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Friday Thoughts - June 3 2016

posted Jun 10, 2016, 10:27 AM by Nikki Roe


Friday Thoughts– June 3, 2016


Dear Friends,


NEXT SUNDAY – JUNE 12 - we will be having one service at 10am - an outdoor service – followed by a ‘Pulled Pork’ picnic where we will say farewell to the Harrisons – Amanda, Matt, Frank and Nicholas!  Matt is smoking the pork for his own farewell and the parish will supply the buns, coffee, tea and lemonade.  That leaves salads, veggies and dessert type things for everyone else.  If the weather isn’t our friend next Sunday we will have celebration farewell inside!  Mark your calendar and we’ll see everyone next Sunday!!


You are invited to a MULCHING PARTY!!  An invitation you’ll be hard-pressed to let go by!  We will be doing a major ‘mulch’ this Sunday after the 10am service.  Wear your garden clothes to church and join us!  This is a very important part of the whole landscaping project – we can’t let the grass and the weeds get ahead of us.


Landscaping project is very exciting

If you would like to make a donation to this 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.


Attention all lay ministers, proclaimers and leaders of prayers, lay Eucharistic ministers and acolytes:

I’m scheduling two evenings this coming week – Wednesday, June 11th from 6:30-7:30 and the same time on Thursday, the 12th!  I am also scheduling another time on Sunday, the 19th after the 10am service from 11:45.  This first round of meetings will be general information as well as new information.  A second round of meetings will be ‘job specific.’  If you need to be re-licensed  or licensed for the first time and these dates won’t suit you – please let me know.


IT’ S JUNE – again

And we’ve started collecting HyVee till slips again.  They can be from any Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Waverly HyVees, including the slips from re-fueling at the HyVee gas stations.


And don’t forget to keep saving . . .  

We are still accepting your medicine bottles and 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 go to a medical project in Malawi.


Catholic Worker meal

Trinity's Catholic Worker House meal will be served this Monday, June 6th.  See sign-up on the list on the kiosk.


Back-to-School Project

It’s time for one of our favoring 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!  I will call to get some collection boxes.  And this a project you can tell your friends about.  IMPORTANT FACT: this project is done solely by volunteers so 100% of the donation.  Let’s fill those boxes so all the children of our Cedar Valley can begin school with the supplies they need.


NE Iowa Food Bank

Our next day at the Food Bank is Saturday, June 18th from 9-11.  This is an activity for the whole family.


Closing Thoughts . . .

In our letter from Alan, our bishop, we are asked to wear orange on Sunday as part of the ‘Wear Orange’ movement as a sign of our support of a group of bishops in the Episcopal Church who are advocating stricter purchasing and licensing of gun, including handguns.  It’s not meant to be a rigid group which stands off but rather a group committed to dialogue among groups concerned about gun violence and gun purchase.  The color orange was chosen because it is the color hunters choose for safety.  I plan to come up with something orange as a sign of my commitment to reducing gun violence in our Cedar Valley.  Orange stoles would be a new angle which I fear will not get done by Sunday. If you would like to wear orange this Sunday – that would be great.


I wish everyone a good summer ahead – knowing that I’ll see fewer of you in the months to come.  Once again I want to thank our church school teachers for their stellar service for the past TWO years.  I’m hoping some of you might consider becoming a member of that distinguished team.  Thanks to Becky Adams, Amanda Kline, Chris Nieman and Kathleen Sallee, along with helpers Suzan Lane and Cindy Kline.

We try to make sure that no one teaches more than one Sunday a month.  For the coming year, I believe we will need to have two classes, as our span of ages in one class is getting too large to engage the interest of the older students.  Please keep this in your thoughts and prayers and feel free to contact me if you are interested or have questions.


In the peace and hope of Christ,





Nikki Roe,
Jun 10, 2016, 10:27 AM