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WED
Brass Bell Choir
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
APR

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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
APR

05

WED
Brass Bell Choir
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
APR

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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
APR

11

TUE
Staff Parish Relations Committee
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month
APR

12

WED
Brass Bell Choir
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
Bible Search
Upper Room Daily Reflections
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St. Andrew’s Online

March 22, 2017

Greetings Friends:

In the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, we hear Jesus imaginatively describing the implanting of God’s ‘seed’ into our lives. It becomes quite clear that there are those that receive the seed and flourish, and those that do not. A major component of this story has to do with soil types, or in other words, the disposition of a person’s heart and the inclination to be open to God’s gift. If your heart is hardened, or full of cares, alas, the message is lost. Through this passage, the listener or reader is challenged to assess the ‘soil type’ of their soul, and if they so choose, to do something about it. As in any project, you begin with what you have along with a realistic assessment of the situation. Once that has been done, you can proceed to improve, or cultivate the soil of your soul. Lent is an excellent time this and check out the state of your ‘soil’. This can be done through a variety of means, but asking God to help you proceed is vital to the process. It can be easy to deceive ourselves into thinking too much or too little of what we have at the beginning.

Once the soil has become suitable for planting, what should you put in it? In Jesus’s day it would have been rather obvious, but today there are a lot more voices claiming to have the right seed. It is important to be judicious about what you put into the soil of your soul. Let’s face it – if you plant weeds, that is all you will get. So it is important to do some research – what feeds your spirit and helps you to be more faithful? Helps you to be more compassionate? Helps you to understand and to live more intimately with the Spirit’s presence in your life? I know that these questions are not easily answered, but as a community of faith, we are called to help each other in this process. Let me know if I can help you in your discovery.

Grace and peace, Pastor Dan

Upcoming Activities

March 22nd – 6:30 Bells & 7:30 Choir

March 25th – St. Benedict’s Community Dinner 3:00pm

March 28th – Quilters Meeting 9:00am

March 28th – Pack FORKids bags at the Food Bank 3:30pm

March 29th – 6:00 Bells & 7:30 Choir

April 8th – Spring Church Clean-up Day with a light soup lunch

     April 14th - Good Friday Service @ Noon
       
     April 16th - Easter Sunday

                            Sunrise Service 6:30AM      
                            Breakfast 9:00AM   
                            Egg Hunt 9:30AM       
                            Worship Service 10:30AM

Service & Mission Announcements

1.     Senior Luncheon – It was great!  Thank you to all those who helped and participated! Our next one will be April 25th.  So mark your calendars.

2.     St. Benedict’s Community Dinner – this coming Saturday, March 25th - 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.

3.     FORKids Bags – For the whole month of March, we are collecting (change of plan because of food allergies)  Cold Cereal Packs for our FORKids bags. There are lists pinned to the red bags outside of the sanctuary. You can keep the red bag for your use. We have committed to packaging 200 bags monthly through the end of the school year. We need your donations to make it to June.  Can we collect 200 boxes of cold cereal before April 1st ?    I think we can! We collected 224 fruit cups in February!   

4.     Pack FORKids Bags at the Food Bank Warehouse on Mottman Road the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month. On these days you will participate in bagging weekend meals for over 20 schools in the North Thurston School District. These bags are then transported & delivered to the individual schools. This is a fantastic community project that needs lots of helping hands. If you are interested in participating you can get more information from our church member:     Lois Brighten at 360-412-7933. The address for the warehouse is 2260 Mottman Rd. Tumwater (Across from South Puget Sound Community College). Or Check out the website: backpacks@thurstoncountyfoodbank.org

5.     Quilters - Have you seen the three quilts that Sue Chase quilted?  Sally Bush pieced two tops (brown tone chevron pattern) and the Quilt Group pieced the lavender chevron. Sue did her "magic" so they could be finished and in use. They will be on display on the rack in the Fellowship Room.  Thank you, Sue. The Quilt Group will meet March 28 to inventory, price and photograph our finished quilts.  Look for the red Quilter's Binder if you are looking for a quilt for a special gift. Plan to help up on Tuesday, March 28 from 10:00 to 2:00.  Stay to enjoy a soup lunch and fellowship.

6.     Spring Church Clean Up – All hands on deck! We could sure use your help to get the church spruced by for Easter. Saturday, April 8th we will meet at church at 9:00am to get started. We will be working outside and inside so if you are up for a big job or a small job we have something for you!  Check with Ken Russell if you have any questions.

7.     Easter Services –

Good Friday – April 14th - Good Friday Service @ Noon 

April 16th - Easter Sunday
Sunrise Service 6:30AM  
Breakfast 9:00AM 
Egg Hunt 9:30AM   
Worship Service 10:30AM

Small Group Meetings

QuiltersMeeting Tuesday, March 28th from 9:00-2:00. At this meeting we will be going through all the quilts at the church and organizing our cupboards. We’d love to have you join us to learn what we are all about.  Patterns are available.

Happy Quilting: Barbara Ullmann   360-491-2693           

Singles Luncheon Group – meets 3rd Wednesday of each month

Contact: Chris Regester

 If you would like more information on St. Andrew’s, please call the church office 360-491-2030. 

Contact Us  
St. Andrew's United Methodist
Mailing address: PO Box 3866, Lacey 98509
Church location:
540 School St. SE Lacey, Washington 98503
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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
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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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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
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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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