January 2019   
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Family Game Night & Tacos
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us for Family Game Night (here at St. Andrew’s) on Sunday, January 20th 4:00pm
Education Committee will be providing Tacos and all the fixings. Please bring a dessert to share.


Quilters Ministry
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Quilters Ministry - The quilting ministry at St. Andrew's exists primarily to provide comfort quilts to those seeking spiritual comfort in their lives. The quilters meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 10am - 2pm (Jan. 22 is the next meeting) - with a potluck lunch at noon. Ideas, projects, enthusiasm, and fellowship are shared by all. All are welcome and no skill or experience is necessary


Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM


St. Benedict’s Community Dinner
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
St. Benedict’s Community Dinner – Saturday, January 26th @ 3:00 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. We serve a hot meal for the homeless and low-income people in our community.


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January 2019 Church Newsletter

Happy New Year!


The turn of the year seems to provide an almost instinctual time for people and society to reflect on the past year. News stations recap the “biggest” events in the past year, political commentators discuss the “most” important decisions of the year, and individuals share their “goods” and “bads” of the year. Though the day simply turns over at it happens ever twenty-four hours, the New Year often stands as a reflective moment. The New Year also seems to welcome hopefulness: a time for us to make new plans, new resolutions, and new goals. There is, for me, poetic beauty in the marking of a new year.

As we end 2018 and bring in 2019, I invite each of you into prayer. I invite you to reflect and see how God worked in and through your life in the past year, and to pray for the awareness and grace you hope to see in the New Year. To do this, I’d like to share with you a prayer – known as the Examen – popularized by St. Ignatius of Loyola. While this prayer is intended for daily use, it is also a great way to reflect on the past year and look into the new one.

I invite you to prepare 10-15 minutes of your day in quiet and solitude. Find a place you feel comfortable, safe, and peaceful. And when you’re ready, pray this prayer:


1. Become aware of God’s presence. Ask for God’s peace and presence and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this process.

2. Review the year with gratitude. Gratitude is foundational to our spiritual relationship with the Divine. With the guidance of the Spirit, think back to the events and people in 2018 that brought you joy and delight. Pay attention to the small things.

3. Pay attention to your emotions. Awareness of emotions is what makes us human. It is likely that remembering these events have stirred emotions. What emotions are you feeling? How are the emotions guiding your reflection? What can God teach you through these emotions?

4. Choose one or two events of the year and pray from them. Likely, there is something that was extremely meaningful to you. Ask the Spirit to guide you: why was this important; what did you learn from it; how are you changed by it (or are you)?

5. Look toward 2019. Ask God to give you light for this year’s challenges. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s coming up. Allow these feelings to turn into prayer. Seek God’s guidance. Ask God for help and understanding. Pray for hope.

[Source: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen]


I pray that as you reflect on the past year and look towards plans and goals for the New Year that you find God’s guidance, wisdom, and peace! A blessed New Year to you all…

Many blessings,

Pastor Dirk


Methodist 101 Class: Interested in becoming a member of the church? Did you go through confirmation "eons" ago? Simply curious about The United Methodist Church and its beliefs? Pastor Dirk will host a Methodist 101 classes during the Lenten Season (March 6th - April 20th). Recognizing the diverse schedules of our congregation, the classes will be held on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday nights (more specific details will be forthcoming). Registration isn't required, but helpful - please see Pastor Dirk or call the church office.


Music Notes

Hello Everyone,

It was a wonderful Advent and Christmas season for our music programs and we are ready to plan for Lent and Easter. We have been blessed and re-energized by the new folks who have recently joined both choirs—and, of course, there is always room for more!


The praise team will meet with me at 6 to 7 pm on Wednesdays, and choir will begin practice at 7 to 8:30. The Bell Choir will re-convene at a later date to be announced soon. Please contact me if you would be interested in joining us; and as always, please contact me with any questions, concerns, or if you would just like to chat about the music scene here at St. Andrew’s.

Thank you, and God Bless,




We're starting the New Year with new projects. Looking forward to Easter we have patterns for several beautiful wall hangings for the Sanctuary. Help us choose patterns, fabrics and sewing techniques. These can be made during our monthly sessions or at home if that is easier. Also we need some special comfort quilts. Come and discuss the needs and how they can be filled.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month. That will be January 22 from 10:00 until 2:00. Share a potluck lunch and fellowship at noon. Bring ideas, projects and enthusiasm. We welcome everyone who enjoys quilts, skill and experience is not a requirement. There are many ways to help in this ministry at St. Andrew's UMC.

Barbara Ullmann



Children & Youth Ministries

Join us for Family Game Night (here at St. Andrew’s)on Sunday, January 20th4:00pm

Education Committee will be providing Tacos and all the fixings. Please bring a dessert to share.


Sunday School Schedule

1/6 Kyrian

1/13 Sara

1/20 Janie

1/27 Heidi


Cooperative Youth Ministries

January 6, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Epiphany Party - Winter/Spring kick off (AKA when we plan the Big Groups for January, February, March, April, and May). Information for this will come from Pastors Ann Lock ( rev.ann.lock@gmail.com ) and Sandy Ward ( rev.sandy.ward@gmail.com )

January 20, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Our next planning meeting for Mission Trip Fundraisers. Come with ideas and enthusiasm!


Preschool News

We hope you enjoyed your families over Christmas Break and shared some jammie & cocoa time. We have had a spectacular 2018 here at preschool, and are excited for our adventures with the children in 2019.


School is back in session and we are looking forward to hearing about all of the exciting things that happened over Christmas Break. Make sure you keep an eye on your classroom calendars so you don’t miss our on the exciting happenings of preschool.


We will have the Reptile Man join us this month for a combined adventure with all of our classes attending together on January 17th. Because we will have 60 children here, we will not be able to have families or siblings join us. All students will need to be at school at 9:30am and pick up will be 11:15am. This is a fun way for the children to learn about reptiles in a hands on way and we know they will be excited to tell you all about it.


Prayer Request

Please Pray for God peace & presence

St. Andrew’s Families:

—Dave Reed

—Jackie Hinchcliffe

—Betty Fagan

—Dick Hinchcliffe

—Lee Lovrien

—Tom Lund

—Mary Novy

—Jim Martin

—Barbara Hawley

—Phil & Pat Latimer

—John Britcher

—Bob Scheuerman

—Sara Lyon

—Robin Eagen

—Susan Sadler

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.


Christmas for 3 Families

What a tremendous out pouring of LOVE we saw as the Christmas gifts started arriving under our tree in the Fellowship Hall. Every year as we receive the families names and wish lists, we sit and write the tags out for the tree, and every year it’s amazing how quickly the gifts arrive and the outpouring of love and generosity that St. Andrew’s shares. You purchased gifts for 11 people. We averaged 4 gifts per child and 2 gifts per adult, totaling 34 gifts.



A BIG Thank You to everyone who has taken the time to fill our their pledge cards for 2019. This gives us an idea of how to write the church budget for the year. By submitting your pledge card, 1) you are making a commitment to God to provide a way for our church to continue to bring God's Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, and 2) you are helping the Finance Team create an accurate budget to do God's work.

If you have not yet turned in a pledge card and you would like to, there are some on the round table in the back of the sanctuary. Or you can call the church office to have one mailed to you.

-Thank you, from the Finance Team


FORKids Program

Help us fill the weekend bags to feed kids with little food available when they are not in school. Pick up a red bag on the table outside of the sanctuary and donate items listed on the bags.

Ways you can help: donate food items, sorting the items donated, bagging the food and delivering food bags to Olympic View Elementary to the most needy children.


MOST NEEDED food items include:

Shelf Stable Milk (boxed milk)

Protein items (Chef Boyardee, Tuna Salad w/crackers, Vienna Sausages or Pepperoni Sticks

100% Real Fruit items (Fruit Cups, Boxes of Raisins or Fruit Juice Boxes)

Easy Mac & Top Ramen or Cup a Noodle

Small Individual boxes of cold cereal or individual packages of instant oatmeal.

Snack Items (Chips, Cheezits, Goldfish Crackers or Poptarts)


Thank you

Staff Bonus: On behalf of the entire staff, I want to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude for your truly generous gift this year! You're giving has made a huge difference to each of us! The staff would like to wish you all a blessed New Year! -Pastor Dirk


Singles Luncheon

January 16th @ 12:30 p.m. at Red Lobster

We invite all adult singles (divorced, widowed, separated, never married) to join us for a no-host lunch and conversation.

Questions or RSVP to: Lois Brighten (360) 412-7933


Happy Birthday

1-Sara Bowen

6-John Shiveley

8-Robin Eagen

10-Jan Green

12-Karen Langlois

13-Linda Gerth

15-Jim Martin

16-Wesley Byers

17-Iris MacMichael

17-Marilyn Martin

25-Phil Latimer

29-Karen Speer

30-Roberta McCormick


Happy Anniversary

1-Mike & Claudia Regan

16-Gary & Diane Skaar

25-Richard & Sandra Dlugosz

31-Ken & Sharlyn Russell

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


Senior Supper

Save the Date: February 18th at Noon

Our next Senior Supper get together will be in February on President’s Day. Please join us at St. Andrew’s at noon for fellowship & food. Please let Robin Eagen (360-742-9846) know if you will be attending so she can get an accurate count for food preparation.


Humor Corner

  • Why doesn’t glue stick to the bottle?
  • Teacher: “Class we have only a half a day of school this morning” Students: Hooray! Teacher: “We have the other half this afternoon.”
  • Important Sign: “Do not walk past the end of the pier.”



January 6

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heidi Seldomridge

Coffee Hour: Nancy Lovrien-Kauffman, Susan Sadler, Lois Mae Best, Pat Latimer, Gretchen Borck, Sara Wall

January 13

Lay Reader 1st Service: Bruce Kauffman

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heather Seldomridge

Coffee Hour: Amy Dickey, Sandra Dlugosz, Karen Snook, Linda Gerth, Linda Clark, Sherrod Shiveley

January 20

Lay Reader 1st Service: Linda Clark

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Giesla Taber

Coffee Hour: Barbara Ullmann, Betty Cain-Mills, Barbara Clarkson, Robin Eagen, Earl Cabe, Julie Sedgwick

January 27

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Bruce Baldwin

Coffee Hour: Sally Bush, Janie Stover, Jane Leppert, Heidi Seldomridge, Steve Berntsen, Maggie Schoengarth



January Series

Jesus’ Beginning Years


January 6th

Epiphany & Our Realization

Matthew 2:1-12


January 13th


Luke 3:15-17, 21-22


January 20th

Glory Revealed

John 2:1-11


January 27th

Guest Preacher -

Rev. Heather Sparkman

Pastor, Steamboat Island New Church Start


















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