September 21, 2008
This Week at St. Timothy’s
For the Week Beginning September 14th, 2008

Vestry Families Sunday:  September 21st

All parishioners are encouraged to attend service and adult forum this Sunday as the Vestry presents information on various topics that are of interest and importance to us all.  Topics will include:  Search Process Status; Budget & Finance Status; Parish By-laws; Maintenance of Building and Grounds and other imporatant updates.

Homecoming Celebration 2008:  October 4th & 5th

“Forward in mission with, Faith, Hope and Love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Wanted – parishioners, former parishioners, family and friends to join us in celebrating our 64th Annual Homecoming with guest preacher, The Rev Robyn Franklin-Vaughan, Chaplain, Howard University.

Events will begin on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. with the annual Blessing of the Animals service on the front lawn of the church. It’s an opportunity for your furry, feathered, finned, and scaly friends to receive a blessing in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Stuffed animals are welcome, too. For more information please contact Dorothy Robinson.

The vestry is conducting a Servant Leadership Training Workshop on Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for parishioners to acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding about the Episcopal Church, the Diocese and our Parish in preparation for Parish and Diocesan leadership. To enroll, please call the church office and give your name and phone number to the secretary.
It is time to collect national and chapter dues for our organization. National dues are $35.00 and chapter dues are $25.00, making a total of $60.00. Please make your check out to St. Timothy’s Church and enter “DOK” dues on the memo line. You can give me your check at church or mail it to me, Joyce Shaw, 3214 W Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20020.
COUNTERS NEEDED - Volunteers are needed to assist with counting the Sunday collections after the 10:00 am service. Please contact Zeno W. St. Cyr, II, or Carroll Boswell about lending your time and talents to this effort.

2009 BUDGET REQUESTS - If you have not done so, all committee and organization chaipersons are requested to submit their 2009 budget requests to Zeno St. Cyr as soon as possible.  The deadline was September 14th.

The Acolyte Guild is opened to any individual ten years old or older. The first workshop for the fall will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. If you wish to be an acolyte, it is important that you please attend the workshop. Please contact Lillie Artis or Mary R. Ford if you are unable to attend.

The 29th Annual Acolyte Festival will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on October 11, 2008. All interested acolytes please contact Lillie Artis or Mary R. Ford so that you can be registered.

The commissioning and rededication of St. Timothy's Acolytes will take place on Sunday, October 12, at 10:00 a.m. Please continue to pray for the acolytes and servers that they may continue to serve before God’s earthly altar in reverence and holiness. 
Church School began on Sunday, September 14th.  All parents and youth are asked to register for this year's session.  The Church School leaders look forward to a another year of working with our youth as we grow together in Christ's teachings. 
SUMMER FAMILY FUN FAIR sponsored by St. Augustine Episcopal and St. Matthew Lutheran Churches is set for Saturday September 20, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Location: 600 M Street S.W. There will be BBQ, baked goods, fish sandwiches, music and games. All are invited.

SAVE THE DATES!!! Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.; The Bishop Walker School Founders Day Choral Evensong & Special Reception, (In the Observation Towers – 7th floor) at the Washington National Cathedral and Friday, October 10, 2008, for a benefit performance by the Chane Gang, at the Washington Episcopal School. More information and invitations to follow.

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN of The Diocese of Washington Fashion Show. Saturday, September 27, 2008, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The address is 1700 Powder Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20903. The tickets are $25.00 (includes refreshments). For more information please see the bulletin board located outside the Parish Hall.

20S & 30S (YOUNG ADULTS) VISIONING DAY - Young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to take part in, "Prayer, Reflection and Vision for our Church," a gathering to help envision the diocesan ministry for Young Adults. The event, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 27 at All Souls', D.C. (2300 Cathedral Ave., NW), will be led by Otis Gaddis. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register at www.edow.org/events For more information, contact Shearon Williams at 301/862-2247or shearon.williams@comcast.net.

CHANE GANG RETURNS OCTOBER 10. Bishop John Bryson Chane’s old band, the Chane Gang will re-unite to play a benefit concert for the Bishop Walker School on Friday evening October 10, at Washington Episcopal School, 5298 Little Falls Drive, Bethesda . More details to come.

in Our Prayers
We pray for the Church throughout the World and especially our own Church Home. 
Bando, Edward
Hartley, Ruth
Strasel, Zachary
Baskerville, Les
Jannifer, Barbara
Taylor, Vera
Bellinger, Lenore
Jones, Edgar
Turner, Rosa
Bostick, Herman
Jones, Mary
Ward, Dolores
Bovell, Shanice
King, Elois
Warren, Alice
Brown, Jeanne
McNeil, Ernest
Watkins, Thomas
Bryant, Barbara
McNeil, Kimberly
Weedon, Mary
Chatmon, William
Martinez, Jose
Wilson, Jesse
Corton, Rosina
Merrifield, Sarah
Wilson, Letitia
Downs, Dalton D.
Pinchback, Marjorie
Ducker, Otis
Richards, Robert
Evans, Gale
Shepherd, Elizabeth
Gandy, Lisa
Skinner, Leviticus
We pray for Peace with Justice and Mercy throughout the world and we also pray for the safety of our 
troops serving in places of conflict.
For Birthdays & Anniversaries 
We ask your prayers for the following members who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries this week: BIRTHDAYS: September 15, Chris Wardlaw, William Grant; September 16, Jasmine Kearse, Larry Price; September 17, Preston Edwards, Vaughan Booker, Elena Poll; September 18, Arteisha Hughes, Kleigh Andrew Benn-Moss; September 19, Nicole Clark Scriber; September 20, Danny Neal, Tanyata Robertson, Derrick Wynn; ANNIVERSARIES: September 15, Cecil & Les Baskerville; September 16, Jacqueline & Henry Bowie. 
This Week’s Services
Lectionary Text for Sunday, September 21st
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Vestry Families Sunday
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

medItation for the week
What fuels extravagant love? Unbounding gratitude for sure! No one who met Jesus could do so with indifference. They were either attracted to him or repeled by him. Why did a rabbi invite him to a nice dinner and then treat him discourteously by neglecting to give him the customary signs of respect and honor? Simon was very likely a collector of celebrities. He patronized Jesus because of his popularity with the crowds. Why did he criticize Jesus' compassionate treatment of a bad woman – most likely a prostitute? The Pharisees shunned the company of public sinners and in so doing they neglected to give them the help they needed to find healing and wholeness.

Why did a woman with a bad reputation approach Jesus and anoint him at the risk of ridicule and abuse by others? The woman's action was motivated by one thing, and one thing only, namely, her love for Jesus and her gratitude for forgiveness. She did something, however, a Jewish woman would never do in public. She loosed her hair and anointed Jesus with her tears. It was customary for a woman on her wedding day to bound her hair. For a married woman to loosen her hair in public was a sign of grave immodesty. This woman was oblivious to all around her, except for Jesus. She also did something which only love can do. She took the most precious thing she had and spent it all on Jesus. Her love was not calculated but extravagant. In a spirit of humility and heart-felt repentance, she lavishly served the one who showed her the mercy and kindness of God. Jesus, in his customary fashion, never lost the opportunity to draw a lesson from such an incident.

Why did Jesus put the parable of the two debtors before his learned host, a rabbi and teacher of the people? This parable is similar to the parable of the unforgiving official (see Matthew 18:23-35) in which the man who was forgiven much showed himself merciless and unforgiving. Jesus makes clear that great love springs from a heart forgiven and cleansed. "Love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8), "for love is of God" (1 John 4:7). The woman's lavish expression of love was proof that she had found favor with God. The stark contrast of attitudes between Simon and the woman of ill-repute, demonstrate how we can either accept or reject God's mercy. Simon, who regarded himself as an upright Pharisee, felt no need for love or mercy. His self-sufficiency kept him for acknowledging his need for God's grace. Are you grateful for God's mercy and grace?

"Lord Jesus, your grace is sufficient for me. Fill my heart with love and gratitude for the mercy you have shown to me and give me freedom and joy to love and serve others as you have taught." 

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