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Begin our rebuilding

November 5, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Okay, what a strange week. We moved from Halloween, through remembering those we’ve lost in our All Saints celebration, to the election; an election where we’re still awaiting the results. Maybe by the time you receive this, we’ll know who our next President might be. But then will come the legal wrangling, the finger-pointing, and the potential violent responses no matter who wins or loses. In the midst of it all is the church; us. So what are we to do?

Over these next three weeks, it is my intention to have us focusing on rebuilding; rebuilding peace, wholeness, appreciation, grace and so much more. In our recoding today, I wanted to lay the foundation for this time of rebuilding. I challenge you to take whatever time you need to tune in to the worship service; to take a breath, a pause, a timeout, whatever it is that might be necessary to give yourselves some time away from everything swirling around you. The message is both one of hope and a challenge to us all. I deal with the ideas of navigating these times, and of rebuilding what has been torn down. You’ll find navigational terms that align with what we seek to do as people of faith. You’ll find a list of twelve things Nehemiah did in order to appropriately rebuild a place he loved. In the midst of it, my hope is that you’ll find some answers for yourself and for all of us.

The following week we’ll be recording the service on Veterans Day. I take Veterans Day very seriously. I will be forever grateful to those who serve and have served. I know, and hope you also know, that we can have free elections, even the ability to worship as we wish because of the service of those who have fought for freedom. So, I’ve invited three of our own to speak. Ken Lillagore, Andy Pitts, and Jim Stoffer will be bringing the message. I’ve asked each to respond to one simple question. It is, “How did your service to your country influence your faith?” The alternative is, “How did your faith influence your service to your country?” I look forward to hearing each of them. I know that each will bring a different perspective to that question simply because each brings with them significantly different experiences from their times of service.

Then, two weeks from today I’ll be focusing on another group of aged sages. They are a strange group, and it’s strange to be focusing on them. They are the group who were ready to stone the woman caught in adultery. Jesus happened on to them and convinced them to drop their stones. This story is all about judgment. And in this time in our history, it is severe judgments that seem to be guiding our actions. Jesus taught us a different approach. That’s what I’ll be exploring in that worship experience.

So three worship services that explore navigating this time in our lives; rebuilding a country in need of rebuilding, saying thank you to those who have allowed us to live in freedom, and to help us remember that judging, especially those on the other side of where we stand, is not something we are to do. It’s hard but it’s an essential piece of moving us back into loving one another. So friends, know that I’m praying for all of us as we move through this time. And remember, like in an election, our voices matter. This community, this country, this world cannot afford for our voices to be silent. We are the church. We are God’s representatives in the world. We are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. We’re needed now more than ever. Let’s keep things moving as we move through this time.

Peace be with you!

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Bill (and Jenny) Green for recovery from Bill’s surgery for a broken wrist.
  • 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.

Note: Communion this week: As you prepare to watch this Sunday’s service, please have your elements (bread and juice or wine) ready.

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.

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

– for November 11th and 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.

Support Group

Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to an in-person support meeting. Since we are limited to 10 people,
please contact Deacon Kathleen (240-463-7598 Mobile, 360-504-3150 Home, or Deacon Charters) if you are interested in
participating.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort

Dates/Time: Every week on Tuesdays, through December 15, 2-3:30 pm.

Location: Trinity UMC

Women’s Bible Study

We invite you to join our vibrant Women’s Bible Study. We meet Mondays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the
Fellowship Hall. The current study is based on the book, We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian D. McLaren. You do not need to have the book in order to attend. If you would like more information, please contact Barb Parse at bparse@wavecable.com or Mary Taylor at Taylor@olypen.com.

The second offering of the 6-week book study, “Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness,” starts soon.

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. We are looking for the most suitable time and day to hold the group. Please give us your input as to which of the following times you cannot come:

Wednesdays 11:00am; Thursdays 11am; Thursdays 2pm.

Please email or call Melody Romeo with the times you cannot come by this Tuesday, November 10th. Then she will select the best time and announce it next Thursday. We will likely begin the group the week after Thanksgiving. Email: melodycoach@olypen.com; cell phone: (360) 461-5595

Office hours note

TUMC 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!

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.

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!