Smoke in the air
Parking lot service is canceled again this week due to smoke. Join us online at sequimtumc.org to view this week’s worship service
Sages of Trinity,
I’m not sure that any of us have lived through a time like this. Yes, some have lived through the Depression and this certainly isn’t that. Some lived through the Dust Bowl and again, this certainly isn’t that. In our lives we’ve seen all manner of challenges individually, and corporately. Most of us weren’t alive when the Spanish flu made its presence known across the globe. As I share those things, I think of the challenges we’re facing right now. We thought dealing with COVID was a challenge. And yes, it is a challenge. But then you throw in the wildfires and smoke; the inability to even go out of the house without placing ourselves at even greater risk. Or of being overwhelmed with choking smoke while feeling the presence of the micro-particulates in our eyes. Then throw in that the parking lot service is canceled for two Sundays in a row, and the one place we could go where we could see our friends from church disappears. And then, not being able to meet as neighborhood groups only adds to the stress and frustration. It is a challenging time on many levels.
I remember my grandmother, Cora Belle Beeman. Cora, our youngest daughter is named after her. She was a true sage, and fit every category I’ve identified pertaining to a sage. She was wise, older, had lived life to its fullest, gained wisdom from the good and more challenging parts of life. She gave of herself without question with no thought of return and with no strings attached…ever. She loved Jesus and allowed her understanding of Him to define her in every way. I remember sitting at her feet, literally (we still have her chair in our den) as I complained about this or that; the challenges of being a teenager or young adult. She always utilized scripture to respond. Two phrases have stuck with me. “It came to pass…” was one. In other words, whatever event or frustration or challenge we face would pass. The other phrase was “fear not…” And then she would talk about God’s presence in the midst of time. She would explain that God was in every aspect of our lives seeking to support and guide us. Things pass, she would say, but knowing that God was with us could lift us out of any circumstance.
Well, the smoke is dissipating and the air is getting better. COVID is still here but there is movement toward a vaccine, and as people take seriously the need for masks and social distancing we’re seeing a decline in cases. There is hope, friends, and God is with us in the midst of this time. As sages, ours is to bring hope. To assist others to be lifted up. To remind others that this “came to pass” and that we need not fear. So “fear not” for God is with us, never leaves us, lifts us up, loves us, and guides us in all that we do. I take great comfort in that and will continually seek to bring that good news to each of you. The song I’m singing for this Sunday’s service is one attempt to do that. I’m praying for you, love you, and am trying my best to be here for you in such a time as this.
Some Concerns that we have:
- For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. Prayers for those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
- For people in the Gulf and East Coast of this country as hurricanes and tropical storms continue to stack up in the Atlantic and then unleash themselves on those already trying to recover.
- For all the victims and firefighters dealing with the wildfires throughout the country.
- For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
- For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal
Joys: TUMC Neighborhood Groups
Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.
We still ask that you mail your contributions 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.
Support group for those experiencing loss
Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on support for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday, and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc.
Topic: Challenges and Comfort
Time: Sep 15, 2020 01:30 AM Pacific Time
Every week on Tue, until Dec 15, 2020, 14 occurrences
Please contact Deacon Charters for the Zoom meeting schedule and link.
Wildfire relief – can you help?
As of September 4, there were an estimated 180 homes that have been destroyed by wildfires in Washington State. Over the weekend the whole town of Malden (30 miles south of Spokane) was destroyed. The number of estimated homes and businesses doubled as a result. And still, the fires continue to burn. Four Long Term Recovery Organizations are being formed to manage recovery. The estimate for rebuilding a home is $72,000. FEMA will be taking applications from individuals for assistance. If approved, FEMA’s maximum allocation is $32,800 per application. The remaining funds will need to be provided by donations and grants. If you can help, please issue a check to Trinity UMC, indicating in the memo section: Advance #352. (These funds will be used in Washington State.) Contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
A new book study is coming soon – Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden.
Come and learn about Christian Mindfulness while also practicing and experiencing its benefits. This has been used since the beginnings of our faith, is rooted in Scripture, and historically encouraged by Christian leaders, including John Wesley. This prayerful practice fosters a deeper relationship with God so that we can become more centered and less reactive; lead a more authentic, compassionate life, and increase our sense of gratitude. It is also known for its stress reduction and physical and mental health benefits.
Dates/Time: 6 consecutive Wednesdays: Oct. 7,14,21,28 and Nov. 4,11. 2-3:30 pm
Where: We will meet online using Zoom
Books: Limited copies available for purchase at church office for $15. Used copies available at Amazon.com and a few copies will be in the church library to borrow.
Leader: Melody Romeo
To sign up or ask questions contact Melody Romeo: email: email@example.com or call 360-461-5595
Trinity to help CERT with food distribution – On Wednesdays through September, TUMC provides a staging area in our front parking lot for food distribution at Guy Cole Center (at Carrie Blake Park). This is a program providing food to those in need that CERT has been operating at the Sequim High School for several months. With the school year beginning, the high school parking lot is no longer available so CERT has moved to the Guy Cole Center and requested use of our parking lot. For all those with business at church, there will be people on the street who will direct you where to park.