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A woman sage of renown

September 24, 2020

Sages of Trinity,

A week ago Friday we lost one of the great women, great states-persons, great minds, and great advocates of our time. As diminutive in size as she was, she stood tall for more than justice. She stood for equal rights for women, and really, equal rights for all people. She inspired multiple generations with her ability to be consistent, fair, and just. Ruth Bader Ginsberg inspired my mother, my sister, and certainly my own daughters. If she could rise to the Supreme Court and serve it well for all those years, they too could rise to whatever they felt called to do. At this point, I don’t care whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, what stands out for me has nothing to do with partisan politics. And you know what, she didn’t care either. What matters most to her was the everyone was treated fairly, with dignity, and with equal justice for all.

At that moment when I first heard of her death, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It felt as though a huge hole had just been created in my heart and soul. For me, Judge Ginsberg knew who she was, and she knew what she was. She was a human being first, and a Supreme Court Justice second. She always saw herself as equal to…not above or below, but equal to anyone with whom she came in contact. She didn’t lord it over anyone. She took seriously the oath she took as a Justice. She was always able to listen with an open mind. She was able to articulate her opinions clearly and succinctly. Her opinions were not only well thought out, they were studied, researched, and checked over and over again before she shared them. When those around her disagreed, she didn’t judge them, didn’t complain, and didn’t fight back. If she was outvoted, she accepted the decisions. She was the epitome of a centrist. Yet maybe her greatest gift was that no matter who stood in front of her or beside her, she accepted them as equals, equals under the law, equal as human beings, and equal as children of a creator. She was, on every level, an aged sage for our time.

Finally, I have to share that there is a feeling of emptiness now that she’s gone, not hopelessness but a bit of emptiness. I had a trust in her ability to act with fairness that I don’t often see in others, whether Supreme Court Justices or others. One more thing before I close. I loved that she was able to laugh, sometimes even at herself. She never took herself so seriously as not having the ability to make fun of herself. Not once did she complain about the fact she had cancer. As a matter of fact, she didn’t allow that challenge to in any way inform who or what she was. She wasn’t defined by cancer. She defined the role it played in her life. She even laughed at that.

Whether you agree or disagree with my assessment of her, together let’s please pray for all of those walking by her as she lay in state in the Capitol rotunda. Please pray for all of those who are feeling that loss at the deepest levels, particularly her family. Please pray for our country as decisions are made on who and how to fill that opening. In other words, please pray. Amen

Pastor Brad

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

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

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.

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 janet2.kreidler@gmail.com) if you have questions.

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.

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: melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

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.

Pastor Brad

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 janet2.kreidler@gmail.com) 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: melodycoach@olypen.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.

Connections

September 10, 2020

Sages of Trinity,

What a privilege it has been to continue to meet you, whether under a tree, in a park, on your patio, here at church, or on the lawn outside. I’ve learned a lot from you and about you. I’ve found you to be so generous, so wise and deep spiritually. You’ve asked great questions and shared pieces of your stories as I have shared pieces of mine. Maybe most importantly, you’ve learned about each other; things you didn’t know or hadn’t realized, things that you share, and things that make us unique. Over and over again what’s hit me most is that we are first, all in this together. Second, it really takes the kind of diversity we have here at Trinity to make a church. Third, that you care, and care deeply about each other, this church, this community, and your faith. We truly are a Body of Christ with, as Paul says, each part serving a purpose.

So far I’ve met with about fifty of you. There are still eight to ten groups ready to meet. But one more thing that we seem to share is a kind of longing. It’s a longing to be together again. It’s a longing to be back in the sanctuary. It’s a longing to either hear or sing the music that is so central to who and what we are as a church. It’s the longing for those things that have connected us and connected us to the community. As you’ll hear on Sunday, what if, in this time, we begin to think at least a little differently about what it means to be church, to be connected, to be a part of this community and the world. What if God, as one person at a neighborhood gathering said, is calling us beyond the sanctuary? I believe there are ways to answer that call. The answers may not overcome the longing that lay so deeply within us, but it will continue to deepen our connection with each other and the community.

So here are a few pieces of what you’ll hear in the message this Sunday. In this time of COVID-19, and particularly now with the wildfires and smoke and need to stay indoors, the connections within the neighborhood groups are that much more vital. What would it take for you to check in on each other, even more intentionally than you have? We continue to have those among us who feel isolated and alone. We have those who are feeling nervous and afraid. We have those who feel called to do more, and here is an opportunity to do more. Beyond that, what if we thought differently about our parking lot. What if we offered parking lot concerts, or parking lot speakers, or rented a huge tent that could be placed outside the David White building and created safe opportunities to gather there? What if we thought about ways we could welcome those seeking a quieter place than Carrie Blake Park to this property. There are shade trees but no picnic tables. There is a water fountain but few know it’s there. What if we thought differently about those playing pickleball and offered them a place with shade and a cooler filled with Gatorade or water with chairs where they could take a break. Again, maybe with an awning or pop up off the side of the David White building toward the courts.

Connections are a vital part of who we are as human beings. I think it’s time to really begin to accept that this is where we are right now, within COVID-19, within the smoke, and within the protocols that are keeping us safe. I believe we’re called to extend our radical hospitality beyond the doors and do it creatively, safely, and with intention to help this community know that we care; that we’re here, and that we continue to seek to be a place of connection. Now one more thought. Jan has offered us an opportunity to help the victims of the wildfires in our state. It’s one more thing we can do to connect. At the very least we can pray, but let’s also remember that there are those who have very literally lost everything. Let’s connect to them. Let’s love them. Let’s reach out to them. Stay safe friends, but let’s not have this time of opportunity pass us by. God is calling. Do you hear that still small voice? Let’s connect.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • 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.

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our website, sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

A suggestion for worship through the radio: Several members have purchased battery-powered radios to use in their cars during worship. They have found that there is less static than through their car radios. If the transmission through your car radio has not been clear, you might try this. Be sure to get a radio that will receive FM 87.7.

We still ask that you mail your contributions in 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.

Wildfire relief – can you help? As of September 4th, 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 janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you have questions.

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.

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: melodycoach@olypen.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.

Refreshed and freshening up

September 3, 2020

It’s great to be back. I can honestly say that this is one of the few churches where I’ve been really excited to get back at it following a time away. We got a lot done while away, and yes, we traveled around and experienced this beautiful place. We hiked the Spit, took a trip to Sekiu, stood on the rocks at Tongue Point, saw the Sol Duc Hot springs, and took a trip to the cabin. We also continued to renovate the house and move in more fully. I thank you for that time away; and thank Joey Olson for stepping in to preach. I loved experiencing worship with her, albeit online. She is a wonderful gift to this community and this is a relationship I will treasure. Thank you, Joey! Now, to what’s ahead.

This month brings a variety of events for us here at Trinity. We have the Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, this time on-line. We have Annual Conference; a one day version. We’re exploring how to offer Harvest Dinner as a Harvest Dessert. We’re offering around ten neighborhood locations for a get to know you time with me. Some of those locations will have two or three gatherings, one right after another. The gatherings have already been a wonderful gift. Thank you to those who’ve put these together. It’s been great!

The new sermon series is all about being “sages” in this time and in this place. I’m not sure that any of us see ourselves in that light. However, if you look deeper into the definition of a sage, I think you’ll find that we are all, in fact, sages; as we have a lot to offer each other and the world. I’ll be exploring some very familiar and even some less familiar Biblical sages, and how their stories can and often do reflect ours. I hope to have some fun with this, as you’ll see on the bulletin cover for the parking lot service. The series is called, “Aged Sages of Biblical Renown.” The title is hopefully one that brings a smile to each of us; because some of those I’ll be presenting are, like Gideon, of less renown but have allowed God to work through them for a greater good.

Finally, I want to say thank you to the multiple people and groups that have taken on some things around the church. I was thrilled to drive in this morning and see the set up for the community drive-through food distribution. Hundreds of families are being helped each week as we’ve partnered with a variety of other community organizations to make sure this opportunity continues. I want to thank those who were involved in cleaning out and organizing some of the storage areas around the church; and those who are continuing in that somewhat challenging endeavor. I want to thank the small task force who made sure the sanctuary chancel walls were painted. The color allows the cross, the Rose Window, and the sacred nature of that space to be more clearly identified. I want to thank Jan and others who continue to work on providing the Harvest Dinner, in whatever form it may happen, and for her leadership in making sure that we had opportunities to sign up for the Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute. I’m thankful to those who have made sure that Lois’s Legacy has a place they can call their own. And for those helping with the parking lot service, our incredible musicians, our sound folks, the volunteers that consistently give of their time and talents; thank you! You are an amazing bunch and your heart for each other and for this community is a beautiful thing to see. It is such a rare privilege to be serving in a church like this.

With Deep Appreciation,
Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • 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

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage, sequimtumc.org, for a link to the service.

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.

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: melodycoach@olypen.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.

The Trinity United Methodist congregation contributed $864.00 to the Boys & Girls Club Back to School Fair. Here is their message of appreciation:

From everyone at the Boys & Girls Club: Thank YOU! Your gift makes a difference for kids in our community. Thank you for supporting the back to school fair!

Last days of summer

August 27, 2020

Pastor Brad is on vacation through August 30. 
Rev. Joey Olson will be preaching this Sunday August 30. There will be no written sermons available, but you may go online to view the worship service. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call the church office.

Upcoming sermon series: Pastor Brad thought it might be time to have some fun in worship, so his sermons, beginning in September, will focus on what he’s calling the “Aged Sages of Biblical Renown.” He’ll be focusing on people like Sarai and her laughter, Elijah trying to find shade, Anna and Simeon at the Temple, Zachariah becoming mute, Solomon and his wisdom…and other biblical stories of those who were wise beyond their years, or who had a relationships with God that simply makes us smile. Sure, there will be points that can help us today, but it’s time for a little fun, some smiles, and maybe even some laughter. So, he says, I’ll see you in September.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • 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

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage https://www.sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

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.

Upper Room daily devotionals for September and October are available to pick up at the church, just outside the main doors.
Monday – Friday between 9am and 2pm.

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events, and more.

Many thanks to all who donated funds for the Sequim Education Fund Grant and the Boys and Girls Club Back to School Fair. Enough funds came in for the grant and we were able to give a check of $684.04 for the Back to School Fair. Your generosity is appreciated and certainly will make a difference for our Sequim students!

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: melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

Trinity to help CERT with food distribution: Beginning Wednesdays August 26, TUMC will provide 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 at the street who will direct you where to park.

A busy end of August

August 20, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

As many of you are aware, I’ve taken a few weeks of vacation. As odd as it may seem for a pastor to begin a new appointment and then almost immediately take vacation, I wanted to let you know why we do this. Every move is stressful, particularly a pastoral move. Saying goodbye to one church and immediately trying to say hello and get to know a new church is challenging in the best of times. Starting a new position is also stressful. Trying to learn the rhythms of a new and different congregation, particularly coming from Bellevue, I assure you that the stresses, rhythms and expectations are very different. And believe me, I will take Trinity over Bellevue any time. Also, given the inherent challenges within this pandemic, the stresses have been exponentially more difficult. But there is more.

In the materials created by the denomination regarding pastoral transitions, they recommend coming in to a new situation, getting a feel for the church, and then taking time away before the program year begins. I’ve always sought to do that, but given a few other elements going on, now feel as though the time away is even more important for both Dorothy and me. We haven’t fully moved in yet and hope to do that while on vacation. I haven’t gone to see my parents since moving. They are 92 and 93 and both Dorothy and I feel a need to see them and spend a day with them. We would love to explore the area a little more; go camping, for drives, bike the trail, take a hike or two, and really begin to get to know the beauty that is very literally all around us. In the midst of it we hope to just sit and be and breathe; to relax, enjoy each other, and rest a bit. I just wanted to let you know why I’m taking this time away. If you have questions about it, let me know…but not until after August 30th. I continue to pray for you.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • 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 (see note on next page)

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

We still ask that you mail your contributions to the church and make sure to use ourP.O. Box 3697 instead of our street address. We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity.

Pastor Brad is on vacation through August 30. Rev. Joey Olson will be preaching this Sunday and next, August 23 and 30. There will be no written sermons available, but you may go online to view the worship service. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call the church office.

Upcoming sermon series: Pastor Brad thought it might be time to have some fun in worship, so his sermons, beginning in September, will focus on what he’s calling the “Aged Sages of Biblical Renown.” He’ll be focusing on people like Sarai and her laughter, Elijah trying to find shade, Anna and Simeon at the Temple, Zachariah becoming mute, Solomon and his wisdom…and other biblical stories of those who were wise beyond their years, or who had a relationship with God that simply makes us smile. Sure, there will be points that can help us today, but it’s time for a little fun, some smiles, and maybe even some laughter. So, he says, I’ll see you in September.

Trinity to help CERT with food distribution: Beginning Wednesdays August 26, TUMC will be providing 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 Sequim High School parking lot will no longer be 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 at the street who will direct you where to park.

Upper Room daily devotionals for September and October are available to pick up at the church, just outside the main doors. Monday – Friday between 9 am and 2 pm.

August Noisy Can offering for the Boys and Girls Club’s Back to School Fair. Updated info on the Back to School Fair: it has been scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and it will be a drive-through event. Because of COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations only instead of asking people to shop for supplies. Please get donations for this project in to the church by Tuesday, August 25. CHECKS PLEASE – NO COINS THIS TIME. Your ongoing support is always appreciated! (If you have questions, contact Jan Kreidler at janet2.kreidler@gmail.com or 360-681-5027.)

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events and more.

A note from Katherine Parker:

Dear Friends at Trinity UMC,

I am grateful for your support of my work with the people of Nepal, even as I am working remotely from my parent’s house in California while Nepal is on lockdown. Despite the closed borders and limited movement, COVID is on the rise in Nepal as migrants stranded at the India border are finally being allowed in to return home. With UMW and UMCOR support, we (United Mission to Nepal) are reaching out to equip health facilities because maternal and child mortality is on the rise due to limited vaccine campaigns and fear to seek treatment. Email me at kparker@umcmission.org if you would like to join by Zoom for more updates.

Peace,

Katherine Parker

Hope and change

August 13, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

I was asked the other day if I really meant all of the positive things I’ve shared with you as a church. I answered unreservedly with a resounding YES. I was asked the same question by a few of the staff and shared again that first, I don’t say anything I don’t really mean. For me, that’s an ethical issue if all I’m doing is trying to make you feel good about yourselves but without evidence. So let me say again, with a deep sense of admiration and out of my own deep need for honesty, I’ve never seen a church communicate with the kind of love, patience, and compassion I’ve seen here. I want to assure you, I really mean that. You’ll hear a story during the sermon of another church I served. My hope is that the story will help you understand the depth of admiration I have for you and why. I’m watching even now as any number of discussion topics are coming forward; topics and discussions that, for other churches, could cause deep and potentially long term conflict. The discussions include whether or not we continue to offer the rummage sale. Also, issues around storage and where certain things might need to be stored. There are discussions around the hopes of moving Lois’ Legacy into the building and making it more fully a part of the ministries of this church. And discussions around where might be the best location. There is an ongoing discussion about Tim’s Place, how worship will unfold as we move through the phases of COVID. There is more but what I’ve found really without exception, is that you not only care deeply for each other, but your love and admiration of each other goes much deeper than anything that might divide you. Your opinions matter to each other but will not be handled in a way that creates division. Again, that is really unusual for a church.

This Sunday I’ll be talking about conflict; particularly the kind of passionate conflict we see all around us. I’m utilizing Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple courtyard. There are ways that we as Christians are set apart in dealing with conflicts. They are based on things like the Beatitudes and even the Fruit of the Spirit. They have to be out of love first. With that said, sure we’re going to disagree. It’s a part of human nature. The bottom line question for us is how is it that we will disagree one with another, and how will we or do we communicate our opinions. In this day and age, we certainly need to be approaching it from a different perspective, and it is my intention to continue to explore all of that. Again, that said, what I’m seeing here is a maturity of faith I’ve seldom seen before. Well done, O good and faithful servants.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • 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.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

We still ask that you mail your contributions in 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.

Pastor Brad will be on vacation next week through August 30. Rev. Joey Olson will be preaching on August 23 and 30. There will be no written sermons available, but you may go online to view the worship service. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call the church office.

August Noisy Can offering for the Boys and Girls Club’s Back to School Fair. Updated info on the Back to School Fair: it has been scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and it will be a drive-through event. Because of COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations only instead of asking people to shop for supplies. CHECKS PLEASE – NO COINS THIS TIME. Your ongoing support is always appreciated! (If you have questions, contact Jan Kreidler at janet2.kreidler@gmail.com or 360-681-5027.)

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events and more.

A time of possibilities

August 5, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

August is upon us and it is unlike any August in recent memory. Gone are the overflowing campgrounds, or those huge parties at the surrounding beaches. Gone are the indoor or even outdoor events we’ve grown to love. They have been replaced by mask-wearing and social-distancing warnings that create anxiety, frustration, even fear. The connections that had become so important to us seem to be distant memories, and the longings we feel for returning to some sense of normal have often become overwhelming. My heavens, we’re not even able to sing in church, particularly here in a church so well known for its choir and its singing. I realized this morning that I have yet to worship with you, this congregation, in the sanctuary; and I’m still not sure when that will happen. So, what do we do about any or all of it? I believe we have some answers.

As I say in my sermon for Sunday, there is a very real risk of moving into a time of deep depression, even loneliness. We all need connection and we’re in a time when the connections we are used to having are no longer available. That said, there are some connections we can create that will fill at least some of that need. The first is the refocusing of our neighborhood groups. You will hear over the next few weeks, opportunities to meet with me on Zoom, or yes, even in person. We have parameters we need to follow even in Phase II, but in-person gatherings are now possible. We are not allowed to meet with more than five people. So, in my own neighborhood group of Dungeness Meadows, I hope to meet face to face, mask to mask, with four of our eight folks, somewhere around the pond, or under the huge maple, or at the picnic table. Yes, we’ll social distance and we’ll wear masks, but we will be able to meet face to face if the desire is there. In other groups, we could do the same, meet in groups of no more than five at some of the beautiful places that surround us. So, there is one way we connect.

Let’s stay with the neighborhood groups for a minute. The groups could also go deeper with each other. They could share prayer needs, do the weekly sermon study questions together, share a few driveway picnics, seek to meet others they may not know as well, and build the potential connections in those geographic locations. It could also be a time of inviting a few other neighbors into the connection and allow them to get to know this amazing church we call home. Even beyond that, we’ve been thinking that the choir could so some of the same kinds of things. Maybe the section leaders could invite a few folks to meet at the church, at the park, or in other places and talk about their favorite music, or even what they hope to sing once the choir is back together. I know Joy Fellowship and the men’s breakfast group continue to meet. I’m glad to hear that. Maybe it’s time to create some additional groups that share interests.

This is a time ripe with possibilities. It will take creativity. It will take patience. It will take suggestions but it is all possible. With all of that said, there are those for whom this time is just tough. Let’s make sure we reach out to them, engage them, pray with and for them, and help them to know that they are still a part of this loving family. You’ve already done that for us and let’s keep doing that for those around us. I’ve grown to love and admire you. I hope you know that.

With Appreciation,

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • · For all recovering from surgery
  • 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
  • People of Beruit who were affected by the chemical fire/explosion
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

A Celebration – For our Friends at the Fifth Avenue Apartments – no longer in lockdown

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service on line. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

We still ask that you mail your contributions in 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.

Small Groups Opportunity

Trinity UMC has permission to go to phase 2. This presents the opportunity to have groups of no more than five people meet outdoors, as long as each person maintains social distancing (staying 6 feet apart) and wears a mask. We would like to provide opportunities for getting together in inspirational locations. We will post a map on the Trinity website with suggestions for places to meet. Groups may be formed by neighborhoods. If you would like to participate in a small group, or to coordinate a small group meeting based on your neighborhood, please let your Neighborhood Leader know. Groups may be formed according to common interests, such as music. If you are interested in participating in a group based on an interest in music, please let Donna Grubbs know.

Neighborhood – Neighborhood Leader

Sequim Bay / Diamond Point – Linda and Mark Gordon
Sunland – JoAnn Sahs-Cavin
Dungeness – Catherine & Russell (Cathy & Russ) McKenna
Sherwood North – Janet Albrich and Cyd Savoy
Sherwood South – Marian Warning and Marilyn Derau
Spruce West – Gary & Lelia Nichols
Spruce East – (need a leader for this neighborhood)
Bell Hill – Diane Davis and Gloria Mittelstadt
Silberhorn/Dungeness Meadows – Rae Walz
Parkwood/Carlsborg – Judy & Dave Croonquist
Kitchen Dick / Monterra – Lynnette Baughman

Inspirational places to meet

John Wayne Marina
Railroad Bridge Park
Three Crabs Area
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Pioneer Memorial Park https://www.sequimwa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Pioneer-Park-6
Carrie Blake Park https://www.sequimwa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/2
Whimsy Park
Sequim Bay State Park

—Kathleen
Deacon, Trinity United Methodist Church

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events and more.

August Noisy Can offering: Last week we shared information about how Education and Missions are sharing part of their budgets to support a Sequim school grant request through the Sequim Education Foundation. We are asking for donations to cover the balance of that grant and stated that any funds that came in that were “left over” would be used for the Boys and Girls Club’s Back to School Fair. Updated info on the Back to School Fair: it has been scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and it will be a drive-through event. Because of COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations only instead of asking people to shop for supplies. CHECKS PLEASE – NO COINS THIS TIME. Your ongoing support is always appreciated! (If you have questions, contact Jan Kreidler at janet2.kreidler@gmail.com or 360-681-5027.)

A Thank You: Trinity received the following response to our donation that provided a Sequim teacher scholarship:

Wow! Thank you so much, we are very excited to partner with Trinity United Methodist Church. We will be sure and include your organization in our press release. Your community support is so appreciated. —Merissa Koller Williams, Sequim Education Foundation Executive Director (https://www.sequimeducationfoundation.org/)

Picture of Jesus

July 30, 2020

Saints of Trinity,

Over the past three weeks, you’ve heard about how I see myself as a child of God, as a pastor, and how I see the role of the church in the world today. I’ve read over the now almost 80 questionnaires and I think it has given me some idea of how each of you approaches faith, belief, and even church. I’ve read your questions and your hopes for me as your pastor. So before getting into the meat of this short letter, I thought I might respond to some of the questions asked of me in the questionnaire. I’ll try and respond to some of your questions each week. Today I’ll begin with two responses.

First, I wanted you to know that I will never use the pulpit to voice my political opinions. The purpose of preaching on any given Wednesday and Sunday is to encourage, teach, inspire, and offer a potentially deeper understanding of how it is we are to live our lives as Christian disciples. In as much as some of you interpreted my message last week as taking a stand on some things, that was not the intention. Yes, I have opinions, and they are often strong opinions, but to me, the pulpit is a sacred space where Christ is shared; not a place of potential political wrangling. Second, if you ever disagree with anything I say, please know that my office is open, and I will try and make myself available for further discussions. I understand that in these times the communication probably needs to be by email. Please be aware that it is always my intention to respond as quickly as possible; and that I always look forward to those exchanges. I really do believe that we can sharpen each other as we open our minds and hearts, and are able to listen and converse openly, even with those with whom we disagree. What makes it even better is when we do it out of love for one another. I hope that answers a few of your questions. Now, let me move on to what’s in store for this week.

Think for just a minute, particularly those of you who grew up in the church, about the pictures of Jesus you experienced as a child. Did you have a favorite? I’m going to talk a bit about mine this Sunday. Now, as adults, has your favorite picture changed? If so, what is your favorite today and why? As we each prepare for Sunday, here’s a bit of a teaser. My favorite picture of Jesus when I was young was the one of Jesus holding a lamb. I always kind of saw myself as the lamb in his arms. My favorite picture of Jesus now as an adult is titled, “The Laughing Jesus.” For me, that captures the Jesus I believe in. I think Jesus did everything with great passion. I believe his laughter would have been the same; something he did with great passion. There are times when I believe we make Jesus so holy as to become too distant, untouchable, and someone with whom we can’t relate. But I believe the purpose of Jesus on earth was to give us someone with whom we might relate, an earthly representation of a God of love in action. Both of the pictures I’ve mentioned do that for me.

So, what was your favorite picture of Jesus as you were growing up? And do you have a favorite today? It is my hope that we’ll have a chance to share those with each other as the week progresses; whether in our neighborhood groups, our study groups, as couples or as friends. From there, over the next six weeks, we’ll explore seven different expressions of Jesus that relate to the time in which we live. Until I see you, God bless you, and know that I’m praying for you.

Pastor Brad

REMINDER: Bring your bread and juice for worship this Sunday!

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For our Friends at the Fifth Avenue Apartments – in lockdown due to COVID-19
  • 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
  • People facing or recovering from hurricanes
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

The parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our website, sequimtumc.org, for a link to the service.

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.

Thank you so much for your contributions of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes! We now have a good supply.

A special thank you to all my friends for your support, your cards and telephone calls, and your prayers. My leg is healing and Lori is now at her apartment. The love we received from our church family gave me the strength and courage to face each day.

Future plans

July 22, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

I can’t believe that the summer is already half over. I can’t believe that we’ve been in the heaven that is Sequim for almost six weeks. I can’t believe that I have the privilege of being your lead pastor. I can’t believe how generous you are; how loving and gracious and even patient with this pastor who has yet to fully move into their home. But, you are…all of that and more.

I wanted to let you know that a group of us submitted our recommendations for reopening to the District and Conference offices. It is my hope that we hear of their approval of our plan sooner rather than later. Until we hear from them, we are still considered to be in Phase One. Moving into Phase Two will open up some additional possibilities like outdoor worship – maybe allowing camp chairs on a Sunday morning alongside the parking lot service. It will allow gatherings of ten which opens up the possibility of the neighborhood gatherings. It will open up the opportunity to meet here at the church. I’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

I also wanted to share that, beginning on August 2, I’ll be providing discussion questions with the message. My hope is to have those available on the website, in the bulletin, or the screens when we record on Wednesdays. This first set will be pretty simple. I’m asking questions like: what was your favorite picture of Jesus when you were a child? What is your favorite picture of Jesus today? How about your least favorite? What is your favorite Jesus story, or even your least favorite? This first week, beginning a week from Sunday, the questions are designed to allow you to get in the rhythm of discussing things with each other. It’s my hope that some will have small group discussions, while others may discuss as couples or families. Maybe some could do it on Zoom and others by email. The questions could be a part of our Neighborhood Ministry Groups, or could just be time with a friend over coffee or tea or lunch. I see this as an opportunity to expand community; to gather in whatever ways we can to love and support and explore together.

Finally, I want to say thank you for your faithful giving. I look at the financial reports and am deeply touched by your commitment to this church and the ministries we seek to provide. You are an inspiration and a blessing. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

With Love and Appreciation,

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For our Friends at the Fifth Avenue Apartments – in lockdown due to COVID-19
  • For Bill and Jenny Green as they travel to their new home in Maryville, TN
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman and his wife Dorothy at this time of transition
  • 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

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.

The parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our website, https://www.sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

We still ask that you mail your contributions in 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.

UPCOMING ONLINE EVENT: Leadership Institute 2020 presented by The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas will be on September 24th and 25th. Because it is online this year, it will be open to anyone interested! Two groups from TUMC have attended in person in the past, and returned energized with new information to implement at TUMC to strengthen our church and its programs.

To learn about all the exciting presentations, you can go to https://li.cor.org. But, do not register yet.

More information about this will be sent out in a separate email next week. If you want to discuss anything about the Leadership Institute, Margaret Cox, Donna Grubbs, and Gay Lyn and Ken Lillagore, members of TUMC who attended previously, will be happy to talk to you.

Please help keep the church staff and visitors safe:
Do you have extra hand sanitizer or Clorox wipes or Lysol wipes? The church is low on these supplies and is having trouble finding them in the stores. If you see them when you’re shopping, please pick up a couple for the church, submit your receipts and you will be reimbursed. Thanks so much!