Volume 75 - No. 10 | October 2023


Worship on Sunday October 1, 2023 at 10:00am

Communion & Baptism Sunday

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

This service will be live streamed on Facebook.

Trinity Church’s mission is to fill its people with the love of God 

and share God’s love in all the world.

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 8:00am.

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.


If there's interest, I would like to start a Book Club.

The book we would begin with is Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers). We would meet weekly to discuss and reflect upon each chapter read (9 chapters/181 pages).

Here's a blurb from goodreads.com about the book:

Gifts of the Dark Wood "is a guidebook for spirituality in an uncertain world. Though commonly understood as a place to be feared and avoided, the Dark Wood is the surest place to meet God, writes author Eric Elnes. It is a place where you may feel uncertain, empty, lost, tempted, and alone. Yet these feelings -- these gifts of the Dark Wood -- can be your greatest assets on your journey.

If you're interested in being part of this group, email me at trinityinterimwill@gmail.com with the message heading "book club" and we'll go from there. Thank you.


Welcome Back!

Fall is a season for fresh beginnings as a new school year starts! We are excited for some new changes to our worship space as we make room for a larger prayerground for families. You will be able to sit at tables together if you wish and take advantage of a variety of family friendly items for the little ones. We will also have worship tool boxes that can be used during and after our worship service.

Trinity Tots will meet on October 22nd after service in the nursery.

Community ACTS our youth and teen community service group has begun again. Every other Tuesday from 6-7pm in room 105.

We can’t wait to see you!! 🙂


Hello Trinity Community!

It has been great to get back into the flow of music planning, rehearsing and performing! I always enjoy sharing worship with all of you, and providing special music for services, but getting to create music with other people always seems to help me “recharge”! Music is one of the few areas of life where anyone is included and everyone belongs. Hmm..Sounds like a great church I know. 🙂 

I’m excited for the variety of worship we will get to experience this month. Check out the information below for specific details for each week of October.

  • October 1st: Familiar traditional hymns in support of a Baptism and Communion

  • October 8th: Service provided by Just Peace Players of Worcester performing “Hey, Save the World”. Free performance. Fellowship with actors afterwards.
  • October 15th: Service Music provided by Worship Band (w/ newly added members)
  • October 24th: Special Music provided by Adult Voice Choir
  • October 29th: 5th Sunday Hymn Sing

This month, we will also be re-introducing the Song of the Month and a Sung Benediction that will be used each week, followed by different selections for the next month.

For October…

  • October’s Song of the Month will be a Spanish tune called “We’re United in Jesus” (Chalice Hymnal #493). Don’t worry if you aren’t confident in Spanish. We will use the English verse to learn it for the first few weeks, possibly hear an individual sing the Spanish verse, and hopefully include both verses for the Hymn Sing on the final weekend.
  • The Sung Benediction will be “Go Now in Peace” (Chalice Hymnal #437). After we get familiar with singing it in unison in the beginning weeks, we will eventually attempt a 2-part round with the congregation, as well as include handbell accompaniment for the final 2 weeks of the month. 

You might see my face floating around Social Media a few times in short videos promoting the music ministries at Trinity Church. If you would like to help spread the word about the great things we are doing, please share them around as much as possible. 

And it’s still not too late to join in on the joy of creating music together for the Lord. The Voice Choir and Worship Band can accommodate anyone joining through the end of the month, and Bell Choir has 1-2 more weeks open for new members until next Season. Reach out if you are interested in those opportunities.

As we enter Fall with the month of October, life seems to get faster and faster. I feel like we just recovered from the success of our involvement with Applefest, and now we are talking about Christmas in music rehearsals. But no matter how fast the revolving door of time spins us around, I hope you are able to always take time to show God’s Love everywhere you go! The Community of Trinity has a superpower: its people 

Song of the Month: We’re United in Jesus (#493 in Chalice Hymnal)


English Translation

We’re united in Jesus, we’re united. Like a family, we’re united.

We have one God, one Holy Lord. We have one faith, only one Love.

Just one baptism, one Holy Spirit, one Comforter sent from God above.

Original Spanish 

Somos uno en Cristo, somos uno, somos uno, uno solo.

Un solo Dios, un solo Señor. Una sola fe, un solo amor

Un solo bautismo, un solo Espíritu y este es el Consolador

Until We Meet Again,

Scott Arnold (He/Him)

Music Director

Trinity Church of Northborough


Thank you from the Search Team to everyone who completed our survey or joined one of our small discussion groups. We have compiled your responses and have completed our church profile, a document that will tell a prospective settled pastor who we are, what our goals are, where we are financially, and what we are looking for in a pastor. As we look at our options, we will be working with the Deacons to decide if we want to call a full time, 3/4 time, or half time pastor. You will be hearing more in our upcoming stewardship campaign.


We’re excited to get Saturday Breakfast Fellowship started up again. This month it will be on Saturday October 21, 2023 at 8:30 AM. 

This month I want to talk about the Order of Worship and its history. Early Christian worship seemed to consist of four parts: the apostles’ teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread, and the prayers. Much has changed since then. I will send links to readings which talk about how worship has evolved over the past 2000 years.

Everyone is welcome to join us for breakfast, fellowship, and discussion.

For more information or to add yourself to the Saturday Breakfast Fellowship email list, please contact Tom at tomdan4@gmail.com


The WISE Team has begun its monthly meetings. The team will meet the 3rd Sunday of the month following worship service in room 105. The meeting for October will be 10/15/2023

The WISE Team has also started a support group and that will have bi-weekly meetings here at Trinity Church starting on Sunday October 8, 2023 6:30pm - 8:30pm in room 105.

Sunday October 22, 2023 at 11:30am

The WISE Team will be having an event featuring a movie entitled "Ordinary People" for anyone who would like to attend following worship service in Fellowship Hall. There will be a potluck lunch, please bring a dish or dessert to share.


The ONA/Social Justice Team invites you to join us on Saturdays, September 30, October 14 and October 28, 2023 from 10am to 12 noon. We will be outside Trinity holding some social justice signs or just be a presence to the community. The more the merrier so please come as you are for any amount of time you can donate.

Lynn Garry, Chair

Thank you for attending “Conversation with an Asian American” on June 4th. As an Asian American growing up in Boston I had a strong family, a loving church, opportunity and safety enabling me to succeed or have a good life.

This is not the situation for many other people as violent hate crimes are increasing at a high rate in our country. It was not until I saw the PBS documentary “Asian Americans” in April 2020 that I truly understood some of my family’s history and why there have been so many hate crimes happening today. What can we do about this?

I have already communicated to my state senator, Robyn K. Kennedy and state representative, Kate Donahue about the need to support bill H.542/S.288-an act to promote racially inclusive curriculum in public school. Our students need to know and understand these hidden or under represented histories because we need them to be the competent, responsible citizens to lead our Commonwealth’s future.

So please email or communicate your support!


Town Hall Offices 63 Main Street Northborough, MA 01532 508-393-5001 508-393-6996 Fax

Town of Northborough State Representatives and Senator


Representative Meghan Kilcoyne Democrat - 12th Worcester (Precinct 4)


Representative Kate Donaghue Democrat - 19th Worcester (Precincts 1, 2, 3)


Senator Robyn K. Kennedy Democrat - First Worcester (Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4)



Dave Chin



We are pleased to report that we have now raised $22,011, representing 67% of our $33,000 campaign goal. We have extended the campaign target completion date to September 30th to allow us to reach our goal and proceed with the work this fall. If you have been away and have not yet had the opportunity to contribute, please help us get it done. Click here to donate and thank you!

Click on the Video below.


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: lmferraro25@gmail.com or Michele W. at michelewheelock@gmail.com


A once a month meeting at Trinity with knitting/crocheting hands that will make shawls for our members in need of a “hug” from a blessed handmade item delivered right to their home to warm the heart and soul I have a simple knit pattern that can be made whenever one has the time to relax and made especially for someone who would love to have it. It comes along with a card of encouraging words

Anyone interested in meeting over a cup of tea just once a month for one hour for a rewarding mission please contact Linda Ferraro at: lmferraro25@gmail.com


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, kalpanas@hotmail.com (858) 837-1780

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

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


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:

lornahelms1@gmail.com or call/text me at

(508) 596-1776.




Coffee or Tea on Zoom Wednesdays at 9:00am

Chat on Zoom, Wednesdays at 9am.


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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.

We are a small group with lively discussions as we try to connect the Bible to our everyday experiences. Contact the church office for the Zoom link.

If you are interested in an evening Bible Study, contact Jean Leif at jhleif@gmail.com.

Meetup 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.



The "Count Your Blessings" thrift shop hours are Wed, Fri, and Sat 10am - 2pm. 

Come in to peruse through our Fall & Winter clothing. We also have Halloween costumes & Fall decorations!

We hope to see you there!


Give to Trinity Church

These are challenging times for many. But if you are able to give, 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 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.  

Fall Basket Weaving Event - Save the date

The Northeast Basketmakers Guild (NBG), a group of dedicated basket weavers throughout New England and New York, are offering a Fall Retreat on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Trinity Church Fellowship Hall. Classes start at 9:00am with a break for lunch. The one-day event will offer four classes at various skill levels that are led by talented teachers. The Retreat is open to beginners and experienced weavers, both members and nonmembers.  

We have an assortment of three lovely baskets and an adorable ornament to choose from, and welcome you to join us for a fun day of weaving and camaraderie. The classes are:

  • Square Twill Tray with Ruth Boland


  • Chicklet Mini Egg Basket with Lynn Goldberg

  • Birch Bark Squirrel Ornament with Kimberley Harding

  • Round Reed Double Wall Basket with Debra Rolfe

Full details can be found on the NBG website (https://northeastbasketmakers.org/2023-fall-retreat/), where you can register and pay online. The deadline for registration is September 18. For further information, please contact Joanne Miller, NBG Fall Retreat Coordinator, at nbgfallretreat23@gmail.com. We look forward to a fun day of weaving with friends and hope you will join us!


We are saddened to inform you that Diane G., a beloved longtime member of Trinity Church, has died. Please keep her family in your prayers. Funeral arrangements will be shared when available.

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.


Rita will be on vacation 10/4 -10/7/2023. If you need emergency contact/immediate assistance

Pastor Will at trinityinterimwill@gmail.com or

Lorna Van Horn - Chair of Deacons at lornahelms1@gmail.com

*The office will be closed on Monday October 9th in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Rita will be back and the office will be open for regular hours on Tuesday October 10, 2023.


If you have any information that you would like to have included in the November 2023 Tidings, please be sure to have it into Rita / church office no later than Tuesday October 24, 2023


23 Main Street ~ Northborough, MA 01532

(508) 393-8156


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

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

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

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


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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