Easter Celebrations The Sunday School Department presented an Easter Program on Palm Sunday. This year’s theme was “Spirit of Easter which emphasized joy, gladness, cheer, praise, hope, and everlasting life. The children of the church and adults exuberantly gave their recitations and participated in skits telling the story of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
From the Pastor’s Desk
The Sunday School Department would like to thank all of the program participants and everyone for their encouragement, support and contribution to the program including our Pastor, Associate Minister, Sunday School Teachers & Staff, Parents, Grandparents, The Office Staff, Board of Christian Education, Women’s Fellowship, Almeda Greene, Ruthellyn Hatcher, Diane Pratt, Deborah Black, Jamia Steele, Renee JohnsonHall, Janis & Steven Smith, and Jonathan Moorehead.
Rev. R. E. Robinson, Associate Minister
There is excitement in the air! Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the Resurrection of our Redeemer. Now the ground has begun to thaw. Soon we will see buds on the trees. Tulips will begin to pop up and bloom in seemingly precarious places. Robins will begin to sing and Cardinals will be seen gliding through the air. In the not too distant future, the moisture of fresh dew will welcome early morning commuters as they travel to their respective locations. That's right, it's Spring! The favorite time of year for many.
Transitions... As a church family, we have been forced to pause several times during the first quarter to celebrate the lives of those who have been called from Labor to Refreshment. We acknowledge the fact that our circle has gotten smaller, yet it remains unbroken. In this edition, we remember the lives and legacies of:
Not only does spring escort us into the very presence of the aforementioned, spring represents new possibilities, new life, and hope renewed. As we continue to prepare ourselves for what God has prepared for us, allow me this opportunity to ask you what have you given up on without the consent of God? Too many times, during the winter months of our lives, we are only able to see things for what they appear to be at that moment - dormant, perhaps even dead. When things, or even people (including ourselves) don't progress as quickly as we desire, we are often tempted to throw in the towel. Before you quit, before you give up, consider the following:
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The mistress and master of ceremonies were Tohrlane Robinson, primary Sunday School Teacher, and Jordan Reaves, Senior High Student. The celebration was enhanced with inspirational songs and dance ministry by The Children’s Choir, Angelic Praize, and GRACE. The audience participation was excellent including singing a traditional song, “He Arose.
Tari Lynn Bass
Our health is important. Our bodies are the temple of GOD. How have you been treating it? PAGE 3
What’s on the mind of God? PAGE 2
Ola Grace Thomas
God works where others cannot see - During the winter, that which appears dead, is alive and well beneath the surface, where no one else can see God provides for His creation - The chilling snow and ice provide the water and nutrients needed by nature in the winter, so they can thrive in the spring and summer continued on page 2
ISSUE 3 APRIL 2013 Sunday School EVERY SUNDAY
Bible Study EVERY WEDNESDAY
Bible Study EVERY THURSDAY
Prayer Meeting May 1
6:30 pm – 7 pm
Auxiliary Presidents’ Meeting April 15
Church Business Meeting Immediately following service April 21
Welcome.. Let's Welcome Our New Members! The St. Timothy Community Church would like to welcome to our church family those that have joined during the month of March either as candidates for Baptism, by letter, Christian experience, recommitment or watch care:
Ayronn Newman Anthony Ventrello
From the Pastor's Desk ...
God wants us to find rest in Him Things slow down in the winter in preparation for a busy and sometimes strenuous summer. We too need to slow down and allow God to recharge us for what He has in store for us God desires our appreciation for His ability to sustain us - Have you ever wondered how you made it through the winter of your life? It was because of God! Sure it looked bleak and perhaps felt lonely, but, with His help, you made it!
I said this to say: Don't give up on God, because God has not given up on you! We all must experience life's 'winters', but thanks be to God who give us the
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victory through Jesus Christ that spring is just around the corner! The ground has begun to thaw! There will be buds on trees! Tulips will bloom! Robins will sing! Cardinals will fly! The dew will fall! Stay with the One that has brought you, kept you, sustained you and saved you! Keep in mind, we appreciate our springtime all the more after coming out of frigid winter. Be Blessed!
God continues to add to the church daily such as should be saved!
Did you know you can hear our sermons on Sermon.net/sttimothy? Or listen at our website at www.sttimothychurch.org.
Perhaps you have wondered if He was the least bit interested in revealing His plans, promises, and purpose for your life. If you find yourself asking any of these questions, if you find yourself desirous to just learn more about the word or just longing for a relaxed environment where you can ask questions, learn from the experience of others and learn more about the word, then you are invited to join us any Wednesday night at 7 p.m. or Thursday at Noon for Bible Study.
The Wednesday night class has a goal of having a consistent class of 100 by the end of June - and we are just about 3/4 of the way there! Can you imagine the power that will prevail at St. Timothy Community Church if we can have 100 people on one accord studying the word of God?! That would certainly go a long way as we attempt to fulfill our 2013 Church-Wide theme as we become more committed to Discipleship (studying Him), Evangelism (sharing Him) and Stewardship (sharing with Him)!
Health Ministry Pulse The Pulse
Community Clean-up time! With the warmer weather of spring upon us, many have already carefully and strategically identified areas of our respective homes that perhaps have gone neglected a little too long and would benefit from a little TLC. The same is true for our community at large! This is why St. Timothy has agreed to serve as a partner with our city and solicit volunteers to participate in a City-Wide community clean-up effort that will take place on April 20, 2013. The church volunteers will work on the area of 25th and Grant just north of the highway and across the street from Walgreens. All participants should wear protective clothing, shoes and gloves, and bring with them any shovel, rake or any item that would assist them in picking up trash in this area. The city will provide all trash bags and other receptacles for the trash. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please see Linda Gunn, Kellauna MackJackson or Diane Pratt.
by the Health Ministry
April is Alcohol Awareness Month Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse, and encourage healthy safe choices. WARNING SIGNS OF ALCOHOL ABUSE: If you answer ‘yes” to any of the following questions, you may have a problem with alcohol:
Do you drink alone when you feel anger or sad? Does your drinking ever make you late for work? Does your drinking worry your family? Do you every drink after telling yourself that you won’t? Do you ever forget what you did while drinking? STRATEGIES TO CUT BACK OR QUIT DRINKING:
Keep track of your drinking and set a drinking limit Try to avoid places where heavy drinking occurs Ask for help from a doctor, family or friends If you keep alcohol in your home, keep only a limited supply
For more information, consult your physician, see article in the Narthex “Health Ministry” info section or visit HHS.gov.
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St. Timothy presented Kellauna Mack-Jackson with an after church celebration and plaque for her ten years of service as church office manager. Mrs. Mack-Jackson’s last day of service was March 1. She is pictured with her husband Pastor Corey Jackson.
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