Hello Trinity friends!
This Sunday December 21st is the fourth Sunday in Advent. We light our fourth Advent candle – the candle of Love. Trinity’s choir will be presenting “Images of Adoration,” a music filled and lively Christmas Cantata. The choir will share some of the symbols of Christmas and lead us a lively telling of the Christmas story.
Longest Night Service – Monday December 22nd 7pm
The Longest Night is a candle lit worship service offered annually to the wider North Bay community by Trinity and St. Andrew’s United Churches. It’s an opportunity for quiet engagement with the Christmas mystery on the longest night of the year. The Longest Night service has become for many an important seasonal tradition, as it acknowledges the mixture of loss, contemplation, and wonder that attends Christmas and the winter solstice.
Christmas Eve Services – Wednesday December 24th 7 pm and 8:15 pm
The All ages Family service begins at 7 pm. We joyfully celebrate the Christmas story with scripture and carols. A brief Communion service will follow shortly after. All are welcome to both of these services. Our nursery is available for your convenience but will not be staffed on Christmas Eve – children of all ages are more than welcome to both services!
This week as you prepare your hearts and homes for Christmas, take pause and give thanks to all the people who act in courage and love by offering radical and gracious hospitality to those in need this season. People who donate items or money to an outreach organization, people who volunteer their time to help and those who invite someone for Christmas dinner who would otherwise be alone – your act of love truly is what Christmas is all about!
May the promise of the Christ Child fill your hearts and homes with radical and outrageous love!
Last Sunday Trinity’s Choirs and the community JOY Band treated the community to a fantastic Christmas concert. A wonderful afternoon was spent singing and celebrating the best of the season and they raised over $1200.00 for North Bay’s Santa Fund!
Trinity’s Sunday School put on a wonderfully entertaining Christmas Pageant this past Sunday! Thanks to Darlene for her usual directing wizardry, to Brenda for Brenda for the musical accompaniment, Hannah for assisting our director, to Caroline and Eve for the amazing work on the costumes and of course to all the Sunday School children who put on an excellent show! Bravo!
This Sunday we light our third Advent candle – the candle of joy! It is sure to be a joy filled weekend at Trinity – beginning with the youth group packing Christmas bags for those in need in our community on Saturday in the gym from 1 – 3:30 pm.
This Sunday during our worship service, the Sunday School will be presenting “Michael Mouse”. The children have been working hard on this – please be sure to come out (and bring friends and family if you wish) to support our children and youth! Following the service there will be a cold potluck lunch. Please remember your cold potluck items to share.
Also this Sunday at 2 pm, the J.O.Y. Band and Trinity Choirs will be presenting “Sweet Sounds of Christmas”. Come early for a good seat and to join in the carol sing-a-long at 1:40 pm. Goodwill Offering with all proceeds to the North Bay Santa Fund.
This week as we light the Advent candle of joy, take a moment to hold in prayer, those who are feeling the loss of a loved one, those who are struggling with illness, addiction or loneliness and those whose day to day challenges prohibit them from experiencing the joy of the season.
On February 21st, the Subzero Superheroes (aka Team Trinity) will be joining caring folk from our community to raise money in support of our local soup kitchen, the gathering place. The gathering place serves a hot meal with warm hearts each weekday. If you would like to join our team (or make a donation on behalf of our team) and help fight hunger in our community see the information below and click on the link!
The Coldest Night of the Year is a Canada-wide winter walk-a-thon to support local homeless ministries in each participating city. It’s a fun and chilly event, and it provides much-needed support and awareness for homeless organizations that often face a decline in funds during the coldest months of the year.
Thanks for your help!