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SUN
Morning Service
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Adult Sunday School
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Christmas Caroling
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Please join us for Pizza at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will go Christmas Caroling to Shut In’s and Nursing Home’s.
We hope that you will join us for this special time that brings joy to so many!!
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WED
Singles Luncheon Group
11:00 AM
Meets 3rd Wednesday at 11:00am - Places changes call Chris for restaurant location. For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, separated, etc.) Contact: Chris Regester
Bell Choir
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Bell Choir Practice
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
DEC

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SUN
Christmas Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
One Service at 10:00 am only
Family Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Join us for Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service
DEC

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MON
Christmas Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
One Service only at 10:00
DEC

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WED
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
DEC

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

31

SUN
New Year's Eve Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
One Service 10:00am
Bible Search
General Articles of Interest from Monthly Nexus

NEXUS General Articles December 2017

Sunday, December 24th

One Service in the Morning at  10:00 a.m.

Family Candlelight

Christmas Eve Worship Service

Sunday, December 24th

@ 7:00 p.m.

Greetings!

After two thousand or so years, what can be said that hasn’t already been said about Christmas? Instead of looking for what is new or exciting at Christmas, perhaps the ordinary rhythm of it each year is part of God’s gift to us: a rhythm that invites us to allow it to affect us in profound ways. It is not the newness of the message, rather what response we bring that can be new.

For some, the image of what Christmas “should be like” gets in the way of what occurs. Hopes for a perfect gathering with family, friends, and food can raise expectations that easily lead to disappointment. As a child, I know of several Christmases we pushed through illness to try and enjoy the day.  One Christmas season that is particularly poignant in my memory is a time Denise and I spent bedside her grandmother as she neared death.   Life is often messy, and the story of God’s entry is as a gift precisely      because of how distressing it can be.  Emmanuel or God with us, is not about a perfect world and our attempts to create what appears to be a perfect hallmark moment. 

Christmas is about God’s love affair with humanity, with all our imperfections.  Light – the presence of God - breaks in and we have a choice to turn towards it.  Ironically, it is in the darkest of times that a light becomes the easiest to find. I pray that no matter what you face this Christmas season, the light of God’s presence will     continue to lead you, and that you will stay the course.

 

Blessings, Pastor Dan

As a reminder, we will be having one morning service on December 24th.

 

Christmas Calendar and Caroling

Join Us….

December 17th after 2nd Service.

Please join us for Pizza at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will go Christmas Caroling to Shut In’s and Nursing Home’s. 

We hope that you will join us for this    special time that brings joy to so many!!

December 2nd ~ 10:00 a.m. Decorate for Advent

December 3rd ~ Advent Begins & Choir Returns

December 3rd ~ Craft and Bake Sale

December 5th ~ 1:00 p.m. Senior Supper

December 17th ~ 12:30 p.m. Christmas Caroling

December 24th ~ One Service in the morning at 10:00 a.m.

December 24th ~ 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 31st ~ 10:00 a.m. One Service New Year’s Eve

 

Help Families for Christmas

Mission and Outreach opportunities abound this time of year.  When it is cold and dark some people are trying to do with less.  Together we can help make these days a bit warmer with rays of hope.

We are collecting gifts for families in need from Lydia Hawk Elementary and our Preschool so they can have a brighter Christmas.  There are Gift Tags on the tree in the Fellowship Hall.  Please take tags and purchase the gift listed.  All gifts should be returned wrapped with the tag attached - no later than Sunday, December 17th.

If you are unable to shop, monetary donations are welcome. Simply place your cash or check marked “Christmas Families” (on the memo line) in the offering plate and we will purchase any items not donated. Let us join together in giving to local families so their nights won’t be so dark and the wind and rain won’t be so cold.

Thank you for your help!

 

Music Notes

Paul Duncan has begun as our new Choir Director.  It is wonderful to have him on board.  If you have had any aspirations about singing, please check with him @ 360-791-9427.  If you would like to play had bells, we are looking to put a piece together for Christmas, again either let him or   Pastor Dan know.

 

Christmas Thank you to Staff

Christmas is just around the corner. We have a tradition at St. Andrew’s of saying thanks to our wonderful church staff with a monetary Christmas gift.  Our very special staff is dedicated to making St. Andrew’s a wonderful, warm & loving church that serves our whole community.

Our Staff includes:

Rev. Dan Breznau

Church Admin & Preschool Director: Kathy Bowen

Choir Director: Paul Duncan

Accompanisit: Maria Breznau

Nursery Attendant: Page Archer

Custodian: Mike Regan

Preschool Teachers: Hilary Alderman & Silvia Lugo

Assistant Teachers: Sara Hanna, Jessica Byers & Rachel Palmer

Extension Ministry: Rev. Meredith Brown

If you would like to join in giving each of these deserving people a Christmas gift, please write, “Christmas Bonus” on your check or place you cash gift in an envelope and place it in the offering plate.  Or you can mail it directly to the church: P.O. Box 3866, Lacey, WA  98509.  Please send your check no later than December 17th, so that the Staff can have their gift before Christmas Eve.

 

Preschool News

We are amazed at how quickly the year is flying by!  The children are learning so quickly and making great friendships.

As we get close to Christmas we will be talking about the birth of Jesus as well as celebrating many different traditions. We will talk about  Hanukkah, St. Nicholas, Kwanzaa and a Mexican celebration. We will be busy making gifts for our families and end our month with a Happy Birthday Jesus Party.

Christmas vacation is just around the corner, it runs from December 18th through January 1st. Our normal classroom routine will resume on Tuesday, January 2ndRemember to listen to the radio or watch our local television channel in case of snow and ice. We will follow the North Thurston School District on closures due to the weather. You can also check our facebook page for updates.

We are excited to share this amazing season with you and your families!

Merry Christmas

 

Evergreen UMC

            The Season of Advent always beckons me to take more time to listen, to see, to contemplate, and to live in the renewing and moving presence of Spirit. In the midst of this time, I am very clearly hearing God’s call to simplify, simplify, simplify….which is incredibly subversive in the midst of our consumer culture’s frenzied, desperate scream to buy and do more as the way to happiness, contentment and, somehow, safety. But Spirit calls us to something else during this time – space for silence, time for gentle and kind words and actions, and a clear look into the future through the lens of God’s incarnation in the fragility of the infant child Jesus. I pray that during these weeks you are touched by the healing grace of God’s Spirit and will look and believe through that lens of God’s infinite love born in Jesus.

            One of the simplifying moves during this season for Evergreen is trying out a more intimate worship space for Morning. Church – in the neighborhood’s very own Top Rung Brewing Company. We are also hosting, along with our Capital Circuit partners of Tumwater UMC and First UMC, Olympia, an evening of contemplative prayer in this season of Advent. These and some of Evergreen’s other gatherings are listed below – we’d love to see you! I continue to be so grateful for your prayerful support as Evergreen connects with new people in our neighborhoods and as we follow where God is leading us next. Please connect with Evergreen through the website, www.fun.church, and sign-up to receive our weekly e-newsletter - you can sign-up through our webpage, or just e-mail or call me to be added. And, if you want to support Evergreen in other ways, please do not hesitate to contact me as well.  
In Christ, Pastor Meredith Brown                                     
Meredith@4evergreenUMC.org               
360-545-3454

Morning.Church at Top Rung                           8343 Hogum Bay Ln. NE                            10:30am on Sunday, Dec 3                                      
Come try-out our new Morning.Church space at Top Rung Brewing Company! You can still   expect singing, praying, celebrating and learning for people of all ages with nursery care. Fun and donuts included.

Morning.Church Christmas Crafts at Top Rung                                                              8343 Hogum Bay Ln.  10:30am on Sunday, Dec 10                                                            Everyone is welcome for our fully multi-generational, hands-on learning and worship experience while we create simple Christmas ornaments to keep and to share with residents in local care facilities. Fun and donuts still included.

Holy Darkness: Contemplative Prayer on Longest Night                                                           Hosted by the Capital Circuit at First UMC, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia   4:00-8:00pm on Thursday, December 21                           
An opportunity for deep reflection on the    meaning of Christmas, with prayer stations for individual contemplation, and a brief worship experience at the top of each hour.  Come and go as your spirit and schedule allow.

Starlight and Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship                                                                   Meridian Neighborhood Park   6:00pm on Sunday, Dec 24                                                      Join in a unique outdoor Christmas Eve worship experience for all ages, featuring the Christmas story, carols, and candlelight, celebrated under the cathedral of God’s starlight.

 

Prayer 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:

—Teri Tyler                —Bill Bush

—Dave Reed                        —Lois Mae Best

—Betty Fagan                      —Steve Laxton

—Lee Lovrien                       —Todd Stover

—Christy Townsend           —Gerry Leonard

—Barbara Hawley   —Marian Mckusker

—Robin Eagen                    —Richard Dlugosz

—Enid Force                        —John Britcher

—Gary & Marcia Baldwin

 

Senior Supper

We had a great turnout with a get to know 4 different people. Sue Chase, Earl Cabe, Steve Berntsen and Dottie Simonsen.  Guest Speakers were Bob Scheuerman and Sara Lyon. We had a dinner of meat loaf with all the trimmings that was enjoyed by all.

December’s Santa & Senior Supper guest speaker will be George Thompson. The Choir will perform Christmas carols and we will recognize some of our volunteers and play some games. We will serve Lasagna with garlic bread and green salad.  Of course dessert too. Please contact Robin if you would like to help on Monday or serve on Tuesday.
 

Stewardship Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has all ready turned in their pledge card.  Having these cards helps us talk about and set a budget for the upcoming year.

If you haven’t turned in your pledge card yet, there is still time. You can mail it to the church or you can leave it in the offering plate. (Rich Green collects these and keeps track for us.)

Pledge cards can be found in the back of the sanctuary and in the magazine rack by the front door.

 

Happy Birthday

1-Kevin Seldomridge

3-Maria Breznau

3-Don Stephens

9-Maggie Schoengarth

10-Greg Leppert

16-Jane Leppert

19-George Thompson

27-Amy Dickey

27-Xander MacMichael

31-Virginia Stephens

 

Happy Anniversary

16-Jim & Marilyn Martin

19-George & Sybil Thompson

19-Kevin & Heidi Seldomridge

 

Poinsettias for Christmas

Order your Poinsettia’s in memory or honor of a loved one for Christmas Eve. Simply fill out a card (found at the rear of the Sanctuary) and place the card with $20 for the plant in the offering plate. Must be prepaid by Sunday, December 17th.

On Christmas Eve a list of those who are being honored will be included in the program.

We are hoping that you will leave your plant here this year through the 12 days of Christmas so that we can reflect and honor your loved one the whole season.

 

Humor Corner

Even though children are deductible, they can also be very taxing.

Patient: My right foot hurts
Doctor: It’s just old age.          
Patient: But my left foot is just as old. How come it doesn’t hurt?

Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly 73 percent of all accidents involving falling objects.

 

Volunteers

December 3rd                                                   

Lay Reader 1st Service: Carol Overdeep  

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Dayton Grimes

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

December 10th                                                      

Lay Reader 1st Service: Les Mathews     

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Bruce Baldwin

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

December 17th 

Lay Reader 1st Service: Linda Clark        

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Rich Green

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

December 24th 

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Lois Brighten

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

December 31st                                           

Lay Reader 1st Service: Barbara Clarkson

Lay Reader 2nd Service: Lois Brighten

Coffee Hour: Gretchen Borck, Roberta McCormick, Sharlyn Russell, Enid Force, Sara Wall, Christy Townsend

 

Scriptures

December 3rd

Isaiah 64: 1-9

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (UMH 801)

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:24-37

 

December 10th

Isaiah 40: 1-11

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 (UMH 806)

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Mark 1:1-8

 

December 17th

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Psalm 126 (UMH847)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

John 1:6-8, 19-28

 

December 24th

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Luke 1:47-55 (UMH 199)

Romans 16: 25-38

Luke 1:26-28

 

December 31st

Isaiah 61:1-10-6:2-3

Psalm 148 (UMH 861)

Galatians 4:4-7

Luke 2:22-40
 

Thank you so much honoring Edith for UMCOR

What an amazing outpouring of love for Edith Countryman in honor of her 100th birthday! Our goal was to collect enough items to fill 100 Health Kits to send to UMCOR. Well our St. Andrew’s family went above and beyond to support this project and we collected enough items to send 150 kits! Our Sunday School and volunteers spent hours assembling these kits and last week they were boxed up and shipped to UMCOR.  Thank you so much for your love and willingness to honor Edith!

 

Christmas Eve Offering

Are you looking for a good opportunity to help someone in need? Every month we have people come in off the street asking for help with gas for their car, a warm place to sleep, or food to eat.

Our funds in our Emergency Assistance account has dwindled down to below $50 and we can certainly use your help building this up so that we can help our community and those most in need. On Christmas Eve at our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 p.m., we will utilize whatever offering we receive and put it to use in our Emergency Fund account for folks in need.

If you would like to donate to this much needed account, please write “Emergency Fund” in the memo line of your check.               

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