Outdoor communion

June 4, 2020

Dear Friends:

I hope you have been having a good week. Our first parking lot service happened on Sunday and it was a success. We had about 40 cars and even though it was blustery, all enjoyed the opportunity to worship together. We will continue this service at 10:00 am. It will happen even if it is raining!

To look at the rules for attending the outdoor service and what you will need to participate in our communion service please click on this link. https://www.sequimtumc.org/worship/june-7-2020-communion-service/

We will not have a way to collect your offering at this worship service. We still ask that you mail it into the church and make sure to use our post office box 3697 instead of our street address.

Since this coming Sunday is the first Sunday of the month we will be celebrating Holy Communion. So before you tune into the video or come to the service in the church parking lot make sure you have a piece of bread and some juice or wine with you. In this way, we can be united through this service even if we need to be distanced.

With the coming of a new pastor, we need to have a special Charge Conference to approve a salary package for Pastor Brad. While the total amount will not change, Pastor Brad has the right to have items within the package adjusted to align with his expenses. The Charge Conference is scheduled for June 23rd at 11 am. Because of the limitations on meeting sizes, only a few members of the Ad Council will be invited to attend in person. My letter to you, just before the meeting, will have the details of the salary package. That way, if you have questions or concerns, you can let Margaret Cox, our Ad Council chair, know about them and she will share them with those “in the room” for the Charge Conference. We will also have a brief Ad Council at this time. Again, all action items for this meeting will be sent out in advance.

Our bishop has asked that our churches remain closed, except for essential work, until at least mid-June. After that, we will have to come up with an approved plan for opening. Until that time Marian or I will be in the office each weekday morning to take your calls.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Those who are needing to be at work and dealing with the public: first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees, and more.
  • For all those who are ill from the virus and for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman and his wife Dorothy at this time of transition.

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

Always feel free to contact me by email or at home. I care about you and am glad to hear from you.

Pastor Bill