Archives for August 2017

How to spend a weekend with Christ!

Could you use spiritual revitalization? A spiritual shot in the arm? Or a short retreat with Christ? If so, then consider Come and See, Go and Tell. Come and See is the Diocese of Olympia’s expression of the Cursillo ministry.

During the weekend retreat you will have opportunities to:

come and experience God’s unconditional love;
come and feel the transforming power of God’s healing and grace; come and learn how to live out your baptism in everyday life; and come and share your story of faith;

Watch this inspiring video with Bishop Greg Rickel!

The next weekend is October 20-22 at Dumas Bay Conference Centre in Federal Way and further spiritual growth evolves through on-going participation in small group activities.

More information and an application may be found at the Come and See website.

Pam Tinsley, Reberta Skinner, Virginia Gaub and Dave Tinsley will be happy to answer any questions you might have about Come and See!

When King David met the Fab Four – by Matthew Moravec

How can we as Christians respond to pop culture? Historically, some have sought to completely avoid it (“Don’t go to the movies!”), while others uncritically absorb it (“It’s just entertainment!”). This past August, our adult education class explored a third way of approaching pop culture: to converse with it. Each week we took a different Beatles song and put it in conversation with one of the psalms. It turns out that we can learn a lot from songs like “Nowhere Man” or “Eleanor Rigby,” while also discovering that the psalms offer additional insight and correction to the Fab Four’s perspectives on life. Our discussions were lively and engaging!

Sacred Spaces of Creation – by Colin McDaniel, Senior Warden

Sometimes I find myself looking for a burning bush. It would be convenient if God’s calls were that clear in my life—His own ringtone, so to speak. I might be more apt to pay attention. Of course, the act of looking for burning bushes reveals that I prefer He provide a sign when I am ready.

And forests are one of those places I look for burning bushes. Which is ironic, because if I were to spot flaming flora I should call the park ranger, not my spiritual director. Nonetheless, in sacred spaces of creation I turn to observing and listening, hopeful for a voice or a song that resonates with my creation and imparts something of the mystery of being.

So it was on a camping trip this summer while hiking a path through an old- growth forest that I met a pair of enormous trees: a gigantic cedar and a towering Doug- las fir, standing guard before a knoll of dark, buzzing shadows beneath tightly clumped scrubs and soft, fallen trunks. Awed by the majesty of these titanic sentinels, I stopped to lay my hands upon each tree and listen for its song. I just heard tree. I don’t know what I was expecting. They were impressive, that much was sure, and I felt small next to them. After considering what stories they could tell, if they could speak to me, I went on.

The trail beyond made for arduous hiking. I scrambled over rotten tree trunks cov- ered with thick moss, sprouting huckleberry bushes and young saplings. Spider webs capturing struggling prey were carefully parted so that I could pass. Rustling bunches of salal betrayed the hectic scurrying of some unseen animal beneath. Everywhere around me, the individual participants in the cycle of creation were in the immediate processes of dying, springing, striving, and consuming.

So as I hiked over this hill I noticed the interdependence of everything. I noticed how each being relied upon someone else. One thing was dependent upon another; life was springing from that which had died and rising from that which had fallen. I came to the end of my journey in the forest, and I realized that I was listening for an individual song—a burning bush—when the song was not for one ancient tree, nor for a single per- son. That is not to say that the individual is insignificant, for each individual renews what dies and sustains what follows, but the whole forest sings with the song of creation. Together it is a song, and that song is not for an individual, but to the glory of the Crea- tor.

I think our culture prompts us to look for burning bushes to tell us what individual merit or purpose we have in God’s design. We watch eclipses and climb mountain peaks looking upward and outward for divine broadcasts. What we may fail to recognize is the divine that emanates from us as a worship community. Though I do not find burning bushes when I seek them, I am confident that I and every member of our church are sig- nificant in God’s plan. Like the old-growth forest, St. Andrew’s is fully alive with the building, renewing, and sharing of a religious life that celebrates the glory of God.

John, Paul, George, Ringo and… King David

Come join us this Monday evening, August 28, at 7:00 PM as we take a favorite Beatles song and put it in conversation with a psalm.

Facilitated by our own Matthew Moravec, this innovative adult class will explore each song’s message and consider where King David and the Fab Four agree, disagree, or offer alternative perspectives on life. 

Come to Celtic Faire, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 8, 10, & 3:30

Our Celtic Faire is a fun, family-oriented festival, celebrating our patron Saint Andrew, Celtic spirituality, and the heritage of the 60 parish families who have roots in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. This year’s Faire will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21. The Saturday Faire lasts from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Admission to the Faire is free.

Our entire church building is transformed each year into a festive Celtic village with a Bake Shoppe, Lunch Shoppe, Tea Room, and a marketplace where wares for sale include leather items, Celtic jewelry and gifts, quilted and handmade items, and knitted and woven goods.

A Ceilidh – or Celtic talent show – is a big draw with Irish dancers, bands, bagpipers, and drummers performing on two stages. A member of our congregation demonstrates spinning and weaving, and offers her creations for sale. An ongoing highlight of the Faire is Second Time Around, our Vintage Jewelry booth, where all sorts of wonderful finds are offered at bargain prices! There are also activities and games specifically intended for children, and they love to take part!

On Sunday morning, October 21, at 8:00 and 10:00 AM, we celebrate the Calling of the Clans, with Celtic-themed music and pipers. Come worship with us! On Sunday afternoon at 3:30, Dr. Kirk Webb will deliver a wonderful presentation on Celtic spirituality. And the weekend culminates with the Celtic Faire Banquet, Presentation of the Haggis, and festive auction.