Trinity this week – Robbie Burns’ Sunday – January 24, 2021

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday we celebrate Robbie Burns' Sunday. The pre-recorded worship service will be available to view at 10:30 am on Sunday morning as a premiere! The prelude music for this worship service will be available to view at 10:15 am. This week's prelude music is provided by David McCallum (son of Rev. Kathy and Rich McCallum) who sings a beautiful song in Scottish Gaelic. The translation of the song is posted on our website if you would like to read it in English.

The link to this week's worship service and prelude offering can be found here
This week's service will include wonderful thematic music by Trinity's Virtual Choir, as well as Bagpipes by Bob Cook. Rev. Ted will read a story that all ages will enjoy, and of course, he will share a Robbie Burns' Day flavoured sermon. The service will be available anytime beginning Sunday morning at 10:30 am.

A couple of announcements to share with you

Please mark the following dates in your daytimers:

Deadline for Lenten Newsletter submissions is February 7
Deadline for Annual Report Submissions February 14
Please email those to Ross (contact church for his email if you need it) or leave in the church mailbox well ahead of the deadline

The Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM) will take place via zoom on Sunday March 7. There will be a time for social gathering on zoom prior to the meeting. All members and adherents from the church are asked to attend if they are able. A zoom tutorial will be offered for those new to zoom. Stay tuned for more information in the week's to come.

The North Bay and Area UC Mission Cluster is hosting "Guess Who is Coming to Lunch?" on Fri., Jan 29, 12 noon - 1pm. Everyone is welcome but we are especially encouraging those who are associated with any of the congregations in the former North Bay Presbytery, to attend. We can accommodate up to 100 people! Can you be sure to let folks know within your community/ies of faith about this opportunity?

The purpose of this gathering is simply for folks to connect socially during this Covid-time. There's no business agenda! We are aware that people are feeling isolated; this is a Cluster initiative related to our Mental Health priority. So it is an opportunity to just chat about whatever you want to chat about and listen to others, doing the same! Folks are encouraged to make lunch for themselves ahead of the gathering so we can all eat together!
How is this going to work? You may have guessed it already--by ZOOM!

Once we have folks gathered on-line at 12 noon in "the cafeteria," we'll start with Grace, and then break everyone into "table groups" where folks will be able to easily chat in a small group of 5-6 people. Each "table group" will have a person who will act as a Facilitator, to assist the conversation, if necessary. If you'd like to join in, please contact the Trinity office and we will provide the zoom link for you.


Lyrics for this week’s Prelude Song

Chì mi na mórbheanna

O chì, chì mi na mòr-bheanna
O chì, chì mi na còrr-bheanna
O chì, chì mi na coireachan
Chì mi na sgoran fo cheò

Chì mi gun dàil an t-àite san d'rugadh mi
Cuirear orm fàilte sa chànain a thuigeas mi
Gheibh mi ann aoidh agus gràdh nuair a ruigeam
Nach reicinn air tunnachan òir


Chì mi na coilltean, chì mi na doireachan
Chì mi ann màghan bàna is toraiche
Chì mi na féidh air làr nan coireachan
Falaicht' an trusgan de cheò


Beanntaichean àrda is àillidh leacainnean
Sluagh ann an còmhnuidh is còire cleachdainnean
'S aotrom mo cheum a' leum g'am faicinn
Is fanaidh mi tacan le deòin


Oh, I will see, I see the great mountains
Oh, I will see, I see the lofty mountains
Oh, I will see, I see the corries
I will see the peaks beneath the mist

I will see, straight away, the place of my birth
I will be welcomed in a language which I understand
I will receive hospitality and love when I reach there
That I would not trade for a ton of gold


I will see woods there, I see thickets there
I will see fair, fertile fields there
I will see the deer on the ground of the corries
Shrouded in a garment of mist


High mountains with lovely slopes
Folk there who are always kind
Light is my step when I go bounding to see them
And I will willingly remain there for a long while

Trinity this week – January 15, 2021

Hello Trinity Friends,

As you know, the province has declared a state of emergency and has issued stay at home orders.  Although we will not be able to gather in person for worship,Trinity’s weekly worship services will continue to be available on YouTube. You will find the worship services posted here Trinity’s YouTube channel
Trinity staff will be working from home as directed by the stay at home order.  The Monday morning Food Shelf will, as an essential service, continue to be offered Mondays from 9:30 to 11.  The Infant Food Shelf will not be open but clients will be contacted and gift cards will be made available by request.
The Church will not be open for regular office hours, however, you will be able to reach any of the staff via email or by leaving a message on the church answering machine.  The messages are checked several times a day.  If you are planning to come into the church for any reason, please be sure to contact Ryan, our Custodian, to let him know.  You can leave a message on the church answering machine for him.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for Pastoral Care concerns or for anything else we may be able to assist you with. If you would like a phone call or need help finding resources, please reach out to us. We will continue to look for ways to stay connected during this lockdown period.  
Take care and stay safe, 

Trinity this week – January 7, 2021 – Epiphany

Hello Trinity Friends,
After some discussion with Covid Risk Management Team, the North Bay Health Unit and the Staff, it was determined that we will remain closed for in person worship this upcoming Sunday.  With rising case numbers in our region (and our province) and with the safety of our volunteers and church family in mind, we felt it was the right thing to do.  As always, the service will be livestreamed (with a small technical crew) at 10:30 am Sunday morning.  It will also be available for viewing at any other time after that as well.  We will keep assessing the situation, following the guidelines and advice of our local health unit to determine when we will be open of in person worship.  This will be posted on our website and shared via email.
If you need to reach a member of the Staff, please call the Church office or email the appropriate person. We know that a prolonged period of time away from our friends and family can be difficult – if you are in need of pastoral care or if there is any way that we can provide care or assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!  
You will find the link for this week (and other week’s) worship service here Trinity’s YouTube Channel
Many of us were glued to the news yesterday, watching in shock as our American neighbours faced a terrible insurrection on their Capitol.  Our  Moderator Richard Bott offers the following prayer:
Prayer for Our US Neighbours
As we follow our newsfeeds,
and observe with horror
what is happening in the capital of the United States of America,
we call on you, Creator of All Love.
We painfully remember peaceful protests of tangible and documented injustices,
led by Black and Indigenous peoples
who were sadly met with undue hostility and violence,
and characterized as rioters,
in contrast to how the violent clashes incited by Trump supporters
on baseless claims is being responded to
and reported on.
We pray for those who are most acutely experiencing the terror caused by these actions,
and those who deeply understand the hatred and racism that such acts fuel.
We call on you, Prince of Peace,
and pray for your wisdom, your guidance, and your love,
that those who are rioting would leave Washington,
so that elected decision-makers can go back
to their chambers,
to the lawful work that they have been given
by the people of the United States.
We pray, with all that we are,
loving God.
―Moderator Richard Bott, Adele Halliday, and Alydia Smith

Trinity’s New Year Greeting and news

Hello Trinity Friends and Happy New Year,
We are awaiting information from the province regarding the lockdown to determine if we will be open for in person worship this upcoming Sunday. At the moment, we plan to be open with Covid safety measures in place. We will keep you posted if there are any changes. We continue to offer a live-streamed service Sunday mornings at 10:30 am.  This is also made available for viewing anytime afterwards. You can click on this link to access all our worship services Trinity’s YouTube Channel
As we await the vaccine and a time when it is safe to resume regular activities, we know that some of you may be experiencing some challenges with pandemic fatigue, loneliness, etc.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help.  A reminder that you will find information and resources posted on our website for you to use – resources for Spirituality, mental health, activities to do with families, and more!  
​Many of you have already learned the sad news of longtime Trinity member, Doris-Rae Brownlee’s death on December 23rd.  Doris-Rae was a devoted member of our Trinity family who served on the Church Board for many years – most recently as Board Secretary.  She was a very active member of the UCW and was a great supporter of our Monday Morning Food Shelf. ​She will be greatly missed by many of us at Trinity and the wider church community.  Our hearts and prayers are with her husband Bill, Daughters Bonnie Rae (husband Grant) and Tammy, Grandson Douglas, Sister-in-law Janice and the Brownlee and Simms families.  Doris-Rae’s Obituary can be found here
The work in Rev. Ted’s and my (Lisa’s) office has been completed and we look forward to moving back in after several months of being without an office!  Thanks to those involved in getting the work done so your staff can be safe!  
On behalf of all of the staff – thank you all for your cards, gifts, and well wishes over the Christmas season.  We are so fortunate to have a caring and supportive church family!Wishing you many blessings, good health and happiness in the year to come!