Begin our rebuilding

November 5, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Okay, what a strange week. We moved from Halloween, through remembering those we’ve lost in our All Saints celebration, to the election; an election where we’re still awaiting the results. Maybe by the time you receive this, we’ll know who our next President might be. But then will come the legal wrangling, the finger-pointing, and the potential violent responses no matter who wins or loses. In the midst of it all is the church; us. So what are we to do?

Over these next three weeks, it is my intention to have us focusing on rebuilding; rebuilding peace, wholeness, appreciation, grace and so much more. In our recoding today, I wanted to lay the foundation for this time of rebuilding. I challenge you to take whatever time you need to tune in to the worship service; to take a breath, a pause, a timeout, whatever it is that might be necessary to give yourselves some time away from everything swirling around you. The message is both one of hope and a challenge to us all. I deal with the ideas of navigating these times, and of rebuilding what has been torn down. You’ll find navigational terms that align with what we seek to do as people of faith. You’ll find a list of twelve things Nehemiah did in order to appropriately rebuild a place he loved. In the midst of it, my hope is that you’ll find some answers for yourself and for all of us.

The following week we’ll be recording the service on Veterans Day. I take Veterans Day very seriously. I will be forever grateful to those who serve and have served. I know, and hope you also know, that we can have free elections, even the ability to worship as we wish because of the service of those who have fought for freedom. So, I’ve invited three of our own to speak. Ken Lillagore, Andy Pitts, and Jim Stoffer will be bringing the message. I’ve asked each to respond to one simple question. It is, “How did your service to your country influence your faith?” The alternative is, “How did your faith influence your service to your country?” I look forward to hearing each of them. I know that each will bring a different perspective to that question simply because each brings with them significantly different experiences from their times of service.

Then, two weeks from today I’ll be focusing on another group of aged sages. They are a strange group, and it’s strange to be focusing on them. They are the group who were ready to stone the woman caught in adultery. Jesus happened on to them and convinced them to drop their stones. This story is all about judgment. And in this time in our history, it is severe judgments that seem to be guiding our actions. Jesus taught us a different approach. That’s what I’ll be exploring in that worship experience.

So three worship services that explore navigating this time in our lives; rebuilding a country in need of rebuilding, saying thank you to those who have allowed us to live in freedom, and to help us remember that judging, especially those on the other side of where we stand, is not something we are to do. It’s hard but it’s an essential piece of moving us back into loving one another. So friends, know that I’m praying for all of us as we move through this time. And remember, like in an election, our voices matter. This community, this country, this world cannot afford for our voices to be silent. We are the church. We are God’s representatives in the world. We are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. We’re needed now more than ever. Let’s keep things moving as we move through this time.

Peace be with you!

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Bill (and Jenny) Green for recovery from Bill’s surgery for a broken wrist.
  • 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 throughout the political process particularly last Tuesday’s election.
  • 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 website,  sequimtumc.org, for a link to the service.

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

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.

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

– for November 11th and 25th and 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.

Support Group

Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to an in-person support meeting. Since we are limited to 10 people,
please contact Deacon Kathleen (240-463-7598 Mobile, 360-504-3150 Home, or Deacon Charters) if you are interested in
participating.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort

Dates/Time: Every week on Tuesdays, through December 15, 2-3:30 pm.

Location: Trinity UMC

Women’s Bible Study

We invite you to join our vibrant Women’s Bible Study. We meet Mondays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the
Fellowship Hall. The current study is based on the book, We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian D. McLaren. You do not need to have the book in order to attend. If you would like more information, please contact Barb Parse at bparse@wavecable.com or Mary Taylor at Taylor@olypen.com.

The second offering of the 6-week book study, “Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness,” starts soon.

This is a wonderful way to deepen and expand your awareness of God’s presence in a peaceful, calming practice while connecting with others in a small group. We are looking for the most suitable time and day to hold the group. Please give us your input as to which of the following times you cannot come:

Wednesdays 11:00am; Thursdays 11am; Thursdays 2pm.

Please email or call Melody Romeo with the times you cannot come by this Tuesday, November 10th. Then she will select the best time and announce it next Thursday. We will likely begin the group the week after Thanksgiving. Email: melodycoach@olypen.com; cell phone: (360) 461-5595

Office hours note

TUMC 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!