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Thursday Thoughts - September 8 2016

posted Sep 9, 2016, 7:28 AM by Nikki Roe

Thursday Thoughts – September 8, 2016


Would you like to represent our Parish at the Diocesan Convention October 28 & 29 in Des Moines?

Our annual Diocesan Convention is coming up and Trinity is allotted two representatives plus our clergy.  Please let me know if you would like to be considered as one of our delegates and I can give you more information.


Garden Project

I hope everyone is enjoying watching our garden grow!  And be on the lookout for ‘weeding parties’ – sequels to our mulching parties.  Just a few months to go and we will have our winter gardening “break.”  We need to get the edging in as soon as possible to protect our perimeter from the weeds and the mower.  The Preschool has found two people to do the mowing in the preschool playground.


Get out your calendars - it's that time of year when Parish life speeds up and I need to write things down!!

  • Sunday, September 11 - Sunday School begins during the 10:00 service.  We are still in need of several teachers - we need to have two classes this year and I would like to be able to schedule each person only once a month.  The classes are during the first part of the service so children and teachers are in church from the peace onwards. This means no one misses communion but you do miss the sermon - how's that for a perk!

  • Sunday, September 11, 3:00pm in the Parish Hall - baby shower for Carolyn Webber & Terry Duncan - as they prepare to welcome their first child! (They are registered at Target, Babies R Us and Amazon.)  Anyone wishing to help, please contact Sue McClure or me.

  • St. Margaret's Circle meeting on Thursday, September 15, at noon in the Parish Library.  Bring a sack lunch. 

  • Thursday, September 15 – Preschool Board Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall

  • Thursday, September 15 - CROP Hunger Walk Fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse, 5715 University, Cedar Falls, from 4-8 pm.  Invitations are available from church office and 10% of your tab will go to the CROP Walk when you show your invitation.

  • Saturday, September 17 – Food Bank Volunteer Day - 9-11 am.

  • Tuesday, September 20 – Vestry meeting at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall – NOTE time change

  • Sunday, October 9th  - We will bless our pets at the 10am service on this day. 

  • Sunday, October 9th is the CROP Walk to End Hunger.  Debbie Lane is our representative and pledge forms will be available soon.  Sign up begins at 1:30pm and the walk will commence at 2 pm.  The Walk begins and ends at the NE Iowa Food Bank.  Let’s get a good team from Trinity!!


Borrowing chairs and/or tables or kitchen supplies from Trinity?  If you want to borrow chairs and/or tables, or kitchen supplies please check them out before taking them.  There is a form to fill out in the office and we need to check that there are not conflicts in using them.  We are missing some of our metals chairs and so we need to be more careful with those that remain.


Safeguarding God’s Children – we are in the process of organizing a class for those in the preschool and parish who need to have this training.  Please see the signup list in the kiosk.  It’s a one session course and will be held at Trinity.  The session will take place in early September


Preschool Fundraiser – A Neat Sweatshirt!! -  and a new price!! 

OK - I was caught trying to raise extra money for the Preschool but I was a bit too greedy!  So the new and real price is $27.00.  It is a hooded sweatshirt with the alphabet on the front, but instead of the letter ‘T’ is reads ‘Trinity Preschool’ and the color is grey.  Orders are due by September 9 and order forms are on the kiosk.


LET’S KEEP COLLECTING THOSE HYVEE TILL SLIPS – and you’re doing a great job so far

They can be from any Waterloo, Cedar Falls or Waverly HyVee, including the slips from re-fueling at the HyVee gas stations.


And don’t forget to keep saving . . .  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 Canterbury Forum on Human Trafficking

Last week’s Canterbury Forum program on human trafficking was excellent and sobering.  If you want the additional resources and did not get them by email, please let me know.


Next Canterbury Forum – September 25th

On Sunday, September 25th, at 7pm Prof. John Burnight of UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions will suggest to us a different way of looking at the Book of Job, the Jewish Scriptures' classic treatment of theodicy - how evil can coexist with a good just and all-powerful god. What if Job actually was written as a critique of prevailing religious ideas about the relationship between suffering, sin, and God? What if, in some sense, we've misunderstood a key element of the Book of Job for all these centuries? John's program, "The Book of Job as Subversive Literature", will explore what the author of Job might have been suggesting, and leave us with a thought-provoking perspective on this classic work of moral theology.


And opportunities in our wider Cedar Valley community:

  • September 24 - 9 am to 2 pm -  date for Black Hawk County residents to dispose of household toxic materials and electronic, electric items.  Is there someone who could volunteer to take the burned out fluorescent light bulbs, and computer monitors from Trinity?


  • Aspire - Night of the Horse - September 24, 2016 -  7 pm at McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo.   Entertainment for all ages, and silent auction.  Tickets available at  See kiosk for flyer.


  • Central Christian Church Annual Bazaar, 3475 Kimball Avenue, Saturday, October 1st from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Breakfast at 8 am; serving lunch from 11 am to 1 pm, homemade chicken and noodles.  See kiosk for flyer.


  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Worker House - House Blessing/Open House on Sunday, October 2, 1016.  House Blessing at 1 pm.  Open House 1-3 pm at  325 E 8th Street in Waterloo.


·         Don’t forget the Continuing Care program offered through Locke Funeral Home and Kearns Funeral Homes.  This service is now coordinated by Maureen Doherty and includes monthly drop-in groups, a quarterly email-based newsletter, and quarterly informational programs.  Please contact Maureen if you would like more information – 319-505-3048.


Closing Thoughts  .  .  .

School is back in session and that means a return of our Sunday School students and their presentations to our congregation!!  We are looking forward to their enthusiasm and energy.


We continue to pray for an end to gun violence our Cedar Valley, and especially in Waterloo. Just overnight there were multiple incidents in Waterloo. 


The situation in South Sudan is still unsettled – but there has been a peace agreement which is being observed mostly.  Still people are afraid to return to their homes for fear of what might meet them. Bishop Peni continues to ask us to pray for peace, safety, comfort and guidance for the people of South Sudan.  Episcopal Relief and Development is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to assist with food and shelter for the many displaced persons – homeless in their own country.  For more information, go to


West Des Moines will be the site of the 2016 AFRECS (American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans) Conference.  Beginning after dinner on Friday, October 21, and concludes with the Eucharist on Sunday, October 23.  Speakers include BIshop Samuel Peni, former Congressman Jim Leach, and the Rev. Dr. Phil Groves, until recently the Director of the Anglican Communion's Continuing Indaba Project; and Mother Harriet Baka, Provincial (Sudan & South Sudan) President of the Mothers Union.  See more information on the kiosk.


We now have a small delegation in Swaziland, attending Swaziland's diocesan synod and we wish them well, along with all our sisters and brothers there.


We are witnessing a presidential campaign unlike any one which I can remember.  We continue to hope and pray for more civility in the activities and forums of candidates.


Our prayers for peace and justice continue for the whole human family.  And please know that our prayers bring hope to our sisters and brothers in the troubled places on our planet.  ‘Let us not grow weary . . . 


In the peace and hope of Christ,



Nikki Roe,
Sep 9, 2016, 7:28 AM