Letter from the Board

Dear Trinity Church Family:

By now we all know that a province-wide lockdown commences in the early hours of Boxing Day, 2020. The intention of this brief e-mail is to communicate to you how your Trinity Board intends to respond. Please share this information widely.

Our Christmas Eve plans remain largely unchanged. There will be two identical services on the evening of December 24th. The first at 4pm, the second at 7pm (with time in between for airing and disinfection). Doors open a half-hour in advance, and seating will be limited.

If you feel particularly anxious, if you have been with people from “Hot” or “Grey” zones, or if you have any symptoms or exposure– please attend the service virtually, from home.

Sunday services on December 27th and January 3rd at 10:30 will ONLY be available virtually, through YouTube or DVD. The church will NOT be available to the public on these Sundays. The Trinity Board remains hopeful that we can resume our limited in-person worship on January 10th at 10:30am.

We are so deeply appreciative of the efforts of our staff and volunteers to maintain the highest standards of safety, comfort, and communication. May God bless and strengthen us throughout these challenging days! Stay safe, and keep connected!

Here is a link to a CBC article that shares Trinity’s plans for this lockdown: What newest lockdown will mean for churches, Christmas services | CBC News


Your Trinity Board

Trinity this week – Advent 4 and Christmas

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Advent.  We light the candle of love – something we all need an abundance of at this time of year!
Join us this Sunday online on YouTube at this link Trinity’s YouTube Channelor in person (limited capacity with Covid precautions in place) this Sunday at 10:30 am.

The bulletin can be found here

Trinity hosts the Longest Night Candle Lighting service​ on Monday December 21st at 7 pm. ​We are joined by friends from St. Andrew’s United Church along with others from our community.   On the longest night of the year we take pause to acknowledge the more difficult and conflicted times in our lives and to offer up our prayers of hope, peace and love during this time.​  ​Please note that due to our Covid measures, that people will not be able to come forward to light a candle.  The designated candle lighters will light candles on the community’s behalf.

Christmas Eve at Trinity The​re will be two identical worship services at 4 pm and at 7 pm.  ​You are welcome to join us at one of those times (please note that in between the service, we will be initiating covid cleaning measures and airing out the sanctuary before the next service.  The doors will be open only a half hour before the service.  The 4 pm service will be livestreamed and recorded and uploaded for folk to watch whenever convenient.  This is sure to be an uplifting and joyful service of Music, Prayers and the Sunday School “Virtual” Christmas Pageant.  

The offices will be closed ​from​ ​Friday ​​December 25th and will re-open on ​Tuesday January ​5th.  The food bank will be closed on Monday Dec. 87th and Monday Jan. 4th.  For emergency pastoral care, phones and THIS email will be checked periodically.  

A reminder please – to those folk who have family visiting from out of our district over the holidays – we are recommending you stay home and watch the services online from the comfort of your living room – with some snacks and a nice warm beverage.  With numbers increasing throughout our country, it is best to stay home and stay safe!  All of our services will be livestreamed and uploaded to YouTube for you to join us in worship at your convenience.
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has issued a list of recommendations regarding the holidays and is reminding the community that the safest way to spend the holidays this year is by only celebrating in-person with the people you live with and celebrating virtually with everyone else.

At this time, travel outside our region to visit or shop this holiday season is strongly discouraged. If you choose to travel, isolate for 14 days prior to leaving the district and isolate for 14 days upon return. 

For more information from the Health Unit on COVID-19 and the holidays visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19Holidays.

Please remember to hold those who are alone or hurting in prayer and love.  MERRY CHRISTMAS and may you have a new year filled with good health, happiness and much love! 

Trinity this week – Advent JOY

Hello Trinity Friends,

A reminder that the Trinity Dessert Auction is on now and will close at 7 pm tonight.  If you would like to set a maximum bid on a specific item, please call the church office or reply to this email and we will do your “bidding” for you!The items are posted on the website or you can click on this link (if you are on facebook).

This Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent.  We light the candle of JOY – something that we need an abundance of at this time!  The service begins around 10:20 with some live Christmas music.  Please tune in early!   The bulletin is attached for you to follow along (and sing along at home) with. Please join us for our livestream service here Trinity’s YouTube Channel or in person (limited seating, covid protocols in place).  The worship service will also be uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed anytime afterwards!

Please be sure to check our Covid protocols listed on our website before attending any in person worship service!  Our Advent and Christmas Services are listed below.  Please note that all these services will be available online!

Advent 4 Sunday December 20th, 10:30 
 Longest Night Service  – Monday December 21st, 7 pm A quiet, contemplative, and deeply moving worship service shared by St. Andrew’s & Trinity on the evening of the winter solstice. It is an opportunity to take pause to acknowledge our concerns and to contemplate the hopes, fears, and prayers of the season.  

Christmas Eve Service – Thursday December 24th, 4 pm and 7 pm (including the Sunday School Virtual Christmas Pageant) There will be two identical Christmas eve services for those joining us for in person worship.  The 4 pm service will also be available livestreamed and uploaded to YouTube to watch at any time you wish.  We ask that if you have visitors from out of town joining you this year, that you stay home and join us online for worship.  You can grab a nice cup of hot chocolate, coffee, tea and enjoy the service from the comfort of your own home 🙂

Sunday Worship – Sunday December 27, 10:30 

Christmas Card Campaign – Help Needed!

Families from Neskantaga First Nation have been living in a Thunder Bay Hotel for months while waiting for clean drinking water in their community.  MP Charlie Angus and Shannen’s Dream has offered this wonderful way of spreading some joy to the families while they are away from their homes.  A flyer is attached to this email for information.  Share your hopes and good wishes to the families of Neskantaga by sending them Christmas cards and letters.  The address to send them is: CHRISTMAS FOR NESKANTAGA
     Victoria INN, 555 Arthur St W,
     Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5R5

At this very unusual Christmas season, find time to appreciate the special moments that bring joy to our world: the excitement of children, acts of generosity and kindness, the beauty in nature, and those moments of connection in a time where it is most needed – phone calls, cards, zoom parties, and more.  Wishing you abundant joy,

Trinity’s Dessert Auction

Hello All,
Attached below is the list of items available for bidding for Trinity’s Dessert Auction. 

If you would like to bid there are two ways to do so:
1)  If you are on Facebook you can click on this link.  Trinity’s Dessert Auction  You will see all the items listed in the discussion section.  You will place your bid in the comments section underneath each picture.  
2)  You can call the church office and place your bid and we will add it to the bidding sheet.  If you are going to call in, my suggestion is you give us a maximum amount you want to bid and we will do your bidding for you!
Some notes about bidding:*  minimum starting bid is $10*  please bid by $2 increments* bidding begins at 9 am and closes at 7 pm on Friday December 11th* winning bidders will be contacted to arrange delivery or pick-up of dessert* You may pay by etransfer, cash or cheque (made out to Trinity United Church) 
Updates will be posted on Trinity’s Website mid afternoon and an hour before bidding closes.  
**Please note that *some* of the photos of the items are not the actual photo of the item but just a photo to give you an idea of the item! **
If you have any questions, please call the church office or email   blais.trinity@gmail.com
Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for Trinity’s Roof Fund.  Happy Bidding!

Trinity this week – Advent 2 – Peace

Hello Trinity Friends,

This second Sunday in Advent join us online or in person for worship at 10:30 am.  The link to join us online is Trinity’s YouTube Channel  A reminder that there is a special Carol sing/hum that starts around 10:20.  An order of service complete with hymn lyrics is attached to this email so you can follow along to the service.  

Although we will not be collecting items in the usual way for White Gift Sunday – your givings to those in need are always appreciated.  Donations of money to our Food Shelf or Infant Food Shelf ensures that we can continue to provide needed items for families, individuals and babies.  Donations to the Christmas Bag Outreach program will also be gratefully received.  This year we will be preparing gift bags for those who are unhomed or living in need. These bags will be distributed through Hope’s Kitchen on Cassells to help spread some joy around this season – which can be so difficult for those in need!  Thank you for your continued support of Trinity’s outreach programs.

Decadent Dessert Fundraiser A decadent dessert fundraiser auction will take place on Friday December 11th from 9 amd to 7 pm.  Items will be posted on an event page on Trinity’s Facebook page in the next few days for you to browse – but you can not place your bid on any item until 9 am next Friday!  For those of you not on facebook, you may call into the church to place your bid OR set a bidding limit and we will place your bid for you.  Updates will also be posted on Youtube and our website and I will email a full list of desserts early next week.  Look for a very special announcement about this in Sunday’s worship service 🙂

A reminder also that AOTS Gift Cards go in this Sunday.  Gift Cards make wonderful gifts for those hard to shop for folk in your life.  Ed Rose shares this message:While you are coordinating your AOTS Gift Card order at the Roses, why not cross the driveway to the Brownlees to support The Friends of Camp Caritou. Snowmen chocolate bars are $3 each or 2 for $5. They make great stocking stuffers. Cindy says:It has been very quiet at Camp Caritou this year and we anticipate several more months of quiet. Covid has been a challenge as we have lost our income, are not eligible for any funding, and fundraising has been challenging. With your support I am sure we can get through this so we can look forward to welcoming children, youth and families to Camp Caritou again. *See the flyer attached here for more information!

One other announcement – as many of you know, we have returned to in person worship (with many Covid safety precautions in place). This means that we have limited seating.  For our Christmas Eve service, we will be holding 2 identical services to ensure that anyone who wishes to attend, is able to.  There will be a service at 4, and one at 7.  We can NOT take reservations but it would be very helpful to us, if you plan to attend, to know which service you are planning on attending.  Please let us know via a phone call or an email so we can plan accordingly. Of course, just like our Sunday service, this service will be livestreamed and posted on YouTube
May peace be with you,