The Trinitarian Times 

Trinitarian Congregational Church

72 Elm St.  North Andover, MA


FEBRUARY 2018    


This year, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14 (Valentine’s Day) and ends with Easter on April 1 (April Fools Day).   I’m sure there are some spiritual implications to that juxtaposition.  Indeed, the Still Speaking Writers Group has titled this year’s Daily Devotional booklets for Lent “Lovers and Fools.”  We will make the booklets available in early February for anyone who wants one.  Starting (or ending) each day with a devotional reading is a great Lenten discipline.

A pastoral colleague has suggested another Lenten discipline that I would recommend.  It is a common practice to “give up” something during Lent.  But instead, she suggests both fasting AND feasting during this sacred season:

Fast from judgment, Feast on compassion
Fast from greed, Feast on sharing
Fast from scarcity, Feast on abundance
Fast from fear, Feast on peace
Fast from lies, Feast on truth
Fast from anxiety, Feast on patience
Fast from evil, Feast on kindness
Fast from apathy, Feast on engagement
Fast from discontent, Feast on gratitude
Fast from noise, Feast on silence
Fast from discouragement, Feast on hope
Fast from hatred, Feast on love

And what would you add?

Fast from _______,               Feast on _______

with care,               Pastor Tony

Ash Wednesday Service

Once again this year, we will hold an Ash Wednesday worship service in conjunction with the Free Christian Church at 7:00 PM on February 14.  The service will include the offering of ashes and Holy Communion.  All are invited.

A Hard and Important  Conversation:   Talking with your loved ones about End-of-Life issues.

Have you had conversations with your spouse/ parents/children/next-of-kin about your wishes concerning what level of medical care or intervention you would like if you were facing a terminal illness?  Have you talked to your doctor about these wishes? Have you made plans for your funeral, or how you would like your life remembered and celebrated?  Have you documented any of these wishes or plans in writing?

We know these can be very difficult conversations to initiate.  But as a pastor, I have seen again and again how helpful it is to surviving family members if these topics have been decided in advance, and how very difficult it can be when it has never been discussed.  Beginning during Lent, we will hold a Sunday Forum series after worship to reflect on these topics and offer resources for family conversations.  We will discuss several reflections from the UCC’s Still Speaking Writers Group’s booklet Before You Die, provide resources from The Conversation Project on how to start this very important conversation, make available the Five Wishes resource packet, and we hope to provide some Estate Planning guidance as well.

Why talking matters

Sharing your wishes for end-of-life care can bring you closer to the people you love.

It’s critically important. And you can do it.

Consider the facts:

90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important.

27% have actually done so.

Source: The Conversation Project National Survey (2013)

60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important.

56% have not communicated their end-of life wishes.

Source: Survey of Californians by the California Healthcare Foundation (2012)

80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about wishes for  medical treatment toward the end of their life. 7% report having had this conversation with their doctor.

Source: Survey of Californians by the California Healthcare Foundation (2012)

82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing. 23% have actually done it.

Source: Survey of Californians by the California Healthcare Foundation (2012)

 Mission Board News

As you know, we collect non perishable items to donate to local food pantries.  There is a collection box at the side  door and another in the Narthex. February’s item is soup, and March is pasta and sauce.

Thank you to all who contributed to the Warmth Tree  – the children and staff at the Happy Hands after school program were thankful.  And they also sent a  thank you for their gifts at Christmas; all feel blessed by your generosity.

We will continue with our drive for Lazarus House thru February 14, and we will begin our Lenten Underwear Drive beginning on February 19th running thru Easter.  Collection  boxes will be placed at the side door and Narthex.

Our partnership with Cor  Unum continues, but we are decreasing our commitment to one volunteer per month on the third Wednesday of each month.  But that doesn’t mean that more than one person can’t volunteer! Next dates are February 21st, and March 21st. Signup sheets are outside the church office.

 Thanks for your generosity – it allows TCC to be generous to others in need!

Church Leaders as voted at the Annual Meeting:


Moderator:  Sarah Dunlap

Treasurer:  George Carifio


 Betsy Manteiga

Asst. Collector—Hazel Orchard  BOARDS:

Board of Trustees:

William Pickles – Chair              

Don Elliott

Tony Agudelo

Chris Lathrop

David Webster

Maura Deems

George Barker ( Trustee for Life )


Bruce Robie, co-chair

Caroline Webber, co-chair

Pam Foote, Recording Secretary         

Glen Ayer     

Ida Strykowski 

Janet Swatski  

John Larkin

Crystal Reid

Sue Northam

Betsy Hopkins

Peggy Sims

 Music Committee:

Emily Thompson (Chair)

Bill Pickles

Ida Strykowski

Deacon Rep TBD

Pastor-Parish Relations Committee:

 Emily Thompson

Karen Urquhart

Scholarship Committee:

Pastor Tony Kill

George Carifio

Sarah Dunlap


Board of Christian Mission and Outreach:                                                      

Cindy Maguire (acting chair Jan and Feb)

Lorene Beach (treasurer)

Janet Pickles

Karen Robie

Connie Bruce

Mary Murdoch

Crystal Reid

Carolyn Fallon

Memorial Gifts Committee:

Pastor Tony Kill

George Carifio

Sarah Dunlap

Many thanks to all who serve in the important ministries of the church.  Your time and effort is appreciated.

Be sure to update the church office if you change your email address or move. Call 978-686-4445 or email to update your information.

Mark Your Calendars! 

Communities Together— TCC 

Hosting Lenten Service and Luncheon on March 7th

Lenten Services 2018

Noon service followed by light lunch

February 14     St. Andrew’s Church, 90 Broadway – Methuen, MA

February 21     Grace Episcopal Church, 35 Jackson Street – Lawrence, MA

February 28    Ballard Vale United Church, 23 Clark Road – Andover, MA

March 7          Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm Street, North Andover

March 14         South Church, 41 Central Street – Andover, MA

March 21         Forest Street Union Church, 15 Forest Street – Methuen, MA

March 28         West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road – Andover, MA


Grief Support Group

The next Grief Support Group meeting will be Tuesday, February 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the home of June Lemieux, 387 Massachusetts Avenue in North Andover. Join in for fellowship, a chance to heal, and a meal. Rev. Tony provides spiritual support for those who have lost loved ones. Please contact June to let her know if youwill be attending at 978-686-9250 or 508-843-5865, or email


Spirituality & Wellness Go Together! 

Adult Yoga Friday night class, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Gentle yoga stresses relaxation and stretching.

Call Glen Ayer for more info: 

978-994-0430 or

$10/class, no contract required.


We are looking for an  Organist/Choir Director!

Christine Smyth has left to take another position, and we are currently searching for a new Organist/Choir director.

Information on the position is available on the UCC Massachusetts Conference website and the American Guild of

Organists Career Site. Please send  resumes and letters of inquiry via e-mail attachment to:

Deadline is February 15, 2018.


Northeast Association, Mass. Conference of the UCC Events

Saturday – February 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Old Sloop Coffeehouse at FCC-Rockport

Ellis with Rachael Kilgour

Tickets: $10 at


Saturday – February 24, 2018; 4:00-8:00 PM

138th Annual Washington’s Birthday Dinner at FCC-Methuen


Friday – March 2, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Belleville Roots Concert Series at Belleville Congregational Church

Skipper’s Alley, Traditional Irish Music

Tickets: $30 at


Saturday – March 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Ham & Bean Supper at Tewksbury Congregational Church


Saturday – April 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Belleville Roots Concert Series at Belleville Congregational Church

Della Mae Bluegrass Ensemble

Tickets: $30 at


Friday – May 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Belleville Roots Concert Series at Belleville Congregational Church

Singer/Songwriter Cheryl Wheeler

Tickets: $30 at


UCC New England Women’s (X) Celebration – Portland, Maine

When   Friday, April 6, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018

Where  Holiday Inn by the Bay

88 Spring Street

Portland, ME 04101


Contact          Kathy Olmsted

What is the New England Women’s Celebration?

The New England Women’s Celebration takes place every 4 years at various locations in New England. It is held over (or near) the weekend of Mothering Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent, which is traditionally a time when the strict observances of Lent were relaxed for a day so church folks could return to the Mother Church of their roots.

The purpose of the Celebration is to reach women in the pews and to involve them in learning and sharing their faith beyond the local church and Conference setting. It is organized by women from United Church of Christ (UCC) congregations across New England, however women from all denominations and religious traditions are welcome to attend.

Read more of our history and visit the website for all details about “Celebration X”

Church Calendar: Due to the many groups using our meeting spaces here at TCC, it is extremely important to schedule all meetings/ events through the church office. Please contact Dorothy to check availability of rooms and to schedule meetings.

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