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Thursday Thoughts - February 18 2016

posted Feb 19, 2016, 8:08 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – February 18, 2016


Dear Friends,


THE VESTRY RETREAT will be Saturday, February 27th, beginning at 9am - 3pm at Trinity - please note the change of venue.  There will be dinner at the Church on Friday evening for Vestry members.  Your new vestry met for the first time on Tuesday evening this week.  The four new members drew numbers from a bowl to see who would be serving the two year term and who would be serving three year terms and new officers were elected.  Suzan Lane will serve the two year term, with Matt Aronson, Jo Capoccioni and Diane Neuhaus serving the three year terms.  Your new vestry officers are Matt Harrison, Senior Warden; Diane Neuhaus, Junior Warden; and Dot Teague, Clerk.  Becky Adams is Recording Secretary.  Please feel free to share your concerns, ideas and hopes for our Parish Family with any of your Vestry members.


Our 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 5:30pm, with the program to start at 6:00pm.  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 bread and margarine.


The soup suppers began on Wednesday, February 17.

The remaining program will be as follows - 

  • 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. (See the following notice.)  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.


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, March 7. A sign-up chart will be available on the kiosk two weeks before our date.  We had a good group of people and they enjoyed our good food.  Thank you to everyone who helped - either working and/or providing food – Janine Benjamin, Debbie Lane, Rita & Mike Waggoner, Diane Neuhaus, Linda Valentine, Judy Henry and Kathleen Sallee.  (If I have forgotten anyone, which I hope I didn’t, I’ll include more names next week.) They were also very grateful for our financial support in their campaign to raise money for the purchase of another home to be able to offer shelter to more people.


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.


Looking ahead


  • Vestry Retreat - Dinner on Friday, February 26, and 9am-3pm on Saturday, February 27

  • "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. We have two people and possibly three who are interested in going.  If you are interested, please let me know by this Sunday.

  • “Haunted by God,” a one-woman play, will be take place Tuesday, March 8, at 7pm at the St. Stephen Catholic Student Center, 1019 W. 23rd Street in Cedar Falls.  This inspiring play will present the life of Dorothy Day, whose life has been the inspiration of much social justice witness in the Roman Catholic community, most notably the Catholic Worker Movement.


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. 


We give thanks to God for the life and witness of the Rev. Barbara Schlachter, of Iowa City.  Though I did not get to know her well, I had known of her commitment to the role of women in our church for a very long time.  Her role in advocating for climate justice is known to many.  She had a passion for mission and was a keen participant in our companion relationships.  She played an active role especially in our companionships with Swaziland and Brechin.  She defeated cancer twice and put up a good fight with her third bout.  We pray for her husband, Mel and for their family.  Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.


In the peace and hope of Christ,

Nikki Roe,
Feb 19, 2016, 8:08 AM