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Musings on Monday - March 28 2016

posted Mar 29, 2016, 11:23 AM by Nikki Roe

Musings of Monday – March 28, 2016


Dear Friends,


Alleluia, Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!


In the context of this Easter salutation, I want to let you all know that Carol Houk died late Saturday night, surrounded by her loving family and accompanied by the prayers of many.  Over the last three and a half years, Carol bravely fought her cancer and was a source of inspiration to me and so many others.  Her deep faith was so evident in her living and in her dying.  The celebration of her life (Burial Office within the celebration of the Holy Eucharist) will take place at here at Trinity at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 2. Following the burial, there will be a reception in our Parish Hall.   Sadly I will not be here to conduct the service and burial, but fortunately Maureen will be able to take the service so all will go smoothly.  As many of you would know, Carol LOVED wearing amazing hats and that may be a bit of an understatement.  Her sister, Helen, agreed that if any of you ladies have a favorite hat, you might want to wear it on Saturday!


We had a lovely memorial service and celebration of the life of Tish Pace here on Saturday, March 19th.  It was wonderful to see many of our members along with her friends from Friendship Village.  Of course, it was followed with a ‘chocolate reception’ complete with hot fudge sundaes, brownies and cookies.  Linda Olsen, Tish’s daughter, commented on how much she appreciated seeing so many of Tish’s friends, and also that they had a chance to see Tish’s grandchildren about whom they had heard so much.  Thank you to the team who served at the reception.

THANK YOU                            THANK YOU                            THANK YOU                            THANK YOU

There are a lot of 'Thank You's to shout out!!  As always, the church looked lovely for Easter, the choir sounded wonderful at the many services where they sang and led the Passion narratives; the altar guild did their usual stellar job; lay ministers; Scripture readers and prayer leaders did a great job.  Many thanks to Sue McClure for all the extra service sheets; thank you to everyone who gave flowers in memory or and in thanksgiving for loved ones; and thanks to Larry Lavenz and Terry Doughty (roped in at the last minute) for the extra cleaning.  Whew! Still more thank you to all who helped with the Agape meal on Maundy Thursday and the Easter Day brunch! And the flowering of the Sudanese Cross was 'chaos transformed into beauty.'  I  hope I haven't missed any one - if so, I'll make amends next week,


Please don’t forget our first landscaping follow-up meeting is Thursday, March 31, at 6:00pm at Trinity.  In the meantime, soil samples have been taken to assess the quality of our soil and soon the remaining stumps in the planting area will be removed and the soil tilled for planting.  This is the time when we can put additives in the soil, if needed.  At this point, we are looking to plant in June.  We have a good team committed to taking this process forward, but more can come on board!  We will keep everyone informed as the process goes forward.


Sunday, April 3, there will be only one service at 10:00am!!


Diocesan Activities are coming up fast!

  • Saturday, April 9, is the Conversation with the Bishop at The Church of the Saviour, 610 Mill Street, Clermont.  The morning session is for clergy and the afternoon session, from 1-4pm, is for everyone.  Some of the Bishop's presentation will be based on the book, The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus, by Robin Meyers as well as the Bishop's own experiences in a church without state or social sanction.  It is not necessary that you have read the book, however, my copy will be in the office if anyone would like to borrow it.  The Bishop would like members of our vestry to consider attending the afternoon session, but anyone may attend.   I will put a sign-up sheet on the kiosk and we will sort out transportation once we see who is signed up.


  • Sunday, April 10, is our North Cedar Valley Chapter meeting at St. Luke's Cedar Falls, beginning at 2pm.  An agenda will be out shortly.  Please let Suzanne or Maureen know if you would like to attend.  It should be an interesting meeting.


  • Saturday, April 16, is the annual Baptismal Living Day at Trinity Episcopal Church, Iowa City. The time is 9am - 5pm and registration is $10, which includes lunch.  Trinity has had a good representation at previous days and I hope we can keep it up.  There will be a sign-up sheet for this on the kiosk.  We are asked to come as a team to explore these questions - (1) In what concrete life experience is God currently inviting/challenging/nudging our response? (2) How will be respond? (3) What support as well as challenge comes from our baptismal vows?


Parish Work Day - Saturday, April 9 from 10am.  Unfortunately we have a conflict here but I'm hoping there will be people willing to take part in the workday and others will go to Clermont.  Lunch will be provided.


Our next date to serve supper at the Catholic Worker House is Monday, April 11th.  A sign-up chart will be available on the kiosk two week ahead of the night we serve.  There are pans for the casseroles in the Copy Room.  And Diane Neuhaus and Linda Valentine have recipes if you need them.


Our next Vestry meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19.


Are you interested in being a part of a prayer chain?  Linda Valentine is very interested in restarting this ministry.  It’s a meaningful ministry which is a ‘quiet’ ministry, but so important to those who take part and to those on whose behalf the prayers are offered.  If you have questions or want to sign up, please call Linda at 319-235-9175.  Please leave a message if she isn’t available.


Please don't forget our Stewardship Campaign! 

Thank you to all of you who returned your stewardship pledges of your time, talent and treasure.  For those of you who haven’t yet responded, we would appreciate receiving it as soon as possible.  Your commitment of your time, treasure and talents will help us formulate the 2016 budget with more accuracy. This is an important part of our life as a community of faith.  It’s often not easy to talk about the stewardship of our time, talents and treasure, but it’s essential to how we function as a congregation - in our day-to-day life as a parish community and in the greater Cedar Valley.  Thank you.


Don’t forget to save . . . . While you are saving your HyVee till slips and your medicine bottles, don’t forget you can also save pop tops from beverages and the larger pull tops for some canned foods.  These benefit the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House.  There is a container for them at the east entrance to the Church.  Thank you.


There is a ‘wish list’ for the school age students in the before and after school class.  Please look at the list on the kiosk and see if you might be able to contribute something.  Thank you.

Looking ahead in our Waterloo/Cedar Falls Communities:

  • Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, will be speaking at St. Stephen the Witness Student Center at UNI on April 6-7.  Time and details will be on the kiosk.

  • Also on April 10 from 5-6:30pm there will be a social gathering at Masjid Al-Noor Islamic Center, 2110 Sager Ave., Waterloo, entitled Know Your Neighbor: Beyond Tolerance. This gathering will be another step in fostering inter-faith dialogue and is sponsored by the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council.  Light refreshments will be served and free will donations will be accepted to further these conversations.


Closing Thoughts . . .

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter as the culmination of a reflective Lent and Holy Week. And it seems like spring may really be just around the corner.  I love this time of year when the bare trees begin to take on a slight tinge of color - usually green or yellow - and you know it won't be too long before leaves and flowers appear.


We remember all those who lost family and loved ones in the attacks in Brussels, Belgium, and Lahore, India, and the several hundreds of people who were injured in both tragedies.  These horrific acts are becoming far too frequent in our global community.  We continue to pray for South Sudan and Bishop Peni and the Diocese of Nzara and for an end to the civil war there.  We remember our sisters and brothers in Swaziland and their struggle with drought.


I will be away from Wednesday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 6, attending and assisting at the marriage of Anna, my niece.  Most of the time I will be in Bradenton, Florida, but I will make a day trip an hour or so south to visit the Rev. Peggy Harris, formerly of Des Moines.  Maureen Doherty is on call for me during this period.  Her cell number is 310-415-5747.  I am so grateful for her presence.


So, with our world seeming a bit crazy and even dangerous at times, our response is to be prayerful and to ‘keep on keeping’ and we must not forget to count our blessings too.


In the peace and hope of Christ,



PS:  Remember, one service this Sunday at 10am!

Nikki Roe,
Mar 29, 2016, 11:23 AM