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Thursday Thoughts - May 12 2016

posted May 17, 2016, 9:39 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – May 12, 2016


Dear Friends,

Alleluia, Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!


Pentecost is Sunday, May 15th!!  Get out those bright red ties and shirts, dresses, skirts and jackets.  We’re going to have a party!  Remember – THERE IS ONLY ONE SERVICE ON PENTECOST at 10AM.  And I’m pleased to announce that the Rev. Mel Schlachter from Iowa City will be celebrating the Day of Pentecost here at Trinity.  I’m sure you will give Mel a warm Trinity Parish welcome!!


And the Rev. Maureen Doherty will be here on Trinity Sunday – our namesake feast day - and I’m told Maureen has a couple of surprises up her sleeves too!!


The season of Easter is coming to an end on Pentecost, May 15th.  There is still time to give to the Alleluia Fund.  This fund, established by Bishop Scarfe, is a source of funding for new and innovative forms of outreach and ministry that need a little boost to get going.  There are envelopes at both entrances and inserts in our service sheets over the next few weeks will share some of the projects funded in the past.  Please do consider making a gift to the Fund.  You send the envelope directly to the Diocese.


Landscaping project is getting exciting

The next meeting with the Master Gardeners is Thursday, May 19 (a week from today) at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend It’s getting exciting and beginning to take shape.  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.’ 


I will be away at the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) board meeting and conference from the evening of May 13th until the evening of May 23. But you’ll see that I’ve left you in very good hands.  Maureen is ‘on call’ if you need the services of a priest.  Chuck also will be in town.


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

Three of you have contacted me about what time would work best for you.  There are signup sheets on the kiosk on Sunday – please sign up for the time that works best for you.  Thanks.


Don’t forget to save . . .   

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.


Thanks to everyone who collected the HyVee till slips – We now have the grand total - $115,257.54 -which means the Preschool will get a check for $576.29 And now you have the month of May off.  We begin collecting slips again from June 1!!  Thanks to those who added all those till slips up – Carol Houk, Chuck Adams, Becky Adams, Sue McClure and Debbie Lane!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  And I could hardly believe the size of the box that it took to hold all those slips!


Please don’t forget donations to the Food Bank!  ALSO

****Food Bank is this Saturday May 14th – from 9-11 if enough people show up!!****

A big THANK YOU to all who assisted at the Workday for the Preschool last Saturday!!

I’ve heard tales of a tree planted and sandboxes built. Thanks go to Jason Wenzel, Ray McClure, Randy High, Matt Harrison, Doug Walters, Carrie Nieman, along with teachers Sara, Tasha, Mira and Bri.


Another THANK YOU to  . . .

  • Mary Miller for replanted the planters outside our east doors.  They look wonderful and the pansies add bright spots to our entrance!! And also to

  • Becky Adams for the wall decorations in our restroom facilities!!

Know anyone looking to buy a home in Waterloo?

One of our preschool staff is relocating with her family to Arkansas and they need to sell their home.  If you go to the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services One Realty Centre website and enter the address – 1901 E. Ridgeway Avenue, Waterloo, you will find the description, photos, etc.


Closing Thoughts . . .

After my reflections from the Holocaust Remembrance Day last week, I never dreamed that this week I would be writing about the Sons of Jacob Synagogue being defaced with Christian symbols and comments.  I have just returned from trying to do a small bit to help remove the purple paint used.  And at a meeting earlier today I learned that St. Edward’s Catholic Church also was the recipient of purple paint.  It’s a very sad commentary on the attitudes of some of those who live in the Cedar Valley.

But here’s an opportunity to be a part of supporting those who have been the victims of such crimes – at the Synagogue tomorrow night, Friday, there will be an inter-faith service to which you are all invited – at 6:30pm.  And you’re invited to bring a vegetarian dish and stay for a potluck dinner following the service.  Everyone is welcome and I regret that I will not be able to be there.  I hope some of you can make it.  It seems appropriate to leave in another week the quotation from Elie Wiesel


“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” — Elie Wiesel


At our Cedar Valley Inter-faith Council meeting this earlier this afternoon we renewed our commitment to stand for justice and honesty and compassion, which hopefully are at the core of our being.  I think the more we can stand together against those things which threaten to divide us, the better it is for our Cedar Valley community.  And I’m still hoping to see a spirit of civility come into play in our presidential politics – it’s long overdue.


In the peace and hope of Christ,



Nikki Roe,
May 17, 2016, 9:39 AM