Archives for October 2017

Being free — in Christ

Please join us tonight, Monday, November 27, at 7:00 PM, for the final session in a four-part series on freedom, facilitated by our own Rev. Meghan Mullarkey. The focus of this session will be play, and how essential play is to freedom in Christ. What does it mean that Jesus has set us free, and how do we live into that freedom? The first two meetings explored (loving our) enemies and the power of hope to understand the freedom we have in Christ. The last two meetings explore Sabbath and play as spiritual practices that help us live into that freedom.

The medium that Rev. Meghan will use is podcasts. For those unfamiliar with them, a podcast is like a radio broadcast or a TV show that you can hear or view at a time of YOUR choosing. There are many podcasts out there of interest to Christians, whether of Christian context or of more general interest. They can be inspirational, thought-provoking, or just plain fun. Through a podcast app, you can access them anytime on your phone or tablet, even with no Wi-Fi!

Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the class, and Rev. Meghan will show you how to subscribe to a podcast and how to access podcasts.

Each class will focus on one podcast and how its message relates to the essential notion of freedom through Christ. You are welcome to listen to the podcast in advance, or you can just come to the class and listen to it there.

November 6 Podcast: The Liturgists on “Loving our Enemies”

November 13 Podcast: Junot Diaz on “Radical Hope”

November 20 Podcast: Dan Allendar on “Sabbath: A Taste of the Kingdom”

November 27 Podcast: Ted Radio Hour on “How Play Shapes our Development”

Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful exploration of freedom and the hope it can bring us!

St. Andrew’s supports the world ministry “Days for Girls”

The Days for Girls group meets at St. Andrew’s from 3-6pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We have an ongoing mission to send the “kits” to villages in India where our leader has personal contacts. Please feel free to join us at any time. If you would be interesting in contributing financially toward this effort, there are two ways you can do that. You can go online to and find the gift list made by the Tacoma Days for Girls Chapter.

There are several items there that can be ordered and delivered to the chapter leader to be included. We can also use hotel size bars of soap and gallon size heavy duty Ziploc freezer bags. We thank you very much for your generosity toward this project. If you wish to know more about the Days for Girls organization you can talk to Virginia Gaub or Geri Schlosser or visit the Days for Girls web site.

There are several items there that can be ordered and delivered to the chapter leader to be included. We can also use hotel size bars of soap and gallon size heavy duty Ziploc bags. We thank you very much for your generosity toward this project.


Adapted from Virginia Gaub’s
article in the September  Tartan

Update on the opioid crisis

Deaths from opioid drug use have increased nationally as well as across Washington State. Medicines, especially prescription medications in one’s home medicine cabinet, are easily accessed by others and can be misused by someone wanting to get high. Moreover, many young children have been poisoned by taking medications they find in the bathroom medicine cabinet, whether it be at their home or while visiting someone else’s home. Once done taking a medication, many people think it’s okay to flush the medicine down the toilet or throw it in the trash. While our treatment plants are great at treating sewage, they are unable to filter out medicine. So, when you flush medicine down the toilet, you expose fish in our nearby waters to these chemicals. On October 28 2017 from 10am-2pm there will be a prescription drug take back day. You can bring prescription drugs that you no longer use to be disposed of safely. In Pierce County, there are currently 21 places that you can drop off unwanted medicine in secure drop- boxes. These places include law enforcement agencies and pharmacies. For a complete listing visit the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department web site.

Adapted from the October
Tartan article by Cyndi Wolfer,
RN, MSN,  Parish  NurseCyndi Wolfer Parish Nurse

Worship and learn with us on Celtic Faire Sunday!

On Sunday morning, October 22, 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, Christine Sine will deliver a wonderful presentation on Celtic spirituality.





And the weekend culminates with the Celtic Faire Banquet, Presentation of the Haggis, and festive auction.

Celtic Faire Sunday Slider 2018

Celtic Faire Parking

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at S. 12th and Meyers St. has graciously made their west lot available for Celtic Faire parking. Just park there and walk down 12th St. to St. Andrew’s.

Celtic Faire Slider 2017

Musical program to feature two great pipers and three amazing bands!

Our pipers are back, to much acclaim.  Margaret Nelson will open our program at 11:00 on the big stage upstairs, and Stewart Neveling will pipe our Faire to a melodic and memorable conclusion, supported by the drumming of our own Riley Girard.  




In between, on the big stage, you can hear the masterful tunes of Two Old Men and experience  the beauty and energy of the Scottish Country Dancers of Tacoma.




Downstairs, on the Celtic Village stage, Just Plain Folk play your favorite ballads and instrumentals throughout the morning, and then the wonderful band Blue Cloud Celtic will take over for the afternoon.


The program runs from 10:15 AM until 3:00 PM. Stop by for all or part of it.



Calling all kids to Celtic Faire

Besides the great eats, the goodies, the musicians and dancers, we have a special program for kids, including crafting, armor-making, and a kids’ version of the Highland Games. Come down to the Celtic Village and look for the kids’ activity room on the north side of the vendors’ area.

Christine Sine returns to offer workshop on Celtic prayers

Please join us on Sunday, October 22, at 3:30 PM in the Ada Webb Room for a fascinating look at the art and the spirit of Celtic prayer. Christine Sine returns with another wonderfully stimulating and interactive workshop, entitled “Celtic Prayers and How to Write Your Own.”  She will be assisted by her husband and collaborator, Tom. Don’t miss this opportunity!

You can find out more about Christine’s work and ministry at the “Godspace” web site here.