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.


St. Andrew’s invites you to the 92nd annual Epiphany Lunch

Please join us on January 6 at 10:00 AM for the 92nd Annual Epiphany Luncheon, a festive gathering of the Episcopal women of Pierce County, hosted by the women of St. Andrew’s.

For over 90 years the women of the Episcopal churches of Pierce County have been gathering to celebrate Epiphany each year on the Saturday nearest to January 6th.  This was originally a function of the formal group known as Episcopal Church Women. With the changes in society many churches no longer have a formal ECW thus the luncheon now is promoted as a gathering of ALL WOMEN of the Episcopal Church. Guests from other areas and men are also welcome to attend.

The schedule for the day usually runs something like this: We gather at 10 AM and celebrate Holy Communion followed by a guest speaker and lunch. We are especially honored to have the Rev. Judith McDaniel as our guest speaker for 2018.

The highlight of the lunch is the Epiphany cake and the drawing of symbols which designate special tasks the women will work on for the next year.  Each Church represented will have a project to work on and report back at the next year’s luncheon. It is wonderful to hear of the creative ways people come up with to share love with those around them. An example of the symbols and tasks are:  Thimble=  a missionary project involving sewing;  A Cross= be available for prayer for special needs and/or set aside a regular time for study;  an Anchor= perform a service to aid an institution which offers ‘hope” to others.;  a Heart = perform acts of kindness and charity for someone during the year; a Dime= make the dime grow and bring the proceeds back to the next luncheon to be contributed with the offering of the day to a charity.

If you have never attended an Epiphany Luncheon in Pierce County this would be a great year to begin. We want this long standing tradition to continue into the next generations, so invite the younger women in your life to join us for a festive, fun, informative, and spiritual day.

The Fabulous Folders

There are many ministries at St. Andrew’s that are “behind the scenes” — those people who are dedicated to ministries that most people may not even know exist. One of these groups is the Fabulous Folders. These volunteers come to the church office once a month to fold and label the Tartans in preparation to be mailed. The volunteers include Peggy Nelson, Peggy Woods, Margo Fleshman, Niki Weekes, Shirley Morton, Christy and Charlie McDaniel, Devena Thomsen, Ann Morgan, Reberta Skinner, Virginia Rothenberg, Carol Baarsma, Virginia Gaub and Sue Lester. Each month you will find 6 or 8 of these women in Fr. Martin’s office sharing life stories, life lessons and laughing — lots of laughing!

Thank you to these dedicated Fabulous Folders!

Keep calm and hear sweet young voices raised in song

Join us tonight, Monday, December 18, at 6:45 PM at the Proctor Starbuck’s for a warm, soothing holiday drink.  Then we will walk a block over to Mason United Methodist Church where the Tacoma Youth Chorus will perform their Candlelight Concert, with beautiful hymns, songs, poems, and scripture. (The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For the best seats, it would be advisable to arrive no later than 7:10 PM.)

This is the final event in a three-evening Advent experience designed by Rev. Meghan and Pam Tinsley to be the perfect antidote for the frenzy, stress and crass consumerism of Christmas.

We already enjoyed two  peaceful and beautiful Compline services, combined with individual prayer and meditation, which helped us open our hearts to the meaning of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

If you haven’t heard the Youth Chorus, you are in for an amazing experience. These kids practice diligently every week for a period of years, performing locally with the Tacoma Symphony and other professional groups.
The advanced choirs are accomplished enough to tour and sing in cathedrals and churches across Europe.  The enthusiasm of these young people and the sweet harmony of their voices will restore your faith in humanity. Learn more about them on their web site here.

What is a parish nurse? by Cindy Wolfer, RN, MSN

I have been the parish nurse here for approximately 14 years and would like to take this opportunity to share more about parish nursing with you. A parish or faith community nurse is a licensed registered nurse who has completed a training program for Faith Community Nurses. I focus on promoting health and wellness among the congregation in the areas of the mind, body, and spirit. Parish Nurses do not provided hands on care such as dressing changes but do serve as a minister of health, educator, resource, advocate, counselor and consultant as well as a facilitator. I work in collaboration with the Parish Care Team and the priests. The second Sunday of the month I am available between services in the library to take your blood pressure and to listen to your concerns regarding your health. Please feel free to stop by on that day or talk with me at other times before or after church. To contact me: [email protected]

Celebrating our Celtic Faire!

Our 10th Celtic Faire was a great success! Almost 300 people visited our church to shop and eat and watch and learn. Community members were excited to visit our faire and so grateful to us for the opportunity. The final figures shared at the November 19 wrap-up meeting indicate that we made over $10,ooo to use for our parish and community ministries!

The faire would not have been possible without the help and participation of so many members who invited friends, baked Scottish goodies, posted posters, donated auction items, cooked delicious food, washed lots of dishes, and so much more.

Several members have been working for months to make it all possible. Pam Tinsley & team publicized our faire, and Dave Tinsley booked an amazing lineup of talent and kept our website up to date. Linda Brice once again transformed our Nursery to the 2nd Time Around jewelry shop – something people come back year after year to visit, and Bill Brice continues to keep our finances organized. Rena Girard helped us to celebrate all the different clans of St. Andrew’s. Susan Rowe headed our very popular Bake Shoppe, and Sandy Dick led a team to feed hungry visitors at the Lunch Shoppe. Jeffrey Boyce recruited talented vendors who provided great shopping opportunities. As usual, our tea room was an elegant stop for many thanks to the leadership of Reberta Skinner, Ann Morgan, and Jessica Richards. Shirley Morton and her team welcomed visiting kids with fun activities. Ken & Pam Rhodes led a team who prepared an amazing lamb dinner, and Kristina Younger, Jean Lubkin and their team put on a great auction. The Rev. Meghan Mullarkey organized a dynamic team of youth and adults to serve the dinner. Norbert Herriges & his team started setting it all up on Thursday and finished the last of the clean up on Monday. Many thanks to this amazing leadership team!

Plan ahead for next year – our faire is tentatively set for October 20th & 21st, 2018!

Adapted from the Tartan article
by Liz Herriges, our fearless leader!

Small group initiative off to a promising start

The small-group community initiative, led by Rev. Meghan, kicked off on Sunday, June 14, with an informative get-together. The first phase of small groups is a rousing success, with about 35 congregants, about one third of our parish, signed up.

Small groups at St. Andrews will be a gathering place for congregants to meet regularly in order to get to know one another more deeply and grow in their understanding of love of God, neighbor, and self. Its purpose is to draw the St. Andrew’s community together in a more intentional and intimate way throughout the week.

The small groups would have two phases. The first phase would be focused on each member sharing their spiritual biography (a template will be provided). For those who wish to continue there will be second phase and would involve the group deciding what their focus would be going further ie. a book, prayer, a spiritual practice, social justice issue to explore, etc).

At first we would hope the groups would meet weekly, but then moving to bi-weekly would be an option. There will be a break in June (for those who continue with the second phase) for the summer. We will re-shuffle the groups starting in the fall and re-open the opportunity to the community.

You can email Rev. Meghan here to sign up for the next opportunity to join a group.  If you have any questions, or if you would like a copy of the full customary that goes into more detail about the groups, feel free to talk with Rev. Meghan or Fr. Martin.

Immanuel Presbyterian to host Interfaith Service of Gratitude

On Tuesday, November 21, at 7:00 PM, the people of all faiths from the Puget Sound region are invited to join together in a celebration of gratitude on the occasion of Thanksgiving. The annual event is sponsored by Associated Ministries.

Immanuel Presbyterian Church is opening their doors wide for this great event. They are located at 901 N. J St.