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Thursday Thoughts - July 21 2016

posted Aug 3, 2016, 11:36 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts, July 21, 2016


Dear Friends,


I’m sure your calendars are marked for Mindy’s ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, August 6th, at 10a.m. here at Trinity.  A reception will follow the service.  If you would like to assist with the reception, please contact me.  And Mindy will be the celebrant at the 10:00am service on Sunday, August 7.


News Flash – THANK YOU to a family of angels!!

As if an answer to my ranting last Thursday about the weeds flourishing around the church, a wonderful family came out Friday evening and ‘weed wacked’ all of the weeds around the church, especially in the back.  Thank you so much.  They wanted just to sneak in and ‘do the job’ and sneak out, unnoticed.  But we caught each other out Friday evening.  Many, many thanks!!


If you would still like to make a donation to the landscaping project that would be most welcome.  Checks can be made out to Trinity Episcopal Parish and designated ‘for landscaping.’  If you have purchased plants on your own, please save the sales slip and Sue can give you a letter for tax purposes.


Borrowing chairs and/or tables or kitchen supplies from Trinity – If you want to borrow chairs and/or tables, or kitchen supplies please check them out before taking them.  There is a form to fill out in the office and we need to check that there are not conflicts in using them.  We are missing some of our metals chairs and so we need to be more careful with those that remain.


Catholic Worker meal is Monday, August 1

Many thanks to all who cooked and/or served last week.  And do you ever wonder what happens to food left over?  It is taken to a half way house where it is gratefully received.


Lay Eucharistic Ministers update

Our new schedule and liturgical formats are working well.  Thanks to all our lay eucharistic ministers. And someone said to me this week that they appreciate the addition of the ‘sending out’ prayer each Sunday so we’re all aware of who’s being visited.


Back-to-School Project

It’s time for one of our favorite projects!  Last year the program gave school supplies to 3,400 students in Cedar Valley. While we don’t have a date when the project ends, you can never start collecting too soon – so let’s get started!  Boxes are at both entrances to the church so you can bring school supplies now. And it won’t be too long before store will have back-to-school sales!!  This is a project you can tell your friends about.  IMPORTANT FACT: this project is done solely by volunteers so 100% of the donations go to the project!.  Let’s fill those boxes so all the children of our Cedar Valley can begin school with the supplies they need.


There will be an estate tag sale at Carol Houk’s home, 534 Beverly Hills, Waterloo, Saturday July 23,

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cash only. The sale includes household items, clothes, furniture and some antiques.


Scholarship Applications are being received now!!

Trinity has a Memorial Education Fund which provides $300 to any Trinity Parish student entering in their second year of post-high school studies. Forms are available in the office and the deadline is August 1.


Safeguarding God’s Children – we are in the process of organizing a class for those in the preschool and parish who need to have this training.  Please see the signup list in the kiosk.  It’s a one session course and will be held at Trinity.


Hope Camp is happening July 20-24 at Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center in Montour, Iowa.   Last year Hope Camp had rain, wind and tornado warnings – this year it’s a heat warning, but all is going well.  I plan to visit tomorrow.  Many thanks to Chuck – this is an amazing program.


Preschool Fundraiser – by Preschool Parents

Preschool parents are selling Discount cards recognized by a number of local businesses.  The cards sell for $20 and are good until July 17, 2017!  Funds raised will go toward building a permanent wall to the right of the preschool entrance which will mean more storage for the Three years olds class and also for storage of recycling bins and for the kitchen.  The cards can be purchased through the Parish Office, the Preschool Office or any preschool parent.  Checks should be made out to Trinity Episcopal Preschool.


LET’S KEEP COLLECTING THOSE HYVEE TILL SLIPS – and you’re doing a great job so far

They can be from any Waterloo, Cedar Falls or Waverly HyVee, including the slips from re-fueling at the HyVee gas stations.


And don’t forget to keep saving . . .  pop tops from beverages and the larger pull tops for some canned foods.  The pop tops will benefit the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House. 


The medicine bottles going to Malawi

This organization received over 2.5 million empty bottles and they are no longer collecting them.  They have another group to whom they can be sent but they have a stricter policy of sizing and washing, etc.  If there is anyone who would like to take this on, I’ll gladly give you the information and when the bottles are washed and packed, I’ll pay the postage.  Otherwise, please just recycle your bottles.  And THANK YOU to all of you who saved the bottles.


Opportunities in the Community

The Cedar Valley Chamber Music announces its 11th season – ‘Through the Looking Glass’ There is  one main concert remaining (tickets $20 each)  this Sunday, July 24 – Small Sacrifices – 3pm GBPAC Grand Foyer Lobby.  For details, please go to


Would you like to walk for a good cause?  We have been invited to take part in the Antioch Church 5K walk/run on Saturday, August 13, beginning at 9am at 426 Sumner Street.  ‘Rock with Kiymarius’ is to benefit little Kiymarius who was diagnosed with 22q13 deletion syndrome which leads to developmental delay, moderate to profound intellectual disability, decreased muscle tone and absent or delayed speech.  If you want more information, please see the information sheet on the kiosk.


Free program for families who have relatives with mental illness

NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family is a free 12-week class for family members who have relatives with mental illness. It includes current research about mental illness; information about medications; effective treatments to promote recovery; problem solving and communication techniques; and coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload. The class will run every Thursday from 6 to 8:30 pm starting September 1 and ending November 17. It will be at the First Congregational Church in Waterloo at 608 West 4th Street. Call the NAMI office at 319-235-5263 if you have questions or want to register for the class. The deadline for registering is Wednesday, August 17.  There is a poster about these classes on the kiosk.


Closing Thoughts . . .

We continue to pray for an end to gun violence our Cedar Valley, and especially Waterloo.  Sadly, Waterloo has had its first gunshot fatality of 2016 over the weekend.  There has been some response for a segment of the religious community and I hope more will follow.  We pray for the young man killed, Otavious Brown, and for his family and friends.


The situation in South Sudan is still critical - fighting in Juba has been heavy and thousands have sought safety in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals there.  In some areas of South Sudan the tensions have eased somewhat, but there are still thousands of people, displaced in their own country.  I’ve also heard that the African Union will be sending peacekeeping mission to South Sudan and we hold them in our thoughts and prayers .  If you would like more information about the displaced people throughout South Sudan, get on the internet and go to:  Bishop Peni has asked up to pray for peace, safety, comfort and guidance for the people of South Sudan.


In the peace and hope of Christ,



Nikki Roe,
Aug 3, 2016, 11:36 AM