Volume 75 - No. 1 | January 2023


Worship on Sunday January 1, 2023 at 10:00am


"What Does Jesus Mean To You"

There will be NO Facebook Live on 1/1/2023.

Communion Sunday will be Sunday January 8th.

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

This service will be live streamed on 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: [email protected] or call her (508) 393-8156 and she will walk you through each step.


January 2023

My New Year’s wish for Trinity Church is that you and I fully embrace the eternal truth the late South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu shared in his book, God Has a Dream:

Someone has said: ‘There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, for God already loves you perfectly and totally.’ 


‘But more wonderfully, there is nothing you can do to make God love you less – absolutely nothing, for God already loves you and will love you forever.’

With every good wish for a blessed and bright 2023.



“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.” 

--Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 20th century Christian theologian

Thank you to the people of Trinity Church for the kindness and generosity you have shown me, especially during the Advent and Christmas season. I sincerely appreciate it. 


Rev. Will Seals


Title: "All Glory Be to Christ" by Kings Kaleidoscope - for video CLICK HERE


Happy New Year from your Board of Deacons! Here are some important updates:

  • The Deacons have appointed a search committee for a settled pastor:  Lynn Garry (representing Deacons), Linda Corbett (representing Christian Education), Danika McLaughlin (representing youth), Jean Leif, Martha Michalewich, Donna Greska, and Barbara Baker.  We will begin meeting in January

  • Our Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 29th, 2023, at 11:00am in Fellowship Hall. 


  • The Deacons will be hosting a congregation information meeting after church on Jan. 8th to discuss some of the Annual Meeting warrant articles, talk about some of the challenges our church is facing, and discuss some options going forward.  All are welcome to attend. You may join in person or by Zoom:


Meeting ID: 885 5510 7559

Passcode: 543168

  • WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Please consider joining a ministry team in 2023. Teams include Christian Education, Worship, Social Justice, Outreach. Most of the teams meet monthly via Zoom. Talk to any Deacon for more info.

  • Weather cancellations: in the event that we cancel Sunday services due to inclement weather, we will post the cancellation on our website, send an email to our members, and post on WBZ channel 4. 


Hello Trinity Church Community!

This past Christmas Season was a great experience for myself, and I hope it was for many of you! In addition to the wonderful special music presentations and the hilariously fun “Flip the Script” Pageant, many musicians and volunteers came together for a night of beautiful music. The 2022 Lesson & Carols service was a wonderful presentation of what the Trinity Church Music Ministry has to offer its community. Music is a gift from God, given for all to share! Thank you to all of the performers, volunteers, and audience members for being a part of this event!

For the groups that performed, take a well-deserved break from weekly rehearsals. Hand Bell Choir and Voice Choir will resume their weekly meetings after a few weeks to begin their preparations for the Lent & Easter Seasons. Keep a look out for updates on the first rehearsals back from Tom or myself.

January also comes with a 5th Sunday, which has become one of my favorite new traditions at Trinity: 5th SUNDAY SINGING! Mark your calendars so you won’t miss out. If you have any requests for this month’s line-up, send them my way by email or by filling out a Hymn Request Form during Coffee Hour Fellowship on Sundays.

Looking into the New Year, I hope you might consider joining one of our music ministry groups: Adult Voice Choir, Hand Bell Choir, Worship Band, Worship Planning Team, & Volunteering for Worship. If you have any questions about these groups, you can reach out to me via email ([email protected]).

May the New Year bring you many blessings and may we grow in generosity, kindness and forgiveness, hope, faith and love!

Until We Meet Again,

Scott Arnold (he/him)

Music Director of 

Trinity Church of Northborough


It has been wonderful to see kids signing up for our programs! We will continue next month by sharing children's time during our church service.

Our Community A.C.T.S group is hard at work! They are now working on their next project to help our local community with Period Poverty.

1 in 5 students in the US do not have access to period products on a monthly basis.4 out of 5 of those students miss school because of their lack of access to these products.

Our Goal: to raise $5,000 by 1/31/23 and be able to help 500 students. 

Some of these these donations will be given to the Northborough Schools, Northborough Food Pantry and the Northborough Library.

Here is how you can help:

  • Sponsor a kit(s) for just $10 per kit (includes reusable pouch, pads, tampons and panty liners that are organic cotton and/or biodegradable)

  • Help spread the word on social media

Please go to our fundraising page https://northboroperiodpalooza.causevox.com// and contribute and then share with your friends and family! Even donating a small amount can make a big difference!  

Watch a video by the kids CLICK HERE

We flipped the script on our Christmas pageant this year and our adults that volunteered to have some fun were fantastic! A BIG thank you to everyone who helped out! 

After a 3 year hiatus due to Covid the Faith Fair came. It was a wonderful afternoon spent with 8 different houses of worship in our area and visitors from the community.

We need your help! In order to run a variety of programming for our youth we need volunteers. Do you enjoy being around our littlest members, love to dig in and make a difference in the community or have interest in being a sub for our sexual health class? Is it more your speed to help decorate the trinity altar as part of our new altar scaping or telling a story during our childrens moment? Please reach out to Sherry at [email protected] or 508-254-2217.


The Pastor Parish Relations Committee, or PPRC, consists of three people whose purpose is to support and sustain an open and healthy relationship between the pastor and the members of the congregation…and to ensure open and honest communication amongst all parties.

Our monthly meetings include a time of sharing within the group and a discussion of timely matters, mainly concerns expressed by members of the congregation. Committee members and contact information are listed here:

PPRC Members:

Barbara Baker, [email protected] (978) 562-2460

Forest Lyford, [email protected] (774) 258-1096

Kristine McLaughlin, [email protected] (774) 258-0285



Did you know that this month will mark 20 years that Trinity Church has been ONA? (Open and Affirming / Welcoming and Affirming Congregation). We are excited to celebrate that monumental milestone and invite you to come join us for our 20th. anniversary event on Sunday January 22, 2023. This celebration will include a service of special liturgy, music and Fellowship. 

We are also extremely honored to have Guest Preacher Rev. James Ross II, Minister for Diversity Equity and Inclusion - From the Southern New England Conference UCC join us for this extraordinary occasion.

A potluck luncheon will be in the Fellowship Hall following the service, your contribution of entrée, side dish or dessert is appreciated!


The thrift shop is now open. Our new hours are Wed, Fri, Sat. 10 -2, and we're accepting clothing donations in the marked bins, and housewares donations when the shop is open.



Coffee or Tea on Zoom Wednesdays at 9:00am

Chat on Zoom, Wednesdays at 9am.


Meeting ID: 954 033 518

Password: 569713

Dial by your location

+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 954 033 518

Rita is here to help you. If you need technical assistance please email her at [email protected] or call her (508) 393-8156 during office hours.


Bible Study will NOT be meeting Jan 2nd but will meet again Jan 9th. We will be starting a new topic - the Gospel of Mary Magdelene, one of the Gospels that DIDN'T make the cut when our Bible was put together in AD 397. If you haven't been to one of our Bible studies before, this is a "not-your-grandma's" Bible study. Try us out for some spirited discussion and lots of laughs. Mondays at 1pm on Zoom. Contact the church office or Jean Leif at [email protected].

Pastor Will at Brilla Coffee Wednesdays at 10:00am - WILL RESUME ON 1/11/2023.

Join Pastor Will Wednesday mornings 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.


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. Or give online at www.trinitynorthborough.org/donate


Community Meal Take-Out

If you are interested in helping, please see the available opportunities to sign up CLICK 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.  

Christmas Tree Removal

Sponsored by BSA Troop 101 Northborough

The town-wide Annual Christmas Tree Removal sponsored by Troop 101 will take

place on Saturday, January 7, 2023.

Sign Up and PAY ON-LINE at https://ScoutSales.org?560.17.1950

Scouts will pick up your tree on Saturday, January 7th, 2023.

To be added to our pick-up route, simply sign up and pay before Friday, January 6, 2023

by 5 PM (or call 508-281-9972 and leave your information). Then just leave your tree

near the curb before 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7th, 2023.

Cost: $10 per tree.

This service is designed to provide Northborough residents an easy and

environmentally-friendly method of disposing of their Christmas trees while helping to

fund troop activities. This is the 20th year of the fundraiser. Feel free to inform your

friends and neighbors of this service. Please note: pickup is only available in the town

of Northborough.

Questions? Email: [email protected] or call 508-281-9972.

Thank you for your continued support of Troop 101.


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 Will Seals at 508-393-8156.


A celebration of Life for Robert S. Murphy will be held on Friday, January 6 2023 at 11:00am.

Deadline for February 2023 Tidings

Please be sure to have all your info for the February 2023 Tidings in to the church office by Friday January 20, 2023.


23 Main Street ~ Northborough, MA 01532

(508) 393-8156

[email protected]

Office Hours

Monday thru Friday, 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm


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.


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