A community of faith, justice and the arts
in the heart of the Annex 

Worship Service

 

Sunday Service: Worship with us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m online on Zoom, followed by Coffee Hour. The service will also be available online to be watched later on for those who are not able to attend at 10:30 AM. 

Zoom Service Link:

https://zoom.us/j/98243487606?pwd=WmxDbTR2a3JrMk4zT05lQzkwb3B6Zz09

Meeting ID: 982 4348 7606

Passcode: 105035

 

If you have any questions, please email Pradeep at pgade@trinitystpauls.ca

Subscribe to the TSPList mailing list for the link and password (or ask someone who knows).

Message from TSP Board

October  1, 2020
 
Dear neighbours and friends, 
 
In June, the Church Board of Trinity-St. Paul's decided that we would resume in-person Sunday worship on September  13th, provided that Toronto had been in Stage Three of the Government of Ontario's framework for reopening the province for three consecutive weeks. Staff and volunteer leaders at TSP have been watching Toronto's daily COVID-19 case counts and other developments closely for the past weeks. We have been particularly conscious this week that the Ontario Hospital Association has urged all houses of worship to suspend in-person worship, and Toronto Medical Officer of Health,  Dr. Eileen de Villa's, urging that we limit our contacts outside of our households as much as possible. It is with deep regret that I am writing to let you know that the  Church Board held an emergency vote on Tuesday and has decided to suspend in-person worship.  It is clear to the Board that it is no longer safe to gather in-person. 
 
We will continue to live stream Sunday worship on Facebook this week. However, we are excited to be transitioning to worshipping on Zoom in the coming weeks. Using Zoom will help us maintain the sense of community that we get when we gather in person. The recordings of our Zoom worship will still be posted on our Facebook and Youtube pages. However, I would like to personally invite you to join us live each Sunday morning at 10:30. Please e-mail pgade@trinitystpauls.ca if you would like to join our e-mail list and get the weekly Zoom invitation.
 
It is sad to be shutting our doors for Sunday worship again, but please know that we are indeed open and ready to serve our community. If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to contact me at chair@trinitystpauls.ca.
 
Wishing you health and peace, 
Colin Phillips
Chair of the Church Board

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

Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo, C.M.

Minister

1971

Only woman to sign We Demand, first gay rights demo in Canada. Marched in Toronto's first Pride. 

2001

Performed the 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

2019

Appointed to the Order of Canada

2020

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

The Latest

What's new in the life of the church

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

Little peek into Marjie Calla’s life during Covid-19

Keeping busy is definitely an antidote to the roller coaster of feelings, not knowing what will happen in the future, worrying about our loved ones and deep sadness for the suffering of so many people.

My greatest joy has been homeschooling my two grandchildren, Meave(8) and Tate(6).  I was allowed into my daughter Naomi’s “bubble” as they are busy trying to do demanding jobs and look after the kids. Every weekday morning for the past 9 weeks I have shown up from 9 to 12 to be teacher Gramma. I love it!  It makes me keep a routine and keeps my mind busy. As a retired elementary teacher I’m used to planning and figuring out interesting ways to manage and teach children. Most exciting for me is that both children are really progressing with their reading, having instruction everyday. 

I  have a delightful Aunt who turned 90 last September and is still independent. I seem to keep missing church as every Sunday I prepare her a meal and deliver it, staying outside for a socially distant visit.

I keep my eye for other ways to help.  Thanks to the great generosity of TSP members we were able to deliver 30 self care packages to Na-Me-Res for the men in the residence as well as the folks that they serve on the street. 

I have amazing neighbours who are out there helping so many. Loli Rico and Francisco Rico-Martinez run the FCJ Refugee Centre and they live around the corner. They have been delivering food and visiting families. Maeve, Tate and I have prepared art kits for the children in these families.

My neighbour Barb works at The519 on Church Street and she mentioned that while serving meals to over a hundred each day they give out self care items and were in short supply for razors so I put that on my weekly grocery list.

The old sugar crystal experiment was a big hit!

Marjie Calla

Gratitude to our TSP gardeners

Carolyn and her tricoloured Beech tree.
Bob watered the new impatients.
Jeanne is moving a mat of thyme into the rose bed.  You can’t see them but much of the thyme has sweet pink flowers on it.

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