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Carol Hassbaum
Rhonda Bartow
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.
Janice Schneider
Our Missionaries:
The Hansons
The Schultes
Stephanie Lund
Pastor John Loum
Joyce (Jim Herd's sister)
Steve Emerson
Bashti Mooney
Shirley Simon
Charles Ford
Sao Kosia
Rolland Kegley
Barb Smith
Marcia Bello
Art Kruger
Becky Benz
Mary Ellen Hagan
Karen Turner
Dorthy Groeteke
Kathleen Hallenbeck
Karen Keller
Susan Bussen
Dennis Lewandoski
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
Kristen Dattoli
Rick Thomas
Kurt Buckingham
Claire Emerson
John Diehl
Our Shut-ins:
Leta Valendy
Henry Wirth
Reva Barrett
Doris Bayuk
General Concerns:
Timothy Call Process
Christmas travelers
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This Week @ Timothy
Because We are Abundantly Blessed
Vital Signs
Sunday 8 a.m.: 88
Sunday 10:45 a.m.: 176
Monday: 20
Tuesday: 8
Wednesday: 76
Guests: 16
Education Hour: 32

Week of Dec. 17
General Fund Needed Each Week $9,758.48
General Fund: 
Dedicated Fund:  $892.00
Dec. 24 - Dec. 30, 2017
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A Note From Pastor Wood
And Mary said to the angel [Gabriel], "How will this be, since I am a virgin?"
And the angel answered here, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God"                 ~Luke 1:34-37
"Is there anything too difficult for the Lord?" This was the question the Lord posed to Abraham when he promised him that within the year Sarah would have a son. Sarah laughed just as Abraham laughed at the promise in Gen. 17:17, but the Lord fulfilled his promise. Genesis 21 tells us that the Lord visited Sarah and the Lord gave Abraham a son according to his promise. He worked a similar miracle for Zechariah and Elizabeth, giving them a son, John, in their old age. And now with Mary God takes it up a notch and gives to her a child even though she has never known a man. The virgin conceives. Every promise God makes becomes possible when he makes it... Continue Reading
Altar Flower
Poinsettias on the altar were given to the glory of God by Marcia & Amanda Bello, Bill & Cookie Brauer, Daniel & Erin Clemens, John & Carla Hagan, Erik & Aliesha Herrmann, Horst & Irma Herrmann, Sue Koch, Eileen Mueller, Pastor & Mary Anne Rall, Rosalie Schmidt, Sue Thomas, Pastor & Bill Wilson, Walt & Belva Winters.

Prison Ministry
We have two members who are incarcerated.  In addition to Christmas cards (their names are on the card tree), we would like to take up a monetary collection.  They only receive $8.50 per month.  When they were at the same prison in the same cell they were able to pool their resources.  They are now in two separate facilities.  With your donation they will be able to purchase phone time and a few extras that they would not normally receive like snacks, reading material, etc.  Please mark your donation "Prison Ministry".  Thank you for your consideration!

Pastor Rall's Birthday
Join us for a piece of cake to celebrate Pastor Rall's 70th birthday next Sunday.  We'll have cake with our donuts on Sunday the 24th after first service, before Bible class.

This is the LAST week to get offerings in to be credited in 2017.  ALL donations beginning January 1 will be credited to 2018.  Reminder -- Please do NOT continue to use 2017 offering envelopes!  2018 envelopes are in the narthex.
Lutheran Witness
The Lutheran Witness Subscriptions are due on February 1st, 2018.  They are $16.00 this year.  Use the envelope in your new offering envelope box, or send $16.00 with name and address of the person to receive the magazine. 
The new subscription will begin in April of 2018.

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

Gambia Mission
Some remote congregations in Gambia have been unable to hear the Word of God because the evangelists have been unable to travel to worship with them.  Support for this ministry would be $100.00/month.  If you should wish to help support this important ministry, mark your gift to Timothy with the word "Gambia".  Pastor John Loum.
Thanks Christmas Program Thank You
Thanks to all who participants, leaders and supporters of our Children's Christmas Eve Service.  We thank everyone for participating in all the rehearsals and learning parts and songs.  We thank families and all our church members for joining us in worship.  We thank our wonderful Sunday School teachers for helping children learn throughout the year, and for helping them use their gifts for the message of Christmas Eve.  Special thanks to Mary Anne, Jennifer, Laura and all the hands-on helpers for leading the Christmas program. 

There will not be a regular Sunday School lesson for classes on the Sundays of Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve.

Share Your Gifts-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.
We give thanks for
... our Maranatha singers and musicians:  Director Maureen Bertarelli, Phil Ebeling (keyboard), Rick Steenbock (guitar), Rich Roden (bass), Nourdenne Ha (percussion), and singers: Carla and John Hagan, Steve Meyer, Megan Schultz, Lauren Butz, Jessica Bordeleau, Marla Steenbock. Margaret and Mary Anne Rall ...our small but mighty choir: the Wuerffels, Judith Meyer, Carol Novak, Alice Paul, Jessica Bordeleau, Christine Krekow (subbing as Director), John and Carla Hagan, Margaret and Mary Anne Rall, Kari, Chau and James Vo, Megan Schultz, Sue Nielsen, Holly Feldman, Shirley Jeude, Pauline Kolb, and Amanda Myers.
...our bell choir:  Holly Feldman (director), Glenn and Sue Nielsen, Lana Feldman, Cheryl O'Neill, Danny Clemens, Wendy Rush, and Carolyn Weinhold.
...all the "behind the scenes" people who work so hard and may not have been mentioned by name.
...the "in front of the scenes" people, our pastors and leaders here at Timothy.
And thanks to God also for
... Mark Thompson, our director of youth and family ministries who also has the challenging transportation ministry.
...Pastor Vo, our pastor to the Vietnamese congregation.
...Vicar Cyril Loum, working with Caring Ministries and filling in as necessary in other roles.
...Kathy Willhite, our office manager.
...Pastor Rall and Pastor Wilson, caring shepherds, giving spiritual leadership and direction to us sometimes wandering "sheep."  As we mentioned last year, Henry Ward Beecher said, "There is nothing in the long run that can withstand a wise tenderness, a gentle benevolence, and a sympathy that melts the heart by a genial fervor, and which is continued in season and out of season, in sickness and in health, year in and year out."  Thank you, dear Shepherds!

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:  4 backpacks, 24-count colored pencils, #2 pencils, Black, blue, and red pens, Black, blue, and red permanent markers, Hand towels, Multivitamins (no gummies!) for adults and kids, 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

Sr. Youth JANUARY Fellowship Nights
Join us Wednesday January 3 and January 17 for Sr. Youth/College Age Fellowship Night.  Those recently graduated from high school AND youth in grades 9-12 are invited to join us at church in the Youth Room from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Timothy Lutheran Church in the youth room. FOOD & FUN!   Grow in your faith and in your friendships.  For more information contact DCE Mark and/or Sr. Youth Team.
Jr. Youth Skating Event
SAVE THE DATE for Ice Skating with Jr. Youth Saturday, January 6.  Starts at 11:00 AM and will be at Steinberg Skating Rink.
Save the Date    
Dec. 25th, 10 a.m. Christmas Day Service (no 7p.m. worship)
Jan. 1st, 10 a.m.     New Year's Day Service (no 7p.m. worship)

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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