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Thursday Thoughts - May 5 2016

posted May 11, 2016, 9:03 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – May 5, 2016


Dear Friends,

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


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

Tuesday and Wednesday the crews from Cedar Wapsie where here and pulled out all the stumps and roots, leveled the beds with additional dirt and did a great job of cleaning up.  They also shaped the beds as per our landscaping team.  The next meeting with the Master Gardeners is Thursday, May 19 (two weeks 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 below 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.


Pentecost is Sunday, May 15th!!  Get out those bright red ties and shirts, dresses and skirts.  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


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!!


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 – I’ll have the exact total Sunday.  And now you have the month of May off.  We begin collecting slips again from June 1!!


Please don’t forget donations to the Food Bank!

A woman came by on Wednesday with a large bag of breakfast cereals, saying she heard we collected for the Food Bank and her church had decided to stop.  So that gave me pause to raise the issue for all of us.  We’ve fallen behind a little in our contributions as well.


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


There is still a ‘wish list’ for the school age students in the before and after school class.  Please look at the list on the kiosk and see if you might be able to contribute something.  Thank you.


Workday for the Preschool is this Saturday!!

The weather is looking better for Saturday and it’s a ‘GO’.  Work starts at 8am and lunch will be served.  Get out those work clothes and tools!!

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 . . .

From sunset yesterday until sunset tonight is Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah in Hebrew).  Last night I attended a moving and challenging commemoration at the Grout Museum, and walked through several exhibitions there – which are well worth seeing.  They are living testimonies about what intolerance and ignorance and fanatical leadership can produce – something we would hope and pray never to see again.  And yet, there are a number of places in our world where such combinations threaten to mar our planet and ravage the human family yet again, though hopefully never in such huge numbers.  I found a wonderful quotation from someone I admire greatly – so appropriate for this day:


“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


We would like to think that such atrocities can’t happen again, but our commitment to justice and honesty and compassion must be 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 all of us.  And I’m 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 11, 2016, 9:03 AM