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Bluegrass Mass and BBQ, April 22
Come for the Music, stay for the  Barbecue

We are all looking forward to April 22nd and enjoying Bluegrass Mass and band, Pet Rooster, plus some good ole' BBQ here at St. Timothy's.

Here's a bit of information for ponder about Bluegrass music and its faith connection. It contains one of my favorite phrases ever about music-"a high and lonesome sound." B luegrass music has attracted a diverse following worldwide. Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe characterized the genre as: "Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound." Exactly when the word bluegrass itself was adopted to label this form is not certain, but is believed to be in the late 1950s, and was derived from the name of the seminal Blue Grass Boys band, formed in 1939 with Bill Monroe as its leader. Due to this lineage, Bill Monroe is frequently referred to as the "father of bluegrass", although his style drew upon the country, gospel, and blues music with which he had grown up.  (info gathered from  http://renoandharrell.com/content/short-history-bluegrass-music )

For information on being part of the Pitmaster Team  contact Mark Lehnhoff at 299-9699. Sign Up sheets for Pot Luck sides are in the Main Hall outside the Nursery. Call Kim Lehnhoff at 299-9777. Please consider bringing a dish so they'll be lots of goodies for the Goody Table!

General Convention is Coming
Volunteers Needed

The General Convention of The Episcopal Church is coming to the Diocese of Texas. This triennial convention is responsible for conducting the business of The Episcopal Church. And, we need your help! Sign up to let us know you would like to volunteer for General Convention, being held in Austin. Volunteer shifts are available from June 29 to July 13.
If interested, go to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/general.convention.2018.volunteers and click the Sign Up button. That way, you will have first pick of shifts when registration opens. No matter your talents or physical abilities, there is an area for you to share your gifts with General Convention and The Episcopal Church. For one shift or many, we would love to see the Diocese in all its unique and diverse mission and ministry.
A Word of Thanks

Thanks to all who gave blood at the April 8 blood drive.  Eighteen people  attempted to donate, 13 successfully, for a t otal of 18 "units".  These results are a little better than some of our recent historical drives,
Mission Uganda Team Meeting, April 15
The first meeting of the mission planning team will be 
April 15 in the rector's office following the late service.  We currently have seven or eight people planning to travel to Uganda for our first trip.   The trip will be September 18 through Oct 2.
Support our Youth at Happening #159
Hannah Eddy and Avery Weis will be attending Happening #159 this weekend, April 13-15 at Camp Allen.  We invite your thoughts and prayers for the youth as they grow closer to Christ throughout the weekend retreat.   In addition, the youth receive letters, called Caritas, during these weekends from family, friends, and loved ones, telling them how much they are loved by God and loved by those around them. We would like to extend an invitation for you all to write letters to the youth participating in these renewal weekends. Ideally, you can send your letters with the parents of the youth to Camp Allen at check in on Friday, but if you are not able to do that, Stephanie Townes would be happy to print out any emails sent to her at STownes@epicenter.org for the participating youth so that they can read your words of affirmation and encouragement.
The Valley of Decision
a word from Emily Osborn

Several years ago I received from my niece-in-law a book on Puritan Prayers entitled "The Valley of Decision."  In it I found this prayer and prayed it almost daily for at least 2 years.  My husband's death followed the blessed pattern set out in this prayer.
Lord Jesus:  True God, everlasting Life, Redeemer of sinners,
I give my body, soul, intellect, will, affections to thee.
Grant me a circumcised heart that I may love thee,
a right spirit that I may see thy glory,
a principle with which thou wilt own,
an interest in the blood that cleanses,
the righteousness that justifies,
the redemption that delivers,
that I may not be found a hypocrite on Judgment Day.
Prepare me (and Oliver) for death,
that I may not die after long afflictions or suddenly
but after short illness, with no confusion or disorder,
and a quiet charge in peace with adieu to brethren ( and my children and grandchildren)
Inscribe these petitions in thy book, present them to thy Father,
Set thine AMEN to them,
as I do on my part of the covenant.
I want to thank my parish family for their support, love and affection and to many individuals who worked tirelessly to make Oliver's funeral and reception memorable.

The Bishop is Coming!

The Rt. Reverend Philip Duncan will visit us at St. Timothy's on May 13.

Highlights at the 10:30 services are:
  • Confirmations and Reception of new members 
  • Dedication of our new baptismal font.  (Beautifully made by Bob Ziegler!)
Looking ahead to Sunday
April 15, 2018
The Third Sunday in Easter
Acts 3:12-19
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48
Psalm 4
The Food Basket

Did you know that St. Timothy's recently delivered 117.7 pounds of food to the Food Basket?

Your contribution is making an impact in the lives of our neighbors.  Thank you for your faithfulness.
Mark Your Calendar

April 15 - Uganda Mission Trip meeting in the Rector's office at 11:45 a.m.
                 Daughters of the King meeting at noon in The Hall
April 16 Round Dance Lessons - 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
April 17 - Tuesday Bible Study at 1:00 p.m. in the Blue Room.
                 Vestry Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Blue Room
April 18 - Confirmation Class at 5:30 p.m. (Room 250)
April 22 - Brotherhood of St. Andrew Study and Breakfast, 7:00 a.m., Parish Hall
                 Bluegrass Mass and Church BBQ
                 Youth Bible Study at the Bohley's home (6-7:30 p.m.)
April 23 Round Dance Lessons - 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
April 24 - Tuesday Bible Study at 1:00 p.m. in the Blue Room.
April 25 - Confirmation Class at 5:30 p.m. (Room 250)
April 29 - Youth Bible Study at the Bohley's home (6-7:30 p.m.)
April 30 Round Dance Lessons - 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall

May 1 -     Tuesday Bible Study at 1:00 p.m. in the Blue Room.
May 6 -    Daughters of the King meeting in The Hall at noon
May 13 -  The Visitation of the Rt. Rev. Philip Duncan
May 20 -  Celebration Sunday and Annual Church Picnic
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