Trinity this week – Advent Peace – December 5, 2021

Hello Trinity Friends,
Please join us for worship this Sunday at 10:30 am – the second Sunday in Advent.  A Christmas Carol sing-a-long will begin around 10:15 am. We light the candle of Peace and celebrate White Gift Sunday.  Your donations of gifts or money will help provide food for those who need it, as well as a small Christmas gift bag to those who would appreciate it.  For more information see the note later in this email.For those who are unable to attend in person, you will be able to watch on YouTube here Trinity’s YouTube Channel anytime or on Cogeco’s YourTV Channel 12/700HD the following Sunday morning at 8 am and 9 pm.

Please read through this email for a couple of important announcements and upcoming activities.

An important announcement about Vaccine Status

Thank you to all those who took the time to complete our survey.  Your responses aided the Covid Risk Management Team and your Board in making an informed decision to proceed with requiring proof of vaccination for attending worship beginning next Sunday December 12. 

The Covid Risk Team and your Church Board prayerfully considered the needs of the congregation. At the heart of the decision was the desire to ensure the well being and safety of all those who wish to attend in person worship. With a vaccine passport we will be able to increase our capacity, providing an opportunity for more people to return to in-person worship safely and comfortably.

Here is what to expect when arriving to worship beginning December 12th.

·       You will need to show proof of vaccine status, along with a piece of identification each time you attend worship or any activities of the church. (The Monday Food Bank, Infant Food Shelf and Recovery programs are exempt from the vaccine requirement.  Children under 12, Contractors, individuals visiting or meeting with a staff member that are not part of a larger group are also exempt)

·       Contact Tracing and Screening will continue (as per the Health Unit’s requirements)

·       Masks must be worn at all times

·       Physical distancing is encouraged when possible. 

Our worship services will continue to be available on our YouTube Channel and on Cogeco’s YourTV for those who are unable to attend in person worship. 

Christmas Pudding Fundraiser

The AOTS are selling delicious and  fancy Christmas Puddings.  Puddings are ready to serve in a sealed 500ml. mason jar for $20 each.  Numbers are limited! Be sure to pick yours up Sunday after church.  

Christmas Gift Bag Outreach

As part of our outreach to the community, Trinity Youth will be packing approximately150 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 Sunday morning (place them in the box in the narthex ) or call the church office to arrange a time to drop them off.  We will collect items until Sunday December 12th. Items that would be appreciated: socks, slippers, chocolate/candy (regular and diabetic), playing cards, crossword or word search books, 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.  It is very much appreciated by the recipients each year!

Fireside Library
There is a good selection of Christmas books now available in Trinity’s  library. The children’s books are on the top shelves by the fireplace, while the adult ones are found on the top shelf of the library by the General Reading area. There is no requirement to sign books out. Simply take what you want, and return them when you are finished with them. Happy Reading!!  Judi Rose

Emmanuel United Church Cookbook Fundraiser
Emmanuel’s newest cookbook is almost here!  The book contains 50 pages of recipes from soup to dessert and everything else in between!  In addition to the usual categories there is an Ethnic recipe section and a Covid comfort food section.  A great little Christmas gift for anyone who likes to cook… The cost is $12.00.   Orders may be placed with folk at Emmanuel United Church – please contact them for more information. Deadline for orders is Sunday, December 5, 2021.

Trinity’s Infant Food Shelf We are looking for people to help provide help with the Wednesday Infant Food Shelf.  This important program supports parents/caregivers and their babies (under 1) so that a baby gets the right start in lift. The Infant Food Shelf runs from 11 am to 1 pm each Wednesday.  If you’d like to help please speak with Linda Sheridan, Brenda Holbein or reply to this email.

Trinity Sound Crew  We are looking for people who are interested in learning how to set up sound equipment and run the sound board some Sunday mornings.  If you are interested in learning how to do this and have a good ear for music, please speak with Marcel MacDonald or reply to this email.

Santa Fund Help The Santa Fund is looking for volunteers for this very worthy project to write out receipts for donations starting Monday, December 6 and running till Friday, December 24 from 9 AM to 1 PM each day. Training will be done on site. This takes place at the lobby of the North Bay and Nugget on Worthington Street. There will be a plastic screen between the donor and the volunteer but masks will be required. If you, or someone you know is willing to help please contact Lisa at the church office.

Transcription Help A writer named Kevin Salzman is looking for help typing.  Please see below for info – if you are interested in helping please let me know and I will put you in touch with him.
My name is Kevin Salzman and I have been living in North Bay for approximately 14 years now.  I am a graduate of Nipissing University and would like to ask your help.My love is writing, poetry, stories, manuscripts and movie scripts.  I have some difficulty with typing because of my cerebral palsy and would like to find a reliable volunteer to take dictation for in particular a movie script.

Serve on Trinity’s Board The nominations committee will be looking for people to join in one of the committees of the Board.  This is a wonderful way to get to know and serve your Church.  Look for more information about the committees and their roles in the weeks to come.  For more information please speak with our Board Chairperson, Cindy Brownlee or any member of the Board. Thanks!
Wishing you grace and peace,