SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST PSALM

     I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

     O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

     O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.

     Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name.

     For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

     When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”

     O Lord, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.

     To you, O Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:

    “What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? 

     Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me; O Lord, be my help.

     You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 

    that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Psalm 30

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST FIRST READING

     Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.  Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust — there may yet be hope. Let him offer to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.  For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.

Lamentations 3:22-33

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

For the very first time, St. Timothy Lutheran Church is offering

TRUNK OR TREAT! This will be a SAFE trick or treat experience for neighborhood children. We will need you to park your car in the lot, open the trunk, and hand out candy to neighborhood trick or treaters.
Please save early evening on Wednesday, October 31st!

Questions or suggestions?

Call the church for info

5TH SUNDAY WILDFIRES

The National Forest Foundation established the Eagle Creek Fire Restoration Fund to aid the recovery of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. St. Tim’s council is looking for this kind of agency to support with our 5th Sunday offering in July. Do you know of a similar group? Is there a group to help the firefighters and their families? Please give your suggestions to the church office.

GOD’S WORK ON OUR HAND’S

Plans are moving ahead on this event and the planning group of the 5 churches is getting excited. We will be commissioning from Centennial High School on Saturday September 8th to a number of opportunities for service projects. There will be sign up sheets coming soon. St. Timothy will be hosting the Alzheimer’s Texture Blocks project with Elaine and Candace in charge. We will be hosting those interested from the other churches. We will worship together Sunday, September 9th at Centennial High School and will provide ushers and young person volunteers to assist. We again will have a potluck lunch to share and Jean Whitford is our representative for food planning.
Blessings, Sherry

RELAY 4 LIFE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

St Timothy’s team is planning to be an Olympic Basketball team and are busy developing fundraisers at our site including iced mochas and a basketball hoop game for the event on August 11th. Total raised by the team at this time (including our sponsor Weston Buick) is about $1400. We have 5 team members currently and know that many church members have yet to register. Register on line at relayforlife.org/ portlandor. We have paper registration forms available for those without email. We have several members and their family and friends who are survivors and hope we can honor them as survivors or caregivers at the beginning of the event.

Sherry Willmschen, Team Captain

FROM YOUR PASTOR

    On the day you were baptized or confirmed, you committed to do your best each day to “to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth” (“Affirmation of Baptism” service, ELW pg. 235). None of us are perfect at this. If we were, we would not need Jesus. To be honest, many who believe in Jesus struggle to live out their faith in their daily life. To follow Christ means that we take time in our daily and weekly schedules to worship, read scripture, pray, practice generosity, serve, and be in fellowship with others. These are marks of faith that nurture our relationship with God and deepen our faith. There are no shortcuts or quick solutions. If you are going to commit your life to Christ you need to be in worship, where you not only hear the word of God but also are encouraged, supported, and loved by a community of faithful people. You cannot know God fully if you only hear scripture on Sundays that you attend church; you must dig into God’s Holy Word daily. To follow Christ means that we are generous with our time, our treasures, and our skills for the sake of others and that we serve others just as Christ did. If we are going to take our baptismal confirmation promises seriously, we need to ask ourselves some hard questions:


1. How am I using my time?


2. How faithful am I in worship?


3. Am I making time to talk with
God?


4. Am I being generous with what
God has blessed me?


5. How am I doing at putting my love
for my neighbor into action?


We are the body of Christ in this world and we are called to follow Christ, being generous with our time, treasures and skills for the sake of others. We are the body of Christ in this world and we are called to commit our lives to Christ, to gather together in worship, to 
study scripture, to pray, to serve,to fellowship together. We are the body of Christ in this world and we are called to take our baptismal promises seriously as we let our light shine in the world for all to see. We are the body of Christ in this world, so how are you using your time and being generous with what God has blessed you with?

By Pastor Jennifer Beil

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST GOSPEL

    That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind,  they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

    He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completel calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Mark 4:35-41

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SECOND READING

    As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

    We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments, and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yetregarded as unknown; dying and yet we live on; beaten and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange — I speak as to my children — open wide your hearts also.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13