Auction Tickets on Sale -
Space NeedleTickets go on sale this Sunday for the Annual Grateful Bids Auction to be held at St. Andrew's on May 18. The booth at coffee hour will also have volunteer opportunities and procurement forms for you donated items. Beginning this week, items can be dropped off at the church.
We are reducing the number of items offered in the silent auction, but we are still looking for fabulous new donations. We will no longer accept used items unless they have antique value.
We are also looking for wonderful community-building experiences. Do you want to host a Mad Men 1962 cocktail party? Perhaps cook up an ethnic meal? Maybe your volunteer group wants to offer a window-washing party. Be creative!
This event has sold out two weeks in advance the past two years, so sign up early. Don't miss the party of the year!
Love Mercy, Do Justice
Saturday May 4, 2013
Love Mercy, Do Justice is a one-day conference for churches from across the Diocese of Olympia to explore the connection between works of mercy and the larger call to work for justice.
The day features the Rev. Anna Olson who will deliver an interactive keynote address exploring the concept of "Moving From Charity to Justice" within the context of parish life and parish ministries. Anna is the rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. She has served as the Los Angeles director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and is the author of several articles including "Practicing the Justice of God."
The day begins with Morning Prayer at 9 AM and ends with a social hour at 4:15 p.m.
Following the interactive keynote, small group sessions will focus on the concrete steps necessary for churches to self-reflect on their ministries and move toward a justice-focused model. A panel of local voices from the community will address three pressing social issues – the economic crisis, climate change, and the cultural shift of ethnicities and classes. Opportunities for networking among church teams and with our keynote and panel speakers will be incorporated throughout the day.
The conference is open to all those committed to justice and peace.
For more information and to register visit lovemercydojustice.org or email us at .
Musings from Marcia
By now we have been through Lent, Holy Week and the great transformation of the Easter Resurrection. During difficult times in my life, the story of events preceding and following the rolling away of the stone has been an incredible comfort and teacher. The pattern of trying to change things I "can't live with", failing on some human level, and then feeling broken, exiled and hopeless ring true. When I fight what I see as a losing battle I often do feel friendless and as if I've been forsaken. I might bury myself in activities that allow me to withdraw from the pain. Eventually though even this fails. I find myself feeling as if I'm lost in darkness, a place of both fear and emptiness that I'm sure I'll never get out of. It seems I have to enter this place before the mystery takes place. Before I notice I can breathe again, before some unseen and powerful force seems to reach into my very being. It truly is as if the boulder of my despair is physically rolled away and I begin to notice light. I once again feel hopeful. I experience myself as being seen, witnessed for all of who I am, re-connected with others, with myself and with God.
When my mother got sick I tried so hard to keep her alive. I visited often. I urged her to make changes in her living situation, which I believed would contribute to a longer life for her. I championed her ability to fight her way back to health. I didn't want her to die. When she eventually did pass away, I heralded her release into joy. I spent time with family and friends and celebrated all that she'd brought to my life. I buried myself in my work and activities with family and friends. It turns out I also buried my grief. As I grew more and more irritable, a sense of almost floating above myself and of being severed from my true joy crept into me as I began to distance myself from friends and family.
And then one Sunday evening as I sat in our church, eyes closed and surrounded by the Taizé chant of "Jesus Christ: yesterday, today and forever," I began to weep. To enter into that dark place I'd worked so hard to avoid. As the tears flowed, I remembered the experience of seeing a hummingbird hovering at my window shortly after my mother's passing. In the pulsing of its wings I'd felt both my mother's suffering and her release into the light of new unfettered spirit. I cried harder, releasing within me this same mixture of unbearable suffering and incredible joy at the life I'd had with her. The sun filtered through the stained glass windows and as I walked up to take Eucharist I noticed those I passed by reached toward me with their eyes, showing compassion and care. In that moment of noticing my connections, that I wasn't as alone as I'd felt, my resurrection experience was complete.
We are told to everything there is a season. While that feels true to me, I also know that the seasons are inexorably intertwined with each other, they need each other, they take sustenance and growth and completion from their interrelatedness. For me, the Easter story, the church seasons, the physical changes that happen to us as humans and that cycle in nature throughout the year are woven together into a wonderful, continuous pattern of the pulsing opening and closing of life and death, of suffering and joy, of despondency and hope. My Easter wish for myself, and for us all, is to be able to enter into both the incredible brokenness and suffering in the world, and to anticipate and experience the resurrection promise of reunion and renewal. May we continue to experience the love of Christ Jesus in each moment of yesterday, today and forever.
PRAYERS FOR SHUT INS AND THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Your prayers are asked for our shut ins and continued healing and strength for those of our parish who are ill. We especially ask you to remember this week – Suzie Bradshaw, Ruth Adams, Judy Madison, Young Soon Lim, Jay Groh, Stu Novak, Mary Cowan, Steve Winkelmann, Pat Williams, Rosa Ebsary, Jan Viguers, Randy Garman, Carol Ford, Sharon Crawford, Sheila Newman, Margo Smith, Fran Mairs, Patricia Bryant, Mike Sipes, Rose Lyon, Elna Morgan, Sven & Bernie Couch, Julie Murfin, Marilyn L'Esperance, Kathy Franklin, Peter Hudson, Carole Sassaman, Debbie Fobes, Anne Davis, and Karen Chartier.
We are asking everyone who attends the 10 a.m. service to consider taking a turn at being a Sunday coffee host. This opportunity for hospitality ministry is really simple and greatly appreciated by everyone…following are the simple procedure for hosts:
If you have any questions, please call Ruby at the church office 206-523-7476
Signup sheets can be found at the "Welcome Table" in the Parish Hall.
Thanks to all who have served so far in 2013!
Welcome Brunch for Visitors and New Members
On Sunday May 5th following the 10 a.m. service the staff and Welcome Committee will be hosting a brunch in the church library. All visitors and new members are invited to attend and enjoy a delightful brunch, ask questions, and meet the staff. For planning purposes, please RSVP by signing at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings or call the church office 206-523-7476 or email Ruby at
Children are welcomed to attend or if nursery care is needed please indicate that in your RSVP.
These quarterly brunches are a wonderful way to hear all about the programs that are offered at St. Andrew's..we hope you can attend and WELCOME!
Ladies Night Out Peppers
Save the date, and plan to join in the fun as we share and learn more about some great Mexican recipes. Plan to bring a favorite appetizer – guacamole, pico de gallo, nachos; a favorite dish – chicken mole, enchiladas, chilles rellenos, or watch for a signup sheet in the Parish Hall to bring ingredients for a taco salad bar, or perhaps you will discover a flan recipe for dessert. Bringing a favorite beverage is also encouraged. More information will be available as the day draws near. Please contact Connie Carlson, for questions.
The Magazine Rack in the Parish Hall is an opportunity to recycle the magazines you have read to be enjoyed by other parish members and are very much appreciated by our Jubilee Dinner guests.
Margaret Starbird at St. Andrew's on Tuesday, April 9!
Spring Gentle Yoga Series Starts Next Week!
Upcoming Forums, 11:45-12:30, in the Library
April 14, Author's Forum on novel Rabboni, My Love, with June Kerr
April 28, Sunday Forum on Cuba with Sharon Wilson
Spring Classes, April 17 to May 15, 7 pm
African Drumming with Tyler Richart Tyler
A Council of All Beings, Saturday, April 20, 7 pm
Introduction to Centering Prayer, Saturday, May 4
Spring Coffee House, May 31
Icon Workshop: A Brush with God, June 19-22
Iconographer Peter Pearson will give each student step-by-step instructions to start and complete an icon of Mary Magdalene. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (June 19-21), 7:00-9:30pm, Saturday, June 22, 9:30am-4:30pm. Register by May 16 for early registration fee of $295. After that, $325.
All are Welcome at The Center!
Earth Sunday Zero Waste Coffee Hour, Sunday, April 21
In observance of Earth Day April 22, 2013. St. Andrew's Creation Keepers will serve coffee and tea in ceramic cups as well as organic and local treats (as much as possible), and volunteers will be positioned at waste stations to help parishioners sort the waste into correct bins. All parishioners are invited to ask questions about waste disposal at St. Andrew's.
ProUse Produce This coffee hour will also feature St. Andrews's food ministry Pro-Use Produce dried fruit. Pro-Use Produce dehydrates and sells donated fruit to support its mission to provide dependable access of nutritious food to children and families in need. Currently, Pro-Use Produce donates fresh and dried fruit to Hunger Intervention Program's HIP Pack Program providing children needed dependable food support over the weekend when school meals are unavailable.
or email John Iglesias:
TEEN FEED IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH
Through the Teen Feed program, St. Andrew's provides a hot meal for homeless teens on the third Wednesday of each month. In February we served meals to 51 guests; in March there were 54 guests.
For more information about the Teen Feed program, contact Kathy Nichols at 425-743-7244 or .
Happy Easter from all of us at George! Our deepest thanks to all of you who gave in the St. Andrew's special offering on Easter to help get our worship community started here in Lake City. We anxiously await the arrival of Sarah Munroe as our new vicar July 1st and the start of an Episcopal worship service at George Center for Community this Summer! Stay tuned for updates as this exciting new development unfolds.
We are so looking forward to our Spring Work Party at George on Saturday, April 13th from 9 am to 3 pm. Please bring your favorite work gloves and gardening tools and join us for a fun day, working alongside other "Friends of George" sprucing up our grounds in time for Earth Day, the following week. All are welcome. Bring friends – a scout troop – high school students in need of community outreach credits. Lunch and beverages will be provided. We hope you can join us!
*Spring Yoga Session*
Ongoing Program Offerings
Third Sunday Dinner
Blue Valley Meats Delivery -
Drama Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
Community Singing for the Great Turning – Rite of Passage Journeys
Work Day @ George
From the Transformational Arts Project
George Wish List:
Seeking Volunteers for the following positions at George:
Sacred Grounds: A master plan for the gardens and grounds of St. Andrew's
JB in garden Sacred Grounds is the name of a proposal to rejuvenate and honor the property on which sits St. Andrew's Church. At coffee hours throughout April, there will be on display drawings representing a proposed master plan for the gardens and grounds of St. Andrew to be considered by the vestry at its April and May meetings.
Please stop by and check out the design. We are blessed to have an excellent design committee of Roxanne Hamilton, Ruth Oskolkoff, Darby Ringer and Nelda Danz donating countless hours of time and expertise to this project.
The Next Four Sundays in Chapel:
Volunteers for Chapel & Classrooms
Specifically, we really need a worship leader/guitarist who feels confident and joyful about leading our children in chapel, 1-2 more story tellers, 2-4 classroom helpers. Contact Morgan if you have questions or would like to help. She will buy you coffee.
WHOOSH! VBS – July 8-12
Senior High Gathering Dates
Middle School Gatherings