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Thursday Thoughts - April 28 2016

posted May 2, 2016, 11:36 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – April 28, 2016


Dear Friends,

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


With the season of Easter comes the Alleluia Fund.  This fund, established by Bishop Scarfe, 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.  Please do consider making a gift to the Fund.  You send the envelope directly to the Diocese.


Landscaping project is getting exciting

Next week the Wapsie Pines people will be here to get all of the roots ground up and hauled away so our soil will be ready to plant.  The utility lines have been located and marked and our designated ‘scouts’ are determining where the healthiest plants are located around the Cedar Valley.  It’s getting exciting and beginning to take shape.  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.’ 


Does your garden need mulch?

Still in the garden mode - we have a huge pile of mulch from when we removed the plants last fall – if you would like to come and take come, it’s yours for the taking.  Otherwise we need to have it taken away.


A meal for the Harrisons

Nicholas Carter Harrison has arrived and everyone is doing great!!   We try to provide meals for families of new babies and that time is now for the Harrisons. There will be a signup sheet on the kiosk if you would like to provide a meal!  Thanks.


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

Three of you have contacted me about what time would work best for you.  There will be signup sheets on the kiosk on Sunday – please sign up for the time that works best for you.  Thanks.


Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

Matt Harrison has contacted the Re Store shop – which is run by Habitat for Humanity and they would welcome volunteers to work on a Saturday.  This might enable us to do something for Habitat which won’t mean ladders and heavy lifting.  Please let me know if this sounds like something you might be interested in doing.


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 29.    Thanks to all of you who have been so faithful in collecting the till slips.  We may be heading for a new record amount!!  Now you get the month of May off, and we start collecting again in June.


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.



Please don’t forget donations to the Food Bank!

A woman came by on Wednesday with a large bag of breakfast cereals, saying she heard we collected for the Food Bank and her church had decided to stop.  So that gave me pause to raise the issue for all of us.  We’ve fallen behind a little in our contributions as well.


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.


Workday for the Preschool is postponed one week!!

The weather is looking a bit iffy for Saturday and Carrie has decided to postpone the workday until Saturday, May 7th.  So don’t put away your workday clothes, just put them aside for a week!!


The Preschool Board will meet on Thursday, May 5, at 6:00pm in the Library.


An important upcoming Inter-Faith opportunity:

The Tenth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in the Cedar Valley, will be held on Wednesday, 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. For additional information contact the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, UNI, (319) 273-3870.

Know anyone looking to buy a home in Waterloo?

One of our preschool staff is relocating with her family to Arkansas and they need to sell their home.  If you go to the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services One Realty Centre website and enter the address – 1901 E. Ridgeway Avenue, Waterloo, you will find the description, photos, etc.


Closing Thoughts . . .

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. 

There’s a bit of hope-filled news about South Sudan, which Ray Gaebler shared on his email (he is one of the people in Iowa who faithfully keeps up with South Sudan:

I am pleased to report that after innumerable delays and missed deadlines opposition leader Riek Macher returned to Juba today and was sworn in as vice president of the transitional government to work out a path to peace in South Sudan.  When South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 Salva Kiir became president and Riek Macher became vice president.  In July of 2013 President Kiir sacked Macher.  In December 2013 fighting broke out in Juba when Kiir accused Macher of attempting a coup, which Macher denied.  Fighting quickly turned into ethnic/tribal strife and spread throughout the country.  It is estimated that 2.2 million people have fled their homes and tens of thousands have been killed in the ensuing civil war.  The economy which depends largely on oil has collapsed and parts of the country face extreme famine and starvation.  


Under pressure from the international community the two rivals reluctantly signed a peace agreement last August which calls for Macher to be reinstated as vice president and a transitional government formed to make a way to permanent peace.  It has taken until today for the first step to be completed.   Obstacles remain very great but the international community agrees that this is the best chance South Sudan has to regain stability as the world’s newest nation. 

The above will give you a bit of the recent history which has led to the current situation.  We continue to pray for Bishop Samuel and his leadership of the Peace and Reconciliation program there.


And our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called for a season of prayer for regions of the Anglican Communion which are experiencing violence and civil strife.  These regions include South Sudan as well as Burundi, Central America, Democratic Republic of Congo, Middle East, and Pakistan.  "In this season of Resurrection, I call on everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters in areas where there is much burden and little hope," the Presiding Bishop said.  Citing Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ - Presiding Bishop Curry called for prayer throughout the holy season of Easter beginning in April and proceeding through Pentecost, May 15. 


Whether you believe in climate change or not, there have been huge storms to our south – with heavy rains, unusually large hail, high winds and a few tornadoes. We hold those affected in our prayers.

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, to ‘keep on keeping on,’ and not to forget to count our blessings.


In the peace and hope of Christ,



Nikki Roe,
May 2, 2016, 11:36 AM