Trinity this week – Advent Joy

Hello Trinity Friends!
This Sunday we light the Advent candle of Joy – and what better way to celebrate Advent joy then watching the Sunday School present their Christmas Pageant: “An Animal Nativity”. The children have been working hard and are excited to share the Christmas story with you.  Caregivers and parents of children in the pageant, please remember there is a dress rehearsal tomorrow at 1 pm in the Sanctuary and the call on Sunday is 10 am in the gym.  Please remember indoor footwear, leggings or pants, and a plain shirt.  Although it has been our custom to have a potluck after the pageant this year we are NOT having a potluck or lunch after the service.  It has been a busy time for folk around here!  
Following the service at 1:30 pm, the J.O.Y. Bands will be presenting their Christmas concert: “A Most Wonderful Christmas”.  The sing-a-long starts at 1 pm.  Free will offering with all proceeds going towards the Warming Centre.Advent and Christmas Worship ServicesFriday December 21st• Longest Night Service, 7 pmSunday December 23rd• Choir Cantata: “One Silent Night”  10:30 amMonday December 24th • Christmas Eve Family Service – 7 pm• Christmas Eve Communion – 8:15 pmThe All ages Family service begins at 7 pm.  We celebrate the Christmas story with scripture, carols and a whole lot of joyful noise.  A brief Communion service will follow shortly after.  All are welcome to both of these services.  Our nursery is available for your convenience but will not be staffed on Christmas Eve – children of all ages are more than welcome at both services!
​At this very busy time of the year, find time to pause and enjoy the special moments:  children’s excitement, acts of generosity and kindness, the beauty of our world and of course, all the wonderful Christmas treats :)​

Trinity this week – Advent Peace

Hello Trinity Friends!
This Sunday we light the second candle in our Advent wreath – the candle of peace.  We also celebrate White Gift Sunday. You are invited to bring gifts, money and non-perishable food items on Sunday December 9th for Trinity’s White Gift Offering. These gifts will be brought forward during worship and will be donated to Trinity’s Food Shelf Ministries or Trinity’s Christmas Gift Bag Project. In the spirit of White Gift Sunday, a reminder that each of us has something to give – whether it be the gift of time for someone who is sick or lonely, sharing a talent, or reaching out to help others who are less fortunate.  Thank you for your generosity and for reaching out and sharing God’s love with others this Christmas season!
Upcoming events and worship services
UCW Christmas Lunch – Monday December 10th at Cecil’s 11:30 am.  All women welcome – please speak with Judy Biondi to save a spot.
I’ll be home for Christmas: a heartwarming evening of wartime story and song takes place this Tuesday December 11th at 7 pm. In our annual evening supporting “The Gathering Place” Trinity United Church gathers a talented group of musicians and storytellers to share an enchanting night of seasonal songs and stories, with a wartime flavour. Tickets are $15 Adults $10 Students (12 and under free).  All proceeds go to the Gathering Place.  Come early for a carol sing at 6:30 pm
Sunday December 16th 
• Christmas Pageant:“An Animal Nativity”  10:30 am
• J.O.Y. Band Concert: “A Most Wonderful Christmas” 1:30 pm
Friday December 21st
• Longest Night Service, 7 pm
Sunday December 23rd
• Choir Cantata: “One Silent Night”  10:30 am
As we light the Advent candle of peace this week, take a moment to think about​ the​ peacemakers in our ​community and our wider world.​ ​H​old them in prayer and consider ways that we can sow ​peace​ in our community.

Trinity this week – Advent Hope

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent.  We celebrate the start of the season with a special Communion Service.  We light the first candle in our Advent wreath – the candle of Hope.  The Junior Choir will be sharing some music as well.  Following Communion, the children will go downstairs to continue practicing for the pageant!  All children are welcome.
There is still time today to come down to Trinity for the UCW luncheon.  Chili, sandwiches, soup and more!  All are welcome.
This Saturday is the Children’s Only Bazaar at St. Andrew’s United Church.  Children ages 4 – 13 can do their Christmas shopping while parents/caregivers enjoy coffee and treats.  It runs from 10 am to noon.
(We wish you a ) Messy Christmas is this Saturday from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.  Families with children are invited to drop in to enjoy storytime, crafts and activities, followed by a Sloppy Joe dinner.
​Sunday December 9th is White Gift Sunday.  Please bring your gifts for the Food Shelf, Infant Food Shelf or Christmas Bag Outreach for the Sunday School to collect during worship.  Thanks for supporting these important outreach ministries.
Advent Offering – In the spirit of giving, we invite you to contribute to the Advent Offering.  This year, Advent offerings will go to Sleeping Children Around the World and Packsac Smiles.  Please see your bulletin or check out their websites for more information.  Pill Bottle Banks are available from the ushers.  A suggestion is to set it on your table and during your grace, add money ​to it.  It is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the joy of giving this season!
Looking for a stocking stuffer or a gift for a host/hostess?  The United Church of Canada Calendar is an ideal gift for only $5.  Available from Janice Brownlee after church.
In a world where there is much turmoil and instability we need to be reminded of the promise of Hope.  What do we hope and long for deep in our hearts? What does God hope for us? How can we offer hope to those for whom Christmas is a stressful time?
There is an excellent website called Advent Unwrapped with activities to do at home with your family. An Advent Calendar, prayers, activities and more.
May you be a message of hope to those who need it this season and beyond.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: A Heartwarming Evening of Wartime Story and Song

In our annual evening supporting “The Gathering Place” Trinity United Church gathers a talented group of musicians and storytellers to share an enchanting night of seasonal songs and stories, with a wartime flavour.

As we wrap up this 100th anniversary year of the end of World War One, Trinity United Church reflects on both the warmth and the tumult of Christmas during wartimes.

Treat yourself to an evening of Christmas spirit at Trinity United Church (Ferguson at McIntyre) on Tuesday December the 11th—all to benefit North Bay’s soup kitchen, “The Gathering Place.”

At 6:30pm we gather for a sing-a-long, followed by story and music at 7pm. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for students, children under 12 are free. Refreshments will be served.

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Trinity this week – Sunday November 25th, 2018

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday join us for a special service hosted by the AOTS (men’s group).  The JOYFUL BELLS will be sharing their musical offerings this morning as well.
AOTS is an acronym that comes from the bible passage in Luke 22:27 when Jesus says “I am among you AOne That Serves.”  Trinity’s AOTS usually meet on the first Saturday of the month – the meeting dates are posted in the bulletin.  Trinity’s AOTS serves our church in many ways, with an emphasis on supporting youth and youth ministries at Trinity and in our wider community.  For more information about the AOTS you visit or speak to any AOTS member.
As we head into the season of Advent, beginning with a special Advent Communion Service on Sunday December 2nd at 10:30 am, there will be a number of ways to celebrate the season!  Please take a look below at a few of the upcoming worship services and special events.  We look forward to celebrating the season with you!
Worship Services and Upcoming Events
Friday November 30th 
UCW Cafeteria Luncheon – 11 – 1 pm
Saturday December 1st.
We Wish You a Messy Christmas!  Trinity Families is hosting a very special session of “Messy Church” on Saturday Dec. 1st from 3:30 – 6:30 pm
We’ll explore and reflect on the messiness of the First Christmas through games and crafts, and enjoy a meal together. This is a free event and is open to all families.
Sunday December 2nd 
* Advent Communion Service, 10:30 am
Sunday December 9th 
* White Gift Sunday, 10:30 am – please bring your donations of food, money or gifts for the Christmas Gift Bag Outreach to be collected by the Sunday School.
Holy Grounds Youth Christmas Party 12 – 2

Youth in grade 7 and up are invited to an afternoon of community building activities: games, baking and an advent reflection.

Tuesday December 11th,  
“I’ll Be home For Christmas”: A Heartwarming Evening of Wartime Story and Song!  
As we wrap up this 100th anniversary of the World War One Armistice, Trinity United Church reflects on both the warmth and the tumult of Christmas during wartime. Pause with us to witness the hope that arises even in the cold theatre of human conflict. Benefits entirely for North Bay’s “Gathering Place” soup kitchen.   Join us on Tuesday December 11th at 7 pm (sing-a-long starts at 6:30 pm)  Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for students, children under 12 are free.
Refreshments will be served.
Sunday December 16th 
*  Sunday School Pageant – An Animal Nativity, 10:30 am
*  J.O.Y. Bands Concert – A Most Wonderful Christmas, 1:30 pm (sing-a-long begins at 1 – Free will offering to the Warming Centre
Thursday December 21st 
*  Longest Night Service, 7 pm – members of Trinity United, along with friends from St. Andrew’s United, will gather for a service of heartfelt string music and candlelit prayer in the Trinity sanctuary. It’s an opportunity for a spacious pause, to contemplate the hopes, fears, and prayers that fill that longest night of the year.
Sunday December 23rd
* Trinity’s Choir Cantata – One Silent Night, 10:30 am – This beautiful cantata, by Pepper Choplin, is a Christmas ballad of love and joy. It features scripture narration, soloists, and instrumentalists.
Monday December 24th
*  Family Christmas Eve Service, 7 pm
*  Communion, 8:15 pm