August 2018  
Upcoming Events


Singles Luncheon Group
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Singles Luncheon Group – meets 3rd Wednesday of each month. For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, etc.) Check announcements for location each month. June's Meeting will be at Jim Bob's Restaurant. Contact Lois Brighten 360-412-7933
Singles Luncheon @ Red Lobster
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month. Our meeting is August 15th @ 12:30 p.m. Dirty Daves. Please join us! For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, separated, etc.) Please contact Lois Brighten with any questions.
Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Early Church Service
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM


St Benedict's Community Dinner
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This is held at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. St. Andrew’s takes turns cooking, and everyone helps serve. In conjunction with St. Benedict’s Episcopal (910 Bowker Street, Lacey) we serve a hot meal for the homeless and low-income people in our community. Come help set-up, serve, clean-up. If you would like for information, please contact Rich Green (360) 943-9290.


Early Church Service
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Quilters Group
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
August 27th, 2018, is our 4th Tuesday of the month, and when we hold our meeting. Come for fellowship, planning, sewing and potluck lunch from 10:00 till 2:00, or any of that time that meets with your schedule. We do have fun and ideas flow constantly. We have some fantastic new fabrics that Robin has located to spark creativity. Everyone is invited to join us. Sewing skills, from ideas and suggestions to actual use of machine, are needed.
Assemble FORKids bags at the Food Bank
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
We will continue accepting donations through the summer for the weekend bags that we send home during the school year. If you need a list of what goes in those bags, please take a reusable red bag that is just outside the sanctuary, there is a list pinned to them.


Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Bible Search
General Articles of Interest from Monthly Nexus

General Articles from the Nexus July & August 2018


Come and celebrate the ministry that Pastor Bob has given us the past month.

Join us for an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 29th (after the second service)


Come welcome Pastor Dirk on Sunday, August 5th

We will have a Baked Potato & Nacho Bar after 2nd service as we welcome Pastor Dirk and his wife Brittany.


Pastor Bob

I have been thinking much about compassion recently and realizing that I fall short on this important characteristic of our LORD Jesus Christ. But compassion is one of the characteristics that stand out most to me when reading the four gospels and reading about the life of Christ while on this earth. We struggle sometimes to understand how Jesus could be fully God and fully human, but we can identify with the human side of Jesus. We read in the gospels about the times when Jesus was obviously tired and worn down by traveling many miles from place to place with His disciples often having large crowds following them. And yet, Jesus always has an amazing compassion for the lost, sick, the outcast, that inspires me to have greater compassion for the marginalized. You see, I often seek my own comfort and my own praise. I know I fall short in my compassion for others, instead of looking to show love, I often give in to a love of self instead of showing love to others.

Perhaps you too can identify with that thought. Oh, we try to show compassion like Jesus did but it does not always come easy does it? I invite you to read prayerfully the passage below from the Gospel of Matthew about compassion.

Matthew 9:36: "When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."

Grace & Peace, Bob Hartell Jr.

Music Notes

Hello everyone,

With the arrival of our new pastor less than a month away, I thought that it might be a good idea to take a good look at our music ministry. I think that it would be great to get your input and ask questions to establish what things that we do well? What are our strengths? What things would you like to hear and see? What are your feelings about new music, traditional hymns, Choir and Bell Choir? I, of course, look forward to meeting with the new pastor and am optimistic about establishing a good working relationship with him; and most importantly, I hope that this would be the beginning of a solid, forward-looking music ministry—but also, one that maintains the traditional music that continues to minister, comfort and uplift our congregation. So, even though things are much quieter right now, I believe that this can be a very valuable time to take inventory; let me know what you’re thinking. Please give me a call, e-mail, talk to me on Sunday, whichever you prefer. I am open to your input, whatever that may be. We want to help our new pastor get off to a great start, and I believe that getting as much perspective as we can from any and all of you, will be a great step toward building a wonderful new music ministry. Thank you for your time and attention, ~Paul

Pastor Dirk Wooten

Sisters and brothers of St. Andrew’s UMC,

Greetings! My wife (Brittany) and I are excited to meet, get to know, and join your community at St. Andrew’s. As you may know, we are traveling from Pennsylvania to Washington this month; so what brings us out your way? After a decade of pursuing the goal of becoming an Army Chaplain, Brittany has finally met all the “wickets,” and she has been assigned to JBLM. Thanks to our great UM connectional system, the PNW Annual Conference has welcomed me in and allowed me the honor and privilege to serve as your pastor. So let me first say, thank you for your patience in allowing us the time to make it out your way.

When I arrive in August, my goal for the first two months is to meet with the congregation and the community leaders in our neighborhood. I’d love to sit down with you (or a group of folks) over coffee (or your choice of beverage) to get to know you. I am a firm believer that ministry can’t happen unless we know who we’re in ministry with, and that starts with the people of the church. So if I could ask a favor: would you carve out some time in your busy schedule to sit down with me and share about yourself, your family, and how/why St. Andrew’s UMC has impacted your life?

I don’t ask that without returning the same. While I can’t share my life story here, I would like to share five important details about me as a person and as a pastor: 1) I’m a self-proclaimed Methonerd (Methodist Nerd). John Wesley – the founder of Methodism – is like a superhero to me, so I will always encourage the church to remember our Wesleyan roots! 2) I love baseball and birds! After our cross-country trip, I hope to bump my total baseball stadiums visited up to 15 – halfway there! And I’ve been told that the Pacific Northwest is great for bird watching (maybe that’s the real reason we’re moving your way J)! 3) My passions in ministry are cultivating spiritual growth, encouraging and building leaders, and promoting missional ecclesiology – that is, defining the church’s mission as being “sent out.” 4) As I alluded to earlier, I believe ministry starts with building relationships – inside and outside the church walls. And 5) Like a tiny child, I love asking “why.” I believe that when a church knows its “why,” it promotes a shared purpose and vision for every ministry – new and old.

As Brittany and I begin our journey, may I humbly ask for your prayers? Would you pray for safe travels, for peace in the midst of transition (for all of us), and that I would continue to grow spiritually so that I can spiritually lead and encourage you good-people of faith! I promise to pray the same for you. Until we meet…Many Blessings, Pastor Dirk


We are looking for volunteers that have worked with children either in a school or church setting. Retired Teachers, School Administrators, School Volunteers or folks that want to see children of all social economic backgrounds succeed. St. Andrew’s will be offering a Literacy program for elementary aged children August 13th through August 24th, 10:00 a.m. to Noon. If you would like to volunteer for one day or all 10 days, please contact Barbara Clarkson. We can use your help!

R E A C H = Reading Enhances All Choices for Humans

Students promoted to:

1st Grade through 6th Grade

Students needing a BOOST with Phonics - Spelling, Short & Long, Sounds, Blends, Sight Words & Writing Comprehension - Fluency, Practice for Readers

Registration Packets available starting August 1st.

Summer Kids Camp

We are joining with Evergreen UMC to host a week of Vacation Bible School for the children in our community.

Registrations forms are on the table in the fellowship hall. Please feel free to share them with family, friends and neighbors.

We can always use volunteers too! If you have some time to share, we would love to have you join us! Please contact Pastor Meredith or Kathy in the church office for more information.

We will be collecting School Supplies throughout VBS to give to our local school, Lydia Hawk Elementary. If you would like to donate to the school supplies, please place them in the bin in the fellowship hall.

Can’t help out on a daily basis but still want to support VBS? Watch for snack tags and craft tags to be coming soon outside the sanctuary. Thank you so much for your support!

Sunday School for our Youth

Thank you to all who donated to and participated in our own Crop Walk to support our FORKids program. A great time was had by all who attended and walked around the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.

**Youth Sunday School will begin again in September. If you would like to help with the kids please talk with Janie or Heidi.

Singles Luncheon

July 18th @ 11:30 p.m. At Red Lobster

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

Preschool News

School is out for the summer! We will start back to school on September 5th and are very excited to welcome our new families and give lots of love to our returning ones. We do have a couple of events before we are in full swing that we’d love for you to join us at...

August 15th come meet our Teachers on the playground from 10:00-12:00 for some fun and popsicles.

August 22nd is Family Orientation Night. Join us at 4:00 p.m. for an overview of our year, learn about some exciting events that we will be doing, meet some new friends and enjoy some yummy treats together.

Our Pre-K Class will begin on Wednesday, September 5th & our younger class will begin on Thursday, September 6th.

We still have a couple of spots available in our Afternoon Pre-K class and a couple available in our Tuesday/Thursday little kid class. If you know of someone with a preschool aged child, please share our program with them. Your recommendation means the world to us!

Enjoy your summer break!

Extra Time On Your Hands?

Extra time on your hands? Need a distraction? Need a way to feel useful? Need to clear your mind and do some good?

We need your help! We have small jobs around the church that are building and just haven’t gotten the attention that it needs. There are things available for all abilities and you can come anytime of the day, night, weekdays or weekends; whatever fits your schedule. We have supplies here at the church or you can bring yours from home.

Here are some of the things that we desperately need your help with:

  • Dust the window sills in every room
  • Sweep down the cobwebs around the glass windows in the sanctuary (inside and out)
  • Wipe off the garbage cans in the building
  • Clean & wipe down the fridge in the little kitchen
  • Clean & organize the coffee bar
  • Clean and organize the cupboard under the sink in the little kitchen
  • Dust the base boards in the fellowship hall
  • Wash the Glass doors at both ends of the church
  • Move the salt & pepper shakers into the big kitchen cupboards
  • Wash the mirrors in all the bathrooms

Bigger Projects:

  • Paint the Walls in the Sunday School Room (if you want to do this please tell Kathy and she will pick up the paint for you)
  • Use a weed eater around the parking bumpers and the church signs
  • Dust the light fixtures in the sanctuary
  • Change the batteries in all the smoke detectors

Anything you would like to help with, we will appreciate so much! Please let Kathy know if you are able to do one of these projects. A larger list will be on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.

Prayer Requests

Please Pray for God to touch

St. Andrew’s Families:

—Dave Reed

—Betty Fagan —Steve Laxton

—Lee Lovrien —Tom Lund

—Gerry Leonard —Mary Novy

—Barbara Hawley —Marcia Baldwin

—Richard Dlugosz —Jim Martin

—Elaine Greenhagen

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.


The St. Andrew's Quilters had lots of fun in June sorting through bins of new fabrics and formulating plans for future projects. New colors and patterns really bring out everyone's creativity. Robin and Sybil brought yummy sandwiches add Sue's potato salad, cole slaw, veggies and cookies, then we finished with Red Velvet Chocolate cake. Please feel free to join us for lunch and fellowship at 12:00. We want to update progress on projects and have another lunch/fellowship at St. Andrew's on July's fourth Tuesday. Mark your calendar for July 24 from 10-2:00 and plan to join us. Bring a sewing machine if you have a project in progress, otherwise we'll be doing more planning for Fall events and Bazaar projects.

Check out the two quilts being offered for raffle drawing to be held on July 15. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Winning ticket gets first choice of the quilts and next ticket picked gets the second quilt. All proceeds from ticket sales goes to SAUMC General Fund.

Habitat for Humanity

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make our monthly lunch for Habitat for Humanity such a success. We will be back at it in September and will be looking for more helpers. Watch the fellowship hall bulletin boards for your opportunity to help!

Happy Birthday to:

1-Virginia Berney

2-Isaac Regan

8-Sandra Dlugosz

10-Dottie Simonsen

11-John Shiveley

14-Richard Hinchcliffe

17-Connie Reed

21-Rich Martin

24-Mary Jean Grimes

29-Sally Bush

31-Duane Ullmann

Happy Anniversary to:

9-Chris & Jessica Byers

22-Paul & Charlotte Barber

30-Richard & Carol Overdeep

Prayer Circle

We are looking for volunteers to be on our Prayer Circle. This is an easy but very important job!

You will receive a call with a prayer concern and you will pass it along to the next person on the list (we provide you with a list). You will only be calling one person.

When you do your own daily prayers you will just add the prayer concern that you received into your daily prayers. Please let Kathy know if you are willing to be on our Prayers Circle. The more prayer warriors we have the better!

Humor Corner

  • The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born, and doesn’t stop until you stand up to speak in public.
  • Sometimes I awake at night and ask: “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me: “This is going to take more than one night.”
  • My parents were so poor, they got married for the rice.


July 1st

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barb Ullmann

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Dayton Grimes

Coffee Hour: Nancy Lovrien-Kauffman, Claudia Regan, Susan Sadler, Lois Mae Best, Pat Latimer

July 8th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Linda Clark

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Bruce Kauffman

Coffee Hour: Amy Dickey, Janie Stover, Sally Bush, Steve Berntsen, Linda Gerth, Linda Clark

July 15th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Virgil Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Gary Skaar

Coffee Hour: Barbara Ullmann, Betty Cain-Mills, Barbara Clarkson, Robin Eagen, Earl Cabe, Julie Sedgwick

July 22nd

Lay Reader 1st Service: Gretchen Borck

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Rich Green

Coffee Hour: Gretchen Borck, Roberta McCormick, Sharlyn Russell, Sara Wall, Christy Townsend, Virginia Stephens

July 29th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Lois Brighten

Coffee Hour: Sandra Dlugosz, Karen Snook, Sherrod Shiveley, Jane Leppert, Heidi Seldomridge


July 1

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Psalm 130 (UMH 848)

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Mark 5:21-43


July 8

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

Psalm 48 (UMH 782)

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13


July 15

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

Psalm 24 (UMH 755)

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:14-29


July 22

2 Samuel 7:1-14a

Psalm 89:20-37 (UMH 807)

Ephesians 2:11-22

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


July 29

2 Samuel 11:1-15

Psalm 14 (UMH 746)

Ephesians 3:14-21

John 6:1-21


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