Monday, July 2, 2018

Trinity Tidings - July 2018


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Trinity Tidings
The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek
 
 
July 2018

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Book Group to Start Again
Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
Dear Carol, 

  
Interim's Report for July


"Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

Dear friends,

This is my last newsletter article to you. It is and was my pleasure to be able to serve you this past year. Soon, the vestry will call a priest to spiritually lead and guide you. I pray with you for a good and able priest. With at least one hiccup, you have been blessed with many good and able priests. I expect that will continue.

We began attending Trinity over four years ago, following my retirement from active church ministry. It doesn't seem that long. We chose to attend Trinity because of the warmth and healthiness of the congregation (and also because we knew Karen+ from seminary). I was honored when Karen+ invited me to assist her. I was honored again when the vestry requested my appointment by the bishop to be your interim. We will see Karen+ and Steph in September.

We will soon say so long, but not good-bye. We will continue to live in Placerville. Our paths will likely cross again.

You are a healthy congregation because you follow Jesus' commandment to love your neighbor. We do not always do that. We sometimes fall short. But God gives us grace to pick ourselves up and continue our walk with God and our neighbor. The source of God's grace is forgiveness and reconciliation. This is to be emulated by us.

Do not forget that loving our neighbor also involves doing what we can to help those in need. The poor and homeless issues seem overwhelming. However, when something seems overwhelming it is often best to deal with it in small pieces. In other words, as an example, we cannot get all the homeless people off the streets, but we can help those we see in need. Sometimes, all that is needed is a kind word (and maybe a can of tuna).

May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds and the love of Christ be with you forever more.
  
Fr. Craig Kuehn+

Did You Know?
-July 22nd after coffee hour will be a meeting of the Trinity Fellowship and Outreach Team (TFOT). The meeting is open to anyone interested. We encourage you to come with ideas to share. Contact Nancy Moore for details. If you can't make this meeting, there will be another one on Aug. 19 after coffee hour.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 1st & 15th at 9:35am (between services) in the undercroft. Everyone is invited to join in.
-The Centering Prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9:30-10:30am in Jane's Hall. Everyone is welcome to join this meditative practice. If you have questions about Centering Prayer, contact Martha Robbins, 296-7842.

Book Group to Start Again


Our next book group begins Thursday, July 5th in Jane's Hall at 5:30pm. We will meet each Thursday (except the 4th Thursday due to Vestry meetings).
We will be reading Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault.
Please plan to join us! 

Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

On Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th, Trinity Episcopal Church is sponsoring its annual food drive for the Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County at Safeway.  

As you know the schools provide meals for many children in our community and when summer comes these are no longer available. Amador County also has a thriving senior program, but many seniors are unable to go the Senior Center to participate in their meals. The food bank is able to provide food to low income seniors, homeless, disabled and unemployed individuals and families that require assistance. Sadly, summer is the time that the food bank experiences difficulty getting donations and has a shortage of nonperishable grocery items that are needed to fill the many requests for food.

Helping to feed the hungry has always been a part of our church's mission and sponsoring the food drive, providing homeless bags, volunteering at the Interfaith Food Bank Thrift Store Great Finds, and the Interfaith Food Bank are all ways in which we accomplish this goal.

We need volunteers to fill two hour shifts on both days to ask shoppers to help by purchasing nonperishable items for the food bank and handing them a "Most Needed Items" list to use.  Shifts start at 9:00am and end at 6:00pm on Friday, and 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday. A clip board at the welcome center will be provided for you to sign-up or you can call Noreen Lafferty at 274-4000 or Steve Christensen at 267-0615.
Thank you for your generosity and commitment to this outreach.

Food Bank Donations

Food gifts for June totaled 65 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 536 pounds.


Thank you for your generous support of this special ministry.

Trinity Singers Rehearsals

All are invited to join the Trinity Singers/Worship Team! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 5pm. Bring your voices, your instruments, and a heart for worship and praise! For more information, please contact Deena Holland at 209-296-6616 or email deenaholland@hotmail.com.

July Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in July!
  
6th- Myrna Hammer
18th- Nancy Moore
23rd- Dorean Davis
 28th- Ray Farley
  31st- Steve Christensen

   

If you are celebrating a birthday in July, but you don't see your name listed here, please contact our Parish Administrative Asst.

Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter?
If you have an article of interest to the congregation that you would like included in the newsletter, please email it to the office, office@trinitysuttercreek.org by the 20th of the month. It will be included in the next month's newsletter.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 N Hwy 49, Sutter Creek, CA 95685

Monday, June 25, 2018

Families Belong Together Community Rally - Sat June 30

Regardless of our perspectives on the immigration situation, many of us feel the pressing need to do something to work toward immediate family re-unification.
Do you need to speak out? Do something? Stand up and be counted?
Families Belong Together
Community Rally
Saturday, June 30th 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Vicinity of Trinity Episcopal Church
Hwy 49 and Ridge Rd, Sutter Hill
·       Park at Trinity Church or overflow at the public lot on Valley View
·       Please bring a sign that reflects your voice - Keep wording civil and respectful. 
·       We are FOR positive change, not confronting individuals.
·       This is not a denominational event; all of the public is invited to participate! 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Trinity Tidings - June 2018

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The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek
 
 
June 2018

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Junior Warden's Report
Break Bread With Friends
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
 
Dear Carol, 
 
  
Interim's Report for June
 
"Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1)

Dear friends,

We are blessed that there is a group of faith who engage in contemplative prayer weekly at Trinity. Prayer groups seek a glimpse of the holy. Even though they meet as a group, each person is on their own spiritual journey.

I have tried contemplative prayer and found it spiritually refreshing. Afterward, I felt calm and centered. Of course, centering is part of contemplative prayer. However, it was not a method of prayer that felt like it was something I would build my spiritual life around.

Prayer varies from person to person. Just as people have different personality types, people have different prayer types. I haven't read anything about this but I wouldn't be surprised that personality helps determine preference to a particular prayer style. I am more attracted to the daily offices or lectio divina. These are more monastic type practices.

I was intrigued by something I just found out about. I was aware of Buddhist and Hindu prayer wheels. However, prayer wheels were fairly common in medieval Europe. They seem to be born in monastic communities, but have a basis in the writings of Augustine of Hippo. The Liesborn Prayer Wheel was discovered in a medieval book of the gospels recently. Three writers took on the task on how to use the thing and published a book, The Prayer Wheel: A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice.

I have not read or practiced the prayer wheel as I only discovered this myself as I was writing this article. As much as I can discover about it is that there are seven concentric circles with seven spokes. The circles and spokes have divisions of the Lord's Prayer, the Beatitudes, Isaiah's seven gifts of the Spirit, and seven of the key events in the life of Christ. The center is God. How one approaches the wheel determines the path of a prayer. Even a well-worn path can result in a different spiritual experience.

There are many forms and ways of praying. Whether we pray communally or individually, prayer leads us to commune with God. Prayer is more than talking to God. It is also includes listening to God. God has much to say to us if we have the discipline and practice of listening. May we listen and reflect on what God will have us do.
  
Fr. Craig Kuehn+
Did You Know?
-June 8th is GAME NIGHT in Jane's Hall at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited for fun and fellowship! Bring your family! Invite your friends!  Bring your favorite game or come to learn a new one that's someone else's favorite. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.  If you'd like to share a favorite popcorn topping, please feel free.
-June 14th is an outing for lunch at the Pickle Patch in San Andreas. Meet at 11am in the church parking lot to carpool. For information call either Shirley Tscharner 296-4946 or Mary Mahoney 256-8120
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 3rd & 17th at 9:35am (between services) in the undercroft. Everyone is invited to join in.
-The Centering Prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9:30-10:30am in Jane's Hall. Everyone is welcome to join this meditative practice. If you have questions about Centering Prayer, contact Martha Robbins, 296-7842.
Junior Warden's Report
Trinity Family:
Last month we had a very successful work-day and Trinity is all looking spic and span. I appreciate everyone's help, but if you find something that needs repair or other attention, please let me (or Sheilah in the Office or any member of the Vestry) know as soon as possible. Unless it is an emergency, please don't try to fix it yourself even if you do know what you are doing. 
 
I have also been asked about our narrow parking spots and although I don't have the ability to stretch them wider, there are two things you can do to help. First, please try to park as straight as possible in the spot and if you drive a large vehicle, please try not to park on the corners where they might block visibility or stick-out. If we try to do this, the lot might just seem a little larger.
 
Thank-you,
Martin Hopper
Junior Warden
Break Bread With Friends
Responding to people's needs to have enough to eat, a small cadre representing the Methodist, Episcopal, and Catholic churches met 7 years ago and planned to serve a hearty Saturday breakfast with a bag lunch "to go" to anyone who came. The Methodist church in Jackson, being centrally located especially to those on foot, offered the use of its hall and kitchen. Soon not only parishioners from these churches, but community members at large volunteered assistance in the form of providing funds, being there to cook, serve, clean, and welcome guests.  Dedicated people have physically kept the service continuing with the help of generous community members and individuals and groups in these 3 churches. At times the bank account has become worryingly low, but at each of these times, funds have come "out of the blue".

In 2017, the Jackson and Sutter Creek Methodist parishes combined, and the Jackson Methodist church building became The Rock church- which graciously kept the building available to Break Bread with Friends. After some time, kitchen equipment problems arose, and Fr. Colin of St. Katherine Drexel parish generously opened St. Patrick Church's parish hall to Break Bread with Friends. The move was less than a block, so people have found the new location without difficulty.

Break Bread with Friends exists to warmly welcome all who come, to provide a place for them to eat, to visit, to feel respected. There are often free food items available to take also. Breakfast is served every Saturday of the year with very few exceptions. The volunteers are very happy to be able to continue serving others!

We can always use help in the form of homemade cookies and money with which to buy supplies for cooking breakfast and packing lunches. Just now, we have enough volunteer workers, but if you are interested, please let Nancy know. Donations to Break Bread with Friends can be sent to the treasurer, Pat Fossen: P.O. Box 1416, Sutter Creek, CA 95685

  Questions? Ask Steve Christensen or myself. Thank you, Nancy Moore
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for May totaled 78 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 479 pounds.


Thank you for your generous support of this special ministry.
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
All are invited to join the Trinity Singers/Worship Team! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 5pm. Bring your voices, your instruments, and a heart for worship and praise! For more information, please contact Deena Holland at 209-296-6616 or email deenaholland@hotmail.com.
June Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in June!
    
1st- Katie Christensen
6th- Jo Foote
10th- David Hennings
 12th- Lila Jean Regan
  15th- Janet Kendig
  17th- Glenda McClenahan
  18th- Paul Dinger
  22nd- Carol Holt
  28th- Rouze Foote
   

If you are celebrating a birthday in June, but you don't see your name listed here, please contact our Parish Administrative Asst.
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter?
If you have an article of interest to the congregation that you would like included in the newsletter, please email it to the office, office@trinitysuttercreek.org by the 20th of the month. It will be included in the next month's newsletter.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 N Hwy 49, Sutter Creek, CA 95685

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Trinity Tidings - May 2018


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Trinity Tidings
The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek
 
 
May 2018

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Senior Warden's Report
ECS Appeal
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter


  
Interim's Report for May


"As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me." (John 17:21b)

Dear friends,


Our patronal festival, Trinity Sunday, is the last Sunday of May this year. As is told many times, it is the only Sunday where a doctrine of the church is observed. We proclaim the Trinity whenever we recite one of the creeds. In fact, the concept of the Trinity is deemed so important that the prayer book requires the Nicene Creed to be recited on Sundays and major feast days. The Trinity is what defines a Christian and Christianity. Belief in Jesus alone is not Christian.


The concept of the Trinity was defined by the church to solve the problems of divinity of persons. If Jesus is God then what is Jesus' relationship to God? Then how does the Holy Spirit fit in? If Christianity is monotheistic, then how do we have multiple personas of God? These questions and more were solved by seeing one God in three persons, or as I like to think of it as three expressions of the one God (as if God could be limited to three expressions).


Ideally if the Christian Church were one, we would put our theological emphasis on the Trinity. However, the church is divided. It is my observation that different expressions of God tend to be emphasized depending on the denomination. For many denominations, the emphasis is on Jesus. After the charismatic movement was born in the early 20th century, there was an emphasis on the Holy Spirit, perhaps an overdue recognition of the third person of the Trinity and maybe an over-emphasis about the Holy Spirit.


There was a time when the church was comfortable calling the first person of the Trinity, Father. Now we don't know what to do with that. Though Jesus was definitely a male, God needs no gender. God is way beyond gender. English lacks adequate pronouns and language for a genderless God. Some have tried substituting function for the three persons of the Trinity, which falls into heresy as no person of the Trinity acts in isolation with the other two.

As a people of a church named Trinity, we celebrate the wholeness of one God in three persons. The entire church celebrates with us one time of the year. But we always celebrate this complicated God that we have trouble explaining and conceptualizing. We do know that God is always acting with us and in us. The bottom line is that the nature of God, which we really cannot fathom, is less important than knowing that God lives and moves and guides us in working toward the reign of God here on earth.
 

Fr. Craig Kuehn+

Did You Know?
-May 3rd is the Amador County National Day of Prayer being held from 12pm-1pm in 4 locations in the county: Plymouth Park, Pine Grove Park, Jackson Detert Park, and Ione Vetrans Park.
-May 6th, 8am-6pm is the Homeless Resource Fair in Detert Park, Jackson. If you'd like to volunteer, call 209-223-2286.
-May 20th is Pentecost Sunday. Be sure and wear red to church.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 6th & 20th at 9:35am (between services) in the undercroft. Everyone is invited to join in.
-The Centering Prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9:30-10:30am in Jane's Hall. Everyone is welcome to join this meditative practice. If you have questions about Centering Prayer, contact Martha Robbins, 296-7842.

Senior Warden's Report

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Proverbs 4:25
It is sometimes hard to keep our eyes looking straight ahead when we miss things, situations or people from the past. Yet God has so much good yet to come in store for us! 
I cannot tell you how excited I was on Friday afternoon when I received an email from Canon Andrea's secretary, Kati, who was letting me know that our Profile for the Priest-in-Charge has been approved, finalized, and put out as an advertisement on the various sites used for this purpose. After all the hard work the Profile Committee has done, it was nice to see it come to completion! Just like when any company or business advertises for an employee, we now must wait for Priests to apply. 
Canon Andrea has been keeping her eye out for potential candidates and I'm sure that there are a few who may have simply been waiting for the official word. As soon as a few candidates have submitted their applications, those will be forwarded on to us and the Applicant Review Committee will begin the work of sorting through them and making a recommendation to the Vestry. 
In the meantime, we are also facing another loss in that when our new Priest is hired, Father Craig will no longer be with us. How lucky we are to have he and Suzi with us for 12 more weeks! Their final Sunday will be on July 29th. We will be having a special send off and hope that you will mark your calendar now so that you can be sure to be a part of a special blessing and thanksgiving for the time he gifted us.
As we look forward, let's not lose sight of the gift of the present moment and the beauty that surrounds us. I have been so awe-filled watching how we have come together as a congregation to see that things continue to get done with grace, love, and patience at Trinity. The depth of Spirit and the open communication are just two reasons we have had such a successful interim period. We are truly Blessed to have this community and one another. 
God's Peace,
Margaret Lewis
 Sr. Warden

Episcopal Community Services Appeal

Bishop Beisner has designated the Seventh Sunday of Easter each year as Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Ascension Appeal Sunday. ECS has supported the work of ministering to and empowering the sick, the homeless, the hungry and the marginalized in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California for nearly 40 years. Please open your hearts and share the joy and hope of the resurrection by giving generously to the ECS Grant Fund on May 13. All funds raised are used to support congregations in their ministry to the least, the lost and the marginalized in their communities. Please place your offering in the offering plate marked for ECS or mail it directly to Episcopal Community Services 350 University Ave. Suite 280, Sacramento, CA 95825-6517 You may also donate online through PayPal at www.norcalecs.org.

Food Bank Donations

Food gifts for April totaled 107 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 401 pounds.


Thank you for your generous support of this special ministry.

Trinity Singers Rehearsals

All are invited to join the Trinity Singers/Worship Team! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 5pm. Bring your voices, your instruments, and a heart for worship and praise! For more information, please contact Deena Holland at 209-296-6616 or email deenaholland@hotmail.com.

May Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in May!
  
18th- Bob Zwieg
25th- Joshua Lewis
   

If you are celebrating a birthday in May, but you don't see your name listed here, please contact our Parish Administrative Asst.

Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter?
If you have an article of interest to the congregation that you would like included in the newsletter, please email it to the office, office@trinitysuttercreek.org by the 20th of the month. It will be included in the next month's newsletter.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 N Hwy 49, Sutter Creek, CA 95685