This Week at St Timothy's
Episcopal Church
August 15, 2018


O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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.
Amen.
Please note the change in time. Most evening masses will now be at 6pm and not 6:30pm. A reception following the mass will be in the ECW Hall, sponsored by the Mary, Undoer of Knots Ward of the Society of Mary.
Faith Seeking Understanding
For the past three weeks, we’ve taken a pretty deep dive into the mystery of the Holy Eucharist. I realize theological depth is relative and, in point of fact, we really haven’t scratched the surface. I think on the whole, however, we’ve dug a bit deeper than perhaps most have gone before. We’ve talked philosophy: symbols, signs, and effective signification. We’ve talked about the laws of nature and what is outside those laws (supernatural, literally above nature ). Before we’re done this month, we will talk about the nature of a sacrament and Real Presence. At some point someone might ask, “Isn’t this a bit much?” Isn’t it enough to leave it as a mystery and stop trying to understand what is truly beyond our comprehension? It’s a fair question.

In response, let me say that the Holy Eucharist is a mystery. In the Rite I Post Communion prayer, we give God thanks that he feeds us “in these holy mysteries.” A mystery is not something that is unknown. A mystery is something that cannot be fully known by us . Yet, just because we cannot fully understand the depths of this great gift does not give us permission to end our intellectual and spiritual journey. We cannot fully understand the mysteries of a spouse or child--there are regions that will always be beyond our point of access--but we do not end the relationship because of this. Loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind, as Jesus commands, means always seeking to understand what we profess through faith. The great theologian and Archbishop of Canterbury, St Anselm, famously made his motto “fides quaerens intellectum” -- faith seeking understanding. Our point of departure is what has been revealed to us through Holy Scripture and the Church. From there, we use what God has given us in regards to intellect and reason to understand more what has been revealed.

If we just throw our hands up and declare that it’s all a mystery and thereby unknowable and futile to even try, we run the risk of two harmful detours. The first is suggesting the journey isn’t worth it, which implies that knowing God as best we can isn’t worth it. I’ve heard more than one priest scoff at Eucharistic precision by saying something to the effect of, “God doesn’t care about who takes communion, what we think about it, how we celebrate it, etc.” That presumption is hubristic and spiritually dangerous. If we can say that God doesn’t care, then it means we don’t have to. The second is that, because reason, like nature, abhors a vacuum, we will insert our own agenda in place of God’s mystery. The Eucharist can be manipulated into a weapon and not worship, a statement and not a sacrifice, and a projection of self instead of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ.

Because of those detours, what the Church has actually taught about the Holy Eucharist is largely unknown and/or ignored. What has been taught and what the Church does profess about this mystery is life-changing. And this is why we try to go as deep as we can, even if it’s not always easy, because our faith in Jesus Christ is about transformation. We adore Our Lord and are formed by our reflections and study to be transformed into new creations living in his glorious image.
Adoration: Liturgy, Prayer, & Devotion
Looking to Sunday August 19, 2018
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday's Lessons (n.b., we follow Track 2)


Preacher: Fr Steve Rice
Celebrant: Fr Steve Rice


Baptism this Sunday
This Sunday at the 9am mass Avery Robb will receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

Avery is presented by parents Mike and Liz Robb and godparents John Veazey and Meg Shipley
Homilies
From the Choir Loft | Christin Barnhardt
The end of summer will be here before we know it! And it's not too late to give the Summer Choir a try. Even if you don't think you sing well, you are welcome to come and learn. All you need is a willing spirit! Rehearsals are in the choir loft the next three Sundays immediately before mass from 8:25-8:45am.

Hymns:
O worship the King, No. 388
King of glory, King of peace, No. 382
We know that Christ is raised and dies no more, No. 296 (9am Baptism Hymn)
Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord, No. 328
Creator of the earth, No. 148
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, No. 390

Anthem:
O Taste and See, Ralph Vaughan Williams

Voluntaries:
Prelude on a Theme by Orlando Gibbons, Alfred E. Whitehead
Lobe den Herren, Max Reger
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.
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 ellen@sttimothys.ws. 
Also, are you interested in assisting the Flower Guild in arranging the flowers? If so, please contact Lea Thullbery at lea@sttimothys.ws.
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 mrfarrell@triad.rr.com or 336.408.7779. Thank you for extending a warm welcome to our officers!

Link to sign up.
Formation: Study, Learning, & Knowledge
Angels| Fr DJ Griffin
If you go down into our St. Michael Law Enforcement Chapel, the first thing you will see is a statue of the saint, an archangel, sword raised and trampling down the devil. This is in keeping with Revelation 12:7, which describes Michael as the leader of the armies of heaven against the devil and his fallen angels. As a result, Michael has come to be regarded as a patron of military and law enforcement, hence the name of the chapel. This chapel testifies to our belief that angels exist and operate around us unseen, for good and for ill.

We live in a time that likes to regard itself as very rational and scientific. As Christians, we also hold reason and science in high esteem as tools that God has given us to learn more about the world. But we also know that there is more to the world than we can perceive just with our senses. As St. Paul writes, “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

I want to encourage us to remember that there are unseen forces around us – evil ones that seek to lead us astray and do us harm, and good ones that seek to protect us and help us. We can pray to God to send his angels to guard us. One such prayer can be found in the order for Compline in the Book of Common Prayer:

“Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Try praying this prayer before you go to sleep tonight or when you wake up, and be confident that God “will give his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11).
Our Common Life
Welcome to St Timothy's | New Members
The Alford Family
We are pleased to welcome the Alford Family as new members of St Timothy's. From left to right: Aiden Alford, Jason Alford, Max Mason, Nicole Alford.
Welcome!
We also welcome Nick and Susan McLean and Bill Ward as new members. We look forward to sharing pictures in the near future
Welcome Luke Klingstedt
WFU Divinity Intern
Hello, St. Timothy's! My name is Luke Klingstedt, and I am currently in my second-year at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, pursuing an MDiv degree. I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church three years ago, and I married my wife, Chloe, this past May. I grew up in Carrollton, Texas and attended the University of Oklahoma. I am excited to join the community of St. Timothy's as I learn from Fr. Steve and Fr. DJ while I discern what my future will look like. I hope to participate in a multitude of services, so hopefully I will get a chance to meet each and every one of you at some point! Thank you for welcoming me!

N.B., Luke will begin his time at St Timothy's on August 26.
Godspeed Dr. Mark Ardrey-Graves
Congratulations and God-speed, Mark! Our wonderful organist Dr. Mark Ardrey-Graves has accepted a full-time job as Director of Music for Children and Youth at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Dr. Mark has led our liturgies from the organ bench beautifully and thoughtfully for the past year, and our loss will be St. Paul's gain. While we are sad to see him go, we are happy for him, wish him all the best, and look forward to future collaborations with St. Timothy's and St. Paul's choristers. Mark's last Sunday at St Timothy's will be August 26, so make sure you take the opportunity to thank him for sharing his talents and spirit with us.
Raymond Hawkins will play the organ Labor Day weekend, and Robert Matthews will serve as interim organist. ~ Christin Barnhardt

From Mark:
   It is with truly mixed emotions, and no small amount of surprise, that I find myself sharing the news that, after a period of prayer, discernment, and conversation, I have accepted a call to serve as Director of Music for Children and Youth at St. Paul’s Church here in Winston-Salem. I will therefore be bringing my tenure as organist at St. Timothy’s to a close at the end of August in order to begin work at St. Paul’s, in time for the start of the new program year. I am excited for the opportunities that this new full-time venture will provide me in shaping the liturgical and musical formation of young Episcopalians, even as I am sad that this necessitates my saying farewell to the worshipping family of St. Timothy’s.
   Although my time with you has been lamentably and unexpectedly brief, I cherish the relationships that have been built and the opportunities I have had to worship with you from the organ console. Saying farewell is never easy, but it is my hope that the upcoming two weeks will provide the opportunity for us to celebrate our time together. I am incredibly thankful for having had the privilege to work alongside such a talented and dedicated church staff, and the prayerfulness and rich worship life of the St. Timothy’s community is a treasure that I will long carry with me.
With all my warmest wishes, and in Christ’s love,
Mark
Pool Party and Potluck - this Sunday
Parish-wide Pool Party & Potluck
Say that three times fast! All are invited this 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!).  
Back to School Blessings | August 26
We will be blessing our students, teachers, and administrators as they begin a new school year Sunday, August 26th, during the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses. We will help them mark another new start with a smart St. Timothy’s tag they can put on their backpack, briefcase, or messenger bag, to remind them that God is always with them and our prayers are following them. If you are a student, teacher, or an administrator (public, private, or Sunday school), make sure you come to Mass that day to get your blessing and tag.
Welcome Ministry | Becky Johnston
The Welcome Ministry would love your help! We are looking to recruit new volunteers to help us on Sunday mornings. Specifically, we need new Ushers and Greeters. 

Ushers: distribute worship bulletins, help collect the offering, assist with the flow of communion, get an attendance count, and help identify visitors.

Greeters: help newcomers in any way needed, direct guests with children to the appropriate classrooms, make sure welcome desk is stocked with guest bags and distribute those as needed, introduce visitors to staff, assist ushers as needed.

We would love to hear from you if these are areas where you’d like to serve! Find us in the narthex after the service- or email becky@sttimothys.ws if you are interested. 
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 (rdsgraves@triad.rr.com) 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 rdsgraves@triad.rr.com)
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 katie@sttimothys.ws 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!
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
APO, AE
09378
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 August 12, 2018

Offering: $ 10,101.00
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 https://give.givingkiosk.com/sttimwsgive. 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.
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Attendance and Stewardship

August 12, 2018
Morning Prayer: 5
7:30 Low Mass: 42
9:00 Low Mass: 144
11:00 Solemn Mass: 72
Sunday Mass Total: 258
Feast of the Transfiguration: 46

Offering: $ 10,101.00
Weekly Need: $18,099.81

Average Sunday Mass Attendance: 308
The altar arrangements are given to the Glory of Almighty God.

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.