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September 9, 2019

Well, OK, it's really just almost fall if you go by the calendar and the autumn equinox, which will take place at 3:50 am September 23. But it's close enough, as we return to fall routines, isn't it? It's a return to "normal" bedtimes and lunch bags and homework for children, and for running around with drop-offs and pick-ups for parents. Those lazy hazy crazy days of summer are over. It's back to the routines of life.

We are trying to find our way back into our normal routines at Trinity Church as well. There is a Google calendar on our web site [ottawatrinity.ca] where you'll find our monthly church schedule [including Sundays, of course]:

  • The first Wednesday evening of every month we will gather in the sanctuary for a time of prayer at 7:00. Join me as we wait on God together.
  • The second Tuesday [changed from Thursday] of every month is our young adult "Q&A" – an informal time of discussion on topics of interest and challenge.
  • The fourth Thursday evening of the month we will meet for a more traditional Bible Study . . . we’ll continue our look at the parables of Jesus.
  • Matt will continue to lead our youth group – times of fun and of serious challenge – Friday nights.

Yesterday we began our fall series – shush! things we don't [like to] talk about in the church. We began our series talking about Filthy Lucre – money – and our responsibility with the things that God has given us. In the message I asked what would you do with a windfall – expected or otherwise? I read a response to that question in today's newspaper – click here to read the article [it doesn't end well].

Click here to download and read yesterday's message. Not included in our print copy is the final challenge to us in faithfulness to give, which is our responsibility as people of God; nor is the challenge to begin to tithe if you are not already doing so – that the first 10% of our income is God's, not just what we may have left over at the end of the month. It is not an easy discipline, but the principle is that everything we have is God's from the beginning, not just what we think we can afford to give at the end.

Yesterday was Alabaster Sunday. The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. While we understand the church consists of the people of God and not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots."

Alabaster funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers. We will give opportunity to give towards this offering again next Sunday.

Our annual Harvest Fellowship celebration will take place this coming Sunday. We have again invited the participants in the community garden to join us for our service and for a potluck dinner following. It will be a time to meet the gardeners, and also to enjoy just a bit more of the garden produce. We appreciate Anna and Pierre for their leadership and involvement in the garden.

We will continue our series shush! in our message, looking at this place: our responsibility to God's creation.

A ladies fellowship has been scheduled for Saturday October 5. Details are still being finalized for a bowling get-together. Please stay tuned . . .

There will be a baby shower following our service November 10   . . . a family potluck, as we celebrate with Pamela and David. More details will follow as the day nears.

We want to express special appreciation to those who have taken charge of "building needs" this summer. Anna has once again [with Rick] taken charge of distribution of produce from the community garden [to the food bank and to "us"], Derrick has coordinated the lawn care; and Pierre has looked after the repairs of the building. We say thank you! 

Sundays Ahead . . .

  • Sep 15     this place – our responsibility to creation  
  • Sep 22     Them – Freedom Sunday  
  • Sep 29     the hurt that hurts – anguish of the mind
  • Oct 06     the unspeakable end -- suicide  
  • Oct 13     Goodness Gracious! – Thanksgiving Sunday  
  • Oct 20     not here, Pastor! – sex
  • Oct 27     sticks and stones – abuse
  • Nov 03    we need a break! [Johania speaking]
  • Nov 10    today? Really? – divorce
  • Nov 17    Matt speaking
  • Nov 24    not necessary here – prejudice

Church Life Ahead . . .

  • Sep 10     Young Adult Q&A
  • Sep 13     Youth Group begins [Fridays at 7pm]
  • Sep 15     Harvest Celebration, with the Community Garden
  • Sep 19     Board Meeting
  • Sep 20     Youth Group  
  • Sep 22     Freedom Sunday
  • Sep 26     Bible Study  
  • Sep 27     Youth Group  
  • Oct 05     Ladies Fellowship Day Out
  • Oct 13     Thanksgiving Offering
  • Nov 10    Baby Shower and Celebration Potluck