TCC News
The latest updates and announcements in the life of Trinitarian Congregational Church, Wayland MA
March 13, 2020 • Third Week in Lent
Need to Know
An Important Announcement from Pastor Tom

As we hear more news of disruptions due to this evil Covid-19 virus (coronavirus), “be still and know that I am God” ( Psalm 46:10 ) might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet we remember that nothing, including danger, shall separate us from the love of God ( Romans 8:35-39 ). Grounded in Christ’ love, we won’t give in to fear ( 1 John 4:18 Psalm 34:4 ). Instead we purpose to love one another, which means  both  reaching out to those are isolated,  and  taking action to protect the more vulnerable in our midst (which according to the  CDC  include, among others, those who are older among us).
Therefore, after prayerful consideration and counsel, and out of a motivation of love and abundance of caution, this coming Sunday, March 15, we will worship the Lord together via live-stream only.  We are therefore asking TCCers to stay home this Sunday morning and participate at 9:30am via  FaceBook  or  Vimeo  or  YouTube . We will have our complement of worship leaders with a full service as usual in the sanctuary. We would ask that the offering on Sunday would be done online  here  (or drop off at church office today or next week). We will provide regular updates for continued live-streaming options, should this fluid situation demand it.

A time to be attentive  ( Psalm 34:15 )

The situation right now is certainly anxiety-inducing. But it’s also an opportunity to be attentive, a word President Sunquist at  Gordon-Conwell  Theological Seminary regularly uses. I love this posture. With “social distancing” as the temporary new normal, how do we practice mindful hospitality cf. our current sermon series in  Luke )? Our commitment remains to close that social distance with spiritual closeness in prayer and whenever possible in practical ways. So, we are determined not to shrink back in fear. We will roll up our sleeves (and scrub our hands) to serve the sick, the needy, the lonely. Look for our other announcements for ways to help these next few days.

Now that our social calendars are opening up, the Lord is giving us opportunities to draw near to Him. Attentiveness also means a heightened awareness of our need to intercede (for Italy, South Korea, Iran, China, our missionaries, our neighbors). Prayerful attentiveness derives from confession, repentance and time in the Word. When Nehemiah found himself confronted by devastating news ( Nehemiah 1:3 ), he began an extended soul-searching time. The rest of his story bears powerful witness that the Lord indeed used this time of distress to carry out His purposes, even if it wasn’t apparent at the time ( Romans 8:28 Genesis 50:20 ). To this end, this Sunday, we will hold a  virtual prayer vigil  from 11am to 11pm.

In the end, we remember our attentiveness comes from Him. We are attentive because He is attentive ( Psalm 34:15 ). Let’s pray for ‘divine appointments’ in our lives and for the Light of Christ to shine in and through us.

Pastor Tom
Sunday Service on March 15th will be  live-stream only  at 9:30am. There will be no second service, ministries, classes, or programs at TCC that day.

Our 9:30a worship service is live streamed on the following channels:

If you are having trouble accessing the live stream, please call the church office at 508-358-7717 and we will try to help you.
Praying for the World
The first thing we want to do as people of faith is to pray for the world and the needs of our community. We have put together a 12-hour prayer vigil for Sunday from 11A-11P. Click the link to signup, see prayer requests, and share prayer requests with our community.
Serving our Neighbors in Need
This is a great time for us as the church to literally love our neighbors. If you would like to join our list of helpers for odd jobs (grocery or food delivery, rides, childcare, etc.) you can signup here. After receiving your signup, we’ll be in touch with the specific need and safety procedures, which we are developing.
We anticipate our food pantry to see extra use over these next few weeks. If you are able please consider donating non-perishable and non-expired items. A list of needed items is forthcoming.
Need Help?
If you know someone who needs special care, or if you yourself need special care, please reach out to the office at 508-358-7717 or office@tccwayland.org.

Deacon’s Fund

For those experiencing financial hardship during this pandemic it is our joy to invite you to apply for support via the Deacon’s Fund. This fund is not only used to serve real needs in the community directly, but it’s a resource that members of our TCC community could utilize to help meet the needs of neighbors and others in Metrowest.

Food Pantry
If you are in need of food, our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry has a modest supply of goods; we are thankful for Dave and Diane Newcomb in their leadership of the food pantry outreach.
Please fill out this form and email it to office@tccwayland.org
Ongoing Ministry Updates:

Thursdays: Choir, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Bible Study are cancelled.
Fridays: Mom to Mom is cancelled.
Event Updates and Cancellations

Missing Sarah Pryor on March 29th is postponed.
Sunday AM Education Class on Daniel is cancelled for March 15th.
Student and Children’s Ministry Programs are Cancelled for March 15th.
The Student Ministries winter retreat to Berea is postponed.
Upcoming Events
Wheels for the World 2020 Wheel Chair Collection
During the month of March, we are partnering with Wheels For The World to collect wheelchairs and wheelchair parts for restoration. Once restored, they will be delivered to disabled children and adults around the world who do not have access to these "luxuries". Teams of physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and lay persons are sent all over the world to deliver these wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Each recipient is meticulously fitted to the chair that best suits their needs and are also given the Gospel in their native language.  

Join us this month in the search for unused wheelchairs for donation and help us spread the word about Wheels For The World .  Donations are accepted Monday-Friday, 9:00a - 2:30p and Sunday, 9:00a – 12:00p at TCC.

Questions? Please contact Cindy Leonard at 508-653-3743. More information is also available on the Missions’ Table in TCC’s lobby.

Serving Christ Together,
Cindy
POSTPONED - New Date TBD
Next Men’s Forum
Announcements
Flower Donations for Sunday services

Flowers for the Sunday services are made possible by the generous donations of members or groups who wish to give flowers in memory or in honor of a person or event. The flowers will be used at the 9:30A service in Phillips Hall and then will be moved into the niches in the sanctuary for the 11A service.  If you wish to donate flowers for a Sunday, please sign up at the Connection Hub or call the Church Office. $80.00 is the usual donation to cover cost of the flowers.  If interested, see the sign-up sheet at the Connection Hub or call the church office at 508-358-7717. 
Get involved in Music Ministry

Get involved by joining a ministry team in 2020!

Choir: Rehearsals Thursdays, 7-8:30p. Sings 3rd Sunday of the Month.
Screen Tech Team: Serve once a month operating the slides for worship.
Worship Team: Regular rotation of musicians leading Sunday worship.
Scripture Reading: Rotation of readers adding their voice to the worship service.

THRIVE:
Our 2019-2020 Ministry Theme

Though our mission is still the same, our vision changes each year. Read about this year's vision.
WBS meets Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:15a. Sign up to join us for the winter and spring.



Mom to Mom - Cancelled This Friday, March 13, 2020.
Friday Mornings, 9:15-11:15a
 
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Ongoing Ministries
Children's Ministries
What are we learning this month?
Check out the Parent Cue App to find out!
Guys and Girls Gathering
 
The groups meet on Wednesdays, from 5:30-7P at TCC. 
Student Ministries
Has your student missed out on some events and connection opportunities?


Deep Freeze Trip Cancelled For This Weekend.

 
Ongoing Adult Ministries

Check https://tccwayland.org/updates for latest updates on ongoing ministries
All Adults - K-Tog (Knit-Together )
Mondays, 10a-12p & 7-9p • Parlor • Susan Foster

All Adults - Wednesday Morning Bible S tud y - Book of Zachariah
Wednesdays, 9:30 -10:30a • RM 205 • Allan Baldwin

Thursdays, 9:15-11:00a • Phillips Hall • Amy Canute

Men - Pickup Basketball - Cancelled for Tonight, March 12
Thursdays, 7:45-9:00p • Gym • Jeff Coughlin

Women - Mom to Mom - Cancelled for Friday, March 13
Fridays, 9:15-11:15a • Phillips Hall • Elizabeth Markey

Saturdays, 7:30a • Phillips Hall • Eddie Brown & Jim Santamaria

Men- First Friday Men's Forums (Light breakfast provided)
First Friday of the Month • 6:15-7:30a • Phillips Hall • John Bleuer
General Information and Community Life
Current Job Openings:
Communications Assistant | Job Description (PDF) | View and Apply
8-10 hrs/week | June 2020 – August 2021
Interested in joining a small group? Several small groups are always open for new people to join.

Each Sunday there are dozens of volunteers that make our services and programs happen. Serving is a great way to get connected to our community.

Food Pantry
Please help spread the word! TCC’s Loaves & Fishes food pantry is well stocked and open to anyone in need! If you or someone you know needs a helping hand (single parents, those on a fixed income, unemployed, friends or neighbors) please feel free to call or visit the church office for assistance from our Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. Our Food Pantry is open on Sundays and during regular church office hours (Monday- Friday 9A- 2:30P).

Donations to “Loaves & Fishes” Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. There is a collection bin on the table in the lobby stairwell.
            
Top Items Needed:

Salt and Pepper
Tomato Paste
Band Aids
Bleach
We believe that serving our community is an essential part of living out our faith. We currently serve alongside two local ministries to care for those in need. Read more and signup here:

Last Two L’Abri Lectures Cancelled

Out of an abundance of caution, L’Abri has decided to cancel the final two lectures of the term. There will not be any lectures at the Southborough L'Abri until Fall 2020. 
All lectures begin at 7:30 and are held at L'Abri:
49 Lynbrook Road Southborough, MA 01772
Join us for tea and treats at 7:15.
Email newsletter and bulletin announcement deadline: Wednesday at 5pm