Volume 74 - No. 4 | April 2022
APRIL TIDINGS
Worship on Sunday, April 3, 2022 @10:00am

"Good Things Take Time" with Communion and John Fraize providing the music.
Sermon based on Luke 13:6-9

The Building Study Committee invites you to a tour of the building and lunch.

If you are worshiping from home, please have a piece of bread or cracker and a drink ready for Communion.

The service will also be live streamed to Facebook.


Don't have Facebook? Don't worry, you can still view the live service from any device by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/Trinitychurchnorthborough/      

A step-by-step tutorial on how to access Facebook Live, click HERE

Have your Bible, a candle and lighter ready and create a worshipful space, maybe with a cross, a nice tablecloth, or other devotional items that are meaningful to you.

Replay on Verizon channel 31 and Charter channel 191
Sundays (previous week's) at 6pm and Thursdays at 8:30am. 

Rita is here to help you. If you need technical assistance please email her at trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com or call her (508) 393-8156 and she will walk you through each step.
Coffee Hour 
Join us for coffee hour after worship!
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR VALERIA
Easter is getting closer! Spring is in the air!

It's been a long, cold winter. Our second winter in a pandemic. We're starting to see the effects on people's mental health and emotional well-being. Isolation, added financial stress, and worries about the health of our loved ones are taking their toll on us. I read a comment about how people have aged significantly over the last two years. I can see that. I can see it in the mirror! People are exhausted and weary.

And then over a month ago, a war was started in Ukraine. My generation, especially being German, were taught that there is nothing worse than war and we must do everything in our power to prevent war from ever happening again. And yet, here we are, seeing the images on the news, feeling helpless and at a loss for words. Maybe some of you are experiencing compassion fatigue and avoiding the news. It's just too much suffering.

And yet. We believe in a God who took immense human suffering and turned it into hope and life for an entire world. Jesus' suffering stands for the suffering of all innocent victims of violence and political oppression. Jesus' loneliness, being betrayed and deserted by his friends, his fear and grief stand for the emotional suffering of all of God's children.

We will spend time together reflecting on this on Good Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary and on Facebook live. As a symbolic act of hope we will end the service with a candlelight vigil in front of Trinity Church.

We believe in a God who doesn't pretend that all is well in the world. A God who gives us the freedom to make our own decisions - for better or worse. And a God who will lead and love us through it anyway.
When I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders I look at the cross. I look at Jesus dying so nobody must ever die alone, or in vain. I look at Jesus forgiving those who hurt him, and reprimanding those who wanted to take violent revenge on his behalf. And I see love. Nothing but love.

Love is stronger than death. Love is stronger than war and injustice. Love is more powerful than all the pain and suffering in the world. That's all we have to hold onto. And it's all we need.

I look forward to celebrating love and life with you on Easter Sunday.
Until then, I will keep praying for peace and healing, and I will keep believing in a God who is Love.

With Hope,
Pastor Valeria.
LENT AT TRINITY
Lent is the season when we follow Jesus' example in fasting and praying to become clear about what God is calling us to do, and to find the strength and courage to heed the call. Pastor Valeria invites you to choose a spiritual practice that will be meaningful to you in this way. She encourages you to try the Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge that lists activities for 21 days but can easily be extended to fill the 40 days of Lent:


During worship in Lent you will hear Deacons and members of the Worship Team share their personal Lenten practices.

Pastor Valeria also invites anyone who is interested in "going deeper" about the topic of each Sunday's sermon to join her at coffee hour. We will have a separate round table to the side of the hall to allow for conversations, questions, and sharing.
WORSHIP SERVICES
April 10 Palm Sunday

April 17 Easter Sunday in the parking lot

April 24 with guest speaker from Habitat for Humanity. Welcome to our new music director, Scott Arnold!
Engaging the Passion of Christ and the Environmental Crisis

Online worship offered by the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ
Friday, April 15, 3:00p.m.
LAY-PREACHERS WANTED
Here is your opportunity to preach! We all have a story to tell - what's yours? Join us for a lay-preaching workshop with Rev. Dr. David Fountain to prepare a sermon for our congregation. David will lead us in a fun, non-threatening workshop to prepare a sermon from beginning to end. Contact Jean Leif (jhleif@gmail.com) for more info.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR!
Scott Arnold began playing piano in second grade and grew up highly involved in church music. During his career in church music, Scott has had the privilege to work with a variety of congregations and choirs. In 2013, Scott received his Bachelor’s Degree of Music Education from Arkansas Tech University and has taught public school music for 7 years.

In Summer 2020, Scott moved cross country and settled in the “Boroughs.” Most recently, he has served as the Minister of Music for the Elm Street Congregation Church in Southbridge, MA, as well as teaching general music and chorus at Marion E. Zeh Elementary of Northborough. Scott currently resides in Westborough, with his husband, Ben, and two dogs, Will & Gracie.

Scott's first Sunday at Trinity Church will be April 24.
FROM THE SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM
MA Senate Bill 365

Please support Massachusetts Senate bill 365 which will create a commission to study and provide changes and/or additions to our K-12 history curriculum. Our students need a “more complete” history which will help them understand themselves and also those of other racial/ethnic backgrounds better! Better informed and more aware citizens enable our democracy.

What can you do to help?

Email or contact your state senator and state representative with your support of bill 365. This bill was initiated by high school and college age youth. See website: care4eduequity.org

Dave Chin, Social Justice Team
Town
State Senator
State Rep
Northborough





Westboro


Shrewsbury


Marlborough


Hudson


Harriette Chandler

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Michael O. Moore

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FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
The Trinity Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for the 2022 scholarship awards.

The deadline for application submittals is May 7th. The instructions and requirements are listed on the Scholarship application - Click Here.

You can obtain an application via the Trinity Website or send an e-mail to Paul Pazareskis at: jopazz@hotmail.com
FROM THE BUILDING STUDY COMMITTEE
The work to look at our church building is on-going.

We are inviting you, the congregation, to join us on April 3 for tours of the building following worship. We’re inviting you to see the amenities and possibilities that each space has to offer. It’s an opportunity to re-introduce yourself to the building, as if you were walking through it for the first time. We want to hear your thoughts on how we can connect our building with our mission to “share God’s love in all the world.”

We will be reaching out to community members in May to get their input about how they perceive our building and how it can be used by the community. We’ll start with the Master Plan Team and then invite other community leaders to see the building and give us their feedback on the building and its potential.
As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact any member of the committee.

Trinity’s Building Study Committee:
Tom Danforth, Jean Leif, Martha Michalewich, Barbara Sutherland, John Posluszny, Pete Carlsen, and Jennifer MacNeil
FROM THE OUTREACH TEAM
South Action UCC Church Mission Movers 50/50 Furniture Drive
Do you have gently used furniture you would like to donate? We will pick it up! Donations will be delivered to Household Goods in Acton as part of a special furniture drive on April 22. Our friends at South Acton UCC Church are celebrating 50 years of their Mission Movers outreach program. Contact John at johnposluszny@gmail.com.

Fresh Start Furniture Bank kitchen utensils
We collected over 250 kitchen utensils during the past two months. Thank you! Donations will continue to be collected in the hallway bin.

Northborough Helpers
Could you use a helping hand? We are here to help with minor home repairs, moving furniture and brush cleanup. Our team consists of volunteers from across Northborough. Contact John at johnposluszny@gmail.com

Dates to Remember
We will be providing Worcester Fellowship Sunday worship service lunches on: Apr 17, and Jun 19, and lunch for Thursday Café May 12.
FROM OUR CHRISTIAN ED DIRECTOR
March was the the start of some fun new beginnings! We began our Trinity Tots program focused on getting our littlest community members and their parents and grandparents together for some fun, faith and socializing. This will be a monthly meet up going forward. Spring is here and we are ready to turn the garden and get outside. The Christian Education team is looking forward to seeing our older kiddos and teens as we enjoy the nicer weather and more opportunities to get together.
We are in need of teachers and assistant teachers. Sherry preps all the material and sends it to teachers to preview before Sunday. If you can help please email her at trinitycenorthboro@gmail.com It is a wonderful way to spend some time with our youth and cultivate intergenerational relationships.
Reminders: Please be sure to go online and fill out all the necessary forms for your child(ren) to participate in our programs. https://www.trinitynorthborough.org/children-youth-forms

BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP
Breakfast Fellowship - April 16

The third Saturday of each month (October - May)
8:30am - 10:00am Fellowship Hall
Breakfast followed by discussion

All are welcome and I hope you join us!

For more information or to add yourself to the Saturday Breakfast Fellowship email list, please contact me at johnposluszny@gmail.com.
PASTOR VALERIA'S ABSENCE
Pastor Valeria will be on vacation from April 18 - 24. In case of a pastoral emergency please contact Rev. Lee Atherton at 508-308-7116 or Lee@coachrev.com
ONGOING EVENTS @ TRINITY
Zoom Bible Study
Mondays @ 1pm
Have you ever wanted to delve into the Bible and talk with others about how it really pertains to today's life? Join us for our Zoom Bible Study Mondays at 1pm. Contact Jean Leif (jhleif@gmail.com) for the Zoom link.
Count Your Blessings Thrift Shop
The thrift shop is open on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 10am - 2pm
The thrift shop is accepting gently used shoes and clothing donations
Pastor Valeria at Brilla Coffee Wednesdays at 9:30am - EXCEPT APRIL 20
Pastor Valeria has resumed her Wednesday morning coffee chat. Brilla Coffee (formerly known as Inhouse Coffee) is located at 17 West Main St in Northborough. This is an opportunity to gather in an informal setting, and to show our presence in the community.
Coffee or Tea on Zoom Wednesdays at 9:00am
Chat on Zoom, Wednesdays at 9am.
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Rita is here to help you. If you need technical assistance please email her at trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com or call her (508) 393-8156 during office hours.
SUPPORT TRINITY
Give to Trinity Church
These are challenging times for many. If you are not financially impacted by the current situation we ask you to prayerfully consider increasing your support to Trinity Church, to make up for those who cannot meet their pledge, so we may continue to do God's work through Trinity Church. Thank you for your faithful, generous giving! 

Please make your checks payable and mail them to Trinity Church: 23 Main St, Northborough, MA 01532
 
You can also use “bill pay” and have your bank mail a check to us on a regular schedule set up by you, at no cost.
 
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WORSHIP VIDEOS
Watch Sunday's worship using the link below. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view this video!
Subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch a
selection of Pastor Valeria's sermons and our worship music.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Community Meal Take-Out

We have resurrected Community Meals but in a to-go manner and we need your help.   

We will be ordering $5.00 meals from local food establishments and distributing them to our community meals guests to-go, every Wednesday at 5:30pm. in the parking lot of Trinity Church. Various organizations have committed to monetary donations for these entrees. 

But, you can't have a meal without servers, water and dessert. We are looking for volunteers to sign up to donate a case of water or 2 dozen individually wrapped desserts and/or stand in the parking lot and deliver the meals to guests in their parked cars. All guidelines of social distancing will be observed. 

If you are interested in helping, please see the available opportunities and sign up here: 

To donate towards the purchase of meals, please make your checks out to "Helping Hands Association" with "Community Meal" on the memo line, and mail them to Northborough Helping Hands, P.O. Box 383, Northborough, 01532.  

** Curbside Community Meals Sign up
ONLINE CHURCH DIRECTORY
Are you interested in being added to the online church directory?
Please use the instructions HERE to add yourself and your family to the Trinity Church online database.


If you need any assistance connecting to the online directory please contact the church office:
(508) 393-8156 or trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
~ Everyone who is missing a loved one
~ Everyone who is currently in cancer treatment.
~ Everyone affected physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially by COVID-19.
~ Nursing home residents, their families, and staff.
~ All first responders, health care workers, grocery workers and anyone who is working on the front lines. 

If you know of someone who is hospitalized, ill, suffering from the loss of a loved one, or troubled in some way and in need of a pastoral call, please call Pastor Valeria at the church office, 508-393-8156.
Deadline for May 2022 Tidings
Please be sure to have all your info for the May Tidings in to the church office by Monday April 25, 2022.
TRINITY CHURCH
23 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-8156

Office Hours:

Monday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 3pm
Tuesday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 3pm
Wednesday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 3pm
Thursday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 3pm
Friday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 3pm

Rev. Valeria Schmidt, Sr. Minister


Trinity Church is an Open & Affirming / Welcoming & Affirming Congregation

Trinity Church's mission is to fill its people with the love of God
and share God's love in all the world.