Worship on Sunday, January 10 @ 10am:
“You Are My Beloved Child” based on Mark 1:4-11 with remembrance of Baptism 

Please have a bowl or cup of water ready.
If you have a photo of yourself or a family member on the day of their Baptism, please send it to Emily by Friday morning. The photos will be shown on the screen, not using names. 
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.
Every Sunday
Coffee Hour before worship
on Zoom @ 9:30am
Meeting ID: 861 4930 6259
Password: 201552
Meeting Link:
QUICK LINKS
THIS WEEK @ TRINITY
Trinity Church Book Discussion Group on Zoom
6-weeks starting TONIGHT from 7-8pm

The Social Justice Team will be sponsoring a discussion of Waking Up White by best-selling author Debby Irving. In her book, she describes sensing racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships, and her journey from “white oblivion to white awareness”.  

The book may be purchased at Amazon or Thrift Books.

To join Trinity's Social Justice Team, or to hear more about our projects, contact Jean Leif, jhleif@gmail.com
UPCOMING @ TRINITY
Saturday Breakfast Fellowship
The first and third Saturday @ 9am (Saturday, January 16th)
At our January 16th Breakfast Fellowship meeting, I want to talk about Missions.  Some questions to think about:
  • Why are people missionaries? 
  • Does God want us all to be missionaries?

There are some Bible passages listed below which talk about missions.  I’m also including a couple of links to articles about missions.  Let’s talk about these on the 16th.

For more information or to add yourself to the Saturday Breakfast Fellowship email list, please contact Tom Danforth at tomdan4@gmail.com
Tom
 
Bible Passages:
Mark 16:15,  Romans 10:13-15,  Matthew 28:18-20,  Psalms 96:3,  1 Chronicles 16:24
 
Links:
World missions – What does the Bible say?
 
I am a Hindu. This is how I perceive Christian missionary work today
Annual Congregational Meeting
January 31, 2021 at 11:30am

The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 31st following our Worship Service. Because of the pandemic we will be meeting via Zoom with the option to call in over the phone rather than in person. However, we hope that will not deter anyone from attending. We need your voice and your vote to make important decisions for Trinity’s ministry in 2021.

Information for our Annual Report should be in the church office no later than Sunday, January 3, 2021 Your help and cooperation are appreciated.

Please email Emily at trinitychurchnboro@gmail.com
Lay Preaching

Everyone has one Sermon in them.

Yes, you have, residing in you...at least one “good” sermon waiting to come out. Our winter Lay-Sermon Workshop will help you give it “voice.” Rev. David Fountain will lead a four session (Feb. 17, 24, March 17, 24) Zoom workshop to give it life this winter. While Pastor Valeria is on her spring sabbatical, we will enjoy some of them to lend an exciting lay perspective to the virtual pulpit (on Zoom). Teens and adults welcome!

Want to know more? Sign up with the church office by February 9, and David will contact you about the classes and how easy and actually, well...fun it is to share your message with the congregation.
MINISTER OF MUSIC
Mike Westberry Awarded New Title: Minister of Music
The Worship Team and Deacons are happy to award Mike Westberry his new job title as Minister of Music. We think it is well deserved. His gifts and commitment have been a blessing to Trinity Church. Congratulations, Mike!
A MESSAGE FROM THE DEACONS
This year, Pastor Valeria will be on a sabbatical from April 12 to July 18. The Deacons have contracted with Rev. Lee Atherton of Marlborough, MA, to be our on-call pastor while Pastor Valeria is away, and to lead worship on three Sundays.

The other Sundays will be led by Deacons and other members of the church. We will be putting together a steering committee to plan worship, and will be exploring different formats, including round-table discussions, interviews, and, yes, lay-sermons! (See David Fountain’s notice of a Lay-Sermon Workshop in this issue of Tidings.)

We wish Pastor Valeria all the best on her sabbatical, and we are excited to bring you some creative worship services in her absence.
PASTOR PARISH RELATIONS COMMITTEE
We promised to share our new Covenant with you and so present the opening statement and the first section.
Trinity Church Community Covenant
Trinity Church’s mission is to fill its people with the love of God and share God’s love with all the world. At Trinity, with prayer that God will guide us on this spiritual journey as a community, we will always strive to show respect and love for each other in all that we do.

  • We promise to speak face-to-face, honestly and openly. We promise to make our Church a safe haven of love, validation and kindness.
  • We will listen with an open and non-judgemental mind, and try as hard to understand as to be understood. We will treat each other with dignity and respect.

We ask that as we share each part of the Covenant over the next few months, that you read it, understand it, and feel it in your heart.

As we mentioned before, please feel free to address any comments or questions to any of the members of the PPRC.

Barbara Baker, bakerb2939@gmail.com
Wade Robbins, schatze2512@yahoo.com
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.
ONGOING EVENTS @ TRINITY
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.
Grief Support Group
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
Coffee or Tea with Pastor Valeria on Zoom
Wednesdays @ 9am
Chat with Pastor Valeria on Zoom, Wednesdays at 9am.

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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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM
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!
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.)
Christmas Tree Removal
Sponsored by BSA Troop 101 Northborough

The town-wide Annual Christmas Tree Removal sponsored by Troop 101 will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

NEW THIS YEAR- Offering online payment!


Scouts will pick up your tree on Saturday, January 9th, 2021.
To be added to our pick-up route, simply sign up and pay before Friday, January 8, 2021 by 5 PM (or call 508-281-9972 and leave your information). Then just leave your tree near the curb before 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 9th, 2021.
Cost: $10 per tree

Feel free to inform your friends and neighbors of this service. Please note: pickup is only available in the town of Northborough.

Questions? Email:  Nborotroop101Treepickup@gmail.com or call 508-281-9972.
Thank you for your continued support of Troop 101.
Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
Central MA Connections in Faith (CMACIF), in partnership with Westborough Interfaith Association, Westborough Connects and Westborough Public Schools, is pleased to announce the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in Westborough, MA.

The event will be held virtually via Zoom and is free and open to anyone who registers in advance. The event will be held from 11am-12:30pm on January 18th, 2021 and rebroadcast on Westborough TV. This year’s theme is “Standing in My Shoes: Love, Inclusion, Trust” and will feature a keynote address by poet Jamele Adams, also known as Harlym 1Two5.
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
~ 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 February Tidings
Please be sure to have all your info for the February Tidings in to the church office by Sunday, January 24. 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 & 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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.