General Articles of Interest from Nexus

General Articles of Interest from Monthly Nexus

Nexus General Articles October 2018

The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

-Proverbs 20:5 (NIV)

Sisters and brothers of St. Andrew’s UMC,

I am a “details kind-of-guy.” In fact, throughout my ordination process, I’ve had to take five personality, psychological, and/or leadership questionnaires/tests. Every one of them notes I am detail-oriented – it would seem me mentioning the “five tests” epitomizes this characteristic! I love details! As I write this, I just finished interviewing with a psychologist about my last test.

Thomas Merton (Catholic monk and prolific writer of the 1960’s) once wrote, “There is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace, my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God. If I find [God] I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find [God]” (New Seeds of Contemplation, 35-6). “If I find my true self I will find God.” After so many tests that supposedly tell me who I am, I’ve always wondered if they’re actually right?

The last psychological assessment I took (on August 23rd, details!) came back with an eerily personal and strikingly accurate caricature of who I am, but it didn’t really say who I am. My true self is not something that can be labeled by a few paragraphs – actually it’s much simpler than that. Please don’t misunderstand; I’m extremely grateful for the assessment. The test is valuable to help me reflect on how I conduct myself as a person, pastor, and leader, but it isn’t who I am.

Who I am? What is my true self? Inspired by the words of Merton, I have spent a great deal of time contemplating these questions over the past year of my life (actually to be exact it’s been since January of 2017, details!). In meditation and prayer, though, the answers to these life-long questions have never been “detail-oriented” or anything else of the sort.

If I find my true self I will find God. My true self, the essence of my being – and of yours and of everyone – isn’t something that can be tested. If you can handle the cliché, our true self is divine love rooted in the image of God. Taping into that love is the task of a lifetime – and of daily importance (for me: pure silence and walks in nature help me slow down and lead me to “see” God in many forms). Finding our own path to live into that divine love, to show that love, to be that love – that’s what life is all about.

How we define ourselves says a lot about who we are. We can start with a long list, or we can start with the essence of God – God is love (1 John 4:8), and we are all made in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27). With such a definitive statement, I admit, I may very well be wrong. But I’d rather strive to live into an image of divine love than a whole list of human characteristics. How about you…who are you?

Many Blessings,

Pastor Dirk


World Communion

The first Sunday of October is always World Communion Sunday. World Communion Sunday started at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1933. It was designed “to bring churches together in a service of Christian unity – where everyone can receive both inspiration and information, and above all, to know how important the Church of Jesus Christ is, and how each congregation is interconnected one with another.”


Music Notes

Hello everyone,

It’s great to be back into the regular schedule again. Chancel choir is off to a great start with a few new members (there’s always room for more) and I will soon put together the music for bells. A note to all of the ringers: you will be hearing from me soon—please check your calendars—I’d like to get ready to play in November, and I definitely would like to know soon how many of us will be available to play through Advent and Christmas Eve.

As I had mentioned in an earlier article, I am always open to feedback regarding Sunday music. Please contact me through e-mail, by phone, or talk to me on Sundays. Your input is both valuable and very helpful.

I’ll leave you with a lyric from a hymn titled “Keep a Song in your Heart” It’s from a turn of the century hymnal, written by Lizzie DeArmond:

Verse one:

Keep a song in your heart for the road is long,

You will need it to make you good and strong;

If you look to the Lord, tho' rough the way,

He will give you a song both night and day.


Keep a song in your heart when things go wrong,

Keep a song in your heart, a happy song;

All the troubles of life will soon depart

If you keep a song ringing in your heart.

Blessings, Paul Duncan


Church Game Night

Friends of ALL ages are invited to a night of intergenerational fellowship:

Sunday, October 21st, from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

The Education Committee will provide chili with fixings and drinks.

Please bring a side or dessert to share and your favorite board and/or card games.


Children & Youth Ministries

Youth Sunday School Schedule for October, 9:30-10:30

*Oct. 7 Confirmation

Grades K-4

*classes will end at 10:15 for our Blended service

Oct. 14 Grades K-4

.Oct. 21 Confirmation

Grades K-4

Oct. 28 Grades K-4

Area Methodist churches are banding together to form a Youth Group for grades 7th - 12th and Mini-Methodists Group for grades 4th - 6th. The Youth Group will meet the 2nd Sunday of every month for discussion, the first meeting will be 1:30-3:30 at First UMC of Oly. Please see Janie or Heidi for more information.

Future Events for “Mini’s” and Youth

Our first joint outing will be on Sunday, October 7th, to the Rutledge Corn Maze from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

November 4th - Minis will go to Skateland & Youth will go to Lazer Fun Zone.

December 2nd - Minis will go Ice Skating in downtown Olympia & Youth will go to Boomshaka.

Preschool News

September has flown by and the children are learning so fast. We have our class routine down and they are picking up on how to talk to each other and share their emotions with their friends. As we move into October we will take a field trip to Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch. This will be a family field trip.

Also, in October, we will continue to work on colors with our Tuesday/Thursday class and we will continue with the letters D, E, & F in our Monday/Wednesday/Friday Classes.

We are excited to see our Tuesday/Thursday Class grow now that they have gotten so good at our routines.

**If you know a family that has a child that is 3 years old, please share our Preschool information with them. If you refer a family that enrolls, you will get 1/2 off one month’s tuition and they will get 1/2 off their first months tuition.

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)

UMCOR - Hurricane Relief

In the aftermath of natural disasters, non-profits from around the world step in to help. Your United Methodist Church is always at the forefront of these relief efforts. If you're interested in assisting, please consider any of the following options:
1)Pray - Pray for peace, strength, and comfort for all those affected.
2)Play - Join the UMC's Early Response Team; training will be held Oct. 27 - ask Pastor Dirk for more details.
3)Pay - Go to and donate (be sure to represent St. Andrew's in the space provided).
Or you may write a check to the church with the following in the memo line; 100% of donations go to disaster relief: UMCOR advance #999895.

Prayers Request

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 peace & presence

St. Andrew’s Families:

—Dave Reed

—Jackie Hinchcliffe

—Betty Fagan

—Dick Hinchcliffe

—Lee Lovrien

—Tom Lund

—Gerry Leonard

—Mary Novy

—Barbara Hawley

—Jim Martin

—John Britcher

—Elaine Greenhagen

Financial Update

It was a blessing to have our church filled with children every week of August. And with the start of the school year, our Preschool is up and running once again. Your tithes help keep these ministries, and others, going! In the months of August and September, we also collected around $1000 of in-kind donations for food for food bags, VBS, REACH, and school supplies/tissues. Thank you for supporting the ministries of our church.


The Quilters will participate in the 2nd Annual Bazaar at Mountain View Church of the Nazarene, 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501 on Saturday, September 20, 9am until 4 pm. We have purchased a table and will have 41 quilts for sale on that day. We will have the only quilts for sale at the Bazaar. Proceeds from vendors will benefit the charity, Boxes of Hope. Our proceeds from the quilts that we sell will go into St. Andrew’s general fund. Plan to visit us, and the other vendors, on that day. Perhaps you will find something special.

Senior Supper - Tuesday, October 23rd @ 1:00 p.m.

We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, October 23rd, we will be celebrating the Fall Senior Supper. Don’t be surprised if tricks and treats are involved. All are welcome to join us! Robin Eagen will be collecting RSVP’s to make sure enough lunch is prepared for everyone. This will be Supper with entertainment to follow.

We would like to thank everyone that donated towards our new dishwasher! We are so thankful this has arrived and are excited to put it to use!


Happy Birthday

1-Betty Cain-Mills

1-Mike Regan Jr.

3-Claudia Regan

6-Andrew Seldomridge

7-Richard Dlugosz

11-Dayton Grimes

13-Dave Reed

15-Barbara Ward

18-Mary Novy

22-Gerry Leonard

26-Gary Baldwin

27-Vi Statler


Happy Anniversary

7-Rich & Joy Martin

12-Greg & Jane Leppert

18-Phil & Pat Latimer

20-Gary & Marcia Baldwin

21-Virgil & Barbara Clarkson

29-Jerry & Marian McKusker

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.


Volunteer Opportunities

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, they suggested we might sit with the children as they are working on their reading. Soon, 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.


Humor Corner



October 7th

Lay Reader One Service: Virgil Clarkson

Coffee Hour: Nancy Lovrien-Kauffman, Susan Sadler, Lois Mae Best, Pat Latimer, Sally Bush


October 14th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barb Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Gary Skaar

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


October 21st

Lay Reader 1st Service: Sue Sadler

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Kathy Bush

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


October 28th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Bruce Baldwin

Coffee Hour: Gretchen Borck, Sara Wall, Christy Townsend, Virginia Stephens, Donna McFadden-O’Reilly, Sharlyn Russell



October 7th - Scripture Lesson: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - World Communion Sunday

October 14th - Scripture Lesson: Mark 10:17-31

October 21st - Scripture Lesson: Mark 10:35-45

October 28th - Scripture Lesson: Mark 10:46-52

Craft & Bake Sale

By popular request, we will again hold an in-house Craft and Bake Sale on Sunday, December 2 between and after services. All proceeds will be designated for the Church’s General Fund. Now’s the time to decide how you can use your special craft or baking talent to join in the fun. Think jams, jellies, pies, cakes, breads, cookies, fudge, knit items, quilts, baby clothes, table runners, Christmas items, paintings, pottery . . . Detailed information will be in the November Nexus or you can contact co-facilitators Jan Green (360-943-9290) or Sharlyn Russell (360-943-8199) at any time.

Trustee Update

We are currently taking bids for the parking lot resurfacing and the south wall entrance restoration. If you have any questions about these projects please talk with one of the Trustees. (Ken Russell, Chairperson; Bruce Kauffman, Duane Ullmann, Sandra Dlugosz, Earl Cabe, Bob Scheuerman, Ray Gluth and Bruce Baldwin)

Singles Luncheon

October 17th @ 12:30 p.m. At Log Cabin Bar & Grill

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