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.

Organ Adventure: A Field Trip for All Ages

For this year’s “Organ Adventure” we will visit Paul Fritts’s workshop (630 121stStreet East, Tacoma) where our organ was built, right here in Tacoma! We will see how the process of how organs are made in the actual place where this magic happens, and everything will be revealed by the organ builders themselves.

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20 at the Paul Fritts & Co. workshop, have donuts together with the organ builders, and then they will give us a tour of the wood shop, the metal shop, the pipe shop, the design studio, and the erection space where the next organ to be delivered is being assembled.

Kids who attend this event will receive a St. Andrew’s Organ tote bag (adults can purchase them at the event for $30). Please invite your friends. While the “OrganAdventure” is for children, we also welcome adults who are still “kids” at heart. To re-serve your space, please e-mail me at [email protected] or sign up on the sign-up sheet in the Ada Webb room.

Listening to Jesus the Teacher by Jessica Richards

A few Saturdays ago, I had the privilege of traveling with friends from St. Andrew’sdown to Olympia to hear our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak. To my surprise, instead of giving a formal address, the format of the gathering was a Q&A, with the audience supplying handwritten questions. Naturally, many in attendance had a plethora of questions for him—ranging from his views on current events to how he got chosen to preach at the recent royal wedding. However, probably the biggest topic he addressed was the Jesus Movement.

In fact, one of the things that struck me throughout the conversation was how time and time again, whatever the topic, Bishop Curry continued to turn the conversation back to Jesus—and specifically his teachings. “We need to pay more attention to the Teaching Jesus,” he told the crowd at St. John’s. In our church cycle of worship, we often focus onand celebrate the big events of Jesus’s life—his birth, death, resurrection, and ascension—but his days of teaching and talking were every bit as important, as Bishop Curry reminded us.

Why is the “teaching Jesus” significant? Well, for one thing, it’s not very hard to beChrist-like when we are primarily focused on “Baby Jesus;” though the message of “God with us” is beautiful and important, it doesn’t require much of us. Conversely, the suffering and dying Jesus can be so intense and emotional that it can be hard to find our place in the story. Are we the disciples who fled? The one who denied him? Are we the soldiers who crucified him? It can be easier just to keep the whole story at arm’s length.

“Teaching Jesus” is different, because in spite of the miracles, nothing else shows off his humanity so well. He gets tired and hungry; he is cranky and sometimes straight up angry! He makes jokes and attends parties. He calls out the corruption and indiffer- ence of the religion in his day. But most of all, he loves people. Jesus the teacher wasn’tjust interested in having a crowd of followers who knew how to parrot his teaching back to him; he spoke in riddles and stories, and used hyperbole and dramatic irony to surprise his audience. More than that, he didn’t simply care about their minds or souls. He cared equally about their bodies, by feeding them and healing them.

“Teaching Jesus” spent time with the lowliest of his day—people that the “good religious people” of his time would never have associated with (and in fact prided them-selves on avoiding!). He cared for the sick and the poor. He told people to love their enemies and pray for them, rather than hate them. Jesus also welcomed the presence of children; he blessed them, fed them, and healed them. He also used children as an illustration: “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:14 NIV) He alsogoes on to say “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes
me.” (Mark 9:37 NIV) Jesus is clearly full of compassion for the well-being of others—as should his followers be.

Given the current divisive climate not only of our nation, but even of those who are Christians, it seems to me that Bishop Curry is right. We could all use some time focusing on the “Teaching Jesus” and listening to what he has to say—and then following it! If anyone could heal our divisions and bring our nation some much-needed hope, it is Jesus. (And, Lord willing, those who follow his teachings.)

Peanuts, Crackerjack, and Fellowship on August 19

What could be better than a summer day with sunshine, friends, and cold beer? Why it’s all the above and add a professional baseball game to boot!

Join us Sunday, August 19 for 1:30 game with the Tacoma Rainiers versus El Paso. All your friends will be there.

For the amazing price of $10, you get a reserved seat behind home plate, a hot dog,chips, and bottled water. It’s the best entertainment value in the whole Puget Sound.(Have you been to the movies lately? Or a concert?)

Tickets will be available in mid July from Ken Rhodes. This will be our seventh annual event. Come join us!


Daughters of the King initiate Prayer Blanket Ministry

St. Elizabeth Chapter of Daughters of the King at St. Andrew’s took on the prayer blanket ministry that our dear friend Pat Arthur had faithfully nurtured for so many years. As we make blankets that will be taken by the Pastoral Care Team on their visits to those in need, we offer our prayers to God for healing, comfort and peace. We recently gathered for a potluck at the home of April Wallace and enjoyed both fellowship and prayer as we devoted ourselves to this ministry.

The St. Andrew’s Daughters pray over the blankets

Our Heavenly Father, by whose loving kindness and mercy our souls and bodies are renewed look upon your children for who we pray.  Knowing you are interested personal needs, we bring to your altar those who are perplexed or afraid as we ask you to take away fear, those who face physical suffering as we ask you to give them courage to endure; those who seem burdened with indecision, as we ask you to left the pall of confusion. We also bring those who are lonely, for whom we ask companionship. We ask guidance and comfort for those to whom death has brought sorrow and despair.  Renew the strength of those who care for the sick and the lame, so their ministry can reflect your glory and give joy and a sense of holy contentment to those who are steadfast. Heal all of our infirmities according to your holy will and in your holy wisdom. We give thanks to you through service to Him who brings the fullness of life to all believers, in His Name and For His Sake, our King and Savior, Jesus Christ AMEN.

The Order of the Daughters of the King Mission: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters is to know Jesus Christ, to make him known to others, and to reflect God’s love throughout the world.

All women are warmly invited to join us in our daily prayer and evangelism.  Please contact: April Wallace, Shirley Morton, Linda Rines, Geri Schlosser or Berna Moody for more information.  Our next formal meeting will be Sunday, September 16, 2016.


Youth spearheading summer book drive

For the next few weeks the Youth Group will be holding a book drive. Our goal is to have books to distribute for each of the summer Food Bank distributions, which take place the last Wednesday in each month. The next Food Bank distribution will be on Wednesday, June 27.

We will accept all new or gently used books with a focus on books from toddler to young adult (school age). It has been proven that by reading during the summer months a student’s reading skills can not only be maintained but even improved.

You can put any donations into the plastic crate labeled ‘Book Drive’ in the Ada Webb room. Please contact Sunshine DeGennaro, our Youth Director, if you would like additional information.

Food and fun with Dinners for Eight 2.0

DINNERS FOR 8, v. 2.0 is a one-time dinner opportunity to get to know others in our parish. Sign up in the Ada Webb Room to participate, and indicate if you are willing and able to host a meal, usually potluck, and the church office will assign dinner groups. Each dinner group meets for one meal. In a few months there will be another sign-up for another meal. (You can also choose to meet for breakfast or lunch—it is the choice of the group.)

Kitchen Team Would Like YOUR Input

Our Kitchen Team is looking into the feasibility of a complete remodel of the kitchen in Puddicombe Hall. Over the period of three months, the Team has had several meetings during which we analyzed current kitchen use and efficiency, studied possibilities for future use, contacted manufacturers and local suppliers and visited other church kitchens.

The team has already done site visits to other churches, contacted manufacturers and local suppliers and has had several meetings over the last three months. Planning is far from complete but we would now like to engage the Parish for their visions and suggestions.

Time for an upgrade?

On June 3rd, after both the 8 am and 10 am services, team members will be available to receive comments. A short questionnaire will be distributed on both May 20th and May 27th to then bring to the June 3rd meeting.

Further along in the process, we will have more accurate information about costs, designs, consultants, timelines and of course, fund-raising.

If you are unable to attend the June 3rd meeting, you may contact the team members: Carol Baarsma, Reberta Skinner, Sandy Dick, Angie Barr, Wynn and Margie Hoffman and Ken and Pam Rhodes.

Hayley Adams’ Top Ten Reasons for Being an Episcopalian at St. Andrew’s

The other week in church I was thinking about Robin Williams’ Top 10 Reasons to be an Episcopalian and particularly number six. To brush everyone up, six is ‘pew aerobics’.This came to mind because I was particularly sore from a run the previous day and we seemed to be doing more up downs than normal. The point of this is I starting thinking about what were my personal top 10 reasons, which led to the top 10 reasons about why I’m an Episcopalian at St. Andrew’s. How many of these do you agree with and what are your Top 10?

10. The Book of Common Prayer.
9. The heart in every committee, project, and event.
8. Our outreach through donation of money, time, and resources. 7. Man or woman, gay or straight you can become leadership.
6. Pew aerobics.
5. It’s a family including the whacky aunts and uncles.
4. Father Ed.
3. Sermons that evoke thought and action.
2. A diverse and welcoming congregation.
1. All being welcomed at the Lord’s table.

It’s important to remember what brought you somewhere but more crucially what makes you stay. I was raised in St. Andrew because of my family but I came back because of what St. Andrew’s gave back to me.

L’Arche Plant Sale this Sunday

On May 6 after both services, L’Arche Tahoma Hope will be offering their plants and flowers for sale.

L’Arche Tahoma Hope is a community of people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an international federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need for one another.

Find out more about them at their web site here.