December 2019  

Greetings to All in this Season of Advent.

During this week of Advent, remember to prepare the way of the Lord within your life and within your own soul. Keep in the corner of your mind the story of the old man and the story of John the Baptist to inspire you. Keep at it, whether or not you believe anyone cares, whether or not you believe anyone will listen, at least you'll care, at least you are listening.

Join us as we journey further into Advent. Our text this week is Matthew 3:1-12.


In Peace and Love,

Pastor Denise

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. - Galatians 5:22-23


Highlights and Happenings

Pledge Card – If you haven’t dropped off your pledge cards for 2020 please mail them to the church office (PO Box 3866, Lacey, WA 98509) or put them in the offering plate on Sunday. We are currently beginning the process of writing our church budget and need your help by returning your pledge cards.

Church Leadership Needed – We are looking for a few individuals to help volunteer on our committees. Committees meet sometimes once a month or every other month, and do vital work for the church. If you would be interested in serving on: Staff Parish Committee, Nominations Committee, Church Council Committee, Finance Committee, Membership or Missions Committee please let Pastor Denise know. It can be a yearlong commitment or can be as long as 3 years if you find that you love it. If you have any questions about what these committees do or would just like a little more information please call the church office at 360-491-2030.

Advent Study: Three Simple Rules - Join us for a study of Reuben Job’s book,  Three Simple Rules; A Wesleyan Way of Living.  In this group study we’ll explore John Wesley’s three principles  of Christian life: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. As we learn about each rule, we will also have an opportunity to practice.We will be meeting every other week, so our study will extend through January.  Join us on Thursday afternoons at 1:00 in the Choir Room.  Our meeting dates are:Dec 5th, Dec 19th, Jan 2nd, Jan 16th, & Jan 30 th

Blue Christmas Worship Service - Sometimes, holidays are blue. Sometimes, holidays are weighed down with the difficult feelings of painful life events such as death, illness, loss and separation. To acknowledge these situations in the midst of a season of joy, please join us in our Blue Christmas Worship Service. While the Christmas season is most often marked by expressions of joy, excitement, and happiness, this special service will be marked by our expressions of pain and sorrow. Our service culminates in the promise of hope that is found in the coming of the Christ child. Join us at St. Andrew’s UMC on December 14th at 5pm – 6pm

Holy Darkness: Candlelight Communion Under the Stars - For some people, the joy and excitement of the holiday season emphasizes the pain of loss felt by many at this time of year. For some, in this season, the darkness in our hearts can match the growing darkness of the winter nights. To accommodate the needs of those for whom the season is difficult, we invite you to join us on December 21 st, for our Holy Darkness: Candlelight Communion Under the Stars.  In this worship service, we offer  a somber, gentle space to gather and to engage in prayers, poetry and Communion.  All are welcome.

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Prosperity Grange

3701 Steamboat Island Loop Rd, Olympia 

Saturday December 21 st  5 pm – 7 pm

Dress warmly as this is an outdoor service.

Mission Opportunities

Trustees Projects  - If you have a spare couple of hours, we have several projects that will be posted on the bulletin boards that we would love your help with. Simply leave us a note so we know it’s complete.

FORKids Weekend Food Bags – We are continuing to collect individual food items to fill bags for Lydia Hawk Elementary students that need food for the weekend. Please take a red bag from the hallway. These bags have a paper pinned to them with a list of things we need on it. You can keep the bag for your personal use.

St. Benedict’s Community Dinner  –Saturday, December 21st @ 3:00 p.m.  -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.

Small Group Meetings

Bread of Life  – Join as we share faith stories and our spiritual journey every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Choir Room at church.

Singles Luncheon Group – meets 3 rd Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is in January.  For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, separated, etc.)    Contact: Lois Brighten 

Quilters   - No meeting in November or December. We will connect again in January.

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
Worship Schedules  
    – 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Quilts for Sale

Please visit SAUMC Quilts for Sale site - just in time for birthdays, annivesaries, shut-ins or Christmas! 

Projects at St Andrews

Just like at home, things wear out or otherwise need replacing or adding to make the church function better.

Listed (click here) are DYI projects that many persons can do. Pick one and “Make It Happen!” Form a team if needed!

Ask Ken, other trustees, or Kathy if you have additional questions, or when something needs to be purchased.

Prayers for our Military Members

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