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P.O. Box 3697,
Sequim, WA 98382
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October 8, 2020

Saints and Sages of Trinity,

Well, we’re in another month and the same one-word question is being asked, “When?” And I need to offer the same three-word answer, “I don’t know.” We continue in a time where so much depends on so many. I want to continue to say, “Friends ask friends to wear masks.” But there are all too many who ignore that simple protocol. We seem to see it everywhere, from college campuses, to campaign rallies, to grocery stores. I want to say again, the virus is real. Just ask those around us who have had it. They may have recovered but almost to a person, the residual side effects continue for each of them. It’s real. It’s dangerous. It will not be ignored. It is opportunistic. So please, let’s not ignore it. It’s only when we all (ALL) take it seriously that I’ll be able, with any level of confidence, to answer the “when” question. At this point, I simply don’t know. Also, remember, we’re all in this together. We’ll all get through it together. We all need to stay together as we journey together through this time.

Also, we’re trying hard to be creative about what we seek to offer. Families (closed circles) will be able to come in to the sanctuary and light a candle for a loved one during the days prior to All Saints Sunday. Advent will still offer individuals and families opportunities to share in the lighting of the Advent candles each week. We’re looking at a virtual “passing of the light of Christ” on Christmas Eve. We’re going to continue the parking lot service no matter how cold or rainy it gets. Kathleen and I have committed ourselves to be out there with you, no matter the weather. She shared with me this morning that Costco is having a sale on long underwear. I’ll be heading over this afternoon. The neighborhood gatherings will be continuing until everyone who would like to be a part of one has that opportunity. At this point, it looks as though we’ll be holding those well into November. We’re looking at safely pre-recording hymns for the Wednesday recording and for our parking lot Sundays where we can have four-part harmonies be offered. All of those are key pieces to continuing to be the church in such a time as this. But we are not stopping there.

The parking lot feeding program every other Wednesday will be continuing with the help of volunteers from Trinity. The program offers anyone in need to come and pick up a box of food with no questions asked. The average has been somewhere between 450 and 500 families being fed. Think about what that means. It represents about 7% of the population of Sequim. No, not all of the families come from within the city limits, but it’s still a whole lot of people. We’re trying to offer a drive-through dessert that will replace our annual Harvest Dinner. Nope, no Rummage Sale this year, no Community Dinners, and there are other things we’re unable to offer. At the same time, there are those who continue to think creatively about ways to continue the toy distribution at Christmas time. There is a lot more but I think you get the meaning of all of this. We’re all struggling through this time, but at Trinity, we continue to seek ways to be in mission and ministry. You are an amazing bunch and I can’t wait to be able to share the news that we can get back together. At the same time, it’s going to be a long time until things will be as they were before COVID. But, little by little, we’ll continue to be who we are called to be. Right now I still have to say, “I don’t know when.” But also, I can say, “Look at what we’re still doing.” You’re 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 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, emails or 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 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.

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 (at the back of the church. There is no cost, thanks to committee members. Reservations are needed by October 13th 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.

Note: 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.

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 an in-person support meeting for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc. Since in-person meetings are limited to 5 people, there are limited seats. Please contact Deacon Kathleen (240.463.7598 Mobile, 360.504.3150 Home, or kcharters@mac.com) if you are interested in participating.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort

Dates/Time: Every week on Tuesdays, through December 15, 2020; 02:00-3:30 pm.

Connections

September 10, 2020

Sages of Trinity,

What a privilege it has been to continue to meet you, whether under a tree, in a park, on your patio, here at church, or on the lawn outside. I’ve learned a lot from you and about you. I’ve found you to be so generous, so wise and deep spiritually. You’ve asked great questions and shared pieces of your stories as I have shared pieces of mine. Maybe most importantly, you’ve learned about each other; things you didn’t know or hadn’t realized, things that you share, and things that make us unique. Over and over again what’s hit me most is that we are first, all in this together. Second, it really takes the kind of diversity we have here at Trinity to make a church. Third, that you care, and care deeply about each other, this church, this community, and your faith. We truly are a Body of Christ with, as Paul says, each part serving a purpose.

So far I’ve met with about fifty of you. There are still eight to ten groups ready to meet. But one more thing that we seem to share is a kind of longing. It’s a longing to be together again. It’s a longing to be back in the sanctuary. It’s a longing to either hear or sing the music that is so central to who and what we are as a church. It’s the longing for those things that have connected us and connected us to the community. As you’ll hear on Sunday, what if, in this time, we begin to think at least a little differently about what it means to be church, to be connected, to be a part of this community and the world. What if God, as one person at a neighborhood gathering said, is calling us beyond the sanctuary? I believe there are ways to answer that call. The answers may not overcome the longing that lay so deeply within us, but it will continue to deepen our connection with each other and the community.

So here are a few pieces of what you’ll hear in the message this Sunday. In this time of COVID-19, and particularly now with the wildfires and smoke and need to stay indoors, the connections within the neighborhood groups are that much more vital. What would it take for you to check in on each other, even more intentionally than you have? We continue to have those among us who feel isolated and alone. We have those who are feeling nervous and afraid. We have those who feel called to do more, and here is an opportunity to do more. Beyond that, what if we thought differently about our parking lot. What if we offered parking lot concerts, or parking lot speakers, or rented a huge tent that could be placed outside the David White building and created safe opportunities to gather there? What if we thought about ways we could welcome those seeking a quieter place than Carrie Blake Park to this property. There are shade trees but no picnic tables. There is a water fountain but few know it’s there. What if we thought differently about those playing pickleball and offered them a place with shade and a cooler filled with Gatorade or water with chairs where they could take a break. Again, maybe with an awning or pop up off the side of the David White building toward the courts.

Connections are a vital part of who we are as human beings. I think it’s time to really begin to accept that this is where we are right now, within COVID-19, within the smoke, and within the protocols that are keeping us safe. I believe we’re called to extend our radical hospitality beyond the doors and do it creatively, safely, and with intention to help this community know that we care; that we’re here, and that we continue to seek to be a place of connection. Now one more thought. Jan has offered us an opportunity to help the victims of the wildfires in our state. It’s one more thing we can do to connect. At the very least we can pray, but let’s also remember that there are those who have very literally lost everything. Let’s connect to them. Let’s love them. Let’s reach out to them. Stay safe friends, but let’s not have this time of opportunity pass us by. God is calling. Do you hear that still small voice? Let’s connect.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • 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 Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

Joys: TUMC Neighborhood Groups

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 website, sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

A suggestion for worship through the radio: Several members have purchased battery-powered radios to use in their cars during worship. They have found that there is less static than through their car radios. If the transmission through your car radio has not been clear, you might try this. Be sure to get a radio that will receive FM 87.7.

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.

Wildfire relief – can you help? As of September 4th, there were an estimated 180 homes that have been destroyed by wildfires in Washington State. Over the weekend the whole town of Malden (30 miles south of Spokane) was destroyed. The number of estimated homes and businesses doubled as a result. And still, the fires continue to burn. Four Long Term Recovery Organizations are being formed to manage recovery. The estimate for rebuilding a home is $72,000. FEMA will be taking applications from individuals for assistance. If approved, FEMA’s maximum allocation is $32,800 per application. The remaining funds will need to be provided by donations and grants. If you can help, please issue a check to Trinity UMC, indicating in the memo section: Advance #352. (These funds will be used in Washington State.) Contact Jan Kreidler janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you have questions.

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.