Peanuts, Crackerjack, and Fellowship on August 19

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

Join us this Sunday, August 19, at 1:30 PM catch 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 are still available 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 Summer Book Drive a rousing success

All summer the Youth Group conducted a book drive, asking the parish to donate children’s books. Their goal was to have books to distribute for each of the summer Food Bank distributions, which took place the last Wednesday in June, July and August. We are pleased to announce that our youth collected over 300 books and distributed them to needy families who visited our Food Bank.

Congratulations to our youth for a wonderful effort!

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.

Come to Family and Friends Game Night!

Come one, come all on Saturday, November 3, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm for fun, pizza, and prizes.

This event will be geared for all ages. All are welcome to come and play a game with
prizes. Please bring your friends as well! We ask that all families bring a take ‘n’ bake pizza and if you are a single person coming, bring a beverage of your choice to share with everyone.

For more information contact Liz Herriges ([email protected]) or  Rev. Meghan Mullarkey

Quiz Nite to test your knowledge and give you your just desserts

Join us this Saturday, May 5, beginning at 5:30 PM for yet another wild, wooly, and challenging Quiz Nite!

Every spring, St Andrew’s holds a quiz night that is full of fun, merriment, shenanigans,and friendly competition. For this fundraiser, participants each pay an entry fee($12) for a place at a table of approximately 8-10 people. Table captains decide on a theme for their table and provide appropriate table decorations. They also work with the people seated at their table to settle on a potluck menu that fits the theme.

Everyone at that table dresses up in “costume” and brings a potluck dish for the table.Themes can be elaborate or simple.

The quiz (a type of trivia quiz) consists of eight rounds of questions on different subjects; each round is scored before the next begins and posted for all to see. Tables are competing against each other for bragging rights and the right to add a token onto a perpetual (and pretty tacky) trophy.Quiz Night Trophy

At each table there will be an envelope for any additional funds (optional) a person wants to put toward the dessert dash, which is full of all sorts of wonderful desserts. After shared appetizers and eating dinner with your table-mates, the quiz begins!

Before the last round of the quiz, we hold the dessert auction. The table that has collected the most money in its dessert auction envelope gets first choice of the goodies, then the table with the next highest amount gets to go, and so on… until every table has a dessert to enjoy. An award is also given to the table that has executed its theme the best. All monies raised in entryfees and the dessert auction go into St. Andrew’s general fund.

If you don’t have a team, sign up in the Ada Webb Room, and we will help you find one. For more information, please contact Kristina Younger.

Jenny Glass talks about Sunday School teaching and youth ministries

This spring I have been reflecting on the blessing of training the young in faith and on how listening to their interpretations of biblical stories and beliefs can enlighten us older persons.

I have never thought that Sunday school teaching was my calling but after a several years of life as a parent, I realized that this important ministry needs people- whether they believe they have this talent or not. And my few years working with the St. Andrews Sunday school ministry have returned the blessings tenfold- I really appreciated better knowing so many of the youth of the church and have met new people and strengthened friendships as a result of assisting with Sunday school classes.

Thanks to all who provide leadership for our youth, especially our leaders Matthew, Sunday school, and Sunshine, Youth Group, and all the great Sunday school teachers. Last fall, when St. Andrews decided to add the preschool class, we were very short on teachers and assistants and I was concerned about veering away from strict adherence two adults to children ratio in the ‘Safeguarding God’s Children’ guidelines. I thought about speaking up at announcements to ask for more help- but as I looked around the congregation, “altar guild, acolyte, greeter, choir, vestry, lay reader, fellowship”- it seemed like every person in the church was super active in other important ministries, so I decided to stay quiet. Fortunately, St. An- drews didn’t have a Sunday school teacher or assistant shortage for long as a variety of individuals took on this ministry in addition to their other volunteerism in the church. My thanks to everyone who has worked or prayed for the youth education ministry here.

I also wanted to sincerely thank Melissa for her time working in the nursery— a resource that I would have loved had it been available when I first came to St. Andrews as a new mother to Marcos. I was grateful to see via the position announcement that St. Andrews still views this as an important ministry of the church. And speaking of my teen, I also strongly appreciate the interest and open welcome that people show him when he makes his rare appearances at church this past year- this is as powerful for him as any sermon or Sunday school lesson could be.