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Thursday Thoughts - January 7 2016

posted Jan 8, 2016, 12:30 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – January 7, 2016


Dear Friends,


Please don't forget - we are in the midst of our Stewardship Campaign. 

If you didn't receive the Stewardship mailing from our Church Office please let me know as soon as possible and I will see that it is resent.  We would like to have your response by this coming Sunday, so we can have better information for our Annual Meeting on January 24th. We will have special prayers for the pledges we receive on Sunday.  This is an important part of our life as a community of faith.  It’s often not easy to talk about 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.


!!! Calling all persons responsible for submitting reports for the Annual Meeting – they are due THIS SUNDAY – in an electronic form if at all possible.  It’s important to have your reports on time so we can produce the packet of reports for distribution the following Sunday!!!  Thank you.


It’s that time of year - 2016

Our Annual Meeting is coming up – Sunday, 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.  If you have responsibility for writing a report for the annual meeting, please note reports are due on January 10 – and please email it if possible.  Thank you!


Our congratulations are extended to Quentin Hart on his swearing in as our new Mayor in Waterloo.  We look forward to working with him as we strive to make our town a place of opportunity and safety for all.


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


HyVee Receipts turned in so far this year total over $56,000.

Thanks to everyone for saving your till slips – keep up the good work!!  Remember the slips need to be dated June 1, 2015 or later and can come from HyVee stores in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Waverly.


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 .


Closing Thoughts . . .

Most of the football is over and winter weather is making its way to us over the weekend.  Here’s hoping it’s not too treacherous on Sunday.  We do have access to the KWWL weather notice system, so you can look there if you have a question.


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.  As you may recall, the violence in and around Nzara made it necessary for Bishop Samuel’s family to move outside South Sudan.


We also still experience violence, especially gun violence, in our community, and we continue to pray and work for an end to the violence.


Our stewardship drive is an important part of our church year because it helps us draft a budget for 2016 which will be presented at our Annual Meeting after church on Sunday, January 24th.  We will have the opportunity to see those reports before our meeting and have the opportunity to ask questions for clarity.

May those who are still travelling be safe, and 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 8, 2016, 12:30 PM