#21 A Nexus Weekly Newsletter 2020 #21

#21 A Nexus Weekly Newsletter 2020 #21

News from Pastor Denise

On September 11, 2001, nineteen Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners in a coordinated suicide attack. One plane slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, another into the South Tower, a third one plowed into the Pentagon, and a fourth plane that had targeted the US Capitol crashed in rural Pennsylvania after the plane’s passengers wrestled control from the hijackers.

2,974 people died in the carnage, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers. 24 people remain missing. Citizens from 90 countries died that day. An uncounted number of people are still suffering the effects of the event. Our country will never forget that day, nor should we.

September 11, 2020 will mark nineteen years since the tragedy of 9/11. This week we remember and reflect upon that tragic day and its aftermath. This week we honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in this horrific event that shook the consciousness of our nation and world.

This year, as always, even in the midst of the pandemic, Sept. 11 will come with official remembrance ceremonies. For people who survived the direct attacks, for the friends and relatives of those who didn’t survive, for the families of the first responders who were injured or died, the loss lives on. Their grief and anger may never fade. It’s good that we pause and remember their loss.

This year, as we pray for those who died and for those who grieve, may we also pray that we listen for God’s word of comfort and challenge in this time of remembrance.

Let us pray:

Loving God, we are strangers to one another, but never to you. You know the longing of our souls, the sighs too deep for words. In sleeping and in waking, in quiet and in confusion, in despair and in hope, in silence and in sound, you hear the cries of our hearts.

Come this day, O God, and dwell among us. Come, and turn our sorrows into singing, our cares into commitment, our bleak memories into bright promise. Come, and make all things new.

Remind us O Lord, as we pray, to seek Christ’s face in the faces of strangers, and among those of whom we don’t approve, and whom we don’t like.

Remind us that Christ loves each one equally and unconditionally, and that, although we will surely fail, we are called to do the same. Remind us that you are the God of all, not only of some.

Forgive us, we pray, when we are less than loving, and mold us into the true sons and daughters of your heart, so that all our words and deeds may cry out: Your will be done, in peace. AMEN.

In Christ, Pastor Denise

Time Change for Online Worship

You may have noticed over the past few weeks that the time for online worship has changed from 10:00 am to 10:15 am. It seems that you tube has been shutting down our ability to go online at 10, and so we have had to use the 10:15 slot. Right now, it appears that this will go on for a while, and so we are changing our online worship time to 10:15am. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Prayer Requests

Prayers for George & Sybil Thompson - We pray that the hospital finds a way for Sybil to have some time with George. He’s very confused.

Prayers for the family and friends of Marian McKusker at the time of her loss and for her upcoming shoulder surgery.

Prayers for continued recovery for Robin and prayers for Craig as her caregiver.

Health Update for Pastor Denise

  1. again, thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts. In my last message, I shared that I would undergo surgery on Sept 15th, but things have changed. My cardiac surgeon consulted with other cardiac surgeons and they agreed on a treatment that they believe is a better fix for my heart condition. Instead of replacing my mitral valve, they will be using clips on my mitral valve. And instead of me having to spend a week at the hospital following surgery, I only have to spend the night. Yeah! Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a date for the surgery. I meet with the surgeon on Sept 22nd, and hopefully we will schedule surgery then. I will keep you updated.

My love to you all, Pastor Denise

Mary Novy’s 90th Birthday

Please help Mary Novy celebrate her 90th birthday on Oct 18th - by sending a card to her home address.

Send your card to:

1918 Poppy Lane SE,

Lacey, WA 98503


We had hoped….

I know that we passed Easter some time ago, but maybe some of you remember the Emmaus story. It took place on that first Easter Sunday. Jesus had been betrayed, arrested, and killed, and then everything stopped for the Sabbath.

Jesus’ inner circle, the 11 disciples, were hiding in Jerusalem. But they weren’t Jesus’ only followers. Many others were in Jerusalem for Passover, including Cleopas and his unnamed companion. Like the other disciples, they were afraid, uncertain of what might be coming next, and so they are leaving town.

As they walk, they process what has happened. Gospel writer Luke tells us that Jesus comes to walk and talk with them, but they don’t recognize him.

Unrecognizable Jesus comes up to these two followers on the road, and he asks them what they’re talking about. As they explain, we get some of the saddest words in the Bible, a few short words filled with deep hurt.

Three words: “We had hoped.” Few things are more painful than dashed hopes, that feeling that you’ve misunderstood a grand plan, or that your dream has been taken away from you, or worst yet, that it won’t come to pass.

For these disciples, “We had hoped” met that they believed that Jesus was the one to redeem Israel. And now he was dead. What are we hoping for today?

We had hoped it would be a different diagnosis.”

We had hoped she’d get that job.”

We had hoped we had a few more weeks or at least days.”

We had hoped.” There’s so much real grief there, so much raw disappointment.

You’ve heard people say those words, maybe you’ve said them yourself. Dashed hopes are a reality in our broken world..


I share this message from the gospels because St. Andrew’s is having a “we had hoped” moment. For months now, we had hoped that our church would be reopening this Sunday, September 13th. We had hoped that this would be the day for us to come together with our friends in a time of worship. We had hoped that this would be the day that we would celebrate Holy Communion with one shared cup and one shared loaf.

Alas, this is not to be. It is not that we are not prepared. We are. It is not that we didn’t plan. We did. It is not that we no longer want to get together or that we have forgotten how. We remember and we do want to get together.

I can be very pragmatic about why we cannot yet worship together. It is not yet safe for us to do so. Our church is following the instructions of our state Health Department and our Bishop, and the word from those who care very deeply about us and about our safety tell us that it is not yet time. The risk of illness remains high, and we don’t yet have a date for our church to reopen safely.

Instead of opening our church for worship on September 13th, we will share in outdoor worship in the safest way possible. It’s not exactly what we hoped for, but it gives us time and space to see one another from a distance, and to share blessings upon our friends whom we have dearly missed.

In the meantime, as we wait and as we hope, cling to the promise that Jesus comes alongside you on your journey. The good news is that we continue to hope for that time when we will once again walk this journey together. We don’t know exactly when, but we know that it will happen.

As you reflect on this awesome love of the God who comes to be present with us on the road, may the peace of God’s promise to be with you, the joy and peace of the resurrection, the peace that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.



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):


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


Member Information Needed

On the back of this Nexus you will see a form that asks for some information about you. Please consider filling this out and returning it to the church (PO Box 3866, Lacey, WA 98509) so that we can make sure to celebrate your birthday. We are also working on a system where we are able to send a text to your cell phone in case of church opening or closing unexpectedly so if you have a cell phone please write that down as well.


Happy Birthday to:

6– Sherrod Shiveley

9– Kathy Bowen

9– Barbara Clarkson

11– Janie Stover

14– Boni Lenahan

16– Charlotte Barber

19– Adelyn Regan

21– Sue Chase

24– Mary Beale

26– Bea Aho


Happy Anniversary –


7– Rich & Jan Green

12– Ray & Betty Gluth

22– Glenn & Linda Gerth


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

— Bob & 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

—Mary Novy

—Greg Leppert

—Robin Eagen

—Donna Brooke

—Lois Brighten

—Boni Lenahan

—Pastor Denise



Cooperative Youth Ministry

Hello youth & families!

We hope you are having a good transition back into the school year. We miss you and we are praying for you every day. Here is what is happening with youth ministry this fall:

Beginning September 20 (next Sunday): Theology 101


“Theology 101” will be exploring some of the biggest questions that humanity has wrestled with over the millennia, like, Why is the world broken? How do things get better? Are humans good or evil? Who is God? Why is Jesus special? Does God still work in the world?


We’ll be joined by Pastor Colin Cushman, director at Camp Indianola, and Chris Knight from Olympia, who will be guiding us through these discussions. We will look at the discussions that have taken place throughout the ages, as well as modern discussions that reevaluate these ideas in light of our experience of suffering and oppression. Come join us at 1:30-2:30 PM every 1st and 3rd Sunday, starting September 20th.


This faith formation class is open to all youth ages 12+ and is a fantastic opportunity for our youth to dig into the big questions of our faith together.

Here is the Zoom link: https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/96194737224?pwd=M0dnTDdzS3JRUEdXM3JHc3l4RXZ4dz09


In-person Youth Gathering

Sunday September 27, 1pm-3pm

First UMC of Olympia Parking Lot

1224 Legion Way SE

Olympia, WA, 98501

We have received permission from our district superintendent to have a monthly in-person youth gathering. Yay!! We will be coming together to build community, pray together and delight in seeing one another IRL.

In order to make this event as safe as possible we are requiring that all participants pre-register with the permission slip link below. Please note that there are many rules that we have to follow from mask wearing, physical distancing and more. But we are so so so excited to see you all!

RSVPs are due by September 24 and we cannot make exceptions past that point.



Trustees Update


Now that the church is all nicely painted, we have another project on the horizon. The church is currently without a cross, as the painters removed the existing wooden one when they painted. This cross at the north end of the church was too badly deteriorated to reinstall after painting. The cross arms were decayed and ready to fall down. A second large wooden cross at the northwest corner of the building had also deteriorated so much that we removed it several years ago. The flickers had hollowed out a nesting cavity in the very top of the pressure treated wood cross. Then they made even more cavities in the remaining heavy support timbers. We will be taking the entire timber cross bearing structure down soon because of the extensive bird damage.

The Trustee Project Tracker List has had a church cross replacement on it for some time. A generous anonymous donor has volunteered to finance the cost of a new cross! It will be made of four-inch square anodized aluminum, either painted with two-part linear polyurethane paint or powder coated. The flickers will not be interested in damaging this near permanent structure! The cross design will be the official Methodist cross with the bright red flame attached to the upright. The cross will be black and the four cross ends will be angled. This striking design will enhance the mainly used south entry to the church. The new cross will be installed on the wall to the left of the south entry door and will extend above the roof several feet. The Trustees need to create a proper construction drawing and find a local fabricator who can cut, weld and install the cross. Please contact Kathy in the church office, Pastor Denise, or Ken about any input you might have about this exciting project as soon as you can.


How Can We Support You??


  1. We have September/October Upper Rooms available at the church. If you would like one please call the church office and we will get one to you.


  1. Do you need a cloth mask or two? We have some wonderful quilters and sewers that have brought them by the church for us to hand out. We have adult and children’s sizes available. If you need a mask please call the church office and we will get them to you.


  1. Updated Church Directories are available by calling the church office. These needed to be printed on an as needed basis, but if you give us a call we can send you one.


  1. Are you getting the Online Devotionals and Prayer Requests? If not, please call and let us know. We would like to keep you informed and connected to our church family.


  1. Are you new to St. Andrew’s and need a call from the Pastor? We’d love to get you connected, just give us a call at 360-491-2030.



Are we missing information on you? Have you seen your birthday or anniversary in the Nexus? Please fill this out and mail it back to the church so we can update our records.


Address:_______________________________________________________________Home Phone Number: ________________Cell Phone Number: _________________

Name: ______________________________Birth Date: _________________________

Spouse’s Name: ______________________Birth Date: _________________________

Children (under 18 living with you): Name: _____________ Birth Date: _________

Name: _____________ Birth Date: _________

Name: _____________ Birth Date: _________

Marital Status: Married Widowed Single/Separated

Anniversary Date: __________________________

Emergency Contact (preferably someone not living with you who can be contacted in case of emergency) : Name: ___________________ Phone Number: _____________



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