Charge conference

June 11, 2020

Dear Friends:

I hope you have been having a good week. I am seeing freshly cut hair and Jenny and I have been out to eat at a restaurant. These signs that we are moving out of isolation are heartwarming. We are a long way from what we used to experience as “normal” but at least things are moving in that direction. What does this mean for the church? Our bishop’s order that churches remain closed, except for essential work, expires next Monday. She is not expected to extend it. We have a committee named that will have to come up with a plan for opening. This then has to be approved by our District Superintendent. All of this takes time so it will be a few more weeks until committee meetings and Bible studies can resume. Marian or I will be in the office each weekday morning to take your calls.

Our parking lot service is continuing at 10:00 am. Sunday we had over 50 cars and the sun came out before we were done. It will happen even if it is raining! You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

We still ask that you mail your offering into the church and make sure to use our post office box 3697 instead of our street address. I want to thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity.

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 Admin 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 Admin 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 Admin Council meeting at this time. Again, all action items for this meeting will be sent out in advance.

The summer feeding program, which we have supported from the beginning, will happen again this summer. At this time they do not think they can use volunteers to help hand out the meals. But if they change their minds, we will let you know. The program costs a lot of money so if you would like to help please mail a check to the church and mark it “summer food program.”

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For those who are dealing with significant health issues.
  • 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