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Thursday Thoughts - February 11 2016

posted Feb 17, 2016, 7:05 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – February 11, 2016


Dear Friends,


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, February 15. A sign-up chart will be available on the kiosk two weeks before our date.  We also set two more dates set as well – Monday, March 7; and Monday, April 11.  You may have read that the St. Francis Catholic Worker House was successful in raising the money to buy the house next door to accommodate men for overnight stays.  You should know that Trinity Parish gave $2500 and St. Margaret's and Chat 'n Sew each contributed $300 to their campaign!  And as you see below, we continue to serve a meal once a month.


The Altar Flowers Calendar for 2016 has been revised -

Please see the new Altar Flowers Calendar on the kiosk.  The permanent listings are there, and some new spaces are open – the open dates are highlighted in blue.  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.


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.


THE VESTRY RETREAT will be Saturday, February 27th beginning at 9am - 3pm at Hartman Nature Reserve.  There will be dinner at the Church on Friday evening for Vestry members.



Huge thanks go to Becky Adams and her 'team' for a successful Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!!

It was a lively evening and a number of our preschool families joined up.  Becky's team included Chuck Adams, Janine Benjamin, Judy Henry, Susan & Chuck Johnson, Bill Kline, Kathleen Sallee and Linda Valentine.  A special Thank You to Marissa Nieman for her help!! Party hats, brightly colored beads and noise makers gave us the Mardi Gras feel!  Thanks to the team and all who attended.


Lenten Program – Becoming Caring Gardeners in God’s Creation

This is one of the themes which came out of General Convention last year.  We will begin with a soup supper at 6pm, with the program to start at 6:30pm.  There is a signup sheet on the kiosk for those who would like to make a pot of soup or a salad or supply a loaf of French or Italian bread and margarine.


There will be no meal on Ash Wednesday – the soup suppers will begin on Wednesday, February 17.

The program will be as follows - 

  • Wednesday, February 17 – An overview of our Communion’s commitment to addressing Climate Change and what we might do.

  • Wednesday, February 24 – A Conversation with Master Gardeners about our landscaping plan – getting real with responsible gardening.

  • Wednesdays, March 2, 9 and 16 – An overview of Pope Francis’s Encyclical - Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home.  This will be led by the Rev. Maureen Doherty.  This will include a discussion of what an encyclical is; why this one reaches out to the global family; and what it challenges us to do.


There will be activities for our children and the evening will conclude with Compline.  Only the February 24 session will be longer for those who want to be a part of our landscaping plans.  The rest of us will be 'onlookers' to process and follow our usual schedule.


Got a ‘green thumb’?  Love to garden?  This notice is for YOU:

Dot Teague has put a good deal of effort in getting Trinity Parish linked up with local Master Gardeners as possible partners in the landscaping of the ‘west’ and ‘north’ side of our building.  Our first meeting with local Master Gardeners is Wednesday, February 24, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Trinity.  You will note that falls in the time for our Lenten program and it fits right into our Lenten theme – Becoming Caring Gardeners in God’s Creation.  The purpose of the Feb. 24th evening is to develop a team of Trinity members who will move this project forward and be committed to seeing it through.  This meeting will design a collaborative plan and discuss what trees, shrubs, etc will go into our future garden.  Planting has been designated to begin in June.  Part of Trinity’s commitment before June is to have the area to be planted cleared of shrub and tree roots and tilled.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the kiosk for those wanting to commit to this project and to attend on the 24th.  Please contact Dot Teague (296-7202) if you have questions.


Looking ahead

  • Our next Food Bank Work Day is Saturday, February 13th from 9-11am.

  • Next Vestry meeting is Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm in the Church Hall.

  • St. Margaret’s meets for their book study Thursday, February 18th in the Library.  Bring a sack lunch.

  • Vestry Retreat - Dinner on Friday, February 26 and 9am-3pm on Saturday

  • "Creating and Enhancing Planned Giving and Endowment Ministries for Your Congregations' is a Diocesan Workshop on Saturday, February 27at St. John's by the Campus - 10:00am - 2:30pm. This conflicts with our Vestry Retreat but I'm very hopeful that one or two other members of the Parish might be able to attend.  See Suzanne or Sue McClure for further details.


Closing Thoughts . . .

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.  The situation in parts of South Sudan continues to deteriorate.  Bishop Peni's parents have had to leave their home to find a safer place for the time being.  The growing number of internally displaced persons (IDP's) continues to grow, putting great pressure on the usual residents of communities.  And it becomes a deep source of concern for our Sudanese sisters and brothers who live in other parts of the world and still have family and friends in the home country. We pray for all our sisters and brothers who call South Sudan their home.


We also hold the Diocese of Nzara in our prayers as they hold their Annual Standing Committee Meeting.  This is most like our Diocesan Convention, and on the last day, Sunday, they will also have ordinations of deacons and priests.  It was only a year ago that I was privileged to take part in this gathering – along with colleagues the Revs. Mary Cole-Duvall, Jeanie Smith and Robert North.  And they will celebrate their life together even in the midst of unrest and violence.


As Lent approaches, I hope that in addition to what we may try to ‘give up’ we might also consider what we might ‘take on’ for our Lenten journey and to enrich our lives.  I hope that we can have more people taking part in our Lenten program, even if you can only come for our soup suppers.


In the peace and hope of Christ,

Nikki Roe,
Feb 17, 2016, 7:05 AM