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“Something good is happening here!!”

Our Church: Growing in Christ As our diocese looks to the future, with the numerous

challenges that confront the church, at a time of change and transition, we have been invited to engaged a strategic plan that will guide us as we seek to serve in God’s mission over the next five years. According to Archbishop Colin Johnson, “This plan lays out a bold vision for the next five years and sets the foundations for how we will work together to build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.” He also said that strategic plans are an effective way for dioceses to discern their role in God’s mission. They can be “construed as sort of a business-type model, but I think for Christians they can be a prayerful response and consideration of what God is calling us to do together at this time. It’s actually a process of discernment, of how we will participate faithfully and meaningfully in God’s mission.” The plan, “Growing In Christ” was approved by Diocesan Council in June 2016, and it sets out a vision for the diocese, our mission statement and values. The Vision: An Anglican community committed to proclaiming and embodying Jesus Christ through compassionate service, intelligent faith and Godly worship.

The Mission: We build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Values: Faith, Compassion, Accountability, Boldness


It is expected that these will guide how decisions are made and how we will work and interact with each other. The plan identifies five “focus areas” that the diocese will concentrate on over the coming years. They are leadership and formation, trust and culture, innovation based on evidence, governance and decision-making and stewardship of resources. Each focus area comes with two or three initiatives that will help the diocese reach its goals in that area. In the area of “leadership and formation”, the diocese will seek to develop ordained and un-ordained who will lead the transformation of our diocese. It is hoped that there will be more opportunities for continuing education for both clergy and lay leaders and that new models of formation and diversity of leadership will be adopted. Focus area working groups have been appointed to provide advice, oversight and feedback on the development of priorities and strategies for the specific goals. Canon Stephen Fields is a member of the Trust & Culture focus group. It has been pointed out that this plan was not developed exclusively for the synod office. It is expected that parishes will find ways to embrace some aspect of the plan as they seek to respond to God’s mission in their unique contexts.

What’s Inside Stewardship 2018 The Canon’s Column A Profile Advent & Christmas Christine’s Corner Ministry Brief

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Outreach Healing and Wellness ACW News Looking Forward

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Stewardship 2018 Every member is encourage to support our ministry in 2018. In addition to our current ministry initiatives, our work in 2018 will be focused on building out our Lay Pastor’s work in Discipleship and support for the Aslan family from Syria. Refugee Support The adult Aslans continue their learning to become proficient in English. This is especially important for Hetmat, the father, who will be working in the trades. The ability to read English is necessary for his safety and for others. The wardens and Advisory Board agreed that we would extend our support beyond our one year obligation to assist as much as we could with their settlement. Christian Formation After several Natural Church Development surveys and some tentative steps to respond to their findings, we believe we have found the right response and have called a Lay Pastor, Christine Ivy, to share with us as we continue our life of Discipleship. With the clergy and other lay leaders, she will share in our work of Christian Formation. She will take a leading role in facilitating, equipping, and supporting our parish community as we seek to recommit ourselves to joyfully proclaiming the Gospel and engaging with those around us more deliberately and effectively. This is faithnurturing work and we ask God to walk with us. PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING We encourage members to support this work and our other on-going commitments. We know how important our church is to us, we are called to make a financial commitment to enable the ministry of our church to flourish. Preauthorized Giving (PAG) makes it easier for us to fulfill our commitment.

It ensures your support will continue regardless of your attendance on Sundays. It also prevents “catchup” if you are absent from church and therefore unable to make your donation.

It eliminates the need to keep track of your Offertory Envelopes or the need to remember to make your offering.

How does PAG help my church? 

PAG facilitates regular and dependable flow of contributions.

It helps the wardens manage the cash flow and administer the budget throughout the year.

It reduces the time volunteer counters spend on bookkeeping and paperwork on Sunday mornings.

How do I sign up for PAG?

1) Decide how much you want to give to your parish each month.

2) Complete the PAG form. If you choose to make a donation from your checking account, please attach a cheque marked VOID.

3) Submit the completed form (and void cheque) to either the Church Office or place it in the offering plate. You will only be contacted if there is a problem with your Authorization form.

4) Starting the following month, your offering will be transferred automatically (on the 15th or the next business day if the 15th falls on weekend) from your account and will appear on your monthly bank statement.

5) PAG falls in charitable donation category that qualifies for annual tax receipt issued in February.

PAG is one option for giving to the church. Through PAG an automatic debit is withdrawn from your bank account to support the ministry of our church. There is no extra charge to you.

How do I change or cancel my donation?  If you wish to update your PAG amount, please contact the Church Office. The church’s expenses change from year to year, and we recommend you review your PAG towards the end of the year (November/December).

Why should I use PAG?


PAG helps you budget your support of the church, in the same way that you budget all your other household expenses.

You may change the amount or cancel your PAG at any time by contacting the Church Office.

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The Canon’s Column I have been celebrating Christmas from the time I can remember my first Christmas gift. It was a bright, red fire truck which my parents sent from England for me. After all these years, Christmas never seem to grow old or stale. Indeed, rather that being old and stale, it is very real. Christmas is very real because, as Archbishop John Holder, Primate of the Church in the Province of the West Indies, suggests, “it touches us at a level that can help us to understand life and cope with it even better. The celebrations do this because they are constructed on a story that is very human.” He says that the story reflects on some of those difficult and awkward times in life at which we can encounter some people who seem not to understand our situation or our cause. He cites Mary with her initial doubts about participating in the divine plan. She questions why God would choose her to be central to this plan. Soon she overcomes her fears and questions and commits herself to the task. Her spouse, Joseph, was confused about the whole situation. He could not understand. Both were awkward moments. We see in all of this all the traces of what it is to be human. We can identify with Mary and Joseph. They are like us, frail, mortal and human, often confused and conflicted by our experiences.

The Angel’s Message As Zechariah served at the altar, The Christmas angel was standing around. He told the priest he would be a father. And his son would be called by the name John. That same angel startled youthful Mary, As she contemplated her wedding day. He said that she too would have a baby "For Israel's Redeemer's was on his way". Both Zechariah and Mary wondered As this strange news resounded in their ears. On the angel's words poor Joseph pondered What would his life be like in future years? The angel’s message is good news for us, As we give thanks for blessings, yours and mine. For in the birth of Jesus at Christmas Human life has been transformed for all time. Stephen Fields (2016)

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Best wishes for the coming year from Canon Stephen, Lucy & family

Then comes the shift in our thinking. The picture becomes clearer even though we hold on to our fears and questions if but for a little longer. We begin to see God making God’s presence evident as God upholds us and leads us to a place where we are able to work through our doubts and fears and discover the blessings that are ours. In a real since, this is our daily experience, where God breaks into our lives that we may break out.

BAPTISM We welcome into God’s family

The Christmas season is a joyful reminder that God becomes all wrapped up in our humanity with all its elements of frailty. It is with this conviction that we respond to life’s challenges with confidence. Christmas is a celebration of God's response to these difficult and sometimes frustrating human challenges. It’s real!

FUNERALS We gave thanks for the lives of

As always, I share a Christmas poem with you. Here’s one for your reflection.


Malia Janetta Brathwaite Finnegan Liam Hourihan Keegan Ryan Hourihan Rory Scott

Nora Nina James Ian Cooper Eric Percival Symes


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A Profile: The Shiners Malcolm and Margaret Shiner joined the Holy Trinity Church family in 1974. Marg grew up in Winnipeg. Her home was flooded during the Great Flood of 1950, and she, with her parents, brother and sister, moved to Brampton, Ontario that year. After her high school years, she went on to the University of Toronto and teachers college. She taught elementary school in Toronto for a number of years, and, after her children grew up, finished her career as a counsellor for refugees and new Canadians at an adult school, Yorkdale Secondary School. Malcolm grew up in wartime England, just South of Birmingham, and attended boarding school at Warwick from age 10-12. In 1950, his parents, two sisters and he moved to Canada. After high school in Toronto, he went to University of Toronto and teachers college. While at university, he joined the University Naval Training Division (UNTD) and remained in the Reserves for 12 years, retiring in 1969 as a lieutenant commander (Reserve). He taught Secondary School History for eight years in North York before moving on to various administrative roles, Vice Principal, Administrative Assistant to the Director, and Education Officer with the Ministry Of Education for nine years, three of which were spent as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister. Malcolm and Marg met through mutual teaching friends in 1963. They were married in 1965. They lived in Willowdale for eight years where their three children were born. In 1974, they moved to Thornhill, the beginning of their long and blessed relationship with Holy Trinity.

Marg’s ministry at HTC has been extensive. She has served as ACW secretary, vice president, and President. She has also been chair of the Altar Guild; a member of the Finance committee, pianist for the Out of The Cold program, Sunday School teacher, helper for the First Communion Program, Lay Visitor, member of the Ruth 4

Group, and member of the Footlights Club. Beyond HTC she has done other volunteer work including canvasser for Cancer Research, been a member of the Wimaudausis club, which ran the annual Toronto Antique Show to raise money for Earlscourt Children’s Home. She was President for one year and was also convenor of the show. She has also ministered to seniors as pianist for sing-alongs at the Gibson and Glynnwood Retirement Homes and was a member of the Annswell Court Retirement Home Board. Malcolm’s ministry at HTC is equally extensive. He has served as a chorister, member and chair of the Advisory Board, Churchwarden, member of the Board of Governors of Holy Trinity School, Member & Chair of The Endowment Fund, chair of The Every Member Visitation, Lay Visitor, Lector, Member of Worship Review Committee, member of 185th Anniversary Committee and volunteer in the Christmas Assistance Program. His more recent ministry is that of officiant at Morning Prayer. He is available whenever he is needed and may be seen setting up and cleaning up after the rummage sales and Festivals of Christmas Perhaps he is best known for his contributions to The Footlights Club. He has been a member of The Club from 1986 as actor and director. He has written and directed seven full length plays and 10 sketches. Outside of HTC, his volunteer work has included a term on the condo Board of Directors, and Chair of the Social Committee at the condo. Like many others, Malcolm has contributed greatly to the church and community, however, what sets him apart is the attitude he brings to all his undertakings. His good humor and seemingly endless energy make it a pleasure to work in his company. In being the best that he can be, he brings out the best in the rest of us. We are blessed to have the Shiners continue to share in our common life. Pray God to bless them with good health and strength into the future.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 10:00 a.m.


2017-18 Season of Christmas Services Sunday December 24 Christmas Eve

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist Sung Eucharist/Christmas Pageant Sung Eucharist Sung Eucharist

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

Sung Eucharist

Sunday December 31 Christmas 1

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

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist

Sunday January 7 Epiphany

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

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist

Candlelit Heart

by Mary E. Linton

Somewhere across the winter world tonight You will be hearing chimes that fill the air; Christmas extends its all-enfolding light Across the distance…something we can share. You will be singing, just the same as I, These familiar songs we know so well, And you will see these same stars in your sky And wish upon that brightest one that fell. I shall remember you and trim my tree, One shining star upon the topmost bough; I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see — Tonight I glimpse beyond the hear and now. And all the time that we must be apart I keep a candle in my heart.

Once again, Holy Trinity Church Choir will present a beautiful Christmas Cantata “Images of Adoration” on December 17 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

We enjoy the beauty of Christmas - the music and candles, the greenery and crimson flowers, the holy symbols of the manger, and the star. These symbols are not merely decorations of the season. Their presence draws us into the story of Christmas each year, reminding us of the power, simplicity, and awesome significance of the birth of the Christ Child. This presentation will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit as it brings us the Christmas story in words and songs set in a jubilant and thoughtful way. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of the Christ and reflect on the identity of this Child and all that He would become.

Rachel Yoon Director of Music


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WHAT IS DISCIPLESHIP? I am so encouraged by Holy Trinity’s commitment to growing as the Body of Christ in both numbers and in depth of discipleship. Yet the question I get more than anything is, “What is your job title?” and “What do you do?” It’s an excellent question and I hope in this short article I can give you a bit of insight into what I’ve been up to and what I’m planning on doing in the future. First, my priority was getting to know parishioners. I have consumed more Tim Horton’s in the last three months than I have in the last thirty years (just kidding – I think). It has been a delight and a privilege to sit across the table from so many people and hear their stories. The questions I’ve asked have been around the history of Holy Trinity, memorable moments over the years, and hopes and dreams for the future. It has been and will continue to be one of my favourite parts of my job, and I plan to continue visiting with people and invite you to email me to set up a meeting if I haven’t sat down with you yet. Secondly, although really this comes first and is ongoing, is prayer. I have been praying for Holy Trinity, for the people I’ve been meeting with, and the staff. It may sound strange to hear that I consider part of my job prayer, but that’s the reality. I am doing this all by the grace of God, and I take quite seriously the calling on my life to do this sort of work with God and not just for God. Jesus has been my constant companion – and source of strength, hope, and direction. I truly believe that I wouldn’t be able to do this job without him. Thirdly, I have been working on two avenues of developing “disciples” at Holy Trinity. The first is a book

Flower Guild The Flower Guild invites you to join the 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, For more information, call the church office 905 889 5931 ext. 21.


study we’ll be embarking on with the staff entitled the “Emotionally Healthy Leader”. It’s a great book that I’ve read multiple times and will focus on how to sustain our “doing for God” by developing and deepening our “being with God.” The second is our Pilgrim course, which is a form of nurturing individuals on their personal journeys of faith through discussions and learning more about Jesus. It’s a great opportunity for people to invite friends to church who might otherwise not come, and to have discussions about the roots of our faith and why we are Christians a.k.a followers of Jesus. I’d like to commend to you our future Pilgrim courses, which will take place Nov. 6 – Dec. 11 (Unit 1: Turning to Christ), and Jan. 8 – Feb. 12 (Unit 2: The Lord’s Prayer). You can find out more information about our courses at www.holytrinity-thornhill.ca/discipleship Finally, after all that, you may be wondering, “What is discipleship?” Well, discipleship is the walk of faith that carries us into the arms of Jesus. Being a disciple is about how we follow Christ – whether that means walking in his footsteps (doing what he’s done) or walking with him (beside, as companions for the journey). Discipleship is a life-long journey, which is why I love the idea of Pilgrim so much, because we are all pilgrims going somewhere, and Jesus is the guide, as well as the destination. No matter where you’re at, there are always ways to turn to Christ, and be known and loved by God. May you be blessed as you pursue Jesus. Christine Ivy 905 889 5931 ext. 25 Pastor of Discipleship civy@holytrinity-thornhill.ca

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.

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Ministry Brief Church School This Christmas Eve, we invite you to bring children and grandchildren to see a special CHRISTMAS PAGEANT at the 5:00 p.m. service. Our own Stephanie Birrell will sing an accompanying hymn for the Church School Pageant. Visiting children are welcome to take part in the pageant. Please take the child to Room B (lower hall) no later than 4:30 p.m. in order to dress as an angel or a shepherd, and to get organized. Church School will be on break from December 25 to January 6. First winter class will be held on Epiphany Sunday January 7, 2018. Visitors and new students are always welcome. Thanks to Rachel Yoon for leading our new Jr. Choir. Some of our Church School children who have joined this choir will participate in the Christmas Cantata, Dec. 17. Judith Sinclair 905 889 5931 ext. 30 5jasagain@gmail.com Church School Teacher and Coordinator

SIDESPEOPLE & GREETERS - for services on Sunday December 24 morning: 10:00 a.m. & evening Christmas Eve: 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 p.m. Sincere thank you! to all team members who have assisted with, and contributed to, this important ministry during 2017. Much appreciated! If you are available to assist as a Welcome Team member at one of the above four services, and/or would like information about our team ministry, please speak to Peter Paterson or phone him. Your assistance with, and contributions to these services would be most welcome and appreciated! Thank You.

What’s Happening @ Your Library Thank you to parishioners who responded to our survey regarding your interest in the library services. The purpose of the survey was to help us make a decision whether to renew/upgrade the software programme that expired in 2016. The software helps us manage and log ISBN (International Standard Book Number) numbers and makes tracking and finding the books easier. Unfortunately, we received only six responses that does not warrant upgrading the software.

On a better note, we received three NEW books that you can find on top of the shelf below the library notice board. Enjoy! Thanks to members who donated these books. As always, housekeeping is done to ensure books are returned and maintained. There are a few outstanding books so please remember to return them at your convenience. We are still hoping to replace the one shelf unit that has fixed shelves, with a unit that has an adjustable one. Having a unit with adjustable shelves will help to better display the larger books.

Postage Stamps 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 envelopes. Later this year the stamps will be delivered to the Christian Salvage Mission.

Your library team Angella Smith & Elaine Stecyk

Our Faith Our Hope – An Update For the Our Faith Our Hope financial campaign, the Diocese set a goal of $505,000 for HTC Parish. This number loomed large! However, our total pledges amounted to $595,095. I created an income forecast for parish budgeting purposes; based on ALL $599,000 of pledges being honoured. This would have amounted to $270,000 in returns from the Diocese. You might say this was probably a case of peering thru’ rose-coloured glasses. The Synod office has informed that HTC donated a total of $519,600 or roughly 87% of the pledged amount. This still exceeded the Diocesan target for our Parish, resulting in total returns to the Parish of $213,000. This fell short of the “ideal” return of $270,000, but over the period, many changes happen to people’s circumstances, and I suppose it should come as no big surprise that we didn’t quite reach the full $599,000. Nevertheless, I believe we have done extremely well, and a hearty “Thank You” is tendered to all who participated. Ray Burton Secretary of HTC— OFOH Committee 7

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Ministry Brief cont’d Holy Trinity Cemetery

Vestry Meeting 2018

The Cemetery has been active but quiet this year. To date, there has been one casket interment, one interment of cremated remains, one monument installation and three marker installations. A committee member must be present for interments and installation of monuments and markers.

Our annual Vestry Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 25 at 11:00 am. A light lunch will be served after the 9:00 am service. Please plan to attend. There will be only ONE service on that Sunday.

The small u-shaped swimming pool has been completed at the Thornhill Club. The Club installed a 6 foot cedar fence on the north side of the pool including climbing vines and small shrubs on the 3 feet strip of Club land north of the fence. September 23 we had our fall clean up resulting in 30 bags of garden waste. Due to the excessive heat, we only worked until 11:00 am. A special thank you to all who helped. A start has been made on the raising of markers and corner stones. The work will continue as time and weather permit. 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 2017 donation from the Endowment Fund which will allow us to complete 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 Opportunity: A former Parishioner, who still owns a single plot in our Cemetery, no longer has need of it. Under our Cemetery By-laws, she can only sell to another Parishioner. Any Parishioner interested in purchasing the interment rights to this single lot, please contact me at 905-889-7218 or e2mg.corbett@sympatico.ca. We regretfully received from Anne Barwell her resignation from the committee. Anne has served on the committee for over 20 years, working quietly and diligently to supervise interments and restoration works. We appreciate her dedicated contribution and will miss her presence at our meetings. Enid Corbett Chair, Cemetery Committee


We will be electing four new members to serve on the Advisory Board and one deputy warden to replace those who are retiring. The duties of the Board shall be to perform 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. Vestry Reports are due on Sunday January 14, 2018. Please e-mail them to: info@holytrinity-thornhill.ca before your departure to balmy weather places.

Thornhill Ministerial 50th Anniversary The 2018 Ecumenical Lenten Series sponsored by Thornhill Ministerial Association will be the 50th anniversary of the Series. Since 1968, the churches of Thornhill have been gathering during Lent for a series of Sunday afternoon worship services organized around a common theme. Each service begins at 4:00 p.m., and follows the liturgy of the church hosting it. The preacher comes from a denomination other than that of the host church. The 2018 Series will begin on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at The Thornhill Baptist Church. The preacher will be our Area Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Peter Fenty. We will be the host church on March 4. As always, the offerings from these services will go to support the work of local community organizations.

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Outreach Christmas Assistance Program The annual Thornhill Ministerial Association’s program to help Thornhill’s most needy families has begun. We ask for donations of non-perishable food or cash. Please check “best before” dates on canned/packaged foods as we cannot distribute expired items. Cash donations are to buy supermarket gift certificates for the purchase of fresh/perishable food. Please send cash/cheque donations payable to Holy Trinity Church (“Christmas Assistance” on the memo) no later than Friday December 1. We will also need volunteers to help on  Thursday Dec. 14 - sorting food donations  Friday Dec. 15 - packing the hampers, and  Saturday Dec. 16 - delivering the hampers Sign-Up sheets will be available at Sunday Coffee Hours by the end of November so you can indicate the time(s) you will be able to help. Please contact me to volunteer or for any question. Linda Gould

Out of the Cold (OOTC) The Out of the Cold dinner & shelter program located at Thornhill United Church, will run January 11 to March 16, 2018. OOTC offers shelter, meals and fellowship to guests who are hungry, homeless, lonely, have mental or physical health problems and who live in poverty. HTC parishioners have been active volunteers assuming responsibilities as guest registration, meal planning & preparation, entertainment & hosting, provision of medical services, and donating time & materials to the clothing centre. Volunteers sign up sheets will be available during Coffee Hours starting late November. Clothing donations are welcome beginning in early January. Guidelines for suitable street clothing will be included in future Trinity Monthly. We will be collecting new socks and underwear; ladies of any size and men’s boxer-style shorts in larger sizes. No white socks please. Collection boxes for these will be available in January. Please contact Linda Gould for any further information.

Richmond Hill Food Bank, All Saints Community Kitchen/Clothing Closet, Eva’s Place As of November 7, there have been 29 deliveries of canned/packaged food and personal use items to the three charities. There also have been 10 deliveries of adult apparel to the All Saints Clothing Closet. Thank You! for your continued support during 2017, including

financial contribution to buy food items. For more information on this Outreach program please speak to Peter Paterson or phone him.

Pikangikum Water Project Update The story of Christ’s birth is a story of promise, hope and love. BUT… what was once a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior has turned in to a season of stress and shopping lists. Canadians spend an average of $18 billion a year on Christmas. Many First Nations communities lack access to clean water. It would cost only $12 million to address clean water issues in these communities. We, in the Diocese of Toronto, through Primates World Relief and Development Fund, are supporting one such community, Pikangikum. If you have someone to whom you wish to give a gift, why not pick up a gift card for $2.00, and make a donation to the Pikangikum Water Project through Holy Trinity Church. Cards will be sold at Coffee Hours during Advent and at the Festival of Christmas.

Over $600,000 has been raised so far for the Pikangikum Water Project. Completed in 2013 Phase 1 equipped 10 homes with water & sewage disposal tanks. Phase 2 has now been completed and the trainees who learned plumbing and electrical work during the first phase have been training new people, who have been helping to equip 15 more homes. Phase 3 is planned for 20 more homes and has already started. Phase 4 is in the planning stage. Money is needed for this stage, as it will be more complex than the other three, with the hope of installing underground piping so water will be sent directly to each home.

The Federal Government is planning a 117 km power grid line Red Lake-Pikangikum. Work has already started with planned completion in fall 2018. Two other communities will also be serviced by this heavy grid. This would mean they are not dependent on a generator that regularly breaks down. 9

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Healing & Wellness Ministry I have heard we are in for a bad winter, so as we prepare, plan for regular exercise and eating healthily, to prevent the colds and flu that are so prevalent. Because Australia had a bad flu season, Public Health is warning that we might as well, so get your flu shot too. When you’re 65 you are also eligible for a pneumonia shot and there’s a second one that most plans cover. Be prudent with snow shoveling. It’s an activity that isn’t regular, so do it in stages and take breaks. On November 19 there will be blood pressure screening after both services and again in February for Heart Health month. Think of working on a prayer shawl over the winter. They are a meaningful gift and we always need more. During the colder weather, it’s quite nice to have a shawl on your lap while you knit and watch the news or a TV program.

Pastoral Visitor On Saturday December 9, we will hold a Pastoral Visitor’s Training from 9:00 - 12:00. The Rev. Don Shields will be leading the session. If you are interested or are considering this worthwhile ministry, now is a good time to decide and join this class. The only other requirement is a police background check which fee is covered by the parish and viewing a video on sexual misconduct prevention. You would only be asked to visit one or two people per month and I will hold monthly meetings to support you in this ministry. Please consider this ministry and contact me to make arrangements.

Remembrance & Hope will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday December 6. This service is a good way to help those of us who are grieving to face Christmas celebrations without our loved one. Family & friends are most welcome.

THE PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY BRANCHES OUT! From Chaplain George, at Mackenzie Health Hospital to The Knitting Ministry at HTC – a recent plea… but not for the usual “blankets” (his term for Prayer Shawls!). This time it was for teeny tiny toques for the Neonatal ICU (NICU) babes. Usually other than a diaper, it’s the only thing preemies wear, because a baby can lose large amounts of heat through his/her head. After just a couple of casual parishioner conversations, and less than TWO WEEKS, you can imagine my surprise and absolute delight to be presented with a whole shopping bag (78 in total and apparently more to come!) brimming with itty bitty knitted hats of all colours and sizes. Our very own Grace Gould, took it upon herself to post the request and rallied the generous and wonderful knitters in her Unionville community into action. I had the honour of delivering them personally to the NICU (quite the heartwarming and moving first-time experience for me) and can tell you that George and the staff were fittingly wowed! Grateful doesn’t begin to express my feelings, and I’m hoping others might consider contributing to this NEW worthwhile HTC knitting “side” Ministry. You just need to use very very soft baby wool please and thanks. If you don’t have any, let me know. Cathy Pearson Head of KnitWit

Over the winter I will try and keep 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. Susan Rodgers, RN 905 889 5931 ext. 29 Parish Nurse parishnurse@holytrinity-thornhill.ca


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

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ACW News With all your help, In less than two weeks, we will showcase this festive fundraise event. We greatly appreciate any help you can offer on Friday & Saturday. Luncheon will be served between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

Christmas Past Room We are accepting any Christmas related items from Monday to Friday, November 20-24.

Fab Fabrics Dress lengths of lightweight and heavier cotton, polyester, crimplene, organza, silk, taffeta, wool mixture, etc. Varied tablecloths, serviettes, duvet cover & pillowslips, set of single sheets plus a few gently used tablecloths suitable for Christmas entertaining. Attractive wall hanging originating from Myanmar in red and gold. Bargains galore!

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

Mincemeat Pies This guarded old recipe is not to be missed. The mincemeat was prepared by an army of dedicated Holy Trinity women. Cradled by home-made flaky & buttery pastries these pies & tarts are always sold out before luncheon is over. Get them early in the day or you would endure a long 12-month wait.

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

ACW Annual General Meeting 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 are trying something new this year, so please plan on attending a brief AGM meeting on Sunday January 21, 2018, to be held in church after the 10:00 o'clock service. Instead of the January Pot Luck Dinner/AGM, an equally enjoyable event will be held later in the spring, when the weather is more cooperative. The executive is still actively searching for a president (or co-presidents). Please prayerfully consider serving in this capacity. You will be surrounded by many caring, helpful and resourceful people.

ACW Ingathering Ingathering, for the women of the parish, is Sunday January 28, 2018. On this special Sunday, our guest speaker will be Christine Ivy, Lay Pastor for our parish.

A mince pie is a fruit-based mincemeat sweet pie of British origin that is traditionally served during the Christmas season in the English-speaking world. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices.


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Looking Forward Pilgrim Mondays 7:00 p.m. Nov. 6 - Dec. 11, 2017 Jan. 8 - Feb. 12, 2018

From Your Church Office 2017 Tax Receipts

Festival of Christmas Saturday Nov. 25 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon Wednesday Dec. 6 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 Church Office 905 889 5931 ext. 21 7:30 p.m.

Remembrance & Hope

Wednesday Dec. 21 6:00 p.m.

Holy Trinity School Carol Service Everyone welcome

Sunday Jan. 21

ACW AGM Right after the 10:00 am service

Sunday Feb. 25 after 10:00 service

Annual Vestry Vestry Report will be available for pick-up February 18.

Tuesday Feb. 28 5:00 p.m.



Office E-Mail Address Recently HTC members e-mail messages failed to reach the Church Office. Their laptop/tablet/ computer system has mysteriously picked up old addresses that no longer exist. Here is the current valid address: info@holytrinity-thornhill.ca Please delete from your system: office@htcthornhill.on.ca office@holytrinity-thornhill.ca

Postal Code Unfortunately, the geeks at Google continually mess up our location. Their map placed us on Green Lane. After numerous complaints over 24 months, they moved us to Thornridge Drive (L4J 1C8).

Sundays Feb. 18 - Mar. Ministerial Lenten Services 18 at 4:00 p.m. Alternating among Thornhill Churches

Christmas Prayers A few days before Christmas, two young brothers were spending the night at their grandparent's house. When it was time to go to bed, and anxious to do the right thing, they both knelt down to say their prayers. Suddenly, the younger one began to do so in a very loud voice: "Dear Lord, please ask Santa Claus to bring me a play-station, a mountain-bike and a telescope." His older brother leaned over and nudged his brother and said, "Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn't deaf." "I know" he replied, "But Grandma is!"

Please be reminded that to qualify for 2017 tax receipts, all donations (including those send in by Canada Post) have to arrive in the church office by Friday December 29, 2017.

OUR correct postal code is L4J 1Y9

Last year's Christmas pudding was so awful I threw it in the ocean. That's probably why the ocean's full of currants! How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas? Fleece Navidad! Did you know that the courier services UPS and FedEx will merge? The new company will be called FEDUPS.

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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.

Trinity News is published three times a year to inform parishioners about upcoming events and ongoing activities at Holy Trinity Church. Please submit your items to the church office. Items of broader interest or opinion pieces are generally not published in Trinity News, but can be forwarded to the Advisory Board for their information and consideration for inclusion in future editions. Submissions may not exceed 200 words in length, must be signed and include a clear statement indicating that these are personal opinions. Submissions will be consistent with the Mission Statement of Holy Trinity Church. Design & Layout: Swan Li Please submit articles  In PLAIN SIMPLE TEXT (NO fancy layouts, indents, tabulations, etc.)  By e-mail to info@holytrinity-thornhill.ca Thank You.

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 Susan Rodgers Swan Li Judith Sinclair Jesús Cruz Arángo Wardens

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Altar Guild Team 4 members: D. Armstrong, P. Burton, K. Gordon, J. Kennedy, D. Parravano, G. Priestman Anglican Church Women (ACW) Co-Presidents Jean Glionna Church School Coordinator Judith Sinclair 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 (Feb - June)

Prayer Chain Coordinator Elaine Stecyk

Deadline is

Property Committee Ron Tolhurst

Sunday January 21, 2018

Sidesperson Teams Peter Paterson


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