“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:

Sunday June 23 – Thank you to our Volunteers! Reception after service, Stewart Hall
Sunday, June 30 – Canada Day Service, and services moved to Stewart Hall for the summer

Tuesday, June 25 – Community Luncheon, 11:30 – 12:30

TSA Newsletter

Realm Communication – May 27, 2024

 TSA Council met on Tuesday May 21, our regular monthly meeting for May. Some updates since then have been included….

·       Congratulations – to Danah-Lee, our Music Director, for being awarded the 2024 Music Educator of The Year Award during the Capital City Music Awards, sponsored by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition. Well done!!

·       Celebrating 35 years!! – on Sunday, June 2nd, we celebrated Rev. James 35th anniversary of being ordained.

·       Plant Sale 2024 – was a huge success!! Thanks to the many volunteers who donated many, many plants and time, and those who bought plants. $4000+ was raised for Camp Lau Ren.

·       Finances – tracking as normal. Givings down a bit from 2023, use of facilities up a bit and expenses up as budgeted. The Rainbow Service Grant of $5000 has been received from the EOORC Vision and Transformation Fund. Easter Envelope receipts were $860.40. Camp Lau Ren donations at $1606 and still coming in. Sunshine Coach donations at $880 and still coming in.

 ·       Property – Air Conditioning installation in the Thrift Shop sorting room has begun. The old stage risers from the storage room were given to a fellow who will use the wood for bird houses. Most unused, unwanted, unnecessary material has been removed from the storage room. The inventory of Church property is being updated. A decision on sanctuary carpet cleaning or replacement will wait until the 5-year plan direction has been determined. 

·     Worship & Music – Services are going well. The old Yamaha Electric keyboard was disposed of. Summer worship in Stewart Hall will begin June 30th until September 1st.

 ·   Membership, Pastoral Care and Fellowship – Care home services are going extremely well, are well attended and well received. Thanks to the volunteers who come to support these services.

There will be special treats for our fellowship on June 23 for our TSA Volunteers recognition and celebration (Our friends from St. James Lutheran will serve, enabling all our volunteers to relax and enjoy)!! 

·       EOORC (Eastern Ontario Outaouais Region Council) – Spring General Meeting is May 31 and June 1 in Ottawa. Brenda McLeod and Rev. James will attend. 

·       Thrift Shop – Business thriving, donations down a bit. A free clothing rack has been established to reduce the amount of clothing going to the rag trade. Linda made a presentation to Rotary Renfrew on the TSA Thrift Shop which was well received. 

·     The Mary Elizabeth Plaunt Scholarship – The first scholarship of $1500 will be presented at the RCI Graduation on June 27th to an RCI student pursuing a university degree for a career in teaching with preference given to primary grades; or to pursue a college diploma for teaching in Early Children Education. 

·        TSA Transforming Journey Team – Terms of Reference

Vision: TSA remains a viable and vibrant Community of Faith into the foreseeable future, meeting the needs of members & adherents, and continuing to provide outreach to our community.

Objectives: To collect and assess data, to obtain input from the congregation and staff on what is important to them, to review broader context of what is happening in the United Church of Canada and other Communities of Faith, to assess possible future scenarios and to recommend a path forward for TSA.

Scope: Collect and analyse internal and external data on where we are and are likely to be in 5 years for: Membership and adherents – numbers and age; Givings; Investments; Cost of building maintenance and capital costs; Staff costs and availability; Fundraising and activities – ability to continue to do, benefit from doing and pleasure in doing; Community Outreach – what works well, provides most benefit to the broader community and what does not; Building usage; Continue to assess strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities.

Deliverables: Recommend path forward to allow us to realize our vision, or additional work required to do so by October 2024. Provide monthly updates to Council.

The Team has completed much of its data analysis, met with Community of Faith representatives going through similar processes and met with several organizations that help Communities of Faith determine their best path forward. Reminder for you to provide the Team any comments, suggestions, questions you might have – place in the box provided on the table in the Narthex.

·        Coming Activities – to put on your calendars.

o   Ukelele night – 7pm the 2nd & 4th Monday of month. Now off for summer break.

o   Mat Group – on summer break. Wednesdays at 1:15, Stewart Hall. Next Sept 11.

o   Crafty Ladies – on summer breakWednesdays at 1:15, Stewart Hall. Next Sept 11.

o   Music to Memories – Ottawa Valley Memory Loss and Dementia Choir – First Thursday each month. Next July 4.

o   Youth Praise Band – Mondays at 6:30, meet in Narthex. Now off on Summer Break.

o   Men’s Breakfast – 2nd Wednesday each month at 9:00am, now off for then summer break.

o   Bible Study – Wednesdays at 11am. Marian Roffey Room. Now off for summer break.

o   Community Friendship Luncheon – 4th Tuesday each month from 11:30 to 12:30. June 25 … tacos! This is the last luncheon until the fall. Thanks to the many volunteers that make it possible.

o   Care Home Services: Groves Park – 2nd Tuesday of month. Next July 9 at 2pm

Quail Creek – 3rd Tuesday of month. Next June 18 at 3pm

Bonnechere Manor – 4th Sunday of month. Next June 23 at 2:30, then July 28, none in August

Our next Council meeting will be Tuesday June 18 at 7pm by zoom. 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.