This Week at St Timothy's
Episcopal Church
August 1, 2018

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer for St Timothy's
Lord Jesus Christ,
who hast built thy Church
upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets:
mercifully grant that building upon thee, the chief
cornerstone, with beauty and substance,
we may raise here at St Timothy's a
faithful people and a holy temple to thy glory.
May we and generations yet to come learn to praise thee
more and more in spirit and in truth.
Fake News
If Christin Barnhardt asked you to sing in the choir, I wonder how many in our congregation would reply without hesitation, “Oh, I can’t sing.” Just from anecdotal evidence, I would venture 50-60% would swear that we could not carry a tune in a bucket. The truth of the matter is that simply isn’t true. Audiologists estimate that only 2-5% of the population are medically tone deaf and even among those, there are varying degrees. So if 50% of us think we are tone deaf but only 2-5% might be, why the immense gap between perception and reality? The most likely answer is someone, once upon a time, told you you couldn’t sing. Maybe you were belting it out in your bedroom to Ricky Nelson, John Lennon, Leif Garrett, or Steven Tyler when your older brother or mom walked in and stopped you mid-song and now you're fully embarrassed. Whatever the scenario, we have a hard time forgetting and we are dead set on never letting that embarrassment happen again. It’s such a shame because our premise is false. We can sing, we’ve just listened to the wrong voices who, for a variety of reasons, didn’t want us to.

I actually think there is a parallel with openly following Jesus Christ and professing him as our Lord. My hunch is that at some point, our devotion or interest in the Bible was either mocked or discouraged by someone whose approval we wanted. Maybe we were called “Bible Thumpers” or “Jesus Freaks” or “Church Lady,” etc. I know I was sometimes called “Preacher Man,” and it wasn’t always a compliment. Maybe we faithfully took a theological stance on something without having thought it through and we were shredded by the logic and argument of someone who was more skilled in debate and artfully put us in a corner that made us look silly. That embarrassment was all it took to make a promise to ourselves that it would never happen again. And so we identify as Christian but keep it mostly private. We go to church on a regular, if not frequent, basis but we’re not going to say much or get too involved. And like singing, it’s a shame because our premise is false. We can follow Jesus with commitment and conviction. We can read the Bible and discuss it with intelligence and logic and match wits with the very best of those who love to put doubt in our faith. We can lead and openly express a desire to grow deeper in our faith. We’ve just listened to the wrong voices who, for a variety of reasons, don’t want us to.

At church, we should never feel strange about being Christian. In fact, this should be the very place where we support and encourage each other in living out our faith and fostering the desire to always move deeper into Our Lord. At church events, from cookouts to Grace Dinners to the overflow shelter, to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, we should never feel awkward or embarrassed to openly and sincerely talk about Jesus Christ and how we have found our life in his. Whatever people have told you in the past is, quite simply, a lie. You can sing. You can love Jesus Christ with all your heart, soul, and mind. Don’t listen to those voices who say otherwise. They don’t want you to have faith. Ever wonder why? They are afraid that if you love Jesus, you won’t love them. They are afraid that if you are renewed, you won’t remember them. None of this is true. Be who God called you to be and show them what is.
Today is the Feast of St Joseph of Arimathea
Today we pray for the Society of St Joseph of Arimathea.
Merciful God, whose servant Joseph of Arimathea with reverence and godly fear did prepare the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and did lay it in his own tomb: Grant, we beseech thee, to us thy faithful people grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Adoration: Liturgy, Prayer, & Devotion
Looking to Sunday August 1, 2018
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday's Lessons (n.b., we follow Track 2)

Preacher: Fr Steve Rice
Celebrant: Fr Steve Rice

Summer Attendance
Summer is here and travel plans are ready! We all deserve time away and rest to heal body and mind. If you are in town, however, let's make a commitment this summer to be in church. Let's set a goal to average 300 in worship this summer.

Summer average beginning June 3: 269
Average Attendance for the year: 309
From the Choir Loft | Christin Barnhardt
If your habit is to come to mass without eating breakfast and to break your fast with the Eucharist, it may be more difficult than usual this Sunday. The word "bread" is mentioned eleven times in the Lessons, and "manna" occurs twice. There are four mentions of eating, two of hunger, and even one "meat." So, of course we will also sing about food celestial on Sunday. Callie Fleece, soprano will sing César Franck's (1822-1890) Panis Angelicus ( recording and translation here) accompanied by Robert Matthews, piano. The communion hymn "O food to pilgrims given" (Hymn 309) is a translation of a 1661 Latin text composed by Heinrich Isaac and harmonized by J. S. Bach. It is one of my favorites!

1. O food to pilgrims given, 
O Bread of life from heaven, 
O Manna from on high! 
We hunger; Lord, supply us, 
nor thy delights deny us, 
whose hearts to thee draw nigh. 

2. O stream of love past telling, 
O purest fountain, welling 
from out the Savior's side! 
We faint with thirst; revive us, 
of thine abundance give us, 
and all we need provide. 

3. O Jesus, by thee bidden, 
we here adore thee, hidden 
in forms of bread and wine. 
Grant when the veil is riven, 
we may behold, in heaven, 
thy countenance divine. 

Prelude & Fugue in C Major, "Lüneberg", BWV 531, Johann Sebastian Bach
Fugue in G Major, BuxWV 175, Dietrich Buxtehude 

The God of Abraham praise, No. 401
Help us, O Lord, to learn, No. 628
O Food to pilgrims given, No. 309 
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, No. 690 

Choral Anthem:
If ye love me, Thomas Tallis 

Panis Angelicus, César Franck, Callie Fleece, soprano; Robert Matthews, piano 

See you Sunday,
Slight Change to Morning Prayer Time
Beginning today, August 1, Morning Prayer will begin at 8:15 instead of 8:00am. Likewise, mass will begin at approximately 8:30am instead of 8:15am.
No Mass this Saturday
Please note there will not be Morning Prayer of Mass this Saturday.
The Parish Prayer List
Every single day we pray for those on our parish prayer list. You are welcome to add names each Sunday to the list in the narthex or you may do so online by clicking here. Please note this list is not a request for pastoral care. To speak to a member of the clergy and/or request counseling, visits, and/or a sacrament, please call or email Fr Steve Rice or Fr DJ Griffin directly. 
Devotional Sponsorships
Altar Flowers
Our altars in the Church and Chapel are adorned weekly with flowers beautifully arranged by St. Timothy’s Flower Guild. Frequently the flowers are given in honor and/or memory of loved ones. The suggested donation to sponsor the flowers is $60. Is there a date coming up when you would like to honor someone or remember someone with a flower dedication? If so, please contact Ellen Turner at 
Also, are you interested in assisting the Flower Guild in arranging the flowers? If so, please contact Lea Thullbery at
Hospitality for Officers on Sunday Mornings
Please help welcome our Winston Salem police officer to services on Sunday mornings. Follow the link below to sign up to provide a snack. The officers enjoy homemade baked goods or breakfast items such as bagels, muffins, or pastries. If items contain nuts please label them. Snacks should be delivered to the basket at the welcome counter in the narthex on Sunday mornings. If you have questions please contact Megan Farrell at or 336.408.7779. Thank you for extending a warm welcome to our officers!

Link to sign up.
Formation: Study, Learning, & Knowledge
The Truth of the Resurrection, Part II | Fr DJ Griffin
Last week, I established that the disciples’ claim that Jesus rose from the dead were met with the same kind of skepticism in their own day as they are in ours. What are we, then, to make of their testimony? There are four possible conclusions we could come to.

1. We could conclude that the disciples were lying. This is exactly what the Jewish authorities and Pontius Pilate were afraid of (Matthew 27:62-66). So they posted a guard of soldiers at the tomb to keep it from happening.

But what would the disciples have to gain from this deception? Wealth? Power? Adulation from the masses? Well, they certainly gathered a large following, but otherwise they got none of those things. What they did get was persecution, ostracization, and even martyrdom. All for claiming that Jesus rose from the dead. Why would they have persisted, even to the point of death, in a lie that got them nothing?

2. We could conclude that the disciples were crazy, or at least that they were hallucinating. This sounds slightly more plausible, but Jesus appeared to multiple different disciples on multiple different occasions over the course of many weeks following his death. St. Paul writes, in 1 Corinthians 15 that, in all, the risen Jesus appeared to over 500 people! Did that many people hallucinate on so many different occasions? John 21 records that Jesus ate fish with his disciples, fish that they had caught. Do hallucinations eat your fish?

3. We could conclude that the disciples were speaking metaphorically – that Jesus merely lived on in their hearts, or that his teaching and way of life would be passed on. But, come on. If the disciples wanted to express such sentiments, they could’ve found much better ways to do so – ways that wouldn’t have gotten them killed or ostracized.

And there’s another problem with which all of the conclusions must contend: despite the precautions of Pilate, the chief priests, and the Pharisees, the tomb was indeed empty that Sunday morning so long ago. That leaves only one possible conclusion left:

4. The words of the angel to the women at that fateful morning: “He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said” (Matthew 28:6).
Save the Dates
Parish-wide Pool Party & Potluck
Parish Pool Party at Peace Haven Pool. Say that three times fast! All are invited Sunday, August 19 from 4-6pm to swim and enjoy a summer afternoon by the pool. We've reserved the shelter and will have a potluck dinner--bring food to share(but no glass or breakables allowed at pool!).  
Stewardship & Giving
Why do we report giving and attendance?

Following Jesus Christ is about faith and not figures. However, figures do shed some light on how we are living out our faith. There are many places in the Gospel where Jesus makes the connection between one's spiritual health and their relationship with monetary wealth. Generosity is a gift of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5.22). By reporting the giving, we shed light on the practicalities of supporting ministry and mission and these numbers remind us of our responsibility in generously giving to the spread of God's kingdom. The same is true with attendance. We have to be present to receive the Sacraments. Our priorities are best demonstrated by our bodies. If we want to see what matters the most to a person - we look at where their spend and where they stand.
Giving for the Week of July 15, 2018

Offering: $ 7,155.38
Weekly Need: $18,099.81
See below for more information regarding online giving.
Online Giving
Please visit our new and improved online giving portal at You can also click on the Give button in this email and the Give link on our website.

This new portal is easier to use and, once you create an account, you can keep up with your giving history. You can also give via check online.
Give by Text - 336-697-6543
This is amazing. I never have cash or a check, but I always have my phone. You can now give to the work of St Timothy's just by texting. Here's how it works:

1. Text an amount to 336-697-6543
2. You will be sent a link to set up your debit/credit card (take a few seconds)
3. Once complete, your transaction will go through and you number will always be associated with the card.

Plus, you can text "Funds" to see a specific fund. If you want to sponsor a lamp, you can text "25 st timothys" and it will go the St Timothy's Lamp, etc. If the fund isn't recognized, you'll get a list of all the funds and you text back the number of the fund you wish to give to

PS: This is not connected to your phone bill. It it connected to a card of your choice.
Holiness of Beauty | Capital Campaign
Did you know?
The Church was constructed in 2000 at a cost of $1,200,000. Adjusted for inflation, that number is $1,791,391.00, $93,459 less than what we’ve raised so far. Well done! We still have a relatively low number of pledges and gifts. Imagine what we can do.
Our Common Life
Grace Dinners | Richard & Debbie Graves
Sustenance. Spiritual Devotion. Caring and sharing with one another. The bible is full of stories about people breaking bread together with glad and sincere hearts. This is what our grace dinner groups are all about.

Grace Dinner groups meet regularly from September-May. Groups are organized with approximately 10 adults (singles, couples and families). These fellowship groups provide an informal setting for members to get to know one another outside of church, sharing our backgrounds and experiences and developing enduring relationships nurtured by a shared meal, devotional readings and open conversations that lead to spiritual growth. It is a fun way to engage with one another outside the church walls.

Families with young children will be matched with other such families. Everyone generally hosts a meal. This could be at your home, in a restaurant, or a community event, like a play or sporting event.
Registration is now open and will remain open through August 19, 2018. If you are already a registered member and all of your info is current, send an email to Richard and Debbie Graves ( letting us know that you wish to participate this year. If your schedule no longer permits you to participate let us know this as well. If you do not wish to commit to the full schedule, but would like to be on the fill in list, let us know this as well and groups that have vacancies will call and check your availability.

Mark your calendar of the kick-off scheduled for Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Drake Hall. The kick-off is a covered dish dinner, please bring on or two of your favorite dishes to the dinner. Tea, water and coffee as well as dinnerware will be provided.
For further information contact Richard and Debbie Graves (828-310-6626, 336-602-1470 or
Anthony's Plot Block Party
Anthony’s Plot Community loves its neighborhood! We have worked hard this past year to provide “Freedom School” to our neighborhood students, a community garden, weekly meals, and many special gatherings. Now, it’s time to celebrate the good things that make our community special at our 8th annual Neighborhood Block Party! On Saturday, August 18th, we’ll enjoy a day of music, food, crafts, & games. Most importantly to the kids, we will hand out school supplies to each student... as well as $20 vouchers for new shoes! Each year, we are blessed by the support of friends like yourself who help us gather needed school supplies. Will you help us collect school supplies by Wednesday, August 15th? Donations from St Tim’s can be dropped off at Katie Bryant’s office. Financial donations for shoe vouchers can be made out to “Anthony’s Plot Community” and mailed to 2323 Sunnyside Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27127. Volunteers are needed to help with the Block Party from 4-7pm on Saturday, August 18. Email if you can help. 

Anthony’s Plot is a community of folks who live and work together in the southside of W-S. We are a not-for-profit with no salaried staff. 100% of your donation goes to the designated program. Thanks for your support!
Lemonade on the Lawn
Photo by Robert Matthews
Starting this summer and continuing all summer long, you can join us for Lemonade on the Lawn between the 9am and 11am masses. Stop by the lemonade stand outside Gribbin Hall and enjoy fellowship with our parish family. If you'd like to help host, sign-up at or contact Kristen Machado at  
Write to Graham Green
Our own Graham Green is a Lt Col in the Army National Guard and is currently deployed in Iraq. We are proud of Graham, his wife, Shannon, and children Garrison and Julia. We will continue to surround them with prayer. He is able to receive letters at the address below. Please use the address exactly as it is printed.

LTC Graham Green
HHC 449th CAB
Camp Taji
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Attendance and Stewardship

July 29, 2018
Morning Prayer: 4
7:30 Low Mass: 44
9:00 Low Mass: 161
11:00 Solemn Mass: 66
Sunday Mass Total: 271

Offering: $ 7,155.38
Weekly Need: $18,099.81

Average Sunday Mass Attendance: 309
The altar arrangements are given to the Glory of Almighty God and in memory of Patty Anne Powell and in thanksgiving of our children and our grandchildren by Robbie Powell.

The Our Lady of Walsingham Lamp is given in memory of Ann & Casey Baker, Joseph Gerrity and Lucille Gerrity by Ken & Gini Gerrity.

The Sanctuary Lamp is given in thanksgiving for the marriage of Kelly Gerrity to Kevin Steussy and our daughter Erin Gerrity by Ken & Gini Gerrity.

The St. Timothy Shrine Lamp is given in thanksgiving for being a part of St. Timothy’s Church by Ken & Gini Gerrity.

The St. Michael the Archangel Lamp is given to the Glory of God and with prayers for the protection of LTC Graham Green and all those in our armed forces by the women of St. Timothy’s.