February 2022 Calendar

February 2022
1
10 am Powerful Tools for Caregivers
2
9:15 am TOPS
9:15 am (Zoom) Breakfast with Kathleen Charters
Choir/Octet Practice
3
9:15 am Morning Prayer
1 pm History of Christianity
4
9:30 am TLC
2 pm Sopranos
2:30 pm Praising Hands
5
6
10 am Worship Service
11:15 am SPRC
7
9:30 am Women’s Bible Study
9:30 am Men’s Bible Study
1 pm Disciple Bible Study
8
10 AM Powerful Tools for Caregivers
1 PM Worship Team
9
9:15 am TOPS
9:15 am (Zoom) Breakfast with Kathleen Charters
Choir/Octet Practice
10
9:15 am Morning Prayer
1 pm History of Christianity
11
10 am Missions
2:30 pm Praising Hands
12
13
10 am Worship Service
14Valentine’s Day
9:30 am Women’s Bible Study
9:30 am Men’s Bible Study
1 pm Disciple Bible Study
6 pm Disciple Bible Study
15
10 am Powerful Tools for Caregivers
11 am Tim’s Place Executive Board
16
9:15 am TOPS
9:15 am (Zoom) Breakfast with Kathleen Charters
Choir/Octet Practice
17
9:15 am Morning Prayer
Noon (Zoom) Right Here Right Now
1 pm History of Christianity
18
9:30 am TLC
2 pm Sopranos
2:30 pm Praising Hands
19
20Human Relations Day
10 am Worship Service
21Presidents’ Day (Church Office Closed)
9:30 am Women’s Bible Study
9:30 am Men’s Bible Study
1 pm Disciple Bible Study
6 pm Disciple Bible Study
22
10 am Powerful Tools for Caregivers
23
9:15 am TOPS
9:15 am (Zoom) Breakfast with Kathleen Charters
Choir/Octet Practice
24
9:15 am Morning Prayer
Noon (Zoom) Right Here Right Now
1 pm History of Christianity
2 pm Trustees
25
2:30 pm Praising Hands
26
2 pm Hospice Remembrance Ceremony
27
10 am Worship Service
28
9:30 am Women’s Bible Study
9:30 am Men’s Bible Study
1 pm Hospice Grief Recovery
1 pm Disciple Bible Study
6 pm Disciple Bible Study

This is how we show our love for one another (COVID Rules)

  • Provide/show a copy of your vaccination card.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wear a mask.
  • No congregational singing.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Follow the directions of the ushers.
  • Observe the limit of no more than 2 people in the restroom at one time.

Exposure to COVID-19

If you have been in the church and find out that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of Trinity and our community. We review the recommended actions from the Pacific Northwest Conference and the Greater Northwest Area of the United Methodist Church. We then confer with our County and Regional Health Officer, plus the Tribal Health Clinic, and then check in with Trinity United leadership.

This is how we show our love for one another, and our community.

Announcements January 20, 2022

Circuit Rider

The Circuit Rider, the monthly newsletter of Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church, will be available again at the end of January. However, here is news about the website plus the Education Team has several offerings coming up.

News about the TUMC Website

It will be updated on January 26. The look will change, but all the previous information will still be there.

Education News:

History of Christianity

Six 1-hour videodiscs prepared by Diamaid MacColloch on the “History of Christianity” will be presented at 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the TUMC sanctuary on the big screens. Steve Downer will moderate six sessions on February 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 3 and 10.  
Jim Davis (360-461-0101) is managing the presentation. Topics include: 

  • The First Christianity; 
  • Catholicism: The Unpredictable Rise of Rome; 
  • Orthodoxy: From Empire to Empire; 
  • Reformation: The Individual Before God; 
  • Protestantism: The Evangelical Explosion; 
  • God in the Dock.

Please sign up in the fellowship hall to attend. 

Relax and renew yourself in Christ!

This will be a small group study and practice based on the book:  “Right Here Right Now:  The Practice of Christian Mindfulness,” by Amy G. Oden.  

Begins 2/17/22 at noon on Zoom.  We meet for 6 weeks for 60 to 90 minutes depending on group needs.  A limited number of books will be available in the church office.  You may also retake this class.

Call 360-461-5595 or email Melody Romeo at melodycoach@olypen.com for advance sign-up.  Limited space available.

Trinity U Starts on March 6!

Come and learn Methodism, whether you are new to the church, want a refresher or just love to discuss and hear about it! Topics include the Methodist “family tree,” John Wesley, hymns by Charles Wesley, and Methodist Polity. Instructor Pastor will be Joey Olson for four Sundays starting March 20, at church, 11:15 AM.   For questions or to sign up contact Pastor Joey at pastorjoeyoffice@sequimtumc.org. 

Radical Hospitality: What compels guests to return to a church is the warmth of our welcome and hospitality that goes beyond their expectationsIt both surprises and engages them. Learn this art form that infiltrates the heart and culture of the entire church.

Meets three Sundays March 6, 13 and 20 at 11:15 AM at church or 2:00 PM on Zoom. To sign up or for questions contact Instructor Kathleen Charters 240-463-7598 or kcharters@mac.com 

Painting the Stars: Science and faith provide two great stories that impact and enlighten our spiritual journey.  In this course we examine the story of the universe, from the Big Bang to this very moment, and the sacred witness of scripture, through which inspired believers reveal the nature of God.  Meets 6 Sundays starting March 6, in person at 11:15 AM or by Zoom on Thursday afternoons.  To sign up or for questions, contact instructor Jackie Middaugh 360-681-2415, or zikkaron@aol.com.

Trinity U is offered by the TUMC Education Committee.

Morning prayer

January 13, 2022

From Pastor Joey

Morning Prayer

Beginning Thursday, January 27th, I will lead morning prayer beginning at 9:15 a.m. It will be for anyone who wishes to come, last 45 minutes, and have a simple structure. There will be time for silent prayer, joys and concerns, prayers for each other, the church, and the world. My urgency for this time began during Advent while I was preaching about Mary. I do not think her faithful response to God would be possible without a prayer life that was fed by scripture.

When I was pastor in Port Angeles, the congregation used the theologian Henri Nouwen’s Reaching Out for one of our small group studies. I was “caught” by the following passage:

Prayer is the language of Christian community. In prayer the nature of the community becomes visible because in prayer we direct ourselves to the one who forms community… Praying is not one of the many things the community does. Rather, it is its very being. (p. 112)

My translation of the last sentence is “praying is not what we do, it is who we are!”

At that time in Port Angeles, I began a prayer breakfast which has met every Tuesday since then. Since I do not live in Sequim we will forgo the breakfast, but folks are welcome to bring whatever beverage and food they wish.

Here are a few other quotes from Nouwen’s book:

The paradox of prayer is that we have to learn how to pray while we can only receive it as a gift. (p. 87)

There is probably no image that expresses so well the intimacy with God in prayer as the image of God’s breath. We are like asthmatic people who are cured of their anxiety. The Spirit has taken away our narrowness….and made everything new for us. We receive a new breath, a new freedom, a new life. (p. 89)

When God has become our shepherd, our refuge, our fortress, then we can reach out to him in the midst of a broken world and feel at home. (p. 106)

Prayer as a hopeful and joyful waiting for God is a really unhuman or superhuman task unless we realize that we do not have to wait alone. In the community of faith we can find the climate and the support to sustain and deepen our prayer and we are enabled to look beyond our immediate and often narrowing private needs. (p. 109)

Nouwen, Henri J. M., Reaching Out. Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975.

I plan to continue morning prayer every Thursday (unless I am away) through June. I do hope that a few faithful ones will join me as we continue to be and become the Body of Christ for the world. Those interested, please email me at pastorjoeyoffice@sequimtumc.org.

Prayer Concerns that we have:

  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements for January 13 – 22, 2022

From Pastor Joey/Scammers

Please be alert that scammers are using my name to get money. Please know that I do not text people in the congregation. If I want to have an important conversation with you, I will call or email. My email address is pastorjoeyoffice@sequimtumc.org. (I do have a private email account, but don’t use It for church). If you get any suspicious request from “me” please let me know immediately. Blessings, Joey

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. Current COVID-19 Protocol: The following safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no congregational singing.

Online Recorded Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

In Consideration of Others

As more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances, please avoid wearing perfumes and using scented lotions if attending in-person worship or meetings at TUMC. Thank you!

Relax and renew yourself in Christ!

This will be a small group study and practice based on the book, Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden. Begins February 17 at noon on Zoom for 6 weeks for 60 to 90 minutes. A limited number of books will be available in the church office. You may also retake this class. Call 360-461-5595 or email Melody Romeo at melodycoach@olypen.com for advance sign-up. Limited space is available.

Altar Flowers Sign-up

As we look forward to a new year, please consider bringing flowers to commemorate a special person or occasion. The “Altar Flowers Calendar” is in the Fellowship Hall. We especially need flowers for February. Thank you, Nancy Barger

January Noisy Can Offering

Katherine Parker is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She serves as a Health and Community Transformation Advisor with the United Mission to Nepal, an ecumenical ministry with the vision of a “fullness of life for all in a transformed Nepali society.” Katherine’s work is focused on Adolescent Empowerment, Maternal and Child Health, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Continuing our tradition of supporting Katherine’s missionary work in Nepal, our Noisy Can offering will fulfill our Covenant Relationship commitment. Any funds received over the amount needed for our Covenant Relationship will be used to improve living conditions for the disabled Nepalese. (A copy of Katherine’s biography is posted on the display board in our Information Center.) Should you choose to make a donation, please issue your check to TUMC and indicate in the memo section January NCO. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated!

Note: A Covenant Relationship with a missionary is more than financial support. It is a dynamic relationship where the church and missionary pray for one another and communicate regularly. – paraphrased from Resource UMC.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Fri., Jan. 21, 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be doing maintenance and upkeep, jobs that need doing, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Helping in times of disasters

We recently have seen devastating disasters in the news, some fairly local, some within our country, and often some in other countries. If you would like to help by sending funds, you can issue a check to TUMC, writing one of these Advance Numbers in the memo section:

  • Pacific NW Conf. Disaster Fund — Advance #352
  • UMCOR US Disaster & Recovery — Advance #901670
  • UMCOR International Disaster Response — Advance #982450

Home Maintenance Funds Are Still Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. Please let your friends and neighbors know that this is not just limited to the TUMC congregation. It is truly “neighbors helping neighbors.” This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Weekly Letter/Newsletter Update

Beginning at the end of this month we will be back to our once-a-month Circuit Rider (for February). For those who have newsletter articles for the Circuit Rider, please submit them to the church office by email by the 20th of the month.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com, and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: show your vaccination card (if not on file); wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Happy New Year!

December 29, 2021

From Pastor Joey

Happy New Year!

Am I the only one astonished that it will soon be 2022? I do give thanks for our blessed Advent and Christmas Season and the many, many people who served to make the worship meaningful during this challenging time.

The first of the calendar year signals the time of Epiphany. In the Christian church, the Season of Epiphany is much more than just an “ah-ha” moment. It is the time of the celebration of the manifestation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. One event of epiphany is the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. During the visit, these Gentiles knelt down and adored the child.

Through the month of January, I will be using another symbol of the season, Light! The beautiful beginning of the Gospel of John proclaims of the Word:

“What comes into being in him was life,
and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness did not overcome it.” (NRSV).

Winter can be for many, a time when the darkness gets us down. I am choosing the Gospel of John for the entire month of January to focus on Jesus who proclaims, “I am the light of the world.” As a community of faith, I invite us to focus on the God of love and the many ways that he brings light to us when we are down. Along with Sunday service, I am asking that each of us read the Gospel of John during the month. Along with the reading, Marian is sending a link from Adam Hamilton and Church of the Resurrection so that you can participate in his Bible study on the gospel. As we worship, study, and pray together, I hope that each one of us will be renewed by this amazing Gospel and its message of Jesus, the Word made flesh who lives among us.

Worship During January

January 2 — John 1:1-18 The Light Shines In the Darkness
January 9 — John 4:7-30 A Spring of Water Gushing To Eternal Life
January 16 — John 8:1-12 Stone Throwing
January 23 — John 12:1-8 Anointing
January 30 — John 20:11-18 The Garden

As we continue to be and become God’s light for the world, let us celebrate the power of His love to comfort and change a very darkened world.

Prayer Concerns that we have

  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements for December 29, 2021 – January 8, 2022

Holiday Office Hours at Trinity

The church office will close at 1 pm December 30 and will be closed all day December 31 for New Year’s Eve. Pastor Joey will not be in the office from December 27 through 31. For pastoral emergencies during this time please call the church office.

Take Extra Caution During Icy Weather

Please be extra careful when walking around/into the church. The Trustees are monitoring the ice and snow, but new patches occur. We don’t want anyone to slip and fall!

Conference Connection

As our congregation wakes up from COVID-19, I have been noticing the need for renewed volunteers in several areas. Our sound tech group is especially slim. I contacted Rev. David Valera, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries, asking for help from the conference.

Tuesday, December 14th, Pastor Joey, Ken Lillagore, and Jim Stoffer met with David via Zoom. During the meeting, David began assessing the congregation’s needs for people, training, and most of all vision for this important ministry in our church. He and his team will continue to assess our needs and make recommendations for ways that the conference can offer support when he comes to Trinity next month. This resource is offered without charge (as David says—your apportionments at work!)

So here is the first recruitment call. Are there a few folks who are curious, ready to learn something new, up for a challenge? If you are someone who might want to work with David and Ken to serve on our tech team, please contact Pastor Joey, Ken, or Jim. (No tech experience required.)

I thank God for this new resource and for all those who serve in so many ways in our congregation.

Grace and peace, Pastor Joey

Thank You!

From Pastor Joey & Ole

Thanks so much for all the Christmas cheer sent our way. On Christmas Eve I think we brought home several hundred calories in the form of sweets. It is a joy to be a part of this loving congregation. May we have a blessed New Year as we spread God’s love throughout the land.

Grace and peace, Pastor Joey & Ole

Christmas card from Morningside’s program director—Jon Toliver:

To: Marsha Chatfield & Trustees & Trinity United Methodist Church

Thank you for employing Nicholas and for your generous donation to Morningside. We are so grateful for partners such as you.

Jon Toliver

Christmas Eve Offering to Benefit Nepal

Thank you for your donations to the ministry of Katherine Parker in Nepal. Your most generous donations totaling over $2,200 will go to the care and assistance of disabled Nepali people.

There is a display in our new Information Center (located just inside / left of the fellowship hall) that shares additional details, as well as biographical info on Katherine Parker.

Weekly Letter/Newsletter Update

In January we will be going to two letters. Then starting in February we will be back to our once-a-month Circuit Rider. For those who have newsletter articles for the Circuit Rider, please submit them to the church office by email by the 20th of the month.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. Current COVID-19 Protocol: The following safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no congregational singing.

A Little Music!

Trinity has been given the go-ahead for singing from soloists and ensembles.

Let us all give thanks for this small step forward.

Safety Ministries

Welcome to our newest member of the Ad Council—Safety Ministries. The purpose of this committee is for the overall care of the congregation and the security of the building. It will provide oversight to the safety and security team already in place. The committee consists of Ken Lillagore, chair, and members Dave Croonquist, Laurie Kern, Jim Stoffer, Cynthia Zenner, and the pastor.

Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study

Our group has just completed our current book and we are taking a brief break. We will resume on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Our next study book will be “Simon Peter — Flawed but Faithful Disciple” by Adam Hamilton. If you are interested in joining us, would like more information, or would like a copy of the book ordered for you, please contact Barb Parse (bparse@wavecable.com) or Jan Kreidler (janet2.kreidler@gmail.com). Books will be ordered on December 20th. Note: we social distance and wear masks!

Online Recorded Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

In Consideration of Others

As more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances, please avoid wearing perfumes and using scented lotions if attending in-person worship or meetings at TUMC. Thank you!

Save the date! Relax and renew yourself in Christ!

“Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness” by Amy Oden. This is a study and practice group starting Thursday, February 17th at noon, 6 weeks, on Zoom. Call Melody Romeo, 360-461-5595. It is okay to repeat this group! Offered by TUMC Christian Education committee.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, January 7 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be doing light maintenance and upkeep, doing jobs that need doing, and of course, having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Helping in times of disasters

We recently have seen devastating disasters in the news, some fairly local, some within our country, and often some in other countries. If you would like to help by sending funds, you can issue a check to TUMC, writing one of these Advance Numbers in the memo section:

Pacific NW Conf. Disaster Fund — Advance #352
UMCOR US Disaster & Recovery — Advance #901670, or
UMCOR International Disaster Response — Advance #982450

The Sequim Food Bank

They are currently accepting feminine hygiene products and baby products. Also needed are cans and shelf-stable low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese boxes, and various condiments (i.e. ketchup, mustard, etc.). If you would like to donate any of the above items, you may bring them to the church and place them in the food container near the table at the front door. Note: Please donate only the items that are listed above. Thank you for caring!

Home Maintenance Funds Are Still Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. Please let your friends and neighbors know that this is not just limited to the TUMC congregation. It is truly “neighbors helping neighbors.” This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356, or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com, and the church office, 360-683-5367, or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: show your vaccination card (if not on file); wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Singing Hallelujah When You Get Discouraged

December 16, 2021

From Pastor Joey

Singing Hallelujah When You Get Discouraged

What do you do when you’ve gone from the heights of success to the depths of bankruptcy and depression? George Frederick Handel went from world fame and glory to being thought of as a has-been, old fogey. In his later life, project after project failed, and a case of palsy crippled some of his fingers.

Robert T. Morgan in his book, Then Sings My Soul, reports that “his troubles matured him, softening his sharp tongue. His temper mellowed, and his music became more heartfelt.” Then came a manuscript from Charles Jennens, a libretto based on various biblical texts.

Beginning August 22, 1741, Handel composed Messiah in twenty-three days.
“Whether I was in the body or out of the body when I wrote it, I know not,” Handel said later trying to describe the experience. At the opening in London on March 23, 1743, King George leapt to his feet during the Hallelujah Chorus starting a tradition that has lasted to this day.

A recitative early in the Messiah begins with this passage from Isaiah 40.

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem
And cry unto her
That her warfare is accomplished
That her iniquity is pardoned
The voice of him
That crieth in the wilderness
Prepare ye the way of the Lord
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.

Pauline Olsen, our organist and musician extraordinaire, tells me that this declamation is setting the stage for the rest of the oratorio. And, so it is with Advent. The season starts with the knowledge that the world was groaning in travail, waiting for one to come to set all things right. God’s promise to bring comfort to the people is fulfilled in Jesus, Emmanuel. The time draws nearer and nearer when we can proclaim once again. “He is here! It’s a boy!”

Thanks be to God. May you know the comfort that comes from our Lord and Savior. Blessed Christmas to us all.

Prayer Concerns that we have:

  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

Announcements for December 16 – 29, 2021

Christmas Eve Service Remote

For those who won’t be able to be in the sanctuary, the service will be on the Trinity website and YouTube (hopefully) by Christmas Day.

Holiday Office Hours at TUMC

The church office will be closed on December 24 and 27 for Christmas. We will close at 1 pm December 30 and will be closed all day December 31 for New Year’s Day. Pastor Joey will not be in the office from December 27 through 31. For pastoral emergencies during this time please call the church office.

Conference Connection

As our congregation wakes up from COVID-19, I have been noticing the need for renewed volunteers in several areas. Our sound tech group is especially slim. I contacted Rev. David Valera, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries, asking for help from the conference.

Tuesday, December 14th, Pastor Joey, Ken Lillagore, and Jim Stoffer met with David via Zoom. During the meeting, David began assessing the congregation’s needs for people, training, and most of all vision for this important ministry in our church. He and his team will continue to assess our needs and make recommendations for ways that the conference can offer support when he comes to Trinity next month. This resource is offered without charge (as David says—your apportionments at work!)

So here is the first recruitment call. Are there a few folks who are curious, ready to learn something new, up for a challenge? If you are someone who might want to work with David and Ken to serve on our tech team, please contact Pastor Joey, Ken, or Jim. (No tech experience required.)

I thank God for this new resource and for all those who serve in so many ways in our congregation.

Grace and peace, Pastor Joey

Holiday Food Box Distribution

Friday, December 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are grateful to know that we have enough volunteers already signed up to help. Another way you might consider helping would be to pick up/deliver food to someone (family member, friend, or neighbor) who does not have transportation.

Christmas Eve Offering to Benefit Nepal

Katherine Parker (stationed in Nepal as a missionary for the General Board of Global Missions of the UMC), has indicated that there is a great need for treatment (surgery/physical therapy, equipment, wheelchair-accessible ramps, toilets, and more) for the care and assistance of disabled people in Nepal. Any donation, large or small is greatly appreciated! If you choose to make a donation, please issue a check to TUMC, indicating “Christmas Eve” in the memo section. There is a display in our new Information Center (located just inside / left of the fellowship hall) that shares additional details, as well as biographical info on Katherine Parker.

Weekly Letter/Newsletter Update

There will be no newsletter next week due to the holidays. In January we will be going to two letters. Then starting in February we will be back to our once-a-month Circuit Rider. For those who have newsletter articles for the Circuit Rider, please submit them to the church office by email by the 20th of the month.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. Current Covid Protocol: The following safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no congregational singing.

A Little Music!

Trinity has been given the go-ahead for singing from soloists and ensembles.

Let us all give thanks for this small step forward.

Safety Ministries

Welcome to our newest member of the Ad Council—Safety Ministries. The purpose of this committee is for the overall care of the congregation and the security of the building. It will provide oversight to the safety and security team already in place. The committee consists of Ken Lillagore, chair, and members Dave Croonquist, Laurie Kern, Jim Stoffer, Cynthia Zenner, and the pastor.

Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study

Our group has just completed our current book and we are taking a brief break. We will resume on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. Our next study book will be “Simon Peter — Flawed but Faithful Disciple” by Adam Hamilton. If you are interested in joining us, would like more information, or would like a copy of the book ordered for you, please contact Barb Parse (bparse@wavecable.com) or Jan Kreidler (janet2.kreidler@gmail.com). Books will be ordered on December 20th. Note: we social distance and wear masks!

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, January 7 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass (if needed), doing light maintenance and upkeep, doing jobs that need doing, and of course, having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Helping in times of disasters

We recently have seen devastating disasters in the news, some fairly local, some within our country, and often some in other countries. If you would like to help by sending funds, you can issue a check to TUMC, writing one of these Advance Numbers in the memo section:

Pacific NW Conf. Disaster Fund — Advance #352
UMCOR US Disaster & Recovery — Advance #901670
UMCOR International Disaster Response — Advance #982450

The Sequim Food Bank

They are currently accepting feminine hygiene products and baby products. Also needed are cans and shelf-stable low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese boxes, and various condiments (i.e. ketchup, mustard, etc.). If you would like to donate any of the above items, you may bring them to the church and place them in the food container near the table at the front door. Note: Please donate only the items that are listed above. Thank you for caring!

Online Recorded Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

TUMC Finance Report – Operating Fund

November Year-to-Date

Income $ 32,950.05 $ 286,570.82
Expenses $ 28,349.84 $ 288,122.80
Difference $ 4,600.21 ($ 1,551.98)

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rena Blank, 360-683-2739, or Eva Lundstrom, 360-797-1613, Finance Co-Chairs.

Thank You for returning your “giving estimate” cards.

They helped your Finance/Stewardship Committee follow through with their commitment to producing a 2022 budget. We will not retain these as they were not intended to be Pledge Cards. Our one member to see them will now shred them.

Stewardship is more than tithing – especially in Trinity United Methodist Church of Sequim. Stewardship to us is our relationship with God, with Jesus Christ, and our relationship within our church. We want to support all our committees with new chairpersons and members who are “raring to go” with new ideas to fulfill their missions. This is the type of stewardship that is vital to the health of our church, our community, and even beyond.

Your Finance Committee

In Consideration of Others

As more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances, please avoid wearing perfumes and using scented lotions if attending in-person worship or meetings at TUMC. Thank you!

Home Maintenance Funds Are Still Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. Please let your friends and neighbors know that this is not just limited to the TUMC congregation. It is truly “neighbors helping neighbors.” This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: show your vaccination card (if not on file); wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Is Advent mandatory?

December 9, 2021

From Pastor Joey

Is Advent Mandatory?

The short answer is no—and in a way, yes! The liturgical calendar that we use today began to be developed in the Christian Church around the fourth century A.D. The church calendar as it is known today was developed in medieval prayer books. Dennis Bratcher in his article The Seasons of the Church Year writes, “The Christian church…has long used the seasons of the year as an opportunity for festivals and holidays, sacred time set aside to worship God as the Lord of life…The Christian Church year focuses on the life and ministry of Jesus.”

While observing the Christian year is not mandatory, it can be a powerful tradition, unifying Christians throughout time and geography. “By systematically remembering and re-experiencing the key aspects of the life and ministry of Jesus, we are refreshed, deepened and reconfirmed in our own faith and depth of understanding. And because we are not the same person with the same understandings from year to year, our experience of the Church Seasons is similarly different and deeper each year.” (From the East Congregational Church of Milton, Massachusetts)

The season of Advent is the first season of the Christian year—the time of waiting, expecting, preparing for the birth of Jesus which culminates on Christmas Eve. The spiritual significance of Advent can be that we go beyond our culture’s hype and frenetic energy and center on the message of the scriptures and carols to see anew the mystery of God’s promise of Emmanuel—God with us!

One of my favorite Christmas songs is The Advent Prayer by Allen Pote.

Come Holy Jesus, come to free us from our sin.

Come Holy Jesus and make us pure within.

Inspire each heart with illumined surprise,

Enkindle a flame anew.

Increase our faith and strengthen our lives.

Show us the joy of living our lives in you.

Let this Advent season be the time that we pray, come Lord Jesus, quickly come. Help us to continue to turn our lives toward God like flowers to the sun. Let us repent of our unfaithfulness and rejoice that God sends us this precious Savior!

Prayer Concerns that we have:

  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.