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Saint Timothy's Weekly Email
Parish Newsletter Edition September 2, 2022
Prayer of the Week
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Labor Day Prayer
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Weekly Schedule 


Saturday (9/3) 2PM Vestry Meeting
Sunday (9/4) 9:30AM Rite II Service
10:30AM Coffee Hour
Tuesday 5:30PM Healing Service at Saint Timothy’s
Wednesday 9-11PM Office hours at St. Christopher’s.
11-12PM Bible Study at St. Christopher’s
 
Serving This Week
Preacher Rev. Jon Hermes
Acolyte Eddie Townsend
Lector Roxanne Rebmann
Altar Guild Cathy/Debbie
Host Haga/Rutledge
Organist Sandra Smith
Link to ROTA
We continue our Bible Study in the Book of Acts.
Day: Wednesday
Date: 9/7/2022
Time: 11AM
Location: Saint Christopher's Fellowship Hall
Study: Acts, Chapters 8-10
 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 . . .

What if, when Jesus arrived for the dinner party (last Sunday’s gospel,) he announced just before breaking bread, ‘I am so hungry I could eat a horse.’ Or later, after walking a long distance towards Jerusalem, he commented to his disciples, ‘let us rest, my feet are killing me!’ Would we wonder if Jesus ate an entire horse? Or would we be anxious that his salvific ministry on earth would be cut short because his feet, in fact, would kill him? I hope not. We need to recognize hyperbole when we see it in scripture. 

In Luke’s account for Sunday, we notice Jesus is addressing large crowds. Jesus knows the cost he faces for this road traveled. He knows he is initiating a movement for the world; one that, to take on, requires a cost of its own. As for the crowds gathered, it is one thing to take some time out of your day to listen to a man who has done miraculous things; it is quite another to continue that mission and ministry into the world; to be a disciple. Jesus means to get the immediate attention of the crowd. To get them thinking about these initial steps they are taking in following him. "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple… none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions." That ought to do the trick in getting people’s attention.

Jesus remains a message of love. His hyperbolic statement is to open the eyes of the crowds to the cost of discipleship. That said, it is important not to dismiss his words without consideration of the costs of discipleship. There is a reason he is getting their and our attention in this message. To be a true disciple is more than taking time out of day to attend a worship service. As follower of Jesus, we are to prioritize our time, resources, and even love for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is holding up a mirror to disciples to see if they are dipping their toes in the Baptismal waters of life or taking the plunge. 


Peace,
Jon+

Staying Connected with our Diocese

Diocesan News & Events
PARISH NURSE NEWS: SEPTEMBER 2022

 "Can you hear the voice of Wisdom?  She is standing at the city gates and at every fork in the road and at the door of every house.  Listen to what she says." (Proverbs 8:1-3)
 
Dear Friends:  Unfortunately, flu season is fast approaching. Influenza, or "flu", is a contagious disease that affects thousands of people every fall and winter.  The flu season usually occurs between October and May.  Flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and close contact with those who have the virus.  Anyone can get the flu, but the risk is highest in young children, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system. Flu can lead to pneumonia and CAN make existing medical conditions worse.
 
Symptoms of flu may include:
  1. Fever/chills--it is important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever. 
  2. Sore, scratchy throat. 
  3. Muscle aches. 
  4. Skin very "sensitive" to touch. 
  5. Productive cough. 
  6. Headache. 
  7. Runny and/or stuffy nose
  8. Extreme fatigue. 
  9. Vomiting and diarrhea--this is more common in children than adults.
Do these symptoms sound familiar?? The symptoms for COVID are very similar. However, COVID symptoms are more severe and last longer. The biggest difference is that people diagnosed with COVID usually have more severe respiratory reactions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the only way to determine the correct  course of treatment is by testing.
 
It is important to take precautions during the flu season.  Some of these should include:
  1. Avoid people who are obviously sick--as with COVID restrictions. STAY AT LEAST 6 FEET AWAY FROM SNEEZERS AND COUGHERS. 
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as this is one way the flu virus is spread. 
  3. Use a face mask when around a crowd of people.
  4. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN--pay special attention to your nails and between the fingers--washing your hands often is the BEST method of preventing the spread of germs.
  5. Use hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible.
  6. If you are sick, STAY AT HOME! If you are running a fever, the Centers for Disease Control recommends you stay at home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.
HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH:  Protect yourself and others- GET THE FLU SHOT- Please be aware that it TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS FOR PROTECTION TO DEVELOP AFTER THE FLU SHOT IS RECEIVED--The Centers for Disease Control recommends that for maximum effectiveness, the flu shot should be received by the end of October.

Flu viruses are always changing. The Centers for Disease Control has currently identified four strains of the influenza virus for the 2022/2023 flu season. The flu vaccine developed for this season is believed to effectively cover all four strains of the virus. 
 
Judy Carroll R.N., St. Christopher's Parish Nurse
What is the cross we are called to carry as a disciple of Jesus? What are we being called to take on? Jesus invites us to carefully consider the cost before choosing to carry this cross. We might begin by considering how our possessions get in the way.
Luke 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions."

Sunday's Psalm
Psalm 1
(Translation: The Message)

How well God must like you—
    you don’t walk in the ruts of those blind-as-bats,
    you don’t stand with the good-for-nothings,
    you don’t take your seat among the know-it-alls.
Instead you thrill to GOD’s Word,
    you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
    bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
    always in blossom.
You’re not at all like the wicked,
    who are mere windblown dust—
Without defense in court,
    unfit company for innocent people.
GOD charts the road you take.
The road they take leads to nowhere.

Prayer Requests in our Parish

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer
The Anglican Church of Australia

 
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Saint Columba, Bristol

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
Ann Feliu

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

 
Prayer Request
Healing Service & Holy Eucharist will be celebrate next Tuesday at 5:30PM at Saint Timothy's. The day commemorates Hannah More, Religious Writer and Philanthropist, 1833.

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 6:30PM. 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.
St Paul’s Bazaar Bargains Sale
September 17th from 8am-12pm
Annex building at 161 East Ravine Road, Kingsport

It is time to let some items go- from past Bazaars, and some things that have been donated- to make room for all the things for St Paul’s Bazaar 2022! Money made from this sale will go towards the 2022 St Paul’s Bazaar. Items are priced to sell!! (Many items under $2.) CASH ONLY.
 
Charities benefitting from this year’s Bazaar
Kingsport Family Resource Center
Kingsport Community Ministry Center
Cap the Gap
Osman Hope

 
Items for sale include: Jewelry, Vintage linens and fabric, Ribbon, Christmas decorations,  Picture frames -many sizes and materials, Framed prints, Home Décor, Wreaths, Christmas trees, Baskets, Planters, Artificial Flowers, Angels, Bottles with lights, Much Much MORE!!
Food Pantry Item of the Week!

Pork and Beans
(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!

 

What is the difference in Black Eyed Peas & Chick Peas?

 
The Black Eyed Peas can sing us a song.  The Chick Peas can hummus one!
 
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:
Go to: https://www.dioet.org/give-to-a-parish/
And Click 'Donate to a Parish'
There is a tutorial that you can view for instructions.
3) Donate through PayPal using the link below:
Donate

In a world that often feels disconnected and anxious, is there a way to find connection and greater meaning in life?
 
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