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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


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!





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