Worship schedule

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.

Our Location

Trinity United
Methodist Church
100 South Blake Ave.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 3697,
Sequim, WA 98382
Find Us on the Map

Phone: 360-683-5367
Fax: 360-683-1842

Contact Us

Calendar
Trinity on Facebook

CERT

Apologies and challenges

February 4, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Let me apologize for not having a letter for you last week. I normally try and write the first draft of the letter on Mondays. However, a week ago Monday I attended a required clergy class on Racism, Cultural Competency, and Leadership. You’ll hear a bit more about it in the message for this Sunday.

First, let me deal with a bit of it in this letter. Normally, February at Trinity is filled with spirituals, songs coming out of the time of slavery, often written by Black, most often African American authors who sought to respond with music, to a time of enormous abuse and violence. Given the events of this past year, I’ve asked that we not focus on Spirituals this year. The reason is that, for those whose ancestors suffered through those terrible times, many have stated clearly that those of us who are white simply cannot understand, cannot fathom, and cannot, with any integrity sing those songs in a way that honors the writers. The depth of emotion; the enormity of the pain, the sheer amount of abuse suffered by those who lived it, set alongside those who have come through multiple generations following those days, cannot and should not sing about what they do not understand.

The passions around all of this are deeply felt. The pain, particularly in the midst of what we are seeing in the country today, has become like an open wound. I want to honor their wishes. In as much as I love singing the Spirituals, I cannot in good conscience have us doing what we’ve done in the past.

Each of us is surrounded by challenges. If we allow ourselves, we each continue to find potential areas of growth. Each of us, if we are open to it, have opportunities to shift our attitudes. Each of us have opportunities to stretch ourselves in ways that can offer healing. What I’ve mentioned above around the singing of Spirituals is but one example. Here is another. For the past two weeks, I’ve talked about the Beatitudes. I shared the original meaning of the word “Blessed.” The visual image I talked about was the act of kneeling. I utilized the kneeling rail last Wednesday for the recording. I talked about the need for each of us to kneel as we enter into this time. Never once did I talk about those who can’t physically kneel.

So, I want to apologize to those who may have been hurt by that, especially coming from your pastor, and particularly a pastor who should know better. Not all of us can physically kneel. So let me offer an alternative. The posture of humility does not need to be physical. It can be, and maybe should be an attitude based on something more emotional. It is the attitude we have before our Creator. We bow our heads when we pray. We can humble ourselves when sitting in our favorite chair, in a wheelchair, or on our walker. Friends, you don’t need to kneel in order to be humble, any more than we have to kneel to pray. For some of us, maybe many of us, kneeling is simply physically impossible. It is one more example of gaining a new understanding of sensitivity.

It is my hope that we all recognize that we have areas in need of growth; areas that can help us understand more fully both the pain and the wonderment we can bring to relationships.

We are a church, and as such we are people who are willing to grow in love, in service, in faith, and in relationships. We’re a gathering of diverse beliefs, and yet accepting of one another unlike any other gathering I know of. Why? Because we are focused on a Savior and guide who has shown us how to live, how to love, and how to be…together.

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.
  • 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.

Reminder – Communion this Sunday

To participate, have your elements (bread and juice or wine) available.

Help needed to power-wash the parking lot

Pastor Brad will be leading volunteers this Sunday and Monday, February 7 and 8, beginning at 10:30 AM. Please bring a hose and power-washer if you have one. Help turning on hose bibs is also needed. Any questions, contact Pastor Brad at 425-628-1250.

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 Thursday, Feb.4, Wednesdays, March 3, 17, and 31 at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447.

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.

Noisy Can Offering update

Thank you for your “Noisy Can” donations of $972.50 which go to support Katherine Parker, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC who serves as a Health and Community Transformation Advisor with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). For the past several years, TUMC has supported (and continues to support) Katherine via a Covenant Relationship, sending $1,000 annually towards her salary.

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. 10 & 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).

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

CERT is in need of volunteers to train and help staff one of their two portable kitchens in the event of a natural disaster. This kitchen would be set up in the eastern part of Clallam County. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 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!

Updates on COVID-19 and other matters

January 29, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

No Pastor’s letter this week. See below for prayer concerns, birthdays, and announcements, and especially note updates to COVID-19 vaccination events – now by online registration – no waiting overnight in your vehicles!

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.
  • 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.

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. There is now an online registration system for upcoming vaccine events, however next week’s dates and times are all filled up. For complete information about the vaccination program, you can go to the Jamestown Clinic website at https://jamestownhealth.org/

Hosts needed

— to assist Covid vaccination volunteers with snacks and lunches in the fellowship hall on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 am to Noon and Noon to 3 pm. If you’d like to help, contact Gay Lyn Lillagore, 360-582-6192 or glillagore@yahoo.com.

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

First, you will be unable to reach the church if you come from Washington Ave and try to turn onto Blake. It will be closed. If, however, you can go around to one of the main north-south roads, head north, and then turn onto Spruce or Alder or Fir and head toward Carrie Blake Park. Then turn south onto Blake toward 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.

Noisy Can Offering for Katherine Parker – January 31

Katherine is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC and serves as a Health and Community Transformation Advisor with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). For several years Trinity UMC has supported (and continues to support) Katherine via a Covenant Relationship, which means we annually send $1,000 towards her salary. (Any funds donated above and beyond her salary will be used to help provide medical care for COVID-19 patients in Nepal.) Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Checks may be issued to TUMC, indicating January NCO in the memo section.

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

Food needs continue to increase and the food distributions continue. The dates for the next few months are: February 10 and 24, and 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).

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

CERT has contacted Trinity UMC to ask if any of us would be interested in volunteering to “staff” one of CERT’s two field/portable kitchens in the event of a natural disaster. This kitchen would be deployed in eastern Clallam County, where food would be provided and served. Training would be required. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 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!

Have a great week – stay warm and healthy
and wear your masks!

Building and rebuilding

December 3, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

We are surrounded by frosty mornings, beautiful clear skies, Christmas lights shimmering around town, snow in the mountains, and even Christmas carols being played on our local radio stations. Thanksgiving was totally different for so many of us. It looks like Christmas will be as well. So, why then, pastor, would you talk now about the potential building addition that has created so much talk, even concern, and a bit of anger. The answer is simple. We need to talk about it.

As of about a month ago, I stopped all forward momentum around the building of an addition. I did it because we missed all kinds of steps that were necessary pieces of the process. I need to get you updated so that we can make some choices after the first of the year, and “after the first of the year” is now less than a month away. So here’s what didn’t happen. We didn’t involve the District nor did we involved the District Superintendent. We didn’t involve the Board of Trustees, at least the full Board of Trustees. We didn’t ask to have needs assessments done by those groups that would potentially be utilizing the new space. Maybe most importantly, you weren’t involved. Never was the congregation given an opportunity to voice your opinions about any of it. As of today, that changes.

From here on we will be following proper protocols. Basically, we’re starting the process over. I’ve already asked the Board of Trustees to examine a proposal. I’ve asked them to ask questions and make comments. I’m asking the Ad Council to do the same thing. In this letter, I’ll be offering you some opportunities to see how the whole concept of an addition has shifted, and I’ll begin to seek your input. I assure you, more opportunities for you to share will be coming; lots of them. But before moving into more specifics, here’s what I’m proposing. I’m proposing that if we build an addition, that we focus not just on Tim’s Place or have it simply be a multipurpose room. We instead, have it be a center for senior ministries here at Trinity. I’m proposing that the singular focus on the use of any such addition would be specific to the church, and particularly to the various Senior Ministries we offer. It would house things like Lois’s Legacy, Tim’s Place, Powerful Tools for Care Givers, even community forums around issues related to retirement and aging.

To do that would allow the fellowship hall to be utilized for community dinners, a holiday bazaar, a rummage sale, and other large church and community events. It would allow classrooms to be utilized for classes, or even other groups like cub packs and scout troops. Or for church groups like Joy Fellowship, the Women’s Bible study, quilting, and more. It would allow our senior ministry programs to grow and expand in ways that otherwise would not be available. So, what I’m proposing is that, if we begin to talk about an addition, that it relate specifically to church-related programs that focus on ministry to and with seniors. That would include opportunities for caregivers, patients, as a clearinghouse for programs and connections, speakers, events, relationship-building opportunities; things that would allow the community to more readily see what we’re about as a church. So that’s the thumbnail sketch of what I’m proposing. But at this point, that’s all it is, a kind of dream.

What I’m looking for are questions and comments, concerns, and conversations. I need you to be fully involved. At this point, it’s a dream birthed by Pastor Bill. At this point, we will not proceed without giving you an opportunity to share. The best way to do that is to write me a note or drop something by the church office. My email is already overwhelmed with other stuff so, please write something up and drop it by. Every voice is important. Every concern needs to be heard. Every question is deserving of an answer. And if you’re excited about something like this, share that as well.

Yup, it’s Advent and we’re quickly moving toward Christmas, but the work of the church does not stop nor can it slow down. We are needed as a partner working with others in the area. Most importantly, we need to be moving together toward whatever it is that God is placing before us.

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 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.

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.

Reminder: Communion this week: As you prepare to watch this Sunday’s service, please have your elements (bread and juice or wine) ready.

The Christian Mindfulness Group is not postponed; it is meeting on Zoom

The second small group book study: Right Here Right Now, The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden begins on December 3rd. It will meet for six Thursdays at noon for one hour on Zoom.

The author of this book is a professor of Christianity and Theology and affiliated with The Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City.

This is a wonderful way to connect with others while deepening your sense of God’s presence in your life. While enhancing your spiritual life this calming practice also reduces stress and aids in providing resilience in this particularly challenging time. Your book can be ordered on www.Amazon.com. Or the church will have a few copies to deliver to your door.

You may contact Melody Romeo if you have any questions or to sign up. Melody is leading our group and can be reached at email: melodycoach@olypen.com or by cellphone: (360) 461-5595.

Additional volunteers still needed to help with the Sequim food box distribution

— for December 9th and 23rd from about 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Andra Smith (Sequim Food Bank Director) indicated that, even though CERT will not be involved those two months, volunteers still can be trained. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 681-5027, janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

 Another opportunity to serve: CERT

— has contacted Trinity UMC to ask if any of us would be interested in volunteering to “staff” one of CERT’s two field / portable kitchens in the event of a natural disaster. This kitchen would be deployed in eastern Clallam County, where food would be provided and served. Training would be required. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

You are invited to join Joy Fellowship

Joy Fellowship will start the Advent study by Adam Hamilton, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas on Thursday, December 3 at 2 p.m. on Zoom. Contact Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240.463.7598 if you would like to purchase the book. Contact Linda Gordon at gordonlinda100@gmail.com for the Zoom invitation.

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 Marian and she will let you in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming.  Thanks so much for your patience!