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Thursday Thoughts - December 10 2015 & Cedar Valley Interfaith Council Anti-hate Stmt

posted Dec 11, 2015, 2:22 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – December 10, 2015


Next date to work at the Food Bank is this Saturday, December 5, and the time is 9-11am.


Shopping for Christmas Adopt-A-Family took place on Tuesday and a good time was had by all!  Packages have been delivered to the Salvation Army so Santa can do his magic.  Thank you to everyone who contributed and to out shoppers and wrappers.


In addition to the family which St. Margaret’s and Chat and Sew adopt for Christmas through the Salvation Army, our Vestry approved our adopting a family through the Angel Tree network.  We are choosing a family in Waterloo, known to a vestry member to be in need of assistance and one parent is incarcerated.  We plan to shop for them this week.  Check on the kiosk for more information.


Have you looked at our website lately?  Please do.

Matt Harrison and Nikki Roe have been working on our website and it’s coming along well.  We need photos!  Do you have photos of Trinity activities that we might post on our website?  We need photos!! We are setting up a special file to which you can send photos. In the meantime, you can email them to  Let us know if you have problems with our site.


Need to get into the holiday spirit?  Here’s another chance!

New Horizons Band will be having a concert on Monday, December 14, at 7:30pm at the Gallagher Bluedorn.  A free will offering will be taken and used to assist music students at UNI.

Be warned – this is a very popular concert!!


A very important date – is almost here!

We have a great group travelling to Mindy Valentine Davis’ ordination Saturday, December 12th, at 3pm in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Des Moines.  Ken Messer of St. John’s, Keokuk also will be ordained at that time.  It seems we have our transportation sorted out and we will be using the Preschool/Church van.  Mindy will be at Trinity on Sunday at the 10am service.


Also on December 12th – First Aid/CPR/AED training at Trinity – 8am – 3pm

This will be Red Cross training for Adult and Child First Aid/CPR/AED.  It is being held at Trinity and there is room for three more people to take part. Please let Sue in our Office know if this date works for you, or if you would like the training but can make that date.


Something different – Alternative Christmas gifting!

We’re trying something a little different this year.  This is the perfect answer for the person who has everything but you want to let them know s/he is special to you.  We will provide Christmas cards– with a message something like this inside –

In this season when we celebrate God’s amazing gift to us –the birth of Jesus – a monetary Christmas gift has been made in your name to (you will chose one): Habitat for Humanity or The Heifer Project or the Neighborhood Care Centers in Swaziland or the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. 

You can add a greeting if you wish on the card and on the back there will be a short description of the organization you chose.  It’s just that simple and no bustling crowds or lines to stand in.  And you have gifted someone you love with a gift that will change lives all around the world.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Poinsettias for Christmas!! Already!?! Would you like to give a poinsettia in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one?  The price is $11 each and they will be delivered to the church.  Please call the church office if you are buying a plant so we will know how many to count on and so we can get the names of loved ones to be remembered for the Christmas service sheets.


Thursday, December 17 – Our Preschool Christmas Program and Art Auction – 6:30 pm

This is a wonderful program not to be missed.  If you would like to donate new or gently used 8x10 picture frame, or can bring cookies, Sprite or sherbet for the reception, please see the sing-up sheet on the kiosk. Thank you!


Saturday, December 19th from 9 to 11am – Altar Guild workshop – preparing for the Greening of the Church


Benefit Dance for Cindy Albrecht McCarthy – December 19 from 7-11pm

This evening at the Electric Park Ballroom will include DJ and Silent Auction. There will be free Hors D’oeuvres and snacks.  Tickets: Adults - $10 and children - $5.  This is open to the public. As many of you would know, Cindy is Judy McCarthy’s daughter-in-law and she has been waging a brave battle against Stage 3 breast cancer.  She has completed one very difficult series of treatments and is now beginning a year of chemotherapy. This has put a huge financial strain on the whole family.  We want to help as we can.


Sunday, December 20 - Greening of the Church after the 10am service.  There is something for everyone to do, even the little ones.  This will be followed by our traditional chicken vegetable soup lunch.  Would you like to add to our traditional soup luncheon with a pot of soup too? It can be any recipe.  We need some volunteers to help with breads and treats, too.  Please let Kathleen Sallee know.


Our next meal for the Catholic Worker community is Monday, December 28th.  A signup sheet will be on the kiosk on Sunday.  We need your help on this one for food as well as a few workers to be at the Catholic Worker House at 5:00pm.  Please see Suzanne with any questions.


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.



Christmas Eve at 7:00pm at Trinity

We will be having our traditional Christmas Eve service at 7:00pm – which focuses on the first Christmas as our children bring forth the figurines which are a part of the Christmas narrative.  We are thinking of also doing a short play but it needs a certain number of children to work – 13 children to be exact.  Please let me know if your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews will be at that service.  The parts are not speaking parts but everyone is an important part of the message.


Closing Thoughts . . .

We are almost three weeks into Advent - my favorite season of the year.  The themes of the season include justice, hope, compassion and joy.  Our Advent wreath gently moves us forward and our lessons challenge us to incorporate those themes into our daily lives and to share them with others by the way we live our lives


Today the Cedar Valley Interfaith Coalition met and adopted a statement which expresses our concern about the growing number of anti-Islam incidents, even here in the Cedar Valley.  (And December 10th is World Human Rights Day!) Islamaphobia is real and it is very hurtful.  If you would like your name added to the statement, which I will add as an attachment to Thursday Thoughts, please let me know.  We will be soliciting signatures, but the Council felt that this was too important an issue to wait before our initial news release.


And we continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Nzara, and especially for Bishop Samuel as he continues to head of the justice, peace and reconciliation work for the entire province comprised of Sudan and South Sudan.  He needs our special prayers.


We also continue to experience violence, especially gun violence, in our community, and we continue to pray and work for an end to the violence.


This Sunday is the Third Sunday in Advent - a wonderful season which challenges us to be people of hope, peace, justice and compassion and through all of that, to experience the joy which God desperately wants for us.  May it be so.


In the peace and hope of Christ,



Cedar Valley Interfaith Council

Promoting Unity through Understanding, Respect, and Action

 Emphasizing Our Commonalities and Respecting Our Differences




As people of faith and moral conscience, we watch the rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment in our nation and community with alarm.  We hear hurtful and divisive rhetoric.  Our hearts are cracked wide open.

People are understandably afraid and concerned for their safety.  However, responding to fear with hatred diminishes us all — both in spirit and safety. We must not allow fear to undermine the values that stand at the very heart of who we are as people of faith and Americans.

Muslims are our neighbors and our doctors and our nurses, our local merchants and our teachers. We know Muslims as mothers and fathers and caregivers, and as teammates and colleagues and friends.

As people of faith, we pledge to:

·         affirm love for our neighbor as a core principle, and honor the dignity and equality of all people;

·         repudiate those who pervert any religion for political purposes;

·         assert that extremists and terrorists do not represent Islam as it is practiced by the vast majority of people here and abroad;

·         challenge and reduce Islamophobia as well as other forms of discrimination in the Cedar Valley.

We urge all Cedar Valley residents to join us in defending our Muslim brothers and sisters from attack, speaking up when they are maligned, and supporting them with our voices and our actions.

May we walk hand in hand into a future where racism, hate, and violence are relics of the past, where differences are celebrated, and our children inherit our joy.


Affirmed by the CVIC on Dec. 10, 2015.  Affiliations of signers are for identification purposes only.




Edis Beganovic, Islamic Center Masjid Al-Noor, Waterloo

Rev. Brad Braley, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Falls

Rev. Wendi Gillan, St. Timothys United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls

Rev. Joe Greenmore, First Baptist Church, Waterloo

Larry Gordon, Cedar Falls Quaker worship group

Rev. Susan Janzen, Cedar Falls Mennonite Church

Dema Kazkaz, Islamic Center Masjid Al-Noor, Waterloo

Rev. Chuck Lane, Trinity Episcopal Parish, Waterloo

Rev. Suzanne Peterson, Trinity Episcopal Parish, Waterloo

Rev. Elizabeth Popplewell, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls

Adin Rasidagic, Islamic Center Masjid Al-Noor, Waterloo

Rev. Ruth Ratliff, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls

Rabbi Stanley Rosenbaum, Sons of Jacob Synagogue, Waterloo

Rev. Amy Wiles, First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo

Rev. Steve Williams, First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls

Nikki Roe,
Dec 11, 2015, 2:22 PM
Nikki Roe,
Dec 11, 2015, 2:22 PM