Local Missions

Local missions

The purpose of our Missions ministry team is to bring awareness of the needs in our community, Our goal is to improve the lives of vulnerable people: disabled, homeless, seniors, children, and youth, etc. Trinity United Methodist is part of a group of three Sequim churches — including St Luke’s Episcopal Church and Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church — who join together to meet human needs in our community. Our Missions Ministry Team supports and members volunteer for the Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic, a free medical clinic.

Lois’s Legacy

The mission of Lois’s Legacy is to promote self-directed choices for everyone in need of care. This care is one of “neighbor helping neighbor,” and involves changing attitudes about how and where we age.

Sequim is a mecca for retirees. As we age, the need for care at home increases.  Spouses and relatives need respite.  Families search for skilled home care providers.  Lois’ Legacy (a TUMC ministry) is at the forefront of providing guidance in making good choices and advocating culture change models of care at home as well as in our Assisted Living and skilled facilities.

This video, a little over seven minutes long, features Pastor Joey Olson talking with Pauline Olsen and Marilyn Hryciw about the Lois’s Legacy mission:

The group includes church members and community leaders. For more information contact us at 1-360-683-4307. You can also view our website at loislegacy.org.

Tim’s Place

Tim’s Place is an adult activity program at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Sequim. It is a respite ministry, for those living with memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. The program is designed to give respite to caregivers, while providing a safe, stimulating environment for the participants.

[Note that the in-person activities mentioned below are suspended due to the pandemic. Currently, a mailing list sends out activity information to participant families each week.]

Tim’s Place has activities such as games, art, music, pet therapy, and chair exercises, and includes a hot lunch catered by Shipley Center. The program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church. The cost is $35 per day.

Those interested in participating need to contact Rhonda Heyn (see information below) to fill out medical history, and release forms. They aren’t a medical program, just a social one, so participants need to be able to ambulate, feed themselves, and use the restroom on their own.

This ten-minute video features Pastor Joey Olson and Rhonda Heyn talking about the ministry in a presentation to the Trinity congregation.

Rhonda Heyn, Director, Tim’s Place

Holliday Food Distribution

Working with other area organizations, Trinity hosted a holiday food distribution in November 2022.

Cars lined up well in advance of the event. Many expressed fears that the organizers would run out of food.
Cars lined up well in advance of the event. Many expressed fears that the organizers would run out of food, but all who came were served.

Supplies for refugees

In 2022, Trinity worked with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church to collect supplies for Ukrainian refugees.

The truck loading crew at St. Luke's.
The truck loading crew at St. Luke’s.

Community mass vaccination clinic

Trinity worked with several partners to create the first community mass vaccination clinic to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Church volunteers line the Trinity parking lot to triage visitors seeking vaccinations.
Church volunteers line the Trinity parking lot to triage visitors seeking vaccinations.

Prayer Shawls

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a spiritual practice. The knitter or crocheter dedicates the work of their hands through thoughts and prayers for the receiver. The pastor and the congregation bless the completed prayer shawl. Prayer shawls are gifted to persons undergoing medical procedures; during an illness and recovery; during bereavement; and as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress. A blessing or ritual may be offered when the gift is presented.

An excellent opportunity is available for those who knit (or who want to learn to knit) 6-foot prayer shawls. The yarn and pattern are available to anyone who is willing to try this. We would love to have a monthly meeting in a volunteer’s house where people can gather to knit and pray. For more information contact Deacon Kathleen Charters.

Community Dinners (suspended during the pandemic)

Trinity holds a free Community Dinner on the last Thursday of each month at a time when many find their budgets and energy are strained. The meal serves the needs of many in our community. TUMC members and friends, with generous assistance from the Sequim Food Bank, provide the food each month. Volunteers cook, set up, and decorate tables, serve food, frequently provide entertainment and do all the cleanup. It’s a great meal with a diverse following, including those with disabilities who feel safe at TUMC, homeless and low-income guests, and those who are seeking community and social time. Members and friends host tables and there is always a warm and friendly atmosphere. We serve families with high chairs and booster seats available and lots of attention for kids. Volunteers, as well as guests, are always welcome; reservations are taken by phone the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before each dinner at 683-5367 or via email to dinners@sequimtumc.org.