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A woman sage of renown

September 24, 2020

Sages of Trinity,

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

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

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

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

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

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

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

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

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

Wildfire relief – can you help?

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

Support group for those experiencing loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smoke in the air

Parking lot service is canceled again this week due to smoke. Join us online at sequimtumc.org to view this week’s worship service

Sages of Trinity,

I’m not sure that any of us have lived through a time like this. Yes, some have lived through the Depression and this certainly isn’t that. Some lived through the Dust Bowl and again, this certainly isn’t that. In our lives we’ve seen all manner of challenges individually, and corporately. Most of us weren’t alive when the Spanish flu made its presence known across the globe. As I share those things, I think of the challenges we’re facing right now. We thought dealing with COVID was a challenge. And yes, it is a challenge. But then you throw in the wildfires and smoke; the inability to even go out of the house without placing ourselves at even greater risk. Or of being overwhelmed with choking smoke while feeling the presence of the micro-particulates in our eyes. Then throw in that the parking lot service is canceled for two Sundays in a row, and the one place we could go where we could see our friends from church disappears. And then, not being able to meet as neighborhood groups only adds to the stress and frustration. It is a challenging time on many levels.

I remember my grandmother, Cora Belle Beeman. Cora, our youngest daughter is named after her. She was a true sage, and fit every category I’ve identified pertaining to a sage. She was wise, older, had lived life to its fullest, gained wisdom from the good and more challenging parts of life. She gave of herself without question with no thought of return and with no strings attached…ever. She loved Jesus and allowed her understanding of Him to define her in every way. I remember sitting at her feet, literally (we still have her chair in our den) as I complained about this or that; the challenges of being a teenager or young adult. She always utilized scripture to respond. Two phrases have stuck with me. “It came to pass…” was one. In other words, whatever event or frustration or challenge we face would pass. The other phrase was “fear not…” And then she would talk about God’s presence in the midst of time. She would explain that God was in every aspect of our lives seeking to support and guide us. Things pass, she would say, but knowing that God was with us could lift us out of any circumstance.

Well, the smoke is dissipating and the air is getting better. COVID is still here but there is movement toward a vaccine, and as people take seriously the need for masks and social distancing we’re seeing a decline in cases. There is hope, friends, and God is with us in the midst of this time. As sages, ours is to bring hope. To assist others to be lifted up. To remind others that this “came to pass” and that we need not fear. So “fear not” for God is with us, never leaves us, lifts us up, loves us, and guides us in all that we do. I take great comfort in that and will continually seek to bring that good news to each of you. The song I’m singing for this Sunday’s service is one attempt to do that. I’m praying for you, love you, and am trying my best to be here for you in such a time as this.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

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

Joys: TUMC Neighborhood Groups

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

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

Support group for those experiencing loss

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

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

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

Wildfire relief – can you help?

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

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

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

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

Trinity to help CERT with food distribution – On Wednesdays through September, TUMC provides a staging area in our front parking lot for food distribution at Guy Cole Center (at Carrie Blake Park). This is a program providing food to those in need that CERT has been operating at the Sequim High School for several months. With the school year beginning, the high school parking lot is no longer available so CERT has moved to the Guy Cole Center and requested use of our parking lot. For all those with business at church, there will be people on the street who will direct you where to park.

Connections

September 10, 2020

Sages of Trinity,

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

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

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

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

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For all the victims and firefighters dealing with the wildfires throughout the country
  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

Joys: TUMC Neighborhood Groups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trinity to help CERT with food distribution – On Wednesdays through September, TUMC provides a staging area in our front parking lot for food distribution at Guy Cole Center (at Carrie Blake Park). This is a program providing food to those in need that CERT has been operating at the Sequim High School for several months. With the school year beginning, the high school parking lot is no longer available so CERT has moved to the Guy Cole Center and requested use of our parking lot. For all those with business at church, there will be people on the street who will direct you where to park.