#7 May Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #7

#7 May Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #7

News from Pastor Denise

Greetings Dear Church Family,

If you have been following the news, then you know that our state is actually getting close to reopening our churches for worship. To get us all on the same page, I want to share some news from the Governor’s office. I anticipate that within the next week, we will have an update from our Bishop. Once St. Andrew’s has both pieces of information, we will be able to put a plan in place including possible reopening dates.

Governor Inslee, in collaboration with the WA State Department of Health, recently introduced a 4 phase plan for reopening WA while minimizing the health impacts of the COVID-19 virus. This approach reduces the risk of the virus exposure to our most vulnerable, high-risk populations. The plan also guides reopening while preserving capacity in our health care system.

In Phases 1 through 3, high risk populations are advised to continue to shelter in place. Phase 3 could begin as early as June 16th. In Phase 3, church gatherings of less than 50 people would be allowed with social distancing.

It is possible that in Phase 3, some small groups could meet at church (practicing social distancing), but not necessarily for worship. It is most likely that St. Andrew’s would continue our online worship until Phase 4 guidelines are in place.

Phase 4 could begin in WA on July 7th at the earliest. During this phase, the church could be open for worship services with social distancing in place. Our estimate is that the St. Andrew’s sanctuary could hold from 50 to 60 people with social distancing. The size of our choir/song team will be limited by the ability to maintain social distancing in rehearsals and during worship. We expect that once we are able to meet in for worship in the sanctuary again, we will also maintain the option of online worship.

That’s where we are now. The good news is that Washington’s governing body has given us a couple of dates to look forward to, but we also are mindful that as the apostle Paul says in 1 Cor 10:23, “‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up.” As United Methodists, our first general rule is to ‘Do No Harm’.

Reinstating in-person worship before it would be safe for most of our congregation to gather risks harming not only the health and safety of our community, but also the integrity of the body of Christ. We look to the oldest, youngest, and most vulnerable members of our congregation to guide our ethic in reopening our sanctuary for corporate worship.

Please be with us on prayer as we seek God’s guidance on reopening in the safest way possible. As always, you remain in my hearts and my thoughts.

Pastor Denise

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced new criteria that will allow Washington state counties to move to phase 2 and restart their economies stalled by the coronavirus pandemic that has now been linked to over 1,000 deaths. Based on the new factors, the governor said the following counties are eligible to immediately apply to advance to the next phase, including Adams, Clallam, Clark, Island, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Spokane, San Juan and Thurston. But he warned that the state could modify its approach based on efforts to contain the coronavirus.

"This is always subject to change, depending on what's happening with the virus," Inslee said. "We think this is an incredibly scientific, thoughtful way to make decisions."

(Information taken from www.governor.wa.gov website)

What God Hath Promised

While doing family genealogy research I found this in a "In Memoriam" book from a family member's funeral - Pearl E. Gothard, 1896 to 1970, Pomeroy, WA. I thought the poem might be appropriate to print in this time of "why me, why now and where is God". It was made into a hymnal. ~Gretchen Borck

God hath not promised skies always blue by Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

Food Bank

This was the beginning of an amazing outreach to our local Food bank. We loaded the back of this truck in one day and collected a total of $$3,700 in a matter of 12 days to support our local Thurston County Food Bank. Thank you to everyone who sent in a check, drove by the church on collection day to drop off supplies, and to the faithful volunteers who stood outside waiting for you to drive up so they could load the back of the truck.

When I became a member in 2009

First, I would like to thank the congregation for your very warm welcome that first day I walked into the church the first Sunday of last November. You immediately made me feel that I belong here and the most wonderful thing happened as I walked into the sanctuary - - I knew I belonged here.

I am sure it was fate that I would become a member, when I found the right church.

On my mother side of the family my Great Great Great Grandfather back in 1849, married a young lady who’s father was a Methodist minister.

But I have a double whammy, because on my father’s side, my Great Great Grandfather was one of three ministers, who founded the Rocklyn Zion United Methodist Church in 1883, just outside of Davenport, Washington.

I would like to say a special thank you to the ladies, who immediately invited me to “start quilting” with them.

To our Pastor (Melissa 2009), thank you for your devotion and guidance.

I am so glad that I can call all of you my friends. The world is a much better place with all of you in it! ~ Gretchen Borck

Pentecost Sunday

To celebrate, please take a picture of yourself holding a sign with the words "Welcome, Holy Spirit!" written in your native language or a language of your heritage. These pictures will be collected in a slideshow that will be used in our online worship for Pentecost worship. Please email your pictures to the church no later than Wednesday May 26.

A Brief History of Methodist

If you remember from last week, it was the influenza of John Wesley that brought this wonderful disease of Methodism into our world, and we have been joyously “suffering” from it ever since. The 18th century movement founded by Wesley sought to reform the Church of England; however, it became separate from the parent body and developed into an autonomous church in 1795, after Wesley’s death. The movement spread throughout the British Empire, the United States, and beyond because of vigorous missionary work.

The Wesleyan Methodist Church grew rapidly, numbering 450,000 by the end of the 19th century. The growth was largest in the expanding industrial areas where the Methodist faith helped the workers to endure economic hardship by encouraging them to live simply.

The late 1700’s began a series of schisms within the church due in part to the autocratic habits of some ministers. The Methodist New Connexion broke off in 1797, the Primitive Methodists in 1811, the Bible Christians in 1815 and the United Methodist Free Churches in 1857. Reunification began around the turn of the century. The New Connexion, the Bible Christians, and the Free Churches combined to form the United Methodist Church. In 1932, the Wesley Methodists joined the others to form the Methodist Church. In 1965 there was an attempt to merge the Methodist Church and the Church of England but the Church of England did not muster a large enough majority to bring the merger about.

In the mid1700, John Wesley sent Thomas Cooke to America where he and Francis Asbury founded the Methodist Episcopal Church, (both later became bishops). Asbury has been called the architect of the American Methodist Church. He spent 45 years carrying his message across the American territories. He died in 1816.

The young Methodist Episcopal Church experienced racial divide as early as 1797, when some African-American members left; forming the African Episcopal and Episcopal Zion Methodist Churches. Reunification (sort of) began early in the 1900’s. The general church was divided into six jurisdictions; five geographical and the sixth racial. Which included the African American churches wherever they were in America. It was not until the merger with the Evangelical United Brethren church that the sixth jurisdiction was abolished.

Full clergy rights for women was also part of the merger with the EUB church in 1968, leading to what we now know as the United Methodist Church. As early as 1866, the first woman (Helenor Davisson) was ordained as a deacon; the first clergywoman ordained in the Methodist tradition. It was not until 1974 that the first woman was ordained as an Elder after many years of discussion and controversy.

The church continues to experience change and increasingly knows itself as a world church. While membership in Europe and the United States has declined, it has grown significantly in Africa and Asia. The church endeavors to become a community in which all people can participate. ~Rich Green

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

23-Connie Todd-Mandler

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

—Sumi Atkins

—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!


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:


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:


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


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