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Trinity Tidings

The E Newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek

February 2015

In This Issue
Rector's Report
Vestry Briefs
Heartfelt Message
Prayer Workshop
2015 Leadership Conference
Lenten Soup Suppers
Care Package Project
March Fun!
Food Bank Donations
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
Birthdays this month
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter


Rector's Report for February   


Many years ago, far up in the Himalayan Mountains, there was a monastery with several faithful monks. On one particular morning, one of the monks left the monastery and descended the mountain to get some supplies at the local village. On his way down, he met one of the villagers who looked strangely at the monk and asked: "What do you all do up there?" The monk answered: "We fall down and pick each other up. We fall down again and pick each other up."


One of the most precious things I treasure about Trinity Church is that in spite of all our trials and losses, we pick each other up when we fall down. How do we do this? With words of encouragement, prayers of hope, tokens of appreciation, friendly visitors, a listening ear, the treasure of friendships, pastoral care, concrete interventions, and symbols of compassion like get-well cards, flowers, phone calls, prayer shawls, and crosses. These are just some of the ways in which we pick one another up when we fall.


At the annual meeting last week, our Jr. Warden, John Lafferty, gave a witness to the caring and loving Trinity community. His words are listed below. I am forever grateful for all of his oversight with the buildings and grounds during the last two years. Paul Lewis is the new Jr. Warden for 2015.


So where do we go from here? In February, we will co-sponsor a centering prayer workshop with the folks from the Catholic Church. The Health Ministry Board is currently advocating the establishment of a dialysis treatment unit here in Amador County. In conjunction with the adult education committee, there will be a public offering of three forums on cutting edge subjects like: Death with Dignity, Transgender Issues, and Making Medical Decisions in our Later Years. While the specifics have not been ironed out, it is my hope that we can work with Amador Hospital, the Senior Center, and other agencies to become a more active and visible force in the county.


Then of course, there is a list of possible construction projects like replacing the floor in the parish hall, putting up a sign in front of the church, installing a dishwasher in the kitchen, and doing more work to prevent flooding in the undercroft. The possibilities are endless and with your help and resources, they can become a reality.


Ash Wednesday is coming up this February 18th, with services at 12 and 7pm. This day of the imposition of ashes marks the beginning of the season of lent. During the four Wednesdays in March (6-8pm), we will resume our potluck suppers followed by a spiritual program.


Jesus said: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." So in this spirit of love, may God Bless you and uphold you and keep you faithful to your promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons.


Grace and peace be with you,


Pastor Karen Siegfriedt+


Photos of Activities at Trinity in January:

2015 Annual Meeting
Teaching the Congregation to Sing!
2015 Vestry
Vestry Briefs for 1/25/15 
  • New Vestry Candidates elected: Ken Pitsenbarger, Ken Von der Heiden, David Hoos, Paul Lewis.
  • Vestry Officers: Keith Sweet (Sr. Warden); Paul Lewis (Jr. Warden); Rosalie Escamilla (Clerk); Carol Holt (Treasurer)
  • Diocesan Delegates elected: Janet Kendig, Margaret Lewis, Noreen Lafferty, Carol Holt
  • Team building and new vestry initiation meeting at the Rectory, February 26th at 6pm.
John Lafferty's address to the people of Trinity on 1/25/15 

I was taken aback when Pastor Karen asked me to speak today, because it has long been my belief that the junior warden at the annual meeting is much like the deceased at a wake-he is supposed to be there, but he isn't expected to say very much!


Pastor Karen often includes a quotation or two in her sermons, so I'll start out with a few of my favorites: "It's always darkest before it gets even darker." "Where there's a will, I want my name to be on it." And when I'm doing some work around the church, my favorite quotation is "Nothing's ever easy."


A few weeks ago I was driving up the hill in front of the church in the late afternoon. There was a cloud cover, but the setting sun was below the clouds and had the effect of lighting up our newly painted church so that it had almost a miraculous glow. And at that moment I felt very proud to be a part of this wonderful church family.


But to be quite frank, such a feeling is nothing new, and does not depend on unusual meteorological conditions or fresh paint. As a matter of fact, I experience this feeling every Sunday. Just before the sermon, when we in the front turn around to face the gospel book, I can't help but look at all the faces and marvel at their diversity.


I see mostly white faces, but also a few people of color. I see mostly older faces such as my own, but some younger families and teenagers and children as well. I see people who are straight and people who are gay. I see liberals and conservatives. I see up-country people and flatlanders. I see people who own large, expensive homes and people who do not have a home. I see people who are the picture of health, and some who would be the first to admit they have seen better days. I see former military people, and people who were war protesters. I see life-long Episcopalians, people from other faiths, and people who are newly baptized. I see people who I have been seeing here Sunday after Sunday for thirty years, and I see people who are here for the first time. And every face is a beautiful one.


And after the sermon and profession of faith, I see all these same people embracing each other and embracing their differences and extending to all the kiss of peace. And it is at that moment that I feel pride of ownership. And I know we are doing something right here. That we are truly a Christian community, because if there is a single thread that winds through the gospels it is one of inclusiveness and acceptance of others, from the tax collector to the leper. In the words of today's communion hymn: "Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or more. We are one body in our one Lord."


Before each service, Pastor Karen speaks those familiar words: No matter who you are, no matter where you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome here. And though I love those words, they don't seem to tell the whole story. Because you are more than welcome here, you are wanted here. Your differences are not just tolerated here-they are treasured here. You are not just allowed here-you are loved here. And that is why I am so proud and thankful to be a member of this beautiful church family, and to that I say thank you and Amen.
Centering Prayer Workshop 

February 7th, 8:30am-12:30pm at Trinity Church.

In our fast-paced, busy lives it is sometimes a challenge to respond to the invitation of Psalm 46, "Be still and know that I am God." Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer which opens us to experience God's presence within us.

Pastor Jeff Mitchell from Good Samaritan Covenant Church in Valley Springs will be the facilitator. Please don't miss this opportunity. Questions? Call Patti Stalder 209-296-5167.


2015 Congregational Leadership Conferences

Feb. 21st at Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park

 Discover, learn, share. There is no cost to attend this event, however, online registration is required so host congregations can prepare accordingly. For more information go to the Diocesan website (

Lenten Soup Suppers


YOU ARE INVITED to join us at Trinity Episcopal Church for Wednesday night SOUP SUPPERS program, discussion and fellowship, each Wednesday from February 25 through March 25; in the parish hall, the building in the back of the parking lot, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. We are located at 430 Hwy. 49, across from Walgreens. For more information call 267-0255 or go to or page. See you there!

Care Packages project coming soon!
Save the dates! The Care Packages project is just around the corner. Last year your generosity and help produced 148 bags. Our goal this year is for 200 bags! We will be collecting donations and contributions towards our bag assembly from March 1 through March 15. The assembly of the bags will be on March 22 between the services. More information and lists of needed items will be coming soon.
Save the dates for March "Fun" 
Our March Fun (otherwise known as the Spring Work Days) will be on Friday, March 13 from 9am until 3pm and on Saturday, March 14 from 9am until noon. It really is fun and all your generous efforts really help make Trinity shine! Mark your calendars so you don't miss the party!
Food Bank Donations

The Food Bank's cart, in the sanctuary, yielded 205 lbs. of food in January.

Of note, the cart delivered a total of 1841 lbs. to the Food Bank in 2014.

Let's keep up the good work!

Trinity Singers Rehearsals
All are invited to join the Trinity Singers/Worship Team! Rehearsals are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 7PM. Bring your voices, your instruments, and a heart for worship and praise! For more information, please contact Carol Harper at 916-595-1493 or email Web site:
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 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.