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Trinity Tidings

The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek

March 2017

In This Issue
Rector's Report
Did You Know?
Vestry Briefs
Health Ministries Update
Bags for the Needy
Empty Bowls 2017
Trinity Historical Vignettes
Spring Cleaning at Trinity
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter
Rector's Report for March
I don't know about you but at an early age, I was exposed to many people who were of different races, nationalities, religions, and political outlook.  I always thought of America as a country who tried hard to embrace diversity and gave people a chance to pursue happiness in a safe environment.  I was awed the first time I stood before the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of welcome for immigrants and refugees.  Its inscription reads: " Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door."  What has happened to this welcoming posture?

  A recent increase in prejudice, racism, hatred crimes, and general disregard for minorities have me concerned and I wonder what direction this nation is bending toward.  As Christians, we have promised to "seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves."  Jesus called his disciples to unity, embracing all of God's creation.  He gave his life in service to the path of compassion.  We are called to do likewise, making our decisions from a place of love, not fear.  There is no room in God's kingdom to disrespect the dignity of any human being!

  To this end, Compassionate Amador and Trinity Church will sponsor a five-week Lenten Program on "Understanding Islam."  There are so many misconceptions about Islam and its followers.  Having had personal experiences in Turkey & Egypt, I was touched by the spirituality of the people there.  I met many faithful Muslims, kind people who are simply seeking a good life for their families.

  The radicals, the fundamentalists, the terrorists make up such a small percentage of the population, yet they are the only images we see on the media.  Because of this media slant, we are uninformed of Islam's vibrant culture, scholarship, and religious perspective.  By understanding Islam and its people, we will become more equipped to build relationships out of compassion rather than to erect walls from a place of fear.  I invite all of you to participate in this Lenten Program in order to learn more about Islam.  I hope you will invite your friends and neighbors to attend.

  The Lenten Program begins promptly at 6:00pm with a brief soup supper and bread.  We are looking for 5-6 pots of soup each week and will eat in Jane's Hall.  At 6:30pm, we will clean up and promptly head over to the church building where this year's film & lecture series will be held. Below are the five sessions in more detail:
Lecture & Film: 6:45-8:00pm in the Church Building
March 8:   Understanding Islam (part 1):  Focus on the early history of the faith, its pillars, and comparison to Christianity.   (Guest Speaker: Pam Sharp Elshayeb)
March 15: Understanding Islam (part 2):  Focus on the Middle Ages, its customs, and mysticism.   (Guest Speaker: Amel Tafsout)
March 22: Understanding Islam (part 3):  Focus on Modern times, the Shiite-Sunni Struggle, Fundamentalism.
March 29:   Understanding the Koran and Islamic theology.   (Imam Kamran Islam)
April 5:   Understanding the political situation in the Middle East; terrorism; Islam in America; Immigration Ban.  (Guest Speaker-CAIR: Council on American-Islamic Relations)
Also of interest, will be a Sunday sermon series during Lent addressing confusing and sometimes difficult theological topics for Episcopalians:
March 5-Lent I:     Understanding the Devil & Satan       
March 12-Lent II: Understanding the Uniqueness of Jesus: "Only Son of God"
March 19-Lent III: Understanding other Religions from a Christian Perspective
March 26-Lent IV: Understanding the Virginal Conception & other miracles in Scripture  
April 2-Lent V:   Understanding Salvation: What does it really mean?
April 9-Palm/Passion Sunday:   Understanding the Passion:  A Commentary!
April 16-Easter Sunday:   Understanding Resurrection
Lent includes the six weeks leading up to Easter .  During this season, many make an attempt to do some serious self-reflection by undertaking an extra spiritual discipline such as prayer, meditation, silence, solitude, study, service to others, confession, fasting, simplicity of life, celebration, and worship.  I hope you will participate in our "study" of Islam, as well as partake of the many liturgies and opportunities for prayer.

  Ash Wednesday Services will be on March 1 @ 12noon (with Holy Communion) and 7pm (with Meditation).  Hope to see you there as we begin this Holy Season of Lent.
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Karen Siegfriedt+
Photos of Activities at Trinity in February: 
Gathering for the Peace Vigil

Enhancing the Bonds of Friendship at Coffee Hour

Team Building with Vestry at Rectory
Did You Know? 
- Bible study on the Book of Acts continues on the first Sunday of each month at 9:35am.
- Next Health Ministry meeting is April 1st at 9:30 am
-Spring Cleaning at the church will be held on March 31st (9am-3pm) and April 1st (9am-1pm). See article in this newsletter.
Vestry Briefs for February 2017
Vestry met at rectory for team building, orientation, and meeting.
-  Vestry Covenant drafted.
-  Approval of minutes, financials, Parochial report.
-  Updated Parish Bylaws signed.
-  Retreat Place Planned  (@ Trinity, May 19-20)
Health Ministries Update
With the coming of the new year, Carolyn Hennings has passed her Health Ministries leadership baton to me.  I have very big shoes to fill and with your help, I will do my best.   We extend grateful thanks to Carolyn for 3 years of faithful service!

At a recent Health Ministries meeting we reviewed past activities and considered possible educational workshops for the coming year.  As in the past, we have a strong focus on Friendly Visitors and we have combined the Petal Pushers (altar flowers) into the visitors' efforts.  We always welcome volunteers willing to take flowers and visit our parishioners.  Call me or Pastor Karen for more information.

Member Barbara Wells also shares a new service available through the Sutter Amador Hospital.   Patient and Family Advisors is a partnership between hospital staff, care teams, patients and their families.  Barbara is available to assist with this service and you can contact her via cell at 209-256-2206 or email at

For more information on Health Ministries, you can contact me at home 209-295-5811, cell 209-419-2383 or by email

Health Ministries wishes you a health new year,
Bags for the Needy
Trinity has a long history of outreach and "uplift" in the community.  One of the more recent projects we have rallied around is providing bags for less fortunate people who need "basics" and may not have the means to care for themselves.  We gather foods (tuna, peanut butter, crackers & cheese, drinks, new socks, etc.), fill the bags and distribute them so when we see someone in need, we can give them the bag.  

During March, the box for supplies will be in the parish hall.  Please look at the list on the box, give what you can.  Watch for further information on assembling all the donations which will be bagged and distributed.  Monetary donations are also welcome by writing in the memo section of the check "care packages" or similar.  Then the money will be used to purchase items.  Thanks for your generosity.
Empty Bowls Food Bank Fundraiser
Enjoy lunch and feed a bunch!
Sunday, March 5 from 11am-2pm at the Amador Senior Center. Select a bowl and fill it up with delicious soup and then keep it to take home. Tickets are $15 and include a bowl to keep, soup, bread, cookies and a beverage. Raffle and door prizes too. Entertainment provided by Windhorse. 
All proceeds benefit the Interfaith Food Bank. For more information or tickets, contact Noreen Lafferty at 274-4000. 
Trinity Historical Vignettes, Part 2
We last left the Trinity Guild accumulating money towards the establishment of a church in Sutter Creek by collecting initiation fees, dues, and by selling items they donated.  Soon, at each meeting, a committee was appointed to have the materials ready for the group to work together on a project at the next meeting.  The Rev. Mr. Tuson had requested a surplice, for example.  Evidently these materials were charged to accounts, and the members voted each month to pay the bills presented.  As each year passed, the ladies took on more ambitious projects to raise funds: ice cream socials, bazaars, tea parties, suppers.  The records show who was assigned what jobs: making ice cream, renting halls, waiting on tables, etc.  Each year, the Guild took the months of July and August off due to the heat of summer.

In 1900, the Rev. Mr. Tuson brought the news that the Bishop would provide $200 toward the cost of a suitable lot costing $400.  The Guild voted to accept that offer.  Shortly after, the pastor told the ladies that the Bishop would only be able to provide $100 as he had donated the other $100 to a mission project.  Undeterred, the ladies voted to purchase a lot costing $300.  Soon thereafter, they met with an architect.  Church construction followed, and bills presented to the Guild were for "work on the inside of the church", painting, etc.  Later, the Guild voted to purchase fabric to make "surplices, caps, and collarettes" for the choir! 

By 1906, the Guild records show that the Rev. Mr. Tuson was paid $4.00 each month- not always on time, but back pay was always caught up.  Bills for "electric lights" were also regularly recorded.   Next month, part 3 of the history of Trinity as seen through the Guild records, will appear.
Spring Cleaning at Trinity
Our semi-annual spot shine of Trinity will be held on March 31st (9am-3pm) and April 1st (9am-1pm). Come take part in the loving care and pride of Trinity. Socialize with other parishioners and enjoy pizza (on Friday) and other snacks.
Food Bank Donations
The Food Bank's cart, in the sanctuary, yielded 68 lbs. of food in February.  Total giving in 2017: 286 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! CHOIR REHEARSALS will be rescheduled for Tuesdays at 7:15pm from March 7 through April 4 (due to the Lenten Soup Suppers on Wednesdays). 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 . Web site:
March Birthdays

The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in March!


16th- Roger Simpson

17th- Gerry Moore

19th- Donna Matson

21st- Victoria Davis

27th- Julie Lemos

  28th- Pastor Karen

  30th- Lyle Eidsmoe & Lou Narito



If you are celebrating a birthday in March, 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.