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Thursday Thoughts - December 31 2015

posted Jan 5, 2016, 9:07 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – December 31, 2015


Dear Friends,


First and foremost, this comes to wish you and your loved ones a peace-filled and joy-filled New Year in 2016.  And I’m sure you join me in hoping and praying for a vision of peace and cooperation for our global family.


And a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make our Christmas services wonderful celebrations.  Thanks to the Altar Guild, the Chancel Choir (and the Chime Choir in Advent), readers and lay ministers and to those who gave flowers.  And I can't forget everyone who helped on Sunday, December 20th.  I felt a real sense of community in the midst of the decorating for Christmas and the great soup luncheon which followed.


One special thank you

If you missed the 10:30 pm service on Christmas Eve you missed our Chancel Choir at its very best.  And Sarah Myer's solo and brief duet with Diane Neuhaus was top quality.  THANK YOU, CHANCEL CHOIR!!!


Please don't forget - we are in the midst of our Stewardship Campaign. 

If you didn't receive the Stewardship mailing from our Church Office please let me know as soon as possible and I will see that it is resent.  We would like to have your response by January 10, so we can have better information for our Annual Meeting on January 24th.


Looking ahead, but not too far!!

Our Annual Meeting is coming up – Sunday, January 24 – and there will only be one service that day – 10am – followed by our Annual Meeting and Potluck Lunch.  Our snow date is January 31st.  If you have responsibility for writing a report for the annual meeting, please note reports are due on January 10 – and please email it if possible.  Thank you!


Our meal for the Catholic Worker community on Monday went on as scheduled in spite of the weather!!  We just cut down on the number of people who had to be out and driving. Thanks to Kathleen Sallee and Judy Henry helped serve and to Becky Adams, Janine Benjamin, Debbie Lane, Diane Neuhaus, Linda Valentine and Maureen and Joan who prepared food along with Kathleen and Judy! Our next date to serve supper is Wednesday, January 27.


The Altar Flowers Calendar for 2016

Please see the new Altar Flowers Calendar on the kiosk.  The permanent listings are there, and some new spaces are open.  Please consider giving flowers in memory of loved ones, to honor a person or an occasion or in thanksgiving for loved ones.  If you have a special date in mind, it is OK to have more than one giver on a Sunday.  Thank you.


HyVee Receipts turned in so far this year total over $56,000.

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.


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


Closing Thoughts . . .

We find ourselves on the Eve of the New Year and perhaps feeling the pressure to make those New Year's resolutions - and that's not a bad thing at all. Goals are a good thing, as long as we don't set ourselves up to fail. I certainly hope your participation in the life and witness of Trinity Parish will be among them - perhaps trying another activity or even suggesting a new activity for consideration. I know for sure, our dedicated Sunday School teachers would love to welcome you to their team.  Our goal has been to have each teacher be teaching one Sunday a month.  Right now they are teaching twice a month.  We've decided to try two classes this year, but next year it will be a necessity - what a happy 'challenge.'


We continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Nzara, and especially for Bishop Samuel as he continues to head up the justice, peace and reconciliation work for the entire province, comprised of the two nations of The Sudan and South Sudan.  He needs our special prayers.  And we also pray that he had the opportunity to be with his family over this sacred season.  As you may recall, the violence in and around Nzara made it necessary for his family to move outside South Sudan.


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


I sense a heightened sense of dis-ease in our nation - and it seems to be, in part, connected to the recent 'terrorist' attacks in the world, including the recent shootings in San Bernardino.  My hope is that we will continue to live our lives with a deep sense of trust and hope in the future. Christmas is a season of joy and hope – which our communities, nation and world so desperately need. 


May those who are still travelling be safe, and may all of us journey into the New Year with hearts filled with joy and hope and looking forward to what 2016 has in store for us.  May it be so. Amen.


In the peace and hope of Christ,



Prayer for the Future

Flame dancing spirit

Come sweep us off our feet and dance with us through our days.

Surprise us with your rhythms, dare us to try new steps,

explore new patterns and new partnerships;

release us from old routines

to swing in abandoned joy and fearful adventure.

And in the intervals, rest us in your still centre.

Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk

Nikki Roe,
Jan 5, 2016, 9:07 AM