Volume 74 - No. 5 | May 2022
Worship on Sunday, May 1, 2022 @10:00am

“Conversion” based on Acts 9:1-20 

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!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Just like every day should be Earth Day, every month should be Mental Health Awareness Month!
The good news is, there is a growing awareness about mental health, and a better understanding that mental illnesses are real illnesses. And that people who suffer from them are not crazy or weak. Still, there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illnesses, and our mental health care system leaves much to be desired.

At Trinity Church, we have been trying to address this topic openly, in order to include and welcome all of God's children. Some of you may remember the book study we did on "Blessed Are the Crazy" several years ago. The ONA Team is currently working on a proposal for Trinity to become a "WISE" congregation ("WISE" stands for "Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, Engaged.")

The United Church of Christ offers worship resources for Mental Health Sunday on May 15. In the introduction, they write the following:
"New brain science confirms what our ancestors knew: God’s love has healing power. For emotional, social, and mental wellbeing, faith assures of two protective factors: (1) you are not alone and (2) you are loved." (Source: https://united-church.ca/sites/default/files/2022-04/2022_mental_health_worship.pdf)
Does that sound familiar to you at all? Does it sound like a message that you have heard at Trinity repeatedly? I hope so! "God loves you and there's nothing you can do about it" is what we tell our teens when they are confirmed or baptized. Our mission statement is front and center to everything we do:
Trinity Church's mission is to fill its people with the love of God and share God's love in all the world.

Why do I preach that constantly? Why do we try to share that message on our website and social media presence? Because it's what we all need to hear, and experience. We need it for our spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being. And it's what God wants: for us to be well, and whole.
Can faith cure a serious mental illness? No. That's what therapy, in-patient treatment and medication are for. Can faith, and a faith community, help us better deal with mental illnesses? Yes. Knowing that we are loved and that we are not alone, knowing that there is nothing "wrong" with us, that it's not our fault, that we are not a burden, that our lives matter and that we are important and someone cares... That helps. It helps us stay balanced, grounded, and connected.

God's love has healing powers for us as individuals, for our families and communities, and for our entire world.
I believe that. I need to believe that.
At Trinity, we will keep doing everything we can to share that message with you, with Northborough, and with all the world.

May the power of God's love touch and heal you today, and every day.

With Love,
Pastor Valeria.
May 8 “What Are We Waiting For?” based on Acts 1:3-11 with guest preacher Rev. Liz Garrigan-Byerly, Area Conference Minister for the North Central Region of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ, and Pastor Valeria

May 15 “Baptized with the Holy Spirit” based on Acts 11:1-18, with baptism and welcoming new members

May 22 Worship in the parking lot with Trinity Tots

May 29 Hymn sing with our Music Director, Scott Arnold
Bryan Sirchio's "God Says It's Time" is our song of the month for May. Listen to it here: https://youtu.be/19QgRgrC2pk?t=1
Hello Trinity Church Congregation and Community!

First I would like to extend a big thank you for the warm welcome I received on my first Sunday. After the worship and fellowship, I felt right at home. I am excited for the opportunities that God will bring us! My hope is to build as much musical life in our Worship and Community Engagement as possible.
To build toward that effort, we will be having a unique event that everyone can have a voice - both in singing and song choice!

On May 29th, everyone is invited to a Hymn Sing which will serve as the main portion of worship for that Sunday's service. It will be great to spend time singing & connecting with our favorite hymns from the Chalice Hymnal. We hope to have as many people there as possible!

If you would like to suggest a hymn for this event, suggestion forms will be available during Coffee Hour after Sunday morning services leading up to the 5th Sunday. You may also send your suggestions or questions to me via my church email: trinitynorthboroughmusic@gmail.com.

Until we meet again,
Scott Arnold
The deadline for The Trinity Scholarship 2022 awards 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
Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a member of Trinity Church?
Pastor Valeria will be offering a class on Zoom on Monday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m.
Please contact her directly for more information: (508) 393-8156 or trinitypastorvaleria@gmail.com
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 lunch for Worcester Fellowship Thursday Café on May 12th.
Deeply moving and laugh out- loud- funny, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share science-backed wisdom of how to live with joy in troubled times in Mission: JOY. These self -described mischievous brothers give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them.

Join us on Sunday, May 22 at 5:00pm for pot luck dinner and a show in Fellowship Hall. The video is 90 minutes. This will also be available for watching via a “virtual screening room” May 22-24 but we would love to have you join us!

Please contact Rita in the office to register (508)-393-8156 or trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com.

Your Social Justice Team
We had a wonderful turnout for the tour of the church and lunch at the beginning of April. It
seemed like everyone was seeing parts of the church building differently and thinking about
how it can be used.

We want to thank you for all the great suggestions you had for how we might be able to use the
church building. The suggestions ranged from renting the kitchen to people who want to try a
small bakery to renting small office spaces or pods; providing space for classes such as yoga,
quilting, book clubs; and providing a stage for small theater companies. The ideas were almost
endless. Thanks again for your input and help with this project.

We are finishing gathering information about the church building’s history and physical assets.
Soon, 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. After that, we will share
everything we have gathered with you, the congregation, before we put together our final

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact any member of the

Trinity’s Building Study Committee:
Tom Danforth, Jean Leif, Martha Michalewich, Barbara Sutherland, John Posluszny, Pete
Carlsen, and Jennifer MacNeil
We continue 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 - May 21: 
How do we bring the church out of the building and into the community?

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.
The Thrift Shop is Expanding !!!

The Trinity "Count Your Blessings" thrift shop is expanding in September! It will now offer small household items in addition to clothing, shoes, and accessories. Bookshelf type units are needed to display the household items so let us know if you have one to donate.

Because of limited space, the household donations will be opened up to Trinity Church members only at this time. There are 2 drop-off days scheduled for now, Sat, August 6th and Wed. Aug. 17th, from 11am - 2pm, in the thrift shop room.

The list of items that will be accepted/not accepted is below and will be posted on the thrift shop door this summer.  Please do not drop off any household items in the thrift shop bins. In addition, we're looking for more volunteers to help out 1- 2 days per month at the thrift shop, starting in September. Please contact Linda Corbett at 508-688-9392 or Lindacorbett12@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!

Household Items Accepted (must be in very good condition)
Small housewares
Small exercise/sporting goods
Glassware/dishware - must be microwave safe (sets preferable)
Decorative pillows
Decorative Signs, items
Board games/puzzles

Items Not Accepted
Fine China
Baby items other than clothing & shoes
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
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.

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.
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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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 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
We live in a time of rapid, often unsettling change, inspiring mixed feelings of dread, anxiety, anticipation, and hope. The optimistic teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Baha’i Faith, answer essential questions about the human condition and the relationships that bind us together. The Bahá’ís of Westborough are honored to share with you a glimpse of the spiritual teachings of our faith that inspire us to form deep and diverse relationships and to work to build communities that nurture the well-being of all. The program includes presentations, a Q&A session, followed by a spaghetti dinner with facilitated small group conversation.

You can let us know if you plan to attend and help us plan the dinner: CLICK HERE

This event is free of charge. Please share with your family and friends.
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
~ 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 June 2022 Tidings
Please be sure to have all your info for the June Tidings in to the church office by Tuesday May 24, 2022.
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.