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Gratitude can shift our perspective and our hearts to see God in the present moment. In suffering pain and grief, in dealing with annoyances and inconveniences, in waiting for hope and good news, we can still practice being thankful. Gratitude has the power to change our groans to praise
and to make us aware of God who is always with us.

Let’s begin this day with a heart of thanksgiving!

Miriam Lindemann

Willing Hearts Grateful to Sew and Knit

Several Timothy ladies find joy in sewing and knitting infant receiving blankets for distribution at Truman Medical Center in Downtown KC. The next delivery to Truman will total 44 blankets, homemade by Susan Ready, Pat Bock, Jean McCormick, Lucy Johnson, Gloria Schultz, and Lois Domsch, among others. Thank you, ladies, for sharing your joy and talent!

LUMAA Ingathering

Once again, Timothy stepped up to fill a need. The recent Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary ingathering for winter necessities resulted in a tremendous outpouring of support, both in items and monetary donations. In fact, Our Redeemer, Immanuel, Jesu el Buen, and Messiah Lutheran Churches will each be blessed to receive a portion of Timothy’s total of 229 items. Thank you, Timothy, for your generous support! LUMAA is a ministry supported by Lutheran Women’s Missionary League LWML).

2021 Confirmands Prepare Faith Stories . . . Already!

As 2020 comes to an end, Timothy’s Confirmands are in the preparation stage of writing their faith stories. The current pandemic has led leaders in the confirmation ministry to break away from the normal tradition of assisting students prepare to share their faith stories in-person during worship. This year, to meet the demands of social distancing, students’ faith stories will be recorded and presented during all services on a given weekend. Being compliant, and yet beating the odds, technology allows for the congregation, family, and friends to be a part of this celebration in our students’ faith journeys.

During the next few months, one or two faith stories will be scheduled for each weekend. This week, we are excited to begin with Maddie Kephart (click on Picture for video). Feel free to share your words of encouragement to to be forwarded to the family.

Children’s Ministry Update

Lights! Camera! Action! Children’s Ministry leaders are hard at work preparing for the Children’s Christmas Program on Dec. 20 during the 10am worship service at Wyatt. The program will feature the talents of Timothy’s youth from as young as three-years-old to senior high students. If students would like to participate, it is not too late to join the group! No need to register as this program is open to all. The practice schedule below is offered to help families plan their schedules:

  • Wed., Dec. 2, 6-6:30pm, RD Mize, for middle school students
  • Wed., Dec. 2, 6:30-7pm, RD Mize, for Pre-K-5th grade students (as part of FaithRoots)
  • Wed., Dec. 9, 6-6:30pm, RD Mize, for middle school students
  • Wed., Dec. 9, 6:30-7pm, RD Mize, for Pre-K-5th grade students (as part of FaithRoots)
  • Sat., Dec. 19, 9-11am, Wyatt, all grades
  • Sat., Dec. 19, immediately after full rehearsal, Wyatt, for youth bell choir

If students can only attend on Dec. 19 but would still like to participate, they are encouraged and welcomed to join the group. Contact Sarah Hinkle, with questions.

Timothy’s Newest Stephen Leader

Roxanne Kerwood was commissioned as Timothy’s newest Stephen Leader at the 9am worship service this past Sunday. She joins Gary Williams as a trainer for the next Stephen Ministry class, scheduled to begin in mid-February 2021. Please prayerfully consider joining this next class of caregivers. All who have completed the Congregational Care Ministry (CCM) training are eligible for the 32-hour course to complete their Stephen Ministry requirements. CCM training will be offered in mid-January for four weeks. Questions? Contact Roxanne, Gary, or Nancy Nowiszewski through the church office (816.228.5300).

Turkey Dinners for Welcome Inn Residents

Timothy members Dan & Pam Sbisa and Rick Little gave turkey dinners to more than 100 residents at Welcome Inn this past Sunday. The meals, prepared by Price Chopper and packaged in individual containers, included roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, and cobbler. Additional meals were delivered to the Hillcrest Transitional Housing apartments in Lee’s Summit. Thank you to all who support Timothy’s Emergency Assistance Ministry!

TLS Enrollment Update

There is a line in Field of Dreams: “If you build it, he will come.” What if we remove it from the baseball context and apply it to the Lord, our God? “…HE will come.” I believe TLS is experiencing just that.

Through the grace of God and hard work of our staff, teachers, students and families, TLS is experiencing the largest enrollment in its history. Timothy voted to continue with our Education Ministry, and students are coming. With the various in-person closings of area schools, changes in schedules and the struggles with virtual learning for some students, families are coming to TLS in search of consistency, support, and quality education. My phone has been ringing, and families have taken tours of our school. Just this past week, six new students enrolled at TLS. Currently, the 3rd/4th grade classroom is full. The 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade classrooms can only hold one more student each. Kindergarten now has 12 students. The 1st grade classrooms have only 8 empty seats combined, and 2nd grade has three to fill. This translates to a grand total of 91 full-time students. In addition, eight home-schooled students attend TLS part-time during the week, bringing the total of all students to 99. Praise God for shining such light on TLS, covering us in grace and making it all so clear that our Educational Ministry is looked upon with favor.

This week, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and count our blessings, I cannot thank you enough for your generosity, support, and commitment to TLS. While I understand the current pandemic has created situations for families to consider alternatives to traditional public schools, I am reassured that God put us here to serve, to be a place of great learning in Christian love, and to witness to many families that likely would not have come to us in the past.

I wish you all a most blessed and joy-filled Thanksgiving holiday. I will that day, as I do every day, give thanks to God for your support.

In His Service,
Ken Holland, TLS Administrator

Thanksgiving Eve Service TOMORROW, Nov. 25, 5:30pm, RD Mize; Holy Communion will be celebrated; offerings will fund 2021 Emergency Assistance Ministry. Thank you!

Giving Trees will be ready TOMORROW at both campuses to select tag(s) for this year’s Journey to the Manger which occurs on Dec. 13, also at both campuses. Most tags request gift cards. Ordering gift cards through TLS Scrip Program will be available THIS SUNDAY ONLY, Nov. 29, at both campuses, for delivery on Dec. 6. Be sure to sign your name for the tag(s) you take at the registry located near each tree. Please attach your gift tag(s) to the gift(s) you are providing when offered to the Journey to the Manger collection on Dec. 13.

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 by Dec. 13 as well and place in containers in each lobby. Thank you!

eNotes Please Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there will be no eNotes this Friday, Nov. 27. Best wishes to all of Timothy’s families for a blessed Thanksgiving!

Holy Communion Please note that Holy Communion will be celebrated this Sunday at both in-person services, but there will be no Drive-Thru Communion after the Wyatt service.

 Annual Prayer Breakfast Women of Hope regrets that the Annual Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for Dec. 5, has been canceled, due to low registrations. Watch for information on spring events when, hopefully, the COVID virus will have subsided.

Next Generation 2020 Vision Review Task Force Final Report is posted on Timothy’s website under the Next Generation tab. Thank you to Susan Ready (chair), Eric Gerken, Charlie Bock, Aimee Gorrow, Tracy Hutton, and Mary Beth Self for compiling a comprehensive report.

November Food Donations will be delivered to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Thanks for your generosity, as always!

LWML Nut & Candy Sale THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 29, LAST DAY to place an order from the table in lobby. Online orders MUST be in by Monday, Nov. 30 at noon.  Goods will be ready for pickup next Sun., Dec. 6 or call Susan Ready (816.229.7688) for other arrangements. THANK YOU to all who have purchased. 10% of proceeds given to mites for missions, and 90% will be directed to PALS (Wives Resource Project for LCMS Pastoral Education).

Annual Voters’ Assembly Meeting Sun., Dec. 6, immediately following Wyatt worship service. Please plan to attend. Agenda: 2021 Proposed Operating Budget, Next Generation Update, 2021 Called Staff Housing Allowance, 2020 Annual Reports, 2021 Slate of Lay Leaders, 2020 Suggested Bylaws Revisions. Plans in progress for recording of meeting and voting virtually. More details next week when finalized.

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

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

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