Archives for May 2016

Italian Festa Fundraiser for Organ Series

Helpful information about lead and drinking water

Recent attention has focused on lead contaminated drinking water in the Tacoma area. While lead in drinking water is one way people are exposed to lead, there are other ways too. The most widespread source of lead exposure is lead based paint. Other sources include contaminated soil and air. To decrease exposure to lead take the following steps:

  •   Run your water for at least 2 minutes before drinking or cooking with it if you have not used your water for six hours or longer
  •   Remove shoes and wipe soil off shoes before entering your house
  •   When gardening , wear gloves and use a dust mask when
  • Wash hands and clean dirt from under fingernails before touching face/mouth.
  •   With pets, wipe their paws, brush and bathe regularly, & keep pets off beds and furniture
  •   Wash and peel food from your garden
  •   Use safe work methods when doing home repairs that disturb paint.For more information contact the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department ( lead), Tacoma Water ( , the Environmental Protection Agency or the Washington State Department of Health

Adapted from
Cyndi Wolfer, RN, MSN, Parish Nurse
June Tartan  article

“Sabbatical Lunch” explores our future together

Close to three score and ten parishioners gathered in Puddicombe Hall following the Pentecost services to enjoy lunch with Mother Judith and talk about their visions for the future of our parish. The lively and wide-ranging discussion began with Mother Judith asking us what we found distinctive about the Episcopal Church and Saint Andrew’s parish in particular. Then the assembly broke into table groups to discuss three key questions that allowed us to focus on what we do best and where we could expand or improve our outreach.

Our facilitators:
MotherJudith Mother Judith

PentecostPamPam Tinsley

There were three themes that emerged: liturgy, community (within St. Andrew’s) and outreach (both volunteerism inside the parish and reaching out to others outside the church). These three different themes are also a testament to the diversity of St. Andrew’s in that people belong to this church for different reasons. For some people they are more drawn to the liturgy, for some the connected- ness within the church, and for others the opportunity to connect outside of the church walls. St. Andrew’s is not focused on any one thing or any one kind of person, but a place that welcomes all people with different backgrounds, ideas, and needs. St. Andrew’s is truly special in that way.

A group of Vestry members and parish staff collated and summarized the results, which you can find in the June Tartan (under “We Communicate” on the web site). If you were unable to make the “Sabbatical Lunch,” make sure that your voice is heard by communicating with one of your Vestry members.

Vestry liaison and organizer:
Kristen Ruscio 3_SmKristen Ruscio

The Vestry welcomes you to "Sabbatical Lunch" with Mother Judith