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Thursday Thoughts - November 3 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:43 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – November 3, 2016


REMINDER – THIS SUNDAY WE CHANGE TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME – set your clock BACK one hour on Saturday night!!


If I were a talk show host I would say the following about Sunday, November 6th – We’ve got a lot in store for you this Sunday – a great line up for the day.

  • We’re commemorating All Saints Day

  • We’re baptizing Joseph Michael Corbin and Natalie Jean Corbin at the 10am service, and

  • We’re including the names of our family and loved ones who have died and which were remembered at the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Eucharist on Wednesday in our Chapel.

Please join us for this Sunday!!


Saturday, October 15 – was our Annual Bazaar and ‘This and That’ Sale - How did we do?  So far we have cleared just over $800.  We expect a bit more to come in.  Thank you for everyone who donated, bought items and/or worked.


Thanks again to all who walked, helped or pledged to the CWS/CROP Hunger Hike in October.  We raised $607.  Good job to all!!  And a portion of all monies raised stays here in the Cedar Valley to alleviate hunger.


Thank you to those who attended the Open House at the Islamic Center last Sunday.  Numbers were higher than last year and the Muslim community was so grateful, especially after the spray painting of their mosque in recent weeks.


Meals for the Weber/Duncan and Valentine/Whitesell families

We are scheduling meals for the Valentine/Whitesell and Weber/Duncan families, and we began Monday, October 31!!  Please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk.  We need next week, beginning on November 7 – 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!!

Our Wednesday 12 noon Eucharists have resumed.  Join us in the chapel for the service and in the library for a sack lunch. Everyone is welcome.


All Saints Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday and we will also pray by name for family members and loved ones who have died.  Please let me have the list of names you would like to be remembered this Sunday.  You can send them by email, by phone or get a written list to me.


We will be serving dinner at the Catholic Worker House on Monday, November 7th.  There is a sign-up list on the kiosk.  We can still use people to bring food and/or to serve.  If you have questions, 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.


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.


Needs which will go further

Reading glasses and cell phones for Nzara – Bishop Peni was most grateful for the reading glasses which you gave to the people of South Sudan.  We will try to keep you up-to-date about what’s happening there.


Great Opportunities in our Cedar Valley

Sunday, November 6 - 'Honor. Inspire. Remember' - a ceremony sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at The Cedar Falls Community Center, Main Street. Registration from 6:30-7:00pm and Ceremony at 7:00pm.


Care Givers Retreat - Saturday, November 12th from 8:30am to 12:30pm. 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 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.


Sunday, November 13Inter-faith Prayer Service

CVIC will sponsor and Interfaith Prayer Service for Our Leaders - at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, 425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, at 3:00pm.  All are welcome!


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.



Closing Thoughts –

A week out, I can report that our Diocesan Convention went well and you were well represented by Matt Aronson, Judy Henry and your clergy.  Matt and Judy will be making a presentation next Sunday during the 10:00am service and they will gladly receive your questions.  If no one knows the answer, we’ll find someone who does.


Sometime it’s nice to see Des Moines and Iowa in the national news – usually in a positive light.  However this week we were appalled to hear of the shooting and killing of two police officers in Polk County – Anthony Beminio, a member of the Des Moines Police Department; and Justin Martin from the Urbandale Police Department.  We extend our prayers and condolences to their families and friends, their police colleagues and the members of the communities they served.  It’s always hard to make sense of these happenings and especially to our children.  As more details may shed more light on the why of this tragedy, its impact will be no less painful and tragic.


Tuesday is Election Day and speaking for myself, I’m ready to see the end of this campaign.  But next Wednesday, no matter who wins the presidency of our country, we have a lot of work to do – healing and hopefully narrowing, if not closing, the many rifts around issues and personalities at many levels, but most, it seems to me, having originated from the presidential campaign.  And there will be opportunities for all of us to step forward and try to be instruments of healing.  And can only hope that the national candidates can be more civil in their responses that they have been in the campaign.


All of you know that I value our freedom to vote as one of our most important freedoms.  I worked in South Africa the three years before their first ever democratic election in April 1994.  I knew people who died in that struggle in the years preceding April 1994.  I don’t take lightly our voting rights and I am always saddened when I see the dismal turnouts here.  I hope that every one of us will exercise that precious freedom – even if we write in a name.  And when the dust has settled, let us be about healing - our communities and perhaps even our families and co-workers.


And on Sunday morning when we all renew our baptismal promises as we welcome little Joseph and Natalie as the newest members of Christ Body, may we listen with open ears and compassionate hearts to the commitments we will affirm again.


In the peace and hope of Christ,


Nikki Roe,
Nov 11, 2016, 1:43 PM