Worship in the Parking Lot on Sunday, October 18th @ 10am:
God Is with Us. Let's Celebrate!
We will be celebrating God's, and all of your generosity, and welcoming several new members to Trinity Church. Please bring your pledge cards. All of this will happen safely, socially distanced, wearing masks. You may remain in your car or bring your own chairs.
Worship will also be streamed to Facebook Live.
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.
Next Coffee Hour Before Worship
Sunday, October 25 @ 9:30am
There will be no coffee hour on Zoom this Sunday. Next coffee hour will be on Sunday, October 25.
QUICK LINKS
FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that God may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on God because God cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
Please return your pledge cards.
As we look towards Celebration Sunday, October 18th, we thank those of you who have already sent in their pledge cards. We are so blessed to have a generous and faithful community that works together to fill each other with God's love and share God's love in all the world!
Please prayerfully consider what you are able to contribute to Trinity's mission in 2021, and join us for our Celebration Sunday in the parking lot. You may bring your pledge cards that Sunday and offer them to God in a safe, socially distanced manner, from your cars. Or pledge online using the link below.
May God bless us all as we look to an unknown future ahead - a future that is known to God. God is with us!
Thank you all!! Rob Mulligan and Donna Miller - Stewardship
THIS WEEK @ TRINITY
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
Saturday, October 17th @ 9am
At our October 17th Breakfast Fellowship meeting, I want to talk about mercy.  Mercy is something which comes up many times in the Bible.  There is talk about how merciful God is and Jesus talks about mercy many times. 

The dictionary gives a few definitions of mercy, among them:
  • compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power
  • a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion

I’m listing a few Bible references below.  I urge you to read all of them, especially the ones from Jeremiah, Matthew, and Luke.  I’m also including a link to an  article which talks about mercy from a Christian standpoint and a link to an article which talks about mercy from an Islamic standpoint.

Let’s gather on Zoom on the 17th and see where this discussion takes us.  I’ll send the Zoom information separately.

For more information or to add yourself to the Saturday Breakfast Fellowship email list, please contact Tom Danforth at tomdan4@gmail.com.
 
Bible passages:
Psalms 111:4
A song praising God for God’s great works, majesty and mercy.

Jeremiah 3:11-14
God commanding Jeremiah to speak to faithless Israel and command them to return.

Matthew 9:10-13
Jesus explaining why he had dinner with tax collectors and sinners.

Luke 6: 32-36
Jesus explaining why it is important to love and do good things for those for whom it is difficult to love and do good things.

1 Timothy 1:12-16
Paul explains to Timothy why he received full acceptance and mercy from Jesus.

Links:
Who Deserves Mercy?
While this article was written with a focus on the Catholic faith, it has a very good discussion of mercy, what it is, and who deserves it.

What Does Islam Say About Mercy?
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.
Coffee or Tea with Pastor Valeria on Zoom
Wednesdays @ 9am
Chat with Pastor Valeria on Zoom, Wednesdays at 9am.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 954 033 518
Password: 569713

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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.
UPCOMING @ TRINITY
NORTHBOROUGH HELPING HANDS - DOVE TREE

Each year your Christmas Giving Tree (“dove tree”) has generously included gift requests from the Northborough Helping Hands Association, Inc., (NHHA) for families in need in Northborough & we have always been ever so grateful.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, NHHA has made significant changes to this year’s Holiday Outreach Program. The decision has been made to give the families a “Gift Card Christmas” by switching to gift cards in lieu of toys & gifts.

We would like to ask you to consider making a monetary donation to NHHA equivalent to the gifts you purchased in the past or any amount you are comfortable with. We will, in turn, purchase $25 gift cards to local stores.

In order to allow families enough time to shop, the cards will be distributed at the Thanksgiving distribution on Saturday, November 21.

Donations can be made on line at https://northboroughhelpinghands.org or mail a check or gift card to Northborough Helping Hands, P.O. Box 383, Northborough, MA 01532 by Sunday, November 1.

Northborough Helping Hands Association, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization and a 501(c)(3) charity.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marcia Roman at 508-393-8763 or Colleen Lupien at 508-393-9012.
SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM
Be part of Tinity's Creative Care Voter Pledge.

In response to the challenge from the Southern New England Conference of the UCC, Trinity is asking our members to take the pledge,  "I pledge to be a consistent voter, and I will always prioritize caring for God's creation in how I vote." Click the link to pledge to show your support for environmental issues. Help us reach our goal of 75% of our membership signing on.

To join Trinity's newly-formed Social Justice Team, or to hear more about our projects, contact Jean Leif, jhleif@gmail.com
Let Northboro know Trinity is here.....
As a way of demonstrating Trinity's presence to the community, a few of us will be meeting on the church lawn on Saturdays in October from 12-1 pm. Come and join us, or drive by and say hi. Masks required, signs are optional. Let's show Northboro that Trinity is alive and cares about its community!  
Contact Jean Leif for more info: jhleif@gmail.com
For sign ups please use the link below and/or contact Emily for help: trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com

DRESS UP IN YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUME ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, AND HELP US SPREAD SOME SMILES!
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.

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

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.)
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
~ Muriel Swenor, recovering from surgery
~ 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 November Tidings
Please be sure to have all your info for the November Tidings in to the church office by Sunday, October 25. 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.