Our Challenge Is : To walk with God and each other: In a Spirit of openness, friendliness and joy; Nurturing Christian spiritual growth; and Reaching out to care for those in need.
Word on the street in Lively is that we are the community church. Trinity Lively is a good community partner who participates in many events held in the town. Our youth and their leaders help set up and take down the tents every week in the summer for the Concert series, Rock the Farm. The Spirit committee and the Mission and Outreach Service Project teams participate in the community Fall Fair. We provide space for Tai Chi classes, and for AA meetings, support the Walden Ukulele club, and also provide space for the Active Start program which is part of the Special Olympics program.
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Rev. Kathy Dahmer leads us in Worship Sunday mornings at 10:30am. Through her authenticity, she brings scripture to life within our walls and beyond. Rev. Kathy’s leadership inspires and challenges the Trinity faith community to reach out to care for those in need.
Re-opening planned for Oct 18, 2020, here is a re-opening video link. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/464609405/1dfb664b0d
October 25, 2020. https://vimeo.com/471805036/46188b69cd
October 18, 2020 https://vimeo.com/469573939/764e95419b
October 11, 2020. https://vimeo.com/466688515/448cc192ec
October 4, 2020 https://vimeo.com/464600779/702fa704eb
September 27, 2020 https://vimeo.com/462228699/4b25e7d846
September 20, 2020. https://vimeo.com/459781409/a3349f646b
September 13, 2020. https://vimeo.com/457286069/8e23ec512c
September 6th, 2020. https://vimeo.com/454932871/390c7c8d15
August 30, 2020. https://vimeo.com/452575414/3c4ffd0ad1
August 23rd, 2020 https://vimeo.com/449838872/574582369c
August 16, 2020 https://vimeo.com/447973999/38621248e3
August 9th, https://vimeo.com/445381112/c3524eeec8
August 2, 2020: https://vimeo.com/443215427/081414ff10
In today's prayers of the people, let us remember Rev. Kathy and Kate Dahmer in our prayers. We pray for a safe journey, the creation of beautiful memories, joy and togetherness. And we pray for much needed, and much deserved rest for Rev. Kathy. Have a beautiful Sunday everyone, and God Bless.
July 26, 2020: https://vimeo.com/441340905/19fbed7613
July 19, 2020: https://vimeo.com/439638459/4fb7bb95d7
July 12, 2020: https://vimeo.com/437484679
July 5th, service: https://vimeo.com/435322211/38d9215e10
June 28th, This. is a communion service, please have your bread and juice ready to participate. https://vimeo.com/433231563
June 21st, service: https://vimeo.com/431094576/07be42fe83
June 14th Service : https://vimeo.com/428850031/b93b86beaa
June 7th service: https://player/vimeo.com/video/426639304
May 31st Service : https://player/vimeo.com/video/424422387
May 17 service: https://player/vimeo.com/video/419390593
May 10; Happy Mother's day. https://player.vimeo.com/video/416794086
May 3rd service: https://player.vimeo.com/video/413989029
April 26 service: https://player.vimeo.com/video/411914644
Welcome to worship.
Please have with you a Christ Candle and some bread and juice.
April 19 service: https://player.vimeo.com/video/409346782
Easter Sunday Service: https://player.vimeo.com/video/406780908
Good Friday Service link: https://player.vimeo.com/video/406071183
Palm Sunday Service link: https://player.vimeo.com/video/404175050
March 29 service Link: https://player.vimeo.com/video/401769591
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New: Link to United Church of Canada information on COVID-19 response.
March 22 Service link: https://player.vimeo.com/video/399550622
*If you have facebook, please look up; trinity lively facebook page- please make a friend request if you are not already. We will be using facebook to share some music and announcements. It is a private page that only members can see (like Ward 2 community page)
Wed at 7pm Larry will be on our page live- leading Encounter Worship- if you cannot tune it at 7pm- it will be recorded and can be watched whenever it's convenient for you.
Thursday Prayer Group; 10am- I will email attendees the link to the group- again if you would like to join please let me know- and follow same steps as above. I will open the room at 9:30 and we will sit join together listening to worship music.
Please consider those whom you are aware are not on our email list - please contact me so we can make sure everyone is included. As well I am working on a list of those I know who are not online. We would like to send all this correspondence to them, if you are willing to do some mail deliveries please let me know.
My contact: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 705 626 6938
Grace and Peace to you,
June 5th, Week #13
Dear Trinity friends,
Yesterday was June 4th, it's an anniversary for me. We gathered in a crowded arena in Elmira 10 yrs ago; I knelt as hands were laid on my head it was my ordination day. As I was kneeling, someone in the circle was pushing heavily on my head, so much so I had to resist against it to stay kneeling. It was distracting and confusing. Maybe this is something 'they' do to everyone? or perhaps it was the Spirit?
The next day, I preached in my home church and served communion for the first time. I was chatting with the minister and as we talked about the ordination service I mentioned that experience I had while kneeling. She proudly spoke up and said "I did that!, I wanted you to feel the weight of what you're called to" Well that explained it but I didn't like it then and as I remember it, it still irks me.
Whenever we try to do the work of the Holy Spirit we are stepping outside of our job description, it's not anyone's job to convict other than the Holy Spirit. I've felt the presence of the Holy Spirit on my head and it's lovely, as well I've felt burden and heaviness within my soul that is from God and I'm never left confused, or irked or distracted. Ten years later I would say to her, it wasn't your job to demonstrate the weight of the call, God has shown me perfectly well in this last decade.
Ordained ministry is a call to 'word, sacrament and pastoral care' and it's been lovely to be in the centre of this call with you. The weight of the call comes from love; meeting each of you in word as we discover truth together, standing with and before each of you- extending the sacraments which is grace embodied, and being with each of you in pastoral care, being able to look you in the eyes and get a glimpse of how you really are.
The weight isn't oppressive or imposed, it never should be a forced hand that burdens you down if that's the case then someones getting in the way of God. The weight that God has invited me to step into and toward- is the weight of love, messy and authentic; which included tears of joy b/c my heart was going to bust- or heartbreak and sitting in silence because the pain is so intense- and the call is to recognize God in the midst of all of it.
Writing my sermon for this week has been the longest time on record that I have ever needed to get words from my heart and head on paper. Don't worry, it doesn't mean it my longest sermon ever- but the process was painstakingly slow. I had a restless night, stirring and processing sound bites that have accumulated within, clips from the news, articles online, social media posts from friends, authors who have profound wisdom and humility. The wrestling was trying to sift through it all and help us find God in the midst of a world in chaos.
I find it interesting that on the anniversary of my ordination I am wrestling out a sermon that took almost 10 hours to write because the weight of all that we are witnessing these days is heavy- God heavy. In the service tomorrow I have a five minute video from my dear friend Rev. Adam Kilner. We were ordained together, we have done youth ministry together for years, he's lead worship for NYC and he was our guest preacher at Trinity this past November. Please listen to him, please if there is any service that you watch from beginning to end, this is the one.
Thank you for the last 10 years, it has been lovely, beautiful, mind-blowing and heartbreaking. It's been real, and messy and holy. No one needed to help me understand the weight of the call- God had that covered when He sent me to this 'Lively church'. I'm so grateful, God is good--all the time.
All the time...
In His Grace, Rev. Kathy
PS: I'm attaching a funny and lovely youtube clip from the James Corden late night show. James gets his dad on the show and he is a lovely man of faith- who helps all of national T.V. laugh- and then he sets up this beautiful moment-- everyone's heart is open- and on national T.V. he reads a psalm-- reads scripture!!-- it's powerful and poignant and remarkable. It made me wonder how many people actually picked up their bible as a result of this.
(if link doesn't work; go to youtube and search: Malcom Corden teaches Donald Trump how to hold the Bible)
Dear Trinity Friends,
Thank for making a commitment to stay connected and caring for each other. Thank you for picking up the phone and reaching out to someone you know lives alone. Thank you if you made a meal, or a card, or you've made deliveries or you've carried someone in your heart. Thank you for your willingness to feel awkward with technology and trying one more time to connect through zoom. All of these efforts lift us on the days when the clouds roll in.
We celebrate the sun and the warmth- the fresh air and the new- but few options for where and how we can spend our time. We are on a journey together- we have shared in each other's stories and this will be a reference point for many of us for a long time.
In the midst of this season, more changes are happening at Trinity. I'm proud to inform you that Pam Brown will begin her studies at Atlantic School of Theology in just a few short weeks (online-as Diane will be continuing her studies as well). Pam as a candidate for student ministry has been scooped up by Trinity United Church in Capreol. The council at Trinity voted unanimously to have her as their student minister and all things official need to be signed at the Office of Vocation in June. That said, Pam's start date is August 17th. She will be their student minister for the next 5 years.
I feel a bit like an empty-nester. Thrilled for all the things in store for both Pam and Trinity Capreol, yet aware of the absence we will feel with another significant loss of a dynamic leader in our congregation. We wish you all the best- we affirm your pastoral heart and your call to ministry. We celebrate all that God has done in and through you to bring you to this place in your faith journey. Trinity Lively- will always be your safe place to land, to come and worship- to be and not do- and we will always be your cheerleaders and share in all your successes in ministry. May God hold you and bless you as your heart prepares- to 'leave- and cleave'.
Francis Deminion's Funeral is Saturday at 1pm. The service will be live streamed from Jackson Bernard Funeral; See below the link home. https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=159051966360730
If this link doesn't work- please refer to the obituary for more information
As well Krista (daughter) would like her church family to know there is a website up for Fran for friends and family to share memories of fran.
Please visit and share; www.fabfran.ca
Thank you to the team that is providing the meal for the family following the service on Saturday.
Reachout: Thank you to all the little Trinity angels that are out there. I know Liz and Mike delivered 32 meals last week on behalf of Trinity and Inner City Home. Helen Gavard mobilized a team to make cards for Meadowbrook, see below.
Life during self-isolation can be very difficult but probably more difficult for the most vulnerable in our community—our seniors. So to send a bit of cheer a few of us created cards for all 82 residents at Meadowbrook. With special handwritten words of encouragement inside the cards we hope to brighten their day.
Thanks Diane Chapman Hodgins, Kate and Adrien Gravelle, and Kim Deguire from her “Stamp It” home business for helping me out with this project.
~ Helen Gavard IMG_1423.jpeg
It's Pentecost on Sunday! Come Holy Spirit Come. Dig our your reds-- see you at coffeetime!
Summary of Trinity Council Meeting; Tuesday May 12th*CE-Summer GO project/VBS has been cancelled- Trinity to receive returned deposit*Worship Team preparing for summer realities for online worship and possible collaboration with another church*Trustees continue to check on building weekly, all is well with the building*Finances are stable, thank you to all who give to support Trinity.*M&P-Diane will be off for 6wks as her courses begin online in June. Gaetanne Evans has volunteered to take on office responsibilities for that duration. Thank you Gaetanne!!
3) Consider Joy: Attached is a beautiful youtube link to a flashmob- of Beethoven's 9th Symphony "Ode to Joy' Maybe you've seen it before, it's worth a watch regardless. I watch the crowd, I watch the affect of joy becoming contagious for people. Joy deserves our attention- we need to stand and pay attention to joy. Watch- and be moved- when the choir joins- and sings in German- it doesn't matter if you understand the words- joy is contagious.
I've included the words in English- Beethoven put his music to the words of the poet Johann Christoph von Schiller, written about the joy found in the unity of humanity and nature. Ode to Joy- for such a time as this! "....brothers above the starry canopy there must dwell a loving Father"
O friends, no more of these sounds!
Let us sing more cheerful songs,
More songs full of joy!
Joy, bright spark of divinity,
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire-inspired we tread
Within thy sanctuary.
Thy magic power re-unites
All that custom has divided,
All men become brothers,
Under the sway of thy gentle wings.
Whoever has created
An abiding friendship,
Or has won
A true and loving wife,
All who can call at least one soul theirs,
Join our song of praise;
But those who cannot must creep tearfully
Away from our circle.
All creatures drink of joy
At natures breast.
Just and unjust
Alike taste of her gift;
She gave us kisses and the fruit of the vine,
A tried friend to the end.
Even the worm can feel contentment,
And the cherub stands before God!
Gladly, like the heavenly bodies
Which He sent on their courses
Through the splendour of the firmament;
Thus, brothers, you should run your race,
Like a hero going to victory!
You millions, I embrace you.
This kiss is for all the world!
Brothers, above the starry canopy
There must dwell a loving father.<
br/>Do you fall in worship, you millions?
World, do you know your creator?
Seek Him in the heavens;
Above the stars must he dwell.
Have a beautiful weekend, may you find joy- may you stand in awe of it as all creation bears witness to the divine. Grace and peace to you- Rev. Kathy
Week 8 Message
Greetings Trinity friends,
Hope you didn't pack your winter coats away or do too much garden work just yet. In hope we put out our patio furniture and canopy, only to be pulling it back down Thursday night so it wouldn't tear from the weight of the snow (sigh). Yes it's beginning to feel like Narnia, where it's always winter and never Christmas. I'm often amazed at the tenacity of life, particularly in the north. At he church, through the snow the daffodils press onward and upward. Birds sing- in the dark of morning, puffed up as the wind and snow blow- we complain and yet they sing. I'm setting my intention on listening for the birds this week.
I have just a few things to share with you this week:
Coffee Time last week was a success. Please join us at 11am on Sunday for a virtual coffee time through zoom. You will need a lap top, tablet or phone that has a camera on it. Please feel free to email if you have questions or need some tech support. The link to our coffee time tomorrow is in the email.
Reaching Out to Care for others: Re: Meadowbrook on lock-down
Let’s put our artistic talents together to design and make homemade cards for the 82 residents at Meadowbrook. I’m sure they would appreciate receiving notes of love and encouragement. If you’re interested in helping make cards or you have supplies that other's could use, please call or email Helen Gavard by Tuesday May 12th..
Thank You- to the many contributors for our weekly worship services, each week feels like I'm creating a kinder egg surprise for you- b/c you never know who you're going to see!
Happy Mother's Day- to all our mom's we celebrate you! Thank you for the gift of life- most of us are missing our mom's this weekend, may you find creative ways to connect- to be thankful - to celebrate and name the blessings in your life. In the midst of our limitations, may you find a song to sing.
Grace and Peace to you and all your loves,
Week 7 Message
Dear Trinity Friends,
My goodness it's nice to see the sun! It's felt like a grey and gloomy week for many of us and our outdoor escapes were hindered by the rain. (unless your name is Larry). This weekend promises to be beautiful and hopefully many of you can enjoy some sun. Thank you for taking the time to check in with me, I enjoy the email responses that help me to know how you're doing, or what's been meaningful or if there is anything you need. Usually I would be greeting you at the door as you leave worship, I miss being able to make eye contact- give you a hug (or a handshake) and share peace with you. So please if you're wanting to reach out- feel free. How was communion for you? I know it was so different- did you participate? Is there anything that could help you for next time?
As you are aware and have witnessed, we have been figuring out virtual church as we go and generally my sense is that we have been able to stay connected and encouraged in our faith, so I'm grateful. I would like to share with you today a prayer written by a woman named Missy Buchanan who lives in a nursing home and wrote a daily devotional book titled "Living With Purpose- in a worn-out Body". Her prayer brings to light what many of our congregants face who can no longer attend Trinity, this church closure has surfaced my own grief and longing for the sanctuary. Perhaps we will forever be changed how we worship and how we provide church for those who can no longer attend.
"Living with Purpose in a worn-out Body"
Church:God, I miss my church.I know it is more than a building, but I miss the familiar stained-glass windows that spill colourful patterns across the sanctuary floor.I miss the organ music that fills sacred space.I long to touch the pew with a peculiar knothole in the wood grain.Decades of worship, so many memories.Of baptisms and funerals, of weddings and potluck dinners.I wish I could kneel at the altar once again and stretch out my hands to accept the sacrament of Communion.I want to stand with friends and family and lift our voices together in grateful praise. But now the journey to church has become too strenuous for my frail body.Here at home, i fumble through the pages of my Bible and struggle to concentrate on each passage. How i wish my bent body could walk upright into the familiar sanctuary.But I can worship you anywhere...from my bed or in my chair.I am in your presence. Praise be.!
*HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY BETTY WALTON!! (Her Birthday is Sunday May 3rd) Betty and Brian are in Ottawa with their daughter Sandra and husband Rene. Please extend birthday wishes, Betty would LOVE to hear from you! She can be contacted at; email@example.com
*Save your milk bags please! Susan Leishman and Susan Hause have been working away at preparing milk bags to be made into sleeping mats for the homeless. If you have milk bags- you can leave them in the outdoor mailbox at the church- or tie them to the door handle and we will make sure they get to Susan.
*Video's Needed! Next Sunday is Mother's Day! Would you be willing to send me 10sec or less video naming the blessing that your mom was or is to you? (parents- please help your kids with this!) Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday please.
Executive Council Meeting April 30th:
*Pastoral Care going well- TLC team meeting every two weeks, phone calls, cards, emails going out regularly to Trinity congregation. Thank you to Gord Mantha for weekly deliveries of sermons/emails to those without internet
*Building- Trustees continue to check building weekly, sump pump working well, no issues or concerns
*Finance- Thank you for the ongoing financial support of Trinity, we appreciate your offerings as they are coming in. E-tranfer is a success and working well. The email to send e-transfers; email@example.com
*New Business- Executive thanks Bailey Foy for worship service she puts together for Trinity, from Easter Sunday forward. Bailey graduated in this field, works many hours a week on each service and currently is a student at LU without a job. We are grateful for her expertise and excellent work.
*Next full Council Meeting: May 12th
Week 6 Message
Trinity misses you. The building is beautiful and waiting for your return. I've been working from my office these days and I feel a bit like a lighthouse keeper. The light from this place will keep shining, no matter the storm or the dark. I've been having to work from my office because we do not have enough wifi bandwidth at home to support 5 adults. Larry is working from home and Kate is doing basketball workouts through zoom with her University Team. The building is lovely but empty. I picture you all here and look forward to the day-- whenever that day will come that we can worship together again in this space. May we sing a little louder, may we never take for granted the sound of our prayers and songs- and laughter and tears together. Our choir is grieving- and missing each other and the sound of their voices together. May we relish all the gifts of this family as they are generously shared, they are gifts that we've come to expect and without them we have become deeply aware of the treasures they are. May this season of 'lack' posture us toward a life changing shift towards gratitude as our default.
Sharing Communion This Sunday: Tomorrow I would invite you prior to lighting your Christ candle and sitting down to the worship service, to have with you some bread and juice of any kind. God is in midst of turning simple into sacred, and though this may be a real stretch for you, I trust your hunger will win you over. Jesus was revealed in the breaking of the bread, may we break bread together in worship, may we be transformed by the sacrament of sharing together at table. May we hold together the truth that sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace. To all who are thirsty- to all who hunger- come to the table.
Continuing Education: Friday April 24-Monday April 27th, Rev Kathy is taking the Grief Recovery Certification Course. Originally booked as a conference in Toronto, I will be spending long days in my office doing this course online. I will have the opportunity to participate in this course again face to face when it is back in Toronto- free of charge, which I will be eager to do. My hope is to use this training to help facilitate grief recovery as a ministry and outreach for Trinity. Thank- you to the coffee fairies who have been to my door. Thank you also to Rev Mel for providing the sermon this week while I was 'away' for con-ed.
FACE MASKS WE MADE IT!! Thanks to everyone who bought masks and especially to those who supplied interfacing and elastic, I was able to make more than 180 masks for church family and friends. To date I have raised $2065 for the church. Unless someone has more 1/4 inch elastic they wish to donate, I can only make a few more. Thanks again to all who participated in this fundraiser. Stay well.
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"- the link below is from a clip that was in the paper this week from Pioneer Manor. John Dingwall is featured in this lovely, uplifting piece. We are so grateful for all those who provide care on the front lines, in our long-term care homes and for our loved ones in their homes. They work so hard everyday and it's their heart that makes someone feel cared for- and they bring it, day after day. If you have someone in your life who is a front-line worker- a psw, a staff in long-term care- please send them a note of thanks and encouragement.
Peace to you-
God is good all the time!
All the time.....
Week 5 Message
Christ is Risen! Risen Indeed!
Happy Easter to all of you! How are you doing? What brings you joy? It certainly was a very different Easter than we are used to. How did you find connection with the ones you love? Have you noticed anything budding- or heard any birds? New life can't be stopped- even if winter tries to linger. Nature has so much to reveal to us about perseverance and patience and hope. May you turn your face toward the sun in these days and if you are without words- may you feel it's warmth and trust God, the maker of heaven and earth. May you trust God as you wait for spring to come.
Trinity Updates: We have been busy!Executive committee has met twice this month- Council has met twice this month. Finance committee met Tuesday April 14th, Worship Committee has met twice this month, TLC has met 3x and Mardi (chair of M&p) has been in touch with all staff twice this month. These are just the zoom meeting that I am aware have happened- and I know many of you have been connecting and touching base about the work at hand in caring for our church building and church community.
*Pastoral Care- Rev Kathy meeting weekly with TLC team who is doing a great job of connecting with Trinity friends. Weekly copies of church emails and sermons are mailed/delivered to 20 homes for those who don't have internet. Remembering Edwin Carmicheal and his family during this time of loss. Funeral was live streamed from JB Funeral Home Thursday 11am. Rev Kathy presided with 8 family members present. Online condolences appreciated especially during this time.
*Building; The trustees are checking on the building weekly and complete an inspection checklist. Thanks to Earl Mumford for his attention to and repair of sump pump. And to Mike and Liz for hanging outdoor 'He is Risen" sign- and placing the cross Easter Sunday morning. Heat and hot water are off.
Finance: Finance committee/council very grateful for those who are on PAR, if you would consider signing up for PAR at this time- please call Diane at the office- she is in on Wednesdays and return your calls. Donation tab now available at top of website www.trinitylively.com. (3% surcharge for Canada Helps service) Government assistance grant will be applied for this week for wage subsidy for 75% of Rev. Kathy's salary. Will be retroactive to March 15th. Huge thanks to Chris Gavard and Cathy Nadjiwon for the hours each of you have spent on the phone trying to find out the "whats" and the "how's" and all the info we need to move forward during this time.
E-transfer is now available! Instructions to e-transfer are as follows:
Face Mask Fundraiser is a huge success! Many thanks to Deb Vipond for initiating a face mask fundraiser. To date she has raised $1400.00! She is taking orders for anyone who is interested. Masks are $10 each all proceeds to Trinity. Her goal is to raise $1,500 for the church.
THANK YOU!There are so many to thank but I would like to do a shout out to the team that has surrounded me (or lives with me) that has help to craft such meaningful worship services. As I suspect you have witnessed our learning curve with technology. It has been one of the most challenging obstacles I have faced. Kristin and Pam just wait to hear from me, knowing they will be asked to do something, they are officially a part of the team. Thank you for not leaving me alone in this! Larry has spent countless evenings- especially last week, recording, playing guitar, finding music and running everything I need in the background, his help has been invaluable to all that we have been able to do. I'm thankful also for Kate and her willingness to sing- Wednesday nights- and hymns for Sunday mornings. One day- Bailey Foy was walking her dog past our house- and said over the fence- 'if you want help with the videos- let me know' She didn't have to ask twice- she graduated in 2018 from the Broadcasting Television and Video Production Program from Canadore College. Thank you Bailey for offering your gifts and talents!!!
Celebrating! Thursday April 16th- Laura Foy celebrated her 19th birthday! Thank you Laura for all the joy you share with us! You brightened our Easter services in more ways than you'll ever know! We pray God's blessings upon your year ahead and protection over your health. We love you!
Christ is Risen-Risen indeed- b/c God is good- all the time--All the time.......
Peace- Rev Kathy
Week 4 Message
Dear Trinity friends,
How are you? How are you holding up during these long days, weeks? I'm finding it hard to keep track of what day it is because each days feels a bit like the day before. We're heading into a long weekend, but what does that mean? Normally this would be a big family weekend for many of you, we've often think about our Christmas traditions- but what have been your Easter traditions? I want to encourage you to plan for some things in these next days- that are things you can look forward to- something that helps you take note that these days are special. Maybe order fish and chips for take out? Try downloading the free version of zoom - and schedule a family visit- or game night? Try making bread from scratch? Our family looked forward to an outdoor fire- but with the ban in place- I think we will sit on the deck around Jordan's smoker- as we wait 4hrs for the Easter ham. Easter morning- you can go for a drive- the drive that you would normally take to Trinity. Outside the church the flowered cross will stand- boldly declaring resurrection to the world. If you would like to bring a flower to add to the cross, it will be your solo pilgrimage to our symbol of hope and life and grace. You can park and pray-and linger until you feel gratitude seep into your soul. These days must be different- these days must save us from the temptation to despair. Spring is pushing it's way forward, life- renewal, new growth cannot be stopped- God is in the business of new life.
May I suggest if at all possible- go for your drive first to the cross- then watch the Easter Service- it will help your mind/heart/soul- be prepared to hear the good news. We normally spend at least an hour getting ready to go to church, all of that prep time allows us to be present in the pew- it is hard in the midst of your home- to finish unloading the dishwasher and then 'clicking' on church. Our brains have difficulty transitioning that quickly. If you can't take your drive to the cross or it's not realistic- at least find a special place to sit- light your candle- pray and allow yourself to be still- invite the Holy Spirit to come and fill you- pay attention to your breath - maybe sing 'be still'- and then- 'welcome to worship'.
We are in Holy week. Something has drastically happened to the crowd that shouted Hosanna last week and is now stirring and plotting; it's not long before we will be caught up with them- shouting 'crucify him!"
Please join us for the following services;
This evening- Maundy Thursday- Hand washing and Hymn Sing 7pm- on Trinity Facebook page.
Good Friday: The service will be emailed to you in the morning, as well the link will be available on Trinity Lively facebook page.
Easter Sunday; Will be emailed to you as well. The cross will be outside the church for the week.
*save your clay bones please- when we can be together again we will celebrate and watch the process of reclaimation of clay.
Exectutive Council Updates:
The executive council met again this week;
**trustees in place and checklist made for weekly building inspections
**finance: Finance committee meeting next week to further investigate financial possibilities available from UCC
**designated funds: approved the use of accessibility designated funds (approx $11k) in case of financial emergency- to be used with intention to replace at a later time.
**Website- 'donate' tab now accessible at top of page- www.trinitylively.com
**E-transfer: Chris working with Credit Union- e-transfer donations expected to be available by next week
**pastoral care: TLC team will continue to reach out- we now have 20 mail-outs/deliveries going to members who don't have internet. Trinity contacts have now been updated to 188 email addresses.
** Rev Kathy can only visit in hospital if patient is palliative, no visitors allowed at hospital or hospice at this time.
**Reach Out; anyone struggling with essentials at this time, please contact Rev. Kathy for more info.
**Worship: Pictures needed!! Please be sure to send Pam Brown a photo of hope- or joy- no explanations necessary. Please send no later than Friday- will be used for our Easter Sunday service. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Trinity Friends
How are you?
As the news changes every day, I am finding it difficult to find any sense of normal. Do you find your mind and heart is all over the place? One day maybe you feel anxious and another day perhaps angry or sad? Sometimes we can feel all three on any given day. One of our youth mentioned they’ve lost track of what day it is he said; “I’ve had 6 naps and 8 snacks and it’s still today!” I’ve come to realize that this sense of disregulation is the only normal for right now. I encourage you to be gentle with yourselves during this time. What we are dealing with is unlike anything we’ve ever known; so, pay attention to expectations you place on yourself about what you should be; doing- feeling-eating- accomplishing, living in a pandemic is difficult enough. Somedays you’ll do well, some days you won’t and that’s totally normal and okay. I found some great affirmations that may help normalize what we are feeling and help us to remember many of us are feeling the same way.
1. I’m allowed to rest
2. I don’t have to be productive to be worthy
3. My feelings are real
4. I am doing enough
5. I am allowed to take a break from the news
6. I deserve to be cared for
7. I am allowed to be fearful
8. I can spend extra time on myself
We are heading into Easter week with our churches being closed for an undetermined time. Communication and pastoral care continue to be my priority for leading our congregation through this time. Weekly emails every Friday will bring you updates and information from me as well as our council (as needed). Our TLC (Trinity Loving Care) pastoral care team has been making calls to our many members and adherents to check in, provide support and confirm contact information. The team has met weekly through zoom video conferencing; updates, good news stories, needs and prayer requests are shared and the team has been amazing and very encouraged by how meaningful these conversations have been for them. All pastoral care at hospital and hospice is now prohibited, I am limited to pastoral care through phone or email. Through the work of the TLC, we are aware who needs hard copies of communication/sermons mailed to them and weekly Diane is sending out correspondence.
Ministry through Zoom video conferencing
We have carried on with great participation with Tuesday evening Lenten Bible Studies, Thursday morning prayer group, Sr. youth ‘mid-day check in’ twice a week (Tuesday/Thursday) and Sr. Youth Hub Sunday evenings. Zoom has also made is possible for me to host and executive meeting, worship team meeting, council meeting and a TLC team meeting this week. As well Pam, Kristin, Larry and I were able to record Sunday worship service through zoom on Saturday night and email it out Sunday morning. I mentioned in my first email that technology would be a steep learning curve and I want to thank each of you for your willingness to try something new and unfamiliar. We are all learning together.
Important Updates from Council
Trustees- Building: Our building must remain closed, information received from UCC states that Diane and I are to have limited access to the building and that I am for the most part to be working from home. Our insurance requires a trustee must check on the building weekly to ensure all is well. The heat has been turned down and is on permanent hold, as well our hot water is off. Fridges have been emptied of perishable food.
1. Are you willing to go on PAR? If so please email Diane; email@example.com or call church office, she can help set you up.
2. Mail your cheque to church, will be picked up weekly
3. Donate online on website www.trinitylively.com donate button is at the top of the page; Canada Helps (is the paypal equivalent for non-profits, charges 3%)
4. Coming soon: etransfer capabilities
The Treasurer is also looking at government funding that is being made available to help subsidize my salary as well as our loss of revenue. Fundraising is also a significant -essential source of our income and the fish fry cannot happen in May- but Doug and Patti will offer it at a later time.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday- lent is almost behind us. Many of you have been able to access the services through video. Our facebook page (trinitylively) posts the Sunday morning services as well Wednesday evening Encounter Worship Services. If you join the page at 7pm you can watch the service live- and type in your prayer requests. If you miss it, the service is recorded and on our facebook page as well. All the Easter services will be available on the facebook page as well the Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be emailed to you.
Maundy Thursday service will be through facebook live 7pm (on Trinity facebook page) It will be a hymn sing, and a handwashing ceremony. If you have any hymn requests please reply to this email and let us know.
Easter Sunday- looking for hope! Please email Pam at picture you have of hope- or joy during this time. She would like to create a video for Easter Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Shield Regional Council: Please check the website for all up to date information www.canadianshieldrc.ca
*regional council meeting to be held in June in Sudbury has been postponed to June 2021
*regional youth/hub camping weekend May long weekend has been cancelled. TBD
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 15:9)
Grace and Peace,
705 626 6938 (text or call)
All Events at this time have been postponed for now.
What has Trinity been up to?
As a Community of Faith, we gather Sunday mornings at 10:30am, praising God through the Word, music and prayer.
Trinity has a vibrant Children's and Youth ministry. We invite you to explore all that Trinity has to offer through this ministry.
Trinity reaches out to care for those in need through various service projects both locally and globally. Trinity continues to strive to live as Jesus taught us; loving and serving others.
For more than 30 years, the United Church and Indigenous peoples have been on a journey towards mutuality, response and equity. Towards reconciliation. Towards Justice.
Ramps to Upper and Lower Hall Available (not to washroom facilities at this time)