Treat the princess in your life to High Tea

The Celtic Faire Tea Room will offer three settings on Saturday, October 21, at 11:00, 12:30, and 2:00 PM. Treat that special person in your life, be she grandmother or granddaughter to tea with all the trimmings in a wonderful setting, where our waitstaff will do everything in their power to ensure that you have a wonderful experience. Celtic Fair Tea

Scottish Country Dancers will dance and teach!!

The Scottish Country Dancers, Tacoma, will be featured in this year’s Celtic dance program, performing on the Big Stage upstairs from 1:00 until 2:30. They will perform and then invite all interested future dancers to join them on stage and learn some of the basics. See them perform the Selkirk Settlers dance here.

Here is the complete schedule for our Ceilidh (entertainment) on October 21:


Come join the fun at this year’s Celtic Faire. Admission is free!!

The Scottish Country Dancers’ Fall Class Schedule
The plan is to continue dancing on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays of the month from 4-6 pm at Studio 6 Ballroom, 2608 6th Ave.  Cost is $7 (or $40 for all 6 lessons)  and just $5 for beginners.  Dates: Sept. 24th, Oct. 8th, 22nd, 29th, Nov. 12th and 26th, and Dec. 10th (Holiday Dance Party, not included in series price.)

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What it means to be a good steward

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word STEWARDSHIP? Things like: “Oh it is fall again.”, or “All they talk about is money, all the time they want more money.” But have you ever thought about stewardship in terms of all of life, in general?

Being a good steward is being trustworthy and mindful of the best interests of others, thinking about family life and the world around you. Preserving the environment is stewardship. Having a budget /financial plan in your household is stewardship. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is stewardship. Have you thought about stewardship in terms of your interpersonal relationships? Working against bullying is stewardship. Protecting youngsters against dangers in life is stewardship. Remember the adage, “Do unto others the way you want them to do unto you.” This is all being a good steward, a good steward of God’s creation and all that entails.

Our theme this year is: “You are the light of the world” from Matt 5:14a In consideration that our church mission statement is “to know Christ and to make Christ known”, we would like you to think about how “You are the light of the world” . Some questions to meditate on:

1. What does being a part of St. Andrew’s congregation mean to you?
2. How does St. Andrew’s help you grow spiritually?
3. How does St. Andrew’s help you serve others?
4. How does St. Andrew’s shape the rest of your week?
5. What does “being the light of the world” mean to you?

Calling all kids to the St. Andrew’s Organ Adventure

On Saturday, October 14, from 10:00 AM until Noon, children grades 1 to 6 and their parents are invited to a morning of discovering about the organ. Led by Naomi Shiga and Jonathan Wohlers, participants will learn about the history of organ, its construction. The class will begin at 10:00 with the introduction accompanied by donuts and milk. Participants will also have opportunity to sing, to play, and even to listen to a little concert (listening to a range of styles from famous organ pieces to Disney music!). And there will be prizes! At the end of the morning, the class will close with an “Organ Quiz” and three winners will receive an ice cream shop certificate! Please invite any kids you know to this event. It should be a lot of fun! (FYI, adults with the “spirit of children” are also welcome to this adventure with our organ!)

Swiss virtuoso Mark Fitze to launch Organ Concert Series 2017-18

The virtuosity of the Swiss organist Mark Fitze will be featured on  Sunday, October 1, at 3:00 PM, in the opening concert of the 2017-18 St. Andrew’s Episcopal Organ Concert Series.

After studying at the Music Academy of Basel, Switzerland, and the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Fitze received his Masters in Music and Solo Performance under the tutelage of Guy Bovet in Basel. He has played some of the most famous venues in the world. His concerts on organ and harmonium have been acclaimed by reviewers from Japan to the Ukraine.

You can hear audio and video recordings on his web site.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the great young organists of our time! Admission is free, but we welcome donations in support of the Organ Concert Series.

Music and dancers from the Celtic Faire, 2015!

There is a brief commercial interlude before the video begins. Thanks to the Tacoma News Tribune for this wonderful report!

Tonight’s class offers fascinating book study on “Being Christian”

Please join us tonight, Monday, October 2, at 7:00 PM in the Ada Webb Room for the final class in an informative four-part series on what it means to be a Christian. The discussions will center around  a wonderful book written by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, one of the great religious thinkers and communicators of our time. The focus will be the meaning and practice of prayer.

Please join us for this important book study, to be led by Fr. Martin. Copies of Being Christian are available at the Church Office for $10 or through Amazon or other booksellers.

Now, more than ever, it is essential to know what we Christians believe, why we believe it, and what values and practices all Christians share. We are a Christian community living in the middle of the “None Zone,” where a majority of the population says “none” when asked to describe their religion. Believing in God is mocked as “magical thinking.” A majority of youth in this area have no experience with the great stories of the Bible and only indirect exposure to Christian ethics. Here’s a chance to learn more about what baptism means to us, how we read the Bible, and why the Eucharist and prayer are so central to our spiritual journeys, so that we can communicate with our neighbors whose images of Christianity are shaped by the media and social media.

How to spend a weekend with Christ!

Could you use spiritual revitalization? A spiritual shot in the arm? Or a short retreat with Christ? If so, then consider Come and See, Go and Tell. Come and See is the Diocese of Olympia’s expression of the Cursillo ministry.

During the weekend retreat you will have opportunities to:

come and experience God’s unconditional love;
come and feel the transforming power of God’s healing and grace; come and learn how to live out your baptism in everyday life; and come and share your story of faith;

Watch this inspiring video with Bishop Greg Rickel!

The next weekend is October 20-22 at Dumas Bay Conference Centre in Federal Way and further spiritual growth evolves through on-going participation in small group activities.

More information and an application may be found at the Come and See website.

Pam Tinsley, Reberta Skinner, Virginia Gaub and Dave Tinsley will be happy to answer any questions you might have about Come and See!

When King David met the Fab Four – by Matthew Moravec

How can we as Christians respond to pop culture? Historically, some have sought to completely avoid it (“Don’t go to the movies!”), while others uncritically absorb it (“It’s just entertainment!”). This past August, our adult education class explored a third way of approaching pop culture: to converse with it. Each week we took a different Beatles song and put it in conversation with one of the psalms. It turns out that we can learn a lot from songs like “Nowhere Man” or “Eleanor Rigby,” while also discovering that the psalms offer additional insight and correction to the Fab Four’s perspectives on life. Our discussions were lively and engaging!