From our Governance Team
To a church in social isolation.
Can you believe that we have been doing this for about 3 plus months!
Somedays, I’m sure you will agree, it seems much longer and other days you ask yourself - where has the time gone? Still, it sounds as if we have been doing what is asked of us and because of that the Province has moved to Stage 3, where we are able to go out a little more and expand our bubbles. Let’s keep up the good work and enjoy the outside when we can.
As I am reading the Sunday Service, it reminds me how much I, and I’m sure most of you, miss our in person Sunday gatherings. We as a congregation are lucky to be able to benefit from the lovely Sunday services that are being provided by our various worship leaders and kept up to date with what is happening at Trinity with our weekly announcements. We are continuing to care for each other and provide support where needed.
By now you will all have received a copy of the Guidelines for the reopening of our church building. Unfortunately it does not mean the resumption of in-house worship services, that will have to wait a little longer. If you did not receive a copy or have any questions about the guidelines please contact us.
Next Wednesday is Canada Day, and it will seem very strange without all the usual celebrations, but we can celebrate the country we live in in small groups with family or friends (in your bubble!) Hang your flag out and wear red, white, and the Maple Leaf! Due to the holiday there will not be a Zoom coffee chat next week, we will see you back on the 8th of July.
So please let us know if you are concerned about anyone or are in need of any assistance and we will do our best to assist. So, continue to take care of yourselves, stay safe, stay calm, and be kind.
Judi Carroll, 604-941-2002, Syd Sawyer 604-941-4565 for the Governance Team.
Spotlight on our worship leader for Sunday - Linda Lund with Betty McLean
And, as our indigenous neighbours remind us, all other life forms are our brothers and sisters and they matter too. Jesus also stood up to injustice and overturned the tables of the moneychangers in the temple to show them that their greed, privilege and selfishness were not acceptable. Respect, non-judgmental and unconditional love are important. We seek to follow Jesus. That’s why I keep coming back here to Trinity United Church and pastoral care work.
Announcements for the week of June 28
What's going on with Trinity this week.
Great News: The Governance Team, on behalf of Trinity United Church, acknowledge the support given to us by way of a grant from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation. The money granted to us will help in the safe re-opening of the church building and enable community and church groups to resume meetings while abiding by B.C. Provincial Health Guidelines and the Guideline set out by The United Church of Canada.
Doers News: 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 recieved 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 - will be going on her summer break starting June 29 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, JUY 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!
CELEBRATION OF UCC MINISTRY SERVICE SATURDAY JUNE 27, 10 am: This special ceremony is being held virtually at this time, due to the constraints of COVID-19, for the ordinands and commissionands of the Pacific Mountain Region, who have chosen to be celebrated this Summer. This is a great opportunity for us to be part of this moving United Church ceremony! Online, from Highlands United Church, North Vancouver BC. Streaming will begin at 9:45 for 10am Worship start time. Click here to be directed to the youtube channel.
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 Prayer Cycle: This week we pray for UCC church plants: Windermere Valley SM in Invermere, Winfield UC in Lake Country, Zion UC in Armstrong, and Zion UC in Silverton, and for their pastors.
Official Bazaar Announcement as of June 19, 2020: 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
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".
SUMMER JOBS OPPORTUNITY AT Eagle Ridge: Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, we are pleased to again be able to hire two persons for eight weeks this July and August to work around the church at 35 hours per week. Due to changes in the program, applicants no longer need to be students, however they must: be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment. The starting date will be July 6th. The hourly wage is $16.00. Cover letters and resumes can be emailed to (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before June 25th. Contact ERUC at 604-945-9811 for more details.
Trinity + Music: You can check out our collection on the website, under "About" and then under "Music Resources". This week we are including selections from last week's worship, just click on the "see more" button underneath the video for the words. Please click the titles to listen to these songs on our unlisted YouTube channel.
VU 371 "Open My Eyes, That I May See"
Tune: OPEN MY EYES Words: Clara H. Scott 1895 Music: Clara H. Scott 1895.
VU 288 "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
Prayer Roster: This week we pray for -