#1 April Nexus Newsletter 2020 #1
News from Pastor Denise
There has been much in the news lately about the impact of the virus in our country flattening, and then, hopefully resulting in a decrease in the number of deaths and the number of new cases. I know that this will happen eventually, and I hope that it is soon. At the same time, I am wondering if any anxiousness that I have had about the virus has already flattened. Not too worry, I am still taking all of the protocols, and you should do so as well. It's just that many of my thoughts these days are on what it will be like to come out on the other side of this trauma. I guess that I am needing more positive things to think about. I've noticed that several of the news stations that I listen to have begun ending a number of their Programs with I bit of good news. I'm really appreciative of this humanitarian effort, and I look forward to it. I'm just craving good news. I look for it everywhere. Every situation can be transformed into a God moment and a bit of good news for a weary mind. A few days ago, I saw my neighbor while I was out walking my dogs. She was the first real person I had seen in several days. We chatted for 10 minutes from our driveways, both of us reluctant to go indoors. I think that she was as happy to see me as I was to see her. Today, while walking my dogs, I noticed a woman in the window frantically waving. At first I thought that something was wrong, but then it was clear that she only wanted to get my attention. She smiled so beautifully at me. I smiled and waved back. I know that it sounds strange, but we shared a moment, and I feel like I made a friend. Even in the darkness, the light of Christ reaches out connecting us. If you were able to join us during worship on Sunday morning, I hope t[at you were able to Participate in Holy Communion. It was such a beautiful time with so many coming together in Hope and Peace, and no one turned away. What are you doing to keep Your head and heart open to the delights that God sends our way? Jesus has a place for each one of us in his heart, and that cannot be changed. I pray that this is a message that delights you and opens you to other God-moments into your life this week. Stay safe, keep others safe, and
May God Bless You Always, Pastor Denise
Though we are distancing ourselves to care for our community, we do not want to isolate ourselves spiritually. We are still the church. There are a number of other ways for us to connect. Gather together when and how you can. Call the Church Office (360-491-2030), if you need help. God is steadfast and will see us through this.
Sunday Worship - Easter Sunday - YouTube link for Sunday's worship video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PT-lkd7TlE . It is being hosted on the new South Sound Co-op YouTube channel and will premiere every Sunday morning at l0 am. If you have problems connecting please try: https://www.facebook.com/standrewsumclacey/ This is our Facebook page and all Sunday Worship Service will be here as well for you to watch.
Supporting the Church
Fellow St. Andrew's UMC congregation members, I hope this message finds you and all those that you care about safe in this trying time. The threat of the Covid 19 virus has driven us into our homes to do our part to stop the spread of this serious and deadly disease. Just as our lives have been individually and collectively touched, the life of our Church has also been dramatically altered as well. Sunday morning services will not be resumed until it is safe to do so. I am reaching out to you on the important matter of keeping our church whole. While services are not being held, our basic expenses continue. The bulk of our expenses, payroll and benefits, utilities, insurance, and apportionments, must still be paid each month. Though we are holding worship services online, we are not gathering and passing al offering plate each Sunday. This means that many of our usual pledges and donations are not being received each week and each month as has happened in the past. Each week that we do not meet The NEXUS for worship, our church finances fall farther behind. So, on behalf of the Finance Committee and Church Council, I am asking that you make an effort to get your pledges and regular Sunday donations to the church in a timely basis. In making this request, we know that some of our members may not be able to give what they had planned as a result of the huge international, national and local economic slowdown. We understand. We do ask, however, that those that can maintain their giving continue to do so to the best of their ability. Donations can be mailed (please use the PO Box #) to the church, or you may donate online through our website www.laceysaumc.com We are fortunate to be part of a church family that is very loyal in its giving to St. Andrew's.
Thank You in advance for your continued support.
To All Interested Sewers,
If you have this interest in making a face mask for yourself or others, it's easy. Go online and Google, 'making your own face mask'. A large number of entries will pop-up. Some masks are washable, some are for a one-time wear. To be clear, these homemade masks do not and are not designed to replace the mask that our health care professionals desperately need. Here are a couple of websites that feature tutorials with patterns; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v:fuSsaOoiEVM There are two videos. The second done talks about what fabrics to use and not to use and why!
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's peace & presence St. Andrew's Families:
-Phil & Pat Latimer
-Dr. John Britcher
-The family of John Clark
Stay in Touch
During these times of social isolation, some of us are handling the change better than others. Please consider this time an invitation to browse through your Church Directory and to call to check on a friend or acquaintance. It doesn't have to be a long conversation. Just let them know that you are thinking of them and wanted to check that all is OK. Use this time to brighten someone's day.
Happy Birthday to:
April 1st - Bruce Baldwin
April 2nd - Ginny Miller
April 16th - Mary Loomis
April 19th - Rich Green
April 25th - Sharlyn Russell
4th - Robin & Craig Eagen
4th - Don & Virginia Stephens
If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or if you are new to our congregation, please call the church office (360-491-2030) or write it on your attendance card Sunday so we can update our records.
Children & Youth Ministries
This Sunday you're invited to join other youth from around the South Sound Co-Op in our virtual youth group! l:30pm-3:00pm via Zoom
If you have a desktop laptop with a camera, microphone & speakers, or a smart phone or tablet simply click on this link on Sunday:
Don't have access to those things? You can still join the fun! Call this number on your phone: 1 301 715 8592
When prompted enter the meeting ID number: 543 509 527
You will be able to hear us and we will be able to hear you :)
We will be gathering every Sunday this way for the foreseeable future. During our time together on Sunday we will pray and check in with one another. We will also ask you what else you would like to do together over Zoom in the coming weeks.
See you on Sunday!
This is a crazy time, but we have learned quickly how to adapt and make the most of our time at home. We have been able to connected our families on Zoom and with their help we are planning 2 weeks at a time with our kids. Thank you to the Preschool Teachers that have jumped right in and found a way to keep the kids connected and still working on their schoolwork. In these unprecedented times we are fortunate to have families willing to try something new and joining with their children to learn our songs and sign language as well as our crazy ideas to keep their kids busy. This may just be a blessing in disguise as we now are doing more together in our days than ever before. Family learning has become the new normal for us all. New or Returning Families: We are currently enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year. You can get a registration by calling 360-491-2030 or by visiting our website at:
Do you know the meaning?
You may have noticed the symbol on the face of the altar and wondered what it means. It is a cross with the letters IC XC between the vertical arms and across the top of the cross and the letters NIKA under the arm of the cross, as seen in the picture below. Your first reaction might be "It's all Greek to me"! Well, you will be right. This is a "Christogram". A Christogram is a combination of letters that form an abbreviation for the name Jesus Christ.
The Greek words for Jesus Christ are: IHCOYC XPICTOC, spelled out in the English alphabet. As depicted in the picture above, the IC is the first and last letters of the first word. The XC is the first and last letters of the second word. Together they form a Christogram for, "Jesus Christ".
The word NIKA, below the arm of the cross, is the Greek word for "Conquers".
The source of the cross is unknown. It bears a strong resemblance to the "Cross of St. John" which is a Latin cross with the crossing point starting wide initially then widening at the ends of the arms.
Bringing them all together with the cross, we have a monogram that means:
“JESUS CHRIST CONQUERS".