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February 11, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Most of you may not be aware that Melody Romeo is gathering important information from leaders and staff. Part of what she’s gathering has to do with hopes and dreams for the church. Part of it focuses on concerns about my availability and my ability to follow up on calls and emails. Part of it focuses on what we’re involved with as a church right now. I wanted to touch base on a few of those areas in this letter. Most of those who responded to Melody talked at length about Trinity’s involvement in the community. A few responded with the hope that every member of the church, whether an official member or active participant be involved in some kind of mission. So, I wanted to give you an opportunity to do that.

A reminder that every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday our church becomes the staging area for vaccinations. Last Tuesday over 1000 vaccinations were given. We have become an essential piece in the distribution and for that, I’m deeply grateful. It’s allowed me to get to know a whole lot of CERT volunteers, Jamestown medical staff, representatives of the S’Klallam tribe, fire and police personnel, and police volunteers. What a privilege to be able to work alongside each and every one of those seeking to offer themselves to this work.

As a church, we have taken on the role of hospitality. We offer volunteers working in our parking lot opportunities for coffee, snacks, lunch distribution, and a warm place to come and use the bathrooms. Not too many years ago we made the decision as a church that we would offer radical hospitality to anyone and everyone who came here. In our minds, I think most thought that meant on Sunday mornings.

Yet, with the pandemic that has all changed. The distribution of the vaccines has opened up another opportunity for radical hospitality. I’m trying to practice that as are all the volunteers who currently represent the church at our entrance and in the fellowship hall. You may not be aware that each vaccination day, I walk through the lines of cars with coffee and cups for anyone who would like a cup or a warm-up.

The gratitude around such a simple act is overwhelming. The coffee comes from the Rain Shadow coffee company over on Cedar and 2nd. They are thrilled to offer that service to us and to those in line for vaccinations at a reduced cost. In turn, it allows us to support a small business. It’s one more piece of the equation of service and partnership we do each week. So here’s my invitation to you.

The coffee has a cost. The distribution doesn’t. If you would like to be a part of helping with that cost, please feel free to do that. You could sponsor one day of coffee by sending in $60. You could help cover a week’s worth (3 days worth) at $180, or $200 if you wanted to add a tip to those who get up early at Rain Shadow so that we have what we need.

You could come and greet the volunteers who come into the church. We ask each of them to sign in, and sanitize before moving to the bathroom or the snack / lunch area. You could be in the fellowship hall to meet and greet them, offer a smile and a chair, and, if you would like, a thank you. If you have questions about any of this, Gay Lyn Lillagore and Jan Kreidler are coordinating. If you want to help me distribute coffee by walking the lot, let me know.

Radical hospitality is hospitality that goes beyond what’s expected. What we’re trying to offer each week, whether it’s the vaccinations or the every other week food distributions opens up all manner of opportunities for offering the kind of hospitality we’ve decided to offer. If you can’t do something like walking among cars, please, no guilt allowed. You can offer a financial gift. You can pray for all of those in line or those volunteering. You can pray for those who are nervous about receiving the vaccine, and those who are giving the vaccines. Our prayers can be a piece of our radical hospitality.

As for the other areas around the responses from leaders and staff, please know that we’re working on each one. I’m working on each of those. I take your responses, your concerns, and yes your joys and prayers seriously. Keep them all coming.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. Prayers for those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For all those who are ill from the covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.

Ash Wednesday

— is next week. It is an important part of the Christian year and signifies the beginning of Lent. Obviously, we will not be holding our normal ecumenical service. Instead, it will be offered in a different way this year. Pastors Brad and Kathleen are putting together Ash Wednesday kits that can be picked up at the church, outside the main entrance. Included in each packet will be a small amount of ash, instructions on what to do, a devotional with scriptures, and an explanation of why we do this, and the purpose of the Lenten season. We’ll have the kits available for a week, just in case you can’t pick one up Wednesday.

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.

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.

Hospitality volunteers needed for front door sign-ins

Another 6 to 10 people are needed. We are planning two shifts for each day (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). The first shift will be from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the 2nd shift from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please contact Jan Kreidler if you would like additional information at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com if you can help.

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.

Save the Date for a Lenten Study

“You Are Never Alone,” by Max Lucado. This class will meet on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 6 weeks starting February 23 and ending March 30, 2021.

God’s presence and power are nearer than we think. Through studying the miracles of Jesus as told in the Gospel of John we find Jesus right here with us. We are stronger than we think because God is nearer than we know. We can learn to trust in the miracle of God’s presence and power. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Sequim Food Distribution

As food needs continue to increase, the food distributions continue at least through March. The dates for the next two months are: Feb. 24, and March 10 & 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).

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!

Note: the church office is closed Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day.

Updates on COVID-19 and other matters

January 29, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

No Pastor’s letter this week. See below for prayer concerns, birthdays, and announcements, and especially note updates to COVID-19 vaccination events – now by online registration – no waiting overnight in your vehicles!

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. Prayers for those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For all those who are ill from the covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage, sequimtumc.org for a link to the service, or to YouTube, where you then type in Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church in the search bar.

We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity and ask that you mail your contributions in to the church. Make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

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. There is now an online registration system for upcoming vaccine events, however next week’s dates and times are all filled up. For complete information about the vaccination program, you can go to the Jamestown Clinic website at https://jamestownhealth.org/

Hosts needed

— to assist Covid vaccination volunteers with snacks and lunches in the fellowship hall on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 am to Noon and Noon to 3 pm. If you’d like to help, contact Gay Lyn Lillagore, 360-582-6192 or glillagore@yahoo.com.

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

First, you will be unable to reach the church if you come from Washington Ave and try to turn onto Blake. It will be closed. If, however, you can go around to one of the main north-south roads, head north, and then turn onto Spruce or Alder or Fir and head toward Carrie Blake Park. Then turn south onto Blake toward the church. You will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting; 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.

Save the Date for a Lenten Study

“You Are Never Alone,” by Max Lucado. This class will meet on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 6 weeks starting February 23 and ending March 30, 2021.

God’s presence and power are nearer than we think. Through studying the miracles of Jesus as told in the Gospel of John we find Jesus right here with us. We are stronger than we think because God is nearer than we know. We can learn to trust in the miracle of God’s presence and power. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Noisy Can Offering for Katherine Parker – January 31

Katherine is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC and serves as a Health and Community Transformation Advisor with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). For several years Trinity UMC has supported (and continues to support) Katherine via a Covenant Relationship, which means we annually send $1,000 towards her salary. (Any funds donated above and beyond her salary will be used to help provide medical care for COVID-19 patients in Nepal.) Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Checks may be issued to TUMC, indicating January NCO in the memo section.

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

Food needs continue to increase and the food distributions continue. The dates for the next few months are: February 10 and 24, and 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).

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!

Have a great week – stay warm and healthy
and wear your masks!

Eradicating COVID-19 and other missions

January 21, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

It’s been an interesting week, hasn’t it? As I write this a new President is being sworn into office. Another has said goodbye from a military base as he heads to Florida. Last night, in case you missed it, was a beautiful tribute to the lives lost because of COVID-19. Four hundred luminaries placed perfectly on each side of the reflection pool as a part of the Lincoln Memorial. Each luminary representing a thousand lives lost. It was a touching reminder that we’re not done with what is needed to overcome this pandemic. That brings me to the next piece of this letter. Yesterday was another day of offering vaccinations via our parking lot. I continue to ask for patience in the midst of this. I thank God for the Tribe and their willingness to share, out of their abundance, available vaccines. I want to remind you, they didn’t need to do this. I’m grateful to them for their generosity. As far as I see it, it is for the greater good of the whole community. And by the way, thank you to all of those of you who have already volunteered. We have two more days of vaccinations and then a break. The break will probably be for a week depending on the availability of doses. We’ll keep you in the loop. Now, a couple of helpful pieces of information.

If you need to access the church during vaccination hours, here’s how to do it. First, you will be unable to reach the church if you come from Washington Ave and try to turn onto Blake. It will be closed. If, however, you go around to one of the main north-south roads, head north, and then turn onto Spruce or Alder or Fir and head toward Carrie Blake Park. Then turn south onto Blake toward the church. You will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting, he will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, go ahead and drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available.

I also wanted to share that if you are a patient at the Jamestown Clinic, and have an appointment you may be able to get a vaccination at the time of your appointment. However, Jamestown Clinic is not able at this time to offer appointments specifically for the COVID-19 vaccination.

In addition, I will be asking Neighborhood Leaders to send out a note to all of you. What we would like to know is how many of you have received a vaccination, and how many have not. Some community authorities see the church as a kind of microcosm of the community. We’re looking for specific percentages around the vaccinations and the needs. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help. Also, I’m asking that if you have questions, comments, concerns, or criticisms, please don’t contact Jim Stoffer. In as much as he is our liaison with the vaccination efforts, he is already overwhelmed with emails. He and I are in constant contact. He is doing an incredible job of making sure the needs of the church, and the needs of those seeking help, have what they need. Also, please don’t call Marian with vaccination questions, as she is trying to get her other work done and has had to deal a lot with vaccination questions and concerns. There is complete information on the Jamestown clinic website: jamestownhealth.org. In as much as we all want to help, the information is already out there. Let’s take care of those on the front line, and allow ourselves to become our own advocates in seeking out the pertinent information. If you simply can’t find an answer, then let me know. I’ll do my best to help. Finally, thank you to our volunteers and to those coordinating volunteers here at the church. Please let Jan Kreidler or Gay Lyn Lillagore know if you would like to help with hospitality.

Friends, thank you for all you do. And please always remember that I thank God for you as I constantly remember you in my prayers. You are the best.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. Prayers for those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Birthdays this week:

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage, sequimtumc.org for a link to the service, or to YouTube, where you then type in Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church in the search bar.

We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity and ask that you mail your contributions in to the church. Make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available

For Sequim area residents ages 70 and over. This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. This takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm. However, people line up very early since this is a first-come, first-served process.

No vaccinations next week – January 26, 28, and 30.

For complete information about upcoming vaccination times you can go to the Jamestown Clinic website at https://jamestownhealth.org/

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

You may come into the church from the north driveway (next to the skateboard park) and drive around the back of the church to the parking lot. Blake Avenue is blocked from the church to Washington Street so you will need to reach this driveway from the north. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm. If you are stopped by the police, let them know that you have business at the church and are not here to get a vaccination.

Hosts needed

— to assist Covid vaccination volunteers with snacks and lunches in the fellowship hall on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 am to Noon and Noon to 3 pm. If you’d like to help, contact Gay Lyn Lillagore, 360-582-6192 or glillagore@yahoo.com.

Save the date for a Lenten study

“You Are Never Alone” by Max Lucado. This class will meet on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for 6 weeks starting February 23 and ending March 30, 2021.

God’s presence and power are nearer than we think. Through studying the miracles of Jesus as told in the Gospel of John we find Jesus right here with us. We are stronger than we think because God is nearer than we know. We can learn to trust in the miracle of God’s presence and power. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240.463.7598.

Noisy Can Offering for Katherine Parker – January 31

Katherine is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC and serves as a Health and Community Transformation Advisor with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). For several years Trinity UMC has supported (and continues to support) Katherine via a Covenant Relationship, which means we annually send $1,000 towards her salary. (Any funds donated above and beyond her salary will be used to help provide medical care for COVID-19 patients in Nepal.) Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Checks may be issued to TUMC, indicating January NCO in the memo section.

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

Food needs continue to increase and the food distributions continue. The dates for the next few months are: Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 and 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

CERT has contacted Trinity UMC to ask if any of us would be interested in volunteering to “staff” one of CERT’s two field/portable kitchens in the event of a natural disaster. This kitchen would be deployed in eastern Clallam County, where food would be provided and served. Training would be required. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

Office Hours

Trinity United Methodist Church office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. However, due to limited access to the building during this phase of opening, we are keeping the doors locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the main door (by the office) that you need to ring to alert the office and you will be let in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming. Thanks so much for your patience and remember when in the building to be sure and wear your mask!