Jesus said, "Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming." (Matthew 24:42)
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.
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..."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: WorshipAtTrinity.com.
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.
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