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Over Coffee

with Pastor Al

Carolanne and I enjoyed the “get-to-gathers” around the campfire and the breakfast at the Airport Diner. There is something about a relaxed atmosphere that is conducive to sharing. Some of it is with friends who are part of the fellowship and some of it is getting acquainted with folks that we may have heard about but have not met. We will have another opportunity to have relaxed fellowship with the picnic on Thursday, August 3rd, at the Belfair State Park. There is an entry fee to the park. So, if you do not have a Discover Pass for the Washington State Parks, you may want to arrange car pools to save on the $10.00 entry fee.

The summer is going fast. It won’t be long before our calendars and schedules will be filling up. In the meantime, may you have time to relax, reflect and re-create in this wonder part of God’s creation gift.

Peace…Joy…Love in Christ,


Message from Your Lay Leader

Continuing with the knowledge that we have an opportunity to re-engage, to re-organize, to re-identify this family we call NMUMC, and to be re-enchanted with the power and the glory of God’s grace…

This past year the Church Council initiated teams for events, fund-raisers, membership, and education, in addition to existing teams of Finance, Trustees, Worship, and Staff Parish Relations (SPR).As we look at how to re-energize teams and committees, including the position of lay leader, we look to our members and friends.We encourage all to consider their gifts, their talents, and consider how they might share them.

The Book of Discipline defines what is expected of the Lay Leader, and the SPR, Finance, and Trustees teams.While these three teams are fairly constricted to function according to the Discipline, the position of Lay Leader is a bit more flexible.May we all prayerfully consider our gifts, our talents, and how best to apply them as we work in community to re-new our family of faith.

Again I pray that we may be filled with the spirit of strength that we might continue to release what has gone before, and reach out to grasp and nurture what God has intended for us in this transition.That prayer includes the new pastoral candidate for NMUMC, whom the SPR team will meet onAugust 30th.

Joyce Stratton

Lay Leader

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