Trinity this week – Advent Love – December 19, 2021

Hello Trinity Friends,
This Sunday we light our last Advent Candle – the candle of Love.  Please join us for worship in person or on Youtube Trinity’s YouTube Channel at 10:30 am.A reminder that to attend in person worship you must provide proof of vaccine. With the introduction of the Covid vaccine passport we have been able to increase our capacity and return to Sunday School. Please be sure to have your vaccine certificate or QR code ready on your phone upon arrival.  

​The sympathy of the congregation ​is extended to the family and friends of Pat Copeland.  Pat was a member at Trinity United Church until she moved away to be closer to her family. Pat died on December 13th, 2021 in Bradford, Ontario.  Her obituary can be found here  Pat Copeland Obituary

Our sympathies are also with the many friends, family and community members who knew Hali Carlson, from Dreamcoat.  Hali has had a huge impact on Children’s theatre in North Bay and has been an inspiration to many.  Her loss will be deeply felt for many years to come.  Hali died yesterday after a short battle with cancer.  A celebration of life is being planned in late spring or early fall.  

LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE The onset of winter, and the Advent and Christmas seasons can inspire profound highs and lows in our lives. On Tuesday 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. Our “Covid” Longest Night may look a little different from other years – but it is still an opportunity for a spacious pause to contem-plate the hopes, fears, and prayers that fill the actual longest night of the year.

Come early for a good seat at our family service, 7pm on ​Friday​ December 24th. That Service will include the Christmas pageant, the scripture story and lively​ (masked)​ singing of many Christmas favourites. 

​TRINITY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ​Cogeco’s YourTV will air a Trinity Christmas special on Friday December 24 @ 8:30pm​and Christmas Day  @ 12 & 9pm​.  This special service includes a number of Christmas Carols recorded this year as well as a curated selection of Christmas pieces (including last year’s pageant and sermon) from 2020.  ​Tune in and sing along!

LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS The United Church of Canada developed ​a ​gift giving catalogue Gifts with Vision in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to relatives, friends, and loved ones that are in direct support of the church’s Mission & Service partners across Canada and around the world.
If you are seeking inspiring new gift ideas or perhaps would rather not give family and friends the same old clothes/toys/chocolates, Gifts with Vision presents a new way to celebrate special occasions. Give a gift that can help change people’s lives!  Click here for more information 

GRATITUDES​ Thank you to all those who contributed to the Trinity Christmas Bag Outreach.  Thanks to your generosity we were able to provide Christmas gifts to over 150 people!  ​Gifts went to youth, adults and family in crisis and are very appreciated by all those who receive them.  This year we provided bags for the North Bay Regional Hospital, Suswin Residential support, Recovery Home, Ojibway Lodge, Crisis Centre Youth, and more!Thank you to all who donated items or cash and thanks to the youth who helped pack the bags – Eve, Amelia, Erin, Rowan, Michael and Efrem.