Friday, December 8, 2017

A Cowboy Christmas - Sun Dec 17

Join Jeb and the whole gang around the chuck wagon as they round up a herd of
Christmas Spirit. This wonderful musical has plenty of western flavor, combining live
performances and shadow puppet mastery, that is sure to entertain and inspire all ages!
Sierra Baptist Church is located at 26355 Buckhorn Ridge Road, Pioneer.

December at St. Sava

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Trinity Tidings ~ December 2017

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Trinity Tidings
The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek
December 2017

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Sr. Warden's Report
Food Bank Quilt Raffle
Parade of Lights
Christmas Cantata at Trinity
Little Hats, Big Hearts
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter

Interim's Report for December
"A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Isaiah 40:3)
"The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,' " (Mark 1:3)

Dear friends,
Advent is a time for preparation. It also falls at a time in our calendars when it seems all we do is preparation for something. We are preparing our homes to look more festive. We witness the many decorations in our towns and neighborhoods. In the darkening days of December, things light up. Maybe we are shaking a subconscious fist at the winter solstice. Then as the days again grow longer, we take down our lights. It worked! We defeated the sun.

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the season, we also need to prepare ourselves spiritually. That is what Advent reminds us. Advent reminds us to "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord." The Sunday readings of Advent point us to preparation. We are to prepare for Jesus to come again, to prepare our hearts for Jesus to be with us, and to prepare for Jesus' first humble coming. Advent builds toward the joyous birth of our savior.

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord is King James language from two sources: Isaiah 40:3 and Mark 1:3 (Matthew 3:3, Luke 3:4, and sort of John 1:23). John the Baptist echoes the followers of the prophet Isaiah asking the people to prepare themselves for God's coming. For Isaiah, it was a message to prepare for God's deliverance from exile in Babylon. Since John is quoting Isaiah, there must be a connection of deliverance for first century Jews. For John, there was urgency. God was coming soon as Jesus was ready to begin his ministry.

Prepare Ye the Way of Lord was put to music. It is included in Handel's Messiah. The Messiah begins with a tenor singing Isaiah 40:1-3. In the musical Godspell, one of the songs is Prepare Ye the Way. For these musicians, the musical story of Christ begins with the preparatory words of Isaiah and John the Baptist.

We begin the church year with Advent. We prepare to hear and live the gospel message at this time of year. Before we can bring Christ into our lives, we need to prepare. Just as we prepare our homes for Jesus' birth, we are to prepare our hearts for Christ to reign there as well.

Preparation is work. The point of preparation is the benefits of the work. "

Fr. Craig Kuehn+
Did You Know?
-Dec. 2nd, 6pm is Las Posadas in Sutter Creek.
-Dec. 3rd, 1pm we will be making Advent wreaths and enjoying Taize music in Jane's Hall. Wreath supplies are provided and everyone is invited to join in.
-Dec. 17th is the greening of the church following the 10:30 service.
-Dec. 24th is the decoration of the church tree following the 10:30 service.
-Dec. 24th, 5pm is the Christmas Eve candlelight service.
Senior Warden's Report
By Margaret Lewis

"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern." - Mother Teresa, Love: A Fruit Always in Season
As I began my prayers this morning, I was quickly struck by the fact that today (as I write this) is the day our Profile Committee will begin their official work as they meet with Canon Andrea to learn what the work will entail. At the same time we are quickly approaching the first Sunday of Advent. This seems a good sign to me as we enter the season of anticipation and expectation. So many things preparing to be brought into the world through God's intention to bring us continually into God's Kingdom. I wonder if we are ready.  When this wondering begins, I bring to mind one of my favorite Advent thoughts reflected in Mother Teresa's quote; is my heart prepared for the coming of Christ? Will the Holy Spirit find a warm place in my life during this season?
It would be easy to get caught up in the consumerism that always vies for our attention at this time of year, but if we can shift our attention to love and to service during the next few weeks, I believe we will find a means of anticipating and expecting what the new life might look like if we can arrive at Christmas morning with an open heart ready to accept the gifts that have been bestowed.
This seems a good parallel as we expect and anticipate a new Priest in the year ahead. Are our hearts prepared to remain open to the process that is involved in calling a new leader? Are we willing to serve and love in this time of transition?  I believe that we are and that with Spiritual Disciple during this season of anticipating new birth, we will be ready with warm hearts to meet all new beginnings.
May the Peace of the season be with you!
Interfaith Food Bank Quilt Raffle
The quilt is an extra large queen and tickets sell for 6 for $5 or 1 for $1. Tickets available at the Food Bank, Thrift Store and you may purchase them from Noreen Lafferty. Last day to purchase tickets is Dec. 13.  Drawing will be held December 14th and you do not have to be there to win.
See flyer on the Welcome Center at the back of the church for details and a picture of the quilt.
Parade of Lights
Dec. 9th, 6:30pm: Sutter Creek Parade of Lights. Help Trinity and Compassionate Amador shine at the Sutter Creek Parade of Lights. Please join us at 4:00 PM on December 9 in Jane's Hall for float decoratingwith lights and greenery and a pre-parade pizza party. Shuttles to the parade will then be available.
Parishioners, children and grandchildren are invited to ride or walk with our float of Trinity Church covered with holiday lights and greenery. The "Hallelujah Chorus" will ring out as we share the light of Trinity Sutter Creek and Compassionate Amador. You are invited to carry one of the signs we crafted.

To join in this festive and fun parade, the only requirement is that each person must be "lighted." So find yourself some battery operated Christmas lights, headband or lighted hat (or let us know if you need help getting some) and join the fun!
Martin Hopper
Christmas Cantata at Trinity
For the first time, Trinity Episcopal Church has been selected as one of four churches to host a performance of the annual Amador County Community Chorus and Orchestra production of their Christmas Cantata.  50 combined singers and orchestra members will perform "Peace Has Come," by Mary MacDonald, under the direction of Steve Chambers (who also directs the Amador County Concert Band).  Several of Trinity's choir members are joining the choir this year so you will see some familiar faces!  Trinity is the first performance location:  Friday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Please make arrangements to attend this wonderful event which we hope will become one of your favorite Christmas celebrations.  If you do not drive at night, perhaps you could carpool with someone else so you won't miss this.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for non-members of Trinity to come to our church, see who we are and what our lovely church has to offer.
Little Hats, Big Hearts
The American Heart Association and the Children's Heart Association are looking for volunteers to knit or crochet little red hats for newborns or preemies.  They will be giving the hats away during the month of February (Heart Month) to all the little February newborns.
Information about the project can be found online at The hats should be red and made of worsted (4) yarn that is acrylic only.  The site includes knitting and crocheting patterns, although you can use any pattern you like.
There will be a basket at the back of the church to collect the little red hats.  The deadline for these hats is January 10 and any hats in the basket by the church services on the January 7th will be forwarded to the Sacramento center.
For any questions or more information, contact Carol Davis at 925-400-3107.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for October/November totaled 725 pounds (includes 632 lbs. of excess Project Thanks donations). Total for the year: 1720 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 the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm. 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
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
   31st- Stephen Lewis

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, 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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Winter Solstice Celebration - Thurs Dec 21

Gather together with community to welcome and celebrate the return of the light! Thursday, December 21, 1017, from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. at the Amador Holistic Center in Amador City.
This is a FREE family-friendly community event.
Bring your drums, rattles, bells and a dessert to share.
For more information call Marla at (209) 256-3750 or e-mail:  Rain or shine! Brought to you by the Amador Holistic Center and The Labyrinth Project.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mt. Zion Newsletter eNewsletter - Nov 17, 2017

The Mt. Zion Church eNewsletter!
God Never Said That – Part 4

This week we will conclude our series. We are going to look at one of the most relevant and culturally believed lies and actually see what the truth is about what God does say. This is so relevant and so commonplace in the world today. So many people wrongly believe this. You may have heard it. You 
may have said it. You may even believe it but all over the world today people say this. It doesn't matter what you believe about God as long as you are sincere. The problem is, God NEVER said that.

The reality is God never said that and our actions matter a lot.


         Pastor Erik

This Week at Mt. Zion Church:


Pre-Service Prayer 9:00 – 9:45 AM
Please join us in the Sanctuary as we gather to pray before each service.

Adult Sunday School  @ 9:00 AM 
Join us in the Fellowship Hall for a six-week class called “Holy Spirit” by John Bevere. Ministry Leader — Bob Lyons 

Tuesdays - Intercessory Prayer @ 5:00 PM
Join in and take time to pray for our church, community and families! Each Tuesday come with heart reaching for God.
Ministry Leader: Debbie Hansen

Wednesday Family Night Break
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will not have our regular Family Night We’d. Nov. 22nd and we not have our Nov. Men’s Breakfast.

This Month at MTZC!

The EPICS Christmas dinner is Friday, December 1st 2017!
It will be at the Road House (Previously know as Tommie’s)
6; 30 PM.  Tickets will be on sale starting Today Sunday, November 5th. For More information contact LeAnn Stoltenburg or Gerri Windsor. There will be no gift exchange, just a time of fun, food, and fellowship. The last date to purchase your tickets will be Sunday, November 26th or at least your guaranteed reservation in by that date.

Wednesday Family Night Break
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will not have our regular Family Night We’d. Nov. 22nd and we do not have our Nov. Men’s Breakfast.

Next Month!

Sandwich Sunday! – December 3rd
Bring your favorite SOUP or SALAD and join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall right after service!!!

Daughters of the King Christmas party and Secret Sister revealing:Tuesday, December 5th 6:30 pm, in the fellowship hall.  The theme is: "Light of the world" please bring a light to exchange, (ex: candle, flashlight, battery operated light, lantern or even a lighter; 5$ limit, wrapped.) Also, bring your favorite snack food.  All ladies welcome, any questions please we Rhonda
Have you ever missed a sermon and wished you had some way to hear it? Do you have someone you want to share a Sunday message with? Good news, you can! Just visit our website or search for "Pastor Erik Hansen" in the iTunes store and download our free podcasts straight to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod! If you have questions or comments, contact the church office at (209) 296-5673 or email us at
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

12th Annual Las Posadas Candlelight Walk - Sat Dec 2

Mark Saturday, December 2, 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. All are welcome to participate!

Las Posadas is a traditional re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to ret, 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, carrying Mary accompanied by Joseph and shepherds follows the choir, and participants complete the procession.  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 down Main Street, which has been closed to traffic.
Finally, a stable in front of the Methodist Church provides a resting place. After hearing lovely music there, everyone is invited into the hall where warm beverages and homemade cookies are served, 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 Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, and St. Katherine Drexel’s churches.