November and December Issue of Tidings!
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST. TIM’S
***AT PRESENT, WE HAVE ONE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10:15 AM***
Our Return to Worship task force, led by Pastor Deborah Wolfe,
meets every four weeks or so to discuss how well our safety procedures are working and if they are in compliance with current public health recommendations.
The Task Force is considering how we should go forward in the holiday season as cases of Covid-19 are expected to rise. We thank everyone for their cooperation, and we will let members know what decisions are made about our Christmas Eve service via an email or telephone call in December. (Call Liz Soltan at 215-828-1619, if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.)
*** FOOD MINISTRY CONTINUES***
The need for food relief remain great, and St. Tim’s is rising to the challenge. From May to October, St. Tim’s donated over 1,600 meals and soups to Caring for Friends, and we collected 13+ carloads of nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, and diapers for Feast of Justice. Thanks to all!
Next Dates for our Food Ministry: Thursday, November 19, and Thursday, December 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.
You can also bring your donations for Feast of Justice on those Thursdays, or when you come for service on any Sunday.
***SO FAR, SO GOOD – AND SO CUTE!***
With our teachers, parents, and children all working together to keep each other safe, St. Tim’s Preschool has opened successfully. What a blessing that we can offer this ministry. (Need a smile? Be sure to check out the student artwork that decorates the hallways.)
***GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS—SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13—GOOD JOB, EVERYONE***
This year, members were asked to bring in diapers for the needy families served by Feast of Justice. Just as in past years, you stepped up—contributing enough diapers to fill an entire van!
***BOSCOV’S “FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS”—A FUN FUNDRAISER
Boscov’s hasn’t provided a total on our earnings, but those who participated in this fundraiser in early October reported that it was an easy way to jumpstart their Christmas shopping, get some bargain prices, and earn a 5% return for St. Tim’s. A special thank-you to Council Member Kathy Swift for organizing the fundraiser.
***CHRISTMAS DRIVE FOR GEMMA SERVICES—NOVEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 6***
Formerly known as Martin Luther Silver Springs School, GEMMA Services has requested the following Christmas gifts for the children (age 5 to 15) they care for: 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. Look for the collection box as you enter church on Sunday to help make a child’s Christmas dreams come true.
APART. BUT STILL TOGETHER
Though apart, we can still be together in spirit. Below are a few suggestions:
· Include your fellow members and Pastor Wolfe in your daily prayers.
· If you can’t come to St. Tim’s to worship, try an online Sunday service. (Check out YouTube for Redemption Lutheran’s service, or Facebook for St. David’s.)
· Read the scripture readings for Sunday services (see “Lectionary Readings”)
· Join the St. Timothy Prayer Team (see “Prayer Ministry” below)
· 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)
· Craft an item for our (tentatively-planned) Spring Fling, or set aside some gently-used treasures.
· Make meals or soups for Caring for Friends. Call Liz Soltan—215-828-1619--for more info
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, Marcia Richter, Isabel Hyczko, Carolyn Denzel, Rich Soltan, Vanessa Fineberg, Verna Clohecy, and Pastor Deborah Wolfe.