Worship on Sunday, November 22 @ 10am:
"Reasons to Be Thankful." Worship in the Parking Lot. Rain or shine, and brief!
Worship will also be streamed to Facebook live.
Dress warm, bring blankets, get comfortable in your cars and join us for another worship in the parking lot as we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving. Worship will happen rain or shine, and will be brief. 
Liturgical Audit

A liturgical audit helps you reflect more deeply on each part of a worship service, and helps our Worship Team create a more meaningful experience for our congregation. Please use this audit for any of Trinity Church’s upcoming worship services or any worship service you may be attending at other churches over the next few weeks. 
Please send your responses to Noelle Dattilo, noelledion@msn.com, by Monday, December 7.
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. 

Emily is here to help you. If you need technical assistance please email her at trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com or call her (508) 614-8989 during virtual office hours and she will walk you through each step.
QUICK LINKS
THIS WEEK @ TRINITY
Attend Phoenix Rising UCC with the Worship Grant Team
Thursday, November 19th @ 7pm
As part of our grant project, the team members were hoping to visit other churches and experience their worship practices. Because of COVID, most churches are worshiping online and we can all attend, from the comfort of our own home! The grant team invites you to worship at Phoenix Rising UCC on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. www.phoenixrisingucc.org
If you'd like to join us please contact Pastor Valeria trinitypastorvaleria@gmail.com.
Grief Support Group
Thursdays @ 7pm
If you or someone you know recently lost a loved one and is looking for a safe space to share your experiences with others, you are welcome to join our grief support group. The group now meets weekly on Zoom, every Thursday at 7 pm. For more information please contact Pastor Valeria at trinitypastorvaleria@gmail.com
Saturday Breakfast Fellowship
The first and third Saturday @ 9am (Next date: Saturday, November 21st)
Hi Everyone -

At our November 21st Breakfast Fellowship meeting, I want to talk about equality. 

Equality is defined as “the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability.”

When we talk about people and equality, do we mean that ALL people are created equally as in “All Men are Created Equal?”  Are we talking about all people being equal in the eyes of God?  Is that different?

On the 21st, let’s talk about equality, what it means in our secular world and how it can be seen through Bible verses. I’m including a couple links which talk about equality and the Bible.

Let’s gather on Zoom on the 21st and see where this discussion takes us. For the Zoom link and more information or to add yourself to the Saturday Breakfast Fellowship email list, please contact Tom Danforth at tomdan4@gmail.com.
 
Links:
Top 7 Bible Verses About Equality

What Does the Bible Teach about All People Being Equal?
Fall Clean-up @ the Parsonage
Saturday, November 21st @ 9:30am
We will be meeting Saturday morning at the parsonage (20 Dennis Circle) to clean up the yard and the gardens. Please bring work gloves, rakes and trimmers and any other tools you might want to have with you. See you then.

Please contact Larry with questions larry.hemstreet@gmail.com
Advent Bags
Pick-up dates and times:
TODAY, Saturday, November 21, from 9 - 3, 
at our worship service in the parking lot on November 22,  
Wednesday, November 25 from 12 - 4.  
The worship grant team has decided to bring the season of Advent home to you! While we cannot worship together in the sanctuary we are hoping to create a connection to each other through the beloved rituals and traditions of this special season. 
Bags will include a set of Advent candles, an Advent calendar with a thought for each day, and coloring pages for each Sunday.
Bags can be picked up outside the church.
This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc. One per family, please.
Zoom Bible Study
Mondays @ 1pm
Want to connect with other Trinity people while we are self-isolating? Join us for an informal Bible study on Mondays at 1pm via Zoom. Each week we will select a chapter or passage of the Bible, and discuss what it means to us.

Jean Leif will be facilitating. Email her at jhleif@gmail.com (include your name) for log-on information.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with your Trinity Family
Wednesday, November 25th @ 7pm
Thanksgiving will be different for many of us this year. And yet, we have much to be thankful for. Join your Trinity family for a time of sharing and prayer on Wednesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This will be an informal gathering for anyone who is looking for some community. In order to maintain privacy the event will not be live streamed. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 811 3401 7002
Zoom Call In: +1 929 436 2866 (use the meeting ID 811 3401 7002 when asked)
COOKIES FOR COLLEGE KIDS
Donations Needed!
Cookies for College Kids
To be delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Pastoral Care is preparing to send/deliver "Cookies for College Kids" between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we are unable to give the kids homemade cookies this year and have decided that we will put together goodie bags with individual serving snacks. We hope to hand-deliver these gifts to all 16 kids. Would you please consider a donation toward this wonderful project? It is our way of letting these kids know that, we are still family and we love them! 

Donations can be mailed to Trinity Church, 23 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532. Please make checks out to "Trinity Church" with a note in the memo "Cookies for College Kids". You can also donate online CLICK HERE and use the "Other" option with a note "Cookies for College Kids".

We also want to make sure we have an accurate list of all of our college students, so if you have a child in college, or if you have questions about donating to our "Cookies for College Kids" project, please call Barbara Sutherland at (508) 460-0233.

Along that same note, we would like to send one beautiful greeting in the goodie bag from as many members of our church as possible. So we are asking our Trinity Family to hand-write a short note (or type if you wish), sign it and send photo of it to Donna Miller via email or text at dmm4863@gmail.com or 774-276-2356. The team has decided to paste all the notes together on one page creating a wonderful holiday greeting hoping that they truly feel Trinity's love.

Again, we are hoping to deliver these gifts between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we are asking for your replies as soon as possible. Thank you all very much!

In Christ,
Your Pastoral Care Team
UPCOMING @ TRINITY
Coffee or Tea with Pastor Valeria on Zoom
Wednesdays @ 9am (EXCEPT NOVEMBER 25)
Chat with Pastor Valeria on Zoom, Wednesdays at 9am.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 954 033 518
Password: 569713

Dial by your location
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 954 033 518  

Emily is here to help you. If you need technical assistance please email her at  trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com  or call her (508) 614-8989 during virtual office hours.
6 Week Book Discussion
With The Social Justice Team

The Social Justice team will be hosting a 6 week book discussion about Waking Up White, Debby Irving's best seller about race relations. The discussion group will start in January, and will be open to the public. More info to follow.

Link to the book: CLICK HERE

To join Trinity's Social Justice Team, or to hear more about our projects, contact Jean Leif, jhleif@gmail.com
FROM OUR PASTORAL CARE TEAM
We Are Hiring!
 
We all have Holy Spirit infused gifts, given to us by God to help us serve those in need, and to show Jesus’s love in our world, and right now we are seeking anyone who want to use their gifts of compassion, empathy, servanthood, joy, encouragement, prayer and more to join our Pastoral Care team. Do you have the “gift of gab”? Perfect! 
 
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.” 1Peter 4:10 NIV
 
If you are thinking “This is a job for the more ‘feminine’ among us who are much more suited for this kind of stuff” (or anything along those lines), consider this: Has there been a time in your life when you were ill, or struggling in some way? Can you think of other people who encouraged you, lifted you up, or stood by you as you heal? Now can you imagine yourself coming alongside others that may be struggling, and sharing the love that Jesus put in your heart to help them on their journey? Love has no gender, and we know the impact that more diversity on our team can have.
 
On the Pastoral Care team, you will find a group of positive, encouraging, fun & dedicated people who share the desire to serve others in their time of need. From making visits (when acceptable to do so), to being a friendly voice on the phone, or writing encouraging and heartfelt notes, and delivering a thoughtful gift, our team seeks only to bring light & love to those in need, and to ensure that none of our family feel far from our collective Trinity heart.
 
We plan to broaden our reach in 2021 and we have faith that God is working in and through our Pastoral Care team to reach more people. We are ready for you to join us!
 
Please email Donna Miller at dmm4863@gmail.com (put “pastoral care” in the subject line), if you have questions and/or would like to join our awesome team!
FROM OUR CHRISTIAN ED DIRECTOR
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.
FROM THE WORSHIP TEAM
Would you like to be part of a virtual community that meets on Sunday mornings to create an engaging worship experience for our congregation? For example, would you like to read or act out the Bible passage, or share a personal story? Do you create artwork or write poetry? Are you good at editing videos or other tech tasks like Zoom and Facebook live? 
We would love to include you and your gifts in our worship services. Training and practice sessions will be offered. Please contact Pastor Valeria for more information. 
FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM
Please Return Your Pledge Cards
God is with us. That is one thing that remains a constant in all of our lives. When things are crazy, uncertain, and somewhat stressful we can always rely on the fact that our God never turns his back on us. 

At Trinity Church we endeavor every day to reach out to the lost, to the marginalized, and to people everywhere that are hurt, alone, and in need of love and contact. We can do everything that we do because God is with us. And we can continue to do the work that God has called us to because of the generosity of our Trinity family. So we thank all of you who have already sent your pledges for 2021, and we ask for those of you who've not sent it yet to please prayerfully consider how God can use you to help support our mission to help the world know Jesus.

God Bless You All.

Rob Mulligan & Donna Miller
Stewardship Committee
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 
NEED HELP?
Mental Health:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI Central MA (Worcester): Phone: 508-368-3562 Email: namiworc@hotmail.com

NAMI Metrowest (Marlborough-Framingham): 
Help Line: 508 251 9595 Email: NAMIMetroWest@NAMIMetrowest.org Website: www.namimetrowest.org

Addiction/Substance Abuse Disorders:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline 1-800-662 HELP (4357)  www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

The Mass Substance Use Helpline
Phone: 800-327-5050 Website: www.helplinema.org

Worcester Area Intergroup (Alcoholics Anonymous)
Phone: 508-752-9000 (24/7) Email: steps@aaworcester.org Website: www.aaworcester.org

Domestic Violence:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is offering assistance and safety planning 24/7
  • 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • TTY 1-800-787-3224 o If you’re unable to speak safely, you can chat online, or text LOVEIS to 22522

MA SafeLink MA Statewide Toll-Free Domestic Violence Hotline 1-877-785-2020  

Food Assistance:
Northborough Food Pantry 
Wednesdays 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Phone: 508-393-6897 Email: info@nfpantry.org Website: www.nfpantry.org/nfp  
CHILDREN & YOUTH
GSA Link
The Link that Connects

The GSA Link is a project connecting local GSA high school and middle students to collaborate, share ideas, and socialize in a SAFE space. LGBT and allied high school students are welcome.

Little Links K-5th Grade Virtual Link Up! www.facebook.com/events/1663328133841922

Middle School Virtual Link Up! www.facebook.com/events/1278622175669344

High School Virtual Link Up! www.facebook.com/events/930364390725387

For more information please contact:
Melissa at projectgsalink@gmail.com or 508-735-1267
Grotonwood and Oceanwood Camperships
Since overnight camps had to be canceled this summer, Central Association will offer a campership of $100 for each camper who registers for any of the fall or winter camps.

For more information please contact Susanne Fleming supergram777@aol.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
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.  
NATICK COMMUNITY-SENIOR CENTER’S ONLINE PROGRAMS

Mindfulness Meditation with Sharon  Meets every Thursday, 1-1:40 pm, free. This meditation is audio only and participants are muted during the meditation portion. Everyone is welcome to join for some guided, some quiet and some reflection with Q & A and sharing. Email  skirby@natickma.org  to receive the Zoom link (different each week.)
NORTHBORO JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB - VIRTUAL CRAFT FAIR

The GFWC Northboro Junior Woman’s Club 43rd Harvest Craft Fair has gone Virtual!

Offering beautiful crafts from Saturday, November 7th to Monday, November 30th. You can shop in the comfort of your home 24/7.
There are textiles, glassworks, wooden items, handmade jewelry, soaps, knitwear and so much more! Please go to www.northborojuniors.org/craft-fair for your personal shopping experience.
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
~ The family of Marilyn Doyle who passed away on October 28.
~ Kathie Nichols, some health concerns
~ Everyone affected physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially by COVID-19.
~ Donna Miller and her family.
~ 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 Sunday, November 22. Your help is appreciated!
TRINITY CHURCH
23 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-8156

Virtual Office Hours :
Emily is working from home. Please email her or leave a message on Pastor Valeria's voicemail on the church phone. (Please note Fridays are Pastor Valeria's day off and she will not check her voicemail. In case of an emergency please listen to her voicemail message for her cell phone number.)

Monday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 2:30pm
Tuesday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 2:30pm
Wednesday: 9am - 10:30am & 2pm - 4pm
Thursday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 2:30pm
Friday: 9am - Noon & 1pm - 2:30pm

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.