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Ash Wednesday

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!

Ash Wednesday 2021

Ash Wednesday Lenten Kit

Ash Wednesday is the symbolic day when the season of Lent begins. The Ash Wednesday service is designed to symbolically remind us that we are so much less without God in our lives. It is to remember that God continually seeks us, loves us, and offers us grace and forgiveness. Our role on this day is to open ourselves up to that. It is to confess those things and those times when we haven’t allowed God to do what God does best; love and forgive us. During the service, a pastor will often take the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday service, and burn those to create the ash. That too is symbolic in that we are entering into that time of remembering Jesus, and what Jesus did for us; the sacrifices he made on our behalf and his willingness to risk everything to love us. When I would burn the palms, I would add anointing oil that included frankincense symbolizing the healing he offered. I would add water from the Jordan River as a symbol of our baptism, and mix it all in the midst of the service. This year, I can’t do any of that, but the symbolism is still there. We are offered grace and forgiveness. We are called to live sacrificially for others. We are called to remember our baptism and our relationship with our Creator. We are called to take the kinds of actions that renew our relationships. The service of Ashes reminds us of all of that.

Toward the end of the service, we do what is called, “The imposition of ashes.” As people come forward to receive the imposition of the ashes; to commit themselves to spend this time to remember that we are not God. I would say, “From dust you came, to dust you shall return, but thanks be to God for Jesus Christ.” Friends, we become alive in Christ, and this is a reminder of all of that. So, this is the beginning of a time when we intentionally remember of it; all in the form of the ash that is then placed on our foreheads. Given the pandemic, this year we’ll be offering all of it in a personal packet form, available just outside the front office of the church.

As Lent Begins

Lent is a forty-day season of contemplation. The number “forty” when found in the scriptures always refers to a time of a new beginning. The story of the flood, the story of the Hebrews escaping Egypt and traveling in the wilderness, and the reference to Jesus and his time in the wilderness. It refers to a time of taking the old, or what had been in existence before, and moving through something that allowed it to become new again. Lent is such a time. The forty days do not include Sundays. Sundays are a day to find renewal and rest in the midst of the rigors of the Lenten Season. Finally, Lent leads us toward Holy Week and ultimately to Easter; the day when it all comes together, and we are truly reborn. So, as we approach this season, let’s approach it with all of that in mind. So, here are a few instructions that we hope will help you get the most out of these forty days.

First and foremost, please be aware that Kathleen and I are praying for you, and we will be throughout this season of Lent. Also, please be aware that both of us are taking on this season so that we too might be renewed. So, what is it we are to do in Lent? First, Lent isn’t simply about giving something up. We don’t give up chocolate or other elements simply to give them up. The purpose of giving something up is about creating space: to create a deeper focus on our faith and to create more time with God. It is to spend time focusing on Jesus in order to create a closer relationship with Him. It is about taking time to make sure the relationship is whole and sound, even to ask forgiveness for the things we’ve done that have created separation. Here’s what I mean. We might choose to give up a television show each evening in order to instead, spend that time in prayer. We give up a meal each day to spend that normal mealtime focused instead on being fed by Christ. The purpose of Lent is to deepen our faith, to be “blessed” as we kneel before our Creator whether physically or emotionally. Overall, it is a time set aside each year to search ourselves in ways we may not have done during the year, so that we can become something new. Finally, it is designed to be a quiet season, contemplative, and focused. So, we encourage you to take all of this on.

There will be a Zoom Lenten study on Tuesdays and an in-person Lenten study on Mondays. 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.

Bible verses for contemplation during Lent:

Hospitality in action

February 11, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Most of you may not be aware that Melody Romeo is gathering important information from leaders and staff. Part of what she’s gathering has to do with hopes and dreams for the church. Part of it focuses on concerns about my availability and my ability to follow up on calls and emails. Part of it focuses on what we’re involved with as a church right now. I wanted to touch base on a few of those areas in this letter. Most of those who responded to Melody talked at length about Trinity’s involvement in the community. A few responded with the hope that every member of the church, whether an official member or active participant be involved in some kind of mission. So, I wanted to give you an opportunity to do that.

A reminder that every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday our church becomes the staging area for vaccinations. Last Tuesday over 1000 vaccinations were given. We have become an essential piece in the distribution and for that, I’m deeply grateful. It’s allowed me to get to know a whole lot of CERT volunteers, Jamestown medical staff, representatives of the S’Klallam tribe, fire and police personnel, and police volunteers. What a privilege to be able to work alongside each and every one of those seeking to offer themselves to this work.

As a church, we have taken on the role of hospitality. We offer volunteers working in our parking lot opportunities for coffee, snacks, lunch distribution, and a warm place to come and use the bathrooms. Not too many years ago we made the decision as a church that we would offer radical hospitality to anyone and everyone who came here. In our minds, I think most thought that meant on Sunday mornings.

Yet, with the pandemic that has all changed. The distribution of the vaccines has opened up another opportunity for radical hospitality. I’m trying to practice that as are all the volunteers who currently represent the church at our entrance and in the fellowship hall. You may not be aware that each vaccination day, I walk through the lines of cars with coffee and cups for anyone who would like a cup or a warm-up.

The gratitude around such a simple act is overwhelming. The coffee comes from the Rain Shadow coffee company over on Cedar and 2nd. They are thrilled to offer that service to us and to those in line for vaccinations at a reduced cost. In turn, it allows us to support a small business. It’s one more piece of the equation of service and partnership we do each week. So here’s my invitation to you.

The coffee has a cost. The distribution doesn’t. If you would like to be a part of helping with that cost, please feel free to do that. You could sponsor one day of coffee by sending in $60. You could help cover a week’s worth (3 days worth) at $180, or $200 if you wanted to add a tip to those who get up early at Rain Shadow so that we have what we need.

You could come and greet the volunteers who come into the church. We ask each of them to sign in, and sanitize before moving to the bathroom or the snack / lunch area. You could be in the fellowship hall to meet and greet them, offer a smile and a chair, and, if you would like, a thank you. If you have questions about any of this, Gay Lyn Lillagore and Jan Kreidler are coordinating. If you want to help me distribute coffee by walking the lot, let me know.

Radical hospitality is hospitality that goes beyond what’s expected. What we’re trying to offer each week, whether it’s the vaccinations or the every other week food distributions opens up all manner of opportunities for offering the kind of hospitality we’ve decided to offer. If you can’t do something like walking among cars, please, no guilt allowed. You can offer a financial gift. You can pray for all of those in line or those volunteering. You can pray for those who are nervous about receiving the vaccine, and those who are giving the vaccines. Our prayers can be a piece of our radical hospitality.

As for the other areas around the responses from leaders and staff, please know that we’re working on each one. I’m working on each of those. I take your responses, your concerns, and yes your joys and prayers seriously. Keep them all coming.

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; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • 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.

Ash Wednesday

— is next week. It is an important part of the Christian year and signifies the beginning of Lent. Obviously, we will not be holding our normal ecumenical service. Instead, it will be offered in a different way this year. Pastors Brad and Kathleen are putting together Ash Wednesday kits that can be picked up at the church, outside the main entrance. Included in each packet will be a small amount of ash, instructions on what to do, a devotional with scriptures, and an explanation of why we do this, and the purpose of the Lenten season. We’ll have the kits available for a week, just in case you can’t pick one up Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Save the Date for a Lenten Study

“You Are Never Alone,” by Max Lucado. This class will meet on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 6 weeks starting February 23 and ending March 30, 2021.

God’s presence and power are nearer than we think. Through studying the miracles of Jesus as told in the Gospel of John we find Jesus right here with us. We are stronger than we think because God is nearer than we know. We can learn to trust in the miracle of God’s presence and power. 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 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).

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!

Note: the church office is closed Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day.