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Thursday Thoughts - November 10 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:45 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – November 10, 2016

 

All Saints’ Sunday was a joyous time.  We baptized Joseph and Natalie children of Kristel and Brandon Corbin, and grandchildren of Michael Henry!

 

Meals for the Weber/Duncan and Valentine/Whitesell families – one more week.

We are scheduling meals for the Valentine/Whitesell and Weber/Duncan families for one more week.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk.  We need next week, beginning on November 14 for Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  Our families with new babies really appreciate these meals.  Thank you to those of you who have prepared meals already.

 

Opportunities for Mission and Ministry!!

We served dinner at the Catholic Worker House last Monday and all went well.  Our next meal will be Monday, December 5.  If you have questions about our meals at the Worker House, please see Diane Neuhaus or Linda Valentine.

 

We are also collecting diapers for Children and Family Council of Black Hawk Council.  These need to be turned in by Tuesday, November 18.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

 

We need volunteers for our Sunday tea after the 10am service. You can pair up with another person and there is no need to supply cups, plates, etc. as we have a lot in our cupboards.

 

UTO Fall Ingathering – Sunday, November 20 at both services – This is the time when we empty our UTO boxes and offer their contents for the greater mission of our Church.  If you need a new ‘Blue Box’ please let me know.  You know the process – that little box is meant to be in a place where it is readily available to you and when you have an occasion of ‘being thankful’ no matter the size then you put in a few coins (or bills) which is a symbol of your thankfulness.  Janine Benjamin is our UTO representative at Trinity. This is a long tradition in our Anglican Communion and I know of several grants which have benefitted project in the US and also throughout our Communion.  If you haven’t had a ‘blue box’ yet, we’ll see that you get one.  Many thanks on behalf of so many.

 

Thank you to those who contributed reading glasses for the people of the Diocese of Nzara, South Sudan.

 

This Saturday - Care Givers Retreat - from 8:30am to 12:30pm - at the Covenant Medical Center,

Waterloo.  The Catholic Parishes in Waterloo and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare sponsor this retreat experience for individuals who have responsibility for the care of sick, disabled, aging or dying family members, neighbors or friends.  The retreat addresses some of the spiritual challenges of care-giving and provides an opportunity for prayer, reflection and discussion.  It is free and open to the public.  Lunch is included.  Long-term care-givers are encouraged to attend even if they have attended previous retreats.  Information and Pre-registration available at 319-234-9912 and online at http://waterloocatholics.org/care-givers-retreats.

 

Sunday, November 13Inter-faith Prayer Service

CVIC will sponsor an Interfaith Prayer Service for Our Leaders - at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, 425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, at 3:00pm.  All are welcome!  This will take about one hour, including time to share coffee and snacks.  I hope you will take the time to share in this event – I believe that this group will play an important role as we seek to reconcile different communities within the larger Cedar Valley.

Sunday, November 13 – Metropolitan Chorale will be performing Theresienmesse by Franz Joseph Haydn, 3:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Waterloo.  $10 per person or $20 per family.

 

The Kimball Avenue Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service will be Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1301 Kimball Avenue.  We have been asked to bring 6 dozen cookies or bars to the church by noon on the 22nd.  If you would like to make some cookies for the service, please sign up on the sheet marked ‘Kimball Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service’ on the kiosk.

 

Adopt-A-Family – St. Margaret’s Circle will be shopping for their Christmas family on Tuesday, December 6.  They will be meet first at Applebee’s at 5pm for dinner and then go shopping.  Donations will be accepted through Sunday, December 4 and checks can be given to Debbie Lane, Judy Henry or dropped off at the office.  Please write Adopt-A-Family on the memo line. 

 

Santa Store - the Preschool will be having their first Santa Store on Saturday, December 10th from 9am – noon.  This is an opportunity for our preschoolers to shop for family members and our friendly ‘elves’ will help them shop and will wrap their packages.  All items will cost $1-$3 and each child will have leave with a Christmas cookie.  Anyone wishing to donate a gift item or wrapping paper, please have them here by Friday, December 9th.  Cash donations will also be received.  The proceeds will go toward the Preschool’s upcoming remodeling project.

 

Closing Thoughts –

It’s hard to know where to begin with my closing thoughts.  Election Day has come and gone and for most people, it’s taking some time for it all to sink in.  Members of the immigrant community are very nervous and some fear that their families may be broken up if the hard line comments from the Trump campaign are carried out.  My own family is likely to be affected by this action.

 

Today I was at the Cedar Valley Interfaith Coalition meeting and learned that negative comments are being addressed to the Muslim community – fueled at least in part by the negative comments and threats made during the campaign about denying entrance into the US by Muslims.

 

These are rather specific, relating to comments by Donald Trump.  But beyond that, it seems as though our society across all lines feels that our communities and our nation are divided as a result of the language on all sides, and all sides need to come together. That’s one of the reasons why the interfaith prayer service is so important.  We need to be able to look at one another and see our sister or brother – for that is who we are to one another, since we are all children of God.

 

Waterloo is still subject to gun violence in some neighborhoods where some of our parishioners live.  It seems to go on and on, with no one able or willing to identify the perpetrators. Our children in those areas live in fear and uncertainty.  We continue to hold our neighborhoods in prayer and to ask how we might do more.

 

Tomorrow is Veterans’ Day and we remember the thousands of men and women who have served and continue to serve in our military.  Some of our veterans face incredible challenges when they return home.  They certainly deserve our deep thanks and the support of organizations which seek to make their lives better.  To all our veterans - We thank you for your service!

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne

Thursday Thoughts - November 3 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:43 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – November 3, 2016

 

REMINDER – THIS SUNDAY WE CHANGE TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME – set your clock BACK one hour on Saturday night!!

 

If I were a talk show host I would say the following about Sunday, November 6th – We’ve got a lot in store for you this Sunday – a great line up for the day.

  • We’re commemorating All Saints Day

  • We’re baptizing Joseph Michael Corbin and Natalie Jean Corbin at the 10am service, and

  • We’re including the names of our family and loved ones who have died and which were remembered at the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Eucharist on Wednesday in our Chapel.

Please join us for this Sunday!!

 

Saturday, October 15 – was our Annual Bazaar and ‘This and That’ Sale - How did we do?  So far we have cleared just over $800.  We expect a bit more to come in.  Thank you for everyone who donated, bought items and/or worked.

 

Thanks again to all who walked, helped or pledged to the CWS/CROP Hunger Hike in October.  We raised $607.  Good job to all!!  And a portion of all monies raised stays here in the Cedar Valley to alleviate hunger.

 

Thank you to those who attended the Open House at the Islamic Center last Sunday.  Numbers were higher than last year and the Muslim community was so grateful, especially after the spray painting of their mosque in recent weeks.

 

Meals for the Weber/Duncan and Valentine/Whitesell families

We are scheduling meals for the Valentine/Whitesell and Weber/Duncan families, and we began Monday, October 31!!  Please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk.  We need next week, beginning on November 7 – Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  Our families with new babies really appreciate these meals.  Thank you to those of you who have prepared meals already.

 

Opportunities for Mission and Ministry!!

Our Wednesday 12 noon Eucharists have resumed.  Join us in the chapel for the service and in the library for a sack lunch. Everyone is welcome.

 

All Saints Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday and we will also pray by name for family members and loved ones who have died.  Please let me have the list of names you would like to be remembered this Sunday.  You can send them by email, by phone or get a written list to me.

 

We will be serving dinner at the Catholic Worker House on Monday, November 7th.  There is a sign-up list on the kiosk.  We can still use people to bring food and/or to serve.  If you have questions, please see Diane Neuhaus or Linda Valentine.

 

We are also collecting diapers for Children and Family Council of Black Hawk Council.  These need to be turned in by Tuesday, November 18.

 

UTO Fall Ingathering – Sunday, November 20 at both services – This is the time when we empty our UTO boxes and offer their contents for the greater mission of our Church.  If you need a new ‘Blue Box’ please let me know.  You know the process – that little box is meant to be in a place where it is readily available to you and when you have an occasion of ‘being thankful’ no matter the size then you put in a few coins (or bills) which is a symbol of your thankfulness.  Janine Benjamin is our UTO representative at Trinity. This is a long tradition in our Anglican Communion and I know of several grants which have benefitted project in the US and also throughout our Communion.  If you haven’t had a ‘blue box’ yet, we’ll see that you get one.  Many thanks on behalf of so many.

 

Needs which will go further

Reading glasses and cell phones for Nzara – Bishop Peni was most grateful for the reading glasses which you gave to the people of South Sudan.  We will try to keep you up-to-date about what’s happening there.

 

Great Opportunities in our Cedar Valley

Sunday, November 6 - 'Honor. Inspire. Remember' - a ceremony sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at The Cedar Falls Community Center, Main Street. Registration from 6:30-7:00pm and Ceremony at 7:00pm.

 

Care Givers Retreat - Saturday, November 12th from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Covenant Medical Center,

Waterloo.  The Catholic Parishes in Waterloo and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare sponsor this retreat experience for individuals who have responsibility for the care of sick, disabled, aging or dying family members, neighbors or friends.  The retreat addresses some of the spiritual challenges of care-giving and provides an opportunity for prayer, reflection and discussion.  It is free and open to the public.  Lunch is included.  Long-term care-givers are encouraged to attend even if they have attended previous retreats.  Information and Pre-registration available at 319-234-9912 and online at http://waterloocatholics.org/care-givers-retreats.

 

Sunday, November 13 – Metropolitan Chorale will be performing Theresienmesse by Franz Joseph Haydn, 3:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Waterloo.  $10 per person or $20 per family.

 

Sunday, November 13Inter-faith Prayer Service

CVIC will sponsor and Interfaith Prayer Service for Our Leaders - at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, 425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, at 3:00pm.  All are welcome!

 

The Kimball Avenue Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service will be Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1301 Kimball Avenue.  We have been asked to bring 6 dozen cookies or bars to the church by noon on the 22nd.  If you would like to make some cookies for the service, please sign up on the sheet marked ‘Kimball Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service’ on the kiosk.

 

 

Closing Thoughts –

A week out, I can report that our Diocesan Convention went well and you were well represented by Matt Aronson, Judy Henry and your clergy.  Matt and Judy will be making a presentation next Sunday during the 10:00am service and they will gladly receive your questions.  If no one knows the answer, we’ll find someone who does.

 

Sometime it’s nice to see Des Moines and Iowa in the national news – usually in a positive light.  However this week we were appalled to hear of the shooting and killing of two police officers in Polk County – Anthony Beminio, a member of the Des Moines Police Department; and Justin Martin from the Urbandale Police Department.  We extend our prayers and condolences to their families and friends, their police colleagues and the members of the communities they served.  It’s always hard to make sense of these happenings and especially to our children.  As more details may shed more light on the why of this tragedy, its impact will be no less painful and tragic.

 

Tuesday is Election Day and speaking for myself, I’m ready to see the end of this campaign.  But next Wednesday, no matter who wins the presidency of our country, we have a lot of work to do – healing and hopefully narrowing, if not closing, the many rifts around issues and personalities at many levels, but most, it seems to me, having originated from the presidential campaign.  And there will be opportunities for all of us to step forward and try to be instruments of healing.  And can only hope that the national candidates can be more civil in their responses that they have been in the campaign.

 

All of you know that I value our freedom to vote as one of our most important freedoms.  I worked in South Africa the three years before their first ever democratic election in April 1994.  I knew people who died in that struggle in the years preceding April 1994.  I don’t take lightly our voting rights and I am always saddened when I see the dismal turnouts here.  I hope that every one of us will exercise that precious freedom – even if we write in a name.  And when the dust has settled, let us be about healing - our communities and perhaps even our families and co-workers.

 

And on Sunday morning when we all renew our baptismal promises as we welcome little Joseph and Natalie as the newest members of Christ Body, may we listen with open ears and compassionate hearts to the commitments we will affirm again.

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne

Thursday Thoughts - October 27 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:41 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – October 27, 2016

 

One last reminder – there will be NO SERVICE at 8am THIS SUNDAY!!

 

Baby Support Watch has been launched!!

Meals for the Wenzels

We would like to start meals for the Wenzels – after the birth of Annabelle. I’m told they eat ‘everything.’ We began on Monday, October 17– with meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Their address is 10336 Winslow Road, Janesville. There are several ways to get there and Sue McClure will be happy to get you directions.

 

Meals for the Weber/Duncan and Valentine/Whitesell families

We are also in the process of scheduling meals for the Valentine/Whitesell and Weber/Duncan families, beginning on Monday, October 31!!  Please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk.

 

Opportunities for Mission and Ministry!!

Our Wednesday 12 noon Eucharists have resumed. Join us in the chapel for the service and in the library for a sack lunch. Everyone is welcome.

 

 Saturday, October 15 – was our Annual Bazaar and ‘This and That’ Sale - How did we do?  So far we have cleared just over $800.  We expect a bit more to come in.

 

This weekend is our Diocesan Convention in Des Moines. You are represented by Judy Henry, Matt Aronson and your clergy.  Bishop Samuel Peni will be at our convention and we look forward to hearing from him about the ongoing civil war in South Sudan.

 

Trunk or Treat #9 is Friday, October 28th from 6:00-7:30pm in our parking lot. How about decorating your trunk? This event provides a safe and fun environment for kids to go trick or treating. Refreshments will be served and you can vote on your favorite trunk! Thembi and I will miss out this year – it’s Diocesan Convention time.

 

We will be having baptisms at Trinity on Sunday, November 6th at the 10am service.   We will be welcoming Joseph Michael Corbin and Natalie Jean Corbin – the son and daughter of Kristel and Brandon Corbin and the grandchildren of Mike Henry!  If there are other parents who wish to have children baptized on November 6, please let me know by this Sunday – October 30.

 

All Saints Sunday will be celebrated on November 6 and we will also pray by name of family members and loved ones who have died.  Please let me have the list of names you would like to be remembered next Sunday.  You can send them by email, by phone or get a written list to me.

 

We will be serving dinner at the Catholic Worker House on Monday, November 7th.  There is a sign-up list on the kiosk.  We can still use people to bring food and/or to serve.  If you have questions, please see Diane Neuhaus or Linda Valentine.

 

This is the last call for those needing to take the Safeguarding God’s Children course.  This is for staff of parish and preschool, Vestry members and Sunday School teachers.  See the signup chart on the kiosk.

 

We are also collecting diapers for Children and Family Council of Black Hawk Council.  These need to be turned in by Tuesday, November 18.

 

Needs which will go further

Reading glasses and cell phones for Nzara

We have received a request from Bishop Peni – for ‘over the counter’ reading glasses and also for cellphones which you are no longer using and that are not locked.  If you have any of the above please let me know as soon as possible and we will try to get them to him before he leaves.

 

Snack bars and blankets are needed for those taking part in the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.  Our church has been a part of the peaceful witness.  There is at least one clergy colleague taking part and she has shared this request with us. 

 

Great Opportunities in our Cedar Valley

Sunday, October 30 - Open House  at Masjid An-Noor  Islamic Center from 12 noon - 4pm.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our Muslim sisters and brothers and to support their presence in our Valley.  You don’t need to be there the whole time and I really hope that our Trinity members can make a special effort to stop by – even if it’s only for half an hour or so.

 

Sunday, October 30 – The Canterbury Forum at St. Luke’s will host "Evangelicals and the 2016 Election", a program by Doug Smith exploring the ways in which American evangelicals have addressed the challenges posed to their conservative faith by this year's issues and candidates. Doug's years in religious broadcasting afford him a unique perspective from which to understand the ways in which the election has served to highlight a diversity of perspective within conservative evangelicalism that isn't always apparent to other observers. This is a historic election for all of us, but particularly for evangelicals, and Doug's program will give all of us food for reflection on how they have grappled with the questions it poses.  Doors open at 6:30 and program begins at 7:00.  This is free and treats are always welcome.

 

Friday, November 4 - Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Group Night with our Black Hawk Hockey team!  Calling all hockey fans!!  This is an opportunity for a fun night to aid a great cause.  There are posters at both doors and on the kiosk.  Anyone want to organize an evening for our Trinity hockey fans?!?!

 

Friday, November 4 - Central College A Cappella Choir in concert at the First Congregation United Church of Christ, Waterloo, 7:00pm – free and open to the public.

 

Sunday, November 6 - 'Honor. Inspire. Remember' a ceremony sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at The Cedar Falls Community Center, Main Street. Registration from 6:30-7:00pm and Ceremony at 7:00pm

 

Sunday, November 13 – Metropolitan Chorale will be performing Theresienmesse by Franz Joseph Haydn, 3:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Waterloo.  $10 per person or $20 per family.

 

Sunday, November 13Inter-faith Prayer Service

CVIC will sponsor and Interfaith Prayer Service for Our Leaders - at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, 425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, at 3:00pm.  All are welcome!

 

 

Closing Thoughts –

I’m a bit overwhelmed by the opportunities out there in which you can participate.  It’s not intended that everyone respond to every request.  But I want your feedback – is there too much in our Thursday Thoughts?  And next month/week I will begin with short biographies of new members and those who have been a part of Trinity for a longer time.  Everyone will have a chance.

 

I’m off to Diocesan Convention – see you Sunday at 10am!!

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne

Thursday Thoughts - October 20 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:39 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – October 20, 2016

 

Wow!  This past week has been packed with news from Trinity and beyond.

 

Baby Watch is concluded! 

And we have three healthy babies!  And very happy parents and siblings!  Lucian Ray Valentine was born just after I had hit the 'send' button on last week's Thursday Thoughts!!

 

Meals for the Wenzels

We would like to start meals for the Wenzels – after the birth of Annabelle. I’m told they eat ‘everything.’ We will begin on Monday, October 17 and go for two weeks every other day – with meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Their address is 10336 Winslow Road, Janesville. There are several ways to get there and Sue McClure will be happy to get you directions..

 

Meals for new parents

We are also in the process of scheduling meals for the Valentine/Whitesell and Weber/Duncan families.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk.

 

Opportunities for Mission and Ministry!!

Our Wednesday noon Eucharists have resumed. Join us in the chapel for the service and in the library for a sack lunch. Everyone is welcome.

 

 Saturday, October 15 – was our Annual Bazaar and ‘This and That’ Sale - How did we do?  So far we have cleared just over $800.  We expect a bit more to come in.

 

Friday – Sunday - The AFRECS (American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans) Conference will be this weekend at the Marriott in West Des Moines. More material is on the kiosk or visit the AFRECS website at www.afrecs.org

 

The following week (Friday and Saturday) is our Diocesan Convention in Des Moines. You will be represented by Judy Henry, Matt Aronson and your clergy.  We are hopeful that Bishop Samuel Peni will be able to attend our convention as well.

 

Trunk or Treat #9 is Friday, October 28th  from 6:00-7:30pm in our parking lot. How about decorating your trunk? This event provides a safe and fun environment for kids to go trick or treating. Refreshments will be served and you can vote on your favorite trunk! Thembi and I will miss out this year – it’s Diocesan Convention time.

 

Great Opportunities in our Cedar Valley

Monday, October 24 - 'First Amendment Issue: Should some Speakers Be Banned from Campus' - 2:00-3:30pm, Elm Room, Maucker Union, UNI.  Panel discussion with Rekha Basu, Nick Fisher, Joe Gorton. Other programs are scheduled through November 29 - See flyer on kiosk.

 

Sunday, October 30 - Open House  at Masjid An-Noor  Islamic Center from 12 noon - 4pm.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our Muslim sisters and brothers and to support their presence in our Valley.

 

Friday, November 4 - Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Group Night with our Black Hawk Hockey team!  Calling all hockey fans!!  This is an opportunity for a fun night to aid a great cause.  There are posters at both doors and on the kiosk.  Anyone want to organize an evening for our Trinity hockey fans?!?!

 

Friday, November 4 - Central College A Cappella Choir in concert at the First Congregation United Church of Christ, Waterloo, 7:00pm – free and open to the public.

 

Sunday, November 6 - 'Honor. Inspire.Remember' a ceremony sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at The Cedar Falls Community Center, Main Street. Registration from 6:30-7:00pm and Ceremony at 7:00pm

 

Sunday, November 13 – Metropolitan Chorale will be performing Theresienmesse by Franz Joseph Haydn, 3:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Waterloo.  $10 per person or $20 per family.

 

Sunday, November 13

CVIC will sponsor and Interfaith Prayer Service for Our Leaders - at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, 425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, at 3:00pm.  All are welcome!

 

Closing Thoughts –

The past six weeks has seemed q bit of a blur.  I'm not accustomed to travelling out of town two or more times in a month.  And all were/are church related and all challenged me as well as giving me the opportunity to meet some fascinating people and renewing friendships from the past.  And we have welcomed three adorable babies into our church family – I sense baptisms are in our future! 

 

I was devastated by the vandalism at the Muslim Center but also heartened by the spontaneous response of support.  As we look ahead there will be opportunities to share in visits and prayers as an inter-faith family here in the Cedar Valley – some of which are noted above.  The more we know one another the more we will understand and value one another.

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne

Thursday Thoughts - October 13 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:37 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – October 13, 2016

 

Well, this morning we had our first taste of the months ahead of us – offset positively for me by the amazing fall colors.  The colors are amazing but I’ve never been able to capture the intensity of color in photos. Perhaps I’m being sent a message just to enjoy them as they are!

 

Baby Watch

Our second baby appeared in the wee hours of Tuesday – Edward Lee Weber Duncan weighed in at 8lbs. 13oz. and is 21 ¼ inches long with a full head of dark hair.  Mom had a long period of labor and delivery, but I can assure you that they are all well!  We’ll also be preparing meals for them, after family has visited to welcome Lee into the family!  Watch this space!!

 

Meals for the Wenzels

We would like to start meals for the Wenzels – after the birth of Annabelle.  I’m told they eat ‘everything.’  We will begin on Monday, October 17 and go for two weeks every other day – with meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Their address is 10336 Winslow Road, Janesville.  There are several ways to get there and Sue McClure will be happy to get you directions.  The way I know is to go out First Street in Cedar Falls to Union Road.  Turn right/north and go as far as you can and turn left on Winslow Road.  Their home is on your right, not far after you turn.  If you would like to prepare a meal but can’t deliver it, Sue McClure will deliver it – please have the meal at Trinity by 3pm.

 

Thanks to all!  October 9 was a very busy day!

Thank you to everyone who brought their pets last Sunday for a blessing and a chance to show off their animal companions and brought donations for the Cedar Valley humane Society.  A special thank you to Jo for our prelude at 10am – Talk to the Animals!  And another THANK YOU for everyone who helped and/or walked in the Hunger Hiker.  Debbie Lane was in charge of registering the walkers and her committee included Sylvia Flutcher and Diane Neuhaus.  Walkers were Jo Capoccioni, Diane Neuhaus, Linda Valentine and ‘yours truly.’  It’s not too late to support a walker.  Feel free to contact one of the walkers this week, as we will need to turn in our pledge sheets.  And another thank you to Debbie Lane who has been our connection with the Hunger Hike for a long time.

 

 

Opportunities for Mission and Ministry!!

Our Wednesday noon Eucharists have resumed.  Join us in the chapel for the service and in the library for a sack lunch.  Everyone is welcome.

 

 Saturday, October 15 – Annual Bazaar and ‘This and That’ Sale

Can You Help?

It's time for our annual Bazaar and This 'n That sale.  You can help in lots of ways.  You can donate your gently used items no longer needed, bake for the baked goods sale, handmade crafts, come for lunch and partake of our famous Sloppy Joes or nachos, help set up on Friday, late afternoon, or work on Saturday.  We need helpers to set up on Friday afternoon. Please call the church office next week to find out the exact time for the set up.  The Bazaar itself is Saturday from 8am – 2pm and we always can used your help then. On Sunday we will have the opportunity to shop after both services and lunch will be served after the 10am service. A few helpers are needed on Sunday as well – especially as we take everything down after lunch on Sunday.

 

The AFRECS (American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans) Conference will be the weekend of October 21-23 at the Marriott in West Des Moines. More material is on the kiosk or visit the AFRECS website at www.afrecs.org

 

The following week (Friday and Saturday) is our Diocesan Convention in Des Moines. You will be represented by Judy Henry, Matt Aronson and your clergy.  We are hopeful that Bishop Samuel Peni will be able to attend our convention as well.

 

Trunk or Treat #9 is Friday, October 28th from 6:00-7:30pm in our parking lot.  How about decorating your trunk?  This event provides a safe and fun environment for kids to go trick or treating.  Refreshments will be served and you can vote on your favorite trunk!  Thembi and I will miss out this year – it’s Diocesan Convention time.

 

Closing Thoughts –

Recently Maureen Doherty held a round table conversation on "planning the final Celebration; a gift to your family."  Such programs are wonderful opportunities to think through funeral plans, etc. when the discussions are not precipitated by an immediate need to plan a funeral.  Joining her were the Continuous Care and Advanced Planning staff of Locke/Kearns/LaPorteCity/GardenView Funeral Homes. I want to thank Maureen for using us as a ‘trial’ group.  Several people have shared how helpful it was for them and that was the point.  Thanks to Maureen and co-workers at Locke/Kearns/LaPorte City/GardenView Funeral Homes.

 

We extend our deepest sympathy to Dan and Melody Rockwell of Cedar Rapids on the unexpected death of their daughter, Elizabeth.  Melody’s ministry as a vocational deacon has touched many parts of our diocese.  Maureen and I attended the celebration of Elizabeth’s life today at Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Rapids.

 

And congratulations to St. Luke’s Cedar Falls as they celebrate their 160th anniversary in the Cedar Valley!  Our thoughts and prayers are with you for your special celebration!

 

I want to conclude with what I suppose may be an all ‘too modest’ hope in the weeks ahead of our national and local elections.  My hope and prayer is for a spirit of civility and respect at all levels, but especially at the national level.  While my memory of election history goes back quite a way yet not as long as some of you, I have been embarrassed at the tenor of the debate and ads taken out. 

 

As you know, I was present for the 1994 first ever democratic elections in South Africa and for subsequent elections through 2012.  And while those were not bland and/or lacking in emotions, the parties contesting the elections in the Western Cape took an oath to respect one another and to resist violence in the electoral process.  Of course, there were a few infractions of those oaths, but for the most part, they were taken seriously.  Perhaps we might need a similar process, especially after this year’s campaign.

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne

 

 

Frantic Friday - October 7 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:35 PM by Nikki Roe

Frantic Friday – October 7 2016

 

I’m glad to be back in Iowa.  The CREDO conference was wonderful and we all got out before the weather deteriorated.  I missed my flight in Chicago and so had another night compliments of American Airlines. 

 

A special thank you to Maureen Doherty for taking on the ministry of getting the funeral service for Don Potter and the luncheon coordinated before I could get back.

 

The Requiem Eucharist for Don Potter was yesterday and people felt that it went well.  I’m grateful to Bill Kline, Chris Nieman and Dot Teague for writing remembrances of Don through the years.  The luncheon after the service went off well and my thanks to Judy Henry who headed up the luncheon team and to the following who helped with the luncheon – Maureen Doherty, Joan Farstad, Susan Johnson, Diane Neuhaus, Linda Valentine  - and to those who contributed food for the luncheon.  If you would like to send a card to Georgia her address is Pinnacle Specialty Care, 1223 Prairie View Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.

 

Baby Watch

Two babies have yet to appear and at least one of them is not at all anxious to make an appearance.  What this space for the latest news!

 

Meals for the Wenzels

We would like to start meals for the Wenzels – after the birth of Annabelle.  I’m told they eat ‘everything.’  We will begin on Monday, October 10 and go for two weeks – with meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Their address is 10336 Winslow Road, Janesville.  There are several ways to get there and Sue McClure will be happy to get you directions.  The way I know is to go out First Street in Cedar Falls to Union Road.  Turn right/north and go as far as you can and turn left on Winslow Road.  Their home is on your right, not far after you turn.  If you would like to prepare a meal but can’t deliver it, Sue McClure will deliver it – please have the meal at Trinity by 3pm.

 

Opportunities for Mission and Ministry!!

This Sunday, October 9, will be a busy day.

 At the 10am service we will be blessing our animal companions.  Whether you have a pet to be blessed or not, we would appreciate your bringing a can or package of dog or cat food which will be donated to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.  Used blankets and towels will also be gratefully received as will ‘slightly used pet toys.

 

Then the 2016 CROP Hunger Hike will take place, starting and finishing at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, with registration at 1:30pm and the walk begins at 2pm. We have a team walking from Trinity and I hope you will support them by making a pledge to one or more of them.

 

Our Wednesday noon Eucharists have resumed.  Join us in the chapel for the service and in the library for a sack lunch.  Everyone is welcome.

 

Saturday, October 15 – Annual Bazaar and ‘This and That’ Sale

Can You Help?

It's time for our annual Bazaar and This 'n That sale.  You can help in lots of ways.  You can donate your gently used items no longer needed, bake for the baked goods sale, handmade crafts, come for lunch and partake of our famous Sloppy Joes or nachos, help set up on Friday, late afternoon, or work on Saturday.  We need helpers to set up on Friday afternoon. Please call the church office next week to find out the exact time for the set up.  The Bazaar itself is Saturday from 8am – 2pm and we always can used your help then. On Sunday we will have the opportunity to shop after both services and lunch will be served after the 10am service. A few helpers are needed on Sunday as well – especially as we take everything down after lunch on Sunday.

 

The AFRECS (American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans) Conference will be the weekend of October 21-23 at the Marriott in West Des Moines. More material is on the kiosk or visit the AFRECS website at www.afrecs.org

 

The following week (Friday and Saturday) is our Diocesan Convention in Des Moines. We will be represented by Judy Henry, Matt Aronson and the clergy.  We are hopeful that Bishop Samuel Peni will be able to attend our convention as well.

 

Please include all of the above in your prayers.

 

Trunk or Treat #9 is Friday, October 28th from 6:00-7:30pm in our parking lot.  How about decorating your trunk?  This event provides a safe and fun environment for kids to go trick or treating.  Refreshments will be served and you can vote on your favorite trunk!  Thembi and I will miss out – it’s Diocesan Convention time.

Closing Thoughts –

I was really fortunate in late September and early October to be able to attend two events sponsored by the Episcopal Church. 

 

The first was a training course in Albuquerque, NM in the ABCD process of assessing the ability of an organization to pursue its mission.  ABCD stands for Asset Based Community Development and asks the question – what ‘assets’ does a group have as they prepare for ministry rather than what are their ‘needs’?  And so ministry begins from a positive assessment rather than being a group with only ‘needs.’  It’s not rocket science, but the training pulls together the questions that need to be asked and seeks to empower the group as they work for the betterment of their community or organization.

 

The second was a CREDO conference – a conference which the Episcopal Church has developed for all clergy in the plan of our Church.  It’s a clergy wellness experience – part workshop and part retreat.  I’m getting to my first CREDO a little late in the game – this program was developed and begun during the time I was in southern Africa.  We were challenged to look ahead in terms of our ministry and plan in a meaningful way and not just throw things together – minus all, or too little, thought and prayer.  This was held at the Duncan Center in Delray Beach, Florida, and we finished up just in time to avoid the consternations and preparations for Hurricane Matthew.  What was so wonderful about this gathering is that we just kind of ‘floated’ through the six days – we had worship twice a day and everything was prepared so we just slotted and were mostly ministered ‘to.’  It was great!

 

And now I’m back and headed into a busy October and remainder of the year – rested for what lies ahead!

 

Suzanne

 

 

Frantic Friday - September 16 2016

posted Sep 19, 2016, 9:50 AM by Nikki Roe

Frantic Friday – September 6, 2016

 

Would you like to represent our Parish at the Diocesan Convention October 28 & 29 in Des Moines?

Our annual Diocesan Convention is coming up and Trinity is allotted two representatives plus our clergy.  Please let me know if you would like to be considered as one of our delegates and I can give you more information.

 

Get out your calendars - it's that time of year when Parish life speeds up and I need to write things down!!

  • Sunday, September 18 – We still need two more teachers for Sunday School.  If you think you might be interested join one of the classes this Sunday.  I’m more than happy to talk with you about it.

  • Saturday, September 17 – Food Bank Volunteer Day - 9-11 am.

  • Tuesday, September 20 – Vestry meeting at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall – NOTE time change

  • Our next meal at the Catholic Worker House is Monday, October 3.  A signup sheet will appear soon on the kiosk.

  • Sunday, October 9th - We will bless our pets at the 10am service on this day. 

  • Sunday, October 9th is the CROP Walk to End Hunger.  Debbie Lane is our representative and pledge forms will be available soon.  Sign up begins at 1:30pm and the walk will commence at 2 pm.  The Walk begins and ends at the NE Iowa Food Bank.  Let’s get a good team from Trinity!!

  • Saturday, October 15, is our 9th Annual Bazaar from 8am-2pm.  Think of a way you might be able to contribute to the day – with set up on Friday evening.  A signup sheet is on the kiosk.

 

Borrowing chairs and/or tables or kitchen supplies from Trinity?  If you want to borrow chairs and/or tables, or kitchen supplies please check them out before taking them.  There is a form to fill out in the office and we need to check that there are not conflicts in using them.  We are missing some of our metals chairs and so we need to be more careful with those that remain.

 

Safeguarding God’s Children – we are in the process of organizing a class for those in the preschool and parish who need to have this training.  Please see the signup list in the kiosk.  It’s a one session course and will be held at Trinity.  We are now waiting for the newly hired teachers in the Preschool to all be on board and then we will set a date.

 

LET’S KEEP COLLECTING THOSE HYVEE TILL SLIPS – and you’re doing a great job so far

They can be from any Waterloo, Cedar Falls or Waverly HyVee, including the slips from re-fueling at the HyVee gas stations.  We are over $15000 to date. Keep up the good work!!

 

And don’t forget to keep saving . . .  pop tops from beverages and the larger pull tops for some canned foods.  The pop tops will benefit the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House. 

 

Next Canterbury Forum – September 25th

On Sunday, September 25th, at 7pm Prof. John Burnight of UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions will suggest to us a different way of looking at the Book of Job, the Jewish Scriptures' classic treatment of theodicy - how evil can coexist with a good just and all-powerful god. What if Job actually was written as a critique of prevailing religious ideas about the relationship between suffering, sin, and God? What if, in some sense, we've misunderstood a key element of the Book of Job for all these centuries? John's program, "The Book of Job as Subversive Literature", will explore what the author of Job might have been suggesting, and leave us with a thought-provoking perspective on this classic work of moral theology.

 

And opportunities in our wider Cedar Valley community:

  • September 24 - 9 am to 2 pm - date for Black Hawk County residents to dispose of household toxic materials and electronic, electric items.  Is there someone who could volunteer to take the burned out fluorescent light bulbs, and computer monitors from Trinity?

     

  • Valley Missouri Synod Lutheran Church will be hosting Cynthia Kahn to speak on “Cross cultural awareness and orientation” on Saturday, September 24th at 1pm.

 

  • Aspire - Night of the Horse - September 24, 2016 - 7 pm at McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo.   Entertainment for all ages, and silent auction.  Tickets available at www.danceswithhorses.org.  See kiosk for flyer.

     

  • Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church is having its annual Salad Luncheon and Craft Sale, Tuesday, September 27 from 11am – 1 pm. Adults - $8 and children 5 and under - $1.  Drive thru lane is available.  All proceeds will go toward mission project in our area.

 

·          Locke/Kearns/LaPorteCity/GardenView Continuous Care and Advanced Planning staff are coming to Trinity on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 for a round table conversation on "planning the final Celebration; a gift to your family."   This would be led Maureen Doherty, along with two other staff.  These are wonderful opportunities to think through funeral plans, etc. when the discussions are not precipitated by an immediate need to plan a funeral.

 

  • Central Christian Church Annual Bazaar, 3475 Kimball Avenue, Saturday, October 1st from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Breakfast at 8 am; serving lunch from 11 am to 1 pm, homemade chicken and noodles.  See kiosk for flyer.

 

  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Worker House - House Blessing/Open House on Sunday, October 2, 1016.  House Blessing at 1 pm.  Open House 1-3 pm at 325 E 8th Street in Waterloo.

 

·         Don’t forget the Continuing Care program offered through Locke Funeral Home and Kearns Funeral Homes.  This service is now coordinated by Maureen Doherty and includes monthly drop-in groups, a quarterly email-based newsletter, and quarterly informational programs.  Please contact Maureen if you would like more information – 319-505-3048.  See above for a specific opportunity.

 

Closing Thoughts .  .  .

School is back in session and that means a return of our Sunday School students and their presentations to our congregation!!  We are looking forward to their enthusiasm and energy.

 

We continue to pray for an end to gun violence our Cedar Valley, and especially in Waterloo. Just overnight there were multiple incidents in Waterloo. 

 

We are asked to pray for Bishop Peni as he travels to Kampala for his interview at the US Embassy to obtain a US visa so he can t ravel to the US.  He is scheduled to be one of the key speakers at the AFRECS conference – see below.  Episcopal Relief and Development is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to assist with food and shelter for the many displaced persons – homeless in their own country.  For more information, go to www.episcopalrelief.org/

 

West Des Moines will be the site of the 2016 AFRECS (American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans) Conference.  Beginning after dinner on Friday, October 21, and concludes with the Eucharist on Sunday, October 23.  Speakers include BIshop Samuel Peni, former Congressman Jim Leach, and the Rev. Dr. Phil Groves, until recently the Director of the Anglican Communion's Continuing Indaba Project; and Mother Harriet Baka, Provincial (Sudan & South Sudan) President of the Mothers Union.  See more information on the kiosk.

 

We now have a small Iowa delegation in Swaziland, attending Swaziland's diocesan synod (read – convention) and we wish them well, along with all our sisters and brothers there.  Our Iowa delegation is experiencing first hand the effects of the drought in Southern Africa.  But more importantly, they are experiencing the warm and gracious faith and hospitality of the Swazi people.

 

We continue to hope and pray for more civility in the activities and forums of all candidates seeking elective office.

 

Our prayers for peace and justice continue for the whole human family.  And please know that our prayers bring hope to our sisters and brothers in the troubled places on our planet.  ‘Let us not grow weary . . . 

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne 

 

Thursday Thoughts - September 8 2016

posted Sep 9, 2016, 7:28 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – September 8, 2016

 

Would you like to represent our Parish at the Diocesan Convention October 28 & 29 in Des Moines?

Our annual Diocesan Convention is coming up and Trinity is allotted two representatives plus our clergy.  Please let me know if you would like to be considered as one of our delegates and I can give you more information.

 

Garden Project

I hope everyone is enjoying watching our garden grow!  And be on the lookout for ‘weeding parties’ – sequels to our mulching parties.  Just a few months to go and we will have our winter gardening “break.”  We need to get the edging in as soon as possible to protect our perimeter from the weeds and the mower.  The Preschool has found two people to do the mowing in the preschool playground.

 

Get out your calendars - it's that time of year when Parish life speeds up and I need to write things down!!

  • Sunday, September 11 - Sunday School begins during the 10:00 service.  We are still in need of several teachers - we need to have two classes this year and I would like to be able to schedule each person only once a month.  The classes are during the first part of the service so children and teachers are in church from the peace onwards. This means no one misses communion but you do miss the sermon - how's that for a perk!

  • Sunday, September 11, 3:00pm in the Parish Hall - baby shower for Carolyn Webber & Terry Duncan - as they prepare to welcome their first child! (They are registered at Target, Babies R Us and Amazon.)  Anyone wishing to help, please contact Sue McClure or me.

  • St. Margaret's Circle meeting on Thursday, September 15, at noon in the Parish Library.  Bring a sack lunch. 

  • Thursday, September 15 – Preschool Board Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall

  • Thursday, September 15 - CROP Hunger Walk Fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse, 5715 University, Cedar Falls, from 4-8 pm.  Invitations are available from church office and 10% of your tab will go to the CROP Walk when you show your invitation.

  • Saturday, September 17 – Food Bank Volunteer Day - 9-11 am.

  • Tuesday, September 20 – Vestry meeting at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall – NOTE time change

  • Sunday, October 9th  - We will bless our pets at the 10am service on this day. 

  • Sunday, October 9th is the CROP Walk to End Hunger.  Debbie Lane is our representative and pledge forms will be available soon.  Sign up begins at 1:30pm and the walk will commence at 2 pm.  The Walk begins and ends at the NE Iowa Food Bank.  Let’s get a good team from Trinity!!

 

Borrowing chairs and/or tables or kitchen supplies from Trinity?  If you want to borrow chairs and/or tables, or kitchen supplies please check them out before taking them.  There is a form to fill out in the office and we need to check that there are not conflicts in using them.  We are missing some of our metals chairs and so we need to be more careful with those that remain.

 

Safeguarding God’s Children – we are in the process of organizing a class for those in the preschool and parish who need to have this training.  Please see the signup list in the kiosk.  It’s a one session course and will be held at Trinity.  The session will take place in early September

 

Preschool Fundraiser – A Neat Sweatshirt!! -  and a new price!! 

OK - I was caught trying to raise extra money for the Preschool but I was a bit too greedy!  So the new and real price is $27.00.  It is a hooded sweatshirt with the alphabet on the front, but instead of the letter ‘T’ is reads ‘Trinity Preschool’ and the color is grey.  Orders are due by September 9 and order forms are on the kiosk.

 

LET’S KEEP COLLECTING THOSE HYVEE TILL SLIPS – and you’re doing a great job so far

They can be from any Waterloo, Cedar Falls or Waverly HyVee, including the slips from re-fueling at the HyVee gas stations.

 

And don’t forget to keep saving . . .  pop tops from beverages and the larger pull tops for some canned foods.  The pop tops will benefit the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House. 

 

The Canterbury Forum on Human Trafficking

Last week’s Canterbury Forum program on human trafficking was excellent and sobering.  If you want the additional resources and did not get them by email, please let me know.

 

Next Canterbury Forum – September 25th

On Sunday, September 25th, at 7pm Prof. John Burnight of UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions will suggest to us a different way of looking at the Book of Job, the Jewish Scriptures' classic treatment of theodicy - how evil can coexist with a good just and all-powerful god. What if Job actually was written as a critique of prevailing religious ideas about the relationship between suffering, sin, and God? What if, in some sense, we've misunderstood a key element of the Book of Job for all these centuries? John's program, "The Book of Job as Subversive Literature", will explore what the author of Job might have been suggesting, and leave us with a thought-provoking perspective on this classic work of moral theology.

 

And opportunities in our wider Cedar Valley community:

  • September 24 - 9 am to 2 pm -  date for Black Hawk County residents to dispose of household toxic materials and electronic, electric items.  Is there someone who could volunteer to take the burned out fluorescent light bulbs, and computer monitors from Trinity?

 

  • Aspire - Night of the Horse - September 24, 2016 -  7 pm at McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo.   Entertainment for all ages, and silent auction.  Tickets available at www.danceswithhorses.org.  See kiosk for flyer.

 

  • Central Christian Church Annual Bazaar, 3475 Kimball Avenue, Saturday, October 1st from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Breakfast at 8 am; serving lunch from 11 am to 1 pm, homemade chicken and noodles.  See kiosk for flyer.

 

  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Worker House - House Blessing/Open House on Sunday, October 2, 1016.  House Blessing at 1 pm.  Open House 1-3 pm at  325 E 8th Street in Waterloo.

 

·         Don’t forget the Continuing Care program offered through Locke Funeral Home and Kearns Funeral Homes.  This service is now coordinated by Maureen Doherty and includes monthly drop-in groups, a quarterly email-based newsletter, and quarterly informational programs.  Please contact Maureen if you would like more information – 319-505-3048.

 

Closing Thoughts  .  .  .

School is back in session and that means a return of our Sunday School students and their presentations to our congregation!!  We are looking forward to their enthusiasm and energy.

 

We continue to pray for an end to gun violence our Cedar Valley, and especially in Waterloo. Just overnight there were multiple incidents in Waterloo. 

 

The situation in South Sudan is still unsettled – but there has been a peace agreement which is being observed mostly.  Still people are afraid to return to their homes for fear of what might meet them. Bishop Peni continues to ask us to pray for peace, safety, comfort and guidance for the people of South Sudan.  Episcopal Relief and Development is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to assist with food and shelter for the many displaced persons – homeless in their own country.  For more information, go to www.episcopalrelief.org/

 

West Des Moines will be the site of the 2016 AFRECS (American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans) Conference.  Beginning after dinner on Friday, October 21, and concludes with the Eucharist on Sunday, October 23.  Speakers include BIshop Samuel Peni, former Congressman Jim Leach, and the Rev. Dr. Phil Groves, until recently the Director of the Anglican Communion's Continuing Indaba Project; and Mother Harriet Baka, Provincial (Sudan & South Sudan) President of the Mothers Union.  See more information on the kiosk.

 

We now have a small delegation in Swaziland, attending Swaziland's diocesan synod and we wish them well, along with all our sisters and brothers there.

 

We are witnessing a presidential campaign unlike any one which I can remember.  We continue to hope and pray for more civility in the activities and forums of candidates.

 

Our prayers for peace and justice continue for the whole human family.  And please know that our prayers bring hope to our sisters and brothers in the troubled places on our planet.  ‘Let us not grow weary . . . 

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne 

 

Final on Friday - July 29 2016

posted Aug 3, 2016, 11:37 AM by Nikki Roe

Final on Friday - July 28, 2016

 

Dear Friends,

I’m sure your calendars are marked for Mindy’s ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, August 6th, at 10a.m. here at Trinity.  A reception will follow the service.  If you would like to assist with the reception, please contact me.  And Mindy will be the celebrant at the 10:00am service on Sunday, August 7th.

 

Garden Project 

If you would still like to make a donation to the landscaping project that would be most welcome.  Checks can be made out to Trinity Episcopal Parish and designated ‘for landscaping.’  If you have purchased plants on your own, please save the sales slip and Sue can give you a letter for tax purposes.  Many thanks to those who have contributed already.  I hope everyone is enjoying watching our garden grow!

 

Borrowing chairs and/or tables or kitchen supplies from Trinity – If you want to borrow chairs and/or tables, or kitchen supplies please check them out before taking them.  There is a form to fill out in the office and we need to check that there are not conflicts in using them.  We are missing some of our metals chairs and so we need to be more careful with those that remain.

 

Can you help?

We are planning a ‘deep clean’ of the church later in August or early September but we’d like to put a little special energy into house/church cleaning ahead of Mindy’s ordination.  We are looking at Thursday, August 4th and/or Friday, August 5th?  Can you help?  Please let me know – and we will have treats!!  Maybe a small incentive.

 

Catholic Worker meal is Monday, August 1

Many thanks to all who cooked and/or served last month.  We will serve dinner on Monday, August 1st; please see the signup sheet on the kiosk.  Food and helpers should arrive by 5:30pm and we will serve at 6:00pm. And do you ever wonder what happens to food left over?  It is taken to a half way house where it is gratefully received.

 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers update

Our new schedule and liturgical formats are working well.  Thanks to all our lay eucharistic ministers. And someone said to me this week that they appreciate the addition of the ‘sending out’ prayer each Sunday so we’re all aware of who’s being visited.

 

Back-to-School Project – and time is running out!!

It’s time for one of our favorite projects!  Last year the program gave school supplies to 3,400 students in Cedar Valley. While we don’t have a date when the project ends, you can never start collecting too soon – so let’s get started!  Boxes are at both entrances to the church so you can bring school supplies now. And it won’t be too long before store will have back-to-school sales!!  This is a project you can tell your friends about.  IMPORTANT FACT: this project is done solely by volunteers so 100% of the donations go to the project!.  Let’s fill those boxes so all the children of our Cedar Valley can begin school with the supplies they need.

 

 Scholarship Applications are being received now!!

Trinity has a Memorial Education Fund which provides $300 to any Trinity Parish student entering in their second year of post-high school studies. Forms from the  office are due Monday, August 1.

 

Safeguarding God’s Children – we are in the process of organizing a class for those in the preschool and parish who need to have this training.  Please see the signup list in the kiosk.  It’s a one session course and will be held at Trinity.

 

Hope Camp was a great success!

I was able to spend a few hours at HOPE Camp – this year at Pilgrim Heights Camp & Conference Center.  Last year they experienced tornado warnings – this year it was the heat!!  I now understand why Chuck is so tired when he returns – they are an active bunch of kids, but also a special group of kids and special adults who come and share their time and talents.  I met two of Chuck’s real stars – two young men who will be entering their senior year in high school – on the honor role and being sought out for sports scholarship.  They have attended the camp from the first summer and are now junior counselors!  Thank you to those who contributed cereal, makings for s’mores , etc. All was gratefully received and eaten!!!  A big THANK YOU to Chuck and his team for making it happen!

 

Preschool Fundraiser – by Preschool Parents

Preschool parents are selling Discount cards recognized by a number of local businesses.  The cards sell for $20 and are good until July 17, 2017!  Funds raised will go toward building a permanent wall to the right of the preschool entrance which will mean more storage for the Three years olds class and also for storage of recycling bins and for the kitchen.  The cards can be purchased through the Parish Office, the Preschool Office or any preschool parent.  Checks should be made out to Trinity Episcopal Preschool.  They may be purchased through August.

 

LET’S KEEP COLLECTING THOSE HYVEE TILL SLIPS – and you’re doing a great job so far

They can be from any Waterloo, Cedar Falls or Waverly HyVee, including the slips from re-fueling at the HyVee gas stations.

 

And don’t forget to keep saving . . .  pop tops from beverages and the larger pull tops for some canned foods.  The pop tops will benefit the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House. 

 

The medicine bottles going to Malawi is over!

This organization received over 2.5 million empty bottles and they are no longer collecting them.  They have another group to whom they can be sent but they have a stricter policy of sizing and washing, etc.  If there is anyone who would like to take this on, I’ll gladly give you the information and when the bottles are washed and packed, I’ll pay the postage.  Otherwise, please just recycle your bottles.  And THANK YOU to all of you who saved the bottles.

 

Would you like to walk for a good cause?  We have been invited to take part in the Antioch Church 5K walk/run on Saturday, August 13, beginning at 9am at 426 Sumner Street.  ‘Rock with Kiymarius’ is to benefit little Kiymarius who was diagnosed with 22q13 deletion syndrome which leads to developmental delay, moderate to profound intellectual disability, decreased muscle tone and absent or delayed speech.  If you want more information, please see the information sheet on the kiosk.

 

Free program for families who have relatives with mental illness

NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family is a free 12-week class for family members who have relatives with mental illness. It includes current research about mental illness; information about medications; effective treatments to promote recovery; problem solving and communication techniques; and coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload. The class will run every Thursday from 6 to 8:30 pm starting September 1 and ending November 17. It will be at the First Congregational Church in Waterloo at 608 West 4th Street. Call the NAMI office at 319-235-5263 if you have questions or want to register for the class. The deadline for registering is Wednesday, August 17.  There is a poster about these classes on the kiosk.

 

Closing Thoughts . . .

We continue to pray for an end to gun violence our Cedar Valley, and especially in Waterloo.  There have been a couple of opportunities for the police and community members to meet in a relaxed environment and I think these are first steps in building trust.  But I also believe that some people know who the individuals are who are doing the shootings and perhaps are too afraid to come forward.

 

The situation in South Sudan is still unsettled – though tragically a youth event was the site of random shooting last week.  A three-day youth festival in the Anglican Diocese of Juba came to an abrupt end as hundreds of young people were forced to flee a gun battle that erupted without warning. The three-day open air outreach at the Munuki suburbs, in the out skirts of the city, attracted close to 1000 young people aged between 18 and 28. Many of whom gave their life to Jesus.  Miraculously no one was injured by the gunfire but several young people were critically injured during the rush to get to safety.  In some areas of South Sudan the tensions have eased somewhat, but there are still thousands of people, displaced in their own country.  I’ve also heard that the African Union will be sending peacekeeping mission to South Sudan and we hold them in our thoughts and prayers.  Bishop Peni continues to ask us to pray for peace, safety, comfort and guidance for the people of South Sudan.

 

Please also hold in your prayers the government and people of South Africa.  Local elections will be held on August 3rd and regrettably the run-up to the elections has seen violence and even political assassinations.  Religious leaders have called on all South Africans to reject violence; to respect the human rights of all people and to participate in peaceful electionsA three-day youth festival in the Anglican Diocese of Juba came to an abrupt end as hundreds of young people were forced to flee a gun battle that erupted without warning. The three-day open air outreach at the Munuki suburbs, in the out skirts of the city, attracted close to 1000 young people aged between 18 and 28. Many of whom gave their life to Jesus..

 

Our world seems unsettled in many ways and in many places.  We have seen terrorist attacks in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and in the US.  Our prayers for peace and justice continue for the whole human family.  And our prayers bring hope to our sisters and brothers in the troubles places on our planet.  ‘Let us not grow weary…’

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne 

Thursday Thoughts - July 21 2016

posted Aug 3, 2016, 11:36 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts, July 21, 2016

 

Dear Friends,

 

I’m sure your calendars are marked for Mindy’s ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, August 6th, at 10a.m. here at Trinity.  A reception will follow the service.  If you would like to assist with the reception, please contact me.  And Mindy will be the celebrant at the 10:00am service on Sunday, August 7.

 

News Flash – THANK YOU to a family of angels!!

As if an answer to my ranting last Thursday about the weeds flourishing around the church, a wonderful family came out Friday evening and ‘weed wacked’ all of the weeds around the church, especially in the back.  Thank you so much.  They wanted just to sneak in and ‘do the job’ and sneak out, unnoticed.  But we caught each other out Friday evening.  Many, many thanks!!

 

If you would still like to make a donation to the landscaping project that would be most welcome.  Checks can be made out to Trinity Episcopal Parish and designated ‘for landscaping.’  If you have purchased plants on your own, please save the sales slip and Sue can give you a letter for tax purposes.

 

Borrowing chairs and/or tables or kitchen supplies from Trinity – If you want to borrow chairs and/or tables, or kitchen supplies please check them out before taking them.  There is a form to fill out in the office and we need to check that there are not conflicts in using them.  We are missing some of our metals chairs and so we need to be more careful with those that remain.

 

Catholic Worker meal is Monday, August 1

Many thanks to all who cooked and/or served last week.  And do you ever wonder what happens to food left over?  It is taken to a half way house where it is gratefully received.

 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers update

Our new schedule and liturgical formats are working well.  Thanks to all our lay eucharistic ministers. And someone said to me this week that they appreciate the addition of the ‘sending out’ prayer each Sunday so we’re all aware of who’s being visited.

 

Back-to-School Project

It’s time for one of our favorite projects!  Last year the program gave school supplies to 3,400 students in Cedar Valley. While we don’t have a date when the project ends, you can never start collecting too soon – so let’s get started!  Boxes are at both entrances to the church so you can bring school supplies now. And it won’t be too long before store will have back-to-school sales!!  This is a project you can tell your friends about.  IMPORTANT FACT: this project is done solely by volunteers so 100% of the donations go to the project!.  Let’s fill those boxes so all the children of our Cedar Valley can begin school with the supplies they need.

 

There will be an estate tag sale at Carol Houk’s home, 534 Beverly Hills, Waterloo, Saturday July 23,

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cash only. The sale includes household items, clothes, furniture and some antiques.

 

Scholarship Applications are being received now!!

Trinity has a Memorial Education Fund which provides $300 to any Trinity Parish student entering in their second year of post-high school studies. Forms are available in the office and the deadline is August 1.

 

Safeguarding God’s Children – we are in the process of organizing a class for those in the preschool and parish who need to have this training.  Please see the signup list in the kiosk.  It’s a one session course and will be held at Trinity.

 

Hope Camp is happening July 20-24 at Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center in Montour, Iowa.   Last year Hope Camp had rain, wind and tornado warnings – this year it’s a heat warning, but all is going well.  I plan to visit tomorrow.  Many thanks to Chuck – this is an amazing program.

 

Preschool Fundraiser – by Preschool Parents

Preschool parents are selling Discount cards recognized by a number of local businesses.  The cards sell for $20 and are good until July 17, 2017!  Funds raised will go toward building a permanent wall to the right of the preschool entrance which will mean more storage for the Three years olds class and also for storage of recycling bins and for the kitchen.  The cards can be purchased through the Parish Office, the Preschool Office or any preschool parent.  Checks should be made out to Trinity Episcopal Preschool.

 

LET’S KEEP COLLECTING THOSE HYVEE TILL SLIPS – and you’re doing a great job so far

They can be from any Waterloo, Cedar Falls or Waverly HyVee, including the slips from re-fueling at the HyVee gas stations.

 

And don’t forget to keep saving . . .  pop tops from beverages and the larger pull tops for some canned foods.  The pop tops will benefit the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House. 

 

The medicine bottles going to Malawi

This organization received over 2.5 million empty bottles and they are no longer collecting them.  They have another group to whom they can be sent but they have a stricter policy of sizing and washing, etc.  If there is anyone who would like to take this on, I’ll gladly give you the information and when the bottles are washed and packed, I’ll pay the postage.  Otherwise, please just recycle your bottles.  And THANK YOU to all of you who saved the bottles.

 

Opportunities in the Community

The Cedar Valley Chamber Music announces its 11th season – ‘Through the Looking Glass’ There is  one main concert remaining (tickets $20 each)  this Sunday, July 24 – Small Sacrifices – 3pm GBPAC Grand Foyer Lobby.  For details, please go to www.cedarvalleymusic.org/outreach

 

Would you like to walk for a good cause?  We have been invited to take part in the Antioch Church 5K walk/run on Saturday, August 13, beginning at 9am at 426 Sumner Street.  ‘Rock with Kiymarius’ is to benefit little Kiymarius who was diagnosed with 22q13 deletion syndrome which leads to developmental delay, moderate to profound intellectual disability, decreased muscle tone and absent or delayed speech.  If you want more information, please see the information sheet on the kiosk.

 

Free program for families who have relatives with mental illness

NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family is a free 12-week class for family members who have relatives with mental illness. It includes current research about mental illness; information about medications; effective treatments to promote recovery; problem solving and communication techniques; and coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload. The class will run every Thursday from 6 to 8:30 pm starting September 1 and ending November 17. It will be at the First Congregational Church in Waterloo at 608 West 4th Street. Call the NAMI office at 319-235-5263 if you have questions or want to register for the class. The deadline for registering is Wednesday, August 17.  There is a poster about these classes on the kiosk.

 

Closing Thoughts . . .

We continue to pray for an end to gun violence our Cedar Valley, and especially Waterloo.  Sadly, Waterloo has had its first gunshot fatality of 2016 over the weekend.  There has been some response for a segment of the religious community and I hope more will follow.  We pray for the young man killed, Otavious Brown, and for his family and friends.

 

The situation in South Sudan is still critical - fighting in Juba has been heavy and thousands have sought safety in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals there.  In some areas of South Sudan the tensions have eased somewhat, but there are still thousands of people, displaced in their own country.  I’ve also heard that the African Union will be sending peacekeeping mission to South Sudan and we hold them in our thoughts and prayers .  If you would like more information about the displaced people throughout South Sudan, get on the internet and go to: http:www.anglicannews.org/news/2016/07/cathedral-provides-sanctuary-as-thousands-flee-juba-violence.aspx.  Bishop Peni has asked up to pray for peace, safety, comfort and guidance for the people of South Sudan.

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne 

 

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