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.

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.

“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.

The Lord is risen indeed!

Last night we kindled the Pascal Candle from our courtyard bonfire and then heard some of the greatest stories from our scriptures, as St. Andrew’s community and friends kept watch until the Good News arrived. Come join us this morning at 8:00 or 10:00 for a  joyous Easter service!

St. Andrew’s to host ten congregations for a moving community service

“The Cross as a challenge to the world’s power” will be the theme for this Friday, March 30, noon service, as Christian congregations from across the area will gather to celebrate Jesus’s power to forgive, to give of oneself, and to listen.

The following congregations are co-sponsors:

  1. Fircrest Presbyterian Church
  2. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Tacoma
  3. Grace Baptist Church, Tacoma
  4. Greater Heights Church of God in Christ, Tacoma
  5. Mason United Methodist Church, Tacoma
  6. Mount Cross Lutheran Church, University Place
  7. Neighborhood Church (Assemblies of God), University Place
  8. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fircrest
  9. Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tacoma
  10. Saint Joseph-Saint John Episcopal Church, Lakewood
  11. United Church in University Place (United Church of Christ / United Methodist)

Three speakers will offer brief reflections on Jesus’ way of living:

  • Pastor Dave Roberts, Grace Baptist church – The power to forgive
  • Pastor Cathlynn Law, United Church in University Place – The power to give of oneself
  • Pastor Meghan Mullarkey, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – The power to listen

We will also be singing some of the great, old hymns! Please join us and bring a friend!

For more information, contact Pastor Martin Yabroff at St. Andrew’s (253-225-5128).

St. Andrew’s offers eleven encounters with Jesus during Holy Week

We throw our doors wide-open to all, beginning on Palm Sunday, March 25, for a moving series of services and studies that allow you to experience the incredible story of our Savior! Please join us and bring a friend!

Holy Week Services

Still time to experience Jean Tudor art exhibit, “A Song of Creation”

A Song of Creation, a Biblical canticle in Anglican and Roman Catholic liturgy depicting glory of Creation, has been depicted by artist Jean Tudor in enamel on copper as 17 dramatically colored plaques. This stunning work is on display at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church through March (during Lent). It is in the Church by the Baptismal Font.  (Jean Tudor is the creator of our new Celtic Cross in the parish Columbarium.)

Jean Tudor’s calling is as an enamellist working with glass, metal and a kiln. She has taught workshops here and abroad and her work has been included in exhibitions in the USA, Germany, Spain, Chile, Japan, Mexico and France. Jean teaches workshops at home and at the Tacoma Metal Arts Center, and regularly teaches enameling in the Summer and the October programs at the Grünewald Guild, an art/faith center in the Cascade Mountains where she has been named a Guild Master. She is married to a retired Episcopalian minister whose work has led them to live on the West coast, the East coast, the Midwest, and in Colombia. Jean is now back “home” in Western Washington.

About this installation, the artist writes: “The Benedicite, Omnia Opera Domini depicts aspects of this song of praise which is included in The Prayerbook of the Episcopal Church within the Morning Prayer service. The Song of the Three Young Men sung by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego while in the fiery furnace contains such beautiful imagery. In a way it parallels the Genesis creation story. But this is Creation up and running, and the song invites all of God’s Creation to bless God and magnify God forever. It sweeps through the galaxies with its changing imagery provided by Hubble photos. It tells of the variety of weather, and the rhythm of darkness and light as portrayed by Mercator maps with lines that move as the new day dawns. The song brings to mind Creation that always continues, with all sorts and conditions of humans helping in their small ways with the making of their tools and artifacts, and their creative ideas. And it calls on all, past and present, to praise and magnify the Lord. What a magnificent invitation!”

The song of Creation may be found in our Book of Common Prayer as Canticles 1 and 12 (pages 47 & 88).

St. Andrew’s Youth to attend Black Panther

As part of St. Andrew’s celebration of Black History Month, our Youth Group will enjoy pizza with all the trimmings this Sunday for lunch, courtesy of Don Bishop, and then journey to the AMC Lakewood  to catch the 2:00 PM showing of the acclaimed superhero film Black Panther.

The film, based on a comic-book superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, tells the story of T’Challa, king and protector of the fictional African nation called Wakanda. Along with possessing enhanced abilities achieved through ancient Wakandan rituals of drinking the heart shaped herb, T’Challa also relies on his proficiency in science, rigorous physical training, hand-to-hand combat skills, and access to wealth and advanced technology to combat his enemies.

Although there is some resonance with the radical Black Panther Party of the Sixties, this film evokes a world that black audiences are embracing as a positive cultural icon for black experiences in the U.S. Please read this article from Christianity Today to get some idea of the film’s impact.

If your child is interested in joining this outing, contact Sunshine DeGennaro, our youth leader.