Worship on Sunday, February 21 @ 10am:
First Sunday in Lent. “Love Your Enemies and Pray for Them” based on Leviticus 19:17-18 and Matthew 5:43-48
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:
JOURNEY THROUGH LENT WITH THE COALITION OF OPEN AND AFFIRMING CHURCHES OF THE UCC
Many of us are wondering how we can observe Lent this year: many feel that Lent 2020 never ended, and after a year of restrictions and sacrifice we've had enough of "giving up." But Lent is also about giving to: works of love are an ancient spiritual practice during Lent. And so is prayer. Every weekday morning during Lent and Easter the ONA family will continue to offer a contemplative service of Taizé Morning Prayer at 9 and 11 am (EST) in the Coalition's Zoom Chapel—Monday through Friday. We'll also gather at 10 pm (EST) Sunday for Compline—an ancient experience of prayer, silence and song at the close of day. Each service is about 20 minutes and draws from ancient Christian practices of daily prayer, although in inclusive, non-binary language. Morning Prayer and Compline are sometimes posted on Facebook, but you can always join us on Zoom at zoom.us/j/5556624822
THIS WEEK @ TRINITY
Saturday Breakfast Fellowship
The third Saturday @ 9am (Saturday, February 20th)
At our February 20th Breakfast Fellowship meeting, I want to talk about Christian nationalism and whether the United States is or should be a Christian nation.

Christian nationalism came to light recently during the riots in Washington, D.C. on January 6.  In Washington that day, there were a large number of Christian nationalist groups, people carrying the Christian flag, and people emulating the crusaders.  The presence of Christian nationalists during the riots was disturbing to me, in part because they tend to be associated with White Supremacists and racist hate groups.  They also want to become dominant in American politics

A number of years ago, Saturday Breakfast Fellowship talked about whether the United States was founded as a Christian nation or not.  Since the founding, various groups have pushed a Christian agenda for the country.

There’s a lot we can talk about here.  What is Christian nationalism?  Was the United States founded as a Christian nation?  Should it be a Christian nation?  We can go on to are Christian nationalists organizations cults and are the members following idols?

With all of this, I’m including a lot of material for reading and thought starting with a couple Bible passages about false prophets and idols.

For those of you who participated in the “Exploring Justice: The Ten Commandments” book study a year ago, I encourage you to review the section starting on page 52 with tips for spotting idols.
I’m also including a number of articles about Christian nationalism.

Read what you can.  I know I’m putting a lot of information out for discussion.
I look forward to our discussion on the 20th.

For more information or to add yourself to the Saturday Breakfast Fellowship email list, please contact Tom Danforth at tomdan4@gmail.com
 
Bible Passages:
Romans 16:17-19,  Mark 13:21-23
 
Links:
Christians Against Christian Nationalism
 
Repentance for Silence in the face of Christian Nationalism
 
Christian nationalism
 
This next article is rather long; however, it gives a good history of what the founding fathers were thinking and going through when our country was founded.  If you only read part of the article, look at the first 4 paragraphs and the last two paragraphs.

What politicians mean when they say the United States was founded as a Christian nation
Information Session about COVID Effects on Mental Health
Monday, February 22 @ 7pm
Northborough's Family and Youth Services created a 17-minute informational video for us to share with our community. We invite you to watch this together and learn about available resources in Northborough and Massachusetts. 
Join us on Zoom on Monday, February 22, at 7 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 898 7736 8748
Passcode: 792289
Phone: +1 929 436 2866

If you don't want to join the meeting but would like to watch the video on your own (it's in PowerPoint), please contact Pastor Valeria.
LENTEN DEVOTIONALS
The Worship Team has ordered two Lenten devotionals for you to choose from (or use both!). One is a simple, one-page calendar with an inspirational thought or suggested action for each day. Download it here.
The other is a devotional guide based on the Psalms. Each day includes a Psalm reading, a reflection for adults, one for children, questions for going deeper, and a coloring page. Download it here.
We hope that one or the other will be meaningful to you as we embark on the journey of Lent together. 
In order to save paper and resources we encourage you to read your devotional on your computer or device. 
If you prefer a printed copy but do not have access to a printer please contact Emily and she will print a copy for you.
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.

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.
OUTREACH TEAM
Worcester Fellowship Needs You!
Hello! My name is Savannah from our Trinity Church Outreach team. I have written this article to inform you about this wonderful opportunity that some of you may want to participate in. “Worcester Fellowship imagines a church where people with housing and people without housing gather together to share worship, to build community, to know God’s infinite love and find ‘home’ as part of the Body of Christ, the Church.” Worcester fellowship is a way to give back to the community. One of the ways that we support Worcester Fellowship is by providing lunches which are handed out at Sunday outdoor worship services. These lunches then are given to people in need in Worcester. We do not have any upcoming dates established for providing lunches yet but when we do, we welcome everyone’s support. The lunches include sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, juice boxes, water bottles and pudding. If you would like to participate with financial gifts, to help make lunches, and/or deliver lunches and attend the worship please contact me (savannahrocks508@gmail.com) (or John (johnposluszny@gmail.com). Thank you!
For the month of February 2021, Our Father's Table will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag at the Hannaford store located at 193 Boston Post Road West, Route 20, Marlborough MA.
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.

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  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
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NEED HELP?
Northborough Family & Youth Services and William James College are pleased to announce INTERFACE, a new mental health and wellness resource for Northborough residents of all ages.

INTERFACE is a program of William James College designed to increase awareness of mental health issues impacting children, families, and adults and to facilitate access to appropriate outpatient services. Resource information and or provider referrals from trained resource and referral counselors can be obtained by calling the INTERFACE Helpline at 888-244-6843 Ext. 1411. The Helpline is available Mon. – Fri. from 9 am – 5 pm. The website has additional information and guides to assist with the process of seeking outpatient mental health services.

The Northborough Special Benevolent Fund Trustees have helped to support and fund this effort initiated by Northborough Family Youth Services Department.

Family Youth Services can be reached at 508-393-5020 for information on this program and all other programs it offers.
United Way of North Central MA (UWNCM) is partnering with FamilyWize to provide North Central community members access to affordable prescription medications. Through this program UWNCM hopes to help ensure greater health and financial stability to community members. The FamilyWize card is Is free – it’s like a coupon that you can use as often as you want. For more information please see the UWNCM website.
Call2Talk is the Mental health helpline of Mass2-1-1, the statewide human service information and referral platform powered by your local United Way. Call2Talk answers calls through Mass2-1-1, its direct telephone line and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It also answers texts in partnership with Crisis Text Line.
Besides its primary function as a helpline, Call2Talk also provides the following:
  • TeleCheck – A phone check-in service for elder adults operated in partnership with BayPath Elder Services and Advocates, Inc. Trained call-takers contact seniors weekly to provide support and friendly conversation following sudden life changes.
  • MetroWest LOSSteam – The MetroWest LOSSteam works with area police departments to offer immediate on-site peer emotional support to suicide loss survivors. (in Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Sherborn, and Sudbury)
  • Community Education – Call2Talk offers best practice awareness trainings for community members and agencies including: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training, Mental Health First Aid, safeTalk and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). 
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.)
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 Kenneth Morse who passed away on January 25.
~ Everyone affected physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially by COVID-19.
~ 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 March Tidings
Please be sure to have all your info for the March Tidings in to the church office by Sunday, February 21. 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.