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Thursday Thoughts - December 3 2015

posted Dec 7, 2015, 8:36 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – December 3, 2015


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



Sunday, December 6 is the date for the Holiday Mini-Bazaar, from 9-12noon in the Parish Hall.  Set-up will be Saturday, December 5th.  Baked goods, holiday and gift items will be for sale and there will be a Silent Auction as well.


Shopping for Christmas Adopt-A-FamilyTuesday, December 8, is the date.  If you want to donate to this, please see Debbie Lane.  Checks should be made out to St. Margaret’s Circle.


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.  I hope to have more info by Sunday.  Check on the kiosk.


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?  This is just for you!

The Allen College chorus will perform its holiday concert “Christmastime” at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in McBride Auditorium at Gerard Hall on the Allen College campus. Admission is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and hors d’oeuvres will be served following the concert. The 28-member Allen College Chorus is comprised of students, alumni and faculty of Allen College, Allen Hospital associates and members of the hospital, College and Allen Foundation governing boards. The chorus is directed by our own Jo R. Cappoccioni and accompanied by pianist Patti Weiss.


A very important date – mark your calendars now!

We have received word from the Office of the Bishop that he has set the date for Mindy Valentine Davis’ ordination to the transitional diaconate.  It’s 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. There will be conversations closer to the time about our responsibilities for the reception, etc. as well as how we might share in the travel to and from Des Moines.  For now, please mark your calendars!!  We are hoping to share in traveling to and from Des Moines.  Please let us know by Sunday if you are planning to attend the ordination and if you can offer a ride or if you need a ride.  Please call the Church office.


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.


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.


Closing Thoughts . . .

We are almost a week 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


Foremost in my mind as I write this is the shooting which took place yesterday in San Bernardino, California.  Actually I find it hard to say much at all except that I am consumed with a profound feeling of deep sadness – for those who were killed and their families, for those injured and for the families of those who carried out this heinous act.  But perhaps most of all, I feel a deep sadness for our country – where, by one count, we have experienced 355 mass shootings in 2015.  I’m not sure which criteria was been used in that count.  The FBI considers a mass shooting to be one in which at least four people were killed by guns.  But the exact definition is unimportant to me – it’s the frequency that is terrifying to me – and our children and grandchildren are growing up amidst all of this.  They are being taught how to survive such an event at their schools. All of this is quite a challenge to an Advent spirituality.


On another topic – a  very important conference began on November 30 – the United Nations Conference on Climate Change – also known as COP 21.  One hundred and forty-seven leaders of nations were present at the beginning, and now it’s up to their representatives to make important commitments.  This is a crucial conference at a crucial time.  If you would like to know more or to follow COP 21, please visit the following website -


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 Second 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 7, 2015, 8:36 AM