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Thursday Thoughts - July 7th & 14th 2016

posted Jul 15, 2016, 1:24 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts, July 14, 2016

 

Dear Friends,

 

It is now official!

Melinda Rae Valentine Davis will be ordained 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.

 

News Flash - the mulching is done!!!

That's right - the perimeter is mulched and one bag remains to cover a few spots.  Thanks to Kathleen Sallee for keeping us on task. Thanks to Becky Adams for joining Kathleen on Saturday for that final push.  Of course, we are not done yet.  A garden needs continual care.  So far, Mother Nature has been very good to us in terms of watering. But if you haven’t had a chance to become a volunteer ‘carer’ for creation, please let the church office, me or Kathleen Sallee know.  And I have my eyes on other little gardens around our property.  The weeds there are horrendous and the plantings there are fairly OK.  Any takers to join me??  A little (or lot) of Roundup will go a long way in solving that problem.

 

If you would still like to make a donation to this 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.

 

Know someone who would like to go to summer camp?

Right now the camp is fully booked but there is a waiting list. Our St. Margaret’s group has a $50 scholarship for any family members of Trinity Parish.  Camp EPIC is July 25-29 at Pictured Rocks Camp near Monticello.  Total cost is $300 per camper and there are other scholarships available through the diocese.  Please contact Suzanne if you are interested if you have someone to wait list.

 

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.

 

You are invited!!! 

Judy Henry, one of our longtime members, is having a significant birthday on July 15 and she would like to invite you to help her celebrate!  Please, no gifts. She will be celebrating Saturday, July 16, from 2-5 in our Parish Hall!!

 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers update

Our new schedule and liturgical formats are working well.  Thanks to all our lay eucharistic ministers. 

 

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.

 

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.   This is a very special camp for kids in challenging situations.  And the stories of lives which have been changed through this opportunity are many and very impressive.  Each year we collect foods that can be transported easily.  Chuck and I have talked about it and our usual donations are dried cereals and pancake mix – the ‘add water only’ variety.  I’m also thinking it would be great if we could collect the makings for s’mores – chocolate bars, graham crackers and marshmallows!  How can you have camp without a campfire and s’mores?  I’ll have a collection bin at both entrances on Sunday. Thank you.  

 

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.

 

IT’STIME TO COLLECT 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 . . .  

We are still accepting your medicine bottles and 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 go to a medical project in Malawi.

 

 

 

Opportunities in the Community

The Cedar Valley Chamber Music announces its 11th season – ‘Through the Looking Glass’ There are three main concerts (tickets $20 each or all three for $50 – by getting a season ticket): July 16 -Symphonic Metamorhosis – 7pm First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Falls; July 20 – Extreme Makeover – Strauss Edition – 7pm Sunnyside Country Club, Waterloo; July 24 – Small Sacrifices – 3pm GBPAC Grand Foyer Lobby.  There are also daily free programs in various locations around the Cedar Valley.  For details, please go to www.cedarvalleymusic.org/outreach

 

Central Christian Church is having its Summer Festival on Saturday, July 16.  It includes a Flea Market/Garage Sale from 7:30am - 1:30pm and you can eat breakfast and lunch and snacks while you shop.  The address is 3475 Kimball Avenue.

 

The St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Worker House is celebrating 34 years of serving the Waterloo community.  The date is July 20, at Queen of Peace Church, 3rd & Mulberry.  There will be a Mass at 5pm followed by dinner at 6pm.  There also will be juggling, balloon sculptures and face painting.  Everyone is welcome.

 

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/

 

Closing Thoughts . . .

After I wrote last week's Thursday Thoughts we witnessed the tragic shootings in Dallas and the deaths of five officers there and the wounding of others and at least two civilians.  This all took place during a march protesting the shootings of two African American men by police - one in Baton Rouge and one in suburban St. Paul.  Again, public discussions have begun about a way forward for our country and our ongoing concerns about racism and violence.  Is there a way that we as a community of faith can make a positive contribution in these areas?  Something to think about.

 

This week we learned of the death of Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, our 24th Presiding Bishop, in Hood River, Oregon.  He was 87 years old.  We know that Bishop Ed was a special person to our deacon, Chuck, from the time they were both in Okinawa.  And Chuck will be attending the funeral service to be held in Hood River this Sunday. 

 

Ed Browning was one of our most compassionate and justice-oriented presiding bishops, in my opinion. " In his acceptance speech after his election as presiding bishop in September 1985 at the General Convention in Anaheim, CA, he articulated the phrase which captured the imaginations of many in the church of his era to the present day - 'I want to be very clear' - this church of ours is open to all - there will be no outcasts - the convictions and hopes of all will be honored."  (Taken from Sheryl Kujawa Holbrook's official obituary)  He was a passionate voice for the full inclusion of the LGBT community and he ordained Barbara Harris as the first woman bishop in our Anglican Communion.  His commitment to the people of Palestine was deep and Patti, his wife, shared that commitment.  In fact, they were an amazing team throughout his entire ministry.

 

I was a deputy at the General Convention where Bishop Browning was elected by the House of Bishops and confirmed by the House of Deputies.  I followed closely his amazingly compassionate and courageous ministry and often when his critics were making news, I would write him a little note to thank him for his ministry on behalf of so many.  And I would always get a reply.  Then at the World Council of Churches  Assembly in Canberra, Australia in 1991, I met him for the first time.  The Episcopal Church delegates and observers met almost every day at lunch to catch up, etc.  One day as he and I were walking to the meeting, I introduced myself to him, thanked him for his letters and then explained that he didn't need to respond to my occasional notes, as I was sure there were many letters that came his way to which he did need to reply.  He smiled and said quietly, "Have you considered that I might need to write those letters?"  And so our correspondence continued.

I remember well the ordination of Bishop Chris Epting, which occurred very soon after the election of Barbara Harris,  Some of our team were a little anxious about what questions might pop up at the scheduled press conference on the day of Bishop Epting's ordination.  Presiding Bishop Ed Browning was the chief consecrator and Bishop Bernard Mkebela of Swaziland was also present.  And what happened - not a single question about Barbara Harris's election!  (And do you remember that Iowa was the first diocese to nominate a woman for diocesan bishop?)

 

So much for my memories - in short hand - our Church and the world has lost a giant - who walked among us as a pastor, prophet and friend.  Go well, gentle soul.  May you rest in peace and rise in glory.  Our sincere sympathies go to Patti and their five children and their families and to Ed's brother.

 

And much closer to home, the Rev. Jean McKinney of Des Moines, died in Park Rapids, Minnesota, on Sunday, July 10.  She was a parish nurse for 25 years at St. John's Lutheran Church, Des Moines. She was ordained to the diaconate in 1993 and to the priesthood in 2010.  She served as a Priest Associate at St. Paul's Cathedral, Des Moines and more recently at St. Luke's Episcopal-Presbyterian Church in Park Rapids where she preached her last sermon on Sunday, July 3, 2016 with her family present.  She was a kind and wise colleague to me over many years, even before her ordination, as I so enjoyed have some of their children at the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Boone, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband John and their four children and their families, including thirteen grandchildren.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

One more thought - you may have heard on Iowa Public Radio or on TV that the situation in South Sudan is critical - fighting in Juba has been heavy and thousands have sought safety in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals there.  If you would like more information get on the internet and go to: http:www.anglicannews.org/news/2016/07/cathedral-provides-sanctuary-as-thousands-flee-juba-violence.aspx.  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,

Suzanne 

 

 

The Revd  Canon S. Suzanne Peterson

Trinity Episcopal Parish

4535 Kimball Avenue

Waterloo, IA 50701







Thursday Thoughts, July 7, 2016

 

Dear Friends,

 

It is now official!

Melinda Rae Valentine Davis will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, August 6th, at 10a.m. here at Trinity.  A reception will follow the service.  More details will follow and everyone will have a chance to help out!

 

Take a look at our garden and come ‘mulch’ with us!!

Our day lilies are blooming, giving a promise of things to come.  We will be having another mulching party If you are available.  It appears that this Saturday morning, starting at 9:30am, may be dry enough and less humid, thus good time to finish the mulching.  We have 24 bags of mulch and plenty of newspaper and that should take care of it, and we should be able to get done before noon. We hope this will be our finale for this season!  If you haven’t had a chance to become a volunteer ‘carer’ for creation, please let the church office, Suzanne or Kathleen Sallee know.

 

Our landscaping project is very exciting!!

If you would still like to make a donation to this 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.

 

Know someone who would like to go to summer camp?

Our St. Margaret’s group has a $50 scholarship for any family members of Trinity Parish.  Camp EPIC is July 25-29 at Pictured Rocks Camp near Monticello.  Total cost is $300 per camper and there are other scholarships available through the diocese.  No child will be turned away.  Please contact Suzanne if you are interested.

 

Catholic Worker meal is Monday, July 11

Our next meal is Monday, July 11th,and we’re looking forward to a summer picnic food format.  A signup sheet is on the kiosk – please note we are requesting different items for our summer picnic!

 

You are invited!!! 

Judy Henry, one of our longtime members, is having a significant birthday on July 15 and she would like to invite you to help her celebrate!  Please no gifts. She will be celebrating Saturday, July 16, from 2-5 in our Parish Hall!!

 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers update

We have set up a schedule for the taking of Communion to members unable to come to church.  Under our new schedule, each person should be visited and taken Communion twice a month – once by their lay Eucharistic minister and once by one of the clergy.  Chuck and I will take turns visiting everyone.  And we have instituted a little change to the service at 10am, with the lay minister having a bit of a speaking part.  We’re trying it out over the summer to see how everyone feels about it.

 

 

 

IT’STIME TO COLLECT 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 . . .  

We are still accepting your medicine bottles and 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 go to a medical project in Malawi.

 

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.

 

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.   This is a very special camp for kids in challenging situations.  And the stories of lives which have been changed through this opportunity are many and very impressive.  Each year we collect foods that can be transported easily.  Chuck and I have talked about it and our usual donations are dried cereals and pancake mix – the ‘add water only’ variety.  I’m also thinking it would be great if we could collect the makings for s’mores – chocolate bars, graham crackers and marshmallows!  How can you have camp without a campfire and s’mores?  I’ll have a collection bin at both entrances on Sunday. Thank you.   

 

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.

 

 

 

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/

 

Closing Thoughts . . .

I find it hard to write this section today as we are confronted with the news that two young African American men have been shot and killed by police – Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, near St. Paul.  And the manner of the shootings is really shocking – I just can’t imagine that this is happening again, after all the discussions and demonstrations and anger following shootings several months ago.  I ask your prayers for those killed and for their family and friends and for the communities where the shootings happened.  At this point I can’t say much more – it’s just too tragic.  With reports of shots being fired in our own community, I pray we will not be a site for a shooting of anyone.

 

Recently the Anglican Church of Kenya enthroned its new Archbishop, the Most Revd. Jackson Ole Sapit.  In his comments at the enthronement, Archbishop Sapit issued this challenge to their Church:

 

“A lot of questions are being asked about the role of the church in the world today. If Christians form 80 percent of our population, why the corruption, the environmental degradation?” he asked. “These vices compromise our future as a church. We need to reach out to the poor and outcasts and help them meet their various needs because this is the essence of mission and the core business of the church.

 

This is quite a challenge for the Church in Africa, but also a challenge that can be placed before us as well.  While `corruption’ may not be the issue for us that it is in many parts of our world, we all have those issues where we lack the will to address and act upon.  We will continue to pray for the new Archbishop of Kenya and the church there, as well as for ourselves.

 

 In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne 

 

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Nikki Roe,
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