Nexus General Articles for April 2018
By the time you read this, our Easter celebrations will be over. For some it means we will not see them again until Christmas. It saddens me. Each Sunday is a “mini” Easter. We are invited into a relationship with God that brings life to our existence, as well as meaning and purpose. Imagine only eating twice a year; it would be hard to survive. So it is with this in mind, I think about how God might be calling us to reach out. Not out of fear, or just trying to stay alive as a church, but with the message that is so central to Easter itself, God’s reaching out even beyond the grave to bring life and life abundantly. I have heard it said that we are in a “death culture.” When you look at the increased tensions across our country, particularly noticeable in our schools and cities, our churches have a profound message. Sometimes that message gets hid beneath the daily distractions of living, but it does not make it any less real. So as we go forward toward Pentecost, let us keep in mind that we have a responsibility to a world where there is much suffering. Suffering is often the result of feeling isolated, alone, and disconnected. With God’s help, we can be part of the solution to humanities woes. I invite you to pray for inspiration and insight into what God is doing, and we will be all the more in harmony with it.
Blessings, Pastor Dan
The very first thing that I want to say here is one very big thank you to the Bell ringers and Chancel Choir; they've done so much great work and have really put forth such great efforts during our rehearsals. I always appreciate their efficiency, selflessness and good humor--what we as a congregation see and hear is no doubt rewarding, but for those who are not there--Wednesday night rehearsals are a lot of work, but they are actually a lot of fun.
And so, we move into another phase in the musical life of the church. Lent and Easter have taken most of the time and effort to co-ordinate, but we have much more to come. Bell choir will be back to perform at Pentecost, Chancel Choir will sing each week and we also hope to combine some smaller groups that would be available to sing throughout the summer. Also, I am organizing an open rehearsal on Fridays to begin a praise band. I am also trying to recruit from outside of the church, looking for folks who might be looking for an opportunity to play. In addition, I am beginning to work with the Preschool children, coming in to share some songs with motion--this will be a real challenge for me, but one which will be fun in a very different way.
Thank you again for your support. And thank you's to the Choirs; may the heavenly spirit continually move in us and through our music.
See you Sunday, Paul
I have been asked by a few individuals about joining the church. We will be having a class starting April 26th on Thursday afternoons. Let me know if you are interested. – Pastor Dan
Spring has Sprung Senior Dinner:
We enjoyed a Chicken Dinner. Games were played with 3 winners. Jan and Rich Green shared some history about themselves and also the church. I’m very appreciative of all the stories our Seniors have shared.
Bob Scheuerman sang a beautiful solo with his wife Joyce playing the piano. The choir sang with all the seniors. Thank you Paul!
We will have our next dinner in October. Start planning your Halloween costume now.
A BIG THANKS to Steve B., Donna, Craig, Joyce, Nancy, Dorothy and Janie. We would not be able to put this together without all the help.
Would you like to keep up to date on what the Quilters @ St. Andrew’s are constructing?
Watch the Bulletin Board to see a quilt grow. Or take one of the attached kits and instructions in the plastic bag and become part of the process. Enjoy!
Quilter’s @ St. Andrew’s UMC are constructing Theme Quilts to be presented to congregation members. Join us each 4th Tuesday of the month. We start about 10:00 and enjoy fellowship and a potluck soup lunch at noon. Planning and conversation continue until about 2:00. Join us for the entire time or as much as you can spare. Sewing skills are not essential as there are jobs for everyone. We enjoy introducing people to the world of color, pattern and finished quilts. Drop in on the fourth Tuesday to look around or join us for lunch. We’d love to have you share with us.
Happy Quilting, Barbara Ullmann 360-491-2693
Special Edition of CROP Walk on Sunday, May 27
Mark your calendar now for Sunday, May 27 at about 2:00pm, for a special edition of CROP Walk, raising money and awareness to combat hunger here at home and around the world. The Thurston Country CROP Walk is on hiatus this year, so our Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey United Methodist Churches are coming together for a fun afternoon of fellowship and walking around Capitol Lake on our own UMC CROP Walk to raise money for Church World Service. More info about walking, fundraising, and providing hospitality (i.e. bring your lawn chair, hand-out water bottles and snacks, etc.) will be available soon, and talk with Janie Stover or Pastor Meredith Brown.
Sunday School for our Youth
Watch the Bulletin & Nexus as we will be participating in an area Methodist CROP Walk this year. A bit different from the ones we have done in the past, but it’s going to be great to connect for such a great cause.
April 18th @ 12:30 p.m. at the Panorama Restaurant
We invite all adult singles (divorced, widowed, separated, never married) to join us for a no-host lunch and conversation.
Questions or RSVP to: Chris Regester (360-491-3425)
Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 school year has begun. If you have any family or friends that have a preschool age child please let them know about our wonderful program. We have always found that word of mouth is our best advertisement.
April will be a busy month for Preschool. We will have Spring break, continue learning our alphabet letters, take a field trip to Pizza Hut & Nisqually Wildlife Refuge and begin our parent gifts for our Parent’s Day Tea.
Our Spring fundraiser has begun…We are once again selling beautiful Flower baskets from Wikes Greenhouse. If you would like a flower basket please fill out an order form and place it with your check in the Preschool Tuition box that is hanging on the wall across from Preschool. Baskets will arrive here at church on May 8th for delivery.
We will also be taking our class pictures in April. You will get a text reminder as we watch the weather to make sure our scheduled days will work.
As I write to you, we are beginning to have our first beautiful days of Spring…and it’s just in time! What a great reminder of the new life that is available for all people, not just with spring, but with the faithful, powerful promises of resurrection life in Jesus Christ. We celebrate this most especially at Easter. But, as people who love and follow Jesus, we get to join in with the work of the Holy Spirit in showing and sharing this new life, love and hope. It’s Easter every day!
I encourage you to reach out with that love and hope to someone around you, particularly during this Easter season: go ahead and make that phone call, write that note, set-up that coffee or lunch date, introduce yourself to that neighbor, step-up and volunteer to help, or step-up into leadership you’re being called to. This is the season to take that next step with Jesus in new life, no matter your age or situation. Go for it!
As always, I give thanks to God for your continued prayer support for our Evergreen community, for myself, my family, our Evergreen leadership and the people God has put us here to reach. You are always welcome to come join in one of Evergreen’s community gatherings, and to subscribe to the email newsletter (go to www.fun.church) - see that same webpage for the most up-to-date info. Know that your Evergreen community holds you in prayer and the ministry God has placed you here to do!
Pastor Meredith Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 8 at 4:00pm – The Gatehouse of WA Land Yacht Harbor
At Dinner.Church you can expect hands-on learning and energetic worship for people of all ages, and a fabulous pot-luck supper – bring a dish to share if you’d like! On the second Sunday of the month.
Sunday, April 15 at 10:30am – Tap Room at Top Rung Brewing Co.
At Morning.Church you can expect worship, prayer, and learning groups for people of all ages, on the first and third Sundays of the month. Fun and donuts included.
Sunday, April 22 at 10:30am – see webpage for more information
Sunday Share-day is an opportunity to put worship into action through hands-on help in the community, with work good for people of all ages and abilities; on the fourth Sunday of the month.
Sabbath Sunday Walk
Sunday, April 29 at 10:30am – see webpage for more information
Sabbath Sunday Walk is a time to enjoy God’s creation with a stroll, conversation and silence, good for people of all ages, and taking place on the fifth Sunday or holiday weekends.
You are invited to call in your prayer request to the church office (491-2030) or to Chris Regester (491-3425) 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 to touch
St. Andrew’s Families:
—Terri Tyler —Dave Reed
—Betty Fagan —Steve Laxton
—Lee Lovrien —Tom Lund
—Gerry Leonard —Mary Novy
—Barbara Hawley —Marcia Baldwin
—Robin Eagen —Richard Dlugosz
—Jim Martin —Marian McKusker
—Craig Eagen —Carol Nichols
FOR Kids Backpack 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:
Happy Birthday to:
Happy Anniversary to:
2-Rich & Gayle Judson
4-Craig & Robin Eagen
4-Donald & Virginia Stephens
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.
All Church Clean – Up
A - BIG - HUGE - THANK YOU to this clean up crew! Lots of things got checked off the list and the church grounds looked absolutely beautiful when we arrived to church on Sunday. Great Work!
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (UMH 839)
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
John 20: 1-18 or Mark 16:1-8
Psalm 133 (UMH 850)
1 John 1:1-2:2
Psalm 4 (UMH 741)
1 John 3:1-7
Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137)
1 John 3: 16-24
Psalm 22:25-31 (UMH 752)
1 John 4:7-21
Ways to Give to St. Andrew’s UMC
Online Giving Available! One time or regular donations can now be made on our website: www.laceysaumc.com
Make your donations by credit card or transfer from your savings or checking account.
Once you click on the button follow the prompts to create a profile and set up the frequency you’d like to donate. Contact Kathy in the Church office if you need help setting up your donation.
Can Help St. Andrew’s Earn Donations Just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to St. Andrew’s at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards You can search for us by name or by our non-profit number #91098 Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping St. Andrew’s earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates just as you do today.