The church has left the building!

October 7, 2021

During the 1970s, I was one of the many young people who left the church after college. Occasionally I visited a church but did not connect until six years later when I became a part of Christ United Methodist in Plano, Texas. The preacher was theologically deep and relevant to life issues that were meaningful to me. The 1200-member church had multiple ministries and chances for Christian education. I became a part of the choir, helped with the toddlers, and then became a youth counselor. Transformative to my faith was a mission trip that our youth group took to Appalachia under the guidance of the Appalachia Service Project. I realized that church took on another, deeper meaning for me as I was confronted with another culture, poverty, Christian discipleship, and work (that might just matter) with those in need. I do believe that Christian mission is a part of my calling. As I have led groups to Appalachia, Juarez, Guatemala, and to my own community, I have said that we don’t go to show our superiority to people in desperate need. We go to learn what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

John Wesley got in trouble with the Anglican Church (for several reasons) as he declared, “The world is my parish!” Most ministers of his day concentrated strictly on the salvation of souls. His passion for others sent him outside the building. He was banned from preaching in some Anglican churches because he was too enthusiastic. His ministry challenged the social, political, and religious structures to bring about equality for the marginalized. Wow! His work included establishing schools, medical centers, chapels that worked to combat poverty and seek justice for all.

I had the chance recently to chat with Jan Kreidler, the mission chair at Trinity. Her faith journey was renewed years ago during a FaithQuest course where she began to think more about her faith and God. We talked about passion for missions. Hers and mine. I asked her why she cared so much. She said, “It’s important that we give back.” Implied of course is that the Holy One gives us so much. I agree with her that our money matters when we give for others, and that we are still missing a hands-on component that deepens our faith. I could listen to Jan all day as she tells stories from her three visits to the Congo. We will read in this newsletter more from the mission committee about the Noisy Can Offering this month. It is for the Water Project on the Ivory Coast. I hope to have many more conversations with all of you and with Jan about our church which leaves the building in so many ways. Thank you, Jan, for your continuing service as you live out your faith in Christ.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for Brad’s health issues.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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!

Service and faith

May 21, 2020

Dear Friends:

I hope you have been having a good week. As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day let us remember its initial purpose, to remember those who have died in service to our country. We may not be able to get together, have picnics, or do all the other traditional activities associated with this unofficial start of summer, but we can spend a few moments in prayer and thanksgiving for those who now serve and remember those who served and died for our freedom.

We have a radio transmitter and will be working on getting it set up. This means that we will probably have the opportunity to worship from our cars starting May 31st. There are lots of rules we have to follow if we are to meet state guidelines. In next week’s letter, I will share all that is required. Because of the limitations, I know that these services will not work for everyone. We will continue our online services so you are invited to go to our website for the link to these services. As we move through the re-opening process, the restrictions for outside worship will loosen as well and make them more accessible for all.

Just a reminder:

TUMC Plant Sale: This Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

We are having a modified plant sale this year in which our three greenhouse growers, Marilyn, Randy Grubbs, and Curt Alexander will have their usual vegetable, flower, and herb plants on sale. Rather than pricing items, we are asking for donations so we don’t have to make change. Checks will be accepted. We request you wear masks and practice social distancing.

This weekend in our worship service I have invited three of our veterans to share about faith and service. Because of that, we will not have a sermon as part of this letter. You will want to log onto our website for the link so you can hear them. May 24, 2020 service.

We continue to pray for patience as we continue to live with the stay home, stay safe orders. Our Bishop is requesting that churches remain closed, except for essential work, until at least mid-June. Marian or I will be in the office each weekday morning to take your calls.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Those who are needing to be at work and dealing with the public: first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees, and more.
  • For all those who are ill from the virus and for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman and his wife Dorothy at this time of transition.

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

Always feel free to contact me by email or at home. I care about you and am glad to hear from you.

Hope you have had a great week.

Pastor Bill

Note: As we look ahead to holding “parking lot” worship, we would like to borrow a small canopy for our worship team. If you have one that you could loan the church, please contact the church or Pastor Bill.