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A Soft Reopening

May 13, 2021

Saints of Trinity,

First, I just want to say what a gift it was to be in worship with you on Sunday morning. I was overwhelmed, as was Dorothy, with being with you, and then even more overwhelmed by the gift. You really are an amazing bunch. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all you do.

Now, I want to thank the Ad Council who met last Monday. The singular item on the agenda was about reopening. Let me offer you a bit of background, and then I will go into a lot more detail about what it means for us, particularly on Sunday mornings. On May 5, our Bishop came out with a full-on revision of the rules and regulations for individual churches regarding reopening our doors. As many are aware, there were those among us who serve as clergy in pushing both the Bishop and the COVID Task Force toward a more individualized set of standards. Her letter was a confirmation of that; where she and the task force are now allowing local churches to make their own decisions around the protocols of reopening. We were given two options. The first was a basic set of practices that any church could utilize. The second is titled, “Safe Local Practices” and is more about recommendations than requirements. The Ad Council has decided to adopt the second, but we’re tweaking it a bit.

We are calling this a kind of “soft reopening” as we continue to try and figure out what works best for Trinity. Here’s what I mean. As you may have already seen, we are no longer requiring you to be vaccinated to attend worship. We are continuing to require the wearing of masks and six feet as we continue to do social distancing. The sanctuary has been marked out to make it easier to see what that means. Those coming to church on Sundays will still be greeted at the door, be asked to sign in or check-in. Greeters will ask that you read the placard that has the COVID questions, and then answer the questions about potential symptoms. They will also check to make sure you have a mask. If you don’t, one will be provided for you. From there, an usher will greet you and escort you to the sanctuary. The role of the ushers is to assist those attending worship to be seated safely and according to the six-foot standards. The fellowship hall will also be available if you find that more comfortable or feel safer in there. As worship begins I will go over some reminders about protocols with you.

It may surprise you, once you arrive for worship, to find exterior doors opened to the outside in both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. You will see (hopefully not hear) fans as they seek to add ventilation to both locations. Given the fans, you might think about bringing an extra blanket or sweater with you to worship. Again, the doors will be open to assist in providing a safe environment for worship.

While in worship we’re now, at least for the time being, asking that worshippers not sing. I’m going to suggest humming along with the hymns. We will have an octet leading us in the hymns. They will be singing. The words will still be on the screens, but those not in the octet need to refrain from singing. Again, this may change as things continue to be explored and we are able to open up more fully, but at this point, no singing, other than those leading music in worship.

One final thing I noticed last Sunday. Once worship was over, we had a tendency to clump in the center aisle. This Sunday you’ll hear me ask us not to do that. I’ll be encouraging folks to head outside the front doors, keep socially distancing, but have a fellowship time outside rather than inside. We’re exploring providing coffee out there. Again, things will continue to emerge as we walk through this. We will be presenting all of this to our District Superintendent for final approval, but wanted you to be aware as things progress. The point is, they are progressing.

This Sunday we are opening up to a whole lot more folks. It is our hope that the whole process of coming to worship will be, on one hand, less restrictive, and on the other, safe. It’s a delicate balance and it will take some time to figure out. So, I continue to ask for your patience. If you have questions, let any of us know.

Pastor Brad

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.

Announcements for May 6 – 14

TUMC Plant Sale on May 8

It’s that special time of year for all Trinity gardeners and their friends! Our fifth annual plant sale begins at 9:30 AM Next Saturday, May 8, and ends at noon. We will be having a one-day outdoor sale of your favorite veggies, herbs, houseplants, and flower starts from our talented growers here at the church. Grab your masks and your friends and join us for our socially distanced salute to spring.

If you would like to contribute plants to be sold, feel free to drop them off at the front door of the church in saleable condition on Friday, May 7 between 10 am and noon or on Saturday morning May 8 before 9 am.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your friends in front of the church on May 8 from 9:30 AM until noon.

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. As of this notice, we are still limited to 25 people in the Sanctuary, and 25 in the fellowship hall. If interested in attending, please call the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, to make a reservation. (Be sure you have had your two shots, plus two weeks, and that there is/will be a copy of your vaccination card on file at the church office. The Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks, take temperatures, and social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is now being filmed and available online the next day, Monday. If you regularly watch the service on Sunday, that may leave you wondering, “What do I watch this Sunday?” This could be your opportunity to view a service you might have missed. (Go to YouTube, and enter Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church. There you can take your pick of services!) On the following Sunday, you can view this Sunday’s service and regularly watch the services a week later.

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.

Security Team

Now that we are returning to a weekly indoor Sunday service we are reinitiating our safety ministry focused on addressing personal safety and responding to emergency medical events occurring in our place of worship. Sadly, there has been a significant increase in the number and severity of security-related events directed at faith-based organizations over the past year.

We are looking for a few volunteers with medical experience to assist and we need additional volunteers with law enforcement, military, or security experience to serve on the Security Team. If you are willing to help our church provide a safe environment for worship, please contact Dick Bennett at (360) 797-0093 or contact the church office.

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!

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).

Housing Solution Summit

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them as they live-stream the Housing Solution Summit at the Visitor’s Information Center. This is a two-day virtual summit running from May 12-13th. Speakers will begin as early as 6:00 am. If you are personally interested in viewing any speaker prior to 8:45 am, please let Tristan Mortarotti, Chamber Membership Manager, 360-860-8404, know– and she will be happy to come in early and view the event with you. The full schedule can be viewed online at

housing-solution-summit-2021.heysummit.com/schedule/

Dream Playground

On Wednesday, June 23rd a group from the Chamber will be volunteering at the Dream Playground build in Port Angeles. You are more than welcome to join them during this occasion as well! Any questions, call Tristan at 360-860-8404.

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!

National Day of Prayer and Mother’s Day

May 6, 2021

Saints of Trinity,

Today is the National Day of Prayer. It seems so needed, so timely, so appropriate that it falls on this day, with over 100 new cases of Covid and two new deaths, one involving a young father who is leaving behind a wife and children. We need to be praying that people take seriously the continued threat of this awful disease; our hearts hurt for those who ignore the threat. Please take down the signs that say wearing masks is somehow an infringement on our freedoms, and let’s instead be a loving community whose priority is loving each other. Lord, hear our prayer.

That, as we look ahead to Sunday, Mother’s Day, we know that for some it is a day to celebrate, to remember, to look back on moms who provided wonderful guidance and direction to so many of us. For still others, it is a tougher day, a day to be reminded of a mom who was anything but loving, supportive, nurturing, or caring. In my message this Sunday, you’ll hear of both. My mom is the first; a woman who, in spite of how she was severely abused growing up, made a conscious decision to stop the cycle of abuse, and offer her children, me being one, a life of love and grace, hugs, and support, encouragement, and nurture. Her mom offered her and her sister the opposite. The abuses were indescribable, and even to this day hearing of them takes my breath away. But I’m reminded that the church, this church, is a place where both are to be welcomed and offered opportunities for healing and transformation, to remember that we believe in a God of transformation, grace, and forgiveness. As hard as that may be to hear for some, we are a people of grace who seek to bring wholeness to all. Lord hear our prayer.

It’s my first Sunday back with you after experiencing arguably the scariest time in my life. And my experience with it falls well short of Dorothy’s. She saved my life on so many levels and yet, then had to stand and only watch as I’m carted away into an ambulance to travel forty miles to the hospital. I can’t begin to describe the joy both of us feel as we look ahead toward Sunday and being with those of you in the sanctuary, and being able to greet those of you at home. There are just so many miracles around all of this but I share that with deep caution. In no way does that mean that God did something for me that He was unable or unwilling to do for others. God is with those of you who have lost someone. I feel the loss of Pia Christensen deeply as I write this today. I know that Pia is with God who is surrounding Carl and Sue right now. God has been with so many of you through times like this, and will continue to be with you as you remember lives loved and lost. I hope and pray you remember all of that. And being so thankful for those who stepped in in this time of crisis. Lord hear our prayer.

I can now share that we are going to reopen in larger numbers over these next few weeks. I’ll be working with the leaders of the church to create that timeline. Beginning on Sunday, May 16 we will open the sanctuary to capacity. By capacity, I mean numbers that include specific protocols. We will be six feet apart, check-in, wear our masks, refrain from shared communion (one loaf of bread and one cup). We will follow singing protocols. I just shared this with the music staff and heard words like, “finally,” “alleluia” and “thank God.” We do thank God and I’ll be getting leaders together soon to finalize what it all means. For a while, we’ll continue to do sign-ups for being in the sanctuary. We will approach it all cautiously and yet optimistically, but we will approach it recognizing that the Lord heard our prayers.

There is so much more to share, but there are upcoming weeks that will allow sharing more. On this National Day of Prayer, I want to encourage you, as strongly as I possibly can, to set aside time today to pray; to allow God to direct you in your prayer, guide you in who and what to be praying for, and allow you to center on God and His love and grace. You continue in my heart and I will be spending time today in prayer for you.

With Love, Pastor Brad

Today is the National Day of Prayer. This is an opportunity to be intentional about praying for the following concerns:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for healing following Pastor Brad’s heart attack.
  • The family of Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Elder Kurt Grinnell – to his mother, Tribal Elder Elaine Grinnell, and to the entire tribe for Kurt’s tragic death. Extended prayers of comfort, love, and healing are requested. He was a personal friend of Jim Stoffer’s and a friend of our Church and Community.
  • 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 are nervous about getting shots.
  • For those who consider COVID-19 to be a conspiracy theory even as people are dying from this terrible disease.
  • For those who celebrate Mother’s Day and for those who find Mother’s Day to be a challenge.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements for April 30 – May 8

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.

Birthdays

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. As of this notice, we are still limited to 25 people in the Sanctuary, and 25 in the fellowship hall. If interested in attending, please call the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, to make a reservation. (Be sure you have had your two shots, plus two weeks, and that there is/will be a copy of your vaccination card on file at the church office. The Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks, take temperatures, and social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is now being filmed and available online the next day, Monday. If you regularly watch the service on Sunday, that may leave you wondering, “What do I watch this Sunday?” This could be your opportunity to view a service you might have missed. (Go to YouTube, and enter Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church. There you can take your pick of services!) On the following Sunday, you can view this Sunday’s service and regularly watch the services a week later.

Fellowship Hall Worship

Does the thought of worshiping in the fellowship hall kind of turn you off? It did me, but I want to tell you, it is a good experience. It was great to be among people I hadn’t seen in a long time, and there was a warm feeling generated by worshiping with others. Watching the service “semi-live” at 10:00 am felt better to me than watching it alone on my computer at home at “any old time.” If you can’t get a Sanctuary reservation, give the fellowship hall a try! Margaret Cox, Ad Council Chair

TUMC Plant Sale on May 8

It’s that special time of year for all Trinity gardeners and their friends! Our fifth annual plant sale begins at 9:30 AM Next Saturday, May 8, and ends at noon. We will be having a one-day outdoor sale of your favorite veggies, herbs, houseplants, and flower starts from our talen\r\r\rted growers here at the church. Grab your masks and your friends and join us for our socially distanced salute to spring.

If you would like to contribute plants to be sold, feel free to drop them off at the front door of the church in saleable condition on Friday, May 7 between 10 am and noon or on Saturday morning May 8 before 9 am.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your friends in front of the church on May 8 from 9:30 AM until noon.

Security Team

Now that we are returning to a weekly indoor Sunday service we are reinitiating our safety ministry focused on addressing personal safety and responding to emergency medical events occurring in our place of worship. Sadly, there has been a significant increase in the number and severity of security-related events directed at faith-based organizations over the past year.

We are looking for a few volunteers with medical experience to assist and we need additional volunteers with law enforcement, military, or security experience to serve on the Security Team. If you are willing to help our church provide a safe environment for worship, please contact Dick Bennett at (360) 797-0093 or contact the church office.

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).

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

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!

Someone prayed for me

April 30, 2021

Pastor’s letter

Weekly Wonderings…Joey Olson’s Devotional

A few years ago, Ole and I had a chance to worship at Hamilton United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. This African American congregation was celebrating its 95th birthday. We were delighted to experience thirty minutes of singing to open the service. One song we sang touched me deeply. It can be found in the African American Heritage Hymnal.

Somebody prayed for me,
Had me on their mind.
Took the time and prayed for me.
I’m so glad they prayed, I’m so glad they prayed.
I’m so glad they prayed for me.

During this COVID time of uncertainty, many people are finding their coping resources stretched to the limit. Keep in mind that the brain does not relish uncertainty. God has given us a powerful, precious resource in prayer. As we pray for one another, for those who have been stricken with this dreadful disease, those who are lonely and afraid, we trust God’s healing power through our risen Lord.

I always experience a deep sense of comfort when someone reminds me that they have prayed for me and my family! Think of the power that is rallied when we expand our prayers to those in our inner circle. How often do we pray for our enemies? For those we really don’t like? Don’t get along with? For those who are literally struggling mentally, physically, emotionally to survive?

May our prayers become actions of love, kindness, reconciliation. May we find tangible ways to move beyond our Covid discomfort to be and become the body of Christ for those who need him the most.

Sunday I will be preaching from Psalm 23. Find time to read it prayerfully. Give thanks for this shepherd who leads us in the paths of righteousness to live in the house of the Lord forever.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for healing following Pastor Brad’s heart attack.
  • The family of Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Elder Kurt Grinnell – to his mother, Tribal Elder Elaine Grinnell, and to the entire tribe for Kurt’s tragic death. Extended prayers of comfort, love, and healing are requested. He was a personal friend of Jim Stoffer’s and a friend of our Church and Community.
  • 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 are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements for April 22 – 30

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. As of this notice, we are still limited to 25 people in the Sanctuary, and 25 in the fellowship hall. If interested in attending, please call the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, to make a reservation. (Be sure you have had your two shots, plus two weeks, and that there is/will be a copy of your vaccination card on file at the church office. The Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks, take temperatures, and social distancing.)

Fellowship Hall Worship

Does the thought of worshiping in the Fellowship Hall kind of turn you off? It did me, but I want to tell you, it is a good experience. It was great to be among people I hadn’t seen in a long time, and there was a warm feeling generated by worshiping with others. Watching the service “semi-live” at 10:00 am felt better to me than watching it alone on my computer at home at “any old time.” If you can’t get a Sanctuary reservation, give the Fellowship Hall a try! Margaret Cox, Ad Council Chair.

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is now being filmed and available online the next day, Monday. If you regularly watch the service on Sunday, that may leave you wondering, “What do I watch this Sunday?” This could be your opportunity to view a service you might have missed. (Go to YouTube, and enter Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church. There you can take your pick of services!) On the following Sunday, you can view this Sunday’s service and regularly watch the services a week later.

Security Team

Now that we are returning to a weekly indoor Sunday service we are reinitiating our safety ministry focused on addressing personal safety and responding to emergency medical events occurring in our place of worship. Sadly, there has been a significant increase in the number and severity of security-related events directed at faith-based organizations over the past year.

We are looking for a few volunteers with medical experience to assist and we need additional volunteers with law enforcement, military, or security experience to serve on the Security Team. If you are willing to help our church provide a safe environment for worship please contact Dick Bennett at (360) 797-0093 or contact the church office.

Men’s Bible Study Has Begun

Mondays, 9:30 am in the Tim’s Place room. Covid rules apply. For questions, please contact Jim Davis, 360-683-9547, or Steve Downer, 740-706-1346. Everyone is welcome!

Native American Ministries Sunday offering – April 18th

This offering helps to develop and strengthen Native American ministries in the Annual Conferences, Native American rural, urban, reservation ministries, and communities relating to the General Board of Global Ministries. It also provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology. Please prayerfully consider how you might support this ministry. If you choose to make a donation, please issue a check to Trinity UMC, indicating in the memo section “NA Ministries.”

TUMC Plant Sale on May 8

It’s that special time of year for all Trinity gardeners and their friends! Our fifth annual plant sale begins at 9:30 AM on Saturday, May 8, and ends at noon. We will be having a one-day outdoor sale of your favorite veggies, herbs, houseplants, and flower starts from our talented growers here at the church. Grab your masks and your friends and join us for our socially distanced salute to spring.

If you would like to contribute plants to be sold, feel free to drop them off at the front door of the church in saleable condition on Friday, May 7 between 10 am and noon or on Saturday morning May 8 before 9 am.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your friends in front of the church
on May 8 from 9:30 am until noon.

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, 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.

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 Sequim Food Bank Distribution:

The upcoming food distribution dates through June are April 28th, 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).

Access to the Church during Vaccination Hours:

It is best to use Brown Ave instead of Blake – Take Brown to Spruce and then follow the directions of the Flagger at the North Entryway to the Church (same roadway that heads to the Pickleball Courts and Dog Park). Turn at the Green Dumpster and park behind the Church or on the side, this will help ease the traffic along Blake Avenue. This is on Tuesday, and Thursday, April 27 and 29 – 8 am to 1 pm.

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!

Announcements for April 15-22

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. As of this notice, we are still limited to 25 people in the Sanctuary, and 25 in the fellowship hall. If interested in attending, please call the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, to make a reservation. (Be sure you have had your two shots, plus two weeks, and that there is/will be a copy of your vaccination card on file at the church office. The Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks, take temperatures, and social distancing.)

Fellowship Hall Worship:

Does the thought of worshiping in the Fellowship Hall kind of turn you off? It did me, but I want to tell you, it is a good experience. It was great to be among people I hadn’t seen in a long time, and there was a warm feeling generated by worshiping with others. Watching the service “semi-live” at 10 am felt better to me than watching it alone on my computer at home at “any old time.” If you can’t get a Sanctuary reservation, give the Fellowship Hall a try!

Margaret Cox, Ad Council Chair

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is now being filmed and available online the next day, Monday. If you regularly watch the service on Sunday, that may leave you wondering, “What do I watch this Sunday?” This could be your opportunity to view a service you might have missed. (Go to YouTube, and enter Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church. There you can take your pick of services!) On the following Sunday, you can view this Sunday’s service and regularly watch the services a week later.

Men’s Bible Study to Begin Again

New time and day: Mondays, beginning April 19, 9:30 am in the Tim’s Place room. COVID-19 rules apply. For questions, please contact Jim Davis, 360-683-9547 or Steve Downer, 740-706-1346. Everyone is welcome!

Native American Ministries Sunday offering – April 18

This offering helps to develop and strengthen Native American ministries in the Annual Conferences, Native American rural, urban, reservation ministries, and communities relating to the General Board of Global Ministries. It also provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology. Please prayerfully consider how you might support this ministry.

Altar and pulpit

Altar and pulpit

New altar and pulpit

For those who have been unable to attend, we now have a new altar and pulpit, pictured above. These were in place for the first time on Easter Sunday. We extend a heartfelt thank you to Andy Pitts, a TUMC member, who designed and built these beautiful pieces.

Plant Sale Volunteer Meeting:

Our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 8 will be here soon! We will have a meeting on Friday, April 16 at 1 pm for all those interested in helping. For more information, contact Barbara Parse, 360-683-2113, bparse@wavecable.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 this week we meet on Friday, April 16 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and some springtime sprinkler work, washing windows, 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.

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 Sequim Food Bank Distribution:

The upcoming food distribution dates through June are: April 28th, 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).

Access to the Church during Vaccination Hours:

It is best to use Brown Ave instead of Blake – Take Brown to Spruce and then follow the directions of the Flagger at the North Entryway to the Church (same roadway that heads to the Pickleball Courts and Dog Park). Turn at the Green Dumpster and park behind the Church or on the side, this will help ease the traffic along Blake Avenue. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – 8 am to 1 pm.

Church Attendance Requirements include Vaccinations:

Please note that as TUMC opens for on-site worship it will be a requirement to have your two vaccinations and be past the two weeks following your second vaccination.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: for Clallam County residents.

Now eligible are:

Those 18+ and Clallam County Residents.

Registration will be in one-hour time blocks between 8 am and 1 p.m. each day. Once online registration is complete, a ticket with the date and time should be printed and brought with you. Each person/couple in a vehicle must have a registration ticket. This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. You may register online at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information is at jamestownhealth.org.

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!

We are the church – and community

April 15, 2021

Pastor’s letter

Greetings. I am Rev. Joey Olson. I retired from the Port Angeles UMC in 2014 and have been a part of Trinity since then. I will be filling in for Pastor Brad until he returns. I have served churches in Texas, Ocean Shores, Mill Creek, and as District Superintendent for the Inland District. My husband Ole and I in our blended family have two daughters and two sons along with nine grandchildren. I enjoy reading, hiking, kayaking, and traveling. Please feel free to contact me at joeywolson@gmail.com. Along with you, I continue to pray for Pastor Brad and Dorothy for deep and abiding healing, that they experience the love of God as they take this time away.

Weekly Wonderings…Joey Olson’s Devotional

In the hymn “We Are The Church” the congregation sings “The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.” During the past year of isolation, illness, even death many have felt bereft that they could not worship in the sanctuary. If the church were only the building, we would all be in trouble.
In several ways, our church has demonstrated that the church can be many things, from online services to our church parking lot. From our parking lot services to the incredible ministry in coordination with Jamestown, Fire District 3, community leaders, and TUMC, the church parking lot became a source of hope for a community fearful of the COVID virus and the need for vaccination. The Sequim Chamber of Commerce acknowledged this with the February award for Business of the Month.

I am including notes from Jim Stoffer and Jan Kreider about their assessment of the ministry. They both embody the leadership of so many with humor, compassion, and a lot of strategic planning.

  • 19th January – kickoff day, brought folks camping out overnight along Washington and Blake. Church opened the Parking Lots and their Doors to get folks off of Blake into a somewhat more welcoming location. We formed a Team of Traffic/Parking Directors, some spent the night, some early in the morning, 3 am 😊. Some cold mornings walking out along Blake and Washington checking on folks. We were out there just as the USPS delivering Mail – Rain, Sleet, Hail, Snow, Dust Storm, Wind, Ice – Good Times😊 but with a smile.
  • We warmed up in the CERT Emergency Vehicle and Public Works Vehicle as we directed traffic. 1st few days, week one and two were somewhat problematic seeking a safe solution and improving the processes. Pastor Brad, camping out in the Church and then out greeting and welcoming people, along with fresh coffee. Other folks dropped off snacks of gratitude and appreciation.
  • Traffic/Parking and CERT purchased Traffic wands and Flags, extra radios, and additional vests. Additional volunteers came forth (THANK YOU)
  • We learned Radio/Comms Procedures
  • We learned how to work through some negativity out there directing traffic.
  • If my memory is correct – there were only minor fender bumps, and nothing major.
  • We all have survived with all our toes and fingers – but with sore feet and backs.
  • Assisted several vehicles with dead batteries.
  • Wondered several times about – should that person be driving?😊
  • Process improved with the start of the appointment system and continues to this day.
  • We all consumed an untold number of Box Lunches 😊 Thank You Jamestown!
  • We all grew as a team in community and friendship – We kept each other safe out there along Blake and in the Lots.
  • 6 Parking Cones gave their all for the cause😊
  • We very much appreciate the Fellowship Hall Hospitality where the church volunteers monitored snacks and coffee for the “outside” volunteers at break time. Sign-in hospitality handled names and phone numbers for contact tracing. Folks came forward to serve coffee outside. A special thanks to Marian Needham (TUMC’s office manager) who fielded an untold number of phone calls regarding the clinic hours and operations. We appreciated the doctors, nurses, and many, many volunteers.

My prior work instilled an ethos of doing good in your community and being that small nucleus of dedicated folks providing comfort, security, and compassion to those around you. Well, friends, you are that small nucleus, who when we look back a few years from now, can truly say – We saved Our Sequim.

Jim Stoffer

Update on Pastor Brad

Pastor Brad emailed Pastor Joey Olson and me to let us know his condition and plans to return. Pastor Brad met with his cardiologist last week and was told his heart is better than fine. His doctor called his recovery a miracle. There was no damage to his heart and all the heart markers are above normal and his blood pressure is also normal. He is still very fatigued and is adjusting to his medications. Please continue to pray for healing. Pastor Brad is confident he will be able to return by Mother’s Day.

Patricia Guthrie
SPR Chair

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 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 are nervous about getting shots.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

Announcements for April 8-16, 2021

New altar and pulpit

Altar and pulpit

Altar and pulpit

For those who were unable to attend on Easter Sunday, we now have a new altar and pulpit, pictured above, that was in place for the first time on Easter Sunday. We extend a heartfelt thank you to Andy Pitts, a TUMC member, who designed and built these beautiful pieces.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the Sanctuary at 10 am. As of this notice, we are still limited to 25 people in the Sanctuary, and 25 in the fellowship hall. If interested in attending, please call the office next week, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, to make a reservation. (Be sure you have had your two shots, plus two weeks, and that there is/will be a copy of your vaccination card on file at the church office. The COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks, take temperatures, and social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is now being filmed and available online the next day, Monday. If you regularly watch the service on Sunday, that may leave you wondering, “What do I watch this Sunday?” This could be your opportunity to view a service you might have missed. (Go to YouTube, and enter Sequim Trinity United Methodist Church. There you can take your pick of services!) On the following Sunday, you can view this Sunday’s service and regularly watch the services a week later.

Plant Sale Volunteer Meeting:

Our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 8 will be here soon! We will have a meeting on Friday, April 16 at 1pm for all those interested in helping. For more information, contact Barbara Parse, 360-683-2113, bparse@wavecable.com

Update on Sequim Food Bank Distribution:

The upcoming food distribution dates through June are: April 28th, 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).

Access to the Church during Vaccination Hours:

Blake Avenue is now open, but as you approach the church, you will be stopped by a Volunteer Police person. Simply let them know you are trying to get to the church for a meeting, they will wave you on by. Turn into the north entrance, drive by the skate park, and then go around the back of the church building. Parking is available. This is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – 9 am to 2 pm.

Church Attendance Requirements include Vaccinations:

Please note that as TUMC opens for on-site worship it will be a requirement to have your two vaccinations and be past the two weeks following your second vaccination.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: for Clallam County residents.

Now eligible are:

Those 18+ and Clallam County Residents.

Registration will be in one-hour time blocks between 8 am and 1 p.m. each day. Once online registration is complete, a ticket with the date and time should be printed and brought with you. Each person/couple in a vehicle must have a registration ticket.

This is a drive-through process. People stay in their cars. Check-in is here at TUMC in the parking lot. After completing the paperwork, people are directed to Carrie Blake Park where they will receive their vaccination. You may register online at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or call 360-681-3447. More information is at jamestownhealth.org.

Peninsula Singers Virtual Cabaret is still up for viewing.

Because of Covid, the choir cannot meet to sing or perform, and we need some basic donations in order to keep alive until the restrictions are lifted, and people are allowed to sing and perform again, as well as award some scholarships. The show is hosted by Jerry Wright and runs for just under 45 minutes. It is very good, and can be accessed from the Peninsula Singers website: peninsulasingers.org or on Facebook: Peninsula Singers | Facebook. Donations by mail can be sent to: Peninsula Singers, 325 E. Washington Street #135, Sequim, WA 98382. God bless you for helping us weather the Covid storm!

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!

Cards and well wishes

April 9, 2021

Greetings. I am Rev. Joey Olson. I retired from the Port Angeles UMC in 2014 and have been a part of Trinity since then. I will be filling in for Pastor Brad until he returns. I have served churches in Texas, Ocean Shores, Mill Creek and as District Superintendent for the Inland District. My husband Ole and I in our blended family have two daughters and two sons along with nine grandchildren. I enjoy reading, hiking, kayaking and traveling. Please feel free to contact me at joeywolson@gmail.com. Along with you, I continue to pray for Pastor Brad and Dorothy for deep and abiding healing, that they experience the love of God as they take this time away.

Weekly Wonderings…Joey Olson’s Devotional

This week’s wondering is “How do folks learn about the faith?” As I’ve listened to people in church, I’ve come to realize that many have what I call “hymnbook” theology. A lot of Christians can sing and quote more hymns than Bible verses.

Years ago, I taught a class on Methodism and one man said, “Why do we sing hymns?” Not being a “why” child, I did not have a ready answer. But here it is now. Hymns connect us with our emotions during the service. They invite us into “feeling” the faith. Their poetry engages our imagination that leads beyond any spoken word.

During times of trouble, I find myself singing, humming, thinking hymns. One favorite is:

What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

And then phrases from the other verses:

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer.
(Words: Joseph M. Scriven from The United Methodist Hymnal.)

I hope you know the tune and can go around your house and neighborhood humming, singing, thinking this hymn. The invitation to “take it to the Lord” is not a hollow suggestion. It is the opening to dialogue with the Holy One who brings us peace beyond all understanding.

Blessings my friends, Joey Olson

Notes:

– If you asked Joey for a copy of the song from her Easter sermon, it is now in the church office waiting for you.


Dear Saints of Trinity,

Dorothy and I are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love from you. The cards, quilt, prayer shawl, flowers, notes, and letters are amazing expressions of your love. I thought I’d include pictures of about half the cards. The ones on the table are from you. Others, not pictured, are from friends near and far.

Cards and well wishes

Cards and well wishes

I just kept thinking, can you imagine if every person entering this church could feel the love, the faith in God, the love of Christ, the generous spirit that is this church, lives would be transformed and the community around us would have a much clearer picture of God’s hopes for the world.

Cards and well wishes 2

Cards and well wishes 2

You are living examples and living proof of God’s radical love. To be on the receiving end of the overwhelming capacity you have for sharing all of this cannot be put into words. Thank you.

Cards and well wishes 3

Cards and well wishes 3

With deep and abiding appreciation,

Pastor Brad and Dorothy

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 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 are nervous about getting shots.

· For peace in our country.

· For smooth delivery of the vaccine. And please pray for all of the volunteers.

· For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.