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Trinity United has canceled all in-person events, including Sunday services, in accord with the state’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy order. We have continued worship services online; please check the Sermons page.

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Sequim, WA 98382
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January 29, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

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

Some Concerns that we have:

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

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccinations

For Sequim area residents ages 65+ and their spouse/partner or household member who lives with them (regardless of age). This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. There is now an online registration system for upcoming vaccine events, however next week’s dates and times are all filled up. For complete information about the vaccination program, you can go to the Jamestown Clinic website at https://jamestownhealth.org/

Hosts needed

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

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

First, you will be unable to reach the church if you come from Washington Ave and try to turn onto Blake. It will be closed. If, however, you can go around to one of the main north-south roads, head north, and then turn onto Spruce or Alder or Fir and head toward Carrie Blake Park. Then turn south onto Blake toward the church. You will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting; they will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. There will be parking available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays before 9 am and until 2 pm.

Save the Date for a Lenten Study

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

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

Noisy Can Offering for Katherine Parker – January 31

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

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

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

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

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

Office Hours

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

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

Eradicating COVID-19 and other missions

January 21, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

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

Birthdays this week:

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available

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

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

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

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

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

Hosts needed

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

Save the date for a Lenten study

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

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

Noisy Can Offering for Katherine Parker – January 31

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

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

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

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

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

Office Hours

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

Searching for peace and calm

January 14, 2021

Saints of Trinity,

As I’ve sat and watched the news in the past week, something hit me. It hit me hard. I grew up with Walter Cronkite, a man who saw his job as reporting the news. I remember Huntley and Brinkley as they took their spots each evening, and as they too reported the news. Walter Cronkite seldom shared his opinions. He seldom showed emotion. There were times when the emotions would sneak through, times like when President Kennedy was shot, but more often than not, his role in this country was simply to report. I’ve realized just how much things have changed.

Like some of you, I’ve sought to hear multiple perspectives, particularly since the election. I’ve listened and watched Rachel Maddow, Tucker Carlson, Anderson Cooper, Neil Cavuto, Chris Cuomo, George Stephanopoulos, Norah O’Donnell, and others. Here is the realization. I realized after the events of last Wednesday, the storming of the Capital, I’m not sure I see the news anymore. I’m not sure I’ve seen the reporting of the news for a very long time now. What I now see are emotional editorials that focus on current events. I was watching CNN only to realize that Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo were inciting emotional epithets as critical of the other side as what I heard on Fox with Tucker Carlson. In times like these, I’m just not sure any of it is helpful, particularly in a country that seems already overwhelmed with division.

I share this out of concern for you, Saints of Trinity; particularly your emotional and spiritual health. We’re already dealing with the fears surrounding the growing Coronavirus numbers, the shifts and changes that have minimized our ability to relate to one another, so much now influences our opportunities to see and share with each other. I watch as tensions rise. I watch as desperation becomes heightened. And yes, I’m worried, and sure I’m worried about the country, the transition, and the violence. At the same time, I’ve seen and experienced what watching too much news does to my own soul. I shared with Dorothy just yesterday, a feeling of a kind of malaise; and it’s not just the weather.

In my virtual appointment with my doctor, he asked if I wanted him to up my antidepressant dosage. Nope, I said. I’d rather work out, sweat, hike, walk, ride, whatever it takes to push myself toward greater health. And part of that is turning off the news, or at last, deciding how much is enough. Here’s what I’m recommending, and this comes from a close friend who is a psychologist. Like our eating habits, each of us needs to seek to control our news-watching habits. Watch only an hour of a news show. If you need more news, read the paper. It is often more objective. Not always, but at least here the stories are more local. Walk, run, bike, kayak, canoe, hike, go play in the snow, have tea with a friend while on the phone, FaceTime, Zoom, whatever it takes to renew those important relationships with family and friends. Just turn off the television.

Over the next twelve weeks, I’ll be inviting you into a time of study. I’ll be exploring the Beatitudes from the 5th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. I want to invite you to fully participate. As you hear the weekly messages, do some Bible study, take some notes, formulate some questions, prayerfully consider how what I’m saying relates to you and your situation. It is my goal every week to give you food for thought, even questions to ponder; to offer you significant opportunities to take on and take in the lessons each week.

Take some time to simply sit quietly without the sound of the television. Listen to the rain and wind. Experience it. Look up to the mountains, and by the way, the Psalmist is correct, we can find strength when we take the time to look to the hills. Ultimately remember that God has us; surrounds us, loves us, encourages us, and forms us if we allow that to happen. So, in the midst of this crazy, disturbing, challenging time, let’s do some soul work. If we do that, the rest of life will fall into place. I love you and am praying for you.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

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

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available

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

Access to the Church during the COVID-19 Vaccinations

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

Hosts needed

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

Noisy Can Offering for Katherine Parker – January 31

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

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

At our briefing before the December 23 distribution, there were two announcements: 1) Between June 3rd and the end of December, the Sequim Food Bank distributed 350,000 tons of food (equal to about 500,000 meals). 2) There still is a great need. The food distributions will continue in 2021 on these dates: Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 & 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

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

Office Hours

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

Note: The church is closed Monday January 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Thank you

January 7, 2021

Thank you for your faithfulness; what a gift you are. Here are but a few examples of what I mean. I want to thank Melody Romeo as she has stepped in to help me with what, originally, was an overwhelming project; to get to know you, particularly your hopes and dreams, the direction we need to head, and how leadership in the church has worked over these past few years. Even with that, she is not done. I’ve asked that she serve in a kind of consultant role as I am looking for more information as we get more serious about our future as a church. For instance, Melody will be calling many of the leaders as we seek more specifics on how they see their role in the church. She has a list of questions she’ll ask each leader, and then she and I will sit and disseminate the information leaders and staff have shared. As she does that work, I’m going back through your surveys, now looking at your individual hopes and dreams for the church. Once I have that, we’ll then put together a team to more formally look ahead in regard to mission and vision. Melody has done an exquisite job of helping me. You will be hearing a lot more about what we find as we look at fulfilling our mission and vision as a church.

I want to say thank you to Lou O’Hara. She has provided significant leadership in our explorations around Senior Ministries here at Trinity. She has helped me as I’ve tried to get a handle on how it all works; what it means for us today, and particularly what it can mean as we look ahead and explore how the programs represented in Senior Ministries help to define our mission in and beyond the church. Her faith, her experience, her ability to take complex issues and turn them into understandable models, her heart for prayer, and her grace have all come together as we look ahead. Thank you, Lou!

I want to say thank you to Marian Warning for her faithfulness and dedication to Lois’ Legacy. She stepped in at a time when she was needed, and continued on through all the shifts and changes that have come over these past few months. She has worked alongside Pauline in some truly remarkable ways. Marian, you are a blessing, and you are appreciated on so many levels.

Finally, I want to say thank you to Sue Ninemires. Sue has faithfully led the bell choir for years. She is a true teacher while being a wonderful director. She has played bells in worship, been a part of the bell choir and chancel choir, and has dedicated her life to providing quality music here at Trinity. Sue called me last week and has asked me to retire. With great hesitation, I’ve accepted that resignation. She will continue to be a part of the church and for that, we are additionally grateful.

It’s a new year and we’re looking ahead. It doesn’t mean we are ignoring what is going on around us right now. At the same time, we are being asked to become more than we could ever ask or imagine. Last week I talked about disaster preparedness, and now, out of that, has come an invitation to be a staging area for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. I said yes. Much like the COVID food distribution every other Wednesday, those offering the vaccines will use the parking lot to stage people for a drive-through vaccination program. We will be following both State and National guidelines, but it’s one more place where we have become a part of a community partnership that will both change and save lives. And it’s because of all of you that we’ve been able to do that. Thank you, Melody, Lou, Marian, and Sue for your dedicated leadership. Thank you Trinity for your dedication to being the hands and feet of Christ in this community and the world. You are a blessing, and it is a humbling privilege to serve as one of your pastors.
Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

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

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

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

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

In case you didn’t open the attachment last week: A thank you from the worship team!

During Advent, there have been a lot of folks working hard so that our worship services via recordings provide a worthwhile experience. I just want to take a few moments to say thank you to everyone who helped with the Advent series. A special thank you for the following:

  • Pastor Brad – his leadership, humor and inspirational sermons.
  • Kathleen Charters – Such a beautiful job with her prayers each week.
  • Lawrence Charters – his hours devoted to editing and setting up each week’s service online.
  • Sight & Sound Team: Curt Alexander and Pam Bennett – their many hours spent so that our services are seen and heard by all who tune in.
  • The Music Team: Jerry, Donna, Pauline, and Terry – their efforts to present not only special music for each service but also a hymn leader each week.
    • There is also an “unofficial” member of this team that has added so much to our services – Randy Grubbs who provided recordings for the special music, worked to get our announcements displayed, took photos of the Christmas season, and (with Donna) captured many folks on video so we can have some time together to say hello via the marvels of technology.
  • The Drama Team headed by Margaret Cox – her time spent writing our dramas each week and organizing and working with the drama participants.
  • Patty Davis – her help with all the costumes needed for the actors providing the period appropriate dress for all of us.
  • The Cast and Crew – About 36 people helped with these weekly services – Advent Candle Lighters, Scripture Readers, Narrators, and Actors. Everyone did such a wonderful job and honored the “stay safe” rules.
  • Andy Pitts and Ken Lillagore for putting up the stable.
  • Marian for all her help and for allowing us to utilize office items when needed for the services.

Please know that we appreciate everyone who helped us make this Covid19 Advent season so inspirational and uplifting.

Gay Lyn Lillagore, Worship Chairperson

Note: for the complete thank-you from Gay Lyn, you can go to the sequimtumc.org website and go to blogs or click on this link: https://www.sequimtumc.org/2020/12/30/thank-you/

Noisy Can Offering for Katherine Parker – January 31

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

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

At our briefing before the December 23 distribution, there were two announcements: 1) Between June 3rd and the end of December, the Sequim Food Bank distributed 350,000 tons of food (equal to about 500,000 meals). 2) There still is a great need. The food distributions will continue in 2021 on these dates: Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 & 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

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

Office Hours

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

A dark day

January 6, 2021

Dear Saints of Trinity,

I need to share that as I was writing my letter to you this afternoon, I was informed of the blatant and criminal attack on the US Capitol Building. I watched in horror as those who were seeking to do the work of the people, those serving in both Houses were meeting in a joint session, had to be evacuated. While those whose attack was motivated by the invitation to create a coup-like disruption, not only disrupted Congress, but intentionally demeaned the very center of what makes this country free. I’ve shared with you that I will never preach politics. That’s not what this is. I’ve served with friends and colleagues on “The Hill.” I’ve spent time with those with whom I vehemently disagreed just outside the doors of chambers. We’ve argued, sometimes loudly and even angrily, but it was always with the knowledge and the trust that we were each seeking to bring “a more perfect union.”

What I saw today not only takes my breath away, it is an embarrassment to all this country represents in the world. As one of your pastors, I cannot sit by without responding. What this group did was illegal, immoral, unconstitutional, and abhorrent. I clearly understand the anger that lay beneath the election loss of Donald Trump. This, however, goes well beyond politics. Please, my sisters and brothers, continue to pray for peace, for understanding, for grace and patience. We believe in a God who seeks that, not only from each of us, but from all of those who call this planet and this country our home. A peaceful protest is a Constitutional Right. What we saw today was a mob attacking one of the great foundations of democracy. Please join me in a time of prayer as suddenly, for the first time in over 200 years, our Country’s capital has come under attack. And friends, let peace begin with each of us.

Pastor Brad

New Year, New Beginnings

December 30, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Happy New Year’s Eve! As the ball drops and the melody of songs of ending and beginning begin to find their way across the airwaves, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year. Yes, it’s been quite a ride these past six months, but at the same time so much has been accomplished. As those in need drove through our parking lot every other Wednesday, 350,000 tons of food were distributed. It was a team effort and one that continues into this new year. Worship is still offered every week for anyone who has access to a computer. Classes and groups have learned the technology needed to stay safe and yet meet together. We’ve developed a new vocabulary with words like, “Zoom” or “Microsoft Teams,” “social distancing” and even “pandemic.” In the midst of it all, we’ve continued to offer what we could in these challenging times. And now, as we enter a new year, it’s time to look ahead.

In my last letter, I talked about this new year being the year when we would be able to open up again; where we could become the center for music and concerts for the community. We could rebuild the choir, the dramas, the Bible Studies, and Trinity U. We will be able to look face to face rather than computer screen to computer screen. And as I have looked back, I realize the major difference between the 1918 Spanish Flu and our current pandemic has been technology; the ability to still see each other, talk with each other, be together while apart, all because of the technology that has opened up for us. That will continue until we’re able to open up. It will still take time, but it is coming, and I can’t wait.

Also looking ahead, I wanted to share that I’ve been approached by some very dedicated City and County personnel who are also looking ahead, and by “looking ahead” I mean anticipating the disaster that could devastate our area. No, we don’t want to talk about it, particularly now in the midst of a pandemic. But truth be told, we need to. We don’t want to anticipate it, particularly as we see the light at the end of the tunnel that has been this pandemic, but again, we need to in order to be prepared. We’re overdue for a major disaster, and being prepared is so much more than the Boy Scout motto. Being prepared is an essential element in knowing that, should something happen like a major earthquake, tsunami, or eruption, that we would be ready to aid and assist. Trinity can play a very significant role in preparedness, much like it plays a major role in other areas of the community. We could both house and “person” a portable kitchen that could feed hundreds. We could be a shelter that could house dozens or more. We could be a place that stores water and food and equipment, first aid supplies, tents, and other things that will be needed should such an event occur. This would be the obvious next step in the drive-through feeding service provided by this community partnership. So, I’m asking you to pray about that. Like our mandate to do no harm, there is also the mandate to do all the good we can, as often as we can, to all those we can.

This new year is going to bring its own sets of challenges. Hopefully, it will bring an end to the pandemic, and end to some elements of social distancing and mask-wearing.

Hopefully, it will bring an end to staying apart. But should something else arise, it is my hope that we can be prepared. I can still say, Happy New Year, and I can’t wait to see just how 2021 will unfold, but it’s also important that we continue to be a place of hope and healing no matter what may come our way. Blessings to you as we make this turn toward a new year. I appreciate you. You are a blessing!

Pastor Brad

New Year – New Beginnings

Wishing you a blessed New Year!

Some Concerns that we have:

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

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

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

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

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for January/February are available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.

Update on Sequim Food Distribution

At our briefing before the December 23 distribution, there were two announcements: 1) Between June 3rd and the end of December, the Sequim Food Bank distributed 350,000 tons of food (equal to about 500,000 meals). 2) There still is a great need. The food distributions will continue in 2021 on these dates: Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and Mar. 10 & 24. Hours for the volunteers are 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to help, contact Jan Kreidler (360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com).

Another opportunity to serve: CERT

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

Office Hours

Trinity United Methodist Church office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. However, due to limited access to the building during this phase of opening, we are keeping the doors locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the main door (by the office) that you need to ring to alert the office and you will be let in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming. Thanks so much for your patience and remember when in the building to be sure and wear your mask! The church will be closed through January 3 for the Christmas/New Year holidays. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call Pastor Brad at 425-628-1250 or Kathleen Charters at 240-463-7598.

Thank you!

Note from Gay Lyn Lillagore, Worship Chairperson:

Well, we are through Christmas week and almost to the end of 2020. It is unbelievable to me how quickly this COVID19 year has gone. Sort of argues with the quote “time flies when you are having fun”, doesn’t it?

During Advent, there have been a lot of folks working hard so that our worship experience via recordings provide a worthwhile worship experience.

I just want to take a few moments to say thank you to everyone who helped with the Advent series. Keeping safe was a major concern and Pastor Brad was very thoughtful when he set up the taping schedule. He was concerned about the number of people in the sanctuary at any given time and was diligent in reminding us to wear our masks and observe “social distancing”. (By the way, I really look forward to hugs and conversations in person with all of you and not being “socially distanced”.)

A special thank you for the following:

Pastor Brad — your leadership, humor, and inspirational sermons are very appreciated. For the week of December 14th, he had prepared four (4) sermons and services and delivered them in a 2-day span. The service for December 20th and the Darkest Night service on Tuesday then on Wednesday, the Christmas Eve Service, and finally the service for December 27th. His preparation and delivery were amazing.

Kathleen Charters — Such a beautiful job of helping to gather our wondering thought with her prayers each week. Her kind and giving nature really were highlighted with each prayer she shared with us.

Lawrence Charters — the hours that Lawrence devotes to editing and setting up each week’s service is such a gift to our church. This isn’t just during Advent but every single week. We can’t thank him enough for his dedication.

Sight & Sound Team

Curt Alexander and Pam Bennett have spent many hours doing what they do best so that our services are seen and heard by all who tune in. Each week was a little different creating details that had to be changed many times “on the fly”. Again, we are fortunate to have these two folks who work so hard for all of us.

The Music Team

Jerry, Donna, Pauline, and Terry worked tirelessly to present not only special music for each service but also a hymn leader for each recording, preludes, and postludes. We are blessed to have these very talented people in our church. I personally witnessed several hours that they practiced and organized music for our services—not including their practice time at home and for the time needed for their weekly Music Team meetings. Their dedication provided a wonderful music experience for our Advent season.

There is also an “unofficial” member of that team that has added so much to our services. Randy Grubbs took on the challenge of conquering technology and provided recordings for the special music (sometimes filmed in different locations), worked on getting our announcements very nicely displayed at the beginning of our services as well as taking some wonderful photos to help us experience the sights of the Christmas season. In addition, Randy and Donna have driven around and captured many folks on video so we can have some time together to say hello via the marvels of technology.

The Drama Team

Margaret Cox — thank you for all the writing you did for our dramas each week. You obviously spent a lot of time referencing scripture and Pastor Brad’s sermons to make them so meaningful and applicable. Patty Davis- thank you for your help with all the costumes needed for the Actors. Even while you were facing some surgery, you provided the period-appropriate dress for all of us.

The Cast & Crew

About 36 people took the time to help with these weekly services. We had Advent Candle Lighters, Scripture Readers, Narrators, and Actors. Everyone did such a wonderful job and honored the “stay safe” rules. Thank you to Andy Pitts and Ken Lillagore for putting up the stable. Thank you to Marian for all her help and for allowing us to utilize office items when needed for the services.

I know this is a lot longer than you probably wished it was and I am sure I have forgotten someone or something but, please know that we appreciate everyone who helped us make this Covid19 Advent season so inspirational and uplifting.

Activities at Christmas

December 23, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

Merry Christmas to all of you, saints of Trinity United Methodist Church. Tomorrow evening we celebrate once again the coming of the Christ child; a child that was sent to live among us, God on earth, Emmanuel. His life was to change the world, to bring light and hope and peace. We are the next generation tasked to do the same. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate the way you continue to take all of that on, and not just during the Christmas season, but throughout this Covid season. You have been an amazing gift to Dorothy and to me. You continue to be a gift to this community, and a gift on so many levels. And speaking of gifts, think about this past week. We were gifted, not only with the beauty of the snowfall yesterday, but for those with clear skies, the Christmas star shone brightly in the night sky. There are gifts all around us if we will but take the time to look. As strange as this year has been, it’s important that we continue to look and find joy, happiness, love, and peace in the midst of the challenges that surround us. God will continually provide opportunities to notice. We just need to take the time.

I had the privilege of speaking to the Port Angeles Kiwanis Club last week. I told the Christmas story very much as I did throughout Advent. Toward the end, I gave them an assignment. I want to do the same for you. The assignment was to look back on 2020, not with the frustration, or anger, or fear that seemed to encompass so much of our narrative. But to look back and find the places where light penetrated the darkness; where joy overcame the fear and anger; where peace could be found in the midst of the chaos. Look carefully and I assure you, you will find places where you found joy; where you smiled or laughed or found love. Now write those down. Thank God for them. Celebrate them and sit back in wonderment. Like God did on Christmas Eve, we too need to change the narrative from hopelessness to hope, from darkness to light, from fear to love. I kept thinking of that first scripture we heard at the beginning of Advent, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light, and those who are walking in deep darkness, for them a light has come.” Again, as people of faith, we are able to look beyond the hopelessness and find hope; beyond the darkness and find light, and beyond the chaos and find peace. It was promised then and is promised now. Then, we need to share it.

Now, we can’t just look back. We have to also look ahead. As I shared in my letter last week, we can now begin to look ahead toward something new. The scripture that comes to mind is, “Behold, I make all things new,” or even “Seek first the kingdom of God.” This new year of 2021 is going to be a year of making things new, of seeking and finding. It will be a season of hope, and answers to those things hoped for. It will be a season of sharing, of seeking, and of finding. Why? Because we are believers in a God who brings hope and love. We believe in a God of healing and wholeness. We believe in a God who loves us so that we can love our neighbors. We believe in a God who sent Jesus so that we might more fully understand the depth of God’s love for us, and who provided guidelines on how God needs us to live our lives. So, we sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come,” knowing the truth of that statement. And we celebrate. Yes, we celebrate, even in the midst of times like these. Merry Christmas, friends! And may the light of Christ shine brightly for you and for those you hold dear.

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. Christmas can be a tough time because of recent losses whether it’s family, income, travel, whatever it may be.
  • For all those who are ill from the covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For peace in our country and the smooth delivery of the vaccine.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

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

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

2020 Christmas Eve Special Offering

Continuing our tradition, this year’s Christmas Eve Special Offering will benefit Nepal. Katherine Parker wrote:

“Our biggest need this year is to keep our hospitals running and able to provide isolation/fever wards for COVID treatment along with providing unfettered access to regular care (such as maternal health), especially for women who are turned away from other hospitals because they can’t get a COVID test required for admission by other locations.”

($50 = surgery supplies for a day; $80 = meals for one COVID-19 patient’s 2 week stay in isolation; $450 = monthly wage for a nurse in a COVID-19 isolation ward.)

Go to https://www.umn.org.np/christmas-appeal for more info. Checks may be issued to Trinity UMC, indicating in the memo section Christmas Eve Special Offering/Nepal. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Do you have time to reach out this Christmas?

It continues to be important to connect with others, particularly those who are unable to get out and about. Residents in the Sequim long term Senior facilities particularly appreciate phone calls and cards. Contact your neighborhood leaders for suggestions of people to reach out to.

Year-end contribution reminder

If you want to make a contribution that will be counted for this year’s taxes, it must reach the church by December 30. The last count and deposit will be made on December 31. Thanks for your continued support.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Sequim food box distribution

This program will continue into the new year on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays until Spring or longer as there is still a great need for this service. The January dates/times are Wednesdays, January 13, and January 27th, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

Messiah Sing Along

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Trinity United Methodist Church is unable to host the annual “Messiah Sing Along” this year. Pandemic safety guidelines prevent a church gathering which has numbered between 200 and 300 people each December, between Christmas and New Years’. Plan to experience this unusual event when it is possible.
 In keeping with the first performance of the Messiah, conducted by Handel himself in Ireland to raise money for a Dublin orphanage, local charities have received monetary gifts following the concert. In recent years donations have been sent to both the Sequim and Port Angeles Food Banks from this local sing along event, often known as “Handel With Care.” Singers and listeners leave a donation at the door to the church sanctuary, rather than buy tickets.
 If you would like to donate this year, please send gifts directly to the food bank of your choice: Sequim Food Bank, P.O. Box 1453, Sequim, 98382;
 Port Angeles Food Bank, P.O. Box 1885, Port Angeles, 98362.

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for January/February are available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.

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! The church will be closed from December 24 through January 1 for Christmas through New Years’ Day. For Pastoral emergencies during this time, please call Pastor Brad at 425-628-1250 or Kathleen Charters at 240-463-7598.

Gifts and giving

December 17, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

It was one of those surprising phone calls. They asked if I knew of a family that might need a Christmas; you know, a family that just doesn’t have much. In other places I’ve served, I knew it meant that I would receive something like specific toys, or a check for $20. Not here. The check that came was for $400. That’s a life-altering amount of money, particularly at this time of year. It’s an amount that allows for food and for gifts for children. More than that, it’s an amount that is a testament to the heart of the giver. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be “good news of great joy” for a family. And yes, it was not hard finding a family. I want you to know, they were overwhelmingly grateful to God and to you. I will also share that I added a bit to the gift once I met the family. And I was able to do that because of the generosity of this church. I share this because there are other families out there who may need the same thing. If you feel your heart tugged that way, let me know and I’ll make sure other families have an expanded Christmas. Yet, with that said, I want to also thank the greater community.

No matter where I drive around town, there are places where folks can drop off gifts or cash for those around us who are in need. There are areas where you can drop off “Toys for Tots” or “Little Pantries” where anyone can pick up food. I am deeply touched by St Vincent de Paul and the unbelievable amount of support they offer all around the Northern Peninsula. That appreciation expands quickly to the Food Banks and shelters, outreach programs, and warming buildings offered by so many places. I watch in awe every other Wednesday as the parking lot food boxes are given out to over 500 families. Yes, Trinity United Methodist is a place of giving and sharing but so is the whole Northern Peninsula.

In this time of Christmas, our attention turns toward giving and receiving. Yet, one of the things I most appreciate about living and serving here is that the giving doesn’t stop when the Christmas Season ends. It continues throughout the year. Sometimes we aren’t aware that what we do is so special, but I assure you, the heart for giving in this region of the world is one of the most inspirational I’ve ever seen. Thank you for all you do…all of you!

Merry Christmas,

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. Christmas can be a tough time because of recent losses whether it’s family, income, travel, whatever it may be.
  • For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
  • For peace in our country and the smooth delivery of the vaccine.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

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

Longest Night worship service available online on December 21

You are invited to the Longest Night, also known as Blue Christmas, worship service. This service is celebrated on December 21st, the longest night of the year. It acknowledges that, for many people, Christmas is a time of loneliness, sorrow, alienation, sadness. This service offers a way for people to claim those feelings and still feel surrounded by the compassionate love of God. This year the service will be recorded and posted on the Trinity United Methodist Church Website at https://www.sequimtumc.org/.

2020 Christmas Eve Special Offering

Continuing our tradition, this year’s Christmas Eve Special Offering will benefit Nepal. Katherine Parker wrote:

“Our biggest need this year is to keep our hospitals running and able to provide isolation/fever wards for COVID treatment along with providing unfettered access to regular care (such as maternal health), especially for women who are turned away from other hospitals because they can’t get a COVID test required for admission by other locations.”

($50 = surgery supplies for a day; $80 = meals for one COVID-19 patient’s 2 week stay in isolation; $450 = monthly wage for a nurse in a COVID-19 isolation ward.)

Go to https://www.umn.org.np/christmas-appeal for more info. Checks may be issued to Trinity UMC, indicating in the memo section Christmas Eve Special Offering/Nepal. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Do you have time to reach out this Christmas?

It continues to be important to connect with others, particularly those who are unable to get out and about. Residents in the Sequim long term Senior facilities particularly appreciate phone calls and cards. Contact your neighborhood leaders for suggestions of people to reach out to.

Year-end contribution reminder

If you want to make a contribution that will be counted for this year’s taxes, it must reach the church by December 30. The last count and deposit will be made on December 31.

Additional volunteers still needed to help with the Sequim food box distribution

— for December 23rd from about 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. his program will continue into the new year on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays until Spring or longer as there is still a great need for this service. For additional information, contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 / janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

 Another opportunity to serve: CERT

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

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for January/February are available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.

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! The church will be closed from December 24 through January 1 for Christmas through New Years’ Day.

Seek out the light

December 10, 2020

Dear Saints of Trinity,

I can’t believe that we just taped the service for the third Sunday of Advent. It just doesn’t seem possible. Time seems to be flying by. At the same time, we’re reminded that it is that time of year as we see the decorations running down Washington St., the lights hanging above the fountain at Pioneer Park, and the Christmas Carols coming out of at least a few of our local radio stations. It is the Christmas season. Yes, it will be a different kind of Christmas, just as it was a different kind of Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have things to celebrate or things for which we are thankful. In this time of Covid, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the despair, the impatience, the frustrations, even the fears. We have to remember what it says in Isaiah, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; and to those walking in deep darkness, a light has come.” Given that, here’s what I’m asking us.

Be people of light. Every morning, pray for the day ahead, that God might show you a place of need and something for which you can be thankful. Every evening before bed, spend some time remembering those things for which you can be thankful. Thank God for them. As needs arise around you, prayerfully consider how you might be able to assist, even if it’s in what you think is a very small way. And, as you walk through your day, smile; smile at anyone with whom you come in contact, and as you smile, remember you’re wearing a mask, so along with the smile say, “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” Keep your head up, and do more than look. See those things around you; those God-given blessings. Listen to the sounds of the people and the places. Be aware of what is around you at that moment, and notice the good things. Here’s what I mean.

As you know, I deal with a lot of things as a pastor, even in this time of separation. But every night I go out into the darkness of our front yard. I sit in a lawn chair even if it’s raining, and I spend time feeling the drops of rain and listening to the river. I imagine it as the water flows over rocks, or down a slope. My goal is to hear it in all of its rhythms and wonders. Every morning I sit in our little sunroom and watch the deer as they cross the meadows of the golf course. I see the enormous cedar trees that have grown out of the large old stumps and think about God’s ongoing opportunities for resurrection. As I drive out, I notice that we all wave to each other with a smile or a nod. Most afternoons I head over, even for a little while, to Carrie Blake Park, walk around the outside of the park, and then end up sitting on a bench looking over one of the duck ponds. I watch as children fish in the fishpond, or as dogs scamper around the dog park. And then, as I drive home, particularly if it’s clear, I’ll often go “the back way” rather than take the freeway. I’ll often stop somewhere along the road and admire the mountains. I share those things not out of some need to be impressive. I share those things as a pastor who appreciates what God has provided us especially in this time of struggle. I find immense peace in those things, and ongoing wonderment in what God continues to offer each of us.

Those are places where I see the light of God; a light that sometimes very literally shines in the darkness. Our hearts can be filled and refilled as we look and see and hear and experience what God provides. So friends, take some time to look and see and hear and experience, particularly in this time. See that light in each other as well. God yearns to have you notice. God knows you need all of it, particularly right now. So allow God to be God, and fill you with light and love. I’m praying for you, and appreciate your prayers for each other.

Pastor Brad

Some Concerns that we have:

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

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

Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter

You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.

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

Year-end contribution reminder

If you want to make a contribution that will be counted for this year’s taxes, it must reach the church by December 30. The last count and deposit will be made on December 31.

Do you have time to reach out this Christmas?

It continues to be important to connect with others, particularly those who are unable to get out and about. Residents in the Sequim long term Senior facilities particularly appreciate phone calls and cards. Contact your neighborhood leaders for suggestions of people to reach out to.

Longest Night worship service available online on December 21

You are invited to the Longest Night, also known as Blue Christmas, worship service. This service is celebrated on December 21st, the longest night of the year. It acknowledges that, for many people, Christmas is a time of loneliness, sorrow, alienation, sadness. This service offers a way for people to claim those feelings and still feel surrounded by the compassionate love of God. This year the service will be recorded and posted on the Trinity United Methodist Church Website at https://www.sequimtumc.org/.

Additional volunteers still needed to help with the Sequim food box distribution

— for December 23rd from about 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Andra Smith (Sequim Food Bank Director) indicated that, even though CERT will not be involved those two months, volunteers still can be trained. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 681-5027, janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

 Another opportunity to serve: CERT

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

Upper Room Daily Devotionals

— for January/February are available for you to pick up at the church Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm outside the main door by the office.

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 Marian and she will let you in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming.  Thanks so much for your patience!