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Thursday Thoughts - February 25 2016

posted Mar 4, 2016, 7:00 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – February 25, 2016


Dear Friends,


THE VESTRY RETREAT will be this Saturday, February 27th, beginning at 9am until 3pm (at the latest) at Trinity - please note the change of venue.  There will be dinner at the Church on Friday evening at 6:30pm for Vestry members.


Our Lenten Program – Becoming Caring Gardeners in God’s Creation - Wednesdays

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.


This week we had an animated discussion, facilitated by the three Master Gardeners who led us through a number of questions and will journey with us through our landscaping project.  Our first follow-up meeting is Thursday, March 31, at 6:30pm at Trinity.  In the meantime, soil samples will be taken to assess the quality of our soil and then the remaining stumps in the planting area will be removed and the soil tilled for planting.  This is the time when we can put additives in the soil, if needed.  At this point, we are looking to plant in June.  We have a good team committed to taking this process forward, but more can come on board!  We will keep everyone informed as the process goes forward.  And we learned that one of our members is a Master Gardener – Larry Lavenz!


The soup suppers begin at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays.

The remaining program will be as follows -  

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.  For next week, Maureen has asked those attending to read the two Biblical accounts of creation found in the Book of Genesis.


And speaking of the beauty of creation, it’s time to place our orders for Easter flowers!  Here’s the information from Kathleen Sallee:

This year you can order from the following choices and then donate to the church to plant outside in the fall, or take home.  Choose one of following and note on your check which choice and if memorial and to whom:  Easter Lilies are $10.99, Hyacinth (blue or pink) $17.65, Tulip with 5 bulbs (pink, purple, white or yellow) $17.65, Mums (white - $17.65), and Azaleas - $33.15.   Altar arrangements are $50 per vase – and you can make a partial contribution for the altar arrangements. Orders need to be into church office by Wednesday, March 16th.


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.  They also sent is a nice note to thank the Parish 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 note is on the kiosk.


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

  • "Creating and Enhancing Planned Giving and Endowment Ministries for Your Congregations' is a Diocesan Workshop on Saturday, February 27, at St. John's by the Campus - 10:00am - 2:30pm. Judy Henry, Kathleen Sallee and Linda Valentine will be attending to represent us.

  • “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.

  • The Altar Guild workshop and preparation for Palm Sunday will be Saturday, March 19, from 9-11am.

  • The Memorial Service for Tish Pace will be Saturday, March 19, at 2:00 pm and a reception will follow in the Parish Hall.


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.  The situation there continues to worsen and Bishop Peni, for safety reasons, must leave the country at times.  We also pray for the conflict in Syria and give thanks that some of the parties have agreed to a cessation of hostilities by Feb. 26.  We give thanks for the continuing efforts by land and air to deliver food and medicines to communities who have been cut off because of the ongoing fighting.


In the peace and hope of Christ,

Nikki Roe,
Mar 4, 2016, 7:00 AM