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Trinity Tidings

The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek

February 2014

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Rector's Report
Vestry Board Briefs
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 Rector's Report December 2014


         On the evening of January 23rd, I sat down with 28 other leaders in Amador County to discuss mental health issues in our community.  For those on Medical, the mental health resources are fair, with access to a full-time psychiatrist.  However, if you have Medicare insurance or even private insurance, you will have to go outside the county to be treated for a psychiatric emergency.  This is because Sutter Amador Hospital does not have emergency psychiatric personnel on staff nor does it have mental health beds.  This poverty of resources adversely impacts our emergency room which is unprepared to properly respond to mental health emergencies. 

            This is just one of the challenges facing our community at large. Even though we have an aging population, our county does not have a dialysis unit, a cardiac rehab center, or a chemo center.  What are we to do?  Well, we roll up our sleeves and become a more powerful force in the community, helping in accordance with our gifts and resources.  Maybe we can help make a difference in new and vital ways.  Service to others is one of the ways we can share the good news of Christ with the world.

           Years ago, Trinity Church created the Inter-faith Foodbank in response to those in our county who were struggling to make ends meet.  It donated the Thrift Store to support this initiative.  These were acts of compassion, showing a real concern for our larger community.  This precedence of being an active and visible presence in Amador County is still being emphasized with new initiatives such as Missio:Engage, the Charter for Compassion, Breaking Bread with Friends, and our ESL offerings on Thursday evenings.  At our annual meeting this year, we celebrated and recognized the many ministries that are reaching out to the larger community as well as serving our own parishioners.

            At the beginning of the month, there was "the Rector's Open House" for the folks at Trinity to enjoy one another.  20% of those who came were people in the local neighborhood who thoroughly enjoyed themselves because of your reaching out with kind words and hospitality.  This month, the Health Ministries' Board (under the leadership of Carolyn Hennings) met with over 16 folks who either agreed to help out or lead our health ministry activities.  The Charter for Compassion team put on a public forum in Jackson as it launched the Charter in Amador County.

            So what is on the docket for next month?  The Missio:Engage team is sponsoring a food-drive at Safeway on Feb. 7th and 8th.  If you would like to help out, there is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.  The Charter for Compassion team is sponsoring a public forum at the Sutter Creek Community Center on February 13th at 6:30 pm.  Please join us for a short presentation.

            I am deeply touched by the care and concern you show for one another.  Jesus said:  " This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one' life for one's friends." {Jn. 15:12}   My God continue to give us the grace to grow in love so that we may remain a shining Light to our Amador Community.

Pastor Karen Siegfriedt+




Did You Know?

-          Our newly elected vestry members are: Keith Sweet, Rosalie Escamilla, Nancy Moore, and Carol Holt.  Joe Mock will continue as clerk, Carol Holt as treasurer, John Lafferty as Jr. Warden, and Sarah Hart as senior warden.  Margaret Lewis and Don Snell are the other members who bless our leadership team.


 -          Our newly elected convention delegates are: Carol Holt, Margaret Lewis, Noreen Lafferty, and Janet Kendig


 -          Jane McClusky died peacefully last week.  A memorial service will be held in February when her children are able to gather.



Health Ministry Board


Charter for Compassion Team
Trinity's Vestry for 2014
Vestry Board Briefs

January Vestry Meeting - Board Briefs ...............


Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the 2014 Trinity Sutter Creek Vestry held their first organizational meeting.


Following the opening prayer given by Pastor Karen, newly elected Vestry members Rosalie Escamilla, Carol Holt, Nancy Moore and Keith Sweet were welcomed by returning members.


The Vestry elected officers:  John Lafferty, Junior Warden; Carol Holt, Treasurer; and Joe Mock, Clerk.


Vestry members reviewed the updated Vestry Roster for group communications.


The Vestry set meeting dates for the remainder of the year and volunteered for meeting refreshments.  Pastor Karen provided a calendar of upcoming church activities and asked for Vestry support of congregational activities.


Signers for the Trinity checking account were approved to continue as currently registered with the bank.


Vestry approved the Resolution for Housing Allowance for Rectory housing.


Vestry members will be attending the Diocesan Congregation Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 8th.  The Vestry Retreat was tentatively scheduled for June 6th - 7th at Mercy Retreat Center in Sacramento and Vestry members will be part of hosting the Bishop's visit to Trinity on June 15th. 


The first meeting of the 2014 Vestry was closed with prayer.



Sarah Hart

Senior Warden




February Birthdays

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


11th - Gloria Tam

17th - Jeri Miller

23rd - Jeanne Eidsmoe

26th - Barbara Wells

27th - Shannan Yount



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

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