St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Henderson Nevada

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Welcome to St. Timothy’s website !

We are glad that you are looking for a place to worship and a place to connect with other people of faith. St. Timothy’s is located in the heart of old Henderson, and there is heart in the members of this faith community. You will like St. Timothy’s if you’re looking for a caring group of people who follow the teachings of Jesus. If you want to find a place to rejuvenate and deepen your relationship with God, you will find peace here in our midst. If you want to be involved, there are opportunities for Christian education and study, serving the neighborhood through the outreach of our feeding program called Friends in the Desert, and being a part of our Sunday worship services.

We use the beautiful Episcopal Church liturgy that is found in the Book of Common Prayer and journey together through the seasons of the traditional church year. If you are in the Las Vegas Valley for business or vacation, or if you are looking for a church home, we would love to meet you.

May God bless you abundantly.
The Rev. Carol Walton+
Priest in Charge

 


A thought for Lent:

Jesus said in Matthew 6:16 “Whenever you fast, do not look dismal”. Lent is not supposed to be dismal. It is, however, supposlented to be a holy time. There is no rule that says anyone must be miserable during Lent. The whole point of any observance of Lent is not to make us unhappy, but rather it is to create a space where God may dwell more fully. At St. Timothy’s we began making room for God at the Ash Wednesday liturgy. During that time, we prayed in silence and also received ashes as a sign of repentance. We made our confession and received communion. And now, we have some time before Easter to practice holiness daily.

The Church commends the weekdays of Lent as times of “special devotion”, as an observance of bodily discipline as well as a spiritual one. The beauty of Lent is that every person gets to choose what is right and meaningful for themselves. Some people choose fasting, some choose extra spiritual reading, or more frequent prayer, or doing community service, or actually going to church every week. Whatever we choose, God honors that as an offering of ourselves. Jesus told his disciples to do these things without fanfare, and with a sense of holy joy.

Lent is not a time to be dismal or unhappy. It is a time of joyful dedication and anticipation of a closer walk with God. Let us all pray that we might see our Lord face to face more fully as we await the day of Resurrection.

Cynthia Lewis+

Interim Priest in Charge


PROJECT LUCI

For the Epiphany, the season of light, lets change lives

In Sub Saharan Africa, 589 million people do not have electricity. That’s more people than in all the people in the United States, Canada and Mexico combined. Imagine the North American continent completely dark after nightfall…..That’s Africa.

The Diocese of Nevada and the Diocese of Makueni (Kenya) are united to bring light to rural Kenyans through Luci lanterns.  Luci is a solar lantern with a rechargeable lithium ion battery. For every hour in the sun, it provides one hour of light.  It’s designed to be independent of the power grid in places where electricity is inaccessible or unafforable.

The gift of a Luci lantern is life-changing. Each will cost $9.50 directly from the manufacturer, Mpwered, for an order of 100.

Please help bring light to Kenya by sending donations to:

The Episcopal Diocese of Nevada
9480 S  Eastern Ave., Ste 236
Las Vegas, NV 89123

DEADLINE: Sunday March 2, 2014


christmasBlessingsAt this wonderful time of year, our thoughts and hearts are full of love and we see all around us the joys of the season.  As the church prepares to celebrate the birth of Christ, we invite you to come to the manger with us to witness the simple, the beautiful, the profound, and the unfailing love of God in our midst.  Please consider making one or more of the Christmastide worship services part of your holiday observance this year! There is room for everyone.  Our prayers and good wishes go out to you and yours, in joyful expectation of the celebration of the coming of our Saviour.

In Christ,
The Rev. Cynthia Lewis, Interim Priest In Charge


A Thanksgiving StoryThanksgiving

By Andrea Nannette Mejia

It was the day before Thanksgiving the first one my three children and I would be spending without their father, who had left several months before. Now the two older children were very sick with the flu, and the eldest had just been prescribed bed rest for a week.

It was a cool, gray day outside, and a light rain was falling. I grew wearier as I scurried around, trying to care for each child: thermometers, juice, diapers. And I was fast running out of liquids for the children. But when I checked my purse, all I found was about $2.50 and this was supposed to last me until the end of the month. That’s when I heard the phone ring. It was the secretary from our old church saying she had a gift for us from the congregation. I told her that I was going out to pick up some more juice and soup for the children, and I would stop by on my way to the market. I arrived at the church just before lunch. The church secretary met me at the door and handed me a special gift envelope. “We think of you and the kids often,” she said, “and you are in our hearts and prayers. We love you.” When I opened the envelope, I found two grocery certificates inside. Each was worth $20. I was so touched and moved, I broke down and cried.

Thank you very much,” I said, as we hugged each other. “Please give our love and thanks to the church.” Then I drove to a store near our home and purchased some much-needed items for the children.

At the check-out counter I had a little over $14.00 worth of groceries, and I handed the cashier one of the gift certificates. She took it, then turned her back for what seemed like a very long time. I thought something might be wrong. Finally I said, “This gift certificate is a real blessing. Our former church gave it to our family, knowing I’m a single parent trying to make ends meet.”

The cashier then turned around, with tears in her loving eyes, and replied, “Honey, that’s wonderful! Do you have a turkey?”

“No. It’s okay because my children are sick anyway.” She then asked, “Do you have any-thing else for Thanksgiving dinner?”

Again I replied, “No.”

After handing me the change from the certificate, she looked at my face and said, “Honey, I can’t tell you exactly why right now, but I want you to go back into the store and buy a turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie or anything else you need for a Thanksgiving dinner.”

I was shocked, and humbled to tears. “Are you sure?” I asked. “Yes! Get whatever you want. And get some Gatorade for the kids.”

I felt awkward as I went back to do more shopping, but I selected a fresh turkey, a few yams and potatoes, and some juices for the children. Then I wheeled the shopping cart up to the same cashier as before. As I placed my groceries on the counter, she looked at me once more with giant tears in her kind eyes and began to speak.

“ Now I can tell you. This morning I prayed that I could help someone today, and you walked through my line. She reached under the counter for her purse and took out a $20 bill. She paid for my groceries and then handed me the change. Once more I was moved to tears.

The sweet cashier then said, “I am a Christian. Here is my phone number if you ever need anything.” She then took my head in her hands, kissed my cheek and said, “God bless you, honey.”

As I walked to my car, I was overwhelmed by this stranger’s love and by the realization that God loves my family too, and shows us his love through this stranger’s and my church’s kind deeds.

The children were supposed to have spent Thanksgiving with their father that year, but because of the flu they were home with me, for a very special Thanksgiving Day. They were feeling better, and we all ate the goodness of the Lord’s bounty and our community’s love. Our hearts were truly filled with thanks


Do I really believe that things turn out for the best?

Dame Julian of Norwich isn’t one of the official saints of the Roman calendar, but she is one of the most beloved Dame Julian of Norwichmystics of all times. Julian was apparently well educated, but she was not a happy child and even prayed for an early death. She says, {I was} weary of my life and irked with myself, so that I kept the patience to go on living only with difficulty…. But go on she did, becoming renowned for her wisdom and holiness.
When we realize Julian knew firsthand what it is like to feel great despair, one of her most famous sayings becomes even more poignant. {All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well}
When we are feeling oppressed and weary with life, the words of Julian of Norwich act like a balm to the soul. {l shall be well and all shall be well}

No matter what is happening, no mat-ter how bleak things look at the moment, our life is unfolding as it ought. We don’t have to do anything to make it happen. All we have to do is trust.
“And all manner of things shall be well“. Even as we look around and see all the horrors of war, disease, and disaster, we don’t have to worry, because everything, not just some things or the things we can control, but everything will turn out for the best.
Do I really believe that things turn out for the best?


 

If you are a person of science, how can you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Have you ever asked this question? It appears to be a tough question, because we assume that science and religion are exclusive thought processes, but that is not really true. Both take ex-perience seriously, and our ability to model and understand that experience. The problem with science is that it can’t explain singularities, unique events that are unrepeatable. That’s why it can’t explain the origin of the universe, the big bang, or you or me. Oh, it can explain how consciousness arises from a conflict between the id and the superego, and it can explain evolu-tion, but not why you or I exist. Each of us is unrepeatable and unique.resurrection-of-christ
Now, I know that there is a current theory that explains the origin in terms of multiverses, that assumes there are other you and me’s out there. But, you and I don’t have access to those other you’s and me’s so they are not you or me, they are someone else. Make any sense? The thing is, science understands things that happen, in terms of other things that happen. It’s the repeatability of the things that happen that allow us to make theories, to test those theories and to write formulas that describe the relationship between events and make them predictable. Unique events like you and me, creation and the resurrection are non-repeatable events, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t happen, just that science can’t tell us how or why they happened. Now, to be honest, religion doesn’t tell us how they happened either, but it takes very seriously the fact that they happened.
Now the models that science and religion produce are equally rigorous. Both are at-tempting to predict the future and to make living more understandable. Science and religion have hammered out their models with intense conflict and careful thought over the centuries. The real question we should be asking as scientists of religion is, “does living the Christian life make life better or worse for ourselves or others?” other real questions are, does living with a relationship with God in Christ give us courage, strength and hope to face the present? Does the command to love our neighbor as ourselves make us better people or make us ineffectual with guilt?
I believe that the resurrection of Christ was a real event. It makes sense of my experi-ence described as having a personal relationship with God through Christ. Something hap-pened 2000 years ago to Peter and Paul and the other disciples that changed them from cow-ards into brave extraordinary men. Something happened 2000 years ago that took a religion that excluded non believers and others not like themselves and made it into a religion that in-cluded rich and poor, bond and free, men and women, Jew and Greek and Roman and every other race upon the earth. Something changed the course of history that we associate with the resurrection of Christ. Something happened to Christians that made them able to overcome their natural fears of disease, blindness, deafness, ugliness, famine, war and everything that separates human beings from each other and caused them to reach out to each other across all barriers to form a new community that was stronger than national or family ties. All of that is associated with the resurrection of Christ.
As a scientific thinker, it may take a greater act of blind faith to say the resurrection did-n’t happen than to face the facts that something did happen. The most difficult thing a scientist has to do is to face the reality of what happens, especially when the facts dispute his or her concept of what should or could happen according to his or her theory. For me the preponder-ance of the evidence from my own life and from my study of history is that the Lord is Risen, indeed!

In Christ, Fr. Mike Annis

 

Holy Week Message

EASTER – Sung Ahn Dung is a Christian in a foreign land. Once a week, every week, she walks twelve miles to a friend’s house where she and a few others study the bible together and pray. If she is caught, she will be killed. Some of their friends have been killed. Still, she does it. Why? It’s not because she is superstitious. It’s not because she is obedient to culture; her culture is opposed to Christianity. It’s not because she is a feminist and asserting her identity. It’s because she is grasped by Christ as the resurrected Lord, as were the apostles in the first century.  She is a living witness to a living Lord.In modern America many doubt the resurrection of Christ. I know about that. In a secular culture it’s easy to doubt. Still, Sung Ahn’s story touches me. Why would she believe in the face of such a threat?  There is a way to test for a healthy faith: Does it make one more compassionate, kinder, stronger, and more courageous? Hers does. And, I believe mine makes me these things as well. Together we share a testimony, “He is risen! He is risen, indeed!”As we approach Holy week, vow to walk with Christ through his passion and crucifixion to the celebration of his resurrection. Allow your faith to be challenged by Sung Ahn’s. Take time for self-examination and reflection. Open yourself to a deeper relationship to God through Christ. Find a deeper sense of Easter. And, God bless you.

In Christ, Fr. Mike Annis

How to Read the Bible?

Every Church teaches us to read the Bible.

So, we take that for granted, but how should we read it? Should we read it literally as the fundamentalists say they do? Should we not worry so much about what a passage says literally, but instead ask what it means when taken together with other pas-sages. And what role does the Holy Spirit play? If we are filled by the Holy Spirit, does that Spirit give us an inside track on understanding a given passage? How do I discern the differences between God’s voice and that of my own ego?

All these questions are important.

The Episcopal Church has members who cover the spectrum, those who ask all of the above questions. In the main, how-ever, the Episcopal church is guided by something called the historico-critical method and the Holy Spirit. The historico-critical method evolved in the 19th Century. It is a method to examine historical documents by identifying first the type of literature a passage is, such as a psalm, a par-able, poetry, prophecy, a fable, etc. Then the method looks at the historical context and asks what it might have meant originally, and how it might have been interpreted at a later time. For example, the 10 commandments are interpreted in an agricultural setting in Deuteronomy, and in a more urban setting in Exodus.

The parables of Jesus were directed to hearers in His ministry, and reinterpreted when they were written down by the Church for church members. The shift in context resulted in a shift in emphasis and meaning. This historico-critical methodology can help people speak rationally about many texts and help clarify meaning and purpose of those texts and  resolve conflicts over their meaning. In addition these methods can balance the subjective interpretations we might make. For example, we can read various biblical injunctions and condemn ourselves and others. An historico-critical
approach can put these passages in con-text and balance these with other passages which may lead us to be more forgiving and accepting.

Want to talk more about the Episcopal Church’s approach to Scripture, call Fr. Mike at 308-6420, or come to his Lenten Study—Disciples’ in Christ in Nevada on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM at Epiphany Church
Submitted by Fr. Mike

Do you want to be an angel?Angels

If everyone goes to heaven because Christ has prepared a place for us that where He is, there we also shall be, how does someone become an angel?

Of course, there are those pre-existent messengers of God of whom the Bible tells such intriguing stories. But, many of our favorite movies and stories are about human beings who have become angels. How did they, or do they, become angels? Isn’t it that they have done or do good deeds? I suppose it could be true that it would take a little effort to become something more than human, an angel. So, would you like to become an angel? I guess that would mean doing some good deeds now.
Tom and Mary were an ordinary couple, in love with each other and themselves. Then, they had children and their world expanded to include their children. Work broadened them as well. Her mother was a member of a church and invited them to go with her on a mission to Haiti.
That trip opened their eyes and changed their lives. They saw real human suffering and felt the tug of empathy and human compassion. When they returned they wanted to help the people of Haiti. They began to save their money and to tell their friends and coworkers about the plight of the people of Haiti. They talked to the shops and stores where they shopped and asked them if they could place a can for donations for the people of Haiti in their store. Many said yes.
As time passed they made more trips to Haiti. They got to know more of the people at Mary’s mother’s church. They convinced more of their friends to go on the mission trips with them. They even convinced their doctors. Then they heard about a neighbor who had grown too frail to do the heavy chores around his home. They decided to do something about that and were well on their way to becoming angels. What do you think?

Submitted by Fr. Mike

 

Nativity Star

nativity StarAfter the Nativity star had done it’s work on Christmas night, the angels were gathered together. They had a decision to make. What shall we do with this star that is finished with the work it was to do” It had guided the wise men, and lit the night along with the angels for the shepherds. They debated the issue for quite some time. They just couldn’t take the star and put it on the trash heap. Someone suggested they could not make it into a super nova. They had to do something before it lost all of its light.. Then out of blue the smallest angel said, “I have an idea .Let’s break this star up into a billion, skillion little pieces and put a tiny piece in the eye of every baby at birth.” So! Look around you. You just might see Jesus in others about 18 inches below that piece of the star in their eye.

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