Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Project Thanks 2017 - Be a Group Coordinator/Contributor!

Dear Organization Leaders,

The Interfaith Food Bank is now coordinating PROJECT THANKS, our annual holiday basket project.  Last year we processed 815 applications and received over $10,000 in donations.  We are anticipating another successful season of giving from the heart.

Project Thanks brings together local outreach organizations, individuals and the Interfaith Food Bank to help provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to families, seniors and veterans who may not be able to afford one.  The project has been extremely successful by including participation from organizations and individuals who have collected supplies, divided and packaged Thanksgiving baskets and then distributed them to assigned families. The Interfaith Food Bank will provide applications and coordination (see below).

We appreciate all who have participated in the past and are asking everyone to meet or increase their involvement to meet the growing need in our community. This year, we would like your Thanksgiving baskets distributed no later than Sunday, November 20, 2016.  Signed applications and any surplus food must be returned to the Interfaith Food Bank no later than November 21 by 3:00 pm. We need this time to enable us to verify who did or did not receive their basket, and allow us to do one final distribution from the food bank.

Please support Project Thanks by returning the attached participation form as soon as possible.  Requests for assignments from any specific area will be handled on a first come first served basis, so if you want to serve people near you, please, get those forms back to me as quickly as possible.  I am available to answer any questions you may have regarding the process.  Below is also a copy of the menu for each basket to keep the donations as consistent as possible. You may also choose to make a cash donation of $50.00 per basket, and we will do the shopping and distribution for you.

Please help us continue to provide a holiday memory that will be remembered as fondly as your own.  Thank you for your support. On behalf of everyone who will receive a holiday basket, we thank you!

Warm regards,
Lisa Heimeyer
Programs Coordinator

Please return this information as soon as possible to:
12181 Airport Rd., Jackson, CA  95642 or email


Monday, October 16, 2017

Mt. Zion Church eNewsletter - Oct 13, 2017

The Mt. Zion Church eNewsletter
Sign up at the information table to be a blessing and serve our community! We will be moving OUR traditional Harvest Carnival over to Pine Grove Elementary School to serve the families of Pine Grove! Come be a part of “Loving our neighbors!!!”
Nehemiah 12:27 (NKJV)
Nehemiah Dedicates the Wall
27 Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps.

Join Us This Sunday, with special Guest: Dr. Jay Herndon - Norther California Assemblies of God District Secretary-Treasurer 
The purpose of this grand occasion is to celebrate the dedication — the dedication of the walls, that is! This Sunday, we RE-DEDICATE Mt. Zion Church To the service of the Lord!

In our dedication ceremony, four things will emerge here that I want us to see.


God has come down in blessing…the Holy Spirit has descended upon His people so that their hearts and their souls are entirely for one thing: to serve the Lord. “This one thing I do.” Maybe that's what the book of Nehemiah is saying to us, that too often our lives are halting between two opinions. Too often our affections are too divided. And, oh! For the work of God's Spirit to come down and take hold of us, so that we might be out and out for God. May God so grant it!
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 Is Back!
Adult Bible StudiesMinistry Leader – Pastor Erik Hansen
JOIN US AT THE MINISTRY HOUSE ad we continue to go through the Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths. They are the doctrines concerning salvation, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, divine healing, and the Second Coming of Christ.

“Fearless” Student Ministries: Ministry Leaders – Jimi and Anna Newman
Students grades 6th—12th grades meet in the youth building in back parking lot.

Royal Rangers & Girls Ministries: Ministry Leaders – Bettye Henningson and Nathan Stock
​Preschool—5th grade boys and girls meet in the fellowship hall downstairs. (Nursery Care is provided)

This Month at MTZC!

MTZC Re-Dedication Service!
Sunday, October 15th!

Special Guest – Northern California/Nevada Secretary Treasure – Dr. Jay Herndon!
This will be a very special service as we look to the future of MTZC and look to God for our “New Beginning”.  We will also gather after service for a dessert celebration in the fellowship hall.

2017 Fall Fest!!! FRIDAY, Oct. 27th 4-7PM
Sign up at the information table to be a blessing and serve our community! We will be moving OUR traditional Harvest Carnival over to Pine Grove Elementary School to serve the families of Pine Grove! Come be a part of “Loving our neighbors!!!”

The Brotherhood Men’s Breakfast
Saturday, October 28th  at 8AM. 
All the guys are invited to enjoy some great food, fellowship and devotion.

Next Month!

Daylight Saving Ends!
Turn your Clock Back Saturday Night, November 4th so you have an extra hour to get ready for Church!

Sunday, November 5th is Sandwich Sunday and our 
Family Worship Service! 
Bring something to share and enjoy fellowship with each other right after service!
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 info@mtzchurch.org.
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P.O. Box 425 Pine Grove, CA 95665

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) Celebration - Sat Nov 4

The Day of the Dead - Dia De Los Muertos - is an ancient celebration focused on remembering and honoring our beloved dead. It is not a somber remembrance but is bright, vibrant and celebratory as it acknowledges that death is just a part of life.

Join us in learning about this ancient celebration and its symbols. Make sugar skulls, tissue flowers and luminaries for the labyrinth.  Decorate the community altar creating a memorial for our beloved dead, and walk the labyrinth as we remember our loved ones and honor the sacred cycle of life, death and rebirth.

If you would like to create a personal memorial on the community altar please bring items such as small photos and mementos. Also bring food or drink to share for the potluck. PLEASE RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough materials! This event is provided by the Serenity Center and The Labyrinth Project of Amador.

To RSVP or for more information, call The Labyrinth Project at (209) 256-3750.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jackson Rancheria's 31st Charity Golf Classic - Fri Oct 13

Jackson Rancheria's Charity Golf Classic 
to benefit Interfaith Food Bank
October 13 at Castle Oaks Golf Club

Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 596, 115 Main Street, Jackson, CA 95642

Monday, October 2, 2017

Trinity Episcopal Church - Oct 2017

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

In This Issue
Interim's Report
Did You Know?
Vestry Notes
Sr. Warden's Report
Trinity Church Picnic
Fall Church Work Days
Turn! Turn! Turn!
Host Ministry
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter

Interim's Report for October
Jesus said, "Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming." (Matthew 24:42)

Dear friends,

The phrase, "May you live in interesting times," was often seen as a curse rather than a blessing. These sure seem to be interesting times. Our country is sorely divided. We have had more than enough of category 5 hurricanes. Mexico has had devastating earthquakes. There is saber rattling between the United States and North Korea. The NFL has become a flashpoint. Who knew?

Particularly in this country, there always seems to be people who are anxious about the end of the world. A Christian numerologist said the world would end last September 23rd. On September 24th, he said that he miscalculated. Actually, I think a Christian numerologist is an oxymoron. This person now says we will meet our doom on October 21st. Personally, I am not changing any plans. This numerologist claims that a mysterious Planet X will collide with the earth. The planet is very mysterious as he is the only one who knows anything about it. David Meade claims this is foretold in the Book of Revelation.

People who fixate on the end times focus on Revelation above any other book of the Bible. Certainly, there are very scary scenarios in that book. The book also relies, heavily, on symbols and cryptic language. This makes it possible to make the book say anything anyone wants it to say. To focus on any one book of the Bible to the exclusion of the others is Bible abuse. One cannot discern the Word of God focusing on one passage or one book.
There are people, particularly in this country, who believe that the current events in the world are worse than any other time in history and because of that, Jesus' second coming is nigh. These people tend to focus on the end times without doing any serious study of history. Human beings lived in much more violent times than the current times. After all, Jesus was crucified as was countless thousands of others. That is a particularly cruel way to die.  

Instead of focusing on catastrophe, perhaps Christians should focus on helping those in need, finding ways of peace and reconciliation, and feeding the hungry. These are signs of the kingdom of God and not some cataclysm.

I give thanks for your generosity in the giving of your time, talent, and money to help those in need in Amador County and in the world. Living in harmony is far more interesting.
Fr. Craig Kuehn+

Did You Know?
-Bible study continues to be held the first Sunday of each month at 9:40 in Jane's Hall. We are working on 1 Macabees. On Oct. 1, we will be exploring 1 Macabees 7 & 8. Bring your thoughts and questions and we'll see you there.

At their last meeting, the former Missio:Engage team chose to re-name and broaden the focus and will now be the "Trinity Fellowship and Outreach Team." The next meeting of the Trinity Fellowship and Outreach Team will be on Sunday, October 15, after the 10:30 service in the undercroft.  Anyone interested is invited to attend.
Vestry Notes
by Margaret Lewis
Your vestry met on Thursday 9/28. Some of the topics discussed included:
 -  Fr. Craig is actively recruiting for a new Music Director to be with us after Carol Harper leaves us for new adventures after October 15.
 - Canon Andrea has scheduled a meeting with the vestry for Wednesday, October 18th
 - The Jr. Warden updated the vestry on the many projects that are on going and reminded the group of the upcoming work days.
 - Details of the church picnic were discussed and planned.
 - Las Posadas and the Christmas Light Parade were discussed. Meetings for both will be scheduled for October / November.
Senior Warden's Report
Each month when I attend the meeting of the vestry I am reminded of just how blessed we are to have this amazing church family. This month was no different. Thursday night, in the midst of discussing budgets, business, and busy work, there was, as always, the ever present sense of love, respect and compassion that works throughout our time together. In brief; the Holy Spirit is clearly moving in the work and in the worship of this church!
The last two months have left me in awe as I see people stepping forward to ensure that things continue to move in a positive direction during this season of transition; from the work being done by our Jr. Warden and his crew in getting the new tile in place and patching, painting, and planning to the new altar guild members making sure Sunday mornings are beautiful and organized ensuring that services are seamless, leaving us to focus on worship rather than tasks; from individuals checking in on each other to people participating in Bible and book studies each month; from ice cream socials to bookkeeping work. Greeters are greeting and prayers are praying. Everything seems to be well attended to.
Next week we will celebrate our life as a community at our annual parish picnic when we join together for one service with a BBQ to follow. In addition, planning is moving forward for all of our "normal" seasonal events including Las Posadas, the Christmas Light Parade, and the annual meeting in January. I hope you will consider joining in any or all of these events allowing yourself to be fully engaged in the movement of the Spirit that is happening here.
I suppose my own sense of gratitude around all of this has to do with the acknowledgement that we could be easily intimidated by change and fall backward rather than step forward. That option has clearly NOT been the one chosen here at Trinity. We have thus far moved with grace into the next stage in our life together. The sick are being tended, the hungry are being fed, the lonely visited. We have changed Priests, but we have not changed our commitment to working hand in hand with God to share God's grace in our community.
Trinity Church Picnic
Join us on October 8th at 10am for the Trinity Church Picnic in Detert Park, Jackson. The vestry will provide hamburgers, hotdogs and beverages. Please bring a dish to share and join us for one combined worship service followed by food and fellowship. We will also be celebrating the time we have had with Carol Harper and wishing her safe journey and God speed.
Fall Church Work Days
Dear Fellow Trinity Members: It is that time once again to give the church property a good going over to get ready for the holiday season. We have set the dates of Friday October 27th and Saturday the 28th. Start at 8:30am on Friday and go until 2pm with a break for lunch at 11ish. Saturday hours are 9am to noon. The more hands we have the lighter the load for everybody so please make an effort to spend an hour or doing whatever you can to help out. Hope to see you there.    Keith Sweet
Turn! Turn! Turn!
by Carol Harper

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..."
(Ecclesiastes 3:1)
I often tell folks that there's a "song for everything", and in this case, I think about the version of this scripture by The Byrds (Turn! Turn! Turn!). I don't know about you, but I get a lot of "ear bugs" (songs you can't get out of your head) throughout any given day, which might be triggered by, well...could just very well be about anyone or anything! Good or bad...happy or sad...joy or pain...
My decision to say goodbye is not an easy one. California has been my home, collectively, for the past 30 years. There were many factors that influenced my decision, and it was not without spending much time in silent, meditative prayer and tear-triggering moments. But I can certainly say that what I take from Trinity will always trigger awesome songs and happy memories. Our rehearsals were so joyful and fun; I knew I'd always get a laugh or two from our punsters, Gerry and Steve...I loved the Celtic Hymn Sing...our Parish Picnics...Easter Sundays with the Brass Quartet that Ray would organize. We've had several people move from Trinity, who left big holes in our hearts...Adam and Joy Broin, Lily Salisbury and most recently, Thomas Moriatis. Big "turns" have happened, especially when Karen and Steph said their goodbyes.
But every Sunday for the past six years, the Trinity Singers and I have always been able to carry the services, together, as a team. Sometimes we had everyone participating, sometimes it was just a few of us...only a couple times I think I had to fly solo! But the great thing is that we all knew that worship and praise wasn't about ourselves, but about delivering a message through music, every Sunday, that would inspire and invoke the thoughts and confirmation, that God is good, that Jesus is Lord...and that there is joy to be had!
And now, I, too will be taking a turn on my life's path. Trinity has been, is, and always will be my California church family, and I will miss you all so very much. As I now turn my eyes towards the Wyoming mountains, I think of the wonderful Psalm:
"I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep..."(Psalm 121:1-4)
What a comfort to all of us as we all go through our turns and changes!
I'd like to end with an excerpt from the book "Praying Our Goodbyes" by Joyce Rupp, where she reflects: "...(During a 30-day Ignatian retreat) many essential, life-giving wisdoms surfaced: the hello-goodbye pattern as an integral part of all human existence, the necessity of change in order to have growth, and the need to let go before one can truly move on. I also learned that the cost of discipleship is inherent in any following of Jesus and that this following causes choices which mean goodbye to some parts of life and hello to others."
Are you friendly?
We are in need of Hosts for the 8:30 service, particularly 1st, 4th, and 5th Sundays. It's only a once a month commitment (fifth Sunday is only a couple times a year)! Please consider helping out with this ministry if you can. Contact Rosalie Escamilla for more information.

The Food Bank needs volunteers to work in the warehouse and reception areas. Call the Food Bank (267-9006) or visit the facility (10 am - 2 pm daily) for more information.
Food Bank Donations
The Food Bank's cart, in the sanctuary, yielded 95 lbs. of food in September. Total giving in 2017: 995 lbs. of food.

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 Carol Harper at 916-604-1872 or email carol@worshipattrinity.com. Web site: WorshipAtTrinity.com.
October Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in October!
9th- Chris Mathany Putnam
                               10th- Gail Sweet
                               10th- Rose-Marie Zwieg
 14th- Keith Sweet
  24th- Kyle Mathany
  26th- Daryle Yount
  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.
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