#12 June Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #12

#12 June Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #12

Sorry - looks back, Worry -  looks around, Faith - looks ahead!!

News from Pastor Denise

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are now well into our fourth month of the current coronavirus pandemic, together with all the constraints and limitations that the stay-at-home order and the social distancing measures have imposed on us. Here at St. Andrew’s, a team has been working diligently on a plan to help us to safely reopen our church. The primary goal of our plan is to ‘First, Do No Harm’.

As I suspect is the case with many others, I find myself fighting quarantine fatigue and all that comes with it. I miss the personal contact that I so enjoy having with people. I am saddened by the physical absence of our congregation.

At the same time, I am thankful for technology which allows our small groups to meet during the week, and to provide for our weekly worship broadcast.

And while the glass may sometimes seem half empty, that means that the glass is also half full. As far as I am aware, no one in our congregation has tested positive for the virus. Thank You, God. In my mind, the glass runs over with goodness when I think of the ways that you have all reached out to care for one another. Many of you make calls or send cards, you shop for one another, and some of you make house visits. Thank you so much.

Whenever I find myself giving in to the temptation to indulge in self-pity, I remember the many people who face far greater challenges and burdens. Think of our first responders, medical workers and grocery store clerks, all those on the front lines of the battle. Think of those who have lost jobs, livelihoods, health, loved ones, or even their lives to this virus. Think of those whose lives were a struggle even before the virus. Some of us have been tested severely.

Instead of giving in to my quarantine fatigue, I am praying that we all remember that God has given us what we need to cope with these challenging times, and to keep on going. May we be reminded to be prayerful about those whose struggle is so much greater than ours.

Please know that you all remain in my steadfast prayers, in my fond thoughts and in my fervent hopes.

In Christ, Pastor Denise

Drive Thru Celebration

On Sunday, July 5th from 12:30 - 2:00pm we will have a drive thru celebration in St. Andrew’s Parking Lot to celebrate Pastor Denise’s birthday.

Pastor Denise will be there to greet you (following COVID-19 restrictions, please stay in your car) and offer a wave and a smile. Pastor Denise will hand you your weekly Nexus, an Upper Room devotional (while supplies last & if you want one). If you want to hand her a birthday card that would make her day! She will also be collecting Food Bank donations in honor of her birthday, so if you have anything extra in your pantry bring it by and we will get it to the Food Bank.

By doing this we are hoping to see your smiling face and assure you we are still here and we will be together soon!

Entering Ordinary Time

Following Epiphany on January 6, we entered into the first of two seasons in the church year called Ordinary Time. Both seasons of Ordinary Time provide for intentional devotional growth apart from the focused seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.

During the first season of Ordinary Time, our scripture readings examined the life and ministry of Jesus and invited us into a time of developing our faith as Jesus works in us and through us.

The season after Pentecost, which occurs 50 days after Easter, began our second season of Ordinary Time. This season is both the longest and last season in the Christian liturgical year. In this second season of Ordinary Time, our scripture readings celebrate the role of the church in the ongoing life of Christ in the world, guided by the companionship and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

As we entered the month of June, we exited the celebration of Pentecost and moved into Ordinary Time. Now, the flames of fire have fallen, the tongues have ceased, and the church’s birthday party is over.

There’s no invitation to keep vigil, like with Advent, or to fast, as with Lent. There is no specific call to celebrate, as with Christmas or Easter. And, the great burst of insight and inspiration that we saw during Pentecost, is behind us. Ordinary Time invites us into everyday life.

And it’s in the everyday that life happens, that challenges are presented, lessons are learned, and obstacles are overcome. Each new occurrence takes us beyond our edges and presents the opportunity for more growth and deeper connection with the God of our hearts.

If Ordinary Time has an invitation, it is to stay present to the challenges, lessons and obstacles of daily life, engaging them with intention and looking for the Sacred God Moment hidden within. What so often seems ordinary has the power to become extraordinary. May you find God’s presence this day and everyday.

Pastor Denise

Lectionary Study Group
Greetings All,

Have you ever wanted to comment on one of my sermons, or wanted to know why I focused on one area at the expense of another area? Have you ever been interested in learning more about the context of a particular biblical story? Well, I am interested in your comments.

I am starting a Lectionary Study Group via zoom. We would get together each week to look at the text that will be preached on the coming Sunday. The class time would be one hour.

If you are interested in attending, let’s plan to get together next Wednesday at 2:00 pm. The zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82286125796

All are invited, and I hope to see you.

Pastor Denise

Upper Room –

We have several Upper Room Devotional books available at the church. Please call the church office so we can arrange to get you one. 360-491-2030    The May-June Book (still available in the church) and the July-August edition (just arrived to the church).

Happy Birthday –

7-Shantel Rose

16-Steve Speer

20-Jessica Byers

20-Arland Michel

25-Sammi Schoeben


Happy Anniversary –

7-Bob & Dolores Todd

12-Bill & Sally Bush

12-Bob & Joyce Scheuerman

20-Bruce & Nancy Kaufmann

22-Bruce & Geri Baldwin

30-Robert & Lillian Carr

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.

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’s peace & presence St. Andrew’s Families:

—Dave Reed —Jackie Hinchcliffe

—Dick Hinchcliffe —Vi Statler

—Tom Lund —Carol Nichols

—Mary Novy —Jim Martin

—Barbara Hawley —Phil & Pat Latimer

—Dr. John Britcher —Bea Aho

—Bill Bush —Sumi Atkins

—Sara Lyon —Jerry McKusker

—Boni Lenahan —Greg Leppert

—Donna Brooke —Lois Brighten

—Lillian Carr —Amy Dickey & Family

Church Directory

Have you lost your church directory? Do you need to connect with new members? Please call the church office (360-491-2030) or email Kathy at saumc@comcast.net to get a replacement.

Children & Youth Ministries

Youth Group Hiatus for June

Shortly after the stay-home order was put in place for our state we began offering a weekly virtual gathering for our youth. It has been a joyous time to get to know some of our young people better and be in prayer together during this season.

After prayer and discernment we have decided that co-op youth group will take a break from virtual gatherings for the month of June. Your youth ministry leaders will be spending the month in conversation and relationship building with the youth through phone calls, texts and emails (cc'd to grownups for safe sanctuaries purposes) while we dream for what youth ministry will look like in July, August and beyond.

There are many factors that will help us determine what we do next, including the Bishop's guidelines that in-person youth ministry cannot resume until Phase 4 (of the Bishop's phased re-opening, not the state's plan). But the most important factor is input and leadership from the youth themselves. We look forward to hearing your ideas and your dreams!

Blessings to you all for the coming month!

Three Ways to Connect

Sunday Morning Worship

10 am on St. Andrew’s UMC - FaceBook or the South Sound YouTube Channel (you can view past Sunday services on this YouTube channel as well):


Tuesday Morning Prayer Group

9:00 am - Go to www.fumcoly.org Online Faith Formation Morning Prayer

Thursday Morning Bread of Life

10:30 am Contact the church for the zoom link (360-491-2030) or send us an email and we will send it to you. Church email is: saumc@comcast.net



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