JANUARY and FEBRUARY ISSUE
Dear Members of St. Tim’s,
It was such a joy to celebrate this past Christmas with you, to hear the singing and see the church all decked-out with its Christmas finery. I want to express my thanks for all the hard work that went into making it a joyous celebration. I also thank you for your beautiful cards and generous gifts during this season. In addition, I want you all to know that it warmed my heart that you made Rommel feel very welcomed into the congregation.
As we continue this time after Epiphany, I look forward to more of what God has in store for St. Tim's as we do ministry together.
The peace of Christ be with all of you,
What’s happening at St. Tim’s
CHRISTMAS AT ST. TIM’S: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!
As Covid-19 loosens its grip, we once more enjoyed some of our traditional ways of celebrating Christmas at St. Tim’s.
Return of the Christmas Bazaar
On Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 2 pm, Co-Chairs Tina Snyder and Barbara Huber led a dedicated team of volunteers in creating a warm, welcoming shopping experience for the community at large. As always, the kitchen crew, Ron and Carolyn Denzel (and family) made sure the shoppers kept up their energy with delicious specialties, including their ever-popular vegetable soup.
This year, we added beautiful houseplants lovingly raised by Verna Clohecy and Sandy Bennett to the crafts created by Janet Schwab, Bob Schiller, Anna Molnar, and Val Filipenko (to name just a few). The Bakery treats also drew many shoppers, as did our “gently-used treasures”.
Another new feature was the lovely concert of Christmas music offered by our music director, Tim Brown.
Many thanks to all who contributed to the Bazaar’s success!
Christmas music abounded at St. Tim’s
While our FaceBook page featured carols sung by choirs throughout the world, our Christmas Community Sing-Along (December 17) gave us a chance to not only appreciate the excellent singer, Jessica Mary Murphy, and pianist Tim—but also to join voices in some old-fashioned (and much missed) carol-singing.
On Christmas Eve, Tim Brown accompanied vocal soloist Holly Gash and musician Evan Pelletier. Our choir ably assisted in “Oh, Holy Night” and inspired listeners with a Christmas anthem. Special music continued at our Sunday service on Christmas Day and Lessons and Carols service on New Year’s Day.
Generosity is also a St. Tim’s Christmas tradition.
Members provided a carload of toys for Gemma Services, prepared meals for Caring for Friends, donated personal care items for Feast of Justice, decorated (and undecorated) the church, contributed turkeys/hams for the needy, and visited the homebound.
What’s coming up at St. Tim’s
OUR NEXT FOOD MINISTRY DAY IS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, FROM 11 TO 1
Many people have returned to workplaces, meaning less time available to cook during the work week, so we are changing our Food Ministry Day to the third Saturday of the month.
Please bring your meal donations – a protein, starch, and vegetable—to the Fillmore Street entrance. Volunteers will package your contributions into the special tins Caring for Friends provides.
As usual, your donations of personal care items for Feast of Justice will be welcome on these Saturdays as well as at our services on Sundays. You also can drop these items off at the church Library on Tuesday or Thursday mornings; please call Katie McAlorum, our church secretary, at 215-745-4453, to let her know you are coming.
Thank you for considering the needs of our wider community.
HOW CAN YOU HELP ST. TIM’S? START BY READING AND FILLING OUT THE ATTACHED SURVEY.
Back in late 2019-early 2020, Church Council sent out a survey asking members to prayerfully consider how they could help out with the many tasks needed to help a church function smoothly, week after week. Unfortunately, just as we gathered the responses, Covid-19 upended everyone’s plans. Well, we are going to try, try again. Please read the attached descriptions of the volunteer help needed, and return the your response form by mail, drop it in the collection plate or white lock box near the business office, or hand it to any Council member.
You may discover that you yourself are the one who benefits most when you help. You will make a difference.
OUR ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING WILL BE HELD LATER THIS YEAR
During this time of transition, Church Council is taking an especially careful look at our financial planning for the next year. As part of that effort, we are postponing our annual Congregational meeting, usually held in early February. We will notify members of the new date via email and our church bulletins.
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY
Vicar Kyle is starting a weekly Bible study at the church on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm, beginning February 7. Please e-mail Vicar Kyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up on the sheet in an upcoming bulletin so we know how many will attend.
LENT AT ST. TIM’S
Ash Wednesday (February 22) worship (imposition of ashes and Holy Communion) 4:00 pm.
Lenten Book Series (book to be determined): Wednesdays at 4:00 pm (March 1 to April 5). Please e-mail Vicar Kyle or sign up on the sheet in the bulletin so we know how many books to order.
Please help us to provide good pastoral care. Please call Vicar Kyle (267-495-4254) or leave a message at the church office (215-745-4453). If:
You are in need of prayer
You are ill or hospitalized
A baby is born into your family
You are planning to marry
You want to receive the sacraments of Baptism or Holy Communion
You are moving, or your phone number or email address has changed
Please be sure your next of kin has the vicar’s phone number in case of emergency.
In case of snow, ice, or otherwise inclement weather conditions on Sunday mornings, call the church office at 215-745-4453 to listen to our recorded message. It will let you know if we’ve been forced to cancel our service.
Sirach 15:15-20 (alternate)
Psalm 99 (alternate)
February 22 (Ash Wednesday)
Isaiah 58:1-12 (alternate)