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Upcoming Events
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TUE
Church Council Meeting
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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20

WED
Singles Luncheon
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
February 20th @ 12:30 p.m. at The Mayan (on Yelm Hwy)
We invite all adult singles (divorced, widowed, separated, never married) to join us for a no-host lunch and conversation.
Questions or RSVP to: Lois Brighten (360) 412-7933
Praise Team Practice
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Choir Practice
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
FEB

21

THU
Bread of Life Study
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FEB

23

SAT
St. Benedict’s Community Dinner
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday @ 3:00 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. We serve a hot meal for the homeless and low-income people in our community.
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SUN
CELEBRATION EARLY WORSHIP
8:30 AM to 9:30 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
FEB

26

TUE
Quilters Group
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tuesday, February 26th, 10:00am. We're starting the New Year with new projects. Looking forward to Easter we have patterns for several beautiful wall hangings for the Sanctuary. Help us choose patterns, fabrics and sewing techniques. These can be made during our monthly sessions or at home if that is easier. Also, we need some special comfort quilts. Come and discuss the needs and how they can be filled.

Do you know the history behind the comfort quilt projects that we work on? We’d love to share our story & projects with you on the last Tuesday of each month. Join us at 10:00am on February 26th and we will show you what we are working on.
FEB

27

WED
Habitat Lunch
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Praise Team Practice
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Choir Practice
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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THU
Bread of Life Study
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
MAR

03

SUN
CELEBRATION EARLY WORSHIP
8:30 AM to 9:30 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
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Bible Search
A Note from Pastor Dirk

Nexus February 2019

 

Pastor Dirk

Sisters and Brothers of SAUMC,

I have shared often that I love bird-watching. On my last birding adventure I spotted a bird I had never seen before. It was a medium-size white bird with long legs wading in the water in search of food. I had my suspicions of what it was, and after checking my field guide on my phone it seemed like everything fit – size, features, feeding behavior, location, etc. – except, the bright-yellow feet at the end of its long, black legs. In fact, as my field guide stated, “it could be said to dance in the shallows on golden slippers.” I saw no golden slippers! Entranced and curious, I stopped and watched this majestic and very patient creature as it moved slowly glaring into the glistening water. Eventually the snowy egret bared its characteristic trait as it stepped high and long with each advancing move.

What I saw from a distance and without my binoculars was simply a white bird bearing no distinctive marks standing quite still in the water. However, what rested beneath the water was unexpected and beautiful. Unexpected because I’ve never seen a bird with different color feet than legs; beautiful because, indeed, those golden slippers danced in the shallows!

As birds and nature often are for me, this moment was enlightening. The plainness of the bird, the inability to see its characteristics from afar, and the hiddenness of its defining trait led me to see just a white bird. But when I saw the elegance of what rested beneath the water, I was led to see the bird anew. This led me to wonder how often do we “see” people from “afar,” how often do we not allow ourselves to “get close” enough to see the defining traits of the folks we meet, and how often do we just see the simple “plainness” of our neighbors?

Like this bird – and so many others – I believe that all people are beautiful creations of God, made in the likeness of our Creator. But it’s easy to – as I almost did – simply walk by what seems to be the “plainness” of others. What would it look like if we began to look for what rests beneath the water? What would it look like if we paused entranced and curious to see and find the golden slippers of everyone we meet?

Many blessings,

Pastor Dirk

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