“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 May 19 – Pentecost Sunday, with Communion
Sunday June 9 – 99th Anniversary of the United Church of Canada, featuring the Renfrew Ukuklele Group
Sunday, June 30 – Canada Day Service, and services moved to Stewart Hall for the summer

Saturday May 25 – TSA Plant Sale, Stewart Hall, 9am – 1pm.
Tuesday, May 28 – Community Luncheon, 11:30 – 12:30

TSA Newsletter

Realm Communication – April 17, 2024

TSA Council met on Tuesday April 16, our regular monthly meeting for March. And our first in person meeting in 2024. It was great to get together!

  • Volunteer Appreciation Week – was the week of April 14 to 20. A huge shout out to TSA’s many, many volunteers. We wouldn’t be the Community of Faith that we are without you. This year’s theme is Every Moment Matters…which highlights the importance of every volunteer and each contribution they make at each moment when we need support more than ever!! Stay tuned for a future TREATs celebration.
  • AGM (Annual General Meeting) – was held Sunday April 14, immediately after the service in Stewart Hall. It was very well attended, and everyone enjoyed the delicious luncheon provided by the Membership, Pastoral Care and Fellowship Committee volunteers.
  • The Mary Elizabeth Plaunt Scholarship – Details have been finalized and 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.
  • Minister’s Report – James shared that Pastor Norine, St. James Lutheran has retired due to poor health. The Lutherans are still working out their path forward. We wish them well. We will share our Affirming process experience with an Ottawa Church looking to become Affirming.
  • Finances – tracking as normal. 2024 budget is in place with approval at the AGM.
  • Property – old organ was disposed of. Professional cleaning of the carpet in the sanctuary is being considered.
  • Worship & Music – Services are going well, 95 on Easter Sunday. EOORCs Vision and Transformation Fund Grant for our Rainbow Service was approved. W&M approved getting rid of the old risers in the storage room and Peter R thinks he has someone to take them. The Choir will be consulted on the risers in the Sanctuary. The old Yamaha Electric keyboard will be disposed of.
    Upcoming service dates:
    • June 9 – Union Sunday – 99th anniversary of UCC, with ukulele music!!
  • M&P – Coverage during Merv’s medical absence was provided. We wish Merv a speedy recovery from his surgery and the patience to take the time to recover!!
  • Membership, Pastoral Care and Fellowship – Care home services are going extremely well, are well attended and well received.
  • EOORC (Eastern Ontario Outaouais Region Council) – Remit 1 – Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization – passed. The Fall meeting is to be held Saturday October 5th, 2024, at TSA!!
  • Thrift Shop – Linda reported that the use of Stewart Hall has really improved the sorting process. Q1 results are outstanding – $29k for TSA and $2900 for Camp Lau Ren.
  • TSA 2029 Team (now TSA Transforming Journey Team) – Chair Brenda provided an overview of the April 8 meeting. Several members attended the Renfrew County Affordable Housing Summit. Questionnaires and a Suggestion Box will be prepared to get input from the congregation. Team Terms of Reference will be provided to the Team for input before finalizing. Summary of Sunday’s Sermon feedback on what we did well last year and what we didn’t was distributed and is important input for Council to consider going forward.
  • Coming Activities – to put on your calendars.
    • Ukelele night – 7pm the 2nd & 4th Monday of month. May 13, 27. June 9 performance.
    • Mat Group – Wednesdays, weekly at 1:15, Stewart Hall – final date is May 15, then off for the summer.
    • Crafty Ladies – Wednesdays, Weekly at 1:15, Stewart Hall – final date is May 15, then off for the summer.
    • Music to Memories – Ottawa Valley Memory Loss and Dementia Choir –First Thursday each month. Next June 6th.
    • Youth Praise Band – Mondays at 6:30, weekly, meet in Narthex.
    • Men’s Breakfast – 2nd Wednesday, monthly at 9:00am Finnigan’s. Next June 12, then off for the summer.
    • Bible Study – Wednesday, weekly at 11am. Marion Roffey Room – final date is May 22, then off for the summer..
    • Community Friendship Luncheon – 4th Tuesday each Month. The next one is May 28.. Your specialty desserts are requested. These luncheons are popular and well attended – about 65. Thanks to the many volunteers that make it possible.
    • Care Home Services–
      • Groves Park 2nd Tuesday of month. Next May 14 at 2pm
      • Quail Creek – 3rd Tuesday of month. Next May 21 at 3pm
      • Bonnechere Manor – Next Sunday May 19 at 2:30 pm

Our next Council meeting will be Tuesday May 21, in person. 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.