May 2018  
Upcoming Events


St Benedict's Community Dinner
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Bread of Life Study
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM


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




Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Bread of Life Study
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Early Church Service
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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General Articles of Interest from Monthly Nexus

General Articles from the Nexus May 2018

Mother’s Day - Sunday, May 13th

St. Andrew’s will be honoring mothers and the women who nurture us in joyful worship.

Pentecost Sunday - May 20th

Wear Red, Orange or Yellow! (The colors of the Holy Spirit). Celebrate the descending of the Holy Spirit on the followers of Jesus and the symbolic birthday of the church.


As a kid I use to love to see Easter come, a time of celebration, getting candy and time off from school. I don’t know what part of it I liked better. As an adult it has taken on new significance, not all of which is joyful anticipation. I have noticed a pattern over the years that has taken a more ominous turn. Looking with hindsight I have observed that with some regularity international, national and personal crises seem to come during this period. It makes me feel like I would like to jump through the Lenten period and go straight to the resurrection – and parenthetically miss this year’s crises. I suspect the early disciples would have liked to miss this event as well. Having spent three years journeying with Jesus, hearing his occasional cryptic remark about his own death would be enough to put anyone on edge. No less, going to Jerusalem at a time when they had to know that there were powerful individuals looking to condemn him.

What I have found during these times is God’s call to go deeper. As a child it was easy to see the Christian experience as one which would go from Christmas to Easter and then Pentecost – not particularly difficult, just know a few stories and possibly go to church a couple more times. However, as an adult those stories and my story seem to be more in tension. Will I believe? Am I open to see God’s hand in the current situation? Hence, the call to go deeper; to love God and trust that I am not abandoned in the face of what appears to be an impending darkness. Resurrection – the transformation of the impossible – into life and freedom still looms beyond what I might be able to see. I don’t know if I will ever get use to the waiting, but God has promised to give us the power to do so through the release of the Spirit which we will be celebrating shortly at Pentecost.

How about you?

Blessings, Pastor Dan

Table Talks

United Methodists in the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences are being encouraged to participate in Table Talk conversations being planned in various settings across the Greater Northwest Area. These opportunities will provide attendees a way to engage the church’s current discussion of human sexuality and the report of the Commission on a Way Forward within a structure of worship and respect for one another.

Clergy and lay people from all across the area are asked to seriously consider participating in one of these opportunities.

In our area: May 12th, Olympia First UMC, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Please RSVP either online or directly to Olympia First UMC

More info at:

Music Notes

April was, in many respects, a fairly low-key month - it was a good time to recharge after Easter. We plan to have the bells participate at least one more time to round out the season, and there are some other very nice things that the choir will share in May and June, so I hope that most of us can see and hear them. I am continuing to promote the Friday night praise team practice and am always looking for other folks who would like to sing with us on Wednesday nights. We are also trying to find ways to utilize our in house talent, and I am speaking directly to our middle and high school students. If you are available and interested, I am sure that there will be opportunities to play and sing. Please contact me, and perhaps we can get the ball rolling. It would also be great if I could recruit one or two (or even more) of you to join us in bells (this invitation is extended to everyone) - a great learning experience, and a whole lot of fun. Please write or call very soon. Thank you, everyone, as always for your support.

Trustees & Finance Happenings

In our monthly finance meeting, we (the Trustees) came with a High Priority Project proposal for 4 items needed soon. These items will be proposed to the Church Council on Tuesday, May 15th.

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.

3. 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. We would like to do a special fundraising for this ($980 has already been donated).

4. 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.

So, in short, the Finance Committee is recommending to Church Council that an appeal be made for these special projects (Dishwasher & South Wall Entrance) the total of these projects is estimated at $11,800.

Between the preschool and the reserve funds, we would come up with $6,416 to fund security and driveway.

We would also like to let you know that we are working hard to meet our monthly budget but have fallen short the last couple of months. It is very important to continue to give to our general budget even if you choose to donate to these special projects. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Sunday School for our youth

Sunday School Teachers

May 6 - gr. K-4 Kyrian

gr. 5-8 Janie

May 20 - gr. K-4 Sara

gr. 5-8 Heidi

Have you thought about helping with Sunday School for our Youth? We’d love to have extra hands! You can choose to teach a lesson or just assist in the classroom, we’d love your help. Please talk with Heidi Seldomridge or Janie Stover.

Singles Luncheon

May 16th @ 12:30 p.m.

We invite all adult singles (divorced, widowed, separated, never married) to join us for a no-host lunch and conversation. Questions or RSVP to: Chris Regester (360-491-3425)

Preschool News

The days and mons are flying by here at Preschool. Kindergarten registration has begun for our older children and our younger class is learning at such a fast pace.

We will be hosting a Parent’s Day Celebration where all of our families are invited to join us and celebrate how wonderful our children and parents are. This will be a very exciting time for our children as they are making fabulous gifts for their parents. We look forward to celebrating our amazing families.

Remember that Preschool Registration began a month ago and we do have a couple of afternoon spots still available as well as a couple of spots in our Tuesday/Thursday Morning class. If you refer a new family that registers, you will receive $40 off your current months tuition. When you recommend us to another family it truly warms our hearts!

Remember, our weather is unpredictable here in Washington and we will be heading outside even if it rains. So please bring a jacket.

Happy Birthday

5-Gayle Judson

7-Canyon Rose

12-Earl Cabe

14-Barbara Hawley

14-Jackie Hinchcliffe

17– Rich Judson

17-Carol Nichols

17-Jacob Townsend

19-Bruce Kauffman

19-Walt Hohl

22-Silver Rose


Happy Anniversary

3-David & Shantell Rose

5-Dave & Connie Reed

20-Curtis & Meredith Brown

Pray Requests

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:

—Dave Reed—Betty Fagan —Steve Laxton—Lee Lovrien —Tom Lund—Gerry Leonard —Mary Novy—Barbara Hawley —Marcia Baldwin—Robin Eagen —Richard Dlugosz—Jim Martin —Marian McKusker—Craig Eagen —Carol Nichols

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 Sunday, June 8th.


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

Humor Corner

  1. Hatchet—What hen does to an egg.
  2. If a long dress is evening wear, What is a suit of armor? Silverware.
  3. Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up which I will not put.


May 6th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Rich Green

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

May 13th - Mother’s Day

Lay Reader 1st Service: Virgil Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Lois Brighten

Coffee Hour: Men will serve Coffee Hour - Women get the day off for Mother’s Day

May 20th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Linda Clark

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Carol Nichols

Coffee Hour: Amy Dickey, Sandra Dlugosz, Karen Snook, Linda Gerth, Linda Clark, Sherrod Shiveley

May 27th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Don Stephens

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


May 6th

Acts 10:44-48

Psalm 98 (UMH 818)

1 John 5:1-6

John 15:9-17

May 13th - Mother’s Day

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

Psalm 1 (UMH 738)

1 John 5: 9-13

John 17:6-19

May 20th - Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (UMH 826)

Romans 8:22-27

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

May 27th

Isaiah 6:1-8

Psalm 29 (UMH 761)

Romans 8:12-17

John 3:1-17

Ways to Give to St Andrew’s UMC

Online Giving Available!

One time or regular donations can now be made on our website:

Make your donations by credit card or transfer from your savings or checking account.

Once you click on the button follow the prompts to create a profile and set up the frequency you’d like to donate. Contact Kathy in the Church office if you need help setting up your donation.

You Can Help St. Andrew’s Earn Donations Just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to St. Andrew’s at You can search for us by name or by our non-profit number #91098 Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping St. Andrew’s earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates just as you do today.

Evergreen UMC

Now that it is the beginning of May, I get to celebrate with you the wonderful experience of this year’s Easter Worship and Egg Hunt in the Park with Evergreen. As you well may remember, it rained on Easter Sunday. Heck, it even poured at times. That just means Pacific North Westerners put on their boots and rain hats! We had over 160 people join us in the Park for Easter with friends and neighbors helping each other navigate the soggy conditions, and several neighbors bringing pop-up tents to help provide cover. We were blessed with meeting new friends, new community partnerships with Meridian Family Dentistry to help underwrite this community event, and Chain and Pedal Café providing coffee. And thank you to our St. Andrew’s family for donating eggs and candy as well. Even in the rain and cold, the excitement and celebration of new life in the risen Christ was witnessed all over the place! We’re getting really excited about the upcoming summer season, too, and are looking forward to being outside in the community even more, as we’re making plans for Summer Kick-off Worship & Cupcake Bake-off in the Park, Summer Worship & Picnic in the Park, Idaho Mission Project, a possible Vacation Bible Camp week, and Serve Our Community Week.

we enter this season of transition into summer, I encourage you to come join in one of Evergreen’s community gatherings as well 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 (; and you can always check-out the webpage at for the most up-to-date info, small group opportunities, and service projects.

As always, I give thanks to God for your continued prayer support for our Evergreen community, for myself, my family, our Evergreen leadership and the people God has put us here to reach. Know that your Evergreen community holds you in prayer as well as we all do the ministry God has placed us here to do! - Pastor Meredith Brown

Parents’ Night Out Friday, May 4 from 6:00-9:00pm at St. Andrew’s Let the trained and energetic babysitters of the Evergreen Youth Group take care of the kids while you enjoy an evening out or in! Think games, crafts, snacks and movie; this is a fundraiser for youth to participate in Youth Convocation 2018; $20 for the first kid, and $10 for subsequent kids, per family. Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so please contact Pastor Meredith,, 360-545-3454.

Sundays, May 6 & 20 at 10:30am – Tap Room at Top Rung Brewing Co. At 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.

Dinner.Church Sunday, May 13 at 4:00pm – The Gatehouse of WA Land Yacht Harbor At Dinner.Church you can expect hands-on learning and energetic worship for people of all ages, and a fabulous pot-luck supper – bring a dish to share if you’d like! On the second Sunday of the month.

Sabbath Sunday Walk Sunday, May 27 at 10:00am – Tumwater Falls Park – see the website/Facebook for details Sabbath Sunday Walk is a time to enjoy God’s creation with a stroll, conversation and silence, good for people of all ages, and taking place on the fifth Sunday or holiday weekends.




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