Archives for June 2017

Fire up for this year’s campout!

This year’s parish campout will be at Manchester State Park, in Port Orchard, on August 11-13. The park is shaded by tall trees and cooled by sea breezes off of Rich Passage. There are trails to hike, the remains of historic battlements to explore, and a launching site for canoes and kayaks. Please make an individual reservation for your campsite for all or part of that weekend.

Campsite #36 (the McDaniels) will serve as the main hub. Bring your guitar, songs, and games to share. There will be an activity Friday night, a potluck dinner with campfire sing-along on Saturday, and a lay-led Morning Prayer service on Sunday. If you are not able to spend the night at the park, you are welcome to drive up and join us for any activity (Discover Pass required). Contact Colin McDaniel for more information.

St. Andrew’s will co-host a booth at Tacoma Pride

This year St. Andrew’s will join with Christ Church, Tacoma and St. Matthew’s, Tacoma in having a booth at Tacoma Pride Festival. This annual LGBTQA Pride celebration is a street-festival that will take place on S 9th and Pacific Avenue, Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 12 – 5 PM. Tacoma Pride is a family-friendly event that features over 100 street-side vendors, live performances by musicians, cirque performers, as well as guest speakers and dignitaries.

St. Andrew’s to host homeless families

St. Andrew’s will host families from the Family Housing Network downstairs in Puddicombe Hall July 15 to 22.

We will be extending our hospitality to at least three families and maybe as many as five, and we will share dinner each evening and provide items for a simple breakfast. St. Andrew’s families are especially invited to participate and to share some activities with any children present (our V.B.S. project this year).


Given the number of teenagers we will be welcoming, St. Andrew’s families providing meals should make sure there will be enough food available. Please contact our coordinator Christine Lange for more information.

Bishop Curry’s Message for World Refugee Day

Pentecost 2017 Slider

Small Groups at Epiphany, Seattle

How silence can help us hear the voice of God

And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12).

Don Ramage

Making room for silence is one of the gifts of our spiritual tradition. When I visit other churches, as much as I appreciate the worship experience, I notice that the sanc- tuary is sometimes filled with noisy chatter before the service. At St. Andrew’s, as in most Episcopal churches, I am grateful to find quiet space for prayer and meditation be- fore the service. We are happy to see each other, but we speak with God first, saving our conversations with each other for the fellowship time after the service. Making room for silence and stillness enables us to hear the voice of the Spirit, for, as Elijah learned in the passage from 1 Kings, the voice is usually a quiet one. We also have, within our service here at St. Andrew’s, a moment of silence when, after the scripture readings, Father Martin rings a bell to call us to gather our wandering thoughts and be present in the moment.

In my work as a teacher, I occasionally teach a course in American culture for international students in which one of the topics is silence and wait time in conversation. We discuss how conversation in some cultures is like a game of bowling, whereas conversation in America can be like a fast-paced game of basketball. A moment of silence in a conversation, time to think before speaking, can be misinterpreted as not having understood the question or not speaking the language. There are church services, too, when worship leaders feel every moment needs to be filled with speaking. As Christians, though, we understand that there are times to be counter-cultural. Worship at St. Andrew’s is one way to get a break from a very noisy world.

In our last vestry meeting, we discussed the question of how, exactly, we might fulfill our mission statement, “To know Christ, and to make Christ known.” We also dis- cussed the possibility of having a part-time curate priest in training here at St. Andrew’s. Along with the exciting possibility of being able to develop in new directions comes the question of discerning in which directions. To find the answers to these questions of dis- cernment, there must be both quiet listening and action to discover by going. I hope that we can all seek the answers to these questions prayerfully and together, supporting each other and listening as a congregation to that still, small voice as we move forward.

Adapted from Don’s article in the June Tartan

Trash, trash, and more trash — or is it?

Ken Rhodes, our Certified Environmental Clean-Up Engineer (and Saint), has some tips for us on handling our garbage and recycling.

Jesus calls us to be good stewards of the earth and I am sure most of the people try to do their part in the effort to conserve natural resources and protect the environment.

Here at St. Andrews, we also try to do our part but sometimes come up a little short. Part of the problem may be that where you live – your recycling program may be slightly different than the City of Tacoma’s program. Tacoma’s is slightly different from Pierce County, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, or King County. It also different from private carriers that you may have in your residence.

I will try to give some guidelines to clarify the program here at church.

Blue cans- we have 4 cans, all located outside the back kitchen doors. These are for mixed recycling – clean paper, aluminum cans, tin cans, plastic bottles (no caps), clean food trays, magazines, mail, cardboard, plastics of all grades. Note a few exceptions:

Food residue should be cleaned off containers.
No waxed cartons like milk cartons or juice cartons or wax paper cups. Everything should be loose, not in a larger plastic sack.
The only exception to “C” above is that shredded paper should be in a clear plastic bag.
Cardboard boxes MUST BE FLATTENED!!!!!!

Brown can. We have one.
Yard waste including leaves, twigs, pruned branches, grass, spent flowers, weeds and the like. Food waste-anything you can eat like food trimmings, leftovers, peelings, coffeegrounds, tea bags, the stuff that collects in the sink strainer (Ewwww!) and refrigerator “surprises. “ The only things forbidden are bones and fat like cooking oils or meat trimmings.

Green Cans- we have 2. These are for everything else. Often called garbage. These things go there. Used paper plates, coffee cups, paper towels, napkins, tissues, pizza boxes, foils, gift wrapping, waxed cartons and juice cups, and containers that can’t be cleaned, broken glass, Styrofoam, and more.

I have a few more requests:

  •   Clean off platters and trays like you get at a market or deli. If not cleanable, then it will go in the green can.
  •   Programs, bulletins, music sheets and other clean paper to be recycled can go in one of several bins in Ada Webb room, entry way and in the office.
  •   Ask if you are unsure.
  •   There is no current program for glass bottles. People usually bring them home and recycle them. We can work on this.
  •   I have been doing the trash cans for over 20 years. I can continue for 20 more and these pointers will help me avoid digging through the cans in the dark and rain on a January Sunday night.

Adapted from Ken’s article in the June Tartan

St. Andrew’s to welcome Meghan Mullarkey as Curate

Beginning in July, St. Andrew’s will welcome the Reverend Meghan Mullarkey as Curate (or assisting priest). Meghan will serve with us for two years on a half-time basis, through a program of our diocese that supports newly ordained clergy in congregations to gain experience and mentoring in parish ministry.

Meghan grew up in the Washington DC area and after graduating from college in 2006, moved in 2007 to Seattle. She discovered the Episcopal Church at the Church of the Apostles, a very creative church-plant in the Fremont area of Seattle. When she first moved to Seattle, she worked as a Youth Advocate at a teen homeless shelter, and then began working at Church of the Apostles as an administrator, a pastoral presence, and a volunteer coordinator until 2012.

She began seminary in 2008 and received her MDiv from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2012. She worked as a Youth Director at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Bellevue, then as the Parish Administrator at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mercer Island. Ordained a Transitional Deacon last December, she has been serving a diaconal internship at St. Columba’s in Kent.

Meghan met her husband, Luke, in seminary while he was pursuing his Masters in Counseling. They got married in 2013 and moved from Seattle to Tacoma in early 2016. In January of this year, they had their first child, Cascade (“Cassie”). They also have a dog named Scout.

This is a very exciting threshold for St. Andrew’s. I am excited to welcome Meghan and her family to our congregation and to welcome the gifts and ministries that God will bring into our midst through her. She has met with our Vestry, and they are also excited to welcome her to St. Andrew’s. We will be discerning in the coming several months how she will serve among us, and what new ministries and initiatives she will facilitate here.

I want to be very clear that this addition to our parish staff should not diminish or take anything from our current team: Fr. Ed, Pam Tinsley, Matthew Moravec, Sunshine DeGennaro and Linda Brice. Meghan will complement and enrich our ministries while helping us to serve and grow ahead.

St. Andrew’s has never had a curate. We are thankful to our Bishop and to Canon Marda Stedman-Sanborn for considering us for this opportunity. We are also thankful for the generosity of our pledges for 2017 that enables us to step up to this opportunity. The diocese will provide 1⁄4 of her compensation, with St. Andrew’s providing the other 1⁄4. Our Finance Committee and Vestry have studied and do affirm this expansion of our paid staff.

Meghan will be ordained to the Priesthood on June 20, 7 pm, at St. Mark’s Cathedral. I hope that a number of us will be there to celebrate with her. Her first Sunday will be on July 2, at both 8 am and 10 am. We will have a Potluck Supper on Friday, July 7 at 6:00 pm to welcome Meghan, Luke and Cascade to St. Andrew’s. And I look forward to all of you getting to know her as we begin this ‘curacy’.

Adapted from Fr. Martin’s  article in the June Tartan