General Articles from the Nexus June 2018
Come and celebrate the ministry that Pastor Dan & Family has brought to St. Andrew’s
Join us for a Baked Potato Bar on June 17th (Father’s Day) after the second service.
Charge Conference Special Session - Tuesday, June 19th @ 3:00 p.m.
During this Charge Conference we will vote to set our pastor compensation package as well as our pastor’s account reimbursement policy (PEAR).
My time in the pulpit at St. Andrews is quickly coming to an end. However, there will be a time to celebrate our time together on Father’s Day, June 17th. Janie is working on food and memorabilia. We have had a short but I think grace filled time together. I hope you continue to support and encourage each other as a reflection of God’s love in your midst. As with any ending, it is not easy. Although I will no longer be your pastor come the end of June, know that you will still be in my thoughts and prayers.
Several of you have asked what can you do to help with this transition – we will be having a couple moving days on June 28th, 30th, and if needed, on the 2nd. A time to clean our rental home will occur on Thursday evening July 5th, and possibly the 6th. See Janie for more ideas.
Blessings, Pastor Dan
Music Notes – Paul Duncan
I have decided that the best (and easiest) way for me to begin when writing this monthly item is to simply say “thank you” to everyone; it is such a pleasure and privilege to work with the choir, the pastor, and to be warmly received by so many of you each and every week. I am so very glad to be here!
We are nearing the point when the choir takes somewhat of a break—we will continue to sing throughout the summer, however, we will not rehearse on Wednesday evenings for a while. We will continue to meet at 10:30 on Sunday mornings and rehearse things that are easily accessible—things that are either well known to the group, or very easy to pick up with a few read-throughs. Would I (and the choir) be happy to have anyone and everyone join in? YES! We would be thrilled if any of you would like to join us. Please remember that we will meet at 10:30 in the sanctuary and be ready to sing. Once again, this invitation goes out to…everyone!
Also, if there is anyone who would like to contribute something for special music (for both services) please contact me. There will be many opportunities available, as there may be a number of weeks when we will not have nearly enough singers—and I would like to plan ahead as much as possible. So, if you have something that you would like to share (instrumental selections, vocal solos and even poetry readings, to name a few) do not hesitate to let me know, and we can schedule it.
On a personal note: I very much want Pastor Dan Breznau to know how much I have appreciated my time working with and learning from him. I hope and pray that this time of change goes as smoothly as possible for himself and for his family. Even though he has reminded us that pastorates are only temporary, his time here (in my humble opinion) was much too brief. And again, all that I can really say is thank you for everything, Pastor Dan.
Trustees & Finances Happenings
Church Council has approved to have these items taken care of right away...
1. Building Security – Key Pad Entry System on front door & door handles replaced with a locking mechanism for 7 interior doors. This project will be done by a locksmith and cost approximately $3,916. All members and preschool families will have codes to enter the building when they wish. We will be able to keep the doors locked during the day. The Preschool has come up with $3,000 for this so a total of $916 would be taken out of our reserve investment account.
2. Driveway/Parking Area (south entry only) needs to be smoothed and graded so that the potholes are under control. This will cost approximately $2,500. We plan to take this money out of our reserve investment account. We are currently getting bids to asphalt the lower parking lot and drive way. This will be done in place of just adding gravel if we find it cost effective.
Projects that we will be running a special funding project for are the two listed below. Watch the Sunday Bulletin and the bulletin board in the fellowship hall for more information on these items.
1. Dishwasher – we absolutely need a new dishwasher, ours is broken completely. We are looking for one that is new but maybe scratched or dented. The approximate cost for this is $7,800. If you would like to give to this project please write “Dishwasher” on the memo line of your check.
2. South Wall Entrance – The look of this wall is weathered and peeling. Not a very inviting look. We would also like to do a special fundraising for this. Its approximate cost is $4,000. We are looking at ideas and checking costs for this project. If you would like to give to this project please write “South Wall” on your check.
If you have any questions on these projects please don’t hesitate to talk with Ken Russell or any of the Trustees.
Sunday School for our Youth
Our last children's Sunday School and Confirmation class before summer break will be June 3rd. We will resume classes again in September.
June 20th @ 12:30 p.m. At Jim Bob’s 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: Lois Brighten (360) 412-7933
Our preschool year has flown by! We have been so blessed to have such wonderful children and families this year! We will miss you all so much!
Please keep an eye on your June calendar. We have a few things that you don’t want to miss. There will be lots of buzzing around and excitement as we squeeze in just as much fun as possible before our last days of class.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday Families your last day will be June 15th and Tuesday/Thursday Families your last day will be June 14th. On both of these days we will meet at Woodland Creek Park right behind the Lacey Community Center on Pacific Avenue. We will be there for regular class time. This is a family event so please bring all siblings and family members that would like to play in the park with us. We will play on the toys, have a little picnic and take a peek around the lake to see what kind of animals might be living there. We hope you will join us!
Evergreen UMC News
In this time of transition, I want to share an important update on Evergreen. Beginning on July 1, Evergreen will shift its supervision and sponsorship as a new faith community from St. Andrews UMC to Olympia First UMC. We began thinking and praying about this shift over a year ago, and negotiated the details with the pastors, churches, and our District Superintendent this spring. We believe that this change will allow all of our churches to better fulfill their missions of love, welcome, and service to our Lacey and Olympia areas.
St. Andrews will always be Evergreen’s partner, and we will always be family. Most of the change is administrative. Evergreen currently receives human resources and financial oversight from its sponsoring church, and these are the key supports that will move to Olympia First. When St. Andrews envisioned starting a new faith community and invested in launching Evergreen, we established a lasting relationship. This relationship has blessed both congregations, and I am incredibly thankful for every one of you, for your prayers, for your encouragement, and for your support. And although we will continue to relate and share ministry, this administrative transition is a great opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of our collective Evergreen heart!
We’re also getting really excited about the upcoming summer season with so many opportunities to connect with community and make new friends. I encourage you to come join in one of Evergreen’s community gatherings and to subscribe to the e-mail newsletter if you have not already done so. You can do that right on the Evergreen web page, or send me an e-mail (meredith@4EvergreenUMC.org); and you can always check-out the webpage at www.fun.church for the most up-to-date info, small group opportunities, and service projects. - Pastor Meredith Brown
Morning.Church at Top Rung June 3 & 17 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.
Summer Kick-off Worship, Picnic & Cupcake Bake-off! Sunday, June 10 at 5:00pm – Meridian Neighborhood Park
Everyone’s welcome for hotdogs, snacks, games, a time of prayer for this season of transitions, and the annual cupcake bake-off! Bakers and taste testers are needed.
Sunday Share-day Sunday, June 24 at 10:00am – Meet at Meridian Park Worship through hands-on service with the Thurston County Food Bank, with work good for people of all ages and abilities.
Summer Worship & Cook-out in the Park Thursday, July 5; Wednesdays, July 18, Aug 8, Aug 22 all at 6:00pm – Meridian Park Energetic worship for people of all ages, a potluck cook-out (bring a dish to share), and playing in the park; instead of meeting on Sundays in the summer, we’ll gather for worship mid-week.
Serve Our Community Week Monday, Aug 13 – Friday, Aug 17 from 8:30am to Noon – Various Locations A special opportunity for middle & high school aged youth to grow in faith and love of God through hands-on service in the community; we’ll work hard and do what’s needed with the Food Bank, South Sound Reading Foundation, YWCA and more!
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 to touch
St. Andrew’s Families:
—Betty Fagan —Steve Laxton
—Lee Lovrien —Tom Lund
—Gerry Leonard —Mary Novy
—Barbara Hawley —Marcia Baldwin
—Richard Dlugosz —Jim Martin
—Chris Regester’s Family
Prayers for Chris Regester family and our church as we have together experienced her untimely death. Celebration of Life will be held in July.
Help a Graduating Senior
Make a Graduation Special - Support a High School Senior
At Timberline High School our Weekend Backpack Program sends home food for the homeless and struggling students. I am proud to announce we have 9 seniors on this program graduating this year and who have also been accepted in college next fall. In the past, people that would like to help have “adopted” one of our seniors to support them through graduation. All of these students have overcome many obstacles to make it to this day and most won’t have someone there to help them celebrate.
St. Andrew’s is adopting 3 graduating seniors through this special program. $150 will pay for each senior to have a cap and gown for the service, an additional $100 will purchase a yearbook for them, a small graduation gift and offer a few dollars toward the cost of a celebration dinner. Together we can make their day special.
If you would like to join in their celebration, please place donations of any amount in the Sunday offering plate or drop your donation in the office marked “Graduation” by Friday, June 8th.
25-Kay Ann Hall
12-Bill & Virginia Berney
12-Bill & Sally Bush
12-Bob & Joyce Scheuerman
20-Bruce & Nancy Kauffman
22-Bruce & Geri Baldwin
24-Mike & Emily Regan
30-Bob & Lillian Carr
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
Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann Lay Reader
2nd Service: Heidi Seldomridge
Coffee Hour: Gretchen Borck, Roberta McCormick, Pat Latimer, Sara Wall, Christy Townsend, Virginia Stephens
Lay Reader 1st Service: Virgil Clarkson
Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heather Seldomridge
Coffee Hour: Sally Bush, Janie Stover, Jane Leppert, Heidi Seldomridge, Steve Berntsen, Myra Little
Lay Reader 1st Service: Gretchen Borck Lay
Reader 2nd Service: Sandra Dlugosz
Coffee Hour: Boni Lenahan, Sara Lyon, Mary Jean Grimes, Marilyn Martin, Kyrian MacMichael
Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson
Lay Reader 2nd Service: Bruce Baldwin
Coffee Hour: Jan Green, Betty Gluth, Marian McKusker, Karen Langlois, Dorothy Tyler
1 Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854)
2 Corinthians 4: 5-12
1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15)
Psalm 138 (UMH 853)
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795)
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13), 14-17
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
Psalm 9:9-20 (UMH 744)
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Kuula Fund Clarification
In 2009, John and Gloria Kuula’s estate left $480,000 to St. Andrews. One of the uses of this bequest, in 2010, was to payoff our outstanding building improvement loan with the Conference. At that time the balance owed was $108,000. The church had been making monthly payments on the loan, and many members of the congregation were making monthly donations specifically for the loan payments. After paying off the loan, most of these donations continued.
When the Finance Committee made the decision to pay the loan off, they also decided to let the monthly congregation donations continue. The purpose of continuing was to, over time, pay ourselves back the amount of the payoff, i,e, $108,000. This came to be known as the “Kuula Fund” to distinguish it from the remaining unspent, bequest money. Unfortunately, no decision was made at the time as to what the Kuula Fund would be used for. Presumably, it was to just accumulate until the $108,000 had been “paid back”.
The Finance Committee decided to discontinue paying ourselves back.
Over time many members have continued to donate but changed the designated use of their donation to the General Budget. Currently there are a few members still donating to the Kuula Fund. This fund is currently at about $35,000.
Since there had been no specific designation for the use of the Kuula Fund, the Finance Committee has used the money as a reserve fund. More specifically, at the end of the calendar year, money is transferred from the Kuula Fund to the General Budget to zero out the annual deficit and start the new year at zero. We have been running a yearly deficit for several years.
The Finance Committee plans to continue using the fund as a reserve fund and those contributing for the payback may continue to do so, recognizing that they are paying into the reserve fund not a payback ourselves fund. The Finance Committee is open to comments or suggestions.
Rich Green June 2018