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Saint Timothy's Weekly Email
Parish Newsletter Edition August 19, 2022
Prayer of the Week
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Weekly Schedule 

Sunday (8/21) 9:30AM Rite II Service
10:30AM Coffee Hour
Wednesday 9-11PM Office hours at St. Christopher’s.
11-12PM Bible Study at St. Christopher’s
Saturday Tri Pride 2022Events - Bristol
Serving This Week
Preacher Rev. Jon Hermes
Acolyte Richard Davenport
Lector Doug Keen
Altar Guild Barbara
Host Lacey
Organist Sandra Smith
Link to ROTA
We continue our Bible Study in the Book of Acts.
Day: Wednesday
Date: 8/24/2022
Time: 11AM
Location: Saint Christopher's Fellowship Hall
Study: Acts, Chapters 3-8
 Given the time, you are welcome to BYOL (bring your own snacks or lunch) if you wish.
Join us after the session at Perkin's for a group lunch and continued fellowship!
Bible Study Zoom Details
Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 844 2796 2422
Passcode: 485470
From the vicar . . .

Last December I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Yikes, it was painful! But the pain was the least of the experience. To heal, my muscles froze around the injury, and, for a few days, I experienced the world much like the woman in our gospel for Sunday. My family commented that, at my best, ‘I walked like a pregnant woman.’ An injury such as this reminded me of how much I take for granted. The way I experience and interact in the day to day. I had been excited to be a part of a ministry to aid storm victims at the time, but that was not going to happen. Getting around was challenging enough, loading a truck was now out of the question. Sitting down, driving, sleeping, all were greatly affected by this injury. All of this was reflected in my attitude. Fortunately for me, I healed in a matter of days. For the woman in our gospel, it had been eighteen years!

Can you imagine how she experienced life? She did not have the benefits of modern medicine or comforts. Her vantage point was the ground, dusty sandals, and feet. Whether it was a demonic spirit or physical ailment, she was in bondage to her life circumstances. That is, until one day she made her way to the synagogue where Jesus was. She was not lamenting her condition. She did not make a scene. She did not even ask Jesus to heal her. Rather Jesus called to her and, in his compassion, healed her to a new way of experiencing life, the beauty of creation, and God's Grace.

Her condition was chronic and not life threatening, so some present in the synagogue, equating this healing to work, thought Jesus was out of line. In their human ways, they could not grasp that Jesus was making her whole; offering her a new lease on life, freeing her from her bondage. The spirit of the law, rooted from a people freed of their bondage, was lost in their strict interpretation and, most likely, their own jealousy of Jesus. (They must have never had a back injury of their own.) Their hearts were blinding by their interpretations of the law and their need for control, or else they would have joined in the crowd’s rejoicing for this woman.  

We encounter people who struggle all the time. As followers of Jesus, we are called to notice; as Jesus noticed the woman. Our responses can vary, but they boil down to whether we participate in God’s invitation to ‘wholeness’ or not.


Staying Connected with our Diocese

Diocesan News & Events
Bishop Brian Cole has returned from the Lambeth Conference at Canterbury. During his time there, he was able to connect with bishops across the globe in the Anglican Communion, but there was one crucial mission piece. Watch the latest Reconciling Thought to learn who was missing from Lambeth.
For 18 years the woman had been unable to stand upright, lift a child, or gaze at the stars. Bent over, she saw only what was on the ground. “You are free,” she heard Jesus say. Jesus touched her and suddenly she could raise her arms high in the air, look at the world, and praise God. All the uptight leaders could do was grumble because Jesus had done this healing on the Sabbath.
Luke 13:10-17

Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day." But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?" When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

Sunday's Psalm
Psalm 103:1-8
(Translation: The Message)

O my soul, bless GOD.
    From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless GOD,
    don’t forget a single blessing!
    He forgives your sins—every one.
    He heals your diseases—every one.
    He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
    He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
    He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
    He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
GOD makes everything come out right;
    he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
    opened up his plans to all Israel.
GOD is sheer mercy and grace;
    not easily angered, he’s rich in love.

Prayer Requests in our Parish

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer
The Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria

The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
The Diocese of Tennessee

For Those Discerning a Call to Ordained Ministry
Eddie Townsend

We Pray for Those Who Are Ill or Recovering
Sandra Smith, Ginger Ortiz, Tom Peters, Cathy Peters
John Logsdon, Carolyn Allen, Rick and Clay Williams

We Pray for Those Who Need the Strength and Guidance of the Holy Spirit
Rob, Sandra, Brett, Jade, Robert, Katelyn
Ashley, Clayton, Cindy Roark, The Endres Family

We Pray for Those Who are Homebound or in a Nursing Home
Bobbie Morrow, Mattie Lou Dickerson and Maria Burgin

For Those Who Are Celebrating a Birthday
Laura Waddey

We Pray for Those Who are Serving Our Country in Military Service
Jason Overstreet, Kenny Burke Jr. and Jacob Perkins 

Prayer Request
Tri-cities annual TriPride event will be Saturday, August 27th from 10AM to 7PM in downtown Bristol. The Episcopal parishes of the Tri-Cities have a vendor booth in the shade. We are seeking volunteers who are interested in walking in the TriPride Parade and/or help hand out water to the event goers at our booth.  Those participating in the parade should be in our reserved area by 10:15 AM so that we can gather and make our way to the staging area. We need volunteers all through the day. Email Chris Harpster for details and to register as a volunteer with the button below. 

TriPride 2022 is expecting around 10,000 attendees! If you would like to donate a case of water for the Episcopal booth, please bring it to your home parish this Sunday. All attendees and volunteers are going to need a ticket. The tickets are free of charge. Tickets are available for you to download and keep on your phones or you can print them before you get to the event. However, if you get there and forget your ticket, they will be available at the event.
Contact Rev. Chris Harpster for Volunteer Information Here!
ETSU Campus Ministry
The ETSU campus ministry, formerly known as 'The Emmaus House,' is discerning their revised mission, presence, and identity. As this process unfolds, the ministry will continue to meet on Thursday nights at 6:30 beginning on August 25th at the Ukirk House on College Heights Road.  The area parishes will continue to support this ministry in a meal rotation. Saint Timothy's is scheduled to provide their next meal on September 15. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rev. Jon Hermes or Doug Keen.
Worship Committee Meeting - Mark your calendars! The next meeting of the Worship Committee will be on Sunday, August 28th at 2PM! We will discuss and craft the liturgy for the second part of the season after the Pentecost.
Food Pantry Item of the Week!

Chicken Noodle Soup

(Please Note: All items are required to fit into a single grocery bag which is handled by an elementary school student for delivery home.) 
Copyright © 1999-2022 Dave Walker

Saint Timothy's Joke of the Week!


Why was the lamb nervous at parties?

She always felt a little sheepish!
Help Support the Mission and Ministry of St. Timothy’s!

The ministry of Saint Timothy's is possible through our time, talents, and contributions.  In the strange times of virtual services and gatherings, our giving practice also may be different.  To continue to support the mission of Saint Timothy's, there are a few of solutions.
1) You can mail a check to our receiving treasurer: Doug Keen as follows:
Doug Keen
Attn: Receiving Treasurer
19420 Manchester Drive
Bristol, VA 24202
 2) You can also give online as follows:
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