Trinity this week – Advent 1 – Hope

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent.  Join us in person (limited seating) or online for a very special service.  We will share in the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Of course, along with most everything this year, Communion will look quite a bit different than we are used to – but it will  be just as meaningful.  For those attending in person worship, Communion kits will be picked up as you arrive.  Please be assured that all Covid safety precautions have been taken.  For those at home, you are invited to gather your own elements.  Perhaps you will get creative and bake your own special bread, or perhaps you will gather non-traditional elements – the ingredients are not as important as our intent!

​The order of service, along with the hymn lyrics are attached below should you wish to sing along at home (or hum along in person).  There will be some special musical offerings this Sunday as well.  

For those watching the service at home, you will find the link here Trinity’s YouTube Channel

A few announcements to share with you:
The next order for AOTS Gift Cards is due December 6th.  Be sure to order yours in time for Christmas!  Gift cards make great gifts 🙂 and can be used anytime!  Thank you for supporting the AOTS gift card program!  Contact Ed Rose for more information.

On Friday December 11, Trinity United Church will host an on-line Decadent Dessert auction.  This will be a fundraising event for the roof fund.  We are asking members and friends of Trinity to donate a decadent dessert to be made on or before December 11. The items will be posted online for the 10-hour auction, from 9 am to 7pm. Once the auction closes, we will deliver the dessert to the winning bidder and payment can be made by cash or by e-transfer.  Some of the already donated items include: butter tarts from Nancy Dewar Stenning, Chocolate Pie from Barb Roberts, Layer Pumpkin coffee cake from Brenda Holbein, Nanaimo bars from Linsey Mutch. How about your specialty? Chocolate dipped strawberries? Chocolate covered cherries? Lemon meringue pie? Cheesecake? Death by Chocolate? Trifle? Sticky Buns? Homemade turtle chocolates? If someone can offer a half dozen of something or a half cake, that would be wonderful too. Perhaps someone has a Trinity Apple Pie in their freezer from last year that could fetch quite a few dollars at the auction.  If you are able to donate a dessert or if you are able to help with delivery, please call Darlene at 705-474-7847 or e-mail

Advent Study:The Birth of Jesus for Progressive Christians

by Donald Schmidt 89 pages

A three-week study that explores the birth of Jesus with a new perspective. This study will challenge us to ask questions about what is really important about the Bible narratives and the traditions that have grown up around Christmas, what this may have to do with our lives today, and how the birth story of Jesus is still relevant and important in the life of the church and its people today.

The study will take place via Zoom Monday, November 30, December 7 & 14 @ 7pm. Leadership provided by Natasha Gerolami, Melody Duncanson Hales and Dave LeGrand.

Ebooks can be obtained at Woodlake Books and from

To register go to the website click on Register and complete registration form. Contact with any questions.

Trinity this week – Reign of Christ Sunday

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday join us for worship either online or in person (limited seating) at 10:30 am.  A reminder that all our worship services, past and present, can be found on our YouTube channel
The order of service and hymn lyrics are posted below.  Please feel free to print them and follow along!  Please note that orders of service will not be handed out during worship.

Did you knowYou can dedicate a bulletin/worship service in honour, in celebration, in memory of an important person in your life?  If you would like to order a dedication for any of the upcoming weeks, please be in touch with Wanda in the church office.  The cost to dedicate a bulletin/worship service is a $25.  Thank-you!

Next Sunday – November 29th is the first Sunday in Advent.  We will be sharing in the sacrament of Holy Communion – covid style!  For those of you who are at home, you will be invited to gather your own elements: bread and juice, or crackers and chardonnay, or bagels and tea – or whatever other elements you choose.  There will be more information about how we will share Communion together next week. 

A reminder that your Trinity Covid Risk Management Team (there may be a new name for this group coming soon) continues to look for ways to ensure that we remain safe during these pandemic times.  If you are coming into the church for any reason, you must follow the guidelines which you can find here: Trinity’s Covid 19 Health and Safety Procedures

If you plan to come into the church, please be sure to call ahead first.  We are not yet open for regular office hours, although the staff are often present in the building – you must call ahead to schedule an appointment to drop in.  Thank you!

Advent Newsletter and Trinity this week – November 15, 2020

Hello Trinity Friends,
​This Sunday, join us for worship at 10:30 am – either in person (limited seating with Covid Safety protocols in place) or online at ​Trinity’s YouTube Channel
Last week we were so thrilled to hear the return of live music in our Sanctuary.  Heartfelt thanks to Rob Farris and Chris Clark for installing our new Covid music pods!  Rob and Chris worked in accordance with the health unit to ensure that all safety measures have been met. This will enable us to have soloists,and small groups of singers/musicians to enhance our worship service.  
Special thanks to Rev. Kathy for leading our Remembrance Sunday worship and to Peggy Miller and Chris Clark for their lovely musical offerings.  We are also grateful to Rob Sanders and Marcel MacDonald for their offerings as well!
​At around 10:20, a hymn sing (or hymn hum if you are in the sanctuary) will begin. Thank you to Bryan Boothe for being our song leader this Sunday.
In the coming weeks we will be looking at ways in which we can share hymn lyrics and an order of service.  This week, I have included an order of service which you will see below.  Next week we will have both an order of service and hymn lyrics in the Friday email that folk at home can use to follow and sing along.  Folk who wish can also borrow a hymn book set from the church.  You may contact Wanda at the Church Office to arrange to pick up or have a set delivered.  

​The Advent Newsletter is posted below. Thank you to Ross Brewer for putting this together.  Happy Reading and see you Sunday!​

This week’s order of service is below.

Trinity this week – Remembrance Sunday

Hello Trinity Friends,This Sunday we celebrate Remembrance Sunday, led by Rev. Kathy, our Associate Retired Minister.  We will take pause to honour and remember those men and women who have served and continue to serve in military service to our country.  The service begins at 10:30 am and will be livestreamed to Youtube and re-posted there afterwards to view at any point afterwards.  Here is the link to the Youtube channel  Trinity’s YouTube ChannelThere are limited seats available in-person.  Doors open at 10 am.  Reminder: masks must be worn at all times and you must pass a Covid screening test.

A reminder to those of you submitting items to the Advent newsletter – please get those in to Ross by tomorrow!  

This weekend the Canadian Shield Regional Council will be meeting over zoom for a General Meeting.  We will be celebrating Rev. Ted’s 20th year in Ordained Ministry as well as Rev. Lillian Roberts and Will Kunder’s retirements.If you wish, you can watch the livestream celebration of worship Saturday November 7th at 7 pm here CSRC Celebration of Ministry Service

The Advent Newsletter will be available next weekend and will contain some information about events and worship services from Advent into the early part of the new year.
Grace and peace,

Trinity this week – All Saints’ Day – November 1, 2020

Hello Trinity Friends,

This Sunday November 1st, please join us for worship (online or in person) at 10:30 am.  We will be celebrating All Saints’ Day.  You can find the worship online on YouTube beginning at around 10:15  Trinity’s YouTube Channel

​In the coming weeks, Betty will be taking hymn requests that will be played before the service, beginning at 10:15 am.  If you have a favourite hymn please let us know – contact Betty directly or leave a message on the church answering machine (705)474-3310 and she will try and meet your request!

Next Sunday, November 8, we will have a special Remembrance Day Service led by Rev. Kathy. 

A reminder that Saturday November 7th is the deadline for Advent Newsletter submissions.  Please get them in to Ross Brewer (call the church office for his contact info)

Tonight, the youth group are meeting at 6 for a Hallowe’en party via zoom, and tomorrow at 1 pm, the Sunday School will have their Hallowe’en party.  We continue to look for ways to maintain connections.  The Sunday School will be working on a digital version of a Sunday School pageant this year.  If your children/grandchildren would like to be involved please be sure to let me know. Scripts and costumes will be delivered to you!

A reminder that the Scouts are selling coffee as a fundraiser.  The order forms are attached to here.  Using the website  you can purchase coffee which will be delivered to your door. When given the option at checkout, select “North Bay Scouting” as your seller.

Upper Room Subscriptions are still available as well. We are ordering new subscriptions now. Subscriptions cost $13.00 a year. (6 booklets) Contact Judi Rose to get your copies. (You can call the church to obtain her contact info).
Happy Hallowe’en – stay safe!