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Worship with us in-person! Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m in the Sanctuary.
Also, for those who would like to attend online, we will be live-streaming the service. Please use the link https://www.facebook.com/tsp427bloor/live/ to join us live online. The service will also be available on our YouTube channel to be watched later on for those who are not able to attend at 10:30 AM.

Join us for virtual coffee afterwards at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom!

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Welcome Back

Dear Community, 

 

It is our hope that you had a pleasant summer.

 

At this time, we are pleased to announce that our in-person Sunday services in the Sanctuary start on September 13th at 10:30 a.m.  We will be live-streaming our service and to join us live, please go to https://www.facebook.com/tsp427bloor/live/

 

To ensure the safety and well-being of everyone that attends the in-person Sunday service in the Sanctuary, seats will be assigned to individuals and families and those seats will be your assigned seats for Sept. 13 and also the following Sundays until further notice. Visitors are required to provide their name and contact information at the door.

 

We also ask that you follow a few simple-yet-effective guidelines while in the TSP building, including:

 

- Use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.  If you have your own please use it to reduce touchpoints. 

- Stay six feet apart from everyone (except the family members that you came with)

- Wear a mask all the time

- Stay home if youre sick or feeling unwell

- Sanitize/Wash your hands for 20 seconds if you use the restroom or touch anything.

- Adhere to the new bathroom capacities (one only in the main floor bathrooms, two if a child needs help)

-Do not switch your seats with anyone.

- No food or beverages are allowed in the Sanctuary. At this time NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING.

 

For the time being, the small kitchen is closed to all users other than Trinity-St. Pauls Staff.  The fountains remain operational.

Now more than ever, it's essential to do everything you can (as an individual and a team) to keep your community happy and healthy.

 

Thank you very much!

In This Time of COVID-19, TSP’s Ministry Continues

Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo

Minister

1971

  only woman to sign We Demand, first gay rights demo

2001

  performed first legalized same-sex marriage in Canada

2006

  elected MPP - passed most private bills in Ontario's history and most LGBTQ bills in Canadian history

Present

  minister at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts

Climate Justice Resources

Trinity St. Paul’s United Church’s journey of divestment of our congregational funds from fossil fuels, and subsequent reinvestment in Alternative Energy

Divestment

Divesting our congregational funds from fossil fuels, the actions we took and the lessons we learned

Alternative Investment

A summary of available resources for reinvestment in alternative energy sources

Resource Library

A repository of links to background resources and media articles

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Life and Work of Sandi Hill

Hi Everyone,

I miss you all terribly and have been trying to stay busy so as not to go completely insane while I live on my own.  Without a job or a cottage to visit or a backyard to sit in, I have been walking into High Park every morning, only a 10-minute walk from me.  Thank you God for that park!  It is beautiful and fresh and full of people like me who are receiving all the gifts nature can provide.  I have completed many sketches there.

Back in my apartment, I have been doing some virtual singing with the Church of the Redeemer choir.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyR0nteK06g.  Maybe our church choir could go virtual.   

In addition, I have read many breathtakingly marvelous books lately:

  1. ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama;
  2. ‘The Splendid and the Vile’ by Eric Larson, about Winston Churchill’s first year in power during the Blitz of London, England;
  3. ‘The Mirror and the Light’ by Hillary Mantel;
  4. ‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell; and
  5. ‘Trumpocalypse’ by David Frum

Next on my list are:

  1. ‘The Skin We’re In’ by Desmond Cole; and
  2. ‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett.

Finally, I have been teaching myself to paint thanks to two incredible international artists who offer online courses:

  1. ‘Will Kemp Art School.’  He lives in England and teaches acrylics.
  2. ‘My Painting Club’ by Richard Robertson.  He lives in New Zealand and teaches oils.

The painting of the orange slices on a blue plate are from Will Kemp’s painting blog.

All my love,

Sandi Hill

 

RE-VO’s Karaoke Classics

RE-VO’s Karaoke Classics (2020) is a gift of love to his family and friends. RKC 2020 features twenty-two songs performed live to multi-track by Mac Reeves (in his basement under CO-VID lockdown), and post-mixed/equalized to ensure balance. Throughout this video album, Mac showcases many vocal tones, often performing in the “style” of a particular singer yet still maintaining his “true” voice, a technique he calls ‘hybrid-vocals’ (eg. part Neil/part Mac). On other songs, we hear Mac doing his own unique “covers” of classic or contemporary songs (ie. “Don’t You Forget About Me,” “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” or “Someone You Loved.”)

The songs use sophisticated Karaoke tracks developed by professional musicians from around the world, and then, in RE-VO’s home studios, these Karaoke tracks are enhanced/reinforced by RE-VO’s own performances (eg. drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and background vocals) and additional production layers. RE-VO searched the Web far and wide for the best of the best, and these talented artists are first in their class, the wind beneath Mac’s vocal wings on these basement sessions.

View the full playlist here!

The Clarks Perform Esurientes by Bach

Pat and I have assembled a little chamber music project in our living room.

I have always loved this little piece that appears in Bach’s Magnificat.

Originally written with recorder duet, Pat and I can play that – and it is wonderful sounding writing Bach has done. The keyboard part is also manageable so I added that.

Then we added voice and cello to what we had assembled that far. I don’t have a solo voice, but I tried!

I should add that I like the “good news” words from Luke – the starving (destitute?) will be filled with good things, the rich will be sent away empty.

Even if it makes you laugh, it will have accomplished something in these strange times.

Take care. Be well.

Tom & Pat Clark

Click here to view the performance!

Youth bake for the TSP meal for the homeless.

photos show the youth making goodies for the Food ministry we are providing at the Church of the Holy Trinity with Toronto Urban Native Ministry. 

Work (by TSPers beyond TSP)

In a chat with one of our TSP Communications Group, I was asked to share a brief note about one of my recent activities supporting the FCJ Refugee Center. As some of you may know, I have been helping out over the past 4 years in different capacities at this nearby immigrant center that specializes in assisting the undocumented  not only with legal process advice but also by maintaining a supportive peer community for immigrant families and youth with popular events and providing some of them with Second Harvest food distribution. [On Thursday afternoons I am delivering food hampers to 14 families in the York University/Keele/Jane area

Three weeks ago Francisco Rico (one of the co-directors of FCJ) asked me if I could fabricate ten plexiglass frames to protect the FCJ staff from direct breathing contact with their clients once they resume their in-office interviews [now carried out by phone or Zoom]. “Why not?” I replied innocently.

And with that I began the search for both the 2″ x 2″ pine needed for the frames and the increasingly rare sheets of 2′ x 4′ plexiglass. Both Home Depot and Loews were already cleaned out; nearby New Canadians turned out to be my only supplier (their last sheets!). Then with the occasional help of my 16 year old Spanish immigrant “little brother” Carlos, we cleared out my garage and started to turn out the ten protectors, each custom-built for different configurations of the staff desks. [[Unfortunately too busy to take pictures of that process]

The photos below capture the final stage of delivery to FCJ:

Bob Fugere

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