New Year, New Beginnings

December 30, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Happy New Year’s Eve! As the ball drops and the melody of songs of ending and beginning begin to find their way across the airwaves, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year. Yes, it’s been quite a ride these past six months, but at the same time so much has been accomplished. As those in need drove through our parking lot every other Wednesday, 350,000 tons of food were distributed. It was a team effort and one that continues into this new year. Worship is still offered every week for anyone who has access to a computer. Classes and groups have learned the technology needed to stay safe and yet meet together. We’ve developed a new vocabulary with words like, “Zoom” or “Microsoft Teams,” “social distancing” and even “pandemic.” In the midst of it all, we’ve continued to offer what we could in these challenging times. And now, as we enter a new year, it’s time to look ahead.

In my last letter, I talked about this new year being the year when we would be able to open up again; where we could become the center for music and concerts for the community. We could rebuild the choir, the dramas, the Bible Studies, and Trinity U. We will be able to look face to face rather than computer screen to computer screen. And as I have looked back, I realize the major difference between the 1918 Spanish Flu and our current pandemic has been technology; the ability to still see each other, talk with each other, be together while apart, all because of the technology that has opened up for us. That will continue until we’re able to open up. It will still take time, but it is coming, and I can’t wait.

Also looking ahead, I wanted to share that I’ve been approached by some very dedicated City and County personnel who are also looking ahead, and by “looking ahead” I mean anticipating the disaster that could devastate our area. No, we don’t want to talk about it, particularly now in the midst of a pandemic. But truth be told, we need to. We don’t want to anticipate it, particularly as we see the light at the end of the tunnel that has been this pandemic, but again, we need to in order to be prepared. We’re overdue for a major disaster, and being prepared is so much more than the Boy Scout motto. Being prepared is an essential element in knowing that, should something happen like a major earthquake, tsunami, or eruption, that we would be ready to aid and assist. Trinity can play a very significant role in preparedness, much like it plays a major role in other areas of the community. We could both house and “person” a portable kitchen that could feed hundreds. We could be a shelter that could house dozens or more. We could be a place that stores water and food and equipment, first aid supplies, tents, and other things that will be needed should such an event occur. This would be the obvious next step in the drive-through feeding service provided by this community partnership. So, I’m asking you to pray about that. Like our mandate to do no harm, there is also the mandate to do all the good we can, as often as we can, to all those we can.

This new year is going to bring its own sets of challenges. Hopefully, it will bring an end to the pandemic, and end to some elements of social distancing and mask-wearing.

Hopefully, it will bring an end to staying apart. But should something else arise, it is my hope that we can be prepared. I can still say, Happy New Year, and I can’t wait to see just how 2021 will unfold, but it’s also important that we continue to be a place of hope and healing no matter what may come our way. Blessings to you as we make this turn toward a new year. I appreciate you. You are a blessing!

Pastor Brad

New Year – New Beginnings

Wishing you a blessed New Year!

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 and the smooth delivery of the vaccine.
  • 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 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.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for January/February are available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

At our briefing before the December 23 distribution, there were two announcements: 1) Between June 3rd and the end of December, the Sequim Food Bank distributed 350,000 tons of food (equal to about 500,000 meals). 2) There still is a great need. The food distributions will continue in 2021 on these dates: Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 & 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! The church will be closed through January 3 for the Christmas/New Year holidays. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call Pastor Brad at 425-628-1250 or Kathleen Charters at 240-463-7598.

Farewell from Bill and Jenny

June 25, 2020

Beloved Children of God,

In March, I began writing you weekly letters to keep you up to date on what was happening in the life of the church. Today, you are receiving my last one, a letter of gratitude, to all of you. 

The Apostle Paul, when writing to the church in Philippi wrote: “I am thankful for all of you every time I pray, and it is always a prayer full of joy.” Those are my thoughts about all of you and this church. The nine years we have journeyed together in ministry have been some of the best, richest, and most love-filled of my ministry. 

I am awed as to how you have welcomed me into the most vulnerable places in your lives. We have cried together as we said our farewells to beloved spouses, family, and friends holding on to the hope of resurrection. You have shared with me your health struggles and those of your family allowing me to walk beside you, holding you in prayer and love. To be allowed into those spaces is a trust I do not take lightly. 

It has been my greatest privilege to walk beside you in ministry. So many amazing things have happened at Trinity. You are a beacon on a hill. What we have accomplished would not have been possible without each of you. It is for these and many more reasons I am thankful for you every day and those are always prayers of joy. As I end my time with you, celebrating what God has done among us and through us, I also ask for your forgiveness. I know I am but an imperfect vessel that God chose to call into ministry. 

Jenny and I are overwhelmed by the love you have shown us during our time together. Your concern for us and our family has always touched us. We will never forget the study leave you sent us on. In so many ways you have shared with us how much you love us, care about us, and hold us in prayer. We are left humbled and in awe at this great gift of love which is a reminder of God’s love for each of us.

I ask that you give the same love and support to Brad and Dorothy who are coming to minister among you. As is our tradition, I will not be available for funerals or attend worship here so that he can have the space needed to do the work God has called him to do in this place. Know this, Jenny and I will continue to pray for you and hold you in our hearts. 

Shortly I will officially end 47 years of licensed and ordained ministry. I want to affirm that in all these years God has been faithful and “God is Good All the Time!” 

May the Peace of God be with you now and always and, until we meet again, know God is holding you in the palm of God’s hand. 

In Christian love and affection,

Pastor Bill Green

A Loving Farewell from Jenny

Each of you is forever a shining light in my heart—I will carry your light and grace with me always. I have appreciated the amazing variety of gifts that are present in our congregation and I have been blessed by each one of you! The radical hospitality and love you have shown radiates outward so far that surely it is felt around the world! You are in my deep and frequent prayers as our journeys now take different directions. 

Peace to your heart and joy for each day,

Jenny