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May 6, 2019

Yesterday we held our Annual Meeting . . . a review of the past year – a reminder of who we are and of what we accomplished and a look forward to the year ahead. We heard and received reports from our ministry leaders and what was done in church year 2018-2019. Uppermost on our minds was the anniversary celebrations – the community days in September and the banquet and service in October.

We also remembered who we are today and how we serve the Living God. We reached out in Jesus' name and continue to support 2 churches in Cuba; we have committed to support a child left orphan in the aircraft tragedy last May in Cuba; we met our goals in support of our missionaries [our World Evangelism Fund obligation was met] . . . we care and we reach out. Special thanks to Nadine and to Pierre for their leadership and reports.

I spoke on Looking Back [click here to download the message to read]. Looking back is important, but looking ahead is even more important . . . we have a glorious future as we continue to serve our God. One exciting part of our service was that we renewed Matt's Local Minister's license and we gave Johania her first Local Minister's license. Pray for these young people as they search for God's direction in their lives and try to discern their places in ministry. We also presented Anna with a Memorial Roll certificate in her father David's name – we look forward to meeting him again in heaven some day.

During the message I quoted someone who said that most  leaders  tend  to  overestimate  how  well  their  church  is  known,  loved  and respected  in  their  community. I could be one of those over-estimating leaders. I do not over-estimate how important each person is to our congregation, whether someone is involved in a public or a private way. And I do not over-estimate how the people of Trinity Church have a servant-mentality; that is, how people do what they do just because it needs to be done – they don't do it for glory or for public acclaim or applause. That's speaks highly of a people of God.

Following our time together in the sanctuary we met for one of the things that we do best: fellowship! We gathered for our traditional post-meeting sandwich potluck. And . . . it was good! Thanks to the kitchen committee for organizing the event.

Some thoughts for Mother's Day:

  • I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them. [Phyllis Diller]
  • I always say if you aren't yelling at your kids, you're not spending enough time with them. [Reese Witherspoon]
  • It’s not easy being a mom. If it were easy, fathers would do it. [Betty White]

Let's do something a little different this Sunday. During our service we'll take a few minutes as we gather together and you can either share a quote about mothers that you like, or share a favourite memory about your mother.

In our service we'll try to discern what was on Mary's heart when she looked at her newborn Son. Our message: Pondering.

This is it!!! It's going to happen this Sunday! Unless, of course, it doesn't. I refer to that hope [which was looking like a faint promise] that we are going to stream our Sunday services live so that people who cannot attend can participate by watching on-line, on our Facebook page. We think that we have figured it out [actually, we think that the Spanish church has figured it out and that we have caught on to what they have told us]. We'll find out for sure Sunday morning. If you are not at service [and I hope you will be!] go to our Facebook page [click here] at 11: and join us in worship.

One of the things that excites me about being part of Trinity Church is the willingness to try new things. While the first thought following a new idea presented may be "we've never done it that way before", the words aren't immediately uttered. We think about different suggestions before we accept or reject them: rather than saying "that won't work" we ask "how can we make that work?" Which brings us to May 26.

We are looking at a new ministry opportunity on the 26th. We have invited the Ottawa Misfits motorcycle group to join us for our service [and thank you for supporting me in this new idea!]. We will prepare breakfast for the group at 9:30 before moving into our worship service – which will be followed by a "blessing of the bikes". We'll have a sign-up list on Sunday, as we're asking for help cooking, serving, and cleaning. We're expecting up to a dozen people to join us, though we won't know for sure until they arrive.

Pray that God will bless and use this outreach opportunity for His glory. Our message: We're All Misfits!

Dr. Riley Coulter will join us the weekend of June 1-2 and will again share a seminar on Wills and Estate planning. Reports are that the larger percentage of Canadians do not have a will or a plan for their future. We are opening the seminar to others in our community – invite someone to the seminar to learn!

Thanks to everyone who came to help us Saturday during our work day. We didn't get everything done that we wanted to, so if you'd like to come another day just talk to me or to Pierre and we'll point you in the direction of what still needs cleaning.

When one student group from the Ottawa Hospital said that it was looking for donations for their emergency clothing cupboard [to meet the needs of people who were at a loss due to accidents, traumatic incidents, or homelessness], you responded! Thanks for your generosity.

Upcoming Services

  • May 12   Pondering . . . a message for Mother's Day
  • May 19   somnambulation . . . sleepwalking through life
  • May 26   We're All Misfits!
  • Jun   02   Dr. Riley Coulter speaking
  • Jun   09   Pentecost! Matt speaking [Pastor is at District Assembly]
  • Jun   16   Youth Service
  • Jun   23   love . . . our summer series WORDS begins
  • Jun   30   blest . . . our series continues

Life at Trinity . . .

  • May   9   Young Adult Q&A
  • May 23   Bible Study
  • May 26   A Day with the Misfits
  • Jun     1   Will and Estate Planning Seminar
  • Jun     6   District Assembly, at Toronto Emmanuel Church
  • Jun   16   Youth Service
  • Jun      23        Memorial Service for David Rapkins