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.

We still have 7 days to celebrate!

Most people, even believing Christians, assume that the celebration of Christ’s passion and resurrection ends on Easter Sunday. In fact, Easter Day is the beginning of Easter season in the Church calendar! It kicks off fifty days of celebration, where we rejoice in the death of death, and where we look forward to the glorious day when Christ will return and when we and the entire universe will be remade!

From Trinity Episcopal Church in Hamilton, Ohio:

The queen of all the liturgies of the church is the Great Vigil and first Eucharist of Easter. We gather in the tomb-like darkness of Holy Saturday night and, suddenly, a great flame is struck among us. This flame is the new fire of Christ in-breaking among us in the midst of the tomb. The Paschal Candle is lighted from the fire and the celebrant processes throughout the Nave (the part of the church where the pews are – from the Latin word for ship or navy), symbolizing the pillar of fire by which God led the Hebrews out of Egypt toward the promised land. With the first reading from the resurrection narratives all the lights come on and we sing alleluias for the first time since Epiphany season, and we find the church beautifully decorated for Easter with the vestments of white and flowers everywhere. We then joyfully celebrate together the first Eucharist of Easter tide.

Easter tide begins with that first Alleluia at the Great Vigil, continues through the festive Eucharists of the Day of Resurrection, and ends 50 days later on the Day of Pentecost. During this season, the liturgical color is white and liturgies are uplifting and joyful. God has turned us full circle: from the ash heap of our lives of Ash Wednesday He has brought us into fullness of life and joy. God does, indeed, have the final word. The Paschal Candle burns in the church near the font throughout this season and at all baptisms and funerals.

Celebrate the joy and hope of the resurrection!


“Music by Women Composers” has deep roots

Our choir director and organist, Naomi Shiga, talks about how her experiences in music have shaped her choices of composers and performers for the upcoming concert:
Happy Easter! Spring is here, a time of new beginnings. In keeping up with events in the news and culture at large, this spring it seems that many are especially hungry for newness of thought and action. I’ve been especially moved by those in the #MeToo movement, and the March for Our Lives protests held widely last month. Perhaps some of you in our chapter were involved. For me it was wonderful to see children who don’t even have the right to vote yet engaged, raising their voices in hope to protect the lives of children in our time. I feel like that we can see a better future through their actions. 
All of this seems far afield from music. But it is not. When I was 19, I moved to Boston where I spent my first 7 years of life in the United States. Even though I am foreign (my English was much worse then now) and female, the community I found in Boston was made up of people with creative mindsartists, writers, musicians, philosophers—and in my time amongst them I never experienced any kind of segregation. Of course, maybe I was too young and naive to notice anything yet, but I was truly impressed with peoples aim in communicating through art and music removed from barriers, preconceptions, and prejudice. When I played music, there was an air that that was all that was needed to communicate.
As a student I had a number of strong female instructors who served as wonderful role models. Through their teaching I learned of the the predominance of the patriarchy in the history of Western music. It is unavoidable. But I was fortunate to be studying at a time when scholarship was reexamining the role of women in music. Today we have a much better picture of the contributions of women in the past, and a more open environment for female performers and composers. A simple Wikipedia search on “women in music” is revealing. Yet the playing field is still not entirely even. As I meet female colleagues in conversation, both in person and through social media, issues of inequality in hiring and salaries, and unfair treatment of pregnant women and mothers of young children remain a challenge. Likewise, revelations of sexual abuse of both men and women in the world of classical music show that we are not immune from trends in the culture at large. In the years since my time as a student in Boston, I too have experienced bias, prejudice, and inequality in my life as a musician, and so I feel strongly that it is important for each of us to raise our voices, to demand a higher ethical standard. Ultimately music is about communication, and when barriers are removed and we can truly hear one another honestly, great art can flourish.
On April 29 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, I am playing a concert with two fabulous female musicians, Houston Symphony cellist, Shino Hayashi and Noel Burns, principal oboist with our Tacoma Symphony. Together we will present a program of music composed by female composers. We were students at one point, but now we are all mother-musicians and we decided that we would like to do this at this moment. Just like today’s youth marching with the wonderful message that we should protect them and future generations, we would like to do something for women now and for women in the future. In preparing this concert, each of us is finding great depth and beauty in the repertoire and we are eager to learn more of these and other women composers. It is a repertoire we are discovering together and are looking forward to sharing. Just last week I played a number of pieces for church services at St. Andrew’s, and many people commented how much they enjoyed the music. I hope you can make it, and even bring a friend or two to our concert.
Happy Easter everyone! Enjoy the beauty of Tacoma in bloom. Spring is all around!

The Lord is risen indeed!

Our beautiful church was filled with joyous hymns and happy families, as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior at two services on Easter Sunday.
Fr. Martin delivered a message of hope, reminding us in a series of images and stories from scripture and from life, how much the bare branches of winter and hard times of life can become the source of blossoms and hope.
Rev. Meghan presided at 8:00, and Fr. Ed proclaimed the Easter Gospel at 10:00.

After both services, the hospitality teams provided beautiful spreads for our visitors, and kids were racing around Puddicombe Hall, searching out the last remaining Easter eggs.

St. Andrew’s is about open doors and community. If you liked what you experienced on Sunday, come and visit us again!

Final Organ Concert to feature women composers and performers

This year’s final performance of St. Andrew’s Organ Concert Series will be held Sunday, April 29th at 3pm.

The program will feature works for organ, oboe and cello,  composed by women and performed by a trio of outstanding musicians: Noelle Burns, Shino Hayashi, and Naomi Shiga.

Mark your calendar for this not-to-be-missed event and always popular after-concert reception.