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!

Sacred Spaces of Creation – by Colin McDaniel, Senior Warden

Sometimes I find myself looking for a burning bush. It would be convenient if God’s calls were that clear in my life—His own ringtone, so to speak. I might be more apt to pay attention. Of course, the act of looking for burning bushes reveals that I prefer He provide a sign when I am ready.

And forests are one of those places I look for burning bushes. Which is ironic, because if I were to spot flaming flora I should call the park ranger, not my spiritual director. Nonetheless, in sacred spaces of creation I turn to observing and listening, hopeful for a voice or a song that resonates with my creation and imparts something of the mystery of being.

So it was on a camping trip this summer while hiking a path through an old- growth forest that I met a pair of enormous trees: a gigantic cedar and a towering Doug- las fir, standing guard before a knoll of dark, buzzing shadows beneath tightly clumped scrubs and soft, fallen trunks. Awed by the majesty of these titanic sentinels, I stopped to lay my hands upon each tree and listen for its song. I just heard tree. I don’t know what I was expecting. They were impressive, that much was sure, and I felt small next to them. After considering what stories they could tell, if they could speak to me, I went on.

The trail beyond made for arduous hiking. I scrambled over rotten tree trunks cov- ered with thick moss, sprouting huckleberry bushes and young saplings. Spider webs capturing struggling prey were carefully parted so that I could pass. Rustling bunches of salal betrayed the hectic scurrying of some unseen animal beneath. Everywhere around me, the individual participants in the cycle of creation were in the immediate processes of dying, springing, striving, and consuming.

So as I hiked over this hill I noticed the interdependence of everything. I noticed how each being relied upon someone else. One thing was dependent upon another; life was springing from that which had died and rising from that which had fallen. I came to the end of my journey in the forest, and I realized that I was listening for an individual song—a burning bush—when the song was not for one ancient tree, nor for a single per- son. That is not to say that the individual is insignificant, for each individual renews what dies and sustains what follows, but the whole forest sings with the song of creation. Together it is a song, and that song is not for an individual, but to the glory of the Crea- tor.

I think our culture prompts us to look for burning bushes to tell us what individual merit or purpose we have in God’s design. We watch eclipses and climb mountain peaks looking upward and outward for divine broadcasts. What we may fail to recognize is the divine that emanates from us as a worship community. Though I do not find burning bushes when I seek them, I am confident that I and every member of our church are sig- nificant in God’s plan. Like the old-growth forest, St. Andrew’s is fully alive with the building, renewing, and sharing of a religious life that celebrates the glory of God.

Links for vendors and donors for Celtic Faire 2017!

Come join the fun at St. Andrew’s Celtic Faire! If you are interested in becoming a part of our Celtic village and selling your Celtic-related items or crafts,

download a Vendor Application here.

Think about donating an item or an activity to the 2017 St. Andrew’s Celtic Faire Auction!

Donor applications can be downloaded here.

John, Paul, George, Ringo and… King David

Come join us this Monday evening, August 28, at 7:00 PM as we take a favorite Beatles song and put it in conversation with a psalm.

Facilitated by our own Matthew Moravec, this innovative adult class will explore each song’s message and consider where King David and the Fab Four agree, disagree, or offer alternative perspectives on life. 

Come to Celtic Faire, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 8, 10, & 3:30

Our Celtic Faire is a fun, family-oriented festival, celebrating our patron Saint Andrew, Celtic spirituality, and the heritage of the 60 parish families who have roots in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. This year’s Faire will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. The Saturday Faire lasts from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Admission to the Faire is free.

Our entire church building is transformed each year into a festive Celtic village with a Bake Shoppe, Tea Room, and a marketplace where wares for sale include leather items, Celtic jewelry and gifts, quilted and handmade items, and knitted and woven goods.

A Ceilidh – or Celtic talent show – is a big draw with Irish dancers, singers, bagpipers, and storytellers performing on two stages. A member of our congregation demonstrates spinning and weaving, and offers her creations for sale. An ongoing highlight of the Faire is our Vintage Jewelry booth, where all sorts of wonderful finds are offered at bargain prices! There are also activities and games specifically intended for children, and they love to take part!

On Sunday morning, October 22, at 8:00 and 10:00 AM, we celebrate the Calling of the Clans, with Celtic-themed music and pipers. Come worship with us! On Sunday afternoon at 3:30, Christine Sine will deliver a wonderful presentation on Celtic spirituality. And the weekend culminates with the Celtic Faire Banquet, Presentation of the Haggis, and festive auction.

Living out “Loving your neighbor” every day – by Kristen Ruscio

WWJD?? Do you all remember when the phrase, “What would Jesus do?” became very popular among Christian youth in the 1990s? The idea of wearing a bracelet as a reminder to oneself and to others to practice the love of Jesus in our daily lives became a world-wide practice. I find myself believing this type of public act of demonstrating Jesus’s love to be of particular importance in our current political climate. On any given day I can overhear a conversation with “the liberals this” or “the conservatives that”; “the republicans are to blame” or “the democrats are to blame”; “Obama should have done more” or “Trump should be doing more.” Much like Don talked about in last month’s Tartan, I notice we all have a tendency to jump into the conversation, mostly by trying to get our side across, telling the person why our view is right and their belief is wrong, and this spans many topics beyond politics.

As a clinical psychologist, I am fascinated by and study human behavior and the development of beliefs. For all of us, our beliefs are influenced by a plethora of factors: how we were raised, our religious background, specific life experiences, different forms of education, etc. What makes my experiences better or worse than anyone else’s, more right or more wrong than anyone else’s? Thankfully we don’t all need to spend years studying psychology to understand this because Jesus gives us this message over and over throughout the bible. Jesus tells his disciples that the second great commandment is ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:39). I believe taking some time to be silent, as Don mentioned last month, and to listen to the ‘why’ behind someone’s views, can be the type of public acts that demonstrate our belief in the second great commandment.

Over the next month I challenge each of us to reach out to our version of the tax collector or of the sinful woman and try to listen for the ‘why’ behind their beliefs. Maybe it’s someone with a different religious faith than our own, different gender-identity, ethnicity, or race. Maybe it’s someone with seemingly opposite political views, or that one person at work who gets under our skin. Consider how we can use silence to learn and better understand ALL of our neighbors. WWJD?

From Kristen’s article
in the July/August Tartan

Summer Bible Study continues August 13: Women in the Bible

When you think of courageous leaders in the Bible, who comes to mind? Deborah, who led Israel to victory over the Canaanites, or Jael whose actions brought an end to 20 years of oppression? What about Ruth? and Rahab? Did you know that their names appear in the genealogy of Jesus?

Join facilitator Pam Tinsley and the Daughters of the King this summer as we explore in two sessions, “Women of Courage” and “Women Whose Names Appear in the Genealogy of Jesus.” We will hear about their stories of faith and talk about how their stories – and lives – are relevant to ours today.

The Daughters of the King will offer this study on Sunday, July 23 and Sunday, August 13 from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Georgie Chapel.

We will be reading excerpts from the book Women of the Bible to introduce us to these remarkable women. This book is available for less than $10. For information regarding its pur- chase, please contact April Wallace or Pam Tinsley.

Vestry chooses Columbarium artist

When our columbarium was renovated in the course of installing our new elevator, a wall and special lighting was designed for a piece of art to be commissioned to enhance this special space. Last December, Fr. Martin appointed a Columbarium Art Committee (Margo Fleshman – chair, Bill Howe, Virginia Rothenberg, Linda Brice, Martin Yabroff). After an invitation to area artists to submit proposals, the committee reviewed the work and proposals of 6 artists for an art installation, interviewed two in person, and chose one artist. After receiving the endorsement of the Columbarium and Memorial Committees, the Committee presented their recommendations to the Vestry.

In June, the Vestry approved the selection of Jean Tudor for this project and approved a budget of up to $7500. Members and friends of St. Andrew’s will be given an opportunity to contribute towards this art project. Funds from the Memorial Fund are also available.

The chosen artist is Jean Tudor, a nationally known enamellist, and the sister of Peggy Nelson and Don Cameron, whose parents are in the Columbarium. The committee was unanimous in its decision and is looking forward to working with Jean in the coming months.

Adapted from the Tartan article by Margo Fleshman

Fire up for this year’s campout!

This year’s parish campout will be at Manchester State Park, in Port Orchard, on August 11-13. The park is shaded by tall trees and cooled by sea breezes off of Rich Passage. There are trails to hike, the remains of historic battlements to explore, and a launching site for canoes and kayaks. Please make an individual reservation for your campsite for all or part of that weekend.

Campsite #36 (the McDaniels) will serve as the main hub. Bring your guitar, songs, and games to share. There will be an activity Friday night, a potluck dinner with campfire sing-along on Saturday, and a lay-led Morning Prayer service on Sunday. If you are not able to spend the night at the park, you are welcome to drive up and join us for any activity (Discover Pass required). Contact Colin McDaniel for more information.