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Thursday Thoughts - December 17 2015

posted Dec 17, 2015, 1:47 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – December 17, 2015


First of all, I want to let you know that Tish Pace died on Saturday in the Health Care Center at Friendship Village where she had been for a month. She was getting very weak and was not getting better so it was a blessing for Tish and all those who loved her.  I met with Linda, her daughter, and there will be a Memorial Eucharist for Tish sometime in March, near her birthday, when family and friends can gather and celebrate her life.

Rest eternal grant unto her O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her. 

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and rise in glory.  Amen


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 our shoppers and wrappers.


In addition to the family which St. Margaret’s and Chat and Sew adopted for Christmas through the Salvation Army, our Vestry approved our adopting a family through the Angel Tree network.  Shopping for this family took place on Tuesday.  Many thanks to the individuals and St. Margaret’s Circle for their contributions. And thanks to the shoppers and wrappers for this family as well.


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.


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.


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

It’s not too late to come tonight for the program!!


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.


HyVee Receipts turned in so far this year total over $54,000.

Thanks to everyone for saving your till slips – keep up the good work!!  Remember the slips need to be dated June 1, 2015 or later and can come from HyVee stores in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Waverly.


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 Trinity – calling for all children!!

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.


Looking ahead - Next date to work at the Food Bank is this Saturday, January 16, and the time is 9-11am.


Service schedule for Christmastide

Sunday December 20 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

8:00 am - Holy Eucharist

10:00 am - Holy Eucharist with Sunday School and Choir


Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

7:00 pm – Holy Eucharist and the Blessing of the Christmas Creche. 

This service focuses on our children.

10:00 pm – Congregational Carol Sing

10:30 pm – Festival Holy Eucharist


Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day

10:00 am – Celebration of the Holy Eucharist


Sunday, December 27 – The First Sunday after Christmas

8:00 – Holy Eucharist

10:00 – Holy Eucharist


Closing Thoughts . . .

We are in the fourth week of 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


I was so glad that the Cedar Valley Interfaith Coalition adopted a statement which expresses our concern about the growing number of anti-Islam incidents, even here in the Cedar Valley.  And it was adopted on December 10th which is World Human Rights Day!  Names can still be added to the statement.


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 the two nations 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 Fourth 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,



Nikki Roe,
Dec 17, 2015, 1:47 PM