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October 1, 2020

Saints of Trinity United Methodist Church,

As I continue to learn about you, spend time with groups of you, there is something that has come up a fair amount. It is related to Tim’s Place, and the potential addition to our current building. I’ve met any number of times with Wayne Guthrie who is serving as project director. He has been very open about the process, the structure, the hopes and dreams, the funding and so much more. I also wanted to share that I’ve had some among us share some concerns about where we are in all of this as well as how we will proceed. I’ve been asked about the potential financial responsibilities of the church — who will be involved in the decision-making, who will have a voice or vote, and a lot more. So let me try and respond to a few of those in this letter.

First, it is my understanding that Tim’s Place is a ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church. Tim’s Place has its own Board of Directors and its own Executive Director (Rhonda), yet it is still a ministry of this church. What we will be exploring sometime in the future, particularly as things open up again, is how that Board and Rhonda relate to Trinity, to Senior Ministries, to our financial obligations, and how it fits into the overall mission and vision of the church. Those are issues that will need to be revisited at some point, and won’t necessarily be dealt with in this note. I’d like this note to deal specifically with the potential building addition. At this point, I turn to Wayne and his views on the potential space, its development, and where we are on our due-diligence progress.

Approximately a year ago an effort was started to investigate the options for developing a dedicated space for Tim’s Place activities. The space currently being utilized for Tim’s Place activities has become too small. So it was time to dream. Several rough floor plans were developed, and a design firm was engaged to aid in the process. We realized that some financial support would be needed. Initial funds were supplied by the Tim’s Place Foundation with the overall goal of that initial effort was simply to determine if there was a feasible solution to the need. The focus of that initial process was to uncover and identify any issues that would make a project undesirable to execute, whether due to costs, space limitation, or any code or city requirements.

Around the first of the year, the Work Group was formally expanded to include representation from the Trustees, Finance, Administrative Council, and the potential user groups. Since bringing those groups together, we have decided to proceed, and decided on a potential floor plan. We now have elevations, determined infrastructure requirements, and conducted a Pre-Application Conference with City officials. It was determined by the City that a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) would be required before proceeding any farther. Until the CUP was applied for and the required documents were submitted, the City would not commit to or approve many project requirements or exclusions.

It was then decided that to bring this effort to a logical conclusion, the CUP must be applied for. The application requires completed Architectural and Engineering drawings and a list of back-up documentation. An Architect and Engineer have been contracted to complete the required scope. The majority of the funding has been by Tim’s Place Foundation with several thousand dollars coming from TUMC. It is our hope that the CUP application will be submitted in October, and the follow-on permits issued by the end of the year. Once the CUP application is completed and submitted the first phase of the work of the original task force will be completed, with the understanding that the next phase will require a new Work Group and new goals.

Issues to be addressed include who will carry specific roles and responsibilities? Where will the funding come from? What would the potential schedule be? Who will be the general contractor? Finally, a timeline that will supply Tim’s Place and Trinity with specific plans for execution. In addition, our Pacific Northwest Annual Conference will need to be contacted; the District Committee on Building and Locations will need to see our plans and ultimately provide permission to continue. And ultimately, the Annual Conference and potentially the United Methodist Foundation would need to be involved.

This first part of the process, beginning with the dream and concluding with the Conditional Use Permit needed to be completed in order to provide us the kind of feasibility information needed to allow the next set of decisions to be made. We’re close to the completion of that first step. But it is just that, a first step. Anything we do moving forward from here will involve the key decision-making bodies of the church, the district, the conference, and the congregation. I wanted to make that clear and thus this document. My hope is that this clears up any misunderstanding. The church has not committed anything beyond helping the initial task force through that first phase. If you have any questions about any of this, please give either Wayne or me a call. You can shoot us an email or leave a message at the office. It is both of our hopes that we move ahead with full transparency.

Thanks,

Pastor Brad and Wayne

Some Concerns that we have:

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

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

The parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

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

Volunteers needed for food box distribution – On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in October, November, and December. Operations are 11 am-2 pm with some volunteers needed before and after these hours to help with set-up and clean-up. All positions require standing but people rotate for breaks. Bottled water and snacks are provided. If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office – 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org.

Support group for those experiencing loss

Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on support for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday, and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort
Time: Sep 15, 2020 01:30 AM Pacific Time
Every week on Tue, until Dec 15, 2020, 14 occurrences

Please contact Deacon Charters for the Zoom meeting schedule and link.

Our annual harvest dinner lives on – but this year it can be called the Harvest Dessert. The full dinner is not practical during the pandemic, so the dinner committee chose a dessert-only event. Individual servings of apple crisp, from an original Harvest Dinner recipe, will be distributed after the Sunday service on October 18 (until 11:30 a.m.) via a drive-through setup. There is no cost, thanks to committee members.

Reservations are needed to calculate how many servings to prepare. Contact Jan Kreidler by October 13 at (360) 681-5027 or by email: janet2.Kreidler@gmail.com. Those who can’t get to church can request delivery when making the reservation.

The dessert will be prepared in individual-serving containers with lids in the church kitchen by committee members using precautions such as masks and gloves.

It’s time to preregister! A new book study is coming this Wednesday: Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden.

Come and learn about Christian Mindfulness while also practicing and experiencing its benefits. This has been used since the beginnings of our faith, is rooted in Scripture, and historically encouraged by Christian leaders, including John Wesley.

What could be more relevant in these incredibly challenging times! This prayerful practice fosters a deeper relationship with God so that we can become more centered and less reactive; lead a more authentic, compassionate life, and increase our sense of gratitude. It is also known for its stress reduction and physical and mental health benefits.

Dates: 6 consecutive Wednesdays: October 7,14,21,28, and November 4, 11 at 2-3:30 pm

Where: We will meet online using Zoom: Preregistration is needed so Zoom invitation can be sent to you

Books: New and used copies are available at Amazon.com and a few copies will be available in the church library to borrow.

Leader: Melody Romeo / To Preregister or ask questions contact Melody Romeo: email: melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

Wildfire relief – can you help? Hundreds of homes have burned in Washington State. If an individual’s application to FEMA is approved, the maximum allocation is $32,800 per application. The estimate to rebuild a home is $72,000. The remaining funds will need to be provided by donations and grants. Donations can be made by writing a check to Trinity UMC — memo section: Advance #352. (These funds will be used in Washington State.) Contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com) if you have questions.

A woman sage of renown

September 24, 2020

Sages of Trinity,

A week ago Friday we lost one of the great women, great states-persons, great minds, and great advocates of our time. As diminutive in size as she was, she stood tall for more than justice. She stood for equal rights for women, and really, equal rights for all people. She inspired multiple generations with her ability to be consistent, fair, and just. Ruth Bader Ginsberg inspired my mother, my sister, and certainly my own daughters. If she could rise to the Supreme Court and serve it well for all those years, they too could rise to whatever they felt called to do. At this point, I don’t care whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, what stands out for me has nothing to do with partisan politics. And you know what, she didn’t care either. What matters most to her was the everyone was treated fairly, with dignity, and with equal justice for all.

At that moment when I first heard of her death, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It felt as though a huge hole had just been created in my heart and soul. For me, Judge Ginsberg knew who she was, and she knew what she was. She was a human being first, and a Supreme Court Justice second. She always saw herself as equal to…not above or below, but equal to anyone with whom she came in contact. She didn’t lord it over anyone. She took seriously the oath she took as a Justice. She was always able to listen with an open mind. She was able to articulate her opinions clearly and succinctly. Her opinions were not only well thought out, they were studied, researched, and checked over and over again before she shared them. When those around her disagreed, she didn’t judge them, didn’t complain, and didn’t fight back. If she was outvoted, she accepted the decisions. She was the epitome of a centrist. Yet maybe her greatest gift was that no matter who stood in front of her or beside her, she accepted them as equals, equals under the law, equal as human beings, and equal as children of a creator. She was, on every level, an aged sage for our time.

Finally, I have to share that there is a feeling of emptiness now that she’s gone, not hopelessness but a bit of emptiness. I had a trust in her ability to act with fairness that I don’t often see in others, whether Supreme Court Justices or others. One more thing before I close. I loved that she was able to laugh, sometimes even at herself. She never took herself so seriously as not having the ability to make fun of herself. Not once did she complain about the fact she had cancer. As a matter of fact, she didn’t allow that challenge to in any way inform who or what she was. She wasn’t defined by cancer. She defined the role it played in her life. She even laughed at that.

Whether you agree or disagree with my assessment of her, together let’s please pray for all of those walking by her as she lay in state in the Capitol rotunda. Please pray for all of those who are feeling that loss at the deepest levels, particularly her family. Please pray for our country as decisions are made on who and how to fill that opening. In other words, please pray. Amen

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 people in the Gulf and East Coast of this country as hurricanes and tropical storms continue to stack up in the Atlantic and then unleash themselves on those already trying to recover.
  • For all the victims and firefighters dealing with the wildfires throughout the country.
  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

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

Parking lot service continues at 10:00 am. You can still view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

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

Wildfire relief – can you help?

As of September 4, there were an estimated 180 homes that have been destroyed by wildfires in Washington State. Over the weekend the whole town of Malden (30 miles south of Spokane) was destroyed. The number of estimated homes and businesses doubled as a result. And still, the fires continue to burn. Four Long Term Recovery Organizations are being formed to manage recovery. The estimate for rebuilding a home is $72,000. FEMA will be taking applications from individuals for assistance. If approved, FEMA’s maximum allocation is $32,800 per application. The remaining funds will need to be provided by donations and grants. If you can help, please issue a check to Trinity UMC, indicating in the memo section: Advance #352. (These funds will be used in Washington State.) Contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com) if you have questions.

Support group for those experiencing loss

Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on support for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday, and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort
Time: Sep 15, 2020 01:30 AM Pacific Time
Every week on Tue, until Dec 15, 2020, 14 occurrences

Please contact Deacon Charters for the Zoom meeting schedule and link.

A new book study is coming soon – Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden.

Come and learn about Christian Mindfulness while also practicing and experiencing its benefits. This has been used since the beginnings of our faith, is rooted in Scripture, and historically encouraged by Christian leaders, including John Wesley. This prayerful practice fosters a deeper relationship with God so that we can become more centered and less reactive; lead a more authentic, compassionate life, and increase our sense of gratitude. It is also known for its stress reduction and physical and mental health benefits.

Dates/Time: 6 consecutive Wednesdays: Oct. 7,14,21,28 and Nov. 4,11. 2-3:30 pm
Where: We will meet online using Zoom
Books: Limited copies available for purchase at church office for $15. Used copies available at Amazon.com and a few copies will be in the church library to borrow.
Leader: Melody Romeo
To sign up or ask questions contact Melody Romeo: email: melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

Smoke in the air

Parking lot service is canceled again this week due to smoke. Join us online at sequimtumc.org to view this week’s worship service

Sages of Trinity,

I’m not sure that any of us have lived through a time like this. Yes, some have lived through the Depression and this certainly isn’t that. Some lived through the Dust Bowl and again, this certainly isn’t that. In our lives we’ve seen all manner of challenges individually, and corporately. Most of us weren’t alive when the Spanish flu made its presence known across the globe. As I share those things, I think of the challenges we’re facing right now. We thought dealing with COVID was a challenge. And yes, it is a challenge. But then you throw in the wildfires and smoke; the inability to even go out of the house without placing ourselves at even greater risk. Or of being overwhelmed with choking smoke while feeling the presence of the micro-particulates in our eyes. Then throw in that the parking lot service is canceled for two Sundays in a row, and the one place we could go where we could see our friends from church disappears. And then, not being able to meet as neighborhood groups only adds to the stress and frustration. It is a challenging time on many levels.

I remember my grandmother, Cora Belle Beeman. Cora, our youngest daughter is named after her. She was a true sage, and fit every category I’ve identified pertaining to a sage. She was wise, older, had lived life to its fullest, gained wisdom from the good and more challenging parts of life. She gave of herself without question with no thought of return and with no strings attached…ever. She loved Jesus and allowed her understanding of Him to define her in every way. I remember sitting at her feet, literally (we still have her chair in our den) as I complained about this or that; the challenges of being a teenager or young adult. She always utilized scripture to respond. Two phrases have stuck with me. “It came to pass…” was one. In other words, whatever event or frustration or challenge we face would pass. The other phrase was “fear not…” And then she would talk about God’s presence in the midst of time. She would explain that God was in every aspect of our lives seeking to support and guide us. Things pass, she would say, but knowing that God was with us could lift us out of any circumstance.

Well, the smoke is dissipating and the air is getting better. COVID is still here but there is movement toward a vaccine, and as people take seriously the need for masks and social distancing we’re seeing a decline in cases. There is hope, friends, and God is with us in the midst of this time. As sages, ours is to bring hope. To assist others to be lifted up. To remind others that this “came to pass” and that we need not fear. So “fear not” for God is with us, never leaves us, lifts us up, loves us, and guides us in all that we do. I take great comfort in that and will continually seek to bring that good news to each of you. The song I’m singing for this Sunday’s service is one attempt to do that. I’m praying for you, love you, and am trying my best to be here for you in such a time as this.

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 people in the Gulf and East Coast of this country as hurricanes and tropical storms continue to stack up in the Atlantic and then unleash themselves on those already trying to recover.
  • For all the victims and firefighters dealing with the wildfires throughout the country.
  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal

Joys: TUMC Neighborhood Groups

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

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

Support group for those experiencing loss

Becky Morgan and Kathleen Charters invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on support for those who grieve lost opportunities due to COVID-19, e.g., trips, birthday, and graduation celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc.

Topic: Challenges and Comfort
Time: Sep 15, 2020 01:30 AM Pacific Time
Every week on Tue, until Dec 15, 2020, 14 occurrences

Please contact Deacon Charters for the Zoom meeting schedule and link.

Wildfire relief – can you help?

As of September 4, there were an estimated 180 homes that have been destroyed by wildfires in Washington State. Over the weekend the whole town of Malden (30 miles south of Spokane) was destroyed. The number of estimated homes and businesses doubled as a result. And still, the fires continue to burn. Four Long Term Recovery Organizations are being formed to manage recovery. The estimate for rebuilding a home is $72,000. FEMA will be taking applications from individuals for assistance. If approved, FEMA’s maximum allocation is $32,800 per application. The remaining funds will need to be provided by donations and grants. If you can help, please issue a check to Trinity UMC, indicating in the memo section: Advance #352. (These funds will be used in Washington State.) Contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com) if you have questions.

A new book study is coming soon – Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden.

Come and learn about Christian Mindfulness while also practicing and experiencing its benefits. This has been used since the beginnings of our faith, is rooted in Scripture, and historically encouraged by Christian leaders, including John Wesley. This prayerful practice fosters a deeper relationship with God so that we can become more centered and less reactive; lead a more authentic, compassionate life, and increase our sense of gratitude. It is also known for its stress reduction and physical and mental health benefits.

Dates/Time: 6 consecutive Wednesdays: Oct. 7,14,21,28 and Nov. 4,11. 2-3:30 pm
Where: We will meet online using Zoom
Books: Limited copies available for purchase at church office for $15. Used copies available at Amazon.com and a few copies will be in the church library to borrow.
Leader: Melody Romeo
To sign up or ask questions contact Melody Romeo: email: melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595

Trinity to help CERT with food distribution – On Wednesdays through September, TUMC provides a staging area in our front parking lot for food distribution at Guy Cole Center (at Carrie Blake Park). This is a program providing food to those in need that CERT has been operating at the Sequim High School for several months. With the school year beginning, the high school parking lot is no longer available so CERT has moved to the Guy Cole Center and requested use of our parking lot. For all those with business at church, there will be people on the street who will direct you where to park.