Healing the spiritual wounds of war

On Sunday, January 21, at 2:00 PM Iraq war veteran and Episcopal priest, David Peters, will explore the unique power churches have in healing moral injury and the spiritual injuries associated with PTSD. The presentation will be at Christ Church, Puyallup.

The Rev. David W. Peters served as an enlisted Marine and Army Chaplain, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005-2006. His books, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War and Post- Traumatic God: How the Church Cares For People Who Have Been to Hell and Back vividly describe his own path to healing after war, a path he regularly invites his fellow veterans to consider. David blogs for the Huffington Post, and Oxford University Press. At present David serves as the Prior of the Hospitallers of St. Martin and as Associate Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX. David is one of five Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) Fellows and he will be using his grant to travel around the country offering healing services for veterans. He enjoys long-distance running, walking and bicycling around Austin, TX, reading novels, and extra-dark chocolate. He is married to Sarah Bancroft and has three sons.

New Columbarium cross dedicated on January 28

Our beautiful Columbarium cross was dedicated at the January 28 9:00 AM service, with Chair Margo Fleshman speaking eloquently about its meaning. The artist, Jean Tudor, received thanks and enthusiastic applause from the congregation.

Our Vestry, guided by a Columbarium Art committee (Margo Fleshman – chair, Linda Brice, Bill Howe, Virginia Rothenberg, Martin Yabroff) had commissioned Jean to create an amazing Celtic Cross with a central emblem invoking the mountains and waters of the Northwest, for our newly renovated Columbarium.

Please visit the Columbarium so that you can see the beauty of our cross. Donations are still welcome.

Julia Brown to be featured in our Organ Concert Series

Please join us on Sunday, January 21, at 3:00 PM to enjoy the engaging virtuosity of Julia Brown. This is the second of three wonderful concerts that make up the St. Andrew’s Organ Concert Series for 2017-18. Julia will be playing a program of “Magnificats and Fantasies” with works by Buxtehude, Scheidemann, Guilain, Sweelinck and L. Couperin.

Julia Brown has performed in North and South America, as well as in Europe, and has played at the Oregon Bach Festival, the International Organ Festival in Uruguay, and the 2008 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brown has attended master classes in many locations to further her interest in historical performance practice. She also plays harpsichord with the early music ensemble Cascade Consort, which she co-founded.

Julia Brown has recorded a number of CDs for the Amadis, Paulus and Naxos labels, notably including works by Buxtehude, Scheidemann and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

She currently serves as Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Come “home” to St. Andrew’s for Christmas!

St. Andrew’s welcomes you and your family and friends to enjoy four beautiful services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Now that our church is festively decorated to welcome you, we will open our doors at 8:00 and 10:00 AM on December 24, the fourth Sunday of Advent, for two inspiring and moving services of reflection and a last chance for peaceful communal meditation on the coming of Christ.

Or come one, come all at 4:00 PM, where you will be surrounded by youthful smiles of joy, as our children and youth perform the Christmas pageant, accompanied by the hymns that you may  remember from your own childhood.

Our Christmas celebration continues at 9:30 PM, with carol singing and performance, with choral music accompanied by the incomparable Naomi Shiga on our Fritts organ.

Then, on Christmas morning, we come again to the “manger” at 10:00 AM  for a peaceful and welcoming hour of worship and communion, with traditional hymns.

Please join us and come as you are! We would love to celebrate with you!

Christmas Slider 2017

St. Andrew’s hosted homeless families

During the second week of December, in partnership with Temple Beth El, St. Andrew’s provided shelter and meals to five families left homeless for the holidays, as part of the Family Housing Network (FHN) of Tacoma, sponsored by Catholic Community Services. We are working to increase our hospitality, with the goal of hosting families twice a year. Thanks to all of the parishioners who contributed time and food to this effort.

FHN receives referrals for its family shelter program from Coordinated Entry (253 682-3401). The program offers services to a maximum of 5 families at any one time. Families utilize our Day Center facilities for showers, laundry, telephones, cooking, relaxing, and case management. In the evenings, a network of 27 local churches and schools provide dinner, sleeping accommodations, and breakfast, rotating between host sites each week. An individualized housing plan is developed with each family.


St. Andrew’s invites you to the 92nd annual Epiphany Lunch

Please join us on January 6 at 10:00 AM for the 92nd Annual Epiphany Luncheon, a festive gathering of the Episcopal women of Pierce County, hosted by the women of St. Andrew’s.

For over 90 years the women of the Episcopal churches of Pierce County have been gathering to celebrate Epiphany each year on the Saturday nearest to January 6th.  This was originally a function of the formal group known as Episcopal Church Women. With the changes in society many churches no longer have a formal ECW thus the luncheon now is promoted as a gathering of ALL WOMEN of the Episcopal Church. Guests from other areas and men are also welcome to attend.

The schedule for the day usually runs something like this: We gather at 10 AM and celebrate Holy Communion followed by a guest speaker and lunch. We are especially honored to have the Rev. Judith McDaniel as our guest speaker for 2018.

The highlight of the lunch is the Epiphany cake and the drawing of symbols which designate special tasks the women will work on for the next year.  Each Church represented will have a project to work on and report back at the next year’s luncheon. It is wonderful to hear of the creative ways people come up with to share love with those around them. An example of the symbols and tasks are:  Thimble=  a missionary project involving sewing;  A Cross= be available for prayer for special needs and/or set aside a regular time for study;  an Anchor= perform a service to aid an institution which offers ‘hope” to others.;  a Heart = perform acts of kindness and charity for someone during the year; a Dime= make the dime grow and bring the proceeds back to the next luncheon to be contributed with the offering of the day to a charity.

If you have never attended an Epiphany Luncheon in Pierce County this would be a great year to begin. We want this long standing tradition to continue into the next generations, so invite the younger women in your life to join us for a festive, fun, informative, and spiritual day.

The Fabulous Folders

There are many ministries at St. Andrew’s that are “behind the scenes” — those people who are dedicated to ministries that most people may not even know exist. One of these groups is the Fabulous Folders. These volunteers come to the church office once a month to fold and label the Tartans in preparation to be mailed. The volunteers include Peggy Nelson, Peggy Woods, Margo Fleshman, Niki Weekes, Shirley Morton, Christy and Charlie McDaniel, Devena Thomsen, Ann Morgan, Reberta Skinner, Virginia Rothenberg, Carol Baarsma, Virginia Gaub and Sue Lester. Each month you will find 6 or 8 of these women in Fr. Martin’s office sharing life stories, life lessons and laughing — lots of laughing!

Thank you to these dedicated Fabulous Folders!

Keep calm and hear sweet young voices raised in song

Join us tonight, Monday, December 18, at 6:45 PM at the Proctor Starbuck’s for a warm, soothing holiday drink.  Then we will walk a block over to Mason United Methodist Church where the Tacoma Youth Chorus will perform their Candlelight Concert, with beautiful hymns, songs, poems, and scripture. (The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For the best seats, it would be advisable to arrive no later than 7:10 PM.)

This is the final event in a three-evening Advent experience designed by Rev. Meghan and Pam Tinsley to be the perfect antidote for the frenzy, stress and crass consumerism of Christmas.

We already enjoyed two  peaceful and beautiful Compline services, combined with individual prayer and meditation, which helped us open our hearts to the meaning of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

If you haven’t heard the Youth Chorus, you are in for an amazing experience. These kids practice diligently every week for a period of years, performing locally with the Tacoma Symphony and other professional groups.
The advanced choirs are accomplished enough to tour and sing in cathedrals and churches across Europe.  The enthusiasm of these young people and the sweet harmony of their voices will restore your faith in humanity. Learn more about them on their web site here.