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The Grapevine, March 2012

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The Grapevine, March 2012


News from Trinity
March 3rd, 2012

Lenten banner image

I invite you therefore; in the name of the Lord,
To observe a holy Lent
by self-examination, penitence, prayer, 
fasting and almsgiving, 
and by reading and meditating on the word of God.
Page 282, BAS

Stained glass windowGIFT – Growing in Faith Together

The GIFT Prayer:

Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator of heaven and earth.

You create the fruit of the land to sustain our families and neighbours.

You nurture the church, loving communities of faith, deepening our relationship with you and
one another.

You offer us the gift of baptism and the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood so that we can be
fed and filled with your Holy Spirit.

You bless us with generous hearts so that we may support the outcast, the hungry, the sick and
all those who long for intimacy with Jesus.

You fill us with determination to be mindful of the ministry and mission to which we are called.

And you call us to generous support of our parishes, diocese and the wider church.

Blessed are you O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Visit the GIFT web site

Pancake Supper!

Child enjoying pancakes thank you to everyone who attended or helped out at the pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday.  Dan’s cooking was great (as usual), and we raised more than $500 for Out of the Cold.

Solar Panels

Graph showing solar electricity produced in February
From Rev. Andrea
We have begun the Liturgical Season of Lent – a time for reflection, repentance if needed, and refocusing. Various traditions include intentional fasting for one meal a day or for one day a week; giving up some luxury or some ‘vice’; and special disciplines of mediation or study and prayer.
The season encompasses 40 days prior to Easter Sunday, excluding Sundays which are always feast days for Christians, and begins with Ash Wednesday. In these days and weeks ahead we can take time to seriously consider what it means for us to follow Jesus towards the crucifixion.
What is it that will need to change (old habits/assumptions cast aside; new disciplines, perceptions engaged) in order for the New Life from God to have room to grow? We can ask this as individuals, as families, as a parish, and as a broader community.
May we all know the leading presence of God as we observe a Holy Lent.

Up and Coming

Saturday, March 17th
The Clean Bin Project (matinee movie) at 1:30 PM
“For one year we will not buy any material goods and will attempt to live without producing household garbage.”
In this season of self-examination, Trinity will be showing an entertaining but thought-provoking movie about a Vancouver couple who spent a whole year trying to produce less household waste.  As a special treat, the film makers (husband-and-wife team Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin) will join us for a short discussion after the 1¼ hour screening.
This event is a fundraiser for Trinity, and admission is “pay what you can,” with a recommended donation of $10.
The doors will open at 1 PM.  Please enter from Cameron Avenue.
Tuesday, March 27th
An Evening of Discussion 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Our Lenten Book Study kicks off with the book He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado.
Much has been said about the gift of the cross itself, but what of the other gifts? What about the nails, the crown of thorns, the garment taken?
Join Reverend Andrea in the Canterbury Room and let’s talk about these ideas.
Saturday, March 31st
Learn How to Tie a Palm  10:00 AM
Join Bob Taylor in the Canterbury Room and learn the art of palm tying.  Meet new friends, have some fun and see if you can recognize your tied palms the next day in Church.
Out of the Cold Supper   5:00 – 7:30 PM
Please join a group of volunteers from Trinity to serve a hot, healthy supper to the guests of Centre 7.  If you can help out, please tell Judy Richardson or sign up at the back of the nave.  We will meet in the basement of Southminster United Church  (enter from the Galt Street door).

A Little Bit about Altar Guild

“With Love and Reverence we prepare the Church for Worship, and to the Glory of God our faithful hands care for His holy Vessels.”
The Altar Guild ministry is a way to provide a simple service to the Lord and our congregation with the added benefit of some good fellowship.
The Altar Guild team is divided into 3 smaller groups which provide their services on a rotational basis so that each team is only required to perform their duties once a month.
Each team’s term of duty begins on a Saturday and ends the following Friday. Set up for the Eucharist services takes 20-30 minutes on Friday or Saturday, one or two members are tasked with repeating the process immediately following the 8 a.m. service and then following the 10:00 a.m. service.
Another 15 minutes is required to wash and put away the items used. The altar guild team also performs the same duties if needed for any special services such as weddings, funerals and baptisms.
This ministry is an excellent opportunity for you to participate in as an individual or share the experience with a relative or friend of either sex. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry please contact Carmen Christian at 613-738-1369 for more information.

Trinity's logo of heart, hands and cross.
Opportunities to Give

 – Join the Altar Guild
 – Sign up for coffee duty
 – Become a Tuesday morning ‘collection counter’
 – Offer one hour a month to help with communications

If interested, please speak with Rev. Andrea