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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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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

Uncertain times

March 20, 2020

Dear Church Family:

I am holding each of you in my prayers as we go through these uncertain times. Please feel free to call me if you need someone to talk to or email me and I will respond. I am enjoying some of the creative ways you are finding to stay connected to one another. I know I am missing my daily interactions with you and I am sure you are feeling pain from this forced isolation as well. It is my prayer that these techniques will slow the spread of the virus so that we may soon gather together for worship.

My sermon and a video version of Sunday worship are now online so you can worship from home. Go to the Worship section of our website, and select the Sermons. Find the service for March 22nd and enjoy. If you would like to worship live on Sunday morning, I would suggest going to the Church of the Resurrection website: COR.org. Rev. Adam Hamilton’s church was built for live broadcasting and they do an awesome job.

Here are a few prayer concerns:

For all those affected by the coronavirus.

For those who have lost or might lose their jobs.

Again, a reminder that we need your contributions to the church. You can mail them in, drop them off during business hours which are Monday through Friday 9 until 1 (at least next week) or work with your bank to have them send it directly to the church,

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

Thanks so much to those who have continued to financially support our ministries and thank you for all your prayers. If there is anything I can do, please contact me.

In Christian Love,

Pastor Bill

Keep those bonds of love

March 18, 2020

Good Morning:

As we go through these remarkable times remember God is with us. The thing that is being hurt the most is our sense of community. Make sure and call one another. Keep those bonds of love and compassion strong.

I recorded my sermon from last Sunday and we now have it on YouTube. You can see the video below. I will have this Sunday’s sermon available for your viewing on Sunday morning. We hope to have live streaming of worship in another week. We are dealing with some technical issues that are keeping us from doing this sooner.

Last Sunday I worshipped online with the Church of the Resurrection. As you know, Adam Hamilton, their pastor is my mentor in many things. His sermon related to the virus and why the church should be doing the things we are doing was really good. The link to that sermon is below. I encourage you to watch it.

https://cor.org/leawood/sermon-series/independent-sermons-2020#d/sermon/27031/cor_l

I will be sending out additional information on Friday. Things change every day so we will try our best to keep you informed.

Rev. Bill Green

Church is not a building

March 13, 2020

Dear Trinity Family:

You have received serval bulletins from me related to the COVID-19 virus and how it has affected our ability to worship together and do some of the important work of ministry. Now I wish to share some thoughts from my heart.

I am fully aware of how this affects you on a personal and spiritual level. We gather each week to celebrate how awesome is our God. We gather each week to share God’s love with one another and to support each other in their times of need. We gather to be inspired by the music and message. We will grieve the loss of these things. None of us knows how long it will be until we can again gather to worship.

But the church is more than a building or a time of worship. You are the church. During this time, reach out to others who might be feeling isolated or scared. Give them a call and let them know you care. Send notes of encouragement to those who are sick, grieving or dealing with other medical conditions. It isn’t as good as a Sunday hug but it is better than nothing. Continue to fill your spiritual needs through reading the Bible, praying, going online to find devotionals and more. Perhaps you could invite a friend to be a prayer partner during this time and read scripture and pray together over the phone.

We will be in the office next week from 9 until 1 to answer your calls, to check emails and continue the work of the church. If you have concerns or just need to talk, call and I will be glad to visit. I am working at getting my sermon in video format on the web, hopefully sometime early next week.

As we hold each other in prayer, share God’s love in any way we can and keep a positive attitude we can get through this. Our God is an Awesome God and in faith, we journey together.

In Christian Love

Pastor Bill