Trinity this week – January 11, 2019

Hello Trinity Friends,
On this chilly day why not warm up with a bowl (or 5) of some delicious soup!  Tonight the AOTS (men’s group) are hosting our eagerly anticipated Soup Tasting Night.  Come enjoy soup, salad and bread from 5 – 6:30 pm.  $10 per person ($8 children  6- 12, $25 per family).  After the soup you can warm even more with Mustard Seed’s Production of Cotton Patch Gospel!  Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing cast and bluegrass band – directed by Darlene Laferriere!  More info below.
This Sunday is baptism Sunday.  The Junior Choir will start back up this Sunday at 9:30 am with leadership by Betty Farris and Laura Einarson.  New members are always welcome – please speak with Betty or Laura!  Following the worship service there will be a UCW sponsored Sandwich lunch.  All welcome!
Next Sunday January 20th at 10:30 am is Communion Sunday.   
Some upcoming dates for your calendar

Friday Jan. 11th – Sunday Jan. 13t

·         Cotton Patch Gospel – Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm – Tickets $15 and $10 at the door

Friday January 18th, 7 pm

·         Coffee House Talent Night – Free Will Donation to the Mission and Service Fund

Sunday January 20th, 10:30 am

·         Communion Sunday

Friday January 25, 7:30

·         Euchre Night – bring a snack to share – all welcome

Sunday January 27th, 10:30 am

·         Robbie Burns’ Sunday

Sunday January 27th 11:30 am

·         Info Session for “Not Your Average Joe” Mustard Seed Junior

Sunday February 3rd

·         Trinity Families hosts “Comfort Food Lunch”  All welcome – free will offering to help support Trinity Families winter retreat

·         Snowshoe Sunday – Camp Caritou – following lunch
Here is an extra special treat!This week, Rev. Ted’s friend (and dedicated astronomer) Linda Pulliah shares this insight:“Something special is happening in the sky this month. Before sunrise you can look to the east and see two bright objects, Venus and Jupiter. They are unmistakably brilliant, very different from stars. Until the 22nd of this month, the two will appear as if moving closer together. After that date they will appear to split apart again.According to charts of planetary motion, a similar conjunction occurred near the star Regulus (a very bright, blue, hot young star in the constellation Leo) within a few short years of the birth of Jesus. Because of unusual retrograde motions, that conjunction appeared over a much longer period of time—perhaps up to 18 months. It is in times like this I am certain we can use science to back up the wonderful story in the bible. Most people find it hard to understand how astronomy has strengthened my faith, but here’s a perfect example. It’s the season of Epiphany, and this month, this year, we have an opportunity to look east and witness the magic of the real likelihood of a Bethlehem star.Check out the main article for January 10th on www.spaceweather.com
​Stay warm,​

Trinity this week – Epiphany!

Hello (again) Trinity Friends,
Although I did send an email out yesterday, I realized that there are a couple of other items that needed to be shared! 
This Sunday, during Children’s time, we re-visit an old favourite – “Stone Soup.”  You are invited to bring in items that our Stone Soup Chef, John Sheridan, will turn into one of many delicious offerings for next Friday’s soup tasting evening!
This upcoming week is Show week for Mustard Seed’s Cotton Patch Gospel.  This is a show that you will NOT want to miss. Directed by Darlene Laferriere, a very talented cast of youth, along with a fabulous blue grass band will have your toes tapping as they re-tell the story of Jesus as if set in modern day Georgia!  Tickets are available after church this Sunday and also at the door.  See below for more information.
Next Friday January 11th is our annual Soup Tasting evening. 5 – 6:30 pm. $10 per Adult, $8 Children 6 – 12, $25 Family of 4.  Last year we sampled over 20 delicious varieties of soup.  Help is needed with the soup tasting – if you have a delicious soup recipe you have been wanting to try out, or a beloved favourite you want to share, we would be happy to have it for the soup tasting evening – sign up in the Fellowship Hall. 
Dinner (or Lunch) and a Show!Following the soup tasting, why not take in the Mustard Seed Production of Cotton Patch Gospel?  OR stay for a sandwich lunch after church next Sunday January 13th and see the matinee performance.You will have 3 opportunities to see the show – Friday January 11th and Saturday January 12th at 7 pm or Sunday January 13th at 1:30 pm. 

The following Friday January 18th at 7 pm, we convert our Fellowship Hall into a giant rec room for our Annual Coffee House Talent Night. Sign up your talent in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday. 
If you are able to prepare soup, buns, bread or cupcakes for the soup tasting or decadent desserts or a talent to the Coffee House please sign up in the Fellowship Hall.  Thank-you for the many ways you support our Church!  

Grace and Peace to you throughout 2019!  See you Sunday,

Trinity this week – Christmas

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday at 10:30 am, we light the fourth candle in our Advent Wreath – the candle of Love.  Join us on this very special day as the Trinity Choir presents  “One Silent Night”. It will be a wonderful all ages service that all children are encouraged to stay in service for.  Younger children may go downstairs for a craft and story, if they wish.
A reminder that this Friday is the LONGEST NIGHT Service.The Advent and Christmas seasons can inspire profound highs and lows in our lives.  On Friday Dec. 21st at 7pm, 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.  All are welcome!
Christmas Worship Services
Monday December 24th 
• Christmas Eve Family Service – 7 pm
• Christmas Eve Communion – 8:15 pm
The 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!  

The offices will be closed from Tuesday December 25th and will re-open on Wednesday January 2nd.  For emergency pastoral care, THIS email will be checked periodically.
​As you gather with friends and family this Christmas, may your hearts and homes be filled with love, laughter, and joy.  For those of you who are travelling, safe travels!  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!
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.