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This Week's Events
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THU
Office hours
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
United Methodist Womens Crafts
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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 UMC (retired but that doesn't seem to be the case!) 

Since retiring from Public Education being an Elementary Librarian part-time and Christian Education 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, many projects going to the Battered Women's Shelter 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 who I met when were attending the College of Idaho and we have one daughter and two sons; three granddaughters and three grandsons who age from 13 to 21.

Gary and I came to SUMC in July of 2014 with the Parkland UMC family after moving to Tacoma in 1972.  We were members of St. Paul's 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 PNW on a  3 week UMC mission to The Democratic of the Congo where we took hygiene items, paper,  materials and sewing machines to teach women, who were learning English, how to sew so they could make a living.  We were able to visit Jamaa Letu, the UMC's girls orphanage the highlight of the trip was meeting the two girls Gary & I sponsor.