#27 A Nexus Weekly Newsletter 2020 #27

#27 Weekly Church Newsletter #27

News from Pastor Denise

In the last several years, maybe you’ve seen the poster around that reads, “Keep calm and carry on”. If not on a poster, then maybe on a mug or coffee cup or even a pillow. It’s become a very popular saying which has given way to numerous memes like, ‘keep calm and shut up’, or ‘keep calm and have a cupcake’.

You may not know it, but this poster has a back-story. It was designed in 1939 in England, by a graphic artist who thought that the saying might be inspirational and would help with the war effort. The British government printed 2.5 million posters but it seems that the government later determined that the saying was not particularly motivational or heroic, and so the posters were shredded into cardboard.

In 2000, an intact copy of the poster was found in a used bookstore. The store owner framed and hung the poster which then developed its own fan club. Take-offs of the saying have since been used on a number of products. One of my favorite memes from this poster is’ keep confident and carry on’.

This meme is what I think of when I read the Bible story of Paul being held as a prisoner on a Roman ship out on the sea in the middle of a storm. The story can be found in Acts 27:4. It’s a story with a message that we all need to hear because we have all been caught by unexpected and turbulent storms in our lives. We are in the midst of a turbulent storm now.

The protagonist in the Bible story is the apostle Paul. Paul has had a rough couple of years since his experience on the road to Damascus. He’s been thrown out of several towns for preaching the gospel. His life has been threatened. He’s been attacked by rioters and thrown into prison. And now, he is under arrest and being held on a ship bound for Rome where he will be tried in front of Caesar.

Paul warns the Captain and crew that a major storm is coming, but they don’t listen, and so, while the storm rages, they are left at the mercy of the winds, the rain and the waves.

Of course, the application of this passage is for us to understand how the crew, and how we, survive the storms of our lives.

In the midst of storms that rage around us, I invite you to reflect on these three 3 choices.

1.) What can I do?

Don’t linger on Why God? Or Why me, or Why now? A more productive question is what is the next best thing that I can do right now. It may mean to rest or spring into action as the ship’s crew did to prevent it from crashing or sinking. The goal is that your action makes the situation better.

2.) What can I do without?

The ship took a violent battering from the storm, and the crew needed to lighten the load. Sometimes there are some things in our lives that we need to give up. Thoughtful belt-tightening can be clarifying and liberating.

3.) Where is my hope?

When no stars or sun appeared for several days, the sailors gave up hope. With no stars, they were disoriented and couldn’t navigate. Paul gives them a new way of orienting themselves. He encourages them to keep up their courage, to not be afraid and to focus on God.

What do we do when our normal points of reference are gone? I pray that you remember that we have a Bible filled with God’s promises of hope. Our hope is not tied to our conditions or our circumstances or even our boat. Circumstances change. Paul reminds us that there is hope for us outside the boat and outside our circumstances. Our hope is in God.

Prayer:

May we use God’s words of hope to lift, to encourage and to inspire, this day and every day. Amen.

Peace and Calm, Pastor Denise

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. (360-491-2030)

Our December movie will be Smoke Signals and will screen on December 3rd. United Methodism: Did you know?

Are you aware that the United Methodist Church is guided by its Social Principles? The Social Principles are a prayerful and thoughtful effort of the UM General Conference to speak to the issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation.

Taking an active stance in society is nothing new for followers of John Wesley. He set the example for us to combine personal piety and social justice. Since the beginning of Methodism in the United States, we have been known as a denomination involved with people's lives, and with political and social struggles that have both local and international mission implications. Such involvement is an expression of the personal change we experience in our baptism and conversion to followers of Jesus Christ.

Excerpt from The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2016.

To take a look at the Social Principles of the UM Church,

visit https://www.umc.org/en/what-we-believe/basics-of-our-faith/our-social-positions Thank you to everyone FORKids Food Bags

who has participated in donating food and funds to support the FORKids weekend bags program. We will continue to collect donations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00-12:00 at the church.

If you are out shopping please consider buying a few of the items below and bring them by the church to help support this program.

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 any questions you might have. Call to Volunteer

Share Your Time and Talents

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.

Stewardship

By now you may have received a letter from St. Andrew's that contained a pledge card. We are beginning our Stewardship Pledge Campaign and will be working on our budget for 2021.

After prayerful consideration we would love for you to return your pledge card in the envelope provided with the mailing you received. This will help us discern our financial path as we move forward. Our Stewardship Sunday will be Sunday, November 8th.

If you have any questions please call or email:

Pastor Denise - revdeniseroberts@gmail.com

Rich Green - richandjangreen@comcast.net

Lois Brighten - jean891949@aol.com

Kathy Bowen - saumc@comcast.net

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.

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 to:

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

—George & Sybil Thompson

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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