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Trinity United has limited capacity for events, including the 10 a.m. Sunday services, in accord with the state’s pandemic guidance. We have continued worship services online; please check the Sermons page.

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Announcements for July 8-17

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office at 360-683-5367.

This really helps the welcomers when they check people in.

For Sunday Services Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive, if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.

Online Recorded Services

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

Printed Sermons

Printed sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one. Only one date remaining: October 31.

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 tomorrow, Friday, 09 July 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.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard clean-up, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

A new small group is starting: COVID-19 Transition: Redesigning My New Normal, in Christ

This is a small group developed for those who are vaccinated yet, for a variety of reasons, may feel reluctant to come out of sheltering. They may be feeling unsafe, confused, and unclear about the best approaches to take. They may know they need to reconnect with others but just cannot find the motivation.

If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s a nationwide issue and can be very challenging. Melody has been developing her own redesign and has wonderful strategies that work, to share with you!

Come and develop steps to prayerfully create your individual reopening, done using your inner wisdom at your own pace. Come and learn professionally researched calming and healing tools to aid you in a safe and accepting atmosphere.

Group will be held on July 21, 1:00 pm in person at Trinity; A second group is scheduled on Thursdays, noon on Zoom. Each group meets for 6 weeks, 1.5 hours.

To sign up or ask questions contact Melody Romeo and indicate your interest and the best day for you. Space is limited so please contact me soon. Email melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

Wrap-up on Food Box Distribution from Jim Stoffer

This program started at the Sequim High School parking lot in June 2020 and moved to the Guy Cole Center and our TUMC parking lot in October in response to the food insecurity faced by so many during the pandemic. Demand has decreased so this drive-through program has ended. (However, people are welcome to stop by the Sequim Food Bank during their regular hours.) In celebration of and gratitude to Andra Smith/the Sequim Food Bank, Blaine and Cindy Zechenelly/CERT, the City of Sequim, Trinity UMC, and for all of the volunteers and their work. If you are interested in the statistics: nearly 700 tons of food/ 1.25 million meals were shared with approximately 17,000 families. We have an awesome community and church!

Safety Ministry and Medical Response Team Opportunity

As part of our Safety Ministry, TUMC has a Medical Response Team. Each Sunday one member of this team sits in the back of the sanctuary during worship with a Medical Kit. Each member performs this duty once a month. If there is a medical or mental health emergency, the person on duty makes sure the appropriate action is taken. Medical Response Team members include individuals with advanced medical training; emergency medical technicians or others with emergency medical training. Team members will be oriented to the Medical Kit, must be willing to have current basic first aid certification, and take a mental health first aid course. If you are willing to join the Safety Ministry or the Medical Response Team and need to take the basic first aid course or the mental health first aid course, you can get a scholarship to attend. To join the team or for more information, contact Kathleen Charters by e-mailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals for July-August are now available in the church narthex.

Church reopening plans

March 11, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

We’re moving toward reopening. We’ve been approved to allow 25 people in the church at any given time. We’re going to begin to be open for worship during Holy Week. Our Maundy Thursday Service will be open to 25 people. Our Good Friday Service will be open to 25 people. Easter Sunday we will be holding two services. The first service will be held at 9 am and the second at 11 am. Easter Sunday we will be allowing 50 people in each service. Half will be in the sanctuary and the other half will be in the fellowship hall. The fellowship hall can be completely sealed off from the sanctuary which allows us to count it as a separate facility. The service will be on screens rather than live, but it will be in the church. What we’re asking is that each service consists of neighborhood groups who come together to whatever service you’re assigned to attend. Each service will be deeply meaningful. In other words, one or two neighborhood groups come on Maundy Thursday. A different set of neighborhood groups attend on Good Friday, and then five or six different neighborhood groups attend on Easter Sunday. All of the services will be taped and available online later in the Easter season. We wish we could live-stream them, but we simply don’t have the capacity to do that. Now, with that in mind, here are the protocols that will be in place.

Anyone attending in-person worship will need to have had both vaccination shots, and then have gone through the two-week waiting period after the second shot. There will be a process for reservations either online or through your neighborhood leader. The sanctuary will be divided into four distinct areas and the reservations will identify which area of the sanctuary you’ll be assigned. For Easter Sunday, the fellowship hall will also be divided into four distinct areas and assignments given at the time of reservations. There will be sign-in sheets at each entrance. If coming to the sanctuary the entrance will be the main entrance with the possibility of at least one other entrance on the east side of the building. The fellowship hall will also have two entrances, one on the west side, and one on the east side. There will be parking assignments for each entrance. Each entrance will be well marked, and will have a greeter. The greeter will be taking temperatures. Sanitizing will be required at each entrance. Masks will be required and are to remain on throughout the time in the facility. Ushers will be available to guide those coming into their assigned areas. There will be a minimum of six feet between people or “bubble” groups. Once worship is concluded, people will be dismissed by sections so that there are not too many gathering together too closely at any given time. At this point, there will be no coffee hour, at least not yet.

As I write this, I see how it must feel. But friends, our primary goal is to get folks back into the building, into worship, but to do it safely. Maybe we’re being overly cautious but let’s remember that some of the most significant super-spreaders of the virus have been traced to churches that have not followed protocols. I don’t want to be one of those. We’re so close to being able to move to 25%. I don’t want to do anything that will prevent us from moving to that next step. In addition, we’re not providing parking lot worship. We just don’t have the capacity to do both inside and outside worship. On Easter Sunday, there will be a drive-through flower cross. In other words, the flower cross will be outside, probably in the round-about, where, with social distancing, you can come and place flowers in the cross. For those who may not have access to flowers, but would still like to be a part of that, we will have buckets of flowers available. We simply ask that each car, each group or person, honor the six-foot social distancing, sanitize before and after placing the flowers, and then allow the next car to move into place. In other words, please don’t linger too long. I have a feeling there will be a whole lot of folks who will want to add flowers to the cross.

So, this is the first step in reopening. I think all of those who have been involved in these decisions are asking for patience, grace, and intentionality around coming on assigned days, following the directions, staying and keeping others safe, and allowing us to move toward the next step. As we move toward this next phase, please remember to practice those Beatitudes. They are a vital part of our spiritual lives. They keep us spiritually healthy, and spiritually alive. I can’t begin to thank the Ad Council for their work on this reopening process. I wish you could have watched as they struggled, communicated, disagreed, and ultimately agreed to what I’ve listed above. This whole process weighs on them heavily, and each knows it does the same to you. Friends, we’re getting there, but we will continue to hold your safety as our highest priority. Finally, the Beatitude for this week is “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.” Our role is to provide each other, this community and the world a peace that passes understanding. The only way to do that is to practice it, seek it, and then live it out every day. I’m praying for you. We’re praying for you.

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; for all the first responders/essential workers; and for those who are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Spring ahead! Daylight savings time begins Sunday – remember to reset your clocks.

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 to the church. Make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address.

Announcements

Birthdays and anniversaries: even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.

Easter Drive-through Dessert

Sunday, April 4 is Easter! As a thank you gift to our congregation, a small group of church ladies is planning to bake an Easter dessert to be distributed via a “drive-through” on Easter Sunday. Each household can choose either a small loaf of Chocolate Zucchini Bread or a small loaf of Lemon Poppy Seed Bread.

To RSVP contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com no later than Thursday, March 25th. Notes: 1) Safe procedures (wearing masks and gloves) will be followed. 2) The “drive-through” time has not yet been determined so watch upcoming announcements for that information.

Plant Sale

Spring arrives this month and our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 8 will be here soon! A few things you can do to get your plants ready to donate are dig, divide and pot your outdoor and indoor plants for the sale. For more information, contact Barbara Parse, 360-683-2113, bparse@wavecable.com

Please save the date for a Celebration of Life for Dorothy Shreffler

To be held online: Tuesday, March 23, 5:00 pm Pacific Time. All event information is available on the GatheringUs memorial webpage for Dorothy Shreffler:

https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/dorothy-ferne-shreffler/6899

Trustees/Trinity TLC Gathering

The Trustees invite you to serve in a very tangible way, a bi-weekly gathering called Trinity TLC to accomplish light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks on Friday at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours of cutting grass, doing small maintenance chores, and a host of small jobs that together make a big difference … providing TLC to our building and grounds. Once permitted we will offer coffee and light eats to make this a social time as well, providing TLC to ourselves! The inaugural Trinity TLC will be Friday, March 19, at 9:30 AM. All are welcome!

Save the date for a Bible study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story” by Heather M. Dixon. This class will meet in-person on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Zoom on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 4 weeks starting April 6 and ending April 27, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Check out the education page on our website

It has been recently updated. Sermon discussion questions can be found on this page.

Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat

What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality: Via Zoom on March 19-20, 2021. Are you looking for an ever-deepening relationship with God? Are you finding challenges to growing spiritually? Plan to attend and let God be your Teacher in discovering the “givens” which will demonstrate how Jesus is enough. It offers just what you need to flourish in your life with God! Your days will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Take this time to retreat and find exactly what you need to draw nearer to God. For more information click on the following link,

https://pnwumc.org/umw/2021/01/22/spiritual-growth-retreat/

Sequim Food Distribution

As food needs continue to increase, the food distributions continue at least through March. The dates for this month are: 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).

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.

COVID19 Vaccinations for Sequim area residents. Those now eligible are:

  • Teachers and other school and childcare staff. A new online registration question will ask whether you work for a school, a school district, or a childcare center. Please bring your School ID with you to the vaccination event. (Any age over 18 years old.)
  • Essential workers – including agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, food banks, public transit, corrections, and courts. (Any age over 18 years old.)
  • Those 65 or older and their spouse or domestic partner in the car – may be younger and can be registered at the same time.
  • Those 50+ and living in a multi-generational household.

Registration will be in one-hour time blocks between 8 am and 1 p.m. each day. Once online registration is complete, a ticket with the date and time should be printed and brought with you. Each person/couple in a vehicle must have a registration ticket.

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 at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information is at  jamestownhealth.org.

Church Attendance Requirements include vaccinations

Please note that when TUMC opens for on-site worship it will be a requirement to have your two vaccinations and be past the two weeks following your second vaccination.

Hospitality volunteers needed for front door sign-ins

If you would like additional information or if you can help, please contact Janet Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you can help.

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!

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

— “is in prayer for the many U.S. states that are experiencing the dangerous and deadly effects of a string of winter storms. For those enduring widespread blackouts in sub-freezing temperatures, the touching down of multiple tornadoes, and decreased water supply, we offer prayers for safety and protection. Emergency personnel are leading ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UMC churches are actively being used as warming shelters and community members are being relocated as needed. UMCOR is actively connecting with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the affected areas and is ready to respond once the situation evolves.” If you would like to support the work of the Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S., you are invited to write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Advance # 901670 in the memo section.

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!

Faith, reality, and hope, not conspiracy

March 4, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Dorothy and I mark this day in a variety of ways for at least two reasons. The first is that this is the day 78 years ago her parents got married. It was in Hollywood, and Hollywood Methodist Church. From there, Jim, her father, took off for World War II, not to fight but to entertain the troops. He was a part of the traveling cast of “This is the Army,” with Irving Berlin and starring Ronald Reagan. Both Jim and Jean, her dad and mom, were gifted musicians who both made names for themselves in New York City. Both in very different ways, but we remember them today, and celebrate all they gave to their five children, and for the lives they chose to live. Dorothy was the youngest of those five.

On this day in 1975, as I was doing a demonstration of the new Hexel skis, I was on the way to doing a double crossover jump with my ski partner. It was our final display of these marvelous skis. We were to do backscratchers, one right after the other. A “backscratcher” is a stunt where, in the air, the skier lifts the tails of their skis and tucks them against their back so the front of the skis points toward the ground. I went first, and he immediately followed, close enough that it would appear we were doing them at the same time, but going in different directions. He went just a bit too early, hit the tails of my skis as I was lifting them, throwing my momentum off enough that I came down on the back of my head. I broke my neck. It took months to recover. It is a reminder that life is short, and that you not only make the most of it, but that you make the most of it every single day of your life.

Now, in 2021, March 4th marks the day that, according to QAnon sources, the government is to be overturned, the military is to rise up, and Donald Trump is to become the 19th President of the United States. It goes back to Ulysses Grant, who was inaugurated on this day, and holds that only Republican Presidents were true Presidents, therefore making Donald Trump the 19th in that line of succession. First, I do not believe that this day will go down in infamy as the day another government takeover occurs. President Joe Biden will remain in office and there will be no military involvement in a government takeover. As I’ve shared before, I do not hold to any of the QAnon beliefs. I believe it is simply a conspiracy theory that gained attention during our previous president’s term in office. There is no truth to it. And yet it continues to influence a diminishing number of followers, including some in our beautiful small town.

March 4th is also now the day that I can share with you that we, Trinity United Methodist Church, were declared the Sequim Chamber of Commerce, Business of the Month. We were selected for our work with the COVID food distribution and as the vaccination staging area. Please go on the Chamber website and read the words that were shared. They are wonderful testaments to you; your heart for health and service in this community. I want to thank all of those who have so faithfully volunteered their time and efforts. We really have helped this community move toward greater health. And, as you’ll hear in the message for this week’s worship service, we’re not done.

There is an incredible power at work through us. It is a power, unlike QAnon, that has been proven over and over again throughout history. My message will tell the story of that power at work in the small town of Sunnyside, WA. The power of love, grace, patience, forgiveness, and confidence came together and saved the lives of hundreds of children and youth. That power transformed a community in ways that go beyond imagination. As overstated as that may sound, the miracles that occurred can only be explained as the love and power of God moving through the people of a church. That power transformed lives, and ultimately a whole community. You’ll hear more next week, as I look at another group in that same town whose lives were also transformed. But at this point, I say again; you, Saints of Trinity, are transforming lives here and now, and I’m so proud and so humbled to be one of your pastors. Your work has been noticed, again. May God continue to work through each of us for God’s greater good.

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; for all the first responders/essential workers; and for those who are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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 is this Sunday: To participate, have your elements (bread and juice or wine) available.

Service Aprons for Trinity Volunteers

The Missions team is in need of a few good seamstresses. We have the material cut out and ready to sew, and will provide the thread. We need some volunteers willing to sew service aprons that will readily identify Trinity volunteers when we work in our community. If you are willing and able to help, please contact Rae Walz at raeandrich@wavecable.com or call (360) 797-1017.

Sequim Food Distribution

As food needs continue to increase, the food distributions continue at least through March. The dates for this month are: 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).

Save the date for a Bible study.

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story” by Heather M. Dixon. This class will meet in-person on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Zoom on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 4 weeks starting April 6 and ending April 27, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Check out the education page on our website

It has been recently updated. Sermon discussion questions can be found on this page.

Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat

What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality: Via Zoom on March 19-20, 2021. Are you looking for an ever-deepening relationship with God? Are you finding challenges to growing spiritually? Plan to attend and let God be your Teacher in discovering the “givens” which will demonstrate how Jesus is enough. It offers just what you need to flourish in your life with God! Your days will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Take this time to retreat and find exactly what you need to draw nearer to God. For more information click on the following link https://pnwumc.org/umw/2021/01/22/spiritual-growth-retreat/

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 http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information at jamestownhealth.org.

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.

Hospitality volunteers needed for front door sign-ins

If you would like additional information or if you can help, please contact Janet Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you can help.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

— “is in prayer for the many U.S. states that are experiencing the dangerous and deadly effects of a string of winter storms. For those enduring widespread blackouts in sub-freezing temperatures, the touching down of multiple tornadoes, and decreased water supply, we offer prayers for safety and protection. Emergency personnel are leading ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UMC churches are actively being used as warming shelters and community members are being relocated as needed. UMCOR is actively connecting with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the affected areas and is ready to respond once the situation evolves.” If you would like to support the work of the Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S., you are invited to write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Advance # 901670 in the memo section.

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!

My personal Lenten study

February 25, 2021

Saints of Trinity,

First, I want to thank Rev. Dr. Kathleen Charters (our beloved Kathleen) for stepping in last week. This cold hit me harder than I thought and she stepped in on very short notice. Thanks, Kathleen. Thank you to Pauline and Jerry for doing some similar things with music for the recording last Wednesday. Donna Grubbs had a bit of reaction to the second shot which, how shall I say this, allowed Pauline and Jerry to step in to provide the music for last week. If you didn’t already realize it, this is a remarkable team. We do our best to take care of each other, and to offer you the best we have as consistently as we can. We have an amazing staff!

As Kathleen preached about Ash Wednesday and then about Lent I thought it appropriate to let you know what I’m doing this Lenten season as a personal Lenten study. I’m taking my own advice and doing a personal study on the Beatitudes. Here’s what I mean. I took out a fresh, and new, empty journal. I found a pen that has never been used. I decided that I wanted every aspect of this Lenten season to open up something new. It’s what “forty” means in scripture; taking something that has been, and creating something new out of it. I’m the “something that has been,” and I’m seeking to allow God to create something new in me. It’s why I chose to start a new journal with a new pen.

To begin the study, I took up the posture of “blessed” or kneeling, with the expectation of receiving something that will deepen my relationship with and from my Creator. From there I began to explore the areas of my life where I am blessed. It has been a time of intentionally receiving the love and grace God has for me. I realized as I wrote, how overwhelmingly blessed I am. Over and over again, I’ve prayed to intentionally be more open about myself to that still small voice of God as my personal “disciple-whisperer.” Simply doing that has been a rare time of realizing just how loved, surrounded, and how wonderfully blessed I am. I’ve realized just how much you are all a part of that blessing.

From there I’ve sought to continue in that posture of kneeling, of receiving, as I then began to walk through the Beatitudes. The first Beatitude is about taking time to understand and admit to my own spiritual poverty. I almost immediately realized just how easy it is for pastors to preach and teach, and then forget that they need this kind of intentional time with God. The time spent on this first Beatitude has helped me know where I need more and where I need less. It has opened up new opportunities to explore scripture, particularly those scriptures I need to read, study, and hear right now. This time has allowed me to reprioritize some things in my life so that I have more time for opening myself to God.

I also have to admit that some of this focus on my own spiritual poverty has been a bit painful; realizing and admitting to those things I am not doing. Other times have been rich and fruitful; times that have allowed me to go that much deeper in faith. The time spent has opened the opportunity to move to the next Beatitude; the whole idea of mourning. That has taken a lot more time; weeks in fact. I’m on my fifth page as I’ve explored where and what I mourn, but let me leave the specifics of at least some of that for next week.

Friends, Lent is a time of opportunity if we take it on. I want to encourage you to find a focus for this season. Spend time with God. Allow Jesus Christ to guide you in deeper ways. Allow the Holy Spirit to whisper to you. Allow yourself to be searched and known. You can trust God. Lord knows, God trusts you. Finally, let me know if you have any questions about what I’m doing in this season. I’m happy to share. Finally, please know that I’m praying for you!

With love and appreciation,

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;
  • For all the first responders/essential workers; and for those who are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • 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.

Service Aprons for Trinity Volunteers

The Missions team is in need of a few good seamstresses. We have the material cut out and ready to sew, and will provide the thread. We need some volunteers willing to sew service aprons that will readily identify Trinity volunteers when we work in our community. If you are willing and able to help, please contact Rae Walz at raeandrich@wavecable.com or call (360) 797-1017.

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. 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).

Lenten study: “You Are Never Alone”

By Max Lucado. There will be a Zoom Lenten study on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and an in-person Lenten study on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. beginning next week. (Mondays: Feb 22 – Mar. 29 or Tuesdays Feb 23 – Mar. 30) (Note: As we move into Phase II, we will be allowed to have 25 people in the church.) For more information, please call the church office at (360) 683-5367.

I look forward to our first session of the Lenten Bible Study You Are Never Alone by Max Lucado. No preparation is required. If you wish to review what we will cover in session 1, read pages 1-9 in the study guide. If you are reading the book, session 1 includes material from chapters 1 and 2. The book is optional. The class will follow the study guide. The study guide is available for purchase from the church for $10. Call Rev. Dr. Kathleen Charters at 240.463.7598 or e-mail kcharters@mac.com to arrange for delivery of the study guide.

Topic: Trinity UMC Lenten Study You Are Never Alone

Time: Feb 23, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Tue, 6 occurrence(s): Feb 23, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 2, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 9, 2021 01:00 PM, Mar 16, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 23, 2021 01:00 PM; Mar 30, 2021 01:00 PM

Write to Kathleen for the meeting link and details.

Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat

What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality: Via Zoom on March 19-20, 2021. Are you looking for an ever-deepening relationship with God? Are you finding challenges to growing spiritually? Plan to attend and let God be your Teacher in discovering the “givens” which will demonstrate how Jesus is enough. It offers just what you need to flourish in your life with God! Your days will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Take this time to retreat and find exactly what you need to draw nearer to God. For more information click on the following link https://pnwumc.org/umw/2021/01/22/spiritual-growth-retreat/

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 http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information at jamestownhealth.org.

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.

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.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

— “is in prayer for the many U.S. states that are experiencing the dangerous and deadly effects of a string of winter storms. For those enduring widespread blackouts in sub-freezing temperatures, the touching down of multiple tornadoes, and decreased water supply, we offer prayers for safety and protection. Emergency personnel are leading ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UMC churches are actively being used as warming shelters and community members are being relocated as needed. UMCOR is actively connecting with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the affected areas and is ready to respond once the situation evolves.” If you would like to support the work of the Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S., you are invited to write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Advance # 901670 in the memo section.

Thank you for your donations

— to the Christmas Eve and Noisy Can offerings. Funds for the Christmas Eve offering plus a donation from the Missions Ministry Team enabled us to send a total of $3,072.64 to help COVID-19 patients in Nepal. Donations for the Noisy Can Offering provided the $1,000 for our Covenant relationship Katherine Parker, missionary in Nepal for General Board of Global Ministries. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated!

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for March/April will be available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday, February 18 to March 5, 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.

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!

Hospitality in action

February 11, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Most of you may not be aware that Melody Romeo is gathering important information from leaders and staff. Part of what she’s gathering has to do with hopes and dreams for the church. Part of it focuses on concerns about my availability and my ability to follow up on calls and emails. Part of it focuses on what we’re involved with as a church right now. I wanted to touch base on a few of those areas in this letter. Most of those who responded to Melody talked at length about Trinity’s involvement in the community. A few responded with the hope that every member of the church, whether an official member or active participant be involved in some kind of mission. So, I wanted to give you an opportunity to do that.

A reminder that every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday our church becomes the staging area for vaccinations. Last Tuesday over 1000 vaccinations were given. We have become an essential piece in the distribution and for that, I’m deeply grateful. It’s allowed me to get to know a whole lot of CERT volunteers, Jamestown medical staff, representatives of the S’Klallam tribe, fire and police personnel, and police volunteers. What a privilege to be able to work alongside each and every one of those seeking to offer themselves to this work.

As a church, we have taken on the role of hospitality. We offer volunteers working in our parking lot opportunities for coffee, snacks, lunch distribution, and a warm place to come and use the bathrooms. Not too many years ago we made the decision as a church that we would offer radical hospitality to anyone and everyone who came here. In our minds, I think most thought that meant on Sunday mornings.

Yet, with the pandemic that has all changed. The distribution of the vaccines has opened up another opportunity for radical hospitality. I’m trying to practice that as are all the volunteers who currently represent the church at our entrance and in the fellowship hall. You may not be aware that each vaccination day, I walk through the lines of cars with coffee and cups for anyone who would like a cup or a warm-up.

The gratitude around such a simple act is overwhelming. The coffee comes from the Rain Shadow coffee company over on Cedar and 2nd. They are thrilled to offer that service to us and to those in line for vaccinations at a reduced cost. In turn, it allows us to support a small business. It’s one more piece of the equation of service and partnership we do each week. So here’s my invitation to you.

The coffee has a cost. The distribution doesn’t. If you would like to be a part of helping with that cost, please feel free to do that. You could sponsor one day of coffee by sending in $60. You could help cover a week’s worth (3 days worth) at $180, or $200 if you wanted to add a tip to those who get up early at Rain Shadow so that we have what we need.

You could come and greet the volunteers who come into the church. We ask each of them to sign in, and sanitize before moving to the bathroom or the snack / lunch area. You could be in the fellowship hall to meet and greet them, offer a smile and a chair, and, if you would like, a thank you. If you have questions about any of this, Gay Lyn Lillagore and Jan Kreidler are coordinating. If you want to help me distribute coffee by walking the lot, let me know.

Radical hospitality is hospitality that goes beyond what’s expected. What we’re trying to offer each week, whether it’s the vaccinations or the every other week food distributions opens up all manner of opportunities for offering the kind of hospitality we’ve decided to offer. If you can’t do something like walking among cars, please, no guilt allowed. You can offer a financial gift. You can pray for all of those in line or those volunteering. You can pray for those who are nervous about receiving the vaccine, and those who are giving the vaccines. Our prayers can be a piece of our radical hospitality.

As for the other areas around the responses from leaders and staff, please know that we’re working on each one. I’m working on each of those. I take your responses, your concerns, and yes your joys and prayers seriously. Keep them all coming.

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. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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

Ash Wednesday

— is next week. It is an important part of the Christian year and signifies the beginning of Lent. Obviously, we will not be holding our normal ecumenical service. Instead, it will be offered in a different way this year. Pastors Brad and Kathleen are putting together Ash Wednesday kits that can be picked up at the church, outside the main entrance. Included in each packet will be a small amount of ash, instructions on what to do, a devotional with scriptures, and an explanation of why we do this, and the purpose of the Lenten season. We’ll have the kits available for a week, just in case you can’t pick one up Wednesday.

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.

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 http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information at jamestownhealth.org.

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.

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. 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).

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!

Note: the church office is closed Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day.

Eradicating COVID-19 and other missions

January 21, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

It’s been an interesting week, hasn’t it? As I write this a new President is being sworn into office. Another has said goodbye from a military base as he heads to Florida. Last night, in case you missed it, was a beautiful tribute to the lives lost because of COVID-19. Four hundred luminaries placed perfectly on each side of the reflection pool as a part of the Lincoln Memorial. Each luminary representing a thousand lives lost. It was a touching reminder that we’re not done with what is needed to overcome this pandemic. That brings me to the next piece of this letter. Yesterday was another day of offering vaccinations via our parking lot. I continue to ask for patience in the midst of this. I thank God for the Tribe and their willingness to share, out of their abundance, available vaccines. I want to remind you, they didn’t need to do this. I’m grateful to them for their generosity. As far as I see it, it is for the greater good of the whole community. And by the way, thank you to all of those of you who have already volunteered. We have two more days of vaccinations and then a break. The break will probably be for a week depending on the availability of doses. We’ll keep you in the loop. Now, a couple of helpful pieces of information.

If you need to access the church during vaccination hours, here’s how to do it. 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 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, he will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, go ahead and drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available.

I also wanted to share that if you are a patient at the Jamestown Clinic, and have an appointment you may be able to get a vaccination at the time of your appointment. However, Jamestown Clinic is not able at this time to offer appointments specifically for the COVID-19 vaccination.

In addition, I will be asking Neighborhood Leaders to send out a note to all of you. What we would like to know is how many of you have received a vaccination, and how many have not. Some community authorities see the church as a kind of microcosm of the community. We’re looking for specific percentages around the vaccinations and the needs. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help. Also, I’m asking that if you have questions, comments, concerns, or criticisms, please don’t contact Jim Stoffer. In as much as he is our liaison with the vaccination efforts, he is already overwhelmed with emails. He and I are in constant contact. He is doing an incredible job of making sure the needs of the church, and the needs of those seeking help, have what they need. Also, please don’t call Marian with vaccination questions, as she is trying to get her other work done and has had to deal a lot with vaccination questions and concerns. There is complete information on the Jamestown clinic website: jamestownhealth.org. In as much as we all want to help, the information is already out there. Let’s take care of those on the front line, and allow ourselves to become our own advocates in seeking out the pertinent information. If you simply can’t find an answer, then let me know. I’ll do my best to help. Finally, thank you to our volunteers and to those coordinating volunteers here at the church. Please let Jan Kreidler or Gay Lyn Lillagore know if you would like to help with hospitality.

Friends, thank you for all you do. And please always remember that I thank God for you as I constantly remember you in my prayers. You are the best.

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.

Birthdays this week:

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 Available

For Sequim area residents ages 70 and over. 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. This takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm. However, people line up very early since this is a first-come, first-served process.

No vaccinations next week – January 26, 28, and 30.

For complete information about upcoming vaccination times you can go to the Jamestown Clinic website at https://jamestownhealth.org/

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

You may come into the church from the north driveway (next to the skateboard park) and drive around the back of the church to the parking lot. Blake Avenue is blocked from the church to Washington Street so you will need to reach this driveway from the north. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm. If you are stopped by the police, let them know that you have business at the church and are not here to get a vaccination.

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.

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: Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 and 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, 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!

Searching for peace and calm

January 14, 2021

Saints of Trinity,

As I’ve sat and watched the news in the past week, something hit me. It hit me hard. I grew up with Walter Cronkite, a man who saw his job as reporting the news. I remember Huntley and Brinkley as they took their spots each evening, and as they too reported the news. Walter Cronkite seldom shared his opinions. He seldom showed emotion. There were times when the emotions would sneak through, times like when President Kennedy was shot, but more often than not, his role in this country was simply to report. I’ve realized just how much things have changed.

Like some of you, I’ve sought to hear multiple perspectives, particularly since the election. I’ve listened and watched Rachel Maddow, Tucker Carlson, Anderson Cooper, Neil Cavuto, Chris Cuomo, George Stephanopoulos, Norah O’Donnell, and others. Here is the realization. I realized after the events of last Wednesday, the storming of the Capital, I’m not sure I see the news anymore. I’m not sure I’ve seen the reporting of the news for a very long time now. What I now see are emotional editorials that focus on current events. I was watching CNN only to realize that Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo were inciting emotional epithets as critical of the other side as what I heard on Fox with Tucker Carlson. In times like these, I’m just not sure any of it is helpful, particularly in a country that seems already overwhelmed with division.

I share this out of concern for you, Saints of Trinity; particularly your emotional and spiritual health. We’re already dealing with the fears surrounding the growing Coronavirus numbers, the shifts and changes that have minimized our ability to relate to one another, so much now influences our opportunities to see and share with each other. I watch as tensions rise. I watch as desperation becomes heightened. And yes, I’m worried, and sure I’m worried about the country, the transition, and the violence. At the same time, I’ve seen and experienced what watching too much news does to my own soul. I shared with Dorothy just yesterday, a feeling of a kind of malaise; and it’s not just the weather.

In my virtual appointment with my doctor, he asked if I wanted him to up my antidepressant dosage. Nope, I said. I’d rather work out, sweat, hike, walk, ride, whatever it takes to push myself toward greater health. And part of that is turning off the news, or at last, deciding how much is enough. Here’s what I’m recommending, and this comes from a close friend who is a psychologist. Like our eating habits, each of us needs to seek to control our news-watching habits. Watch only an hour of a news show. If you need more news, read the paper. It is often more objective. Not always, but at least here the stories are more local. Walk, run, bike, kayak, canoe, hike, go play in the snow, have tea with a friend while on the phone, FaceTime, Zoom, whatever it takes to renew those important relationships with family and friends. Just turn off the television.

Over the next twelve weeks, I’ll be inviting you into a time of study. I’ll be exploring the Beatitudes from the 5th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. I want to invite you to fully participate. As you hear the weekly messages, do some Bible study, take some notes, formulate some questions, prayerfully consider how what I’m saying relates to you and your situation. It is my goal every week to give you food for thought, even questions to ponder; to offer you significant opportunities to take on and take in the lessons each week.

Take some time to simply sit quietly without the sound of the television. Listen to the rain and wind. Experience it. Look up to the mountains, and by the way, the Psalmist is correct, we can find strength when we take the time to look to the hills. Ultimately remember that God has us; surrounds us, loves us, encourages us, and forms us if we allow that to happen. So, in the midst of this crazy, disturbing, challenging time, let’s do some soul work. If we do that, the rest of life will fall into place. I love you and am praying for you.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available

For Sequim area residents ages 70 and over. 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. This takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm. However, people line up very early since this is a first-come, first-served process.

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

You may come into the church from the north driveway (next to the skateboard park) and drive around the back of the church to the parking lot. Blake Avenue is blocked from the church to Washington Street so you will need to reach this driveway from the north. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays before 9am and until 2pm. If you are stopped by the police, let them know that you have business at the church and are not here to get a vaccination.

Hosts needed

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

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

At our briefing before the December 23 distribution, there were two announcements: 1) Between June 3rd and the end of December, the Sequim Food Bank distributed 350,000 tons of food (equal to about 500,000 meals). 2) There still is a great need. The food distributions will continue in 2021 on these dates: Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 & 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, 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!

Note: The church is closed Monday January 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Thank you

January 7, 2021

Thank you for your faithfulness; what a gift you are. Here are but a few examples of what I mean. I want to thank Melody Romeo as she has stepped in to help me with what, originally, was an overwhelming project; to get to know you, particularly your hopes and dreams, the direction we need to head, and how leadership in the church has worked over these past few years. Even with that, she is not done. I’ve asked that she serve in a kind of consultant role as I am looking for more information as we get more serious about our future as a church. For instance, Melody will be calling many of the leaders as we seek more specifics on how they see their role in the church. She has a list of questions she’ll ask each leader, and then she and I will sit and disseminate the information leaders and staff have shared. As she does that work, I’m going back through your surveys, now looking at your individual hopes and dreams for the church. Once I have that, we’ll then put together a team to more formally look ahead in regard to mission and vision. Melody has done an exquisite job of helping me. You will be hearing a lot more about what we find as we look at fulfilling our mission and vision as a church.

I want to say thank you to Lou O’Hara. She has provided significant leadership in our explorations around Senior Ministries here at Trinity. She has helped me as I’ve tried to get a handle on how it all works; what it means for us today, and particularly what it can mean as we look ahead and explore how the programs represented in Senior Ministries help to define our mission in and beyond the church. Her faith, her experience, her ability to take complex issues and turn them into understandable models, her heart for prayer, and her grace have all come together as we look ahead. Thank you, Lou!

I want to say thank you to Marian Warning for her faithfulness and dedication to Lois’ Legacy. She stepped in at a time when she was needed, and continued on through all the shifts and changes that have come over these past few months. She has worked alongside Pauline in some truly remarkable ways. Marian, you are a blessing, and you are appreciated on so many levels.

Finally, I want to say thank you to Sue Ninemires. Sue has faithfully led the bell choir for years. She is a true teacher while being a wonderful director. She has played bells in worship, been a part of the bell choir and chancel choir, and has dedicated her life to providing quality music here at Trinity. Sue called me last week and has asked me to retire. With great hesitation, I’ve accepted that resignation. She will continue to be a part of the church and for that, we are additionally grateful.

It’s a new year and we’re looking ahead. It doesn’t mean we are ignoring what is going on around us right now. At the same time, we are being asked to become more than we could ever ask or imagine. Last week I talked about disaster preparedness, and now, out of that, has come an invitation to be a staging area for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. I said yes. Much like the COVID food distribution every other Wednesday, those offering the vaccines will use the parking lot to stage people for a drive-through vaccination program. We will be following both State and National guidelines, but it’s one more place where we have become a part of a community partnership that will both change and save lives. And it’s because of all of you that we’ve been able to do that. Thank you, Melody, Lou, Marian, and Sue for your dedicated leadership. Thank you Trinity for your dedication to being the hands and feet of Christ in this community and the world. You are a blessing, and it is a humbling privilege to serve as one of your pastors.
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.

In case you didn’t open the attachment last week: A thank you from the worship team!

During Advent, there have been a lot of folks working hard so that our worship services via recordings provide a worthwhile experience. I just want to take a few moments to say thank you to everyone who helped with the Advent series. A special thank you for the following:

  • Pastor Brad – his leadership, humor and inspirational sermons.
  • Kathleen Charters – Such a beautiful job with her prayers each week.
  • Lawrence Charters – his hours devoted to editing and setting up each week’s service online.
  • Sight & Sound Team: Curt Alexander and Pam Bennett – their many hours spent so that our services are seen and heard by all who tune in.
  • The Music Team: Jerry, Donna, Pauline, and Terry – their efforts to present not only special music for each service but also a hymn leader each week.
    • There is also an “unofficial” member of this team that has added so much to our services – Randy Grubbs who provided recordings for the special music, worked to get our announcements displayed, took photos of the Christmas season, and (with Donna) captured many folks on video so we can have some time together to say hello via the marvels of technology.
  • The Drama Team headed by Margaret Cox – her time spent writing our dramas each week and organizing and working with the drama participants.
  • Patty Davis – her help with all the costumes needed for the actors providing the period appropriate dress for all of us.
  • The Cast and Crew – About 36 people helped with these weekly services – Advent Candle Lighters, Scripture Readers, Narrators, and Actors. Everyone did such a wonderful job and honored the “stay safe” rules.
  • Andy Pitts and Ken Lillagore for putting up the stable.
  • Marian for all her help and for allowing us to utilize office items when needed for the services.

Please know that we appreciate everyone who helped us make this Covid19 Advent season so inspirational and uplifting.

Gay Lyn Lillagore, Worship Chairperson

Note: for the complete thank-you from Gay Lyn, you can go to the sequimtumc.org website and go to blogs or click on this link: https://www.sequimtumc.org/2020/12/30/thank-you/

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

At our briefing before the December 23 distribution, there were two announcements: 1) Between June 3rd and the end of December, the Sequim Food Bank distributed 350,000 tons of food (equal to about 500,000 meals). 2) There still is a great need. The food distributions will continue in 2021 on these dates: Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 & 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, 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!

New Year, New Beginnings

December 30, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Happy New Year’s Eve! As the ball drops and the melody of songs of ending and beginning begin to find their way across the airwaves, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year. Yes, it’s been quite a ride these past six months, but at the same time so much has been accomplished. As those in need drove through our parking lot every other Wednesday, 350,000 tons of food were distributed. It was a team effort and one that continues into this new year. Worship is still offered every week for anyone who has access to a computer. Classes and groups have learned the technology needed to stay safe and yet meet together. We’ve developed a new vocabulary with words like, “Zoom” or “Microsoft Teams,” “social distancing” and even “pandemic.” In the midst of it all, we’ve continued to offer what we could in these challenging times. And now, as we enter a new year, it’s time to look ahead.

In my last letter, I talked about this new year being the year when we would be able to open up again; where we could become the center for music and concerts for the community. We could rebuild the choir, the dramas, the Bible Studies, and Trinity U. We will be able to look face to face rather than computer screen to computer screen. And as I have looked back, I realize the major difference between the 1918 Spanish Flu and our current pandemic has been technology; the ability to still see each other, talk with each other, be together while apart, all because of the technology that has opened up for us. That will continue until we’re able to open up. It will still take time, but it is coming, and I can’t wait.

Also looking ahead, I wanted to share that I’ve been approached by some very dedicated City and County personnel who are also looking ahead, and by “looking ahead” I mean anticipating the disaster that could devastate our area. No, we don’t want to talk about it, particularly now in the midst of a pandemic. But truth be told, we need to. We don’t want to anticipate it, particularly as we see the light at the end of the tunnel that has been this pandemic, but again, we need to in order to be prepared. We’re overdue for a major disaster, and being prepared is so much more than the Boy Scout motto. Being prepared is an essential element in knowing that, should something happen like a major earthquake, tsunami, or eruption, that we would be ready to aid and assist. Trinity can play a very significant role in preparedness, much like it plays a major role in other areas of the community. We could both house and “person” a portable kitchen that could feed hundreds. We could be a shelter that could house dozens or more. We could be a place that stores water and food and equipment, first aid supplies, tents, and other things that will be needed should such an event occur. This would be the obvious next step in the drive-through feeding service provided by this community partnership. So, I’m asking you to pray about that. Like our mandate to do no harm, there is also the mandate to do all the good we can, as often as we can, to all those we can.

This new year is going to bring its own sets of challenges. Hopefully, it will bring an end to the pandemic, and end to some elements of social distancing and mask-wearing.

Hopefully, it will bring an end to staying apart. But should something else arise, it is my hope that we can be prepared. I can still say, Happy New Year, and I can’t wait to see just how 2021 will unfold, but it’s also important that we continue to be a place of hope and healing no matter what may come our way. Blessings to you as we make this turn toward a new year. I appreciate you. You are a blessing!

Pastor Brad

New Year – New Beginnings

Wishing you a blessed New Year!

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 and the 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.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for January/February are available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

At our briefing before the December 23 distribution, there were two announcements: 1) Between June 3rd and the end of December, the Sequim Food Bank distributed 350,000 tons of food (equal to about 500,000 meals). 2) There still is a great need. The food distributions will continue in 2021 on these dates: Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 & 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, 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! The church will be closed through January 3 for the Christmas/New Year holidays. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call Pastor Brad at 425-628-1250 or Kathleen Charters at 240-463-7598.

Veterans, service and sacrifice

November 12, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

There is no sermon per se this week. The message, however, was clear. We honor our veterans and thank them for their service. This past Wednesday was Veterans Day. It was moving to drive by Pioneer Park and see the celebration of veterans there. Over a hundred attended. Then to come here, to Trinity, and see the six flags in the sanctuary, each representing a branch of military service. To look on the altar and see the memorial flag given to Gay Lyn Lillagore’s family, to thank her father for his military service. He was a Marine who served with distinction and was at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack. Also on the altar were five “lids” (hats) also representing branches of the military. But even that wasn’t all. We recorded our weekly service on this day.

The service itself was all about “Aged Sages” and focused on three of the veterans who are active members of Trinity. Ken Lillagore, Jim Stoffer, and Andy Pitts each spoke about their service and their faith. Each created images of what it was like serving their country. Each offered beautiful examples of where and when and how they saw God at work while each was serving. It was a powerful testament to God and Country.

As you’ve heard me say, I will always…always, honor those who serve. Always. We must remember that we are able to worship the way we do because of their service. We are able to participate in free elections without pressure or manipulation. We are able to make choices, free choices in almost everything we do because of their willingness to sacrifice themselves for the service of freedom. Our military are not Democrat or Republican. No one joins the military out of some need to serve an individual political party. Each serves because they feel called to service. The reasons each are called vary as much as the reasons teachers or pastors or doctors or nurses or anyone else may be called to a life of service. The difference; those called to military service offer their lives so that others like so many of us can also answer calls to serve.

In the midst of this day and even this week, I also want to thank our first responders; the fire personnel, our police and law enforcement, and so many others who also place their lives on the line for us. So friends, here’s what I ask of you this week. Stop for a moment and thank God for those who seek to serve. Thank God for the freedoms we all too often take for granted. Please thank God, and as you see them, thank them for their service. And I want to thank Ken and Jim and Andy for, not only their service, but for their messages as we remember that “Greater love has no one than this, that they lay down their lives for their friends.” Thank You!

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 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.

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.

Thank you to all our veterans

And a special thanks to Andy Pitts, Jim Stoffer and Dave Herr for loaning their service hats for the Veterans Day Service; to Wallace Teal for the use of his flags; and to Randy Grubb for helping Wallace get them set up in the sanctuary.

It’s a new day! A new way!

There’s a new shared Senior Ministries office in the Administrative wing, across from Pastor Brad’s office. New church phone line: 360-683-4307; E-mail: polsen@sequimtumc.org

Senior Ministries include Lois’s Legacy, Neighborhoods, and Home Support for unexpected life challenges. Volunteers will listen to your situation. We’ve helped folks find transportation, special equipment, or a helping hand. Sometimes it helps just to talk with someone who has time to listen. Senior Ministries also includes Tim’s Place, and Powerful Tools for Caregivers.

Call our new phone line and leave a message. We plan on having a volunteer in the office to pick up messages Monday – Friday.

Pauline Olsen, Chairperson, Lois’s Legacy

You are invited to join Joy Fellowship

They meet weekly on Zoom to share where each person has found joy and any concerns they may have. At the end of sharing joys and concerns, they pray. After the prayer, they discuss a topic. To end their time together, they read a hymn in unison.

The Joy Fellowship November topic is The Charter for Compassion. The December topic is an Advent study by Adam Hamilton: Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas. Joy Fellowship meets on Thursdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m. If you would like to join them, contact Linda Gordon at gordonlinda100@gmail.com.

Challenges and Comfort Group

There are still some seats available for the in-person Challenges and Comfort group. Each week participants have an opportunity to share the challenges they face and what gives them comfort in the midst of their challenges. They meet at the Church on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Since we are limited to 8 participants, please make a reservation by contacting Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com.

The second offering of the 6-week book study, “Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness,” by Amy G Oden, starts soon! It will be held on Thursdays at noon for 6 weeks beginning December 3rd. 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 on Zoom. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Please contact Melody Romeo to join: Email: melodycoach@olypen.com / Cell phone: (360) 461-5595

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

— for November 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.

Office hours note

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!