Trinity this week – June 28, 2020

Hello Trinity Friends,As we head into the longer, lazy days of summer, the Trinity staff are preparing for holidays beginning next week.  This Sunday will be our last online worship service until Sunday August 9th.  You can find it here. https://youtu.be/MvRgHfgPLNQ


During our month off, you will be welcomed to join St. Andrew’s for online worship – they will be joined by friends from Emmanuel as well as a few other familiar faces!  The link for those worship services (beginning Sunday July 5th) can be found here —> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5jasWOm3lMZRpDVSdRjLpg


You will also be able to re-watch any of Trinity’s earlier worship services as they will all remain online over the summer on Trinity’s YouTube Channel.


For Emergency Pastoral Care while Trinity is closed, please contact Tracy Davis at St. Andrew’s (705)472-7680, Rev. Roni from Emmanuel (705) 472-1806 or our Minister Emerita, Rev. Kathy – email trinitynorthbay@gmail.com   


A note regarding the AOTS Gift Cards from EdIt is with pleasure that I can tell you that the AOTS Gift Card program is still in operation through these trying times.  I will be submitting an order on Sunday 28 Jun Should you wish to place an order, complete your list of cards needed, write the appropriate cheque and deliver it to Ed’s home and place it in the mail box any time between now and 4:00 PM Sunday, 28th June.    Remember, make your cheque payable to “Trinity United Church AOTS” .  (The wording is latest bank requirement).  Of course cash is also accepted.
Please note the AOTS Card program has Orchards Fresh Foods cards available for your convenience. Denomination of $25.00 only.  (AOTS receives 20% profit for each card sold)  After June 28th the next orders will be submitted on 2 Aug and 30 Aug.

Friends, as Trinity breaks for July, I want to wish each of you a restful and relaxing summer.  When we return in August, the Board and Church re-opening Committee will be looking at a gradual opening.  Through the month of August, staff will be returning for occasional office hours but the church will remain closed.  Should you need to come in to the Church or should you wish to see any of us, you will need to make an appointment.  The Board will continue to assess the situation and adapt accordingly.  Thanks to each of you for your understanding and your patience.   We miss you and look forward to the day that we can gather together again!

Trinity this week – celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Camping Sunday with Guest Preacher, Rev. Lillian Roberts.

Hello Trinity Friends,

This Sunday please join us for worship online here —> https://youtu.be/s-2q_pn78cQ
You will find this Sunday’s worship service and all our previous worship services, as well.  This week you will find a Camping Sunday “extra” posted alongside our worship service.  Next week – look for the Mustard Seed “extra”

This Sunday is a very special worship service!  We celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Camping Sunday and the upcoming retirement of Pastoral Relations Minister, Rev. Lillian Roberts.  Lillian is our guest preacher this week.

Next Sunday will be our last Sunday worship before the staff go on holidays for the month of July. Our friends from St. Andrew’s United Church will be continuing with online worship.  I will send a link next week so that it is easier to find those services.  
A reminder that the deadline to sign up for Rev. Ted’s Secret Book Club is Wednesday June 24th.  If you’d like more information about this or would like to know how to sign up, see the information at the end of this post.

This Sunday we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  It is an opportunity to celebrate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ values, customs, languages, and culture. I encourage you to check out the following great links!   The United Church of Canada’s Indigenous Day of Prayer resource https://www.united-church.ca/worship-special-days/indigenous-day-prayer and a link to 10 documentaries on Indigenous life in Canada from the CBC. https://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/10-docs-on-indigenous-life-in-canada-1.5606739?fbclid=IwAR3LrtgPZs82s4LuTC6iFQQJHOmzsHjODCjUzy6ReEla_E1nLzjRSevv7Cc
Please take the time to learn more! 

Rev. Ted’s Secret Book Club
To our book-loving friends: Now you can grow spiritually, socialize virtually, AND contribute to Trinity’s roof fund. 
Rev. Ted’s “secret” book inspired him to enter the ministry and look at suffering in a new way. It’s short. It’s popular. And you can get it for free with a suggested $100 minimum donation to the Trinity Roof Fund.  
Want more? We’ll ship the book right to your door and invite you to a virtual book club party, hosted by Rev. Ted himself.Tax receipts will be available for your donation amount over $20.
Please sign up by Wednesday June 24th so you can receive your book in July. You’ll have a month to lounge outside, lazily reading it. Then we’ll contact you in early August so you can pick a date for the party.Join the club – donate today! For more information email trinitynorthbay@gmail.com
“See” you Sunday!

Trinity this week – June 14, 2020

Hello Trinity Friends,

Attached to this message is the latest newsletter.  It contains some important information about Church re-opening.  Please read!


You will also find a letter of solidarity about the recent Black Lives Matter rallies signed by our Moderator and other church leaders

as well as an invitation for an upcoming event from MILC (Manitou Intentional Learning Community).  Que(e)rying Religion: Taking an appreciative inquiry approach to LGBTQ2+ inclusion in faith communities


This Sunday, join us for online worship with a special segment celebrating our Mustard Seed Children’s Theatre program.  The worship service will be uploaded to Youtube Saturday afternoon.  You can find it here at Trinity North Bay’s Youtube Channel

A reminder that Trinity will be closed in July for holidays.  Information on how to join our friends from St. Andrew’s for online worship will be sent out to you soon!We have a few more special worship services to share before we go on holidays.  Next Sunday look for a special Camping Sunday service with our guest, retiring Personnel Minister, Liliian Roberts.  There will be a special camping Sunday segment for Children’s Time as well. 

Psst….wanna know a secret?  Rev. Ted’s Secret Book Club
To our book-loving friends: Now you can grow spiritually, socialize virtually, AND contribute to Trinity’s roof fund. 

Rev. Ted’s “secret” book inspired him to enter the ministry and look at suffering in a new way. It’s short. It’s popular. And you can get it for free with a suggested $100 minimum donation to the Trinity Roof Fund.  
Want more? We’ll ship the book right to your door and invite you to a virtual book club party, hosted by Rev. Ted himself.
Tax receipts will be available for your donation amount over $20.
Ready to donate?  Stuff an envelope with cash or a cheque, clearly marked Rev. Ted’s Secret Book Club, and mail it or drop it off to the church. Or you can send an email transfer to trinityuc.treasurer@gmail.com with a message that says Rev Ted’s Secret Book Club and the password: inspire.
Please donate by June 20th so you can receive your book in July. You’ll have a month to lounge outside, lazily reading it. Then we’ll contact you in early August so you can pick a date for the party.
Join the club – donate today!
“See” you Sunday!

Trinity this week – Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020

Hello Trinity Friends,
This month we celebrate Pride as well Indigenous peoples month.  It is a reminder of the work we have done and continue to do to build a world rooted in compassion and justice for all people.  As we have all borne witness to the events taking place in the US and across our own country we are reminded that we have a long way to go. 

Lord…We thank you for your church, founded upon your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray,but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon you.Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live on through all eternity.Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace.Help us to walk together,pray together,sing together,and live togetheruntil that day when all God’s children- Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow – will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray.Amen.- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


Below you will see a prayer that I would liketo share with you written by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 
The online worship service for Trinity Sunday can be found here—Trinity Sunday online worship
Next week ​look for ​June’s newsletter with an exciting fundraising opportunity as well as an update from the Board​.​
​See you Sunday!​​

Trinity this week – Pentecost Sunday

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  Tune in to Trinity’s Youtube channel to celebrate along with us.  The link is here Pentecost Sunday Worship

Please remember that the worship service will not be available for viewing until Saturday afternoon.


A couple of announcements are below!
“A huge THANK YOU to all who ordered syrup at the beginning of the month.  We surpassed expectations by a lot.  All we need now is to be able to get our programs rolling again.  If any of you missed your opportunity to order please call Bill at (705) 472- 3226 and we will see what we can do for you.  Thank you again.”  ~ Bill 

The AOTS Gift Card Program will continue to operate in the current temporary method. The steps are:
1.  complete your order, (payment can be by cash or cheque)
2. make the cheque payable to “Trinity United Church AOTS”  — Note the wording — the current direction of TD Bank
3. deliver your order to Ed at his home. If he is not at home, you can place it in the mail box.
4. Ed will contact you to arrange a time and place to get your cards to you.

The next order date is 31 May.  Please deliver your order to me no later than 4:OO PM Sun 31 May.  And for further planning, orders will be scheduled for 28 June and 2 Aug.
Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Ed at (705) 476 5316  Thanks for your support – Ed Rose
NOTE  Don’t forget to order your Orchards Fresh Food Market Gift Cards — denomination – $25.00

The Manitou Intentional Learning Committee (MILC) in Sudbury shares the following resources for Pentecost Sunday – these are activities you can do at home.

Labyrinth Walks for Pentecost

This Sunday is Pentecost, and we thought that while we are still physically apart and seeking ways to nurture our spirits, you might be interested in more labyrinth activities.

Here are three suggestions:

  • The following link takes you to a flame shaped labyrinth that you can print or “walk” on the screen and suggests prompts for you to use as you take your meditative walk.

https://www.strandz.org.nz/uploads/4/6/5/9/46590535/finger_labyrinth.pdf

  • Take out your finger labyrinth

If you don’t already have one, excellent instructions from Amy Hallman-Grout can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1s6u4c6wWM&app=desktop

“Walk” the labyrinth using the prompts from the previous link:

START As you move to the center of the flame, think about the word: Hope. What does it bring to mind? What do you think of?

IN THE CENTRE Pause and listen to God. The Bible reminds us that the Holy Spirit can fill us with hope. (Romans 15:13). What do you need hope for today? Ask God to fill you up with hope.

ON THE WAY OUT As you trace your way back out the flame, think about someone who needs hope this week, and ask God to fill them with the Holy Spirit.

  • Walk your finger labyrinth to beautiful, meditative music:

Open the following link to listen to a wonderful Gregorian chant of Veni Creator Spiritus – Come Holy Ghost, the Maker, Come.

The words appear in English on the screen and can be used to focus your meditation.

The recording lasts for 3.28 minutes but can be set to loop if you would like your “walk” to be longer.

We hope you will try some of these activities and that you will find them a source of strength and comfort. We will be developing more resources for you to use at home and at outdoor labyrinths when this is once again possible.