“Called by God to live in loving, just, and respectful relationship with each other,
our neighbours, and the earth.”

Trinity-St. Andrew’s is an Affirming Ministry of the United
Church of Canada.

Coming Events at TSA:
Sun Feb 25, 10am – Lent 2
Mon Feb 26, 7:00 – Renfrew Ukulele Group, 7pm, Chapel
Tues Feb 27, 11:30 – Community Friendship Lunch, Stewart Hall
Sun. Mar. 3, 10am – Lent 3
Sun. Mar. 3, 6:30 – Rainbow Worship Service, 1st Anniversary Celebration Service
Sun. Mar. 10, 10am – Lent 4

Update from TSA Council

Realm Communication – January 23, 2024

TSA Council met in person on Tuesday January16, our regular monthly meeting for January. We are meeting by Zoom for January, February and March. This update will include December meeting updates as well:

Finances – tracking as expected: envelope givings up slightly from last year, Thrift Shop revenue is up, wages are up, property and maintenance expenses are up. Q4 Thrift Shop revenues have recently been finalized and included in TSA year end… 2023 will finish in the black!!

Budget 2024 – In December Council approved the 2024 budget which will be presented to the congregation at the AGM on April 14. 2024 will be the first year that we may need to access investment capital to ensure a balanced budget.

Property – Indoor air quality testing carried out in November indicated that air quality is generally very good.  A new HEPA filter was installed in the Thrift Shop sorting room to reduce particulate there. Property is looking into a new system and shelving for the Thrift Shop sorting room and a clean-up of the storage room.

Worship & Music – Christmas services went well. The Rainbow Service will have its 1st Anniversary on February 4th. . A concert to introduce Danah’s new album is planned. Upcoming communion dates – February 18 (first Sunday of Lent) and March 31 (Easter Sunday).

Membership, Pastoral Care and Fellowship – Christmas cards were delivered to the senior homes, thanks to all who wrote them. Worship services at senior homes are going well and very much appreciated.

EOORC (Eastern Ontario Outaouais Region) – has approved their Strategic Plan – Setting our Sights. It was provided to Council for review and future discussion.

M&P – A new Workplace Harassment and Violence Response Policy has been drafted based on the revised Policy of the United Church of Canada, October 2023. TSA staff attended Workplace Harassment and Violence training in January.

CONCERT Friday February 2 at 7pm in TSA Sanctuary – with our own Mike McCormick. Plan to attend to hear Mike play classical works, hymns, pop favourites, and some of Mike’s originals. Freewill offering will be collected. The concert will also be livestreamed on the TSA Facebook page.

RAINBOW SERVICE – Sunday February 4 at 6:30….  1st Anniversary Celebration Concert.  

A concert introducing the new album of our Music Director, Danah Lee. All welcome.

A Scholarship in memory of Mary Elizabeth Plaunt is being established for an RCI student continuing their education in the field of education – teaching or early childhood education. Details are being worked out with RCI.

Community Friendship Meal – held December 19th was again a huge success with about 80 in attendance for a Christmas dinner. Thanks to all who cooked, baked, served and cleaned up. A great community outreach. The next one was Tuesday January 23rd.

TSA 2029 Team – We are establishing a Team to develop a TSA 5-year Strategic Plan. The Team includes a number of Council members and a member from each of Trustees, Thrift Shop and United Church Women. 2024 is the first year that we project that we may need to access our investments to balance our budget. We need to plan to make sure we have the best possible outcome for TSA and members. Our first meeting is planned for early February. More when we have it.

Mitten Tree – was a huge success and we received heartfelt thanks from the Food Bank.

Coming Activities – to put on your calendars.

Renfrew Ukelele Group – 7pm the 2nd & 4th Monday of month. Feb 12 and 26

Mat Group – Wednesdays, weekly at 1:15, Stewart Hall

Crafty Ladies – Wednesdays weekly at 1:15, Stewart Hall

Music to Memories – Ottawa Valley Memory Loss and Dementia Choir – Next Feb 1 at 11am to 12. First Thursday each month.

Youth Praise Band – Mondays at 6:30, weekly, meet in Narthex.

Men’s Breakfast – 2nd Wednesday, monthly at 9:00am Finnigan’s. Next Feb 14.

Bible Study – Wednesday, weekly at 11am. Marion Roffey Room.

Community Friendship Lunch Tuesday February 27

Our next Council meeting will be February 20 via Zoom. If you have any questions on activities, concerns, thoughts, or suggestions for Council, call the office and leave a message. Office number (613)432-2285.

Judy Ryan on behalf of TSA Council       With thanks, Rev. James Murray

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TSA Rainbow Worship Service:  https://www.facebook.com/youbelongRWS

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Contact Information:  Office: telephone: 613-432-2285, or by email at office@tsarenfrew.ca.  Rev. Murray’s email is james@tsarenfrew.ca.

If you want to know more about our community of faith please feel free to contact us.