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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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Sequim, WA 98382
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Announcements for June 17 – 26, 2021

Note: Please remember to sign up to attend worship on Sunday! Call the church office, 360-683-5367. Thanks!

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. (Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Sermons to be available after Sunday

Printed sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached. Last week’s sermon is included with this week’s letter and announcements.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad hosts a call-in radio show on Sundays, from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

Help Wanted!

The Trustees would like to have a video inventory of all Trinity “personal property” to use as a record in the event we have to make an insurance claim. We are looking for some folks who like to video and would be willing to seek out all our nooks and crannies to record on a thumb drive all of our “stuff.” If you are interested, or for more info, please call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Peace with Justice Sunday, June 27, 2021:

In Arizona border towns, communities facing social challenges are dramatically divided. In Liberian villages, citizens’ human rights are being violated. In local U.S. communities, women and girls are being bought and sold against their will. Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, the United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice.

Although individually we may lack the resources to effect change in a broken world, our giving is vital for the UMC to continue our global ministries of reconciliation. The Peace with Justice Sunday offering enables the United Methodist Church to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace. You may donate by issuing a check to Trinity UMC, indicating Peace w/Justice in the memo section. If you would like more information, go to:

https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/pwjs-promo-card

Post Covid19: Redesigning My New Normal, in Christ

This is a small group developed for those who are vaccinated yet, for a variety of reasons, may feel reluctant to come out of sheltering. They may be feeling unsafe, confused, and unclear about the best approaches to take. They may know they need to reconnect with others but just cannot find the motivation.

If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s a nationwide issue and can be very challenging. Melody has been developing her own redesign and has wonderful strategies that work to share with you! Come and develop steps to create your individual reopening, done at your own pace. Come and learn professionally researched calming and healing tools in a safe and accepting atmosphere.

The group will be held on either Wednesday or Thursday, July 7th or 8th at noon, depending on the needs of the group.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Melody Romeo and indicate your interest and the best day for you. Email melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595.

Safety Ministry and Medical Response Team Opportunity

As part of our Safety Ministry, TUMC has a Medical Response Team. Each Sunday one member of this team sits in the back of the sanctuary during worship with a Medical Kit. Each member performs this duty once a month. If there is a medical or mental health emergency, the person on duty makes sure the appropriate action is taken. Medical Response Team Members include individuals with advanced medical training; emergency medical technicians, or others with emergency medical training. Team members will be oriented to the Medical Kit, must be willing to have current basic first aid certification, and take a mental health first aid course. If you are willing to join the Safety Ministry or the Medical Response Team and need to take the basic first aid course or the mental health first aid course, you can get a scholarship to attend. To join the team or for more information, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

A Basic First Aid Class

taught by Mark Bowes will be offered Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is limited to 12 participants. On completion of the class, a Basic First Aid card good for 2 years will be issued. Sign up no later than June 18. 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 Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The last food distribution will be next week, June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Note: During the Food Bank Distribution, the driveway in the back of the church by the dumpster is blocked off. Please enter the church parking lot by way of the front driveway and please follow the directions of the Traffic Directors.

Volunteering to help with Portable Emergency Kitchen:

We have six people so far who have volunteered. Additional volunteers are welcome to train and help with one of the portable kitchens in the event of a major catastrophe. This kitchen would be deployed in the Sequim area where food would be provided and served. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

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 on Friday, 25 June at 9:30 AM for a couple hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime 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.

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 1 more week, June 22. In this Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. You may still join the class for the remaining weeks. This class is being held via Zoom. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or 240-463-7598.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals for July-August are now available in the church narthex.

COVID-19 scare, trust, and honesty

June 17, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

We had a scare this week. It was serious and related to COVID-19. This is what I wrote to you last Tuesday. It was based on a situation we had at the church that offered a wake-up call for all of us.

“I need to report to you that we’ve all been potentially exposed to COVID. Last Wednesday, one of the outside groups that meet in the fellowship hall was led by someone who was unknowingly carrying, and therefore spreading the disease. She did not wear a mask, had no symptoms that day, became sick the following day, and was ultimately diagnosed with the deadly virus. She was one who believed that her faith would keep her safe. It didn’t. What that means is that she exposed that group to COVID, and in so doing, exposed this church to the virus. We are trying to figure out what steps we now need to take to make sure everyone is safe, and that this doesn’t happen again. This was a wake-up call for us. It’s why we will continue to wear masks on Sundays, continue to try and socially distance, and continue to try and keep each other safe. The virus is still active, and it is opportunistic. Let’s take care of one another as we continue through this time.”

Friends, I received a number of reactions and responses to this “Alert” and want to let you know we’re taking them all very seriously. Here’s what I mean.

We will be reminding all church groups and outside groups that they are required to strictly follow the guidelines set forth by our denomination, County medical officials, State officials, and the CDC. Each of those organizations must clearly agree that if there are unvaccinated individuals in any group, the entire group needs to remain masked, needs to be social distancing, and needs to make sure that sanitation protocols are followed. We know that here at Trinity, there are those among us who could not be vaccinated because of health challenges. We need to protect them. For all others, particularly some of our outside groups, part of the challenge is that following protocols requires honesty from all members of every group; trust that requires honesty about whether or not each member has been fully vaccinated. And a reminder, to be fully vaccinated means two shots and a two-week waiting period following the second shot. If there are individuals in any group who either don’t believe that COVID is real, and therefore remain unvaccinated, or individuals who refuse to wear masks, given what has now happened, we will ask that those groups find another location to meet. We won’t place this church at risk again. As harsh as that may sound, as those who seek to follow John Wesley and even Jesus, “Do no harm” is one of our most precious and prominent statements for us. One more thing.

We all know that, particularly for our most vulnerable, being vaccinated does not guarantee that they won’t contract COVID. They can, and if exposed, can get very sick. We now see that in the care facility here in Clallam Country that currently has fourteen cases. Those cases were brought into that facility by someone who was unvaccinated and who wasn’t careful about wearing a mask. I can’t help but look at the result of that as carelessness. COVID is not behind us. The pandemic is not over. It’s getting better and is growing smaller as more people are vaccinated, but in no way does that mean that we can let down our guard. So we won’t.

Part of my role as pastor is to make sure we continue to be a safe place; a safe place to worship, to pray, to meet, and to offer love and safety to one another. Part of that love currently comes in the form of a mask. I want to assure you that we will continue to follow the direction of those who know more about this than we do. That includes the CDC and our own medical personnel. Let’s continue to pray for one another as we continue to move toward safely reopening.

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. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; for essential workers; and for those who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Ten essentials for a vibrant and healthy Church

June 10, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

In last week’s message, I introduced some of the findings of a five-year study. It was a personal study that sought to initially explore what places Mainline churches at risk for losing vibrancy and ultimately dying. About halfway through I added the second element: that of exploring key essentials that, when present, will create a vibrant and healthy church. I presented the first five of those this past Sunday. This coming Sunday you’ll hear the others. The first is related to the bread of communion, the bread that fills and allows us to focus on our hearts and souls. The second set is the juice that moves us outward as we seek to share the fruit of Christ with the church and others beyond the doors.

The Ten Essentials for a Vibrant and Healthy Church

These represent the bread that feeds us:

1. A Firm Conviction to Have God Moving In and Through All Aspects of the Church. It includes covering every aspect of the church in prayer, and holding the conviction that Jesus is the Way to follow in all things we seek to do.

2. Simple Guiding Statements regarding Mission and Vision. The combination of these two is the additional glue that holds us together and moves us toward the future.

3. Active, Engaging, Relevant, and Inspirational Worship. Pretty much says it all.

4. Sequential Opportunities for Discipleship – Growth in Faith. Think of college and classes that were offered at every level from the 101 to 400 level. We offer something similar here.

5. Opportunities to Build Loving and Trusting Relationships. These can be small covenant groups, neighborhood groups, Bible studies, focus groups, and other places where trust is built and risks are taken with each other.

These represent the grapes that allow us to share the fruit with others:

6. A Process for Welcoming and Engaging New People. Radical hospitality is something that needs to be a priority for every participant in the church. But then, it can’t stop there. There have to be obvious opportunities for deeper engagement and involvement for those coming in.

7. Servant-Oriented Leadership Including Staff. This is the inverted triangle of leadership. Leaders are at the bottom of the triangle seeking to support everything above.

8. Multiple Opportunities for Mission Outside of the Church Doors. There have to be multiple opportunities that can potentially engage a wide swath of the church; places for differing ages, abilities, interests, and passions.

9. Simple, Easy to Follow, Nimble Administrative Structure. I can’t stress this one enough. Our administrative structure doesn’t need to be complex. It does need to have opportunities for every voice to be heard. I believe both are possible and will be sharing more this fall.

10. Biblically Based Opportunities for All Kinds of Stewardship. Stewardship is often focused solely on money. Biblical stewardship is a lot more than money. For us, it involves covering each other with our prayers. It involves our presence and involvement in various aspects of the church. It involves the sharing of our gifts – only one part of that is financial. The final two are the sharing of service to others and bearing witness to our faith.

So, there you have it. We’ll be working on these throughout the summer and in the coming year. Let’s cover all of it with prayer as we continue to come together again, finally.

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. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; for essential workers; and for those who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements for June 10-18, 2021

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. (Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Sermons to be available after Sunday

Printed sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached. Last week’s sermon is included with this week’s letter and announcements.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad hosts a call-in radio show on Sundays, from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

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 on Friday, 11 June at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course having a cup of Rainshadow Dungeness Dark coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Post COVID-19: Redesigning My New Normal, in Christ

This is a small group developed for those who are vaccinated yet, for a variety of reasons, may feel reluctant to come out of sheltering. They may be feeling unsafe, confused, and unclear about the best approaches to take. They may know they need to reconnect with others but just cannot find the motivation.

If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s a nationwide issue and can be very challenging. Melody has been developing her own redesign and has wonderful strategies that work to share with you! Come and develop steps to create your individual reopening, done at your own pace. Come and learn professionally researched calming and healing tools in a safe and accepting atmosphere.

The group will be held on either Wednesday or Thursday, July 7th or 8th at noon, depending on the needs of the group.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Melody Romeo and indicate your interest and the best day for you. Email melodycoach@olypen.com or call 360-461-5595.

Safety Ministry and Medical Response Team Opportunity

As part of our Safety Ministry, TUMC has a Medical Response Team. Each Sunday one member of this team sits in the back of the sanctuary during worship with a Medical Kit. Each member performs this duty once a month. If there is a medical or mental health emergency, the person on duty makes sure the appropriate action is taken. Medical Response Team Members include individuals with advanced medical training; emergency medical technicians; or others with emergency medical training. Team members will be oriented to the Medical Kit, must be willing to have current basic first aid certification, and take a mental health first aid course.

If you are willing to join the Safety Ministry or the Medical Response team and need to take the basic first aid course or the mental health first aid course, you can get a scholarship to attend. To join the team or for more information, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

A Basic First Aid Class

taught by Mark Bowes will be offered Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is limited to 12 participants. On completion of the class, a Basic First Aid card good for 2 years will be issued. Sign up no later than June 18. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

May Noisy Can Offering:

The good news is that, as of this past Monday, the total donations for our May 30th Noisy Can Offering are $1,275.56! These funds go to support the needs of students in advanced math classes at Sequim High School. Thank you for caring and sharing!

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Update on Summer Lunch Program & Weekend Food Boxes

In an effort to keep kids fueled up for the summer, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and its partnering agencies provide free meals at various locations for all kids ages 18 and under. Our Sequim Club is in need of volunteers to help transport and hand out those meals. Time commitment is approximately two hours a day for one week. Jim Stoffer has chosen the weeks of June 28 – 2 July & August 2-6 for TUMC weeks. If there are other dates folks are interested in, please let Jim know and he will let the Boys & Girls Club know; they are always seeking additional help😊

Weeks: June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 6-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, August 2-6, August 9-13, August 16-20, August 23-27.

Sites: Carrie Blake Park, Seabreeze Apartments, Elk Creek Apts, Mountain View Court Apts.

Sequim Food Bank Weekend Food Boxes for Families

The Sequim Food Bank Weekend Food Boxes for Families, separate program by the Food Bank. TUMC was asked to cover Friday, June 25th at Carrie Blake Park, noon-1pm. Jim has accepted and could need another person to assist. Please contact Jim at 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com for questions and/or to help with both programs.

Volunteering to help with Portable Emergency Kitchen

We have six people so far who have volunteered. Additional volunteers are welcome to train and help with one of the portable kitchens in the event of a major catastrophe. This kitchen would be deployed in the Sequim area where food would be provided and served. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 2 more weeks, June 15, and 22. In this Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. You may still join the class for the remaining weeks. This class is being held via Zoom. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or 240-463-7598.

Sequim Food Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The last food distribution will be on June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Note: During the Food Bank Distribution, the driveway in the back of the church by the dumpster is blocked off. Please enter the church parking lot by way of the front driveway and please follow the directions of the Traffic Directors.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Announcements for June 3 – 11

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. (Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Sermons to be available after Sunday

Beginning this week, sermons will be available after the Sunday when they’re preached. The June 6th sermon will be posted on the TUMC website: sequimtumc.org

Quilt Signing this Sunday, June 6

Please sign the quilt for David Barber before you go into the sanctuary for worship. If you are unable to attend, you may call Diane Davis, 360-683-9547, and she will sign for you.

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad hosts a call-in radio show on Sundays, beginning June 6 from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

Update on Summer Lunch Program & Weekend Food Boxes

In an effort to keep kids fueled up for the summer, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and its partnering agencies provide free meals at various locations for all kids ages 18 and under. Our Sequim Club is in need of volunteers to help transport and hand out those meals. Time commitment is approximately two hours a day for one week. Jim Stoffer has chosen the weeks of June 28 – 2 July & August 2-6 for TUMC weeks. If there are other dates folks are interested in, please let Jim know and he will let the Boys & Girls Club know; they are always seeking additional help😊

Weeks: June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 6-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, August 2-6, August 9-13, August 16-20, August 23-27

Sites: Carrie Blake Park, Seabreeze Apartments, Elk Creek Apartments, Mountain View Court Apartments

Sequim Food Bank Food Boxes for Families

The Sequim Food Bank Weekend Food Boxes for Families, a separate program by the Food Bank. TUMC was asked to cover Friday, June 25th at Carrie Blake Park, noon-1pm. Jim has accepted and could need another person to assist. Please contact Jim at 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com for questions and/or to help with both programs.

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 on Friday, 11 June at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course having a cup of Rainshadow Dungeness Dark coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Update on Volunteering to help with Portable Emergency Kitchen

We have six people so far who have volunteered. Additional volunteers are welcome to train and help with one of the portable kitchens in the event of a major catastrophe. This kitchen would be deployed in the Sequim area where food would be provided and served. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

A Basic First Aid Class

taught by Mark Bowes will be offered Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is limited to 12 participants. On completion of the class, a Basic First Aid card good for 2 years will be issued. Sign up no later than June 18. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 4 weeks on June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021.

In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. You may still join the class for the remaining weeks. This class is being held via Zoom, so 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

Thank you for your Noisy Can Offerings of $380.56 which go to support the needs of students in advanced math classes at Sequim High School. As always, your gifts are greatly appreciated!

Sequim Food Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The last food distribution will be on June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Note: During the Food Bank Distribution, the driveway in the back of the church by the dumpster is blocked off. Please enter the church parking lot by way of the front driveway and please follow the directions of the Traffic Directors.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Key ingredients

June 3, 2021

Saints of Trinity,

It was about five years ago that I took an eight-week sabbatical. The focus was on church health. It was a time of research, reading, reflection, visiting websites, talking with pastors, and even parishioners from various churches – not all United Methodist – all while examining multiple business models that focused on excellence and organizational health. The paper that came out of that was framed by the Ten Essentials many of us grew up with in Boy Scouts. The Ten Essentials were absolutes when going hiking in the backcountry. They included everything you needed to find your way, and potentially survive. Therefore, the paper I wrote was called “The Ten Essentials of Church Health and Wholeness.” So now as we move toward reopening, I thought it important that you know where I stand on some of these things. In other words, what are the key ingredients that I feel need to be in place for this Body of Christ to be whole and healthy, growing and moving ahead?

Over these next two weeks, I’ll be exploring each one of them. I’ve combined two so it’s no longer ten, but nine, essentials. My apologies to the Boy Scouts, but it needed to be done to make this doable. This Sunday I’ll be exploring five of the nine. Then the following Sunday we’ll take a look at the final four. It will be on that Sunday, June 13th, that we’ll also dedicate the new altar and pulpit. For now, however, let me give you a small teaser regarding what’s coming.

Let me say first that these nine elements have been named by a whole lot of folks who know a whole lot more than I do about research, wholeness, even health. As I look at the lists developed by others, I’m thankful that most are consistent with what I found. The nine, when placed together, cross pretty much all denominational lines. They are consistent with what I find in the gospels, and what I find in Paul’s letters regarding a church. They are biblically based, and theologically sound. I know this all sounds a bit too confident, but the multiple research projects confirmed each of these.

So, as a teaser, here’s the list, and as you read it, think about us, Trinity United Methodist Church, and how we’re doing in each of these areas. COVID-19 has made it tougher, but as we come out of this time, let’s see if we might explore these in ways that allow us to take them on. Again, here’s the list:

1. A firm belief in God whose power can and will transform lives.

2. A simple, all-encompassing statement of mission & vision statement that propels the church toward and into the future.

3. Active, engaging, uplifting, and consistently excellent worship.

4. A model that allows for step-by-step growth in discipleship.

5. Multiple opportunities for the building of loving and caring relationships.

6. Christ-centered leadership.

7. Consistent focus on and involvement in mission and outreach that engages the world beyond the doors.

8. A simple, understandable, accessible administrative structure.

9. Biblically-based opportunities for stewardship and giving

So, as you read through the list, how are we doing? Do we have all of these in place, or might there be a few that need a bit more attention? I’ve yet to find a church that does all of them equally well. The initial point of all of this is to see where we are right now, today. A model like this can help us examine ourselves as a church.

Among the things I’ve found in this past year with you is a consistency of wanting to be the best we can be. I see it in all you do. It is what makes being here a joy. We’ve come through some really challenging times, but the future is bright as we continue to work together toward being the Body of Christ God needs us to be.

With deep appreciation for you!

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

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

Announcements for May 27 – June 4, 2021

Announcements for May 27 – June 4

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. (Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing. Be sure to follow the instructions of the users.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Altar Flowers

The Flower Calendar for the rest of 2021 is available for you to sign up to donate flowers for the altar. This may be for a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Pastor Brad’s Radio Show

Pastor Brad’s call-in radio show will be on Sundays beginning June 6 from 5 pm to 8 pm on KSQM 91.5.

Noisy Can Offering: This Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Missions Ministry Team has decided to focus donations for the May Noisy Can offering to support the needs of students in advanced math classes at Sequim High School. It is a bit early to be collecting funds for back-to-school “anything” in May, but we wish to have the funds on hand when they are needed. (The August 29 NCO will be just past the dates for school needs.) We continue to request donations in cash or checks – no coins. Please issue checks to TUMC and write “May NCO” in the memo section. If donating cash, please enclose funds in an envelope that is labeled “May NCO”. As always, any amounts are greatly appreciated!

TUMC Parish Nurse

The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC or Personnel Committee) met with Kathleen Charters to reaffirm her role at TUMC going forward. It was mutually agreed upon that Kathleen’s background and skills provide a vital service to TUMC. The SPRC voted to return Kathleen to her staff position at TUMC as Parish Nurse, with the responsibility for coordinating and supporting the TUMC Senior Ministries programs.

Summer Lunch Program for Children

Friends, the Boys & Girls Club will be restarting their summer lunch program for the children of our community starting in mid-June. TUMC has participated in this ministry outreach since 2012. The basic format is distributing meals that have been prepared at the B&G Club at four sites in the greater Sequim area. The need is for one volunteer for each site. The volunteer must have been fully vaccinated and loves working with children. There will be a B&G staff member on-site at each location to assist. TUMC’s typical commitment in the past is covering a couple of weeks throughout the summer; other faith groups and community service groups also cover weeks. A meeting will be announced to go over the specifics. Thank you to our church for being in ministry to our community and more importantly for our children. If interested, please contact Jim Stoffer at jamesstoffer@wavecable.com or 360.775.9356

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 on Friday, 28 May at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course having a cup of Rainshadow Dungeness Dark coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts, 804-724-3401.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Update on Volunteering to help with Portable Emergency Kitchen

We have six people so far who have volunteered. Additional volunteers are welcome to train and help with one of the portable kitchens in the event of a major catastrophe. This kitchen would be deployed in the Sequim area where food would be provided and served. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

A Basic First Aid Class

taught by Mark Bowes will be offered Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is limited to 12 participants. On completion of the class, a Basic First Aid card good for 2 years will be issued. Sign up no later than June 18. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 4 weeks on June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021.

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

Sequim Food Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The last food distribution will be on June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Note: During the Food Bank Distribution, the driveway in the back of the church by the dumpster is blocked off. Please enter the church parking lot by way of the front driveway and please follow the directions of the Traffic Directors.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently. Note: The office is closed Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

Memorial Day 2021

May 27, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

As you read this many of you will be preparing for the upcoming three-day weekend. For many in the country, this Memorial Day weekend signifies the beginning of summer. For others, it’s a great time to get family and friends together, watch or play a little baseball, be outdoors potentially without masks, and feel the freedom of the beauty around us. It is my hope and prayer that that’s not all we do this weekend.

Memorial Day is one of the most significant weekends on our calendars. It was set aside, not as the beginning of summer, or the beginning of the BBQ season, but it was set aside to help us remember that so many of the freedoms we have came at a cost; and sometimes the ultimate cost. This weekend, and particularly Monday, is set aside to honor the fallen. It is to pause, give thanks and remember. You’ll hear me talk openly about this on Sunday. I’ll talk about why I believe the flag needs to have a place in our sanctuaries. It isn’t front and center. That’s where the cross belongs, where the altar lay, and where our focus is to be. But it is there, in front, on the chancel steps as a reminder that we are able to worship freely because of the price paid for that ability. I am deeply aware that there are those who disagree. If so, let’s talk.

I’m also aware of the dedication of so many in this congregation to service. Many of you served in the military and did it with honor and integrity. Many of you dedicated your lives to that service and it still plays a role in who you are today. You may be retired, but the service you provided never retires. Others of you are spouses of those who served. Still others are spouses or friends, or relatives of those we honor this weekend. Still others have served in other ways, in places like Federal agencies where you also put your lives in harm’s way, and also for the sake of freedom. Still others have family members currently serving. I also honor our fallen first responders this weekend. I may not talk about them on Sunday, but we need to remember them on days like these. To all of you, I say in deep humility, thank you. Your sacrifices will not go unnoticed and your service can never be taken for granted. And this weekend this Sunday worship will be dedicated to you.

I’ll certainly be talking about Jesus and I’ll remind us of the scripture out of John 15 that says, “Greater love has no one than this, but that they lay down their life for a friend.” It’s the scripture that has guided so many military funerals I’ve done and seen. It’s a guide to each of us that living sacrificially is what we are called to do. And this weekend we simply say thank you to those who did what Jesus taught, they laid down their lives for us. Take some time to pause this weekend; pause and remember, and thank God for those now gone. I will do the same.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

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

Announcements May 21, 2021

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for healing following Pastor Brad’s heart attack.
  • 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 those who consider COVID-19 to be a conspiracy theory even as people are dying from this terrible disease.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please sign up by calling the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. (Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing. Be sure to follow the instructions of the users.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Update on Noisy Can Offering: Sunday, May 30, 2012

The Missions Ministry Team has decided to focus donations for the May Noisy Can offering on specialty tools for high school students that many students cannot afford. (i.e. graph calculators cost approximately $140+ each.) It is a bit early to be collecting funds for back-to-school “anything” in May, but we wish to have the funds on hand when they are needed. (The August 29 NCO will be just past the dates for school needs.) We continue to request donations in cash or checks – no coins. Please issue checks to TUMC and write “May NCO” in the memo section. If donating cash, please enclose funds in an envelope that is labeled “May NCO”. As always, any amounts are greatly appreciated!

A Basic First Aid class

— taught by Mark Bowes will be offered Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is limited to 12 participants. On completion of the class, a Basic First Aid card good for 2 years will be issued. Signup no later than June 18. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 4 weeks on June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021.

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

Summer Lunch Program for Children

Friends, the Boys & Girls Club will be restarting their summer lunch program for the children of our community starting in mid-June. TUMC has participated in this ministry outreach since 2012. The basic format is distributing meals that have been prepared at the B&G Club at four sites in the greater Sequim area. The need is for one volunteer for each site, the volunteer must have been fully vaccinated and loves working with children. There will be a B&G staff member on-site at each location to assist. TUMC’s typical commitment in the past is covering a couple of weeks throughout the summer; other faith groups and community service groups also cover weeks. A meeting will be announced to go over the specifics. Thank you to our church for being in ministry to our community and more importantly for our children. If interested, please contact Jim Stoffer at jamesstoffer@wavecable.com or 360.775.9356

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges:

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

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 on Friday, 28 May at 9:30 am for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course, having a cup of Rainshadow Dungeness Dark coffee and light eats, courtesy of Dick Bennett. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts, 804-724-3401.

Update on Sequim Food Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The upcoming food distribution dates through June are May 26th and June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Note: During the Food Bank Distribution, the driveway in the back of the church by the dumpster is blocked off. Please enter the church parking lot by way of the front driveway and please follow the directions of the Traffic Directors.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask, sign in, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

Announcements for May 13 – 22, 2021

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

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. If interested in attending, please call the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, to make a reservation. (The Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in if you haven’t called ahead; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

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

Let’s give Trinity some TLC! This Morning!

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, April 30, at 9:30 am for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some springtime work, and of course, having a cup of Rainshadow Dungeness Dark coffee and light eats, courtesy of Dick Bennett. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Noisy Can Offering: Sunday, May 30, 2012

This year the months of January, May, August, and October have five Sundays. Trinity UMC takes a Noisy Can Offering on each of the 5th Sundays, with a different recipient chosen by our Missions Ministry Team for each of the NCOs.

Funds for the May 30th Noisy Can Offering will be donated for back-to-school supplies. Yes, it seems a bit early to be collecting funds for back-to-school supplies in May, but we wish to have the funds on hand when they are needed. (The August 29 NCO will be just past the dates needed for school supplies.) Because of the pandemic, we are requesting donations in cash or checks – NO COINS. If you choose to donate funds with a check, please write “May NCO” in the memo section. If donating cash, please enclose funds in an envelope that is labeled “May NCO”. As always, any amounts are greatly appreciated!

Bible Study

Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, by Heather M. Dixon. This class meets Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 4 weeks on June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021.
In this four-week Bible study, we’ll explore the life of Naomi as told in the Book of Ruth. We will learn to flourish as we live out our hard stories and trust that God can transform them. We’ll trade our heartache for delight as we discover a God who rescues and redeems. For more information and to sign up for this class, contact Kathleen Charters by emailing kcharters@mac.com or calling 240-463-7598.

TUMC Plant Sale Thanks!

Thank you for your participation – those who volunteered and those who bought plants. We took in over $700!

Update on Sequim Food Bank Distribution

Do you know someone who needs food and doesn’t have a car to drive through this drive-through distribution program? You may pick up food boxes for them. Hours to pick up food are 11:00-2:00. The upcoming food distribution dates through June are: May 26th and June 23rd. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with the food distributions, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

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!

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