Announcements for September 23 – October 2, 2021

Renewed Worship Restriction

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the county, and my concern for the health of our congregation and community, I am asking for renewed restrictions for worship. I am asking that those attending in person be vaccinated and make a reservation through the church office. Many have already submitted copies of their vaccination card. If you plan to attend worship and your card is not on record, please submit them when you come on Sunday. At present, there is no need to have extra seating in the Fellowship Hall. After four Sundays, I will reassess the situation to see if these restrictions continue. Please plan to wear masks and stay socially distanced. I did not make this decision lightly, and I consulted with key leaders in the process. I can see that what is foremost in everyone’s thoughts is that we do our best to keep the congregation safe.

Blessings, Pastor Joey

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. (COVID safety guidelines are followed: wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.)

Online Recorded Services

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

A Request from the Kitchen Committee

Due to COVID restrictions, we request that you do not donate any items to the kitchen at this time.

A Few Fun Facts from Pastor Joey

Okay, they’re just facts.

  1. Using the church email pastorjoeyoffice@sequimtumc.org ensures that I can read your email on my home and office computers.
  2. If you have information for Tuesday, Monday is too late to send it. I teach Disciple Bible study until 8 p.m. and do not check email after that.
  3. During my retirement, I shoved a lot of church processes to the back universe of my mind. It is slowly coming forward—but mistakes and missteps will happen. Help me to laugh at myself.
  4. I have been meeting with a lot, a lot, a lot of church leaders. We are truly blessed with this outstanding group of people who take responsibility, care deeply about their church and their faith, and work hard for the greatest good.
  5. I will be attending the Leadership Institute/Church of the Resurrection (online) Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning.

Blessings, Joey

Harvest Dinner Blessing

Another year with COVID-19 is challenging us to be creative. This year we will focus on the blessing of Fall Harvest, providing Cornish pasties to take home following the worship service, Sunday, October 17.

The entree-size pasties are a pastry filled with meat (ground beef) and vegetables. A vegetarian version will be available.

Sign-up for the pasties can be done in the fellowship hall on two Sundays, September 26 and October 3, or by phoning Jan Kreidler at (360) 681-5027 (please leave your name and number if no answer), or by email, janet2kreidler@gmail.com by October 11.

$5 donation cards will be available in the fellowship hall starting this Sunday to help with the purchase of ingredients. The pasties will be prepared in the church kitchen by members of the Harvest Dinner Committee.

Leadership Institute 2021

Join us September 29 – October 1, 2021, for the Leadership Institute 2021. The Church of the Resurrection’s aim is to equip, strengthen and inspire you in your leadership, preparing you for a new season of ministry marked by unity, clarity of vision, and a call to love extravagantly. Adam Hamilton will open the Leadership Institute with Worship on Wednesday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. All General Sessions and Breakout Workshops will be available for On-Demand Replay through the Online Experience platform for 6 months after the event. (Note: The replay for the Keynote Session with Bob Goff is limited to 30 days after the event.)

See https://leadership.sharechurch.com/attend-leadership-institute-online/ for more information, the schedule, and to register. Individual registration is $99. The Education Committee has limited funds available for scholarships to this institute. Contact Melody, (360) 461-5595 to request financial assistance.

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, October 1 at 9:30 AM for a couple hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

One of the greatest challenges of being a family caregiver is maintaining one’s own physical and emotional health. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers class is designed to: help a caregiver reduce personal stress; communicate feelings and needs; use community services; deal with emotions such as anger, guilt, and depression; and make tough caregiving decisions. This six-week class will be offered again at TUMC on Tuesdays, 10 am to 12:30 pm, beginning Oct. 5 and ending Nov. 9. The fee is $30, which covers the cost of the book. If interested in attending, please register for the class by Oct. 1 by calling Judy Croonquist 360-582-1370 or Barb Parse 360-683-2113.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) –

Disaster Response and Recovery: UMCOR works with local partners on the ground in relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by disasters. As you know, Haiti is trying to recover from a major earthquake. The West Coast is battling huge and multiple wildfires. The South and East Coasts have been hit with devastating hurricanes. By giving to UMCOR’s Advance #901670, 100% of your funds will be allocated specifically for disaster response efforts within the United States and its territories. If you would like to help, you can write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating UMCOR / Advance #901670.

Free library books!

It is with mixed feelings that I write this. Sad because it brings to a close a place many of us hold dear, a library; and joy because of the opportunity for many people to own some special books of their own. The time has come to close TUMC’s library. A part of the church for so long, it has ceased to be something that is useful to more than a handful of people per year.

Soooo . . . everyone can come to the library for the next couple of weeks and take home as many books as they like. Drop by the church during the week! Bring a friend! It would be great to clear out most of the books, sending them off to good homes. The final Sunday will be October 10th.

Save the Date for a Virtual Advent Study

Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas by Adam Hamilton from 3:00-4:40 on Tuesdays from November 30 – December 21, 2021.

In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ Child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. This study invites you to reflect on the significance of the Christ-child for our lives and the world today. To ask questions and get the location, contact Dr. Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240.463.7598.

The Virtual 21st Assembly of United Methodist Women, May 20-22, 2022

Women reflect on today’s challenges and find comfort and strength to make a difference in the world. Join Assembly 2022 online and Turn It Up for spiritual healing and renewal, rebirth in a new time, women leaders, and justice for women, children, and youth. Virtual attendees get access to all five Community Gatherings, one workshop on Friday and one workshop on Saturday, exclusive behind-the-scenes speaker interviews, and sisterhood networking. See https://assembly2022.org/ for more information and to register. Early bird registration is $199 and ends on November 30, 2021.

Building Major Update

Trinity will soon be getting a major update in our narthex and main hallway and fellowship hall! For several months the Decorating Committee has been in planning and estimating mode. This involved no fewer than four large meetings of Trustees, church leadership, and the Pastor and Ad Council to work through the concepts and details, and we are happy to report that the project was approved at the last meeting of the Ad Council and we are at the point of contracting with the painting and flooring/carpeting companies.

The upgrade will include repainting and re-carpeting the narthex/main hallway, updating some of the furniture, moving some bulletin board locations to the new information center (read on for what that is), and hanging artwork here and there. A large scrolling announcement TV (donated to us) will be installed to make it easy to see what is going on around Trinity, and a more visible card rack for cards, flyers, and other handouts will be installed. The old church bell, which is somewhat hidden in the old steeple foundation “closet” will be moved to the outside and once again will be rung on Sundays thanks to some generous donations for that purpose.

The fellowship hall and adjacent room will be repainted and new flooring will be installed so that the entire area is one type of flooring. As we have found checkouts from our library are very infrequent, we plan to remove the books and shelves to make that side of the room a bit larger for meetings. The other side of that room, the one with the TV, will house an information center with bulletin boards, card racks, and so forth to consolidate information we want to put out as well as providing a location for the various sign-up sheets we generate.

We will also reduce the number of pews we kept from the former church buildings to only the oldest one, and we are actively soliciting local historical venues and secondarily non-local venues to use the other five old pews we have, two of which are in storage.

The financial costs will be covered by a combination of current year Trustee Capital Improvement budget monies previously requested for this purpose, undesignated donations to the memorial fund, and the balance from the Trinity Capital Improvement Fund which has been built up over the years for purposes such as this.

This is the schedule of work as it currently stands:

Painting: October 27-November 5. We would like to caution building users that on the 25th and 26th we will need to get the last items out of the way before the painters arrive, so there may be some disruptions. Also, at some point before the painting starts, Burton Flooring will have to remove the rubber baseboards from all the affected spaces, so perhaps some disruption to meetings will be unavoidable. Once the painting starts, the painters will really clobber the hallway and fellowship hall, so meetings in the fellowship hall may not be possible. Then the flooring and carpeting (if all goes well with the painting) will be put down November 8-12th. Again, this will be high impact, but we will attempt to determine when each space is to be worked so we might still be able to use the fellowship hall at least part of that time. “Flexibility by all” will be the watchword.

Exposure to COVID-19

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: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

100 S. Blake Avenue / Mailing: P. O. Box 3697, Sequim, WA 98382

Phone: 360-683-5367 / E-mail: church@sequimtumc.org

Announcements for September 16 – 25, 2021

Memorial Service for Joe McCaffery

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Joe McCaffery next Tuesday, September 21, 1:00 pm.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. (For Sunday Services, Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.)

Online Video Services

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

A Request from the Kitchen Committee

Due to COVID restrictions, we would request that you do not donate any items to the kitchen at this time.

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, September 17 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Leadership Institute 2021

Join us September 29 – October 1, 2021, for the Leadership Institute 2021. The Church of the Resurrection’s aim is to equip, strengthen and inspire you in your leadership, preparing you for a new season of ministry marked by unity, clarity of vision, and a call to love extravagantly. Adam Hamilton will open the Leadership Institute with Worship on Wednesday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. All General Sessions and Breakout Workshops will be available for On-Demand Replay through the Online Experience platform for 6 months after the event. (Note: The replay for the Keynote Session with Bob Goff is limited to 30 days after the event.) See https://leadership.sharechurch.com/attend-leadership-institute-online/ for more information, the schedule, and to register. Individual registration is $99. The Education Committee has limited funds available for scholarships to this institute. Contact Melody, (360) 461-5595 to request financial assistance.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

One of the greatest challenges of being a family caregiver is maintaining one’s own physical and emotional health. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers class is designed to: help a caregiver reduce personal stress; communicate feelings and needs; use community services; deal with emotions such as anger, guilt, and depression; and make tough caregiving decisions. This six-week class will be offered again at TUMC on Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, beginning October 5 and ending November 9. The fee is $30, which covers the cost of the book. If interested in attending, please register for the class by October 1 by calling Judy Croonquist 360-582-1370 or Barb Parse 360-683-2113.

Building Major Update

Trinity will soon be getting a major update in our narthex and main hallway and fellowship hall! For several months the Decorating Committee has been in planning and estimating mode. This involved no fewer than four large meetings of Trustees, Church leadership, and the Pastor and Ad Council to work through the concepts and details, and we are happy to report that the project was approved at the last meeting of the Ad Council and we are at the point of contracting with the painting and flooring/carpeting companies.

The upgrade will include repainting and re-carpeting the narthex/main hallway, updating some of the furniture, moving some bulletin board locations to the new information center (read on for what that is), and hanging artwork here and there. A large scrolling announcement TV (donated to us) will be installed to make it easy to see what is going on around Trinity, and a more visible card rack for cards, flyers, and other handouts will be installed. The old church bell, which is somewhat hidden in the old steeple foundation “closet” will be moved to the outside and once again will be rung on Sundays thanks to some generous donations for that purpose.

The fellowship hall and adjacent room will be repainted and new flooring will be installed so that the entire area is one type of flooring, instead of the currently installed three types. As we have found checkouts from our library are very infrequent, we plan to remove the books and shelves to make that side of the room a bit larger for meetings. The other side of that room, the one with the TV, will house an information center with bulletin boards, card racks, and so forth to consolidate information we want to put out as well as providing a location for the various sign-up sheets we generate.

We will also reduce the number of pews we kept from the former church buildings to only the oldest one and we are actively soliciting local historical venues and secondarily non-local venues to use the other five old pews we have, two of which are in storage.

The financial costs will be covered by a combination of current year Trustee Capital Improvement budget monies previously requested for this purpose, undesignated donations to the memorial fund, and the balance from the Trinity Capital Improvement Fund which has been built up over the years for purposes such as this.

This is the schedule of work as it currently stands:

Painting: October 27-November 5. We would like to caution building users that on the 25th and 26th we will need to get the last items out of the way before the painters arrive, so there may be some disruptions. Also, at some point before the painting starts, Burton Flooring will have to remove the rubber baseboards from all the affected spaces, so perhaps some disruption to meetings will be unavoidable. Once the painting starts, the painters will really clobber the hallway and fellowship hall, so meetings in the fellowship hall may not be possible. Then the flooring/carpeting (if all goes well with the painting) will be put down November 8-12th. Again, this will be high impact, but we will attempt to determine when each space is to be worked so we might still be able to use the fellowship hall at least part of that time. “Flexibility by all” will be the watchword.

Free library books!

It is with mixed feelings that I write this. Sad because it brings to a close a place many of us hold dear, a library; and joy because of the opportunity for many people to own some special books of their own.

The time has come to close Trinity’s library. A part of the church for so long, it has ceased to be something that is useful to more than a handful of people per year.

Soooo . . . beginning this Sunday, September 19th, everyone can come to the library and take home as many books as they like. Drop by the church during the week! Bring a friend! It would be great to clear out most of the books, sending them off to good homes. The final Sunday will be October 10th.

Starting Now: Virtual Book Study:

Evil and the Justice of God by N.T. Wright from 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from September 21 – November 23, 2021.

With the tragic events of recent years, there is renewed interest in the problems of evil and the need for a distinctively biblical approach. N.T. Wright puts evil in perspective by giving a powerfully persuasive vision of the “new heavens and new earth.” A loving God can and does exist in a world full of suffering. This study offers a glimpse into the mind and purpose of God and a hope-filled plan for how we can reconcile a broken world with the kingdom to come. To ask questions and get the location, contact Dr. Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240-463-7598.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) – Disaster Response and Recovery:

UMCOR works with local partners on the ground in relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by disasters. As you know, Haiti is trying to recover from a major earthquake. The West Coast is battling huge and multitude wildfires. The South / East Coasts have been hit with devastating hurricanes. By giving to UMCOR’s Advance #901670, 100% of your funds will be allocated specifically for disaster response efforts within the United States and its territories. If you would like to help, you can write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating UMCOR / Advance #901670.

Save the Date for a Virtual Advent Study

Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas by Adam Hamilton from 3:00-4:40 on Tuesdays from November 30 – December 21, 2021.

In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ Child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. This study invites you to reflect on the significance of the Christ-child for our lives and world today. To ask questions and get the location, contact Dr. Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240.463.7598.

The Virtual 21st Assembly of United Methodist Women, May 20-22, 2022

Women reflect on today’s challenges and find comfort and strength to make a difference in the world. Join Assembly 2022 online and Turn It Up for spiritual healing and renewal, rebirth in a new time, women leaders, and justice for women, children, and youth. Virtual attendees get access to all five Community Gatherings, one workshop on Friday and one workshop on Saturday, exclusive behind-the-scenes speaker interviews, and sisterhood networking. See https://assembly2022.org/ for more information and to register. Early bird registration is $199 and ends on November 30, 2021.

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.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. 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 limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements for September 9 – 18, 2021

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. (For Sunday Services, Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.)

Memorial Service for Joe McCaffery

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Joe McCaffery on Tuesday, September 21, 1:00 pm.

Notes from Pastor Joey

I am excited to begin as interim pastor of Trinity UMC. My plan will be to be in the office Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Please note that this is subject to change due to meetings, visits, appointments, and the unexpected. If you want to talk with me, I prefer that you make an appointment. The intent is not to be formal, but I would hate to miss you if you simply stop by. I want to have time to be present with each person. My cell phone is in use when I travel, but otherwise, it is in a drawer. I plan to check my email at least once a day. I look forward to being present to you in the present!

OnLine Video Services

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

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, September 17 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

United Methodist Committee on Relief — Disaster Response and Recovery

UMCOR works with local partners on the ground in relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by disasters. As you know, Haiti is trying to recover from a major earthquake. The West Coast is battling huge and multitude wildfires. The South / East Coasts have been hit with devastating hurricanes. By giving to UMCOR’s Advance #901670, 100% of your funds will be allocated specifically for disaster response efforts within the United States and its territories. If you would like to help, you can write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating UMCOR / Advance #901670.

Community Recognition event

Postponed! The 22 September Community Recognition for those who participated in the COVID Food Distribution and/or Vaccination Clinic has been postponed. We will let you know when another date has been set. Contact Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 for additional 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.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. 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 limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements for April 1 – 8, 2021

Have a Blessed Easter!

this Sunday, April 4

We rejoice in Christ’s risen presence!

For those who are not attending an in-person service, you can view the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter worship services on YouTube. 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.

Note: the church office is closed tomorrow for Good Friday.

Sunday In-Person Services

Beginning April 11, all Sunday services will be held in the Sanctuary at 10 am. As of this notice, we are still limited to 25 people in the Sanctuary, and 25 in the Fellowship Hall. If interested in attending, please call the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, to make a reservation. (Be sure you have had your two shots, plus two weeks, and that there is/will be a copy of your vaccination card on file at the church office. The covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks, take temperatures, and social distancing.)

On-Line Video-Taped Services

Beginning April 11, the Sunday service will be filmed and available online the next day, Monday. If you regularly watch the service on Sunday, that may leave you wondering, “What do I watch on the 11th?”

This could be your opportunity to view a service you might have missed (Go to YouTube, and enter Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church. There you can take your pick of services!) If you didn’t have a chance to attend the Maundy Thursday or Good Friday services, you could watch one or both of them. Then, on the following Sunday, the 18th, you can view the service of the 11th. and regularly watch the services a week later.

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 this week we meet on Saturday, 03 April at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours to get the Church spiffed up for Easter. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance, maybe a little extra cleaning and moving chancel furniture, and of course, having a cup of Rainshadow Dungeness Dark coffee and light eats, courtesy of Dick Bennett. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Plant Sale:

Spring arrives this month and our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 8 will be here soon! A few things you can do to get your plants ready to donate are dig, divide and pot your outdoor and indoor plants for the sale. For more information, contact Barbara Parse,
360-683-2113, bparse@wavecable.com

Update on Sequim Food Bank Distribution:

The upcoming food distribution dates through June are: April 28th, May 26th, and June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) – March 28th

Together we can reach children, families, and communities who have experienced devastation in the wake of disaster.

When disaster strikes around the globe—earthquakes, hurricanes, major floods, wildfires, etc.—so many of us feel helpless. How can one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? As responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, (UMCOR) is prepared to act. Together we can ensure that the United Methodist Church can continue to help by donating to UMCOR Sunday.

Our gifts to the UMCOR Sunday offering help cover operating expenses of UMCOR, allowing 100% of our designated donations get to those who need help the most. For more information about UMCOR, go to: www.umcor.org.

Save the Date for a Bible Study:

“Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story” by Heather M. Dixon. This class will meet in person on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Zoom on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 4 weeks from April 6 to April 27, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Check out the Education Page on our Website (sequimtumc.org):

It has been recently updated. Sermon discussion questions can be found on this page.

Access to the Church during Vaccination Hours:

Blake Ave is now open, but as you approach 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, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. Parking is available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – 9 am to 2 pm.

Church Attendance Requirements include Vaccinations:

Please note that as TUMC opens for on-site worship it will be a requirement to have your two vaccinations and be past the two weeks following your second vaccination.

COVID19 VACCINATIONS: for Clallam County residents.

Now eligible are: Those 18+ and Clallam County Residents.

Registration will be in one-hour time blocks between 8 am and 1 p.m. each day. Once online registration is complete, a ticket with the date and time should be printed and brought with you. Each person/couple in a vehicle must have a registration ticket.

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. You may register online at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information is at jamestownhealth.org.

Peninsula Singers Virtual Cabaret is still up for viewing.

Because of Covid, the choir cannot meet to sing or perform, and we need some basic donations in order to keep alive until the restrictions are lifted, and people are allowed to sing and perform again, as well as award some scholarships. The show is hosted by Jerry Wright and runs for just under 45 minutes. It is very good, and can be accessed from the Peninsula Singers website: peninsulasingers.org or on Facebook: Peninsula Singers | Facebook. Donations by mail can be sent to: Peninsula Singers, 325 E. Washington Street # 135, Sequim, WA 98382. God bless you for helping us weather the Covid storm!

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!

Church reopening plans

March 11, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

We’re moving toward reopening. We’ve been approved to allow 25 people in the church at any given time. We’re going to begin to be open for worship during Holy Week. Our Maundy Thursday Service will be open to 25 people. Our Good Friday Service will be open to 25 people. Easter Sunday we will be holding two services. The first service will be held at 9 am and the second at 11 am. Easter Sunday we will be allowing 50 people in each service. Half will be in the sanctuary and the other half will be in the fellowship hall. The fellowship hall can be completely sealed off from the sanctuary which allows us to count it as a separate facility. The service will be on screens rather than live, but it will be in the church. What we’re asking is that each service consists of neighborhood groups who come together to whatever service you’re assigned to attend. Each service will be deeply meaningful. In other words, one or two neighborhood groups come on Maundy Thursday. A different set of neighborhood groups attend on Good Friday, and then five or six different neighborhood groups attend on Easter Sunday. All of the services will be taped and available online later in the Easter season. We wish we could live-stream them, but we simply don’t have the capacity to do that. Now, with that in mind, here are the protocols that will be in place.

Anyone attending in-person worship will need to have had both vaccination shots, and then have gone through the two-week waiting period after the second shot. There will be a process for reservations either online or through your neighborhood leader. The sanctuary will be divided into four distinct areas and the reservations will identify which area of the sanctuary you’ll be assigned. For Easter Sunday, the fellowship hall will also be divided into four distinct areas and assignments given at the time of reservations. There will be sign-in sheets at each entrance. If coming to the sanctuary the entrance will be the main entrance with the possibility of at least one other entrance on the east side of the building. The fellowship hall will also have two entrances, one on the west side, and one on the east side. There will be parking assignments for each entrance. Each entrance will be well marked, and will have a greeter. The greeter will be taking temperatures. Sanitizing will be required at each entrance. Masks will be required and are to remain on throughout the time in the facility. Ushers will be available to guide those coming into their assigned areas. There will be a minimum of six feet between people or “bubble” groups. Once worship is concluded, people will be dismissed by sections so that there are not too many gathering together too closely at any given time. At this point, there will be no coffee hour, at least not yet.

As I write this, I see how it must feel. But friends, our primary goal is to get folks back into the building, into worship, but to do it safely. Maybe we’re being overly cautious but let’s remember that some of the most significant super-spreaders of the virus have been traced to churches that have not followed protocols. I don’t want to be one of those. We’re so close to being able to move to 25%. I don’t want to do anything that will prevent us from moving to that next step. In addition, we’re not providing parking lot worship. We just don’t have the capacity to do both inside and outside worship. On Easter Sunday, there will be a drive-through flower cross. In other words, the flower cross will be outside, probably in the round-about, where, with social distancing, you can come and place flowers in the cross. For those who may not have access to flowers, but would still like to be a part of that, we will have buckets of flowers available. We simply ask that each car, each group or person, honor the six-foot social distancing, sanitize before and after placing the flowers, and then allow the next car to move into place. In other words, please don’t linger too long. I have a feeling there will be a whole lot of folks who will want to add flowers to the cross.

So, this is the first step in reopening. I think all of those who have been involved in these decisions are asking for patience, grace, and intentionality around coming on assigned days, following the directions, staying and keeping others safe, and allowing us to move toward the next step. As we move toward this next phase, please remember to practice those Beatitudes. They are a vital part of our spiritual lives. They keep us spiritually healthy, and spiritually alive. I can’t begin to thank the Ad Council for their work on this reopening process. I wish you could have watched as they struggled, communicated, disagreed, and ultimately agreed to what I’ve listed above. This whole process weighs on them heavily, and each knows it does the same to you. Friends, we’re getting there, but we will continue to hold your safety as our highest priority. Finally, the Beatitude for this week is “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.” Our role is to provide each other, this community and the world a peace that passes understanding. The only way to do that is to practice it, seek it, and then live it out every day. I’m praying for you. We’re praying for you.

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; for all the first responders/essential workers; and for those who are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Spring ahead! Daylight savings time begins Sunday – remember to reset your clocks.

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 to the church. Make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address.

Announcements

Birthdays and anniversaries: even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.

Easter Drive-through Dessert

Sunday, April 4 is Easter! As a thank you gift to our congregation, a small group of church ladies is planning to bake an Easter dessert to be distributed via a “drive-through” on Easter Sunday. Each household can choose either a small loaf of Chocolate Zucchini Bread or a small loaf of Lemon Poppy Seed Bread.

To RSVP contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com no later than Thursday, March 25th. Notes: 1) Safe procedures (wearing masks and gloves) will be followed. 2) The “drive-through” time has not yet been determined so watch upcoming announcements for that information.

Plant Sale

Spring arrives this month and our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 8 will be here soon! A few things you can do to get your plants ready to donate are dig, divide and pot your outdoor and indoor plants for the sale. For more information, contact Barbara Parse, 360-683-2113, bparse@wavecable.com

Please save the date for a Celebration of Life for Dorothy Shreffler

To be held online: Tuesday, March 23, 5:00 pm Pacific Time. All event information is available on the GatheringUs memorial webpage for Dorothy Shreffler:

https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/dorothy-ferne-shreffler/6899

Trustees/Trinity TLC Gathering

The Trustees invite you to serve in a very tangible way, a bi-weekly gathering called Trinity TLC to accomplish light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks on Friday at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours of cutting grass, doing small maintenance chores, and a host of small jobs that together make a big difference … providing TLC to our building and grounds. Once permitted we will offer coffee and light eats to make this a social time as well, providing TLC to ourselves! The inaugural Trinity TLC will be Friday, March 19, at 9:30 AM. All are welcome!

Save the date for a Bible study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story” by Heather M. Dixon. This class will meet in-person on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Zoom on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 4 weeks starting April 6 and ending April 27, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Check out the education page on our website

It has been recently updated. Sermon discussion questions can be found on this page.

Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat

What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality: Via Zoom on March 19-20, 2021. Are you looking for an ever-deepening relationship with God? Are you finding challenges to growing spiritually? Plan to attend and let God be your Teacher in discovering the “givens” which will demonstrate how Jesus is enough. It offers just what you need to flourish in your life with God! Your days will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Take this time to retreat and find exactly what you need to draw nearer to God. For more information click on the following link,

https://pnwumc.org/umw/2021/01/22/spiritual-growth-retreat/

Sequim Food Distribution

As food needs continue to increase, the food distributions continue at least through March. The dates for this month are: March 10 and 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

Blake Ave is now open, but as you approach 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, they will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm.

COVID19 Vaccinations for Sequim area residents. Those now eligible are:

  • Teachers and other school and childcare staff. A new online registration question will ask whether you work for a school, a school district, or a childcare center. Please bring your School ID with you to the vaccination event. (Any age over 18 years old.)
  • Essential workers – including agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, food banks, public transit, corrections, and courts. (Any age over 18 years old.)
  • Those 65 or older and their spouse or domestic partner in the car – may be younger and can be registered at the same time.
  • Those 50+ and living in a multi-generational household.

Registration will be in one-hour time blocks between 8 am and 1 p.m. each day. Once online registration is complete, a ticket with the date and time should be printed and brought with you. Each person/couple in a vehicle must have a registration ticket.

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. You may register online at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information is at  jamestownhealth.org.

Church Attendance Requirements include vaccinations

Please note that when TUMC opens for on-site worship it will be a requirement to have your two vaccinations and be past the two weeks following your second vaccination.

Hospitality volunteers needed for front door sign-ins

If you would like additional information or if you can help, please contact Janet Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you can help.

Peninsula Singers Virtual Cabaret

— is still up for viewing. Because of COVID-19, the choir cannot meet to sing or perform, and we need some basic donations in order to keep alive until the restrictions are lifted, and people are allowed to sing and perform again, as well as award some scholarships. The show is hosted by Jerry Wright and runs for just under 45 minutes. It is very good, and can be accessed from the Peninsula Singers website: peninsulasingers.org or on Facebook: Peninsula Singers | Facebook. Donations by mail can be sent to: Peninsula Singers, 325 E. Washington Street # 135, Sequim, WA 98382. God bless you for helping us weather the Covid storm!

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

— “is in prayer for the many U.S. states that are experiencing the dangerous and deadly effects of a string of winter storms. For those enduring widespread blackouts in sub-freezing temperatures, the touching down of multiple tornadoes, and decreased water supply, we offer prayers for safety and protection. Emergency personnel are leading ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UMC churches are actively being used as warming shelters and community members are being relocated as needed. UMCOR is actively connecting with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the affected areas and is ready to respond once the situation evolves.” If you would like to support the work of the Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S., you are invited to write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Advance # 901670 in the memo section.

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!

Faith, reality, and hope, not conspiracy

March 4, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Dorothy and I mark this day in a variety of ways for at least two reasons. The first is that this is the day 78 years ago her parents got married. It was in Hollywood, and Hollywood Methodist Church. From there, Jim, her father, took off for World War II, not to fight but to entertain the troops. He was a part of the traveling cast of “This is the Army,” with Irving Berlin and starring Ronald Reagan. Both Jim and Jean, her dad and mom, were gifted musicians who both made names for themselves in New York City. Both in very different ways, but we remember them today, and celebrate all they gave to their five children, and for the lives they chose to live. Dorothy was the youngest of those five.

On this day in 1975, as I was doing a demonstration of the new Hexel skis, I was on the way to doing a double crossover jump with my ski partner. It was our final display of these marvelous skis. We were to do backscratchers, one right after the other. A “backscratcher” is a stunt where, in the air, the skier lifts the tails of their skis and tucks them against their back so the front of the skis points toward the ground. I went first, and he immediately followed, close enough that it would appear we were doing them at the same time, but going in different directions. He went just a bit too early, hit the tails of my skis as I was lifting them, throwing my momentum off enough that I came down on the back of my head. I broke my neck. It took months to recover. It is a reminder that life is short, and that you not only make the most of it, but that you make the most of it every single day of your life.

Now, in 2021, March 4th marks the day that, according to QAnon sources, the government is to be overturned, the military is to rise up, and Donald Trump is to become the 19th President of the United States. It goes back to Ulysses Grant, who was inaugurated on this day, and holds that only Republican Presidents were true Presidents, therefore making Donald Trump the 19th in that line of succession. First, I do not believe that this day will go down in infamy as the day another government takeover occurs. President Joe Biden will remain in office and there will be no military involvement in a government takeover. As I’ve shared before, I do not hold to any of the QAnon beliefs. I believe it is simply a conspiracy theory that gained attention during our previous president’s term in office. There is no truth to it. And yet it continues to influence a diminishing number of followers, including some in our beautiful small town.

March 4th is also now the day that I can share with you that we, Trinity United Methodist Church, were declared the Sequim Chamber of Commerce, Business of the Month. We were selected for our work with the COVID food distribution and as the vaccination staging area. Please go on the Chamber website and read the words that were shared. They are wonderful testaments to you; your heart for health and service in this community. I want to thank all of those who have so faithfully volunteered their time and efforts. We really have helped this community move toward greater health. And, as you’ll hear in the message for this week’s worship service, we’re not done.

There is an incredible power at work through us. It is a power, unlike QAnon, that has been proven over and over again throughout history. My message will tell the story of that power at work in the small town of Sunnyside, WA. The power of love, grace, patience, forgiveness, and confidence came together and saved the lives of hundreds of children and youth. That power transformed a community in ways that go beyond imagination. As overstated as that may sound, the miracles that occurred can only be explained as the love and power of God moving through the people of a church. That power transformed lives, and ultimately a whole community. You’ll hear more next week, as I look at another group in that same town whose lives were also transformed. But at this point, I say again; you, Saints of Trinity, are transforming lives here and now, and I’m so proud and so humbled to be one of your pastors. Your work has been noticed, again. May God continue to work through each of us for God’s greater good.

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; for all the first responders/essential workers; and for those who are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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.

Reminder – Communion is this Sunday: To participate, have your elements (bread and juice or wine) available.

Service Aprons for Trinity Volunteers

The Missions team is in need of a few good seamstresses. We have the material cut out and ready to sew, and will provide the thread. We need some volunteers willing to sew service aprons that will readily identify Trinity volunteers when we work in our community. If you are willing and able to help, please contact Rae Walz at raeandrich@wavecable.com or call (360) 797-1017.

Sequim Food Distribution

As food needs continue to increase, the food distributions continue at least through March. The dates for this month are: March 10 and 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Save the date for a Bible study.

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story” by Heather M. Dixon. This class will meet in-person on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Zoom on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 4 weeks starting April 6 and ending April 27, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Check out the education page on our website

It has been recently updated. Sermon discussion questions can be found on this page.

Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat

What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality: Via Zoom on March 19-20, 2021. Are you looking for an ever-deepening relationship with God? Are you finding challenges to growing spiritually? Plan to attend and let God be your Teacher in discovering the “givens” which will demonstrate how Jesus is enough. It offers just what you need to flourish in your life with God! Your days will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Take this time to retreat and find exactly what you need to draw nearer to God. For more information click on the following link https://pnwumc.org/umw/2021/01/22/spiritual-growth-retreat/

Peninsula Singers Virtual Cabaret

— is still up for viewing. Because of COVID-19, the choir cannot meet to sing or perform, and we need some basic donations in order to keep alive until the restrictions are lifted, and people are allowed to sing and perform again, as well as award some scholarships. The show is hosted by Jerry Wright and runs for just under 45 minutes. It is very good, and can be accessed from the Peninsula Singers website: peninsulasingers.org or on Facebook: Peninsula Singers | Facebook. Donations by mail can be sent to: Peninsula Singers, 325 E. Washington Street # 135, Sequim, WA 98382. God bless you for helping us weather the Covid storm!

COVID-19 Vaccinations

for Sequim area residents ages 65+ and their spouse/partner or household member who lives with them (regardless of age). 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. You may register online http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information at jamestownhealth.org.

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

Blake Ave is now open, but as you approach 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, they will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm.

Hospitality volunteers needed for front door sign-ins

If you would like additional information or if you can help, please contact Janet Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you can help.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

— “is in prayer for the many U.S. states that are experiencing the dangerous and deadly effects of a string of winter storms. For those enduring widespread blackouts in sub-freezing temperatures, the touching down of multiple tornadoes, and decreased water supply, we offer prayers for safety and protection. Emergency personnel are leading ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UMC churches are actively being used as warming shelters and community members are being relocated as needed. UMCOR is actively connecting with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the affected areas and is ready to respond once the situation evolves.” If you would like to support the work of the Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S., you are invited to write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Advance # 901670 in the memo section.

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!