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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.

Last days of summer

August 27, 2020

Pastor Brad is on vacation through August 30. 
Rev. Joey Olson will be preaching this Sunday August 30. There will be no written sermons available, but you may go online to view the worship service. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call the church office.

Upcoming sermon series: Pastor Brad thought it might be time to have some fun in worship, so his sermons, beginning in September, will focus on what he’s calling the “Aged Sages of Biblical Renown.” He’ll be focusing on people like Sarai and her laughter, Elijah trying to find shade, Anna and Simeon at the Temple, Zachariah becoming mute, Solomon and his wisdom…and other biblical stories of those who were wise beyond their years, or who had a relationships with God that simply makes us smile. Sure, there will be points that can help us today, but it’s time for a little fun, some smiles, and maybe even some laughter. So, he says, I’ll see you in September.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • 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 https://www.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.

Upper Room daily devotionals for September and October are available to pick up at the church, just outside the main doors.
Monday – Friday between 9am and 2pm.

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events, and more.

Many thanks to all who donated funds for the Sequim Education Fund Grant and the Boys and Girls Club Back to School Fair. Enough funds came in for the grant and we were able to give a check of $684.04 for the Back to School Fair. Your generosity is appreciated and certainly will make a difference for our Sequim students!

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: Beginning Wednesdays August 26, TUMC will provide 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 at the street who will direct you where to park.

Hope and change

August 13, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

I was asked the other day if I really meant all of the positive things I’ve shared with you as a church. I answered unreservedly with a resounding YES. I was asked the same question by a few of the staff and shared again that first, I don’t say anything I don’t really mean. For me, that’s an ethical issue if all I’m doing is trying to make you feel good about yourselves but without evidence. So let me say again, with a deep sense of admiration and out of my own deep need for honesty, I’ve never seen a church communicate with the kind of love, patience, and compassion I’ve seen here. I want to assure you, I really mean that. You’ll hear a story during the sermon of another church I served. My hope is that the story will help you understand the depth of admiration I have for you and why. I’m watching even now as any number of discussion topics are coming forward; topics and discussions that, for other churches, could cause deep and potentially long term conflict. The discussions include whether or not we continue to offer the rummage sale. Also, issues around storage and where certain things might need to be stored. There are discussions around the hopes of moving Lois’ Legacy into the building and making it more fully a part of the ministries of this church. And discussions around where might be the best location. There is an ongoing discussion about Tim’s Place, how worship will unfold as we move through the phases of COVID. There is more but what I’ve found really without exception, is that you not only care deeply for each other, but your love and admiration of each other goes much deeper than anything that might divide you. Your opinions matter to each other but will not be handled in a way that creates division. Again, that is really unusual for a church.

This Sunday I’ll be talking about conflict; particularly the kind of passionate conflict we see all around us. I’m utilizing Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple courtyard. There are ways that we as Christians are set apart in dealing with conflicts. They are based on things like the Beatitudes and even the Fruit of the Spirit. They have to be out of love first. With that said, sure we’re going to disagree. It’s a part of human nature. The bottom line question for us is how is it that we will disagree one with another, and how will we or do we communicate our opinions. In this day and age, we certainly need to be approaching it from a different perspective, and it is my intention to continue to explore all of that. Again, that said, what I’m seeing here is a maturity of faith I’ve seldom seen before. Well done, O good and faithful servants.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Pastor Brad will be on vacation next week through August 30. Rev. Joey Olson will be preaching on August 23 and 30. There will be no written sermons available, but you may go online to view the worship service. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call the church office.

August Noisy Can offering for the Boys and Girls Club’s Back to School Fair. Updated info on the Back to School Fair: it has been scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and it will be a drive-through event. Because of COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations only instead of asking people to shop for supplies. CHECKS PLEASE – NO COINS THIS TIME. Your ongoing support is always appreciated! (If you have questions, contact Jan Kreidler at janet2.kreidler@gmail.com or 360-681-5027.)

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events and more.

A time of possibilities

August 5, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

August is upon us and it is unlike any August in recent memory. Gone are the overflowing campgrounds, or those huge parties at the surrounding beaches. Gone are the indoor or even outdoor events we’ve grown to love. They have been replaced by mask-wearing and social-distancing warnings that create anxiety, frustration, even fear. The connections that had become so important to us seem to be distant memories, and the longings we feel for returning to some sense of normal have often become overwhelming. My heavens, we’re not even able to sing in church, particularly here in a church so well known for its choir and its singing. I realized this morning that I have yet to worship with you, this congregation, in the sanctuary; and I’m still not sure when that will happen. So, what do we do about any or all of it? I believe we have some answers.

As I say in my sermon for Sunday, there is a very real risk of moving into a time of deep depression, even loneliness. We all need connection and we’re in a time when the connections we are used to having are no longer available. That said, there are some connections we can create that will fill at least some of that need. The first is the refocusing of our neighborhood groups. You will hear over the next few weeks, opportunities to meet with me on Zoom, or yes, even in person. We have parameters we need to follow even in Phase II, but in-person gatherings are now possible. We are not allowed to meet with more than five people. So, in my own neighborhood group of Dungeness Meadows, I hope to meet face to face, mask to mask, with four of our eight folks, somewhere around the pond, or under the huge maple, or at the picnic table. Yes, we’ll social distance and we’ll wear masks, but we will be able to meet face to face if the desire is there. In other groups, we could do the same, meet in groups of no more than five at some of the beautiful places that surround us. So, there is one way we connect.

Let’s stay with the neighborhood groups for a minute. The groups could also go deeper with each other. They could share prayer needs, do the weekly sermon study questions together, share a few driveway picnics, seek to meet others they may not know as well, and build the potential connections in those geographic locations. It could also be a time of inviting a few other neighbors into the connection and allow them to get to know this amazing church we call home. Even beyond that, we’ve been thinking that the choir could so some of the same kinds of things. Maybe the section leaders could invite a few folks to meet at the church, at the park, or in other places and talk about their favorite music, or even what they hope to sing once the choir is back together. I know Joy Fellowship and the men’s breakfast group continue to meet. I’m glad to hear that. Maybe it’s time to create some additional groups that share interests.

This is a time ripe with possibilities. It will take creativity. It will take patience. It will take suggestions but it is all possible. With all of that said, there are those for whom this time is just tough. Let’s make sure we reach out to them, engage them, pray with and for them, and help them to know that they are still a part of this loving family. You’ve already done that for us and let’s keep doing that for those around us. I’ve grown to love and admire you. I hope you know that.

With Appreciation,

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • · For all recovering from surgery
  • 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
  • People of Beruit who were affected by the chemical fire/explosion
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

A Celebration – For our Friends at the Fifth Avenue Apartments – no longer in lockdown

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 on line. 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.

Small Groups Opportunity

Trinity UMC has permission to go to phase 2. This presents the opportunity to have groups of no more than five people meet outdoors, as long as each person maintains social distancing (staying 6 feet apart) and wears a mask. We would like to provide opportunities for getting together in inspirational locations. We will post a map on the Trinity website with suggestions for places to meet. Groups may be formed by neighborhoods. If you would like to participate in a small group, or to coordinate a small group meeting based on your neighborhood, please let your Neighborhood Leader know. Groups may be formed according to common interests, such as music. If you are interested in participating in a group based on an interest in music, please let Donna Grubbs know.

Neighborhood – Neighborhood Leader

Sequim Bay / Diamond Point – Linda and Mark Gordon
Sunland – JoAnn Sahs-Cavin
Dungeness – Catherine & Russell (Cathy & Russ) McKenna
Sherwood North – Janet Albrich and Cyd Savoy
Sherwood South – Marian Warning and Marilyn Derau
Spruce West – Gary & Lelia Nichols
Spruce East – (need a leader for this neighborhood)
Bell Hill – Diane Davis and Gloria Mittelstadt
Silberhorn/Dungeness Meadows – Rae Walz
Parkwood/Carlsborg – Judy & Dave Croonquist
Kitchen Dick / Monterra – Lynnette Baughman

Inspirational places to meet

John Wayne Marina
Railroad Bridge Park
Three Crabs Area
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Pioneer Memorial Park https://www.sequimwa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Pioneer-Park-6
Carrie Blake Park https://www.sequimwa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/2
Whimsy Park
Sequim Bay State Park

—Kathleen
Deacon, Trinity United Methodist Church

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events and more.

August Noisy Can offering: Last week we shared information about how Education and Missions are sharing part of their budgets to support a Sequim school grant request through the Sequim Education Foundation. We are asking for donations to cover the balance of that grant and stated that any funds that came in that were “left over” would be used for the Boys and Girls Club’s Back to School Fair. Updated info on the Back to School Fair: it has been scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and it will be a drive-through event. Because of COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations only instead of asking people to shop for supplies. CHECKS PLEASE – NO COINS THIS TIME. Your ongoing support is always appreciated! (If you have questions, contact Jan Kreidler at janet2.kreidler@gmail.com or 360-681-5027.)

A Thank You: Trinity received the following response to our donation that provided a Sequim teacher scholarship:

Wow! Thank you so much, we are very excited to partner with Trinity United Methodist Church. We will be sure and include your organization in our press release. Your community support is so appreciated. —Merissa Koller Williams, Sequim Education Foundation Executive Director (https://www.sequimeducationfoundation.org/)