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Marty and Phil Ziebol's healthy great-granddaughter, Olivia
Bev Thomas good test results
Carol Hassbaum
Rhonda Bartow
Joan Castellano
Clara Erickson
Samantha Luther
Kathy Goeggel
Kris Bowers
Phil Taylor
Doreen Pivirotto
Betty Zera
Linda Ford
Patty Brockmeier
Joanne Baehr
Eric Trickey
Tim Todd
Larry M.
Karen Keller
Janice Schneider
Our Missionaries:
The Hansons
The Schultes
Stephanie Lund
Pastor John Loum
Shirley Simon
Tom Wangerin
Charles Ford
Sao Kosia
Silas Jeffries
Rolland Kegley
Barb Smith
Marcia Bello
Kathleen Hallenbeck
Art Kruger
Becky Benz
Peggy Alexander
Mary Ellen Hagan
Josh Smith
Jenna Weinstein
Sarah Vandeveer
Blessing Jardia
Larry Tiemann
Erich Kaelberer
Brianna Lindsey
Norma Baccot
Joyce McCoy
Thomas Evans
Roy Hesser
Bev Thomas
Molly Benally
Aniken infant having heart surgeries
Kristen Dattoli with auto immune deficiency
Rick Thomas
Our Shut-ins:
Norma Kramer
Marie Leuchtmann
Joyce McCoy
Virginia Meinholtz
General Concerns:
Lindsey-actively being solicited by the Jehovah Witnesses, struggling with her faith
Nicole Woods last weeks of pregnancy
Susan Turay
Tutu Momah
Larry Asburry
Bible Readings for next Sunday
Old Testament:  Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm: Psalm 85
Epistle : 2 Peter 3:8-14
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
"Hark the Glad Sound", "Prepare the Royal Highway", "On Jordan's Bank the Baptist Cry",
"Comfort, Comfort You My People"
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Sunday 8 a.m.: 86
Sunday 10:45 a.m.: 158
Monday: 18
Wednesday: 62
Thursday: 28
Tuesday: 8
Guests: 41
Education Hour: 44

Week of Nov. 26th 
General Fund Needed Each Week $9,758.48
General Fund: 
Dedicated Fund:  $18,608.00
Dec. 3 - Dec. 9, 2017
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A Note From Pastor Rall: Watch
Today is the beginning of a new church year as we enter the season of Advent.  It is a time to be reminded again of our Lord's coming and what that means for us.  We are preparing to celebrate the birth of our King and His first coming is a significant focus of this Advent season.  But the first voice we hear in Advent is the One who will come soon to judge all things.  At the heart of the message can be summed up in one word - WATCH.
It is because no one knows the day or hour of His coming, that we must always be prepared, be on guard, be awake so that we are not spiritually asleep when He comes.  Watchfulness is not easy to sustain.  Our Lord spoke the words of our Gospel text (Mark 13) almost 2,000 years ago, and it is easy to see how the Church can lose its attentiveness to His coming... Continue Reading
Budget and New Policy Information Available Today!
A final draft of Timothy's 2018 Budget is now available in the Narthex. This copy will also be provided at the December 10 Voter's Meeting. If you'd like more information, please contact Judith Meyer.
A final draft of Timothy's Tuition Assistance Policy for Word of Life School is also available in the Narthex. This copy will also be provided at the December 10 Voter's Meeting. If you'd like more information, please contact Judith Meyer.
Gift & Card Tree
We now have a Christmas Gift and Card tree in the Narthex.  Help brighten the Christmas season for one of Timothy's shut-ins by choosing a name and send a Christmas card or take them a gift.  If you are unable to take the give yourself, someone from the church will do it for you.

Together We Care Gift Cards
Are you planning to give gift cards for Christmas presents?  We have some of the favorites:  Walmart, Target, Panera, restaurants, Shop 'N Save, Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, and Amazon.  Please stop by the table after first service by the kitchen, or send an email to Glenn Nielsen ( nielseng@csl.edu ) or give him a call or text at 314-651-4274.

Professor Kolb Receives Honor!
Professor Emeritus and renowned Reformation scholar Dr. Robert Kolb recently received an honorary doctorate from the Slovak Comenius University in Bratislava (CU), the largest university in Slovakia. Kolb's honorary doctorate was the 122nd to be awarded by the university.  With the title, Kolb joins the ranks of others who have received the same honor including former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2015) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2014).

Mission Trip to Gambia
Pastor Loum is going on a mission trip to Gambia in March, and is inviting interested members of the congregation to go along.  For more information please see Pastor Loum.

MDO Parent's Night Out
Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 5 - 9 p.m
 Your child(ren) enjoy a fun-filled night of pizza, crafts, games, movies, and fun with children of all ages (2 years and up).  $30 per child ($50 maximum per family).  Payment must be received to reserve your spot.  Contact Kara Emerson at  mdo@timothystl.org.  Please RSVP by December 1st.

Letter from Pastor Brighton
November 17, 2017
Dear members of Timothy,
I am writing to inform you that after much prayer and discussion with my wife, I am declining the call to be Senior Pastor at Timothy.  This was not an easy decision and I don't view it as saying "no" to y'all at Timothy as much as I'm saying a bigger "yes" to my call here at Mt. Calvary. 
You have a wonderful ministry going on at Timothy - a tribute to both your pastors and DCE and other leaders in the congregation, and to all of you who are members who support the ministry with your time and talents and treasure.  I was especially impressed that you welcome everyone who comes through your doors for worship, with no regard for race or social standing, meeting each person where they are as you then lead them to Jesus under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit!  After all, isn't that what heaven is going to look like?
As odd as it may sound, I also feel a sense of loss because I met so many wonderful people!  The hospitality and immediate friendship Marcia and I experienced from so many people was amazing!  We hope to see you again if our travels take us to St. Louis - and if the Cardinals are in town, that will be awesome, too!
I know God will be with you as you continue the call process toward finding the pastor God has in mind to lead you.  Marcia and I will certainly keep you in our prayers, and ask that you keep us in yours.
May God bless and keep you always,
Pastor David Brighton

Second Round
The Call Committee will be meeting in the next several weeks to resume the process of identifying the pastor whom God intends to be our new senior pastor.  The first step in that process is to secure nominations of potential candidates from the congregation.  In the narthex of the church, you will find a bulletin board with a ministry description for our new senior pastor.  You will also find pastoral nomination forms.  All members of Timothy have the opportunity to nominate or re-nominate LCMS pastors whom they feel meet the ministry description. Even if you submitted a nomination last spring, you should resubmit that name if you prayerfully believe that he fits our ministry description.  To assist in the nomination process, you may refer to Timothy's web site.  Just click on the "New Senior Pastor Call Process" tab.  You will find a link to a list of LCMS rostered pastors, including other essential information for completing the form.  Once you have finished the form, you may place it in the box on the bulletin board or turn it in to the church office.  Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, December 17.  Those nominations, along with those from the Call Committee, will be turned in to President Hagan of the Missouri District, who will vet those nominees as well as those whom he has identified.  Hopefully, by mid-January, the Call Committee will be able to begin screening approved nominees to evaluate their fit with Timothy's needs.
Parent Sunday School Connection for week of December 3
Lesson 1 Bible Story - God Sends the Holy Spirit - Acts 2:1-21
This Sunday School lesson teaches children that at Pentecost, God sent the Holy Spirit to His Church (as told in Acts 2:1-21). Now, through Word and Sacrament, God gives us His Holy Spirit to create and sustain saving faith in Jesus. You can ask the children to tell you about what happened at Pentecost. Personalize this by asking them when they received the Holy Spirit (in Baptism).
Memory Verse:   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19

Egg Hunt Leadership Needed
Our annual Egg Hunt outreach is an important annual event for our children and young families.  It is a great opportunity for our church to serve our neighbors and be visible in our community.  We need a leader or team of leaders to help make this day special.  Please talk to DCE Mark Thompson if you are interested and/or have questions.  The date for EGG HUNT 2018 is March 24.
At this time of thankfulness and anticipation, we would like to express our thanks and give all of YOU the opportunity to personally thank the people who contribute to the well-being of Timothy in so many ways.
Today, we are especially thankful for: 
...Melonie Robinson, who volunteers in the office every Friday and drives a school van, transporting children to school and church. She also takes care of the transportation billing.
...Chris Thomas, who also transports immigrants to school and to church on Sundays.
. ..Ed Ewertowski, who manages Timothy's rental properties.
...Dave Sanders and Pauline Kolb, who replenish attendance and visitor cards and pencil in the pews every week.
...Larry Hawkins, who keeps Timothy vehicles on the road-safely.
. ..Rosalie Schmidt, who has worked as an office volunteer for YEARS, faithfully recording and keeping track of offerings.
...our Sunday School Teachers & Helpers:
Gina Hawkins and Amanda Bello (PK/K), Emily Perschbacher (1_2)  Sherry Bolosan sub Erik Herrmann and Frank Kohn (3_4) Sue Koch and Sue Thomas (5_6) Holly Feldman (Nursery) Lauren Butz sub Laura Thompson and Fieldworkers (opening) Mustapha Passawe, Jason Fluegge, Rich Roden - SS Helpers Sue Koch - Sunday School Attendance Jim & Cynthia Rice - Monday School
Youth Bible Classes:  Amanda Myers and Gary Krekow - Jr Youth, Jessica Bordeleau, Casey Kegley, Mark Thompson - Sr. Youth, College Age/Young Adult Bible Classes -- Cyril Loum, Maureen Bertarelli, Margaret Rall, Andy Vu
Transportation Sunday- Chris Thomas, Melonie Robinson, Tim Schrader, and Bob Fischer.
We are thankful for all of you-thankful that God has sent you to Timothy, and thankful that you graciously use your gifts so generously in God's kingdom!

Groundwork Guatemala
Groundwork Guatemala is a ministry that is all about connecting people. Our call, as Christians, is to connect the lost to the Living Word, Jesus Christ, then equip them for a life of service to their Savior and Lord. Concordia Seminary will be sending out a mission team the 20-27 January 2018 and I am part of that mission team. Our mission team, along with an awesome team of Guatemalan missionaries will share Jesus with adults, teens and children in Guatemala City and the surrounding villages and communities as faith lessons are taught and a strong spiritual foundation is laid. As we prepare our hearts for service and our lessons and crafts for teaching, we also would like to ask that you join us in prayer for the people with whom we will be sharing Jesus, that their hearts would be softened and open to hearing the message of salvation, and that those who know Him would be further equipped as His disciples, ready to be living examples of Love to their neighbors.
And lastly our team will be taking various in kind donations with us, from hygiene kits to school supplies, to help in Groundwork Guatemala's ministry to the adults, teens and children at their ministry sites please consider donating. The list that I am responsible for is the following:
1.         4 backpacks
2.         24-count colored pencils
3.         #2 pencils
4.         Black, blue, and red pens
5.         Black, blue, and red permanent markers
6.         Hand towels
7.         Multivitamins (no gummies!) for adults and kids
8.         Prenatal vitamins
There are many other things needed. If you would like to give more please email me at shabalalan@csl.edu and I will forward you the rest of the list.
In Christ,
Noks Shabalala
Seminary Student

Don't forget to direct Choice Dollars®
Grant funding from Thrivent Financial through its Thrivent Choice® program can help support organizations you care about. Don't let Choice Dollars expire.
Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have Choice Dollars available have until March 31, 2018, to direct any remaining 2017 Choice Dollars. Help support Timothy.  Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more. Or call 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" after the prompt.
Thank You for the Cushy Chairs!
A BIG thank you to Jerry Foster for donating some wonderful chairs for our Sr. Youth Room.  They look great, are very comfortable to sit in, and allow our youth room to be set up in a variety of different ways to promote learning, fellowship and teambuilding.

Sr. Youth December Fellowship Nights
Join us Wednesday December 6 and December 20 for Sr. Youth/College Age Fellowship Night.  We will meet at 5:30pm and get food from the Advent Meal in the gym.  After our fun and fellowship time - we will worship together in the Advent Service at 7:00pm.

Jr Youth Advent Meal - December 13
The popular cornucopia of casseroles is back - join us Wednesday Dec. 13 at 5:30 to enjoy a variety of hot dishes and fellowship.  This is also a fundraiser for our Jr. Youth.
The Word of Life PTL would like to thank each of you who has come out to support us at the recent Restaurant Nights.  The money raised allows the PTL to support Word of Life teachers by adding educational materials and resources within each of the classrooms, as well as, providing learning experiences for the entire school.  We wholeheartedly thank you for your continued support!!!
WOL Restaurant Night
Mark your calendars because on December 11th, from open to close, the PTL will be sponsoring yet another EAT-and-EARN at Raising Cane's on Hampton (4320 Hampton Ave.).  Please make sure to mention WOL at the time of purchase. 

Lindenwood Community Blood Drive
There will be an American Red Cross blood drive in our neighborhood on Monday, December 4th .  Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and the holiday season is an especially critical time.  All members of the Lindenwood Park Community and beyond are invited to support this special drive.  Monday, December 4th, 2:30-7 p.m., St. Michael's Temple - Fellowship Hall, 6520 Arsenal Street.  Register on-line at redcrossblood.org or contact  Libby Crofts at 636-346-7762 for assistance in making an appointment.

Gift Your Time to An Older Adult This Holiday Season
The holiday season is fast approaching and what a wonderful time to make the difference in the life of an older adult.  You could volunteer at a Christmas party, gather a group of friends to go caroling, or "adopt" seniors who are less fortunate.  Contact Kristy Bull at 314.262.8206 or visit Lutheran Senior Services website, LSSLiving.org, for more information.

Follow the Star to Ascension Lutheran Church's Live Nativity
Ascension Lutheran Church will have the true meaning of Christmas on display Saturday, December 16 from 5 pm to 9 pm.  The live nativity will feature live cattle, sheep, a camel, as well as shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph, and Jesus. The evening will include an angel choir, Christmas cookies and hot chocolate and the Christmas message being broadcast over the radio.
Ascension Lutheran Church is located in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood at 5347 Donovan Ave. For more information, call (314) 832-5600 or visit AscensionSTL.com
Save the Date    
Dec. 10th              Congregational Meeting, New Member 
Dec. 17th, 9:30 & Noon Christmas Program Dress Rehearsal
Dec. 24th, 10:45a.m. Children's Christmas Program

Timothy Lutheran Church is a congregation of the The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod established in 1925. We are a culturally diverse St. Louis City church serving as a bold witness to the saving grace of God through Jesus.  We welcome the lost, embrace unified diversity, practice authentic worship, empower servant leaders, and inspire individual outreach.

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