#26 A Nexus Weekly Newsletter 2020 #26

#26 A Nexus Weekly Newsletter 2020 #26

News from Pastor Denise

Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord!

It’s October now, and we have gotten our first taste of the fall season. In addition to the beginning of fall, this time is also the beginning of the school year. Usually, we in the church would have spent the last part of the summer readying ourselves for our preschoolers, our Sunday schoolers and our youth, but alas, this year, that was not to be.

This time of year normally would have been hailed as a blessing to parents who would have been glad to send their kids off to school. It would have been a mixed blessing for students who normally have a combination of feelings about starting another year of school. But of course, this year is very different from previous years, and words like 'would have' and 'typically' and 'normally', bring with them a sense of nostalgia.

As we begin this school year with all the changes, restrictions, and uncertainties that Covid has brought, I am reminded of Proverbs 22:6 which reads; "Train a child up in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it".

It seems to me that this verse is more important now than ever, not simply because we have changed the ways in which we educate children through our school system, at home and in the church. Our world has changed in many ways. We as the church know that raising a child is not simply a job for the school system, but a job for every member of the community of believers. We as the church know that we raise children up not just through official instruction time and homework assignments, but most centrally in the love that we show.

So as we begin a new season, a new and somewhat uncertain school year, I encourage us all to center ourselves on the love of Christ. Pray for our children and teachers. Support them and show them grace and encouragement. For it is this love we share that helps not just students, but helps all of God's children to learn and grow. May we train our children well.

Peace and Grace, Pastor Denise

Charge Conference

Pastor Denise Re-appointed

One of the outcomes of our PNW Annual Conference is the appointment of pastors. I am pleased to announce that Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has re-appointed Rev. Denise Roberts to St. Andrew’s UMC.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Rev. Sandy Ward of Tumwater UMC

Rev. Sandy was recently elected to the Thurston County Food Bank Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have Rev. Sandy in this important position as a liaison between the South Sound churches and the Food Bank which services all of our communities.

Join Us

Anti-Racist Movie Club Update

Our next screening is Thursday, Nov. 5th, when we will view Coco. It's the story of 12-year-old Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead and his journey as he tries to find his way home.

The zoom screening will begin at 5pm, or you can view it on your own. The zoom discussion will begin at 7pm. All are invited to participate. Please contact the church office so that we can send you a zoom link.

Our December movie will be Smoke Signals and will screen on December 3rd.

Clouds

You received cut out clouds in your Nexus last week. If you would like to fill those out and drop them by the church we will get them ready for All Saints Day. We need them returned to St. Andrew’s by October 20th.

Call to Volunteer

We are in our season of Stewardship, and we call on all of our members and friends to consider how they can help to build our church into a stronger community of faith.

The ministries of our church allow us to continue the work and mission of Jesus Christ, even during this time of pandemic. Through these ministries we give of our time, talent, treasures and witness, to see that the life and community of St. Andrew’s is enriched and allowed to grow.

Please be attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking in your life asking for your involvement in these ministries. Never hesitate to seek out more information or call us if you have needs related to any aspect of our outreach. In the coming months we are looking for specific help with our Congregational Care ministry. Let us know if you have a desire to help make phone calls or to send cards.

Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know there are Committees at the Church that keep everything running smoothly? Did you know that it takes a large group of people to work cooperatively to plan our events? And, did you know that we need a few more folks to join these committees? Here is a list of openings we have and we would love for you to prayerfully consider joining one of these groups and sharing your talents…

Church Council - needs 2 “Members at Large” (this means you don’t have to belong to another group to be a part of Church Council) - we meet monthly, currently by ZOOM, to discuss issue and celebrate successes of our church.

Nominations Committee - We are a group that helps with placing folks into church leadership. We meet a couple of times a year. We need 2 volunteers.

Staff Parish Relations Committee - To join this group you must be a member of St. Andrew’s. We meet monthly to discuss staff and finds ways to support our staff and pastor. We need 2 volunteers.

Finance Committee - We meet monthly, by zoom currently, to discuss the Church Finances and how to use what is given to the church to best serve God’s plan for us. We need 2 volunteers.

NOW Committee - We would love 2 volunteers. We focus on Nurturing our Membership, Outreach to our membership and the community and to assist with Worship running smoothly.

Membership Committee - We would love 2 volunteers to help keep track of our members and their needs. We encourage you to share your love for St. Andrew’s with us.

Education Committee - We focus on both Youth and Adult Education. We would love 2 volunteers.

REACH Board - We are working diligently to get our new building and program up and running. This is a complex undertaking and we’d love 2 volunteers that would like to join us in spearheading this amazing program for our community.

ForKids Food Bags

Thank you so much for bringing donations of food and money to our outdoor worship service. We collected a cart of food and $750 to help offset the cost of our FORKids weekend meal bag program. We are so fortunate to be able to participate in this program and help food insecure children at our local elementary school. Lydia Hawk Elementary is so grateful for our support!

If you would like to participate or donate again please bring your donations to our next Outdoor Worship Service on Sunday, October 18th @ 2:00pm.

Here are the things we need the most:

  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Individually packaged Gold Fish Crackers, Chips or Pretzels
  • Ramen Noodles, Cup of Noodle, Cans of Soup with a pop-top lid, Spaghetti O’s
  • Individual portion size cereal boxes
  • Shelf Stable Milk - this can be found at Costco and grocery outlet
  • Fruit snacks, Individual cups of fruit or applesauce

*You can contact Dorothy Tyler with an questions you might have.

Blessing us through Music

Do you know Tracy & Traci Slay? They have blessed us with their music during our online Co-Op Worship Service on Sunday mornings. We look forward to more beautiful music from these talented musicians.

Do you play an instrument? Do you want to share your musical talent on a Sunday? Please contact Pastor Denise.

Preschool News

We are currently offering Preschool online. We have 2 Teachers; Jessica Byers and Vicki Stegall, and Kathy Bowen is our Director. We meet with 27 children 3 days a week for an hour using the ZOOM platform. It is a different year and has taken some imagination by our staff, but it has truly been amazing watching our children figure out how to use ZOOM and their supply bags to join right in with our new learning adventures.

A BIG Thank You goes out to our staff for stepping outside of their comfort zone and for finding a way to make preschool a fun, interactive and exciting adventure every single day.

We are closely watching the Covid-19 numbers in Thurston County and will entertain opening up for in-person learning once we feel the guidance from the health department thinks it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, we will continue to reach out and include as many children as we possibly can in our adventure!

Thank You to all the folks that donated towards the preschool for our matching grant. Through this grant we are able to offer free online learning to our students and it allows us to pay our teachers a very small stipend to cover their time while on-line with the students.

Happy Birthday to:

1-Betty Cain-Mills

1-Mike Regan Jr.

6-Andrew Seldomridge

7-Richard Dlugosz

11-Dayton Grimes

13-Dave Reed

15-Barbara Ward

18-Mary Novy

26-Gary Baldwin

27-Vi Statler

Happy Anniversary –

12-Greg & Jane Leppert

18-Phil & Pat Latimer

20-Gary & Marcia Baldwin

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

—Donna O’Reilly

—Mary Novy

—Jim Martin

—Barbara Hawley

—Phil & Pat Latimer

—Dr. John Britcher

—Bea Aho

—Bill Bush

—Sumi Atkins

—Sara Lyon

—Marian McKusker

—Greg Leppert

—Lois Brighten

—Donna Brooke

—Dolores Todd

—Boni Lenahan

—Ken Russell

Please keep our members that have been sick or having surgery in your prayers.

Congregational Care

If you have any interest in providing meals for some of our folks who are having a difficult time with shopping and/or cooking, please let the church know. We would like to restock the freezer at the church with frozen casseroles and soups to be taken to those who are homebound.

 

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