Cookbook Update: Hi Everyone, First off I want to start by saying thank-you to everyone who submitted recipes. We are going to have a cookbook full of a variety of delicious recipes! Currently, we are looking for anyone who would be interested in advertising in our cookbook. That could be either a business card, 1/2 or full page paid advertisement that would be printed in all of the cookbooks we sell. The use of advertisements will help to offset the cost of the cookbook. That means we can raise more money for the church! If you or someone you know would be interested in putting an advertisement in our cookbook, please email Elizabeth at
email@example.com for more details. Thanks again for all of your support!
Our first bottle drive was successful! Over $400 was raised! Thanks to everyone who collected and brought in bottles, and to those who helped with the event, and Marcia Gaudet for leading this fundraiser! Our next bottle drive will be September 11, 10 am till noon, so please continue collecting liquor and wine bottles, wine tetra boxes, plastic bladders from wine boxes, beer bottles and beer cans and spread the word to family and friends.
On two Wednesday evenings, August 18 and 25, at 7:30 pm our summer “Sing-at-Home” will be available on our Facebook page.
Upcoming Worship info
July 4 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Mark 6:1-13
July 11 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 6:1-6, 12-19; Mark 6:14-29
July 18 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Mark 6:3-34, 53-56
July 25 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 11:1-15; John 6:1-21
August 1– 10th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13; John 6:24-35
The words for the service appear in the corner of the screen or you can download a leaflet from Virtual Worship on our website.
Reminder! If at some time you realize that you are no longer receiving the monthly “News from the Pews”, or Rev. Dana’s weekly greetings, remember to check your junk folder. They just might be in there! From time to time, any email could end up in the junk folder for no apparent reason.
Fulfilling our Social Justice and Advocacy Motions, 2020 and 2021
In 2020 we as a congregation committed to two specific actions in respect to climate change, to installing a solar powered light (rather than electric) in the parking lot and to planting at least one new tree. Due to COVID-19 last year, we put those initiatives on hold. We are happy to report that we have now fulfilled both of these.
A red maple tree was planted at the south end of the parking lot in late May. As was noted previously, the tree is thanks to the estate of the late Ruth Wood. We will host a dedication service on Sunday September 12 following the morning service. Assuming limited restrictions on outdoor gatherings by September, we are hoping that anyone wishing to attend will be able to.
Then on June 16, our new solar light was installed at the north end of the parking lot. The light is photo-sensitive and motion-sensitive. So, it only comes on when it is dark and remains dim unless triggered by motion. Now when people come out of the church in the dark, there will some light to help them navigate the parking lot. Thank-you to Grant Kneeshaw (electrician) for his advice and expertise in selecting and installing the light. Pictures of the new tree and solar light are included.
In 2021, part of our commitment to addressing racism was to host speaker on a Sunday morning, followed by a debriefing session later that day on Zoom. We are happy to report that Black Anglicans of Canada have committed to providing a speaker and we are in the process of scheduling that event for late September or early October. You can learn more about Black Anglicans of Canada here. More details will be coming soon.
Continuing Reflection on Residential Schools and Reconciliation
The confirmation of unmarked graves at the various sites associated with former Indian Residential Schools has sparked more conversation about these schools, the generational trauma and reconciliation with Indigenous People.
The first two that were announced were run by the Roman Catholic Church and we have seen the outrage expressed toward the church. This week investigation began at the Mohawk Institute Residential School on the Six Nations near Brantford, Ontario. This school was run by the Anglican Church of Canada for about 140 years, one of the longest running schools in Ontario. While a preliminary research would indicate 3-50 deaths, there are gaps in the records and as we have seen, likely far more will be discovered. As well, given that the school relocated a few times, as well as used children as farm labour, the area that will need to be covered will be extensive.
While the Anglican Church has and is providing access to our general archives, more work in the area may be required. In light of this latest development, it is important to continue to grow in our understanding and to engage in these conversations, although they may be hard at times.
Additional resources to those I have shared before:
From the Anglican Church of Canada…..
The Anglican Church of Canada – Reconciliation Toolkit – learn the history, resources for study and use, building relationships and practicing reconciliation
Anglican Church of Canada – Indigenous Ministries – provides links to information about the work of Archbishop Mark MacDonald and The Anglican Council of Indigenous People, including the Sacred Teaching Podcast and other resources as we move toward the creation of the self-determining Anglican Indigenous Church.
Additionally, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society has some great learning resources whether you are trying to talk to your children or trying to understand this for yourself. There are a series of books about “Spirit Bear” that put these complicated issues in terms children and all of us can better understand. One of the books not in print, but available for download as a PDF is “Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action”.
Yoga continues on Zoom, Saturdays at 10 am. $10 per class. Anyone interested may contact Art Holden, for Yogi George.
July Finance Feature
Each year as part of the annual budget for Trinity, we have a major fundraising budget in order to balance the budget. This year the major fundraising budget is $22,000. We also know we cannot do many of our traditional fundraiser, like dinners. We have been experimenting with alternatives and so far have raised about $4800.
Another way of making our fundraising budget is if each identified giver (envelope, PAG, monthly online etc), were to give a little more as they are able, we would not need to do as many fundraisers. It is estimated that for an additional $215 per year from each giver, we could completely meet our fundraising budget. That is certainly food for thought.
Another way that people can assist with our budget is by volunteering, either with fundraisers or by doing tasks that we would have to pay someone to do otherwise. Thank you to those who are caring for our gardens and lawns, minor repairs and maintenance and many other behind-the-scene tasks.
For some projects like the scraping, painting and installing new weather-stripping for the windows on the southside of the church, we do need to hire a professional to do the work. In such cases people can assist by making donations to help with the cost of that work. In this case it is estimated at $2000.
The Second Hand Shop remains closed for now and we are unable to accept donations for the Shop. Please DO NOT leave items at the church. No one is working in the shop. We look forward to the time when it is safe to open up again and we certainly will let you know when!
To make changes to your PAG, contact Bonnie the treasurer, by the 27thof the month before. So, for example to make changes to your July PAG you need to contact Bonnie by June 27th.
Ways to give our offerings!
1. Mail to Trinity Anglican Church, including P. O. Box 282, Bradford ON L3Z 2A8
2. E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Online at www.trinityanglicanchurchbradford.cabottom right hand corner under “Make a Donation”.
4. To arrange drop-off of offerings, leave a message on the church phone, or contact a warden or the treasurer (Bonnie), and someone will get back to you.
5. Financial donations can be made online via Canada Helps.
6. Take advantage of Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) by contacting the treasurer, Bonnie, at email@example.com
Ways of Connecting
- Worship: Sunday service is available on Facebook for anyone who wishes to watch it at 10 am, or later. We are also posting the link on our website. The service outline is on our website under Virtual Worship to follow along. Wednesday morning’s service is also on Facebook, 9 am and available for one week after.
- Phone or email: The best way to reach Rev. Dana is email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you may text, call or leave a message on her cell phone 289-383-1036, (She sometimes forgets to check the office voicemail since she does not work in the office most days.)
- You may contact the secretary, Margaret, at 905 775 7289 or email@example.com
ZOOM is a virtual meeting space with video and audio, and also a dial-in audio-only option.
Rev. Dana has set up her own dedicated meeting room that she can use for all our meetings. For those connecting via telephone, please note these are not toll-free numbers but are Canadian numbers so any Canadian long distance plan will cover them (She tested the first number and it worked for joining the meeting.) Instructions for accessing zoom if you have not used it before are listed below.