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Trinity United has limited capacity for events, including the 10 a.m. Sunday services, in accord with the state’s pandemic guidance. We have continued worship services online; please check the Sermons page.

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Announcements for July 1 – 10

The church office is closed Monday, July 5 for the Fourth of July weekend.

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office at 360-683-5367.

This really helps the welcomers when they check people in.

For Sunday Services Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive, if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Printed Sermons

Printed sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached. Last week’s sermon (Susanna Wesley presentation) is now available.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one. Two dates are still remaining: October 31 and November 14.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad hosts a call-in radio show on Sundays, from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

Wrap-up on Food Box Distribution from Jim Stoffer

This program started at the Sequim High School parking lot in June 2020 and moved to the Guy Cole Center and our TUMC parking lot in October in response to the food insecurity faced by so many during the pandemic. Demand has decreased so this drive-through program has ended. However, people are welcome to stop by the Sequim Food Bank during their regular hours.

In celebration of and gratitude to Andra Smith/the Sequim Food Bank, Blaine and Cindy Zechenelly/CERT, the City of Sequim, Trinity UMC, and for all of the volunteers and their work. If you are interested in the statistics: nearly 700 tons of food/ 1.25 million meals were shared with approximately 17,000 families. We have an awesome community and church!

Help Wanted!

The Trustees would like to have a video inventory of all Trinity “personal property” to use as a record in the event we have to make an insurance claim. We are looking for some folks who like to video and would be willing to seek out all our nooks and crannies to record on a thumb drive all of our “stuff.” If you are interested, or for more info, please call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

New small group: COVID-19 Transition – Redesigning My New Normal, in Christ

This is a small group developed for those who are vaccinated yet, for a variety of reasons, may feel reluctant to come out of sheltering. They may be feeling unsafe, confused, and unclear about the best approaches to take. They may know they need to reconnect with others but just cannot find the motivation.

If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s a nationwide issue and can be very challenging. Melody has been developing her own redesign and has wonderful strategies that work to share with you!

Come and develop steps to prayerfully create your individual reopening, done using your inner wisdom at your own pace. Come and learn professionally researched calming and healing tools to aid you in a safe and accepting atmosphere.

Group will be held on either Wednesday or Thursday, July 21st or 22nd at noon depending on the needs of the group. We will meet on Zoom but will consider meeting in person for those who are unable to use Zoom.

To sign up or ask questions contact Melody Romeo and indicate your interest and the best day for you. Space is limited so please contact her soon. Email melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360 461-5595. Please leave your phone# so she can speak with you.

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 on Friday, 09 July at 9:30 AM for a couple hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Safety Ministry and Medical Response Team Opportunity

As part of our Safety Ministry, TUMC has a Medical Response Team. Each Sunday one member of this team sits in the back of the sanctuary during worship with a Medical Kit. Each member performs this duty once a month. If there is a medical or mental health emergency, the person on duty makes sure the appropriate action is taken. Medical Response Team Members include individuals with advanced medical training; emergency medical technicians, or others with emergency medical training. Team members will be oriented to the Medical Kit, must be willing to have current basic first aid certification, and take a mental health first aid course. If you are willing to join the Safety Ministry or the Medical Response Team and need to take the basic first aid course or the mental health first aid course, you can get a scholarship to attend. To join the team or for more information, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals for July-August are now available in the church narthex.

The power of prayer

July 1, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Prayer; it’s one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and each other. It engages a power unlike any other. It moves and surrounds those for whom we pray. It allows love, particularly God’s powerful love, to fill, surround, embrace, comfort, and support those who may be in need. At times our prayers are short, what we used to call “arrow prayers,” prayers that we kind of shoot up into the air hoping they will land wherever the need may arise. Other times the prayers become that much more focused. We spend intentional time on the work we need to do in our own souls, and the needs we know are needed in the lives of others. If ever there was a time for prayer at Trinity, this is it.

Carl Christensen has bladder cancer. Barbara Hughes is struggling with some major health issues. Gary Nichols just lost Lelia. Cathy McCaffery just lost Joe. Helen Rice recently lost her daughter Lori. Jerry Wright is struggling with some physical challenges. David Barber is struggling with lung cancer. Bill and Lynnette Baughman are worried about young Sophie, Linda Gordon is facing knee surgery as are others in the congregation, Ely Springer is being challenged with health issues, and there are others in need of our prayers. Each one of these beloved folks has others around them who, because of the struggles and challenges of those they love, are struggling as well. There are others I haven’t mentioned, who also need our love, our support, and our prayers.

Even as a church we’re trying to figure out how to reopen in ways that keep people safe. We’re beginning to examine what may be next for us as a church. I am aware that emotions can run high when dealing with stresses like COVID, politics, community matters, and a church trying to figure things out. So please pray for our staff and leaders here at church. Each one listed above could use personal prayers. Each spouse, partner, friend, loved one can use the power that is a prayer away. Each person in leadership at Trinity can use the kind of love and support that prayer brings, particularly as we make hard decisions about our future.

I believe in the power of prayer. When I went through my heart attack, and particularly as I sought to recover, your prayers were tangibly present. I felt them. Dorothy felt them. My family felt them. If we are open to it, all of us can feel them when we are being prayed for. My prayer shawl and prayer quilt still contain those prayers. I find deep comfort in those, as do others who have received them. Truth be told, I believe prayer to be the primary role of the church. Certainly worship and fellowship and service play significant roles, but as a Body of Christ, it is prayer that can and will truly unite us and guide us.

So friends, take the list above, and please take the time to pray for each one I’ve listed; by name, by circumstance, by need. If you know of others in need, pray for them in the same, focused, loving way. Prayer works, friends, so let’s pray for one another. I’m certainly praying for all of you.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Please keep the family and friends of Rev. Jack Anderson, former pastor of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, in your prayers at his death. Memorial service on Saturday, July 10th, 2 pm at DVLC.
  • 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 all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; for essential workers; and for those who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements for June 24 – July 3, 2021

Note: Please remember to sign up to attend worship on Sunday! Call the church office, 360-683-5367. Thanks!

Let’s take care of each other as potentially record-breaking high temperatures are predicted for this weekend, beginning Friday. Be sure to drink plenty of water and check on your neighbors and friends.

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office at 360-683-5367.

(For Sunday Services Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive, if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Sermons to be available after Sunday

Printed sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached. Last week’s sermon is included with this week’s letter and announcements.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad hosts a call-in radio show on Sundays, from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

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 tomorrow, Friday, 25 June at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Help Wanted!

The Trustees would like to have a video inventory of all Trinity “personal property” to use as a record in the event we have to make an insurance claim. We are looking for some folks who like to video and would be willing to seek out all our nooks and crannies to record on a thumb drive all of our “stuff.” If you are interested, or for more info, please call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Peace with Justice Sunday, June 27, 2021:

In Arizona border towns, communities facing social challenges are dramatically divided. In Liberian villages, citizens’ human rights are being violated. In local U.S. communities, women and girls are being bought and sold against their will. Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, the United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice

Although individually we may lack the resources to effect change in a broken world, our giving is vital for the UMC to continue our global ministries of reconciliation. The Peace with Justice Sunday offering enables the United Methodist Church to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace. You may donate by issuing a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Peace w/Justice in the memo section. If you would like more information, go to: https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/pwjs-promo-card.

A Basic First Aid Class

taught by Mark Bowes has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

New small group: Post COVID-19 – Redesigning My New Normal, in Christ

This is a small group developed for those who are vaccinated yet, for a variety of reasons, may feel reluctant to come out of sheltering. They may be feeling unsafe, confused, and unclear about the best approaches to take. They may know they need to reconnect with others but just cannot find the motivation.

If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s a nationwide issue and can be very challenging. Melody has been developing her own redesign and has wonderful strategies that work to share with you! Come and develop steps to create your individual reopening, done at your own pace. Come and learn professionally researched calming and healing tools in a safe and accepting atmosphere.

The group will be held on Zoom or in-person either Wednesday or Thursday, July 7th or 8th at noon, depending on the needs of the group.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Melody Romeo and indicate your interest and the best day for you. Space is limited. Email melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595. Please call this week so that we can determine the best date.

Safety Ministry and Medical Response Team Opportunity

As part of our Safety Ministry, TUMC has a Medical Response Team. Each Sunday one member of this team sits in the back of the sanctuary during worship with a Medical Kit. Each member performs this duty once a month. If there is a medical or mental health emergency, the person on duty makes sure the appropriate action is taken. Medical Response Team Members include individuals with advanced medical training; emergency medical technicians, or others with emergency medical training. Team members will be oriented to the Medical Kit, must be willing to have current basic first aid certification, and take a mental health first aid course. If you are willing to join the Safety Ministry or the Medical Response Team and need to take the basic first aid course or the mental health first aid course, you can get a scholarship to attend. To join the team or for more information, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Volunteering to help with Portable Emergency Kitchen:

We have six people so far who have volunteered. Additional volunteers are welcome to train and help with one of the portable kitchens in the event of a major catastrophe. This kitchen would be deployed in the Sequim area where food would be provided and served. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals for July-August are now available in the church narthex.

The three graces

June 24, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

This Sunday we have a special guest. I have to say that she looks amazing given her age. She was born on January 20, 1669. No, you didn’t misread that. I said 1669. She is the mother of the founder of our denomination, although he never called it a denomination. He always saw it as a movement within the Anglican tradition. His name was John Wesley. John also had a brother. Okay, he had a number of brothers (and sisters), but there was one in particular that we know well. His name was Charles. He was a deep thinker like John, but expressed those thoughts in a different way. John’s expressions came in letters, journals, and sermons. Charles expressed himself in music; hymns to be more accurate. And it is Susanna, who will be our guest this Sunday, their mother.

This will be the first Sunday of a series that will last much of the summer. We’ll be exploring the underlying meanings of what it means to be Methodists; particularly a United Methodist Church. I’ve spent most of my life in this denomination with some side trips to Presbyterian, Assemblies of God, Church of God, and a few non-denominational churches. I came back to Methodism because of the foundations of what John and Charles sought to bring to the world. One example is the inscriptions on the outside of our sanctuary doors.

John came up with four pieces of faith; four elements that need to come together to create a healthy and whole expression of faith. They included scripture as the basic foundation for all that we do; tradition going back to the early church as the most basic outline for what a Body of Christ is to be; experience, all of those personal experiences that come together to make us the Christians we are; and finally reason. Reason allows us to bring all of the other elements together. Wesley wanted followers to be deep thinkers, committed to growth and formation throughout their lives. It’s the combination of these elements that sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries.

John believed that God would come to us in three distinctive ways throughout our lives. He called these the three graces.

The first was prevenient grace; a grace that goes before us, surrounding us, introducing us to God’s presence in people and circumstances, a grace that sought to bring us closer to God and the formation of an initial relationship with our Creator.

The second he called justifying grace, a grace that comes in that moment when we commit our lives to Christ and choose to live into that relationship every day.

The third he called sanctifying grace; that love and relationship that takes us deeper into that relationship with God and the relationships we have with each other. This, for Wesley, was a cycle. We move in and out of that relationship but God is always there seeking to bring us back. He believed that the primary role of the church was to do the same. It’s why he formed small groups in every church he started, so that followers would have others to turn to in times of loss, joy, and concern. Charles then wrote hymns that related to everything I just shared, including this next piece.

Finally, they believed that there was one more combination that made us whole as followers. It was first in what I just described. He called it acts of piety. In other words, making sure that we remained in that close relationship with God in Christ. To do that opened up the second piece of Christian balance. In our practice of piety, God would reveal to us those places where God needed us to offer what Wesley called acts of charity. In other words, involvement in the communities that surround us, and involvement that could and would be transformational.

These are a few of the elements we’ll explore this summer. But before we get into those, don’t miss meeting the mother of John and Charles this Sunday. We’ll see you in church.

Pastor Brad

Let’s take care of each other as potentially record-breaking high temperatures are predicted for this weekend, beginning Friday. Be sure to drink plenty of water and check on your neighbors and friends.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Please keep the family and friends of Rev. Jack Anderson, former pastor of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, in your prayers at his death. Memorial service on Saturday, July 10th, 2 pm at DVLC.
  • Gary Nichols and family at the death of his wife, Lelia. Note: The memorial service for Lelia will be here at TUMC on Tuesday, June 29, 1 pm.
  • 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 all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; for essential workers; and for those who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements for June 17 – 26, 2021

Note: Please remember to sign up to attend worship on Sunday! Call the church office, 360-683-5367. Thanks!

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. (Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Sermons to be available after Sunday

Printed sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached. Last week’s sermon is included with this week’s letter and announcements.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad hosts a call-in radio show on Sundays, from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

Help Wanted!

The Trustees would like to have a video inventory of all Trinity “personal property” to use as a record in the event we have to make an insurance claim. We are looking for some folks who like to video and would be willing to seek out all our nooks and crannies to record on a thumb drive all of our “stuff.” If you are interested, or for more info, please call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Peace with Justice Sunday, June 27, 2021:

In Arizona border towns, communities facing social challenges are dramatically divided. In Liberian villages, citizens’ human rights are being violated. In local U.S. communities, women and girls are being bought and sold against their will. Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, the United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice.

Although individually we may lack the resources to effect change in a broken world, our giving is vital for the UMC to continue our global ministries of reconciliation. The Peace with Justice Sunday offering enables the United Methodist Church to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace. You may donate by issuing a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Peace w/Justice in the memo section. If you would like more information, go to:

https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/pwjs-promo-card

Post Covid19: Redesigning My New Normal, in Christ

This is a small group developed for those who are vaccinated yet, for a variety of reasons, may feel reluctant to come out of sheltering. They may be feeling unsafe, confused, and unclear about the best approaches to take. They may know they need to reconnect with others but just cannot find the motivation.

If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s a nationwide issue and can be very challenging. Melody has been developing her own redesign and has wonderful strategies that work to share with you! Come and develop steps to create your individual reopening, done at your own pace. Come and learn professionally researched calming and healing tools in a safe and accepting atmosphere.

The group will be held on either Wednesday or Thursday, July 7th or 8th at noon, depending on the needs of the group.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Melody Romeo and indicate your interest and the best day for you. Email melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595.

Safety Ministry and Medical Response Team Opportunity

As part of our Safety Ministry, TUMC has a Medical Response Team. Each Sunday one member of this team sits in the back of the sanctuary during worship with a Medical Kit. Each member performs this duty once a month. If there is a medical or mental health emergency, the person on duty makes sure the appropriate action is taken. Medical Response Team Members include individuals with advanced medical training; emergency medical technicians, or others with emergency medical training. Team members will be oriented to the Medical Kit, must be willing to have current basic first aid certification, and take a mental health first aid course. If you are willing to join the Safety Ministry or the Medical Response Team and need to take the basic first aid course or the mental health first aid course, you can get a scholarship to attend. To join the team or for more information, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

A Basic First Aid Class

taught by Mark Bowes will be offered Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is limited to 12 participants. On completion of the class, a Basic First Aid card good for 2 years will be issued. Sign up no later than June 18. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Sequim Food Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The last food distribution will be next week, June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Note: During the Food Bank Distribution, the driveway in the back of the church by the dumpster is blocked off. Please enter the church parking lot by way of the front driveway and please follow the directions of the Traffic Directors.

Volunteering to help with Portable Emergency Kitchen:

We have six people so far who have volunteered. Additional volunteers are welcome to train and help with one of the portable kitchens in the event of a major catastrophe. This kitchen would be deployed in the Sequim area where food would be provided and served. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

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 on Friday, 25 June at 9:30 AM for a couple hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 1 more week, June 22. In this Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. You may still join the class for the remaining weeks. This class is being held via Zoom. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or 240-463-7598.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals for July-August are now available in the church narthex.

COVID-19 scare, trust, and honesty

June 17, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

We had a scare this week. It was serious and related to COVID-19. This is what I wrote to you last Tuesday. It was based on a situation we had at the church that offered a wake-up call for all of us.

“I need to report to you that we’ve all been potentially exposed to COVID. Last Wednesday, one of the outside groups that meet in the fellowship hall was led by someone who was unknowingly carrying, and therefore spreading the disease. She did not wear a mask, had no symptoms that day, became sick the following day, and was ultimately diagnosed with the deadly virus. She was one who believed that her faith would keep her safe. It didn’t. What that means is that she exposed that group to COVID, and in so doing, exposed this church to the virus. We are trying to figure out what steps we now need to take to make sure everyone is safe, and that this doesn’t happen again. This was a wake-up call for us. It’s why we will continue to wear masks on Sundays, continue to try and socially distance, and continue to try and keep each other safe. The virus is still active, and it is opportunistic. Let’s take care of one another as we continue through this time.”

Friends, I received a number of reactions and responses to this “Alert” and want to let you know we’re taking them all very seriously. Here’s what I mean.

We will be reminding all church groups and outside groups that they are required to strictly follow the guidelines set forth by our denomination, County medical officials, State officials, and the CDC. Each of those organizations must clearly agree that if there are unvaccinated individuals in any group, the entire group needs to remain masked, needs to be social distancing, and needs to make sure that sanitation protocols are followed. We know that here at Trinity, there are those among us who could not be vaccinated because of health challenges. We need to protect them. For all others, particularly some of our outside groups, part of the challenge is that following protocols requires honesty from all members of every group; trust that requires honesty about whether or not each member has been fully vaccinated. And a reminder, to be fully vaccinated means two shots and a two-week waiting period following the second shot. If there are individuals in any group who either don’t believe that COVID is real, and therefore remain unvaccinated, or individuals who refuse to wear masks, given what has now happened, we will ask that those groups find another location to meet. We won’t place this church at risk again. As harsh as that may sound, as those who seek to follow John Wesley and even Jesus, “Do no harm” is one of our most precious and prominent statements for us. One more thing.

We all know that, particularly for our most vulnerable, being vaccinated does not guarantee that they won’t contract COVID. They can, and if exposed, can get very sick. We now see that in the care facility here in Clallam Country that currently has fourteen cases. Those cases were brought into that facility by someone who was unvaccinated and who wasn’t careful about wearing a mask. I can’t help but look at the result of that as carelessness. COVID is not behind us. The pandemic is not over. It’s getting better and is growing smaller as more people are vaccinated, but in no way does that mean that we can let down our guard. So we won’t.

Part of my role as pastor is to make sure we continue to be a safe place; a safe place to worship, to pray, to meet, and to offer love and safety to one another. Part of that love currently comes in the form of a mask. I want to assure you that we will continue to follow the direction of those who know more about this than we do. That includes the CDC and our own medical personnel. Let’s continue to pray for one another as we continue to move toward safely reopening.

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

Ten essentials for a vibrant and healthy Church

June 10, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

In last week’s message, I introduced some of the findings of a five-year study. It was a personal study that sought to initially explore what places Mainline churches at risk for losing vibrancy and ultimately dying. About halfway through I added the second element: that of exploring key essentials that, when present, will create a vibrant and healthy church. I presented the first five of those this past Sunday. This coming Sunday you’ll hear the others. The first is related to the bread of communion, the bread that fills and allows us to focus on our hearts and souls. The second set is the juice that moves us outward as we seek to share the fruit of Christ with the church and others beyond the doors.

The Ten Essentials for a Vibrant and Healthy Church

These represent the bread that feeds us:

1. A Firm Conviction to Have God Moving In and Through All Aspects of the Church. It includes covering every aspect of the church in prayer, and holding the conviction that Jesus is the Way to follow in all things we seek to do.

2. Simple Guiding Statements regarding Mission and Vision. The combination of these two is the additional glue that holds us together and moves us toward the future.

3. Active, Engaging, Relevant, and Inspirational Worship. Pretty much says it all.

4. Sequential Opportunities for Discipleship – Growth in Faith. Think of college and classes that were offered at every level from the 101 to 400 level. We offer something similar here.

5. Opportunities to Build Loving and Trusting Relationships. These can be small covenant groups, neighborhood groups, Bible studies, focus groups, and other places where trust is built and risks are taken with each other.

These represent the grapes that allow us to share the fruit with others:

6. A Process for Welcoming and Engaging New People. Radical hospitality is something that needs to be a priority for every participant in the church. But then, it can’t stop there. There have to be obvious opportunities for deeper engagement and involvement for those coming in.

7. Servant-Oriented Leadership Including Staff. This is the inverted triangle of leadership. Leaders are at the bottom of the triangle seeking to support everything above.

8. Multiple Opportunities for Mission Outside of the Church Doors. There have to be multiple opportunities that can potentially engage a wide swath of the church; places for differing ages, abilities, interests, and passions.

9. Simple, Easy to Follow, Nimble Administrative Structure. I can’t stress this one enough. Our administrative structure doesn’t need to be complex. It does need to have opportunities for every voice to be heard. I believe both are possible and will be sharing more this fall.

10. Biblically Based Opportunities for All Kinds of Stewardship. Stewardship is often focused solely on money. Biblical stewardship is a lot more than money. For us, it involves covering each other with our prayers. It involves our presence and involvement in various aspects of the church. It involves the sharing of our gifts – only one part of that is financial. The final two are the sharing of service to others and bearing witness to our faith.

So, there you have it. We’ll be working on these throughout the summer and in the coming year. Let’s cover all of it with prayer as we continue to come together again, finally.

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

Announcements for June 10-18, 2021

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. (Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Sermons to be available after Sunday

Printed sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached. Last week’s sermon is included with this week’s letter and announcements.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad hosts a call-in radio show on Sundays, from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

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 on Friday, 11 June at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course having a cup of Rainshadow Dungeness Dark coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Post COVID-19: Redesigning My New Normal, in Christ

This is a small group developed for those who are vaccinated yet, for a variety of reasons, may feel reluctant to come out of sheltering. They may be feeling unsafe, confused, and unclear about the best approaches to take. They may know they need to reconnect with others but just cannot find the motivation.

If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s a nationwide issue and can be very challenging. Melody has been developing her own redesign and has wonderful strategies that work to share with you! Come and develop steps to create your individual reopening, done at your own pace. Come and learn professionally researched calming and healing tools in a safe and accepting atmosphere.

The group will be held on either Wednesday or Thursday, July 7th or 8th at noon, depending on the needs of the group.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Melody Romeo and indicate your interest and the best day for you. Email melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595.

Safety Ministry and Medical Response Team Opportunity

As part of our Safety Ministry, TUMC has a Medical Response Team. Each Sunday one member of this team sits in the back of the sanctuary during worship with a Medical Kit. Each member performs this duty once a month. If there is a medical or mental health emergency, the person on duty makes sure the appropriate action is taken. Medical Response Team Members include individuals with advanced medical training; emergency medical technicians; or others with emergency medical training. Team members will be oriented to the Medical Kit, must be willing to have current basic first aid certification, and take a mental health first aid course.

If you are willing to join the Safety Ministry or the Medical Response team and need to take the basic first aid course or the mental health first aid course, you can get a scholarship to attend. To join the team or for more information, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

A Basic First Aid Class

taught by Mark Bowes will be offered Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is limited to 12 participants. On completion of the class, a Basic First Aid card good for 2 years will be issued. Sign up no later than June 18. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

May Noisy Can Offering:

The good news is that, as of this past Monday, the total donations for our May 30th Noisy Can Offering are $1,275.56! These funds go to support the needs of students in advanced math classes at Sequim High School. Thank you for caring and sharing!

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Update on Summer Lunch Program & Weekend Food Boxes

In an effort to keep kids fueled up for the summer, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and its partnering agencies provide free meals at various locations for all kids ages 18 and under. Our Sequim Club is in need of volunteers to help transport and hand out those meals. Time commitment is approximately two hours a day for one week. Jim Stoffer has chosen the weeks of June 28 – 2 July & August 2-6 for TUMC weeks. If there are other dates folks are interested in, please let Jim know and he will let the Boys & Girls Club know; they are always seeking additional help😊

Weeks: June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 6-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, August 2-6, August 9-13, August 16-20, August 23-27.

Sites: Carrie Blake Park, Seabreeze Apartments, Elk Creek Apts, Mountain View Court Apts.

Sequim Food Bank Weekend Food Boxes for Families

The Sequim Food Bank Weekend Food Boxes for Families, separate program by the Food Bank. TUMC was asked to cover Friday, June 25th at Carrie Blake Park, noon-1pm. Jim has accepted and could need another person to assist. Please contact Jim at 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com for questions and/or to help with both programs.

Volunteering to help with Portable Emergency Kitchen

We have six people so far who have volunteered. Additional volunteers are welcome to train and help with one of the portable kitchens in the event of a major catastrophe. This kitchen would be deployed in the Sequim area where food would be provided and served. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 2 more weeks, June 15, and 22. In this Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. You may still join the class for the remaining weeks. This class is being held via Zoom. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or 240-463-7598.

Sequim Food Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The last food distribution will be on June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Note: During the Food Bank Distribution, the driveway in the back of the church by the dumpster is blocked off. Please enter the church parking lot by way of the front driveway and please follow the directions of the Traffic Directors.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Announcements for June 3 – 11

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. (Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Sermons to be available after Sunday

Beginning this week, sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached. The June 6th sermon will be posted on the TUMC website: sequimtumc.org

Quilt Signing this Sunday, June 6

Please sign the quilt for David Barber before you go into the sanctuary for worship. If you are unable to attend, you may call Diane Davis, 360-683-9547, and she will sign for you.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad hosts a call-in radio show on Sundays, beginning June 6 from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

Update on Summer Lunch Program & Weekend Food Boxes

In an effort to keep kids fueled up for the summer, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and its partnering agencies provide free meals at various locations for all kids ages 18 and under. Our Sequim Club is in need of volunteers to help transport and hand out those meals. Time commitment is approximately two hours a day for one week. Jim Stoffer has chosen the weeks of June 28 – 2 July & August 2-6 for TUMC weeks. If there are other dates folks are interested in, please let Jim know and he will let the Boys & Girls Club know; they are always seeking additional help😊

Weeks: June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 6-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, August 2-6, August 9-13, August 16-20, August 23-27

Sites: Carrie Blake Park, Seabreeze Apartments, Elk Creek Apartments, Mountain View Court Apartments

Sequim Food Bank Food Boxes for Families

The Sequim Food Bank Weekend Food Boxes for Families, a separate program by the Food Bank. TUMC was asked to cover Friday, June 25th at Carrie Blake Park, noon-1pm. Jim has accepted and could need another person to assist. Please contact Jim at 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com for questions and/or to help with both programs.

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 on Friday, 11 June at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course having a cup of Rainshadow Dungeness Dark coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Update on Volunteering to help with Portable Emergency Kitchen

We have six people so far who have volunteered. Additional volunteers are welcome to train and help with one of the portable kitchens in the event of a major catastrophe. This kitchen would be deployed in the Sequim area where food would be provided and served. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

A Basic First Aid Class

taught by Mark Bowes will be offered Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is limited to 12 participants. On completion of the class, a Basic First Aid card good for 2 years will be issued. Sign up no later than June 18. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 4 weeks on June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. You may still join the class for the remaining weeks. This class is being held via Zoom, so for more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Noisy Can Offering

Thank you for your Noisy Can Offerings of $380.56 which go to support the needs of students in advanced math classes at Sequim High School. As always, your gifts are greatly appreciated!

Sequim Food Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The last food distribution will be on June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Note: During the Food Bank Distribution, the driveway in the back of the church by the dumpster is blocked off. Please enter the church parking lot by way of the front driveway and please follow the directions of the Traffic Directors.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Key ingredients

June 3, 2021

Saints of Trinity,

It was about five years ago that I took an eight-week sabbatical. The focus was on church health. It was a time of research, reading, reflection, visiting websites, talking with pastors, and even parishioners from various churches – not all United Methodist – all while examining multiple business models that focused on excellence and organizational health. The paper that came out of that was framed by the Ten Essentials many of us grew up with in Boy Scouts. The Ten Essentials were absolutes when going hiking in the backcountry. They included everything you needed to find your way, and potentially survive. Therefore, the paper I wrote was called “The Ten Essentials of Church Health and Wholeness.” So now as we move toward reopening, I thought it important that you know where I stand on some of these things. In other words, what are the key ingredients that I feel need to be in place for this Body of Christ to be whole and healthy, growing and moving ahead?

Over these next two weeks, I’ll be exploring each one of them. I’ve combined two so it’s no longer ten, but nine, essentials. My apologies to the Boy Scouts, but it needed to be done to make this doable. This Sunday I’ll be exploring five of the nine. Then the following Sunday we’ll take a look at the final four. It will be on that Sunday, June 13th, that we’ll also dedicate the new altar and pulpit. For now, however, let me give you a small teaser regarding what’s coming.

Let me say first that these nine elements have been named by a whole lot of folks who know a whole lot more than I do about research, wholeness, even health. As I look at the lists developed by others, I’m thankful that most are consistent with what I found. The nine, when placed together, cross pretty much all denominational lines. They are consistent with what I find in the gospels, and what I find in Paul’s letters regarding a church. They are biblically based, and theologically sound. I know this all sounds a bit too confident, but the multiple research projects confirmed each of these.

So, as a teaser, here’s the list, and as you read it, think about us, Trinity United Methodist Church, and how we’re doing in each of these areas. COVID-19 has made it tougher, but as we come out of this time, let’s see if we might explore these in ways that allow us to take them on. Again, here’s the list:

1. A firm belief in God whose power can and will transform lives.

2. A simple, all-encompassing statement of mission & vision statement that propels the church toward and into the future.

3. Active, engaging, uplifting, and consistently excellent worship.

4. A model that allows for step-by-step growth in discipleship.

5. Multiple opportunities for the building of loving and caring relationships.

6. Christ-centered leadership.

7. Consistent focus on and involvement in mission and outreach that engages the world beyond the doors.

8. A simple, understandable, accessible administrative structure.

9. Biblically-based opportunities for stewardship and giving

So, as you read through the list, how are we doing? Do we have all of these in place, or might there be a few that need a bit more attention? I’ve yet to find a church that does all of them equally well. The initial point of all of this is to see where we are right now, today. A model like this can help us examine ourselves as a church.

Among the things I’ve found in this past year with you is a consistency of wanting to be the best we can be. I see it in all you do. It is what makes being here a joy. We’ve come through some really challenging times, but the future is bright as we continue to work together toward being the Body of Christ God needs us to be.

With deep appreciation for you!

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