Monday, November 5, 2018

Las Posadas Choir Member Signup


The Holidays are fast approaching including many of the events hosted throughout the foothills.  This year's Las Posadas is Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 pm in Sutter Creek.  Please accept this announcement as your invitation to join the Las Posadas choir chaired by Cheryl Parker.

The choir will consist of two (2) groups: Those who wish to walk in the procession, and those who will meet us on the front stairs of Creekside Methodist Church at the end of the procession. For those of us who do not want to or are unable to walk in the procession, this is a great opportunity to join us at Creekside Methodist Church for the last several songs at the conclusion of Las Posadas.  Additionally, please wear your church choir robe or plan to wear a Creekside Methodist Church robe.

The procession is an interdenominational presentation hosted by the churches of Sutter Creek: St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, Creekside Methodist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.

Las Posadas is a Christmas candlelight parade with song.  In 1580 AD St. John of the Cross with whom Las Posadas is attributed, led a community procession through the halls of the Carmelite Convent of Avila, Spain carrying images of Joseph and Mary.  The Augustinian and Franciscan padres who came from Spain at the end of the 16th century to evangelize and teach the people of Mexico, adapted the pilgrimage for the commoners.  The reenactment of Jesus' birth helped the converts experience the hope and promise that are a part of the Holiday season.

If you are interested in participating in the Las Posadas choir where well know Christmas carols will be sung, please confirm your interest by emailing Cheryl at Cparker12510@gmail.com or calling (209) 273-9089. 

Choir members should meet on the day of Las Posada at the Catholic Church at the corner of Amelia and Spanish Street prior to the start of the possession. One choir practice may be scheduled prior to Las Posadas at Creekside Methodist Church where programs and choir robes as needed will be distributed.  More details to follow as to the exact date and time of choir practice should one be needed.  For those who wish to wear a Creekside Methodist Church choir robe, I will be at the church from 5:00 to 5:30 pm for robe and program distribution.  At the conclusion of Las Posada choir robes can be returned at the church.

If you would like to invite others to join the Las Posadas choir, kindly feel free to share this announcement.

Happy Holidays!


Photo by Bill Lavallie

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Trinity Tidings - Nov 2018

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

In This Issue
Priest-In-Charge's Report
Did You Know?
Project Thanks
Episcopal Church in Action
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter


  
Priest-In-Charge's Report for November

On Transitions and Thanksgivings
One constant source of reflection, and amusement, for me is in the taking of the monastic vow of stability some 28 years ago. The traditional model of monastic stability meant making one monastery your home for life. The visible sign of that was the monastic cemetery as one's final resting place.

Amusement shows up in noting that, since making my first vows in the Order of the Holy Cross 28 years ago, and continuing them in the Community of Solitude, I have moved 14 times. Overall, I have moved 43 times so far in my life. That is not the picture of stability in most people's minds, at least on the surface.

While stability of place is very helpful for many people to enter more deeply into the life that is in front of them (having a career, raising a family), many can find themselves "wearied by the changes and chances of life", as we note in one of our Compline prayers. Finding stability of the heart amidst those changes is a challenge when so much else is changing.

One key element in staying focused is to maintain an element of gratitude and thanksgiving. Focusing on what is good and going well in life, makes for a different disposition than always focusing on what is changing or not going my way.

As we enter the month of November, there are a variety of events to help us look at thanksgiving and gratitude. The most obvious one to most of us is the National Holiday, known as Thanksgiving. As I have looked at prayer books from around the Anglican Communion, I am amused by the fact that The Episcopal Church, primarily located in the United States, only observes a Thanksgiving Day based on a national holiday, and that there is often a strong emphasis on the National Holiday in its observation. Other Provinces in the Anglican Communion have a local feast to observe a Harvest Thanksgiving, which will vary in date depending on one's latitude and hemisphere.   For me, this has been a day to celebrate the abundance of the fruits of the earth and to celebrate family and friends.

On our church's calendar are the observations All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Commemoration of the Faithful Departed).   All Saints Day grew as a remembrance of unnamed martyrs of the early church, who didn't have their own feast day. It has grown to be a remembrance of all sorts and conditions of saints, and celebrates a triumphal gathering around the throne of God, when all will be right with the world. All Souls Day commemorates the faithful departed, usually those near and dear to us, especially those who have died in the past year. I am grateful for my ancestors in the faith who have been stewards of God's creation, our common humanity, and the church and brought us to where we are today (warts and all).  
I suspect that many in the congregation hope that the transition time is over for the parish, since the new priest is here. I hope that we will all be patient with ourselves and live into the transitions that are still ahead of us. Our stability will not be found in keeping things constant amidst the changes and chances of the world, but in recognizing that God is our stability, amidst those changes and chances. God is present in all times and places and continues that presence even as other things around us change.
Let us continue to offer thanks for all the blessing God has provided as we gather together to celebrate the divine presence in our daily lives.
Pax et Bonum
Paul +

Did You Know?
-Nov. 1st, 10am: Trinity Outing to Lake Tabeau. Meet in the Trinity parking lot at 10am. Enjoy the lovely fall weather at Lake Tabeau! There are picnic tables and a walking trail for those who are so inclined. Or try outdoor sketching with Anne-Marie, materials will be provided. Remember to bring a lunch/ snack and water, a folding chair, a hat- whatever you need to make you comfortable. Questions? Ask Anne-Marie or Nancy.
-Nov. 9 & 10 is the Diocesan Convention.
-Nov. 11th is Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to church to support the food bank.
-Nov. 14 at 11am is a social get together to work on your projects (knitting, needle work, sketching, etc.) or just come visit in Jane's Hall. Bring lunch or a snack, stay as long as you like. For more info. call Mary Mahoney 256-8120
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 4th & 18th at 9:35am (between services) in the undercroft. Everyone is invited to join in.
-Book study continues this month, but due to Thanksgiving and a vestry meeting on Nov. 15, the group will only meet on the 1st, 8th, & 29th this month.
-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.

Project Thanks

Believe it or not, the holiday season is quickly coming and it is time to plan for Project Thanks. Last year the Interfaith Food Bank had 822 families apply, and they anticipate many more this year. The Food Bank and others, our church included, provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to those who meet the criteria set by the Food Bank to receive this Thanksgiving feast.

While we can't help over 800 recipients, we do make a significant contribution to Project Thanks. Last year we served forty families, thanks to your donations of money and turkeys. After consulting with the Vestry, we have committed to provide forty boxes to families this year.
This is a fun and rewarding activity for everyone. Because it is hard for many parishioners to shop for the needed items, we have been asking for monetary donations and turkeys instead of non-perishable groceries. If you wish to purchase canned goods or stuffing, you can sign up to bring them as well as a turkey.
The Food Bank makes every effort to secure funds, donations and turkeys to provide everyone with a Thanksgiving dinner, and those families that have not been adopted by churches or other organizations receive their boxes directly from the Food Bank.
Please sign up to bring a turkey, organize, sort canned goods, bag produce, and/or work on distribution day. All excess donations are given to the Food Bank for distribution or to help purchase needed items. The sign-up sheet is located near the welcome center at the back of the church.
NOTE: If you are going to donate a turkey, it is vital that you sign-up or call Noreen Lafferty so your name can be added to the list. That way we will know exactly how many turkeys we have and do not have to scramble at the last minute to get donations or buy extra turkeys on Sunday. If you are donating nonperishable items, they need to be listed on the sign-up sheet so we can plan accurately what to purchase on Saturday. All donations other than turkeys must be brought to the church by Thursday, November 14th, and placed in the designated boxes so that an accurate count can be done prior to shopping on Saturday.
Volunteers are needed on Friday (16th) and Saturday (17th) to shop and to organize the canned goods and produce. We order the produce in bulk; however the onions, yams, apples and oranges all need to be bagged according to family size on Friday, November 16th, starting at 10:00 a.m. On Saturday, November 17th we will do the shopping for the nonperishable items and organize them for distribution on Sunday, November 18th. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Jane's Hall and organize canned goods and then go shopping. We organize by teams and stores, and purchase items on sale first. This process takes about four hours. On Sunday, November 18th, we all bring our frozen turkeys to church and leave them in the parish hall.
Come join the fun on November 18th at 9:30 am and help fill the boxes with canned goods and produce.
The magic continues after coffee hour with Thanksgiving boxes being distributed from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed in the kitchen to fill orders for milk, butter, eggs and pie. Folks are also needed to help participants pick up their Thanksgiving boxes and carry them to their cars.
Thank you for your generosity and support of this project.
Noreen Lafferty, Chairperson

Episcopal Church in Action
The Episcopal Church meets in General Convention every three years.  As the deputies and bishops consider a Christian response to events in the world around us, they pass resolutions which helps form teaching for the church and guide the Episcopal Church's Office of Governmental Affairs in their work informing Congress of the mind of the church.  I have served as Deputy to General Convention from the dioceses of Nevada and San Joaquin and can attest to the prayer and deliberation that accompanies these various resolutions.   Here at Trinity, we will periodically highlight some of the actions from General Convention, trusting that they will help with prayerful meditation on actions you can take to witness in our broken world.   Paul+

Urge Congress to lift trade restrictions on Cuba
Dear Congregation of Trinity, Sutter Creek, 

This summer, The Episcopal Church's 79th General Convention voted to re-admit the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba as a Diocese of The Episcopal Church.  This monumental decision - passed unanimously by the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies - presents an opportunity for our churches to strengthen and rebuild our relationship and for Episcopalians to support and reconnect with the Cuban people.  The Episcopal Diocese of Cuba, which separated from The Episcopal Church in 1966, is made up of 46 congregations and missions serving 10,000 members and the wider communities.

Following the Cuban revolution, the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba and put in place a series of embargoes on exports that have impacted Cuba for more than fifty years.  Since 1991, The Episcopal Church has called for the United States government to lift the trade embargo against Cuba, to remove restrictions on travel between the United States and Cuba, and to restore full diplomatic relations between the two countries, reiterating this call in 20092012, and 2015.  Among other things, the embargo prohibits most imports and exports between the U.S. and Cuba (with a few exceptions), and restricts Americans from travelling as tourists to Cuba (except under 12 specific categories).

Office of Government Relations Policy Advisor Patricia Kisare visited Cuba in September together with ecumenical advocacy partners.  The group was hosted by the Cuban Council of Churches, who worked hard to ensure the delegation was able to have a rich experience, learning about Cuban history, culture, and religious communities.  The Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Methodist Church, Latin America Working Group, and Patricia representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church met with government officials, church leaders from different denominations, and academics, and visited church ministries in different communities.

While U.S. presidents have authority to amend certain regulatory aspects of the embargo, full repeal of the embargo requires Congressional action. Take action today in support of the Cuba Trade Act!
Please copy and send the following letter to Congressman McClintock, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Kamala Harris.
Support H.R. 442/S. 472, Cuba Trade Act of 2017
As an Episcopalian and your constituent, I write today to ask for your support of the Cuba Trade Act of 2017-and to commit to supporting reinvigorating the relationship with Cuba under the next Congress. Introduced in both the House of Representatives (H.R. 442) and the Senate (S.472), this bipartisan bill seeks to repeal or amend current laws restricting trade with Cuba. Specifically, the legislation:
-Eliminates the prohibition on assistance to Cuba and the President's authority for the embargo on Cuba.
-Amends the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 by eliminating presidential authority to impose sanctions against Cuban trading partners, restrictions on transactions between U.S.-owned or controlled firms and Cuba, limitations on direct shipping between Cuban and U.S. ports, and restrictions on remittances.
-Amends the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 to eliminate the enforcement of an economic embargo of Cuban provisions and the prohibition on indirect financing of Cuba.
-Removes Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism subject to agricultural and medical export restrictions.

As a person of faith, I am concerned that current laws and restrictions have placed undue burden to our brothers and sisters in Cuba. We continue to hear from our church partners in Cuba about the ways in which the embargo and travel restrictions have caused a lot of hardship to Cuban families. The United Nations report that the embargo has cost the Cuban economy an estimated $130 billion! Furthermore, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that the embargo costs the U.S. economy approximately $1.2 billion annually!

The majority of Americans agree that it's time for our country to renew our relationship with Cuba. I urge you to support the Cuba Trade Act of 2017
Thank you for your consideration of this legislation. And thank you for your service.

Sincerely,

Food Bank Donations

Food gifts for October totaled 43 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 1052 pounds.


Thank you for your generous support of this 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.

November Birthdays

The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in November!
     
4th- Deb Walker
6th- Roberta Ross
                               14th- Sandi Pietronave
                               18th- Bob Miller
  24th- Jean Suggs
  27th- Meredith Miller

   

If you are celebrating a birthday in November, 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, October 3, 2018

Trinity Tidings - Oct 2018


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

In This Issue
Did You Know?
Book Study Begins Oct. 4
Project Thanks 2018
Vestry Service
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
Did You Know?
-Oct. 4th a new book study begins. See article for details. Book study meets each Thurs. at 5:30pm in Jane's Hall (except 4th Thursdays).
-Oct. 14th is Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to church to support the food bank.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 7th & 21st 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.
Book Study begins Oct. 4th
A new book study will be starting Thursday Oct. 4th, 5:30pm.  Our chosen text is The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle, by Karen L. King.
 
The book is described as follows by the Library Journal Review:
(The author) provides historical context for the fifth century Coptic manuscript of this gospel, whose central voice is Mary Magdalene. The author demonstrates that this gospel, composed around the early part of the second century...exemplifies the diversity of Christian understandings of Jesus' mission before the establishment of a male-dominated orthodox position in the time of Constantine.  The Gospel of Mary presents an alternative view of Jesus as bringer of salvation through spiritual knowledge rather than through atonement on the cross.
 
The book is available on Amazon Prime for $13.50 or, if you're not in a hurry, there are used copies for a few dollars. If you need help getting a book, let Martha Robbins know.
 
All are welcome!  Come as often as you are able, having done the reading or not (maybe just come to listen and see if it interests you?). We have such a good time growing!
Book Study meets every Thursday at 5:30pm in Jane's Hall, except on 4th Thursdays due to vestry.
Project Thanks 2018
Believe it or not, the holiday season is quickly coming and it is time to plan for Project Thanks. Last year the Interfaith Food Bank had 822 families apply, and they anticipate many more this year. The Food Bank and others, our church included, provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to those who meet the criteria set by the Food Bank to receive this Thanksgiving feast.

While we can't help over 800 recipients, we do make a significant contribution to Project Thanks. Last year we served forty families, thanks to your donations of money and turkeys. After consulting with the Vestry, we have committed to provide forty boxes to families this year.

This is a fun and rewarding activity for everyone. Because it is hard for many parishioners to shop for the needed items, we have been asking for monetary donations and turkeys instead of non-perishable groceries. If you wish to purchase canned goods or stuffing, you can sign up to bring them as well as a turkey.

The Food Bank makes every effort to secure funds, donations and turkeys to provide everyone with a Thanksgiving dinner, and those families that have not been adopted by churches or other organizations receive their boxes directly from the Food Bank.

Please sign up to bring a turkey, organize, sort canned goods, bag produce, and/or work on distribution day. All excess donations are given to the Food Bank for distribution or to help purchase needed items. The sign-up sheet is located near the welcome center at the back of the church.

NOTE: If you are going to donate a turkey, it is vital that you sign-up or call Noreen Lafferty so your name can be added to the list. That way we will know exactly how many turkeys we have and do not have to scramble at the last minute to get donations or buy extra turkeys on Sunday. If you are donating nonperishable items, they need to be listed on the sign-up sheet so we can plan accurately what to purchase on Saturday. All donations other than turkeys must be brought to the church by Thursday, November 14th, and placed in the designated boxes so that an accurate count can be done prior to shopping on Saturday.

Volunteers are needed on Friday and Saturday to shop and to organize the canned goods and produce. We order the produce in bulk; however the onions, yams, apples and oranges all need to be bagged according to family size on Friday, November 16th, starting at 10:00 a.m. On Saturday, November 17th we will do the shopping for the nonperishable items and organize them for distribution on Sunday, November 18th. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Jane's Hall and organize canned goods and then go shopping. We organize by teams and stores, and purchase items on sale first. This process takes about four hours. On Sunday, November 18th, we all bring our frozen turkeys to church and leave them in the parish hall.

Come join the fun on November 18th at 9:30 am and help fill the boxes with canned goods and produce.

The magic continues after coffee hour with Thanksgiving boxes being distributed from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed in the kitchen to fill orders for milk, butter, eggs and pie. Folks are also needed to help participants pick up their Thanksgiving boxes and carry them to their cars.
Thank you for your generosity and support of this project.

Noreen Lafferty, Chairperson
Vestry Service
As we get close to the end the year, it is the time your Vestry begins to  consider what the year ahead will hold. In January, three Vestry members will finish their terms. This means we would like to have three new members to replace them. 
If you are interested in serving on the Vestry or have questions about qualifications and / or what the position entails, please let any Vestry member know. 
 
It is important that you understand the role and have time to prayerfully discern this opportunity so we invite you to start thinking about it now.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for September totaled 144 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 1009 pounds.


Thank you for your generous support of this 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.
October Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in September!
    
9th- Chris Mathany Putnam
10th- Gail Sweet
10th- Rose-Marie Zwieg
 14th-Keith Sweet
  24th- Kyle Mathany
  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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Trinity Tidings - Sept 2018


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The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek
 
 
September 2018

In This Issue
Senior Warden's Report
Did You Know?
ARC Status Report
Parish Picnic Sept. 9
Food Drive Success!
Trinity Outing!
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Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
 
Dear Carol, 
 
  
Senior Warden's Report for September
 
1 John 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  
 
I have not ceased to be amazed by how love has sustained us over the past year as we have moved from having a full time Rector, to a part-time interim, and for the last month, to simply having supply Priests on Sundays. 
 
While it is clear that having a Priest is important. What is also clear is that having love is essential. And that love has been apparent in all that we do, how we communicate, and how we care. Our love of God, God's love of us, and our love for one another are what make Trinity Church what it is!
 
We have been gifted over the last several weeks with a variety of guest Priests who have offered a variety of sermon styles and various types of support and encouragement during this time of flux. 
 
As I reflected over this last year with a visiting Priest, he asked about what had changed during the year as we adjusted to having a part-time interim versus a full-time Rector. I told him that the biggest change, as far as I could see, is that parishioners have really needed to step up and help, and that people have needed to be very clear about their own needs so that others know how to help - in both cases the need for communication has been the absolute key. 
 
When he asked how that had been going I answered based on what I have seen, which includes these things:
 
1) Everyone who has had a need and made it known has received assistance. This includes everything from transportation, assistance with moving, and visits.
2) Bible study has continued, albeit with the same small group. The discussions are interesting and are often very impactful.
3) Weekly book studies have been ongoing and always bring about interesting discussions and insights.
4) Food has been gathered and distributed to the hungry through weekly offerings, the annual food drive, and the renewed intention to once again become the "tuna church" for the food bank.
5) Your vestry continues to meet regularly and with excellent communication and great respect for one another, has been able to address all topics of concern and business by keeping our eyes on the mission, keeping our hearts open to hearing God's movement, and keeping our thoughts on the ways we can best serve our beloved church family. 
6) Volunteers continue to represent Trinity at the Interfaith Thrift Store, Food Bank, Break Bread with Friends, and the County Task Force on Homelessness.
6) There have continued to be Vigils, demonstrations, social events, hikes, discussions, and more...
 
Ultimately, what I told the supply Priest was that I have been full of gratitude and awed by the way our community has continued to place love of God and one another at the forefront of all we do. And that I believe this prayer-filled love has made this a more peaceful transition than any of us could have imagined! It hasn't always been easy, but it has been so very blessed and I know that God stands with us as we continue to grow together throughout this process!
 
In God's Peace,
Margaret
Did You Know?
-Sept. 9 is the annual church picnic. There will be one Sunday service at 9:30am in Detert Park, Jackson followed by a picnic. See article for details
-Sept. 9 is Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to the service in the park!
-For August's Tuna Sunday, we collected 150 lbs. of canned tuna!
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 2nd & 16th 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.
Search Process Update
As you read this, your Applicant Review Committee and Vestry are close to completing the final full interviews with our candidates for Trinity's new part-time Priest in Charge.
 
After compiling the information gathered about the candidates and the impressions, points of interest, and other notes of the interviewers, the Vestry will meet with Bishop Beisner on September 11 to discern who among the applicants will be Called to join us. Assuming everything goes smoothly and the candidate accepts our invitation, we hope to have the person in place at the beginning of October. Of course, there could be unforeseen circumstances so we leave our hearts and minds open to where God so moves. 
Parish Picnic Sept. 9
Mark your calendars for September 9th for our annual Trinity Parish Picnic at Detert Park at 9:30am. We will hold a single Sunday service at the park, followed by a picnic.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share and don't forget your chair. We will celebrate the Eucharist under the trees, make a joyful noise singing, and enjoy good food and fellowship. 

This is also the second Sunday of the month which happens to be September's Tuna Sunday, so don't forget to bring your cans of tuna for the food bank. We will have the food cart at the park and what is donated will be taken to the food bank on Monday.
Outreach to the Interfaith Food Bank
We did it again! The Interfaith Food Bank Food Drive held on Friday, August 10th, and Saturday, August 11th, at Safeway was a wonderful success thanks to your support and generosity. We had volunteers from the Food Bank Board, the Interfaith Food Bank and thrift store, and Trinity church working both days. The community donated approximately 3,000 pounds of food and $1,274 in cash. 

Our first "Tuna Sunday" was August 12th, enabling Trinity to donate cans of tuna in the amount of 150 lbs. 

Steve Christensen and Noreen Lafferty want to thank you for your generosity, support and donations toward our outreach to the Interfaith Food Bank. 
Trinity Outing!
Tuesday evening, October 9, 2018 at The Harris Center in Folsom.  The Soweto Gospel Choir will be performing in honor of Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday.  The event is two hours in length, including intermission and starts at 7:30pm.  Ticket prices range from $28-$48 with discounts for children and students with ID.  If interested let Meg Newell know at megnewell@mac.com by September 15.

"Formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, the internationally acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from many of the churches in and around Soweto, South Africa. Winner of five Grammy Awards....they are "meticulous and unstoppable...spirited and spectacular" (New York Times)."
Need Help?
Trinity's Vestry, Leaders, Visitors, Eucharistic Visitors, and many, many parishioners are standing by waiting to help in times of need. 
 
While we try to reach out to whomever we know may need assistance; we don't always know who is in need or what the need may be.
 
Do you need or would you like a visit? Prayers? Transportation? Some other type of support from your church family? If so, please make sure that you are letting people know! 
 
You can always email or phone Sheilah at the church office and she will forward your information to the appropriate person. In an after hours emergency your Senior Warden can be reached by either cell phone or home number, both of which are in the directory.
 
Let's keep communicating so that we can continue to be Jesus' helping hands for one another.
Ministries and Service
We've talked a lot lately about people who have been stepping up and working in ministries that they have never done or haven't done in years. At this time in our church's life - this is wonderful thing and so appreciated! 
 
Some people are stepping into leadership roles and others are choosing to help clean up after coffee hour once a month. 
 
Are you wondering when might be a good time for you to join in the fun? 
 
The answer is ANYTIME!
 
Below is a roster of our active ministries and the people who are currently in the leadership position for each. If you have been considering volunteering your time, please contact one of the people below and let them know that you are ready to get started.
Altar GuildNoreen L and Diane C
Chalice/AcolytesMargaret L
ChoirDeena H
Coffee HourMartha R and David H
CountersJohn L and Carol H
Durable Medical ClosetMeredith M
Eucharistic VisitorsGerry M
Fellowship and OutreachNancy M
Finance CommitteeCarol H
FuneralsNancy M and Meredith M
HostsRosalie E and Nancy M
Lay ReadersJanet K and Jennifer P
Liturgical AssistingMargaret L
MealsDoreen D
Medical EducationKathy K-B
Prayer StationGail S
TransportationGerry M
VisitorsCarolyn H and Gerry M
Vestry Service
As we get close to the end of the third quarter of the year, it is the time your Vestry begins to  consider what the year ahead will hold. In January, three Vestry members will finish their terms. This means we would like to have three new members to replace them. 
If you are interested in serving on the Vestry or have questions about qualifications and / or what the position entails, please let any Vestry member know. 
 
It is important that you understand the role and have time to prayerfully discern this opportunity so we invite you to start thinking about it now.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for August totaled 198 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 865 pounds.

Separately, we collected approx. 3,000 lbs. of food and $1,274 in cash donations at the food drive we held 2 days in August at Safeway!

Thank you for your generous support of this 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.
September Birthdays
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in September!
    
1st- Colin Kendig
3rd- John Lafferty
4th- Evan Kendig
 10th- Jan Lemos
  18th- Paul Lewis
  20th- Lynne Brumit
  22nd- Mary Krauthamel-Lane
  25th- Carolyn Hennings
  28th- Jennifer Putnam
  29th- Bob Blair
  29th- Bud Busch

   

If you are celebrating a birthday in September, 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