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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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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
MAY

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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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09

WED
Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Bible Search
United Methodist Foundational Documents


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United Methodist Foundational Documents

Just as creeds such as the Apostles' Creed summarize the belief of all Christians, the Articles of Religion of The Methodist Church and the Confessions of Faith of The Evangelical United Brethren Church form a foundation of doctrine for United Methodists. They, along with Wesley's Sermons on Several Occasions and Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, are "standards" of doctrine for United Methodists.

The Articles of Religion

When the Methodist movement in America became a church in 1784, John Wesley provided the American Methodists with a liturgy and a doctrinal statement, which contained twenty-four "Articles of Religion" or basic statements of belief. These Articles of Religion were taken from the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England—the church out of which the Methodism movement began—and had been the standards for preaching within the Methodist movement. When these articles were voted on by the American conference, an additional article was added regarding the American context, bringing the total number of articles to 25.

These articles became the basic standards for Christian belief in the Methodist church in North America. First published in the church's Book of Discipline in 1790, the Articles of Religion have continued to be part of the church's official statement of belief.

Read the Articles of Religion - link at top of page

The Confession of Faith

The Confession of Faith is the statement of belief from The Evangelical United Brethren Church. Consisting of 16 articles, the current form of this statement of faith was presented and adopted by the 1962 General Conference.

When The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 from the union of several branches of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, both The Articles of Religion and the Confession of Faith were adopted as basic statements of the Christian faith.

Read the Confession of Faith - link at top of page

The General Rules of the Methodist Church

Wesley knew how difficult it would be for his followers, particularly those recently converted, to live a holy life. To this end, he created structures and practices that would help foster faithful living in the members of the Methodist Societies. In 1743 he outlined these practices in the "General Rules," which functioned as a sort of contract by which group members held one another accountable.

These rules are organized into these three basic categories: 

  • Do no harm, "avoiding evil of all kinds";
  • Do good, "of every possible sort, and as far as possible, to all;"
  • Practice "the ordinances of God," or engage in individual and communal spiritual practices such as prayer, Bible reading, worship and the Lord's Supper. 

Read Wesley's General Rules - link at top of page

Wesley's Sermons and Notes on the New Testament

Wesley's sermons contain his basic understanding of the Christian faith and his thinking about how we are to live out this faith both personally and corporately. His written sermons were intended to teach the basic beliefs of the faith as well as nurture and encourage his followers in their discipleship.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament  provided his followers with tools for interpreting the Bible. These notes contained both Wesley's own ideas as well as insights borrowed from other interpreters and commentaries.

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