Letter from Governance Team
To a Church in Social Isolation
Summer has arrived!
Many of us have been wondering how Trinity's finances are doing so Robert has written some numbers for us:
The effects of COVID-19 really hit in April. Our income dropped to $12,000 while our expenses totalled $21,600. Thanks to that gift in January, we were still in the black for the first four months (+$7,700).For May our income was $14,200 and our expenses were $20,900 however we qualified for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) of $6,800 which resulted in a net income of about $100. I was hoping that with the CEWS grants continuing we might just be able to stretch that $7,700 out through the summer when, in June, we were blessed with a second $15,000 donation. I can’t predict what the fall holds in store for us but we certainly need to be thankful for the generous support we have received so far.
Our worship service this week is provided by none other than Trinity's own treasurer and financial reporter, Robert Nicolson.
Judi Carroll, Betty McLean, Robert Nicolson, Pat Bradley and Syd Sawyer
What's Going on with Trinity this week
The Bazaar coordinators are sorry to announce that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and our concern for the safety of our workers and customers, it was recommended that the normal style bazaar for 2020 be cancelled, and alternate fundraising activities explored. We felt compelled to make the decision prior to the summer season when many of the bazaar workers kick it up into a new gear of working on their bazaar projects, and saving items for silent auction etc. For now, we welcome your suggestions and participation in alternate fundraising activities for this summer and fall. We are already planning to return next year with a new level of creativity and enthusiasm!
Submitted by Joy Galea and Jo-Ann Dahms,Bazaar Coordinators
No more Gas! The gas to the kitchen stove has been turned off for the summer. Thank you to our super-strong stove movers. No more Mould! Fridge is being cleaned out and those who are affected by this have been contacted. Thank you to our brave, brave fridge cleaners. Safety First! Sanitizing stations have been located throughout the building with personal protective equipment like gloves and masks and handsanitzer. We are also providing cleaning supplies for any groups that use the building to clean and sanitize the rooms after themselves. Thank you to our health and safety helpers.
Office News: We have been experiencing technical difficulties with our email provider Telus. If you haven't received a "Trinity News" email, please let the office know; if you haven't received a "Sunday Gathering" you can always find them on the website: www.ucpoco.ca/blog. In other news, the Office Administrator - Zoë - is on her summer break until August 17 so the office will be staffed by a volunteer. So please bear in mind going forward that phone messages, mail, and email will only be checked twice a week.
The United Church of Canada Bystander Training course: Wondering how to be active in anti-racism? The UCC has two upcoming workshops on "bystander training". Registration is open for the online course Break the Silence: The Power of Active Witnessing with Anti-racism Educator Angela Ma Brown. Thursday July 2, 1-4pm, Wednesday, July 8, 9:30am-12:30pm Click here for all the details including the link to register. Space is limited to 24 each date.
Rev Alf Dumont has a new book: In his new book, The Other Side of the River: From Church Pew to Sweat Lodge, author and retired United Church minister Alf Dumont generously shares his story of walking between the worlds of Indigenous and settler, Traditional Spirituality and Christianity. Dumont's stories challenge the church and all of Canada to re-examine their relationships and responsibilities with Indigenous peoples. Through deeply personal experiences, humour, poetry, and insight, Dumont encourages all people “to sit down together again” and share in a new and good way. Available now, click here to buy from the UCRD online store. (Use promo code RIVER15 at checkout for 15% off!)
Camp Spirit News: Camp Spirit will have 3 separate weeks outdoors only at Eagle Ridge United Church this summer, July 13 - 17, July 20 - 24, and July 27 - 31. Each week will have limited numbers due to the COVID-19 gathering guidelines. Registration is now open and can be accessed from their website, https://www.
RETURN-IT DEPOT Account Now Active: Trinity is pleased to announce we now have a church account with the Return-It depots. How it works - put your containers in clear plastic bags, no sorting needed! Go to an Express depot, go to the kiosk and use the church phone number (604-942-0022) to log in and print labels, one per bag. Place a label on each of your bags and leave them in the bag drop area. The depot staff will sort your containers and credit the Trinity United account with the value within 5 business days.
TUC Coffee Time: NEXT MEET UP, JULY 8TH. Just send a request to the office, as she will add you to the invite list. Then on Tuesdays, you will receive an email with a link to the meeting. It's very informal and a fun way to stay connected, share our isolation journeys, and keep up to date on what the church is up to. Click here to send a request to the church!
Trinity Prayer Circle: We have two prayer circles set up to receive and act on your prayer requests. Please refer prayer requests to Linda Lund (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pacific Mountain Region …..Congratulations and Blessings!
Warm thanks to all who joined the Pacific Mountain Regional Council's Ordinands and Commissionands on their very special day of celebrating their call to ministry, and in welcoming Rev Blair Odney as he begins his term as the regional council's President! we saw more than 180 tune in on Saturday June 27th, virtually attending alongside those gathered, safely!, in person at Highlands United Church. Led by the Spirit to the waters of new life, we are one.
Pacific Mountain Region Prayer Cycle: This week, we are praying for 100 Mile House UC, Agassiz UC, Alberni Valley UC, and Aldergrove UC.
Healing Pathways: We are offering distance healing during those times or whenever convenient for both practitioner and receiver. Contact Linda Lund (email@example.com). We may not connect "Hand to Hand," we must deepen our practice of connecting "Heart to Heart".
Trinity + Music: You can check out our collection on the website, under "About" and then under "Music Resources". Please click the titles to listen to these songs on our unlisted YouTube channel.
Prayer Roster: This week we pray for -