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October 2019 Church Newsletter

Greetings! Grace and Peace to you in the name of Christ our Lord.

As we enter the beautiful autumn season, we also enter the season in which we conduct our annual pledge campaign.

A parishioner once complained that Christianity is one continual request to give, give, give. His pastor replied: “Thank you sir, for the finest definition of Christianity I have ever heard. That’s the way it all began. God gave. In fact, God gave God’s only Son. In addition, God’s Son gave. Jesus gave His life on the cross that we may have life. His disciples gave. They left their homes and businesses to devote themselves full-time to Christ as proclaimers of the Good News. All but one of the twelve disciples literally gave his life for Christ.

I guess that the parishioner was right. Christianity is about giving. It’s about giving with purpose, and stewardship is the purposeful use and conservation of all of God’s gifts. Stewardship is not just a material practice, it is a spiritual practice.

Unfortunately, to some, stewardship boils down to nothing more than filling out a pledge card once a year. Many of us have moved away from the spiritual aspect of giving.

Christian giving is based in the belief that each person lives in Christ, and is nurtured by the church. The church teaches that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Caring for the poor and the distressed, visiting the sick and the helpless, being a light to those who live in darkness; these are the guiding principles of church stewardship.

We at St. Andrews UMC are faithfully following God’s call toward life-changing mission and ministry. We continue to enhance our existing programs at the church, so that they connect with the emerging needs of our community. We have done much to share the bright light of Christ in Lacey. There is no other way to say it, YOUR GIFTS make all of our ministries possible! Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

God continues to open new doors for us as we continue to boldly proclaim new life in Christ through vibrant worship, authentic hospitality, and beloved community. With your prayers and continued involvement, we will walk in faith through the new days to come. We celebrate our strengths only because of your generosity.

October 6th marks the beginning of our church pledge campaign, and we will dedicate our pledges on October 27th when we will come together in one worship service at 10:00 am. If you haven’t already, you will receive a letter asking that you once again, prayerfully consider making a generous and meaningful commitment to the work of our church.

We offer thanks for our congregation and the mission and ministries of this church, as we serve the Risen Christ. May we continue to move forward in faith, reaching out as the heart, hands and feet of Jesus.

In Mission and Ministry with you, Pastor Denise

 

The Prayer Chain at St. Andrew’s is being reborn.

We will have a get together the 1st week of November to get organized. If this is for you or if you have questions please contact Kathy in the office @ 360-491-2030. Carol Nichols will be leading this.

 

Sunday Oct 27th – One Service and Luncheon

We will have one worship service on Sunday, October 27th @ 10:00am to celebrate our Pledge Campaign. After worship we will have a Lasagna and garlic bread luncheon. If you are able will you please bring a salad or dessert to share. Please contact Robin Eagen with any questions.

 

St Andrew Christmas Bazaar

Mark your calendars for November 23 & 24. We will be selling baked goods, jams, candies, quilts & what not’s. Please get in touch with Jan Green or Robin Eagen if you are able to volunteer or have something in mind that you would like to donate.

 

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)

Music Notes

Hello everyone,

Here we are at the beginning of another great music season; the choir has begun rehearsals—we has several new pieces of music to present to the second service this fall with much more to come in new music for Advent and Christmas. At the present time, we would like to see a few more singers, (particularly altos) but we would be thrilled if we had some more folks from the congregation (as well as all newcomers to St. Andrews) to join us —and please know that we would be overjoyed to have you with us on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, no matter what parts you may sing!

I would like to have the bell choir begin either the second or third week of November. I would like to hear from our regular bell ringers as well as all interested individuals very soon—I need to know how many would be available, in order to select music for a specific number of bells. If at all possible, we’d like to know how many weeks you would be available—the first priority is to know who we will have to ring for each Sunday between now and Christmas. And if you would only be available for a few of the services, it is also good to have folks who would be able to fill in for someone who cannot be here on any given Sunday. If you are at all interested, even if you’ve never played bells before, please contact me asap.

As always, thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

Blessings, Paul

 

Singles Luncheon

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

Support Senior Services for South Sound

On Saturday, October 19th at the Red Lion Inn in Olympia from 10:00-12:30. Come out and help support the senior services center in Lacey. For information on the breakfast please talk with Virgil Clarkson. There will also be a raffle to win a 12 day Cruise on Holland America Cruise Line in June. Tickets for the raffle are $20.

Prayer Requests

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 peace & presence

St. Andrew’s Families:

—Dave Reed

—Jackie Hinchcliffe

—Dick Hinchcliffe

—Vi Statler

—Tom Lund

—Carol Nichols

—Mary Novy

—Jim Martin

—Barbara Hawley

—Phil & Pat Latimer

—John Britcher

__Bea Aho

—Sara Lyon

—Mary Novy

—Marian McKusker

—Dale Spiegel

Resource Directory - Members of the Congregation:

As the contact person for the NOW team; we are creating a church wide resource directory. I am requesting the names of all contact person in the congregation who have a role in supporting the church through various duties, activities and projects:

Such as: Officer and all other activities inside and outside of the church. I.e. RICHARD GREEN –Lay-Leader Barbara Ullman- Quilters Paul Duncan- Worship Leader and Music Ministry Contact Kathy Bowen at the church or Barbara Clarkson 360-481-1775 Thank you for your help ! ~Barbara Clarkson

Pictures for the Website

After talking to several people, we would all like to see more picture of events at St Andrew’s on the website. If you have taken any pictures this past year, please let me know or send them to me at borckgretchen@gmail.com. You can also take them into Kathy at the office during the week and she will download them in a special file "pictures for the website". We are hoping to share pictures of activities with others and show them what we do at St. Andrew’s UMC ! Gretchen Borck, SAUMC Webmaster

Quilters Update

Our September meeting was spent exploring projects and planning for the next few months. Some beautiful fabrics and patterns have been donated which challenges and motivates our creativity. We’ll be making Comfort Quilts, Fund Raiser Quilts, Table Toppers and, well, who knows what else we’ll do.

Come to join us on the 4th Tuesday in October. We start at 10:00, have a potluck lunch and fellowship and end around 2:00 - Join us and help in this SAUMC ministry. ~ Barbara Ullmann 360-491-2693

Children & Youth Ministries

Thank you to all who donated to the Hunger Walk! We raised $150 for local food needs.

Sunday school teacher schedule for grades K-5 during 11:00 service each Sunday; for grades 6-12 at 10:00 every other Sunday

Oct. 6: gr. K-5 Heidi; gr. 6-12 Janie

Oct. 13: gr. K-5 Kyrian

Oct. 20: gr. K-5 Sara; gr. 6-12 Heidi

Oct. 27: gr. K-5 Janie (one service at 10:00)

We are looking for volunteers to join our Sunday school teaching rotation and also volunteers to lead the Children's Moment the first Sunday of each month. If you are interested in helping with either of these, please let Heidi know.

Prayers for our Military Members

We invite you to pray for members of our church family serving in the military. If you have a family member in the armed services, please send their name, rank and branch to the church so that we may list the person on our prayer list.

Preschool News

What an amazing and exciting time it is to watch children as they learn and grow in a community setting that loves God and our world he has created. We are the luckiest of all as we share in their growth and understanding.

Preschool has gotten off to a great start! In October, we will be celebrating with a Harvest Party and making stone soup together. We will dress like farmers and farm animals, so don’t be surprised if you stop by and see a horse or cow galloping down the hallways.

We will take our first field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. This is a fun and exciting field trip and all of our families are invited to join in.

Watch the Preschool Art Wall in the hallway for our exciting creations that we make and display. We may be a famous artist someday and you are seeing our beautiful work for the first time.

Are you ready to volunteer is class? Please let your Teacher know...we have projects for you.

We have one open spot in our Monday/Wednesday/Friday Afternoon class, so if you have a friend with a 4 year old please tell them about out program and invite them in to check us out. If you refer the family that registers you will get 1/2 off your monthly tuition and so will they!!!!

Fall Cleanup Day

Watch the bulletin for a date in the near future.

We will be working on small jobs inside the church as well as some grounds keeping jobs outside the church. Contact the Trustees with any questions.

Happy Birthday

1-Betty Cain-Mills

1-Mike Regan Jr.

3-Claudia Regan

6-Andrew Seldomridge

10-Richard Dlugosz

11-Dayton Grimes

13-Dave Reed

15-Barbara Ward

18-Mary Novy

26-Gary Baldwin

27-Vi Statler

Happy Anniversary

12-Greg & Jane Leppert

18-Phil & Pat Latimer

20-Gary & Marcia Baldwin

21-Virgil & Barbara Clarkson

29-Jerry & Marian McKusker

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.

Volunteers

October 6th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Bruce Kauffman

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Bruce Baldwin

Coffee Hour: Sally Bush, Janie Stover, Linda Clark, Heidi Seldomridge, Maggie Schoengarth

October 13th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heidi Seldomridge

Coffee Hour: Robin Eagen, Sybil Thompson, Mary Jean Grimes, Kyrian MacMichel, Jane Leppert, Barbara Clarkson

October 20th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Virgil Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Don Stephens

Coffee Hour: Jan Green, Marian McKusker, Karen Langlois, Dorothy Tyler, Virginia Stephens, Earl Cabe

October 27th

Lay Reader One Service: Rich Green

Coffee Hour: Nancy Lovrien-Kauffman, Susan Sadler, Gretchen Borck, Sara Wall, Marilyn Martin

October Sermon Series - Scriptures

October 6th - Luke 17:5-10, Holy Communion

October 13th - Luke 17:11-19

October 20th - Luke 18:1-8

October 27th - Luke 18:9-14, Dedication Sunday

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