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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, and now also offer Sunday parking lot services; please check the Sermons page.

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Service and faith

May 21, 2020

Dear Friends:

I hope you have been having a good week. As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day let us remember its initial purpose, to remember those who have died in service to our country. We may not be able to get together, have picnics, or do all the other traditional activities associated with this unofficial start of summer, but we can spend a few moments in prayer and thanksgiving for those who now serve and remember those who served and died for our freedom.

We have a radio transmitter and will be working on getting it set up. This means that we will probably have the opportunity to worship from our cars starting May 31st. There are lots of rules we have to follow if we are to meet state guidelines. In next week’s letter, I will share all that is required. Because of the limitations, I know that these services will not work for everyone. We will continue our online services so you are invited to go to our website for the link to these services. As we move through the re-opening process, the restrictions for outside worship will loosen as well and make them more accessible for all.

Just a reminder:

TUMC Plant Sale: This Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

We are having a modified plant sale this year in which our three greenhouse growers, Marilyn, Randy Grubbs, and Curt Alexander will have their usual vegetable, flower, and herb plants on sale. Rather than pricing items, we are asking for donations so we don’t have to make change. Checks will be accepted. We request you wear masks and practice social distancing.

This weekend in our worship service I have invited three of our veterans to share about faith and service. Because of that, we will not have a sermon as part of this letter. You will want to log onto our website for the link so you can hear them. May 24, 2020 service.

We continue to pray for patience as we continue to live with the stay home, stay safe orders. Our Bishop is requesting that churches remain closed, except for essential work, until at least mid-June. Marian or I will be in the office each weekday morning to take your calls.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Those who are needing to be at work and dealing with the public: first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees, and more.
  • For all those who are ill from the virus and for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman and his wife Dorothy at this time of transition.

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

Always feel free to contact me by email or at home. I care about you and am glad to hear from you.

Hope you have had a great week.

Pastor Bill

Note: As we look ahead to holding “parking lot” worship, we would like to borrow a small canopy for our worship team. If you have one that you could loan the church, please contact the church or Pastor Bill.

Adjusting to circumstances

May 14, 2020

Dear Friends:

I hope you have been having a good week. I thought I would start by sharing a little joy!

Congratulations to Mickey Dickey on turning 100 and to all her friends who made the day special.

Mickey Dickey

Congratulations to Mickey Dickey on her 100th birthday.

We have a radio transmitter ordered and if we can believe the shipping notices it means that we will be able to have church from our cars in the parking lot starting May 31st. Stay tuned for more details next week. Even when this begins, we will continue to record our services and have them available online.

TUMC Plant Sale: Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

We are having a modified plant sale this year in which our three greenhouse growers, Marilyn, Randy Grubbs and Curt Alexander will have their usual vegetable, flower, and herb plants on sale. Rather than pricing items, we are asking for donations so we don’t have to make change. Checks will be accepted. We request you wear masks and practice social distancing.

We continue to pray for patience as we continue to live with the stay home, stay safe orders. Our Bishop is requesting that churches remain closed except for essential work until at least mid-June. This is one of the ways we care for the most vulnerable. At that time we will see if we can have in-church Bible studies and committee meetings.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Those who are needing to be at work and dealing with the public: first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees, and more.
  • For all those who are ill from the virus and for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman and his wife Dorothy at this time of transition.

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

Always feel free to contact me by email or at home. I care about you and am glad to hear from you.

This Sunday’s church service: Share the Good News

Hope you have had a great week.

Pastor Bill

Challenged to serve

May 7, 2020

Dear Friends:

Sunday is Mother’s Day and so I want to wish all of our mothers a most blessed day! I hope your families find a way to spoil you a bit because you are special and your love is an incredible gift to your families. 

We now have the governor’s guidelines for how we will slowly reopen our state after the long shut down. This has helped me to clarify when we will be able to do various things in the church. Until we get to Phase 3 things will not change much. It is hoped that this will happen mid-June.  At that time we will be allowed to have groups of 10 or less, so Bible Studies can start again and committees can meet. There will be new rules as to sanitizing spaces and keeping safe distances between people. We still are discussing whether we will open the kitchen at this time or wait until phase 4 before that happens. The one thing that is now allowed is “parking lot” church. We are working on acquiring the technology so we can do this well. Stay tuned for updates. It looks as if it will be July before we can worship in our sanctuary. When that will be and how we will do it are lively topics of discussion amongst the church leadership. The one thing we can positively say is that it will be different from the past. We also know that we will continue to have worship online for a long time to come as some of our members are in that medically fragile category and should not be in crowds until there is a vaccine. 

I want to thank all of you for so faithfully supporting the church. April’s offerings were amazing. We were able to pay all of our bills and even had a little surplus. Thank you for doing this. It means that Trinity will be able to re-open as rapidly as conditions warrant. 

Some prayers that we have this week:

First let us start with joys:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy have closed on a house here in Sequim

Concerns that we have:

  • Those who are needing to be at work and dealing with the public: first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees, and more.
  • For all those who are ill from the virus and for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus. 
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman and his wife Dorothy at this time of transition.

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

Always feel free to contact me by email or at home. I care about you and am glad to hear from you. 

Hope you have had a great week.

Pastor Bill

Sermons, including video services.

Connected yet apart

April 30, 2020

Dear Friends:

May is almost here. Who would have thought on March 8, when last we worshipped together, that eight weeks would pass without a service in our sanctuary? We still do not know when we will be allowed, in any form, to gather together. Our Bishop, Elaine Stanovsky shared with us the following:

As bishop of the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church, I am extending the suspension of in-person worship in United Methodist Churches through May 30, 2020, unless state government and health officials lift restrictions.

What this means for us at Trinity is that it does not look like we will be able to have worship in our sanctuary this month. We are hoping that as the governor loosens restrictions some activities might resume, in a limited capacity. With that in mind, I had an ad hoc Ad Council meet to draft some initial policies. We believe that we will first be allowed to have groups of 10 or less. If so, this is what we have decided:

  • Only church-related groups may meet: committees, Bible studies, etc.
  • No outside groups
  • Kitchen closed

Procedure: Use hand sanitizer when coming in. Sanitize all surfaces after the meeting with supplies provided.

We will let you know when we can invite you into the church building in this way. If you have questions about all of this, you can contact me or Margaret Cox, our Ad Council chair.

Recently I learned that some of you are having difficulties accessing our Sunday worship videos. Each week we create a worship service for you to enjoy. They are available to watch any time after we put them on the website. You do not need to watch them at 10:00 on Sunday morning. We usually have them ready by Saturday. To watch, just go to our website: Sequimtumc.org. The current service will be there on the front page. To watch previous services just click on the link to our YouTube page or click on this link: https://www.sequimtumc.org/sermons/ . Let me know if you have questions

Since this Sunday is the first one of the month, I invite you to join me at 7 pm Sunday, May 3, for another Facebook live vesper service. Have a piece of bread and a bit of juice or wine available and we will celebrate communion together.

Here are some prayer concerns.

  • Those who are needing to be at work and dealing with the public: first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees, and more.
  • For all those who are ill from the virus and for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman and his wife Dorothy at this time of transition

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

Always feel free to contact me by email or at home. I care about you and am glad to hear from you.

Hope you have had a great week.

Pastor Bill

Time of isolation

April 23, 2020

Dear Friends:

Another week of isolation has passed and all of us are getting a little antsy for it to come to an end. We know that we need to hang in there a little longer but it is tough. Here is what our bishop said in a conference call earlier this week about reopening our churches. We are asked to follow the health guidelines of our state and local authorities as they begin to slowly open up our area. Since we are doing so well here on the peninsula in limiting the spread of the COVID 19 virus we are hopeful that some limited church activities might be possible in the not too distant future. Unfortunately, it does not look like we will be able to worship together very soon.

With this in mind, I brought together some of our church leaders to begin to look at all the questions facing even a limited opening of our church. Each loosening of government-mandated restrictions brings with it a host of questions that we have to answer as a church. I will be sharing some of the results of these discussions in my letter to you next week.

Here are some prayer concerns for this week:

Those dealing with the stress of long term forced isolation.

Those who are needing to be at work and dealing with the public: first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees, and more.

For all those who are ill from the virus and for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.

For our new pastor Brad Beeman and his wife Dorothy at this time of transition.

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

As we examined our church calendar, it became apparent that we cannot have a rummage sale in the first week of June. I know this will disappoint many of you because you have been using this time of isolation to clean out closets. We do not know if we will reschedule it later this summer or wait until next year. We will let you know as soon as a decision has been made.

One of our members called and shared an idea that she had. Since we are not having the rummage sale she suggested that people consider giving an extra $100 to the church from the stimulus checks they are receiving from the government. This would go a long way to making up the financial shortfall the church will experience from not having the sale.

Remember, I am available to you by phone and email. I want to stay connected with you, especially if you are having any challenges during this very challenging time.

Hope you have had a great week.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Caring for others

April 16, 2020

Dear Friends:

We have celebrated Easter, each in our own unique way this year. For Jenny and me, besides worshipping virtually, we had dinner with our granddaughter in Maryland along with her other grandparents from Texas. Virtual dinner together spanning the continent is one of the upsides of what this time of forced isolation has brought us.

Marian and I continue to be in the office weekday mornings to answer your calls. I want to thank all of you who have sent in your checks to support our church. We deposited a large sum this week so thank you for your faithfulness.

We did reach out to our food bank to see how things are going there. At the present time, they cannot accept any food donations so they are having to purchase everything. Everyone who comes to them then gets a bag with the exact same items. The volume is up and so this is depleting their cash reserves. If you have a little extra and wish to help out our community in a tangible way you can send a check to the food bank (Sequim Food Bank, P.O. Box 1453, Sequim, WA 98382) or add a bit to the next check you send to the church and let us know what it is for and we will pass it along. The missions team is sending extra funds, from their budget, to help at this time in our name.

I want to pass along a joy: Mickey Dickey will be turning 100 on May 9th! Because of COVID-19, they have had to cancel the party to celebrate this important milestone. Mickey enjoys getting cards or letters. Would you take a few moments this coming week to drop her a line or a card, if you have some around your house? Don’t go and buy one! It isn’t as good as a party or a hug, but it will let her know we are celebrating with her. This has been a tough year for Mickey, health-wise, so this would go a long way to brightening her day.

Here are a few prayer concerns:

  • Those facing surgery or needing to go to the hospital at this time.
  • Those dealing with the stress of long term forced isolation.
  • Those who are needing to be at work and dealing with the public: first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees and more.
  • For all those who are ill from the virus and for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman and all he has to do in this time of transition.

Birthdays:

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

One of the questions I continue to get asked is when will we be able to have church? I wish I knew the answer. We will have a little better sense of what the future may look like in a week or two. Until then, stay home and stay safe.

Call or email if you have questions, needs or just want to talk.

In Christian Love,

Pastor Bill

Please Note: May-June Upper Rooms will be available next week in a box outside the church door. If interested, you may stop by and pick one up during the office hours of 9 to 1 pm.

A challenging time for us all

April 9, 2020

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to celebrate Easter, I want to remind us all that even though we cannot be together in body we, with Christians around the world, will gather in spirt this Sunday to celebrate the glorious news of the resurrection. The empty tomb is a reminder that nothing, not a virus, not even death, can separate us from the love of God who breathes new life into every situation.

We have been able to create a wonderful Easter service for you to enjoy. Within the rules of social distancing, we videotaped members of our congregation leading various parts of our worship and then through the magic of video editing stitched them together to create our Easter service. I encourage you to go to our website, sequimtumc.org and click on the link to our video sermons. This is the most reliable way to find our services. At the end of this message are the words to two of our great Easter hymns. I encourage you to print them off and be ready to sing with our soloist. Several people besides those on camera need to be thanked for making this happen: Curt Alexander and Pam Bennett for spending much of a day at the church recording and doing the sound, Luke Kisena for the video editing, Lawrence Charters for maintaining our YouTube Channel and Ole Olson for providing our original Easter art piece.

We continue to lift up people in prayer:

  • For all those impacted in so many ways by the COVID 19 virus.
  • For those facing health concerns at this time when going to doctors or hospitals is such a scary thing.
  • For those who are grieving
  • For our new pastor Brad Beeman as he prepares with Dorothy to come and serve amongst us.

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

Just a few reminders: Marian or I are in the office in the mornings to answer your calls. I am available to you by email or at home at any time. And again, thank you for your faithfulness in sending in your offerings.

It is a challenging time for us all but God is with us. May the spirit of Easter fill you with joy as we anticipate all the new and wonderful things life is preparing us to receive.

Christ is Risen!

Pastor Bill

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HYMN 302: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (verses 1, 2, & 3)

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

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HYMN 310: He Lives (verses 1 & 3)

I serve a risen Savior, he’s in the world today;
I know that he is living, whatever foes may say.
I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer,
and just the time I need him, he’s always near.

Refrain:

He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, he lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find;
none other is so loving, so good and kind.

Refrain:

He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, he lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

Do not grow weary

April 2, 2020

Dear Friends

I continue to hold all of you in my prayers. I wish I had the time to call and chat with each of you personally because I care and wonder if it is well with your soul. What does bring me great joy is to hear how well you are taking care of each other. I continue to hear about how you are phoning people, sending emails and cards. Well done. As we go through the month ahead with the requirement that we stay isolated as a way of loving our neighbor we need to, “not grow weary of doing good.” (Galatians 6:9).

Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. I think this forced isolation will be hardest for me during this time. I was so looking forward to celebrating with you Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. We had an amazing Holy Thursday worship service that will now not take place. And most of all, I so looked forward to being with you on Easter. This is my last one in active ministry. There is no greater joy for me as a pastor than to celebrate our resurrection faith. So, my heart is sad as I work at creating the best Easter service possible for you to enjoy at home. Stay tuned for more details next week!

By now, you have heard the news that the Rev. Brad Beeman will be the next pastor in Trinity’s long and fruitful history. Brad’s father is a retired United Methodist Clergy person so I have known Brad for almost 60 years, over 25 as a colleague in ministry. You will be blessed by Brad and Dorothy. We still don’t know the details as to the future, when he will begin ministry here and when I retire. The limitations put in place by the coronavirus has affected all schedules.

Keep in prayers all those who are dealing with the virus, those who are sick, those who have lost loved ones, those who are caring for them or in the stores so we can buy what we need.

Again, I want to share what an awesome group you are! You are truly God’s real expression of love in this community. Continue to reach out to others. Thank those who take care of you in the stores. Pray for those in need here and around the world.

Hosanna! Blessed is He who Comes in the Name of the Lord!

Pastor Bill

Appointment of new pastor

March 29, 2020

Dear Sequim Trinity UMC

After a wonderful phone introduction between the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the person the Bishop wished to appoint as our new pastor it is with great joy that I share with you the following from our District Superintendent Rev. Mark Galang:

26 March 2020

Patricia Guthrie
Chair, Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Trinity United Methodist Church
100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim WA 98382

Dear Patricia,

I am writing this letter to share with you that Bishop Elaine Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Bradley Beeman as Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, effective 1 July 2020.

Rev. Beeman entered the ministry in the United Methodist Church in 1992 as a Full-time Licensed Local Pastor. He went to Claremont School of Theology, where he graduated with honors. He was also commissioned and ordained in the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 2008, he came back to Washington to serve our church in Auburn before he was appointed to serve as pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Bellevue, WA in July 2011.

Feel free to announce this to the congregation beginning Sunday, 29 March 2020.

I also pray for God’s grace and abundant blessing on the Rev. William Green and his family especially during this time of transition. Kindly join me in thanking Pastor Bill for his faithful service in your church for the past 9 years.

May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and help you all in becoming the radically welcoming community of faith that seeks to make a difference in the greater community.

With love and grace,

Rev. J. Mark Galang
District Superintendent

We have been assured by Rev. Mark that there will be an appropriate amount of time for us to say farewell to Pastor Bill.

Pastor Brad ‘s picture is below. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

In Christian Love,

Patricia Guthrie, Chair of Staff Parish


Brad and Dorothy Beeman

Brad and Dorothy Beeman

Dorothy and I are so excited to meet all of you. The move to Trinity is a dream come true and an answered prayer for both of us. I want you to know how humbled I am to follow someone as gifted as Pastor Bill. I know that he and Jenny will be missed on so many levels, but please know that they will be back for visits and we will welcome them with open arms.

Finally, I simply ask that as we prepare to join you, that you pray for Aldersgate United Methodist in Bellevue. They will find out today that I’m leaving. Please pray for them through this time. Friends, your gracious hospitality has already been felt, and I can’t wait to get to know all of you. In the meantime, God’s grace and peace be with you.

Pastor Brad and Dorothy Beeman

Being unafraid

March 26, 2020

Dear Friends

My prayers are with each of you as we continue to live through these changing times. Our world has been turned upside down. Being told to stay home is a challenge. We need to remember that this is one concrete way we can love our neighbor. If you need something, please contact the church office. We have some limited ability to deliver things to our members.

On Tuesday night we receive notice that our Bishop is shutting down all United Methodist Churches in our region through the month of April. This means no worship services, small groups, Bible Studies or outside groups will be meeting in our building during this time. The rules given out from the governor’s office allows an individual to be at work, if they are the only one present. With this in mind, I will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Marian will be available on Tuesday and Thursday. You can always email me and feel free to call me at home at 360-504-2079. You don’t have to have a reason to call other than you want to check in with your pastor!

We will not be sending out a newsletter until things get better. Deacon Kathleen wanted you to know about a resource:

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we can be connected as a faith community, I would like to make you aware of the opportunity to view online any of the “Unafraid” videos. Pastor Bill did a sermon series based on the book “Unafraid” by Adam Hamilton. Kathleen taught a class based on the book. Each video features Adam Hamilton, a panel discussion, and an interview with an expert. If you go to:

https://my.amplifymedia.com/amplify/series/unitedmethodistpublishinghouse/14438-unafraid

you may watch any of the 5 sessions for free. Feel free to share this information with others who might be interested.

We were able to record this week’s worship service before the new rules took place. It will available through our web page on Friday. I am thankful for the music and tech team helping me to quickly put this together early this week. I will continue recording my sermons for you. On Palm Sunday I will have to do it myself! We still are waiting to see what we can do for Easter.

Just a reminder that if you want to send a check or any other mail to the church, please remember to use our mailing address,

Trinity United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 3697
Sequim WA 98382

as we do not have delivery to our street address.

These are stressful times for all. When you go to the grocery store thank those who are serving you. Call a friend. Reach out to someone in the church you might not know well. Together we will get through this.

May God Bless each of you.

Pastor Bill