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Thursday Thoughts - January 28 2016

posted Feb 4, 2016, 10:18 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – January 28, 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.  Apparently only about 50% of you have responded.  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.


Thank you to everyone who participated in our Annual Meeting:

  • Congratulations to those who were elected to our Vestry: Matt Aronson, Jo Capoccioni, Suzan Lane and Diane Neuhaus.

  • A BIG Thank You to those who are going off the Vestry – you have served us well: Neil Benjamin, Judy Henry, Ray McClure and Nikki Roe.

  • As is always the case – THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the potluck lunch – our table was full to overflowing!!

  • Thank you to Izzy Doughty for staying longer to watch our little ones during the meeting.


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.


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.


Embracing Forgiveness, the Lenten Study led by Dot Teague last year as part of our Lenten program, is being offered again by Dot and this time it will be held at Landmark Commons on Tuesday mornings at 10am.  The course will meet weekly, beginning Tuesday, February 16, through Tuesday, March 29th.  If any members of Trinity would like to take part in that study, please let Dot know by this Sunday evening (319-296-7202) because on Monday she will be opening this study up to the residents of Landmark Commons.  If you have any questions, please contact Dot.


Coming up very soon!

Tuesday, February 9th is our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.  This year we will invite the families of our preschool to join us, and have a little activity for the children too.  Our dinner starts at 5 pm and concludes at 6pm.  If you would like to help, either cooking pancakes or donating ingredients, please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk.  Many thanks!


And if February 9th is Shrove Tuesday, February 10th is Ash Wednesday.  As we begin our Lenten journey, we will have celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at both services – noon and 6pm.


Looking ahead

  • 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.

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


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.  We pray for all our sisters and brothers who call South Sudan their home.


“Common*Unity,” an interfaith prayer service celebrating our community, will be held on Sunday, January 31 at 4 p.m. at Masjid al-Noor Islamic Center, 2110 Sager Ave, Waterloo.  I really hope that many of you might attend this service.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  The service will be led by members of the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council.  Persons of all faiths are invited.


We have a special birthday coming up on Sunday – Ann Enderlein will be celebrating her 90th birthday and we’ll be having a little celebration after the 10am service.  And we send our very special greetings to her and to her family who have come to celebrate with her.


In the peace and hope of Christ,

Nikki Roe,
Feb 4, 2016, 10:18 AM