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Upcoming Events
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TUE
Quilters Group
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ongoing projects found willing workers and new ideas and items for the December Bazaar were shown. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and lots of visiting. Consider joining us on the 4th Tuesday, of each month, when we meet again to work on projects. Keep on Quilting. Barbara Ullmann, 360-491-2693
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WED
Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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26

THU
Bread of Life Study
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Inquiry Class
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
I have been asked by a few individuals about joining the church. (You know who you are!) So I am looking at holding a class on Thursday afternoons (4 Thursday afternoons in April/May) for those interested – let me know what would be the best way to coordinate with your schedule. Talk with Pastor Dan or call the office to reserve a spot.
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28

SAT
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.
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SUN
Pastor Dan's 60th Birthday
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us by bringing in 60 items to add to our FORKids bags in honor of Pastor Dan’s 60th Birthday. Bring your items in on Sunday, April 29th. Items to be collected in the sanctuary before and during worship service.
Organized by Janie: “People can bring 60 of something for the For Kids Bags- Like 60 packs of Oatmeal or 60 containers of Applesauce, in honor of his 60th Birthday and we can have Cake in Fellowship Hall for everyone after 2nd service.” So please join us as we celebrate this milestone.
Early Church Service
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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WED
Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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THU
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SUN
Early Church Service
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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WED
Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Bible Search
UMC Doctrinal Heritage & History

Our Doctrinal Heritage

United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. Living in a covenant of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of God's coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven.
Our heritage in doctrine and our present theological task focus upon a renewed grasp of the sovereignty of God and of God's love in Christ amid the continuing crises of human existence.

Our forebears in the faith reaffirmed the ancient Christian message as found in the apostolic witness even as they applied it anew in their own circumstances. Their preaching and teaching were grounded in Scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened in experience, and tested by reason.
Their labors inspire and inform our attempts to convey the saving gospel to our world with its needs and aspirations.

Our Doctrinal History

The pioneers in the traditions that flowed together into The United Methodist Church understood themselves as standing in the central stream of Christian spirituality and doctrine, loyal heirs of the authentic Christian tradition. In John Wesley's words, theirs was "the old religion, the religion of the Bible, the religion . . .of the whole church in the purest ages." Their gospel was grounded in the biblical message of God's self-giving love revealed in Jesus Christ.

Wesley's portrayal of the spiritual pilgrimage in terms of "the scripture way of salvation" provided their model for experiential Christianity. They assumed and insisted upon the integrity of basic Christian truth and emphasized its practical application in the lives of believers.

This perspective is apparent in the Wesleyan understanding of "catholic spirit." While it is true that United Methodists are fixed upon certain religious affirmations, grounded in the gospel and confirmed in their experience, they also recognize the right of Christians to disagree on matters such as forms of worship, structures of church government, modes of Baptism, or theological explorations. They believe such differences do not break the bond of fellowship that ties Christians together in Jesus Christ. Wesley's familiar dictum was, "As to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think."

But, even as they were fully committed to the principles of religious toleration and theological diversity, they were equally confident that there is a "marrow" of Christian truth that can be identified and that must be conserved. This living core, as they believed, stands revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal and corporate experience, and confirmed by reason. They were very much aware, of course, that God's eternal Word never has been, nor can be, exhaustively expressed in any single form of words.

They were also prepared, as a matter of course, to reaffirm the ancient creeds and confessions as valid summaries of Christian truth. But they were careful not to set them apart as absolute standards for doctrinal truth and error.

Beyond the essentials of vital religion, United Methodists respect the diversity of opinions held by conscientious persons of faith. Wesley followed a time-tested approach: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity."

The spirit of charity takes into consideration the limits of human understanding. "To be ignorant of many things and to be mistaken in some," Wesley observed, "is the necessary condition of humanity." The crucial matter in religion is steadfast love for God and neighbor, empowered by the redeeming and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

Doctrinal Standards and General Rules

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2004. Copyright 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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