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Thursday Thoughts - November 10 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:45 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – November 10, 2016


All Saints’ Sunday was a joyous time.  We baptized Joseph and Natalie children of Kristel and Brandon Corbin, and grandchildren of Michael Henry!


Meals for the Weber/Duncan and Valentine/Whitesell families – one more week.

We are scheduling meals for the Valentine/Whitesell and Weber/Duncan families for one more week.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk.  We need next week, beginning on November 14 for Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  Our families with new babies really appreciate these meals.  Thank you to those of you who have prepared meals already.


Opportunities for Mission and Ministry!!

We served dinner at the Catholic Worker House last Monday and all went well.  Our next meal will be Monday, December 5.  If you have questions about our meals at the Worker House, please see Diane Neuhaus or Linda Valentine.


We are also collecting diapers for Children and Family Council of Black Hawk Council.  These need to be turned in by Tuesday, November 18.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed.


We need volunteers for our Sunday tea after the 10am service. You can pair up with another person and there is no need to supply cups, plates, etc. as we have a lot in our cupboards.


UTO Fall Ingathering – Sunday, November 20 at both services – This is the time when we empty our UTO boxes and offer their contents for the greater mission of our Church.  If you need a new ‘Blue Box’ please let me know.  You know the process – that little box is meant to be in a place where it is readily available to you and when you have an occasion of ‘being thankful’ no matter the size then you put in a few coins (or bills) which is a symbol of your thankfulness.  Janine Benjamin is our UTO representative at Trinity. This is a long tradition in our Anglican Communion and I know of several grants which have benefitted project in the US and also throughout our Communion.  If you haven’t had a ‘blue box’ yet, we’ll see that you get one.  Many thanks on behalf of so many.


Thank you to those who contributed reading glasses for the people of the Diocese of Nzara, South Sudan.


This Saturday - Care Givers Retreat - from 8:30am to 12:30pm - at the Covenant Medical Center,

Waterloo.  The Catholic Parishes in Waterloo and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare sponsor this retreat experience for individuals who have responsibility for the care of sick, disabled, aging or dying family members, neighbors or friends.  The retreat addresses some of the spiritual challenges of care-giving and provides an opportunity for prayer, reflection and discussion.  It is free and open to the public.  Lunch is included.  Long-term care-givers are encouraged to attend even if they have attended previous retreats.  Information and Pre-registration available at 319-234-9912 and online at


Sunday, November 13Inter-faith Prayer Service

CVIC will sponsor an Interfaith Prayer Service for Our Leaders - at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, 425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, at 3:00pm.  All are welcome!  This will take about one hour, including time to share coffee and snacks.  I hope you will take the time to share in this event – I believe that this group will play an important role as we seek to reconcile different communities within the larger Cedar Valley.

Sunday, November 13 – Metropolitan Chorale will be performing Theresienmesse by Franz Joseph Haydn, 3:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Waterloo.  $10 per person or $20 per family.


The Kimball Avenue Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service will be Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1301 Kimball Avenue.  We have been asked to bring 6 dozen cookies or bars to the church by noon on the 22nd.  If you would like to make some cookies for the service, please sign up on the sheet marked ‘Kimball Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service’ on the kiosk.


Adopt-A-Family – St. Margaret’s Circle will be shopping for their Christmas family on Tuesday, December 6.  They will be meet first at Applebee’s at 5pm for dinner and then go shopping.  Donations will be accepted through Sunday, December 4 and checks can be given to Debbie Lane, Judy Henry or dropped off at the office.  Please write Adopt-A-Family on the memo line. 


Santa Store - the Preschool will be having their first Santa Store on Saturday, December 10th from 9am – noon.  This is an opportunity for our preschoolers to shop for family members and our friendly ‘elves’ will help them shop and will wrap their packages.  All items will cost $1-$3 and each child will have leave with a Christmas cookie.  Anyone wishing to donate a gift item or wrapping paper, please have them here by Friday, December 9th.  Cash donations will also be received.  The proceeds will go toward the Preschool’s upcoming remodeling project.


Closing Thoughts –

It’s hard to know where to begin with my closing thoughts.  Election Day has come and gone and for most people, it’s taking some time for it all to sink in.  Members of the immigrant community are very nervous and some fear that their families may be broken up if the hard line comments from the Trump campaign are carried out.  My own family is likely to be affected by this action.


Today I was at the Cedar Valley Interfaith Coalition meeting and learned that negative comments are being addressed to the Muslim community – fueled at least in part by the negative comments and threats made during the campaign about denying entrance into the US by Muslims.


These are rather specific, relating to comments by Donald Trump.  But beyond that, it seems as though our society across all lines feels that our communities and our nation are divided as a result of the language on all sides, and all sides need to come together. That’s one of the reasons why the interfaith prayer service is so important.  We need to be able to look at one another and see our sister or brother – for that is who we are to one another, since we are all children of God.


Waterloo is still subject to gun violence in some neighborhoods where some of our parishioners live.  It seems to go on and on, with no one able or willing to identify the perpetrators. Our children in those areas live in fear and uncertainty.  We continue to hold our neighborhoods in prayer and to ask how we might do more.


Tomorrow is Veterans’ Day and we remember the thousands of men and women who have served and continue to serve in our military.  Some of our veterans face incredible challenges when they return home.  They certainly deserve our deep thanks and the support of organizations which seek to make their lives better.  To all our veterans - We thank you for your service!


In the peace and hope of Christ,


Nikki Roe,
Nov 11, 2016, 1:45 PM