#5 May Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #5

#5 May Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #5

News from Pastor Denise

Generous Assumptions

I was recently watching a cooking show, and one of the contestants casually mentioned that he had battled cancer for the first five years of his life. This was a teen cooking show and this contestant was only fourteen. Another contestant thanked her parents for giving her the opportunity to study at a cooking school in France for three months over the summer.

Last week via Zoom, I performed a ceremony in which a couple renewed their wedding vows after ten years of marriage. They were so thrilled to have both of their children participate. The nine-year old child had been born with serious disabilities and required a wheelchair. At birth, she had not been expected to live past 5 years old.

For some reason, these events taking place within a few days of one another reminded me of another event I experienced many years ago when I attended a Christmas Eve worship service, and the Sunday School kids were doing a play.

As the kids processed in, you couldn’t help but notice the costumes. Silly me for expecting shepherds, kings and lambs and being surprised by cowboys, hunters, disco queens and fairies. The play was wonderful. At the end, the Pastor shared that the woman who made the costumes for the play had them at her home the night before. There was a flood in her basement, and many of the costumes were ruined. When the kids heard this, without missing a beat, they said, we have other costumes to wear. And that is exactly what they did.

I am reading a book right now that talks about training ourselves to make ‘generous assumptions.’ The truth is that we are always making assumptions, about people, about circumstances, about all kinds of things, so why not make generous assumptions.

Each one of us has a story. We don’t know where we are in our story, and neither does anyone else. I would never guess that a 14 year old had already spent a third of his life battling cancer; or that another 14 year old had attended cooking school in France; or that a couple so in love and so full of life were also parents of two children, one severely disabled; or that Sunday School kids would enthusiastically say, ‘the show must go on,’ while their parents and teachers were wringing their hands trying to figure out what to do.

Generous assumptions. That is my message as we move from Easter into Pentecost. If you must assume, make generous assumptions about everyone that you encounter. And may you be reminded of the many generous assumptions that God must be making about us.

In Christ, Pastor Denise

Food Bank

The Thurston County Food Bank has reached out to local churches including ours. They are in desperate need of Toiletries and Food (protein items is the largest need).

Bruce, Gary and Dayton spent time collecting food from folks that came by this past Thursday to donate to the Food Bank. We are thankful for those that came out and gave what they could to help those in need. There’s still time to help! If you would like to contribute to the Food Bank you can write a check to St. Andrew’s UMC and in the memo line write “Food Bank”, and mail it to the church (PO Box 3866. Lacey, WA 98509). We will make sure the Food Bank gets the fund right away.

Living in Community

About a month ago I started reading through the Bible from the beginning. I just recently finished the Book of Exodus. It’s always been one of my favorite books, and as usual, it refreshed and rejuvenated me. The story of God’s people living in the wilderness and learning how to live with in another in community speaks to my heart, especially at this time. We also are living in the wilderness and figuring out what it means to live in community – community that is sometimes within the walls of our own homes, and community with those dealing with the impact of the virus on the other side of the world.

Figuring out what it means to live in community is the story of the Christian faith, and that story has endured through many challenges and shifts. Each time, the characters, stories, and truths have been seen through new lenses and with new insight.

What we have discerned at St. Andrew’s is that an important part of living in community is making sure that all are fed, particularly the most vulnerable among us, our children. It should come as no surprise that to the best of our ability, we continue to help feed the children at Lydia Hawk Elementary who are part of the free and reduced lunch program. It should come as no surprise that we continue to support the Food Bank. It should come as no surprise that we stand ready to once again start preparing and serving meals at St. Benedict’s. It should come as no surprise that our church recently hosted a Food Drive in our parking lot.

The reason that we are able to do these things is because of your offering to the church, which is then combined with the offering of others and used to bring goodness and to do good in God’s world. When you make a decision to give money to our church, you are making a profoundly spiritual decision to help bring God’s Kingdom to earth, and to make it as it is in heaven.

Thank You so much for your gifts, especially during this difficult time. The need remains great, and for those who are able to support us financially, we are grateful. Thank You for your generosity and for helping our community of faith to be strong and to stay strong in the midst of uncertainty.

Pastor Denise

What Really Matters

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So, we pray and we remember that
Yes, there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.

Yes, there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes, there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes, there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes, there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is here, summer is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

May we become alive in the Grace of the Risen Christ to live every moments of this Easter Season.

~Anonymous

Happy Birthday –

2-Jean Hartl

5-Gayle Judson

12-Earl Cabe

14-Barbara Hawley

14-Jackie Hinchcliffe

17-Carol Nichols

19-Bruce Kauffman

19-Greg Leppert

22-Silver Rose

Happy Anniversary –

5-Dave & Connie Reed

If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or if you are new to our congregation, please call the church office (360-491-2030) or write it on your attendance card Sunday so we can update our records.

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

—Dick Hinchcliffe

—Vi Statler

—Tom Lund

—Carol Nichols

—Mary Novy

—Jim Martin

—Barbara Hawley

—Phil & Pat Latimer

—Dr. John Britcher

—Bea Aho

—Bill Bush

—Sara Lyon

—Jerry McKusker

—Marian McKusker

—Karen Langlois

—Donna Brooke

—Lois Brighten

—Gary Skaar

—Lillian Carr

—Amy Dickey & Family

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:

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

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

Bread of Life

Thursdays @ 10:30 via Zoom

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

Christian Flag

Did you know there is such a thing as a Christian Flag? This is a flag recognized, not just by Methodists, but by most Christian churches. In 1897, the Superintendent of Sunday School at Brighton Chapel, Brooklyn, Charles C. Overton, conceived the idea of a Christian flag. In 1907, he and Ralph Diffendorfer, secretary of the Methodist Young People’s Missionary Movement, designed and began promoting the flag.

The Christian symbolism of the flag is generally believed to be as follows: The ground is white, representing peace and innocence. In the upper corner is a blue square, the color of the unclouded sky, emblematic of heaven, the home of the Christian; also a symbol of faith and trust. In the center of the blue is the Latin cross, the ensign and chosen symbol of Christianity: the cross is red, typical of Christ’s blood.

The National Council of Churches adopted the flag on Jan. 23, 1942. Mainline Protestant denominations in the United States accepted the flag and by the 1980’s many institutions had described policies for displaying it in the churches. The flag intentionally has no patent, as the designer dedicated the flag to all of Christendom, with the expectation that it would be used on all proper occasions.

An “Affirmation of Loyalty” to the flag was written by Lynn Harold Hough, a Methodist minister, and goes as follows:

“I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Saviour for whose kingdom it stands; one brotherhood, uniting all mankind in service and in love“.

Our copy of the flag currently resides behind one of the wing walls at the front of the Sanctuary.

~Rich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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