Monday, January 1, 2018

Rising Serenity Sisterhood Circle - Sat Jan 13

We are providing a regular dynamic circle of women for you to be inspired, supported and be playful in as you blaze your own sacred path toward a vibrant health, unbridled creativity and thriving relationships by expanding your recognition of who you need to be and who you already are. And when you are aligned with your feminine essence and the things that truly matter, you’ll become more magnetic and attract even more of the magic that makes life a delightful playground. This is your chance to be part of a dynamic circle of women, moving, inspiring, expanding and rocking. Space is limited, please call and reserve your spot! Serenity Center-209-295-2003
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Trinity Tidings - Jan 2018


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

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Sr. Warden's Report
New Bible Study Begins
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
 
Dear Carol, 
 
  
Interim's Report for January
 
"On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." (Matt 2:11, NRSV)

Dear friends,

The new year is a time where many people transition from looking back to looking forward. Some people make New Year's resolutions. For some, a new year means new beginnings and new goals.

In the church year, January brings in the Epiphany season. The Epiphany itself commemorates the magi visiting the Christ child. The First Sunday after the Epiphany is the Baptism of Christ. We don't know what time of year Jesus was baptized. However, it does mark a shift for Jesus. Jesus had lived for years as a carpenter's son. With his baptism, Jesus sets in motion his ministry. It also means that Jesus will no longer live in his hometown of Nazareth. Jesus' personal goal becomes the goal for all of God's people.

During the season of Epiphany, we hear the stories of the epiphanies about the nature of Christ. The magi pay homage to the new-born king. The three gifts are thought to be symbolic. Gold is gift for a king. Frankincense is a gift for a priest, offering a fragrance pleasing to God. Myrrh can be made into an ointment that is used on a body for burial, foretelling Jesus' death.

Jesus' receiving of the Holy Spirit at his baptism is an epiphany. The epiphany is the voice that declares Jesus as God's son and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus. A traditional epiphany story is at the Wedding Feast of Cana. It was there that Jesus' power over nature was an epiphany for the disciples. Mary seemed to know what Jesus was going to do with the water, which makes me wonder how often Jesus made wine at home.

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is the story of the Transfiguration. It was on that holy mount that Peter, James, and John saw Jesus' true self, a very big epiphany.

In this new year, how will you see Jesus in your life? Probably not something as big as the Transfiguration, but something significant, I hope. It is in the subtle ways that God works in our lives that are sometimes is overlooked. It is also good to remember that God works through other people. In this new year, let us look forward to God's presence anew. 

Fr. Craig Kuehn+
Did You Know?
-The annual meeting will be held on January 28 following a single, combined service beginning at 9:30am at Trinity Church.
Senior Warden's Report
By Margaret Lewis

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given..."

As we find ourselves in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas, I pray you find time to stay with the season and with the remembering that God became incarnate in human flesh in order to walk with us and to bring us closer to God's kingdom. Just as we are often tempted to rush through Advent and skip the anticipation of Christmas, so too are we ready to hurriedly push through the Christmas season once it has arrived. The good news is that as Christians we recognize 12 full days of Christmas; time to reflect on what it means that Jesus was born into our world and how we might choose to walk more intentionally with Christ in the year ahead; always pulled to the experience of God's kingdom.

As we look back over the past year it is clear that God has been in our midst! We gathered at the women's march in January, had a peace vigil in February, and explored the Muslim culture and faith throughout Lent. We grieved when Pastor Karen and Steph left us and celebrated the quick and gracious willingness of Fr. Craig to step in and serve as our interim Priest. We grieved again at the loss of our Music Director, Carol Harper and again quickly celebrated the finding of her successor in Deena Holland. We lost two beloved parishioners in Steve Martin and Joan Von der Heiden and celebrated both of their lives and times with us, as well as the knowledge that they are no longer in any pain or suffering.

Through all of the changes Trinity faced in 2017 we continued to "Pray our Goodbyes" and watched where God was moving through it all. Worship, outreach, book groups, Bible Study, planning, picnicking and play continued to be the focus and affirmed confidence that moving forward in peace is possible when we remain open to listening together for and with God.

As we move into a year that promises ongoing changes and challenges I have full faith and confidence that Trinity will continue to move gracefully through whatever arrives. God came to us as a newborn child and promises a continued rebirth in our hearts if we choose to remain open, listening, and responding.

Prayers for peace and grace in the New Year!
New Bible Study Begins
Effective Jan 1, 2018, we will begin a new Bible Study using the book, "The Bible Challenge". The book is organized to encourage the reader to move through the Bible over the course of a year with short daily readings. 
 
While we encourage you to begin your readings Jan 1, the group will not meet for discussion until the 1st Sunday in February (Feb. 4) allowing us a month of reading before we meet to discuss. We will meet at the usual time, between services, each month on the first Sunday. 
 
This group is a traditional Bible study, wherein each person is encouraged to bring their perspectives, understandings, and knowledge. Some of you may remember doing this a few years ago, but apparently not all groups knew there was a book to guide the readings.
 
The book can be ordered online from Amazon. If you are in need of assistance with the purchase, please let Margaret Lewis know.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for December totaled 148 pounds. Total for 2017: 1868 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 the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm. 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.
January Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in January!
    
3rd- Margaret Lewis
8th- Aloysha Mathany
12th- Dale Miller
                               13th- Linda Krauthamel-Lane
   22nd- Shirley Tscharner

If you are celebrating a birthday in January, 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

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Cowboy Christmas - Sun Dec 17

Join Jeb and the whole gang around the chuck wagon as they round up a herd of
Christmas Spirit. This wonderful musical has plenty of western flavor, combining live
performances and shadow puppet mastery, that is sure to entertain and inspire all ages!
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December at St. Sava


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Trinity Tidings ~ December 2017


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Trinity Tidings
The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek
 
 
December 2017

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Sr. Warden's Report
Food Bank Quilt Raffle
Parade of Lights
Christmas Cantata at Trinity
Little Hats, Big Hearts
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
 

 
  
Interim's Report for December
 
"A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Isaiah 40:3)
"The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,' " (Mark 1:3)

Dear friends,
Advent is a time for preparation. It also falls at a time in our calendars when it seems all we do is preparation for something. We are preparing our homes to look more festive. We witness the many decorations in our towns and neighborhoods. In the darkening days of December, things light up. Maybe we are shaking a subconscious fist at the winter solstice. Then as the days again grow longer, we take down our lights. It worked! We defeated the sun.

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the season, we also need to prepare ourselves spiritually. That is what Advent reminds us. Advent reminds us to "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord." The Sunday readings of Advent point us to preparation. We are to prepare for Jesus to come again, to prepare our hearts for Jesus to be with us, and to prepare for Jesus' first humble coming. Advent builds toward the joyous birth of our savior.

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord is King James language from two sources: Isaiah 40:3 and Mark 1:3 (Matthew 3:3, Luke 3:4, and sort of John 1:23). John the Baptist echoes the followers of the prophet Isaiah asking the people to prepare themselves for God's coming. For Isaiah, it was a message to prepare for God's deliverance from exile in Babylon. Since John is quoting Isaiah, there must be a connection of deliverance for first century Jews. For John, there was urgency. God was coming soon as Jesus was ready to begin his ministry.

Prepare Ye the Way of Lord was put to music. It is included in Handel's Messiah. The Messiah begins with a tenor singing Isaiah 40:1-3. In the musical Godspell, one of the songs is Prepare Ye the Way. For these musicians, the musical story of Christ begins with the preparatory words of Isaiah and John the Baptist.

We begin the church year with Advent. We prepare to hear and live the gospel message at this time of year. Before we can bring Christ into our lives, we need to prepare. Just as we prepare our homes for Jesus' birth, we are to prepare our hearts for Christ to reign there as well.

Preparation is work. The point of preparation is the benefits of the work. "

Fr. Craig Kuehn+
Did You Know?
-Dec. 2nd, 6pm is Las Posadas in Sutter Creek.
-Dec. 3rd, 1pm we will be making Advent wreaths and enjoying Taize music in Jane's Hall. Wreath supplies are provided and everyone is invited to join in.
-Dec. 17th is the greening of the church following the 10:30 service.
-Dec. 24th is the decoration of the church tree following the 10:30 service.
-Dec. 24th, 5pm is the Christmas Eve candlelight service.
Senior Warden's Report
By Margaret Lewis

"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern." - Mother Teresa, Love: A Fruit Always in Season
 
As I began my prayers this morning, I was quickly struck by the fact that today (as I write this) is the day our Profile Committee will begin their official work as they meet with Canon Andrea to learn what the work will entail. At the same time we are quickly approaching the first Sunday of Advent. This seems a good sign to me as we enter the season of anticipation and expectation. So many things preparing to be brought into the world through God's intention to bring us continually into God's Kingdom. I wonder if we are ready.  When this wondering begins, I bring to mind one of my favorite Advent thoughts reflected in Mother Teresa's quote; is my heart prepared for the coming of Christ? Will the Holy Spirit find a warm place in my life during this season?
 
It would be easy to get caught up in the consumerism that always vies for our attention at this time of year, but if we can shift our attention to love and to service during the next few weeks, I believe we will find a means of anticipating and expecting what the new life might look like if we can arrive at Christmas morning with an open heart ready to accept the gifts that have been bestowed.
 
This seems a good parallel as we expect and anticipate a new Priest in the year ahead. Are our hearts prepared to remain open to the process that is involved in calling a new leader? Are we willing to serve and love in this time of transition?  I believe that we are and that with Spiritual Disciple during this season of anticipating new birth, we will be ready with warm hearts to meet all new beginnings.
 
May the Peace of the season be with you!
Interfaith Food Bank Quilt Raffle
The quilt is an extra large queen and tickets sell for 6 for $5 or 1 for $1. Tickets available at the Food Bank, Thrift Store and you may purchase them from Noreen Lafferty. Last day to purchase tickets is Dec. 13.  Drawing will be held December 14th and you do not have to be there to win.
See flyer on the Welcome Center at the back of the church for details and a picture of the quilt.
Parade of Lights
Dec. 9th, 6:30pm: Sutter Creek Parade of Lights. Help Trinity and Compassionate Amador shine at the Sutter Creek Parade of Lights. Please join us at 4:00 PM on December 9 in Jane's Hall for float decoratingwith lights and greenery and a pre-parade pizza party. Shuttles to the parade will then be available.
 
Parishioners, children and grandchildren are invited to ride or walk with our float of Trinity Church covered with holiday lights and greenery. The "Hallelujah Chorus" will ring out as we share the light of Trinity Sutter Creek and Compassionate Amador. You are invited to carry one of the signs we crafted.

To join in this festive and fun parade, the only requirement is that each person must be "lighted." So find yourself some battery operated Christmas lights, headband or lighted hat (or let us know if you need help getting some) and join the fun!
Martin Hopper
Christmas Cantata at Trinity
For the first time, Trinity Episcopal Church has been selected as one of four churches to host a performance of the annual Amador County Community Chorus and Orchestra production of their Christmas Cantata.  50 combined singers and orchestra members will perform "Peace Has Come," by Mary MacDonald, under the direction of Steve Chambers (who also directs the Amador County Concert Band).  Several of Trinity's choir members are joining the choir this year so you will see some familiar faces!  Trinity is the first performance location:  Friday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Please make arrangements to attend this wonderful event which we hope will become one of your favorite Christmas celebrations.  If you do not drive at night, perhaps you could carpool with someone else so you won't miss this.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for non-members of Trinity to come to our church, see who we are and what our lovely church has to offer.
Little Hats, Big Hearts
The American Heart Association and the Children's Heart Association are looking for volunteers to knit or crochet little red hats for newborns or preemies.  They will be giving the hats away during the month of February (Heart Month) to all the little February newborns.
 
Information about the project can be found online at LittleHatsBigHearts@heart.org. The hats should be red and made of worsted (4) yarn that is acrylic only.  The site includes knitting and crocheting patterns, although you can use any pattern you like.
 
There will be a basket at the back of the church to collect the little red hats.  The deadline for these hats is January 10 and any hats in the basket by the church services on the January 7th will be forwarded to the Sacramento center.
 
For any questions or more information, contact Carol Davis at 925-400-3107.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for October/November totaled 725 pounds (includes 632 lbs. of excess Project Thanks donations). Total for the year: 1720 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 the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm. 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.
December Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in December!
    
2nd- Bob Ross
3rd- Carol Davis
10th- Mary Mahoney
                               12th- Pam Afindios
   16th- Carolyn Strickler
   19th- Diane Christensen
   26th- Rhonda D'Agostini
   30th- Devin Christensen
   31st- Stephen Lewis

If you are celebrating a birthday in December, 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, November 21, 2017

Winter Solstice Celebration - Thurs Dec 21

Gather together with community to welcome and celebrate the return of the light! Thursday, December 21, 1017, from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. at the Amador Holistic Center in Amador City.
This is a FREE family-friendly community event.
Bring your drums, rattles, bells and a dessert to share.
For more information call Marla at (209) 256-3750 or e-mail: mvandermeer@norcalmha.org  Rain or shine! Brought to you by the Amador Holistic Center and The Labyrinth Project.