate summer!

LWML Spring Society Meeting

Timothy’s LWML Society Meeting was held last Saturday for the first time in over a year! With the theme, “Sing Unto the Lord,” guest speaker Patsy Baglien shared her faith through the use of personal stories and her original songs. Surviving a tornado in MN over 20 years ago, Patsy reminded LWML sisters that with Jesus, we keep going on because He will not forget us. He’s holding us and cradling us in His arms. With Jesus, we have a new song, a new light that shines forever.

Pictured with Patsy (far right) are (left to right) LWML members Elva Bailey, Marilyn Lindemann, Carol Ready, Donna Williams, Lois Kuecker, and Susan Ready.

Timothy Supports Rachel House

Thank you, Timothy, again for your generosity! Recent donations to Rachel House, a pregnancy resource center, totaled $500, which their personnel will use to purchase gift cards for the families seeking assistance there. This organization’s new name is Resource Health Services (still keeping the RH initials), and they are adding STD testing to their services. Another goal is to open a fifth location in the area, probably in south KC.

Lutherans for Life Diaper Drive

Timothy’s LWML Elizabeth Circle has organized the church’s support of the Lutherans for Life Diaper Drive for several years (excluding COVID 2020 year) between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  Once again, your help is sought in donating packages of diapers (sizes 4, 5 & 6 preferred) and wipes which will be delivered to Impact Ministries in Blue Springs. A bin in the lobby at each campus will be available starting this Sunday for your donations. Thank you!

Volunteers for Additional Worship Service and Faithroots
National Day of Prayer is this Thursday, May 6; please remember to set aside time on this day to pray for our country, church, and the ministries of our church.

Drive-Thru Communion will be offered at Wyatt from 11:30-11:45am monthly on the first Sunday until further notice.

Next Generation Upcoming Meetings:  Wed., May 12, 6:30pm, Sanctuary—for church leaders to review updated Request for Proposal (RFP); Sun., May 23, 11:15am, Wyatt—Congregational Town Hall Meeting; Sun., June 13, 11:15am, Wyatt—Special Voters’ Assembly Meeting.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study “Restoring the Family”; 10:15-11:15am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Fritz Barlag.

Monday Evening Adult Bible Study “The Parables of Jesus”; 1st & 3rd Mondays, 6:30pm refreshments & conversation, 7pm study; Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Roxanne Kerwood. Everyone is welcome! We would love to see you! Come and enjoy the conversation!

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study “Gratitude”; 6:30pm, Room 111, RD Mize; led by various ladies.

Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study “Living by Faith”; 6:30-7:30am, Fireplace Room (Room 302), RD Mize; led by Bob Downs.

Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study “Gospel of Luke”; 10-11am, Fellowship Hall, RD Mize; led by Pastor John.

Thursday Evening Men’s Bible Study “Dream Big”; 6:30-8pm, through May 13, Room 501, RD Mize; led by Pastor Rod and Steve Schild.

Food Donations for month of May will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing in Lee’s Summit. Thanks for your ongoing support!

Pairs & Spares gatherings resuming soon! Outdoor picnic planned for Tuesday, June 15; more details soon.

STEP UP 4 LIFE—the inaugural (virtual) walk for life to raise awareness and funds for Lutherans for Life. Set and track personal fitness goals for 8 weeks, while contributing to this life-saving organization. See to register and for more details.

KC Lutheran High Annual Auction “An Affair of the Heart—32nd Edition”, Sat. May 22, 5:30pm at the school, with online silent auction beginning May 8. If you did not participate in last year’s auction, you may register for this year’s event online under the Auction tab of website. Purchase tickets through website after May 8.

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, or
Pastor Rod at

Please keep your submission between 200-250 words.