Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Trinity Tidings - Aug 2018


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

In This Issue
Senior Warden's Report
Did You Know?
ARC Status Report
Jr. Warden's Report
Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation
Tuna Sunday
Cool Picnic Outing
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter


  
Senior Warden's Report for August

Dear Friends,
Our God is an awesome God!
How else could we possibly explain the beautiful change of leadership that has happened so smoothly and with so much incredible growth on the part of this community over the last decade? When Pastor Karen came to Trinity eight years ago, there was a lot of emphasis on the ways laity could help with the oversight of the church so that all the work was not placed on the Rector. While we talked a lot about it and made some strides, it was easy to watch the work be done when there was someone around all the time, willing to do the heavy lifting. 
While Karen's leaving was a sad change for many of us, the amount of growth that came from this change has, I truly believe, called us as a community to be stronger, more willing to come forward, and to do the hard work of growth in ways we may not have believed possible. Many people were seen stepping out of comfort zones and into roles that they were willing to try, sometimes for the first time, for the betterment of the church. We not only heard the call for growth, but responded passionately and beautifully. That response was due in large part to the quiet, compassionate leadership of Fr. Craig who encouraged, blessed, and stood back so that we could try on various roles of leadership. What a blessing to have that support and trust; showing us each step of the way, just how much difference it makes when each of us takes a role in the health of our beloved church family!
Today we find ourselves again in the midst of change, with growth opportunities knocking at the door. Our new Priest is now actively pursuing the Call to come amongst us as Shepherd. While we do not yet know who he or she is, we do know that the Applicant Review Committee and the Vestry will sit down within the next several weeks with the Bishop, or another Diocesan representative, to discern who the person may be and determine together who is being Called.  Hopefully, not too long thereafter, we will be able to make an offer and announce who will be joining us. Our hope is to have a new Priest by late September or early October.
Until that time, let us remain prayerful about the way we are as a family of faith; welcoming all who come to us with the Spirit of Christ and the radical hospitality Jesus modeled for us all. 
Over the next many Sundays, we will have a variety of Priests with us to preach and to celebrate the Eucharist. I encourage you to be here on as many Sunday's as are possible for you. Having this variety of Priests will offer a unique way of experiencing various different kinds of preaching as well as hearing different perspectives on the ways people see God moving in the world and the ways they are choosing to respond.

Margaret Lewis

Thanking the Kuehns
Thanking Fr. Craig and Suzi for the blessing they have been to Trinity and wishing them Godspeed!

  
A wonderful send off for Fr. Craig - the Baptism of baby Letti; blessed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ's own forever. 

Did You Know?
-Aug. 4 is a Trinity Fellowship outing. Meet at the Volcano Amphitheater and enjoy their production of "Alice in Wonderland" (our own Darrell Holland is in it!).  Bring snacks to share, your beverage, chairs, and a wrap (it gets cool up there in the evenings!) Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 8pm. Purchase your own tickets- you can contact the box office.  If you need help with this, ask Nancy Moore.  See you there!
-Aug. 12 is Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to church!
-Aug. 19 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.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 5th & 19th 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.

Applicant Review Committee Status Report
The Applicant Review Committee (or ARC) is excited to report we have two excellent candidates for our new Part-Time Priest-In-Charge. Applications, reference checks and initial interviews have been completed. The Applicant Review Committee will transmit its report to the Vestry on August 2nd.
The next steps will be for the Vestry and ARC to jointly perform detailed in-person interviews and prepare our joint report to the Bishop. We hope to have these steps completed by Labor Day. We have requested dates to meet with the Bishop to present the report and to discern the call to the candidate in September. Once we have made the call, it should be a quick process to negotiate the contract with our new Part-Time Priest-In-Charge and begin the next stage in our journey of faith together.
Martin R. Hopper
ARC Chairman

Jr. Warden's Report

Homelessness And Trinity Church
Although we don't often think of it, Amador County has a significant homelessness problem. You may have heard about homeless people living under the Public Library or congregating in Detert Park, but the problem has reached our own church campus.  In the past our congregation prepared "care packages" for the homeless and has enthusiastically supported the Interfaith Food Bank. But now the needs and concerns are at our door - literally.
We discovered that one homeless person has established camp behind Jane's Hall and another is dwelling in a large bush adjacent to the front corner of our property. These "guests" raise issues of safety, security, sanitation, and solace. To address safety and security issues we will ensure that our exterior lighting is in good order and timed properly and that we take care to make sure all doors are locked after meetings and events. Combination padlocks have been installed on the tool shed and north storeroom on Jane's Hall - if you need access, call the office for the combination.  We have not locked the durable medical equipment closet as we have promised un-restricted community access - if this area becomes a problem, we will need to reassess.
The Vestry has begun to discuss how we might address the sanitation and solace issues. The trade-offs between meeting needs and creating an attractive nuisance will need to be balanced. As a small congregation we can't solve all the County's homeless problems, but working with others we can help. Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Martin R. Hopper

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.

Tuna Sunday

Scarcity of Tuna! Where has all the tuna gone? Our church was known as the church that provided canned tuna to the Interfaith Food Bank and we don't seem to be doing this any longer. Tradition has been that we bring canned tuna to church for the food bank when we have a birthday, anniversary or other thank you offering, however, this has been few and far between in recent days. Because of this we are designating every second Sunday of the month, Tuna Sunday, and are asking that you help us by bringing tuna on that day. If we know of a sale on tuna we will be sure to send that information out to the congregation. Trinity Fellowship and Outreach thanks you as well as the Interfaith Food Bank.

Cool picnic outing

Wanna get away from the heat? Then join us 
Aug. 17th for a cool picnic and/or hike at Woods Lake. Meet at Trinity at 9am. Carpool leaves at 9:30am.Beautiful 1.5 hour drive up to the picnic area at 8400ft. Restrooms available. BRING: a folding chair, your lunch, drinks, a snack to share if you wish, insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, jacket, friends and family. Options: sit and talk, fish, hike the 1 mi. trail around the lake.
Questions?  Call Anne-Marie Reber or Nancy Moore

Food Bank Donations

Food gifts for July totaled 131 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 667 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.

August Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in August!
  
5th- Joy Blair
10th- Rosalie Escamilla
10th- Teddy West
 14th- Noreen Lafferty
  17th- Alexis Lewis

   

If you are celebrating a birthday in August, 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, 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

New Header
Trinity Tidings
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