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Thursday Thoughts - June 9 2016

posted Jun 10, 2016, 10:29 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – June 9, 2016


Dear Friends,

THIS SUNDAY – JUNE 12 - we will be having one service at 10am - an outdoor service – followed by a ‘Pulled Pork’ picnic where we will say farewell to the Harrisons – Amanda, Matt, Frank and Nicholas!  The parish will supply the buns, coffee, tea and lemonade.  The Harrisons are supplying the pulled pork. That leaves salads, veggies and dessert type things for everyone else.  Debbie Lane has indicated that she will be brining the fixing for ice cream sundaes! If the weather isn’t our friend Sunday we will have the celebration and farewell inside!  Mark your calendar and we’ll see everyone next Sunday!!


Thank you to everyone who attended our MULCHING PARTY after Church.  Take a look at our progress!  But you can also see that we will need to have another event soon!!


Our landscaping project is very exciting!!

If you would 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.


Attention all lay ministers, proclaimers and leaders of prayers, lay Eucharistic ministers and acolytes:

Last week I had the wrong dates here for the meetings – we had a good meeting last night and another is scheduled for tonight – Thursday, June 9.  I am also scheduling another time on Sunday, the 19th after the 10am service from 11:45.  This first round of meetings will be general information as well as some new information.  The second meeting on the 19t9h after church will be LEM specific.  If you need to be re-licensed or licensed for the first time and these dates won’t suit you – please let me know.


IT’ S JUNE – again

And we’ve started collecting HyVee till slips again.  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.


Catholic Worker meal

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Catholic Worker House dinner last Monday.  Our next meal is Monday, July 11th and we’re looking forward to a summer picnic food format.  A signup sheet will appear soon on the kiosk.


Are you a painter?  The Catholic Worker Community now have possession of its new addition to the Catholic Worker House family.  The house is empty and ready to be painted!  The supplies will be there and all you need to bring is yourself!  The date is Saturday, June 18, from 8am until they are finished.  If you have questions, please call 319-232-2116.  The address is 325 E. 8th Street.


Back-to-School Project

It’s time for one of our favoring 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!  I will call to get some collection boxes.  And this is a project you can tell your friends about.  IMPORTANT FACT: this project is done solely by volunteers so 100% of the donation.  Let’s fill those boxes so all the children of our Cedar Valley can begin school with the supplies they need.


NE Iowa Food Bank

Our next day at the Food Bank is Saturday, June 18th from 9-11.  This is an activity for the whole family.


Almost the final call –  You’ve had inserts about the Summer Ministry School & Retreat – this takes place at Grinnell College June 24-26.  There are opportunities for adults, teenagers and younger children – too much to include in Thursday Thoughts.  Pleaser look it up on the diocesan website –


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.


Continuous Care Summer Groups

Maureen Doherty recently began working with Locke, Kearns, Garden View and La Pore City Funeral Homes in the development of a program focusing on continuous for individuals and families after the loss of a loved one.  This program was previously facilitated by Judy Mulock who has had to step down from that position.  There will be two Continuous Care Summer Groups which Maureen will be facilitating – Self-Care in Grief on the first Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm; and Life After Death of a Spouse on the third Thursday of each month, from 4:00-5:30 pm.  The location for both groups is the Kimball Ridge Center Boardroom.  This is a very important offering to our Cedar Valley community.  If you have questions, please contact Maureen at 319-505-3048. See kiosk for more info.


Would you like to be a part of the growing network of advocates sharing the message that the caring relationships we build with the children, families and adults in our lives matters in developing healthy brains and thriving communities?  That’s a long question, but it is a very important part of making the Cedar Valley a thriving area in which to live and learn.  If you are intrigued by this question, please see the flyer on the kiosk – CONNECTIONS MATTER.


A Doll for Layna

A young child named Layna has been on our prayer list for some time.  She’s a four year old who will be having surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Chicago in July – the first of at least two surgeries.  Sue McClure has developed a friendship with Layna’s grandmother and Sue wants to purchase an American Girl doll (with her own hospital gown) to be given to Layna before her surgery.  If you would like to be a part of this gift, please contact Sue about making a donation.  She is in touch with Layna’s grandmother who will help decide which doll might be best for Layna.  The doll will be ordered in late June.


Closing Thoughts . . .

I wish everyone a good summer ahead – knowing that I’ll see fewer of you in the months to come.  Once again I want to thank our church school teachers for their stellar service for the past TWO years.  I’m hoping some of you might consider becoming a member of that distinguished team.  Thanks to Becky Adams, Amanda Kline, Chris Nieman and Kathleen Sallee, along with helpers Suzan Lane and Cindy Kline.

We try to make sure that no one teaches more than one Sunday a month.  For the coming year, I believe we will need to have two classes, as our span of ages in one class is getting too large to engage the interest of the older students.  Please keep this in your thoughts and prayers and feel free to contact me if you are interested or have questions.


Please do come on Sunday to say Thank you and God speed to the Harrisons as they move ‘east.’  We will miss them, but know that some lucky Episcopal congregation will be gifted by their presence and participation.  A fun service and great food await you!!


In the peace and hope of Christ,