Author Archives: Tim Ewell

February 14th is Coming!

February 14 is just around the corner. Are you ready? Do you need a reminder about what day this is? In need of some shopping tips?

For most of us, February 14 means Valentine’s Day. It’s time to make plans regarding cards, candy, flowers, gifts, dinner reservations and the like for the one(s) we love. Once New Year’s Day passes, the stores are filled with red and pink merchandise and reminders of this much celebrated day in our culture. Red hearts and talk of “love” abound.

For 2018, both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday are on the same day. Yes, Ash Wednesday is February 14 and the Lenten season begins this year on this day of “love”. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season of preparation for Holy Week and Easter. It is a 40-day period where we as Christians are encouraged to examine ourselves, reflect upon our sinfulness and the forgiveness that we have in Christ Jesus. It is a time to reflect upon the greatest single act of love ever undertaken, the ultimate Valentine. It is the self-less, sacrificial agape love that God showed for us in sending His only Son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior.

On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the love we share in those special relationships with spouses, family, and friends. These are indeed blessings from God. Ash Wednesday and Lent direct us to the greatest act of love, when Jesus willingly gave up His life on the cross and rose again so that we who have that saving faith relationship with Him will live with Him forever in heaven.

So, for this February 14, why not celebrate both the blessings and joys of earthly relationships and love on Valentine’s Day and join us here for our February 14, Ash Wednesday worship service at 7pm? I can’t imagine a better way to start our Lenten journey together, powered by the Spirit and the love of Christ. May we remember to give thanks to God this February 14, this Ash Wednesday, this Lenten season and every day of our life for the greatest gift of love the world has ever known, the gift of His love in His Son, Jesus Christ. Moved by the power of the Holy Spirit, may we love others as God has first loved us.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us; He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His only Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4: 7 – 11

In Jesus,
Pastor Tim

A Helping Hand of Love

We often associate the word “Love” with the month of February. As Christians we love others because of the love that we have first received from Christ. We are saved by grace through faith on account of what Jesus has done for us, the ultimate act of love. We are not saved by our works but for a life of works. Out of our love from Christ flows our desire to help others in need. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

We live in challenging financial times. We are surrounded by people in need. A number of years ago, the Helping Hands Ministry was established here at St. Michael Lutheran Church. This fund seeks to help our both members and non-members who are going through a dire financial need or emergency and can use a “helping hand” prayerfully and financially. The need might be caused by a job loss, change in insurance, the death of a loved one or a health challenge. Financial assistance can be provided to assist with a house or rent payment, a utility bill, car or medical bill.

This ministry is funded through donations by St. Michael Lutheran Church members and are kept in a restricted account. I (Pastor Tim) oversee this program. All grants to recipients are handled with great care, sensitivity and privacy. If you know of a St. Michael member who may be in need for some assistance from this fund or an individual or family from the community who might be a worthy candidate, please contact me. We strive to be careful stewards of the funds donated to this ministry and such grants are meant to be a one-time, monetary helping hand to people experiencing some extraordinary financial hardships.

There are so many “God stories” and “God moments” that have taken place through this impactful ministry because of the generosity of this congregation. One can designate financial gifts to “Helping Hands”. Parish Life will be hosting the 2nd Annual Hoedown & Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Helping Hands Ministry Fund.

If you have any questions regarding this ministry or people who may be in a position to be blessed by the generosity of our members, please contact me (timewell@connectingwithgod.org). Thank you and God Bless!
In Jesus,
Pastor Tim