Racism in America: My experience by Sandi Dick

On January 20, 1970, I arrived at JFK Airport in New York. This was my first trip out of my country, Jamaica. The population in Jamaica almost 93.0 percent black, so I was surprised at the number of whites at the airport. I was also apprehensive about how I would be treated, as it was less than two years since Martin Luther King was murdered. While in New York, I completed high school and one year of college but never encountered any racial or cultural situations.

In 1974, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and was transferred to Fort McClellan, Alabama for Basic Training. From October, the month I arrived, until the day I graduated in mid- December, I never left the Post. The black soldiers were advised to remain on base, as there had been assaults on military women, but especially black women. For the first time I began to understand what it was to be afraid because I was black. It’s been 48 years since I arrived in the U.S., and I am an American. I have encountered many incidents of racism and other “isms, not only in the military, but also in the Episcopal Church.

Adapted from Sandi  Dick’s  story
in the February Tartan.
Sandi will facilitate
the February  12 workshop on Ijeoma Oluo!

Strong turnout at our Annual Parish Meeting

Nearly seventy parishioners packed Puddicombe Hall for our Annual Parish Meeting following the nine-o’clock service on Sunday. After a delicious brunch buffet supplied by our Vestry, we got down to business. Fr. Martin had already delivered his “State of the Parish” message during the service.

We gifted and thanked Colin McDaniel, outgoing Senior Warden, and Pam Rhodes for their service. Colin and Pam both spoke eloquently about the spirit of cooperation and focus on this Vestry, and they both urged those who have not yet served to consider running for the Vestry in the future. Outgoing members Virginia Gaub and Kristen Ruscio were thanked in absentia.

We elected three new members to join continuing members Liz Herriges, Don Ramage, Charles Roberts, Susan Rowe and Kristina Younger: Jessica Richards, Hayley Adams, and Ken Rhodes. The Parish also approved the Vestry’s proposal that Vestry membership be limited to eight members for 2018-19. Fr. Martin announced that he had asked Susan Rowe to be his Senior Warden, and that she had agreed to serve in this key position.

2017 alternates Pam Tinsley and Don Ramage will join holdovers Reberta Skinner and Frank Lawler as delegates to Diocesan Convention in 2018. We also elected new alternates Virginia Gaub and Colin McDaniel .

Angela Barr was elected unanimously to join continuing members Wynn Hoffman and Pam Rhodes on the Endowment Committee.

Parish Treasurer Bill Brice outlined the financial state of the parish for 2017 and presented the budget for 2018. Any parishioners who could not attend our meeting can find the pertinent documents in the 2017 Annual Parish Report, available at the Church Office. The Report also contains detailed reports from the leaders of our parish ministries.

Table discussions focused on three questions: 1) What is on your heart about St. Andrew’s? 2) What is your understanding of the Jesus Movement? 3) How could St. Andrew’s participate more actively in the Jesus Movement in 2018? Notes taken by scribe Pam Tinsley will be included in the February Tartan.

Our meeting concluded with a wonderful blessing from Fr. Ed and a rousing version of the Doxology.

DISCLAIMER: This article represents information contained in the Annual Meeting Agenda and the recollections of the Webmaster. For the official record, please see the Minutes of the 2018 Annual Parish Meeting, which will be compiled by Recording Secretary Dianne Koch Stefanko, available through the Church Office, and included in the 2018 Annual Parish Report.

What it means to be the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement

At our Parish Meeting, many folks requested more information about the Jesus Movement. Please visit this web site, or you can watch Michael Curry on video (click below).

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.