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
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, 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