Trinity this week – Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020

Hello Trinity Friends,
This month we celebrate Pride as well Indigenous peoples month.  It is a reminder of the work we have done and continue to do to build a world rooted in compassion and justice for all people.  As we have all borne witness to the events taking place in the US and across our own country we are reminded that we have a long way to go. 

Lord…We thank you for your church, founded upon your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray,but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon you.Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live on through all eternity.Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace.Help us to walk together,pray together,sing together,and live togetheruntil that day when all God’s children- Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow – will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray.Amen.- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


Below you will see a prayer that I would liketo share with you written by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 
The online worship service for Trinity Sunday can be found here—Trinity Sunday online worship
Next week ​look for ​June’s newsletter with an exciting fundraising opportunity as well as an update from the Board​.​
​See you Sunday!​​

Trinity this week – Pentecost Sunday

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  Tune in to Trinity’s Youtube channel to celebrate along with us.  The link is here Pentecost Sunday Worship

Please remember that the worship service will not be available for viewing until Saturday afternoon.


A couple of announcements are below!
“A huge THANK YOU to all who ordered syrup at the beginning of the month.  We surpassed expectations by a lot.  All we need now is to be able to get our programs rolling again.  If any of you missed your opportunity to order please call Bill at (705) 472- 3226 and we will see what we can do for you.  Thank you again.”  ~ Bill 

The AOTS Gift Card Program will continue to operate in the current temporary method. The steps are:
1.  complete your order, (payment can be by cash or cheque)
2. make the cheque payable to “Trinity United Church AOTS”  — Note the wording — the current direction of TD Bank
3. deliver your order to Ed at his home. If he is not at home, you can place it in the mail box.
4. Ed will contact you to arrange a time and place to get your cards to you.

The next order date is 31 May.  Please deliver your order to me no later than 4:OO PM Sun 31 May.  And for further planning, orders will be scheduled for 28 June and 2 Aug.
Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Ed at (705) 476 5316  Thanks for your support – Ed Rose
NOTE  Don’t forget to order your Orchards Fresh Food Market Gift Cards — denomination – $25.00

The Manitou Intentional Learning Committee (MILC) in Sudbury shares the following resources for Pentecost Sunday – these are activities you can do at home.

Labyrinth Walks for Pentecost

This Sunday is Pentecost, and we thought that while we are still physically apart and seeking ways to nurture our spirits, you might be interested in more labyrinth activities.

Here are three suggestions:

  • The following link takes you to a flame shaped labyrinth that you can print or “walk” on the screen and suggests prompts for you to use as you take your meditative walk.

https://www.strandz.org.nz/uploads/4/6/5/9/46590535/finger_labyrinth.pdf

  • Take out your finger labyrinth

If you don’t already have one, excellent instructions from Amy Hallman-Grout can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1s6u4c6wWM&app=desktop

“Walk” the labyrinth using the prompts from the previous link:

START As you move to the center of the flame, think about the word: Hope. What does it bring to mind? What do you think of?

IN THE CENTRE Pause and listen to God. The Bible reminds us that the Holy Spirit can fill us with hope. (Romans 15:13). What do you need hope for today? Ask God to fill you up with hope.

ON THE WAY OUT As you trace your way back out the flame, think about someone who needs hope this week, and ask God to fill them with the Holy Spirit.

  • Walk your finger labyrinth to beautiful, meditative music:

Open the following link to listen to a wonderful Gregorian chant of Veni Creator Spiritus – Come Holy Ghost, the Maker, Come.

The words appear in English on the screen and can be used to focus your meditation.

The recording lasts for 3.28 minutes but can be set to loop if you would like your “walk” to be longer.

We hope you will try some of these activities and that you will find them a source of strength and comfort. We will be developing more resources for you to use at home and at outdoor labyrinths when this is once again possible.

Trinity this week – Ascension Sunday – May 24, 2020

Hello Trinity Friends,Join us online this Sunday (or whenever is convenient) for the Ascension Sunday service.  Trinity is joined by friends near and far to share readings, prayers, music and more.  We have an update from our Board Chair, Bob Cook and a special Children’s Time segment on how some of our Church family are spreading joy in our community! 
The link to the worship service (which will be available after noon on Saturday) is Ascension Sunday Worship
A couple of announcements:

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community is excited to invite you to a virtual learning opportunity.

We Belong to the Land: A reflection on paths to a just peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land presented by James Walker, live online Friday, May 29th, 6:30 p.m.

Registration required. Contact gillian.schell@sympatico.ca

In the summer of 2019, James Walker, a Master of Architecture student at Laurentian University and long- time member of the United Church of Canada, travelled to Palestine and Israel with 13 other pilgrims as part of the Youth for Peace Pilgrimage. While there, he travelled to many different holy sites and sacred spaces, spent time in occupied territories and refugee camps where he saw the effects of the Israeli occupation, and listened to the stories of citizens and of United Church partners. Through these experiences he gained a better understanding of the sociopolitical situation, developed insights into the issues impacting the Holy Land, and explored possibilities for the future.

Please join us as we find ways to stay connected and learn together while we must remain physically apart.
​A reminder that Trinity’s staff will be on holiday in July.  Trinity’s last online worship service before the holiday will be on Sunday June 28th.  St. Andrew’s and Emmanuel United Churches will be planning an online service during that time.  More information of where you can find online worship will be posted as we approach the end of June.  Trinity will resume worship services (likely online) on August 9th.  ​
Our offices may be closed, but the staff continue to work through the pandemic.  Should you need to reach any of us, please leave a message on the Church answering machine (705)474-3310 or email us at our personal emails or at trinitynorthbay@gmail.com 
Sunshine and Blessings,

Trinity this week – May 17, 2020

Hello Trinity Friends,
You will find the May newsletter here —>

The staff and Board continue to look for ways to maintain our connections with our Church family during this time.  As always, if you need to reach us, please leave a message on the church answering machine or email us. 
The link to Sunday’s worship service is included below

Trinity worship service – May 17, 2020

Please note that it will NOT be available for viewing until after noon tomorrow.  


Just a note that I am asking the Sunday School children to hone up on their interview/reporting skills and to send me any signs of people spreading hope in our community right now (photos or video).  If you have any suggestions or “leads” of people spreading joy please let me know and I will see if one of our trusty Sunday School newshounds would like to send in some interview questions.  Thank-you!

Hello Trinity Friends and Happy Mother’s Day to all those women in our lives who nurture us, love us and offer us care!  

https://youtu.be/ZNzmXJPO-Kw
The link to Sunday’s worship service is included here – but please note that it will NOT be live until Saturday afternoon.  This Mother’s Day service includes a couple of special treats – a Junior Choir piece, a light hearted dramatization, and of course, Trinity and St. Andrew’s Choir offerings, and more! 

SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS

You may notice at the end of the service that we are now including a dedication.  Normally (what is normal these days anyways?) we would include a dedication in our weekly bulletin.  If you wish to dedicate the service in honour or memory of a loved one please message Wanda at trinitynorthbay@gmail.com to get the details on how to do so.  ​The cost is $25


The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Trinity member (and charter member of the Trinity AOTS) Earl Johnston who lost a daughter last week. Lynn Ringler died on May 5th in Calgary, with her son Wes at her side. Grieving her unexpected passing are her husband Terry, her other children Emily and Meredith, and her brothers Terry and Murray. There will be a Celebration of Life here in North Bay when circumstances allow.  

A newsletter will be going out next week with information and correspondence from the Board and some of your staff.  We continue to do the work of the church in these unique times – finding new ways to connect.  A reminder that those without computers can connect with us via “Dial for Hope” (see the attached flyer for more information).  You can also request a DVD copy of the worship service if you are not able to access the service online.  For any pastoral care needs please email us or leave a message on the church phone.  Those are being checked daily.
Take care and be well!