Volume 75 - No. 6 | June 2023

JUNE TIDINGS 2023

Worship on Sunday June 4, 2023 at 10:00am


Worship: The Musical

"The Mighty Fortress Is Our God"

Also Communion Sunday

This service will NOT be live streamed - it is in-person only.

FROM THE INTERIM PASTOR

Reflecting on the Day of Pentecost which we celebrated last Sunday, and the good news of the Holy Spirit filling and dwelling in us, here's a favorite quote of mine that I'd like to share with you -- some inspiring words to carry you through the month.


"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." - Ray Bradbury

THANK YOU

A Huge "Thank You" to everyone who made Pentecost Sunday's worship service and picnic afterward the special event that it was. - Pastor Will

FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR

Hello Trinity Community,


I hope everyone has found some connection with the community and God in this season of new life and growth. I have extremely enjoyed the life that has shown in our church community over the past weeks. Thank you to everyone who has been present, both online and in-person. It is a pleasure to share worship with all of you! 


Please make sure June 4th is marked in your calendar so you don’t miss out on a unique service we are preparing called “Worship: The Musical” with a theme of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. The service will include many of the same elements of a traditional service, including Congregation Singing, Faith Formations, Special Music, & Communion. But the twist comes with using music to support 90% of the service time. You won’t want to miss this blended service using some familiar and inspiring arrangements of hymns, musical standards, and improvised transitions. Unfortunately, we will not be live streaming this service, so we hope you can make it in person. 


You have one more chance to hear the Worship Band and the Adult Voice Choir before they take their Summer Break until September. The Worship Band will be accompanying the service on Youth Sunday, June 11th, and performing a fun tune by Zac Brown Band. The Voice Choir will present an arrangement of “We are Marching in the Light of God” that uses South African translations on June 18th. Come support them as they share their talents!


Speaking of sharing talents…during the months of July and August, I am bringing back the moment for “Sharing of Gifts” in place of the typical “Special Music” time. Maybe you wrote a speech to inspire others, or a poem that expresses who you truly are and you want an audience to hear your words. Perhaps you have a secret talent that helps you connect with God and you want to share. Even a testimony of a God Moment can be your “gift”. I encourage everyone to reflect on what your talents or gifts from God might be (music not required). If you feel inspired to contribute to our service, my door (or email) is always open!


Reminder for Sound System Seminar: Are you looking for a way to help our services that doesn’t put you in the “spotlight”? Are you interested in how a Sound System works? In the summer months, we will be holding a one-time “Sound Tech Training” to help build a pool of volunteers who could take turns helping with sound during a service and future Coffee House Mic Nights. If you want more information or want to be added to the notification list for this event, reach out to me via email or catch me after a service.


As always, remember that the power of the church is the people. When we come together for the purpose of God’s work, great things will happen. Music brings people together.


Until We Meet Again,


Scott Arnold (he/him)

Music Director of 

Trinity Church of Northborough

SONG OF THE MONTH

Song of the Month is "You Raise Me Up", made famous by Josh Groban.

For video click here.

FULLER CENTER FOR HOUSING

BIKE ADVENTURE 2023

Fuller Center for Housing Bike Adventure


Trinity will be hosting 35 bike riders who will be on their way from Georgia to Portland, ME on June 21, 2023. The bike group is sponsored by the Fuller Center for Housing which was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 2005 after a long career with Habitat for Humanity. One of the things the foundation does to raise money in their quest to provide adequate shelter for all people is sponsor bike rides across America to raise money and work on houses. 


Trinity will be giving the riders a place to sleep and we will be preparing dinner for them on June 21st. We hope you will join us for dinner and conversation with the riders to hear about their adventure and the home building they’ve done along the way. Dinner will be complimentary. We just ask that you let us know so we will know how much to prepare. It will also be helpful if you can bring a dessert to share. 


There will be approximately 35 people from the Fuller Center so we will need lots of dessert. We’ll be sending out a questionnaire this week so you can let us know if you will attend and that you’ll be able to bring dessert.


More information about the foundation and the bike adventure are available at:

https://fullercenter.org/

https://www.fullercenterbikeadventure.org/


HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

I am looking to put together a list of people who would like to help when needed on our hospitality list. We are looking for people when we have collations(after funeral services) to help with set up, serving, clean up and baking. If you would like to be called upon, please email me at:

[email protected] or call/text me at

(508) 596-1776.

FROM OUR SEARCH COMMITTEE

We Need You!


The Pastoral Search Committee has been busy working on the preliminary steps to calling a settled pastor. We have volunteered to spearhead this process, but we are working for you, the congregation! 


The committee is organizing small groups to give you updates and get your input. The small groups will be held at various dates and times in order to accommodate as many parishioners as possible. The dates we have chosen are: 


June 7 and 14 at noon at Trinity (lunch).

June 11th following worship service (lunch). 


Please look at these dates over and mark your calendar. RSVP to the Church Office ([email protected]) for the lunch meetings on June 7, 11, or 14th.


Congregational survey: What is the future of Trinity and what qualities do we need in a pastor. Please fill out our congregational survey (click here).


We hope to see you soon!

Your Search Committee: Jean Leif, Martha Michalewich, Barbara Baker, Lynn Garry, Linda Corbett, Danika McLaughlin.

FROM OUR FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR

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


Trinity Tots has our final get-together of the school year on June 11th with a special trip to the park if it is nice.

Our Community A.C.T.S group is hard at work! They are working on Music for Meals and hope you come to join us on June 9th!


To play sign up Click Here:

FROM THE ONA / SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM

Social Justice Conversation


Members and friends of Trinity Church are invited to “A Conversation with an Asian American” in church after worship on Sunday, June 4, 2023. We will begin with a lunch consisting of pizza, salads, desserts & beverages. I will spend 15 minutes briefly sharing my family’s history and my experiences growing up in Boston MA. I will share with you three things about me, then we will have an open Q & A conversation.


My wish is to promote harmony and understanding between all people. This is why I am opening up this rare opportunity for you to converse with a person of another race.


Dave Chin 

APPLEFEST 2023

Please email me if you would like to join the Applefest Committee here at Trinity- it is a fun day and one of our biggest opportunities to raise money and highlight our church to the Northborough Community!

My email is [email protected]

For the 2023 Applefest Crafters Agreement Click Here

THE PASTORAL CARE TEAM

The Pastoral Care team is available for anyone who would appreciate a friendly caring call or a check in on a home bound member. We keep in touch weekly or monthly or whatever is needed. We even make “sunshine“ house visits with a small box surprise!


Just to let you all know that we are here and if you or you know anyone who would benefit from a call from our team please contact Linda F. at: l[email protected] or Michele W. at [email protected]

PASTOR PARISH RELATIONS COMMITTEE

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:

Kalpana Samuel, [email protected] (845) 837-1780

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

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

SANCTUARY GREETERS NEEDED

UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS

BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP

Saturday June 17, 2023 Breakfast Fellowship is canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

We will start up again in October. I hope all of you have a wonderful summer.


Tom Danforth

CALLING ALL GRADUATES!

We will be recognizing our preschool - college graduates on Sunday June 11, 2023 (Youth Sunday). Please let us know if someone in your family is graduating so we can include them in this event. Please submit this information to Rita at [email protected] no later than Sunday June 4, 2023.


High School Grads - Please let us know where you are graduating from and what your plans are going forward.


College Grads - Please let us know where you are graduating from, along with the degree you are receiving..

ONGOING EVENTS AT TRINITY

Coffee or Tea on Zoom Wednesdays at 9:00am


Chat on Zoom, Wednesdays at 9am.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/954033518


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.

Pastor Will at Brilla Coffee Wednesdays at 10:00am.


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.

THRIFT SHOP NEWS

Summer Hours



The "Count Your Blessings" Thrift Shop will be open on Wednesdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm for the summer, starting on Wednesday June 14 - through the end of August.


For Applefest, we are accepting small furniture pieces, such as end tables & bookshelves - NO stuffed furniture. These items can be dropped off during regular thrift shop hours or Sunday mornings after church service only. They will be stored in the garage until Applefest.


June Sale! "Buy One/Get One Free" on all clothing!


Household item donations are needed!

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.  

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

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.

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

July office hours will be:

Wednesday 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm

Thursdays 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm

Monthly Email for July & August

Please note there will be no July or August Tidings. We'll send out a monthly email that will be a simplified format. Please have any information you would like included in that email to me no later than Monday June 26th.


TRINITY CHURCH

23 Main Street ~ Northborough, MA 01532

(508) 393-8156

t[email protected]


July Office Hours

Wednesday 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm

Thursdays 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm


www.trinitynorthborough.org


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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