Advent Joy – Trinity this week

Hello Trinity Friends,

This Sunday December 13th we light the third candle in our Advent wreath – the candle of joy! What better way to celebrate Advent joy than with heartfelt and joyous music? 
Trinity’s choir will lift their voices and our hearts with a presentation of “The Mystery and the Majesty” during our morning worship service.
Come back later for the J.O.Y. Band and J.O.Y. Band Too’s Christmas Concert. The Carol Sing-a-long begins at 1:30 followed by the concert at 2 pm.  Be sure to get here early for a good seat!  Admission is by free will offering (All proceeds to be shared between Trinity’s Food Shelf and the Community Warming Centre). 


The Sunday School continues to work on the Christmas Pageant which will be presented next Sunday December 20th during morning worship.  There will be a dress rehearsal for all children on Saturday December 19th from 9 – 10:30/11

A couple of announcements and community events are highlighted below.
St. Andrew’s United Church – Lessons and Carols Candlelit Service
Sunday December 13th at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s
The Gift of Giving –  Thank-you for thinking of others and for your generous donations to a number of outreach groups.
Trinity’s Advent Offerings are going towards supporting PackSac Smiles – a wonderful homegrown charity that provides backpacks filled with clothing, school supplies and personal items to children in need AND Sleeping Children Around the World, a grass roots organization that provides bed kits for children in underdeveloped countries around the world.
For a $5 donation, you can turn on a light (and take a mitten decoration for your tree) on the Hope2Kenya Tree of Hope in the Sanctuary.  Your donation will help to bring hope to children in Kenya.
Christmas Gifts and money to purchase needed items are collected each year for Trinity’s Christmas Gift Bag Outreach.  Each bag provides gifts for youth and adults in our community who otherwise may not receive Christmas gifts. 150 Christmas gifts are delivered to the Crisis Centre, the Nipissing Attendance Centre, the Transition House, the Ojibway Women’s Lodge, patients in the Mental Health Unit at the hospital and the Christmas Day Dinner at Pro Cathedral. Donations will be collected until Wednesday December 16th.
Advent Art For Sale
Some of the Advent artists have offered to sell their art sharing the proceeds with Trinity Arts.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the wonderful art pieces please visit the Sunday School Hall.  Please note that not all the art is for sale – some is for display only.  Thank-you!
Trinity Arts present a Reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Come out and join your friends for an enchanting evening of Yuletide delight! Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a timeless tale of rottenness and redemption. Join us at Trinity United Church (Ferguson at McIntyre) on Wednesday December 16th for our 6:30pm sing-a-long of Christmas favourites, followed by the Dickens classic at 7pm. Tickets are $15 (Children under 12 – free) and refreshments will be served. In true Dickens fashion, all ticket proceeds go to North Bay’s soup kitchen, “The Gathering Place.”
Celebrity leaders include: Tracey Berti, Darlene Laferriere, Jen Ritchie, Rod Carley, Josh Bainbridge, Anthony Rota, and Reverend Ted Harrison. 
Musical guests include the Heartbeat Barbershop Quartet, Gateway Harmony and the Baytones.
May you be a beacon of light and joy to those around you and may you find much to smile about this week!