Rev. Dr. Murray Arnill – Updated with Pictures!

The sympathy of the Trinity congregation goes out to all those friends and family of our beloved Minister Emeritus, Reverend Doctor Murray Arnill, whose funeral is taking place Saturday April 26th at Trinity United Church in Uxbridge. On the same day, Murray will also be remembered in worship at presbytery gatherings in North Bay and Spirit Dancing Presbyteries. A special service for Murray dedicating a permanent memorial was held at Huntington University on Thursday, May 15th.  Some pictures from the dedication are included below.

Murray Arnill was born and raised in Sudbury, and was amongst the first graduates of Huntington University, where he was awarded the “Huntington Paddle” for his contributions to the life of the university. Since that time, Murray became a member of Huntington’s Board of Regents (1980), was awarded their Honourary Doctor of Divinity degree (1991), as well as being Chancellor (2005-2007) and University Chaplain (2007-2014).

In his ministry, Murray served at Onandoga, Manitowaning and Silverwater (on Manitoulin Island, while earning his M.Div from Emmanuel College, Toronto!). He then served Chapleau, Kapuskasing, and Trinity in North Bay. He was President of Manitou Conference in 1979-1980. Throughout his service to the church, Murray is perhaps best remembered for his caring ministry to the youth of his churches. He retired in 1996 after more than 30 years of service to the United Church–to enjoy travel, his wilderness camp, and his 10 grandchildren.


Happy Administrator’s Day!

Each and every day we appreciate the wonderful way that Wanda makes Trinity a welcoming and warm place to be!  Her attention to detail, the cheerful way she answers the phone and takes the time to listen, and the many ways she supports the ministry of care at Trinity are so very appreciated! We would like to wish Wanda a happy administrative professional’s day. Thank-you Wanda! 

Worship and Special Services for Holy Week

This week as we journey through Holy Week, there are a number of worship services and opportunities to deepen your relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Palm and Passion Sunday – April 13th, 10:30 am

This morning’s blues includes Kirk Ready’s instrumental version of “Bring Him Home” from the musical, “Les Miserables.” This song is a plea to God from the character Valjean, who prays for the life of his beloved son-in-law Marius. 
Sufjan Stevens’ song, “Casimir Pulaski Day” is a song that questions God’s apparent callousness when a teenaged girl dies of cancer. For Marcel, the song evokes images and memories of losing his sister, Brandi MacDonald, who died of leukemia 20 years ago at the age of 14.
At the request of a member of the congregation, Brenda McLay sings “Cry If You Want To”—a song that affirms how a genuine relationship of love accepts pain and frustration, tears and bewilderment.
The Gospel story we receive today reminds us that God hears our pleas, and accepts our questions and disappointment; that Jesus joins us in that which disturbs our faith. 
50 Minute Retreat – Tuesday April 15th, 12 pm
With former United Church Moderator Mardi Tindal and Rev. Karen Hifman Millson
For more information and to register visit
Lenten Companion Study – Tuesday April 15th, 1pm
This Lenten study will conclude with a special Communion Service.  
Maundy Thursday Communion Service – Thursday April 17th, 6:30 pm
All are invited to the Maundy Thursday Communion Service in the Trinity Sanctuary.
Youth Prayer Vigil 
The Youth Prayer Vigil begins following the Maundy Thursday Service and continues until the City-wide Good Friday Service.  All youth in grade 7 and up are invited to this all night prayer vigil. 
Good Friday – Friday April 18th, 10:30 am
The area United Churches are coming together for Good Friday worship.  All are welcome.
Easter Sunrise Service – Sunday April 20th, 7:30 am
Join us bright and early Easter morning at the corner of Ferguson and McIntyre for a special morning sunrise service.  Following the service come inside for hotcross buns and coffee.
Easter Sunday Service – Sunday April 20th, 10:30 am
Join us for joyful, music filled Easter Communion Service.
Sunday April 27th, 10:30 am
Join us for a very special service as we gather to say farewell to Shalome MacNeill Cooper, our student Intern.  During this special service we will celebrate the legacy of Internship at Trinity and have a chance to say goodbye to Shalome.  Following the service a cold potluck lunch will follow.


Trinity Announcements

Below you will find a few announcements for the next week or so.  You should have received a separate email detailing the special Worship Services happening this week.  This will also be posted on our website and facebook page 
From the AOTS….

Good Friday Breakfast – Friday April 18th, 8 am.
All are welcome to come to this hearty breakfast.  Cost is $10.  The special guest speaker is Shalome MacNeill Cooper.  If you are planning on attending please let Bill Brownlee know right away! Call the church for contact info.
A reminder from the AOTS that gift card orders will be received on April 20th, May 11, May 25th and June 8th.  June 8th is the last gift card order before the summer closure.
AOTS Round-up is coming up May 2- 4th at Jackson’s Point – Speak with a member of the AOTS for more information.
From the UCW…
The UCW are meeting on Monday April 14th at 1 pm.  The Guest Speaker is Dorothy Cheechoo, First Nations Missionary.  All women are welcome!
Manitou Conference UCW – Tuesday April 29th and Wednesday April 30th
Guests include: Mary-Jo Eckert Tracy, National UCW President Bev Green and entertainment by the Heavenly Hosts.  Cost $40 includes meals, registration, book display, not so silent auction, worship services, singing and fellowship.  Speak with a member of the UCW for more information.
Trinity Board
A reminder to Trinity Board Members that we will be meeting on Tuesday April 15th at 7 pm.