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Thursday Thoughts - April 7 2016

posted Apr 15, 2016, 8:08 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – April 7, 2016


Dear Friends,


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


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


First of all, a huge thank you to Maureen Doherty for taking the funeral service for Carol Houk.  I was so sorry to be away, but I knew that with Maureen, assisted by Sue McClure in our office, everything would go well, as it did.  And thanks to Elizabeth Popplewell for sharing in the service.  It was an Easter service for someone who had an Easter spirit through and through!


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.


The first ‘follow-up’ landscaping meeting went well.  A second meeting is tonight – with a core group invited to attend.  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.


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.


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 of the Church office.  If you haven’t signed up, please see the chart on the kiosk


Don’t forget to save . . .

Our deadline for turning in HyVee till slips is coming up.  Please have all your slips in by Sunday, April 24.  Also, if you would be able to assist in tabulating the slips that are coming in now, please let Sue McClure know.


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.


Looking ahead to this weekend and beyond

  • Our Conversation with the Bishop is this Saturday, April 9th at The Church of the Savior, Clermont.  The morning is for clergy and the afternoon session 1-4 pm is for everyone.  Several people have signed up – please call Linda Valentine or Judy Henry if you would like to ride with those going.

  • Clean-up Day at Trinity  is this Saturday – April 9 - is from 9am – 2pm.  All skill levels are welcome.  Lunch will be served.

  • Our North Cedar Valley Chapter meets Sunday afternoon, April 10 at St. Luke’s – beginning at 2pm

  • Want to lead a hand to a worthy community cause?  “Good Food for a Good Cause” will be at the Cedar Falls Pizza Ranch (on University) – to benefit Sportability of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp at UNI. The date Wednesday, April 13 and all you have to do is to have dinner at the Pizza Ranch, order a carry out meals or have your meal delivered.  Seven percent of the sales between 5 and 8pm will be donated back to Sportability of Iowa.  All you have to do is to eat supper – how easy I that.

  • Baptismal Living Day – Saturday, April 16, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Iowa City. Time: 9am – 5pm; $10 registration includes lunch.  Please sign up on Sunday.

  • Our next morning at the Food Bank is also April 16th hopefully some of our regulars call help at the Food Bank, while others travel to Iowa City.


Some Inter-Faith opportunities:

  • Sunday, April 10, from 5-6:30pm there will be a social gathering at Masjid Al-Noor Islamic Center, 2110 Sager Ave., Waterloo.  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.

  • Tuesday, April 12, 4:00 pm, University Room in Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa.  Professor Najeeba Syeed, Assistant Professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont Graduate School, will give a talk, "Towards a Social Justice Framework for Interfaith Cooperation."  Professor Syeed is known especially for her award-winning efforts on behalf of peacemaking and interfaith cooperation. ​ The topic of this lecture is especially important given our current culture in which minority religious traditions have at times been looked upon with suspicion,​ even by some of the leading candidates for the highest office in our country.  Professor Syeed will discuss how the concept of "social justice" might help us address this issue in a responsible way.  Sponsored by the Explorers of Religion.


Closing Thoughts . . .

There are lots of activities on our calendar, especially from this coming weekend through Sunday, April 17.  Thank you to those of you who are planning to go to Clermont on the 9th. I hope a few of you can attend the chapter meeting on Sunday afternoon this weekend, at St. Luke’s, Cedar Falls.  Next Saturday, April 16, is the Baptismal Living Day in Iowa City.  Trinity has a proud history of having a good number of people going – and I hope we can keep up with our history!


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.  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.


I’m back in the land of the frozen spring, after a week in Florida to take part in my niece’s wedding.  In spite of it raining several hours before the ceremony, we were able to be on the beach not long before the sun set.  It was just what Anna and Nathan wanted and it was a privilege to be a part of it all.  Then I had lunch with 10 of my high school classmates just before I left.  We are celebrating this year our 50th reunion – as members of the class of 1966.  That was a very enjoyable time.  Most of those present I had not seen since we graduated.  Our ‘real’ reunion is a cruise in November which I will not be able to attend.  As for me, I’m glad to be back in Iowa.


In the peace and hope of Christ,


Nikki Roe,
Apr 15, 2016, 8:08 AM