A Toast to our Celtic Faire, 2018!

Our 11th Annual Celtic Faire was amazing! Over 300 people visited St. Andrew’s on Saturday, and we raised over $9,500. Community members were excited to visit our faire, and almost a third of our participants had attended before and were returning. It was especially fun to meet people who’d come to the Celtic Faire before and this time brought a friend. Many visitors expressed gratitude for the opportunity.

Our Celtic Faire would not have been possible without the help and participation of so many St. Andrew’s members. Many, many St. Andrew’s parishioners pitched in to invite friends, bake cookies and post posters. They donated auction items, cooked delicious food, and washed lots (and lots) of dishes. Visitors were greeted, crowns decorated, lamb was pre-pared, necklaces were displayed, and so much more. It couldn’t have happened without an army of volunteers.

Several members of St. Andrew’s have been meeting and working for months to make it all possible. Pam Tinsley & team publicized our faire, and Dave Tinsley booked an amazing lineup of talent, kept our website up to date, and organized tokens to sell so that people could use credit cards. Linda Brice once again transformed our nursery to the 2ndTime Around Jewelry Shoppe – something people come back year after year to visit, and Bill Brice continues to keep our finances organized. Rena Girard helped us to celebrate all the different clans of St. Andrew’s with the crests in the sanctuary and the Kirking of theclans. Susan Rowe headed our very popular Bake Shoppe (people visit specifically for that!), and Sandy Dick led a team to feed hungry visitors at the Lunch Shoppe. Fr. Martin recruited talented vendors who provided great shopping opportunities and organized a great Celtic Spirituality seminar. As usual, our Tea Room was an elegant stop for many, thanks to so many who pitched in to help this year, including Meghan Mullarkey, Reberta Skinner, Jessica Richards, Terry Bonet, & Margie Hoffman together with an amazing and hardworking crew. Shirley Morton and her team planned for and presented great crafts for our youngest visitors. Ken & Pam Rhodes led a dedicated and hardworking team who served us an delicious lamb dinner, and Kristina Younger and her team put on an amazing auction with so many items on which to bid. Norbert Herriges & his team started setting it all up on Thursday and finished the last of the clean up on Monday.

Many thanks to this wonderful leadership team for all their hard work, and thank you to all who helped in so many ways to make this faire such a success!

Plan ahead for next year – our faire is tentatively set for Oct. 19th & 20th!

Adapted from the Tartan article
by Celtic Faire  Leader Liz Herriges


Ordinary Time

In September, I went to my father’s retirement party in DC. It was such an honor to be at this event and see so many of the people whose lives my dad has touched in his career. It was also my first trip in a long time without Cascade. And I was really looking forward to it. Cascade is a year and a half and is adorable and fun at this age, but it is constant and sometimes unrelenting. So four full days on my own sounded like, dare I say, Christmas. But after the novelty of having time and space to myself wore off, I started to remember that life without a child is not all bliss, relaxation and fun, but that there are times of boredom. I was reminded of the importance of Ordinary Time. Life is not meant to be constantly entertaining or constantly full. But whether by myself or with Cascade I can find peace and meaning in the times in between the big events, like celebrating my dad’s retirement, in-between the important and meaningful church seasons that will soon be upon us. This time of Ordinary Time is not to be hurried, but a time to embrace the mundane and the boring and to find God there as well.

Ordinary Time is when we remember that God shows up in the simplicity of our everyday lives – the laundry that needs to be done, the food that is waiting to be cooked, and the quick grocery run we can’t seem to find time to make. God is present at the end of the day when I finally decide to stop the chores and sit down and my dog eagerly jumps up to finally snuggle, wondering what took me so long. Or when my daughter wakes up in the morning and I want 30 more minutes of sleep, but when I go into her room she is jumping up and down in her crib yelling “Mama” happily. God is in these ordinary moments, ready to bless, ready to infuse his grace and his love, and ready for us to open our eyes to the everyday miracles that make up our lives.

Supporting Sunday school for ages 3-7

Over the last year, a new Sunday School class started downstairs for ages 3-7 or so. The youth group helped clean up and organize the room, and our church bought a few supplies like the wooden dolls used to help share the message each week. It’s a fun class with lots of energetic kiddos who appreciate acting out stories, making music, and plenty of free-play time as they finish art projects or the lesson.

We could still use a little help finishing the room and making it cheerful and usefully equipped, so I started a Wish List on Amazon.com. If anyone is willing to purchase and donate any of the manipulatives, music, or books on the list, we would be glad of your support.

To view the list, click on “Account and Lists”, then “find a list” under the drop-down menu. Under search, type in “St. Andrew’s Sunday School (Tacoma)” and it should come right up. If you have trouble accessing it, you can email me and I can send you direct links to the products as well.

In addition, we could use the following assistance: Help securing a cabinet to a concrete wall, for safety Help putting up a bulletin board, clock, and banner

Help sewing a sheet into a toy shelf cover (to keep kids and dust out until we are ready to play)

A colorful banner to hang on the wall, homemade or bought

If any of these things sounds like something you could help with, or you have questions, please let me know through the Church Office. I think our youngsters have a very special place in our church family and should be nurtured. Thanks for your support!.

Adapted from Lilith Tashner’s
article in the October Tartan

Celtic Faire on Sunday: Worship, Learn, Celebrate

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.

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.