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JANUARY and FEBRUARY ISSUE of TIDINGS

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST. TIM’S


Christmas Eve Service: Different, but Eternally the Same


Kudos to all who helped make Christmas at St. Tim’s a beautiful, heart-felt event - from those who pitched in to decorate, to our music director, Tim Brown, to all who attended our first-ever afternoon Christmas Eve service.

True, much was different from past years - electronic candles, masks hiding smiles, fewer hugs. Perhaps the phrase, a weary world rejoices, sung so beautifully by soloist Gloria DeJesus Rodriguez during “O Holy Night,” had even more meaning for us all in this time of uncertainty.

What remains certain, though, is the hopeful message of Christmas. The children who joined Pastor Deb in sharing that message--Ellie Ayer, and Maeve and Tess Cooney—displayed a faith that lifted everyone’s spirits.


FOOD MINISTRY UPDATES


Many members drop off their donations of canned goods, diapers, and hygiene products for Feast of Justice to our library on Sundays. You can also bring in your donations of canned goods, diapers, and hygiene products on those days when the church office is ordinarily open--Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 am to 12 noon. Call first to let our church secretary, Katie McAlorum, know you are coming.


OUR NEXT FOOD MINISTRY DAY IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, FROM 11 AM TO 1 PM.

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 Feast of Justice donations will be welcome, too.

Thank you for your generosity.


BEATING THE WINTER BLUES


Rising Covid infections and lowering temperatures can make anyone feel housebound and lonely. Fortunately, with your St. Tim’s membership, comes some sure-fire ways you can fight the winter blues:

- Call, write, text, or email a fellow member/friend from St. Tim’s.

- Include your fellow members and Pastor Wolfe in your daily prayers.

- Read the scripture readings for Sunday services (see “Lectionary Readings” on the last page).

- Join the St. Timothy Prayer Team (see “Prayer Ministry” on the next page).

- Knit or crochet a prayer shawl. Call Anna Molnar at 215-782-8562, or Barbara Huber at 215-379-3648 for advice on getting started.

- Make meals or soups for Caring for Friends. Call Liz Soltan -- 215-828-1619 -- for more info.


PRAYER MINISTRY


The Prayer Team is ready to lift you or your concern in prayer. No concern is too small or insignificant. If you need prayer, talk with one of our team members: Barbara Huber, Tina Snyder, Isabel Hyczko, Carolyn Denzel, Rich Soltan, Vanessa Fineberg, Verna Clohecy, and Pastor Deborah Wolfe.

Email Pastor Wolfe at pastorwolfe@comcast.net, or Verna Clohecy at vclohecy1@aol.com.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS


Please help us to provide good pastoral care. Call Pastor Deborah Wolfe (at 610-506-6097) 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

- Your phone number or email address has changed

Please be sure your next of kin has the pastor’s phone number in case of emergency. Business cards are available with phone numbers listed that you can put with your insurance cards so you and your family have easy access to them. Ask Pastor Wolfe if you would like one.




WEATHER BULLETIN


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.



LECTIONARY READINGS

January 2

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Sirach 24:1-12 (alternate)

Psalm 147:12-20

Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21 (alternate)

Ephesians 1:3-14

John 1: [1-9] 10-18


January 9

Isaiah 43:1-7

Psalm 29

Acts 8:14-17

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22


January 16

Isaiah 62:1-5

Psalm 36:5-10

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

John 2:1-11


January 23

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

Luke 4:14-2


January 30

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Psalm 71:1-6

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Luke 4:21-30


February 6

Isaiah 6:1-8 [9-13]

Psalm 138

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Luke 5:1-11


February 13

Jeremiah 17:5-10

Psalm 1

1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Luke 6:17-26


February 20

Genesis 45:3-11, 15

Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

Luke 6:27-38


February 27

Exodus 34:29-35

Psalm 99

2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2

Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a]

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