Monthly Nexus Newsletter

June 2019 Nexus Newsletter

Farewell from Pastor Dirk

Sisters and Brothers of SAUMC,

This month, with a great mixture of emotions, I write to you one last time to say, “goodbye and thank you!” As I’ve shared previously, the decision to take a new direction in life has not come easily. But in my short 3+ decades on this earth, I’ve learned that life is rarely predictable. With my last written words to you, I write to share with you the emotions in saying goodbye:

I’m sadden to be leaving the love that I’ve experienced here. You all are givers at heart – with joy and passion in sharing love with those you meet. Brittany and I thank you for this gift you’ve blessed us with.

When I’m really honest with myself, I can say that I’m a bit scared. Making new, big decisions are hard and the fear of the unknown easily creeps in. As I engaged in the discernment process, I recognized my fear, but also found joy in what is to come. If I can be so bold, I invite you all to hear this and ask yourselves about the fear you may have in a new big, decision about the Literacy Center, sit with it for a while, examine it. What makes you scared? Why is that scary? And once you’ve found comfort with this fear (A paradox? Perhaps!), ask yourselves, can you find joy in the great potential that exists?

Recognizing my fear, I’m also excited for what it to come. I’ve missed the water. I’ve missed driving ships. I’ve missed the life at sea. It’ll be an adventure for sure, and I’m thankful for the opportunity. And while I know my excitement has caused some strife for you all, I am grateful for your grace. In the midst of this change, you’ve been caring, giving, and genuinely interested. I pray that these gifts of overwhelming acceptance and of love will be quickly passed on to Pastor Denise as well!

I’m hopeful for the future of this church, and I’m optimistic for the ministries of St. Andrew’s UMC: especially for the possibilities that lie ahead with the REACH Program and Literacy Center. You all have identified a great need within our community, and with a vote (as a reminder, Church Conference is set for June 10th at 6pm), you will soon embark on the next journey in the life of this church!

Lastly, friends, I am prayerful. While my physical presence will soon be a thing of the past, my prayerful presence will remain with you, your ministries, Pastor Denise, and the people of the community. You all have great work ahead of you, and I’m quite certain, with an intentional focus on God’s mission to show the entire world God’s love, it’ll all be successful!

Until we meet again on this side of Heaven or the next…

Blessings, Pastor Dirk

Pastor Denise

If you are unfamiliar with the United Methodist system, then you may not be aware that we are now in what is called the ‘appointment season’. This is the time of year (January through June) when clergy appointments are made.

The United Methodist Church uses an itinerant system to appoint its pastors to churches. In our ordination vows, pastors agree to serve where called and to abide by the discernment of the Bishop and the Cabinet.

This means that every June, a number of pastors across the Conference find themselves moving on to new places of ministry.

This year, I am one of those pastors on the move. I am thrilled that I have been appointed to serve St. Andrew’s, as well as the South Sound Co-op, and I am excited about all of us joining in ministry together.

Moving always brings with it a mixture of excitement and anxiety for both the new pastor and the receiving congregation, and my prayer is that the excitement will far exceed the anxiety.

I am thankful to Pastor Dirk and to your Church Council for their guidance, flexibility, and investment of time during this process. I look forward to getting settled in Lacey, and engaging in the busy life of the church and the community. I pray that my gifts will enhance the gifts already present in this church, and that together, we will generate even more enthusiasm, more outreach and continued momentum for the work ahead.

I look forward to meeting you all in July. Until then, may the peace of the Lord be with you. Pastor Denise

A Bit About Pastor Denise


Born in Baltimore, MD. One of eight children, four boys and four girls. Father was a laborer in a steel yard. Mother was a homemaker.

Graduated from Univ. of Notre Dame with a BS in Chemical Engineering.

Moved to the Pacific Northwest (Boise, ID) in 1988.

Graduated from George Washington Univ. with an MS in Chemical Engineering.

Graduated from National Technological University with an MS in Engineering Administration.

Graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary with an M.Div.

Prior to a career in the ministry, I worked 19 years for Hewlett Packard as an Engineering Manager, Procurement Manager, Design Manager, and Engineering Section Manager.

My Calling:

It was during my time at HP that God called me to the ministry. I had been involved in a variety of leadership positions in the church for many years when people started mentioning to me that I should consider leading a church. At the same time, I found myself acting as a chaplain to many of my colleagues in the workplace. After five years of acting like Jonah and ignoring this message about my true calling, I finally started listening to God, and praying about it. And here I am. I have never looked back. Why would I?

I consider it an honor, a privilege, and a joy, to be a pastor and to be invited into some of the most intimate spaces of a person’s life. I take my role as spiritual guide to the congregation very seriously. I love to preach and teach, and I especially love to apply the timeless truths of Scripture to our everyday 21st century lives.

When not engaging in church or community activities, I enjoy walking and playing with my two dogs, Maggie and Jiggs. I love to read, mostly theology, horror novels, and mysteries. I know the horror novels don’t quite fit, but, there you have it. I also am a rabid quilter, and it is rare that I meet a piece of fabric that I don’t like.

I also love awakening each day to see what new surprise God has in store for me.

Church Conference

Special Church Conference

Monday, June 10th @ 6:00pm

See the insert for official Church Conference Announcement.


Hello Sisters and Brothers of SAUMC,

With great pleasure I am writing to inform you that we have set a time for our Special Church Conference to vote on the Literacy Center Project. Included in this publication you'll find the official announcement along with an FAQ sheet addressing some common questions I've heard circulating. If you have any questions after reading this sheet, please feel free to reach out to me (email or call the office),

Barbara Clarkson - Program Leader, ( )

Rich Green - Lay Leader, ( )


Gary Skaar - Church Council Chairperson. ( )

I'm excited for the great potential the REACH program and the Literacy Center have for this community, this church, and most importantly for the sharing of God's love with all!

~Pastor Dirk

Summer Events

With the gift of joining the UM South Sound Co-Operative, we have more opportunities to plug in and be involved this Summer as we seek to bring God's love to all the world:

Annual Conference: June 7-9. Our Lay Leader Rich Green is also our Annual Conference representative. Would you set aside some time on June 7-9 to pray for Rich and all the Conference leaders in this important time of church, worship, and administration?

Youth Idaho Missions Project: July 6-13. About 15 youth for 5 churches will head to Idaho this summer for a great experience in service. We have 3 youth from our church attending this year! If you're interested in supporting our youth, you can still make a check out to SAUMC with "YOUTH IMP TRIP" in the memo line.

R.E.A.C.H.: July 22-Aug 15 (M-TH, 9-12). St. Andrew's once again will open its doors to give a reading boost to the children of our neighborhood. We're still searching for volunteers; if you'd like to join this amazing program of relationships and confidence building through reading, please see Barbara Clarkson.

Vacation Bible Camp: Tumwater UMC July 29-Aug 1 & First Olympia UMC Aug 5-9. As we place our focus on the reading program this year, Tumwater and First Olympia UMC's will be hosting children for Vacation Bible Camps. If you're interested in helping out, please let Pastor Dirk know.

REACH Volunteers

July 22nd - August 15th will be our REACH program here at St. Andrew’s. If you can volunteer one day or all the days we would love to have you help out. Please contact Barbara Clarkson at or you can sign up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

Volunteers are needed to assemble student packets on the following Wednesday's - 1:00pm-4:00pm:

June 5th, 19th, & 26th.

Thank you for your support, Barbara Clarkson


Music Notes

Hello everyone,

The last Sunday for Choir will be June 16, which is also Pastor Dirk’s last week. We will have many opportunities for anyone who would like to provide special music or any other creative presentations that anyone would like to share. Please get in touch with me; I would love to have your input. Thank you, see you in church.


Singles Luncheon

June 12th  @ 12:30 p.m. at Red Lobster

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

Children and Youth Ministries

Youth Walk – June 2nd from 1:00-3:00pm – the youth from the South-Sound UM Co-operative will go to Nisqually Wildlife Refuge for fresh air, fellowship & fun.

Quilters Update

We have had such a productive year.... learning new patterns and techniques, completing comfort quilts for St. Andrew's members, supporting the REACH program children with a personal quilt, and of course, the fellowship and support of the members of our group. We'll be on vacation for the summer, and back to our regular 4th Tuesday meetings in September. Plan to join us. Learn, enhance or share your creative skills with us. Call me for information. Barbara Ullmann 360-491-2693

Pre-School News

Our year is coming to a close and the excitement is growing in the room. We have talked about being “Big Kids”, Bike Rodeo, Graduation and Kindergarten. There are so many questions, it’s amazing to hear their thoughts connect about what’s next in their lives. As we near the end of the school year, please keep an eye on your school calendar and our Facebook page, we have several events that you won’t want to miss.

Thank you to all the families for coming to our Parent’s Day Celebration! Words cannot express the love and kind words you have all shared with us about your children and their love for preschool! We are truly blessed to be a part of your family and your child’s growth!

Remember that Preschool Registration is also underway. If you refer a new family that registers you will receive $40 off your current months tuition. When you recommend us to another family it truly warms our hearts. We are down to just a few openings left in our afternoon M/W/F class (for 4 year olds) and Tuesday/Thursday morning class (for 3 year olds).

Prayer Requests

You are invited to call in your prayer request to the church office (360-491-2030) or to any time of the day or evening. If you get an answering machine, please leave the request or your name and telephone number.

Please Pray for God peace & presence St. Andrew’s Families:

Dave Reed

Jackie Hinchcliffe

Dick Hinchcliffe

Vi Statler

Tom Lund

Virgil Clarkson

Mary Novy

Jim Martin

Barbara Hawley

Phil & Pat Latimer

John Britcher

Bob Scheuerman

Sara Lyon

Mary Novy

Marian McKusker

Enid Force


Notes From the SPRC

Final Sunday – Join us as we say goodbye to Pastor Dirk & Pastor Brittany on Sunday, June 16th. We are currently collecting funds to get them a good bye gift. If you’d like to participate with this, you can make your donations to St. Andrew’s UMC with “Pastor Gift” in the memo line of your check and/or envelope.

Welcome Pastor Denise – On Sunday, July 6th we will have one worship service at 10:30 and following the service we will host our annual 4th of July picnic and welcome Pastor Denise Roberts to St. Andrew’s. Contact Robin Eagen for info at,

Dick Hinchcliffe turning 100 years old - July 14th is the big day. We would like to “Shower him with Birthday Cards”. Please send your cards to St. Andrew’s UMC, P.O. Box 3866, Lacey, WA 98509 addressed to Richard Hinchcliffe. We will collect all the cards and make sure they are delivered to him by his 100th Birthday.

Tacoma Rainiers - Join us Sunday, June 9th @ 1:30 to watch the Rainiers play the Nashville Sounds. This is a great time for some sunshine & fellowship. Tickets are $14 each. Please sign up on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall and write your check to: St. Andrew’s UMC with “Baseball” on the memo line. Tickets need to be requested by June 2nd on the signup sheet. For more information please talk with Janie Stover. (Worship will be one joint service beginning at 10:30.)

Welcome to our Nursery Attendant - Terri Tyler has agreed to love and nurture our children in the nursery on Sundays. She currently nanny’s for a couple of families and assists in our Preschool a couple of days a week. Terri is kind and compassionate (and yes, Dorothy Tyler’s daughter) and will be a great addition to the Nursery. Terri will work 3 Sundays a month and Nancy & Denaé will cover the 4th Sunday of the month. We are so thankful for Nancy and her granddaughter Denaé for all the love they have shared with our children in the interim. Please stop by the Nursery and greet Terri and be sure to let Nancy & Denaé know how appreciative we are for all they do with the kids!

Happy Birthday

7-Shantel Rose

12-Barbara Hawley

16-Steve Speer

17-Bill Berney

20-Jessica Byers

20-Arland Michel

25-Vicki Nichols


Happy Anniversary

12-Bill & Virginia Berney

12– Bill & Sally Bush

12-Bob & Joyce Scheuerman

20-Bruce & Nancy Kauffman

22-Bruce & Geri Baldwin

24-Mike & Emily Regan

If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or if you are new to our congregation, please call the church office (360-491-2030) or write it on your attendance card Sunday so we can update our records.


June 2nd

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Sandra Dlugosz

Coffee Hour: Sally Bush, Janie Stover, Jane Leppert, Heidi Seldomridge, Steve Berntsen, Maggie Schoengarth

June 9th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Lind Clark

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Lois Brighten

Coffee Hour: Boni Lenahan, Sybil Thompson, Mary Jean Grimes, Marilyn Martin, Kyrian MacMichael

June 16th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Bruce Baldwin

Coffee Hour: Jan Green, Betty Gluth, Marian McKusker, Karen Langlois, Dorothy Tyler, Virginia Stephens

June 23rd

Lay Reader 1st Service: Virgil Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Dayton Grimes

Coffee Hour: Nancy Lovrien-Kauffman, Susan Sadler, Lois Mae Best, Gretchen Borck, Sara Wall, Kona Kayij

June 30th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Bruce Kauffman

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Gary Skaar

Coffee Hour: Nancy Lovrien-Kauffman, Susan Sadler, Lois Mae Best, Gretchen Borck, Sara Wall, Kona Kayij

Scriptures - June Series - Jesus & Goodbye’s

June 2nd

John 14:15-20; 25-27a

The Spirit With You

June 9th

John 15:1-11

Asking for the Future

June 16th

John 16:16-24; 33

A Future of Peace

June 23rd

Guest Pastor

June 30th

Guest Pastor


Humor Corner

  1. Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
  2. Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will get in and clean them?
  3. What disease did cured ham actually have?










































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