Monday, December 3, 2018

Trinity Tidings - Dec 2018

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

In This Issue
Priest-In-Charge's Report
An Advent Poem
Did You Know?
Senior Warden's Words
Las Posadas
Donate to disaster relief
Grant Me Your Sense of Timing
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
 
Dear Carol, 
 
  
Priest-In-Charge's Report for December
 
 
Advent has been my favorite season of the year since childhood.   At my house, it was always a season of preparation and anticipation.  There were the usual childhood questions "Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?", but those seemed to have managed by the sense of preparation, rather than a sense of "let's celebrate early".  We weren't there yet. 
 
Preparations included the special projects of baking special foods, often given as presents to teachers and neighbours.  Preparations included a table liturgy, where the whole family would join in lighting the Advent candles, singing an Advent hymn, and having a scripture reading preparing for the coming of Christ.  The preparations helped with anticipation, both to make it stronger, and to make it more desirable. 
 
In a culture that promotes instant gratification, I appreciate that sense of preparation for delayed gratification more and more.  I appreciate the intentionality of being present to the moment and aware of what is happening.  It helps me to accept things the way they are, not as I would have them.  It helps me to avoid forcing the holiday into my image of how it used to be or how I want it to be.  
 
My own preparations and disciplines have changed over the years.  I retreat into the daily prayer offices with the antiphons, psalms, and readings as a way to prepare.  I avoid the crowds at the shopping malls (well, I avoid them all year when I can), with the constant blaring of Christmas songs to try and set a mood that is not evident on most faces.  I don't decorate until the fourth Sunday of Advent, to let Advent be full and then celebrate Christmas during the historic Christmas season from 25 December until the Epiphany at January 6.  From my time in Africa some 30 years ago, I try to catch the live performance of the Festival of Lessons and Carols at King's College Cambridge, which is broadcast worldwide on the BBC.  It marks the end of the college term for the students and faculty there, and is a good way to shift from Advent into Christmas for me.  We will use those lessons and carols on the Sunday after Christmas at Trinity. 
 
All of which is to invite us all to slow down and pay attention.  While most of us don't think of house cleaning as part of a celebration, the preparations are part of the celebration if we focus our minds on what is coming rather than the routine nature of the chore.  I wish you all a prayerful Advent.
 
Pax,
Paul +
An Advent Poem
Having reflected on the topic of Christ as Sovereign last Sunday, and looking at Advent's theme of the coming of Christ, I offer this poem for reflection.  It came to me via a Facebook post from a friend in Australia.   It was written several years ago by Steve Garnaas-Holmes, a pastor in the Methodist church.  Pastor Steve has a web site, www.unfoldinglight.net   Paul+
 
 The Second Coming
 
Renounce the hope
 that in the Second Coming
 Christ will act more like Caesar
 than Jesus of Nazareth.
God meant it the first time,
and it will be no different.
The cross is not God's B game.
God comes among us
not conquering but asking for love.
 
Christ lures us away from supremacy.
Christ is an outcast,
whomever we reject or despise
("so marred was his appearance")
to heal us of our resistance to love.
Christ is homeless, a refugee, a migrant.
Christ is black, queer, alien.
 
The only barrier between us and heaven
 is the limit of our love.
God comes as the Other
and asks us to love
and the Kingdom comes no sooner
than we see her and love her.
The Second Coming has come a million times
and we keep missing it. 
Did You Know?
-Dec. 1st, 9am-12pm is Advent Quiet Day in the church. 
-Dec. 1st at 12:30pm is a potluck holiday luncheon at Rollingwood Club House located off New York Ranch Rd. Bring a dish to share.
-Dec. 8th at 6pm is Las Posadas in Sutter Creek. (see article below)
-Dec. 9th is Tuna Sunday- bring canned tuna to church in support of the food bank.
-Dec. 12th at 11am- the sewing group will meet in Jane's Hall.
-Dec. 13th at 5:30pm, The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner will be visiting Trinity Church to install Fr. Paul Colbert as the Priest-In-Charge.
-Dec. 15th at 6:30pm is the Parade of Lights in Sutter Creek.
-Dec. 23rd at 9:30am we'll have a single church service for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
-Dec. 24th at 5:30pm will be the Christ Mass.
-Dec. 30th at 10am we'll have a single church service for Lessons & Carols.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 2nd & 16th at 9:35am (between services) in the undercroft. Everyone is invited to join in.
-Book study continues this month, but due to Christmas and the Bishop's visit on Dec. 13, the group will only meet on the 6th of this month. Book study will resume on Jan. 10, 2019.
-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 Words
As I sit to write this evening, I am overcome with gratitude. Advent is my favorite season in the liturgical year (although Lent is a close second) and I am feeling overwhelmingly grateful that I didn't miss it this year!

"Miss it?" You may ask. "It hasn't even begun yet!" Therein lies my gratitude - this time between Thanksgiving and Advent; a time between no longer and not yet - has been the perfect period to take a breath and begin to prepare body, mind and Spirit for the season ahead. So many years I don't even recognize that Advent has begun as I rush, full speed into Christmas, forgetting to take the time to recognize the gifts that come from a slow and intentional Advent season. Usually it is over just as I begin to settle into a routine. A routine that helps me to step back from the hurriedness and to keep my eyes focused on what is coming.

At a time in history when the world sometimes feels dark and it is easy to dismay, Advent invites us to peer into the darkness with the full knowledge that the light is headed our way. No matter what the year has held, the coming of the Christ child invites us to prepare for new life to be born.

One of the routines I enjoy during Advent is to reflect on the past year. This offers an opportunity to look for and celebrate the transformation in my life. Where had there been darkness that has since turned to light? When had I felt dismay only to later recognize where God had been at work in my life?  What new ideas, actions, or ministries are getting ready to be born my life?

The invitation to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child is an invitation to step back from the chaos that can sometimes come with the holidays and instead to prepare, intentionally, for our lives to be transformed.

What if you knew God was going to be born in your life in just a few short weeks? What would you be doing to prepare?  This is the time to begin! Serve your neighbor, open your heart, wait patiently, pray, allow yourself to be in stillness, and remember that the light always returns.
Las Posadas
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the 13th annual Las Posadas will take place along the streets of Sutter Creek.  It is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter.  Fr. Paul has agreed to give the opening welcome!  Trinity has been asked to supply at least 4 shepherds, whose main job is providing atmosphere and a bit of gentle crowd control.  Costumes are provided.  We  need a cookie co-ordinator who solicits 15 dozen homemade cookies from our congregation and delivers them to the Methodist Church. Also, we need a volunteer to help clean up the Methodist hall after refreshments are served, so that the church is ready for services the next day.  Please tell Nancy Moore if you would like to help.
Donate to disaster relief
Please consider donating to Disaster Relief in our diocese -- 100% of your donation will go directly to assist victims in the first stage of the disaster and later during long term recovery. Donate now to disaster relief:
 
 
Want to send a check?  
Make checks out to EDNC, with "Disaster Relief" in the memo line
 
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Grant Me Your Sense of Timing
O God of all seasons and senses,
grant me your sense of timing
to submit gracefully
and rejoice quietly
in the turn of the seasons.
In this season of short days and long nights,
of grey and white and cold,
teach me the lessons of waiting:
of the snow joining the mystery
of the hunkered-down seeds
growing in their sleep
watched over by gnarled-limbed, grandparent trees
resting from autumn's staggering energy;
of the silent, whirling earth
circling to race back home to the sun.
O God, grant me your sense of timing.
In this season of short days and long nights,
of grey and white and cold,
teach me the lessons of endings:
children growing
friends leaving
jobs concluding
stages finishing
grieving over
grudges over
blaming over
excuses over.
O God, grant me your sense of timing.
In this season of short days and long nights,
of grey and white and cold,
teach me the lessons of beginnings:
that such waitings and endings
may be a starting place,
of planting seeds
which bring to birth
what is ready to be born-
something right and just and different,
a new song,
a deeper relationship,
a fuller lover-
in the fullness of your time.
O God, grant me your sense of timing.
~Ted Loder
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for November totaled 56 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 1065 pounds.


Thank you for your generous support of this 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.
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


   

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

Monday, November 19, 2018

12th Annual Las Posadas Candlelight Walk - Sat Dec 8

Las Posadas 2018

Mark Saturday, December 8, 6:00 p.m. on your calendar and plan to participate in the 12th annual Las Posadas Candlelight Walk in Sutter Creek! This event will take place no matter the weather.

Las Posadas is a traditional re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to rest, complete with a narration of the Christmas story and the singing of traditional Christmas carols.  Participants receive candles and programs at booths set up on Spanish Street near Immaculate Conception Church.  Children are invited to dress as angels or shepherds.

Picolina the mule carries Mary accompanied by Joseph and shepherds , followed by a choir and participants. Along the way lighted by luminarias, Joseph seeks shelter for Mary- but is rejected by those answering his knock at their doors. The procession moves along Main Street, which has been closed to traffic.   Finally, a stable in front of the Methodist Church provides a resting place. Then everyone is invited into the hall where warm beverages and homemade cookies are served, lovely music is being played,  and people enjoy chatting with old friends and new. 

This is a beautiful, non-commercial way to begin the season of Advent, to enjoy the charm of the beautifully decorated city of Sutter Creek, and to be a part of this annual community event.

Las Posadas is sponsored by the  Episcopal, Methodist, and St. Katherine Drexel’s  parishes.



Monday, November 5, 2018

Las Posadas Choir Member Signup


The Holidays are fast approaching including many of the events hosted throughout the foothills.  This year's Las Posadas is Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 pm in Sutter Creek.  Please accept this announcement as your invitation to join the Las Posadas choir chaired by Cheryl Parker.

The choir will consist of two (2) groups: Those who wish to walk in the procession, and those who will meet us on the front stairs of Creekside Methodist Church at the end of the procession. For those of us who do not want to or are unable to walk in the procession, this is a great opportunity to join us at Creekside Methodist Church for the last several songs at the conclusion of Las Posadas.  Additionally, please wear your church choir robe or plan to wear a Creekside Methodist Church robe.

The procession is an interdenominational presentation hosted by the churches of Sutter Creek: St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, Creekside Methodist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.

Las Posadas is a Christmas candlelight parade with song.  In 1580 AD St. John of the Cross with whom Las Posadas is attributed, led a community procession through the halls of the Carmelite Convent of Avila, Spain carrying images of Joseph and Mary.  The Augustinian and Franciscan padres who came from Spain at the end of the 16th century to evangelize and teach the people of Mexico, adapted the pilgrimage for the commoners.  The reenactment of Jesus' birth helped the converts experience the hope and promise that are a part of the Holiday season.

If you are interested in participating in the Las Posadas choir where well know Christmas carols will be sung, please confirm your interest by emailing Cheryl at Cparker12510@gmail.com or calling (209) 273-9089. 

Choir members should meet on the day of Las Posada at the Catholic Church at the corner of Amelia and Spanish Street prior to the start of the possession. One choir practice may be scheduled prior to Las Posadas at Creekside Methodist Church where programs and choir robes as needed will be distributed.  More details to follow as to the exact date and time of choir practice should one be needed.  For those who wish to wear a Creekside Methodist Church choir robe, I will be at the church from 5:00 to 5:30 pm for robe and program distribution.  At the conclusion of Las Posada choir robes can be returned at the church.

If you would like to invite others to join the Las Posadas choir, kindly feel free to share this announcement.

Happy Holidays!


Photo by Bill Lavallie

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Trinity Tidings - Nov 2018

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

In This Issue
Priest-In-Charge's Report
Did You Know?
Project Thanks
Episcopal Church in Action
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter


  
Priest-In-Charge's Report for November

On Transitions and Thanksgivings
One constant source of reflection, and amusement, for me is in the taking of the monastic vow of stability some 28 years ago. The traditional model of monastic stability meant making one monastery your home for life. The visible sign of that was the monastic cemetery as one's final resting place.

Amusement shows up in noting that, since making my first vows in the Order of the Holy Cross 28 years ago, and continuing them in the Community of Solitude, I have moved 14 times. Overall, I have moved 43 times so far in my life. That is not the picture of stability in most people's minds, at least on the surface.

While stability of place is very helpful for many people to enter more deeply into the life that is in front of them (having a career, raising a family), many can find themselves "wearied by the changes and chances of life", as we note in one of our Compline prayers. Finding stability of the heart amidst those changes is a challenge when so much else is changing.

One key element in staying focused is to maintain an element of gratitude and thanksgiving. Focusing on what is good and going well in life, makes for a different disposition than always focusing on what is changing or not going my way.

As we enter the month of November, there are a variety of events to help us look at thanksgiving and gratitude. The most obvious one to most of us is the National Holiday, known as Thanksgiving. As I have looked at prayer books from around the Anglican Communion, I am amused by the fact that The Episcopal Church, primarily located in the United States, only observes a Thanksgiving Day based on a national holiday, and that there is often a strong emphasis on the National Holiday in its observation. Other Provinces in the Anglican Communion have a local feast to observe a Harvest Thanksgiving, which will vary in date depending on one's latitude and hemisphere.   For me, this has been a day to celebrate the abundance of the fruits of the earth and to celebrate family and friends.

On our church's calendar are the observations All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Commemoration of the Faithful Departed).   All Saints Day grew as a remembrance of unnamed martyrs of the early church, who didn't have their own feast day. It has grown to be a remembrance of all sorts and conditions of saints, and celebrates a triumphal gathering around the throne of God, when all will be right with the world. All Souls Day commemorates the faithful departed, usually those near and dear to us, especially those who have died in the past year. I am grateful for my ancestors in the faith who have been stewards of God's creation, our common humanity, and the church and brought us to where we are today (warts and all).  
I suspect that many in the congregation hope that the transition time is over for the parish, since the new priest is here. I hope that we will all be patient with ourselves and live into the transitions that are still ahead of us. Our stability will not be found in keeping things constant amidst the changes and chances of the world, but in recognizing that God is our stability, amidst those changes and chances. God is present in all times and places and continues that presence even as other things around us change.
Let us continue to offer thanks for all the blessing God has provided as we gather together to celebrate the divine presence in our daily lives.
Pax et Bonum
Paul +

Did You Know?
-Nov. 1st, 10am: Trinity Outing to Lake Tabeau. Meet in the Trinity parking lot at 10am. Enjoy the lovely fall weather at Lake Tabeau! There are picnic tables and a walking trail for those who are so inclined. Or try outdoor sketching with Anne-Marie, materials will be provided. Remember to bring a lunch/ snack and water, a folding chair, a hat- whatever you need to make you comfortable. Questions? Ask Anne-Marie or Nancy.
-Nov. 9 & 10 is the Diocesan Convention.
-Nov. 11th is Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to church to support the food bank.
-Nov. 14 at 11am is a social get together to work on your projects (knitting, needle work, sketching, etc.) or just come visit in Jane's Hall. Bring lunch or a snack, stay as long as you like. For more info. call Mary Mahoney 256-8120
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 4th & 18th at 9:35am (between services) in the undercroft. Everyone is invited to join in.
-Book study continues this month, but due to Thanksgiving and a vestry meeting on Nov. 15, the group will only meet on the 1st, 8th, & 29th this month.
-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.

Project Thanks

Believe it or not, the holiday season is quickly coming and it is time to plan for Project Thanks. Last year the Interfaith Food Bank had 822 families apply, and they anticipate many more this year. The Food Bank and others, our church included, provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to those who meet the criteria set by the Food Bank to receive this Thanksgiving feast.

While we can't help over 800 recipients, we do make a significant contribution to Project Thanks. Last year we served forty families, thanks to your donations of money and turkeys. After consulting with the Vestry, we have committed to provide forty boxes to families this year.
This is a fun and rewarding activity for everyone. Because it is hard for many parishioners to shop for the needed items, we have been asking for monetary donations and turkeys instead of non-perishable groceries. If you wish to purchase canned goods or stuffing, you can sign up to bring them as well as a turkey.
The Food Bank makes every effort to secure funds, donations and turkeys to provide everyone with a Thanksgiving dinner, and those families that have not been adopted by churches or other organizations receive their boxes directly from the Food Bank.
Please sign up to bring a turkey, organize, sort canned goods, bag produce, and/or work on distribution day. All excess donations are given to the Food Bank for distribution or to help purchase needed items. The sign-up sheet is located near the welcome center at the back of the church.
NOTE: If you are going to donate a turkey, it is vital that you sign-up or call Noreen Lafferty so your name can be added to the list. That way we will know exactly how many turkeys we have and do not have to scramble at the last minute to get donations or buy extra turkeys on Sunday. If you are donating nonperishable items, they need to be listed on the sign-up sheet so we can plan accurately what to purchase on Saturday. All donations other than turkeys must be brought to the church by Thursday, November 14th, and placed in the designated boxes so that an accurate count can be done prior to shopping on Saturday.
Volunteers are needed on Friday (16th) and Saturday (17th) to shop and to organize the canned goods and produce. We order the produce in bulk; however the onions, yams, apples and oranges all need to be bagged according to family size on Friday, November 16th, starting at 10:00 a.m. On Saturday, November 17th we will do the shopping for the nonperishable items and organize them for distribution on Sunday, November 18th. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Jane's Hall and organize canned goods and then go shopping. We organize by teams and stores, and purchase items on sale first. This process takes about four hours. On Sunday, November 18th, we all bring our frozen turkeys to church and leave them in the parish hall.
Come join the fun on November 18th at 9:30 am and help fill the boxes with canned goods and produce.
The magic continues after coffee hour with Thanksgiving boxes being distributed from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed in the kitchen to fill orders for milk, butter, eggs and pie. Folks are also needed to help participants pick up their Thanksgiving boxes and carry them to their cars.
Thank you for your generosity and support of this project.
Noreen Lafferty, Chairperson

Episcopal Church in Action
The Episcopal Church meets in General Convention every three years.  As the deputies and bishops consider a Christian response to events in the world around us, they pass resolutions which helps form teaching for the church and guide the Episcopal Church's Office of Governmental Affairs in their work informing Congress of the mind of the church.  I have served as Deputy to General Convention from the dioceses of Nevada and San Joaquin and can attest to the prayer and deliberation that accompanies these various resolutions.   Here at Trinity, we will periodically highlight some of the actions from General Convention, trusting that they will help with prayerful meditation on actions you can take to witness in our broken world.   Paul+

Urge Congress to lift trade restrictions on Cuba
Dear Congregation of Trinity, Sutter Creek, 

This summer, The Episcopal Church's 79th General Convention voted to re-admit the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba as a Diocese of The Episcopal Church.  This monumental decision - passed unanimously by the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies - presents an opportunity for our churches to strengthen and rebuild our relationship and for Episcopalians to support and reconnect with the Cuban people.  The Episcopal Diocese of Cuba, which separated from The Episcopal Church in 1966, is made up of 46 congregations and missions serving 10,000 members and the wider communities.

Following the Cuban revolution, the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba and put in place a series of embargoes on exports that have impacted Cuba for more than fifty years.  Since 1991, The Episcopal Church has called for the United States government to lift the trade embargo against Cuba, to remove restrictions on travel between the United States and Cuba, and to restore full diplomatic relations between the two countries, reiterating this call in 20092012, and 2015.  Among other things, the embargo prohibits most imports and exports between the U.S. and Cuba (with a few exceptions), and restricts Americans from travelling as tourists to Cuba (except under 12 specific categories).

Office of Government Relations Policy Advisor Patricia Kisare visited Cuba in September together with ecumenical advocacy partners.  The group was hosted by the Cuban Council of Churches, who worked hard to ensure the delegation was able to have a rich experience, learning about Cuban history, culture, and religious communities.  The Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Methodist Church, Latin America Working Group, and Patricia representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church met with government officials, church leaders from different denominations, and academics, and visited church ministries in different communities.

While U.S. presidents have authority to amend certain regulatory aspects of the embargo, full repeal of the embargo requires Congressional action. Take action today in support of the Cuba Trade Act!
Please copy and send the following letter to Congressman McClintock, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Kamala Harris.
Support H.R. 442/S. 472, Cuba Trade Act of 2017
As an Episcopalian and your constituent, I write today to ask for your support of the Cuba Trade Act of 2017-and to commit to supporting reinvigorating the relationship with Cuba under the next Congress. Introduced in both the House of Representatives (H.R. 442) and the Senate (S.472), this bipartisan bill seeks to repeal or amend current laws restricting trade with Cuba. Specifically, the legislation:
-Eliminates the prohibition on assistance to Cuba and the President's authority for the embargo on Cuba.
-Amends the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 by eliminating presidential authority to impose sanctions against Cuban trading partners, restrictions on transactions between U.S.-owned or controlled firms and Cuba, limitations on direct shipping between Cuban and U.S. ports, and restrictions on remittances.
-Amends the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 to eliminate the enforcement of an economic embargo of Cuban provisions and the prohibition on indirect financing of Cuba.
-Removes Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism subject to agricultural and medical export restrictions.

As a person of faith, I am concerned that current laws and restrictions have placed undue burden to our brothers and sisters in Cuba. We continue to hear from our church partners in Cuba about the ways in which the embargo and travel restrictions have caused a lot of hardship to Cuban families. The United Nations report that the embargo has cost the Cuban economy an estimated $130 billion! Furthermore, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that the embargo costs the U.S. economy approximately $1.2 billion annually!

The majority of Americans agree that it's time for our country to renew our relationship with Cuba. I urge you to support the Cuba Trade Act of 2017
Thank you for your consideration of this legislation. And thank you for your service.

Sincerely,

Food Bank Donations

Food gifts for October totaled 43 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 1052 pounds.


Thank you for your generous support of this 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.

November Birthdays

The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in November!
     
4th- Deb Walker
6th- Roberta Ross
                               14th- Sandi Pietronave
                               18th- Bob Miller
  24th- Jean Suggs
  27th- Meredith Miller

   

If you are celebrating a birthday in November, 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, October 3, 2018

Trinity Tidings - Oct 2018


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

In This Issue
Did You Know?
Book Study Begins Oct. 4
Project Thanks 2018
Vestry Service
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
Did You Know?
-Oct. 4th a new book study begins. See article for details. Book study meets each Thurs. at 5:30pm in Jane's Hall (except 4th Thursdays).
-Oct. 14th is Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to church to support the food bank.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 7th & 21st 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 Study begins Oct. 4th
A new book study will be starting Thursday Oct. 4th, 5:30pm.  Our chosen text is The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle, by Karen L. King.
 
The book is described as follows by the Library Journal Review:
(The author) provides historical context for the fifth century Coptic manuscript of this gospel, whose central voice is Mary Magdalene. The author demonstrates that this gospel, composed around the early part of the second century...exemplifies the diversity of Christian understandings of Jesus' mission before the establishment of a male-dominated orthodox position in the time of Constantine.  The Gospel of Mary presents an alternative view of Jesus as bringer of salvation through spiritual knowledge rather than through atonement on the cross.
 
The book is available on Amazon Prime for $13.50 or, if you're not in a hurry, there are used copies for a few dollars. If you need help getting a book, let Martha Robbins know.
 
All are welcome!  Come as often as you are able, having done the reading or not (maybe just come to listen and see if it interests you?). We have such a good time growing!
Book Study meets every Thursday at 5:30pm in Jane's Hall, except on 4th Thursdays due to vestry.
Project Thanks 2018
Believe it or not, the holiday season is quickly coming and it is time to plan for Project Thanks. Last year the Interfaith Food Bank had 822 families apply, and they anticipate many more this year. The Food Bank and others, our church included, provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to those who meet the criteria set by the Food Bank to receive this Thanksgiving feast.

While we can't help over 800 recipients, we do make a significant contribution to Project Thanks. Last year we served forty families, thanks to your donations of money and turkeys. After consulting with the Vestry, we have committed to provide forty boxes to families this year.

This is a fun and rewarding activity for everyone. Because it is hard for many parishioners to shop for the needed items, we have been asking for monetary donations and turkeys instead of non-perishable groceries. If you wish to purchase canned goods or stuffing, you can sign up to bring them as well as a turkey.

The Food Bank makes every effort to secure funds, donations and turkeys to provide everyone with a Thanksgiving dinner, and those families that have not been adopted by churches or other organizations receive their boxes directly from the Food Bank.

Please sign up to bring a turkey, organize, sort canned goods, bag produce, and/or work on distribution day. All excess donations are given to the Food Bank for distribution or to help purchase needed items. The sign-up sheet is located near the welcome center at the back of the church.

NOTE: If you are going to donate a turkey, it is vital that you sign-up or call Noreen Lafferty so your name can be added to the list. That way we will know exactly how many turkeys we have and do not have to scramble at the last minute to get donations or buy extra turkeys on Sunday. If you are donating nonperishable items, they need to be listed on the sign-up sheet so we can plan accurately what to purchase on Saturday. All donations other than turkeys must be brought to the church by Thursday, November 14th, and placed in the designated boxes so that an accurate count can be done prior to shopping on Saturday.

Volunteers are needed on Friday and Saturday to shop and to organize the canned goods and produce. We order the produce in bulk; however the onions, yams, apples and oranges all need to be bagged according to family size on Friday, November 16th, starting at 10:00 a.m. On Saturday, November 17th we will do the shopping for the nonperishable items and organize them for distribution on Sunday, November 18th. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Jane's Hall and organize canned goods and then go shopping. We organize by teams and stores, and purchase items on sale first. This process takes about four hours. On Sunday, November 18th, we all bring our frozen turkeys to church and leave them in the parish hall.

Come join the fun on November 18th at 9:30 am and help fill the boxes with canned goods and produce.

The magic continues after coffee hour with Thanksgiving boxes being distributed from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed in the kitchen to fill orders for milk, butter, eggs and pie. Folks are also needed to help participants pick up their Thanksgiving boxes and carry them to their cars.
Thank you for your generosity and support of this project.

Noreen Lafferty, Chairperson
Vestry Service
As we get close to the end the year, it is the time your Vestry begins to  consider what the year ahead will hold. In January, three Vestry members will finish their terms. This means we would like to have three new members to replace them. 
If you are interested in serving on the Vestry or have questions about qualifications and / or what the position entails, please let any Vestry member know. 
 
It is important that you understand the role and have time to prayerfully discern this opportunity so we invite you to start thinking about it now.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for September totaled 144 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 1009 pounds.


Thank you for your generous support of this 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.
October Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in September!
    
9th- Chris Mathany Putnam
10th- Gail Sweet
10th- Rose-Marie Zwieg
 14th-Keith Sweet
  24th- Kyle Mathany
  27th- Armen Kendig
  27th- Svetlana Mathany

   

If you are celebrating a birthday in October, but you don't see your name listed here, please contact our Parish Administrative Asst.
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Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 N Hwy 49, Sutter Creek, CA 95685