September 3, 2020
It’s great to be back. I can honestly say that this is one of the few churches where I’ve been really excited to get back at it following a time away. We got a lot done while away, and yes, we traveled around and experienced this beautiful place. We hiked the Spit, took a trip to Sekiu, stood on the rocks at Tongue Point, saw the Sol Duc Hot springs, and took a trip to the cabin. We also continued to renovate the house and move in more fully. I thank you for that time away; and thank Joey Olson for stepping in to preach. I loved experiencing worship with her, albeit online. She is a wonderful gift to this community and this is a relationship I will treasure. Thank you, Joey! Now, to what’s ahead.
This month brings a variety of events for us here at Trinity. We have the Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, this time on-line. We have Annual Conference; a one day version. We’re exploring how to offer Harvest Dinner as a Harvest Dessert. We’re offering around ten neighborhood locations for a get to know you time with me. Some of those locations will have two or three gatherings, one right after another. The gatherings have already been a wonderful gift. Thank you to those who’ve put these together. It’s been great!
The new sermon series is all about being “sages” in this time and in this place. I’m not sure that any of us see ourselves in that light. However, if you look deeper into the definition of a sage, I think you’ll find that we are all, in fact, sages; as we have a lot to offer each other and the world. I’ll be exploring some very familiar and even some less familiar Biblical sages, and how their stories can and often do reflect ours. I hope to have some fun with this, as you’ll see on the bulletin cover for the parking lot service. The series is called, “Aged Sages of Biblical Renown.” The title is hopefully one that brings a smile to each of us; because some of those I’ll be presenting are, like Gideon, of less renown but have allowed God to work through them for a greater good.
Finally, I want to say thank you to the multiple people and groups that have taken on some things around the church. I was thrilled to drive in this morning and see the set up for the community drive-through food distribution. Hundreds of families are being helped each week as we’ve partnered with a variety of other community organizations to make sure this opportunity continues. I want to thank those who were involved in cleaning out and organizing some of the storage areas around the church; and those who are continuing in that somewhat challenging endeavor. I want to thank the small task force who made sure the sanctuary chancel walls were painted. The color allows the cross, the Rose Window, and the sacred nature of that space to be more clearly identified. I want to thank Jan and others who continue to work on providing the Harvest Dinner, in whatever form it may happen, and for her leadership in making sure that we had opportunities to sign up for the Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute. I’m thankful to those who have made sure that Lois’s Legacy has a place they can call their own. And for those helping with the parking lot service, our incredible musicians, our sound folks, the volunteers that consistently give of their time and talents; thank you! You are an amazing bunch and your heart for each other and for this community is a beautiful thing to see. It is such a rare privilege to be serving in a church like this.
With Deep Appreciation,
Some Concerns that we have:
- For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
- For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal
Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, sending emails or making phone calls are appreciated.
Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage, sequimtumc.org, for a link to the service.
We still ask that you mail your contributions to the church and make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address. We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity.
Support group for those experiencing loss – Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on support for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday, and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc.
Topic: Challenges and Comfort
Time: Sep 15, 2020 01:30 AM Pacific Time
Every week on Tue, until Dec 15, 2020, 14 occurrences
Please contact Deacon Charters for the Zoom meeting schedule and link.
A new book study is coming soon – Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden.
Come and learn about Christian Mindfulness while also practicing and experiencing its benefits. This has been used since the beginnings of our faith, is rooted in Scripture, and historically encouraged by Christian leaders, including John Wesley. This prayerful practice fosters a deeper relationship with God so that we can become more centered and less reactive; lead a more authentic, compassionate life, and increase our sense of gratitude. It is also known for its stress reduction and physical and mental health benefits.
Dates/Time: 6 consecutive Wednesdays: Oct. 7,14,21,28 and Nov. 4,11. 2-3:30 pm
Where: We will meet online using Zoom
Books: Limited copies available for purchase at church office for $15. Used copies available at Amazon.com and a few copies will be in the church library to borrow.
Leader: Melody Romeo
To sign up or ask questions contact Melody Romeo: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-461-5595
Trinity to help CERT with food distribution – On Wednesdays through September, TUMC provides a staging area in our front parking lot for food distribution at Guy Cole Center (at Carrie Blake Park). This is a program providing food to those in need that CERT has been operating at the Sequim High School for several months. With the school year beginning, the high school parking lot is no longer available so CERT has moved to the Guy Cole Center and requested use of our parking lot. For all those with business at church, there will be people on the street who will direct you where to park.
The Trinity United Methodist congregation contributed $864.00 to the Boys & Girls Club Back to School Fair. Here is their message of appreciation:
From everyone at the Boys & Girls Club: Thank YOU! Your gift makes a difference for kids in our community. Thank you for supporting the back to school fair!