And yet another month draws to an end. We are fickle creatures, one minute counting the minutes impatiently (places to go and things to do) and at another moment we are wondering where those minutes went (partially because we have more places to go and more things to do). In the midst of that busyness, I find it important to be deliberate about remembering to breathe! It happens automatically, but it is still good to slow down and remember, with gratitude the basics of life.
That is part of what vacations are for. We vacate the normal part of our life to make a change of pace, perhaps a change of scenery, and center ourselves again. Becky and I will be taking some vacation in August, heading up behind the Redwood Curtain to enjoy the northern coast of California and spend time amongst the trees to refresh.
In the midst of planning the vacation, I am aware of the need to maintain the rhythms of life on a daily basis, to take time of gratitude and prayer daily, rather than waiting for vacation. The rhythm of the daily morning and evening prayer, with the psalms and scripture reading is one way to slow down and reflect amidst the chaos of our lives. Maintaining other prayer practices, alone or with others, is also helpful. Many already engage in Centering Prayer with others. I am looking forward to the centering aspects of painting icons this month, both here at Trinity and up in Grass Valley. The process is prayerful and centering for me as well. Others need to walk, either in nature, or in a Buddhist walking meditation, or in a labyrinth. These are all prayer practices that help balance us out. I encourage us all to look at both the practices that we know that feed us. But I also encourage us to look at practices that challenge us in some way. The challenging practices may be feeding a part of us that needs attention and help us to be more present to God and one another.
As I write this note, we are preparing for the funeral of Gerry Moore, who has been so present to this church and community over the years. I am sure that the "Gerry stories" will be told for many years to come - and I have only begun to hear them. In my experiences with Gerry, he represented much of the balance for which I strive. He had wrestled with, and determined the important things in life for him, his family, and his relationship with God. Being present to God, he was present to others around him. He was a model for one of the most basic teachings within the Cursillo weekends "Make a friend, be a friend, lead a friend (closer) to Christ". Well done, good and faithful servant. You will be missed.
Pax et Bonum,
Did You Know?
-Aug. 1st & 8th: continues the 4-week study of the basic elements of Christianity. Two time slots available: 10:30am-12pm or 5:30-7pm. The group meets in Jane's Hall.
-Iconography at Trinity - Fr Paul will conduct a basic introduction to painting icons. We will paint a simple Face of Christ, like the one in his office. Class will meet at Jane's Hall on Friday August 2 and on Saturday August 3 from 9 am to 4 pm. No painting experience is needed and materials will be provided ($25). Please email Fr Paul to sign up and get more details.
-Aug. 5th, 5:30pm: Book Study continues in Jane's Hall. The group meets every Monday. (8/12, 8/19, 8/26)
-Aug. 11th: Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to church in support of the food bank.
-Aug. 25th, 9:30am: Joint coffee hour held BETWEEN services.
-Aug. 25th, 12:00pm: 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.
Mid Year Financial Update
Pledges and plate are only $250 under what we anticipated for the first 6 months of the year. Expenses are under what we expected by $550 so we are $300 better than we expected to be at the end of the first 6 months.
I have placed a copy of the June financials on the bulletin board in Jane's hall. Should you have questions please feel free to contact me via email email@example.com or by phone 256-2823
Carol Holt, Treasurer
Aug. 10th: A diocesan course "Resisting Racism" will be offered at St Luke's, Auburn. Racial Reconciliation training will be offered in Auburn CA. The day will provide an opportunity to come together as congregational leaders to learn how to help our worship communities appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us, and to develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world, and to be communities of reconciliation.
When: Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Where: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 124 Orange St., Auburn, CA 95603
Registration: Free event; lunch is included. Register by Aug. 2.
In our diocese, this training is required for all clergy, for all lay people who are engaged in ministries of governance (diocesan boards and commissions, as well as vestries and mission committees), along with licensed lay ministers.
-Aug. 7th, 10-11:30am: Amador County Senior Providers Network will meet- network with other providers and exchange information on what is available for seniors in Amador County. at Gold Quartz Senior Apartments, 35 Bryson Dr., Sutter Creek. Questions, call Susan Tomasich at 257-1377.
-Aug. 22nd, 10am-2pm: Free Community Health and Resource Fair at Castle Village Mobile Home Park, 1400 West Marlette St., Ione.
-Sept. 27th, 10am-3pm: Caring for the caregiver conference. Meet with other caregivers for support and understanding. There will be speakers, discussion groups, exhibit booths. A free lunch will be provided. The event is free, but space is limited, so register at calaverasseniors.com or call 209-754-6464. To be held at San Andreas town hall.
-Free summer meals available to children under 18 yrs at various locations in Amador County. Program runs June 10-August 9. Call 257-7791 for info.
-Story Time at the Amador County Library is Thursdays at 10:30am. Contact the library for more details. 209-223-6400
-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.
All are invited to join the Trinity Singers! Choir practice happens each Tuesday at 5pm in the church. Bring your voices, your instruments and a heart for worship and praise! For more information please contact Mary Yount at 209-267-5461.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for July totaled 102 pounds.
The total for 2019 is 663 pounds of food collected in the food cart.
Thank you for your generous support of this ministry.
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in August!
5th- Joy Blair
10th- Rosalie Escamilla
10th- Teddy West
14th- Noreen Lafferty
17th- Alexis Lewis
If you are celebrating a birthday in August, but you don't see your name listed here, please contact our Parish Administrative Asst.
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