Hospitality in action
February 11, 2021
Dear Saints of Trinity,
Most of you may not be aware that Melody Romeo is gathering important information from leaders and staff. Part of what she’s gathering has to do with hopes and dreams for the church. Part of it focuses on concerns about my availability and my ability to follow up on calls and emails. Part of it focuses on what we’re involved with as a church right now. I wanted to touch base on a few of those areas in this letter. Most of those who responded to Melody talked at length about Trinity’s involvement in the community. A few responded with the hope that every member of the church, whether an official member or active participant be involved in some kind of mission. So, I wanted to give you an opportunity to do that.
A reminder that every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday our church becomes the staging area for vaccinations. Last Tuesday over 1000 vaccinations were given. We have become an essential piece in the distribution and for that, I’m deeply grateful. It’s allowed me to get to know a whole lot of CERT volunteers, Jamestown medical staff, representatives of the S’Klallam tribe, fire and police personnel, and police volunteers. What a privilege to be able to work alongside each and every one of those seeking to offer themselves to this work.
As a church, we have taken on the role of hospitality. We offer volunteers working in our parking lot opportunities for coffee, snacks, lunch distribution, and a warm place to come and use the bathrooms. Not too many years ago we made the decision as a church that we would offer radical hospitality to anyone and everyone who came here. In our minds, I think most thought that meant on Sunday mornings.
Yet, with the pandemic that has all changed. The distribution of the vaccines has opened up another opportunity for radical hospitality. I’m trying to practice that as are all the volunteers who currently represent the church at our entrance and in the fellowship hall. You may not be aware that each vaccination day, I walk through the lines of cars with coffee and cups for anyone who would like a cup or a warm-up.
The gratitude around such a simple act is overwhelming. The coffee comes from the Rain Shadow coffee company over on Cedar and 2nd. They are thrilled to offer that service to us and to those in line for vaccinations at a reduced cost. In turn, it allows us to support a small business. It’s one more piece of the equation of service and partnership we do each week. So here’s my invitation to you.
The coffee has a cost. The distribution doesn’t. If you would like to be a part of helping with that cost, please feel free to do that. You could sponsor one day of coffee by sending in $60. You could help cover a week’s worth (3 days worth) at $180, or $200 if you wanted to add a tip to those who get up early at Rain Shadow so that we have what we need.
You could come and greet the volunteers who come into the church. We ask each of them to sign in, and sanitize before moving to the bathroom or the snack / lunch area. You could be in the fellowship hall to meet and greet them, offer a smile and a chair, and, if you would like, a thank you. If you have questions about any of this, Gay Lyn Lillagore and Jan Kreidler are coordinating. If you want to help me distribute coffee by walking the lot, let me know.
Radical hospitality is hospitality that goes beyond what’s expected. What we’re trying to offer each week, whether it’s the vaccinations or the every other week food distributions opens up all manner of opportunities for offering the kind of hospitality we’ve decided to offer. If you can’t do something like walking among cars, please, no guilt allowed. You can offer a financial gift. You can pray for all of those in line or those volunteering. You can pray for those who are nervous about receiving the vaccine, and those who are giving the vaccines. Our prayers can be a piece of our radical hospitality.
As for the other areas around the responses from leaders and staff, please know that we’re working on each one. I’m working on each of those. I take your responses, your concerns, and yes your joys and prayers seriously. Keep them all coming.
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 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 peace in our country.
- For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
- For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.
Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.
— is next week. It is an important part of the Christian year and signifies the beginning of Lent. Obviously, we will not be holding our normal ecumenical service. Instead, it will be offered in a different way this year. Pastors Brad and Kathleen are putting together Ash Wednesday kits that can be picked up at the church, outside the main entrance. Included in each packet will be a small amount of ash, instructions on what to do, a devotional with scriptures, and an explanation of why we do this, and the purpose of the Lenten season. We’ll have the kits available for a week, just in case you can’t pick one up Wednesday.
Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter
We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity and ask that you mail your contributions in to the church. Make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address.
Peninsula Singers Virtual Cabaret
— is still up for viewing. Because of COVID-19, the choir cannot meet to sing or perform, and we need some basic donations in order to keep alive until the restrictions are lifted, and people are allowed to sing and perform again, as well as award some scholarships. The show is hosted by Jerry Wright and runs for just under 45 minutes. It is very good, and can be accessed from the Peninsula Singers website: peninsulasingers.org or on Facebook: Peninsula Singers | Facebook. Donations by mail can be sent to: Peninsula Singers, 325 E. Washington Street # 135, Sequim, WA 98382. God bless you for helping us weather the Covid storm!
for Sequim area residents ages 65+ and their spouse/partner or household member who lives with them (regardless of age). This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. You may register online http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information at jamestownhealth.org.
Hospitality volunteers needed for front door sign-ins
Another 6 to 10 people are needed. We are planning two shifts for each day (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). The first shift will be from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the 2nd shift from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please contact Jan Kreidler if you would like additional information at 360-681-5027 or email@example.com if you can help.
Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations
Blake Ave is now open, but as you approach the church, you will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting, they will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm.
Save the Date for a Lenten Study
“You Are Never Alone,” by Max Lucado. This class will meet on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 6 weeks starting February 23 and ending March 30, 2021.
God’s presence and power are nearer than we think. Through studying the miracles of Jesus as told in the Gospel of John we find Jesus right here with us. We are stronger than we think because God is nearer than we know. We can learn to trust in the miracle of God’s presence and power. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 240.463.7598.
Sequim Food Distribution
As food needs continue to increase, the food distributions continue at least through March. The dates for the next two months are: Feb. 24, and March 10 & 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or email@example.com).
Trinity United Methodist Church office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. However, due to limited access to the building during this phase of opening, we are keeping the doors locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the main door (by the office) that you need to ring to alert the office and you will be let in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming. Thanks so much for your patience and remember when in the building to be sure and wear your mask!
Note: the church office is closed Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day.