Nexus General Articles January 2018
Start you New Year off right!
Remind yourself everyday that you are loved by God.
Happy New Year 2018.
I left Washington last year, and am now returning in the New Year. Tempus fugit – the old Latin phrase meaning, “Time is fleeting.” Indeed there are moments when this seems particularly poignant. On our trip, my family and I spent time visiting relatives. It is amazing how much can occur in such a short time since we had last seem them. Nieces and nephews growing, and expressing themselves in new ways. An older nephew is now a pastor of a large church. Another niece has been married for almost a year, and my brothers are looking older. Things keep changing. We are the next generation that carries the history of the family. It is a strange feeling, a legacy you hope that others will eventually fill, but not too quickly. It raises the question for me as to what stories will be shared by future generations. My grandmother was known for her religious fervor. During the Depression she single-handedly raised funds for a church in India. Given the political climate there today, building a church there would not be possible – missionary activity on the part of Christians is severely limited. The government does not allow funds to enter the country for that purpose. I suspect my grandmother would be saddened by this turn of events. Yet I am told that there is a vitality of faith among those who live there and practice Christianity in spite of the consequences that might ensue. As we enter this New Year, full of promise, it is my hope that we too will drink deeply of a vital faith which is carried on in the lives of those that follow us.
Blessings, Pastor Dan
Ending our Fiscal Year
Please say an extra prayer for Kathy and Pastor Dan as we begin the process of closing our fiscal year here at St. Andrew’s. We have giving records, taxes, employee forms and many reports to fill out for the conference office, please understand if we aren’t quick to answer the phones and if our doors are shut when you arrive to church. Most of these forms take lots of focus and diligence to make sure they are recorded and processed correctly. We appreciate your understanding.
We will be mailing out your Giving Records the last week in January. Please make sure you take a moment to look them over and make sure they are correct. We want to make sure that they accurately reflect your giving intentions.
Thank you for your generosity!
December was a blur! Looking back, I am shocked that it’s been only four services and Christmas Eve since I came aboard, but, I believe that even though the time was short, both Chancel and Bell Choirs really pulled everything together with grace and “harmony.” Chancel Choir had about 6 rehearsals, and Bell Choir had only 3 to prepare for the month. Their abilities and commitment to the music is a testament to their dedication and love for what we do, which is to fill our Sundays with beautiful, and worshipful music. My sincere thanks to each choir member; the music we sang and played in December was a true gift and blessing to the congregation.
Thank you to everyone, many times over, for your show of support. Everywhere I turn (literally) you’ve had so many nice and supportive things to say, so many pats on the back, hugs, firm handshakes—I am overwhelmed and very grateful to be back, and it really does seem as though I never left. It may sound cliché to add this, but in my case, it really seems appropriate to say: It feels like home.
The Choir schedules for Epiphany and everything that proceeds from that will emerge very quickly. I will provide updates s as time and plans progress. Your support to the choirs means everything. We enjoy your feedback, and we would especially welcome ANYONE who would like to join us. If you’ve been on the fence, this is the time to jump in. If you know of anyone who is looking for a choir home, please send them our way. We have, as you know, a wonderful base from which to build. We always want to expand and to enhance our groups. Great fellowship and great music is accessible to everyone every week. Please give consideration to joining, Choir can provide experiences like no other—we actually have fun, imagine that!
I believe that I speak for everyone in both choirs: we really look forward to a fun and very rewarding 2018. Thank you for your support. You can expect much great music and many blessings in the weeks and months to come.
Kind regards, Paul
Christmas Thank you from the Staff
A heartfelt “Thank You” from the staff for their Christmas Bonus. You’re generous and thoughtful gifts were a surprise and very much appreciated.
From All of us: Pastor Dan, Kathy, Mike, Paul, Maria, Page, Pastor Meredith, Hilary, Silvia, Sara, Jessica & Rachel.
Kids and adults all had a good time caroling on December 17th. Thank you to all who participated.
Thank you to Heather, Andrew, and Jacob for participating in the Christmas Eve program.
Sunday School Schedule
Jan. 14 Grades K-4 Ms. Kyrian
Grades 5-8 Ms. Heidi
Jan. 28 Grades K-4 Ms. Sara
Grades 5-8 Ms. Janie
We hope that you enjoyed your families over Christmas break and shared some jammie and cocoa time! We have had a spectacular 2017, and are excited for our adventures with the children in 2018.
We can’t wait to hear from the children how each family spent their break together. And, we know that will be excited to share. 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 routines again. Please let us know if we can help your child with transitioning back into our routine. We can all use some extra hugs this time of year.
Please watch your calendars and newsletter as we get started right away with our alphabet and adventures with Andy Bear and Frank the Frog. We can’t wait to see who gets to take them home this month!
Our older classes will be mailing out a “Flat Stanley” this month. We will be reading their adventures in class as they return. Don’t know what “Flat Stanley” is? Check out a book at the Library to learn of his adventures.
Happy New Year! First of all, thank you so much for the generous Christmas gift to me and my family. We are grateful to be a part of the St. Andrew’s family, and are humbled and honored that you have remembered us during this season of giving and hope. Second of all, I am excited to report what an amazing December our Evergreen Faith Community has experienced.
We have tried out and settled into a new, warm and welcoming Morning.Church space in the Tap Room of Top Rung Brewing Co. in Hawks Prairie (8343 Hogum Bay Ln. NE). It is one of the most family-friendly and hospitable places in the Hawks Prairie neighborhoods, and we are thrilled to meet Morning.Church at Top Rung at 10:30am on the first and third Sundays of the month (that’s Jan. 7 & 21 at 10:30am). As always, it was so much fun to join up with our St. Andrew’s and Girl Scout families during Christmas Caroling. We reconnected with old friends, made new friends, and became the loving and singing body of Jesus Christ in the world! Our third Starlight and Candlelight Christmas Eve in Meridian Neighborhood Park was a joyful, meaningful and beautiful experience in the snow, with 85 people participating and energetic music skillfully provided by our Christmas Eve Band.
As we enter 2018, I find myself called again to reflect and pray within our Methodist tradition of covenant renewal. John Wesley would call all Methodists to special worship services of revival that consisted of intense prayer, scripture reading, hymn singing, confession and healing. At the heart of these worship experiences is the Covenant Prayer, in which participants commit themselves to God. Each year, I pick up a version of this prayer found in our United Methodist Hymnal at #607 for an intentional time of refocusing on God’s direction for me, for my family and for ministry. I am only able to pray this prayer because God has already so overwhelmingly promised and shown-up in my life with incredible love, power and healing. I hope you will join me in considering this covenant prayer, giving thanks to God, and recommitting your life to Jesus Christ in 2018.
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, le me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen
So be it, indeed! A blessed, refocused, healthy and powerful new year to all.
- Pastor Meredith
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 —Bill Bush
—Dave Reed —Lois Mae Best
—Betty Fagan —Steve Laxton
—Lee Lovrien —Todd Stover
—Christy Townsend —Gerry Leonard
—Barbara Hawley —Marian Mckusker
—Robin Eagen —Richard Dlugosz
—Enid Force —John Britcher
—Gary & Marcia Baldwin
—Betty Cain-Mills —Boni Lenahan
Where to begin….
We were able to give 3 families an amazing Christmas! Thank you to everyone who shopped, wrapped, donated to and organized the delivery and gifts for these families! All of your help is so appreciated!
Thank you to Heidi & Nancy for coving in the Nursery over Christmas Eve and New Year’s while Ms. Page was on vacation. She was able to enjoy time with her family and it was very much appreciated!
Thank you to everyone who stayed after church and came in during the week to make sure the decorations, bulletins and candles were ready for our Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve services. Thank you to Janie & Rich for leading our New Year’s Eve service so that Pastor Dan and his family could spend time with Pastor Dan’s parents after Christmas.
Thank you to Robin for organizing, cooking and facilitating our Senior Suppers throughout the year. These are very much appreciated and fun is had by all!
And last, but certainly not least, THANK YOU to all of the volunteers that come in weekly to take care of our building and other church business. This is truly an amazing family here at St. Andrew’s!
1-Mike & Claudia Regan
16-Gary & Diane Skaar
25-Richard & Sandra Dlogosz
31-Ken & Sharlyn Russell
Cold & Flu Season
Please remember if you are feeling sick or under the weather… stay home. We will certainly miss you and would like to know if you aren't coming to church, but it’s important that you get your rest and that we aren’t sharing germs with our church family.
It’s important that we protect ourselves and our friends around us and not share our illness. This has been a particularly rough season for the flu and Washington State seems to be getting hit pretty hard. Please let us know how you’re doing if you’re sick so that we can check on you.
1.The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Circumference.
2.A rubber pistol was confiscated from algebra class. It was a weapon of math disruption.
3.Time flies like an arrow. Fruit Flies like a banana.
Lay Reader 1st Service: Virgil Clarkson
Lay Reader 2nd Service: Carol Nichols
Coffee Hour: Sally Bush, Janie Stover, Jane Leppert, Heidi Seldomridge, Steve Berntsen
Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson
Lay Reader 2nd Service: Kathy Bush
Coffee Hour: Boni Lenahan, Sara Lyon, Sybil Thompson, Mary Jean Grimes, Virginia Stephens, Marilyn Martin, Kyrian MacMichael
Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann Lay Reader
2nd Service: Heidi Seldomridge
Coffee Hour: Jan Green, Betty Gluth, Marian McKusker, Karen Langlois, Dorothy Tyler
Lay Reader 1st Service: Carol Overdeep
Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heather Seldomridge
Coffee Hour: Chris Regester, Claudia Regan, Susan Sadler, Nancy Lovrien-Kauffman, Lois Mae Best, Pat Latimer
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 (UMH 795)
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12 (UMH 787)
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Psalm 111 (UMH 832)
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1: 21-28
A Call to Serve
Over the years there has been many changes to our understanding of what it means to be a Christian. A while back a colleague raised the question with me about service in the church. His question was concerning being a “volunteer.” I thought it rather an odd thought, but he suggests that we are not volunteers. Why? His reasoning being that we are called to ministry as part of family. We all signed up for it when we became part of God’s community. The connection to a “family” is not something you can choose to “un-volunteer.” Likewise the linking one has a part of the family is deeper. So in the coming year I would like to invite you to consider what might be the ministries God is calling YOU? We all have a part in the family given our respective abilities.
~Blessings, Pastor Dan
Thank you to Robin and the whole crew that made December’s Senior Supper such a fun event. There were lots of laughs and fellowship had by all. Next Senior Supper will be in February.