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Sunday, May 13, 2012

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Trinity United Church Omemee Celebrates 176 Years!

Trinity United Church Omemee, celebrated 176 years serving our community last week with special music, Guest Preacher, and a luncheon. Zoomer Magazine recently profiled Guest Preacher Reverend J. Newton Reed, pictured below.

Newton J. Reed Photo from Zoomer Magazine

''Newton Reed consistently wins gold, silver and bronze medals in masters-level badminton, playing other men 85 to 90 years of age.' His sermon title 'Girls!' made Reverend Allan Boyd do a triple take.

'When I received Newton's sermon title, I wondered if I was reading it correctly, ' shared interim minister Reverend Alan Boyd, adding,'After seeing the pictures in Newton"s Power Point presentation, I understood.'

Girls! Sermon Highlights Importance of Funding Girls Education

Guests at the joint Bethel - Omemee United Pastoral Charge service enjoyed Reverend Reed's thought-provoking sermon which stressed the importance of supporting missions which advocate for women's education.
Reverend J. Newton Reed, special guest preacher, gave a moving sermon connecting Trinity's history to his family's experiences as missionaries in China. Reverend Reed spoke passionately about his sister Edith, adopted into their family at age 6, by paying eight cents to save her from life in a brothel or beggar band. Edith grew up to be a top Christian Chinese nurse, who was later persecuted for her faith, education, and social standing when the communists took power. Reverend Reed, shared how baby girls are disposed of yet today in many parts of the world. He cited many reasons for the importance of supporting missions educating women, in particular, the women of Afghanistan.
'Girls,'shared Reverend Reed 'Are born with compassion; men need to be taught compassion.'
'Girls,' emphasized Reverend Reed,' Girls Are the Answer!'

Guest Soloist Accompanies Trinity Omemee Choir

Trinity Omemee choir, under the direction of Shirley Robertson, and accompanied by Guest Soloist Betty Archer opened the service with 'He Is Here'. During the service, Betty Archer sang the two solos in beautiful dulcet tones including 'Because He Lives' which so moved the congregation, that Reverend Reed asked her to please lead the congregation in singing a chorus of this old familiar song before everyone dismissed to enjoy the Anniversary luncheon. Trinity United Church choir welcomes you to join them for practice immediately before services each Sunday. This Sunday, for Mother's Day, Trinity choir will be singing that old gospel favourite 'Precious Mem'ries.'

Trinity United Church 176 Years Serving Our Community

Just over 176 years ago, Wesleyans held preaching services in homes, then a log school house on Sturgeon Road. William Cottingham received 20 English pounds from the Wesleyan-Methodist Church of Canada,in exchange for the the land where Trinity now stands in 1842. This is just a bit of the background information from theTrinity United Church Historical Review for the 175th Anniversary written by 'Doc' Forbes McEwen. Over the years Trinity United Church has served our community in many ways. Currently many organizations meet in the wheelchair accessible building, including the Ontario Early Years Centre, Community Care Adult Day Programs, and the Horticulture Society. Soon the Pastoral Charge will be announcing this summer's VIBE youth outreach. Interim Minister Reverend Alan Boyd, his wife Reverend Wendy , and Guest Preacher Reverend Newton J. Reed pictured below cut the cake at the Anniversary celebration, where people from both congregations enjoyed renewing friendships and catching up on changes that have occurred over the past year.

image Trinity United Omemee 176 Anniversay  United

For more information about Trinity United Church, please visit the new Trinity-Bethel pastoral charge website.

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