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Trinity United has canceled all in-person events, including Sunday services, in accord with the state’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy order. We have continued worship services online; please check the Sermons page.

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Sequim, WA 98382
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Uncertain times

Seasonal activities and changes

October 8, 2020

Saints and Sages of Trinity,

Well, we’re in another month and the same one-word question is being asked, “When?” And I need to offer the same three-word answer, “I don’t know.” We continue in a time where so much depends on so many. I want to continue to say, “Friends ask friends to wear masks.” But there are all too many who ignore that simple protocol. We seem to see it everywhere, from college campuses, to campaign rallies, to grocery stores. I want to say again, the virus is real. Just ask those around us who have had it. They may have recovered but almost to a person, the residual side effects continue for each of them. It’s real. It’s dangerous. It will not be ignored. It is opportunistic. So please, let’s not ignore it. It’s only when we all (ALL) take it seriously that I’ll be able, with any level of confidence, to answer the “when” question. At this point, I simply don’t know. Also, remember, we’re all in this together. We’ll all get through it together. We all need to stay together as we journey together through this time.

Also, we’re trying hard to be creative about what we seek to offer. Families (closed circles) will be able to come in to the sanctuary and light a candle for a loved one during the days prior to All Saints Sunday. Advent will still offer individuals and families opportunities to share in the lighting of the Advent candles each week. We’re looking at a virtual “passing of the light of Christ” on Christmas Eve. We’re going to continue the parking lot service no matter how cold or rainy it gets. Kathleen and I have committed ourselves to be out there with you, no matter the weather. She shared with me this morning that Costco is having a sale on long underwear. I’ll be heading over this afternoon. The neighborhood gatherings will be continuing until everyone who would like to be a part of one has that opportunity. At this point, it looks as though we’ll be holding those well into November. We’re looking at safely pre-recording hymns for the Wednesday recording and for our parking lot Sundays where we can have four-part harmonies be offered. All of those are key pieces to continuing to be the church in such a time as this. But we are not stopping there.

The parking lot feeding program every other Wednesday will be continuing with the help of volunteers from Trinity. The program offers anyone in need to come and pick up a box of food with no questions asked. The average has been somewhere between 450 and 500 families being fed. Think about what that means. It represents about 7% of the population of Sequim. No, not all of the families come from within the city limits, but it’s still a whole lot of people. We’re trying to offer a drive-through dessert that will replace our annual Harvest Dinner. Nope, no Rummage Sale this year, no Community Dinners, and there are other things we’re unable to offer. At the same time, there are those who continue to think creatively about ways to continue the toy distribution at Christmas time. There is a lot more but I think you get the meaning of all of this. We’re all struggling through this time, but at Trinity, we continue to seek ways to be in mission and ministry. You are an amazing bunch and I can’t wait to be able to share the news that we can get back together. At the same time, it’s going to be a long time until things will be as they were before COVID. But, little by little, we’ll continue to be who we are called to be. Right now I still have to say, “I don’t know when.” But also, I can say, “Look at what we’re still doing.” You’re the best!

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 the victims and firefighters dealing with the wildfires throughout the country
  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For peace in our country throughout the political process
  • 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 continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

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

Our annual harvest dinner lives on — but this year it can be called the Harvest Dessert. The full dinner is not practical during the pandemic, so the dinner committee chose a dessert-only event. Individual servings of apple crisp, from an original Harvest Dinner recipe, will be distributed after the Sunday service on October 18 (until 11:30 a.m.) via a drive-through setup (at the back of the church. There is no cost, thanks to committee members. Reservations are needed by October 13th to calculate how many servings to prepare. Contact Jan Kreidler by October 13 at (360) 681-5027 or by email: janet2.Kreidler@gmail.com. Those who can’t get to church can request delivery when making the reservation.

Note: The dessert will be prepared in individual-serving containers with lids in the church kitchen by committee members using precautions such as masks and gloves.

Volunteers needed for food box distribution – On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in October, November, and December. Operations are 11 am-2 pm with some volunteers needed before and after these hours to help with set-up and clean-up. All positions require standing but people rotate for breaks. Bottled water and snacks are provided. If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office – 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org.

Support group for those experiencing loss

Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to an in-person support meeting for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc. Since in-person meetings are limited to 5 people, there are limited seats. Please contact Deacon Kathleen (240.463.7598 Mobile, 360.504.3150 Home, or kcharters@mac.com) if you are interested in participating.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort

Dates/Time: Every week on Tuesdays, through December 15, 2020; 02:00-3:30 pm.

A woman sage of renown

September 24, 2020

Sages of Trinity,

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

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

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

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

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. Prayers for those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For people in the Gulf and East Coast of this country as hurricanes and tropical storms continue to stack up in the Atlantic and then unleash themselves on those already trying to recover.
  • For all the victims and firefighters dealing with the wildfires throughout the country.
  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

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

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

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

Wildfire relief – can you help?

As of September 4, there were an estimated 180 homes that have been destroyed by wildfires in Washington State. Over the weekend the whole town of Malden (30 miles south of Spokane) was destroyed. The number of estimated homes and businesses doubled as a result. And still, the fires continue to burn. Four Long Term Recovery Organizations are being formed to manage recovery. The estimate for rebuilding a home is $72,000. FEMA will be taking applications from individuals for assistance. If approved, FEMA’s maximum allocation is $32,800 per application. The remaining funds will need to be provided by donations and grants. If you can help, please issue a check to Trinity UMC, indicating in the memo section: Advance #352. (These funds will be used in Washington State.) Contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com) if you have questions.

Support group for those experiencing loss

Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on support for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday, and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort
Time: Sep 15, 2020 01:30 AM Pacific Time
Every week on Tue, until Dec 15, 2020, 14 occurrences

Please contact Deacon Charters for the Zoom meeting schedule and link.

A new book study is coming soon – Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden.

Come and learn about Christian Mindfulness while also practicing and experiencing its benefits. This has been used since the beginnings of our faith, is rooted in Scripture, and historically encouraged by Christian leaders, including John Wesley. This prayerful practice fosters a deeper relationship with God so that we can become more centered and less reactive; lead a more authentic, compassionate life, and increase our sense of gratitude. It is also known for its stress reduction and physical and mental health benefits.

Dates/Time: 6 consecutive Wednesdays: Oct. 7,14,21,28 and Nov. 4,11. 2-3:30 pm
Where: We will meet online using Zoom
Books: Limited copies available for purchase at church office for $15. Used copies available at Amazon.com and a few copies will be in the church library to borrow.
Leader: Melody Romeo
To sign up or ask questions contact Melody Romeo: email: melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

Uncertain times

March 20, 2020

Dear Church Family:

I am holding each of you in my prayers as we go through these uncertain times. Please feel free to call me if you need someone to talk to or email me and I will respond. I am enjoying some of the creative ways you are finding to stay connected to one another. I know I am missing my daily interactions with you and I am sure you are feeling pain from this forced isolation as well. It is my prayer that these techniques will slow the spread of the virus so that we may soon gather together for worship.

My sermon and a video version of Sunday worship are now online so you can worship from home. Go to the Worship section of our website, and select the Sermons. Find the service for March 22nd and enjoy. If you would like to worship live on Sunday morning, I would suggest going to the Church of the Resurrection website: COR.org. Rev. Adam Hamilton’s church was built for live broadcasting and they do an awesome job.

Here are a few prayer concerns:

For all those affected by the coronavirus.

For those who have lost or might lose their jobs.

Again, a reminder that we need your contributions to the church. You can mail them in, drop them off during business hours which are Monday through Friday 9 until 1 (at least next week) or work with your bank to have them send it directly to the church,

Trinity United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 3697,
Sequim, WA 98382

Thanks so much to those who have continued to financially support our ministries and thank you for all your prayers. If there is anything I can do, please contact me.

In Christian Love,

Pastor Bill

Keep those bonds of love

March 18, 2020

Good Morning:

As we go through these remarkable times remember God is with us. The thing that is being hurt the most is our sense of community. Make sure and call one another. Keep those bonds of love and compassion strong.

I recorded my sermon from last Sunday and we now have it on YouTube. You can see the video below. I will have this Sunday’s sermon available for your viewing on Sunday morning. We hope to have live streaming of worship in another week. We are dealing with some technical issues that are keeping us from doing this sooner.

Last Sunday I worshipped online with the Church of the Resurrection. As you know, Adam Hamilton, their pastor is my mentor in many things. His sermon related to the virus and why the church should be doing the things we are doing was really good. The link to that sermon is below. I encourage you to watch it.

https://cor.org/leawood/sermon-series/independent-sermons-2020#d/sermon/27031/cor_l

I will be sending out additional information on Friday. Things change every day so we will try our best to keep you informed.

Rev. Bill Green