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Trinity United has limited capacity for events, including the 10 a.m. Sunday services, in accord with the state’s pandemic guidance. We have continued worship services online; please check the Sermons page.

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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

Lessons on conflict

September 23, 2021

From Pastor Joey

While enjoying my retirement, I have been writing a book and taking classes on writing a novel. One lesson I enjoyed was the one on conflict in a story. The essence of the lesson might be that stories without conflict are boring. I must say that now I am gainfully unretired, I can assure you that Trinity UMC is not boring. Our church family, aka the motley crew, is ripe with fascinating characters, vivid plot lines, and yes—our share of conflict. We are not boring!

The problem with conflict is that it can be destructive if it festers. If it is eternally unresolved. If it becomes mean. So, is there a healthy way to be in conflict? This is not a rhetorical question.

Let me give a personal example. When Ole and I got married, we enjoyed the honeymoon phase. Then the reality of an ongoing relationship, true love, and day-by-day living set in. During one disagreement, I did my passive-aggressive thing of getting mad and then distancing myself. Ole said, “Honey, you have to learn to fight.” Six months later, he put both arms out—palms forward in surrender, and said, “Okay. You’ve learned to fight.” Even then we learned that it is not as easy as it sounds.

Here are personal things I have learned:

  • Leaving issues unresolved can be toxic.
  • Sometimes it helps to have a third person to be the neutral listener and feedback person.
  • Listening is a skill that can be learned. This doesn’t make it easy. Even mastering “I” messages is not easy. (I think that you are…is not an “I” message. I feel… I think. It is my perception…are nice beginnings).
  • My worldview is not the only worldview in the family. Just because someone has a different view, doesn’t make it wrong. A dysfunctional worldview embraces black and white thinking, blaming, seeking allies when one on one communication is needed.
  • Jesus invites us to be and become the body of Christ. The disciples role model that relationship is not easy. They misunderstood him (You are the Messiah—but what is this die and be raised stuff?), argued with him (do we really have to stay and feed these people?), betrayed him (Peter in the courtyard—the rooster crows). And yet they became his message of everlasting love and kindness which echoes to this day.

Let us know that conflict is unavoidable. That we are blest with dedicated church leaders who invite us into healthy relationships. As pastor, I look forward to being one of the leaders of this most definitely non-boring congregation.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for Brad’s health issues.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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.

Facing our fears

September 16, 2021

From Pastor Joey

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been reading an article by Stephen King and his dreams that my thoughts have been on “what scares us”. My own answer to that would be: COVID, aging, forgetfulness, traffic, family illness. Some of you would have a similar list. Others might add cancer, loneliness, spiders. One question I will be asking from time to time comes from President Bush’s speech at Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2021. He said the tragedy caused Americans to wonder “What is the spiritual significance of this act?” He remembered that the horror caused people to turn to one another in loving kindness, to experience grace in unexpected ways.

So, I ask, “What is the spiritual significance of facing our fears?” My answer begins with remembering the Holy One who holds my life. I find it interesting that in the Bible the bold imperative, “Be not afraid,” is directed to those who are about to receive God’s blessing in radical ways. Consider Mary. Unmarried. Engaged to Joseph. Planning to be a carpenter’s wife in Nazareth. Then the angel Gabriel stops her in her tracks. “Fear not.” My answer would be, “Are you kidding me!” She heard the message that she would be the bearer of the savior of humankind.

Her faithful response was, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has looked with grace on the lowliness of his servant.”

Sometimes I turn to the hymnbook for reassurance. One particular hymn found prominence in the “oldie” movie Mrs. Miniver. An English family faced the challenge and fear of the beginning and continuing trauma of World War II. Throughout the movie were scenes of them in church singing this hymn:

*O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.
Our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal home!
*Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.
*O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come;
Be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

(Words: Isaac Watts, United Methodist Hymnal, p. 117)

When I sing these words, my heart stills. I become calm. I experience a peace that is stronger than my fear. Many of the things we fear are not simply irrational ones. We face a strange and challenging time and some of our fears point to threats that are very real. The hymn reminds me that through the ages people have faced grave danger and turned to God to take it beyond the fear to the knowledge that “This is our Father’s world. That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet!” (Words: Maltbie D. Babcock, UMH, p. 144)

Amazing training and inspiration comes once again from the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

There are worship services, keynote speakers, and relevant—not to mention helpful—breakout sessions. Adam Hamilton, the senior pastor, is one of United Methodist’s leading voices. Trinity has used several of his books for small group study. I just registered and encourage any church leader or person interested in solid church “training” to check it out. It is $99 per person online. There is a group rate if you want to gather. I will be attending at home here in Port Angeles. Find online: Leadership Institute, Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas! For more information, see the announcement below on the Leadership Institute.

Blessings, Joey

Some Concerns that we have

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for Brad’s health issues.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.
  • Memorial Service for Joe McCaffery
  • Please join us as we celebrate the life of Joe McCaffery next Tuesday, September 21, at 1:00 pm.

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.

Building Bridges

September 9, 2021

From Pastor Joey

Building Bridges

How hard is it to get from here to there? When Ole and I moved to Port Angeles in 2008, the main topic of conversation was “the bridges are down.” In P.A. there is an east side and west side of town, separated by a deep gorge. One way to cross over is to simply travel Marine Drive. The other is 8th Street where there are two bridges crossing the gorge. When the bridges are down, there is only one way to get from one side of town to the other. Ole and I live on the west side of town and soon learned the hassle of having to go down the hill and around to get to the church on the east side. In reality, it added not more than 10 minutes, but it seemed like a big deal at the time.

Bridges become a metaphor for human relationships. How hard is it for us to be brothers and sisters in Christ? Barriers begin with a difference of opinion. Chasms are created by harsh words that lead to hurt feelings. Walls sometimes seem easier to build than healthy relationships.

I invite us to become bridge builders for human community. Henri Nouwen, in his book Reaching Out, put it this way:

Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines. 
It is not to lead our neighbor into a corner where there are no alternatives left, but to open a wide spectrum of options for choice and commitment.

Reaching Out, p. 51

Then again, I can hear the Judds singing, “Love can build a bridge. Between your heart and mine. Love can build a bridge. Don’t you think it’s time? Don’t you think it’s time?”

Dear friends in Christ, I think it’s time. Are you willing to work within Christ to build bridges in our families, our church, our community, and around the world?

Thank you!

Pastor Joey

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for Brad’s health issues.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements September 2 – 11, 2021

Note: Memorial Service for Nancy Hill tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 3, 1 pm here at TUMC

The Church Office will be closed Monday September 6 for Labor Day.

Sunday In-Person Services

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

Special Charge Conference

There will be a Special Charge Conference for Sequim: Trinity United Methodist Church on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 1:00 pm and this is in accordance with ¶246.7 of The 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. The sole purpose of this Special Charge Conference is to receive and approve a new compensation package for the pastor. This will begin the Ad Council meeting on September 9th.

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 email address will be pastorjoeyoffice@sequimtumc.org. 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-Taped Services

The Sunday service is being filmed 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 3 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.

Education Committee Introductory Meeting

Have you considered joining the Education Committee’s team? Would you like to learn more about it first?

Come and meet with us at 11:15 am, after church, in the fellowship hall, on Sunday September 5th. We will begin to discuss our mission, directions, and ideas together and you can decide if you are interested. We will also determine our meeting times and frequency.

At this time our committee will foster our Adult Education. This already encompasses Trinity U and the various courses offered to foster spiritual and personal growth, biblical understanding, and other needs in our church and community.

TUMC’s mission statement is WELCOME, GROW, EMPOWER, SERVE

As the Education Team, we have work to do to promote the growth of people in our church and community. This is a key part of our Church’s Mission Statement. We need to be Empowered by developing ourselves as people of faith. This makes us better at Welcoming and Serving.

If you have questions, please contact Melody Romeo at melodycoach@olypen.com or call her cellphone: 360 461-5595.

Help for Haiti

United Methodists are working with longtime partners in Haiti to respond after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and as a major storm approaches. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is collecting donations and working on next steps to help the impoverished country, which also faces political unrest, gang violence, and COVID-19.

United Methodists are reaching out with their prayers and pocketbooks. You may go online to make a donation or write a check to Trinity United Methodist Church and write International Disaster Response and Recovery Advance #982450 on the memo line. The relief arm, part of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, also is in conversation with partners on the ground about next steps. “In the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake, we grieve alongside the people of Haiti as the staggering loss of life and level of devastation becomes clear,” said Roland Fernandes, the top executive of Global Ministries and UMCOR.

August 29, 2021 Noisy Can Offering

Thank you for your most generous donations of over $900 which will go toward a Sequim Education Foundation grant, Accelerated Reader online reading for fourth-grade students. This is a subscription service for students to access books at their instructional level online. It offers books as well as questions and activities to assist with comprehension.

Sea to Sound

Mickey Dickey, a 101-year-old TUMC member, participated in Sea To Sound in August, a 74-mile, three-day, multi-modal group ride spanning the entire length of the Olympic Discovery Trail. This event was a fundraiser for Ian’s Ride, a non-profit organization that promotes outdoor accessibility for those with mobility impairment. Mickey rode her motorized scooter on a portion of this trail from Fifth Ave and Hendrickson to Carrie Blake Park.

Mickey is pictured here with Ian Mackay of Ian’s Ride.

Mickey Dickey in Sea to Sound

Mickey Dickey in Sea to Sound, pictured with Ian Mackay of Ian’s Ride.

Community Outreach Updates

Community Recognition events

22 Sept 22, 11:30-1:30 CBP James Center area – those who participated in the COVID Food Distribution and/or Vaccination Clinic. This event is for YOU, those who volunteer their valuable time, It is free and there will be door prizes!
Contact Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 for additional information regarding both events.

Recommended Reading from our Lay Leader

“Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living” by Rueben P. Job. “Do No Harm, Do Good, & Stay in Love With God”
Jim, TUMC Lay Leader

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.

The Church office will be closed Monday September 6 for Labor Day.

Trinity United Methodist Church mission statement

Trinity United Methodist Church mission statement

Deja Vu All Over Again

Note: Memorial Service for Nancy Hill tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 3, 1 pm here at TUMC

September 2, 2021

Déjà Vu All Over Again! Return to Service…

I retired from active ministry on July 1, 2014. I had plans for retirement which included: a whole lot of doing nothing, learning Spanish, reading Shakespeare, travel, travel, travel. Early on it became clear that Ole and I needed to “get out” so we instituted Tuesday Adventures—basically walking a lot around town and the local trails. I managed three Spanish lessons, never got to Shakespeare (due to my addiction to mysteries), and yes, we have traveled. I did begin writing classes at Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend and am 1/3 of the way in writing a mystery.

COVID came. I have found myself restless. Spiritually restless. I decided to offer Disciple Bible study at the church. Then the District Superintendent called.

Like many in the church, I have been praying for Pastor Brad and Dorothy and am deeply concerned for their health. I recognize the sadness that must come from an appointment that was thwarted with Covid and continuing health issues, and the decision to step down. After prayer and lengthy conversation with my family, I decided to say yes to become interim pastor of Sequim.

My ministry appointments began in Texas, and in two of those appointments, I was an associate youth pastor serving large churches. In Washington, I have served as pastor at Ocean Shores, Mill Creek Cedar Cross (similar in size to Trinity), as District Superintendent of the Inland District and Port Angeles UMC.

In 2014 at Annual Conference each retiree was given one minute to say goodbye. Here is what I said:

When I heard God calling me to ministry, like many, I said, “SORRY, wrong number.” God persisted. I responded, and God continues to hold my life and will not let me go.

I believe God invites us to a life of service filled with challenge, adventure, healing, love…..joy…..hope. I served my first communion as pastor at the top of Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend National Park, and my last in Port Angeles, nestled between the mountains and the ocean.

The God I recognize in the beauty of nature is the One who has haunted me in many encounters in scripture. There are times when the struggles of ministry can become intense—even painful, and we can say, “Why me?” The Holy Spirit sends us the courage to say, “What’s next!”

The message is simple: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength. Love your neighbor as you love yourself…and all good things will be yours.”

I feel humble, ready to serve, aware of the challenge, and filled with love for this congregation as I accept the appointment to become Interim Pastor of Trinity.

Pastor Joey

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for Brad’s health issues.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements August 26 – September 1, 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; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Disciple Bible Study

There will be two Monday Disciple Bible Study Classes.

  • An afternoon class from 1-3 (fellowship hall first week)
  • An evening class from 6-8 (meeting in Tim’s place)

The cost of the book is $43. There are a few places left in each class. The class is open to those who are vaccinated. Contact Joey Olson (teacher) at joeywolson@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

Noisy Can Offering

The August 29, 2021, Noisy Can Offering will go toward a Sequim Education Foundation grant — Accelerated Reader online reading for 100 fourth grade students. This is a subscription service for students to access books at their instructional level online. It offers the books as well as questions and activities to assist with comprehension. Missions has allocated $500.00, which will purchase licenses for 25 students. The NCO will allow purchasing additional licenses. The amount to fully fund licenses for 100 children is $1,995.00. Should you choose to make a donation, please make a check payable to Sequim TUMC, indicating in the memo section: August NCO. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Education Committee Introductory Meeting

Have you considered joining the Education Committee’s team? Would you like to learn more about it first?

Come and meet with us at 11:15 am, after church, in the fellowship hall, on Sunday, September 5th. We will begin to discuss our mission, directions, and ideas together and you can decide if you are interested. We will also determine our meeting times and frequency.

At this time our committee will foster our Adult Education. This already encompasses Trinity U and the various courses offered to foster spiritual and personal growth, biblical understanding, and other needs in our church and community.

TUMC’s mission statement is WELCOME, GROW, EMPOWER, SERVE

As the Education Team, we have work to do to promote the growth of people in our church and community. This is a key part of our Church’s Mission Statement. We need to be Empowered by developing ourselves as people of faith. This makes us better at Welcoming and Serving.

If you have questions, please contact Melody Romeo at melodycoach@olypen.com or call her cellphone: 360 461 5595.

Help for Haiti

United Methodists are working with longtime partners in Haiti to respond after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and as a major storm approaches. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is collecting donations and working on next steps to help the impoverished country, which also faces political unrest, gang violence, and COVID-19.

United Methodists are reaching out with their prayers and pocketbooks. You may go online to make a donation or write a check to Trinity United Methodist Church and write International Disaster Response and Recovery Advance #982450 on the memo line. The relief arm, part of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, also is in conversation with partners on the ground about next steps. “In the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake, we grieve alongside the people of Haiti as the staggering loss of life and level of devastation becomes clear,” said Roland Fernandes, the top executive of Global Ministries and UMCOR.

2021 Back to School Fair – August 28th

This event will take place on Saturday, August 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. School supplies will be pre-packaged and distributed in a drive-through format which will begin at the high school stadium parking lot on West Fir St. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic, backpack distribution, supply sack preparation, supply sack distribution, registration, “other” or “wherever needed.” You can choose time slots that work best for you. Several people from Trinity UMC have helped with this event in the past. If you would like to volunteer this year, you can register by going online to: https://forms.gle/8MGWRyAxbwtiPCah8 .

COVID Protocols/Exposure to COVID

We are in a Tier 4 Stage from the Conference; unfortunately, that means “Indoor Congregational Singing Under Option 2 TIER 4 – No live singing indoors. Soloists and ensemble groups may gather for the safe recording of music to support online or hybrid worship”. Please observe the social distancing protocols, mask up when inside the church and most importantly – if you feel or are aware of personal exposure – please contact Jim Stoffer 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office at 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org immediately. There are steps and processes that we will need to take and are necessary for the health and safety of TUMC, but also for our community of Sequim. Thank you and many blessings. I ask and pray for patience, grace, be kind with one another, and understanding that each of us is facing COVID through many lenses. For more information about current Covid requirements, visit the Trinity UMC website at sequimtumc.org.

Jim Stoffer, Lay Leader

Do you have compassion for families that have lost loved ones?

The Memorial Committee needs help decorating the fellowship hall before a memorial service, help to prepare plates of food (when we can have food), cookie bakers, and help to return tablecloths to storage.

E-mail Diane Davis at 03merlot194@gmail.com or call at 360-461-6833 to volunteer.

Opportunity to Serve!

We would like to invite anyone interested in serving TUMC by joining us in the kitchen. We are in need of helpers as we have lost several this past year due to many different circumstances.
If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Eva Lundstrom,
360-797-1613 or Cyd Savoy, 360-681-3977. Training will be provided.

Community Outreach Updates

Community Recognition event

Sept 22, 11:30-1:30, CBP James Center area – those who participated in the COVID Food Distribution and/or Vaccination Clinic. This event is for YOU, those who volunteer their valuable time, It is free and there will be door prizes!

Contact Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 for additional information regarding both events.

Recommended Reading from our Lay Leader

“Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living” by Rueben P. Job. “Do No Harm, Do Good, & Stay in Love With God” — Jim, TUMC Lay Leader

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 3 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.

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.

Final letter

August 26, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

In this final letter to you, I want to once again encourage you to “live lives worthy of the calling you’ve received.” (II Timothy). And to believe with all confidence that, “All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). Throughout this week I’ve been reminded of the story in Jeremiah where Jeremiah buys a vineyard in Israel as the people, him included, are being exiled to a distant land. His trust in God was so powerful that he wanted to assure those around him to believe in God’s abilities to continue to create opportunities for the future even in times that seemed dark. Now, I don’t believe for a second that anyone believes this time in Trinity’s history to be in any way “dark” as I head into medical leave. I think the Jeremiah story wasn’t a reminder for you. It was God telling me that there is still hope for a future; both mine and yours. You need look no further than who is coming to serve you as I leave.

Rev. Joey Olson is an incredible answer to prayer. You know her and she knows you. She loves you and you love her. I mean, it just doesn’t get any better than that. It affirms what I’ve written above and what I’ll be talking about this Sunday. All things really do work together for good for those who love God and are called toward the future God seeks in and around us. The challenge is that it can’t stop there. Paul’s words to his young protégé, Timothy, need to carry as much weight as his words to the church in Rome. For God’s purpose to be accomplished means we have to live the lives we’re called to live; serve in ways we’re called to serve, and love in the ways we’re called to love. Do that, and this church will continue to thrive. I know how deeply I believe that, and I know how deeply Joey believes that.

It has been a rare privilege to serve as your pastor during these past fourteen months. We’ve done a lot together in a very short amount of time. I will treasure the memories of so much of it. I will always remember your grace, your patience, your love, and your generosity.

But now we all need to look ahead. I need to get well, and you need to keep answering the call of Christ as individuals and as a church. I will be praying for you, as will Dorothy. May the peace of God, a peace that passes understanding, fill and guide you. May you continue to deepen your love of Christ and your love for one another. Finally, remember that our work is not so much within the doors of this beautiful building, but outside those doors. So, go in peace, and may the love and joy and peace and hope of Jesus Christ go with you now and forevermore.

With Deep Affection,

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for Brad’s health issues.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.
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