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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,


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