June 23, 2019

Reported to the Congregation on June 23, 2019 by Ginger Comission, Coordinator of Fellowship and Caring.

Ginger Comission, introduced and welcomed Kenda Allen, a returning TUC member, as our newest member by transfer.

Following is some background information on Kenda.

  • Kenda has been a long-standing member of the United Church of Canada, holding membership in a number of congregations of the cities where she has lived.

  • Kenda works for TD Bank and has accepted transfers to 7 different cities during her career.

  • She became a member of Trinity United Church in October 2010 after having attended regularly for over a year.

  • Kenda was also the Treasurer of Trinity for a year.

  • In early 2012, she was transferred to Abbotsford, BC and moved her membership to Trinity Memorial, Abbotsford in March 2013.

  • Kenda has been back at Trinity in Kitchener, since January 2017 and this transfer of membership is getting the paperwork caught up.

June 16, 2019

Re-covenanting service and presentation June 16, 2019

Katherine Bitzer, Board Chair

Sunday June 16 marked Bill's final service with Trinity, and we had a full house for a special re-covenanting service.  Below are the words with which we bid him farewell, and a photo of the very special gift that was presented to Bill on behalf of the congregation.  

Originally a window in the Hearth Room of 74 Frederick Street, this piece of stained glass was transformed into a beautiful mirror by Lynn Oliver.      

Bill

We called and you came…

We didn’t call for you to come and be our friend

We didn’t call for a long-term relationship with you

We knew from day one you would one day leave just as quickly as you came

We called for you to take us out of our comfort zone

We called for you to help us leave behind an old decaying building and take up temporary root at Trinity on Church

We called you to challenge the church leaders to be efficient, transparent and decisive

We called you to challenge the whole congregation to be more self-aware

We called you to force us to try things differently

We called you to push us out of old habits

We called for you to make us look internally, look deep into our souls to listen to our hearts to help us draw up plans for what the next chapter of Trinity United Church would do

Thank you for making us, at times very uncomfortable.  Thank you for allowing us to see our potential.

On behalf of the board and the congregation we hope you will take this small token of our thanks for caring so deeply about us and our future, even though we might not have always understood it to be so.

This piece represents our transition… we continue to honour the past, but also hold a mirror up to see ourselves more clearly as we move into our future… and we see how change can be transformative.

 

May 5, 2019

Reported to the congregation May 5, by Lori-Ann Livingston,

Coordinator Social Justice

Where do I start? I feel like we’ve packed a lot in since my last report at the end of February!

Climate change film series during Lent

Several of you attended the film series about climate change that we hosted during Lent. Out of that series came an idea for a book study to learn more about our role in addressing climate change. On Tuesday nights – June 11, 18 and 25 – we’ll be discussing the book Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Jim Antal. The author has accepted an invitation from Divest Waterloo to come to the region in the fall, so the book study will set us up for that event.

Community iftar meal

Ramadan has just begun, and while that means a month of fasting for our Muslim friends, it also means food and community. Iftar is the meal that Muslims eat at sundown, after a day of fasting.

We were invited to host an iftar meal by Floradale Mennonite Church, in partnership with Intercultural Dialogue Institute KW (IDI). Floradale Mennonite offered extra funding to IDI to offer these meals throughout the community.

We are at full registration for the meal we are co-hosting with St. Matthews on May 28.

I’m looking for a few volunteers to join St. Matthews’ volunteers to help set up and clean up after the meal, so if you can help out, see me after the service.

Cooking day with Hamida

We had an awesome cooking day with Hamida Hanoura! She is a force to be reckoned with, and we all had great fun doing as we were told. We had a few enquiries from outside the congregation about joining this class, and if we were offering others like it. Stay tuned.

Our next cooking day is June 1, so if you’re interested in taking part, let me know. You bring a recipe that you like, and you leave with the food we’ve prepared during the day, usually for less than $50.

Over the past three months, I’ve put in close to 45 hours developing partnerships, organizing and executing events and meeting people. Several others have also put in many hours to make these events happen. I am thankful for the core of committed people who offer help, who show up to the events and who do what they say they will. The work of social justice cannot happen without them.

April 28, 2019

Reported to the congregation April 28, by Graham Brown,

Chair of the Search Committee

The committee has met 4 times to obtain necessary UCC orientation and training, to fine tune the congregational profile and position description that were originally drafted by the Transition Team and to identify the key qualifications we believe are needed for the job. We have access to the UCC's database of all ministers looking for a position and each person looking provides a personal profile of experience and qualifications in the database. The central church also posts our profile and job description on its hub so that ministers (all orders of ministry eligible to accept a 'call') who are looking can see and review it. Finally, we are looking actively for suitable candidates who others have drawn to our attention. We have received 3 candidate inquiries to date. We are informing all those interested that we will begin to review applications on May 31st with interviews to follow in June. If you have questions, you may contact Graham Brown, Chair of the Search Committee.

April 14, 2019

Reported to the congregation April 14th by Barbara Bitzer,

Coordinator of Worship and Music

Good morning, my name is Barbara Bitzer and I am a member of the Board as the worship and music coordinator. I want to share some items relating to our worship plans.

First as we enter Holy Week, I want to invite you to share the journey to the cross.  On Wednesday at 1 pm we are joining St. Matthews here in the chapel to conclude reading the Gospel of John. Bill would welcome anyone who can join him in this reading. 

On Thursday – known as Maundy Thursday – there will be a simple meal at 6 pm and liturgy remembering the last hours of Jesus before his trial and death. Please let Eleanor Brent know if you can attend. 

Good Friday worship will begin at 10:45 as the wooden cross is carried round the block. You are invited to join the procession or remain in the chapel.  

On Easter Sunday there will be an 8 am service in the courtyard (weather permitting) followed by breakfast and then our regular worship at 10am. I am sure it will be a glorious day of celebration.

The week after Easter, April 28, is often called Low Sunday but it will be far from that this year as the choir leads us in a celebration of music and readings to recognise Hayden’s leadership as choral director. This will be her last day as she leaves town for summer employment. I know you will not want to miss it!

But how do we move forward you may be asking. I am so pleased that Chris has agreed to continue in both roles, choir director and pianist until the choir breaks for the summer and then continue as pianist for most of the summer.  Meanwhile we will be seeking a permanent part-time Director of Music but need the present search committee to complete their work first.

Finally, a twist on the idea of Guess Who is coming to dinner.   At a recent worship cluster meeting of the local United churches it was agreed to hold Guess Who is Coming to Church on June 9th.  More details later but I am hoping that several of you would be willing to join me in attending an as yet unnamed church while Trinity may or may not receive some extra visitors! If this intrigues you please contact me.