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March and April Issue of Tidings



WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST. TIM’s


Masks Now Optional at Sunday Services


Based on guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of Lutheran Churches, the Return to Worship Committee has loosened some precautions:

--Masks are now optional—up to you and your own judgement. We do ask that if you are feeling unwell, please wear a mask for the safety of yourself and others.

--We will return to singing the last hymn—found in the “cranberry” Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnals in the pews.

Let’s all pray that we can continue to worship safely together as our country makes progress in managing Covid-19.



Roof Campaign Off to a Promising Start


St. Tim’s has begun a fund-raising campaign to pay back the $30,000 loan from our endowment to replace the roof on our education building. As of 2/26, we have received $7,000 from generous current and past members.


Food Ministry Continues


Our neighbors are still in need, so we continue to support Caring for Friends and Feast of Justice.

Next Dates for our Food Ministry: THURSDAY, MARCH 17, AND THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 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.

You can also bring your donations of canned goods, diapers, and hygiene products for Feast of Justice on those Thursdays.

Another option is to bring your non-perishable Feast of Justice donations when the church office is ordinarily open-- Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 am to 12 noon. Please call first to let our church secretary, Katie McAlorum, know you are coming.

To date in 2022, the generous people of St. Tim’s have donated 91 meals and soups to Caring for Friends, and a car-full of items for Feast of Justice.


Preschool News


Linda Yesenosky, director of St. Timothy Christian Preschool, reports that both the three-year-old and Pre-Kindergarten classes are fully enrolled for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Every student in the “threes” class has re-registered for next year’s Pre-K class—a true compliment to our hardworking Preschool staff.


In March, our little scholars will visit Storybook Musical Theater to see The Frog Prince. At the end of April, the children and their parents will meet their teachers at Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington. Everyone enjoyed this “outside learning” experience so much last year, the teachers decided to return for another educational and fun day.

Believe it or not, the Preschool staff is already planning “end of year” programs. This year, if all goes well, graduation may be held once again in our sanctuary, with celebrations outside in our newly expanded play area.



North East/North West Conference of Lutheran Churches Begins Joint Lenten Services


The NE/NW Conference has chosen the theme “Psalms for the Journey” for its worship series, to be held Wednesday evenings throughout Lent. Each service will begin at 7:30 pm (no Lenten meals beforehand this year).


Here is the schedule:


MARCH 9

UP: Psalms of Praise and Presence

Tabor Lutheran Church (4843 N. Mascher Street)

MARCH 16

FROM: Psalms of Deliverance

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (5900 N. Fifth Street)

MARCH 23

UPON: Psalms of Confidence and Trust

Faith Lutheran Church (4150 Woodhaven Road)

MARCH 30

THROUGH: Psalms of Struggle, Growth, and Lament

St. John’s Lutheran Church (3101 Tyson Avenue)

APRIL 6

DURING: Psalms of Waiting

Redemption Lutheran Church (8001 Bustleton Avenue)



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.co.



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.


LECTIONARY READINGS



March 6

Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

Romans 10:8b-13

Luke 4:1-13


March 13

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Psalm 27

Philippians 3:17--4:1

Luke 13:31-35


March 20

Isaiah 55:1-9

Psalm 63:1-8

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Luke 13:1-9

March 27

Joshua 5:9-12

Psalm 32

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

April 3

Isaiah 43:16-21

Psalm 126

Philippians 3:4b-14

John 12:1-8

April 10 (Palm Sunday)

Procession with Palms

Luke 19:28-40

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 31:9-16

Philippians 2:5-11

Luke 22:14--23:56


April 14 (Maundy Thursday)

Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13:1-17, 31b-35


April 15 (Good Friday)

Isaiah 52:13--53:12

Psalm 22

Hebrews 10:16-25

Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 (alternate)

John 18:1--19:42



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