Trinity North Bay Worship cancelled March 15th – Covid-19 Concern

Dear Trinity Friends and Family,

As many of you know, there has been considerable action taken to slow the spread of the Corona Virus across our country and in our community.  Trinity’s Board has made the decision to cancel the Church service tomorrow, Sunday, March 15.  We want to ensure that all our people, including our most vulnerable members, are kept as safe as possible.  The Board will be meeting via tele-conference on Monday, March 16 to discuss further actions – which may include closing the Church until April. This is in line with what other churches, schools and organizations have already initiated.  In a time when there is much uncertainty and concern, we want to assure you that we will continue to offer pastoral care and emergent outreach support to those who need it. Our food bank programs will continue to provide food with special attention to the health and safety of all involved. Please keep an eye on your email and our social media sites in the next few days as we continue to assess how we can be together as a community.  We will be exploring ways that we can worship and pray together in our own homes via technology.  

Jim Jackson, Acting Chair of the Canadian Shield Regional Council offers these words:

During this time of Lent, we may need to fast from our normal routine. As with every lent, this is a time for both reflection, prayer, and contemplation. If we have to let go of gatherings for fellowship, meetings, and worship or just change how we greet each other, we may want to consider Lenten practice and reflect on what it means to be in community together.  Easter will come.  With the resurrection, Hope breaks in.

For the full email from Regional Council click on this link

Blessings and peace to you all,
Bob Cook, Chair, Trinity BoardCindy Brownlee, Vice-Chair, Trinity BoardLisa Blais, Faith Formation and Outreach Minister

Update re. Corona Virus

Good morning Trinity families,
As I mentioned in the previous post, we are assessing the situation on a day to day basis.  This Sunday, our worship service will continue as planned – with a few changes that you will notice when you arrive. 

 1)  Greeters will greet you in their usual friendly manner but without a handshake 

2)  In the sanctuary, a card table be set up at each of the two doorways where you can pick up your church bulletin and Lenten offering envelope. An usher will be at each table should you need any assistance.  

​3) ​ Wooden collection plates ​will ​also be on the table. People can put their collection money and envelopes in the wooden offering bowls.​ If you are not on PAR, this may be a good time to consider doing so!​

​We will continue to monitor our public health and United Church of Canada guidelines and make any necessary measures – which may include having to close for a week or more.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.  We will keep you updated as things change.
Blessings to each of you – to those travelling for March Break, travelling mercies!

Trinity this week – Lent 3

Hello Trinity Friends,
I am sure that many of you are seeing the news and recognizing that the level of concern for the Corona Virus is rising.  At the moment, we are keeping an eye on the situation and will assess if any changes need to be made on a day to day basis.  We are taking extra precautions to ensure that we do not spread illness – disinfecting, providing hand sanitizer and asking our greeters to greet with a friendly greeting that does not involve shaking hands!  We ask that anyone who has symptoms of illness stay home (as they should any time they are sick).  The United Church of Canada has an emergency preparedness plan in place which can be found on their website should you wish to read it.  
This Sunday Rev. Kathy is leading service with a tip of the hat to St. Patrick.  In Sunday School the children will be finishing their last week of their Mary and Martha rotation. This Sunday, Lenten offering envelopes will be distributed.  All monies collected will go to support Trinity’s Monday Food Shelf and Wednesday Infant Food Shelf.  Thank-you for supporting these important and needed ministries!
A reminder that our Red Hot Friday night Chili competition is coming up on Friday March 27th.  If you would like to enter in a chili or a dessert to our friendly competition please sign up in the fellowship hall or let me know.  There will be prizes for Judges favourite and runner up, Best Dessert and Best Dressed!  Chili will be served beginning at 5:30 Their will be a number of musical guests performing unplugged music beginning at 5 pm concluding with a special half hour Beach Boys tribute from 7 to 7:30 pm.   
​A spring newsletter will be distributed at the end of this month.  Deadline for submissions to the newsletter is Sunday March 22nd.  News items and events may be sent to Ross Brewer.
Don’t forget to order your hams from a member of the AOTS (or by filling out the form in the bulletin) to get your ham in time for Easter.  These hams are a fundraiser for the AOTS to help with their support of youth ministries.  
Some upcoming events for your calendar:
The SunDog Theatre Festival presents 2 special plays.  Please support local theatre by attending one or both of these not to be missed shows!  Trudeau Stories: Fri March 27th at 7:30 PM and Sat March 28th 2 pmBarefoot on the Moon: March 25th, 26th, 28th 7:30​ pm ( featuring some familiar faces: ​Joshua Bainbridge, Rod Carley, Morgan Bedard, Kelsey Ruhl, Matt Lishman, Stephanie Kast, Kaitlyn Stewart)/  More information from Rod Carley
​On Saturday, April 18th, 7:30 pm, the music of Led Zeppelin and The Who will echo through the high ceilings of Trinity!  Michael White & The White bring ‘The Greatest Rock Show That Never Was’ to Trinity United Church. Tickets are $30 and available from the office.  
​Take care,​

Trinity this week – Lent 2

Hello Trinity Friends,This Sunday we continue the Lenten Blues theme.  In Sunday School the children are hearing the story of Mary and Martha.  Next week Rev. Kathy leads our service with a tip of the hat to St. Patrick. There are a few upcoming worship services and events to draw your attention to – please take a look below!

Sunday March 22nd

  • The Lenten Blues continues, 10:30 am

Monday, March 30th    

  • Marina Point. Communion Service   2:00pm

Spring Newsletter* the deadline for submissions to the spring newsletter is March 22nd. 

Red Hot Friday Chili Night is happening on Friday March 27th.  A sign-up sheet for Chili and Desserts will be posted in the Fellowship Hall.  Awards will be presented for best chili, runner up and best dessert and of course, the ever popular Best Dressed!  There will be some great musical offerings with a special musical tribute to the Beach Boys!
Mustard Seed Rehearsals will begin on Sunday March 29th from 12pm to 1pm with a read through.  Children, please be sure to listen to your music and practice your lines!
Michael White is returning to Trinity – he will be sharing his usual

Led Zeppelin tribute along with some of the Who!  April 18th at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $30 and will be available later this month.  Save the date!

Trinity this week – First Sunday in Lent

Hello Trinity Friends.This Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent.  We begin, as always, with a Communion Service. We will be installing and recognizing our new Board during the service as well. 
This year, throughout the Lent and leading into Easter (February 26th-April 12th) Trinity’s worship will open singing “Needed Time” with different musical leadership and accompaniment. “Needed Time” is an example of the “Holy Blues,” written by “Lightnin’ Hopkins.” This Sunday, Marcel MacDonald and Rev. Ted will introduce the song—we hope that other leaders will volunteer to lead the same song in subsequent weeks!
Also throughout this Lent season, our bulletin covers will feature prayerful “Contemplative photography” submitted by members and friends of Trinity. Contemplative photography often features everyday imagery, and is meant to help us with “eyes to see”– with heightened freshness or depths of appreciation. This Sunday’s photographs both feature a serendipitous “Sunshine fish.” Such a fish is long associated with Christ because in the early centuries of the faith, the Greek word for fish (“ichthys”) worked as a secretive acronym, and a profession of faith: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.”  
AOTS HamsInside this week’s bulletin is the AOTS Easter Ham order form.  Be sure to get your orders in soon!

Friday March 6th

  • World Day of Prayer – Ecumenical Service, 2 pm at St. Brice’s Anglican Church on Cassells

Saturday March 7th

  • Camp Caritou Pasta Dinner 5 – 7 pm – All welcome!

Sunday March 8th

  • The Lenten Blue continues, 10:30 am

Sunday March 15th

  • Rev. Kathy leads service with a tip of the hat to St. Patrick