#2 April Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #2

#2 April Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #2

News from Pastor Denise

When I was in seminary, my classmates and I would meet in the evenings to solve all of the problems of the world. OK, I admit that a few glasses of wine were involved.

In addressing the problems, we compared humanity to some popular television commercials. One commercial was for Lay’s potato chips. The slogan was, ‘you can’t eat just one.’ The ad showed a man eating a large bag of chips and greatly enjoying them. Next to the man was a second person, maybe a family member or friend. This second person looked longingly at the bag of chips and asks for one. Person one replies, “if I gave you one, I would have to give everybody one.” He then went back to enjoying his chips.

A separate ad featured a man extolling all of the wonderful things about Doritos. The tag line for Doritos was ‘crunch all you want, we’ll make more.

My small group came to the conclusion that the Christian theology of abundance is more like Doritos than Lay’s.

We were reminded of the Bible story of the feeding of the 5000. The story notes that when it was evening, the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

A Lay’s view of that story might be that every man, every woman and every child, fend for him or herself. Maybe that means that the disciples would be covered. After all, they had pooled their resources and come up with five loaves and two fish. Not much, but enough for them, as long as they didn’t have to share.

But then we are shown the generosity of God.

Jesus reveals God's abundance when the bread and fish are multiplied, and Jesus offers so much bread to the people that there are twelve large baskets of leftovers.

God doesn't give us just enough. God gives us more than enough: more bread and fish than we can eat. Through Jesus, God gives us more love than we dare ask for.

The Christian theology of abundance is more Doritos than Lay’s. Closed eyes and closed hands lead to thoughts of scarcity. Jesus teaches us to live in abundance. We just need to open our eyes and realize it. We need to open our hands and share it! The only shortage in the world today is the shortage of will to share what God has provided to us. Share all you have. God will provide more.

My prayer is that we are able to lift ourselves from thoughts of scarcity to thoughts of the abundance demonstrated in Jesus the Christ.

Happy Easter to everyone. He is risen. Christ is risen indeed!

Pastor Denise

Three Ways to Connect

God is steadfast and will see us through this.

Sunday Worship - YouTube link for Sunday’s worship video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PT-lkd7TlE

It is being hosted on the new South Sound Co-op YouTube channel and will premiere every Sunday morning at 10 am. if you have problems connecting please try:

https://www.facebook.com/standrewsumclacey/

This is our Facebook page and all Sunday Worship Service will be here as well for you to watch.

Morning Prayer - Monday - Saturday at 9:00 am

https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/378293561/j/378293561

 

Bread of Life - Thursdays @ 10:30 via Zoom

Please call the church office for that link to be sent to you. 360-491-2030

Supporting the Church

Fellow St. Andrew’s UMC congregation members,

I hope this message finds you and all those that you care about safe in this trying time. The threat of the Covid 19 virus has driven us into our homes to do our part to stop the spread of this serious and deadly disease. Just as our lives have been individually and collectively touched, the life of our Church has also been dramatically altered as well. Sunday morning services will not be resumed until it is safe to do so.

I am reaching out to you on the important matter of keeping our church whole. While services are not being held, our basic expenses continue. The bulk of our expenses, payroll and benefits, utilities, insurance, and apportionments, must still be paid each month.

Though we are holding worship services online, we are not gathering and passing an offering plate each Sunday. This means that many of our usual pledges and donations are not being received each week and each month as has happened in the past. Each week that we do not meet for worship, our church finances fall farther behind.

So, on behalf of the Finance Committee and Church Council, I am asking that you make an effort to get your pledges and regular Sunday donations to the church in a timely basis.

In making this request, we know that some of our members may not be able to give what they had planned as a result of the huge international, national and local economic slowdown. We understand. We do ask, however, that those that can maintain their giving continue to do so to the best of their ability.

Donations can be mailed (please use the PO Box #) to the church, or you may donate online through our website www.laceysaumc.com

We are fortunate to be part of a church family that is very loyal in its giving to St. Andrew’s.

Thank You in advance for your continued support.

Sewing Masks

To All Interested Sewers,

If you have this interest in making a face mask for yourself or others, it’s easy. Go online and Google, ‘making your own face mask’. A large number of entries will pop-up. Some masks are washable, some are for a one-time wear.

To be clear, these homemade masks do not and are not designed to replace the mask that our health care professionals desperately need.

Here are a couple of websites that feature tutorials with patterns;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fySsaOojEVM

There are two videos. The second one talks about what fabrics to use and not to use and why!

https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/

Prayer Requests

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

—Sara Lyon

—Jerry McKusker

—Marian McKusker

—The family of John Clark

—Donna Brooke

—Lois Brighten

—Gary Skaar

—Lillian Carr

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.

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@comcaast.net to get a replacement.

Easter Joy

Jesus came to earth,
To show us how to live,
How to put others first,
How to love and how to give.

Then He set about His work,
That God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself;
He made us clean and new.

He could have saved Himself,
Calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin;
He paid it out of love.

Our Lord died on Good Friday,
But the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn
That fills our hearts with joy.

Now we know our earthly death,
Like His, is just a rest.
We'll be forever with Him
In heaven, where life is best.

So we live our lives for Jesus,
Think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Savior;
Thank you Lord.

Help us love like you!

                                                                      By Joanna Fuchs

Happy Birthday:

April 1st - Bruce Baldwin

April 2nd - Ginny Miller

April 16th - Mary Loomis

April 19th - Rich Green

April 25th - Sharlyn Russell

Happy Anniversary:

4th - Robin & Craig Eagen

4th - Don & Virginia Stephens

Children & Youth Ministries

Hey everyone!

This Sunday you're invited to join other youth from around the South Sound Co-Op in our vitutal youth group!

1:30pm-3:00pm - via Zoom

If you have a desktop/laptop with a camera, mircophone & speakers, or a smart phone or tablet simply click on this link on Sunday:

https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/543509527

Preschool News

New or Returning Families: We are currently enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year. You can get a registration by calling 360-491-2030 or by visiting our website at:

http://www.standrewspreschoollacey.com/registration.html

History of a Song - Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

This past Easter Sunday, Christians all around the world sang the hymn “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” The song has been a staple of the Easter tradition for centuries. The hymn was written in the late 1730’s by Charles Wesley, co-founder of the Methodist faith tradition. The hymn was specifically written for the celebration of Easter. Stanza after stanza of this classic hymn celebrates Christ’s victory over death.

Did you know? St. Andrew’s Cross

Did you know that St. Andrew’s has a cross? According to Christian sources, Andrew, (Now known as St. Andrew), the younger brother of the Apostle Peter, was born at Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee and later lived at Capernaum. Andrew and Peter were fishermen by trade and were the first Apostles to be appointed by Jesus. After the crucifixion of Jesus, Andrew allegedly preached in Asia Minor and in Scythia along the Black Sea and as far as the Volga in Russia. Due to these travels, he subsequently became known as the patron saint of Romania and Russia.

It is said that Andrew was martyred by crucifixion at Patras in Greece on an X-shaped cross, like the one below. Hence the name St. Andrew’s Cross.

He is said to have told his executioners that he was not worthy to be crucified on the same cross style as Jesus, and persuaded them to alter the shape. He is esteemed as an example of humility for the fact that he refused to be crucified on the same type of cross as Christ. Detailed records of his crucifixion only date back to the Middle Ages, but even if the origin is a myth, the cross shape reminds Christians that they should exercise humility.

Andrew is beloved in many countries, especially in Scotland, Greece, and Russia. The diagonal cross is now used on the Scottish flag, a white cross against a skyblue background. The highest ranking order of Imperial Russia, the Order of St. Andrew, has an X-shaped cross.

Rich Greene

 

 
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