Announcements for December 16 – 29, 2021

Christmas Eve Service Remote

For those who won’t be able to be in the sanctuary, the service will be on the Trinity website and YouTube (hopefully) by Christmas Day.

Holiday Office Hours at TUMC

The church office will be closed on December 24 and 27 for Christmas. We will close at 1 pm December 30 and will be closed all day December 31 for New Year’s Day. Pastor Joey will not be in the office from December 27 through 31. For pastoral emergencies during this time please call the church office.

Conference Connection

As our congregation wakes up from COVID-19, I have been noticing the need for renewed volunteers in several areas. Our sound tech group is especially slim. I contacted Rev. David Valera, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries, asking for help from the conference.

Tuesday, December 14th, Pastor Joey, Ken Lillagore, and Jim Stoffer met with David via Zoom. During the meeting, David began assessing the congregation’s needs for people, training, and most of all vision for this important ministry in our church. He and his team will continue to assess our needs and make recommendations for ways that the conference can offer support when he comes to Trinity next month. This resource is offered without charge (as David says—your apportionments at work!)

So here is the first recruitment call. Are there a few folks who are curious, ready to learn something new, up for a challenge? If you are someone who might want to work with David and Ken to serve on our tech team, please contact Pastor Joey, Ken, or Jim. (No tech experience required.)

I thank God for this new resource and for all those who serve in so many ways in our congregation.

Grace and peace, Pastor Joey

Holiday Food Box Distribution

Friday, December 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are grateful to know that we have enough volunteers already signed up to help. Another way you might consider helping would be to pick up/deliver food to someone (family member, friend, or neighbor) who does not have transportation.

Christmas Eve Offering to Benefit Nepal

Katherine Parker (stationed in Nepal as a missionary for the General Board of Global Missions of the UMC), has indicated that there is a great need for treatment (surgery/physical therapy, equipment, wheelchair-accessible ramps, toilets, and more) for the care and assistance of disabled people in Nepal. Any donation, large or small is greatly appreciated! If you choose to make a donation, please issue a check to TUMC, indicating “Christmas Eve” in the memo section. There is a display in our new Information Center (located just inside / left of the fellowship hall) that shares additional details, as well as biographical info on Katherine Parker.

Weekly Letter/Newsletter Update

There will be no newsletter next week due to the holidays. In January we will be going to two letters. Then starting in February we will be back to our once-a-month Circuit Rider. For those who have newsletter articles for the Circuit Rider, please submit them to the church office by email by the 20th of the month.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. Current Covid Protocol: The following safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no congregational singing.

A Little Music!

Trinity has been given the go-ahead for singing from soloists and ensembles.

Let us all give thanks for this small step forward.

Safety Ministries

Welcome to our newest member of the Ad Council—Safety Ministries. The purpose of this committee is for the overall care of the congregation and the security of the building. It will provide oversight to the safety and security team already in place. The committee consists of Ken Lillagore, chair, and members Dave Croonquist, Laurie Kern, Jim Stoffer, Cynthia Zenner, and the pastor.

Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study

Our group has just completed our current book and we are taking a brief break. We will resume on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. Our next study book will be “Simon Peter — Flawed but Faithful Disciple” by Adam Hamilton. If you are interested in joining us, would like more information, or would like a copy of the book ordered for you, please contact Barb Parse (bparse@wavecable.com) or Jan Kreidler (janet2.kreidler@gmail.com). Books will be ordered on December 20th. Note: we social distance and wear masks!

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, January 7 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass (if needed), doing light maintenance and upkeep, doing jobs that need doing, and of course, having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Helping in times of disasters

We recently have seen devastating disasters in the news, some fairly local, some within our country, and often some in other countries. If you would like to help by sending funds, you can issue a check to TUMC, writing one of these Advance Numbers in the memo section:

Pacific NW Conf. Disaster Fund — Advance #352
UMCOR US Disaster & Recovery — Advance #901670
UMCOR International Disaster Response — Advance #982450

The Sequim Food Bank

They are currently accepting feminine hygiene products and baby products. Also needed are cans and shelf-stable low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese boxes, and various condiments (i.e. ketchup, mustard, etc.). If you would like to donate any of the above items, you may bring them to the church and place them in the food container near the table at the front door. Note: Please donate only the items that are listed above. Thank you for caring!

Online Recorded Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

TUMC Finance Report – Operating Fund

November Year-to-Date

Income $ 32,950.05 $ 286,570.82
Expenses $ 28,349.84 $ 288,122.80
Difference $ 4,600.21 ($ 1,551.98)

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rena Blank, 360-683-2739, or Eva Lundstrom, 360-797-1613, Finance Co-Chairs.

Thank You for returning your “giving estimate” cards.

They helped your Finance/Stewardship Committee follow through with their commitment to producing a 2022 budget. We will not retain these as they were not intended to be Pledge Cards. Our one member to see them will now shred them.

Stewardship is more than tithing – especially in Trinity United Methodist Church of Sequim. Stewardship to us is our relationship with God, with Jesus Christ, and our relationship within our church. We want to support all our committees with new chairpersons and members who are “raring to go” with new ideas to fulfill their missions. This is the type of stewardship that is vital to the health of our church, our community, and even beyond.

Your Finance Committee

In Consideration of Others

As more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances, please avoid wearing perfumes and using scented lotions if attending in-person worship or meetings at TUMC. Thank you!

Home Maintenance Funds Are Still Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. Please let your friends and neighbors know that this is not just limited to the TUMC congregation. It is truly “neighbors helping neighbors.” This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: show your vaccination card (if not on file); wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements for October 28 — November 4, 2021

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am.

Current Covid Protocol

We are going to Code Yellow and the outside doors to the sanctuary will now be closed. The following Safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.

Online Recorded Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

In Consideration of Others

As more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances, please avoid wearing perfumes and using scented lotions if attending in-person worship or meetings at TUMC. Thank you!

All Saints Sunday is this Sunday, October 31

Part of our service is a pictorial tribute for the 19 of our church family who have passed away since last November.

Normally, we have the congregation light a votive candle to honor their loved ones. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to do so. We will light the “Christ Candle” and have a moment of silence for you to lift up the names of your family and friends you want to remember.

Ad Council Meeting this Sunday!

Everyone is invited to stay after the worship service on Sunday to attend an Administrative Council meeting. Ad Council meetings are open to all. Learn what is going on with the business of your church! Two items on the agenda are the 2022 budget prepared by the Finance Committee and a report of the Nominations Committee.

Charge Conference – Monday, November 8, 1:30 pm

At this time we will have an election of leaders, approve the pastor’s salary for the coming year, receive our year-end reports from all of our committees, and handle any other items that must come before the Charge Conference. The SPRC will meet with District Superintendent Mark Galang at 12:30 pm. The membership of the Charge Conference shall be all members of the church council, together with retired ordained ministers.

Trinity Interior Update Work Has Begun! – October 27 to November 12

This is the schedule of work as it currently stands: Painting: October 27-November 5. Flooring and carpeting: November 8-12th. Please note access to the church below.

  • Painters will begin with the main hallway. Front doors will be closed on Oct. 27, 28, 29.
  • People who have meetings in the Education wing or fellowship hall enter through the Education wing door next to the front entrance. Others will enter through the door by Pauline’s Office. People will use the restrooms in the Education wing.
  • Painters in fellowship hall area Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Front doors will be open.)
  • Carpet installation Nov. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. (Front doors will be closed.)
  • Again use the Education wing door or back door by Pauline’s office.
  • Signs will direct people to which doors to use.
  • The Charge Conference on November 8 will have people enter through the back Sanctuary doors by the pastor’s office.

Veterans’ Day Photos

Our Veterans’ Day Service will be celebrated on Sunday, November 14. We are requesting photos of our church members (in uniform) who have served in the military.

Please submit your photo to the office by Monday, November 1, with the following information: Full name, the branch of service, and phone number. If you have already submitted a photo, there is no need to do it again.

Thank you, Worship Ministry Team

Note: The Church Office will be closed Thursday, November 11 for Veterans’ Day.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, October 29 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

TUMC Finance Report – Operating Fund

September, Year-to-Date

  • Income $ 22,120.12, $ 238,258.63
  • Expenses $ 38,137.57, $ 232,954.54
  • Difference ($16,017.45), $ 5,304.09

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rena Blank, 360-683-2739, or Eva Lundstrom, 360-797-1613, Finance Co-Chairs.

October Noisy Can Offering: Sunday, October 31st

This Noisy Can Offering will support a clean water project for the village of Gbontegleu, Côte d’Ivoire. Water affects the health of many people. The new water tower will have a capacity of 8,000 gallons and will benefit approximately 11,300 people, including the school and the village clinic. (The currency rate 555.00 Franc CFA = $1 US.) The cost is 12,950,000 Franc CFA / $23,000 USD. This is a project of Rev. Dr. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka who is assigned to Côte d’Ivoire as a Global Ministries Missionary of the United Methodist Church. If you would like to make a contribution to help improve lives with clean water, please issue a check to Trinity UMC and enter in the memo section October NCO … or put cash in an envelope labeled Oct. NCO). Thank you for whatever donations you choose to make.

Notes:

  • A display board has been prepared and can be found in the fellowship hall.
  • During COVID we are not able to accept coins.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

PNW Conference of the UMC Early Response Team Basic Training is Back!

There will be an eight-hour, Zoom-based ERT Basic Training on Friday, December 3, and Monday, December 6, both days 1:30-5:30 (PST).

The class will include real-world examples, interactive activities, and an opportunity to virtually meet people with a passion to serve.

Both days are required to complete the training. Anyone 18 years or older is welcome to attend. Registration fees are waived for this Zoom-based training. Class size is limited so register ASAP at: Be Ready. Registration deadline is Friday, November 19 unless the class fills prior. There are pre-class requirements to complete prior to the training. Any questions? Contact Kathy Bryson at brysonpnw@gmail, (509) 539-2978.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for November/December are now available in the church office.

The Sequim Food Bank

They are currently accepting fresh garden & farm produce as well as feminine hygiene products and baby products. Also needed are cans / shelf-stable low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese boxes, and various condiments (i.e. ketchup, mustard, etc.). If you would like to donate any of the above items, you may bring them to the church and place them in the food container near the table at the front door. Note: Please donate only the items that are listed above. Thank you for caring!

Discipleship Ministries Course: The Church’s Ministry with Dementia

This e-course will help you learn more about those living with dementia, understand the contributions and gifts of persons living with dementia can make to discipleship, and help you begin planning for a robust ministry with those that can too often slip through the cracks of the church’s ministry.

  • There will be three live webinars with Bishop Carder who will take questions and offer his insights. These will be November 4, December 2, and January 13 at 9 am PT. These will all be recorded if you cannot make the live version.
  • We’ll be reading Bishop Carder’s book, Ministry with the Forgotten. Before you get started with the course, be sure to take advantage of Cokesbury’s discounted pricing and purchase your copy.
  • The cost for the course is $50. Scholarships are available through the Education Committee.

For more information and to sign up go to https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/

Save the Date for a Virtual Advent Study

Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas by Adam Hamilton from 3:00-4:40 on Tuesdays from November 30 – December 21, 2021.

In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ Child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. This study invites you to reflect on the significance of the Christ Child for our lives and the world today. To ask questions and get the location, contact Dr. Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240.463.7598.

The Virtual 21st Assembly of United Methodist Women, May 20-22, 2022

Women reflect on today’s challenges and find comfort and strength to make a difference in the world. Join Assembly 2022 online and Turn It Up for spiritual healing and renewal, rebirth in a new time, women leaders, and justice for women, children, and youth. Virtual attendees get access to all five Community Gatherings, one workshop on Friday and one workshop on Saturday, exclusive behind-the-scenes speaker interviews, and sisterhood networking. See https://assembly2022.org/ for more information and to register. Early bird registration is $199 and ends on November 30, 2021.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: show your vaccination card (if not on file); wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.