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This Week's Events
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THU
Office hours
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Upper Room Bible Study
10:00 AM
Meeting in Hartsell Hall; contact the Church office for more info.
Choir Practice
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Staff & Leaders
Director of Christian Education

Laura Nicholson

I am actually "Rev. Laura Nicholson" Direction of Christian Education....  I am an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church (retired but that doesn't seem to be the case)! 

Since retiring from Public Education as an Elementary Librarian part-time and Christian Educator, part-time, I became a Master Gardener thru WSU, thus my interest in all things growing, esp. gardens.  Currently I co-manage Brookdale Elementary School Community Garden, manage the SUMC garden, am part of the Master Gardener's Children's Garden Program and then there is my big home garden. SmileSmileSmile

When it isn't gardening season I love to sew and quilt with many projects going to the Battered Women's Shelter in downtown Tacoma. I have made over 30 quilts and one year made 106 quilted Christmas Stockings for the kids there.

I have been married for 51 years to an incredible man whom I met while attending the College of Idaho.  We have one daughter and two sons; three granddaughters and three grandsons who range in age from 13 to 21.

Gary and I came to Spanaway UMC in July of 2014 with the Parkland UMC family after moving to Tacoma in 1972.  We were members of St. Paul's Church in Tacoma from 1989 - 1998 where I was Youth Leader for six years.  I have taught every grade level of Sunday school from two year-olds thru adults as well as taught in and directed numerous Vacation Bible Schools since 1969. 

In 2007 I went with 9 other women from the Pacific Northwest Conference on a  3 week UMC mission to The Democratic Republic of the Congo where we took hygiene items, paper, materials and sewing machines. While there, we were able to teach women, who were learning English, how to sew so they could make a living.  We also visited Jamaa Letu, the UMC's girls orphanage and the highlight of the trip was meeting the two girls Gary & I sponsor.