I write this article between the two services of Easter Day. We have already celebrated moving from darkness in to light; from slavery into freedom; from death into life at the Easter Vigil. A special blessing was to baptize Kate Hicks and welcome her more fully into our Trinity family. And we will continue the celebration at the 10.30 service. But wait! ... there's more.
We have a full 50 days of celebration of new life during this Easter season. And it is beginning to seem worth celebrating. The long rainy season is drawing to an end. We give thanks for the rain, even as we fuss about trimming the weeds that they brought. Most of us seem to be over the various illnesses that have been floating around and it seems good to get out and celebrate.
During Holy Week we saw the human drama unfold with religious and secular authorities vying for power and prestige and trying to control what life ought to look like. Not much has changed in roughly 2000 years. That dynamic is still in play. The triumph of life over death as Jesus arose from the grave was, and remains, a powerful statement to suggest that we should not get sucked into those dynamics. We hear it year by year, but somehow, we continue to get sucked into that dynamic time and again. The triumph of life over death shows us a new way of living. We cannot not do it by will power, but need to trust in the Resurrected Christ to transform our lives so that do live a new life, dying to our old selves and rising in new life.
It is my hope that we will continue (or begin) living a transformed life during this Easter season. I intend to start offering some short-term classes in aspects of our life in the church (introduction to the Episcopal Church, the prayer book, daily prayers, and more) and would like to hear from all of you as to what type of formation or training would suit you best, and what time of day works for classes.
As this newsletter is sent out, I will be returning with Becky from a short holiday to visit my mother (near Wilmington Delaware) and our son and daughter-in-law in New York City. It is a fitting time to go visit as we celebrate new life in the seasons along with catching up with the familiar.
Have a blessed Eastertide.
Pax et Bonum,
Did You Know?
-May 3rd (6:30-9pm) & May 4th (9am-4:30pm): Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will host a women's retreat on the Cathedral campus. Register online at Evenbrite, cost $50. Contact Susan Hotchkiss (916-207-5027) for more details.
-May 6th, 4pm: Book Study continues in Jane's Hall. The group meets every Monday. (5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27)
-May 8th: The Social Sewing Group will be going to The Flower Farm. Either meet at the church at 11:15am (leaving at 11:30) or at the picnic area at the Flower Farm at noon. Bring your own lunch and drink. Handicapped parking and restrooms are close by. Everyone is welcome so bring a friend.
-May 12th: Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to church in support of the food bank.
-May 19th, 12:30pm: Vestry meeting in Jane's Hall.
-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.
Celebrate Bishop Barry
Join the diocese as we gather in three different events to honor Bishop Barry Beisner. These events are free. Please RSVP online in you plan to attend (https://goo.gl/v6LkBi).
Saturday May 11, 5:30-8pm at St. John's in Petaluma
Friday June 7, 5:30-8pm at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento
Saturday June 15, 1:30-4pm at All Saints in Redding
-May 8th, 9:30-11:30am: Grandparent Cafe. A meeting to bring together grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, discuss needs, and learn about resources and successes. The meeting will be in the portable next to the WIC building at 430 Sutter Hill Road. Contact Amy Gallagher at 223-1624 ext. 205 for more information and to RSVP.
-Free workshop to learn how chronic pain impacts mental health and strategies for improving mental health. May 7, 4:30pm in Ione at 207 S. Amador St. May 8, 12:30pm in Pine Grove at 19386 Hwy 88. May 15, 2pm in Ione at 4240 Camanche Pkwy N. For more info 209-257-1980 x104.
-May 15th, 9am-5pm: Youth Mental First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness. You must RSVP to attend this class (209-257-1980, x116) held at 601 Court St, suite 206 Jackson.
-Upcountry Veterans free monthly lunch is the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11:30am-1:30pm at Pioneer Veterans' Hall, 25100 Buckhorn Ridge Rd. Contact Lori (209-418-9695) for more details.
-Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group meets the second Monday of each month (5:30-7pm) at Gold Quartz Inn in Sutter Creek- for information contact Susan at 257-1377. They also meet the third Wednesday of each month (2-3:30pm) at Amador Residential Care in Jackson- for information contact Sheri at 223-4444.
-Dad & me: for dads, uncles, grandpas, etc. and children 0-5 years old. This is a chance for a free, fun outing together (like visiting a fire station or garden center). "Dad & me" events are held the 4th Saturday every month. Call 257-1092 to reserve a spot in the next event. Space is limited.
-Amador SPEAKS (suicide prevention/education) is putting together a Suicide Prevention Coalition and is seeking members of the community to participate. Meetings will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 3:30pm in Conference Room E at the Health and Human Services Building (10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek). Contact Vanessa Compton at 223-6315 for more information.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for April totaled 68 pounds.
The total for 2019 is 412 pounds of food collected in the food cart.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in May!
18th- Bob Zwieg
25th- Joshua Lewis
If you are celebrating a birthday in May, but you don't see your name listed here, please contact our Parish Administrative Asst.
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