Minister's Messages and Services During Social Distancing:
Every week, the current minister's message is listed to the right under What' New on Our Website. As the technical aspects of recording a service were perfected, the service has been made available as a YouTube video. Archived messages and services dating back to April 26 can be accessed here.
NEW * Message Regarding the Reopening of the Church Following Closure Due to Covid-19
August 23, 2020
Dear Holy Trinity Community of Faith:
It has been five months since we have worshipped together in person, in the sanctuary. It has been five months since we have enjoyed coffee or tea and some goodies and conversation in the fellowship hall. It is has been five months since the last “Coffee and conversation” gathering, Bible study, prayer time and Friendship group meeting. As friends and family, you have probably stayed connected with some folk.
During these past five months our community has experienced lockdown, and now a gradual reopening, with safety precautions in place. Every workplace, every club, every house of worship, every store, has had to grapple with determining a way forward. And school boards are hard at work discerning and planning for a reopening of schools, hopefully next month.
During the past five months the Worship Committee, Pastoral Care Committee and Council have been prompted to respond to life in a pandemic and how to care for our people pastorally, and how to share a weekly message. Pre-pandemic an average of between 40 and 45 people received a message, through attending worship in person. During the pandemic we moved soon into sending a weekly pastoral letter by email or snail mail to our membership and adherents.
From preparing a pastoral letter I gradually moved to preparing a weekly sermon, and as our technical skill and confidence grew, we then sent out a link to an online service. Many thanks go out to Roger West for doing the weekly recording of the service and putting it all together to send out on Sunday morning. About 45 people continue to receive a weekly printed sermon, and about 85 people view the online worship. Thus, the ministry of “feeding the flock” has at least tripled during this time of pandemic.
We are preparing and planning for a re-opening of our church for worship in the sanctuary on Sunday, September 13. So, all able to come to worship in person, will be warmly welcomed in a safe way. And we will of course, need to abide by safety precautions. And for all those who may not yet be comfortable in coming, rest assured we will be continuing on in providing both a recorded service and written sermon. We wish our flock to be fed – nourished and nurtured in the faith.
Council looks forward to worshipping together in the safe ways in which we can, so needless to say, there will be some changes, all in order to minimize risk. Recent good news from Council includes the hiring of two new staff people, Kathy Calverley as church secretary, and Nancy Edwards as custodian, and they will begin September 1st.
Let us look forward to worship this fall as a new beginning, a time of transformation. May the Spirit ever be our guide.
Rev. Cory Vermeer-Cuthbert (see *NEW* Link to new protocols for worship)
What's New on Our Website
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OUR DAILY BREAD devotional booklets covering OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, and DECEMBER have arrived. Please contact Jane Kerr if interested.
United Against Racism Worship Service
Cards for Members of Our Church Family
There are times when members of our church family need to be acknowledged - times of loss, special birthdays and anniversaries, when they are missed, to thank them. Send a card. Click here for more information.
The Elliot Lake Food Bank
Donations of time, talent and non-perishable food items as well as financial donations are always welcome. Watch for opportunities to assist during HTU's times to cover shifts at the Food Bank.
The Elliot Lake Emergency Food Bank need has increased for the certain food items. Please consider donating.
Plastic Water Bottles
The Canadian Shield Regional Council believes that God is calling Canadian Shield Region Communities of Faith to consider establishing a policy stating that they choose NOT to use single – use plastic water bottles in their churches and request that all users of their buildings adhere to the policy. For more information click here. See our new footer to reflect the policy to restrict plastic water bottles.
"Agnus Day (in Latin, "Agnes Dei" means "Lamb of God") is the only lectionary-based comic strip on the planet... Each week, Rick (the sheep with the dark nose) and Ted discuss one of the assigned readings from the Common Lectionary. Their conversation drives at a point and sometimes sparks a laugh... Agnus Day is the creation of Pastor James Wetzstein, a Lutheran pastor."
The Agnus Day website provides a discussion on the Bible passage associated with each comic strip. You can even comment on the strip! Archives of past strips can be accessed on the website. Enjoy as a new strip appears each week!
"Agnus Day appears with the permission of www.agnusday.org"
This is My Church
Acknowledgement of the Territory
For thousands of years First Nations people have walked this land. Their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives and spirituality. We are gathered on the traditional lands of Serpent River and Mississagi people and acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. May we live with respect on this land and live in peace and friendship with its people
HOLY TRINITY UNITED CHURCH
Minister: Rev. Cory Vermeer-Cuthbert
40 Hillside Dr. N.
Elliot Lake, ON
P5A 1X4 Canada
Tues., and Fri. - 9 a.m. - noon
Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Reopening Sunday was September 13th, 2020
Fellowship Hour is postponed indefinitely
For Your Enjoyment!
Holy Trinity is plastic water bottle, scent and smoke free! We also ask that you refrain from taking food or beverage into our Sanctuary.
Thank you for your cooperation.