Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Trinity Tidings - May 2018


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

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Senior Warden's Report
ECS Appeal
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter


  
Interim's Report for May


"As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me." (John 17:21b)

Dear friends,


Our patronal festival, Trinity Sunday, is the last Sunday of May this year. As is told many times, it is the only Sunday where a doctrine of the church is observed. We proclaim the Trinity whenever we recite one of the creeds. In fact, the concept of the Trinity is deemed so important that the prayer book requires the Nicene Creed to be recited on Sundays and major feast days. The Trinity is what defines a Christian and Christianity. Belief in Jesus alone is not Christian.


The concept of the Trinity was defined by the church to solve the problems of divinity of persons. If Jesus is God then what is Jesus' relationship to God? Then how does the Holy Spirit fit in? If Christianity is monotheistic, then how do we have multiple personas of God? These questions and more were solved by seeing one God in three persons, or as I like to think of it as three expressions of the one God (as if God could be limited to three expressions).


Ideally if the Christian Church were one, we would put our theological emphasis on the Trinity. However, the church is divided. It is my observation that different expressions of God tend to be emphasized depending on the denomination. For many denominations, the emphasis is on Jesus. After the charismatic movement was born in the early 20th century, there was an emphasis on the Holy Spirit, perhaps an overdue recognition of the third person of the Trinity and maybe an over-emphasis about the Holy Spirit.


There was a time when the church was comfortable calling the first person of the Trinity, Father. Now we don't know what to do with that. Though Jesus was definitely a male, God needs no gender. God is way beyond gender. English lacks adequate pronouns and language for a genderless God. Some have tried substituting function for the three persons of the Trinity, which falls into heresy as no person of the Trinity acts in isolation with the other two.

As a people of a church named Trinity, we celebrate the wholeness of one God in three persons. The entire church celebrates with us one time of the year. But we always celebrate this complicated God that we have trouble explaining and conceptualizing. We do know that God is always acting with us and in us. The bottom line is that the nature of God, which we really cannot fathom, is less important than knowing that God lives and moves and guides us in working toward the reign of God here on earth.
 

Fr. Craig Kuehn+

Did You Know?
-May 3rd is the Amador County National Day of Prayer being held from 12pm-1pm in 4 locations in the county: Plymouth Park, Pine Grove Park, Jackson Detert Park, and Ione Vetrans Park.
-May 6th, 8am-6pm is the Homeless Resource Fair in Detert Park, Jackson. If you'd like to volunteer, call 209-223-2286.
-May 20th is Pentecost Sunday. Be sure and wear red to church.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 6th & 20th 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.

Senior Warden's Report

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Proverbs 4:25
It is sometimes hard to keep our eyes looking straight ahead when we miss things, situations or people from the past. Yet God has so much good yet to come in store for us! 
I cannot tell you how excited I was on Friday afternoon when I received an email from Canon Andrea's secretary, Kati, who was letting me know that our Profile for the Priest-in-Charge has been approved, finalized, and put out as an advertisement on the various sites used for this purpose. After all the hard work the Profile Committee has done, it was nice to see it come to completion! Just like when any company or business advertises for an employee, we now must wait for Priests to apply. 
Canon Andrea has been keeping her eye out for potential candidates and I'm sure that there are a few who may have simply been waiting for the official word. As soon as a few candidates have submitted their applications, those will be forwarded on to us and the Applicant Review Committee will begin the work of sorting through them and making a recommendation to the Vestry. 
In the meantime, we are also facing another loss in that when our new Priest is hired, Father Craig will no longer be with us. How lucky we are to have he and Suzi with us for 12 more weeks! Their final Sunday will be on July 29th. We will be having a special send off and hope that you will mark your calendar now so that you can be sure to be a part of a special blessing and thanksgiving for the time he gifted us.
As we look forward, let's not lose sight of the gift of the present moment and the beauty that surrounds us. I have been so awe-filled watching how we have come together as a congregation to see that things continue to get done with grace, love, and patience at Trinity. The depth of Spirit and the open communication are just two reasons we have had such a successful interim period. We are truly Blessed to have this community and one another. 
God's Peace,
Margaret Lewis
 Sr. Warden

Episcopal Community Services Appeal

Bishop Beisner has designated the Seventh Sunday of Easter each year as Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Ascension Appeal Sunday. ECS has supported the work of ministering to and empowering the sick, the homeless, the hungry and the marginalized in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California for nearly 40 years. Please open your hearts and share the joy and hope of the resurrection by giving generously to the ECS Grant Fund on May 13. All funds raised are used to support congregations in their ministry to the least, the lost and the marginalized in their communities. Please place your offering in the offering plate marked for ECS or mail it directly to Episcopal Community Services 350 University Ave. Suite 280, Sacramento, CA 95825-6517 You may also donate online through PayPal at www.norcalecs.org.

Food Bank Donations

Food gifts for April totaled 107 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 401 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.

May Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in May!
  
18th- Bob Zwieg
25th- Joshua Lewis
   

If you are celebrating a birthday in May, 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, 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


  
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


New Header
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