Newsletter - Trinity~Providence United Church



Dear Friends,

It is a delight to read through the draft of this fine newsletter. Many thanks to each of you who has contributed to it, and to Sue Pepper for putting it together so well. Thanks also to those who deliver it so that you can be both informed and invited to share the good news of the happenings at the Trinity Providence Pastoral Charge.

It is a blessing to share the journey with you in this time of transition. It is important to grieve Rodney’s loss and what that means for the congregation. Rodney shared his gifts so generously and with a good heart and I know he is missed. Yet you sent him off so well, and have offered prayerful support in his wonderful new call.

I have appreciated the ongoing warm welcome I receive and feel privileged to be here. I am impressed by the faithful work being done by so many people – there is a great level of commitment in the life of the church and its ministry both inside and outside these walls. Many folk are stepping up to offer leadership and the gift of time.

There have been lots of conversations taking place around the church about “what kind of minister will we have?” I invite you to pray daily for those who are working towards calling a new minister. Theirs is a big task and I know they feel this deeply. Some years ago, I read a description of “the perfect pastor.” I was able to find it (I never throw anything out!) – it needed editing – we no longer say in the church that “The perfect pastor, of course, must be very handsome.” But it does recognize that sometimes congregations have unrealistic expectations of their minister. No one person can meet everyone’s needs, but if that person is grounded in Christ and is able to help you grow in your faith and service, it seems like a pretty good match! Read on and enjoy!

The perfect pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes.
condemns sin roundly but never hurts anyone’s feelings,
works from 8am until midnight and is also the church janitor.
The perfect pastor makes $40 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car,
buys good books, and donates $30 a week to the church,

is 29 years old and has 40 years experience.
The perfect pastor has a burning desire to work with children and teenagers,
and spends the most time with senior citizens,
smiles all the time with a straight face and a great sense of humor
that reflects serious dedication to the church.
The perfect pastor makes 15 home visits a day
and is always in the office to be handy when needed,

while at the same time caring for family.
The perfect pastor always has time for church council and all of its committees,
never misses the meeting of any church organization 
and is always busy evangelizing the unchurched.

he perfect pastor is always in the next church over!
If your pastor does not measure up,
simply send this notice to six other churches that are tired of their pastor, too.
Then bundle up your pastor and send to the church at the top of the list.
If everyone cooperates, in one week you will receive 1,643 pastors.
One of them should be perfect!

It’s good for a smile, and it’s a good reminder that, as you read in the bulletin every week, the ministers are the people of the congregation. This is the strength that guides your church family – the sense of being together in sharing the good news of Christ’s love.

Blessings as you continue in this fine ministry,


Editor’s Note:

Bob, fishing for men (and women)!


Welcome to spring! Give yourselves a pat on the back. We managed to survive another cold winter. It has seemed to go on forever. I have always said I will never complain about the heat in summer because I sure do complain about the cold in winter. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for the day when I can once again dig in the dirt in my garden and plant some flowers.

It has been a busy time in the life of our church. The “Holy Rollers” have been busy making their delicious meat pies for sale to support the church. Many thanks to Olive Macoomb and her crew for all their hard work. The Property Brothers (Armand and Jim) have been busy too. They are always available when something needs to be fixed or replaced. They did a wonderful job in sprucing up the Bethel meeting room. The floor sure does shine. Also, a big thank you to Sue Pepper for putting together this newsletter. I know it is difficult getting everyone to submit their reports on time (guilty as charged) but I know I look forward to reading it once it is completed. Thank you Sue for your efforts.

The JNAC committee, which is the group entrusted with determining our ministry needs, has been very busy also with many meetings over the past few months. I am happy to say that as of Friday March 29th the Community of Faith profile has been completed. The next step is for it to be forwarded to Jean Wilson, who is our United Church liaison, for approval. Once she approves it, the next step is for our council to approve it and then we can proceed with placing the profile on the HUB where ministers who are looking for a position can check it out. At that point a search committee will be formed.

I want to give a big thanks to the team consisting of Dave and Audrey MacKay, Elizabeth Hull, Debbie P., Bud Justice and Mary Tomlinson. Special thanks to Debbie for the extra time she has spent getting the profile typed and printed. Her computer expertise has been invaluable.

On a personal note I want to say how grateful I am for my church family. I have appreciated the support I have received as Chair of Council and most recently as I deal with a personal health situation.

I also wanted to take this time to remember Bob Tompkins. I was shocked and saddened, as we all were, to hear of his passing. We were fortunate to have his help with the music for Sunday services and also directing the choir. We will always remember his wonderful singing during the services. Our thoughts are with Mary Lou during this difficult time.

As I finish writing this I am looking out my front window and even though there is still snow on the ground, the sun is shining and the birds are singing and I am confident the warm weather will be with us soon. Keep smiling.


Cathy Bennett

Many folks want to serve God but only as advisers!

PRAYER: Don’t give God instructions….just report for duty!

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain


Peace starts with a smile.


The season of renewal is here! It is wonderful to see the streets coming alive with people venturing out from their self- imposed hibernation. The grass is greening. A few hardy flowers are peeping out of the ground. We can put away our boots! Rev. Bob has been reminding us to notice when God is present in our lives. It seems a lot easier when the sun is shining and the temperatures climbing!

It was an exciting winter for BARC (Bobcaygeon and Area Refugee Committee). It was 31/2 years ago that BARC was formed. In January 2017 we welcomed our first Syrian family to Bobcaygeon – a family of 6. In January 2020 we welcomed our second family! Ammar, Entisar and Leen are a delightful little family. They are very keen to integrate into the Canadian life. They are soaking up English lessons like sponges. You will see them out and about in town. Little Leen starts school in September. That will make a total of 4 Syrian children in our public school! (One more to go the following September) Many people have asked me what they might need. They have just about everything that they need but Ammar did express a wish for a bicycle. We plan on hitting some garage sales soon and seeing what we can find. However, if someone has a decent bike that is gathering dust let me know. It would be fantastic to surprise him!

I am happy to report that I had no joints replaced this winter! Life is good. Travel is on our agenda. Later this month we are going on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. The summer will be full with many trips in our motor home. Our garden just may take a hit, so I am thinking that asparagus might be a good choice, as Rev. Bob mentioned in a sermon that asparagus takes 3 years to produce spears. (Mind you, perhaps he is not the best for gardening advice! His sanctuary tulips have shown no sign of renewal!)

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Carillon. I would like to remind everyone that I am editor, not a roving reporter! I thoroughly enjoy putting this newsletter together and writing my bits, but I do not enjoy the begging and arm twisting that is needed to get people to submit information to me. I keep hoping that next time will be better….but it never is. (There….that is my whining for today!)

Easter Blessings,

Sue Pepper



Now that spring is here (at least, according to the calendar!), we anticipate new beginnings – in our everyday lives, in nature, and in the world around us. Our Lenten journey leads us to the Cross and ultimately to the Resurrection. May peace be with you during this Holy Season

On December 30th, we celebrated Rev Rodney’s ministry with us as we sent him off to the next exciting step on his life’s journey. At the same time, we warmly welcomed our interim minister, Rev. Dr. Bob Root who is no stranger to our church family. We are blessed to have him with us. As Rev. Rodney left the service on Dec 30th, he carried the light out as has been his custom. On January 6th council members followed Rev. Dr. Bob Root in and carried candles to begin the service by bringing the light back in.

Another significant service was held on Jan 13th when the Baptism of Jesus was celebrated. The congregation was given an opportunity to renew their own Baptismal vows by receiving the sign of the cross with water on their foreheads.

Holy Week begins on April 14th with our Palm Sunday service. A Good Friday service will be held on April 19th at 10:30. On Easter Sunday we will gather at 6am for a Sunrise Service on the property overlooking the Little Bob River, followed by a light breakfast at the church. Our Easter Sunday Service with communion will be held at 10:30.

We are thankful for the valued support and encouragement of our faithful committee – Audrey Mackay, Debbie P, Geoffrey Frith, Mary Justice, Jan Carson, and Rev. Dr. Bob Root.

Happy Spring and Blessings to all.


Carol Young and Sandra Keevil


Our little Providence Church has sat quiet since the lively and inspiring Christmas service. Things are not quiet with the planners and the workers! The summer schedule is coming together with the first service on May 19th. There will be more news as we get into May. See you sometime this summer.

Marion MacKenzie


Coffee Talk continues weekly on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room. This is a time for conversation and themes for discussion. These discussion themes are a result of a brainstorming session by the group in September of each year. Sometimes we’ll have a guest presentation or a game. On the 3rd Tues. of each month we meet at the Full Cup Café where we hope we have a positive impact on the community by sharing our good news stories, jokes, laughter and “quotes for the week”.

We were especially fortunate to enjoy a Travelogue of Walter & Juanita’s trip to Israel & Jordan.

We also enjoyed a guest speaker from Ecuador who shared with us what life was like growing up in Ecuador, working for Care International. She is particularly proud of raising $6 million dollars for an AIDS project. She lives in Ecuador with her Canadian husband who volunteers for a Mission in Quito.

We have brought in ideas to share about articles or books that have inspired us, our personal travel experiences, poetry and music that we love.

One particularly interesting idea from one of our group was to illustrate a life experience that shows “We are All Smart Backwards”.

This is a group that welcomes all, regardless of church affiliation …we are always happy to welcome people from the community who have heard about us through the Promoter’s “Events Column” and by word of mouth. ALL are welcome.

Many, many thanks to Deb P. who has stepped right into the leadership role of this group on very short notice due to my battle with the ice this winter!

Jo Wesley


The following poem by Rowena Webster exemplifies how your Pastoral Care Team aims to walk beside you in your times of need. We are pleased to offer Prayer Circle, hands on healing Ministry (Reiki), Visitation and Prayer Shawls. We can be contacted through the Church Office at any time for those in need of Pastoral Care.

Joyce Kimble

Prayer Walk

My garden gate opens out on to the world.

The world of my neighbours.

As I walk past their homes,

their lives come to mind.

There’s the elderly man who cares,

day in, day out,

or his wife with Alzheimer’s disease.

Two doors on,

a woman, widowed a year ago

but her wounds of grief are still very raw.

Across the road,

the teenage son has dropped out of college.

he stays in his room

all day and out of the house

most of the night

and will hardly speak to his worried parents.

Lord, how should I love my neighbor?

On to the main road –

solemn faces gaze from a passing bus –




You know, Lord, what they are thinking.

At the post office –

signed books proffered under the glass partition,

double stamped,

returned with pensions or allowance.

Money carefully counted, pursed and pocketed.

The means of survival ensured for another week?

Dear God,

A name on a booklet

may signify a benevolent government’s acknowledgement

that a person exists

but You know the real needs

and entitlements of that human being.

Help us work for a caring and just society.

Returning I pass the doctor’s surgery and

recall that today a friend goes for blood test results.

Anxiety, hope, despair, joy.

Just a few words will make all the difference.

Back at my gate,

half an hour

and half a mile later.

It was more than just a walk to post a letter.


What a month! We found out that our investment with the United Church Foundation had increased in value due to the Stock Market improving from its base in December. The increase amounted to $6,725.15 of which 60% or $4,035.00 we are able to show as interest income. Also, we saw a good increase in giving’s from our members-an increase of $3,070.00 from last year to the end of March. This means that we now show a SURPLUS of $4,373.17 year to date. (Versus a SHORTFALL last year of $10,021.00)

Trinity is scheduled to receive a substantial bequest from the estate of Carolyn Antonio. This could be a good down payment in fixing that disastrous “parking lake” that we have experienced this spring. It will be up to Council and the Trustees to act.

I hope that this trend continues as we have some extra expenses coming for which we did not budget.


The Executive’s last meeting was on March 12/19.


The Bay of Quinte UCW Conference AGM is April 25th, 2019, at Trinity United Church, Napanee. The speaker at the National UCW will be President Beulah Haley, topic-“Come Fly With Us”.

The National UCW’s 2019 Initiative will be Women for Change-Zambia.

On March 2nd, the World Day of Prayer service was held this year at Lakes Community Church.

The Women’s Retreat Committee has been working hard for several months and the Retreat will take place on April 26to April 28 at Fair Havens. This is a very popular well attended event.

The Kawartha Highland Presbyterial UCW’s are all keeping busy with their different projects: VIBE Programs, Bazaars, Loonie Auctions & Dessert Luncheon, Easter Sunrise Breakfasts, Fish & Chip, Ham & Lasagna Dinners. Nothing like food for fundraising!!

We have decided to send 2 children from our Community, to Settler’s Village Day Camp this year. This is something we have done several times in the past.

Although many of our members are getting older and unable to do as much as in the past, we continue to do our best, with the help of husbands and other members of our Church family. In this way we endeavour to be true to our UCW Purpose “in Christin witness, study, fellowship and service.

Colleen Gilpin



The annual retreat is fast approaching but there might be a couple of spaces still available. It will take place at Fair Haven from April 26 to 28. The cost is $245 and includes your accommodation and meals. This year the guest speaker is Sheila-Mae Gidney. Sheila-Mae has been a family physician for many years in the Kawartha Lakes area. She has been very active within the church and until Dec.31st 2018 was the Chair of the Bay of Quinte Conference Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Committee. She is also on the board of the Abbey Retreat Center for Cancer. The topics of sexual harassment and the Abbey Retreat’s work will be presented and discussed. Contact Kim Draper ( or Mary Watson (705-738-3831) for more information.


We have had a very successful pie- making year so far and have made 1,390 pies. 

I wish to thank all the ladies who helped make this fund raiser so successful.  It is truly a fellowship enjoyed by all.  I wish to thank the Oven Lady, the Cooks, the Cook's helpers, the "HOLY ROLLERS", the pastry makers, the fillers/toppers, the onion chopper lady and the celery chopper lady.  Without all of you this couldn't be done.

Also thank you to everybody in the congregation and community who bought and supported our fund raiser.

God willing and with everyone's wonderful enthusiasm, we will start this up again in the fall.  


Olive Macoomb