General Articles of Interest from Nexus

General Articles of Interest from Monthly Nexus

Nexus February 2019


Pastor Dirk

Sisters and Brothers of SAUMC,

I have shared often that I love bird-watching. On my last birding adventure I spotted a bird I had never seen before. It was a medium-size white bird with long legs wading in the water in search of food. I had my suspicions of what it was, and after checking my field guide on my phone it seemed like everything fit – size, features, feeding behavior, location, etc. – except, the bright-yellow feet at the end of its long, black legs. In fact, as my field guide stated, “it could be said to dance in the shallows on golden slippers.” I saw no golden slippers! Entranced and curious, I stopped and watched this majestic and very patient creature as it moved slowly glaring into the glistening water. Eventually the snowy egret bared its characteristic trait as it stepped high and long with each advancing move.

What I saw from a distance and without my binoculars was simply a white bird bearing no distinctive marks standing quite still in the water. However, what rested beneath the water was unexpected and beautiful. Unexpected because I’ve never seen a bird with different color feet than legs; beautiful because, indeed, those golden slippers danced in the shallows!

As birds and nature often are for me, this moment was enlightening. The plainness of the bird, the inability to see its characteristics from afar, and the hiddenness of its defining trait led me to see just a white bird. But when I saw the elegance of what rested beneath the water, I was led to see the bird anew. This led me to wonder how often do we “see” people from “afar,” how often do we not allow ourselves to “get close” enough to see the defining traits of the folks we meet, and how often do we just see the simple “plainness” of our neighbors?

Like this bird – and so many others – I believe that all people are beautiful creations of God, made in the likeness of our Creator. But it’s easy to – as I almost did – simply walk by what seems to be the “plainness” of others. What would it look like if we began to look for what rests beneath the water? What would it look like if we paused entranced and curious to see and find the golden slippers of everyone we meet?

Many blessings,

Pastor Dirk


Special General Conference

Informative Meeting - During the 2016 General Conference of the UMC, the 860 member body voted to have a Special General Conference to focus on the topic of Human Sexuality. The Conference will convene from Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, MO. Join Pastor Dirk in between services (9:45-10:30) on February 17th, for a brief informative discussion about this Special General Conference.


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 Methodist 101 classes during the Lenten Season. Recognizing the diverse schedules, the classes will be held on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday nights (more details will be forthcoming). Registration isn't required, but helpful - please see Pastor Dirk or call the church office.


Music Notes

In a word, the very first thing that comes to my mind (regarding choir—and everyone else attending church, for that matter) is health. I hope and pray that everyone stays healthy—there’s so much going around right now, and it’s been quite a struggle to stay free from it. I’ve had my turns with the colds and the flu and it seems like it’s just going around and around, and we’re not even half way through the cold and flu season. I would ask for many prayers that we can stay well so that we can get to church every week, and that choir can remain strong and healthy, especially through the holy season.

Choir rehearsal begins at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings, Praise Team (for 1st service) begins at 6 and goes to 7, and plans for Bell Choir are in the works. Please contact me if you wish to join us, and as always, please write, call, or chat with me anytime on Sunday mornings. Have a blessed month of February.

Warm regards, Paul



Tuesday, February 25th, 10:00am. 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.


Do you know the history behind the comfort quilt projects that we work on? We’d love to share our story & projects with you on the last Tuesday of each month. Join us at 10:00am on February 26th and we will show you what we are working on.


Children and Youth Ministries

Thank you to all who joined us for games and tacos on January 20!


Pastor Dirk will be leading Confirmation classes on February 10 & 24. Confirmands will be visiting a Buddhist meditation center as part of their studies this month.


Three of our youth will be part of the Methodist youth mission trip to Idaho this summer from July 7-13. Fundraising activities will be happening to help the kids with the cost of the trip.


Literacy Center

On January 9th, Barbara Clarkson (REACH Program Coordinator), Rich Green (Lay Leader), and Pastor Dirk traveled to Tumwater to meet with the District Building Committee to discuss the possibility of building a Literacy Center to house our developing REACH Program. The Committee was excited for the potential of both our REACH program and Literacy Center. On February 7th, the committee will travel to SAUMC to see the building, meet the architect, and discuss the program more thoroughly. If you'd like to hear more about the progress and the program's purpose, please see Barbara, Rich, and/or Pastor Dirk!


Preschool News

February is going to be another busy month as we continue our Letter Recognition adventures. We will celebrate Valentines with a “Mix of Friends” party. We will go on a Heart Hunt and a field trip to High Impact Dance. We will focus on being great friends with each other this month and on using our kind sharing words like “please and thank you”.


Chef Combo will be visiting this month as well as our continued adventures with “Andy Bear” and “Frank the Frog”. These are very exciting friends and it is hard to be patient while waiting for our turn. However, it is a good life lesson that we don’t always get what we want right away. Sometimes we have to wait a little while. We will continue to help encourage and comfort the children as we practice this skill.


We would like to thank all of our parent helpers that have spent some time in our room and outside of our room doing odd jobs for us. Your help is “priceless” and allows us to give the children all of the love and attention they deserve. We are always looking for volunteers/helpers, if you have a few spare minutes or lots of extra time on your hands please let us know...we can keep you busy and would love to have you help us.


Prayer Requests

Please Pray for God peace & presence

St. Andrew’s Families:

—Dave Reed

—Jackie Hinchcliffe

—Betty Fagan

—Dick Hinchcliffe

—Tom Lund

—Virgil Clarkson

—Mary Novy

—Jim Martin

—Barbara Hawley

—Phil & Pat Latimer

—John Britcher

—Bob Scheuerman

—Sara Lyon

—Vi Statler

—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.


Thank you

The family of Leland Lovrien would like to thank everyone who helped make our Dad's service very special...he will be missed here at St Andrews, and his love we will miss. Thank you, for all your cards, and prayers.


Address Updates

Sara Lyon

1161 Lake Park Drive SW

Tumwater, WA 98512


Bob & Joyce Scheuerman

828 McPhee Rd. SW

Olympia, WA 98502

360-870-9687 Cell Number


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)


Crochet or Knit?

Wanted All helpers that can Crochet and/or Knit to make Hats to donate to Providence Regional Cancer Center. Please turn in your projects of love to the office or give to Janie Stover. All colors and adult sizes only. Thanks we are running low.


Singles Luncheon

February 20th @ 12:30 p.m. at The Mayan (on Yelm Hwy)

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


Looking Ahead

This year our annual observance of Lent begins on March 6th with the imposition of ashes, the church has purchased The Living Gospel if you’d like to observe this 40 day journal through a routine devotional.


Lenten Dates


Wed. March 6th @ 7:00pm - Ash Wednesday

Week of April 15th - Holy Week

Sun. April 21st - Easter Sunday


*Specific date and times will be in the March Nexus.


Happy Birthday

1-Mike Regan

2-Joyce Scheuerman

7-Gretchen Borck

12-Dan Dickey

12-Jim Kreiger

12-Pat Latimer

13-Nancy Kauffman

14-Jim Loomis

14-Ken Russell

15-Heather Seldomridge

20-Shirley Atwater

20-Gary Skaar

22-Glenn Gerth

22-Kyrian MacMichael

25-Betty Gluth

26-Lois Brighten


Happy Anniversary

6-Duane & Barbara Ullmann

17-Jim & Mary Loomis



February 3

Lay Reader 1st Service: Bruce Kauffman

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Sandra Dlugosz

Coffee Hour: Boni Lenahan, Sybil Thompson, Mary Jean Grimes, Marilyn Martin, Kyrian MacMichael


February 10

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Sharlyn Russell

Coffee Hour: Jan Green, Betty Gluth, Marian McKusker, Karen Langlois, Dorothy Tyler, Virginia Stephens


February 17

Lay Reader 1st Service: Linda Clark

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Robin Eagen

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


February 24

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Craig Eagen

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



February Series - Foundations


February 3rd

Following Jesus

John 1:43-51


February 10th

Knowing the Why

John 20:19-22


February 17th

Christian Virtues

1 Corinthians 13:1-13


February 24th


Psalm 143; Mark 1:35-38