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Upcoming Events
JUN

25

SAT
Community Dinner at St. Benedict's
3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
At St. Benedict's Episcopal, 910 Bowker St. SE
St. Andrew's helps set up, serve, and clean up a free hot meal for low income and homeless in our community. Your help provides a meaningful service. Call Rich Green to volunteer 943-9290
JUN

26

SUN
Celebration Worship
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Traditional Worship
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Children's Church
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
JUN

28

TUE
Thurston County Food Bank Downtown Olympia
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Join Pastor Melissa on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30pm to fill bags with food for the Backpack program. Thurston County Food Bank (2260 Mottman Rd, Tumwater)
JUN

29

WED
Praise Band
5:45 PM to 6:30 PM
Practice
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
JUL

03

SUN
Celebration Worship
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
4th of July Celebration
11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
ONE worship service only – 11:00am
BBQ – following worship
Traditional Worship
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Children's Church
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
JUL

05

TUE
Finance Committee Meeting
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
JUL

06

WED
Praise Band
5:45 PM to 6:30 PM
Practice
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
JUL

10

SUN
Celebration Worship
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Traditional Worship
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Children's Church
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bible Search
Weather

Vision Statement:
‘Building a community together that
explores faith & experiences God’

St. Andrew’s Online

June 22, 2016

“ It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” Jn 16:7, 20.

Goodbyes ≠ Forgetting

So what do goodbyes teach us?   They teach us that love is worth it. The pain we feel when we say goodbye is a testimony to the love that exists between friends, family, and communities. Goodbyes show us that love is real. They show us that the feeling within us that wells up with warmth and joy in the midst of great conversation, wonderful meals, vulnerable moments, crisis, worship, tears, laughter, smiles, hugs, shared prayers and more – was real love.

Lessons of Goodbye

And what do goodbyes challenge us to do? Jesus challenges us to seek new life after each letting go can give us some direction. The model of Jesus demands that our goodbyes call us to always choose to give our hearts away. Goodbyes challenge us to go out to the next stage of our lives and make room for new love, new life, new growth, new relationships, all aided by the memory of a love that has been let go. Goodbyes call us to form relationships that are worthy of future goodbyes.

It is tough to say goodbye to so many relationships, so many wonderful people, so many experiences of faith, conversation, sadness, joy, laughter. It is extremely difficult to say goodbye to someone who has died or to a lost relationship. We can deny this reality and resist saying goodbye, but my hope is for us to love like Jesus, for he too had to say goodbye,

The goodbye of Jesus is an invitation to understand that our life is a constant departure from what we enjoy temporarily (even over many years) to what we will enjoy one day forever.  

Reflection Questions:

1) What is the pattern of how you say goodbye to people when transitioning in life? 2) What scares you about saying goodbye? 3) Is there anyone you wished you could say goodbye to that you didn’t get a chance to or a goodbye that left you unsatisfied?

        Blessings,

Pastor Melissa

Upcoming Activities

July 3          4th of July Celebration
ONE worship service only – 11:00am
BBQ – following worship


July 17        Pastor Dan’s Welcome Sunday
Wear your nametag to help Pastor Dan and his family get acquainted!


July 25-28  Vacation Bible School, 9:00am – 11:30am
Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love! Children 4-12 are invited to participate in 4 days of God centered activities, crafts, games, songs and so much more.


Aug 6          Parking Lot Sale ~ 9am-3pm

Announcements

The pastors office has been cleaned out so Trustees can do some much needed cleaning, painting and repair work. If you would like to help prepare the space to welcome Pastor Dan please call Gary Skaar whose coordinating the effort.

4th of July Picnic celebration: Please sign up on the bulletin board to bring food and/or help set-up on Sunday morning. Fellowship Committee needs your assistance.

Vacation Bible School:   We need your help collecting all the things we need to make VBS successful and wonderful for the kids. Please choose gift tags on table, purchase items, and return to church by July 17. Cold items into fridge/freezer in Big Kitchen by Sunday, July 24.

                        Need empty 1 liter bottles with caps

Parking Lot Sale Saturday, August 6 ~ 9am-3pm
Donate your gently used items to the Sale. [please no clothes, shoes, weapons or furniture] Finance Committee needs volunteers to sort, price items, set up Saturday morning, clean up and haul unsold items away. If you can help talk with Lois Brighten. Items can be placed in the Garage, please in bag or box items and mark ‘Sale’

Mission Opportunities

FORKids Backpack program

NEEDED:  Chef Boyardee microwavable cups, Vienna sausage, Fruit cups, pudding cups. Place in box on the floor inside Sanctuary doors

Pack FORKids bags from 3:30pm – 5:30pm,

Last packing day for this school year is Tuesday, June 14

Food Bank Warehouse:  2260 Mottman Rd SE, Tumwater – across from South Puget Sound Community College

Feeding program:  Saturday, June 25 @ 3:00pm

Join our St. Andrew’s team to feed the hungry in Lacey. In conjunction with St. Benedict’s Episcopal (910 Bowker Street, Lacey) we serve a hot meal for the homeless and low-income people in our community. Come help set-up, serve, clean-up. Talk to Rich Green for more information.

Items we collect Year Round

Besides food for the school bags and the Food Bank we collect:

Aluminum Cans – we recycle and the $ goes for Missions. Place in the small house to the left of the dumpster in parking lot.

Hygiene items – for homeless. Especially needed are trial size soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste. Also toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers, and feminine product. Must be new still in packaging. Place in ‘Donation’ bin across from Pastors’ Office

Plastic Shopping Bags & Empty Egg Cartons that hold a dozen eggs: Food bank could use your clean plastic shopping bags and empty egg cartons to use in passing out food to families. Please put in the Food Bank bin just inside the Sanctuary doors.

Small Group Meetings – EVERYBODY WELCOME:

Adult Sunday School ~ 9:30am – 10:30am

Adult Sunday School will begin at 9:30am and will end at 10:30am when the choir starts to practice.

Quilters –  Thursday, ~ 9:30am – 2:00pm  - Next Meeting to be determined

This group is responsible for supplying the comfort quilts St. Andrew’s gives people at Baptism and during emergency/crisis circumstances. They also love to try new quilting techniques. Bring something to share for lunch.                        Contact: Denise Gerth      

Singles Luncheon Group –  meets 3rd Wednesday of each month, Next meeting-  OFF for Summer @ 11:30am, Panorama Restaurant, For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, separated, etc.)                   Contact: Chris Regester

No-host After Church lunch – meets every Sunday after 11:00 service for lunch at Emperor’s Palace (on Martin)             

Contact Us  
St. Andrew's United Methodist
Mailing address: PO Box 3866, Lacey 98509
Church location:
540 School St. SE Lacey, Washington 98503
Map  •   Directions
Phone 360-491-2030
Regular Schedule  
Sunday
  • CELEBRATION EARLY WORSHIP
    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • TRADITIONAL WORSHIP
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • CHILDREN"S CHURCH
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Affiliations  
Announcements
News, Activities and Opportunties at St.Andrews

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St. Andrew's Preschool Registration 2016-2017

Fill out the information at this link and return it to the office with a $110.00 non-refundable registration fee to guarantee your child’s placement for next year. A full Registration packet will need to be filled out and returned to the office, packets will be handed out at the Parent Orientation in August. Please check the class you wish for your child to attend. We register on a first come first registered basis, we will not be able to hold spots for children until this form is filled out and the registration fee is paid.
Thank you, Kathy Bowen, Preschool Director 360-491-2030

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Donate and General Offerings

 

Your giving makes a significant difference!

Your giving is an act of worship and makes possible the ministry of changing lives, transforming communities and renewing the church. We are grateful for your support as St. Andrew’s strives to be a tangible presence of Jesus Christ in our neighborhood and world.  Click here to make online contributions to St. Andrew’s - you will be redirected to eservicepayments.com which is a secure site. You may make donations from checking, savings, or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard or Discover). ** St. Andrew’s United Methodist is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. ***please note that approximately 3.5% of your gift is kept by our account processor as a fee.

Disaster Relief

How to give in response to disaster through our connection. When disaster hits, the United Methodist connection responds.
The United Methodist Church is uniquely situated to respond to disasters because of its churches in almost every county and community across the United States and the worldwide Methodist connection with annual conferences, central conferences, and autonomous partner churches on five continents.
As a disaster unfolds, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is in contact with annual conference leadership to offer assistance.
UMCOR is the not-for-profit humanitarian arm of The United Methodist Church and is part of the Board of Global Ministries. Since 1940, UMCOR's mission - providing relief in disaster areas, aiding refugees and confronting the challenges of global health and poverty - has helped heal the hurts of humanity in nearly 100 countries.
LEARN MORE OR DONATE TO: www.umcor.org

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
Current Announcements

Upcoming Activities

United Methodist Market – The shopping portal explained in the bulletin insert last month has changed names. Go to http://www.umcmarket.net/   Start here for all your internet shopping and St. Andrew’s will receive a donation at no cost to you. The market has already raised $54,000 for United Methodist churches.

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