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Wonderings on Wednesday November 25 2015

posted Dec 1, 2015, 10:37 AM by Nikki Roe

Wednesday Wonderings – November 25, 2015


First and foremost – I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and a great weekend as well.  I know a number of you are travelling over the weekend – this comes with prayers for safe travels.


Some really good news! – chapter two

Last week I shared the good news of the arrival of Nathan Alexander Smith – to the home of JR and Diana!!  Alex is doing well, along with mom and the rest of the family.  Now it’s time to plan for the wonderful Trinity tradition of helping families of our newest members with meals for a while.  At present, Diana’s parents are here and will probably be departing on Saturday.  If you would like to provide an evening meal, please respond to this email or sigh the list on the kiosk at church.  Keeping all the family in mind, it’s best not to have meals with too many carbs – like pasta.  Monday, December 30, is taken care of and we’ll be taking meals every other day.  Thanking you in advance for taking part in this wonderful tradition at Trinity.


Next date to work at the Food Bank is Saturday, December 5, and the time is 9-11am.



Sunday, December 6 is the date for the Holiday Mini-Bazaar, from 9-12noon in the Parish Hall.  Set-up will be Saturday, December 5th.  Baked goods, holiday and gift items will be for sale and there will be a Silent Auction as well.


Shopping for Christmas Adopt-A-FamilyTuesday, December 8, is the date.  If you want to donate to this, please see Debbie Lane.  Checks should be made out to St. Margaret’s Circle.


In addition to the family which St. Margaret’s and Chat and Sew adopt for Christmas through the Salvation Army, our Vestry approved our adopting a family through the Angel Tree network.  We are choosing a family in Waterloo, known to a vestry member to be in need of assistance and one parent is incarcerated.  I hope to have more info by Sunday.  Check on the kiosk.


Have you looked at our website lately?  Please do.

Matt Harrison and Nikki Roe have been working on our website and it’s coming along well.  We need photos!  Do you have photos of Trinity activities that we might post on our website?  We need photos!! We are setting up a special file to which you can send photos. In the meantime, you can email them to  Let us know if you have problems with our site.


A very important date – mark your calendars now!

We have received word from the Office of the Bishop that he has set the date for Mindy Valentine Davis’ ordination to the transitional diaconate.  It’s Saturday, December 12th, at 3pm in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Des Moines.  Ken Messer of St. John’s, Keokuk also will be ordained at that time. There will be conversations closer to the time about our responsibilities for the reception, etc. as well as how we might share in the travel to and from Des Moines.  For now, please mark your calendars!!


Also on December 12th – First Aid?/CPR/AED training at Trinity – 8am – 3pm

This will be Red Cross training for Adult and Child First Aid/CPR/AED.  It is being held at Trinity and there is room for three more people to take part. Please let Sue in our Office know if this date works for you.


Something different – Alternative Christmas gifting!

We’re trying something a little different this year.  This is the perfect answer for the person who has everything but you want to let them know s/he is special to you.  We will provide Christmas cards– with a message something like this inside –

In this season when we celebrate God’s amazing gift to us –the birth of Jesus – a monetary Christmas gift has been made in your name to (you will chose one): Habitat for Humanity or The Heifer Project or the Neighborhood Care Centers in Swaziland or the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.  You can add a greeting if you wish on the card and on the back there will be a short description of the organization you chose.  It’s just that simple and no bustling crowds or lines to stand in.  And you have gifted someone you love with a gift that will change lives all around the world.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


It’s almost Advent – and then comes Christmas!! Already!?! Would you like to give a poinsettia in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one?  The price is $11 each and they will be delivered to the church.  Please call the church office if you are buying a plant so we will know how many to count on and so we can get the names of loved ones to be remembered for the Christmas service sheets.


Thursday, December 17 – Our Preschool Christmas Program and Art Auction – 6:30 pm

This is a wonderful program not to be missed.  If you would like to donate new or gently used 8x10 picture frame, or can bring cookies, Sprite or sherbet for the reception, please see the sing-up sheet on the kiosk. Thank you!


Saturday, December 19th from 9 to 11am – Altar Guild workshop – preparing for the Greening of the Church


Benefit Dance for Cindy Albrecht McCarthy – December 19 from 7-11pm

This evening at the Electric Park Ballroom will include DJ and Silent Auction. There will be free Hors D’oeuvres and snacks.  Tickets: Adults - $10 and children - $5.  This is open to the public. As many of you would know, Cindy is Judy McCarthy’s daughter-in-law and she has been waging a brave battle against Stage 3 breast cancer.  She has completed one very difficult series of treatments and is now beginning a year of chemotherapy. This has put a huge financial strain on the whole family.  We want to help as we can.


Sunday, December 20 - Greening of the Church after the 10am service.  There is something for everyone to do, even the little ones.  This will be followed by our traditional chicken vegetable soup lunch.  Would you like to add to our traditional soup luncheon with a pot of soup too? It can be any recipe.  We need some volunteers to help with breads and treats, too.  Please let Kathleen Sallee know.


Chime Choir – there’s still room for you!!

Practice for the Chime Choir is after the 10am service and after you've had a chance to get a cup of coffee.  We're a diverse group with differing musical abilities - so all are welcome!


Our next meal for the Catholic Worker community is Monday, December 28th.  A signup sheet will be on the kiosk on Sunday.


We have recently commemorated Veterans’ Day as a nation.  Weekly pray for two members of our congregation who are currently serving in the armed forces.  This Sunday there will be cards to be sent to them from the parish.  Please take a moment to sign the cards to Michael Roe, Jr, and Tommy Parker.  The cards will be on a table in the Parish Hall.  Many thanks.


Closing Thoughts . . .

This is a special time of year – a holiday which urges us to be thankful – pure and simple.  Unfortunately “Black Friday” has hijacked what should be time for families and friends celebrating together.  I’ve noted with interest how several large stores have made a point of announcing this year they would be closed for all of Thanksgiving Day.  Kudos to them!  Everyone deserves the day off.


But the real world is still out there and so we continue to be mindful of our global village.  A very important conference is beginning on November 30 – the United Nations Conference on Climate Change – also known as COP 21.  One hundred and forty-seven leaders of nations will be present.  This is a crucial conference at a crucial time.  If you would like to know more or to follow COP 21, please visit the following website -


We continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Nzara, and especially for Bishop Samuel as he continues to head of the justice, peace and reconciliation work for the entire province comprised of Sudan and South Sudan.  He needs our special prayers.


We also continue to experience violence, especially gun violence, in our community, and we continue to pray and work for an end to the violence.


This Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent -  a wonderful season which challenges us to be people of hope, peace, justice and through all of that, to experience the joy which God desperately wants for us.  May it be so.


In the peace and hope of Christ,



Nikki Roe,
Dec 1, 2015, 10:37 AM