September 2018  
Upcoming Events


Quilters Group
10:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Quilters will be meeting on September 25, 2018, our regular 4th Tuesday day. There will be sewing, pressing, arranging pieces and other non-sewing tasks available. Come and help us with the projects. We will start about 10:00 and go until 2:00 with a break for potluck lunch. Join us for fellowship and bring an dish to share at lunch. We welcome new folks to join us and participate in this mission of St. Andrew's.
Happy Quilting, Barb Ullmann


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


Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM






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

Nexus General Articles September 2018


If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. -Eleonora Duse (early 1900’s actress)


Sisters and brothers of St. Andrew’s UMC,

I could not have asked for or imaged a better and more loving reception than what you have provided Brittany and me. From baskets full of goodies on my arrival to smiling faces full of joy on our first Sunday together to great conversations in our administrative meetings: it has truly been a blessing to get to know you as individuals and as a church community. Brittany and I pass on our deepest gratitude for your loving hospitality and welcoming!

As you all may know, Brittany and I spent the month of July slowly traveling from Pennsylvania to Washington State. When I read the quote from Ms. Duse (above), it immediately flooded my mind with images from our travels. Through the vast expanse of this country – the dry deserts, and the lush forests; the large mountains, and the low canyons; the bright flowers, and the fluorescent slugs – each sight brought new life to my soul! I learned in this month of travels to slow down and take in the sights and sounds of nature – it was a spiritual and worshipful experience.

Certainly, I am not the first to see this – perhaps you’ve had similar experiences even in your everyday life: a beautiful flower, a brightly colored bird, or an awe-striking sunset. And the Psalms have been signing about seeing God through creation for centuries. The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork (19:1, NRSV). In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed (94:4-5, NRSV).

I pray as you move through your days this month, you take the time to slow down so that “the simple things of nature” can share their story and move your soul! In these last moments of summer, may you “Stay in love with God” – as our denomination’s founder has challenged us to do – through the beauty and majesty that surrounds us each and everyday! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some of the beauty we saw.

Many Blessings,

Pastor Dirk


Music Notes

Hello everyone,

I thought I would share a few items about choir; here is a fantastic quote by none other than John Wesley. This is found on P.7 in the United Methodist Hymnal and it is titled “Directions For Singing:

“Sing all… Sing lustily and with good courage… Sing in time… Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing… So shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”

And here is quote from the Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett: “Music is an integral part of how we relate to God. It is how we understand at a deeper level what goes beyond words, what our relationship is with the Divine, and how we are shaped together as a community of faith. Of all the art forms, music is one of the most easily accessible types of art in worship. There's nearly always an opportunity to open your mouth and make music together with the rest of the people in that service. Right there you've got an opportunity to experience the Divine in a different way than just to listen to someone read about God,”

Rev. Karen Westerfield Tucker, professor of worship at Boston University School of Theology states: “Christianity is not a solitary religion, John Wesley certainly made the case that it is a ‘social' religion — both in its worship and in its concern for the care of the neighbor," says Tucker.

Dr. Julene Johnson, a University of California at San Francisco professor and founder and director of the Community of Voices study writes “We believe singing in a choir and other creative arts can promote healthy aging. We were looking for a way for older people to remain independent and engaged. We knew that to have an effect the activity had to be meaningful, engaging and challenging. The creative arts do that.”

There is a wealth of information available from a number of different studies that re-affirms many of the things that many of us have known for years. There are great health benefits gained from singing, specifically for members of choir. Singing is also good for the brain, especially when memorization is involved. Additionally, increased lung capacity and greater oxygenation of the blood resulting in improved alertness are all associated with singing. "Singing is of great interest to neuroscientists as it would seem that there is more of the brain given over to the processing of music than almost any other activity," says Dr. Graham Welch, professor at the Institute of Education in London.

I am sure that everyone suspects what this is leading to. You are correct; EVERYONE is invited to come in and sing with us. We have a wonderful time on Wednesday evenings (7:30 to 9:00) and I believe that I speak for everyone---we would be thrilled if there were more of us. The fellowship that we have is reason enough to gather, but we also get to SING!

We will meet for our first rehearsal on Sept 12th. A Potluck is tentatively planned for 6:30 to 7:30, and we would begin shortly after. Please contact me with any other questions or concerns. I (we) look forward to another brilliant and wonderful year of singing.

Regards, Paul


Children & Youth Ministries

Thank you to the church quilters for the beautiful quilts given to the confirmation kids: Rebecca, Heather, Liam, and Andrew.

Thank you to everyone who helped with Vacation Bible School's Roaring Rampage. A shopping cart full of donated school supplies was collected during the week.

Children's Sunday School and Confirmation Classes will begin again on September 9th. These classes meet every other Sunday. Kids in grades K-4 will have fun while learning with Godly Play in the Sunday School room. Students in grades 5-9 meet in the library as we continue with Confirmation. If you would like to help or have questions, call Heidi at 360-412-0146 or Janie at 360-915-4466.


Singles Luncheon

September 19th @ 12:30 p.m. At Emperor’s Palace

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

We are so excited to get started! Our staff: Kathy, Hilary, Jessica, Janey, Kelley and Terri have our room clean and ready to start a new preschool year. Classes start of September 5th & 6th.

September is going to be full of exciting new adventures and getting to know each other. We will tour the church, learn our classroom rules, meet new friends and try lots of new and exciting things.

Please stop by and say “Hi” to the Teachers they are anxious to get to know all our families.

If you have friends that have children between the ages of 3-5, please let them know about our wonderful program. We have opened 3 spots in our program, (1 in our Monday/Wednesday/Friday Afternoon class and 2 in our Tuesday/Thursday morning class) and would love to show them our program. We have a “reward” for enrolled families who refer new children to our program, talk to Ms. Kathy for details.

Don’t forget to “LIKE US” on Facebook to follow our adventures.


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)


Volunteer Opportunities

In my month here, I've heard you all share about your passion for children ministries and the kids in our neighborhood. So when I had the opportunity to meet with the Principal and Reading Resource teacher at Lydia Hawk, I asked: "How can we partner together to build relationships with our community kids?" Knowing about the great work of the R.E.A.C.H. program (see page 12), they suggested we might sit with the children as they are working on their reading. Beginning around October, I'd like to bring a few folks (3-4 at a time) up to Lydia Hawk with me to sit with the kids. A background check will be required. If you're interested in learning more, please email me or call the church.

Seeing your great response to donating school supplies during VBS and hearing about past back to school drives, I also asked if there were any supplies they were in need of. "We're always in need of Kleenex's" was the resounding answer. During your next shopping trip, could you pick up an extra box of (or two) of Kleenex's? We'll be collecting them until the last Sunday of September (the 30th).

Thank you for impacting our community, Pastor Dirk


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 to touch

St. Andrew’s Families:

—Dave Reed —Jackie Hinchcliffe

—Betty Fagan —Dick Hinchcliffe

—Lee Lovrien —Tom Lund

—Gerry Leonard —Mary Novy

—Barbara Hawley —Marcia Baldwin

—Jim Martin —John Britcher

—Elaine Greenhagen


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!



Quilters will be meeting on September 25, 2018, our regular 4th Tuesday day. There will be sewing, pressing, arranging pieces and other non-sewing tasks available. Come and help us with the projects. We will start about 10:00 and go until 2:00 with a break for potluck lunch. Join us for fellowship and bring an dish to share at lunch. We welcome new folks to join us and participate in this mission of St. Andrew's.

Happy Quilting, Barb Ullmann


Senior Supper

Tuesday, October 23rd@ 1:00 p.m.

We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, October 23rd, we will be celebrating the Fall Senior Supper. Don’t be surprised if tricks and treats are involved. All are welcome to join us! Robin Eagen will be collecting RSVP’s to make sure enough lunch is prepared for everyone. This will be Supper with entertainment to follow. We would like to thank everyone that donated towards our new dishwasher! We are so thankful this has arrived and are excited to put it to use!


Happy Birthday to:

6-Sherrod Shiveley

9-Kathy Bowen

9-Barbara Clarkson

11-Janie Stover

13-Lee Lovrien

14-Boni Lenahan

16-Charlotte Barber

19-Adelyn Regan

21-Sue Chase

24-Mary Beale

26-Bea Aho


Happy Anniversary to:

12-Ray & Betty Gluth

22-Glenn & Linda Gerth


If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or if you are new to our congregation, please call the church office (491-2030) or write it on your attendance card Sunday so we can update the computer files.


Humor Corner

  1. I got a new shadow. I got rid of the old one. It wasn’t doing what I was doing.
  2. Right now I am having amnesia and deja-vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.
  3. The nice thing about being senile. You can hide your own Easter eggs.



September 2nd
Lay Reader 1st Service: Barb Ullmann
Lay Reader 2nd Service: Rich Green

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


September 9th
Lay Reader 1st Service: Barb Clarkson
Lay Reader 2nd Service: Carol Nichols

Coffee Hour: Gretchen Borck, Roberta McCormick, Sara Wall, Christy Townsend, Virginia Stephens, Donna McFadden-O’Reilly


September 16th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Virgil Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service


.3+: Lois Brighten

Coffee Hour: Sally Bush, Janie Stover, Jane Leppert, Heidi Seldomridge, Steve Berntsen


September 23rd

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heidi Seldomridge

Coffee Hour: Boni Lenahan, Sara Lyon, Sybil Thompson, Mary Jean Grimes, Marilyn Martin, Kyrian MacMichael


September 30th

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Ullmann

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Heather Seldomridge

Coffee Hour: Jan Green, Betty Gluth, Marian McKusker, Karen Langlois, Dorothy Tyler



September 2nd

Sermon Series: David

Scripture Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1-13


September 9th

Sermon Series: Fish and Loves

Scripture Lesson: John 6:1-14


September 16th

Sermon Series: Hagar and Ishmael

Scripture Lesson: Genesis 21:8-21


September 23rd

Sermon Series: Jochebed

Scripture Lesson: Exodus 1:22; 2:1-10


September 30th

Sermon Series: Ester

Scripture Lesson: 7:1-6, 8:1; 8:3-8


Literacy Center

Did you see the display in the Fellowship Hall?

These are the first drawings of what will possibly be the Literacy Center here at St. Andrew's UMC.

Over the next year: With approval from the appropriate approving bodies; the Church congregation; The District superintendent; and the Conference; a plan will be developed to begin a process of developing a Literacy Center to provide literacy training the community; and beyond. This center will be a standalone facility to operate with it’s own funding sources.

Our Goals for the Literacy Center: Opportunities to grow in faith, service, and fellowship – For people of all age groups. St Andrew’s will provide opportunities to address new, diverse, unique, and evolving needs for growth within the church and community.

Welcoming – We will reach out to the community with God’s love; we will create a community where caring and sharing is valued; everyone is welcome.

Community – We will support the community through service and giving; St Andrew’s will be a catalyst to transform the community.


Trustees Update

Our new Dishwasher has arrived. Thank you to everyone that prayed for this project, donated towards and helped coordinate the arrival and installation. It is very exciting to watch as everything comes together.

Our new Key Pad Entry System will be installed on September 11th & 12th. This will bring access codes for church members to be able to enter the building without waiting for someone to let them in. We will also be rekeying the building at the same time, so please be patient with us as we hand out new keys and/or codes to the folks that want one.

We are currently still taking bids for the parking lot resurfacing and the south wall entrance that needs to be restored. If you have any questions about these projects please talk with one of the Trustees. (Ken Russell, Chairperson; Bruce Kauffman, Duane Ullmann, Sandra Dlugosz, Earl Cabe, Bob Scheuerman, Ray Gluth and Bruce Baldwin)




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