Trinity this week – Advent Peace – December 4, 2022

Hello Trinity Friends,
Join us this Sunday for the second Sunday in Advent.  We celebrate White Gift Sunday.  You are invited to bring items for the Christmas Gift Bag outreach or non-perishable food for the food bank. These gifts will be brought forward during worship and will be donated to Trinity’s Trinity’s Food Shelf Ministries or Trinity’s Christmas Gift Bag Project. See towards the end of the email for ideas of what you could bring.  Thanks in advance, for supporting out outreach ministries.
Sunday’s worship will be prefaced with a Carol Sing.  Come early and join us as we join our voices in song.  You can even request one of your favourites!Following the worship service you are invited to stay for lunch. A free will offering will be collected for Trinity’s Infant Food Bank and the North Bay Food Bank. 
Following lunch, the JOY Band will present A Yuletide Festival. Directed by Betty Farris and Neil Kennedy and joined by the Joyful Bells, the JOY Band concert will begin at 1:30 pm.  Admission is by free will offering which will be split between Trinity’s Infant Food Shelf and the North Bay Food Bank. 


OFFICE HOURS CHANGED Trinity’s office is now open from Monday to Thursday 9 am to 12 pm.  The office is closed on Friday (unless there is a special event occurring).  Your Trinity staff’s hours are not affected by this change – we are often on site outside those posted hours or working from home, however, the main office will generally be closed on Friday now.  


The Compassionate Committee of North Bay is hosting an event in Trinity’s Sanctuary  called “What you need to know about helping people who are experiencing homelessness”  Tonight (Friday) December 2nd at 7 pm. All are welcome to come and learn more about how you can be a beacon of hope in your community!Invited presenters are listed below.
  Canadian Mental Health Association of North Bay and District (Healthy Community Ambassador Program) – Benji Nelson
 District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board – Rhea Funnell
 True Self – Donna Forget
 AIDS Committee of North Bay – Stacey MayhallAll are welcome and encouraged to attend this excellent and informative session!


Don’t forget to order your AOTS Gift Cards from Rob Brownlee this Sunday!  Gift cards make excellent Christmas gifts!  They can also be used to purchase groceries, gas, clothing, tools and more! You can purchase gift cards for multiple organizations – ask Rob (or Wanda in the office) for an order form.  Deadline to submit your order in time for Christmas is TODAY by 4 pm. Ask for Rob’s contact information from the office or speak to him this Sunday!


TRINITY’S CHRISTMAS GIFT BAG OUTREACH
Each year, with the support of the Trinity Congregation, the Trinity youth pack over 150 Christmas bags for those in our community who may not otherwise experience the joy of receiving a gift.  We pack bags for teens, adults and some children, in transitional housing, treatment centres, hospital and more!We will be packing them the week of December 12th with pick-up sometime after that.
If you’d like to donate any NEW items, Christmas bags or cash (Please make cheque payable to Trinity United Church or etransfer. Some of the items that we distribute are below!• word search or crossword books
• socks, slippers, scarves, mitts, t-shirts, pjs
• treats – chocolate, candy (regular and diabetic ones)
• playing cards, magazines, comics, current novels, writing books, 2023 calendars, puzzles, games
• toiletries (such as hand sanitizer, chapstick, hand cream, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes – no hotel soaps please).
• Christmas gift bags or money to purchase gifts are also appreciated.
Thank you for your support!

UPCOMING EVENTS – SAVE THE DATE!
Friday Dec. 9th: Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre presents: “The Night the Reindeer Rocked!” – 7:00 pm at Trinity  Admission Free – Donations appreciated to Trinity’s Food Shelf Ministries
Sunday Dec. 11: Advent 3 – “Just a Little Christmas” Sunday School Christmas Pageant, 10:30 am
Sunday Dec 18:     Advent 4 – “I Hear the Prophet Callin”Trinity Choir Cantata, 10:30 am
Wednesday  Dec 21st – “Longest Night” candle service of prayers and string music at 7pm – with friends from St. Andrew’s United Church
Saturday Dec 24th- Christmas Eve Family Service, 7pm.
                                  Communion, 8:15pm
Sunday December 25th 10:30am: a fun interactive Christmas
                                       Day worship service

Trinity this week – Advent Communion Service – November 27, 2022

Hello Trinity Friends,
Please join us this Sunday for our Advent Communion Service at 10:30 am.  Come early for a good seat and to join in for a Carol Sing beginning around 10:15.  The worship service is livestreamed to YouTube each Sunday here Trinity’s Worship.  The services are also broadcast on Cogeco’s YourTv the following Sunday (check local listings for times).


Tonight is the Downtown Christmas Walk – while you are enjoying the walk, pop by Trinity to hear the Joyful Bells perform in the Narthex.


Don’t forget to also come by Trinity on Saturday for the Cookie Walk.  9:30 to 11:30 – come early because once they are gone, they are gone!


Sunday following worship, please come down to the Fellowship Hall to view the stunning Pam Somerville art piece that is up for bid.  Pam has graciously donated her painting to Trinity to help with fundraising efforts. “Stella Nova” by Pamela Adams Somerville (Acrylic/Mixed Media on Illustration Board) is a moving visual interpretation of the Holy Family. Suggested bidding starts at $300. Please fill out your bid amount and contact information on the paper and place it in the box provided.  The winning bid will be announced in December!

SOME UPCOMING DATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Christmas Bag Outreach Each year, with the support of the Trinity Congregation, Trinity youth pack approximately 150 Christmas bags for those in our community who may not otherwise experience the joy of receiving a gift.  We pack bags for teens and adults in transitional housing, treatment centres, the NBRHC Mental Health Unit, Suswin Indigenous Housing and more.  If you would like to contribute to this outreach program please bring in your donations to Trinity on White Gift Sunday (December 4th) or any day up to Sunday December 11th.  A full list of needed items is posted in the bulletin and in your Advent newsletter.  Contact Lisa at blais.trinity@gmail.com for more information


The Compassionate Committee for the Homeless in North Bay, in partnership with Trinity United Church is hosting an information session entitled “What you need to know about helping people who are experiencing homelessness ” on Friday, December 2, 2022, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church. Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn more from front line workers.  See the attached poster for more information.  Donations of warm hats, mitts, socks, and money for the Soles for Souls program are appreciated!

Next Sunday December 4th, the 2nd Sunday in Advent, is our White Gift Sunday service.  A Carol Sing will take place before worship.  Plan to stay for lunch after the service and enjoy the JOY Band Concert in the afternoon.  The poster is attached. Admission by free will donation to Trinity’s Infant Food Shelf and the North Bay Food Bank.  


Friday Dec. 9th: Dreamcoat presents an evening Christmas show with proceeds towards Trinity’s Food Shelf Ministries.  More details to follow!
Sunday Dec. 11: Advent 3 – Trinity’s Christmas Pageant, “Just a Little Christmas” 10:30 am
Sunday Dec 18:      Advent 4 – Trinity Choir Cantata, 10:30 am

Wednesday Dec. 21st at 7pm, Longest Night Service with friends from St. Andrew’s United Church. A service of candlelit prayer and of heartfelt string music with “Depatie and Hyatt” in the Trinity sanctuary.

Trinity this week – AOTS Sunday – November 20, 2022

Hello Trinity Friends,

This Sunday join us for a special AOTS worship service at 10:30 am. For those unable to join us, you can watch us on YouTube Trinity’s Worship or on Cogeco’s YourTV the week after.   A reminder that the North Bay Santa Claus Parade will take place beginning at noon.  It goes directly past our church.  We welcome folk who wish to have a front row seat to stick around.  A hotdog lunch will follow worship. 
The Sunday School Christmas Pageant will begin rehearsals this Sunday.  If you are unable to make it but wish to participate, please let Lisa know and she will send you the script and music to practice with. 
A reminder that this Saturday is the UCW tea and bazaar.  It takes place from 1 to 3 pm.  See the flyer at the end of this email for more information!
Your Advent Newsletter is now available and can be found here http://trinitynorthbay.ca/newsletter/. Happy reading 🙂
COOKIE WALK
Bakers and cookie tins needed. On Sat November 26th the 4 Trinity group will be having their annual Cookie Walk. We are in need of cookie tins and bakers.  Cookie tins can be dropped off at the church anytime during office hours. Cookies can be dropped off at the church on Friday November 25th. If you have any questions please contact Barb Roberts – Contact info can be given by calling the church office.
There are many more events and announcements to share.  Please read your weekly bulletin and the Advent newsletter for full details.  The weekly bulletin is posted on our website under the worship tab.  
Hope to see you Sunday!

Trinity this week – November 13, 2022

Hello Trinity Friends,
On this Remembrance Day, Trinity’s offices were closed so that we could honour and remember those who have died in military service. We shall not forget.  Last Sunday we held our Remembrance service – this service, and all previous worship services are available to re-watch on our YouTube channel anytime. Trinity’s Worship ServicesWe give particular thanks to the members of the JOY Band for sharing their wonderful gift of music last Sunday.
Please join us this Sunday for worship at 10:30 am.  This Sunday we will be dedicating a plaque in honour of Shirley Tayler for the impressive and tasteful Fireside Room Renovations. Shirley was a cherished friend, a tireless leader and an Honourary Elder who is dearly missed.. Following the service, there will be a lunch after church sponsored by Shirley’s family.  All are welcome.  


Some important announcements and upcoming activities are listed below.


A reminder that the deadline for the Advent/Christmas newsletter is this Sunday!  Please be sure to get your reports, upcoming event announcement/posters, to Ross by Sunday evening.  His contact info will be given by calling the Church Office.

The UCW Tea and Bazaar takes place next Saturday November 19th from 1 – 3. A flyer is attached for more information. 

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals begin on Sunday November 20th during Sunday School time.  Scripts and music will be handed out.  If your child would like to participate but will not be there that Sunday, please let Lisa or Darlene know ahead of time.  

Next Sunday November 20th is AOTS Sunday. Following the service, feel free to stick around for a front row seat for the Santa Claus Parade.  The Christian Education Committee will have a hotdog lunch and hot chocolate after church for those who wish to stay.  


The 4 Trinity Cookie Walk is on Saturday November 26th from 9:30 – 11:30 am. They are still looking for bakers and cookie tins needed. Cookie tins can be dropped off at the church anytime during office hours. Cookies can be dropped off at the church on Friday November 25th. If you have any questions please contact Barb Roberts – you can get her contact info by calling the Church Office. 


Trinity’s Christmas Gift Bag Outreach Once again we will be collecting items for about 150 Christmas Gift Bags. We pack bags for teens and adults in transitional housing, treatment centres, the NBRHC Mental Health Unit, Suswyn Indigenous Housing and more.  If you would like to contribute to this outreach program please bring in your donations to Trinity on White Gift  Sunday (December 5th) or any Sunday morning (place them in the box in the narthex ). Items can be donated up to Sunday December 11th. Here are some suggestions of items that would be appreciated: word search or crossword books, socks, slippers, treats (regular and diabetic ones), playing cards, magazines, comics, current novels, toiletries (such as hand sanitizer, chapstick, hand cream, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes – no hotel soaps please). Christmas gift bags or money to purchase gifts are also appreciated. Thank you for supporting this Christmas Outreach program.  

Community Announcements

St. Andrew’s United Church is holding a TURKEYFEST SOUP Fundraiser.(dry bean soup mix in a jar – makes 8 cups)​  ​$10 per jar — Call Liz Brownlee
705-476-8031

Book Launch Party on Saturday November 19th from 2 – 4 pm for Donna Sinclair’s new book Saving the Future: Lessons in Resistance from Child Activists and Martha Attema’s Awesome Wildlife Defenders. At Gateway to the Arts, 151 Main St. W.


The Good Samaritan Corner – Soles for Souls Once again, the Compassionate Committee for the Homeless in North Bay will be holding the Soles for Souls Campaign. We will be collecting essential items and looking for sponsors for winter boots and shoes. Help us fill a trunk with NEW thermal socks, hats, mitts, and scarves! We will be accepting drop offs on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption parking lot at 480 McIntyre St. West. 


Hope to see you Sunday!

Trinity this week – Remembrance Sunday – November 6, 2022

Hello Trinity Friends,
Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for our Remembrance Sunday service.  The JOY Band will be helping to lead our music and will play a medley of Remembrance music before the service.  There will be a Remembrance ceremony during worship where we will honour and remember those men and women who died in service to this country.  If you are unable to join us in the Sanctuary please join us via livestream Trinity’s YouTube Channel or on Cogeco’s YourTV the following week.


This weekend Daylight Saving Time ends. Please remember to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.


The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Maurice and Eunice Laporte on the death of Maurice’s brother, Alec on Thursday, October 27th here in North Bay.


Below are a few announcements and some upcoming events for your calendar.  

AOTS Gift Cards We give gratitude for the dedicated work that AOTS member Ed Rose put into the AOTS Gift Card program.  Rob Brownlee will be submitting the next order for gift cards this Sunday November 6th.  You can give your orders to him at church on Sunday or drop them off in his mailbox – he and the Roses share a driveway.  Gift Cards make wonderful Christmas gifts!  If you haven’t participated in this wonderful program before please talk to Rob.  Gift Cards for groceries, gas, restaurants, hardware, coffee and more can be purchased.  Thank you for your continued support of the program!  

Advent Newsletter For any committees or groups – please note that the deadline to submit items to the newsletter is Sunday November 13th.  Please send your items to Ross.  Email address available by request.


The UCW Christmas Bazaar – Saturday November 19th from 1 – 3 pm
To make it a success, we need your help. Please sign up on the list posted downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for sandwiches, squares/cookies for the tea tables. We would also appreciate your donations for the bake table and craft tables. This year, it will be “scaled down” with everything downstairs in the Fellowship Hall, and the Nursery. There will be NO White Elephant Table or book/magazine table. We look forward to everyone’s attendance on Nov. 19th between 1 and 3. See you there! 


Cookie Walk Bakers and cookie tins needed. On Sat November 26th the 4 Trinity group will be having their annual Cookie Walk. We are in need of cookie tins and bakers.  Cookie tins can be dropped off at the church anytime during office hours. Cookies can be dropped off at the church on Friday November 25th. 

Dates for your Calendar• Saturday Nov. 19:   UCW Tea and Bazaar 1 pm – 3 pm • Sunday Nov. 20:   AOTS Sunday – followed by the Santa Claus Parade
• Friday Nov. 25: Downtown Christmas Walk
 – The Joyful Bells will be playing in the Narthex
• Saturday Nov. 26: Cookie Walk
• Sunday Nov. 27: First Sunday in Advent – Communion
• Sunday Nov. 27: Rapport Concert in the afternoon
• Sunday Dec. 4:   Advent 2 – White Gift Sunday
 – JOY Band Concert in the afternoon
• Sunday Dec. 11: Advent 3 – Christmas Pageant
• Sunday Dec. 18: Trinity Choir Cantata