Announcements for October 15 – 23

Pastor Joey is on vacation this week. Jerry Wright (The Rev. Dr. Jerome Wright) will be preaching.

Jerry Wright is known to most of us as a choral and orchestral conductor. But he has a churchy side as well. This year he will celebrate the 37th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Ministry (September 14, 1984 – the Feast of the Holy Cross). Jerry is very ecumenical, and loves comparative religion as well as the faith-deepening ministry that church music-making provides. He is enjoying providing supply preaching at Trinity, and loves sharing his theological perspectives with you. We thank Jerry for sharing the message with us this Sunday.

Some Concerns that we have

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

Memorial for Ernie Karger

Ernie had friends and family all over the world. For that reason, and also because of Covid, the family decided to do a Zoom memorial service this Saturday, October 16 (his birthday) at 1:00 pm Mountain Standard Time, so make sure to convert it to our time zone. If you want to share a short memory there will be an opportunity to do so during the service. If you want to share a longer, more detailed eulogy, please let them know ahead of time so they can weave it into the program.

Ernie’s obituary can be read on the site his family created for him at https://everloved.com/life-of/ernest-karger/obituary/?flow=201. Your memories or photos may also be added.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. COVID safety guidelines are followed: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.

Quilt Signing on Sunday for Bob Rhoads

Please sign the quilt before you go into worship.

Online Recorded Services

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

Harvest Dinner Blessing

The Harvest Blessing Pasties will be available following this Sunday’s worship service. (October 17). The ladies will be standing in the open kitchen window, ready to hand your Pasty to you as you walk by. Please follow social distancing guidelines.

COVID protocols from Pastor Joey

Some folks noticed a chill in the air on Sunday. In this trying time, we have two choices. Call off services in the sanctuary and have the service completely online or have the service in the sanctuary which means that we must keep outside doors open. Folks have asked me if they can bring a quilt. Yes. Can they wear hats and gloves? Yes. Might even want to wear an extra jacket. Also, some will realize that some places in the sanctuary are more protected from the cool air. You might want to come early and find a “warmer” place to sit. This protocol goes along with the others. To worship in the church you must be vaccinated, wear a mask, and be mindful of social distancing. My rationale for this is that COVID kills. Let’s do everything we can to help our church and community through this challenging time. Blessings, Joey

In Consideration of Others

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

October Noisy Can Offering: Sunday, October 31st

As many of you might already know, Jan Kreidler, chair of TUMC’s Missions committee, participated in several mission trips to Africa, and grew to love its land and its people. One of these, the Rev. Dr. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka, whom she met in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2001 when he was working with the youth in Lubumbashi, has now been assigned to the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) as a Global Ministries Missionary of the United Methodist Church.

He wrote to Jan about a clean water project planned for the village of Gbontegleu which will benefit some 11,300 people, including the school and village clinic. Currently, the village women draw their water from a muddy river some distance away, and carry it on their heads through the jungle. (See the display in the Fellowship Hall.)

While we cannot raise the entire US$23,000, the contributions of many will help to improve the lives of a great number of people by providing clean water. If you would like to support this project, you can make a check out to TUMC and enter in the memo section October NCO; or put cash in an envelope labeled Oct. NCO. All donations, whatever the amount, will be appreciated by so many people!

Notes:

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

Bookcases and Other Renovation Questions

Please send any inquiries, information, desires about bookcases to Andy Pitts. The trustees are clear about which bookcases go where, which ones go “out” and any other possible questions that you might have about bookcases. This probably would be a good idea for inquiries, information, desires about the renovation, too. I know other folks are involved, but it is possible to have too many folks directing the information pipeline. Blessings, Joey

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, October 15 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.

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

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

World Communion Sunday Special Offering

Thank you to those who contributed a total of $95 to the World Communion Special Offering. Over the years, many gifted people have been marginalized because of ethnicity, financial hardship or other biases. Our shared gifts for this special offering will support scholarships for marginalized students and trainees in their quest to become leaders who embody the mission of The United Methodist Church.

Save the Date for a Virtual Advent Study

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

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

Trinity Interior Update

The Paint/Decor/Windows committee of the Trustees has been hard at work and Trinity will soon be getting an interior update, including repainting and re-carpeting the narthex/main hallway, updating furniture, moving bulletin board locations to the new information center, and hanging artwork. A large scrolling announcement TV will make it easy to see what is going on, and a nearby card rack will be installed. The old church bell will be moved outside and once again will be rung on Sundays! The fellowship hall will be repainted and new flooring will be installed and will include an information center with information boards, a card rack, and a table for sign-up sheets. We know this will be high impact, but will be worth the inconvenience so “flexibility by all” will be the watchwords. This is the schedule of work as it currently stands: Painting: October 27-November 5. Flooring and carpeting: November 8-12th.

Where did TUMC’s historic pews go?

Pews from the era of both the 1895 Methodist Community Church and the 1929 Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church were donated to the Olympic Theatre Arts and are now in their Gathering Hall. Before it was the Olympic Theatre Arts building this was the Boys and Girls Club and before that Trinity United Methodist Church (1968) / Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church (1929) / Methodist Community Church (1895).

A Request from the Kitchen Committee

Due to COVID restrictions, we request that you do not donate any items to the kitchen at this time.

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!

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for November/December are now available in the Narthex.

Exposure to COVID

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

Office Hours

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

Announcements for October 7-15, 2021

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. COVID safety guidelines are followed: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.

Online Recorded Services

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

COVID protocols from Pastor Joey

Some folks noticed a chill in the air on Sunday. In this trying time, we have two choices. Call off services in the sanctuary and have the service completely online or have the service in the sanctuary which means that we must keep outside doors open. Folks have asked me if they can bring a quilt. Yes. Can they wear hats and gloves? Yes. Might even want to wear an extra jacket. Also, some will realize that some places in the sanctuary are more protected from the cool air. You might want to come early and find a “warmer” place to sit. This protocol goes along with the others. To worship in the church you must be vaccinated, wear a mask, and be mindful of social distancing. My rationale for this is that COVID kills. Let’s do everything we can to help our church and community through this challenging time. Blessings, Joey

In Consideration of Others

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

World Communion Sunday Special Offering

Last Sunday we celebrated our unity and participated together in Holy Communion on World Communion Sunday. Over the years, many gifted people have been marginalized because of ethnicity, financial hardship or other biases. Our shared gifts for this special offering will support scholarships for marginalized students and trainees in their quest to become leaders who embody the mission of The United Methodist Church. (Paraphrased from UM resources) Note: We have extended the opportunity to give to this special offering for one more Sunday.

Leadership Institute

If you are participating in the Leadership Institute, please email Joey. She would like to plan a follow-up after she returns from her week off.

Last Chance to Get Free Library Books!

This Sunday will be the last day to take advantage of the free books in the library. All must go! Whatever is left will go to the Sequim Library for their Book Sale, the unsuitable ones taken to the dump.

Harvest Dinner Blessing

Another year with COVID-19 is challenging us to be creative. This year we will focus on the blessing of Fall Harvest, providing Cornish pasties to take home following the worship service, Sunday, October 17.

The entree-size pasties are a pastry filled with meat (ground beef) and vegetables. A vegetarian version will be available. Sign-up for the pasties can be done in the fellowship hall this Sunday, October 10, or by phoning Jan Kreidler at (360) 681-5027 (please leave your name and number if no answer), or by email, janet2kreidler@gmail.com by October 11.

Many thanks to our generous donors! We had hoped for $200 in donations to cover the cost of the ingredients. This past Sunday, we received $220! So … the donation cards will not be put out this coming Sunday! We still are taking RSVPs until October 11.

October Noisy Can Offering: Sunday, October 31st

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

Notes:

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

Bookcases and Other Renovation Questions

Please send any inquiries, information, desires about bookcases to Andy Pitts. The trustees are clear about which bookcases go where, which ones go “out” and any other possible questions that you might have about bookcases. This probably would be a good idea for inquiries, information, and desires about the renovation, too. I know other folks are involved, but it is possible to have too many folks directing the information pipeline. Blessings, Joey

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, October 15 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.

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

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

Save the Date for a Virtual Advent Study

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

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

Trinity Interior Update

The Paint/Decor/Windows committee of the Trustees has been hard at work and Trinity will soon be getting an interior update, including repainting and re-carpeting the narthex/main hallway, updating furniture, moving bulletin board locations to the new information center, and hanging artwork. A large scrolling announcement TV will make it easy to see what is going on, and a nearby card rack will be installed. The old church bell will be moved outside and once again will be rung on Sundays! The fellowship hall will be repainted and new flooring will be installed and will include an information center with information boards, a card rack, and a table for sign-up sheets. We know this will be high impact, but will be worth the inconvenience so “flexibility by all” will be the watchwords. This is the schedule of work as it currently stands: Painting: October 27-November 5. Flooring and carpeting: November 8-12th.

A Request from the Kitchen Committee

Due to COVID restrictions, we request that you do not donate any items to the kitchen at this time.

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!

Exposure to COVID

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

Office Hours

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

Announcements for September 23 – October 2, 2021

Renewed Worship Restriction

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the county, and my concern for the health of our congregation and community, I am asking for renewed restrictions for worship. I am asking that those attending in person be vaccinated and make a reservation through the church office. Many have already submitted copies of their vaccination card. If you plan to attend worship and your card is not on record, please submit them when you come on Sunday. At present, there is no need to have extra seating in the Fellowship Hall. After four Sundays, I will reassess the situation to see if these restrictions continue. Please plan to wear masks and stay socially distanced. I did not make this decision lightly, and I consulted with key leaders in the process. I can see that what is foremost in everyone’s thoughts is that we do our best to keep the congregation safe.

Blessings, Pastor Joey

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. (COVID safety guidelines are followed: wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.)

Online Recorded Services

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

A Request from the Kitchen Committee

Due to COVID restrictions, we request that you do not donate any items to the kitchen at this time.

A Few Fun Facts from Pastor Joey

Okay, they’re just facts.

  1. Using the church email pastorjoeyoffice@sequimtumc.org ensures that I can read your email on my home and office computers.
  2. If you have information for Tuesday, Monday is too late to send it. I teach Disciple Bible study until 8 p.m. and do not check email after that.
  3. During my retirement, I shoved a lot of church processes to the back universe of my mind. It is slowly coming forward—but mistakes and missteps will happen. Help me to laugh at myself.
  4. I have been meeting with a lot, a lot, a lot of church leaders. We are truly blessed with this outstanding group of people who take responsibility, care deeply about their church and their faith, and work hard for the greatest good.
  5. I will be attending the Leadership Institute/Church of the Resurrection (online) Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning.

Blessings, Joey

Harvest Dinner Blessing

Another year with COVID-19 is challenging us to be creative. This year we will focus on the blessing of Fall Harvest, providing Cornish pasties to take home following the worship service, Sunday, October 17.

The entree-size pasties are a pastry filled with meat (ground beef) and vegetables. A vegetarian version will be available.

Sign-up for the pasties can be done in the fellowship hall on two Sundays, September 26 and October 3, or by phoning Jan Kreidler at (360) 681-5027 (please leave your name and number if no answer), or by email, janet2kreidler@gmail.com by October 11.

$5 donation cards will be available in the fellowship hall starting this Sunday to help with the purchase of ingredients. The pasties will be prepared in the church kitchen by members of the Harvest Dinner Committee.

Leadership Institute 2021

Join us September 29 – October 1, 2021, for the Leadership Institute 2021. The Church of the Resurrection’s aim is to equip, strengthen and inspire you in your leadership, preparing you for a new season of ministry marked by unity, clarity of vision, and a call to love extravagantly. Adam Hamilton will open the Leadership Institute with Worship on Wednesday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. All General Sessions and Breakout Workshops will be available for On-Demand Replay through the Online Experience platform for 6 months after the event. (Note: The replay for the Keynote Session with Bob Goff is limited to 30 days after the event.)

See https://leadership.sharechurch.com/attend-leadership-institute-online/ for more information, the schedule, and to register. Individual registration is $99. The Education Committee has limited funds available for scholarships to this institute. Contact Melody, (360) 461-5595 to request financial assistance.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, October 1 at 9:30 AM for a couple 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.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

One of the greatest challenges of being a family caregiver is maintaining one’s own physical and emotional health. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers class is designed to: help a caregiver reduce personal stress; communicate feelings and needs; use community services; deal with emotions such as anger, guilt, and depression; and make tough caregiving decisions. This six-week class will be offered again at TUMC on Tuesdays, 10 am to 12:30 pm, beginning Oct. 5 and ending Nov. 9. The fee is $30, which covers the cost of the book. If interested in attending, please register for the class by Oct. 1 by calling Judy Croonquist 360-582-1370 or Barb Parse 360-683-2113.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) –

Disaster Response and Recovery: UMCOR works with local partners on the ground in relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by disasters. As you know, Haiti is trying to recover from a major earthquake. The West Coast is battling huge and multiple wildfires. The South and East Coasts have been hit with devastating hurricanes. By giving to UMCOR’s Advance #901670, 100% of your funds will be allocated specifically for disaster response efforts within the United States and its territories. If you would like to help, you can write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating UMCOR / Advance #901670.

Free library books!

It is with mixed feelings that I write this. Sad because it brings to a close a place many of us hold dear, a library; and joy because of the opportunity for many people to own some special books of their own. The time has come to close TUMC’s library. A part of the church for so long, it has ceased to be something that is useful to more than a handful of people per year.

Soooo . . . everyone can come to the library for the next couple of weeks and take home as many books as they like. Drop by the church during the week! Bring a friend! It would be great to clear out most of the books, sending them off to good homes. The final Sunday will be October 10th.

Save the Date for a Virtual Advent Study

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

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

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

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

Building Major Update

Trinity will soon be getting a major update in our narthex and main hallway and fellowship hall! For several months the Decorating Committee has been in planning and estimating mode. This involved no fewer than four large meetings of Trustees, church leadership, and the Pastor and Ad Council to work through the concepts and details, and we are happy to report that the project was approved at the last meeting of the Ad Council and we are at the point of contracting with the painting and flooring/carpeting companies.

The upgrade will include repainting and re-carpeting the narthex/main hallway, updating some of the furniture, moving some bulletin board locations to the new information center (read on for what that is), and hanging artwork here and there. A large scrolling announcement TV (donated to us) will be installed to make it easy to see what is going on around Trinity, and a more visible card rack for cards, flyers, and other handouts will be installed. The old church bell, which is somewhat hidden in the old steeple foundation “closet” will be moved to the outside and once again will be rung on Sundays thanks to some generous donations for that purpose.

The fellowship hall and adjacent room will be repainted and new flooring will be installed so that the entire area is one type of flooring. As we have found checkouts from our library are very infrequent, we plan to remove the books and shelves to make that side of the room a bit larger for meetings. The other side of that room, the one with the TV, will house an information center with bulletin boards, card racks, and so forth to consolidate information we want to put out as well as providing a location for the various sign-up sheets we generate.

We will also reduce the number of pews we kept from the former church buildings to only the oldest one, and we are actively soliciting local historical venues and secondarily non-local venues to use the other five old pews we have, two of which are in storage.

The financial costs will be covered by a combination of current year Trustee Capital Improvement budget monies previously requested for this purpose, undesignated donations to the memorial fund, and the balance from the Trinity Capital Improvement Fund which has been built up over the years for purposes such as this.

This is the schedule of work as it currently stands:

Painting: October 27-November 5. We would like to caution building users that on the 25th and 26th we will need to get the last items out of the way before the painters arrive, so there may be some disruptions. Also, at some point before the painting starts, Burton Flooring will have to remove the rubber baseboards from all the affected spaces, so perhaps some disruption to meetings will be unavoidable. Once the painting starts, the painters will really clobber the hallway and fellowship hall, so meetings in the fellowship hall may not be possible. Then the flooring and carpeting (if all goes well with the painting) will be put down November 8-12th. Again, this will be high impact, but we will attempt to determine when each space is to be worked so we might still be able to use the fellowship hall at least part of that time. “Flexibility by all” will be the watchword.

Exposure to COVID-19

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

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

100 S. Blake Avenue / Mailing: P. O. Box 3697, Sequim, WA 98382

Phone: 360-683-5367 / E-mail: church@sequimtumc.org

Seasonal activities and changes

October 8, 2020

Saints and Sages of Trinity,

Well, we’re in another month and the same one-word question is being asked, “When?” And I need to offer the same three-word answer, “I don’t know.” We continue in a time where so much depends on so many. I want to continue to say, “Friends ask friends to wear masks.” But there are all too many who ignore that simple protocol. We seem to see it everywhere, from college campuses, to campaign rallies, to grocery stores. I want to say again, the virus is real. Just ask those around us who have had it. They may have recovered but almost to a person, the residual side effects continue for each of them. It’s real. It’s dangerous. It will not be ignored. It is opportunistic. So please, let’s not ignore it. It’s only when we all (ALL) take it seriously that I’ll be able, with any level of confidence, to answer the “when” question. At this point, I simply don’t know. Also, remember, we’re all in this together. We’ll all get through it together. We all need to stay together as we journey together through this time.

Also, we’re trying hard to be creative about what we seek to offer. Families (closed circles) will be able to come in to the sanctuary and light a candle for a loved one during the days prior to All Saints Sunday. Advent will still offer individuals and families opportunities to share in the lighting of the Advent candles each week. We’re looking at a virtual “passing of the light of Christ” on Christmas Eve. We’re going to continue the parking lot service no matter how cold or rainy it gets. Kathleen and I have committed ourselves to be out there with you, no matter the weather. She shared with me this morning that Costco is having a sale on long underwear. I’ll be heading over this afternoon. The neighborhood gatherings will be continuing until everyone who would like to be a part of one has that opportunity. At this point, it looks as though we’ll be holding those well into November. We’re looking at safely pre-recording hymns for the Wednesday recording and for our parking lot Sundays where we can have four-part harmonies be offered. All of those are key pieces to continuing to be the church in such a time as this. But we are not stopping there.

The parking lot feeding program every other Wednesday will be continuing with the help of volunteers from Trinity. The program offers anyone in need to come and pick up a box of food with no questions asked. The average has been somewhere between 450 and 500 families being fed. Think about what that means. It represents about 7% of the population of Sequim. No, not all of the families come from within the city limits, but it’s still a whole lot of people. We’re trying to offer a drive-through dessert that will replace our annual Harvest Dinner. Nope, no Rummage Sale this year, no Community Dinners, and there are other things we’re unable to offer. At the same time, there are those who continue to think creatively about ways to continue the toy distribution at Christmas time. There is a lot more but I think you get the meaning of all of this. We’re all struggling through this time, but at Trinity, we continue to seek ways to be in mission and ministry. You are an amazing bunch and I can’t wait to be able to share the news that we can get back together. At the same time, it’s going to be a long time until things will be as they were before COVID. But, little by little, we’ll continue to be who we are called to be. Right now I still have to say, “I don’t know when.” But also, I can say, “Look at what we’re still doing.” You’re 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 the victims and firefighters dealing with the wildfires throughout the country
  • 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
  • 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 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 in 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.

Our annual harvest dinner lives on — but this year it can be called the Harvest Dessert. The full dinner is not practical during the pandemic, so the dinner committee chose a dessert-only event. Individual servings of apple crisp, from an original Harvest Dinner recipe, will be distributed after the Sunday service on October 18 (until 11:30 a.m.) via a drive-through setup (at the back of the church. There is no cost, thanks to committee members. Reservations are needed by October 13th to calculate how many servings to prepare. Contact Jan Kreidler by October 13 at (360) 681-5027 or by email: janet2.Kreidler@gmail.com. Those who can’t get to church can request delivery when making the reservation.

Note: The dessert will be prepared in individual-serving containers with lids in the church kitchen by committee members using precautions such as masks and gloves.

Volunteers needed for food box distribution – On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in October, November, and December. Operations are 11 am-2 pm with some volunteers needed before and after these hours to help with set-up and clean-up. All positions require standing but people rotate for breaks. Bottled water and snacks are provided. If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office – 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org.

Support group for those experiencing loss

Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to an in-person support meeting for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc. Since in-person meetings are limited to 5 people, there are limited seats. Please contact Deacon Kathleen (240.463.7598 Mobile, 360.504.3150 Home, or kcharters@mac.com) if you are interested in participating.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort

Dates/Time: Every week on Tuesdays, through December 15, 2020; 02:00-3:30 pm.

Tim’s Place and other ways to help

October 1, 2020

Saints of Trinity United Methodist Church,

As I continue to learn about you, spend time with groups of you, there is something that has come up a fair amount. It is related to Tim’s Place, and the potential addition to our current building. I’ve met any number of times with Wayne Guthrie who is serving as project director. He has been very open about the process, the structure, the hopes and dreams, the funding and so much more. I also wanted to share that I’ve had some among us share some concerns about where we are in all of this as well as how we will proceed. I’ve been asked about the potential financial responsibilities of the church — who will be involved in the decision-making, who will have a voice or vote, and a lot more. So let me try and respond to a few of those in this letter.

First, it is my understanding that Tim’s Place is a ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church. Tim’s Place has its own Board of Directors and its own Executive Director (Rhonda), yet it is still a ministry of this church. What we will be exploring sometime in the future, particularly as things open up again, is how that Board and Rhonda relate to Trinity, to Senior Ministries, to our financial obligations, and how it fits into the overall mission and vision of the church. Those are issues that will need to be revisited at some point, and won’t necessarily be dealt with in this note. I’d like this note to deal specifically with the potential building addition. At this point, I turn to Wayne and his views on the potential space, its development, and where we are on our due-diligence progress.

Approximately a year ago an effort was started to investigate the options for developing a dedicated space for Tim’s Place activities. The space currently being utilized for Tim’s Place activities has become too small. So it was time to dream. Several rough floor plans were developed, and a design firm was engaged to aid in the process. We realized that some financial support would be needed. Initial funds were supplied by the Tim’s Place Foundation with the overall goal of that initial effort was simply to determine if there was a feasible solution to the need. The focus of that initial process was to uncover and identify any issues that would make a project undesirable to execute, whether due to costs, space limitation, or any code or city requirements.

Around the first of the year, the Work Group was formally expanded to include representation from the Trustees, Finance, Administrative Council, and the potential user groups. Since bringing those groups together, we have decided to proceed, and decided on a potential floor plan. We now have elevations, determined infrastructure requirements, and conducted a Pre-Application Conference with City officials. It was determined by the City that a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) would be required before proceeding any farther. Until the CUP was applied for and the required documents were submitted, the City would not commit to or approve many project requirements or exclusions.

It was then decided that to bring this effort to a logical conclusion, the CUP must be applied for. The application requires completed Architectural and Engineering drawings and a list of back-up documentation. An Architect and Engineer have been contracted to complete the required scope. The majority of the funding has been by Tim’s Place Foundation with several thousand dollars coming from TUMC. It is our hope that the CUP application will be submitted in October, and the follow-on permits issued by the end of the year. Once the CUP application is completed and submitted the first phase of the work of the original task force will be completed, with the understanding that the next phase will require a new Work Group and new goals.

Issues to be addressed include who will carry specific roles and responsibilities? Where will the funding come from? What would the potential schedule be? Who will be the general contractor? Finally, a timeline that will supply Tim’s Place and Trinity with specific plans for execution. In addition, our Pacific Northwest Annual Conference will need to be contacted; the District Committee on Building and Locations will need to see our plans and ultimately provide permission to continue. And ultimately, the Annual Conference and potentially the United Methodist Foundation would need to be involved.

This first part of the process, beginning with the dream and concluding with the Conditional Use Permit needed to be completed in order to provide us the kind of feasibility information needed to allow the next set of decisions to be made. We’re close to the completion of that first step. But it is just that, a first step. Anything we do moving forward from here will involve the key decision-making bodies of the church, the district, the conference, and the congregation. I wanted to make that clear and thus this document. My hope is that this clears up any misunderstanding. The church has not committed anything beyond helping the initial task force through that first phase. If you have any questions about any of this, please give either Wayne or me a call. You can shoot us an email or leave a message at the office. It is both of our hopes that we move ahead with full transparency.

Thanks,

Pastor Brad and Wayne

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 the victims and firefighters dealing with the wildfires throughout the country
  • 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
  • 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.

The 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 in 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.

Volunteers needed for food box distribution – On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in October, November, and December. Operations are 11 am-2 pm with some volunteers needed before and after these hours to help with set-up and clean-up. All positions require standing but people rotate for breaks. Bottled water and snacks are provided. If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office – 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org.

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.

Our annual harvest dinner lives on – but this year it can be called the Harvest Dessert. The full dinner is not practical during the pandemic, so the dinner committee chose a dessert-only event. Individual servings of apple crisp, from an original Harvest Dinner recipe, will be distributed after the Sunday service on October 18 (until 11:30 a.m.) via a drive-through setup. There is no cost, thanks to committee members.

Reservations are needed to calculate how many servings to prepare. Contact Jan Kreidler by October 13 at (360) 681-5027 or by email: janet2.Kreidler@gmail.com. Those who can’t get to church can request delivery when making the reservation.

The dessert will be prepared in individual-serving containers with lids in the church kitchen by committee members using precautions such as masks and gloves.

It’s time to preregister! A new book study is coming this Wednesday: 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.

What could be more relevant in these incredibly challenging times! 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: 6 consecutive Wednesdays: October 7,14,21,28, and November 4, 11 at 2-3:30 pm

Where: We will meet online using Zoom: Preregistration is needed so Zoom invitation can be sent to you

Books: New and used copies are available at Amazon.com and a few copies will be available in the church library to borrow.

Leader: Melody Romeo / To Preregister or ask questions contact Melody Romeo: email: melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

Wildfire relief – can you help? Hundreds of homes have burned in Washington State. If an individual’s application to FEMA is approved, the maximum allocation is $32,800 per application. The estimate to rebuild a home is $72,000. The remaining funds will need to be provided by donations and grants. Donations can be made by writing a check to Trinity UMC — memo section: Advance #352. (These funds will be used in Washington State.) Contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com) if you have questions.