Trinity Weekly Update – World Wide Communion Sunday

Hello Trinity Friends,

This Sunday October 2nd, is World Wide Communion Sunday.  We join with our Christian family around the world in sharing the sacrament of Holy Communion.  At Trinity, we have an open table – that means that all people, regardless of age, status, etc. are invited to share in the bread and juice.  Communion will be served early in the service, while the Sunday School is present.  Come early (10:15 am) and join in the Hymn Sing!
Next Sunday we celebrate Thanksgiving and Baptism Sunday.  The Sunday School will be collecting gifts of money and non-perishable food will be collected for Trinity’s Food Shelf.  Thanksgiving Envelopes will be available from the ushers.
Apple Pies
This weekend the apples will be picked and we will move into full apple pie mode. We are looking for some help setting up tables, washing apples and bringing supplies up from the basement after church this Sunday.  If you can stay a little while after church to help that would be greatly appreciated!
Also, apple peelers, and pie assemblers are needed this week.  A sign up list is in the Fellowship Hall.  Those helping on Monday will need to bring a lunch but lunch will be provided Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  There is also an evening shift on Tuesday. Come and join in the fellowship and fun!
Help Needed!  
The Trinity Board (specifically the Communications Committee) is looking for your help! The job of that committee is to compile and distribute our newsletters and annual reports, facilitating communication throughout the congregation. Please talk to a member of the Trinity staff for more details! 
Upcoming Events
The Gathering Place is having an Art Sale & Open House.
Saturday October 1st 10 am.
All of the art for sale has been created by our neighbours and volunteers, and donated for sale. All proceeds stay at the Gathering Place.
Sales are first come, first serve.
Come check out some great art by local people!

Sisters in Spirit Vigil for murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls
Tuesday, October 4, 10am – 1pm,  North Bay Indian Friendship Centre, 
980 Cassells Street, North Bay
All are welcome to join in this vigil to remember murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.  A simple chili and bannock lunch will be offered.
If you are unable to attend, please hold this gathering, and of course, all murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, in your prayers.

Minute for Right Relations and Vigil for Murdered and Missing Aboriginal women.

Tuesday, October 4, 10am – 1pm, there will be a ‘Sisters in Spirit’ gathering at the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre, 980 Cassells Street, to remember murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, to offer support to their significant others and to join others who are now closely following the process of the public, independent inquiry into this national tragedy.  Everyone is welcome.  A simple chili and bannock lunch will be offered.

If you are unable to attend, please hold this gathering, and of course, all murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, in your prayers.  

Manitou Conference Minute for Right Relations:

Finally!  An Inquiry into Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women

“Nobody knows,” she sings.  “Nobody knows where we’ve been or where we go… .” Through song, Iskwé, a Cree-Dene singer cries out for her murdered and missing Indigenous sisters, hoping that somebody will hear the call for an inquiry into this Canadian epidemic of violence.

Finally, after voices coming from many directions, including The United Church of Canada, the Federal Government launched a national, independent, public Inquiry from September 2016 to December 2018.  Chief Commissioner of the Inquiry is Marion Buller, a First Nations Judge, and citizen of the Mistawasis Saskatchewan First Nation.

The Inquiry’s mandate is to identify systemic causes of violence and make recommendations to help end violence against Indigenous women and girls.  When announcing the Inquiry, Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said, “We need to get at the root causes of why this situation exists in the first place, whether that be poverty, marginalization, discrimination and address those in a substantive way.” 

A 2015 United Nations Report found that First Nations, Métis and Inuit women are five times more likely to die under violent circumstances than their non-Aboriginal counterparts.  The Inquiry will not bring back a lost friend or family member but perhaps there will be some measure of healing through the process of inquiry and ultimately through much-needed changes in our society, that must occur as a result of it.

October 4th vigils to remember murdered and missing Indigenous women will take place across our country again this year.  Check on-line for a vigil near you; go to:  Be there in person or in spirit!

What else can we do?  I believe the God of Love and Justice is calling us to hold the Commissioners of the Inquiry in our prayers; affirm the importance of the Inquiry with our MPs; follow the progress of the Inquiry so that we can be ready to receive and accept the findings; be prepared to make changes personally and socially, and to hold those accountable in positions of authority and governance who must act to end this national tragedy!

Written by Rev Teresa Jones, MTU Conference Right Relations, 08/16;

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St. Francis Sunday and Trinity Weekly Update

Happy Autumn Trinity Friends!

This Sunday September 25th, in honour of St. Francis of Assisi we are having a special animal blessing service. You are welcome to bring your beloved stuffed animals and pet mementos to be blessed during our service.

A reminder, that the following Sunday October 2nd, is our World Wide Communion Service. All are invited to the table to celebrate the sacrament of communion with our brothers and sisters around the world.

Some upcoming events to mark in your calendar!

* Nipissing Manor Communion Service is on Tuesday September 27th at 2:30pm. All are welcome to come to this special service.

* Bible Study 101 – Sundays after church – 12 noon in the Fireside Room. This week, the bible study will be guided by John Sheridan.

* A reminder that if you would like to order any of the best apple pies you’ll ever taste – you should get your order in asap. These do sell out every year! Also, if you are able to help with any part of this amazing effort, please see this week’s bulletin for ways you can join in.

* We are very happy that the monthly UCW Friday Luncheons are back on after the summer break. The next Friday luncheon is September 30th from 11 – 1. Soup, Chili, Sandwiches, Dessert and Coffee/Tea are available for purchase – All are welcome to this popular luncheon!

See you Sunday!

Trinity Weekly Update

Good afternoon Trinity Friends!

It was wonderful to see many of you at the Rallyback celebrations last weekend – great food, great company and great food!  
A reminder that tonight is the Hope2Kenya benefit concert with Trinity’s favourites;  Heartbeat and the Hosts!  The concert gets underway at 7pm.  Admission is by donation (suggested minimum $10)  Don’t miss this fantastic show for a wonderful cause!
This Sunday join us for worship at 10:30 am.  This Sunday will see the world premiere of The Prodigal Son as told by Trinity’s Sunday School – just in time for film festival season!  
A reminder also for young thespians in grade 7 – 12 of the Godspell Information session on Sunday at 1 pm.  For more information or to express interest in participating or helping out, please speak with Darlene Laferriere or Lisa Blais.
Next Sunday we celebrate St. Francis Sunday.  Please remember to bring your beloved animal stuffies or pet mementos for a special animal blessing ceremony.  
Weekend blessings,