My personal Lenten study
February 25, 2021
Saints of Trinity,
First, I want to thank Rev. Dr. Kathleen Charters (our beloved Kathleen) for stepping in last week. This cold hit me harder than I thought and she stepped in on very short notice. Thanks, Kathleen. Thank you to Pauline and Jerry for doing some similar things with music for the recording last Wednesday. Donna Grubbs had a bit of reaction to the second shot which, how shall I say this, allowed Pauline and Jerry to step in to provide the music for last week. If you didn’t already realize it, this is a remarkable team. We do our best to take care of each other, and to offer you the best we have as consistently as we can. We have an amazing staff!
As Kathleen preached about Ash Wednesday and then about Lent I thought it appropriate to let you know what I’m doing this Lenten season as a personal Lenten study. I’m taking my own advice and doing a personal study on the Beatitudes. Here’s what I mean. I took out a fresh, and new, empty journal. I found a pen that has never been used. I decided that I wanted every aspect of this Lenten season to open up something new. It’s what “forty” means in scripture; taking something that has been, and creating something new out of it. I’m the “something that has been,” and I’m seeking to allow God to create something new in me. It’s why I chose to start a new journal with a new pen.
To begin the study, I took up the posture of “blessed” or kneeling, with the expectation of receiving something that will deepen my relationship with and from my Creator. From there I began to explore the areas of my life where I am blessed. It has been a time of intentionally receiving the love and grace God has for me. I realized as I wrote, how overwhelmingly blessed I am. Over and over again, I’ve prayed to intentionally be more open about myself to that still small voice of God as my personal “disciple-whisperer.” Simply doing that has been a rare time of realizing just how loved, surrounded, and how wonderfully blessed I am. I’ve realized just how much you are all a part of that blessing.
From there I’ve sought to continue in that posture of kneeling, of receiving, as I then began to walk through the Beatitudes. The first Beatitude is about taking time to understand and admit to my own spiritual poverty. I almost immediately realized just how easy it is for pastors to preach and teach, and then forget that they need this kind of intentional time with God. The time spent on this first Beatitude has helped me know where I need more and where I need less. It has opened up new opportunities to explore scripture, particularly those scriptures I need to read, study, and hear right now. This time has allowed me to reprioritize some things in my life so that I have more time for opening myself to God.
I also have to admit that some of this focus on my own spiritual poverty has been a bit painful; realizing and admitting to those things I am not doing. Other times have been rich and fruitful; times that have allowed me to go that much deeper in faith. The time spent has opened the opportunity to move to the next Beatitude; the whole idea of mourning. That has taken a lot more time; weeks in fact. I’m on my fifth page as I’ve explored where and what I mourn, but let me leave the specifics of at least some of that for next week.
Friends, Lent is a time of opportunity if we take it on. I want to encourage you to find a focus for this season. Spend time with God. Allow Jesus Christ to guide you in deeper ways. Allow the Holy Spirit to whisper to you. Allow yourself to be searched and known. You can trust God. Lord knows, God trusts you. Finally, let me know if you have any questions about what I’m doing in this season. I’m happy to share. Finally, please know that I’m praying for you!
With love and appreciation,
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;
- For all the first responders/essential workers; and for those who are nervous about getting shots.
- 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.
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.
Service Aprons for Trinity Volunteers
The Missions team is in need of a few good seamstresses. We have the material cut out and ready to sew, and will provide the thread. We need some volunteers willing to sew service aprons that will readily identify Trinity volunteers when we work in our community. If you are willing and able to help, please contact Rae Walz at email@example.com or call (360) 797-1017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lenten study: “You Are Never Alone”
By Max Lucado. There will be a Zoom Lenten study on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and an in-person Lenten study on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. beginning next week. (Mondays: Feb 22 – Mar. 29 or Tuesdays Feb 23 – Mar. 30) (Note: As we move into Phase II, we will be allowed to have 25 people in the church.) For more information, please call the church office at (360) 683-5367.
I look forward to our first session of the Lenten Bible Study You Are Never Alone by Max Lucado. No preparation is required. If you wish to review what we will cover in session 1, read pages 1-9 in the study guide. If you are reading the book, session 1 includes material from chapters 1 and 2. The book is optional. The class will follow the study guide. The study guide is available for purchase from the church for $10. Call Rev. Dr. Kathleen Charters at 240.463.7598 or e-mail email@example.com to arrange for delivery of the study guide.
Topic: Trinity UMC Lenten Study You Are Never Alone
Time: Feb 23, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Tue, 6 occurrence(s): Feb 23, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 2, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 9, 2021 01:00 PM, Mar 16, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 23, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 30, 2021 01:00 PM
Write to Kathleen for the meeting link and details.
Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat
What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality: Via Zoom on March 19-20, 2021. Are you looking for an ever-deepening relationship with God? Are you finding challenges to growing spiritually? Plan to attend and let God be your Teacher in discovering the “givens” which will demonstrate how Jesus is enough. It offers just what you need to flourish in your life with God! Your days will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Take this time to retreat and find exactly what you need to draw nearer to God. For more information click on the following link https://pnwumc.org/umw/2021/01/22/spiritual-growth-retreat/
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
United Methodist Committee on Relief
— “is in prayer for the many U.S. states that are experiencing the dangerous and deadly effects of a string of winter storms. For those enduring widespread blackouts in sub-freezing temperatures, the touching down of multiple tornadoes, and decreased water supply, we offer prayers for safety and protection. Emergency personnel are leading ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UMC churches are actively being used as warming shelters and community members are being relocated as needed. UMCOR is actively connecting with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the affected areas and is ready to respond once the situation evolves.” If you would like to support the work of the Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S., you are invited to write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Advance # 901670 in the memo section.
Thank you for your donations
— to the Christmas Eve and Noisy Can offerings. Funds for the Christmas Eve offering plus a donation from the Missions Ministry Team enabled us to send a total of $3,072.64 to help COVID-19 patients in Nepal. Donations for the Noisy Can Offering provided the $1,000 for our Covenant relationship Katherine Parker, missionary in Nepal for General Board of Global Ministries. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated!
Upper Room Daily Devotionals
— for March/April will be available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday, February 18 to March 5, 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.
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!