02.19.2020 Weekly Devotional

February 19 th, 2020

Breakfast for Dinner - Join us on Tuesday, February 25th for a Shrove Tuesday celebration of Breakfast for Dinner.  We will have pancakes plus all the fixins to mark the official end of Epiphany and the start of the season of Lent.  Dinner starts at 6:30pm.  Hope to see you there.

 Ash Wednesday Service - Join us for our Ash Wednesday Service at 7pm on February 26th Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of penitence, discipline, and renewal. This service begins our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes. This ancient sign speaks of the frailty and uncertainty of human life and reminds of our mortality. The service calls us to heartfelt repentance and forgiveness, and urges us to place our hope in God alone.

**If you would like to receive your ashes Wednesday morning, Pastor Denise will be available in the Sanctuary from 9:00-11:00am.

Greetings,

There’s an old poem that tells of a woman who was walking through a meadow one day. As she strolled along, meditating on nature, she came upon a field of golden pumpkins. In one corner of the field stood a tall, majestic, oak tree.

The woman sat under the oak tree and began musing about the strangeness of nature. She wondered to herself, why do tiny acorns grow on huge branches and huge pumpkins grow on tiny vines?” She thought, perhaps God had blundered with creation and possibly meant them to be switched.

After a while, the woman dozed off in the warmth of the late autumn sun. She was awakened when a tiny acorn bounced off her nose. Chuckling to herself, she amended her previous thinking. Thank God it wasn’t a pumpkin falling from the tree. Maybe God was right after all!

We move closer to God when we let God be God. God is in control of the greater picture and the joyful work that we do is to learn to trust God in all circumstances. We live in the mystery of faith, and there are simply some things we will never understand. Like Moses, we live in a cloud, not always able to see clearly.

Join us this Sunday as we examine the story of Moses on the mountain in the presence of God.  Our text is Exodus 24: 12 – 18.

In Peace,

Pastor Denise

 

Joys and Concerns from Sunday

  Prayers of the community as they are written on the Sunday attendance cards.

  • Paul Duncan – Prayers for my wife, Shannon, who was diagnosed with scoliosis and spinal stenosis this week. It took over a year to receive the correct diagnoses so in a certain way we are relieved, but now we need to know how to proceed.
  • Sandra Dlugosz – Pray for peaceful passing of Millie, my brother’s neighbor and Mom’s friend. A 94 year old with congestive heart failure she is on hospice. She is a devout Christian.
  • Janie Stover – Prayers for my friend, Liz’s dad – Mike is recovering from prostate cancer and is having complicatons. Continue prayers for Savanah to make good decisions. My neighbor Marvin Family who passed away. Prayers for all those touched by cancer and who suffer from chronic pain.
  • Bruce Baldwin – Thanks for successful surgeries last week for friend, Judy in Hood River Oregon and for niece Angela in Nevada. Prayers for continued healing.
  • Bill & Sally Bush – Prayers for Bea Aho
  • Bob & Dolores Todd – Prayers for our military and 1st Responders, and their loved ones.
  • Virgil & Barbara Clarkson – Prayers for Barbara & family for the death of her grandson Jeffery. He passed away this past Thursday evening. Cause not known at this time. He was 35 years onld.
  • Shirley Atwater – Prayers for John Clark, Jim Martin, Betty Gluth, Mark Lyon, and Bob & Joyce Scheuerman
  • Lois Brighten – Prayers for travel mercies for me and Joyce Cadmus and my sister Judy.
  • Jane Leppert – Prayers for Greg Leppert, he is recovering from bladder surgery. Prayers for Amie Leppert and Jim Ward.
  • Ken & Sharlyn Russell – Prayers for Bea Aho.
  • Steve & Karen Speer – Prayers for our son, Ryan, as he continues searching for a job.
  • Tracy & Traci Slay – Prayers for my Aunt Annetta in Florida who is fighting cancer has been put in the hospital.
  • Boni & Walt Lenahan – Prayers for daughter, Melanie, as she deals with Administrative duties and coordination between offices in Texas and N.J. Also for son, Cameron, and family as they prepare for duty station move from Hawaii back to Texas in late spring.
  • Karen Langlois – Prayers for David Langlois – ambulance and hospitalized in Auburn since Thursday – he has no health insurance and is so stressed.
  • Mark & Sandy Hohn – Prayers for everyone in the flooded areas of Washington & Oregon.
  • Bill & Sally Bush – Prayers for Marcia who is in the C & R at Panorama. Prayers of Gary, he has been moved to the Quinault apartments and I don’t know the #.
  • Katherine Bush – Continued prayers for friend Jerry. The surgery went well but the recovery time is long. A special prayer for his wife, Joan as caregiver.

Prayers for our Military Family Members

  • Bob & Sandy Wolf – Granddaughter, Lt. Courtney Wolf, U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Puerto Rico.
  • Greg & Jane Leppert – Grandson, Kris DeMonte, Marines
  • Duane & Barbara Ullmann – Col. Jon Ullmann, U.S.A.F. Retired, 2nd Lt. Tyler Ullmann, Air Force; Nick Ullmann, R.O.T.C. – Air Force; Private Alex Ullmann, U.S. Army
  • Marilyn Martin – Grandson, Chief Petty Officer Ryan Martin, U.S. Navy
  • Maggie Schoengarth – Son, Lt. Col. Tobey Humphries, Army; Grandson, Spec. Alek Adair, Army
  • Karen Speer – Son-in-Law, Sgt. First Class Erek Hartsell, Green Beret in the Army stationed at JBLM.
  • Bruce Kauffman – Grandson, Kari Timmerman U.S. Navy, Nuclear Submarine Electrician.

‘Circle of Prayer’

The ‘Circle of Prayer’ is 2 people each week from our congregation. These people are not ill or in need of special prayers. Instead this is an opportunity to pray for our community and lift each other in faith. Please pray for:  Bruce Baldwin and Dorothy Tyler

Upcoming Activities

February 19 th – 7:00pm Choir

February 20 th – 10:30am Bread of Life Meeting

February 20 th – 1:00pm Visit from our District Superintendent Kathleen Weber

February 22 nd – 3:00pm St. Benedict’s Community Dinner

February 23 rd – 12:30pm NOW Meeting

February 25 th – 3:00pm Assemble FORKids Bags @ the Food Bank

February 25 th – 10:00am Quilters Meet

February 25th – 6:30pm Shrove Breakfast for Dinner

February 26th – 9:00-11:00 Receive your Ashes

February 26 th – 12:30pm Habitat Lunch

February 26th – 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service

February 27 th – 10:30am Bread of Life Meeting

February 27 th – 1:00pm Trustees Meeting

Announcements

Denominational News If you want to keep track of denominational news go to: www.pnwumc.org

District Superintendent Visit – Our D. S. Kathleen Weber will visit St. Andrew’s on Thursday, February 20 th @ 1:00pm. All are welcome to come and meet her. We anticipate her visit to be about an hour. If you have any questions you’d like addressed and are unable to come please get your questions to Rich Green and/or Pastor Denise prior to the meeting.

Breakfast for Dinner - Join us on Tuesday, February 25 th for a Shrove Tuesday celebration of Breakfast for Dinner.  We will have pancakes plus all the fixins to mark the official end of Epiphany and the start of the season of Lent.  Dinner starts at 6:30pm.  Hope to see you there.

Ash Wednesday Service - Join us for our Ash Wednesday Service at 7pm on February 26th Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of penitence, discipline, and renewal. This service begins our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes. This ancient sign speaks of the frailty and uncertainty of human life and reminds of our mortality. The service calls us to heartfelt repentance and forgiveness, and urges us to place our hope in God alone.

REACH for Literacy – We are working on plans for this summer’s reading program. If you want more information, want to help or have some ideas for us that will enhance our program; please talk with Maggie Schoengarth or Barbara Clarkson.

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, February 22nd @ 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.

Quilters @ St. Andrew's - After two months away from our stash we have some catching up to do. We'll meet at 10:00 on Feb. 25th, our regular 4th Tuesday. Quilts were sold at the Nov. Bazaar and given to SAUMC members. Some were purchased as gifts. Now we have to replenish our supply. I'll have some kits and patterns available for us. Please bring your ideas, patterns, fabrics and enthusiasm. We'll have a potluck lunch at 12:00 and finish around 2:00. Call me if you have any questions.   Questions? Barbara Ullmann 360-491-2693

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 at the Mayan Restaurant on Pacific Ave. on February 19 th @ 12:30pm.  For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, separated, etc.)    Contact: Lois Brighten 

Quilters   -  We will meet Tuesday, February 25 th @ 10:00am. We hope to see you there.

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