Posted by: jwhes | May 9, 2023

Moment for Tuesday May 9, 2023

New COVID guidelines approved at the April board meeting are at the bottom of this email

Here is the link for the moment:   

Trinity United Church invites you to take a few minutes to fill out this new survey about our online and in person presence. We invite you to share this link with everyone who calls Trinity their church home.  

This link was also sent out last night in a separate email. Thanks for letting us know about your feelings, ideas, practice and dreams. 

Prairie to Pine Region Annual meeting June 1-4, 2023 at United Church in Meadowood. The board has decided to close Trinity on Sunday June 4th and invite everyone to watch the live streamed Celebration of Ministry service at 10:30am; or watch the recording of the service later in the day; or attend the service at United Church in Meadowood at 10:30am; or attend the Pride Parade as part of the United Church delegation. Links, addresses and gathering information will be provided.

Pat Chabluk, our former Youth Worker and Administrative Assistant, will be commissioned on Sunday June 4th at the Celebration of Ministry service. It will be live streamed and in person. For more information, please speak to Elizabeth, Gerta or Karen Wall. 

We hold in prayer Elaine Hansen and her family on the death of their dear sister-in-law and aunt, Jo Taylor.

We hold in prayer Susan and Doug Delaney’s family members Darryl and Diane Knight as they move through health struggles. They are grateful for all our prayers. 

We hold in prayer Irma’s sister Mary on her healing journey.

We hold in prayer community members and families as we mourn Rebecca Contois, Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran, and Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe and all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

We hold in prayer Lorraine Antosh as she is in hospital.

Upon hearing the preliminary research findings on deaths and unmarked graves at the Alberni residential institution, The United Church of Canada, both regionally and nationally, hears the Tseshaht First Nation’s specific Calls for Truth and Justice directed to us, and commits to continued conversation with them about specific actions in response. Every Child Matters.

A massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit southern Türkiye and neighbouring Syria in February. Thanks to the generosity of United Church of Canada donors, we have been able to raise over $182,000 to provide support to our partners who are supporting the people of northern Syria and Türkiye.

Have you ever wondered what happens during the recording of our services? Are you wanting to attend in person worship but Sunday mornings just don’t work for your schedule? Worship committee invites you to come on Wednesday mornings at 9am to attend the recording of the upcoming Sunday. Both the recording and in person services are generally the same and you’ll add to our recorded worship experience. If you have questions, please be in touch with Elizabeth; if you’d like to come, you can just show up by 9am on any Wednesday morning!

We are grateful to Gerta de Jong, Marilyn Loat and Karen Wall for cashiering this Sunday.  

Scriptures for Sunday: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21

Scripture to ponder: Colossians 4:5-6 : Use your heads as you live and work. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.

Prayer: God, of grace, instill in us a sense of unity with our siblings, with our God, and with all of your creation.  Amen

Programs at Trinity:

if you’d like to take part in any of our programs, please be in touch with Elizabeth ( or Irma (

Trinity Walkers: contact Maryann if you’d like to walk

Trinity Yoga: Saturdays 10-11am, on Zoom – no yoga on May 20, 27; resume in June

Bible Study: Mondays at 7-8pm on Zoom. 

South Side Community Fitness and Fellowship:

exercise: Fridays at 9:30-10:30am in person ONLY at St. Norbert Community Centre (3450 Pembina hwy) Registration required; no charge – please contact Irma or Suni for registration information

yoga: Wednesdays at 10:30am on Zoom and in person at Trinityno yoga on May 17, 24, 31

Did you know that Trinity is planning to renovate the original washrooms, upstairs and downstairs? Take a look at the poster at Trinity before and after worship. Property Committee members will answer any questions you may have.

Trinity follows the new guidelines approved at the April 26, 2023 Board meeting.

the area at the back of the sanctuary is open for children accompanied by adults to spend time during worship! 
• In-person Sunday school start as soon as possible (timing to be determined by CE Committee). Ideally, at least one in-person session be held before the summer break to establish Sunday school as part of worship for young people.
• Masking in the building and at services be at the discretion of each person, and with each individual assessing their own risk level.
• Chairs continue to be spread out, but people are welcome to sit near others, based on their own choice.
• Social distancing continue to be encouraged while allowing people to determine their own comfort zone with social distancing.
• Sanitizer remain at the door for people to use at their discretion and based on their own risk assessment.
• Groups be encouraged to sanitize tables after use.
• All signage related to COVID measures be removed and replaced with signs at all church entrances that say “This is a mask-friendly environment.”
• Refreshments be allowed to be served at meetings and gatherings, including funeral lunches. Food servers may be masked and gloved as they wish, and as the occasion dictates.
• Communion elements continue to be a cube of bread and a grape to be eaten in the pew after being received. The sense of community is built when all partake at the same time in the pew, rather than individually at the front of the church.
• Committee and other church meetings be allowed to be conducted in person at the church, as committees see fit. The option of holding a meeting via ZOOM remain available to all committees. Each committee be allowed to decide what best fits their situation.
• All persons using Trinity facilities be respectful of other’s decisions and choices regarding masking and other COVID-related safety measures. Kindness and understanding to others regarding such personal choices is our responsibility when using a Christian facility.
• These recommendations be communicated to all renters, church facility users and the congregation.


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