Hope and change

August 13, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

I was asked the other day if I really meant all of the positive things I’ve shared with you as a church. I answered unreservedly with a resounding YES. I was asked the same question by a few of the staff and shared again that first, I don’t say anything I don’t really mean. For me, that’s an ethical issue if all I’m doing is trying to make you feel good about yourselves but without evidence. So let me say again, with a deep sense of admiration and out of my own deep need for honesty, I’ve never seen a church communicate with the kind of love, patience, and compassion I’ve seen here. I want to assure you, I really mean that. You’ll hear a story during the sermon of another church I served. My hope is that the story will help you understand the depth of admiration I have for you and why. I’m watching even now as any number of discussion topics are coming forward; topics and discussions that, for other churches, could cause deep and potentially long term conflict. The discussions include whether or not we continue to offer the rummage sale. Also, issues around storage and where certain things might need to be stored. There are discussions around the hopes of moving Lois’ Legacy into the building and making it more fully a part of the ministries of this church. And discussions around where might be the best location. There is an ongoing discussion about Tim’s Place, how worship will unfold as we move through the phases of COVID. There is more but what I’ve found really without exception, is that you not only care deeply for each other, but your love and admiration of each other goes much deeper than anything that might divide you. Your opinions matter to each other but will not be handled in a way that creates division. Again, that is really unusual for a church.

This Sunday I’ll be talking about conflict; particularly the kind of passionate conflict we see all around us. I’m utilizing Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple courtyard. There are ways that we as Christians are set apart in dealing with conflicts. They are based on things like the Beatitudes and even the Fruit of the Spirit. They have to be out of love first. With that said, sure we’re going to disagree. It’s a part of human nature. The bottom line question for us is how is it that we will disagree one with another, and how will we or do we communicate our opinions. In this day and age, we certainly need to be approaching it from a different perspective, and it is my intention to continue to explore all of that. Again, that said, what I’m seeing here is a maturity of faith I’ve seldom seen before. Well done, O good and faithful servants.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.
  • For all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. 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 contributions in to the church and make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address. We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity.

Pastor Brad will be on vacation next week through August 30. Rev. Joey Olson will be preaching on August 23 and 30. There will be no written sermons available, but you may go online to view the worship service. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call the church office.

August Noisy Can offering for the Boys and Girls Club’s Back to School Fair. Updated info on the Back to School Fair: it has been scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and it will be a drive-through event. Because of COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations only instead of asking people to shop for supplies. CHECKS PLEASE – NO COINS THIS TIME. Your ongoing support is always appreciated! (If you have questions, contact Jan Kreidler at janet2.kreidler@gmail.com or 360-681-5027.)

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events and more.