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Winter 2019 - 020 - Trinity News A Seasonal Publication of Holy Trinity Church, Thornhill (Established in 1830)

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“Something good is happening here!!”

Vestry Supports Emergency Shelter On Sunday October 20, our church community observed the Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist and offered prayers and anointing for healing. The preacher, John Carrington, reminded us of the vocation of every Christian which was set out in what some have called the “manifesto” of Jesus’s ministry. John reminded us of the work that awaited us in the Special Vestry Meeting following the service. This work was to “authorize the use of Holy Trinity facilities to host a Pilot Emergency Shelter Project with Mosaic Interfaith on eight (8) Friday evenings” November 29 to January 17. He left our question with us “what would Jesus do?” This opportunity came to us because of the way in which provincial funding cuts have impacted the work of Mosaic Interfaith. They need more shelter nights to secure the level of funding which they receive. Rehana Sunar, Executive Director for MOSAIC-York Region (shown in picture), described the problem for us at a town hall meeting in May. Just because you don’t see homelessness, it doesn’t mean it doesn't exist. Poverty and homelessness have been increasing in York Region. It is estimated that over 2,800 individuals are in shelters in York Region. In York Region there are very limited permanent shelters. The challenge is that the majority of these shelters are in north end of York region, though the majority of population is in the south.

The Vestry did what Jesus would have done. We voted to respond to the needs of some who, during the coming winter, will have nowhere to lay their heads, or would be searching for a warm meal. We will provide the space and the volunteers to make the emergency shelter possible. MOSAIC INTERFAITH will provide the mattresses, blankets, security and transportation for the guests, and budget for our shelter. What will be offering an emergency shelter, not a fullservice shelter. This means we will provide overnight shelter for those who have no permanent housing. The program will provide a light dinner, breakfast & bag lunch. No other services such as a clothing room and medical support will be provided. Guests will be picked up by bus at St. George’s Church on Friday evenings, arriving at the shelter at approximately 7:00 pm. The bus will pick them up on Saturday at 7:30am and take them to the Subway. Persons who are interested in volunteering are asked to contact Hillary Brown or Miriam Irving for Friday evenings, or Rebeca Jones for Saturday morning. A “No” vote to the motion does not mean that one is exempted for doing for “the least of those among us”.

Please keep the shelter in your prayer this winter. What’s Inside Advent & Christmas Services 2 ACW News 3 The Canon’s Column 4 Cemetery & Library 6 Ministry Brief 7 Outreach 9 Looking Forward 10 Laugh and Be Healthy 11 Calendars 13

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Holy Trinity Choir will present Lloyd Larson’s “Emmanuel - God with Us”

Sunday, December 15, 2019

2019-20 Season of Christmas Services Sunday December 15 Advent 4 Sunday December 22 Advent 4

Tuesday December 24 Christmas Eve

10:00 a.m.

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. 8:00 p.m.

Family Eucharist Sung Eucharist

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

Sung Eucharist

Sunday December 29 Christmas 1

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

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist

Sunday January 5 Epiphany

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

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist

Within the traditional structure of lessons and carols, this cantata includes a number of not only familiar carols but also recent additions to the Christmas repertoire such as “Breath of Heaven” and “One Small Child". This presentation will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit as it brings us the Christmas story in words and songs, old and new. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ and reflect on the central message of the holy season: Emmanuel, God with us. 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 22, 2019 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 2

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ACW News Festival of Christmas Preparation is underway for our annual Festival of Christmas. 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 $12/ person can be purchased on Sundays or by leaving a message at 905 889 5931 ext. 28.

Baked Sale You will be receiving a phone call from ACW member requesting a contribution of baked goods. Please deliver treats to the church on Friday. We’d appreciate if you label them and perhaps a note of the main ingredients.

Christmas Past Room 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 18-22

Gourmet Shoppe Once again, the Naomi Group will offer special condiments that will complement your family Christmas buffet.

Mincemeat Pies & Tarts 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. Crystal, vintage, antiques, and many ‘one-of-a-kind’ items.

2020 Anglican Church Women 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 will follow the same format as this year, so please plan on attending a brief AGM on Sunday January 19, 2020, to be held in church following the 10:00 a.m. service.

Seeking ACW Co-President Jean Glionna will, again, return to lead the ACW in 2020. She needs a co-president partner. Please prayerfully consider serving in this capacity. You will be surrounded by many caring, helpful & resourceful people.

ACW Ingathering The ‘Ingathering’ service will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020 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 26, 2020 Ingathering.


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The Canon’s Column Christmas is About The Marginalized TWO PAPERS As most of you know, part of my summer vacation was spent at Christ Church College, Oxford, where I had a wonderful experience at the Oxford University Theology Summer School. I took two courses there as part of my Doctor of Ministry program. The courses were With Canon Angela Tilby (Program Director) Mary Magdalene: Preacher or Penitent? Trauma, Resilience and the Bible. At the end of the course I was required to write two major papers reflecting the course content. Some persons have asked about this work so I will now give two synopses of the papers. Both papers, Mary Magdalene, Pioneer and Prophet: A Model for the Marginalized, and The Trauma of Racism and Exclusion: Christ, Conscientization, Cultural Intelligence, have been submitted and evaluated. I am happy to report that I have fulfilled all the requirements for my program. Mary Magdalene, Pioneer and Prophet: A Model for the Marginalized Though there is no evidence in the canonical gospels that Mary Magdalene was anything but a devoted disciple of Jesus, there have been attempts by both secular and sacred worlds to relegate her from her vocation as the apostle to the apostles to a lesser place in Christian history.

Shining a light on the traditions and unjust myths that have swirled around her over the last two millennia, I sought to show Mary Magdalene to be a major player in the ministry of Jesus and how she proved to be an inspiration for women, like Teresa of Avila and others, who have been pushed to the margins, and whose contributions to the life of the church have been largely ignored. Mindful of the context of my ministry in Canada, I used the Magdalen tradition as a motif for the Marginalized, juxtaposing her experiences and her treatment throughout history with the First Nations and Black communities within the Anglican Church of Canada. They


like her and all others were made in the image of God and, because of this, they, like all others, even those who would keep them on the margins, have an equal share in the mission of God. The reviewer that the paper to be “a fascinating assessment of the current efforts in Magdalenian studies to elevate her again to the status to which she clearly is worthy”. He concluded “the paper is outstandingly substantive and critically precise in its observations and conclusions leading one to think it might be publishable in the right venue”. The Trauma of Racism and Exclusion: Christ, Conscientization, Cultural Intelligence Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience. Those who seek to cope with it and build resilience, do so by reframing the experience to bring about the kind of resolution that would engender a more wholesome journey into the future. Though we usually associate traumatic experiences with individuals who are victims, for example, rape or child abuse, trauma is not limited to individuals. There is collective Trauma that is experienced in groups and nations. Examples include the people of Israel in the Bible, Jews who lived through or died in the days Hitler’s terror in Germany, Palestinians denied their homeland, and the indigenous peoples of North and South America. In most of these examples, racism is the catalytic trigger for the trauma. Racism targeted at Black people does not differ according to the location where they live. It looks the same way. Since racism in America is perhaps the best documented, I used the African American experience to describe the problem and sought to show how I have experienced it in my ministry context. Using Paolo Freire’s notion of “conscientization”, the concept of cultural intelligence, and the message of the Cross and the Kingdom of God, I demonstrated how Afro -Canadians, and any group that suffers the indignity and trauma of racism or exclusion, can go about the task of building resilience, and how those who perpetuate these sins can heal themselves as they share in the healing of the victims.

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The Canon’s Column cont’d TWO PERSONAL STORIES These two papers suggested themselves to me in light of my life-long commitment to working with and on behalf of those who are excluded. I, myself, know what it means and feels like to be marginalized. I have been in meeting and other context when I was neither seen nor heard. How many times I have made interventions with suggestions that went unheard, only to be repeated by another person and that said suggestion or idea has been hailed as “amazing” or “marvellous”. I recall, after taking up a new appointment in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, I attended my first meeting of the diocesan synod. Standing in the line of clergy, dressed as a clergy person, I approached the registration only to be asked by the young white staffer if I were a member of the laity (the unordained). He did not associate a Black man with priesthood in our diocese. I can speak about my son who was invited to attend a special breakfast for students on the two “honour rolls” in his high school: the regular “honour roll” (for students attaining an average of at least 80%) and the “principal’s honour roll”, for students with at least a 95% average). When he approached the parent volunteer who was registering the students, she insisted that he was not on the roll and that he should leave. He told her that she was looking at the wrong list and pointed her to the “correct list”. Black children, especially, Black boys are expected to be set on a path to prison, not to the podium to receive academic awards. THE MEANING & CALL OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY This is what Christmas is all about. It is the story of God’s unapologetic bias for the underdog: Israel in the middle of the mighty armies of the Ancient Near East, Mary, shepherds, the traditional magi, women, children, lepers, prostitutes, the Samaritan, the Black slave, the First Nation man, the Métis woman, the gay teenager, the homeless man who wonders into our building, asking for a coffee. I am grateful that our parish gave ourselves an early Christmas gift, the opportunity to do what Jesus would have us do, open our doors to the homeless and welcome them, broken as they are, into our family. Every year, our outreach ministry touches many across the globe. In 2018, funds made available to various charities and causes from our parish totalled just over $50,000. (ACW - $15,010, Parish Budget - $10,000, Other Funding - 25,350). We are unable to put any faces

to a majority of the persons who benefit from our good works. This year, we have a opportunity, not only to do so, but to sit with some of them, and serve them, at least for eight weeks as they come to the Emergency Shelter. Let us imitate Christ this Christmas and “dwell in flesh” with those who may the least of those among us. Please pray the poem I wrote last year.

IN SEARCH OF THE CHRIST CHILD The sounds of Christmas fill the air, With smiling faces everywhere. This joyous time is here again "Peace on earth" is our refrain. The shepherds in their joyful glee, Made their way so that they might see The great thing that had come to pass. The Messiah had arrived at last! Meanwhile in the orient land, Magi, as they the heavens scanned, Believed that they had seen a sign, Which said, "Israel's king you must find. With haste they came to see the king, In Herod's house, no sight of him. Not intent to linger or stay They set out again along the way. At last they found the baby boy, Whose birth we celebrate with joy. Let's join with them to go and see The one who brought us liberty. Stephen Fields (2018)

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


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Holy Trinity Cemetery The Cemetery has seen more activity this year. To date, there have been four cremated remains interments, one burial, two marker installations and two monument installations. A committee member must be present for interments (between two and five hours) and installation of monuments and markers. On July 25, at 5:30 pm, a car rammed into the cemetery fence knocking down one section and damaging the adjoining section. They left the scene without reporting it. The fence has since been repaired. September 21 and October 5 were cemetery cleanup mornings. Eight people helped us fill 33 bags of garden waste which were taken to the church for garden waste pick up by the city of Vaughan. Although the spruce trees which surround the cemetery create a comforting atmosphere, the amount of garden waste they generate is amazing. This is important volunteer work as the spring and fall cleanups each save the church/cemetery over $1000. Although there is a Perpetual Care Fund invested in the Diocesan Consolidated Trust, the income from this investment covers only 60% of the lawn care cost. The church maintenance budget is currently covering the shortfall. 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 currently compiling a list of veterans who are interred in our cemetery. Each month 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. We would welcome additional help with this task. Please contact Enid Corbett if you can help. The Cemetery Committee is a group of interested volunteers who meet bi-monthly to discuss the ongoing work in the cemetery. New members are welcome to join us in this interesting and important task. Our next meeting is Tuesday November 26. Enid Corbett Chair, Cemetery Committee


What’s Happening @ Your Library 2019 Fall Update. Sad to say interest in the library has waned. Nevertheless, we certainly do not want to close the library. An important question to ask is, "What needs leaders and members in our church have that the library could meet?"  Maybe a shelf of books to trade.  Maybe a carefully selected shelf of traditional books. Just walk along the corridor after the service and make your way to the church library. There is a book for everyone. On an ongoing basis; new books have been stamped as property of Holy Trinity Church Library, dated and placed on the shelves indicating that they are new. There are a few outstanding books for some-time now. Please remember to return these books at your convenience.

Thank you for all the cancelled stamps. Later this year the stamps will be sent to Christian Salvage Mission, as in past years. Please continue to bring in your stamps, it is most appreciated by Christian Salvage Mission. Angella Smith

Sidespeople & Greeters A sincere Thank You! to all team members who have assisted with, and contributed to, this important ministry during 2019. Your interest, time, and effort are appreciated.

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 Christmas Day, Dec. 25

5:00 p.m. (6) 8:00 p.m. (6) 10:00 a.m. (2)

If you are available to assist as a Welcome Team member at one of our Christmas services, or if you would like more information about the Welcome Team please speak to Peter Paterson or call him at 905 889 5532. Your assistance and contributions would be most welcome and appreciated! Thank You!

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Ministry Brief PRAYER SHAWL

NEW WARDEN REQUIRED IN 2020 At the next Vestry to be held in February 2020, you will be voting for the election of a new Churchwarden; it will also be the close of my four-year term. It has been an amazing experience to serve my fellow parishioners in this very important and rewarding ministry. The two longest serving Wardens, the Rector’s Warden and the People’s Warden form the Corporation and they along with the two Deputy Wardens, meet once a month along with the incumbent to discuss matters of interest and/or concern within the parish and our community.

PLEASE HELP US HELP OTHERS… BY BEING OUR EYES AND EARS There is currently an abundance of prayer shawls ready for distribution. And while the Clergy and Prayer Shawl Ministry (A.K.A. ME!) make every attempt to be keenly aware of the needs of our congregation, we aren’t always privy to information about parishioners/people in the community and beyond who might benefit from experiencing the comfort of a hand knit prayer shawl. Please be vigilant in keeping us posted about those you know who are experiencing stress, whether it be from illness, grief or some other cause… We are convinced that shawls make a difference because we’ve been told. Time after time. When requesting prayer for someone you know, consider asking also for a shawl that you can either deliver personally, or we can mail. It’s something you might not have considered, so keep it in mind. And knitters… just because we’ve got a glut of shawls now, it doesn’t mean that will be the case throughout the winter… so keep on doing what you do best! I thank you for your prayerful efforts! Happy Knit 3 Purl 3

Cathy Pearson - OCOK and HKW* *Official Corroborator of Knitters and Head Knit Wit

I know that there are many of you in our parish who are keeping their talents and special gifts very well hidden; all I am asking is that you take a “leap of faith” and share those hidden gems with us by becoming part of the Holy Trinity Wardens’ Team. By sharing with your incumbent and fellow parishioners, you will reap the rewards of “getting to know your fellow parishioners on a more personal level, and also, become involved in the corporate affairs of your parish and its ongoing involvement in the community”. Your church needs you. Being a Warden is both challenging and rewarding and I highly recommend becoming a Warden to anyone in our congregation who wishes to bring their gifts and/or experience to serve their parish. I look forward to speaking with you at coffee hour or via e-mail at drimmer4@sympatico.ca. Thank you for your consideration. Dianne Rimmer Rector’s Warden

2019 TAX Receipts Please be reminded that to qualify for 2019 Tax Receipt, any contributions are to ARRIVE in the church office no later than 12:00 noon MONDAY DECEMBER 30, 2019. If you are using the service of Canada Post, please take into account the seasonal delay in delivery.


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Ministry Brief cont’d Endowment Fund Vestry The Annual Special Vestry meeting of The Endowment Fund was held on September 19, to approve the audited financial statements for the Margaret Harding Memorial Garden Fund & the Endowment Fund; authorize the disbursement of monies from these two funds and select the Fund Trustees for this year. The Margaret Harding Memorial Garden Fund earned a net income of $783 during the year ended June 30, 2019 and the fund balance at June 30, 2013 is 25,806. The Endowment Fund earned net income of $25,570, and had a balance of $550,809 as at June 30, 2013. Vestry approved the disbursement of a total of $600 (90% of net income) from the Margaret Harding Fund to the Garden Committee for plantings in 2020. Vestry also approved amounts of 18,146 for the Corporation, $2,500 for the Cemetery Fund, $2,500 for Out of the Cold and $500 for Canadian Food Grains, for a total disbursement of $23,646 from the Endowment Fund.

Stewardship 2020 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. We invite your prayers and support as we undertake this task. Please be sure to return your commitment cards on or before December 15, 2019. In this way, you will assist the Wardens and finance committee to plan their operating and ministry budget for 2020. Thank you.

Vestry Meeting 2020 Our Annual Vestry meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23 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. 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 8

capacities? Would you like to serve? Please speak to one of the wardens.

190th Anniversary Our church will be celebrating 190 years of ministry in our diocese in 2020. In 1828 Thornhill was one of several places selected by Archdeacon Strachan and Bishop Stewart to receive the ministrations of professors of theology and divinity students who were sent here to conduct regular services. Trinity Church, as it was formerly known, is the oldest original church building still in use in the Diocese. Begun in 1829 and completed in the early summer of 1830, it fulfilled the long felt need of Anglicans in the district for a church of their own. Prior to that, they had held services in private homes, and along with other religious denominations had shared the Cober schoolhouse on the site of Langstaff School on Yonge Street at Uplands Avenue. Occasionally parishioners traveled down Yonge Street in order to attend special services at St. John’s Church in York Mills. We are pleased to continue the journey of these saints in our time. A committee will be charged with organizing events to mark the occasion.

Ministers of the Liturgy Are you interested in  Reading the scriptures during the worship services? Or leading the Prayers of the People? Or perhaps assisting the clergy at the altar with the administration of communion? Speak to Maurice Corbett  Serving at the altar? Speak to Canon Stephen  Singing in the Choir? Speak to Rachel Yoon  Arranging flowers on the Altar? Speak to Marilyn Olivares  Preparing the Altar for worship? Speak to Robin Parravano or Kim Gordon  Being on the Welcome Team? Speak to Peter Paterson.

2020 Church Calendars at $5.00 each available on Sundays or by leaving a message at 905 889 5931 ext. 28.

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Outreach Christmas Assistance Program 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 2, 2019.  Cheques are payable to ‘Holy Trinity Church’. Please write ‘Christmas Assistance’ on 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. 12 - sorting food donations  Friday Dec. 13 - packing the hampers, and  Saturday Dec. 14 - 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 for further information. Cash/Cheque donations mark with ‘Christmas Assistance’ are to ARRIVE in the Church Office BY DECEMBER 2, 2019.

Richmond Hill Food Bank, All Saints Community Kitchen/Clothing Closet As of October 22, there have been 26 deliveries of nonperishable food & personal use items to the Richmond Hill Food Bank (18) and All Saints community Kitchen/ Clothing Closet(8). There also have been 10 deliveries of adult apparel to the All Saints Clothing Closet. Thank You! for your continued support including financial contribution. Much appreciated! If you would like more information please speak to Peter Paterson.

Out of the Cold (OOTC) The Out of the Cold dinner and shelter program located at Thornhill United Church, will run from Friday January 24 to March 27, 2020. 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 such responsibilities as guest registration, meal planning & preparation, entertainment & hosting, provision of medical services and donating time and materials to the clothing centre. Sign up sheets for volunteers will be available during coffee hour on Sundays beginning in December. Clothing donations are welcome beginning in early January. Guidelines for suitable street clothing will be included in future Sunday bulletins. Please contact Linda Gould for any further information.

Altar Flowers


We joined in Holy Matrimony

The Altar Guild relies on donations from the congregation to beautify our church with flowers every Sunday. The flowers are placed on the Altar and 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.

Michelle Mupeti & Lukasz Uczciwek

P.S. If you would like flowers for Christmas season, please contact Lois by November 30, 2019.



We welcome into God’s family

We gave thanks for the lives of

Ella Marie Tutins

Audrey Hambleton Patrick Trant



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Looking Forward Sunday Nov. 10

Remembrance Day Service

Sunday Nov. 17 10:00 a.m.

Holy Trinity School Founders Day service

Saturday Nov. 23 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Festival of Christmas Luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday Dec. 4 11:00 a.m. Eucharist 12:00 noon Luncheon

Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon

Monday Dec. 9 7:00 p.m.

Holy Trinity School Carol Service Everyone welcome.

Tuesday Dec. 10 6:00 p.m. Reception 7:00 p.m. Worship

Service of Remembrance & Hope

We welcome all mature adults to this 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


2020 Sundays Jan. 19 Jan. 26 10:00 service

ACWAGM after 10:00 service Ingathering Service

Sunday Feb. 23 after 10:00 service

Annual Vestry

Tuesday Feb. 25 5:00 p.m.

PANCAKE Supper (to be confirmed)

Definition of Tradition (n) Peer pressure from passed people!

WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?! The irate customer calling the newspaper office, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was. "Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on SUNDAY". There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter, ....."Well, that explains why no one was at church either." 10

Give Back Program Last year, more than 200 hearing clinics donated $4.00 for every test in order to provide hearing aids for those in need. Over $290,000 was raised! Other details and leaflets are available for pick-up from the center stairs bulletin board.

Remember to watch and feed our feathered friends this winter.

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His phone rang in church by accident during homily. The Pastor scolded him. The Churchwardens wrote down his name and levied him 2 bags of cement. The worshippers admonished him after prayers for interrupting. His wife kept on lecturing on his carelessness all the way home. His co-vineyard workers shook their heads in disgust. You could see the shame, embarrassment and humiliation on his face. He never stepped foot in the church again. That evening, he went to a bar. He was still nervous and trembling. He spilled his drink on the table, bottle falls by accident and it splashed on some people. Those it touched rushed towards him. He closed his eyes expecting bashing of words or slaps. Instead they cared to know if he didn’t get a cut from the broken bottle. The waiter apologized and gave him a napkin to clean himself. The janitor mopped the floor. The female manager offered him a complimentary drink. She also gave him a huge hug and a peck while saying, “Don’t worry man. Who doesn’t make mistakes?” He has not stopped going to that bar since then.

The elder priest, speaking to the younger priest, said, “You had a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theater seats. It worked like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now.” The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued, “And you told me adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back to church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock 'n roll gospel choir. Now our services are consistently packed to the balcony.” “Thank you, Father,” answered the young priest. “I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth.” “All of these ideas have been well and good,” said the elder priest, “But I'm afraid you've gone too far with the drive-thru confessional.” “But, Father,” protested the young priest, “the confessions and donations have nearly doubled since I began that!” “Yes,” replied the elder priest, “and I appreciate that. But the flashing neon sign, ‘Toot ‘n’ Tell or Go to Hell’ cannot stay on the church roof!” The main function of the little toe on your foot is to make sure all the furniture in the house is in place. If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would have put them on my knees

An elderly man is stopped by the police around 2 a.m. and is asked where he is going at this time of night. The man replies, ‘I am on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late.’ The officer then asks, ‘Really? Who is giving that lecture at this time of night?’ The man replies, ‘That would be my wife.’

I think bees teach us an important lesson. You may be small, you may be tiny. But when you’re chasing someone with sharp object… people will still run from you. A duck, a skunk and a deer went out for dinner at a restaurant one night. When it came time to pay, the skunk didn’t have a scent, the deer didn’t have a buck, so they put the meal on the duck’s bill. 11

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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.

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 Position Vacant 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 Nancy Cutler

Anglican Church Women Linda Robertson & Jean Glionna

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.

Church School Coordinator Judith Sinclair Church Treasurer

Winston Holder Cemetery Committee Enid Corbett Coordinator of Counters Miriam Irving Footlights Club

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

Malcolm Shiner Garden Committee Darryl Thompson Healing & Wellness Ministry Position vacant Outreach Committee Position vacant Prayer Chain Coordinator Elaine Stecyk Property Committee

Deadline is Sunday February 17, 2019


Ron Tolhurst Sidesperson Teams Peter Paterson

Winter 2019 - 020 - Trinity News


Trinity News - Winter 2019 - 020


Winter 2019 - 020 - Trinity News


Trinity News - Winter 2019 - 020


Profile for Holy Trinity, Thornhill

HTC - Trinity News - (2019-2020 Winter Edition)  

HTC - Trinity News - (2019-2020 Winter Edition)