Volume 74 - No. 12 | December 2022

DECEMBER TIDINGS 2022

Worship on Sunday December 4, 2022 at 10:00am

"How to Be an Angel of Peace & Goodwill"

Communion Sunday

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.

FROM THE INTERIM PASTOR

In the great circle of life we’ve come around to another Advent – another time and opportunity to prepare our hearts to enjoy the most amazing present from God – the gift of Jesus Christ, born again unto us at Christmastime. 


As we enter the Advent season, let us do so as little children, with all the sparkle and wonder and anticipation within us to experience anew the precious, priceless gifts Jesus brings to us – gifts of God’s hope, peace, joy and love for our life – gifts that last forever. 


And with generous hearts let us then share these good gifts of hope, peace, joy and love with those we meet on life’s journey this season and beyond, so they too, can be blessed by the Spirit of Christ. 


Wishing you a wondrous Advent,

Will

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Christmas Eve - December 24 5:00pm

Christmas Day - December 25 10:00am

FROM THE DEACONS

As we look ahead to January and our Annual Meeting, we invite you to consider joining one of our Ministry Teams. A description of the teams can be found here or at the church office. We are looking for new members on ALL of our teams, so if you can help, please let one of the Deacons know.  

FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM

Just a reminder to please return your pledge card. We are planning exciting worship services, ways in which to be in fellowship with each other, and programs to minister to the wider community. We would love to include your pledge in our planning process!


There are three ways to pledge:


1.    Return the card that was mailed to you earlier this month.

2.    Reply to this email with your pledge information.

3.    Call the church office at 508-393-8156 to request another pledge card.


So that we may wrap up our planning for 2023, we ask that you please get those cards back to us by: Friday, December 9.


Any questions, please call the church office at 508-393-8156.


Thank you!


Your Stewardship Team

Tom, John and Rae

FROM OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR

Good Seasonal Tidings to all of you!


December is finally upon us and the Advent and Christmastide season brings us into one of the most musical times of the year! There is no better way to celebrate the Birth of Christ than to sing praises with each other and bring “Gifts” of talents for all to share! 


We hope you can find time to attend our weekly Sunday morning services in person or on Facebook. Typically, in the season of Advent, we focus our thoughts toward “Waiting for Christ” and “Braving the Unknown”, using the Themes: Hope, Peace, Love, & Joy. And then this is met with the “comfort and joy” from the arrival of Christ! Each of the services in December will be focused around those themes, both theologically AND MUSICALLY! 


Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, our leadership and worship teams have been able to plan some unique worship opportunities for you to attend and/or participate in. Please mark these dates and times in your calendar so you don’t miss out!


  • Dec. 18th at 10am - “Flip the Script” Pageant Play 
  • Presented FOR kids, BY adults!
  • This will take place during the typical Sunday morning service
  • Dec. 18th at 5pm - Lessons & Carols Service
  • Presented by Music Ministry Ensembles
  • Congregation Hymns included
  • Free event open to the Community
  • Soup & Salad Reception to follow
  • Dec. 24th at 5pm - Christmas Eve Service 
  • Ends with singing “Silent Night” by candlelight outside (weather permitting)
  • Dec 25th at 10am - Christmas Day Service
  • Intimate setting of a typical service in the Sanctuary
  • All hymns sung with soft organ 


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, Creative Worship Team, & Volunteering for Worship) If you have any questions about these groups, you can reach out to me via email (trinitynorthboroughmusic@gmail.com).


I wish all of you a Merry Holiday Season and hope you can find some “comfort and joy” in the craziness of it all!


Until We Meet Again,


Scott Arnold (he/him)

Music Director of 

Trinity Church of Northborough 

FROM OUR CE 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. Please check out the flyers below for information on our Christmas Pageant, Faith Fair, and Community A.C.T.S. (a new community service group specifically designed for youth).

Our Community A.C.T.S group is hard at work! 132 Blessing Bags were made and distributed to people visiting the Mustard Seed in Worcester on November 22nd. The group is continuing to grow and will be focusing it’s next project on period poverty. 1 in 5 students in the US miss school on a monthly basis due not having access to the proper menstrual cycle products.

We are flipping the script on our Christmas pageant this year and we are looking for adult volunteers who want to have some fun performing for the kids. Please reach out to Sherry if interested.

After a 3 year hiatus due to the Covid-19 virus, the Faith Fair is back! We look forward to welcoming everyone in to explore and learn about the different faiths represented in our area.

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 children's moment? Please reach out to Sherry at trinitycenorthboro@gmail.com or 508-254-2217.

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:

Barbara Baker, bakerb2939@gmail.com (978) 562-2460

Forest Lyford, flyford@msn.com (774) 258-1096

Kristine McLaughlin, sicilin.3@gmail.com (774) 258-0285

FROM THE ONA TEAM

Can you believe Trinity Church has been an Open and Affirming church for 20 years in 2023! This is quite a milestone and worth celebrating. Stay tuned for Anniversary celebrations starting in January. We would love to include previous ONA team members in leading a celebration in January. Please contact Lynn Garry at: lynnmgarry@gmail.com.


Your ONA Team

FROM THE OUTREACH TEAM

Northborough Helpers was started by Trinity Church in 2021 as an outreach program to benefit our Northborough friends and neighbors. We help with minor home repairs, furniture removal and brush cleanup. We receive referrals from Northborough Family and Youth Services and we respond to direct requests for help. We provide the labor and expenses are covered by the generosity of our Trinity Church Deacons' Fund and Northborough Helping Hands.


If you would like to participate, please contact John at: johnposluszny@gmail.com.

THRIFT SHOP NEWS

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.

MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS

All orders must be in by 12/9/2022.


Order forms will be hanging on the bulletin boards inside the church as well as on the counter in the hallway where the donations bins are and also in the church office.


Please return your forms with payment via mail or drop them in the mail slot on the church office door.


If you have any questions please contact Rita in the church office for more information:

trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com or (508) 393-8156.

COFFEE HOUSE

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 trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com 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.

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.

OUR MEMBERS

Meals for June & Buzz Hamilton

Thank you to everyone who has helped make or deliver a meal for the Hamiltons. June and Buzz both continue to deal with health issues and need our support more than ever. We are delivering meals for four on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and have many open spots in December. click here to sign up.

Deadline for January 2023 Tidings

Please be sure to have all your info for the January 2023 Tidings in to the church office by Thursday December 22, 2022.

TRINITY CHURCH

23 Main Street ~ Northborough, MA 01532

(508) 393-8156

trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com


Office Hours

Monday thru Friday, 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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