Faith, reality, and hope, not conspiracy
March 4, 2021
Dear Saints of Trinity,
Dorothy and I mark this day in a variety of ways for at least two reasons. The first is that this is the day 78 years ago her parents got married. It was in Hollywood, and Hollywood Methodist Church. From there, Jim, her father, took off for World War II, not to fight but to entertain the troops. He was a part of the traveling cast of “This is the Army,” with Irving Berlin and starring Ronald Reagan. Both Jim and Jean, her dad and mom, were gifted musicians who both made names for themselves in New York City. Both in very different ways, but we remember them today, and celebrate all they gave to their five children, and for the lives they chose to live. Dorothy was the youngest of those five.
On this day in 1975, as I was doing a demonstration of the new Hexel skis, I was on the way to doing a double crossover jump with my ski partner. It was our final display of these marvelous skis. We were to do backscratchers, one right after the other. A “backscratcher” is a stunt where, in the air, the skier lifts the tails of their skis and tucks them against their back so the front of the skis points toward the ground. I went first, and he immediately followed, close enough that it would appear we were doing them at the same time, but going in different directions. He went just a bit too early, hit the tails of my skis as I was lifting them, throwing my momentum off enough that I came down on the back of my head. I broke my neck. It took months to recover. It is a reminder that life is short, and that you not only make the most of it, but that you make the most of it every single day of your life.
Now, in 2021, March 4th marks the day that, according to QAnon sources, the government is to be overturned, the military is to rise up, and Donald Trump is to become the 19th President of the United States. It goes back to Ulysses Grant, who was inaugurated on this day, and holds that only Republican Presidents were true Presidents, therefore making Donald Trump the 19th in that line of succession. First, I do not believe that this day will go down in infamy as the day another government takeover occurs. President Joe Biden will remain in office and there will be no military involvement in a government takeover. As I’ve shared before, I do not hold to any of the QAnon beliefs. I believe it is simply a conspiracy theory that gained attention during our previous president’s term in office. There is no truth to it. And yet it continues to influence a diminishing number of followers, including some in our beautiful small town.
March 4th is also now the day that I can share with you that we, Trinity United Methodist Church, were declared the Sequim Chamber of Commerce, Business of the Month. We were selected for our work with the COVID food distribution and as the vaccination staging area. Please go on the Chamber website and read the words that were shared. They are wonderful testaments to you; your heart for health and service in this community. I want to thank all of those who have so faithfully volunteered their time and efforts. We really have helped this community move toward greater health. And, as you’ll hear in the message for this week’s worship service, we’re not done.
There is an incredible power at work through us. It is a power, unlike QAnon, that has been proven over and over again throughout history. My message will tell the story of that power at work in the small town of Sunnyside, WA. The power of love, grace, patience, forgiveness, and confidence came together and saved the lives of hundreds of children and youth. That power transformed a community in ways that go beyond imagination. As overstated as that may sound, the miracles that occurred can only be explained as the love and power of God moving through the people of a church. That power transformed lives, and ultimately a whole community. You’ll hear more next week, as I look at another group in that same town whose lives were also transformed. But at this point, I say again; you, Saints of Trinity, are transforming lives here and now, and I’m so proud and so humbled to be one of your pastors. Your work has been noticed, again. May God continue to work through each of us for God’s greater good.
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.
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.
Reminder – Communion is this Sunday: To participate, have your elements (bread and juice or wine) available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 this month are: March 10 and 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).
Save the date for a Bible study.
“Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story” by Heather M. Dixon. This class will meet in-person on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Zoom on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 4 weeks starting April 6 and ending April 27, 2021.
In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 240.463.7598.
Check out the education page on our website
It has been recently updated. Sermon discussion questions can be found on this page.
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
If you would like additional information or if you can help, please contact Janet Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or email@example.com if you can help.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
— “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.
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!