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e-Log April 3, 2013

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Auction Tickets on Sale -
Come to the Seattle World's Fair!

spaceneedleSpace 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
Moving From Charity to Justice
A conference for the Diocese of Olympia

Saturday May 4, 2013
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seattle

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.
The design calls for a gathering of 75-100 members of the Diocese of Olympia in teams from different churches.

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   

marciaBy 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.

COFFEE HOSTS

coffeeWe 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:

  1. Sign up at coffee hour; ideally we like to have 3 people sign up each week
  2. Bring simple treats to serve (cookies, fruits, crackers, etc.)
  3. Serve the coffee at two stations (the coffee is already made for you each Sunday)
  4. Clean off the tables and wash any serving plates that you have used

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
Let's practice –  Cinco de Mayo
April 27th, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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.

Miscellaneous
The Showcase needs extra help on Jubilee Sunday in order to stay open for our Jubilee Dinner guests who enjoy this shopping opportunity.  Please stop by the showcase if you are available.

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.

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Margaret Starbird at St. Andrew's on Tuesday, April 9!
Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene: Bride of the Easter Mysteries Magdalene book cover Starbird
April 9, 2013, 7- 9 pm

Margaret Starbird is an inspiring scholar of Mary Magdalene whose books have raised intriguing questions. Was Mary Magdalene the wife and beloved of Jesus? What became of her after the Crucifixion?
Tickets available in advance at coffee hour or at brownpapertickets.com/event/324141 or at the door.

Spring Gentle Yoga Series Starts Next Week!
Mondays, 1:30 pm, April 8 – June 17
Wednesdays, 11:15 am, April 10 – June 12. $75 for 10-week series.
Registration forms at www.saintandrewsseattle.org/the-center-at-st-andrews/gentle-yoga/

 

Rabboni, My Love book coverUpcoming 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

 

 

 

Mary Magdalene2Spring Classes, April 17 to May 15, 7 pm
Mary Magdalene Mary Magdalene, the Other "Beloved Disciple" 

Doug Thorpe, Professor of English at Seattle
Pacific University,  will use readings, prayer, guided meditation, and art to explore how this Other Beloved Disciple can be a guide for our relationship with Christ. Five-week series, $50.

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tyler_sepia drumAfrican Drumming with Tyler Richart Tyler
Learn traditional Djembe and Dunun music from Guinea, West Africa. Includes djembe and dunun (bass drum) parts, solos, echauffements, variations, and long form breaks, along with the cultural context or occasion for which each rhythm is played. Five-week series, $50. Djembe drum rental, $20.

 

 

 

A Council of All Beings, Saturday, April 20, 7 pm
With costumes, drama, ritual, music and dance, we will mourn the passing of those beings who are extinct now or endangered or threatened, knowing that these are only the first ones to go.  We will allow them to speak through us so we can begin to see in a new way the interdependence of all life on earth. Gifted by the Council with wisdom, insight and vitality, we will end our evening dancing and singing in the joy of earth community. George Center for Community, 2212 NE 125th St, Seattle, Donations accepted at the door. more info

Introduction to Centering Prayer, Saturday, May 4
9 am-1 pm, in the Library
Covers the basics of the method of Centering Prayer as well as the conceptual framework of contemplative prayer and prayer as relationship. Includes two periods of Centering Prayer and plenty of time for questions and exploration of next steps. Advance registration is appreciated:  $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Ask about scholarships.

Spring Coffee House, May 31
Parish Hall, 7 to 10 pm
Featuring Frank Anderson and Friend. Frank will be joined by African drumming teacher Tyler Richart and other Seattle Jazz singers and drummers.

 

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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.

earth sundayProUse 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.

Learn more about Pro-Use Produce and Hunger Intervention Program by visiting their websites:
prouseproduce.org
hungerintervention.org

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.  
Many thanks to all who helped to prepare, transport, and serve these meals: Tad Allyn, Ann Peterson, Edie Birk, Connie & Larry Carlson, Tami Cole, Donna Handly, Denise Hartinger, Steve Layman, Carol Marshall, Kathy Nichols, Meagan Randall, Chase Randall, Tyson Randall, and Diane Shaw.

For more information about the Teen Feed program, contact Kathy Nichols at 425-743-7244 or .

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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*
Celebrate this time of renewal, by registering for our Spring Yoga Session! Certified Yoga Instructor, Stephanie Billings will lead our 5-week class session starting Thursday May 18th. This is an all levels class, customized to the needs of participants. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Class time is Thursdays from 12 – 1:15 pm. $40 for the series. Drop-in classes $12. Scholarships are available. Registration deadline is May 2. Class size is limited. To register or for more information, please contact Darlene Metzger: or 206-362-3325.

Ongoing Program Offerings
AA 
– Every Monday & Tuesday night, 7:00 pm (Tuesday's meeting is for young adults)

Coffee
-Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Free coffee, tea and play space for small children. Come check out our new Keurig coffee and tea selection! We even have apple juice for the little ones.

Meditation
-1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 11:30 am.
"The Invitation" – Meditation. Community, quietness and gentle sharing. The Invitation is a non-religious, spiritual offering."The Invitation" was started by three women who wanted to create an opportunity for all people, including themselves, to have a time of rest and quiet in community with others.

Community Meal
-Every Sunday, 5:30 pm. All are welcome.

Third Sunday Dinner
3rd Sunday, 1:30 pm.  All are welcome. Next meal: April 21!

Blue Valley Meats Delivery -
Order & Pay Online, then come pick up your meat! It's that simple.
Next Delivery – Saturday,  April 13th , 12 pm – 12:15 pm

  • Order deadlines are Monday nights prior to delivery.
  • (Milk orders must be placed by the SUNDAY prior to delivery.)
  • Payments are made by credit card.
  • Meats are delivered frozen… dairy is delivered fresh.

Drama Therapy and Mental Health Counseling 
-We offer individual and group drama therapy at low cost at George and in the world. Contact Maggie Yowell at or 206-818-0786 for more information or to schedule a session.

Upcoming Events:
Playback Theater – "Disasters in Dating": A Show for Singles, Mingles…And Everybody!
Saturday, April 6th, 7 pm
Could Cupid be dead? Ever felt alone in the "dating scene'? Asked your self, "Why can't I find the right one"? Want to learn from other peoples' experiences? Join us for an evening of improvisational theater based on the audiences' real life stories. You'll have a great time and meet others who know the "dating scene"! Cost: $15 (suggested donation)  

Community Singing for the Great Turning – Rite of Passage Journeys
Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 4 pm
Join Laurence Cole, assisted by Randy Morris, as they lead us through a day of group singing, using only the equipment we were born with: our breath, our bodies, our voices and our hearts. We will learn about the medicine wheel as a map of the developing soul and how singing can be used to mark, honor and bless the strong emotions of life transitions such as birth, adolescence, marriage, mid-life transitions, elder hood and death.
Cost: Sliding Scale $40 – 75, Tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets
For more information, contact Evy Morris, Rite of Passage Journeys: or visit the website: riteofpassagejourneys.org.

Work Day @ George
Mark your calendars! Saturday, April 13th, 9 am – 3 pm. Please join us as we get the grounds at George spruced up for Spring and Earth Day! All are welcome. Lunch will be provided.
 

From the Transformational Arts Project
Council of All Beings
Saturday, April 20th, 6 – 8 pm

"What if the animals could talk . . . and we could listen?"  Mark your calendars for the Council of All Beings performance/ritual on the evening of April 20 at George.  This will be a richly moving and meaningful event honoring the voices of the earth, grieving with them the losses of habitat and species, and learning to see possibilities for a new way of being on Earth that is sustainable for all.  Admission is by donation. Find more info on the Council facebook page

George Wish List:
Piano keyboards *(any size is o.k. – for new after school music program), small table for office printer, small desk lamps, laptop computers in good working order, bookcase, water cooler
*All donations to George are tax deductible. Receipts are available upon request.

Seeking Volunteers for the following positions at George:
*Coffee Hosts – Love Coffee? You're perfect! (especially 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday each month),

For more information about George, contact us at: (206) 362-3325.
Visit our website: www.georgelakecity.com
email: ,
like us on Facebook
George is located at 2212 NE 125th St. Seattle, WA 98125

Sacred Grounds: A master plan for the gardens and grounds of St. Andrew's

jb saint andrews gardenJB 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.

Family Ministries

The Next Four Sundays in Chapel:

  • 4/7: Chapel Jam @ 9:45 / Chapel @ 10 / Classrooms @ 10:15
  • 4/14: Chapel Jam @ 9:45 / Combined Chapel (all ages) due to Spring Break

Volunteers for Chapel & Classrooms
This is a win-win for everybody! We could use some more adult presence in our church school classes (especially for our awesome 1st-5th graders), AND we think it would be pretty great for you to see how amazing our kids are, first hand.

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
If you'd LOVE to be a part of VBS we are looking for program leaders, decorators, craft-maniacs, activity-gurus, storytellers, snack aficionados and all-around amazing volunteers! Let Morgan know if you're interested: .

Senior High Gathering Dates
4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, & 6/2, and beyond!

Middle School Gatherings

  • April 26: Girls Night Out / Guys Night Out
  • June 1: Year-End Family BBQ & Bonfire, Golden Gardens, 6pm