With glorious Spring, the renewal of life is once again exhibited for all to see. Resurrection power is celebrated at the annual Aries-Easter Festival. In the Esoteric Christian tradition, honored in the Ageless Wisdom Teachings, Christ-Sophia (Love-Wisdom) is risen anew in all of creation. A new enthusiasm (God within) is felt in all sentient beings. We begin anew, refreshed, on our long journey from separation to Wholeness. The Prodigal Child wakes up, remembers, turns around and heads back Home.
Take a look at the events our spiritual community has planned for this month. We are exploring the Ageless Wisdom theme of ALL IS SACRED ENERGY! See the calendar below and download it to see the Wisdom Circle topics to be discussed. This is also the month we celebrate EARTH DAY. Marilyn Nutter has planned a special celebration focusing on the sacredness of WATER. Couldn't be more appropriate! See the flyer below for information.
There will also be a healing circle on Saturday 4/11 from 10am to 12noon. Come to give and receive healing energy. Reiki student practitioners will be present to share their enthusiasm and love for healing work. If you've never been to a Reiki (Sacred Energy) Healing Circle, come for the first time and receive a coupon for a free 30' session with Patsy. See coupon below.
Bill and I are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this month, so we are taking a vacation from 4/14-28. If you have any questions, please contactLynnea Honn at 304-6174.
This coming Sunday is Easter Sunday. Spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming, and Christ is risen! What a majestic time of the year to bask in the good news of Light, Life, and Love. The season of Easter begins on Easter Sunday and continues for 50 days until the day of Pentecost. This means that once the ham is eaten, the chocolate is consumed, and the kids have put away their bunny baskets, the spirit of Easter continues on, reminding us to focus on the resurrection and all of its implications. So don't sell yourself short. Don't let the Easter season go by without recognizing its importance and celebrating the joy.
The following Sunday (April 12th), we will continue to celebrate the Easter Season with "Bright Sunday." Many American churches are resurrecting an old Easter custom begun by the early Greek Christians --- "Bright Sunday" or "Holy HumorSunday." For centuries, in all Christian faith traditions, the week following EasterSunday was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus' resurrection.
One of the ways I have decided to celebrate the joy that permeates the season of Easter is to focus on what is "good, lovely, gracious, worthy of praise, and hopeful." It is so tempting to get stuck in a negative rut. After all, there are a lot of negative people in the world imposing their negativity on others. I recently read an article in the social media about this negativity: "We all know someone that will suck the wind right out of our sails...even on the perfect day for sailing! If you don't know someone like this, go look in the mirror, it may be you! Negative Nancy's show up everywhere we go. Here are a few scenarios in How to Spot a Negative Nancy:"
*In General- Negative Nancy always brings up the one negative thing when there were a dozen positive things. Nancy's half empty glass will usually dump itself out on you and leave the whole party wet. Her words are like the scratch on your favorite record, killing that sweet music!
*In Leadership- Negative Nancy brings distraction when vision is what is truly needed. Nancy is always focused on the wrong things and rarely focused on the right things.
*In Relationships- Negative Nancy typically bad mouths other people or gripes about things that are annoying. The basis of Nancy's relationships is simply the critique of others.
*Internally- Negative Nancy's actions are largely rooted in personal insecurities. Being the "buzz kill" is Nancy's way of looking outward to fill the inner void that is an eventual black hole. The one thing you can depend on from Nancy is a consistent negative drain.
So given this potential for negativity, I have decided to choose a different path. First of all, I am going to check my own negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. There are so many things to be grateful for. For instance, instead of complaining about the dry or hot weather, I am going to give thanks for the day God has given me and try to enjoy it. We never know when our time will be over. Instead of complaining about what isn't working for me, I am going to focus on the blessings that I have received. I am going to offer positive affirmation to those who are working hard to make a difference and not participate in negative conversations that drain me of my joy. And whenever I get discouraged with the negative news that is going on in the world, I will make a special effort to nurture my hope and remind myself that death and darkness are not the final words. Hope is having confidence that no matter how bad things are today, the future is open to new possibilities because the Spirit of God is actively working throughout creation. And because of this powerful presence, hope assumes the future contains potentialities that are not visible in the present moment.
On that first Easter day, Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples: "I have seen the Lord." With joyful hearts and hopeful eyes, may you too experience the risen Christ!
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
Pastor Karen Siegfriedt+
Photos of Activities at Trinity in March:
Odd Little Egret Band playing on Celtic Sunday
Putting Together Care Packages for the Homeless
Lenten Soup Suppers: Spiritual Cinema
Vestry Briefs for 3/26/15 (by Keith Sweet, Sr. Warden)
The vestry meeting in March was devoted primarily to a discussion of potential improvement projects in and around the church. A number of suggestions have been received from members of the congregation and those were added to the list generated from the vestry members. This list will be published and if anyone desires to take the initiative and complete a project summary form then the project will receive further consideration from the vestry. Essentially, the form is designed to put definition to the project and to provide the vestry with enough information to decide whether to move forward with it or not. The person completing the form is not necessarily the one who will lead or complete the project although that could be the case. The next vestry meeting is at 6pmin Jane's Hall on May 21st. There is no meeting in April. In May, the vestry members will tour the grounds and identify needed repairs. Safe church practices will be discussed as well as vestry retreat commitments.
Did You Know?
April 2 is Maundy Thursday. Service at 6pm in Jane's Hall.
April 3 is Good Friday. Service at 12pm.
April 4 is Easter Vigil, 7:45pm at rectory. Please RSVP.
April 5 is Easter Sunday. Services at 8:30 and 10:30am.
The Bible Study for April will be held on April 12th at 9:40am.
The Health Ministries Meeting for April 11th has been cancelled.
The Vestry is putting together a list of projects for 2015-2016. If you have a special project in mind, please contact a vestry member.
Want to upgrade your skills?
Mother Lode Job Training (MLJT -formerly Job Connection) has Scholarship and Training funds available for eligible Adults and Dislocated Workers. Last program year, $297,000 was awarded in scholarships to eligible participants in fields from Medical Assisting, Truck Driving, Welding and more! Eligibility conditions do apply, so contact MLJT for more information and to see if you qualify. We are now located in the Health and Human Services building located at 10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700, in Sutter Creek. Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM, closed from 12 PM to 1 PM, and closed Fridays. Contact MLJT at 223-3341, or visit the website at www.mljt.org .
Care Packages project
Thanks to your generous contributions of food items, non-food items, monetary donations and your work in assembling the bags, a total of 200 bags were completed! Thank you, thank you Trinity. Once again, your generosity shines! If you haven't picked up bags to hand out, completed bags are available in Jane's Hall.
Church Fun Days
What a wonderful turn out! We had 75 person hours of work performed by 18 volunteers for our Spring Fun Days (otherwise known as the Church Work Days). A great thank you goes out to all our volunteers:
Ken Von der Heiden
Did You Miss the Fun?
Did you miss joining us for the fun of our spring workdays? Don't fret! There is a master task list in the church office, which lists all the routine tasks and the more specialized tasks that the church needs done. If you have an hour or two or a special talent you want to share, drop by the office and pick out a task! Or, contact the Junior Warden, Paul Lewis, and he will be happy to help find you a task for your time and talent. And, there are always the fall fun days, too!
Food Bank Donations
The Food Bank's cart, in the sanctuary, yielded 238 lbs. of food in March.
Total giving in 2015 so far: 568 lbs.
Let's keep up the good work!
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
All are invited to join the Trinity Singers/Worship Team! Rehearsals are typically twice a month at 7PM. Bring your voices, your instruments, and a heart for worship and praise! For more information, please contact Carol Harper at 916-604-1872 or email email@example.com. Web site: WorshipAtTrinity.com.
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in April!
8th- Marilyn Anderson, Linda Busch
9th- Goldie Tracy
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,firstname.lastname@example.org by the 20th of the month. It will be included in the next month's newsletter.