Volume 73 - No. 11 | November 2021
NOVEMBER TIDINGS
Worship on Sunday, October 31 @10:00am with Rev. Dr. David Fountain
"Hope in a Time of Abandonment"

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 during virtual office hours and she will walk you through each step.



Coffee Hour
Sundays after Worship, outside.
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR VALERIA
Dear Trinity Church,

It's almost November already! The holidays are upon us, yet again. Will it be possible and safe to gather around the Thanksgiving table with extended family this year? I hope and pray that however you decide to spend the day, it will be more joyful than it was last year.
You may have heard in the news that there is a significant delay in the delivery chain. Retailers are already worried whether they will be able to provide consumers with their Christmas goods.
I'm not ready to think about Christmas just yet, but I know some people like to get a head start. And this is certainly an opportunity for thought: How do we want to celebrate Christmas this year? Will last year's experience have changed our expectations at all? Can spending time together be the actual gift, regardless of what presents may or may not have been delivered in time?
The pandemic has impacted and changed all of us, in ways that we may not even be aware of yet. The world is not the same as it was in 2019, and we are not the same. As much as we want to, we can't just go back to Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2019 and pretend that 2020 never happened. Nor should we try. This is an opportunity to evaluate our traditions - as each family, as the church, and as a society - and discern whether they really reflect what our holidays mean.
Last year's holiday season was much less rushed and busy. That was a good thing, wasn't it? Many of you had Advent candles at home and took the time to light them and appreciate what they stand for: the light coming into our world, bringing hope and love to all.
If you're a party hopper and are looking forward to a busy and eventful Christmas season, then do it and enjoy it!
But if it stresses you out, ask yourself why you are doing it and whether you really need to. Or would you rather spend a quiet afternoon at home with a candle and a cup of tea, savoring the moment.
Let's create space and time for those moments of being fully present. Not thinking about the next thing on our to-do list, but just being in the here and now, uttering a prayer of gratitude.

May those moments fill you with everything God wants to give you: comfort, hope, and love.

Warmly,
Pastor Valeria.
Worship on Sunday, November 7
All Saints Sunday
Worship on Sunday, November 7 @10AM: 
All Saints - remembering those who have died.

If you would like your loved ones to be remembered, please send or bring a photo with the name of the deceased and their relationship to you to Rita in the church office by Wednesday, November 3.
BYOC: Bring your own Communion! We will also have pre-packaged Communion sets available.
The service will also be live streamed to Facebook.
FROM THE BIBLE STUDY
We liked this list describing the emerging church of today, and we wanted to share it with you. (Richard Rohr’s summary of Philip Gulley’s book If the Church Were Christian. Daily Meditations Nov 1, 2019, cac.org)

  1. Jesus is a model for living more than an object of worship.
  2. (Affirming people’s potential is more important than reminding them of their brokenness.
  3. The work of reconciliation should be valued over making judgments.
  4. Gracious behavior is more important than right belief.
  5. Inviting questions is more valuable than supplying answers.
  6. Encouraging the personal search is more important than group uniformity.
  7. Meeting actual needs is more important than maintaining institutions.
  8. Peacemaking is more important than power.
  9. We should care more about love and less about sex.
  10. Life in this world is more important than the afterlife (Eternity is God’s work anyway).
A MESSAGE FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM
We are so blessed! God has been and always will be our shelter through all that we face. God is our refuge and our strength. We can take cover in the shadow of God’s mercy, stand tall and press forward in our work and mission to “fill Trinity Church’s people with the love of God and to share God’s love in all the world.”

Thank you to all who participated in Celebration Sunday by bringing their pledge cards to our worship service. If you haven't returned your pledge card, you may do so by mailing it to Trinity Church, 23 Main St, Northborough, MA 01532, or by filling out an online form at http://forms.gle/pAiPenWxrYJztiZU6.
ALTAR FLOWERS
Would you like to beautify our worship space with flowers or other decorative items?
Please contact Rita in the office at ( 508 ) 393-8156 or trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com
MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS
All orders must be in by 12/10/2021.

Order forms will be hanging outside the church office (on the purple bulletin board), on the counter in the hallway where the donations bins are and 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.
MUSICIANS NEEDED
Do you or a family member sing or play an instrument and would like to contribute to our worship experience? Our interim music director, Robin, would love to work with you and support you! Please contact her at robin_lifeisgood@yahoo.com
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed (adult or high school students) to operate video/audio equipment during church services. Duties include operating audio equipment, and streaming the service to Facebook Live. We have a two-camera video system for wide and close-up shots. Streaming typically includes live video, recorded video, and slideshow. We will provide training.

Please email trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com for more info.
THE OUTREACH TEAM
Worcester Fellowship Thursday Café
We have been asked to support Worcester Fellowship’s new Thursday Café. The Café serves a free hot lunch for 60 people at All Saints Church in Worcester once a week. On Thursday, Nov 11th, Trinity will be taking our turn by delivering our traditional meatloaf dinner. We will be delivering the food in bulk that morning, and are looking for donations of meatloaf and gingerbread. Donations may be dropped off the night before and will be reheated Thursday morning. If you can help, please contact Jean Leiff (jhleif@gmail.com)
Northborough Food Pantry
The Northborough Food Pantry is asking for help filling their shelves. Non perishable items can be dropped off 9:00am-5:00pm M-F outside of our locked door in the available baskets. They are in need of the following items:

Baked beans
Cake and muffin mixes
Mustard
Relish
Ketchup
Mayo
Salad dressing
Juice boxes
Tuna (white meat )
Snacks (crackers, cookies , popcorn)
Granola bars
Pancake mix
Maple syrup
(Please, no pasta or cereal)
FUNDRAISER
Looking for a fun stocking-stuffer? Or some unique “nail art” for yourself? Color Street Nail Strips is a colorful stick-on nail polish, and for a limited time, 25% of your purchase will be donated to Trinity Church. Amy Kwasny, a stylist for Color Street, is spearheading this fundraiser. Click this link to place an order:
FROM OUR CHRISTIAN ED DIRECTOR
It has been amazing to have all the kids together again on Sundays and at our youth group. We have continued to focus on creating a faith book during CE. This has led to some really great conversations among the kids and adults. This will be an ongoing project that will really allow them to dive deeper into their own faith, and will give them something they can bring with them anywhere. We also made lunches for Worcester Fellowship for the first time in a year and a half, which was wonderful!

During Youth Group we had a really amazing day teaming up with the Congregational Church in West Boylston. We hosted their youth group on a hike up Mt. Pisgah with some great narration and history from Forrest. Then we headed to Trinity for pumpkin carving, pizza, a fire pit and s'mores. Big thanks to our adults Kathie, Michelle and Forrest who joined us.

Next month we will be going bowling Please rsvp to Sherry at trinitycenorthboro@gmail.com so that she can make appropriate reservations.
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 you child(ren) to participate in our programs. https://www.trinitynorthborough.org/children-youth-forms
FROM THE SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM
Save the date - Sunday Jan 16th and Sunday Jan 23rd at 1 pm. The Social Justice team will be running a two-week workshop to bring awareness to Asian American discrimination. We will be viewing part of the PBS series Asian American. This event will be open to the public.
UPCOMING @ TRINITY
Confirmation/Baptism on November 14 

Our Confirmation/Baptism group has been meeting again on Sundays after coffee hour, with their mentors and Pastor Valeria. They are getting ready to be baptized or confirmed during worship on Sunday, November 14. We invite you to join us for this special celebration in the life of our teens, and of the church!

Saturday Breakfast Fellowship

The third Saturday of each month (October - May)
8:30am - 10:00am Fellowship Hall
Breakfast followed by discussion

November 20 discussion topic: The Beatitudes
Discussion will be led by Barbara Sutherland

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.
Thrift Shop Update
The thrift shop is now 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 is resuming 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
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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.

You shop. Amazon gives.
  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support Trinity Church by choosing it as your charitable organization at smile.amazon.com 
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
 Interfaith Music Festival November 7

































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 meals from local food establishments and distributing them to our community meals guests to-go, every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 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 10/6-12/15/21
THE NORTHBOROUGH HELPING HANDS ASSOCIATION
The Northborough Helping Hands Association is collecting gift cards for the 2021 Holiday Outreach program. The cards are being distributed with the traditional Thanksgiving meal in November (before the Giving Tree Program!). Our goal is to provide gift cards for 130 children. Donations of $25 or $50 to Target, Walmart and Kohl’s cards are welcome.

Please help make the season bright! Gift cards are due by November 8th and can be mailed to Northborough Helping Hands, P.O. Box 383, Northborough, MA 01532. Monetary donations may be made online at https://northboroughhelpinghands.org . For more information contact Colleen Lupien at:
508-393-9012. NHHA is a 501(c) (3) charity.
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
~ 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 December Tidings
Please be sure to have all your info for the December Tidings in to the church office by Wednesday, November 24. Your help is appreciated!
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.