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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  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


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,



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