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.

You don’t have to be rich to sparkle!

St. Andrew’s 11th Annual Celtic Faire will be October 20-21. As a part of the Celtic Faire we offer a Second Time Around Jewelry store on the 20th.

We are thankful for those who have already donated jewelry items, but we need more! We take all types of jewelry— women’s men’s, children’s (in great shape or broken, new and used). So it’s time to clean out the jewelry you haven’t worn for years! All the proceeds from the jewelry store are donated to St. Andrew’s for mission and ministries. Contact Linda Brice for more information—or just bring it by the church office.

Learn about Small Groups this Sunday between services

There will an informational gathering for Small Groups on Sunday, September 23rd at 9:15 am in Puddicombe Hall (downstairs).  The plan is for the new small groups to begin to meet in October and continue through mid-December.

Last winter two small groups met at St. Andrew’s. It was a great time for community and spiritual growth. This fall we will mix things up again. Whether you did a small group last winter or are curious about checking it out – you are welcome to sign up for the new small groups forming this fall!

There will be a sign up sheet in the Ada Webb room for all interested parishioners. There will also be an option to circle if you are interested in studying something in particular together. Possible options include – A History of Christianity (through video), Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, What is the Bible, Rethinking Incarceration, and Racial Justice.

I encourage you to think about joining a small group in the fall whether you have been going to St. Andrew’s for years or just started coming. Small groups are great a way to care for one another, get to know each other on a deeper level, and grow in your spiritual life.

Adapted from the Tartan
article by  Rev. Meghan Mullarkey

Update from your Kitchen Team

We have heard you! And, we appreciate your insights about our parish kitchen, its current limitations and how it could and should be used. Thank you for taking the time to complete our questionnaire.

There appears to be agreement among those who have experienced cooking, serving and cleaning in our kitchen, that the major appliances are inadequate and in need of an upgrade. Comments included: “oven is slow”, “refrigerator is not good”, “refrigerator is too small”, “sink is hard to use”, “need continued availability of a sink for hand washing”, “dishwasher is old”, “inadequate ventilation.”

Although some responded that work space was adequate, others stated the work space is inadequate (“poorly designed, needs help”, “inefficient”, “cramped” and “too compact”) and that we need more storage areas.

Other comments concerned utilities and safety issues. One person noted that “coffee makers have to be moved around or a fuse will blow” and that we need an “electric upgrade”. Another mentioned “health violations” as an issue.

What happens behind the scenes in the preparation of those delicious meals that we enjoy at Celtic Faire and other special events? Personally, I had no idea. The food is great and there is always a smiling team of volunteers, from the chefs to the cleaning crew. Then I volunteered to help, and gained an appreciation for what it takes to produce a meal for 100 people in a kitchen equipped with residential-grade appliances, in an area too cramped for the number of people it takes to do all the work! Remembering this experience, I do appreciate one person’s questionnaire comment, “I am also concerned that the push to replace has been more about frustrations with its limitations than from a particular vision for why a new kitchen will enable us to do x, y, or z.”

Which brings us to an important point to consider in our kitchen improvement effort. We  must keep in mind the mission of St. Andrews: “To know Christ and make Christ known.”
Thus, as we embark upon this project, we must ask ourselves, “What role does our parish kitchen play in carrying out this mission?” This was the subject of our most recent team meeting, during which we discussed all the food-centric events that bring us together as a parish. There were numerous suggestions on how an upgraded kitchen would enable us to expand such gatherings. The team, plus your questionnaire responses suggested: weekly or monthly family night with a meal prior to meetings/activities such as youth group, choir practice, Bible study, etc; regular Sunday lunches and quarterly meals that incorporate education.

These are enticing ideas for our parishioners, but the big question remains, “How would a renovated kitchen help us reach out to the greater community and in so doing make Christ known?” As one questionnaire response so aptly stated: “Food and fellowship always go together, so anytime food can be offered is a chance to bring people in to hear the Gospel message”. Other suggestions:the kitchen facilities could be used for wedding receptions, more non-profit groups, scouts, Phoenix Housing, or a soup kitchen.

With all this in mind, where do we go from here? This is not a question easily answered by a handful of people. As Father Martin said at the congregational meeting, “The kitchen belongs to all of you.” There are options to explore, and as the Kitchen Team continues their work, we will beconsidering all possibilities. Do we fix just the basics (replace major appliances)? Do we expand the footprint, and if so, how much? Or do we build a kitchen that will encompass everything? Of course, any options must include, at the very least, health department recommendations/ requirements and utility upgrades. We will be discussing all this informally with a kitchen design consultant in order to answer the biggest question – How much will all this cost?

We welcome your thoughts and ideas….plus a bit of prayer for guidance and wisdom as we  travel this journey.

Organ Adventure: A Field Trip for All Ages

For this year’s “Organ Adventure” we will visit Paul Fritts’s workshop (630 121stStreet East, Tacoma) where our organ was built, right here in Tacoma! We will see how the process of how organs are made in the actual place where this magic happens, and everything will be revealed by the organ builders themselves.

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20 at the Paul Fritts & Co. workshop, have donuts together with the organ builders, and then they will give us a tour of the wood shop, the metal shop, the pipe shop, the design studio, and the erection space where the next organ to be delivered is being assembled.

Kids who attend this event will receive a St. Andrew’s Organ tote bag (adults can purchase them at the event for $30). Please invite your friends. While the “OrganAdventure” is for children, we also welcome adults who are still “kids” at heart. To re-serve your space, please e-mail me at [email protected] or sign up on the sign-up sheet in the Ada Webb room.

Listening to Jesus the Teacher by Jessica Richards

A few Saturdays ago, I had the privilege of traveling with friends from St. Andrew’sdown to Olympia to hear our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak. To my surprise, instead of giving a formal address, the format of the gathering was a Q&A, with the audience supplying handwritten questions. Naturally, many in attendance had a plethora of questions for him—ranging from his views on current events to how he got chosen to preach at the recent royal wedding. However, probably the biggest topic he addressed was the Jesus Movement.

In fact, one of the things that struck me throughout the conversation was how time and time again, whatever the topic, Bishop Curry continued to turn the conversation back to Jesus—and specifically his teachings. “We need to pay more attention to the Teaching Jesus,” he told the crowd at St. John’s. In our church cycle of worship, we often focus onand celebrate the big events of Jesus’s life—his birth, death, resurrection, and ascension—but his days of teaching and talking were every bit as important, as Bishop Curry reminded us.

Why is the “teaching Jesus” significant? Well, for one thing, it’s not very hard to beChrist-like when we are primarily focused on “Baby Jesus;” though the message of “God with us” is beautiful and important, it doesn’t require much of us. Conversely, the suffering and dying Jesus can be so intense and emotional that it can be hard to find our place in the story. Are we the disciples who fled? The one who denied him? Are we the soldiers who crucified him? It can be easier just to keep the whole story at arm’s length.

“Teaching Jesus” is different, because in spite of the miracles, nothing else shows off his humanity so well. He gets tired and hungry; he is cranky and sometimes straight up angry! He makes jokes and attends parties. He calls out the corruption and indiffer- ence of the religion in his day. But most of all, he loves people. Jesus the teacher wasn’tjust interested in having a crowd of followers who knew how to parrot his teaching back to him; he spoke in riddles and stories, and used hyperbole and dramatic irony to surprise his audience. More than that, he didn’t simply care about their minds or souls. He cared equally about their bodies, by feeding them and healing them.

“Teaching Jesus” spent time with the lowliest of his day—people that the “good religious people” of his time would never have associated with (and in fact prided them-selves on avoiding!). He cared for the sick and the poor. He told people to love their enemies and pray for them, rather than hate them. Jesus also welcomed the presence of children; he blessed them, fed them, and healed them. He also used children as an illustration: “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:14 NIV) He alsogoes on to say “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes
me.” (Mark 9:37 NIV) Jesus is clearly full of compassion for the well-being of others—as should his followers be.

Given the current divisive climate not only of our nation, but even of those who are Christians, it seems to me that Bishop Curry is right. We could all use some time focusing on the “Teaching Jesus” and listening to what he has to say—and then following it! If anyone could heal our divisions and bring our nation some much-needed hope, it is Jesus. (And, Lord willing, those who follow his teachings.)