Volume 74 - No. 3 | March 2022
MARCH TIDINGS
Worship on Sunday, March 6, 2022 @10:00am

"Lay Your Burdens Down" based on Matthew 11:28-30 

The service will also be live streamed to Facebook.

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

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
As you read this, Lent will have just begun. 40 days (actually, 46 days including Sundays which traditionally are not considered fasting days) lie before us as an opportunity to take a closer look at our relationship with Jesus and how it affects our personal lives, our involvement in our community, and in global issues. COVID is still here. There is a war raging in Ukraine. Refugees from all over the world are coming to the U.S. And scientists, climate experts and the younger generations are reminding us of the serious threat climate change poses to life on this planet.
That's a lot of heavy material. Sometimes we just have to stop looking at the news or we will get overwhelmed and depressed.
But we also don't want to pretend these things are not happening, just because they may not affect us personally (yet).

I found this photo as I was looking for visuals for worship last week:
It shows the feet of two people standing close together. Are they friends, a couple, parent and child? What might they be doing? Praying? Admiring artwork or an architectural structure? Maybe they're singing, attending a concert, or protesting?

To me, the image exudes peace and passion. Passion led them here. Passion for each other, for whatever it is they might be looking at or listening to, or for a cause they care about.

It was passion that made it possible for members of Trinity and the wider community to form a Neighborhood Support Team and welcome Rose and Mark to Northborough.

It's passion that leads the Social Justice Team to keep us educated and talking about current issues.
It's passion that makes members of the ONA Team plan events and projects to help us as a church become more inclusive and welcoming.

It's passion that inspired a new member to bring back the food pantry bags.
It's passion that keeps us actively supporting Worcester Fellowship and Community Meals.
It's passion that encourages Sherry and the CE Team to discover new ideas about how to connect to our families.

And it's my passion to keep preaching, talking and writing about matters of faith, justice and peace.
The word "passion" not only refers to a strong emotion and dedication that individuals may feel. It also refers to the suffering of Jesus Christ during his arrest, trial and crucifixion. That's what "passion" in Latin literally means: to suffer. In Germany we call Lent "Passionszeit." The time of passion. (Interestingly, German Catholics call it "Fastenzeit." The time of fasting.)

The word "passion" expresses that love and suffering go hand in hand. If we love our neighbor as God repeatedly calls us to and as Jesus has shown us, we will inevitably suffer. We will suffer because we will feel their pain ("compassion" literally means "to suffer with"), we will suffer when we realize the extent of injustice in our nation, we suffer when we hear about the number of children who are living below the poverty line. We suffer when we sacrifice some of our time and money to support them, or any cause that we may feel passionate about. We suffer when we fail, or think we can't make a difference. We suffer when we get frustrated and worn out because systems change so slowly and reluctantly.
That's what being a disciple of Jesus means: loving, and suffering.
May His Passion, and our passion, bring us closer to God and closer to all of God's children and the life God intended for them.

Wishing you a meaningful and blessed season of Lent!

With Passion,
Pastor Valeria.
ASH WEDNESDAY TODAY
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.

If you would like to receive the sign of the cross on your forehead from Pastor Valeria, you may come to the church parking lot during or after Community Meals on Wednesday, March 2, between 5:30pm and 5:45pm. Please remain in your car.

At 7pm. we will gather on Facebook live for a brief reflection and to make a sign of the cross on our own foreheads together. (You may use any kind of ashes for this.)
FROM THE DEACONS
In accordance with Town of Northborough policies, masks will be optional (recommended but not required) starting March 4th for all indoor activities at Trinity Church.
WORSHIP SERVICES
March 13: "You Welcomed Me.” Members of the team supporting an Afghan refugee family in Northboro will present a round-table discussion of the how and why of refugee assistance. With John Posluszny, Jane O'Toole, Kathie Nichols, Pete Carlsen, Mary Kemp, Sharon Chin and Jean Leif.

March 20: "First Fruits" based on Deuteronomy 26:1-11. Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day.
March 27: "At-One-Ment" based on Romans 3:21-28 with our worship band.
SONG OF THE MONTH
We will be singing Chris Tomlin's "I Will Follow" in worship throughout the month of March. Listen to it here so you can sing loud and proud:

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.
PASTOR VALERIA'S ABSENCE
Pastor Valeria will be on study leave from March 7 - 13. She will check her email periodically. In case of a pastoral emergency please contact Rev. Lee Atherton at 508-308-7116 or Lee@coachrev.com.
FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH TEAM
We have found our new music director! Scott Arnold will be joining the Trinity staff after Easter. The search team unanimously agreed that Scott is the right one to help lead us in our worship and music ministry.

Robin Jubenville's last Sunday with us will be March 27. We are grateful to Robin for blessing us with music these past six months!
The remaining April services will be covered with substitute organists.

Noelle Dattilo, June Hamilton, Laurie Hunter, and Pastor Valeria
FROM THE SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM
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?

1. 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

2. Join us for a rally at the state house on Saturday, March 19, time TBD (reserve morning and afternoon). Meet in the church parking lot. Email dgarychin@yahoo.com to arrange rides.

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





Westboro


Shrewsbury


Marlborough


Hudson


Harriette Chandler

James B Eldridge

James B Eldridge

Michael O. Moore

James B Eldridge

James B Eldridge
WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY MARCH 21
In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day we invite you to wear mismatched socks to worship on Sunday, March 20.

To learn more about Down Syndrome and inclusion, please refer to this website: https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/
BUILDING STUDY COMMITTEE
Trinity’s large and beautiful building is home for our worship and meeting spaces but spends much of the rest of the time under-utilized. The Building Study Committee has been formed to determine (1) how we can expand the building use to the community and (2) how we can create more income from the building to pay for building maintenance.

We are currently gathering information about the church building’s history, physical assets, and intangible assets – like community meal. Soon, we will be asking for your input on Trinity’s history and its assets. Later, we will be reaching out to community members to get their input about how they perceive our building and how it can be used by the community.
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
March 13th – Join us for worship with a special round-table discussion of refugees, “You Welcomed Me”.

March 27th – We will be collecting our One Great Hour of Sharing offering for the UCC and ABC denominations. Put your LOVE into ACTION for disaster, refugee, and economic development ministries.

Afghan Refugee Family – Our Northboro NST group is supporting a single mom and her six-year-old son from Afghanistan. They are currently staying at the home of Mary Kemp, but will be moving into their own apartment in Northboro in mid-March. Help our team by donating at bit.ly/Northboro-NST

Apartment Setup
The NST Team is working to set up the apartment that will be ready mid-March.
If you have any used, but in good condition of the following items, please contact Sharon Chin at slchin79@yahoo.com or 508-981-7995.

2 bureaus
1 or 2 end tables (for living room)
lamps
toaster
2 area rugs, medium to large size, some pile (not shag)
flat screen TV

New items
Cleaning supplies (kitchen and bathroom)

Contact Sharon with any questions.
Thank you!

Kitchen Utensils
Thank you!! So far, we have collected 230 kitchen items for Fresh Start Furniture Bank in Hudson. Fresh Start is bundling them into kitchen kits for the Afghan refugee families in Central Massachusetts. We are still collecting donations. Donations may be placed in the bin marked "Kitchen Utensils for Fresh Start".

Food Pantry
We will be collecting items for the Northboro Food Pantry on the last Sunday of every month. Grab one of the blue Trinity tote bags, and bring it back to church with your donation. Thanks to Faith DeMarinis for spearheading this effort!

Dates to Remember
We will be providing Worcester Fellowship Sunday worship service lunches on: Apr 17, and Jun 19, and lunches for Thursday Café on Mar 24, May 12.
FROM OUR CHRISTIAN ED DIRECTOR
We will be back in person during the month of March!! Come and have a say on what we will spend our spring learning and doing! Will it be some gardening, hiking, outreach, meditation….a little bit of all of them? Are you looking to earn some service hours for school or another activity and want to help at church? Sherry has some fun ideas to put your strengths to work! The Spring is upon us and the days are getting longer…use some of them seeing your friends at church again :-)
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 - March 19: Why pray?

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.
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? Zoom Bible Study will resume Mondays at 1pm starting Sept 13th. All are welcome. 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 MARCH 2 AND 9
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.
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 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.
 
Did you know your shopping can earn Trinity money?
Shop at your convenience all year!   
Trinity Church is set up as a charity on iGive! Please consider downloading the app or shopping through the iGive site and a percentage of your purchase will be sent to Trinity Church! This does not cost you any extra money, the donation comes from the stores you already shop at.

Please consider shopping through iGive to help support Trinity.

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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
~ Diane Grandin and family. 
~ Doug and Judy Scally 
~ 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 April 2022 Tidings
Please be sure to have all your info for the March Tidings in to the church office by Wednesday March 23, 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.