Celtic Faire Slider 2018

Multiple shopping options in our Celtic Village at Celtic Faire

Our Celtic Village welcomes three new vendors this year: Kristin Olsen’s Celtic Attic, which features Celtic gifts, original art, handmade jewelry and Celtic cook books; Jeanette Paul Holiday Décor, which will offer fall and Christmas decorations, lighted wine bottles and Celtic-themed ornaments; and Jenny Arde of Sanford & Daughter, offering jewelry and accessories made from salvaged roof tiles taken from Tacoma’s old City Hall.

We are thrilled that some of our most popular vendors are returning for 2018:

Denise Williams Village Crafts               Oyster shell driftwood Santas

Robert Miller Woodworking by Design    Handmade pens, pencils, 

Michelle Sullivan aka Rockhead             Painted rocks, origami bookmarks

Billie Johnstone           One of a kind handmade jewelry

Tomas and Marian McMullin               MAC McMullin Arts and Crafts

Gretchen Carey/Bette Fogle                            Kenji’s Candy Creations and Crafts
Candy bouquets, rubber ducks, paper crafts including covered journals

PEO Chapter CZ                        Decorative glass blocks

Zina Negron Crow’s Dispatch           100% cotton smoked dresses

There is no substitute for seeing these wonderful creations in person!

Shop our Celtic Village from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 20!

Barbara Bruns to open the 1918-19 Organ Concert Series

On Sunday, October 14, at 3:00 pm, Barbara Bruns, organist and choirmaster of Christ Church, Andover, Massachusetts, plays the first of this new season of St. Andrew’s organ concerts.

A common thread joining three performers in this season, and also our own organist, Naomi Shiga, is that they are former students of Yuko Hayashi, who passed away last year. This season of concerts is dedicated to their beloved mentor and teacher. Leaving her native Japan for the United States, Ms. Hayashi built a career as an organist and professor whose reach as performer, teacher, and force behind the installation of many organs, extends over several continents. This musical reach also extended to our area, as Ms. Hayashi was a friend of local composer and organist David Dahl, who is often in attendance at St. Andrew concerts. In recognition of this tie, Ms. Bruns will perform a recent piece by David Dahl, Partita on “Christe Sanctorum.”

Ms. Bruns will also bring a bit of New England to us through the music of two modern New England composers, Daniel Pinkham, and James Woodman. Both composers draw on the structures of early classical music combined with distinctive tonal and harmonic colors.

The concert program promises spiritual heights as well as this-worldly verve, with pieces such as Dahl’s Fuga Angelorum, honoring archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and Woodman’s An Extravagance of Toccatas, II. pro Organo aetherio (Italian mystical Elevation toccata style), ending with Toccata III, pro Organo flagrante (“Knuckle-busting barn-burner” style).

I’m sure that you want to attend just to find out what a “knuckle-busting-barn-burner” style toccata sounds like. And, if that weren’t enough, with our St. Andrews signature hospitality, a fall-themed reception follows the concert. Many thanks to the Hoffmans and other parishioners who generously help with receptions, and to parishioners offering financial support.

Please join us on Oct. 14th, and also invite people you know. 

Tacoma Scottish Country Dancers to perform at Celtic Faire

In a program designed especially for the St. Andrew’s Celtic Faire, the Tacoma Scottish Country Dancers will  weave together story and dance to highlight the compelling stories that underlie many Scottish country dances, both ancient and modern.  Some dances such a “Reel of the 51st Division” have a story about when and why they were written.  Other dances like “Pelorus Jack” depict a story in dance.  Please join us on the Upper Stage for a fun presentation of both dances and the stories attached to them. 

This wonderful program will be followed by a fun demonstration, in which dancers of all ages can try out some  simple Scottish Country Dancing.

The Tacoma Scottish Country Dancers meet bi-monthly to dance.  Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of most months from 3-5:30 pm, with different hours focusing on different levels.  The 3-4 pm hour is especially designed for new dancers, and we love to have new people join us.  Please email us at [email protected] or check our Facebook page for more information.

Discover your Celtic roots with Claudia Breland!

The renowned genealogist and DNA-researcher Claudia Breland returns to offer an informative seminar on finding and researching your Celtic roots. Her one-hour presentation will begin at 10:00 AM on the upper stage at the St. Andrew’s Celtic Faire.

Claudia describes her work: I have been doing genealogical research since 1974, and have been a professional genealogist since 2008.  My clients come from all over the world, including Norway, Australia, and England, and I have collaborated with other researchers across the United States to explore local records that are not online.  I relish helping people connect with their ancestors, using a wide variety of records and resources.  I’ve done vital records look-ups, searched microfilmed newspapers, committed to ongoing research, compiled binders of original documents, and completed a forensic genealogy case for my local police department.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to find out more about your Celtic ancestors. Claudia draws upon all resources, from written documents, to pictures, to DNA-results from companies like Ancestry and 23andme. You can find out more at Claudia’s website.

Dr. Kirk Webb to explore the interconnected paths of Celtic spirituality

St. Andrew’s is delighted to welcome Dr. Kirk Webb, Director of The Celtic Center for Spiritual Direction and Formation, who will facilitate the Celtic Spirituality seminar at this year’s Celtic Faire. The seminar will meet on Sunday, October 21, at 3:30 PM.

The Celtic Center has been particularly innovative in exploring the ways Celtic spirituality can inform our lives and improve our spiritual and mental health.  Dr. Webb offers this introduction:


I’m honored to be joining you for your Celtic Faire. Our time together will be an exploration of the spiritual dimensions of the dialogue between the human soul and the glory of Nature. The ancient and modern Celtic Christian perspective locates us in an old and refreshingly new perspective of our human place amongst all “things”. Modern Western culture seems intent upon seeing Nature as something to be used or conquered, whereas many older religious perspectives and cultures have held that Nature and the Human Soul are an equal and life-giving interplay of God’€™s revelation in and through the material world. We will explore the idea of Self as it is located in Spirit and how we reside in the sacred beauty of the land.

The Celtic Christian tradition has been a rich part of my personal spiritual growth and experience for quite some time. Having grown up in the Celtic-influenced southern Appalachian culture, I have always been shaped by this wonderfully rich perspective on life, relationships, community, artistic expression, and faith. Numerous trips to Ireland and Scotland as well as extensive study in the Celtic perspective have provided pilgrimage experience and continually growing understanding of the Celtic ways of approaching personal relationship with God and our responsibility toward one another and all of Creation. My theological beliefs and understanding of human experience were developed through a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary as well as counseling and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology. Additionally, I’m honored to direct the work of The Celtic Center which offers spiritual growth opportunities and spiritual direction training grounded in the Christian Celtic tradition. You can find out more about The Celtic Center at thecelticcenter.org. Or feel free to visit Dr. Webb’s web site.

Please join us for learning and discussion at The Celtic Faire. And may peace be with you all.

You don’t have to be rich to sparkle!

St. Andrew’s 11th Annual Celtic Faire will be October 20-21. As a part of the Celtic Faire we offer a Second Time Around Jewelry store on the 20th.

We are thankful for those who have already donated jewelry items, but we need more! We take all types of jewelry— women’s men’s, children’s (in great shape or broken, new and used). So it’s time to clean out the jewelry you haven’t worn for years! All the proceeds from the jewelry store are donated to St. Andrew’s for mission and ministries. Contact Linda Brice for more information—or just bring it by the church office.

Learn about Small Groups this Sunday between services

There will an informational gathering for Small Groups on Sunday, September 23rd at 9:15 am in Puddicombe Hall (downstairs).  The plan is for the new small groups to begin to meet in October and continue through mid-December.

Last winter two small groups met at St. Andrew’s. It was a great time for community and spiritual growth. This fall we will mix things up again. Whether you did a small group last winter or are curious about checking it out – you are welcome to sign up for the new small groups forming this fall!

There will be a sign up sheet in the Ada Webb room for all interested parishioners. There will also be an option to circle if you are interested in studying something in particular together. Possible options include – A History of Christianity (through video), Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, What is the Bible, Rethinking Incarceration, and Racial Justice.

I encourage you to think about joining a small group in the fall whether you have been going to St. Andrew’s for years or just started coming. Small groups are great a way to care for one another, get to know each other on a deeper level, and grow in your spiritual life.

Adapted from the Tartan
article by  Rev. Meghan Mullarkey

Workshop on “Reclaiming Jesus” meets at Mt. Cross Lutheran

The sixth “Reclaiming Jesus” workshop will take place tonight at 7:00 PM at Mt. Cross Lutheran Church (8902 S. 40th St. W in University Place). As always, it will feature spirited discussion, music, and an exploration, rooted in scripture, of what it means to follow Jesus today. The Rev. JT Burk of Mt. Cross will facilitate this week’s discussion.


This nine-part Bible study, workshop, and discussion group will run through early November. The focus of our work together will be the manifesto “Reclaiming Jesus,” signed by twenty-four leaders of a wide range of denominations across the country, including our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, whom you just heard preach in Seattle and Olympia. You can find out more about the “Reclaiming Jesus Movement” by clicking here.

St. Andrew’s will be working together with interested participants from three other local churches to explore what our role should become in this time of divisiveness.

The series will be led by clergy and experienced facilitators drawn from the lay leadership — for St. Andrew’s, it will be our own Tom Egnew and Dave Tinsley — and the emphasis will be on respectful listening and on an honest exchange of views concerning the issues raised in the document. We will be using the curriculum designed by the “Reclaiming Jesus” team.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for any and all of the sessions.

Update from your Kitchen Team

We have heard you! And, we appreciate your insights about our parish kitchen, its current limitations and how it could and should be used. Thank you for taking the time to complete our questionnaire.

There appears to be agreement among those who have experienced cooking, serving and cleaning in our kitchen, that the major appliances are inadequate and in need of an upgrade. Comments included: “oven is slow”, “refrigerator is not good”, “refrigerator is too small”, “sink is hard to use”, “need continued availability of a sink for hand washing”, “dishwasher is old”, “inadequate ventilation.”

Although some responded that work space was adequate, others stated the work space is inadequate (“poorly designed, needs help”, “inefficient”, “cramped” and “too compact”) and that we need more storage areas.

Other comments concerned utilities and safety issues. One person noted that “coffee makers have to be moved around or a fuse will blow” and that we need an “electric upgrade”. Another mentioned “health violations” as an issue.

What happens behind the scenes in the preparation of those delicious meals that we enjoy at Celtic Faire and other special events? Personally, I had no idea. The food is great and there is always a smiling team of volunteers, from the chefs to the cleaning crew. Then I volunteered to help, and gained an appreciation for what it takes to produce a meal for 100 people in a kitchen equipped with residential-grade appliances, in an area too cramped for the number of people it takes to do all the work! Remembering this experience, I do appreciate one person’s questionnaire comment, “I am also concerned that the push to replace has been more about frustrations with its limitations than from a particular vision for why a new kitchen will enable us to do x, y, or z.”

Which brings us to an important point to consider in our kitchen improvement effort. We  must keep in mind the mission of St. Andrews: “To know Christ and make Christ known.”
Thus, as we embark upon this project, we must ask ourselves, “What role does our parish kitchen play in carrying out this mission?” This was the subject of our most recent team meeting, during which we discussed all the food-centric events that bring us together as a parish. There were numerous suggestions on how an upgraded kitchen would enable us to expand such gatherings. The team, plus your questionnaire responses suggested: weekly or monthly family night with a meal prior to meetings/activities such as youth group, choir practice, Bible study, etc; regular Sunday lunches and quarterly meals that incorporate education.

These are enticing ideas for our parishioners, but the big question remains, “How would a renovated kitchen help us reach out to the greater community and in so doing make Christ known?” As one questionnaire response so aptly stated: “Food and fellowship always go together, so anytime food can be offered is a chance to bring people in to hear the Gospel message”. Other suggestions:the kitchen facilities could be used for wedding receptions, more non-profit groups, scouts, Phoenix Housing, or a soup kitchen.

With all this in mind, where do we go from here? This is not a question easily answered by a handful of people. As Father Martin said at the congregational meeting, “The kitchen belongs to all of you.” There are options to explore, and as the Kitchen Team continues their work, we will beconsidering all possibilities. Do we fix just the basics (replace major appliances)? Do we expand the footprint, and if so, how much? Or do we build a kitchen that will encompass everything? Of course, any options must include, at the very least, health department recommendations/ requirements and utility upgrades. We will be discussing all this informally with a kitchen design consultant in order to answer the biggest question – How much will all this cost?

We welcome your thoughts and ideas….plus a bit of prayer for guidance and wisdom as we  travel this journey.