December 2nd Update

What’s Happening at Trinity…

Journey to Bethlehem Bus Trip: Join Trinity and St. James’-Rosemount Wednesday, December 7th. This annual event is held at Five Oaks, Paris. Wander along a path at your own pace, engaging with other travelers as you interact with townsfolk and scenes from the Christmas story - old town Bethlehem, angels, shepherds, with actors representing characters from the time period. Since this is not a performance there is no starting time and you may travel at your leisure. It is outdoors, so dress for the weather and wear suitable walking shoes or boots. A shuttle bus is available to transport travelers to and from the parking lot to the lower level at the site. There is no admission fee but a donation would be appreciated. A bus will depart from Frederick St. Plaza, in front of the former Steve’s TV building at 5:30 pm. Cost is $3.00 for a single, $10 for a family. There is no dinner provided so please eat before you come, but there will be light refreshments available after the walk. Reserve your place by phoning the church office 519-742-3578, sending an email, going on line to or speak to Rev.Tiina. A sign up sheet is in the Narthex.

Donations for Christmas Memorial Flowers: will be received on the offering plates or through the office. This year we will be delivering the plants to our shut-ins after worship on December 11th. Please confirm the wording of your memorial with the church office no later than Wednesday, December 7. Call Dorothy at 519-742-3578 or email

Poinsettias orders: Poinsettias may be picked up from the Fellowship Hall on Thursday December 8th between 3:30 and 6:00 pm. If you need to make other arrangements please e-mail/phone DJ. Many thanks for supporting the Heard family.

OASIS OF PEACE: Every Thursday during Advent the chapel will be open between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm for a time or reflection. Join us.

Music during Advent: Join us each Sunday for special Advent music with former Choral Scholars. The Choir will lead our annual Lessons and Carols service on December 18th.

L3 Consulting Group Surveys: Please submit paper copies of the survey to the office by December 8th or you may complete the survey online.

Many Thanks: to hosts and guests who participated in the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” weekend. Delicious food, great conversation made for positive reviews.

Messy Church: Friday December 16th. Meet at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner and activities.

Christmas Eve Services: Family Service at 4:00 pm and the Communion Service at 10:00 pm

No Worship Services at Trinity: There will be no services at Trinity on Sunday December 25th and Sunday January 1st, 2017. Please join another congregation in the city on those dates.

Annual Reports: please submit your report(s) to the office by Monday January 9, 2017. They may be emailed to

Retiring your computer?: If you recently upgraded your home computer system and are wondering what to do with your retired system consider donating it to the church.

Skating and Crokinole Tournament: Lori-Ann L has won an hour of ice time at the Kitchener Auditorium for January 8th. Skating would be from 1:30 - 2:20 pm, with the dressing rooms being available from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Only 50 people are allowed on the ice at one time. Lori- Ann has also rented the Viewing Lounge for two hours, for those of you who do not like to skate. A crokinole tournament will be taking place in the lounge. If you have a board bring it along. If you do not know anything about the game check out the rules at Everything will wrap up by 3:30 pm. This is a private event, and a wide range of people have been invited. Please RSVP Lori by Dec 31 at or call 519-498-2048.

This Week at 74 Frederick

Many thanks to those who helped with decorations and set up last Sunday in preparation for Advent. The Access has 175 doves celebrating 175 years of flying forward into the future. Two giving trees have been set up, one in the Access and one in the Office Foyer. We are supporting Howard Robertson Public School, The Working Center and our local Foodbank.

The CRA had their annual Silent Auction in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday. Many lovely gift baskets were prepared for the Auction.

Community Happenings…

December 5, 11 am – 6 pm: ShamRose for Syrian culture and the MCC supported by Trinity United are holding their annual Syrian Bazaar Fundraiser V at the MCC building 50 Kent Ave. Syrian food & sweets prepared by new comers will be available for you to taste. All proceeds will go to the MCC’s work in Syria.

December 5, 7:30 pm: Holiday concert with the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen St. North, Kitchener. Free will offering with proceeds going to community Health Work in Mendha, India

December 6, 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Green House Social Impact Showcase, being held at St. Paul’s University College, Waterloo. They will be celebrating the diversity of their GreenHouse innovators and their journeys in social entrepreneurship.

Sunday Dec. 11, 3 p.m. -- "Christmas Celebration" concert with Grand Philharmonic adult, children and youth choirs, plus K-W Symphony at Centre in the Square, Kitchener. Enjoy Christmas music and audience singalong. Tickets just $5 for children and teens. 519-578-1570 or

January 2 - 6, 2017- Mindful Makers Winter Camp: Join us in the new year for a week-long maker camp where we will be teaching a range of hands-on skills using a fun mix of materials and processes. This camp is for ages 7 -14 and the cost is $275/ week or $65/day plus HST, all materials are included. Runs 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, additional before and after care is available. Location: Cedars House, 543 Beechwood Drive Waterloo. More info at