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Thursday Thoughts - October 20 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:39 PM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – October 20, 2016


Wow!  This past week has been packed with news from Trinity and beyond.


Baby Watch is concluded! 

And we have three healthy babies!  And very happy parents and siblings!  Lucian Ray Valentine was born just after I had hit the 'send' button on last week's Thursday Thoughts!!


Meals for the Wenzels

We would like to start meals for the Wenzels – after the birth of Annabelle. I’m told they eat ‘everything.’ We will begin on Monday, October 17 and go for two weeks every other day – with meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Their address is 10336 Winslow Road, Janesville. There are several ways to get there and Sue McClure will be happy to get you directions..


Meals for new parents

We are also in the process of scheduling meals for the Valentine/Whitesell and Weber/Duncan families.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk.


Opportunities for Mission and Ministry!!

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


 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.


Friday – Sunday - The AFRECS (American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans) Conference will be this weekend at the Marriott in West Des Moines. More material is on the kiosk or visit the AFRECS website at


The following week (Friday and Saturday) is our Diocesan Convention in Des Moines. You will be represented by Judy Henry, Matt Aronson and your clergy.  We are hopeful that Bishop Samuel Peni will be able to attend our convention as well.


Trunk or Treat #9 is Friday, October 28th  from 6:00-7:30pm in our parking lot. How about decorating your trunk? This event provides a safe and fun environment for kids to go trick or treating. Refreshments will be served and you can vote on your favorite trunk! Thembi and I will miss out this year – it’s Diocesan Convention time.


Great Opportunities in our Cedar Valley

Monday, October 24 - 'First Amendment Issue: Should some Speakers Be Banned from Campus' - 2:00-3:30pm, Elm Room, Maucker Union, UNI.  Panel discussion with Rekha Basu, Nick Fisher, Joe Gorton. Other programs are scheduled through November 29 - See flyer on kiosk.


Sunday, October 30 - Open House  at Masjid An-Noor  Islamic Center from 12 noon - 4pm.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our Muslim sisters and brothers and to support their presence in our Valley.


Friday, November 4 - Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Group Night with our Black Hawk Hockey team!  Calling all hockey fans!!  This is an opportunity for a fun night to aid a great cause.  There are posters at both doors and on the kiosk.  Anyone want to organize an evening for our Trinity hockey fans?!?!


Friday, November 4 - Central College A Cappella Choir in concert at the First Congregation United Church of Christ, Waterloo, 7:00pm – free and open to the public.


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


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 13

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!


Closing Thoughts –

The past six weeks has seemed q bit of a blur.  I'm not accustomed to travelling out of town two or more times in a month.  And all were/are church related and all challenged me as well as giving me the opportunity to meet some fascinating people and renewing friendships from the past.  And we have welcomed three adorable babies into our church family – I sense baptisms are in our future! 


I was devastated by the vandalism at the Muslim Center but also heartened by the spontaneous response of support.  As we look ahead there will be opportunities to share in visits and prayers as an inter-faith family here in the Cedar Valley – some of which are noted above.  The more we know one another the more we will understand and value one another.


In the peace and hope of Christ,


Nikki Roe,
Nov 11, 2016, 1:39 PM