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September and October


Getting ready for VBS. For more photos and videos, check out our Facebook page.


How do you measure the success of a Vacation Bible School? By the numbers? During VBS week (July 24-28), over 30 children attended, 11 teen volunteers assisted, and 16 adult volunteers worked under the energetic and enthusiastic direction of our Christian Education Director, Susan Feola.

At the following Sunday’s service, Susan Feola and Dawn Weber (Beacon the Puffin puppet’s special friend) presented a slide show that took us all to Adventure Island.

What if you measure the success of a VBS by children’s smiles? As he left on closing night with his family, one child said breezily, “See you next week!” Guess he thinks church is a cool place—and that may be the true measure of VBS success.


Our transition process is moving forward! Five people have agreed to be on our transition team: Elisa Davis, Carolyn Denzel, Barbara Huber, Tim Madden, and Jackie Schmid. They will be meeting with our transition consultant, Pastor Sandra Brown, over the next week or so to create questions which we need to ask the congregation, and to plan an event in which we will do this work. The next step then will be to compile the data received to create a ministry site summary that will be submitted to the Lutheran Synod of Southeastern Pennsylvania. We will keep you posted during our Sunday announcements.

A reminder that during this phase of our transition, Pastor Brown is the go-to person if you have any questions about the process, or if you are in need of pastoral care. Please contact the church office during office hours or call her directly (215/680-3972) if you are hospitalized or ill.


Before Vicar Kyle left for his new position, he kindly arranged for several pastors in the North East/North West Conference to lead our Tuesday afternoon Bible study group. Many thanks to Pastor Joey Klinger (Dean of the NEW Conference), as well as Pastors Jane Marston of Tabor United and Kathleen Kerin of St. Paul (Olney). The participants appreciated hearing different perspectives and getting to know other pastors from our conference.

Fall sessions will start on Tuesday, September 12, at 4 pm in our Library. Pastor Sandra Brown will lead the discussions throughout the fall. We’ll begin with 1 Corinthians 13 (“Love is…).



St. Tim’s has supported Feast of Justice for many years, but we have decided to hold a special, focused collection for the 10th anniversary of “God’s Work, Our Hands.” According to Pastor Tricia Neale, the Executive Director of FOJ, the following kinds of items are “flying off the shelves”:

* Low-sugar juices

* Low-salt soups

* Dried fruit

* Personal care items

Let’s help FOJ stay well-stocked and able to help our neighbors in need. Bring your contributions to our Library on Sunday, September 3 and 10.


Council member Kathy Swift has found ways for St. Tim’s to recycle (and in some cases, raise funds) through year-round collections:

* Gently-used and new sneakers

* Used printer cartridges

* Eyeglasses and hearing aids

Find the collection boxes in the coat closet across from the Library.


Have you tried ShopRaise yet? This fundraiser now offers gift cards. Liz Soltan, Council President, says it’s surprisingly easy to use the gift cards—both for online shopping (think Amazon) and for in-store purchases. Here’s the ShopRaise link: Online Mall Page | Shop Raise | Successful Fundraising Your Way!

Flyers with instructions are also at the back of the sanctuary.


The Preschool School Board, comprised of teachers and several church members, met in late August to discuss plans for ’23-24. Our teachers work hard to provide learning and fun. Returning are Linda Yesenosky (Director/3s Teacher), Katie McAlorum (3s Assistant Teacher and Pre-Kindergarten Enrichment Program Teacher), and Colleen Falconio and Donna Forcina (4s Co-Teachers). Joining the staff is Marcia Maio (Teaching Assistant).



October: Information Gathering/Congregational Event

Help the Transition Committee answer questions about St. Tim’s mission

and pastoral goals

November: Food, Crafts, and Bakery Sale

Enjoy favorites from past Bazaars

Look for more info in our Sunday bulletins and Facebook page


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, and Verna Clohecy. You can also text Richard Soltan at 215-828-1617 or email Verna Clohecy at


Church Council usually holds meetings after worship on the third Sunday of the month, although summer vacations may necessitate a break in that schedule.

Anyone is welcome to attend a Council meeting, but we do request notice beforehand. Similarly, feel free to bring up your suggestions, concerns, or questions to any Council member.

Here is the contact information for Council members.

· Liz Soltan (President) – 215-828-1619 or

· Rich Soltan (Vice President)—215-828-1617 or

· Carolyn Denzel (Secretary)—215-205-4187 or

· Susan Feola (Christian Education)—215-718-9600 or

· Vanessa Fineberg (Parish Life)—216-605-2653 or

· Tom Lyden (Property)—215-340-981 or

· Tina Snyder (Service)—267-879-4637 or

· Kathy Swift (Worship)—215-813-0824 or


NEXT CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING: Sunday, September 17, after our worship service


September 3

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Psalm 26:1-8

Romans 12:9-21

Matthew 16:21-28

September 10

Ezekiel 33:7-11

Psalm 119:33-40

Romans 13:8-14

Matthew 18:15-20

September 17

Genesis 50:15-21

Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13

Romans 14:1-12

Matthew 18:21-35

September 24

Jonah 3:10--4:11

Psalm 145:1-8

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16

October 1

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Psalm 25:1-9

Philippians 2:1-13

Matthew 21:23-32

October 8

Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm 80:7-15

Philippians 3:4b-14

Matthew 21:33-46

October 15

Isaiah 25:1-9

Psalm 23

Philippians 4:1-9

Matthew 22:1-14

October 22

Isaiah 45:1-7

Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Matthew 22:15-22

October 29

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18

Psalm 1

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Matthew 22:34-46

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