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Easter

It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming

April 1, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

You’ll be receiving this on April Fools Day. Makes all kinds of sense when you look at the story we remember and honor this week. Today, Maundy Thursday, who would have ever believed that the one we seek to follow, our teacher, Savior, and friend, would literally stoop to wash the feet of his followers, us included. Who would have believed that he would have sacrificed himself so that we might more fully understand how we are to live our lives for each other and the world? But he did. And that makes him exactly the kind of “fool” I would want to follow. And if that wasn’t enough, the lesson in foolishness got a whole lot more challenging. Here is a man who lived his life in ways that cost him his life; lived it continually challenging those who would abuse, or deny, or seek to overpower others. He lived a life of the kind of love that, as I said, would cost him his life, a love of sacrificial giving. So on this Thursday, if you have communion elements and want to partake of them, remember their purpose. They are to remind us that this one who loved us continues to wash our feet. The bread and cup are reminders of his life and death, and of his expectations around how we are to live. Then comes Friday.

The cost to Jesus was so much more than we could ever have imagined. He was put to death. He died on a cross…a cross, a tortuous and demeaning cross, and would do it again if given the chance to redo or relive his life. We’re worth it. As I look again at Good Friday, for years I’ve said that I really don’t care whether you believe Jesus died on that cross to save us from sin, or if you believe he died on that cross so that we might fully understand how we are to live; sacrificially for one another and the world. The fact is that he died on that cross. And that’s what tomorrow is all about. So on this Good Friday, please spend some time contemplating that death. It was a death based in love. It was a death based in grace. It was a death so that three days later we might more fully understand the sum of the parts of Thursday and Friday; that no matter who we are, where we are, what we are, or even what we’ve done, there is always the possibility of resurrection and new life. That, friends, is God’s greatest gift to us. And sometimes, like in the case of a heart attack, we are reminded of just how fleeting life can be. We choose… each of us chooses to live the way we live; as people who offer that Jesus kind of love and grace, or as people who take them away. Which do you choose? Contemplate that tomorrow.

One of my greatest mentors and teachers, although he never knew it, was a man named Tony Campolo. I spent a short time with him, ultimately watching him teach and preach. One of Tony’s greatest sermons was titled, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming.” Well, it’s Friday as we continue in this time of Covid, in this time of our pastor having a heart attack, of living in a time that seems to continually whirl and swirl around us…yup, it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming. It’s challenging and dark and nerve-wracking, and confusing, and filled with anxiety…but Easter is coming. Resurrection is coming. New life is coming. And it’s already here. As I write these words I’ve never felt them more deeply than I do today. A week and a half ago it felt like I was at death’s door. But today, as I look out on an alpine lake; pristine, calm, and reflective, I am aware that resurrection has come. As I share a Maundy Thursday dinner with Dorothy and we exchange elements of communion, I think of how often she very literally washed my feet last week. She lifted me out of the darkness, as did the EMTs, the nurses, the cardiologist, the other medical staff, and each of you as you prayed. Each in your own way helps Friday become Easter Sunday. I feel overwhelmingly blessed.

I’m doing well as I continue to heal, and will continue to do what I need to do to get back with you. My goal remains the same; my birthday on May 7. You have great leaders who are taking care of you in ways you may not be aware of. Together, they are exploring what’s best for you as I recover. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Mark Galang, has stepped in to make sure that things are covered in ways they need to be covered. Patricia and the SPRC, working alongside Mark, are making sure that worship and sermons are and will be covered. This is their version of foot washing for you. So, it may be Friday, but Sunday’s coming, and the darkness, no matter how deep, could ever overcome the power of the light of Christ. I can’t wait to see your shining faces in the very near future. Thank you for the quilt and the shawl, the cards and letters, the books, the prayer, and the love. You need to know that each one is adding to my healing. I love you and will see you soon, and that is no April Fools joke.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for healing following Pastor Brad’s heart attack.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. Prayers for those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For all those who are ill from the covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; for all the first responders/essential workers; and for those who are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Easter and partial reopening

March 18, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

There is much to share this week. Probably the most important thing is information about reopening. We are reopening, but doing it gradually. We have permission to allow 25 persons in the facility at any given time, including worship services. As limiting as that may seem, at least it allows us to take one step toward fully opening up. Here’s how it’s going to work.
We will be reopening for live worship during Holy Week. We need to take reservations for those services. It will be first come first served. Reservations can be made by calling the church office. There will be four live Holy Week services available. There will also be opportunities to view those services on-line, including Easter Sunday. We will be prerecording an Easter service on the Wednesday before Easter. That service will be available for viewing online on Easter Sunday from the comfort of your homes. We thought that was important for those who will be unable to attend a live service, particularly given the minimal amount of people we will be able to have in each service.

Regarding the live services, each will require a reservation. We are asking that you make only one reservation. In other words, choose one of the four services to attend live. Here are the options. We will be holding a live Maundy Thursday service; the service that helps us remember the Last Supper. That service will be at 5 pm on Thursday, April 1, in the sanctuary. It will be recorded and available on-line the next day for those unable to attend the live service. There will be a live Good Friday service; a service remembering the death of Jesus, and all of the elements that led him toward the cross. That service will be on Friday, April 2nd at 5 pm, will also be taped, and will be available on-line the following day for those unable to attend. Each of those services will have 25 spots available.

On Easter Sunday we will hold two live services. The first will be at 9 am with the second at 11 am. With appropriate reservations, we will welcome 25 people to the sanctuary in each Easter Sunday service. We will also offer another 25 the opportunity to be in the Fellowship hall for each of the two services. The sanctuary service will be live, while the service in the Fellowship Hall will be simulcast on the big screen television monitors. The 9 am service will also be taped for viewing on-line at a later date. Those are the four opportunities for live worship beginning Holy Week. Now here are the tougher pieces of reopening in this way.

First, we are asking that only those who consider Trinity their church home make reservations, and attend the live services. In other words, no extended family, no neighbors, no other friends, at least at this point. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s what we need to do. We will open more fully as time goes by, and vaccinations become more prevalent. In addition, we are requiring that only those who have completed both vaccination shots, and who have had the two-week, post-second shot waiting period completed. So, the second shot plus the two-week waiting period will be required in order for anyone to attend one of the live services. In addition, we’re asking that we are able to have a copy of your vaccination card on file at the church. When bringing your card to the church, please redact or blackout your birthday before submitting your copied card. You can either drop the copy by the church office or bring it with you when you attend one of the services.

Upon arrival at the church for the service you will be attending, and for which you have a reservation, you will be met at the door by a greeter. The greeter will take your temperature, ask you to sign in, ask that you sanitize your hands, and make sure you have a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Those elements are requirements for any and all who attend. Masks will be worn at all times while in the facility. Once those pieces are taken care of, an usher will then take you to a seat in the sanctuary. The seating is designed with social distancing in mind. Every person in attendance will be socially distanced from anyone not in their “bubble.” We’re asking that you not sing, or at least don’t sing out. There will be no meet and greet time during the service. Once the service is over, ushers will dismiss you by sections in order to assure that social distancing is followed. There will also be no coffee hour.

Friends, words cannot describe to you how difficult all of this has been for those of us trying to plan worship. Our hands are tied by both the Governor and our Bishop. It’s possible that between now and Holy Week we will be allowed to expand those “in attendance” numbers. There is no guarantee of that. At this point, it is 25. It could move to 50 individuals or even 25% occupancy. We just don’t know. Our fear is people feeling excluded, and that people will feel an even deeper level of isolation knowing that others have been in worship in the sanctuary. Neighbors, please make those important phone calls to make sure everyone is okay. And be assured that as the virus becomes more controlled, as more are vaccinated, as we continue to follow the proper protocols we will be able to welcome more and more people back into worship. Until then, everything we’re doing is being done out of love for you. We love you and we want to keep you safe. The pandemic is not over.

Finally, I need to say this. The pandemic is real. The pandemic is huge. The numbers are real. The need for masks is real. As your pastor I want to caution you on listening to the voices that may tell you otherwise. I’ve had friends die. I have friends who, even after almost a year, are still struggling to breathe. I have friends who have not regained full strength or full health after months of struggle with this virus. It is real, as is the science behind the protocols. I believe that with all of my heart. So let’s love each other and keep each other as safe as we possibly can. I can finally honestly say, at least in a small way, “See you in church.”

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 are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage, sequimtumc.org for a link to the service, or to YouTube, where you then type in Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church in the search bar.

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

Announcements for March 18 – 25

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

Easter Drive-through Dessert

Sunday, April 4 is Easter! As a thank you gift to our congregation, a small group of church ladies is planning to bake an Easter dessert to be distributed via a “drive-through” on Easter Sunday. Each household can choose either a small loaf of Chocolate Zucchini Bread or a small loaf of Lemon Poppy Seed Bread.

To RSVP contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com no later than Thursday, March 25th. Notes: 1) Safe procedures (wearing masks and gloves) will be followed. 2) The “drive-through” time has not yet been determined so watch upcoming announcements for that information.

Plant Sale

Spring arrives this month and our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 8 will be here soon! A few things you can do to get your plants ready to donate are dig, divide and pot your outdoor and indoor plants for the sale. For more information, contact Barbara Parse, 360-683-2113, bparse@wavecable.com

Trustees/Trinity TLC Gathering

The Trustees invite you to serve in a very tangible way, a bi-weekly gathering called Trinity TLC to accomplish light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks on Friday at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours of cutting grass, doing small maintenance chores, and a host of small jobs that together make a big difference … providing TLC to our building and grounds. We will offer coffee and light eats to make this a social time as well, providing TLC to ourselves! The inaugural Trinity TLC will be Friday 19 March at 9:30 AM. Jobs this week include lawn mowing, spraying moss in the parking lot, testing emergency lights, cleaning the kitchen refrigerator coils and range hoods, and various small repairs, mostly inside. All are welcome!

Save the date for a Bible study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story” by Heather M. Dixon. This class will meet in-person on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Zoom on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 4 weeks starting April 6 and ending April 27, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Check out the education page on our website

It has been recently updated. Sermon discussion questions can be found on this page.

Thank You!

Trinity UMC continues to amaze! A total of $1,125 recently was donated to the UMCOR Disaster Relief Fund. Many thanks to the donors!

A Celebration of Life for Dorothy Shreffler

— to be held online: Next Tuesday, March 23rd, 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time. All event information is available on the GatheringUs memorial webpage for Dorothy Shreffler:

https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/dorothy-ferne-shreffler/6899

Update on Sequim Food Bank Distribution:

The upcoming food distribution dates through June are: March 24, April 28, May 26, and June23. 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).

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

Blake Ave is now open, but as you approach the church, you will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting, they will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Clallam County residents

Those now eligible are:

  • Teachers and other school and childcare staff. A new online registration question will ask whether you work for a school, a school district, or a childcare center. Please bring your School ID with you to the vaccination event. (Any age over 18 years old.)
  • Essential workers – including agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, food banks, public transit, corrections and courts. (Any age over 18 years old.)
  • Those 50 or older and their spouse or domestic partner in the car – may be younger and can be registered at the same time.

Registration will be in one-hour time blocks between 8 am and 1 p.m. each day. Once online registration is complete, a ticket with the date and time should be printed and brought with you. Each person/couple in a vehicle must have a registration ticket.

This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. You may register online at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information is at  jamestownhealth.org.

Church Attendance Requirements include vaccinations

Please note that when TUMC opens for on-site worship it will be a requirement to have your two vaccinations and be past the two weeks following your second vaccination.

Peninsula Singers Virtual Cabaret

— is still up for viewing. Because of COVID-19, the choir cannot meet to sing or perform, and we need some basic donations in order to keep alive until the restrictions are lifted, and people are allowed to sing and perform again, as well as award some scholarships. The show is hosted by Jerry Wright and runs for just under 45 minutes. It is very good, and can be accessed from the Peninsula Singers website: peninsulasingers.org or on Facebook: Peninsula Singers | Facebook. Donations by mail can be sent to: Peninsula Singers, 325 E. Washington Street # 135, Sequim, WA 98382. God bless you for helping us weather the Covid storm!

Office Hours

Trinity United Methodist Church office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. However, due to limited access to the building during this phase of opening, we are keeping the doors locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the main door (by the office) that you need to ring to alert the office and you will be let in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming. Thanks so much for your patience and remember when in the building to be sure and wear your mask!

Church reopening plans

March 11, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

We’re moving toward reopening. We’ve been approved to allow 25 people in the church at any given time. We’re going to begin to be open for worship during Holy Week. Our Maundy Thursday Service will be open to 25 people. Our Good Friday Service will be open to 25 people. Easter Sunday we will be holding two services. The first service will be held at 9 am and the second at 11 am. Easter Sunday we will be allowing 50 people in each service. Half will be in the sanctuary and the other half will be in the fellowship hall. The fellowship hall can be completely sealed off from the sanctuary which allows us to count it as a separate facility. The service will be on screens rather than live, but it will be in the church. What we’re asking is that each service consists of neighborhood groups who come together to whatever service you’re assigned to attend. Each service will be deeply meaningful. In other words, one or two neighborhood groups come on Maundy Thursday. A different set of neighborhood groups attend on Good Friday, and then five or six different neighborhood groups attend on Easter Sunday. All of the services will be taped and available online later in the Easter season. We wish we could live-stream them, but we simply don’t have the capacity to do that. Now, with that in mind, here are the protocols that will be in place.

Anyone attending in-person worship will need to have had both vaccination shots, and then have gone through the two-week waiting period after the second shot. There will be a process for reservations either online or through your neighborhood leader. The sanctuary will be divided into four distinct areas and the reservations will identify which area of the sanctuary you’ll be assigned. For Easter Sunday, the fellowship hall will also be divided into four distinct areas and assignments given at the time of reservations. There will be sign-in sheets at each entrance. If coming to the sanctuary the entrance will be the main entrance with the possibility of at least one other entrance on the east side of the building. The fellowship hall will also have two entrances, one on the west side, and one on the east side. There will be parking assignments for each entrance. Each entrance will be well marked, and will have a greeter. The greeter will be taking temperatures. Sanitizing will be required at each entrance. Masks will be required and are to remain on throughout the time in the facility. Ushers will be available to guide those coming into their assigned areas. There will be a minimum of six feet between people or “bubble” groups. Once worship is concluded, people will be dismissed by sections so that there are not too many gathering together too closely at any given time. At this point, there will be no coffee hour, at least not yet.

As I write this, I see how it must feel. But friends, our primary goal is to get folks back into the building, into worship, but to do it safely. Maybe we’re being overly cautious but let’s remember that some of the most significant super-spreaders of the virus have been traced to churches that have not followed protocols. I don’t want to be one of those. We’re so close to being able to move to 25%. I don’t want to do anything that will prevent us from moving to that next step. In addition, we’re not providing parking lot worship. We just don’t have the capacity to do both inside and outside worship. On Easter Sunday, there will be a drive-through flower cross. In other words, the flower cross will be outside, probably in the round-about, where, with social distancing, you can come and place flowers in the cross. For those who may not have access to flowers, but would still like to be a part of that, we will have buckets of flowers available. We simply ask that each car, each group or person, honor the six-foot social distancing, sanitize before and after placing the flowers, and then allow the next car to move into place. In other words, please don’t linger too long. I have a feeling there will be a whole lot of folks who will want to add flowers to the cross.

So, this is the first step in reopening. I think all of those who have been involved in these decisions are asking for patience, grace, and intentionality around coming on assigned days, following the directions, staying and keeping others safe, and allowing us to move toward the next step. As we move toward this next phase, please remember to practice those Beatitudes. They are a vital part of our spiritual lives. They keep us spiritually healthy, and spiritually alive. I can’t begin to thank the Ad Council for their work on this reopening process. I wish you could have watched as they struggled, communicated, disagreed, and ultimately agreed to what I’ve listed above. This whole process weighs on them heavily, and each knows it does the same to you. Friends, we’re getting there, but we will continue to hold your safety as our highest priority. Finally, the Beatitude for this week is “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.” Our role is to provide each other, this community and the world a peace that passes understanding. The only way to do that is to practice it, seek it, and then live it out every day. I’m praying for you. We’re praying 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 are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Spring ahead! Daylight savings time begins Sunday – remember to reset your clocks.

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage, sequimtumc.org for a link to the service, or to YouTube, where you then type in Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church in the search bar.

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

Announcements

Birthdays and anniversaries: even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.

Easter Drive-through Dessert

Sunday, April 4 is Easter! As a thank you gift to our congregation, a small group of church ladies is planning to bake an Easter dessert to be distributed via a “drive-through” on Easter Sunday. Each household can choose either a small loaf of Chocolate Zucchini Bread or a small loaf of Lemon Poppy Seed Bread.

To RSVP contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com no later than Thursday, March 25th. Notes: 1) Safe procedures (wearing masks and gloves) will be followed. 2) The “drive-through” time has not yet been determined so watch upcoming announcements for that information.

Plant Sale

Spring arrives this month and our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 8 will be here soon! A few things you can do to get your plants ready to donate are dig, divide and pot your outdoor and indoor plants for the sale. For more information, contact Barbara Parse, 360-683-2113, bparse@wavecable.com

Please save the date for a Celebration of Life for Dorothy Shreffler

To be held online: Tuesday, March 23, 5:00 pm Pacific Time. All event information is available on the GatheringUs memorial webpage for Dorothy Shreffler:

https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/dorothy-ferne-shreffler/6899

Trustees/Trinity TLC Gathering

The Trustees invite you to serve in a very tangible way, a bi-weekly gathering called Trinity TLC to accomplish light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks on Friday at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours of cutting grass, doing small maintenance chores, and a host of small jobs that together make a big difference … providing TLC to our building and grounds. Once permitted we will offer coffee and light eats to make this a social time as well, providing TLC to ourselves! The inaugural Trinity TLC will be Friday, March 19, at 9:30 AM. All are welcome!

Save the date for a Bible study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story” by Heather M. Dixon. This class will meet in-person on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Zoom on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 4 weeks starting April 6 and ending April 27, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Check out the education page on our website

It has been recently updated. Sermon discussion questions can be found on this page.

Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat

What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality: Via Zoom on March 19-20, 2021. Are you looking for an ever-deepening relationship with God? Are you finding challenges to growing spiritually? Plan to attend and let God be your Teacher in discovering the “givens” which will demonstrate how Jesus is enough. It offers just what you need to flourish in your life with God! Your days will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Take this time to retreat and find exactly what you need to draw nearer to God. For more information click on the following link,

https://pnwumc.org/umw/2021/01/22/spiritual-growth-retreat/

Sequim Food Distribution

As food needs continue to increase, the food distributions continue at least through March. The dates for this month are: March 10 and 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

Blake Ave is now open, but as you approach the church, you will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting, they will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm.

COVID19 Vaccinations for Sequim area residents. Those now eligible are:

  • Teachers and other school and childcare staff. A new online registration question will ask whether you work for a school, a school district, or a childcare center. Please bring your School ID with you to the vaccination event. (Any age over 18 years old.)
  • Essential workers – including agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, food banks, public transit, corrections, and courts. (Any age over 18 years old.)
  • Those 65 or older and their spouse or domestic partner in the car – may be younger and can be registered at the same time.
  • Those 50+ and living in a multi-generational household.

Registration will be in one-hour time blocks between 8 am and 1 p.m. each day. Once online registration is complete, a ticket with the date and time should be printed and brought with you. Each person/couple in a vehicle must have a registration ticket.

This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. You may register online at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information is at  jamestownhealth.org.

Church Attendance Requirements include vaccinations

Please note that when TUMC opens for on-site worship it will be a requirement to have your two vaccinations and be past the two weeks following your second vaccination.

Hospitality volunteers needed for front door sign-ins

If you would like additional information or if you can help, please contact Janet Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you can help.

Peninsula Singers Virtual Cabaret

— is still up for viewing. Because of COVID-19, the choir cannot meet to sing or perform, and we need some basic donations in order to keep alive until the restrictions are lifted, and people are allowed to sing and perform again, as well as award some scholarships. The show is hosted by Jerry Wright and runs for just under 45 minutes. It is very good, and can be accessed from the Peninsula Singers website: peninsulasingers.org or on Facebook: Peninsula Singers | Facebook. Donations by mail can be sent to: Peninsula Singers, 325 E. Washington Street # 135, Sequim, WA 98382. God bless you for helping us weather the Covid storm!

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

— “is in prayer for the many U.S. states that are experiencing the dangerous and deadly effects of a string of winter storms. For those enduring widespread blackouts in sub-freezing temperatures, the touching down of multiple tornadoes, and decreased water supply, we offer prayers for safety and protection. Emergency personnel are leading ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UMC churches are actively being used as warming shelters and community members are being relocated as needed. UMCOR is actively connecting with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the affected areas and is ready to respond once the situation evolves.” If you would like to support the work of the Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S., you are invited to write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Advance # 901670 in the memo section.

Office Hours

Trinity United Methodist Church office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. However, due to limited access to the building during this phase of opening, we are keeping the doors locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the main door (by the office) that you need to ring to alert the office and you will be let in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming. Thanks so much for your patience and remember when in the building to be sure and wear your mask!

My personal Lenten study

February 25, 2021

Saints of Trinity,

First, I want to thank Rev. Dr. Kathleen Charters (our beloved Kathleen) for stepping in last week. This cold hit me harder than I thought and she stepped in on very short notice. Thanks, Kathleen. Thank you to Pauline and Jerry for doing some similar things with music for the recording last Wednesday. Donna Grubbs had a bit of reaction to the second shot which, how shall I say this, allowed Pauline and Jerry to step in to provide the music for last week. If you didn’t already realize it, this is a remarkable team. We do our best to take care of each other, and to offer you the best we have as consistently as we can. We have an amazing staff!

As Kathleen preached about Ash Wednesday and then about Lent I thought it appropriate to let you know what I’m doing this Lenten season as a personal Lenten study. I’m taking my own advice and doing a personal study on the Beatitudes. Here’s what I mean. I took out a fresh, and new, empty journal. I found a pen that has never been used. I decided that I wanted every aspect of this Lenten season to open up something new. It’s what “forty” means in scripture; taking something that has been, and creating something new out of it. I’m the “something that has been,” and I’m seeking to allow God to create something new in me. It’s why I chose to start a new journal with a new pen.

To begin the study, I took up the posture of “blessed” or kneeling, with the expectation of receiving something that will deepen my relationship with and from my Creator. From there I began to explore the areas of my life where I am blessed. It has been a time of intentionally receiving the love and grace God has for me. I realized as I wrote, how overwhelmingly blessed I am. Over and over again, I’ve prayed to intentionally be more open about myself to that still small voice of God as my personal “disciple-whisperer.” Simply doing that has been a rare time of realizing just how loved, surrounded, and how wonderfully blessed I am. I’ve realized just how much you are all a part of that blessing.

From there I’ve sought to continue in that posture of kneeling, of receiving, as I then began to walk through the Beatitudes. The first Beatitude is about taking time to understand and admit to my own spiritual poverty. I almost immediately realized just how easy it is for pastors to preach and teach, and then forget that they need this kind of intentional time with God. The time spent on this first Beatitude has helped me know where I need more and where I need less. It has opened up new opportunities to explore scripture, particularly those scriptures I need to read, study, and hear right now. This time has allowed me to reprioritize some things in my life so that I have more time for opening myself to God.

I also have to admit that some of this focus on my own spiritual poverty has been a bit painful; realizing and admitting to those things I am not doing. Other times have been rich and fruitful; times that have allowed me to go that much deeper in faith. The time spent has opened the opportunity to move to the next Beatitude; the whole idea of mourning. That has taken a lot more time; weeks in fact. I’m on my fifth page as I’ve explored where and what I mourn, but let me leave the specifics of at least some of that for next week.

Friends, Lent is a time of opportunity if we take it on. I want to encourage you to find a focus for this season. Spend time with God. Allow Jesus Christ to guide you in deeper ways. Allow the Holy Spirit to whisper to you. Allow yourself to be searched and known. You can trust God. Lord knows, God trusts you. Finally, let me know if you have any questions about what I’m doing in this season. I’m happy to share. Finally, please know that I’m praying for you!

With love and appreciation,

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 are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage, sequimtumc.org for a link to the service, or to YouTube, where you then type in Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church in the search bar.

We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity and ask that you mail your contributions in to the church. Make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address.

Service Aprons for Trinity Volunteers

The Missions team is in need of a few good seamstresses. We have the material cut out and ready to sew, and will provide the thread. We need some volunteers willing to sew service aprons that will readily identify Trinity volunteers when we work in our community. If you are willing and able to help, please contact Rae Walz at raeandrich@wavecable.com or call (360) 797-1017.

Sequim Food Distribution

As food needs continue to increase, the food distributions continue at least through March. The dates for the next two months are: Feb. 24, and March 10 & 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Lenten study: “You Are Never Alone”

By Max Lucado. There will be a Zoom Lenten study on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and an in-person Lenten study on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. beginning next week. (Mondays: Feb 22 – Mar. 29 or Tuesdays Feb 23 – Mar. 30) (Note: As we move into Phase II, we will be allowed to have 25 people in the church.) For more information, please call the church office at (360) 683-5367.

I look forward to our first session of the Lenten Bible Study You Are Never Alone by Max Lucado. No preparation is required. If you wish to review what we will cover in session 1, read pages 1-9 in the study guide. If you are reading the book, session 1 includes material from chapters 1 and 2. The book is optional. The class will follow the study guide. The study guide is available for purchase from the church for $10. Call Rev. Dr. Kathleen Charters at 240.463.7598 or e-mail kcharters@mac.com to arrange for delivery of the study guide.

Topic: Trinity UMC Lenten Study You Are Never Alone

Time: Feb 23, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Tue, 6 occurrence(s): Feb 23, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 2, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 9, 2021 01:00 PM, Mar 16, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 23, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 30, 2021 01:00 PM

Write to Kathleen for the meeting link and details.

Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat

What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality: Via Zoom on March 19-20, 2021. Are you looking for an ever-deepening relationship with God? Are you finding challenges to growing spiritually? Plan to attend and let God be your Teacher in discovering the “givens” which will demonstrate how Jesus is enough. It offers just what you need to flourish in your life with God! Your days will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Take this time to retreat and find exactly what you need to draw nearer to God. For more information click on the following link https://pnwumc.org/umw/2021/01/22/spiritual-growth-retreat/

Peninsula Singers Virtual Cabaret

— is still up for viewing. Because of COVID-19, the choir cannot meet to sing or perform, and we need some basic donations in order to keep alive until the restrictions are lifted, and people are allowed to sing and perform again, as well as award some scholarships. The show is hosted by Jerry Wright and runs for just under 45 minutes. It is very good, and can be accessed from the Peninsula Singers website: peninsulasingers.org or on Facebook: Peninsula Singers | Facebook. Donations by mail can be sent to: Peninsula Singers, 325 E. Washington Street # 135, Sequim, WA 98382. God bless you for helping us weather the Covid storm!

COVID-19 Vaccinations

for Sequim area residents ages 65+ and their spouse/partner or household member who lives with them (regardless of age). This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. You may register online http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information at jamestownhealth.org.

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

Blake Ave is now open, but as you approach the church, you will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting, they will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm.

Hospitality volunteers needed for front door sign-ins

Another 6 to 10 people are needed. We are planning two shifts for each day (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). The first shift will be from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the 2nd shift from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please contact Jan Kreidler if you would like additional information at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you can help.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

— “is in prayer for the many U.S. states that are experiencing the dangerous and deadly effects of a string of winter storms. For those enduring widespread blackouts in sub-freezing temperatures, the touching down of multiple tornadoes, and decreased water supply, we offer prayers for safety and protection. Emergency personnel are leading ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UMC churches are actively being used as warming shelters and community members are being relocated as needed. UMCOR is actively connecting with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the affected areas and is ready to respond once the situation evolves.” If you would like to support the work of the Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S., you are invited to write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Advance # 901670 in the memo section.

Thank you for your donations

— to the Christmas Eve and Noisy Can offerings. Funds for the Christmas Eve offering plus a donation from the Missions Ministry Team enabled us to send a total of $3,072.64 to help COVID-19 patients in Nepal. Donations for the Noisy Can Offering provided the $1,000 for our Covenant relationship Katherine Parker, missionary in Nepal for General Board of Global Ministries. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated!

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for March/April will be available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday, February 18 to March 5, 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.

Office Hours

Trinity United Methodist Church office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. However, due to limited access to the building during this phase of opening, we are keeping the doors locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the main door (by the office) that you need to ring to alert the office and you will be let in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming. Thanks so much for your patience and remember when in the building to be sure and wear your mask!