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Trinity United has canceled all in-person events, including Sunday services, in accord with the state’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy order. We have continued worship services online, and now also offer Sunday parking lot services; please check the Sermons page.

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Sequim, WA 98382
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Refreshed and freshening up

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,
Pastor Brad

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: melodycoach@olypen.com 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!

Last days of summer

August 27, 2020

Pastor Brad is on vacation through August 30. 
Rev. Joey Olson will be preaching this Sunday August 30. There will be no written sermons available, but you may go online to view the worship service. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call the church office.

Upcoming sermon series: Pastor Brad thought it might be time to have some fun in worship, so his sermons, beginning in September, will focus on what he’s calling the “Aged Sages of Biblical Renown.” He’ll be focusing on people like Sarai and her laughter, Elijah trying to find shade, Anna and Simeon at the Temple, Zachariah becoming mute, Solomon and his wisdom…and other biblical stories of those who were wise beyond their years, or who had a relationships with God that simply makes us smile. Sure, there will be points that can help us today, but it’s time for a little fun, some smiles, and maybe even some laughter. So, he says, I’ll see you in September.

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 https://www.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.

Upper Room daily devotionals for September and October are available to pick up at the church, just outside the main doors.
Monday – Friday between 9am and 2pm.

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events, and more.

Many thanks to all who donated funds for the Sequim Education Fund Grant and the Boys and Girls Club Back to School Fair. Enough funds came in for the grant and we were able to give a check of $684.04 for the Back to School Fair. Your generosity is appreciated and certainly will make a difference for our Sequim students!

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: melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

Trinity to help CERT with food distribution: Beginning Wednesdays August 26, TUMC will provide 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 at the street who will direct you where to park.

A time of possibilities

August 5, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

August is upon us and it is unlike any August in recent memory. Gone are the overflowing campgrounds, or those huge parties at the surrounding beaches. Gone are the indoor or even outdoor events we’ve grown to love. They have been replaced by mask-wearing and social-distancing warnings that create anxiety, frustration, even fear. The connections that had become so important to us seem to be distant memories, and the longings we feel for returning to some sense of normal have often become overwhelming. My heavens, we’re not even able to sing in church, particularly here in a church so well known for its choir and its singing. I realized this morning that I have yet to worship with you, this congregation, in the sanctuary; and I’m still not sure when that will happen. So, what do we do about any or all of it? I believe we have some answers.

As I say in my sermon for Sunday, there is a very real risk of moving into a time of deep depression, even loneliness. We all need connection and we’re in a time when the connections we are used to having are no longer available. That said, there are some connections we can create that will fill at least some of that need. The first is the refocusing of our neighborhood groups. You will hear over the next few weeks, opportunities to meet with me on Zoom, or yes, even in person. We have parameters we need to follow even in Phase II, but in-person gatherings are now possible. We are not allowed to meet with more than five people. So, in my own neighborhood group of Dungeness Meadows, I hope to meet face to face, mask to mask, with four of our eight folks, somewhere around the pond, or under the huge maple, or at the picnic table. Yes, we’ll social distance and we’ll wear masks, but we will be able to meet face to face if the desire is there. In other groups, we could do the same, meet in groups of no more than five at some of the beautiful places that surround us. So, there is one way we connect.

Let’s stay with the neighborhood groups for a minute. The groups could also go deeper with each other. They could share prayer needs, do the weekly sermon study questions together, share a few driveway picnics, seek to meet others they may not know as well, and build the potential connections in those geographic locations. It could also be a time of inviting a few other neighbors into the connection and allow them to get to know this amazing church we call home. Even beyond that, we’ve been thinking that the choir could so some of the same kinds of things. Maybe the section leaders could invite a few folks to meet at the church, at the park, or in other places and talk about their favorite music, or even what they hope to sing once the choir is back together. I know Joy Fellowship and the men’s breakfast group continue to meet. I’m glad to hear that. Maybe it’s time to create some additional groups that share interests.

This is a time ripe with possibilities. It will take creativity. It will take patience. It will take suggestions but it is all possible. With all of that said, there are those for whom this time is just tough. Let’s make sure we reach out to them, engage them, pray with and for them, and help them to know that they are still a part of this loving family. You’ve already done that for us and let’s keep doing that for those around us. I’ve grown to love and admire you. I hope you know that.

With Appreciation,

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • · For all recovering from surgery
  • 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
  • People of Beruit who were affected by the chemical fire/explosion
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

A Celebration – For our Friends at the Fifth Avenue Apartments – no longer in lockdown

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 on line. 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.

Small Groups Opportunity

Trinity UMC has permission to go to phase 2. This presents the opportunity to have groups of no more than five people meet outdoors, as long as each person maintains social distancing (staying 6 feet apart) and wears a mask. We would like to provide opportunities for getting together in inspirational locations. We will post a map on the Trinity website with suggestions for places to meet. Groups may be formed by neighborhoods. If you would like to participate in a small group, or to coordinate a small group meeting based on your neighborhood, please let your Neighborhood Leader know. Groups may be formed according to common interests, such as music. If you are interested in participating in a group based on an interest in music, please let Donna Grubbs know.

Neighborhood – Neighborhood Leader

Sequim Bay / Diamond Point – Linda and Mark Gordon
Sunland – JoAnn Sahs-Cavin
Dungeness – Catherine & Russell (Cathy & Russ) McKenna
Sherwood North – Janet Albrich and Cyd Savoy
Sherwood South – Marian Warning and Marilyn Derau
Spruce West – Gary & Lelia Nichols
Spruce East – (need a leader for this neighborhood)
Bell Hill – Diane Davis and Gloria Mittelstadt
Silberhorn/Dungeness Meadows – Rae Walz
Parkwood/Carlsborg – Judy & Dave Croonquist
Kitchen Dick / Monterra – Lynnette Baughman

Inspirational places to meet

John Wayne Marina
Railroad Bridge Park
Three Crabs Area
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Pioneer Memorial Park https://www.sequimwa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Pioneer-Park-6
Carrie Blake Park https://www.sequimwa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/2
Whimsy Park
Sequim Bay State Park

—Kathleen
Deacon, Trinity United Methodist Church

Hold the date: Beginning the week after Labor Day, Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters will start a support group for people experiencing loss due to COVID-19. This includes missed social opportunities, traveling, special events and more.

August Noisy Can offering: Last week we shared information about how Education and Missions are sharing part of their budgets to support a Sequim school grant request through the Sequim Education Foundation. We are asking for donations to cover the balance of that grant and stated that any funds that came in that were “left over” would be used for the Boys and Girls Club’s Back to School Fair. Updated info on the Back to School Fair: it has been scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and it will be a drive-through event. Because of COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations only instead of asking people to shop for supplies. CHECKS PLEASE – NO COINS THIS TIME. Your ongoing support is always appreciated! (If you have questions, contact Jan Kreidler at janet2.kreidler@gmail.com or 360-681-5027.)

A Thank You: Trinity received the following response to our donation that provided a Sequim teacher scholarship:

Wow! Thank you so much, we are very excited to partner with Trinity United Methodist Church. We will be sure and include your organization in our press release. Your community support is so appreciated. —Merissa Koller Williams, Sequim Education Foundation Executive Director (https://www.sequimeducationfoundation.org/)