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Quilters Group
10:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Quilters will be meeting on September 25, 2018, our regular 4th Tuesday day. There will be sewing, pressing, arranging pieces and other non-sewing tasks available. Come and help us with the projects. We will start about 10:00 and go until 2:00 with a break for potluck lunch. Join us for fellowship and bring an dish to share at lunch. We welcome new folks to join us and participate in this mission of St. Andrew's.
Happy Quilting, Barb Ullmann
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A Note from Pastor Dirk

Hurricane Relief

September 18, 2018

Greetings Sister and Brothers of St. Andrew’s UMC,

I have noticed in my years as a pastor that in the aftermath of natural disasters, the church's compassion and empathy is quickly activated. As I was listening to the news this morning, I heard how the flooding in North Carolina continues to keep folks from their homes, their families, and their life. Sunday (Sept. 16th) marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico - where folks are still recovering from its effects. The latest death toll of Typhoon Mangkhut is over 100 in the Philippines. My heartstrings are pulled, and I'm left wondering, "What can I do?" Perhaps you are asking the same!

Founded in the 1940's The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been responding to tragedies throughout the world out of a desire to fulfill their mission to "alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing." This can ONLY happen with the assistance of United Methodists throughout the world. UMCOR completes its mission through the three P's: Prayers, Players, and Payers. If you're asking, "What can I do," here are a few options:

1) Pray: Pray for the first responders, those affected by the hurricane, the families of those who have lost their lives, and the leaders who are guiding response and recovery. Pray for peace, comfort, and strength in the midst of great turmoil, hardship, and tragedy.

2) Play: Emergency Recovery is still happening right now - that's the trained professionals. But in the coming weeks and months, response will begin (with UMCOR, this is done through Emergency Response Teams - ERT). There is a training event for ERT on October 27th. And further in the future, there will be Volunteers in Missions (VIM) teams deployed to the areas. If this is something you are interested in, please let me know, and I'll point you in the right direction.

3) Pay: Generous donations are essential to the operations of UMCOR. By clicking here, you can give directly to UMCOR, where 100% of donations go towards disaster relief. You'll see on this site there are numerous areas to give to; if you are motivated to give because of the recent disasters, I recommend you give to general funds, US response, or International response. Be sure to give credit to your church by typing our name in the space indicated.

a) You may also write a check to St. Andrew's UMC, and put the following in the memo line: UMCOR advance #999895. 100% of your check will be given to UMCOR.

My prayers to you all; my gratitude for your compassionate hearts!

Blessings,

Pastor Dirk

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If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. -Eleonora Duse (early 1900’s actress)

 

Sisters and brothers of St. Andrew’s UMC,

I could not have asked for or imaged a better and more loving reception than what you have provided Brittany and me. From baskets full of goodies on my arrival to smiling faces full of joy on our first Sunday together to great conversations in our administrative meetings: it has truly been a blessing to get to know you as individuals and as a church community. Brittany and I pass on our deepest gratitude for your loving hospitality and welcoming!

As you all may know, Brittany and I spent the month of July slowly traveling from Pennsylvania to Washington State. When I read the quote from Ms. Duse (above), it immediately flooded my mind with images from our travels. Through the vast expanse of this country – the dry deserts, and the lush forests; the large mountains, and the low canyons; the bright flowers, and the fluorescent slugs – each sight brought new life to my soul! I learned in this month of travels to slow down and take in the sights and sounds of nature – it was a spiritual and worshipful experience.

Certainly, I am not the first to see this – perhaps you’ve had similar experiences even in your everyday life: a beautiful flower, a brightly colored bird, or an awe-striking sunset. And the Psalms have been signing about seeing God through creation for centuries. The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork (19:1, NRSV). In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed (94:4-5, NRSV).

I pray as you move through your days this month, you take the time to slow down so that “the simple things of nature” can share their story and move your soul! In these last moments of summer, may you “Stay in love with God” – as our denomination’s founder has challenged us to do – through the beauty and majesty that surrounds us each and everyday! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some of the beauty we saw.

Many Blessings,

Pastor Dirk

Volunteer Opportunities

In my month here, I've heard you all share about your passion for children ministries and the kids in our neighborhood. So when I had the opportunity to meet with the Principal and Reading Resource teacher at Lydia Hawk, I asked: "How can we partner together to build relationships with our community kids?" Knowing about the great work of the R.E.A.C.H. program (see page 12), they suggested we might sit with the children as they are working on their reading. Beginning around October, I'd like to bring a few folks (3-4 at a time) up to Lydia Hawk with me to sit with the kids. A background check will be required. If you're interested in learning more, please email me or call the church.

Seeing your great response to donating school supplies during VBS and hearing about past back to school drives, I also asked if there were any supplies they were in need of. "We're always in need of Kleenex's" was the resounding answer. During your next shopping trip, could you pick up an extra box of (or two) of Kleenex's? We'll be collecting them until the last Sunday of September (the 30th).

Thank you for impacting our community, Pastor Dirk

 

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