Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Trinity Tidings - Sept 2018


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

In This Issue
Senior Warden's Report
Did You Know?
ARC Status Report
Parish Picnic Sept. 9
Food Drive Success!
Trinity Outing!
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Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
 
Dear Carol, 
 
  
Senior Warden's Report for September
 
1 John 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  
 
I have not ceased to be amazed by how love has sustained us over the past year as we have moved from having a full time Rector, to a part-time interim, and for the last month, to simply having supply Priests on Sundays. 
 
While it is clear that having a Priest is important. What is also clear is that having love is essential. And that love has been apparent in all that we do, how we communicate, and how we care. Our love of God, God's love of us, and our love for one another are what make Trinity Church what it is!
 
We have been gifted over the last several weeks with a variety of guest Priests who have offered a variety of sermon styles and various types of support and encouragement during this time of flux. 
 
As I reflected over this last year with a visiting Priest, he asked about what had changed during the year as we adjusted to having a part-time interim versus a full-time Rector. I told him that the biggest change, as far as I could see, is that parishioners have really needed to step up and help, and that people have needed to be very clear about their own needs so that others know how to help - in both cases the need for communication has been the absolute key. 
 
When he asked how that had been going I answered based on what I have seen, which includes these things:
 
1) Everyone who has had a need and made it known has received assistance. This includes everything from transportation, assistance with moving, and visits.
2) Bible study has continued, albeit with the same small group. The discussions are interesting and are often very impactful.
3) Weekly book studies have been ongoing and always bring about interesting discussions and insights.
4) Food has been gathered and distributed to the hungry through weekly offerings, the annual food drive, and the renewed intention to once again become the "tuna church" for the food bank.
5) Your vestry continues to meet regularly and with excellent communication and great respect for one another, has been able to address all topics of concern and business by keeping our eyes on the mission, keeping our hearts open to hearing God's movement, and keeping our thoughts on the ways we can best serve our beloved church family. 
6) Volunteers continue to represent Trinity at the Interfaith Thrift Store, Food Bank, Break Bread with Friends, and the County Task Force on Homelessness.
6) There have continued to be Vigils, demonstrations, social events, hikes, discussions, and more...
 
Ultimately, what I told the supply Priest was that I have been full of gratitude and awed by the way our community has continued to place love of God and one another at the forefront of all we do. And that I believe this prayer-filled love has made this a more peaceful transition than any of us could have imagined! It hasn't always been easy, but it has been so very blessed and I know that God stands with us as we continue to grow together throughout this process!
 
In God's Peace,
Margaret
Did You Know?
-Sept. 9 is the annual church picnic. There will be one Sunday service at 9:30am in Detert Park, Jackson followed by a picnic. See article for details
-Sept. 9 is Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to the service in the park!
-For August's Tuna Sunday, we collected 150 lbs. of canned tuna!
-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.
-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.
Search Process Update
As you read this, your Applicant Review Committee and Vestry are close to completing the final full interviews with our candidates for Trinity's new part-time Priest in Charge.
 
After compiling the information gathered about the candidates and the impressions, points of interest, and other notes of the interviewers, the Vestry will meet with Bishop Beisner on September 11 to discern who among the applicants will be Called to join us. Assuming everything goes smoothly and the candidate accepts our invitation, we hope to have the person in place at the beginning of October. Of course, there could be unforeseen circumstances so we leave our hearts and minds open to where God so moves. 
Parish Picnic Sept. 9
Mark your calendars for September 9th for our annual Trinity Parish Picnic at Detert Park at 9:30am. We will hold a single Sunday service at the park, followed by a picnic.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share and don't forget your chair. We will celebrate the Eucharist under the trees, make a joyful noise singing, and enjoy good food and fellowship. 

This is also the second Sunday of the month which happens to be September's Tuna Sunday, so don't forget to bring your cans of tuna for the food bank. We will have the food cart at the park and what is donated will be taken to the food bank on Monday.
Outreach to the Interfaith Food Bank
We did it again! The Interfaith Food Bank Food Drive held on Friday, August 10th, and Saturday, August 11th, at Safeway was a wonderful success thanks to your support and generosity. We had volunteers from the Food Bank Board, the Interfaith Food Bank and thrift store, and Trinity church working both days. The community donated approximately 3,000 pounds of food and $1,274 in cash. 

Our first "Tuna Sunday" was August 12th, enabling Trinity to donate cans of tuna in the amount of 150 lbs. 

Steve Christensen and Noreen Lafferty want to thank you for your generosity, support and donations toward our outreach to the Interfaith Food Bank. 
Trinity Outing!
Tuesday evening, October 9, 2018 at The Harris Center in Folsom.  The Soweto Gospel Choir will be performing in honor of Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday.  The event is two hours in length, including intermission and starts at 7:30pm.  Ticket prices range from $28-$48 with discounts for children and students with ID.  If interested let Meg Newell know at megnewell@mac.com by September 15.

"Formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, the internationally acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from many of the churches in and around Soweto, South Africa. Winner of five Grammy Awards....they are "meticulous and unstoppable...spirited and spectacular" (New York Times)."
Need Help?
Trinity's Vestry, Leaders, Visitors, Eucharistic Visitors, and many, many parishioners are standing by waiting to help in times of need. 
 
While we try to reach out to whomever we know may need assistance; we don't always know who is in need or what the need may be.
 
Do you need or would you like a visit? Prayers? Transportation? Some other type of support from your church family? If so, please make sure that you are letting people know! 
 
You can always email or phone Sheilah at the church office and she will forward your information to the appropriate person. In an after hours emergency your Senior Warden can be reached by either cell phone or home number, both of which are in the directory.
 
Let's keep communicating so that we can continue to be Jesus' helping hands for one another.
Ministries and Service
We've talked a lot lately about people who have been stepping up and working in ministries that they have never done or haven't done in years. At this time in our church's life - this is wonderful thing and so appreciated! 
 
Some people are stepping into leadership roles and others are choosing to help clean up after coffee hour once a month. 
 
Are you wondering when might be a good time for you to join in the fun? 
 
The answer is ANYTIME!
 
Below is a roster of our active ministries and the people who are currently in the leadership position for each. If you have been considering volunteering your time, please contact one of the people below and let them know that you are ready to get started.
Altar GuildNoreen L and Diane C
Chalice/AcolytesMargaret L
ChoirDeena H
Coffee HourMartha R and David H
CountersJohn L and Carol H
Durable Medical ClosetMeredith M
Eucharistic VisitorsGerry M
Fellowship and OutreachNancy M
Finance CommitteeCarol H
FuneralsNancy M and Meredith M
HostsRosalie E and Nancy M
Lay ReadersJanet K and Jennifer P
Liturgical AssistingMargaret L
MealsDoreen D
Medical EducationKathy K-B
Prayer StationGail S
TransportationGerry M
VisitorsCarolyn H and Gerry M
Vestry Service
As we get close to the end of the third quarter of 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 August totaled 198 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 865 pounds.

Separately, we collected approx. 3,000 lbs. of food and $1,274 in cash donations at the food drive we held 2 days in August at Safeway!

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.
September Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in September!
    
1st- Colin Kendig
3rd- John Lafferty
4th- Evan Kendig
 10th- Jan Lemos
  18th- Paul Lewis
  20th- Lynne Brumit
  22nd- Mary Krauthamel-Lane
  25th- Carolyn Hennings
  28th- Jennifer Putnam
  29th- Bob Blair
  29th- Bud Busch

   

If you are celebrating a birthday in September, 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, 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