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Upcoming Events
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TUE
Church Council
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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WED
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
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THU
Bread of Life Study
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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FRI
Last Day to Collect Household Goods at the Church
Summer Household Goods Drive - We have begun collecting household goods (clothing, small furniture, books, CD’s and DVD’s, etc…). If you have things that you would like to donate please bring them to the church starting August 1st. We will be collecting from August 1st through the 25th, so if you feel it’s time to clean out a closet we would love whatever you can donate! Ask your neighbors, family members and anyone else that you know that might have things that they would be willing to donate to the church. This is a great way to help the church budget!! All items will be stored in the garage in the small trailer.
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SAT
St Benedict's Community Dinner
3:00 AM to 5:00 AM
This is held at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. St. Andrew’s takes turns cooking and everyone helps serve. 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. If you would like for information please contact Rich Green (360) 943-9290.
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SUN
Morning Service
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Sunday School
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
AUG

30

WED
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
AUG

31

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

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SUN
Morning Service
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Adult Sunday School
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SEP

04

MON
Bible Search
General Articles of Interest from Monthly Nexus

NEXUS  Articles from August 2017

 

Pastor Dan Greetings:

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I came to St. Andrew’s. I have met with many of you in small groups during this time and have heard bits and pieces of your stories. As we have journeyed together, I have had an amazing   experience. So what now? We are part of God’s living body in this world. Life and growth are to be hallmarks of our time together – not death, or stagnation. So, my vision for the coming year will focus on three things. First, that each of us will seek to find ways to be drawn closer to God. Whether that is through a deepening devotion, study, prayer, fellowship or service is determined by each one of us. Secondly, that as we fall in love with God all the more, it will be expressed in our being kinder and more compassionate with each other. Third, that through our joyful worship, fellowship, and service, our efforts will become more focused on those things that we have found truly matter. It is easy to be busy, but I would hope that as we continue to journey together and    occasionally look in the rearview mirror we will increasingly say, along with God, that we are delighted in our efforts.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Dan

Music Notes From David
Glimpse into Methodist Hymnody

The hymn Blessed Assurance was penned by Fanny Crosby. It is one of more than 8,000 penned by a blind, musical visionary.  Fanny lost her sight six weeks after birth in 1820.The Rev. Alfred T. Day writes: “Fanny Crosby was not held back at all by her blindness. And probably the words of her poetry and hymns helped more people to see and know and experience Jesus as anybody with two working eyes and 20/20 vision.” From the age of 15, Crosby attended the New York Institute for the Blind and later joined the faculty and met her husband there. Alexander Van Alstyne, blind himself, was supportive. He often transcribed his wife’s poems since Crosby could not write and composed the lyrics entirely in her mind.  Such is the rich heritage of hymns in the Methodist hymnal.

Music Classes for Kids:

If you know of any young person in your home or connected to your family that is looking to learn to play the    piano, we are looking to start up a Wednesday afternoon session to get them started.  Please talk with David or Pastor Dan if you or someone you know is interested. Church families have the opportunity to obtain a scholarship from the church.

Trustees Update

Our new purchase:

       A nice donation was made available to purchase a box scraper blade for the tractor. It would help us grade our gravel parking lot and take the drudgery out of digging out the pesky potholes. A box blade would also work reasonably well as a snowplow when we get a rare big snowfall. I did not feel it necessary to buy a new blade as used ones are very durable and have a long life. Further, new blades would cost up to three times our budget! I had been looking for a used four foot wide blade for more than a year. About two months ago, we were cruising around the back roads above Hood River with our son, Dave who lives there. We went by a farm auction company in Odell but it was closed. Just then the owner drove up, and when we asked if he had a four foot box blade, the answer was: "Yes, I have one and it will be up for auction next Saturday." Back at the house, Dave and I looked it up on line and I submitted a bid for $300 in advance.

     We had a problem! The next Saturday (auction day) we would be on the  Rushwind in the middle of the Tacoma  Narrows on our way to Gig Harbor for a long weekend with our sailing friends. No internet service and no way to monitor the bidding! We had to trust our bid would win. On auction day, Dave monitored the bidding from Hood River. The auction was in a big field near Culver, OR just north of Bend. Dave phoned me in Gig Harbor Saturday evening and told me the last bidder dropped out at $290 and our $300 won! After auction charges were added, our cost came to $349.17. Yahoo! We did it!           

       On the following Monday, I called the auction company and was told I had to pick up the blade by Wednesday. They would have a fork lift available to hoist the 400 pound blade into our truck. On Tuesday, Sharlyn and I made a quick decision to drive the 500 mile round trip to Culver and back in one day to pick up our blade. Pastor Dan helped me slide the unit off the truck at the church garage the next day. After a few well aimed wangs with a sledge to straighten the bent hitch pin bars and installation of three new proper sized pins ($7.22), I was ready to hang the blade on the tractor. It fit perfectly, lifted smoothly, and test runs in the parking lot left behind nice smooth gravel! It was a purchase that was well worth waiting for and was meant just for St. Andrew’s!

       Side note:  Barbara Ullmann grew up at a farm located just a few fields away from our auction site near Culver!

Ken Russell, Trustee Chair

Singles Luncheon - August 16th @ 11:30am

We invite all adult singles (divorced,   widowed, separated, never married) to join us for a no-host lunch and conversation.  Questions or RSVP to:  Chris Regester   (360-491-3425)

Quilters @ St. Andrew’s

The busy quilters have completed 4 quilts using the pattern Christy Townsend shared.  Take time to look on the rack in the Fellowship Hall to see the amazing, and very different results, from a single pattern. We're still looking to find a day during this busy summer for a get-together.  If you have a good date, please let me know. Perhaps the middle of August?  We'll come up with a time and date and get it into the Sunday Bulletin.  Until then…Happy Quilting!        Barb Ullmann 360-491-2693

PreSchool News

Summer School has been so much fun! We have one week, left this first week of August, and then we will be done with classes until September. Don’t forget that St. Andrew’s  Vacation Bible School is August 7th - August 10th, if you want to register your child for that just let us know. On August 16th, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon we will have a “Meet the Teacher” on the playground day. This will be a great time to meet all of our new families and give lots of hugs to our returning ones.  If you have time, please stop by and say “hi” to the Teachers.  On August 23rd, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. we will have our Parent & Family Orientation to Preschool. This is a very   informative night, so if you have a child attending this fall please make sure that you come and get your information packets.                                                                      School begins on September 6th, for our Monday/Wednesday/Friday kids, and on September 7th, for our Tuesday/Thursday kids. We are very excited to get to know everyone and get started learning new things.  If you have any questions or would like to stop by and check out the room, please give us a call just to make sure that we are here. The office number is 360-491-2030. Ms. Kathy has limited office hours during the summer and we just don’t want to miss you if you stop by. 

Evergreen UMC

Summer is rolling forward and our Evergreen faith community is reveling in a fabulous Kids’ Camp experience. We were able to use resources from St. Andrew’s VBS from last year, and brought the Surf Shack Kids’ Camp to life, July 10-14. It was an AMAZING experience with 31 kids    participating, 17 volunteer leaders, and 8 brand-new families connecting with Evergreen! Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful outreach with resources, cheer-leading, and your prayers.

Now we’re gearing up to send our first Youth Mission Team to Idaho Mission Project, July 30-August 5 with Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center! Our Team of 12 youth and adults are so excited to be able to share and grow in faith by putting that faith in action. If you’d like to help support this amazing mission opportunity, please contact me ASAP so we can connect you as a prayer partner – meredith@4evergreenumc.org, or call 360-545-3454.

Of course, there are many opportunities to gather and connect through Evergreen this summer, including “Serve Our Community Week” for youth in August, and I hope you will read the following and connect with us however you’d like; a full listing of ministry is available in our weekly e-newsletter and at www.fun.church. Thank you for your continued support in prayer, participation and connection in so many ways.

- Pastor Meredith Brown                          
Meredith@4EvergreenUMC.org                         
360-545-3454

Evening.Church in the Park                                  
Sundays at 5:00pm through August   Meridian Neighborhood Park                     
Everyone is welcome for our fully multi-generational, hands-on learning and worship experience with great snacks and playing in the park. Ways to help: pray, participate, bring a snack.

Mushroom Festival Bubble Station          
Saturday, July 29 & Sunday, July 30   The RAC, Lacey                                  
This is a community outreach and play opportunity; we’re providing our famous bubbles to play with, meet new people, and share about Evergreen! Ways to help: pray, come spend a few hours  blowing bubbles!

Serve Our Community Week (SOC)
August 14-18   8:30-Noon   Places TBA  
Register on-line at www.fun.church  For middle & high-school aged kids, working each day with one of our local organizations such as the Food Bank, SideWalk, Reading Foundation, etc. We’re teaming-up with youth from First UMC, Olympia & Tumwater UMC for this amazing week. Ways to help: pray, help with work projects, provide transportation, provide snacks.

Prayer Requests

You are invited to call in your prayer request to the church office (491-2030) or to Chris Regester (491-3425) 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 to touch St. Andrew’s Families:

—Todd Stover                                   —Bill Bush

—Dave Reed                                     —Tom Lund

—Betty Fagan                                   —Steve Laxton

—Lee Lovrien                                    —Terri Tyler

—Barbara Hawley                            —Sue Chase

—Gerry Leonard                              —Don Sattelberg

—Marcia Baldwin                             —Robin Eagen

—Karen Langlois                              —Chris Regester

 

Children’s Church

Hero Central
August 7th - 10th
From 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all children ages 4 to 12, we have a fun filled 4 days ready for you to learn about God and strengthen your connection with God. If you are older than 12, please come and be our guide helpers with the younger children.

If you took a VBS donation tag please return your items to the bin in the fellowship hall by July 30th.  If it is a perishable food item, please return it by August 6th.

Happy Birthday

1-Barbara Ullmann

5-Bill Bush

5-Heidi Seldomridge

14-Thomas Shiveley

19-Lois Best

19-Charis Brown

20-Marcia Baldwin

27-Ashley Hall

28-Joy Martin

30–Lillian Carr

30-Todd Stover

31-Sybil Thompson

 

Happy Anniversary

4-Dan & Amy Dickey

5-David & Christy Townsend

16-Richard & Jackie Hinchcliffe

20-Pastor Dan & Denise Breznau

27-Walt & Boni Lenahan

 

Pillow Case Dresses

If you have any pillowcases that you are not using and would like to donate, Christy Townsend would like to make pillowcase dresses for a mission project that she is working on. She would   greatly appreciate the donations.  Flowered, Solid, Patterned; Christy can use whatever you are willing to donate. Thank you for your help! If you have any questions or would like to make a few dresses please contact Christy.

 

Humor Corner

1.Time flies when you’re having fun. Unless, of course, you’re a frog.

2.I think, therefore I am. I think.

3.If you live to be 100, you’ve got it made. Very few people die after that age.

 

Volunteers

August 6th                                                       

Lay Reader 1st Service: Les Matthews                             

 Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heather Seldomridge

Coffee Hour: Gretchen Borck, Roberta McCormick, Enid Force, Sara Wall, Christy Townsend, Kyrian MacMichael

 

August 13th                                                        

 Lay Reader 1st Service: Susan Sadler                          

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Carol Nichols

Coffee Hour: Sally Bush, Janie Stover, Jane Leppert, Heidi Seldomridge

 

August 20th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Carol Overdeep                                    

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Don Stephens

Coffee Hour: Boni Lenahan, Sara Lyon, Sybil Thompson, Mary Jean Grimes, Virginia Stephens, Marilyn Martin, Sharlyn Russell

 

August 27th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Linda Clark                                       

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Craig Eagen

Coffee Hour: Joyce Scheuerman, Jan Green, Betty Gluth, Marian McKusker, Karen Langlois, Dorothy Tyler

 

Scriptures

August 6th

Genesis 32: 22-31

Psalm 17:1-7, 15 (UMH 749)

Romans 9:1-5

Matthew 14:13-21

 

August 13th

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b (UMH 828)

Romans 10:5-15

Matthew 14:22-33

 

August 20th

Genesis 45:1-15

Psalm 133 (UMH 850)

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28

 

August 27th

Exodus 1:8-2:10

Psalm 124 (UMH 846)

Romans 12:1-8

Matthew 16:13-20

 

Upcoming Events

Summer Household Goods Drive - We have begun collecting household goods (clothing, small furniture, books, CD’s and DVD’s, etc…).  If you have things that you would like to donate please bring them to the church starting August 1st. We will be collecting from August 1st through the 25th, so if you feel it’s time to clean out a closet we would love whatever you can donate! Ask your neighbors, family members and anyone else that you know that might have things that they would be willing to donate to the church. This is a great way to help the church budget!!  All items will be stored in the garage in the small trailer. 

Trustees projects -  Do you have a few minutes on your hands? We can use your help!

Take a look at the poster board on the bulletin boards in the Fellowship Hall and see if there is a project you can   complete. If you find something that you can do, simply take off the item and leave it on the office desk when it’s complete.

Volunteers

As our Church grows and we continue to strive to share God with our community and families we thought it might be a great idea to start tracking our volunteer hours.  There is a tracking sheet right inside the entry doors on the small black shelf. We would love it if you would please write down your name and how long you were here working on a project or event. If you forget you can always write it down on Sunday when you’re here.  I will try and update you monthly the hours and approximate amount our church saved by your kindness.

Month of July: 95 hours so far

Total it would have cost to pay someone: $1,045 for these hours

Summer Plan?

For those of you who are able to go away on vacation in July, we hope you have an amazing time. Just please remember we still need your presence, prayers and fiscal support through the summer.

If you will be out of town, we would love a call or email letting us know. We do worry about you when you miss a Sunday or two.

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