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.


April 7, 2019

Reported to the congregation April 7 th by Lynne Green, Transition team

The Transition Team - Mark, Jennifer,Barbara B., Bill, Lynne and Cathie Stewart Savage (our Western Ontario Waterways (WOW) Region support) met at the end of March. At that meeting we focussed on the responses we received from TUCC, Edge and Credence and Co. related to ‘Fresh Expressions’ of ministry and mission. We meet again next week, Monday, April 15th at 5:30 p.m. when we will focus on defining more specifically what we mean by fresh expressions and when we will continue to develop a plan for how to move in this direction.

Tomorrow night, Monday, April 8th, the Search Team will meet for the second time. Pauline, Graham, Kenda, Mark, Megan, Eleanor, Lynne and Gary Clark (Minister at Forest HIll UC and our WOW Region support) will continue to work through mandatory training in areas like bias and the new, online Church Hub. We will also define our rolls and responsibilities as a team. We are just getting started - more to come!

March 17, 2019

Reported to the congregation March 17 th by Lynn Oliver, board member

As Promised last week I am able to provide you the names of our search committee who will work with Rev. Gary Clark to find our new minister.  Katherine and I want to thank the following Trinity members who have accepted the call to form this committee on your behalf.

 They are:

Mark Breathwaite

Lynne Green

Pauline Underwood

Graham Brown

Kenda Allan

Meagan Heard

Eleanor Brent

 The search committee will provide updates on their progress.

March 10, 2019

Reported to the congregation March 10th by Lynn Oliver, board member

My name is Lynn Oliver, a member of your board.  Today I am here to share with you an update on the search committee to find a new minister.  Bill was hired almost two years ago as our Interim Transition minister to help us set our path for the future as we moved from 74 Frederick to 54 Church Street to?

As we are all aware, Bill’s term as Interim Transition minister and our time in transition ministry are both wrapping up in June 2019.  We hope to welcome a new 3/4 time minister sometime soon after that.  The search process began back in December 2018 when chair Katherine submitted a request to Presbytery to initiate the process to identify new ministry leadership.  This request was approved under Presbytery, and Rev Gary Clark from Forest Hill United Church was appointed to assist us in this work.

Under this new Regional structure, the process is run a bit differently than in the past, and so we have been learning along side everyone else.  First, paperwork had to be submitted for approval.  This included a Community of Faith profile – a living document that tells our story – as well as a summary of our financials.  Thanks to the Transition Team and Treasure John Fraser for their diligent and successful work on this documentation.  Our vacancy has now been officially declared!!

At the February Board meeting the board appointed Katherine and myself to find members of the Trinity family to form the Search Committee.

Katherine and I met to start the process and listed off different demographical groups within the church.  We wanted to make sure we had a well rounded representation of who we are today and what we want to be in the future.

Katherine and I had the privilege of calling and chatting with many members in our church family.  The conversations were enlightening and educational.  At this point a list of names representing the Transition Team, The Board and our different facets of the church ranging from the youth to the more experienced of us have been presented to the Board for their approval.  Once we have Board approval, we will introduce the committee to the congregation.   The Search Committee’s first task will be to meet with Rev Gary Clark for a training session and then their work begins.  Stay tuned for further updates!!

February 24, 2019

Reported to the congregation February 24th by Lori Ann Livingston, Social Justice Coordinator.

Email justice@trinityunitedkw.ca for further information.

Blanket Exercise

On this past Saturday, I spent the day at the Mennonite Central Committee head office learning to become a facilitator for the Blanket Exercise. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s an agreed-upon interactive learning experience developed by Kairos that tells 400 years of colonialism and its impact on our Indigenous peoples.

I will now be able to participate as a volunteer to run these exercises in our community, either through Kairos or through the MCC. Beyond my own personal commitment to reconciliation, as you know, we are financially supporting Kairos this year, and have committed to doing more beyond writing a cheque.

Learning about our settler history and the generational trauma it has caused through the Blanket Exercise is one way to do that. We are hoping to do a Blanket Exercise in June, so watch for details about that closer to spring.

Cooking day

Our first cooking day was held in the kitchen of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church. Three people attended, and we made Myrta’s lentil soup, a vegetable curry and pumpkin muffins. A lot of it. We left about a third of the food in the fridge in the Social Development Centre (their office is in the church).

No two cooking days are alike. It was good to have a small group for our first time using the St. John kitchen. We have to bring everything with us – the kitchen is not equipped with staples or pots or pans or large cooking utensils, the way Trinity was.

Our next cooking day is March 30, and we are hoping that Hameda Hejjo will instruct us on how to cook some of her favourite recipes.

The kitchen is also booked for these days: April 27, June 1, July 27, Aug. 24.  Email justice@trinityunitedkw.ca if you’re interested in participating.

Social Development Centre

In the past month, I attended, with Rev. Bill, a brainstorming round table hosted by the Social Development Centre, who is initiating a civic hub. We are also supporting the SDC financially and have committed to doing more with them beyond writing a cheque.

The meeting was an opportunity to share some of the feedback gathered by the SDC from grassroots organizations in the last 12 months, to revisit the language used to talk about the initiative, to sharpen up goals and objectives. New groups joined, and the work on the shared understanding of the purpose and vision for the Civic Hub continues. A few of us will meet this week to do some further brainstorming about communicating about the initiative, which is aimed to provide an umbrella organization for grassroots community groups to share resources, such as administration, space, grant-writing, communications support and so on.

On March 5 at 3 p.m. at Fresh Ground Café in Kitchener, Aleksandra from the SDC and Rev. Preston Parsons of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church are going to meet with our social justice action group, to tell us more about the initiative and how we may help further their goals. Anyone else is welcome to join.

City Movement

On March 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Creekside Community Church in Waterloo, Christians Together Waterloo Region is meeting for the morning in partnership with Alpha Canada, Ending Poverty Together, the Global Leadership Summit, and a network of national student ministries.

The team at City Movement has mapped data on all Canadian Christian ministries from all streams (Catholic, evangelical, mainline, etc.). This includes all churches, shelters, group homes, camps, counselling offices. At this gathering, City Movement will:

•        Present new data on the activities and trends of Christian ministries in the region;

•        Introduce a new data-driven search engine called WayBase that has profiles for all 27,000 Christian ministries across Canada (including ours); there will be a demonstration of how it will let people easily find us and help us partner on causes;

•        Show how working together can have a measurable impact on your community.

Register online if you’re interested in joining us.


Our theme for Lent is climate change, and we’re challenging you to go meatless twice a week through Lent.

I’m working with Vi and Barbara to organize a film series for every Tuesday through Lent, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the church. These will be a meatless potluck meal, a film and a discussion if time allows.

·         March 12: Beyond Crisis, presented by Transition KW.

·         March 19: The Story of Stuff

·         March 26: Do the Math, presented by Divest Waterloo

·         April 2: Ed Burtynsky: Manufactured Landscapes

·         April 9: Before the Flood

Bring your own dishes and utensils, and a meatless dish, and settle in to watch a compelling movie followed by a discussion.