Nexus Newsletter January 2020

January 12th following worship: Church Conference Congregational Update If you were not able to make it to the All-Church Conference at First Olympia, then we are providing a second opportunity to get caught up on all of the wonderful things going on at our church and across the cooperative.

Join us on January 12th to get introduced to our 2020 Committee Chairs, to hear where we are on our budget, and to get updated on all of the happenings here at St. Andrew’s.


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone!!! I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas.

This is the time of year that families come together. At Christmas, we come bearing gifts, and something else. We bring something of ourselves; expressions of who we are and what brings us joy, and we share them with one another.

The cooks in the family might bring a new dish or recipe, while the technologists might share a new app they’ve found interesting. I remember the many Christmases that my nephew who wanted to be a magician would share his latest card or coin trick. And my youngest brother always seemed to have the karaoke machine in his car, which meant that at some point, there would be some really bad singing. Another brother loved board games, and so it goes.

These days, my extended family consists of some very different people. We are multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic. We are Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, atheists and agnostics. Still, we are one family.

Like any family, there is not always perfect harmony among us, but our sharing with one another at Christmas is done in a spirit of gratitude, joy, hope and love; and something special happens. It’s a way of being together that can’t be sustained all the time, but this holy season calls to us with a special urgency. And as we come bearing gifts of love, something sacred happens, and the walls which sometimes stand between us come down. I hope that this is true of your family and friends as well.

Very soon, we will celebrate the New Year, 2020.

In the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul speaks of a “secret plan” of God hidden since the beginning of time, but now is revealed by the Holy Spirit. In this plan, God through Christ is tearing down the walls that divide Jew from Gentile, slave from free, male from female; and making those who were once outcasts, now members and co-heirs of the body of Christ. God was doing a new thing, and the world would never be the same. We know this to be true through the ministry of Jesus.

As we enter into this New Year, may we be reminded of God’s plan since the beginning of time. God has given us the gift of Jesus and this message of hope, peace, joy and love to share.

Once again, the Christ Child has been born again into our lives and into the world. In this New Year, may you focus on breaking down walls of division; may you welcome the diverse gifts that we all have to share; and may you tend to the needs of others as they intersect with your life. We give thanks for a wonderful 2019, and may we experience a blessed and fruitful journey in 2020 and throughout this new decade.

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Denise

Upcoming Events

Gathering for Certified Lay Ministers and Certified Lay Speakers in Crest to Coast District

Sat, February 1, 2020

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Chehalis United Methodist Church

$10 registration


This special gathering is for current CLMs, CLSs, and laity who feel called to those ministries. The day will be filled with community building, information sharing about the CLM/CLS process, and a workshop on Spiritual Gifts. Please contact Pastor Denise if you are interested in attending.

Leap Into Abundant Life! - Crest to Coast Missional District Training

First United Methodist Church of Olympia

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

$10 registration


  1. clergy and laity are invited to this Leap Day training by the Greater Northwest Innovation and Vitality Team. If you desire vital ministry for your church and community, this training is for you. The day will include engaging worship, practical workshops, and connecting with other United Methodists.

Please contact Pastor Denise if you are interested in attending.


NOW Committee

(Nurture, Outreach, Witness)

The NOW Committee wish thank all of the Volunteers who participated in the Nurturing Ministries during the holiday season, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Robin Eagen chaired many cooking events during this period. Her committee made over 300 pot pies to support the activities of the church. Additionally, she chaired a Senior Supper serving around 70 individuals. Heidi Seldomridge continue to work with our youth nurturing them in Christian formation. St Andrews youth participates with other youth in the cooperative; engaging in social activities.

Outreach work is continuing in the service of families who needed food support for the Thanksgiving. Food baskets were provided for these families seeking support from the church. St Andrew’s continues to participate with the community feeding program at St Benedict’s Church. This program support anyone that is hungry in our community.

Bruce Kauffman is on standby to assist the Lacey Foodbank when it opens. There has been a delay, but St. Andrew’s will be contributing our services when it opens to the public. 2020 here we come.

Witness continues within St. Andrew’s through our small group meetings lead by Rich Green, to praise and acknowledge God’s blessings at our Bread of Life Meetings.

Singles Luncheon

Meet at the Hawks Prairie Restaurant on January 15th @ 12:30pm

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) 491-2030


Looking for a few Volunteers

IT Team Needed (Clicker Team) – we are looking for a few people to form a team for the Sunday Services PowerPoint presentations. We need someone to click the button! Much like the Coffee Hour teams we have, if we got together we could rotate the responsibility and the more people who know how to do this is good. Depending on how many sign up, you could be on duty for a Sunday only once and awhile. If you know how to turn on a computer, select a program, and push a button, run a remote control – we need you to share your skills and help us help the congregation during services. Please contact Gretchen Borck, 509-660-0220 or and become part of the SAUMC IT Team/Clicker Team!! It is easier than you think!!

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

—Sara Lyon

—Mary Novy

—Marian McKusker

—Skaar Family

—Jerry McKusker


Music Notes

Hello everyone,

Once again, I could not be more proud of all those who participated in the music programs here at St. Andrew’s. With the usual skill and good cheer, we accomplished some wonderful things; everything came off so very well. I have no doubt that we will be able to continue without any drop off with our music ministry as we regroup and re-organize starting next week.

Choir rehearsal time will return to the 7 o’clock start time, as the bell choir will return in late February or early March. The Praise Team will extend their practice time from 6 pm to 7—which is our usual schedule. I was so pleased that Donna has joined us in choir; her presence, experience, and wonderful voice have enriched and blessed us since she joined in late November. There’s always room for more! Please write, call or text me with any input—and especially let me/us know if you would like to join us in praise, bells, or chancel choir.

And last, but not least, a million thanks must go to the quilters—oh my goodness, I received the most beautiful quilt! I do not have the words to adequately express how wonderful it is and I am truly grateful and humbled by this sweet gesture. I will treasure it always.

Thank you all again, see you on Sunday (and Wednesday’s)

Warm regards, Paul


A prayer for the New Year

God of light and love,

Thank You for the smiles, laughs, tears, hugs, songs and prayers all shared in 2019. Thank You for the promise of Your presence as we journey through 2020. As this New Year and new decade begins, we look to You for our hope, joy and peace. Guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. Open the doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. Help us to release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.”

Give us the courage to do all that You ask of us,and make us brave enough to not do what isn’t from You. Show us always how to walk in grace as Your forgiven and forgiving people. In Christ name we pray. Amen.


Children and Youth Ministries

Youth Group planning meeting is January 5, 1:30-3:30 at Tumwater UMC. All kids in grades 4-12 and their parents are invited to attend.

Sunday School Schedule

1/5 grades K-5: Kyrian

1/12 grades K-5: Heidi (one service at 10am, so no older kids class)

1/19 grades K-5: Janie

1/26 grades K-5: Sara; grades 6-12: Janie

Sunday school for grades K-5 is offered during the 11:00 service. Grades 6-12 meet at 10am.

Quilters Update

  1. two months away from our stash we have some catching up to do. We'll meet at 10:00 on Jan. 28, our regular 4th Tuesday. Quilts were sold at the Nov. Bazaar and given to SAUMC members. Some were purchased as gifts. Now we have to replenish our supply. I'll have some kits and patterns available for us. Please bring your ideas, patterns, fabrics and enthusiasm. We'll have a potluck lunch at 12:00 and finish around 2:00. Call me if you have any questions. Barbara 360-491-2693

Preschool News

Happy New Year!

We hope you enjoyed your families over Christmas Break and shared some jammie & cocoa time! We have had a spectacular 2019 here at preschool, and are excited fr our adventures with the children in 2020!

School resumes on Monday, January 6th. We look forward to hearing about all of the exciting things that happened over Christmas Break. Please keep in mind that we have been away from school for quite some time, so it will take us a little bit to get back into our routine. We can all use some extra hugs this time of year.

Please watch your calendars as we get started right away with our alplhabet and shape recognitions. Andy Bear and Framk the Frog will continue their visits right away with our families the first week, can’t wait to see who gets to take them home!

At the end of the month, we will begin our Flat Stanley adventures for our Monday/Wednesday/Friday Classes. Please start thinking about a friend or family member that is out of state that would host a paper doll for a week and take them on an adventure. Once their adventure ends they will mail the doll back to us with a few pictures and a story for your child to share with the class. We will send home a form at the end of the month for you to fill out.

Thank you from the Staff

A very BIG THANK YOU from the Church & Preschool Staff for the Christmas Bonus. Thank your to everyone who donated towards this bonus it was a very nice surprise for our staff.



My deepest gratitude to this wonderful congregation for all of the cards, well wishes and thoughtful gifts. You made my first Christmas at St. Andrew’s a memorable one. The hospitality of our church is consistently welcoming and delightful. I am still smiling and I am truly blessed to be here.

Thank You for everything, Pastor Denise

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

25-Phil Latimer

29-Karen Speer


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 (360-491-2030) or write it on your attendance card Sunday so we can update our records.




January 5th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Sue Sadler

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Carol Nichols

Coffee Hour: Robin Eagen, Sybil Thompson, Mary Jean Grimes, Kyrian MacMichael, Jane Leppert, Barbara Clarkson


January 12th

Lay Reader One Service: Gary Skaar

Coffee Hour: Jan Green, Marian McKusker, Dorothy Tyler, Virginia Stephens, Earl Cabe


January 19th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Virgil Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Don Stephens

Coffee Hour: Nancy Lovrien-Kauffman, Susan Sadler, Gretchen Borck, Sara Wall, Marilyn Martin


January 26th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heidi Seldomridge

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


Thank you to all of our Worship Helpers!


Scriptures - January Sermon Series


January 5th

Matthew 2:1-12


Holy Communion


January 12th

Luke 2:22-40

One Worship Service & Church Conference


January 19th

Luke 2:41-52

Unhanging of the Greens after 2nd Service


January 26th

Matthew 4:1-11

Pastor Swap this Sunday


Trustees Update


Two very nice projects were just recently completed. Hard working people help keep our building in good shape.


The sink cabinet in the preschool room was in bad shape and had suspected leaks. The sink is in constant use when the children are present. Cost estimates by bidders for the custom project were off the wall! Kathy’s dad, Dorman Nolan, volunteered to build the special low height sink that is accessible to the small preschool children. The cost is a fraction of bid estimates! We suspected that the wall behind the cabinet had been damaged when the adjacent small water heater failed a couple of years ago. Luckily, damage from the water heater flooding was slight, but leaks were discovered at the faucet wall stopcocks. Dorman replaced the 40 plus year old valves and hoses. He installed a kid proof countertop. The cabinet has special, open sliding drawers for easy access. What a neat project!


The second project took place in the big kitchen. Robin and crew tackled the unorganized chaos and transformed the place! Wow, does that kitchen ever look nice! They rearranged every square inch, every shelf, every cabinet. They hauled away all the extra accumulated stuff. It now looks like a properly organized food production place! Thanks to Robin and Craig Eagan, Sue Chase, Dorothy Tyler, and Robin’s neighbor. Poke inside the door and have a look.


We had to call in the pros for this project. The big commercial refrigerator in the kitchen has finally been repaired. Cost was much higher than the first estimate due to newly detected refrigerant leaks in the piping. The cost went from $850 to more than $1500. The refrigerator also has a new thermostat and is now working satisfactorily. Expected life could be another five years or so. Any future breakdown will be time for a new refrigerator. Extra $$ contributions outside regular giving would be a big help to cover the unexpectedly high repair bill! We have received $825 so far. Thank you!

Don’t forget to check the DIY Projects List on the bulletin board to see if there is anything there you can take on. There are a few copies of the list lying around to take home. We are making good progress on keeping our building shipshape!


Kenelm Russell, Trustee Chair





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