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Saint Timothy's Weekly Email
Parish Newsletter Edition August 12, 2022
Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Weekly Schedule 


Sunday (8/14) 9:30AM Rite II Service
10:30AM Coffee Hour
Tuesday 5:30PM Healing Service & Holy Eucharist at Saint Christopher’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 Pam Lacey
Altar Guild Carolyn
Host Martin
Organist Sandra Smith
Link to ROTA
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Christian Formation Offering Survey. Based on the percentage of responses, we will begin our study with the Acts of the Apostles. Here are the details of the first class:
Day: Wednesday
Initial Date: 8/17/2022
Time: 11AM
Location: Saint Christopher's Fellowship Hall
Study: Acts, Chapters 1-2
 Given the time, you are welcome to BYOL (bring your own lunch) if you wish.
Bible Study Zoom Details
Zoom Meeting Link

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

Last week I placed an item for sale using Facebook Marketplace. It was evening, so soon after I had dinner with my family. Afterward, we retired to the den to watch our show. Well, I attempted to watch the show. Ding, ding, ding; my cell phone ‘blew up’ with multiple people reaching out to me about the item for sale. At first, my attentions were divided as I endeavored to watch the television and respond to the messages. I soon discovered that my focus was shifting more on my cell phone and less on the show. For whatever reason – pressures to respond to a message, my desire to sell the item, or my impatience to just ‘get it done’  – I became lost in the show; detached from the narrative.

Our attentions are divided every waking moment as we mentally process the world around us. We assign levels of awareness and actions in this process. What is important to us? What warrants the lion’s share of our attention? Jesus uses the example of weather in our gospel message for Sunday. A Palestinian in an agrarian society would pay special attention to the weather. The weather affects their crops, and any farmer worth their salt keeps a close eye on the weather. Weather plays a critical role in the actions a farmer takes; when to plant, when to irrigate, and when to harvest. Weather has their attention because it is important. That which we deem important governs our hearts and minds and controls our vigilance in the world. The simple example of watching my television show, one that I enjoy greatly, shows me how easy my attentions stray. What warrants more of our attention?  

Jesus asks his disciples (and us) why we struggle so interpreting our present time. It was a rhetorical question for Jesus is making a point about something he is passionate about. He witnesses our attention’s focus on the world around us. Too many times it is for the benefit of the self. He watches as we get detached from the narrative of God’s Kingdom unfolding all around us. Jesus is telling us that being a disciple changes our focus. It changes what we deem important. It refines us to be sensitive and view the world as God does. In the text he also warns us that a change in our attentions, and thereby our thoughts and actions, may be unpopular in our current communities, government, politics, and even families. The harshness of the texts certainly gets our attention, but, given how prone we are to stray, that was most likely the point.

Peace,
Jon+

Staying Connected with our Diocese

Diocesan News & Events
Come hear Bishop Brian Cole in conversation about his time at the Lambeth Conference. This once-in-a-decade meeting is a rare opportunity for bishops in the Anglican Communion from across the globe to come together and enter into deep conversation with each other. You’ll have a chance to hear about Bishop Brian’s experiences and what inspiration and impact Lambeth may have for East Tennessee. Join us on Thursday, August 18th beginning at 6:30 pm on Zoom.
Register Here for Lambeth Conversation
Alvin Blount, Diocesan Archivist and Becoming Beloved Community Initiatives Coordinator, interviews the Rev. Gayle Browne about her journey through discernment, seminary, ordination, and ministry as a female priest.

This month, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville is celebrating Jubilee, the remembrance of emancipation in Tennessee on August 8, 1863, and the Diocese of East Tennessee is a sponsor of the event. The celebrations begin tonight and continue through Monday, August 8. 

 
Not everyone chooses the fire of change. God does not drag us kicking and screaming into the kingdom. God appears to be amazingly patient. The sting of divisions pains us; we yearn for peace. How are we to interpret the present time? What will we choose? 
Luke 12:49-56

Jesus said, "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, `It is going to rain'; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat'; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"

Sunday's Psalm
Psalm 82
(Translation: The Message)

God calls the judges into his courtroom,
    he puts all the judges in the dock.
“Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough,
    you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.
You’re here to defend the defenseless,
    to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
Your job is to stand up for the powerless,
    and prosecute all those who exploit them.”
Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges!
    They haven’t a clue to what’s going on.
And now everything’s falling apart,
    the world’s coming unglued.
“I appointed you judges, each one of you,
    deputies of the High God,
But you’ve betrayed your commission
    and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.”
O God, give them what they’ve got coming!
    You’ve got the whole world in your hands!

Prayer Requests in our Parish

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer
The Extra-Provincial Churches

 
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
For Schools & Colleges

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
Jacob Lyons, Megan Lyons and Peggy Nalepa

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

 
Prayer Request
Healing Service and Holy Eucharist - The next service is Tuesday, 5:30PM at Saint Christopher's. Please join us for this service which will include a special presentation by Mary Cody on nutrition, an important part of healthy living!

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!

Mixed Fruit Cups

(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 do you call a herd of wealthy cows?

 
The 2%!
 
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
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And Click 'Donate to a Parish'
There is a tutorial that you can view for instructions.
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