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Thursday Thoughts - April 14 2016

posted Apr 15, 2016, 8:10 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – April 14, 2016


Dear Friends,


Alleluia, Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!


The acclamation above is just a reminder that we are still in the season of Easter – until the Day of Pentecost.


And with the season of Easter comes the Alleluia Fund.  This fund, established by Bishop Scarf, is a source of funding for new and innovative forms of outreach and ministry that need a little boost to get going.  There are envelopes at both entrances and inserts in our service sheets over the next few weeks will share some of the projects funded in the past. 


Landscaping project

The first ‘follow-up’ landscaping meeting went well.  There was second meeting last Thursday and those present want to extend a wider invitation to discuss landscape planning at coffee hour this Sunday There will be members who met last week there and we are hopeful that everyone will have a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us.


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

I want to have one or two meetings with each group during the rest of April and the first half of May – and so I ask – would you rather meet between services – impacting in choir practice – or an evening meeting at the church?  Please let me know which you would prefer so I can plan.  Wednesday nights are out – choir practice.  Also, if you are interested in one of these forms of liturgical ministry, please let me know.


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.


Dinner at the Catholic Worker House last Monday went well.   A big THANK YOU to those who cooked and to those who served!  We have dates for the remainder of 2016 - the first Monday of each month, with the exception of July 4th and September 5th - when we will serve on the second Monday.  A sign-up chart will be available on the kiosk two weeks ahead of the night we serve.  There are pans and recipes for the casseroles in the Copy Room of the Church office. 


Don’t forget to save . . .   

Our deadline for turning in HyVee till slips is coming up.  Please have all your slips in by Friday, April 30.  This is an extension from the date in last week's Thursday Thoughts.  Also, if you would be able to assist in tabulating the slips that are coming in now, please let Sue McClure know.  Thanks to all of you who have been so faithful in collecting the till slips.  We may be heading for a new record amount!!


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.


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.


Thanks to all of you who . . . .

  • Attended Conversations with the Bishop last Saturday at The Church of the Savior, Clermont.  We had the most members from one parish there.

  • Helped with our April 9th Clean-up Day at Trinity. Thank you to Becky Adams, Neil Benjamin (re-cycling) Jo Capoccioni, Matt Harrison Chuck & Susan Johnson, Sarah Myers, Ray McClure, Diane Neuhaus and Kathleen Sallee for a job well done!  I haven’t seen the list of all that was done, but I know that the women’s bathroom received two coats of paint and it looks great.  I also noticed that the Christmas stable and a rack of metal chairs made their way to the garage.

  • Chuck Lane and I represented Trinity at our North Cedar Valley Chapter last Sunday afternoon at St. Luke’s.


This Saturday is Baptismal Living Day and Judy Henry, Dot Teague, Linda Valentine, Chuck Lane and I will be attending at Trinity Church, Iowa City. 


Saturday is also our morning at the Food Bank several of our 'regulars' at the Food Bank will be unable to attend - this is a good opportunity for some new volunteers. There is something for everyone to do. The time is 9-11 and new people are always welcome.


Coming up next week –

  • Tuesday, April 19, the Vestry meets at 7pm;

  • Thursday, April 21, St. Margaret’s Circle meets in the Library at noon.  Please bring a sack lunch.

  • Also on Thursday, the Master Gardeners return to meet with all persons interested in our landscaping project – at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall.


Some important upcoming Inter-Faith opportunities:

  • The first is a showing of the film "No Asylum:  The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story" at UNI on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in Sabin Hall 2.

  • The second is the Tenth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in the Cedar Fall, being held on May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Grout Museum. Co-sponsors of this event are the Sons of Jacob Synagogue and the Catholic Parishes of Waterloo.

    Both events are free and open to the public.  For additional information contact the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, UNI, (319) 273-3870.



    Events like these help make our Cedar Valley a better place:

    On Sunday, April 10, from 5-6:30pm there was a wonderful gathering of almost 100 people at Masjid Al-Noor Islamic Center.  It was another step in fostering inter-faith dialogue and was sponsored by the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council. 


    On Wednesday, Professor Najeeba Syeed, Assistant Professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont Graduate School, gave a talk, "Towards a Social Justice Framework for Interfaith Cooperation" at the Maucker Union at UNI.  Congratulations to the Explorers of Religion/UNI, sponsors of the event!


Closing Thoughts . . .

This has been a busy few weeks since Easter and we aren’t done yet.  Thank you to everyone who has shared their time and talents for our Parish and the Diocese.


Lots to pray for- this year we are so aware of the many needs of brothers and sisters around the world – experiencing war and other forms of violence, drought and floods and famine.  The Anglican Consultative Council (one of the three ‘instruments’ of our Anglican Communion have been meeting in Lusaka, Zambia in the Cathedral.  One aspect of the reports which has especially caught my attention has been the presence of young people and their passion for our environment and working to be agents of healing and change. And Waterloo, as well as Dubuque and Cedar Rapids, is experiencing another ‘season’ of shots fired in our neighborhoods. So, with our world seeming a bit crazy and even dangerous at times, our response is to be prayerful and to ‘keep on keeping on,’ and we must not forget to count our blessings too.


Again, thank you to Maureen who has stepped in more than she had planned.  I know you all join me in appreciating her ministry and her presence amongst us.


In the peace and hope of Christ,


Nikki Roe,
Apr 15, 2016, 8:10 AM