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Winter 2018 - 019 - Trinity News A Seasonal Publication of Holy Trinity Church, Thornhill (Established in 1830)

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New Episcopal Leadership in 2019 On January 1, 2019, The Right Reverend Andrew John Asbil will succeed Archbishop Colin Johnson as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Toronto. Our diocese is the largest in North America, with 230 congregations in 185 parishes. It stretches from Mississauga in the west, to Brighton in the east and Haliburton in the north. He was elected to the office of Bishop on June 9, 2018 and consecrated on the feast of St. Michael and All Angels, September 29, 2018. As he assumes his role as our chief pastor, we express our sincere thanks to Archbishop Colin who has served our diocese for more than 40 years in ordained ministry. Of those 40 years, he has served as bishop for over 15 years, with an additional 12 years in the Bishop’s Office as the Executive Assistant and Archdeacon to the late Archbishop Terence Finlay. He committed himself to the life of the local, national and international church. The Anglican Communion is richer for his ministry. Prior to Bishop Asbil’s election, he served as Incumbent of Redeemer, Bloor St. and was appointed Canon of the Diocese of Toronto in 2009. He was educated at the University of Waterloo and received his Master of Divinity degree from Huron College in 1988. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989 and served a number of parishes in the Diocese of Niagara before coming to the Diocese of Toronto in 2001. Following his consecration, when asked what he intended to do during his first 100 days as Diocesan Bishop, he said “I intend to set the tone by building trust, transparency and collaborative relationships with our bishops, clergy and lay leaders who know well what we face together. As Chair of Remuneration and Compensation committees, I understand the complexity of the issues that our strategic plan intends to address. I have had considerable experience bringing strategic plans into action in three parishes.

Implementation groups for each focus area will be formed, a plan of action articulated, and timelines set. Consensus will need to be built so we can proceed with vision and determination”. He is married to Mary and they are the parents of five children, Hannah, Karl, Bridget, Grant and Sophie. We look forward to his leadership and he knows that whenever any church door in our diocese opens for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the gathered community will be praying for him. May God bless him, the College of Bishops and all who are called to share with him in the life and work of our diocese. What’s Inside Stewardship 2019 2 The Canon’s Column 3 Ministry Brief 4 ACW News 5 Advent & Christmas Services 6 From Your Church Office 8 Outreach 9 Healing and Wellness 11 Looking Forward 12

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Stewardship 2019 & $50K in 50 Days PLEDGE 2019 We are grateful to God for the enormous volunteer and financial resources that are made available to ensure that the ministry we exercise in the mission of God is carried out. Our work touches the lives of those who enter our building on Sunday mornings or during the week. It extends the loving arms of God to our north, to Africa and the Caribbean. It impacts the lives of theological students, our college and university students, hungry and homeless children, children attending our neighbourhood schools, single women, homeless persons, and many, many more. PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING As always, we look to you to continue to support this work and our other on-going commitments. We know how important our church is to us, we are each called to make a financial commitment to enable the ministry of our church to flourish. Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) makes it easier for us to fulfill our commitment. PAG is one option for giving to the church. Through PAG automatic debits are withdrawn from your bank account to support the ministry of our church. If you are interested in this method of giving, ensuring that you do not miss you contributions even if your miss church, more information is available on request.

Eight to ten years ago, the fund was topped up by transfers of surplus from the operating account. With no significant excess in recent years, we have not been able to add to the fund. There is no formal procedure to add to the account. In the past 3 years, however, the CRF was used to fund the erection of a new digital sign for the church, upgrade to our audiovisual equipment and the acquisition of a new freezer for the kitchen. Following these expenditures, the fund fell to $6,000. As the wardens set out to distribute the residual funds of our “Our Faith Our Hope” campaign funds, they allocated $12,848 to the CRF. It is our intention to rebuild this important fund to the historic level of $60,000. We will do so mindful of the fact that we are facing a cost of $15,000 which will be needed if we are to replace our aging air-conditioning unit in 2019. How can you help? The wardens, advisory board and finance committee have endorsed the proposal of a capital campaign "50K in 50 Days: From Easter to Pentecost" to fund the CRF. During the Easter season, between Easter Day and Pentecost, you are invited to make a pledge to this campaign. You are invited to give, as you are able to this campaign. Levels of donations range from $50 - $5,000. You are encouraged to make an initial donation when you make your pledge and then complete your commitment within the next ten months, that is before Easter 2020 (April 12)

50K IN 50 DAYS: Replenishing our Capital Reserve We, at Holy Trinity, Thornhill, treasure the legacy we have inherited from those who, over the years, have made our parish their spiritual home. That legacy is a commitment to serve our community and to ensure that our property is kept in good repair. So that we are able to maintain our buildings and pass them on to the next generation, a “Capital Reserve Fund” (CRF) was established some years ago to serve as the source of funding for major work, not provided for in our annual operating budget. The CRF has been kept at a level of just under $60,000.


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The Canon’s Column This year has been a very difficult year. The news has not been good. One is left to wonder if it can get any worse. Natural disasters and disasters created by our own hands! Governments are making a hard turn to the ideological right. That right turn is heading in the wrong direction. Those who are hurting most because of the backward policies of such governments are the weak and most vulnerable in our communities. Programs which seek to serve the poor and deprived and which depended on government funding have suffered significant cuts. They are being forced to make bricks from straw, and the “Pharoahs” of our time continue to ignore the cries of the poor and the pleadings of those who are trying to make a difference in the lives of those they are endeavoring to serve.

I invite your prayers for our world which continues to be in a dark place. Our prayer is that the light of Christmas which comes to us in the Christ-child will illumine the way that we are called to walk as we work for the cause of justice and peace in our time. Perhaps this poem which I wrote last year will help with the words that you will utter before God.

WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES When Christmas comes I think of hope, of those who are struggling to cope with all the pressures of this life, the hurt, pain, misery and strife. When Christmas comes I think of peace and pray that wars will someday cease, of soldiers far and wide deployed, of those whose lives have been destroyed.

When Christmas comes I think of joy, the smiling girl, the happy boy, praying that they will always be happy, loving, peaceful and free. When Christmas comes I think of love and of the golden sun above, of the cold nights and falling snow, a carpet on the ground below. When Christmas comes I think of Christ and thank God for this gift of life, for your loved ones and mine for sure, their love and care, and so much more. Stephen Fields (2017)

Merry Christmas! Best wishes for the coming year from Canon Stephen, Lucy & family

CELEBRATIONS IN LIFE FUNERALS We gave thanks for the lives of Grace Samuel


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Ministry Brief Sunday Guest Speakers JustGeneration During the month of September, the Primate World Relief and Development Fund met in Toronto for its National Gathering. At the conclusion of their meeting, Sue McLeod, the Youth Engagement Facilitator for PWRDF and two members of justGeneration Youth Council, a group of youth and young adults representing ecclesiastical provinces of the Anglican Church of Canada, as well as ecumenical partner organizations, worshipped with us on Sunday Sept. 30. Leah Marshall, from the Diocese of Edmonton representing the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land, and Paige Arden, from the Diocese of British Columbia, representing the Ecclesiastical Province BC & Yukon, spoke to the congregation about the work of the council.

Green Initiative @ HTC On September 16, 2019, approximately 35 persons attended the ClimateWise sponsored event which we hosted at Holy Trinity. Harry French, a principal of ClimateWise provided a brief background on the origins and work of ClimateWise. Our own Stephen Law gave a slide presentation on the history of the HTC Green Team – our origins, accomplishments to-date and future plans. Copies of his presentation were available to the attendees. Stephen Collette (in picture), of Faith and the Common Good, provided information about the help that is available for those faith organizations now getting started on such projects. He then took the attendees on a tour of the church and fielded questions. There was a video session, organized by ClimateWise, with members of our Green Team. Focus was on our origin, the challenges we faced or are facing. Once this video segment is made available to us, we will share with anyone who would like to see. Our Green Team, comprising Steven Law, Ron Tolhurst, Dianne Rimmer, Iverson Grimes and Don Park continue to serve us well in this ministry.

All Saints’ Church & Community Centre On Sunday, October 28, at both services, we were pleased to welcome Paddy Bowen, the new (lay) Director at All Saints’ Church and Community Centre to our community. Our parish continues to support the work of All Saints and it is Paddy’s desire that this relationship continues. Peter Patterson is our “ambassador” to All Saints as he makes numerous trips downtown through out the year to deliver our gifts to All Saints.

New Metropolitan At the October Ontario provincial synod, the Right Rev. Anne Germond was elected as the next Metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario. She succeeds the retiring Archbishop Colin Johnson. She is the Bishop of the Diocese of Algoma and the Diocese of Moosonee. We uphold the new Archbishop in our prayers. 4

A.C.T.I.O.N Service Our most recent service was held on October 28. With our regular drummer being unable to be present on that occasion, we discovered that we had another drummer in our family. We were thrilled to have Marcus Richarz (Grade 10) who has grown up before our eyes fill the breach. He acquitted himself well and we look forward to seeing much more of him in this role in the future. Jan Morgan (trumpet), Kyle McMurtry (bass) and Rachel Yoon (music director/piano) completed our ensemble.

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ACW News Festival of Christmas With all your help, In less than two weeks, we will showcase this festive fundraising event. We greatly appreciate any help you can offer on Friday & Saturday.


will be served between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Tickets $10/person can be purchased on Sundays or by leaving a message at 905 889 5931 ext. 28.

Baked Sale Please deliver goodies to the church on Friday. We’d appreciate if you label them and perhaps a note of the main ingredients.

Christmas Past Room

2019 Anglican Church Women Annual General Meeting

This room is a perfect solution to re-use and re-purpose any Christmas related items. We are accepting contributions of any Christmas goods from Monday to Friday, November 19-23.

To ALL women of the parish As a woman of our parish, you are automatically an ACW member, whether you belong to a specific group, or not. We will follow the same format as this year, so please plan on attending a brief AGM on Sunday January 20, 2019, to be held in church following the 10:00 a.m. service.

Gourmet Shoppe

ACW President or Co-Presidents

The Naomi Group has had several ’kitchen fellowship’ sessions and is ready to offer their special preserves.

The executive is still actively searching for a president (or copresidents). Please prayerfully consider serving in this capacity. You will be surrounded by many caring, helpful and resourceful people.

Mincemeat Pies & Tarts

ACW Ingathering

Continuing our tradition, the mincemeat was prepared by an army of HTC women. Cradled in home-made buttery & flaky pastries these pies & tarts are always sold out before noon. Get them early in the day to avoid disappointment.

Country Store, Crafts, etc. A destination for your Christmas gift purchases.

The ‘Ingathering’ service will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. It is not a service just for women, but an opportunity for everyone to see what the women of HTC accomplish. The word Ingathering came into use in 1967 when several women’s organizations (Women’s Auxiliary, Parish Guild, and Mother’s Union) came together to form Anglican Church Women under one umbrella. Prior to that, the groups met monthly, and at the meetings each woman would contribute 25 cents towards charitable work for primarily women and children. After 1967 it was decided that each woman would contribute $5.00/year at a special service called Ingathering. ACW still supports women & children with the money collected at Ingathering as well as Rummage Sales and Bazaars. In light of gender equality, men are welcome and encouraged to donate as well. Special Envelopes will be distributed at the service. Hope to see all of you, men and women, at the January 27, 2019 Ingathering. 5

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Ministry Brief cont’d Quilting @ HTC - A Spiritual Exercise Did you know that we have “Thursday Church” at HTC? Now you do. Every Thursday, except during the hot days of summer, eight “Ministers of Quilting” meet for “church” in our Reception room. There are two “altars” around which they gather.

There is joy in haven when quilters sit together and create beautiful works of art

The main “altar” is where quilting is done. At their own stations, they set about their ministry of putting pieces of cloth together which, in time, turn out to be a work of art. They are currently working on the piece in the picture that will be completed in 2019. In this picture, inside the white border are 576 pieces of cloth. Amazing! The “chapel altar” is a long table around which they sit together twice, once for a tea break and then for lunch. There they talk, share laughter & miseries, celebrate birthdays and do whatever else that add to their fun.

Bishop’s Visit Bishop Peter Fenty will make his pastoral visit to our parish on January 6, 2019, the Feast of The Epiphany. On that Sunday, he will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to Aase, Efe, Seni and Egheghe Ade-Akhoni, Philip Downer, Dennis & Elyse Meikle, and Christine Ivy. He will also baptize Alec Beckstead. Please remember these young people in your prayers.

Vestry Meeting 2019 Our annual Vestry meeting will be held on Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am. A light lunch will be served after the 9:00 am service. Please plan to attend. NOTE: there will be only ONE service on that Sunday. Vestry Reports are DUE on Sunday JANUARY 13, 19. Please e-mail them to: info@holytrinity-thornhill.ca. We will be electing five new members to serve on the Advisory Board and one deputy warden. The Advisory Board performs such duties as may be delegated to it by the vestry, the Incumbent or the Churchwardens, and to act in an advisory capacity to the Incumbent and Churchwardens. Have you served before in one of these capacities? Would you like to serve? Please speak to one of the wardens.


Clockwise from front left: Myrtle Lang, Susan Hogeboom, Claudine Peloggi, Hillary Irving-Brown, Joan Watson, Betty Richardson, Diane Maines, Linda Robertson

Sidespeople & Greeters A sincere THANK YOU! to all team members who have assisted with, and contributed to, this important ministry during 2018. Your interest, time, and effort are appreciated. If you would like more information about HTC Welcome Teams, please speak to Peter Paterson.

Christmas Eve: 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 p.m. If you are available to assist as a Welcome Team member at one of our Christmas Eve services, please call or speak to Peter Paterson. Your assistance with, and contributions to these services would be most welcome and appreciated! Thank You.

SPECIAL Events After several years of void, Holy Trinity would like to reinstate the Special Events committee. It is felt that we need to structure more social and fun events to strengthen fellowship amongst the congregation. If you are interested in making things happen, please contact Robin Parravano.

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Holy Trinity Senior Choir will present

“Jesus! The Advent of The Messiah� A CHRISTMAS CANTATA

2018-19 Season of Christmas Services Sunday December 16 Advent 4

Sunday December 23 Advent 4 Monday December 24 Christmas Eve

by Mary McDonald & Rose Aspinall

Sunday, December 16, 2018

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Said Eucharist Christmas CANTATA

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist & Pageant

5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

Eucharist - Family Service Sung Eucharist Sung Eucharist

Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day 10:00 a.m.

Sung Eucharist

Sunday December 30 Christmas 1

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist

Sunday January 6 Epiphany

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist Confirmation & Baptism

10:00 a.m. This cantata focuses on the name of Jesus and the story and message of His birth is told through powerful and exciting music. Just as shepherds, wise men and Mary and Joseph gathered in a stable to celebrate the birth of Christ, we can come together to rediscover the true reason to celebrate and exalt the name of our Saviour, Jesus. Rachel Yoon Director of Music musicdirector@holytrinitiy-thornhill.ca

Please note that this year's Christmas PAGEANT

"Welcome the Messiah" will take place on

Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. All children and grandchildren are welcome to attend and/or participate. If they wish to participate, they will need to arrive between 9:15 - 9:30 a.m. in order to get into costume, in Room B (lower hall) Please extend an invitation early to avoid disappointment. Judith Sinclair Church School Teacher and Coordinator 905 889 5931 ext. 30 7

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Ministry Brief cont’d Holy Trinity Cemetery

What’s Happening @ Your Library

Our cemetery continues to be active. To date, there have been one interment of cremated remains, one monument installation and two marker installations. A committee member must be present for interments and installation of monuments and markers.

Currently new books were stamped as property of HTC Library, dated and placed on the shelves indicating that they are new. This method is used, as we do not have a software programme to enter books and label them. Thanks to those who have donated.

September 22 was our fall clean up, resulting in 31 bags of garden waste. Although our numbers were small, much work was accomplished. A special thank you to all who helped. The next week, the Thornhill Club cleared their three foot area along the tennis courts fence to finish off the circumference work. The strong winds this year did minimal damage to our trees.

As always housekeeping is done to ensure books are returned and maintained. There are a few books that are long over-due. Please return these books at your convenience.

The final layer of the paving of the Baptist Church and Cemetery parking lot was finished this spring. Many thanks are extended to Ron Tolhurst for his help working with the contractor. Inquiries about the purchase of interments rights are made on a regular basis as are inquiries from people looking for information about their ancestors. We are very grateful to the 2018 donation from the Endowment Fund which will help us to continue the legal work necessary to register the correct ownership of the cemetery with the Land Registry Office. During the spring, summer and fall, members of the Committee have been doing weekly cleanups of litter which has been dropped or blown into the cemetery. A big thank you goes to these people for keeping our cemetery tidy and welcoming. Enid Corbett Chair, Cemetery Committee

We are looking to recruit volunteers to help with selection of donated books to be added to the library, as well as general help. Please contact Angella Smith through the church office.

Postage Stamps for Christian Salvage Mission A big thank you for all the cancelled stamps. With Christmas season around the corner, please save those stamp bearing envelopes; and send in the entire/uncut envelopes. We will cut the stamps and shred the rest. Angella Smith P.S. There are brochures on Environment from Steven Law ..... Please do not remove these from the Library.

Flower Guild The Flower Guild invites you to join their team. We prepare the floral arrangements for the Altar and/or Memorial Table on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. or on Friday if necessary. We decorate the church at festival times. You will not be working alone, we always work in pairs or in group. No experience required. If this is totally new to you, the hands-on learning will be fun. For more information, please call the church office 905 889 5931 ext. 21.

Altar Flowers The Altar Guild relies on donations from the congregation to beautify our church with flowers every Sunday. The flowers are placed on the Altar & Memorial Table. Donations in any amount are most welcome. You may dedicate flowers  In celebration of events in your family’s life;  In memory of loved ones. To donate, or for more information, please contact Lois Symons. Thank you. P.S. If you would like flowers for Christmas season, please contact Lois by Nov. 30, 2018. 8

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From Your Church Office 2018 Tax Receipts

Milk Bag Project Discontinued

If you wish to receive 2018 Tax Receipt, please ensure that your contributions ARRIVE in the church office no later than 12:00 noon FRIDAY DECEMBER 28, 2018. If you are using the service of Canada Post, and if the current postal strike continues in December, please take into account the potential major delay in mail delivery.

Several years ago, a few HTC members embarked on the project “milk bags to mattresses” and requested parishioners to donate milk bags.

Contact Updates

This project enthusiasm has tapered off. Therefore, please

Please notify the church office if you  have moved;  have created a new e-mail address,  have changed phone number, or cancelled your landline and only use cell-phone

STOP bringing empty milk bags to Holy Trinity Church. Thank you.

STAFF E-Mail Addresses Please use the following e-mail addresses for communicating with HTC staff: Jesús Cruz Arángo custodian@holytrinity-thornhill.ca Rachel Yoon musicdirector@holytrinity-thornhill.ca

Don’t miss the opportunity to watch and feed our backyard friends this winter.

Fiancé’s Faith A young woman brought her fiancé home to meet her parents. At dinner, her mother told her father to find out about the young man. The father invited the fiancé to his study for a talk.

Written by Children

“So what are your plans?” the father asked the young man. “I am a Biblical scholar,” he replied.

How can a stranger tell if two people are married? You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. -- Derrick, age 8

“A Biblical scholar?” the father said. “Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in?” “I will study,” the young man replied, “and God will provide a house for us.”

What do you think your Mum and Dad have in common? Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8

“ And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?” asked the father. “I will concentrate on my studies,” the young man replied, “God will provide a ring.” “And children?” asked the father. “How will you support children?” “Don’t worry, sir, God will provide,” replied the fiancé. The conversation proceeded like this, and each time the father questioned, the young idealist insisted that God would provide. Later, the mother asked, “How did it go, honey?” The father answered, “He has no job, no plans, he thinks I’m God.” 9

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Outreach Christmas Assistance Program

Out of the Cold (OOTC)

Each year, around this time of year, the Thornhill Ministerial Association sponsors a program of assistance to Thornhill’s most needy families. We ask for donations of non-perishable food or cash. Please check “best before” dates on canned/packaged goods as we cannot distribute any foods that are out of date. Collection boxes will be available at Holy Trinity for food donations beginning the week of Nov. 25. Monetary donations are for buying supermarket gift certificates to allow families to purchase fresh/ perishable food. We appreciate that cash/cheques are send in NO LATER than Monday December 3, 2018.  Cheques payable to ‘Holy Trinity Church’, please write ‘Christmas Assistance’ in the memo area.  When giving cash please mark the envelope with ’Christmas Assistance’ and include your name & address so that we can issue tax receipt. We would also appreciate volunteers help:  Thursday Dec. 13 - sorting food donations  Friday Dec. 14 - packing the hampers, and  Saturday Dec. 15 - delivering the hampers Sign-Up sheets will be available during Sunday Coffee hour by the end of November so you can indicate to us the time(s) you will be able to help. Contact Linda Gould to volunteer or for further information.

The Out of the Cold weekend Dinner & Shelter program located at Thornhill United Church, will run weekends January 25 - March 29, 2019. OOTC offers shelter, meals and fellowship to guests who are hungry, homeless, lonely, have mental or physical health problems and who live in poverty. Holy Trinity parishioners have been active volunteers in the program, assuming various responsibilities, i.e. as guest registration, meal planning & preparation, entertainment & hosting, provision of medical services and donating time and materials to the clothing centre. This year, OOTC has partnered with ‘Raising the Roof’, a national charity dedicated to ending homelessness in Canada. Please watch for our display at the Festival of Christmas, where we will be selling hats, toques and other merchandise as a fundraiser, with half the proceeds returning to York Region MOSAIC – Out of the Cold. Sign up sheets for volunteers will be available during Sunday Coffee Hours in December. Clothing donations are welcome starting January. Guidelines for suitable street clothing will be included in future Trinity Monthly/Sunday bulletins. Please contact Linda Gould for any further information.

Pikangikum Water Project Cash/Cheque donations mark with ‘Christmas Assistance’ Do you have people, young or old, to whom are to ARRIVE in the Church Office BY DECEMBER 3, 2018. you would like to give a Christmas gift, but don’t have any ideas? Here is an alternative Please mail them asap if you are using Canada Post service option: to allow delay due to postal strike.  There will be cards for sale for $2.00 each (basic cost of the stock paper) that you can give/ send to friends & family and let them know of your charity act to honour them. Richmond Hill Food Bank, All Saints

Community Kitchen/Clothing Closet As of November 8, there have been 25 deliveries of canned/packaged food and personal use items to the Richmond Hill Food Bank (16) and All Saints community Kitchen (9). There also have been eight deliveries of adult apparel to the All Saints Clothing Closet. Thank You! for your continued support including financial contribution to purchase food items. Much appreciated! If you would like more information please speak to Peter Paterson. 10

You can then donate to the Pikangikum Water project by writing a cheque to Holy Trinity Church, clearly mark ‘Pikangikum Water’. Your donation will be forwarded to Primate World Relief and Develop Fund and will go to the Water project.

The cards will be on sale Sundays during Advent after each service, or by contacting Linda Robertson.

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Healing & Wellness Ministry Remembrance & Hope Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday December 12. This service is a good way to help those of us who are grieving to face Christmas season without our loved one. Family & friends are most welcome. Over the winter, I will continue visiting and keeping in touch with those who can’t get out or are having health difficulties. Please let me know if you would like a visit, or if you know of someone whom you think needs a call or visit from me. Should you have concerns about memory, you could take the Cogniciti Brain Health Assessment. This quick and accessible health assessment is designed as a series of game-like tests which tap into cognitive abilities. It is scientifically validated by Baycrest Hospital research. You will get a score from these tests, which will indicate whether your memory is normal, or you need further follow up from a physician. cogniciti.com Here are the times that you can reach me in the office: Mondays 8:30 - 5:30 Wednesdays 1:00 - 5:30 Fridays 8:30 - 1:00 You can find me on Sundays at 8:00 service on 2nd & 4th Sundays 10:00 service on 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays Please call ahead if you would like to see me in the office to confirm that I’m in, since I may be out visiting parishioners.

Maureen McNeish, RN 905 889 5931 ext. 29 Parish Nurse parishnurse@holytrinity-thornhill.ca

Outreach cont’d

Substance Abuse Foundation, Barbados

Once again Holy Trinity ha sent a barrel to the Substance Abuse Foundation in Barbados. Thanks to Iverson & Judy Grimes who have done all the work of getting and filling the barrel and arranging the shipment. Canon Stephen also contributed the costs of shipping & duties. The Substance Abuse Foundation Inc. (SAF) is a registered charity of Barbados, established in 1996 to fight the harmful impact of illicit drugs and alcohol on the shattered lives of citizens and their families in Barbados and the wider Caribbean. Verdun House and Marina House are residential treatment facilities of the SAF.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY UPDATE In the most recent issue of the Anglican Journal, prayer shawls were included in a list of objects, including a rosary, prayer box, journal, stones, sand tray or finger labyrinths, that can be used to help you pray. Maybe I’m a BIT biased, but my thinking is that a shawl is the coziest and enveloping, and is therefore, my favourite on the list. We have always encouraged parishioners to identify others who might benefit from being given a prayer shawl in times of sickness, grief or to help when encountering rough patches in life. But if YOU would like a shawl for your very own - to help you pray or just to be reminded of the powerful love and presence of God, please… take one… We have a few on hand right now and I encourage those who have one close to being finished to “get ‘er done” as I’d like to take a few around Christmastime to the Chaplain of Mackenzie Health for patients spending the holidays in hospital. Just a reminder that wool “kits” complete with instructions for the shawl itself and tassels are available on the top shelf of the closet in the Vestry. Please supply your own knitting needles. With grateful thanks for the privilege of heading up this wonderful Ministry

Cathy Pearson* *HTC’s head Knit Wit House. Marietta Carrington, CEO of SAF, gave us a very informative tour. It is a facility in which persons who are suffering from addiction, no matter their financial status, are enrolled in a 90-day program of abstinence. During that time they are taught skills to help them to function on their return to society. There is also an ongoing program to help with the integration.

Two years ago we invited a speaker, Barbara Trieloff, who is a volunteer looking after fundraising for SAF. Hopefully she will be able to come back to give us and update on the facility. For more information you can go to the website Substance Abuse Foundation Barbados. Linda Robertson

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Looking Forward Festival of Christmas Saturday Nov. 24 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon Wednesday Dec. 5 11:00 a.m. Eucharist We welcome all mature adults to this 12:00 noon Luncheon fellowship. Please let us know that you’re coming to ensure adequate staffing. Jean Challoner 905 889 1413 Church Office 905 889 5931 ext. 21 Wednesday Dec. 12 7:30 p.m.

Service of Remembrance & Hope

Wednesday Dec. 19 7:00 p.m.

Holy Trinity School Carol Service Everyone welcome

2019 Sundays Jan. 20 ACW AGM Jan. 27 10:00 service Ingathering Service Sunday Feb. 24 after 10:00 service

Annual Vestry Vestry Report will be available for pick-up February 17.

Tuesday March 5 5:00 p.m.


Sundays March 10 to April 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Ministerial Lenten Services Alternating among Thornhill Churches

(to be confirmed)

The Robert West Heritage House, as 7780 Yonge Street is known, is the only house in Thornhill to be continuously inhabited by the same family since it was built. Robert Arthur West (1816 1884), an English immigrant, came to Upper Canada in the 1830s. During the summer of 1843 he began to build a storey and a half frame house which has subsequently become a valuable asset to Thornhill's architectural heritage. The last inhabitant on the house was the late Katherine Louisa Keith (nee West 1912-2011), a devoted, faithful member of Holy Trinity.

Thornhill Heritage Foundation invites you to join their fundraising events for the preservation of the Robert West Heritage House.

Darts Night Monday November 19, 2018

Church Digital Sign

7.00 p.m.

at the Thornhill Pub, adjacent to RWHH. Just $5 to play with prizes given to the winners

A Dickens Christmas at RWHH Saturday December 1, 2018

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Commemorating both the 175th Anniversary of RWHH & the 175th Anniversary of Charles Dickens publication of "A Christmas Carol." Our Footlights Club Director, MALCOLM SHINER, will read excerpts from the book at 2:15 p.m. Entry will be by freewill donation with your name entered into a prize draw. Light refreshments will be served. 12

Winter 2018 - 019 - Trinity News


OUR MISSION We are a vibrant, welcoming Christian community flourishing in God’s love through fellowship, outreach, worship and spiritual growth, in an atmosphere of compassion and mutual respect.

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140 Brooke Street, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 1Y9 info@holytrinity-thornhill.ca www.holytrinity-thornhill.ca Office/Wardens Tel: 905 889 5931 Fax: 905 889 5632 Canon Stephen Fields Christine Ivy Rachel Yoon Maureen McNeish Swan Li Judith Sinclair Jesús Cruz Arángo Wardens

sfields@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 23) civy@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 25) musicdirector@holytrinity-thornhill.ca parishnurse@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 29) info@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 21) 5jasagain@gmail.com (ext. 30) custodian@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 24) corporate@holytrinity-thornhill.ca Altar Guild Robin Parravano

Anglican Church Women (ACW) Co-Presidents position vacant Church School Coordinator Judith Sinclair 905 889 5931 ext. 30 Cemetery Committee Enid Corbett Coordinator of Counters Miriam Irving Footlights Club Malcolm Shiner Garden Committee Darryl Thompson Healing & Wellness Ministry position vacant Outreach Committee Susan Hogeboom

Next Issue of Trinity News will cover SPRING Events (March - June)

Prayer Chain Coordinator Elaine Stecyk

Deadline is

Property Committee Ron Tolhurst

Sunday February 17, 2019

Sidesperson Teams Peter Paterson


Profile for CanonStephen

Trinity News (Winter Edition, 2018-19) Published by Holy Trinity Church, Thornhill  

Trinity News (Winter Edition, 2018-19) Published by Holy Trinity Church, Thornhill