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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM COUNCIL:

Effective December 23, 2021, Council has voted to suspend temporarily all in-person worship and building access. The church building will only be available for entry by staff, for volunteers assisting in online worship services, or for essential needs as determined by existing entry policies, as set out and communicated previously by Council.

There is great sadness about this decision. It has been discerned with diligence and prayer, and is made in light of the present case numbers, with particular concern for the most vulnerable in our midst. The timing of it all is terrible. The sorrow of another Christmas apart is shared by us all. We are simply doing our best to follow the best, safest practices, for the greater good of this congregation and community.

Through all of this tumultuous, unwanted time, may we keep our eyes fixed firmly on the promises of God. Hope, peace, joy, and love are gifts of this season, but they come without expiry or boundary. Wherever we are, living love in the Way of Jesus, we are celebrating Christmas, rejoicing in the power of life born anew, and holding fast to all that is still to be.

Proof of Vaccination is required to enter Trinity United Church
Please bring your vaccination proof and ID with you.

Effective January 4, 2022, Proof certificates must include a QR code.

This Week @ Trinity January 14 to 21, 2022

THE JOURNEY OF FAITH CONTINUES:

In this beautiful Season of Epiphany, we will read along with Luke and the prophets, seeking wisdom and light, in all that God reveals anew.  Please join together online for worship on Sundays at 10:30am (or anytime after on YouTube) for ‘The Gifts of Epiphany’.  God’s hope, peace, joy, and love continue to be poured out, in abundance. 

*Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, January 16, to mark Epiphany and The Baptism of Jesus. We invite you to gather some simple elements for our feast together. You can set a small table with some bread or crackers, grape juice or water, and even a small candle. Wherever you are, God is with you.  How beautiful it is to be connected in this sacred time and space.  

WAYS TO CONNECT & GROW:

Coffee & Conversation continues online.  Please join with Rev. Heather and a screen full of church family, for weekly, after-worship check-in and visiting—every Sunday starting at 11:30am.  Community can still find a way!  ZOOM meeting ID: 823 5224 6218  passcode: 940316

Committee Meetings for the Week of January 17 to 22, 2022

Pastoral Care   Tuesday, January 18 @ 1pm

Wednesday @ 1   Wednesday, January 19 @  1pm

Outreach   Wednesday, January 19 @ 4pm

Retired Men’s Group  Thursday, January 20 @ 9:30am

Council   Thursday, January 20 @ 7pm

Thinking About Lent Yet?

While we bask in this time of Epiphany, it’s not too early to look ahead and prepare for Lent… which begins in just over 7 weeks, on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.  It’s true!  Starting the week of March 7 (time and day tbc), Rev. Heather will be offering a weekly study group, to consider “Lesser Evils: Daily Reflections on Seeking Wisdom”.  From the UC Book Store summary:  Regardless of how righteous we might feel about our decisions, we choose evils every day, hoping that we are choosing the lesser ones. Lesser Evils explores everyday dilemmas of seeking the good while choosing the lesser evil from a Christian perspective. This collection of Lenten devotions challenges all followers of Jesus to faithfully attempt to do and seek good in our actions and choices. A study guide is included.”

Want to order your copy?  Soft cover and e-book editions are available at https://ucrdstore.ca/collections/lent-and-easter OR contact the office by January 31 for a group order. 

SABBATH TIME:

New Year, New Day Off:  Please note that Rev. Heather is now going to mark her day off on Mondays (previously scheduled meetings for January will be honoured).  As always, for pastoral emergencies, please call her home phone at 905.484.2534.  May you, too know the gifts of rest and reflection, this season and always. 

More than a Bible Study!  Wed@1 is an inquiring group of folks who take a look at the scripture reading which the minister has chosen to inform the message for the next Sunday. We read it in a variety of versions of the Bible, think about why it may of be written and for whom. We then begin the struggle as to how we see it applying to the events of our time and our daily living.   We freely admit that our discussions often wander as we contemplate what it means to be Christians facing the dilemmas of life that confront us, whether they be political, environmental, global conflicts, health issues and other areas.  We promise that we are not stuffy intellects, quite the opposite in fact. Mostly we are curious.We would love to hear the voices of others. Please consider joining us at Wednesday at 1 pm. Just follow the link.

Trinity’s No Pressure Book Club meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 7pm.  We have a wonderful time exploring all kinds of books and are always looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to join us, please get in touch with the Office or follow the ZOOM link. 

Retired Men’s Group   Every Thursday at 9:30am, Paul Roth hosts the Retired Men’s Group on Zoom.  If you would like to join in, please just email Paul at pcroth131@gmail.com, to get the login details. 

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