Thanksgiving Food Distribution

On Saturday, November 18, Trinity partnered with the Sequim Food Bank, city of Sequim, Fire District 3 CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and Sunrise Rotary to operate a holiday meal distribution. On a cold but clear day, 442 cars passed through the event, serving 786 families.

The Trinity electronic sign announced the food distribution.
The Trinity electronic sign announced the food distribution. Photo by Jim Stoffer.
Cars lined up well in advance of the event. Many expressed fears that the organizers would run out of food.
Cars lined up well in advance of the event. Many expressed fears that the organizers would run out of food. Photo by Jim Stoffer.
Turning into the Trinity parking lot, folks were greeted with balloons and directions.
Turning into the Trinity parking lot, folks were greeted with balloons and directions. Photo by Jim Stoffer.
442 cars passed through the food distribution, with 786 families. Everyone who came received a food bundle.
442 cars passed through the food distribution, with 786 families. Everyone who came received a holiday food package. Photo by Jim Stoffer.
Volunteers were bundled up against the cold. Fortunately, the weather was otherwise friendly.
Volunteers were bundled up against the cold. Fortunately, the weather was otherwise friendly. Photo by Jim Stoffer.
Food distribution pavilions in front of a wall of boxes of food. Photo by Sequim Food Bank.
Food distribution pavilions in front of a wall of boxes of food. Photo by Sequim Food Bank.

Thanksgiving Even In the Worst of Times

November 18, 2021

Thanksgiving Even In the Worst of Times

Thanksgiving Day traditionally is a celebration of the bounty of the harvest. I think even the most optimistic of people today wonder “What bounty?” “What harvest?” Beyond the ongoing national woes, the unrelenting presence of Covid, and those who struggle with significant illness, loneliness, and grief, society seems to bear anxiety about what the future holds.

At times, I find inspiration in very dark places. I am awed by the story about Martin Rinkart, a Lutheran pastor serving Eilenberg, Saxony during the thirty years war that was raging through Germany in the early 1600s.

Robert J. Morgan in his book, Then Sings My Soul, recounts that “Floods of refugees streamed into the walled city of Eilenberg. It was the most desperate of times. The Swedish army encompassed the city gates, and inside the walls, there was nothing but plague, famine, and fear.”* Many pastors died and the strain on tending the sick was tremendous. Some days Martin Rinkart conducted as many as fifty funerals.

Pastor Rinkart risked his life, leaving the city walls to negotiate a truce with the Swedes. He showed such great courage and faith that the hostilities and suffering ended.

Rinkart, knowing there is no healing without thanksgiving, composed this hymn for the survivors of his town.

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices.

Who wondrous things hath done, in Whom this world rejoices.

Who from our mother’s arms, Hath blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today.

There are those who practice disciplines of thanksgiving, but I also believe that thanksgiving happens. God sends us blessings in the midst of the dreariness. A beautiful sunset, snow on the mountains, a smile from a stranger, a helping hand, a heartfelt song, a word from scripture. I suggest that when you count your blessings, you start with Jesus Christ. And keep on counting. May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Joey

*Morgan, Robert J. Then Sings My Soul, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003, page17.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy Beeman for comfort and peace at the death of Brad’s mother.
  • 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.

Thanksgiving Week

November 25, 2020

Saints of Trinity,

Thanksgiving looks a whole lot different this year. My hope is that Thanksgiving being different doesn’t stop us from being thankful. We have much for which we can be thankful. I sat with the music staff this morning and we looked ahead at the worship services that are ahead of us. It’s Advent, and tomorrow afternoon we record the service for the First Sunday of Advent. It starts us on a journey toward hope and light. If there was ever a year where we need hope and light this is it. As we talked, I began to feel the anticipation that is supposed to be felt in Advent. Advent is a step-by-step journey. It is a time of overwhelming anticipation. For us here at Trinity it will begin with an examination of the prophets and the hopes of two sets of God’s children. Each was desperately hoping for light in the darknesses of their lives. They carried all kinds of hopes for a hero that would come and save them. For most of them, their savior would be a warrior who would destroy their enemies. But, if this season reminds us of anything, it is that God’s plans are often very different from ours, and this time of Advent is the perfect example.

The following week we realize that God is moving in ways no one expected. The wrong person from the wrong place with the wrong personal history from the wrong family would be chosen to bring a savior into the world. Then, the next week we’ll realize that if that wasn’t enough, the wrong set of people received the message of where and how this hero was to be brought in to the world. And if that wasn’t enough, the next week, another set of inappropriate people were selected to follow their unusual beliefs, and that would lead them to this savior. They shouldn’t be in this story at all. And if that wasn’t enough, this savior was born in the wrong place, placed in the wrong kind of bed, and surrounded by the wrong kind of building. Everything seemed wrong. That is until we are able to see and hear the rest of the story. This savior was to be unlike any savior or hero before him. His saving role was also unlike any before him. Even his relationship with God was completely different.

All of that says a lot about us, or maybe it should. If this season reminds us of anything it is that we too can be people of hope and light. Like each step along this Advent journey, we are also called to be different. It’s this baby born of Mary, and laid in a manger that will grow up to teach us exactly what that means. So, like the previous sermon series on being stone-droppers, life-saving heroes, builders, miracle believers, and more, our ways are not the world’s ways. So, I invite you to join us on this journey through Advent, and may the light of Christ, and the hope of this eternal God of love become that much brighter for you and your family.

I’m so thankful for you; each of you, and pray that this season, beginning this Thanksgiving Thursday and moving through the rest of this year brings light and peace; hope, and joy to each one of you. Amen

Be at Peace! For unto us a child is born, and unto us a son is given!

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 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.

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.

You are invited to join Joy Fellowship

Joy Fellowship will start the Advent study by Adam Hamilton, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 2 p.m. on Zoom. Contact Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240.463.7598 if you would like to purchase the book. Contact Linda Gordon at gordonlinda100@gmail.com for the Zoom invitation.

Correction: the Christian Mindfulness Group is not postponed; it is meeting on Zoom

The second small group book study: Right Here Right Now, The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden begins on December 3rd. It will meet for six Thursdays at noon for one hour on Zoom.

The author of this book is a professor of Christianity and Theology and affiliated with The Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City.

This is a wonderful way to connect with others while deepening your sense of God’s presence in your life. While enhancing your spiritual life this calming practice also reduces stress and aids in providing resilience in this particularly challenging time. Your book can be ordered on www.Amazon.com. Or the church will have a few copies to deliver to your door.

You may contact Melody Romeo if you have any questions or to sign up. Melody is leading our group and can be reached at email: melodycoach@olypen.com or by cellphone: (360) 461-5595.

Postponed

The Women’s Bible Study and the Challenges and Comforts groups will not meet in person until the current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

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

— for 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.

Office hours note

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 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!

Cast away the stones

November 19, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

I want to encourage you to watch the service this week. I think most of you do anyway, but there are a few things I hope you can capture. The first is the message. It’s all about being stone-droppers. We’re living in a time of accusations and blame being hurled one to another. As Christians, and as a church I want to encourage us to be those who can assist others to rebuild rather than tear down, offer grace rather than judgment, and offer reconciliation rather than condemnation. That, however, is not the only reason I’m asking you to watch.

I spend a few minutes talking with Dorothy on camera. In almost every neighborhood gathering someone has asked about her, and particularly when “we’ll be able to meet her.” So, we decided that we would do that for the Wednesday recordings. But wait, there’s more. I know I’ve shared that Dorothy and I fell in love while singing together. We will be singing together again for the recording. Donna was gracious enough to allow the two of us to lead the hymns this week. For us, it is an amazing gift; a gift we don’t get to do enough. To stand beside her, share together in worship, help lead the hymns was…well, just wonderful. We both hope you’ll joyfully sing along to these Thanksgiving favorites. Now that brings me to the next piece.

Thanksgiving is a week from today. We’ve been asked to stay as safe as possible. For many of us, that means not bringing in outside family to our homes. Thanksgiving is a precious time for the Beeman family, but it was our children who asked that we postpone it. I remember one of the kids said it well. “Thanksgiving is about being thankful, and, you know what, we can be thankful in February or March or even June. Let’s not let it go. Let’s just postpone it.” So, we’re going to postpone it.

One more thing, however. Our local restaurants are struggling. What if, instead of doing all the cooking for whoever it is that will be at your home, that instead, we order our meals from one or two of our local restaurants. They need us, friends. I ordered lunch yesterday at Rain Shadow. In talking with the staff there, I could feel the nervousness. She shared that this is supposed to be one of their busiest seasons, and yet, here they are, closed and doing only pick-up service. So, let’s be the church as well as being family and do whatever we can to support our local businesses.

So, there you have it. Happy week before Thanksgiving. I continue to pray for you throughout this time. Please let me know if you need anything from me. A reminder that neighborhood gatherings will begin again in January, if we’re able. Oh, and don’t miss the Advent worship services. They are going to be special.

In Peace,

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 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.

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.

It’s a new day! A new way!

There’s a new shared Senior Ministries office in the Administrative wing, across from Pastor Brad’s office. New church phone line: 360-683-4307; E-mail: polsen@sequimtumc.org

Senior Ministries includes Lois’s Legacy, Neighborhoods and Home Support for unexpected life challenges. Volunteers will listen to your situation. We’ve helped folks find transportation, special equipment or a helping hand. Sometimes it helps just to talk with someone who has time to listen. Senior Ministries also includes Tim’s Place, and Powerful Tools for Caregivers.

Call our new phone line and leave a message. We plan on having a volunteer in the office to pick up messages Monday – Friday.

Pauline Olsen, Chairperson, Lois’s Legacy

You are invited to join Joy Fellowship

They meet weekly on Zoom to share where each person has found joy and any concerns they may have. At the end of sharing joys and concerns, they pray. After the prayer, they discuss a topic. To end their time together, they read a hymn in unison.

The Joy Fellowship November topic is The Charter for Compassion. The December topic is an Advent study by Adam Hamilton: Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas. Joy Fellowship meets on Thursdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m. If you would like to join them, contact Linda Gordon at gordonlinda100@gmail.com.

Challenges and Comfort Group

— is suspended for now due to current covid19 regulations restricting in-person meetings.

Second small group book study

The second small group book study: Right Here Right Now, The Practice of Christian Mindfulness by Amy G. Oden begins on December 3rd. It will meet for six Thursdays at noon for one hour. The author of this book is a professor of Christianity and Theology and affiliated with The Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City.

People from our first group expressed they benefited greatly and even will continue to meet at least another 6 weeks to practice Christian Mindfulness.

This is a wonderful way to connect with others while deepening your sense of God’s presence in your life. While enhancing your spiritual life this calming practice also reduces stress and aids in providing resilience in this particularly challenging time.

We will be meeting on ZOOM. Your book can be ordered on www.Amazon.com. If for some reason, you are unable to use Amazon to order please let Melody Romeo know soon and we will order and deliver a book to you since we aren’t able to enter the church at this time.

Melody is leading our group and can be reached at email: melodycoach@olypen.com or by cellphone: (360) 461-5595

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

— for November 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.

Office hours note

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 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!