#14 July Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #14

#14 July Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #14

News from Pastor Denise

This month marks the beginning of my second year with the wonderful folks of St. Andrew’s UMC. I look forward to another blessed season of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost as we travel with our Lord through a year of learning from Him and reflecting on His teachings.

Why God called me to this life remains a mystery to me, though I am eternally grateful. Ministry is a very humbling experience, and yet it is also the most rewarding. I can think of no other vocation which ask or gives more in return. I learned early on in my ministerial career that I am not the most gifted in all of the pastoral roles; worship leader, preacher, teacher, administrator, counselor, fund-raiser and more. No one possesses expertise in all of these areas. But we do the best we can with the gifts that God has provided. And we rely on those saints that God has placed along our path to pool all of our gifts so as to overcome the gaps. I thank God that I have been so richly blessed with the wonderful, generous, devoted, patient, Godly men and women of St. Andrew’s. Their support and dedication to our church has been incredible.

These last several months have been especially challenging to us all. But together, with God’s grace, we have not only survived, we have thrived and we are moving forward. Our congregation has stepped up spiritually, financially technologically, and in every other way imaginable to support and show care to our congregation and to our community. I am thankful for the coop which has been integral in allowing us to share in online worship each week. And even though it has been a rough several months, I truly believe that the best is yet to come. God is not done with St. Andrew’s. With God (and you), all things are indeed possible.

Our churches and our nation are going through a time of great change and upheaval. Institutions, beliefs and pillars of our society are being examined with new eyes. Voices and experiences that have been silenced in the past are now being heard – some for the first time. Some of us feel that our identities are either being attacked or ignored.

On one hand we have the pandemic forcing us to retreat into a desire for the ‘old normal’, while changes in our society are pushing and pulling us into a ‘new normal’. While we know that we can’t go back, we are fearful of going forward.

Into this system of high anxiety, Jesus brings us calm. Jesus brings acknowledgement of each and every one of us. As God’s people, we have been through mighty changes before, and we can be confident that we will get through this. When the pandemic has run its course, things will not look exactly the same, or be exactly the same, but we can be steadfast in trusting that Jesus will be with us. The violence and turmoil and fear that we have been experiencing is no match for the gospel of Jesus Christ. And all God’s people say Amen!

Blessings,

Pastor Denise

4 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):

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuK2rdwK2sYlJIKeiNCWfA

Tuesday Morning Prayer Group @ 9:00am Go to www.fumcoly.com Online Faith Formation Morning Prayer

Wednesday Afternoon Lectionary Class @ 2:00 pm Join Pastor Denise as we discuss the upcoming scripture for Sunday. Please call the church office with help joining this group.

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

St. Andrew’s Drive Thru Update

Greetings St. Andrew’s,

I just want to thank you for a very Happy Birthday. I was truly overwhelmed with the number of folks that came by the church to say Hello. It was so much fun to see all of you and to have a chance to do at least a little catching up. Thank You for the cards, the gifts and the flowers, and especially for your presence.

A special thank you to Janie, Kathy, Gary, and Bruce for all of their help in the preparation, set-up and tear-down of this fun event.

Looking forward to when we will be together again. Until then, God Bless you all.

Pastor Denise

Update on Members

Lois Brighten - Hopefully going home late this week from Mother Joseph’s. (As reported by Kathy)

Dolores Todd - Home with Bob. Prayers for continued healing. (As reported by Bob)

Donna Brooke - She is doing well but still in great pain. She hopes to get a pain pump and to move to an apt. in August. (As reported by Pastor Denise)

Bea Aho - Is at Mother Joseph’s for care. (Not sure of the reason she is there.)

Prayers for Don Sattelbergs Family. He passed away on June 2nd.

Prayers for Richanrd (Dick) Hinchcliffe’s Family. He passed away on June 20th.

If you have spoken with someone that needs prayers, please call the church office and fill us in so that we can get it out to the congregation. (360-491-2030)

Lectionary Study

Greetings All,

Join Pastor Denise:

Lectionary Study Group

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 holding 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 every Wednesday at 2:00 pm. Please call the office for the Zoom link.

All are invited, and I hope to see you.

Pastor Denise

 

Happy Birthday to:

1-Virginia Berney

5-Pastor Denise Roberts

8-Sandra Dlugosz

9-Daryl Mills

10-Dottie Simonsen

11-John Shiveley

17-Connie Reed

24-Mary Jean Grimes

25-Terri Tyler

29- Sally Bush

31-Duane Ullmann

Happy Anniversary –

9 - Chris & Jessica Byers

22-Dennis & Jeanie Taylor

 

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

—Vi Statler —Lillian Carr

—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

—Greg Leppert —Dolores Todd

—Donna Brooke —Lois Brighten

—The Family of Don Sattelberg

—The Family of Richard Hinchcliffe

 

REACH for Literacy

Reading Enhances All Choices for Humans

In May of 2018, Barbara Clarkson was asked to start a Literacy Program at St Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Lacey Washington. In August of 2018 and 2019 two groups of 1st -5th graders have completed the summer Literacy program; giving them an academic boost before school started. These classes were conducted by volunteers from St; Andrew’s, First United Methodist Church and other outside organizations. Working Partnerships have been established with outside agencies, such as: South Sound Reading Foundation, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, North Thurston Public Schools, etc.

On June 10th 2019 The Members of the Congregation voted unanimously at a special charge conference conducted by District Superintendent, Rev. Kathleen Weber to allow a building to be built on church property designed by KMB Architect Company to house the Literacy program. This building will allow for year round classes and activities serving participants beyond elementary school.

A board of directors was established and completed by-Laws and; provide oversite to the REACH Program and its activities.

July 2, 2019, REACH for Literacy Organization was awarded Articles of Incorporation, by the Washington Secretary of State, as a Non-Profit Corporation.

  1. board sets policy for the ongoing day to day operations, and fundraising for the building. Members of the board are from St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Submitted to the IRS a request for 501(c) 3. Process should be complete 2020.

For clarification:

  1. REACH Program has two parts. First part is the Non-Profit Organization, Named Reach for Literacy which provides classroom instruction in Literacy and other learning activities.

The second part is a capital project, to build a building to house the program. The non-profit organization is - not-church affiliated although, located on church property. This past year much work was done establishing the Non-Profit Organization. In 2020 most of the effort will be focused on fund raising for both parts of the Project. These funds will be used to hire staff for the day to day operations and to build a building. Bank accounts have been opened. REACH can now, start receiving donations. Donations made to: REACH for Literacy

To date: $50,000 was awarded by the Legislature to begin capital planning and development.

Program cost: $316 Thousand Building cost: $2.5 Million

Finance Update

This is another update to keep you informed on the financial status of the church during this shut down. I am thrilled to say that we are doing very well. Over the last 5 months we have had more income than expenses. The month of June was ahead by over $2,000. That puts us ahead almost $6,500 for the year to-date. Another month of being ahead over $2,000, will allow us to finish the year ahead, even if we opened next month and rehired the furloughed staff.

Generally, giving declines slightly in the summer. However, our expenses have also declined, due to the furloughed staff and the drop in operating expenses. Our investments have not taken a big hit. As the stock market comes back, we are recovering as well.

The Trustees are once again exploring the painting of the outside of church. This will use the money set aside from the Lee Lovrien bequest. Likewise, the Literacy Center building project is actively seeking funds to begin the architectural design and drawing phase. The project received a grant of $50,000 from the last legislative session. We are hoping to double this through private donations to complete the design phase.

All of this success is due to your generosity. You have been faithful in sending in your donations, which is greatly appreciated. We have submitted our “Reopening Plan” to the District Superintendent and expect approval shortly. The plan will be made available to you upon approval. However, when we might get back together in worship is still up in the air.

Rich

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