November and December Issue of Tidings
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT
***RITE OF CONFIRMATION HELD ON OCTOBER 31, 2021
After completing over a year of instruction—and patiently waiting out the delay caused by the pandemic—five young people affirmed their baptism during the Sunday service led by their instructors, Pastor Deborah Wolfe and our Christian education director, Susan Feola. What a joy for their parents, families, friends, instructors, and our congregation to witness their confirmation.
The confirmands are Charlotte Emma Davidson, Ezekiel Thomas Lyden, Timothy Michael Madden, Jr., Samantha Rose Rakus, and Shauna Margarete Rakus. May God continue to bless them on their journey of faith.
***FLEA MARKET “POPS-UP” ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
Both St. Tim’s members and our neighbors have missed our annual Christmas Bazaar. It’s usually an all-day “mega-event”—with many St. Tim’s volunteers selling wonderful food, baked goods, craft items, and gently-used treasures.
But far-from-usual times call for re-thinking some traditions—at least for now. Tina Snyder and Barbara Huber, longtime Christmas Bazaar co-chairs, came up with the idea of a “pop-up” outdoor flea market. Despite threats of rain, the weather cooperated, and a hardy band of volunteers were able to put up several tables of flea market items outside the Fillmore Street entrance.
The pop-up market was a success—the buyers loved their bargains, we cleared out many large items from Fellowship Hall, and an $400 profit was made. Will another market pop-up in the spring?
Susan Feola and Ellie Ayer
***SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES WITH TWICE-A-MONTH SESSIONS
In early September, we welcomed back students with balloons and smiles. Our teachers invite children from kindergarten to sixth grade to join us on the second and fourth Sundays of each month for a Bible-based lesson, crafts, and games.
***ST. TIM’S HIRES A NEW CHURCH MUSICIAN
Thanks to the diligent efforts of Worship Chair Kathy Swift and Pastor Wolfe, we are pleased to welcome organist/pianist Timothy Brown to St. Tim’s. With a master’s in music in piano performance and pedagogy from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Tim has over 30 years of experience as a church musician with various denominations in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey area. Tim also is a piano accompanist in the Philadelphia University of the Arts dance department as well as Princeton University’s music and dance departments.
Although Tim has been with us for only a few weeks, members have already commented on how much his music has lifted their spirits.
In other worship news, the Return to Worship Task Force is recommending that the congregation join in singing—softly and with masks on—the final hymn at each service. Check your Sunday bulletin for more details to come.
***CHRISTMAS DRIVE FOR GEMMA SERVICES—NOVEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 5
Formerly known as Martin Luther Silver Springs School, GEMMA Services has requested the following Christmas gifts for the children (age 5 to 15) they serve: pajamas (all sizes, children and adult), socks, board games (Checkers, Chess, Mancala, Jenga, Connect4, UNO, Apples to Apples, Trouble), LEGO sets, Matchbox cars, art & crafts sets, baby dolls, and Barbie dolls and accessories. (Complete lists are at the back of the church.)
Look for the collection box in the café area as you enter church on Sunday to help make a child’s Christmas dreams come true.
With our teachers, parents, and children all working together to keep each other safe, St. Tim’s Preschool once more is offering its popular extended day program (“Stay ‘n’ Play”) on Mondays and Wednesdays. Field trips—including visits to a nearby farm and nature center—have also returned. Congratulations to our dedicated teachers!
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.
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.
Baruch 5:1-9 (alternate)
Psalm 80:1-7 (alternate)
December 24 (Christmas Eve)