Volume 70 - No. 9 | September 2018
SEPTEMBER Tidings
Message from Pastor Valeria
It's been a busy summer here at Trinity and it went by quickly! I hope you had some time away, some time to relax, enjoy and be refreshed. 

We're excited to welcome you back with a variety of events and activities that will help us grow together in our faith and build stronger relationships. 

"Be Love." These words jumped out at me as a suggested theme for worship. 

This summarizes who God is calling us to be: God is love, and God calls us to love. But as human beings our love is not always pure and unconditional. "Be love" means, be the love that God is. You don't have to be perfect in YOUR love. Be the love that God created you with. Be the love that God fills you with. Be the love this world so desperately needs . 

If that sounds trite and naive to you, think about how difficult it is to really live that way. And how transformative. To BE LOVE. 

Trinity Church is a place where we grapple with that: How can we "be love" to everyone, when we are all so different, and we don't always want or need what others want and need? How can we all still call this "our" church, even if it's not the same that it was three, ten, or fifty years ago?
Here's how: with the help of God. There is no other way. If we trust God's Spirit and follow where God is leading us, we will BE LOVE. To those who walk through our doors regularly, and those who don't.

I'm excited for what the Worship Team, CE Team, Adult CE Team, ONA Team, Outreach Team and Task Force have planned for the fall. I'm excited that the Pastoral Care Team and others are working on us being more hospitable and welcoming to visitors on Sunday morning. I'm excited and incredibly grateful for all of you who care enough about Trinity to invest your time and talents here. 

I know some of you are worried. Some feel disconnected or dissatisfied. 
And some have just joined us recently. We welcome you!

May these words from the Apostle Paul encourage and inspire us: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28.) Today, we might say: "There is no longer gay or straight, there is no longer traditional or modern, there is no longer old or young; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus." All of us are one in him. 

I believe, 100%, if we continue to BE LOVE, God's love, to each other (and to ourselves), God will show us the way. 

Let's be compassionate. Let's be kind and patient, honest and respectful, open and willing to learn from each other. Let's forgive and not judge. Let us be constructive and positive in our criticism of others. And, let us trust God. 

Be love, be blessed. And be open for what God can do through us.

Faithfully yours,
Pastor Valeria.
WORSHIP SERVICES ~ SUNDAYS, 10AM
Sunday September 9: W ith guest preacher Rev. Mary Day Miller, Executive Minister of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. She will present Pastor Valeria with her certificate of standing in the American Baptist Churches. We will also welcome our choir back.

Sunday September 16: Applefest! We will be worshiping God by spending time with the community, offering hospitality, live music and our Blessing Bags outreach project. 

 Our worship theme for the fall will be "Courageous Prophets of the Hebrew Bible." We will be looking at the roots of our faith and how they can be meaningful in our lives today.  

Sunday September 23: Welcome back to Faith Foundations! Worship Theme: "Our One and Only God," based on Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Sunday September 30: "Longing for the Fleshpots of Egypt," based on Numbers 11, with our worship band.

Except for the Sundays that our band will be playing, the choir and Pastor Valeria will be in the choir loft, wearing robes. 
WORDS TO PONDER
“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless." - G.K. Chesterton
FROM OUR CHRISTIAN ED DIRECTOR
Faith Foundations

Happy Fall!!

I hope all your kiddos have had a good start to school and I look forward to seeing them again in a couple of weeks for Faith Foundations! We will kick off our year on September 23rd with our first class followed by some fun and games down in Fellowship Hall. During Applefest (Sunday, September 16th) there will also be plenty for the kids to do and we could also use some volunteers in our dunk booth (Gr 6 and up) as well as helping out in our Blessing Bags community service area. If your child (children) are interested please contact me.

Our nursery is getting a makeover as well as a new preschool curriculum, many new ideas for our K-12 curriculum will be implemented, there will be opportunities for our kids to participate more with our bells and chorus and our Youth Group will begin again in October. I also hope to host a career night for our youth this fall and will be asking any and all of our adults willing to share about the career they have now or a career they have since retired from to participate!

It is going to be an exciting year! As always part of our success comes from our volunteer teachers. If you are willing to help lead or assist with a group (K-5, 6-12 or nursery) please let me know! You do not have to be a teacher or have even ever taught kids. I prepare everything you need! Use this link to have your Faith Foundations form ready https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c41580_3a1c3ee2269b4a2e9c63ad2a011dce4f.pdf

Be on the lookout for a letter that will include a calendar of your activities!

See you all soon!
Sherry
508-254-2217
Faith Foundations Kick-Off
Sunday, September 23rd
We will kick off our year on September 23rd with our first class followed by some fun and games down in Fellowship Hall.

Please contact Sherry Clark for more information:
NEWS FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR
Open Singing with Mike
September 23rd after Worship
Once a month, Mike Westberry will offer open singing for 10 - 15 minutes immediately after worship. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to gather around the piano in the Sanctuary.

Please contact Mike for more details: trinitynorthboroughmusic@gmail.com
ONA NEWS
A group spent several hours last Saturday sprucing up the front yard of the church. After weeding, edging, trimming, planting, and mulching it looks wonderful and welcoming. 

Thank you to all who donated perennials and labor. 
Check it out!
FRIENDLY VISITS TEAM
Your Friendly Visits Team (an arm of the Pastoral Care Ministry) is recruiting new members to join them in visiting and/or sending a note, a card or just making a phone call to our Trinity members who are now unable to attend regular services. The majority of these folks on our list are local, either in their home, or in assisted living communities and welcome hearing from us either by a phone call, note or personal visit. In addition, notes are also sent to people who are mentioned during ‘Celebrations & Concerns’ during Sunday services.  Those of us who are on this team will tell you what a rewarding experience you will find it to be. And, we are also seeking more folk to help with welcoming visitors on Sunday mornings.  We could really use your help. If you are interested please talk with any member of our team: Barbara Lewis, Jodie Martinson, Carolyn Squillante or Muriel Swenor.
THRIFT SHOP
The “Count Your Blessings” Thrift Shop will be celebrating a “Grand Re-Opening” on Saturday, September 15 th , from 10am to 3pm during Applefest. Come and check us out in our new location, across from the church office (formerly Room 106). We are now selling gently used handbags and jewelry, as well as adult and children’s clothing and footwear.
 
Thrift shop hours of operations are Tuesday, 10 – 3 and Saturdays, 10 – 1. (Applefest Saturday we will be open from 10 -3).
 
Donations of gently used clothing can be dropped off in the marked bin in the church hallway starting at the end of September.
 
We are also looking for more volunteers to “work” at the shop on Saturdays and/or Tuesdays.  Please contact Linda Corbett if you are interested: lcorbett12@hotmail.com  or 508-688-9392
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Please help by bringing food donations to Trinity.
Trinity Church has a drop off area for donations going to the Northborough Food Pantry. Check your kitchen or pantry and drop off items at your convenience.

Please make sure to check the dates on food items to make sure they have not expired.

Thank you to Barbara Baker who has volunteered to transport the donated food to the Northborough food pantry.

ALTAR FLOWERS
Altar Flowers Needed 2018 SEPTEMBER flowers needed!! ALTAR FLOWER SIGNUP!
Trinity now has online sign-ups for altar flowers! We would appreciate your help signing up to take a Sunday. Please click on the link above or below and after you choose a date to bring altar flowers there is a comment section where you can add the blurb you would like written in the Sunday bulletin. Signup Genie will automatically send you an email reminder six days prior to the day you signed up to bring flowers.

The altar flower sign-ups are now linked on the Trinity website, too!

EVENTS @ TRINITY
Worcester Pride
Saturday, September 8th 9am - 3pm
Trinity Church will have a table at Worcester Pride to show the LGBTQ community that we are a welcoming and affirming church and that God loves everyone!

To join the fun and / or help set up, tear down, or staff the table, please contact Pat Faldetta pfald@me.com, or just stop by our table on the Worcester Common.
Applefest @ Trinity
September 15 & 16 9am - 3pm
There are so many fun things happening during Applefest! Please consider joining the fun by volunteering an hour or two of your time.

Invite your friends, family and neighbors! Applefest will be Trinity's largest fundraiser of the year and we need your support.

For more information:

Please contact Rae Carlsen or Linda Corbett for more information or to sign up for volunteering!

Rae: Rp.carlsen@verizon.net or 508-208-4380
Linda: lcorbett12@hotmail.com  or 508-688-9392
Basket Raffle
September 15th & 16th 9am - 3pm
Baskets have started arriving for the basket raffle held during Applefest weekend September 15 & 16.

If you are donating a basket and haven't dropped it off yet please bring it by during office hours or coordinate drop off.

Tickets for the basket raffle can be purchased during Applefest.
Yard Sale - Vendors needed!
Sunday, September 16th 9am to 3pm

Do you own stuff that you are ready to sell to a new loving home? Or maybe you are in the market to buy! Whether you are shopping or selling stop by the Trinity Yard Sale! This community yard sale will be part of the Applefest activities at Trinity Church. We have room for 15 yard sale vendors so hurry and get your applications in to reserve your spot. 
 
Application Fees: The fee is $30 per space. Checks should be made payable to Trinity Church – Applefest 2018 and mailed to Trinity Church along with signed agreement (see above). Yard Sale Vendor APPLICATION
Adult Education Bible Study
6 weeks starting September 23 REGISTER HERE
Join us this fall for a new adult Bible study. Based on the book Introducing the Old Testament by Rev. Ann Robertson, this course explores the ancient stories of the Jewish people in the context of the time they were written. We will meet for one hour per week for six weeks, from the week of Sept 23 rd to Oct 28 th. Class will meet after church on Sundays, and if there is enough interest, we will add a weekday evening class (tentatively Wed night).

Each class will be based on a chapter from the book. The book can be ordered from Amazon in paperback or Kindle form: 

To register, please complete the online form: https://goo.gl/forms/uh2w55mcLjGS3i172 or contact Emily in the Church Office ( trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com) by Sept 12 th. Please let her know your preference of meeting time and if you would like the church office to order the book for you at a cost of $14.

We hope to see you this fall.
Trivia Night @ Trinity w/ Potluck
Saturday, September 29th 6pm
Join Trinity Church for a potluck dinner and trivia! 

The fun begins at 6pm. You are invited but not required to bring a dish to share. Bring your cell phone or tablet to use the trivia app!

Please contact Nancy Robbins for more information: robbinsfam105@gmail.com
Trinity Online Directory Update
Sunday, October 7th 11:00am
(during coffee hour)
Do you use the Trinity online directory? Do you have a current photo, address and phone number listed? Would you appreciate help getting your information up to date or downloading the app to your device?

Emily will be available after worship on Sunday, October 7th to help!

Please bring your device and a photo. We will also have a computer and cameras available if you prefer to have us get you started.
Coffee House - Open Mic
Friday, October 12th at 7pm
Our first coffee house of the year! Please mark your calendars for Coffee House now being held the second Friday of the month starting in October.

We invite you to come enjoy talented musicians performing a variety of music. You may even hear some poetry recitation. Coffee and refreshments will be served with a suggested donation.

BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug). A $5 per person donation will be accepted at the door ($10 max family).

Please contact Janet Robbins for more information, thirdfloorcoffeehouse@gmail.com
Ongoing Events at Trinity
Festive Breads w/Pastor Valeria
Pastor Valeria is at Festive Breads every Wednesday from 8:30 - 10am and looks forward to your visit! Festive Breads is located at  299 W Main St  in Northborough, near Romaine's.
Saturday Morning Hiking 9:30am - Our informal Trinity Church Hiking Club has started back up! We meet at the church most Saturdays at 9:30am and walk on one of the many Northborough trails. Everyone is welcome (dogs included). To receive weekly notifications via email please contact Wade Robbins at robbinsfam105@gmail.com. Please consider joining us for a time of nature appreciation and conversation.

Grief Support Group - Come support and share with others who experienced loss. A Grief Support group is held the first Tuesday of each month, 7:30pm in Room 105. Next meeting date October 2nd. All ages are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Carey Rublesky, 774-258-1814.

Community Meal - Join us each Wednesday, 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. The meals are free but donations toward the voucher fund are accepted. Each Wednesday at 6pm there is a new community group hosting the meal. Please join us!

Thrift Shop - Grand opening in our new location, Saturday, September 15th at 9am. Thrift shop hours of operations are Tuesday, 10 – 3 and Saturdays, 10 – 1. Donations of gently used clothing can be dropped off in the marked bin in the church hallway starting at the end of September. Give us a review on Google!

Coleman House Service - Tuesday, September 18th from 2:30 - 3:30pm.
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS


~ Students, teachers, administrators, staff and their families

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.
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 Emily in the church office: (508) 393-8156 or trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com
We need your HELP!!
Help us get the word out about Trinity Church!
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1) Please consider inviting your friends to "Like" the Trinity Church of Northborough page. @Trinitychurchnorthborough

2) If you see an event posted at Trinity Church please click "Interested". Did you know every time you click "interested" on an event your friends are notified? This will help spread the word about events happening at Trinity Church.

I received a call from Google Maps letting me know that Trinity Church is number two on the Google maps search! The person I spoke to was very impressed that in such a short time we had moved to the top! Thank you to everyone who helped make that happen with reviews and photos! Now let's see if we can increase our following on Facebook with your help!
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COMMUNITY EVENTS
Shir Joy Chorus - Seeks New Singers
Open Rehearsals: Mon., Oct 8th & Sun., Oct. 14th 7:00-9:15 pm
Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough
More info: www.shirjoychorus.com , ShirJoyMA@gmail.com , or 508-366-7175

Come join the Joy! Shir Joy Chorus, Central MA's Jewish Community Chorus, is seeking new singers for its winter concert in Feb. Open rehearsals will be held on Mon., October 8th and Sunday, October 14th from 7:00-9:15 pm, when potential members can observe or join right in. Regular rehearsals are Sunday evenings and are held at Congregation B'nai Shalom (117 E. Main St., Westborough, MA), which generously donates rehearsal space to the chorus. Members come from a variety of area towns, including Worcester, Westborough, Northborough, Marlborough, Auburn, and Medway, and carpooling can be arranged.
Deadline Date ~ October Tidings
Please be sure to have all your info for the October issue of Tidings in to the church office by Sunday, September 23rd 2018. 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 - 10:30am & 11:30am - 3pm
Thursday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 3pm
Friday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 3pm


Rev. Valeria Schmidt, Sr. Pastor





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.