Thursday, April 5, 2018

May Day Celebration - Sun May 6

Are you ready to celebrate the Merry Month of May? Join The Labyrinth Project and the Amador Holistic Center as we gather in a community May Day celebration!

Learn about May Day lore and practices; meet the May Queen; participate in a May Pole dance; join our drum circle; enjoy festive music; make traditional May crafts; leap the flames, dance the labyrinth and learn about its healing and transformative properties, and enjoy free refreshments!

THIS IS A FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT!
When: Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Amador Holistic Center - back parking lot. Old Amador Hotel, 14204 Main Street, Amador City, CA.
Questions? Contact Marla (209)  256-3750 / mvandermeer@norcalmha.org or Christine at (209) 256-4307.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Trinity Tidings ~ April 2018


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

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Centering Prayer Workshop
Soup Supper Success!
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
 
Dear Carol, 
 
  
Interim's Report for April
 
Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. (Mark 16:6b)

Dear friends,

When we say that Jesus brings us Good News or gospel, it seems to me that this is a trinity of theological terms. The first is the incarnation when our humanity is joined with the divine. This happens with Jesus' birth and we celebrate this event every year. It is a Christ Mass. The concept of incarnation is born in Genesis because we are made in the image of God. Jesus' ascension takes our humanity into the godhead.

The second is Jesus' crucifixion. Because of the incarnation, Jesus takes our humanity with him on the cross. Jesus takes all of our humanity, sins and all. All of that dies on the cross with Jesus. By taking away our sins, the barrier between we and God is broken. That does not mean we are free from sin. It does mean we are forgiven. That is what makes Good Fridaygood.

The third part of this trinity is the resurrection. The resurrection makes no sense without the incarnation and Good Friday. Jesus' divinity makes the resurrection possible, but Jesus is also human. As such, death is no longer a permanent state for humanity. With the barrier of sin broken, we can make an eternal home with God.

Though every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection, this April and May we especially celebrate the resurrection with the Easter season of 50 days. All of Jesus' life was pointing to the time when his tomb would be empty. This is why Jesus came. This is what we celebrate.

Christmas is bigger than Easter in our observances, religious and secular. Yet Jesus didn't just come to us to be born. Jesus came to us to unite us with God, eternally.

Once again, we are reminded that death was a barrier we must pass through, but it is not the end of our existence. We celebrate this great gift given to us, a gift far bigger than any Christmas gift. Let us rejoice. He is risen!
 

Fr. Craig Kuehn+
Did You Know?
-The Vestry invites you to come to "Ministries Sunday" on April 8 during coffee hour in Jane's Hall. We will be discussing ministries and structuring / restructuring areas that may need enhanced attention. If you have time and gifts to give, please give serious consideration to any areas of ministry that may be calling to you! 
-April 13th is our church Spring cleaning day! Please join in to give Trinity a little polish. We'll be working from 9am-3pm. Come when you can, do what you can to show your love for Trinity.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's only April 15th at 9:35am (between services) in the undercroft because of Easter Sunday coffee hours on April 1st. Everyone is invited to join in.
Centering Prayer Workshop
Saturday, April 14th, Centering Prayer Workshop in the sanctuary.  Learn the basics of this life-changing practice, a gentle, silent method of consenting to God's presence and healing action within us.  Presenter Jeff Mitchell pastors a church in Valley Springs and is trained in Contemplative Outreach. 
9 AM-1PM (or come for the part that you can) No fee to attend (suggested $20 donation helps with costs).  Coffee/snacks 8:30-9:00 plus substantial late brunch provided.
People of any/no religious affiliation welcome.  Invite your friends and family!  For registration or more information:  marthadrobbins@gmail,com ---or leave message at 296-7842.
Soup Supper Success!
A great big thanks goes out to our gracious soup providers for the Lenten soup suppers enjoyed by Trinity Lenten Soup/Program attendees!  Thanks go to Nancy Moore, Noreen Lafferty, Meredith Miller, Jennifer Putnam, Rosalie Escamilla, Diane Christensen, Carolyn & Dave Hennings, Carol Holt, Martha Robbins, Mary Krauthamel-Lane, Mary Elizabeth Yount, Jean Suggs and to anyone I may have missed.  Thank you to Fr. Craig who shared, story-teller style, a huge wealth of information and history of our beloved Anglican church community.  I, personally, feel more connected to our tradition than ever before.
 
We had some interesting soup events, including one night with 5 pots of (different) clam chowders which were a surprise and delight to many; and one night featuring all vegan soups, which were also an unplanned surprise.  Even through the various weather challenges during the Lenten weeks, we had a good turn-out and we all learned a lot and had access to many and varied soups.
 
Thanks for the generous provision of nourishment for the rest of us, preparation and cleaning up after, that's what makes our Trinity parish excel at radical hospitality!
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for March totaled 107 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 294 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.
April Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in April!
    
8th- Linda Busch
18th- Norm Regan
28th- Steve Russell
                               29th- Mary Elizabeth Yount
   

If you are celebrating a birthday in April, 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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Celebrate the Spring Equinox! Sun Mar 18

Celebrate the Spring Equinox! Join us as we celebrate the return of spring, the renewal of life, and the greening of the earth.

Together we will welcome the love, hope and rebirth of spring through a Welcome Spring ceremony.  Other activities will include spring crafts, planting real and metaphorical seeds of intent,  drumming and dancing the labyrinth of renewal. Coordinated by labyrinth facilitators, Marta Johnson and Marla Vander Meer.

Everyone welcome. This is a FREE, family-friendly event!

When:   Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 11:00 to 3:00
Where: Amador City at the labyrinth located behind the Old Amador Hotel, 14196 Main Street.

In case of rain, the event will be delayed to Saturday, March 24, 2018. Same place and time.

This event is brought to you by The Labyrinth Project – a program of Mental Health America of Northern California. Dedicated to promoting wellness in Amador County. For more information contact The Labyrinth Project Coordinator, Marla at (209) 256-3750;  mvandermeer@norcalmha.org


Friday, March 2, 2018

Trinity Tidings - March 2018


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

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Holy Week Schedule
Lenten Soup Suppers
Lenten Study Series
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter

  
Interim's Report for March


"He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, 'If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'" (Mark 8:34)

Dear friends,

This year we hear from Mark's gospel on Sundays. Mark has Jesus slowly move south to Jerusalem and his fate. In Luke, this is more pronounced. Luke phrases it as "Jesus set his face to Jerusalem." The church year moves quickly from Jesus' birth, to his baptism and to the Transfiguration. It is the Transfiguration that turns Jesus' ministry toward Jerusalem.

In Lent, we travel with Jesus to Jerusalem. The attacks on Jesus' credibility by the religious authorities in Jerusalem intensify. We hear Jesus being attacked and wonder at Jesus' wisdom as he defends himself. There is tension among the disciples as the apostle's jockey for influence. All the while, we are all unaware of a wolf in sheep's clothing being among us.

We know that going to Jerusalem is dangerous. The Sanhedrin have an armed guard. The Romans are in league with the temple priests. If Jesus doesn't behave like they want him to, there could be violence.

March will end with Holy Week. On the last Sunday of the month we will wave palms, rejoicing in Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Then we will walk away, stunned, that he is dead. The church compresses Jesus' last week into one Sunday.

Meanwhile, Holy Week's liturgies continue their daily events in Jerusalem leading up to Good Friday. We will walk into church that day knowing what will happen. Yet we go anyway to honor our spiritual founder and leader.

Our walk with Jesus to Jerusalem gives us an opportunity reflect on Jesus' impact on our lives and our spirituality. How do we hear Jesus' words and apply them to us? Do we automatically accept Jesus' side with his arguments with the authorities or do they have a point? How does the rejection of Jesus by the authorities relate to Christianity in this country today? You may have your own questions. There is much to ponder during Lent.

In April, it gets really better. 
 

Fr. Craig Kuehn+

Did You Know?
-on March 11th at 9:30am (between services) there will be a Town Hall meeting to discuss progress on the church profile and the search for a new priest.

Holy Week Schedule
March 25- Palm Sunday, services at 8:30 and 10:30am
March 29- Maundy Thursday, worship & parish supper
March 30- Good Friday12pm- Stations of the Cross, 6pm- Good Friday service
April 1- Easter Sunday, services at 8:30 and 10:30am

Lenten Soup Suppers


Welcome to March and the continuation of our Soup Suppers and programs.  It is, in my opinion, a wonderful Trinity tradition that deepens and enhances our Lenten experience -- breaking bread together and learning something meaningful.  
Since we, optimally, count on 5 pots of soup for the 5 Wednesdays (and bread/butter) we host soup suppers, that means a total of 25 pots of soup.  We know that most everyone has a favorite recipe for a pot of soup that they could bring to share.  Someone has generously been bringing bread to share.  Please exercise your generosity in the form of committing to bringing a pot of soup to an upcoming Soup Supper.  The sign-ups are on a clipboard in the parish hall.  Thanks!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  Most people just bring their soup in a crockpot and plug it in on the table.  Trinity provides the ladles, etc.  If there are embellishments like pumpkin seeds, cheese, sour cream, yogurt; just bring them and put in a bowl.  
Thanks and let's enjoy! 
For more information call 267-0255.

Anglicanism Lenten Study Series

After our Lenten soup suppers, there will be an opportunity to learn more about Anglicanism. The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion and our heritage is in Anglicanism. Anglicanism is a broad term that explains who we are by the events and thinkers who shaped Anglicanism. This was centered in Britain and exported to the American colonies by England and the English Church.

The 5 part series continues as follows: Mar. 7 is Anglican standards, Prayer books, The Articles of Religion, Catechisms, Lex Orandi- Lex Credendi, Canon Law. Mar. 14 is Sacraments and Ministry. Mar. 21 will be about Anglicanism in Practice: spirituality, morality, sociology, missions, Anglican Communion.

Food Bank Donations

Food gifts for February totaled 40 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 187 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 7pm.  Note- during Lent, rehearsals will be on Tuesdays at 5pm due to the Soup Suppers on Wednesdays. 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.

March Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in March!
  
16th- Roger Simpson
17th- Gerry Moore
19th- Donna Matson
                               21st- Victoria Davis
   27th- Julie Lemos
   30th- Lyle Eidsmoe, Lou Narito

If you are celebrating a birthday in March, 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


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Centering Prayer Workshop - Sat Apr 14

Centering Prayer Workshop
At Trinity Episcopal Church
430 Hwy 49 Sutter Hill (across from Walgreen’s)
8:30am Registration & Refreshments
Program begins at 9am
Brunch, Late Morning
Workshop concludes by 1 pm

You do not need to be affiliated with any church to participate and benefit. Every faith has some form of contemplative practice, and many who are un-churched are yet hungry for contact with what they sense the Divine to be. Centering Prayer is a gentle, silent method of consenting to God’s presence and healing action within us.


Presenter Jeff Mitchell is pastor of the Good Samaritan Community Covenant Church in Valley Springs. He is trained in Contemplative Outreach.

No fee to attend—all welcome! Donations gratefully accepted (suggested $20 covers costs of morning) Registration not required, but to assist our planning, prior contact will be helpful.

For questions or confirmations, leave a message at 209-296-7842




Monday, February 19, 2018