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Thursday Thoughts - January 14 2016

posted Jan 18, 2016, 11:18 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – January 14, 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.  This 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.


!!! Calling all persons responsible for submitting reports for the Annual Meeting – they were due LAST SUNDAY – in an electronic form if at all possible.  PLEASE get them in ASAP – we have to prepare your reports and other documents for our Annual Meeting.  Thank you.


It’s that time of year - 2016

Our Annual Meeting is next SundaySunday, 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.  We look forward to your joining us on the 24th.


Our next date to serve supper at the Catholic Worker House is Wednesday, January 27. A sign-up chart will be available Sunday 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

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

·         Vestry meeting is Tuesday, January 19th at 7pm in the Church Hall

·         St. Margaret’s meets for their book study Thursday, January 21st in the Library.  Bring a sack lunch.

·         Our next meal at the Catholic Worker is Wednesday, January 27th.


Just received from our Diocesan Office

There are quite a few exciting opportunities for young adults in Iowa with deadlines fast approaching. Please help us spread the word!

Young Adult Ambassador for Episcopal Peace Fellowship - Jan 15
Work for social justice in your local community while receiving training and support from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Episcopal Service Corps - Jan 18 
Spend a year living in intentional community engaged in service with locations all over the U.S.
Young Adult Service Corps - Jan 15
Spend a year living abroad engaged in service with locations all over the world
UTO Young Adult Grant Application - Jan 15 
Up to $2,500 for new ministry projects led by young adults


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. 


We are also praying daily for the Archbishops/Primates of our Anglican Communion who have been meeting since Monday at Canterbury Cathedral.  This is a crucial time for the life of our Communion because of the threats of some provinces to pull out of our Communion.  I’ve added here the comments of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba (my former boss) of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, for your reflection and prayers:


I am still standing after just over three days of our meeting in Canterbury. I am well and am thankful for your prayers.  In our time together here, I have witnessed the power of prayer and movements of the Holy Spirit. We have wrestled with love and discerned together, digging deep into our spiritual wells and consciences, as well as seeking conversion as we made tough calls.

Coming from our diverse Province, my heart goes out to all our people. Again, thank you for your prayers and once again I ask for continual prayer as we go through today and part of tomorrow. We are walking together as a Communion, and limping to God in Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit, as God waits to burst out again in our lives and in our church.
+Thabo Cape Town


I will be attending the One World/One Church Commission meeting this Saturday and the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Corporation on Saturday, January 30.  Never a dull moment.


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,


Nikki Roe,
Jan 18, 2016, 11:18 AM