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Trinity Tidings

The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek

October 2013

In This Issue
Rector's Report
Board Briefs
Each Mind Matters
The Interfaith Food Bank
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Karen Sept Rector's Report 



"I DO!"
This seems to be a popular refrain during the month of September as our Trinity family joined together to witness the renewal of vows between Rhoda and Ken Immer, the Celebration and Blessing of a Holy Union between MaryAnn Lester and Tom Ballsmith, and the blessing of a marriage between Ken Pitsenbarger and Larry Shaw.  What an honor it was for all of us to support these couples in their life long commitments. Congratulations to all the couples!  (See photos below).


Thirteen folks from Trinity met together for the Health Ministry Board to reorganize and to move forward with this very important ministry.  Carolyn Hennings agreed to take over as chair of the board.  Victoria Hinton agreed to be the new transportation coordinator.  Liz Marr will coordinate the meals for the sick.  David Blair is studying to be a certified nutritionist and will share his knowledge and counsel with the parish once he finishes his course of work.  We all said "farewell" to Dr. Marge O'Neill and Yvonne Draper who are leaving the county for the coastal region. We give thanks for all of their service over the years.  We also said "hello" to a few newcomers: Jean Suggs (retired R.N.) and Mary Krietilich (R.N.-hospice).  If you would like to be part of the health ministry at Trinity or would like to offer rides, or prepare and deliver meals for the sick, please let us know.  Many hands make work light.


Trinity families met for food and fun last Sunday afternoon.  Treated to hamburgers, hotdogs, and lots of other good food, many chose the "hot-tub" option while a few brave souls jumped into the pool.  Many thanks to Noreen and John Lafferty who hosted this delightful gathering.


Finally, last but not least, the greatest event of the year:  Tails, Tiaras, and Talent Show!  Over 90 folks showed up at Trinity to enjoy an elegant meal, an entertaining talent show, champagne (all donated), fellowship, and multiple drawings with gifts.  One parishioner told me today:  "It was the best event I ever attended at our church."  The delightful evening ended with a final kazoo hymn, sung and hummed by all.  Many thanks to the stewardship committee who worked tirelessly to make this a very special event.  Many thanks to all of you who hosted, helped, entertained, or who simply sat and ate and enjoyed the evening. We have a lot to be grateful for at Trinity.  I give God thanks for you and for our church.


Speaking of gratitude, all of us will have an opportunity to express our gratitude to God by pledging to the church for its mission in this part of God's kingdom.  Without your generosity each year, Trinity Church would not exist.  Each year, Episcopalians make a pledge to their church in the form of time, talent, and treasure.  I encourage you to prayerfully consider how much you are willing to offer in this year's pledge drive.  Next week you will receive a pledge card in the mail.  I hope you will be generous so that Trinity Church can continue to thrive and continue to be that "inclusive, spiritually dynamic, loving Christian family sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with each other and the world."


Peace and Blessings,


Pastor Karen Siegfriedt+




Ken & Rhoda Immer
MaryAnn Lester & Tom Ballsmith
Ken Pitsenbarger & Larry Shaw
Health Ministry Board
Tails-Tiaras-Talent dinner show
Trinity Families Outing




Did you Know?


-          The Trinity Ministry Fair will be on Sunday, September 29th after both services (parish hall).  Come by for a treat and a cup of coffee and see what parish-ministry opportunities we have for service to others.  Offering our time and talent is such an important part of being part of our parish.


-          The Bible Challenge Potluck will be on Saturday, October 5th from 12-2pm in the parish hall.  Pick out your favorite psalm, bring your bible, and bring a dish to share.  We will be looking at the psalms in the bible and what they mean for our lives today.


-          Mental Health Awareness month is this October.  Trinity will be supporting three events:  On Sunday, October 6th, a group of folks from Trinity will be participating in the Anti Stigma Stroll.  Meet at First-Five in Jackson (near the Jackson theatres) @ 3:45, pick up a T-shirt, and stroll with the best of us.  On Oct. 10th (5:30-7:30pm) join us at Thomi's restaurant in Jackson for food, discussion, and a viewing of "Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness."  Finally, on Saturday, October 26th, Trinity will sponsor a "Morning of Hope" from 9-12noon with a one hour optional Q&A to follow.  Two respected therapist from Amador County will offer tools and insights on how to handle depression and experience hope.  If someone you know has depression, please come and learn how you can help them or yourself.


-          On Saturday, October 19th, Capital (Southeast ) Deanery Convocation from 9am-noon at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Sacramento.  The convocation offers background information on what will be addressed at this year's Diocesan Convention.  All are welcomed.



Board Briefs


Vestry Board Briefs for 9/26/13


-    Meditation on James 3 and a reflection on how it applies to the Charter for Compassion and the Vestry Covenant.

 -     Missio:Engage update


-     Critique and applaud of the Trinity Tails, Tiara, and Talents Dinner Show.


-     Approval of 45 Thanksgiving Baskets from the Trinity Family for the Foodbank.


-     Update from Buildings and Grounds and the Charter for Compassion groups.


-     In depth study of the financials, a discussion on the budgeting process, and reflections on the pledging at Trinity.



Each Mind Matters


EACH MIND MATTERS: Reflections on Community Mental Health

October 6 and 10th, 2013


NAMI Amador and Amador County Behavioral Health Services will be hosting two very special events during Mental Illness Awareness Week. Over a year ago, our Parish Nurse, Susan Wahlstrom met with the director of Behavioral Health to discuss developing a program that would involve discussions of mental health with the faith-based communities in our county.  As a result of that conversation, these special programs were developed and will be presented in October.


The first event, an Anti-Stigma Stroll will take place Sunday October 6th at 4:00pm beginning at First Five, 975 Broadway, around Sutter Amador Hospital and ending back at First Five. The second event will take place Thursday, October 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Thomi's Ballroom on Highway 49 in Jackson.  This event will feature key segments from the PBS documentary "A New State of Mind", first-hand accounts of local experiences with mental illness, and a discussion of mental health in our community. A light meal will be served.


Understanding that seeds for these events originated with conversations with our Trinity Parish, I thought it important to join in the conversations as these events were being planned. The programs will be open to the entire community, but we feel the faith-based community is an essential partner in reaching those who may be more isolated or reluctant to seek help from more traditional service providers. We have made a special effort to make sure that information has been provided to all of the churches in the Amador County. If you or a family member has ever experienced any form of mental illness, or if you just have concerns for our community, I hope you will consider taking part in one or both of these events.


Feel free to contact me if you would like further information at or 296-5257.


Carolyn Hennings



The Interfaith Food Bank

The month of August was our lowest offering to date, 60 pounds. Come on guys, we can do better than that!


August clients were 1,175 families, 3,152 individuals. They were furnished 126,246 pounds of food. Year to date, Trinity has donated 2,390 pounds of food.


We are trying to build our volunteer base, specifically on call volunteers. We are looking for some folks to fill in at the last minute. If you would like to participate, please email Volunteer Coordinator Di Stewart.


We need:

Receptionist: 10-12 & 12-2 Monday through Friday

Intake: 10-12 & 12-2 Monday through Friday (minor computer use)

Food pick up: 7:45-10:45 Monday through Sunday (some lifting up to 40lb)

Rides with driver.

Drivers: 7:45-10:30 Monday through Sunday (some lifting up to 40lb)


Thanks for all of your contributions. With your help we are feeding the hungry of Amador County


Jim Tscharner



October Birthdays

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


10th - Gail Sweet

10th - Rose-Marie Zwieg

14th - Keith Sweet

24th - Kyle Mathany

26th - Daryle Yount

27th - Armen Kendig

27th - Svetlana Mathany


If you are celebrating a birthday in October, but you don't see your name listed here, please write down your name and birthday or contact our Parish Office Manager, Tony Holt

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