This Week at St Timothy's | November 13, 2018
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
STEWARDSHIP | WHAT’S IT WORTH?
In our early days at St. Timothy’s – before we’d heard of a stewardship campaign or pledges – it was easy to base our giving off of what we were receiving. Utilizing the nursery was worth something. Children’s formation was worth something. As parents of a newly minted teenager, the youth program was REALLY worth something. It was easy to check the boxes of what we were using – what we were getting out of church – and make up a number that seemed to fit.
The ‘why’ of our giving was easy. We gave because we were getting something out of it.
Then came the February when St. Timothy’s suddenly and unexpectedly became the site of an overflow homeless shelter. I found myself with no experience or expectations, but called to serve. Those weeks were a steep learning curve. I’d always considered myself open minded, but I was hearing and seeing things I had no idea even existed. The ideas that I had about homelessness, about homeless people, and about the way we respond to them were challenged every time I interacted with a guest.
It was hard, and it was sad. But it was also full of moments of great happiness, and real human connection, and most of all, love. How do you put a number on that?
The annual stewardship campaign began just a few weeks before the shelter opened for the second season. As we sat down to decide what our pledge would be for the year, something had changed in our mindset to giving. It was less “what are we getting for our money” and more “how can we help the mission and work of this church”? The ‘why’ was no longer about us, it was about God.
· We give to support the church.
· We give because we are grateful.
· And we give to the glory of God.
As you prayerfully consider your gift to St. Timothy’s this year, I ask that you remember those transformative moments in your spiritual journey. I hope you give with a joyful heart, knowing His love for us is priceless.
Yours in Christ,
SUNDAY’S HOMILY (on stewardship)
OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
Hear ye, hear ye!
You are all invited to participate in and assist with St Timothy's Traditional Christmas Pageant.
Youth & children of all ages will act out the Christmas story (no speaking or singing required) and will create the Nativity Scene at the front of the Church.
We need volunteers to help with
Shepherding young performers where they need to be
Coordinating a cookie reception
Informational Meeting & Sign-Up
Wednesday, November 14, 7-7:30pm
Wednesday, December 5, 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30-7:30pm
Dress Rehearsal - Saturday, December 15, 10-11:30am
Sunday, December 16, 4:30pm gather, 5:15pm Pageant
A note from Senior Warden John Thullbery
Like many, the Christmas season is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy the shopping, decorating, cooking, and everything else that goes into the celebration of our Lord and Savior's birth. As a child, a major part of Christmas was my church's Christmas Pageant. The same script was used before I was born and is still used today. Over the years, only minor changes have occurred to accommodate space or number of participants. I started as a Cherub, then Little Angel, Acolyte, Shepherd, King, and my Senior year of High School I was Joseph. What I remember most about our Pageant was the number of people who worked together to make it happen and that the night of the performance the Church was always packed.
Earlier this year I came upon a copy of the Pageant script and gave it to Christin Barnhardt. After reading it she said she would like to use it this year at St. Timothy's. I'm thrilled at the idea but also know it will take a lot of volunteers to make it happen.
My hope is that many will feel moved to volunteer to make this happen and my prayer is that we fill the church to witness the magic of our Lord's Nativity.
Contact Christin Barnhardt firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-406-0134 or John Thullbery email@example.com to express your (or your youth or child's) interest.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FORMATION SCHEDULE
Cherub Choir (grades K-2)
Formation (grades 3-5)
Fellowship & Dinner set-up in Drake Hall
Dinner (family style) in Drake Hall - SPAGHETTI
6 - 6:30 PM
Formation (grades K-2)
St Francis Choir (grades 3-5)
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community, Grades 6-12) - led by Edmund Ball & Becky Johnston
6:30 - 7 PM
Formation, Fun, and Music (grades K-5)
Cantate (Youth Choir - Grades 6-12)
EYC II (Grades 6-12 not in choir)
6 - 7 PM
CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS - IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD? | Fr Steve Rice
During this Fall season, we have explored how to defend the major questions of faith - is there a God, who is Jesus Christ, did the resurrection happen, and how can a loving God allow suffering? We will finish our course with the oft asked question: Is Jesus the only way to God? The class begins at 6pm in the ECW Hall.
PRIEST & A RABBI THIS THURSDAY
Join Fr Steve and Rabbi Mark for a little Testament and Torah at Finnigan’s Wake Pub this Thursday. Rabbi Mark is still getting his energy back after flu/pneumonia so we are having one seating only - at 6pm.
REQUIESCAT IN PACE | CARL STEWART
Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Carl Stewart, who on the evening of November 5. Please pray also for his wife, Marie, and their family. Mr. Stewart’s funeral will be this Saturday at 1pm in the Church. Burial and reception will follow.
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.
OVERFLOW SHELTER NEWS | Katie Bryant
18 days until our shelter opens--and on nights like tonight it can't open soon enough! These cold & rainy nights make me mindful of people in our community who aren't certain where they'll stay each night. December 1st is coming and then all will have a safe place to rest--thanks to our shelter and 3 other Overflow Shelters. "Overflow" is just like it sounds--when the permanent shelters are full, there are many people left with nowhere to rest--overflowing from the main shelters. This is where community members come together as City with Dwellings--we open our doors in the winter to provide shelter for all who cannot go to the other shelters.
Be a part of this life-saving, community building work! Check your calendars & find a time to serve--let's get December volunteer spots covered before we open Dec.1. This is only possible with your help! Sign-up at http://signup.com/go/sttimsoverflow2018 or on St.Tim's website at www.sttimothysws.org/shelter
You can also support our Overflow Shelter by donating supplies needed. We've made it easy with an Amazon wish list--click the link, choose and purchase the supplies, and they are delivered to St.Tim's in time for shelter season. http://a.co/5P9cCfH Other supplies we need include coffee (caf & decaf grounds), powdered creamer, sugar, detergent, and Clorox/Lysol wipes. Items can be left in Gribbin or in Drake lobby. We are only collecting clothing such as big t-shirts, sweat pants/ pajama pants, and sweatshirts. All other clothing should be donated to other local agencies that take clothing. Thank you!
For any questions or more info on our Overflow Shelter, email Katie Bryant (firstname.lastname@example.org )
A BIG THANKS to St.Tim's Youth and FCDS high school students for getting our shelter set up and ready to go!
TIME CHANGE FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
The first mass will begin at 5pm (not 6pm) and the prelude will begin at 4.30pm. The second mass will not change and will begin at 11.00pm.