"Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
This is my last newsletter article to you. It is and was my pleasure to be able to serve you this past year. Soon, the vestry will call a priest to spiritually lead and guide you. I pray with you for a good and able priest. With at least one hiccup, you have been blessed with many good and able priests. I expect that will continue.
We began attending Trinity over four years ago, following my retirement from active church ministry. It doesn't seem that long. We chose to attend Trinity because of the warmth and healthiness of the congregation (and also because we knew Karen+ from seminary). I was honored when Karen+ invited me to assist her. I was honored again when the vestry requested my appointment by the bishop to be your interim. We will see Karen+ and Steph in September.
We will soon say so long, but not good-bye. We will continue to live in Placerville. Our paths will likely cross again.
You are a healthy congregation because you follow Jesus' commandment to love your neighbor. We do not always do that. We sometimes fall short. But God gives us grace to pick ourselves up and continue our walk with God and our neighbor. The source of God's grace is forgiveness and reconciliation. This is to be emulated by us.
Do not forget that loving our neighbor also involves doing what we can to help those in need. The poor and homeless issues seem overwhelming. However, when something seems overwhelming it is often best to deal with it in small pieces. In other words, as an example, we cannot get all the homeless people off the streets, but we can help those we see in need. Sometimes, all that is needed is a kind word (and maybe a can of tuna).
May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds and the love of Christ be with you forever more.
Fr. Craig Kuehn+
Did You Know?
-July 22nd after coffee hour will be a meeting of the Trinity Fellowship and Outreach Team (TFOT). The meeting is open to anyone interested. We encourage you to come with ideas to share. Contact Nancy Moore for details. If you can't make this meeting, there will be another one on Aug. 19 after coffee hour.
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 1st & 15th 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 Group to Start Again
Our next book group begins Thursday, July 5th in Jane's Hall at 5:30pm. We will meet each Thursday (except the 4th Thursday due to Vestry meetings).
We will be reading Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault.
Please plan to join us!
Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation
On Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th, Trinity Episcopal Church is sponsoring its annual food drive for the Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County at Safeway.
As you know the schools provide meals for many children in our community and when summer comes these are no longer available. Amador County also has a thriving senior program, but many seniors are unable to go the Senior Center to participate in their meals. The food bank is able to provide food to low income seniors, homeless, disabled and unemployed individuals and families that require assistance. Sadly, summer is the time that the food bank experiences difficulty getting donations and has a shortage of nonperishable grocery items that are needed to fill the many requests for food.
Helping to feed the hungry has always been a part of our church's mission and sponsoring the food drive, providing homeless bags, volunteering at the Interfaith Food Bank Thrift Store Great Finds, and the Interfaith Food Bank are all ways in which we accomplish this goal.
We need volunteers to fill two hour shifts on both days to ask shoppers to help by purchasing nonperishable items for the food bank and handing them a "Most Needed Items" list to use. Shifts start at 9:00am and end at 6:00pmon Friday, and 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday. A clip board at the welcome center will be provided for you to sign-up or you can call Noreen Lafferty at 274-4000 or Steve Christensen at 267-0615.
Thank you for your generosity and commitment to this outreach.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for June totaled 65 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 536 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 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 email@example.com.
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in July!
6th- Myrna Hammer
18th- Nancy Moore
23rd- Dorean Davis
28th- Ray Farley
31st- Steve Christensen
If you are celebrating a birthday in July, but you don't see your name listed here, please contact our Parish Administrative Asst.
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