Announcements for December 16 – 29, 2021

Christmas Eve Service Remote

For those who won’t be able to be in the sanctuary, the service will be on the Trinity website and YouTube (hopefully) by Christmas Day.

Holiday Office Hours at TUMC

The church office will be closed on December 24 and 27 for Christmas. We will close at 1 pm December 30 and will be closed all day December 31 for New Year’s Day. Pastor Joey will not be in the office from December 27 through 31. For pastoral emergencies during this time please call the church office.

Conference Connection

As our congregation wakes up from COVID-19, I have been noticing the need for renewed volunteers in several areas. Our sound tech group is especially slim. I contacted Rev. David Valera, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries, asking for help from the conference.

Tuesday, December 14th, Pastor Joey, Ken Lillagore, and Jim Stoffer met with David via Zoom. During the meeting, David began assessing the congregation’s needs for people, training, and most of all vision for this important ministry in our church. He and his team will continue to assess our needs and make recommendations for ways that the conference can offer support when he comes to Trinity next month. This resource is offered without charge (as David says—your apportionments at work!)

So here is the first recruitment call. Are there a few folks who are curious, ready to learn something new, up for a challenge? If you are someone who might want to work with David and Ken to serve on our tech team, please contact Pastor Joey, Ken, or Jim. (No tech experience required.)

I thank God for this new resource and for all those who serve in so many ways in our congregation.

Grace and peace, Pastor Joey

Holiday Food Box Distribution

Friday, December 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are grateful to know that we have enough volunteers already signed up to help. Another way you might consider helping would be to pick up/deliver food to someone (family member, friend, or neighbor) who does not have transportation.

Christmas Eve Offering to Benefit Nepal

Katherine Parker (stationed in Nepal as a missionary for the General Board of Global Missions of the UMC), has indicated that there is a great need for treatment (surgery/physical therapy, equipment, wheelchair-accessible ramps, toilets, and more) for the care and assistance of disabled people in Nepal. Any donation, large or small is greatly appreciated! If you choose to make a donation, please issue a check to TUMC, indicating “Christmas Eve” in the memo section. There is a display in our new Information Center (located just inside / left of the fellowship hall) that shares additional details, as well as biographical info on Katherine Parker.

Weekly Letter/Newsletter Update

There will be no newsletter next week due to the holidays. In January we will be going to two letters. Then starting in February we will be back to our once-a-month Circuit Rider. For those who have newsletter articles for the Circuit Rider, please submit them to the church office by email by the 20th of the month.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. Current Covid Protocol: The following safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no congregational singing.

A Little Music!

Trinity has been given the go-ahead for singing from soloists and ensembles.

Let us all give thanks for this small step forward.

Safety Ministries

Welcome to our newest member of the Ad Council—Safety Ministries. The purpose of this committee is for the overall care of the congregation and the security of the building. It will provide oversight to the safety and security team already in place. The committee consists of Ken Lillagore, chair, and members Dave Croonquist, Laurie Kern, Jim Stoffer, Cynthia Zenner, and the pastor.

Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study

Our group has just completed our current book and we are taking a brief break. We will resume on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. Our next study book will be “Simon Peter — Flawed but Faithful Disciple” by Adam Hamilton. If you are interested in joining us, would like more information, or would like a copy of the book ordered for you, please contact Barb Parse (bparse@wavecable.com) or Jan Kreidler (janet2.kreidler@gmail.com). Books will be ordered on December 20th. Note: we social distance and wear masks!

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, January 7 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass (if needed), doing light maintenance and upkeep, doing jobs that need doing, and of course, having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Helping in times of disasters

We recently have seen devastating disasters in the news, some fairly local, some within our country, and often some in other countries. If you would like to help by sending funds, you can issue a check to TUMC, writing one of these Advance Numbers in the memo section:

Pacific NW Conf. Disaster Fund — Advance #352
UMCOR US Disaster & Recovery — Advance #901670
UMCOR International Disaster Response — Advance #982450

The Sequim Food Bank

They are currently accepting feminine hygiene products and baby products. Also needed are cans and shelf-stable low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese boxes, and various condiments (i.e. ketchup, mustard, etc.). If you would like to donate any of the above items, you may bring them to the church and place them in the food container near the table at the front door. Note: Please donate only the items that are listed above. Thank you for caring!

Online Recorded Services

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

TUMC Finance Report – Operating Fund

November Year-to-Date

Income $ 32,950.05 $ 286,570.82
Expenses $ 28,349.84 $ 288,122.80
Difference $ 4,600.21 ($ 1,551.98)

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rena Blank, 360-683-2739, or Eva Lundstrom, 360-797-1613, Finance Co-Chairs.

Thank You for returning your “giving estimate” cards.

They helped your Finance/Stewardship Committee follow through with their commitment to producing a 2022 budget. We will not retain these as they were not intended to be Pledge Cards. Our one member to see them will now shred them.

Stewardship is more than tithing – especially in Trinity United Methodist Church of Sequim. Stewardship to us is our relationship with God, with Jesus Christ, and our relationship within our church. We want to support all our committees with new chairpersons and members who are “raring to go” with new ideas to fulfill their missions. This is the type of stewardship that is vital to the health of our church, our community, and even beyond.

Your Finance Committee

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!

Home Maintenance Funds Are Still Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. Please let your friends and neighbors know that this is not just limited to the TUMC congregation. It is truly “neighbors helping neighbors.” This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

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 December 9-18, 2021

Christmas Eve Service Remote

For those who won’t be able to be in the sanctuary, the service will be on the Trinity website and YouTube (hopefully) by Christmas Day.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am.

Current COVID-19 Protocol

The following Safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no congregational singing.

A Little Music!

Trinity has been given the go-ahead for singing from soloists and ensembles. Let us all give thanks for this small step forward.

Christmas Eve Offering to Benefit Nepal

Katherine Parker (stationed in Nepal as a missionary for the General Board of Global Missions of the UMC), has indicated that there is a great need for treatment (surgery and physical therapy equipment, wheelchair-accessible ramps, toilets, and more) for the care and assistance of disabled people in Nepal. Any donation, large or small is greatly appreciated! If you choose to make a donation, please issue a check to TUMC, indicating “Christmas Eve” in the memo section. There is a display in our new Information Center (located just inside, left of Fellowship Hall) that shares additional details, as well as biographical info on Katherine Parker.

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, December 10 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass (if needed), doing light maintenance and upkeep, doing jobs that need doing, and of course, having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Sequim Community Aid Toy Give-Away

December 15, 9 am to 4 pm at Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road. Donations can be dropped off at The Co-op, Grocery Outlet or Starbucks.

Pacific NW Conference Disaster Fund

In view of recent flooding in Washington State, donations can be sent to the PNW Conference Disaster Fund by writing a check to TUMC, indicating Advance #352 in the memo section.

The Sequim Food Bank

They are currently accepting feminine hygiene products and baby products. Also needed are cans and shelf-stable low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese boxes, and various condiments (i.e. ketchup, mustard, etc.). If you would like to donate any of the above items, you may bring them to the church and place them in the food container near the table at the front door. Note: Please donate only the items that are listed above. Thank you for caring!

Holiday Food Box Distribution:

Friday, December 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are grateful to know that we have enough volunteers already signed up to help. Another way you might consider helping would be to pick up/deliver food to someone (family member, friend, or neighbor) who does not have transportation.

Online Recorded Services

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

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!

Home Maintenance Funds Are Still Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. Please let your friends and neighbors know that this is not just limited to the TUMC congregation. It is truly “neighbors helping neighbors.” This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

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.

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: jamestownhealth.org. 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, sequimtumc.org 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 https://jamestownhealth.org/

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 glillagore@yahoo.com.

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 kcharters@mac.com 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 janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

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 janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

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 sequimtumc.org 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 janet2.kreidler@gmail.com 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 kparker@umcmission.org if you would like to join by Zoom for more updates.

Peace,

Katherine Parker