The church has left the building!

October 7, 2021

During the 1970s, I was one of the many young people who left the church after college. Occasionally I visited a church but did not connect until six years later when I became a part of Christ United Methodist in Plano, Texas. The preacher was theologically deep and relevant to life issues that were meaningful to me. The 1200-member church had multiple ministries and chances for Christian education. I became a part of the choir, helped with the toddlers, and then became a youth counselor. Transformative to my faith was a mission trip that our youth group took to Appalachia under the guidance of the Appalachia Service Project. I realized that church took on another, deeper meaning for me as I was confronted with another culture, poverty, Christian discipleship, and work (that might just matter) with those in need. I do believe that Christian mission is a part of my calling. As I have led groups to Appalachia, Juarez, Guatemala, and to my own community, I have said that we don’t go to show our superiority to people in desperate need. We go to learn what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

John Wesley got in trouble with the Anglican Church (for several reasons) as he declared, “The world is my parish!” Most ministers of his day concentrated strictly on the salvation of souls. His passion for others sent him outside the building. He was banned from preaching in some Anglican churches because he was too enthusiastic. His ministry challenged the social, political, and religious structures to bring about equality for the marginalized. Wow! His work included establishing schools, medical centers, chapels that worked to combat poverty and seek justice for all.

I had the chance recently to chat with Jan Kreidler, the mission chair at Trinity. Her faith journey was renewed years ago during a FaithQuest course where she began to think more about her faith and God. We talked about passion for missions. Hers and mine. I asked her why she cared so much. She said, “It’s important that we give back.” Implied of course is that the Holy One gives us so much. I agree with her that our money matters when we give for others, and that we are still missing a hands-on component that deepens our faith. I could listen to Jan all day as she tells stories from her three visits to the Congo. We will read in this newsletter more from the mission committee about the Noisy Can Offering this month. It is for the Water Project on the Ivory Coast. I hope to have many more conversations with all of you and with Jan about our church which leaves the building in so many ways. Thank you, Jan, for your continuing service as you live out your faith in Christ.

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.

Eradicating COVID-19 and other missions

January 21, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

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

If you need to access the church during vaccination hours, here’s how to do it. First, you will be unable to reach the church if you come from Washington Ave and try to turn onto Blake. It will be closed. If, however, you go around to one of the main north-south roads, head north, and then turn onto Spruce or Alder or Fir and head toward Carrie Blake Park. Then turn south onto Blake toward the church. You will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting, he will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, go ahead and drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available.

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

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

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

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. Prayers for those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Birthdays this week:

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage, for a link to the service, or to YouTube, where you then type in Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church in the search bar.

We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity and ask that you mail your contributions in to the church. Make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available

For Sequim area residents ages 70 and over. This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. This takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm. However, people line up very early since this is a first-come, first-served process.

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

For complete information about upcoming vaccination times you can go to the Jamestown Clinic website at

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

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

Hosts needed

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

Save the date for a Lenten study

“You Are Never Alone” by Max Lucado. This class will meet on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 6 weeks starting February 23 and ending March 30, 2021.

God’s presence and power are nearer than we think. Through studying the miracles of Jesus as told in the Gospel of John we find Jesus right here with us. We are stronger than we think because God is nearer than we know. We can learn to trust in the miracle of God’s presence and power. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing or calling 240.463.7598.

Noisy Can Offering for Katherine Parker – January 31

Katherine is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC and serves as a Health and Community Transformation Advisor with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). For several years Trinity UMC has supported (and continues to support) Katherine via a Covenant Relationship, which means we annually send $1,000 towards her salary. (Any funds donated above and beyond her salary will be used to help provide medical care for COVID-19 patients in Nepal.) Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Checks may be issued to TUMC, indicating January NCO in the memo section.

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

Food needs continue to increase and the food distributions continue. The dates for the next few months are: Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 and 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

CERT has contacted Trinity UMC to ask if any of us would be interested in volunteering to “staff” one of CERT’s two field/portable kitchens in the event of a natural disaster. This kitchen would be deployed in eastern Clallam County, where food would be provided and served. Training would be required. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or

Office Hours

Trinity United Methodist Church office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. However, due to limited access to the building during this phase of opening, we are keeping the doors locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the main door (by the office) that you need to ring to alert the office and you will be let in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming. Thanks so much for your patience and remember when in the building to be sure and wear your mask!

A busy end of August

August 20, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

As many of you are aware, I’ve taken a few weeks of vacation. As odd as it may seem for a pastor to begin a new appointment and then almost immediately take vacation, I wanted to let you know why we do this. Every move is stressful, particularly a pastoral move. Saying goodbye to one church and immediately trying to say hello and get to know a new church is challenging in the best of times. Starting a new position is also stressful. Trying to learn the rhythms of a new and different congregation, particularly coming from Bellevue, I assure you that the stresses, rhythms and expectations are very different. And believe me, I will take Trinity over Bellevue any time. Also, given the inherent challenges within this pandemic, the stresses have been exponentially more difficult. But there is more.

In the materials created by the denomination regarding pastoral transitions, they recommend coming in to a new situation, getting a feel for the church, and then taking time away before the program year begins. I’ve always sought to do that, but given a few other elements going on, now feel as though the time away is even more important for both Dorothy and me. We haven’t fully moved in yet and hope to do that while on vacation. I haven’t gone to see my parents since moving. They are 92 and 93 and both Dorothy and I feel a need to see them and spend a day with them. We would love to explore the area a little more; go camping, for drives, bike the trail, take a hike or two, and really begin to get to know the beauty that is very literally all around us. In the midst of it we hope to just sit and be and breathe; to relax, enjoy each other, and rest a bit. I just wanted to let you know why I’m taking this time away. If you have questions about it, let me know…but not until after August 30th. I continue to pray for you.

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 (see note on next page)

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 for a link to the service.

We still ask that you mail your contributions to the church and make sure to use ourP.O. Box 3697 instead of our street address. We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity.

Pastor Brad is on vacation through August 30. Rev. Joey Olson will be preaching this Sunday and next, August 23 and 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 relationship 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.

Trinity to help CERT with food distribution: Beginning Wednesdays August 26, TUMC will be providing 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 Sequim High School parking lot will no longer be 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.

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

August Noisy Can offering 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. Please get donations for this project in to the church by Tuesday, August 25. CHECKS PLEASE – NO COINS THIS TIME. Your ongoing support is always appreciated! (If you have questions, contact Jan Kreidler at or 360-681-5027.)

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.

A note from Katherine Parker:

Dear Friends at Trinity UMC,

I am grateful for your support of my work with the people of Nepal, even as I am working remotely from my parent’s house in California while Nepal is on lockdown. Despite the closed borders and limited movement, COVID is on the rise in Nepal as migrants stranded at the India border are finally being allowed in to return home. With UMW and UMCOR support, we (United Mission to Nepal) are reaching out to equip health facilities because maternal and child mortality is on the rise due to limited vaccine campaigns and fear to seek treatment. Email me at if you would like to join by Zoom for more updates.


Katherine Parker