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To be a compassionate, inclusive and joyful faith community TRINITY HAPPENINGS FOR May 29th – June 5th, 2020
Check out our you tube page for our live streams!
Sunday, May 31st, 2020
READING: 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13 READER: Courtney Losey SERMON: Stay Weird
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IMPORTANT - COVID 19
Update and Church
Procedures at this time, we are taking
precautions and adjusting our procedures with
regard to coronavirus. The church office is
CLOSED, but Courtney has access to both e-mail
and voicemail and will check both systems
regularly. Allan is also available by phone at (905)
715-6203 or by e-mail at email@example.com for
any pastoral care issues or other concerns. We will
be having an online worship Sunday at 10:30 a.m.;
please stay home and watch our live stream. The
live stream is available at www.youtube.com.
Search for Trinity United Church Gravenhurst to
find us. The offering will NOT be collected during
this time, but we encourage you to sign up for
P.A.R., or continue to give your regular offering to support our much-needed ministries
especially at this time. Bring your envelope to the office on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or mail it
to us-whatever feels safe for you. Many of our weekly events including Choir, Study Group
and other small groups/ministries are CANCELLED until further notice. Please check with
your group leader if you have any meetings to see if they are still running. We hope and pray
that everyone will keep safe in this time and, we thank you for your patience with our adjusted
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Anyone need help running errands or afraid
to go out? Sharon Kittson has volunteered to
assist anyone in the congregation who needs
help with running errands or anything else at
this time. If you can’t get out or are afraid to
get out, please call Sharon at (705)242-3725
or email her at
Sharon, for volunteering to do this!
If not, then please do!!!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE SUNDAY GIVINGS A
SECOND THOUGHT SHOULD YOU GO ON P.A.R.,
it’s simple, it’s easy, it’s accurate, PLUS: John (and
Courtney) like this! Come and see Courtney in the
office during the week! All we require is a signature
and a voided cheque!
MANY THANKS TO THOSE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP!
PLEASE KEEP THIS IN YOUR MIND…
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Now we’re cookin’! Holy smokes, it’s been hot this week. I am thankful for my air
conditioner and fans I will say that much! Where did all this heat come from anyway?!
Maybe it has something to do with Pentecost this Sunday? Thank goodness next
week is going to be cooler (at least to start with anyway). I like warmer weather, but
not too hot. I know there are a lot of people who have health issues that can be
exacerbated by heat and they may not be able to get out. There are also folks who
don’t have air conditioning and they currently don’t have access to cooling stations
either. These people may be having troubles in this warmer weather too.
That’s what our pastoral care team is for! They can help you through the tough times
in your life and whatever is getting you down. If you would like a visit from the
pastoral care team, please give the office a call and let me know. We can’t help if we
don’t know you need it! Thanks, and have a wonderful and safe weekend!!!
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Join us in the Pews! Lots of you have sent
in a picture of yourselves so we can put
them in the pews and make it seem like you
are here with us on Sundays. We thank
those who have already done so, and we
encourage others to send us a picture via e-
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to having as many of you
join us as possible!
Hymn Writing Challenge
How It Works:
1. Write new words to a familiar hymn.
2. Send it to us.
It’s that easy!
Simply send in your new words to a familiar hymn (from our
Voices United or More Voices hymnals), and we’ll present them
in an upcoming Sunday service (with your permission). Or perhaps you’d like to send in a video of yourself performing
your words? Or reciting them? There are many possibilities... let’s explore them all!
Send contributions to me directly at email@example.com or to the church office at:
What to write about?
We want you to capture elements of this Covid-19 world quarantine experience in hymn form! Perhaps you would like
to describe what it’s been like to watch the Trinity church services from home, or wondering when you can go back to
choir practise, or how you’re inspired by those in our community making endless masks for others and helping in new
How to Write New Words to Old Hymns
If you’ve never written lyrics to music, no worries, in this case just look at any given hymn’s original text to start
generating ideas about replacing words with a funnier, rhyming word. Or start with the hymn’s title and go from there.
For instance, see if quarantine could rhyme with any words, or thinking about the new buzzwords we know such as
‘social distancing’, ‘6 meters apart’, ‘stay home’, etc.
Playing around with the words like this begins to generate more and bigger ideas and, before you know it, you’ve got
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your own brand new hymn.
My favourite approach to a task like this is to decide to do it and then let your brain percolate on it a little while listening
to hymns or looking through hymnal. When I am finally filled with an emotion of loneliness, as an example, use that
emotion to lead your writing. Have something to say! And avoid witticisms that, in the end, to not add up to a
substantive whole. Instead, let yourself truly express!
Get ready to find flow through this creative outlet!
Masks are available Just so everyone knows,
it has been brought to our attention that
Diane Harrop, Penny Varney and Joanne
Irvine are all busy sewing cloth masks for the
community and have offered some to the
congregation if you want one. Please let
them know if you do and I’m sure they can
get you one. Thanks for doing this, ladies!
Stay safe everyone!
REMINDER: Congregational Letter Just
a reminder that I have mailed out a
congregational letter from Allan to everyone
I have on our mailing list. Most of you
should have it by now. If not, please call
me at the church office so I can update
your contact information and get you a
copy. My profound apologies to anyone we
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missed. There is also a copy on the home page of our website,
www.trinityunitedgravenhurst.ca under the picture of the church.
Can’t be at Church on Sunday? Great
news! Now you can join our live stream
or catch the sermon at your convenience
from wherever you are! All you need is
an internet connection on your device.
Go to www.youtube.com and search
Trinity United Gravenhurst Live church
service. There is also a direct link in the
upper left corner (the red play symbol
button) on our website www.trinityunitedgravenhurst.ca!
Great news everyone! We now have
an active Facebook page! Find us at
Trinity United Church Gravenhurst and
like the page! Then don’t forget to
“check in” when you come to service
and send “like” requests to your
friends! We are doing well with 78
likes on our page now! Way to Go!!
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Stewardship Message The use of
Preauthorized Remittance (PAR) is a
very convenient way to give to the
church. All you have to do is set up
your desired monthly donation
amount and the rest happens
automatically for the rest of the year.
If the amount is not changed
annually, the same amount
continues into next year.
As we head into a new year, we ask that you examine your PAR
givings to see if they can be increased for 2020. It is much needed
to help offset the increased costs in operating the church.