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Winter 2016 - 017 - Trinity News A Seasonal Publication of Holy Trinity Church, Thornhill (Established in 1830)

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Looking to The Future ORDINATION

STEWARDSHIP 2017 - From The Wardens There are a few events which will occur in our parish in the next few days that will have a significant impact on the life of our church, at the parochial, area and diocesan level.

The first will be the ordination of The Rev. Jeff Potter to the Sacred Priesthood on Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity. He will celebrate his first Eucharist on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. also at Holy Trinity. Since joining us in May, following his Ordination to the Diaconate, Jeff and Becky, his wife, have endeared themselves to our parish family. We are blessed to have such a talented young man who has answered the call to serve God in this way. In addition to being our Assistant Curate, Jeff is the Lead Pastor & Church Planter at St. Stephen’s in Maple. St. Stephen’s, which was closed seven years ago and was re-dedicated by Bishop Peter Fenty on October 30. Jeff has been given the task of reestablishing the Anglican presence in Maple. Jeff has worked as a lay pastoral associate at the Church of the Transfiguration for the past three years, and is a graduate of Wycliffe College. He continues to serve as CoChair and Creative Director of the Spirit of Invitation Working Group, and is a member of the Vital Church Planting organizing committee. Previously, Jeff practiced law at a Bay Street firm. Becky, is a tax lawyer and recently served as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at the Church of the Transfiguration.

It’s time again for us to consider how we will engage the Mission of God during the coming year. The task of the Churchwardens is to make provision for this work. We will be greatly helped if you give us an indication of the level of your financial commitment. Of course, success in the Mission depends on prayer, and fellow members’ time, talents and other endowments. Money is equally important. Each member, giving as he or she is blessed and able, carries their share of the load. As we consider future budgets, we will be guided by “The 2017-2020 Priorities” to be set out by the Incumbent, which will be shared with the Advisory Board and, ultimately, the Vestry. (See “The Canon’s Column for the report card on the 2013-2016Priorities) The draft “2017-2020 Priorities” propose that we hire a “Minister for Missions” to spearhead our “Outreach and Evangelism” thrust. We played a significant role in the “Our Hope, Our Faith” Campaign. Several parishes continue to benefit from this effort. It is being proposed that members who contributed to the campaign which concludes at the end of this year to pledge 50% of what they pledged over those five years to support this ministry over a similar period. This would go a long way to support the proposed appointment. (see “Stewardship” booklet). Commitment Sunday for the 2017 Campaign will be December 11. Thank you for your support. What’s Inside Obituary The Canon’s Column Advent & Christmas Curate’s Corner Ministry Brief Outreach

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An Obituary H. TERRY GOODWIN AUGUST 2, 1920 AUGUST 6, 2016 Our great pilot has flown off to the great blue yonder. On August 6, just days after his 96 birthday, H. Terry Goodwin quietly passed away in Sunnybrook Hospital, Veterans Wing. He will be sadly missed by his biological family and his Holy Trinity family. Terry was born in Schenectady, New York and raised in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. A redhead with lots of energy and verve, Terry was an adventurous teenager, spending summers at his grandmother’s cottage in Weekapaug, Rhode Island, and also in northern Ontario at Camp Keewatin in Temagami. He also spent one summer at a mining camp in northern Quebec - not the easiest experience for a 17 year old lad from Philadelphia! Terry’s summer travels in Canada were not his only trips to Canada. Taking leave from University of Pennsylvania in January 1941, before Pearl Harbor, he travelled north to Canada to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, like thousands of other young Americans. Terry learned to fly Tiger Moths and Harvards at Malton and Dunnville, Ontario. In January 1942, he left in convoy from Halifax in a blizzard and successfully crossed the Atlantic in 17 days. Terry the pilot flew 106 trips, an incredible accomplishment given the attrition rate was 5% per trip. After his initial trip in an out-dated twin engine Hampden bomber, he then did one tour in Lancaster bombers, aka “Heavies”, then trained pilots how to fly Wellington bombers, then did 75 missions in Mosquitos, a twin engine, fighter bomber - made of wood! It was the fastest plane in the sky. He finished the war instructing on B-24 Liberators on the West Coast. He was decorated with a DFM and DFC. 2

Returning to America after the war was over, he flew for American Airlines and also re-established a relationship with another redhead, the young Evelyn Cook of Toronto, whom he married in November 1948. They moved to Philadelphia where he worked for an air cargo company, named “Winged Cargo” - flying cattle and freight to the Caribbean and Central America. Terry relocated to work for Winged Cargo in Toronto and began raising family. They set up the Goodwin homestead on Thornridge Drive, Thornhill in 1952 and lived there until 2005. Terry was now in the ever-growing trucking industry working in sales and tariffs/rates management. A community-minded man, he accepted the offer to join Vaughan Township School Board in 1960, and became a Canadian citizen. His community service continued as a local councillor on Vaughan City Council for the better part of 10 years in the 70s. After his political career, he followed the actions of council closely. He also became a great advocate of public transit, presenting ideas and plans to many levels of government, well into his 90s. And up to the age of 95, he spoke to school students on Remembrance Day each year, to tell them the dangers of war. He was very active in the outdoors. As well as taking the family tobogganing, hiking, camping and to the family cottage in Weekapaug every summer, Ev introduced him to the worlds of skiing and sailing which he embraced with his usual adventurous spirit. Their Arrow sailboat travelled many miles to Rhode Island and even out to Nova Scotia. Terry and Ev were also active birders, enjoying many trips to Point Pelee with their close friends. Terry was an active member of Holy Trinity and engaged in every conversation, be it theological, political, financial or just about the coffee. He believed in the importance of church, community and country and certainly made huge contributions to all three. He has set the standard. He lived a full life and will be sadly missed.

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The Canon’s Column INCUMBENT’S PRIORITIES (2013-16) REPORT CARD BACKGROUND & CONTEXT In 2013, I was invited to set my Priorities for the years 2013-2016. I am pleased to submit this report card for review. Vision & Philosophy With the view that our long term goal was to be developed by the community, I set out my vision for our church to be “engaging when gathered and relevant when scattered”. As a parish community, we are committed to strengthening our parish as we build for tomorrow, maintaining and giving new life to our inherited legacy and meeting the needs of others beyond our walls. Holy Trinity, Thornhill, is by nature, for the most part, a people on the move willing to go when God calls us to be sent; a people willing to change and be changed by ministry or service in the Mission of God. We are clear that Holy Trinity, Thornhill, will always seek to:  Be a relevant expression of church.  Make worship meaningful to seekers and current members.  Leverage and integrate the most current media and technologies into its whole life as church.  Find new ways of engaging and serving God’s children in Thornhill and surrounding areas.  Be strengthened as a vital and relevant witness to the Gospel in its surrounding community and beyond. Our Objectives were to strengthen our parish through Engagement and service, Liturgical renewal and revitalization, Technology, and Improved planning AREAS OF FOCUS (a) Youth and young families: In light of the minimal presence of youth and young families in the community, we envisioned Youth (15 -25) and young adults, fully participating in the discipleship life of the community. We dreamt that “in 3-5 years, out parish membership would include at least 20 young families”. Our strategy was to engage, serve and witness to area youth, young adults and young families, welcoming and nurturing the for-

mation of a “young” church within the Parish. A youth minister was hired in 2013 and he served for one year before accepting an appointment elsewhere. Efforts had been started to reboot our youth program but was thwarted and met with several challenges. A decision was made to revisit the plan to reach out to the community before hiring a replacement. (B) Community engagement: There has been minimal community engagement beyond the Parish. It is my hope that our parish, its people and all its assets will be offered, without restriction, to serve the needy in Thornhill and surrounding area. Our doors will be open to the world. a. A small committee set out to identify community agencies and services with whom our parish could collaborate, sharing in their work as we advance the cause of the Gospel. Not much progress has been made in this regard, not for lack of trying. b. I have established a working relationship with Thornhill Public School. I attend School Council meetings. Our parish has committed to support the school’s nutritional program for a period of three years. Members have volunteered to support the school and wait to hear how they can or will be engaged. c. Vestry, by way of the motion in 2016, took the work of the Anglican Church Women in supporting work among The First Nations Peoples a step further, especially the Pikangikum Water Project (PWP). A committee constituted by the Wardens, a member of the Outreach Committee and ACW has been struck to bring recommendations to the Advisory Board regarding moneys and use thereof for the Pikangikum water project, an initiative for on Reserve School and an action plan to educate the parish about the Calls to Action. d. A monthly Eucharist is now being celebrated at Oakridges Community Centre, where several of our members reside. (C) Technology & Website: A few projects were envisioned using current and developing technology to enhance the worship of the gathered community and reach out beyond. Using video technology, we hoped to a. Employ appropriate video projection, other screen, or smart phone technologies integrating multimedia capabilities effectively support liturgical and community life 3

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b. Explore the provision of reliable hearing assistance system, close captioning/speech to text enabled, effectively serves hearing challenged members and newcomers. Our “hearing” system is unreliable and poorly used. c. Enable absent members as other persons to experience our gathered community through “video streaming” by way of the internet and the recording of sermons and other presentations for posting on our website. Our Telecom Auto attendant is functional though not explicitly welcoming to seekers. There is need for a refreshed, vibrant, welcoming auto attendant messaging system. Our website was dated, inefficient and ineffective as a utility to inform members and welcome seekers, newcomers and the general public, providing easily access to parish information, programs, resources, streaming and podcast content. a. After vestry support and much research, a majority in the parish, through a survey, did not support the idea of video projection. Thus the idea was shelved. b. As a result, the introduction of speech to text technology and “video streaming” were not possible. c. The website is now a modern, efficient, accessible website serving our membership, informing and welcoming seekers and the general public d. Sermons and other events are being recorded and made available on our website and Youtube. e. The full texts of all services are also available for download from the website. Members have been using their smart phones, tablets and iPads to access services in worship. A few copies (large print) are being made available for those who have asked for this facility. f. The employment of “Email Devotions” continue to be a significant feature in our ministry (d) Liturgy & The Gathered Community: Our liturgies are familiar and traditional, effectively ministering to traditional Anglicans but ineffectively ministering to contemporary Anglicans and especially to faith seekers. Music is exclusively organ accompanied with hymns and music primarily from past centuries. Prayer is largely from the “prayer books” and exclusively led by the “official lay assistants”. The following was envisioned. a. Anchored by Holy Eucharist, supplemented by Morning and Evening Prayer; liturgies will also include alternative forms. b. Adult, youth and children’s choirs and visiting ensembles would share our worship life c. Prayers led by the laity, including Lay Assistants, will include original, extemporaneous and traditional prayers; Individual, family and community prayer will be a significant characteristic of Parish life 4

d. Prayer retreats will be a regular part of Parish life Following a review of our worship life and a report to Advisory Board and Vestry, a new liturgical experience was introduced. The service is named “ACTION” and we use the acronym as a flow for the service. A-doration: Songs of Praise C-onfession: A member will share a recent piece of “bad” in the media and offer a prayer for a broken world T-hanksgiving: A member will be invited to give a testimony of Thanksgiving or identify a piece of good news to be followed by a Prayer of Thanksgiving and a song I-ntercession: A prayer hymn will follow as we pray for other concerns and conditions O-ffering (Giving for Mission and giving of Self): We sing a song of offering as we present the offering of our labour and offer a prayer of self-dedication N-ews, GOOD News! Bible Reading (not necessarily from the lections appointed for the day) – Homily, Sending Forth, Closing prayers & Blessing, Final Song. a. We have extended invitations to visiting musicians beyond the Cantatas to share in our worship in our Christmas, Martin Luther King and ACTION services. The students of Holy Trinity School have been encouraged to share with us in worship b. A training session in intercessory prayer was offered and a useful resource made available for persons interested. We hope to see more involvement in the coming months. (E) Seekers & Newcomers: Seekers are ineffectively welcomed and integrated. Visitors and newcomers are not readily welcomed into fellowship at coffee hour and beyond church. Seekers and newcomers should be a. welcomed and chaperoned through worship and fellowship b. Intentionally contacted for community fellowship c. Integrated into small groups and discipleship formation Seekers would be able to enter church and community, participate and integrate with ease. Little has been done in this regard. I am aware of one ACW group working intentionally at attracting new membership. (F) Planning: The Parish’s practice of planning has served very well in operating and preserving its physical, financial, and ministry assets. I am proposing that budgeting, going forward, be based on the priorities that are established by the Incumbent and Wardens, with advice from the Advisory Board.

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Dwelling in the Presence of God

Sunday, December 18, 2016 10:00 a.m.

A three-part sermon series during the season of Advent by the Rev. Jeff Potter As the world around us buys and sells a sanitized version of the Christmas story, we invite you into a season of preparation in which the brokenness of humanity collides with the love of God. “Come,” God says through the prophet Isaiah, “let’s argue this out. Though your sins are blood red, they shall be like snow.” The true scandal of the Christmas season is that God comes to dwell among us, not just in spite of our human frailty, but actually clothed in it. What does it mean for us to prepare to dwell with the living God? Come, let’s argue this out.

Holy Trinity Choir 10:00 a.m. Sundays

will present

Nov. 27 Dec. 4 Dec. 11

A CHRISTMAS CANTATA by Pepper Choplin. The cantata traces Luke’s account of Christ’s birth along with Isaiah’s prophecy and Matthew’s story of the wise men. Featuring familiar carols and songs throughout his original music, Choplin has created music varied from “outbursts of unbridled joy to moving moments of introspection and gentleness”.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday

We hope that this presentation will deepen our understanding of the profound significance of that one silent night long ago.

December 7, 2016 2016 Christmas Services Saturday December 24 Christmas Eve

Sunday December 25 Christmas Day Sunday January 1 Christmas 1 Sunday January 8 Epiphany

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

Sung Eucharist & Christmas Pageant Sung Eucharist Sung Eucharist

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

Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist

Child: Mum, can I please have a cat for Christmas.

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Said Eucharist Sung Eucharist

Mother: No. You'll have turkey like the rest of the family.

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Rummaging Through Scripture Ready or not, it seems that the Advent season is upon us. In my house growing up, my mother would usually try her best to wait until after Remembrance Day to bring out the Christmas decorations and set the old holiday cd's on repeat - but they sometimes made an appearance shortly after Halloween. It can be hard to resist the deeply pervasive sentimental charm that this season offers. I recently experienced my very first HTC rummage sale, and apart from carting away entire car-loads of kitchen items for St. Stephens (thank you!), I was struck that the simple act of rummaging around in our basements and attics can yield some real gems, and when we do this as a community we find that we're able to offer something of real value to our neighbourhood. Whether we're rooting around in search of stored Advent decorations, or trying to find that old box of unused dishes for the rummage sale, there's something about our old, disused items that can be fascinating. Part of the challenge of the Advent season is that, even though it's intended to be a prayerful time of preparation, our familiarity with the story of the birth of Jesus and our sentimental attachment to the once-a-year trappings of the season can make it hard to really see the immeasurable - even scandalous - value of the incarnation. And so I propose an exercise this Advent season. Let's rummage around in our collective basement of infrequently used biblical books, brush the dust off the book of Isaiah, and together see if we can't find something of surprising value. Much unlike our overly sentimental image of a pristine, white Mary and Joseph beaming over an immaculate manger, Isaiah paints a

bleak picture of human rebellion. There's a grittiness waiting to be found in Isaiah, an honest and human look at the condition we often find ourselves in. And, in the midst of it all, there's a potentially ludicrous hope that the God who created all things might be willing to not just fix our brokenness, but actually come to dwell in the midst of it. To be sure, the prospect of reading a book like Isaiah can be intimidating. But, if we read just two or three short chapters each day, we'll be through the book before Christmas comes - like an Advent Calendar, with less chocolate and more challenge. But what we lose in sugary calories, we make up for in perspective and intrigue. The invitation here from God himself is to wrestle with what it means to long for the coming of the Kingdom, to explore the intersection of hope and despair. "Come now," says the Lord in Isaiah 1:18, "let's argue it out. Though your sins are blood red, they shall be like snow." True hope, the kind that can't be bought and sold or stored up in attic boxes, comes out of this kind of wrestling. What are your deepest hopes? Your deepest fears? Where do you experience God, and is he near or far? What might it mean for God to dwell among us, for us to make room in our hearts and in our lives to welcome him in? How can we reconcile God's fathomless love with the brokenness we see and experience? Good questions, all. This Advent season - come, let's argue this out. Jeff+

We all went to see Grandma ‌ and she was jpotter@holytrinity-thornhill.ca pleased to see us all again. The Rev. Jeff Potter 905 889 5931 ext. 25

CELEBRATIONS IN LIFE BAPTISM We welcome into God’s family Kate Kennedy Maines

FUNERALS We gave thanks for the lives of Judith Ann Marilyn (Judy) Fleming Russell Valentine Gray

WEDDING We joined in Holy Matrimony

Sarah Heather Goodwin & Rob Lo Mazzo 6

Rosetta (Babs) Dinsmore Dorothy Ivy Fisher

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Ministry Brief A GLIMPSE @ CANON STEPHEN’S DIARY Continuing Education Canon Stephen attended the 2016 Paddock Lectures at The General Theological Seminary. The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright deliver this year’s lectures entitled “The Leadership of Jesus”. The Paddock Lectures were founded in 1880 by General Seminary benefactor George A. Jarvis and named in memory of The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Henry Paddock, Bishop of Massachusetts and of the Class of 1852. The Lectures have brought to General's campus a remarkable group of Anglican scholars, including William Temple, Charles Henry Brent, Francis Joseph Hall, Owen Chadwick, John Mbiti, Norman Pittinger, and Sarah Coakle. 50th Anniversary of Independence He will travel to Barbados at the end of November to participate in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Independence of his island home..

SIDESPEOPLE & GREETERS - WELCOME TEAMS for Christmas Eve Services: 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 p.m. If you are able to assist as a Welcome Team member at one of our Christmas Eve services, please speak to Peter Paterson. Your assistance with, and contributions to these services would be most welcome and appreciated!

WHAT’S HAPPENING @ YOUR LIBRARY As always housekeeping is done to ensure books are returned and maintained. There are a few borrowed books that are long overdue. Please return these books at your earliest convenience. Thank you to all who donated books. Books that are not added to our library collection were set aside for the rummage sale. We are still looking to recruit volunteers to help with selection of donated books to be added to the library data base. Please contact Angella or Elaine. We are hoping to replace the one shelf unit that has fixed shelves, with a unit that has adjustable shelves. Having a unit with adjustable shelves will help to display the larger books much better. Sincere thank you for sending in the cancelled stamps . Later this year they will be sent to Christian Salvage Mission.

Church School The church school is off to a good start this year. Some of our children attended our Summer Camp in July. Photos can be viewed on the Library bulletin Board or on the board beside room B. News of our recent outreach can be found on the board beside my office door. Parents and Grandparents, please plan on coming to our Christmas Pageant (The Innkeeper's Christmas), part of the Family Service, on December 24, Christmas Eve, at 5:00 p.m. Children are always welcome to join us. If they would like to be part of the Pageant, we need them in Room B (lower hall) by 4:30 p.m. in order to dress in costume. If they just want to be part of the congregation, they are invited to sit in the front pews. Judith Sinclair 905 889 5931 ext. 30 5jasagain@gmail.com Church School Teacher and Coordinator

Holy Trinity Cemetery Once again the Cemetery was active during this past summer. 2016 will have seen seven cremation interments. Grass has been cut weekly and garbage picked up on a regular basis by volunteers from the Cemetery Committee. On Saturday September 24, 11 volunteers helped with the cemetery clean-up. 22 bags of yard waste and three bundles of branches were removed from the cemetery grounds. Tree sprouts were cut down, pine cone cobs were shoveled up, weeds and vines were removed from fence areas. A big thank you is extended to all the workers. Work is continuing on creating a photograph record of the monuments including a written record of the inscriptions. Restoration work will also be recorded. A heartfelt thank you is extended to the Endowment Fund for their generous grant this year which will help with our monument maintenance project. There are over 50 markers or corner markers which need to be raised before they disappear under the grass. The Cemetery is open for interments from June 1 to October 31. The committee continues to meet bi-monthly all year as there is still much administration work to be done. 7

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Outreach Pikangikum Water Project

Christmas Assistance Program

There has been some good progress in bringing clean, running water to the community of Pikangikum, First Nation community in northern Ontario.

Each year at this time, 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 and packaged goods as we cannot distribute any foods that are out of date. Cash donations are to buy supermarket gift certificates for the purchase of fresh/ perishable food. We ask that cash donations/cheque be payable to “Holy Trinity Christmas Assistance” by Thursday December 1, so they can be used this year.

The Pikangikum Water Project has successfully signed a contract with Habitat for Humanity, Winnipeg to work together on re-modeling the houses in Pikangikum to give them more structural integrity in order to support water and sewage systems. This has allowed them to send in materials for the project before October 15 when the barge stops supplying the community, so they can begin work as early as possible in the spring. Also, the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs of the Federal Government has agreed to match funds donated to the Water Project, thus making it possible to outfit 20 more homes with running water and sewage facilities. We at Holy Trinity have been able to raise some funds already through the generosity of those attending the Seniors’ Luncheon in October and the Graduation Recital put on by Abraham Millington on October 29. We will be selling Christmas cards in late November, and hope you will support this Project. (see page 10) Linda Robertson


Richmond Hill Food Bank, All Saints Community Kitchen/Clothing Closet, Eva’s Place As of October 28, there have been 26 deliveries of canned/packaged food and personal use items to the Richmond Hill Food Bank, All Saints Community Kitchen and Eva’s Place. There also have been nine deliveries of adult apparel to the All Saints Clothing Closet. THANK YOU! for your continued interest and support including financial contribution to purchase food items. Much appreciated!

A Yarn about Yarn The YMCA “Y Knot Knit” volunteers knit various items for various charities. THANK YOU to ALL of YOU who donated the yarns. The group now needs more hands to knit all those yarns collected at Holy Trinity and not accepting any more yarn. 8

We also need volunteers to help with on  Thursday December15: sorting food donations  Friday December 16: packing the hampers, and  Saturday December 17: 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. Please contact Linda Gould at 905 731 3981, linda91.gould@sympatico.ca to volunteer or for further information. Maurice Corbett, Linda Gould

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Outreach cont’d The Church Refugee Resettlement Committee is pleased to share the news that all five members of the Aslan family have arrived in Canada and are settling in their new accommodations in Maple. Our committee has been working with Linda Hemerez for over eighteen months to sponsor her parents, Elia and Khana, her brother Hekmat, sister-inlaw Reem and their son, Elia who are Syrian nationals. They have moved into their rental home near Linda and the younger members of the family are registered in full-time English classes. We thank all members of HTC for their offers of furniture and clothing, financial contributions and their continuing prayers as the lengthy process unfolded. The Aslans are fortunate to have a strong support system in place here. Please keep Linda H., Hekmat, Reem, Elia and the family in your thoughts as they begin adapting Khana Aslan (L-R) to their new community and culture.

Hekmat, Linda H., Reem and Little Elia at Pearson Airport.

Out of the Cold Dinner and Shelter Program 2017 The Out of the Cold dinner and shelter program located at Thornhill United Church, begins Friday January 13, 2017 and continues to Friday March 17. 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 & materials to the clothing centre. Sign up sheets for volunteers will be available during Sunday Coffee Hours beginning in late November 2016. 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.

FaithWorks gathers together a portion of the “first fruits” from parishes throughout the Diocese to support outreach ministry to those in need. Each parish is able to retain 15% of the amount it raises through its FaithWorks parish appeal to support its own outreach ministries.

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A.C.T.I.O.N & Outreach in October

The focus of our non Eucharistic service—A.C.T.I.O.N.— was on our outreach ministry. Though we did not have our accustomed ensemble of trumpet, guitar, drums, with trombone and piano/organ, the spirit was still the same. It was our new organist’s (Rachel Yoon) first A.C.T.I.O.N. service and she was ably assisted by Lucy Fields and Abraham Milllington on the trombone. Pikangikum During the service we were given a update of our response to the “Calls To Action”. In May, the Advisory Board struck a committee consisting of members from ACW, Wardens and Outreach Committees to bring recommendations regarding monies and use thereof for the Pikangikum Project; an initiative for on reserve schools; and an action plan to educate and engage the parish in the Call for Action. Pikangikum is a Northern Ontario community with 450 homes and a population of 3000. There is need for clean water delivered to homes in this community since it simply does not exist in the community. Many of the homes require updating in order to accommodate the plumbing required to deliver water to them. Our parish was introduced to Pikangikum during a 2013 outreach presentation to the congregation. The decision was made to support this project. The committee is exploring fundraising options. Significant support came at the end of October. Abraham Millington, a graduate student at York University, presented his graduate recital. He asked that the proceeds of the admission receipts be donated to the project.


Substance Abuse Foundation (Barbados) Dr. Barbara Trieloff-Deane, a volunteer with the Substance Abuse Foundation (SAF) (Barbados), also addressed the congregation. The SAF was formed by a number of socially aware and committed men and women who recognized the urgent need to help these victims with appropriate professional rehabilitation in an enabling environment that meets internationally accepted standards of accommodation and treatment. Verdun House and Marina House are their residential treatment facilities for men and women who afflicted by the terrible social disease of addiction. The SAF offers a three-phase treatment program based on the Minnesota model using the 12-step process of recovery. By providing a place where healing and restoration occur, they are seeking to maintain the quality of life in Barbados and the Caribbean region by taking drugs, alcohol and other substance abusers off the streets and often away from a life of crime. They help people lead healthy productive lives through their various programs: Health and Wellness, Marriage and Family, Art Therapy, Vocational Qualification and Microbusiness program. Breakfast in April Part of our response to the “Calls to Action” will be a presentation at a Parish Breakfast on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Dr. Kim Anderson will speak on the topic “Life Stages and Indigenous Communities: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine”. Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor (Indigenous Studies) at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Healing & Wellness Ministry There are predictions for a bad winter this year, so take care and prepare yourself, your home and car. Falls and the resultant bruises or fractures can set us back months and require a long rehabilitation. ‘Prevention is worth a pound of cure’. The flu seems to have started early this year and it is a bad one, so if you haven’t had your flu shot, consider going soon. Now that it’s available in pharmacies, it’s very accessible. For those grieving over this time, our Remembrance & Hope service will be on Wednesday December 7 at 7:30 p.m. I also have an Advent Wreath prayer for those grieving that can help over the advent season, and some tips for coping over the Christmas. Watch for them as handouts at the back of the church the first Sunday of Advent. On Sunday of February 19, 2017 there will be Blood Pressure screening for those who would like their blood pressure taken. Myself and a helper will do them in the reception room after each service. Susan Rodgers, RN 905 889 5931 ext. 29 Parish Nurse parishnurse@holytrinity-thornhill.ca

Fathom the thought... For just a moment, fathom THIS thought … of being very much unwell, perhaps very much afraid, very much alone ... and in hospital over the upcoming holidays. Interestingly, and as an aside, the word "fathom" comes to us from Old English fæthm meaning "outstretched arms." In one of its earliest uses, the verb fathom meant to encircle something with the arms as if for measuring and was also a synonym for "embrace." Will you consider helping me "fathom" a few less fortunate folks? Time to put the pedal to the metal! Let's see how many prayer shawls can be finished for donation to the Chaplain at Mackenzie Health Hospital, who will see that they are offered when patients need "a little more comfort" - namely this Christmas season. He tells me that the ICU is constantly pleading for "more blankets" but sadly, he often has no shawls to spare. Thanks in advance for your Herculean efforts! Cathy Pearson Head of Knit-Wit

Christmas…. What do you think of Christmas? Is it just a time for fun? Or do you think of Jesus, God's only begotten Son? What do you think of Christmas? This question is asked each year. The angelic choir tells us It's a time of joy and cheer. Christmas is that time of year, Be there clouds or sun above, When families, both far and near, Celebrate God's gift of love. This year will be the same again. We hope it's the same for you. May God's blessings fall like rain On us and on your family too. Stephen Fields (2015)

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

Church/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 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 call Lois Symons at 905 886 0866. Thank you.


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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 - 1:30. 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 - Friday, November 14-18. Lucky Dip Sincere THANK YOU for the NEW gift items that have been coming in since summer. We have ‘bolted the receiving door’ as Janet Marambio is facing a monstrous task of wrapping them. Gourmet Shoppe The Naomi Group has had several ’kitchen fellowship’ and will soon be 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 Holy Trinity skilled women. With homemade pastries these pies & tarts always sold out before luncheon is over. Get them early or you will endure a long 12-month wait. Country Store, Crafts, etc. A destination for your Christmas gift purchases.


Fall Rummage Sale The October sale was a success! We’d like to extend sincere gratitude and thanks to every man & woman in the parish who made contributions especially in time & efforts. We would not be able to carry out this big endeavor without you. 2017 AGM As we make preparations to celebrate Christmas with family & friends, planning is underway for the ACW Annual General Meeting & Potluck Dinner Tuesday January 17, 2017 6:00 p.m.

2017 Church Calendars Calendars are on sale during Sunday Coffee Hours or by leaving a message at 905 889 5931 ext. 28. $5.00/copy.

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 Art Show Friday & Saturday Dec. 3 - 4 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon Wednesday Dec. 7 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 7:30 p.m.

Remembrance & Hope

Wednesday Dec. 21 6:00 p.m.

Holy Trinity School Carol Service Everyone welcome

Tuesday Jan. 17 6:00 p.m.

ACW AGM & Potluck Supper All women in the parish are invited

Sunday Jan. 22 10:00 a.m.

Celebrating Dr. King & The Hon. Lincoln Alexander

Sunday Feb. 26 after 10:00 service

Annual Vestry

Tuesday Feb. 28 5:00 p.m.


Breakfast in April Part of our response to the “Calls to Action” will be a presentation at a Parish Breakfast on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Dr. Kim Anderson will speak on the topic “Life Stages and Indigenous Communities: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine”. Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor (Indigenous Studies) at Wilfrid Laurier University.

A Reminder . . . 2016 Tax Receipts To qualify for 2016 tax receipts, all donations (including those send in by Canada Post) have to arrive in the church office by Friday December 30, 2016.

You are invited to the Art show Saturday & Sunday December 3-4, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Auditorium Holy Trinity Watercolour paintings & Christmas cards by Sandra MacPherson Nature & wildlife photography by Don Downer including some new work from Australia; and Kate MacPherson a newly emerging fibre artist with her hand-made crochet items. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Three preachers were driving down the road when they missed a turn and went into the ditch. As they pulled themselves together, a drunk pulled up and asked if they were all right. "Oh, yes, Jesus is with us," one replied. The drunk thought that over for a minute. "Well, you'd better let him get in with me, you're going to kill him!"

A pastor had had a bad week. On Sunday he was very frustrated and he began his sermon, "Everyone in this parish is going to hell if they don't change their ways." One man in the back began to laugh. So the pastor said it again louder. The man continued to laugh. The pastor went back to him and asked him why he was laughing. He answered, "Because I don't belong to this parish!"


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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 The Rev. Jeff Potter Rachel Yoon Susan Rodgers Swan Li Judith Sinclair Jesús Cruz Arángo Wardens

sfields@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 23) jpotter@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 25) rachelyoon@hotmail.com parishnurse@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 29) info@holytrinity-thornhill.ca (ext. 21) 5jasagain@gmail.com (ext. 30) enterprise.jyr@hotmail.com (ext. 24) corporate@holytrinity-thornhill.ca

Altar Guild Jean Glionna

905 881 0761

Anglican Church Women (ACW) Co-Presidents Vivienne Hansford & ... (co-President) Position Vacant Church Archivist Position Vacant Church School Coordinator Judith Sinclair Cemetery Committee Enid Corbett Coordinator of Counters Miriam Irving Footlights Club Malcolm Shiner Church Treasurer & Garden Committee Darryl Thompson Healing & Wellness Ministry Position vacant Outreach Committee

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

Susan Hogeboom Prayer Chain Coordinator Elaine Stecyk

Deadline is

Property Committee

Sunday February 5, 2017

Ron Tolhurst Sidesperson Teams Peter Paterson


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