This Week at St Timothy's
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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St Timothy's Episcopal Church
The House of the Lord
Tonight
Wednesday Night Schedule
Dinner (youth mission trip fundraiser)

5:15-6pm - all children/youth choirs rehearse in the choir room
6-7pm - Inter-generational Game Night
7pm - Adult Choir Rehearsal
This Week
Liturgical Kalendar
Wednesday, March 7
Commemoration of Perpetua and her Companions
Intention: for our overflow shelter guests

Thursday, March 8
Commemoration of Edward King
Intention: for the Archbishop of Canterbury

Friday, March 9
Commemoration of Gregory of Nyssa
Intention: for mindfulness of the needs of others

Saturday, March 10
Feria
Intention: for those who have fallen away from the Church

Sunday, March 11
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT | LAETARE

Monday, March 12
Commemoration of Gregory the Great
Intention: for churches in Winston-Salem

Tuesday, March 13
Feria
Intention: for the Anglican Shrine of OLW
Words defined:

Intention: In the Holy Eucharist we receive remission of our sins and "all other benefits of his passion." In the celebration of the Eucharist, we apply those benefits to a particular intention. You can see examples of masses for particular intentions on pages 199-210 in the Prayer Book. 17th century Anglican divine Jeremy Taylor wrote, " "It follows then that the celebration of this sacrifice be, in its proportion, an instrument of applying the proper sacrifice to all the purposes for which it was first designed. It is ministerially, and by application, an instrument propitiatory; it is eucharistical; it is an hommage and an act of adoration, and it is impetratory, and obtains for us and for the whole church, all the benefits of the sacrifice, which is now celebrated and applied; that is, as this rite is the remembrance and ministerial celebration of Christ's sacrifice, so it is destined to do honour to God... to beg pardon, blessings, and supply of all our needs" (Discourse XlX, 4).
Stewardship & Giving
New and Improved 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.
More Than Enough
Click here to read Amy McFerrin's article on More Than Enough.
Click here to read Becky Johnston's article.
Click here to read Andy Blair's article.
Click here to read Megan Farrell's article.
Giving Kiosk is returning!
Turns out, we made a mistake. A few years ago, we thought we could improve on older giving kiosk with a newer model that could also serve as an information station. Good intention but the product and execution left a lot to be desired. Therefore we are pleased to announce the return of the smaller and easier giving kiosk for giving. It may be a couple of weeks before you will see it again, but stay tuned. This kiosk is aimed at folks like me, Fr Steve, who couldn't find a check if my life depended on it and I rarely, rarely have cash.
Adoration
Lenten Devotions
The Sacrament of Confession
The Sacrament of Confession is offered anytime by appointment with one of the priests or at 7:45am on Saturday morning (before Morning Prayer). If you have any questions, please contact Fr Steve or Fr DJ.
This Sunday is traditionally known as Laetare (lay-TAR-eh) Sunday, one of the two Sundays of the year when the liturgical color is rose.
From the Choir Loft | Christin Barnhardt
This Sunday we will sing at all three masses, so 7:30am folks, remember the time change and plan to come to mass with your singing voices! We will sing "Come, thou fount of every blessing" and "My faith looks up to thee" at the 7:30am mass.

The children and youth choirs will sing for the 11am mass, and the choristers will share some music that they sang last Sunday for the RSCM Carolinas Treble festival that St Timothy's hosted.

Several of Sunday's hymns should be very familiar even if you were raised in a Christian church not in the Episcopal tradition, so sing out.

Hymns:
Come, thou fount of every blessing, No. 686
O Love of God, how strong and true, No. 455
My song is love unknown, No. 458 
What wondrous love is this, No. 439 
O love, how deep, how broad, how high, No. 448 
Lift high the cross, No. 473 

Choral Anthem:
God So Loved the World, John Goss

Voluntaries:
Suite II: Plein jeu, Duo, Récit de Flûtes, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Suite II: Caprice sur les Grands jeux, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault

See you Sunday,
Christin
March 18 | No 11am Solemn High Mass
Please note that due to our annual bishop's visitation on March 18, we will have only two services: 7:30am and 9:00am.
Watch before the Blessed Sacrament
Click here to sign up for an hour to pray before the Blessed Sacrament on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. More than one person can sign up for the same hour.
Formation
From the Curate | How’s Your Lenten Discipline Going?
Confession time: I haven’t always stuck to my Lenten discipline perfectly. I remember in college, when I first started abstaining from meat during Lent, there were one or two times when I was stressed or depressed, and I gave in and got myself a burger or some fried chicken, because I felt like I just couldn’t go on without it. It was even harder in high school, when I would typically give up soda or sweets. Most of my friends didn’t do Lent, so I couldn’t count on them to understand why I wouldn’t partake with them. Sometimes, it became easier to partake, rather than feel left out. I have failed in my Lenten disciplines of fasting and abstaining time and time again.

But God’s grace is never-ending, and he is ever-patient with us. And all those times I have failed have taught me what Lenten disciplines are really all about. They’re not about giving up something just to say you’ve given it up. They’re not about proving something to yourself or others – or even God. They’re not a mere test of our willpower. Rather, Lenten disciplines are all about learning to rely on God.

We know that we are weak, that we make mistakes, that we sin and are inclined to sin. We know that, to use the words of the Collect for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, “we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves.” Lenten disciplines help us to lean on God’s strength to keep them up. That way, we learn to better rely on him when the going really gets tough in life. When we abstain from something for a season – whether meat or soda or sweets, etc. – it helps us to rely less on those fleeting, earthly things for comfort and strength, and more to God, who is constant and never fails us.

As with other rules in our faith, Lenten disciplines are not rules we keep for the sake of keeping rules. Rather, they help us to love God more and trust him more and live something closer to the real life he wants for us.
VBS 2018 Plans in the Works
Vacation Bible School this summer is taking an exciting twist! We will be exploring Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" and considering our God-given gifts that help build up the Kingdom. All ages are invited to participate--there will be something for everyone. Help us choose a date by filling out this form:   
https://goo.gl/forms/kKtZGSwc7oQSq0eE2​  Email katie@sttimothys.ws if you'd like to help make this the best VBS yet! ​
Morning Lenten Bible Study on Wednesdays
A new mid-morning Bible Study on Sunday Lenten readings has begun on Wednesdays at 10:30am until March 21. Please bring your bibles and we start in the Gribbin Conference Room.
Priest and a Rabbi Schedule
Transformation
Shelter Updates
St.Timothy's has one more month to offer shelter to our guests this season. Our shelter will close on the morning of March 31 (if you look at your liturgical kalendar, you'll note this is Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil). This means you have just a few more opportunities to sign up to serve this season to offer holy hospitality to our shelter guests. In looking at the next week, there are volunteer spots open to provide and serve dinner, help with checking our guests in, and even a few overnight spots. Don't miss out on this incredible way to share God's love this Lenten season. You can sign up at http://signup.com/go/sttimsoverflow or email shelter@sttimothys.ws for more information.

Shelter supplies needed: travel-sized toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, deodorant, t-shirts (sizes M-XXXL) and washcloths.
Our Common Life
Meet the New Wardens
John Thulberry and I are pleased and honored to serve as your Senior and Junior Wardens for the next year. For those of you who may be new to St.Timothy's or especially to the Episcopal church, you may wonder what the vestry is. The vestry is the elected lay (parishioner) leadership of the congregation. Each year at the annual parish meeting three members are elected to serve a three year term, meaning that the vestry is comprised of nine parishioners. Father Steve, as the Rector, is the chair of the vestry. We meet monthly to discern the direction of the parish and to attend to necessary business matters. The vestry is not simply an administrative body though. We open each meeting with prayer and devotion and our goal is to ascertain that we as a parish are doing God’s work in the way in which we are called.  

As wardens of the vestry it is our duty to ensure that the work of vestry remains true to the vision of the church. We serve the rector and the people of St. Timothy’s and are available for any questions or concerns you might have. Contact John at 336.413-1666 or jbthull@yahoo.com or Megan by phone: 336.408.7779 or email: mrfarrell@triad.rr.com

We look forward with anticipation to an exciting year ahead!
Some Inside Baseball (originally published on 2/28)
Jaime O'Byrne has been doing some statistical analysis on our attendance trends. So far this year we are trending up in total attendance by one! Our average Sunday morning attendance (all Sunday services excluding Morning Prayer) is 329. I think the patterns are fascinating. There seems to be a definite pattern on when St Timotheans come to church and it varies by service. 7:30 is relatively stable and has mild fluctuations of attendance. 9:00 has the most dramatic swings and in 2018 there is a pattern of high attendance, lower attendance, lower attendance and then the cycle repeats. It looks like cell phone bars! 11:00, which has the highest percentage of visitors is harder to decipher. Routine and discipline are so very important when it comes to church attendance and it is easy to get off track. I was talking with a vestry member on Sunday who has been out of town for several weeks due to their job and they were saying how out of sorts their live has been and easy it is for a holy routine to get all out of whack.
It is fascinating to see how the average attendance is very similar, in some cases exactly the same as the same weeks the year before.
9:00 is trending down somewhat. There were five Sundays in 2017 with more folks at 9am as opposed to 2 with more folks in 2018. We threw out the second Sunday in 2017 because it was a snow day and most churches closed. We had services, but it would not be a fair representation of our attendance and trends. This service is averaging about 10 less than the previous year (188 per week) but with only 8 Sundays in the average, it is important to note that Week 5 in 2018 was the icy Sunday.
While 9:00 is trending downward somewhat, 11:00 is trending up. Four Sundays saw more folks in the pews this year than the previous year as opposed to 3 in 2017. The big spikes in Week 3 and Week 5 are the result of special music offerings. Week 5 was the icy Sunday.
Our Common Life: Food!
Candy for Easter Egg Hunt
WANTED: Candy to put in Easter eggs for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Candy should be small enough to put in plastic eggs and individually wrapped. Candy donations can be left in Gribbin Commons at the Volunteer desk. Thank you!
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.
Write to Graham Green in Iraq
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
St Timothy's Stickers
We have a limited number of St Timothy's stickers (perfect for car windows). If you would like one, they will be in the office and in the narthex on Sunday. We will reorder to meet the demand.

If you put the sticker on your car, send us a picture!
Mass & Mammon

March 4, 2018
Morning Prayer: 4
7:30 Low Mass: 44
9:00 Low Mass: 173
11:00 Sung Mass: 200
Evensong: 152
Compline: 18
Sunday Total: 587

Average Attendance for 2018: 358

Offering: n/a at time of publication
Altar Flowers

There are no altar flowers during the season of Lent.

Shrine Lamps

 The St Timothy Shrine Lamp is given to the Glory of God and in honor of Camille Thompson by Walker Rice.

The Sanctuary Lamp is given to the Glory of God and with thanksgiving for our granddaughter, Maggie, as she begins her teenage years by Linda & Chris Skarzynski..

The Lady of Walsingham Lamp is given to the Glory of God and for blessing upon the Capital Campaign Committee.
 
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.