#3 April Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #3

#3 April Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #3

News from Pastor Denise

Each week, in most Methodist churches across the world, we pray the Lord’s Prayer. This prayer is formatted in a very specific way. The first part is focused on God. Think about the lines.

Hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done

The second part of the prayer directs attention to us and to our relationship with others. In this part, God is brought directly into the smallest details of our everyday lives.

Give us today or daily bread.

Forgive us our debts.

Lead us not into temptation.

By arranging things this way Jesus teaches us that we are to begin our prayer with God’s concerns. We start in heaven and then come down to earth. When we have prayed about God’s concerns, then we are to pray for our own concerns - our daily bread, our forgiveness, and our protection from temptation.

This second part of the Lord’s Prayer covers provision, pardon and protection. If you think about these three things, they take care of all the needs of life:

Provision takes care of our present.

Pardon takes care of our past.

Protection takes care of our future.

In effect, the Lord’s Prayer takes care of every part of us personally. Provision takes care of our body. Pardon takes care of our soul. Protection takes care of our spirit. Every aspect of our lives that can be brought into prayer is in the Lord’s Prayer.

Right now you may be in a time when you are not experiencing God’s presence, much less God’s provision, pardon or protection, but God is here with us in our separation, in our fear, in our grieving, and in our uncertainty. God is with us in the midst of sickness, death, rising unemployment and withering economies.

The one place that we don’t have to practice social distancing is with God, and one way to be close to God is through prayer. And I realize that it may be difficult for some of us to pray right now.

For those who are struggling in their prayer lives, I invite you to remember a story from the gospel of Mark. It begins right after the Transfiguration, when Jesus comes back down the mountain.

A man in the crowd explained, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.

Imagine this man in our context, with a son with coronavirus. He has brought him to the doctors, but they cannot help him. His son is getting sicker, and he is getting more desperate.

Jesus said to this grieving father, “Bring him to me”. The spirit then convulsed the boy, so that he fell on the ground, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked his father how long this had been happening; the father said, “From childhood”. He added, “It has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him”.

The father added, “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us”. Jesus replied, ‘All things are possible for one who believes’. Immediately the father of the child cried out saying, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’ Jesus then rebuked the unclean spirit in the boy who was then able to stand. The disciples asked Jesus why they were unable to cast out the spirit. Jesus told the disciples that’ this kind can come out only through prayer’.

My message here is that prayer does help and prayer is important. My hope is that saying the Lord’s Prayer every day brings you a sense of comfort. If not the Lord’s Prayer, maybe you are in a place to share in this prayer of the father, Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

Whichever prayer is speaking to your heart right now, pray it, and continue praying it, and remember always what Jesus said to the loving father, ‘All things are possible for one who believes’. May it be so.

Pastor Denise

Stay In Touch

Greetings St. Andrew’s,

In our community of faith, we believe that no one in the Body of Christ goes unnoticed, uncared for, or unloved. Part of the work of the church is equipping the congregation for a ministry of caring and nurturing in our service to God.

Over the past several weeks, our Membership Care Committee has been working diligently to reach out and connect with as many people as possible in the congregation, providing prayer, time and loving attention to our members as needed. This is the model by which our congregation ministers to one another and also how we serve our community in God's mercy, love, and grace.

As we are now unable to join one another in worship, this ministry has overwhelmed our Committee, and we are asking your help and participation in our care-giving and outreach ministry. Our goal is to connect with everyone in our church Directory. We want to make sure that no one feels forgotten.

Working together, we can multiply our Christian care-giving and outreach.

Our request is that you pray about helping us to make at least one personal contact per week with a person in the Directory. Let us know who you contacted, and if you feel there is need for a follow-up call from the Pastor.

If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the church office for more information.

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Denise

Three Ways to Connect

God is steadfast and will see us through this.

Sunday Worship

YouTube link for Sunday’s worship video:


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:


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


Bread of Life - Thursdays @ 10:30 via Zoom

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

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@comcast.net to get a replacement.

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:


Preschool News

A big Thank You to all of our Preschool Families who have joined us on our Zoom Preschool days. We are so thankful to be able to talk with the children and share a project with them using our computers and phones. Out of our 60 families we have only lost a couple that haven’t been able to log in and join us. We think this is amazing and we are glad we are experiencing this with you! We, of course, will be glad to get back in the classroom with the children but at least we have Zoom.

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:


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

—Karen Langlois

—Donna Brooke

—Lois Brighten

—Gary Skaar

—Lillian Carr

—Amy Dickey & Family

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.

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

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 Green

The Cross and the Flame

Prior to 1968, there had not been any symbol that represented the Methodist denomination as a whole. In 1956, the Rev. Howard Greenwalt worked with a Chicago commercial artist, Burton M. Cherry and they devised the “World Parish Cross”. It was used in various Methodist functions and while proposed as a universal symbol, was never accepted.

At the 1958 General Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, a symbol of clasped hands in front of a cross with the church name surrounding them was declared the official symbol of the denomination.

By 1964, the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church had committed to work toward a union and decided that the new church should have an official symbol. In 1966 authorization was given to proceed with the design. Edward J. Mikula, (art director) and Edwin H. Maynard, (editorial director) were appointed to develop the design. Early on, they established principles for the design: it should be simple, bold, instantly recognizable, obviously Christian, and uniquely Wesleyan. They also determined that it should have official colors (black and red) but also be capable of reproduction in black and white.

In 1967, after some two dozen designs were considered, two designs were made ready for submission and the selection of one. The one known today as “The Cross and Flame” was selected. In 1968 the Uniting Conference adopted this design as the official insignia of the new “United Methodist Church”.

The symbol relates the United Methodist Church to God through Christ (the cross) and the Holy Spirit (the flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost, when witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy Spirit and saw “tongues of fire”. The two tongues of a single flame may also be understood to represent the union of the two denominations. The cross has slanted ends on the vertical and crossbar members. A noticeable distance separates the flame and the cross -- assuring that it is a cross and flame and not a burning cross. The cross and flame was registered as a trademark in 1971 to prevent its misuse, which is intended only for official United Methodist agencies and local churches. To this day there have been no known infringements.

~Rich and Jan Green


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