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July 24 E-Log Newsletter


WALK the TALKMontana
Our 18 young people began work this morning painting, building scaffolds, stripping cement foundation molds and installing insulation on the townhouses we are helping build for low-income people here in the Flathead Valley. In our two days of travel and touring Glacier National Park, our group has already bonded into a loving and fun-loving unit, ready to work in the 90-degree heat for the week ahead. Our young people are amazing.
2013 Montana Mission TripI am writing my column from a Starbucks in Whitefish, Montana, where I have been sent away from our Youth Group Mission Trip Habitat for Humanity worksite on a Costco run. Feeding 18 hungry teenagers and their adult leaders is no small task.

This is my seventh mission trip and each one confirms for me the incredible spiritual gifts the youth of St. Andrew’s have to share. They truly love one another, look out for each other, and want desperately to help the world they live in. The conversations in the vans and on the long train ride have covered a wide range of topics with an openness and empathy that is something to behold.

These kinds of trips change lives. Morgan Schmidt, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries has organized a fabulous mix of playing hard and working hard. She does so with one goal in mind – reaching deep into the souls and hearts of our young people to see them become the men and women God intends them to be.

Many of you purchased “stock” in this trip and the dividends are already paying off. As with the Uganda Pilgrimage in June, this July’s youth mission trip will have a transformative effect not only on those who have participated but on our entire community. Reaching out challenges us to go deeper in our relationship to God. These trips matter. They change lives. They have changed mine.

Peter Strimer

Kay Kessel-Hanna Moves On
Our deacon, Kay Kessel-Hanna, will be moving on to her new assignment to St. David/Emmanuel in Shoreline beginning in September. Her last Sunday with us will be August 11. After both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. service that day there will be a coffee hour reception in Kay’s honor. If you would like to contribute to a going away gift, send a check to the church made out to St. Andrew’s Church with “Kay’s gift” on the memo line.

Kay has been a faithful environmental witness in our community and a steady presence at the 8 a.m. worship service. She is an icon of servant ministry in our midst and we will miss her very much.

The Center at St. Andrew’s Plans Ingathering for August 25
Each year, St. Andrew’s sets aside a Sunday to hold up the work of the Center at St. Andrew’s in providing low-income pastoral counseling to those in need in our community. This year on Aug. 25 we will take up an offering to support this important work. This is also the Sunday we will introduce our newest pastoral counselor, Maggie Yowell, to the church. She and our present counselor, Marcia Barthelow, will present a dialogue sermon that day that will give you a taste of the specialty Maggie brings to her ministry – Drama Therapy.

Maggie YowellIn June, Maggie graduated from Antioch University with a degree in Mental Health Counseling and Drama Therapy and has just begun a two-year residency at St. Andrew’s. In addition to her counseling work for the Center, Maggie will also continue to lead the Transformational Arts Project at GEORGE: Center for Community.

Envelopes will be available on Aug. 25 and in future Logs to make it easy for you to support the important work that Maggie and Marcia do in our community.

Worship Leader Training on August 25
Terry Steig and Peter Strimer will lead a worship leader training after the 10 a.m. service on Aug. 25 in the sanctuary of the church. This is designed as an orientation for all present and potential chalice bearers, leaders of the Prayers of the People and acolytes. A light lunch will be served following the training.

If you are interested in joining one of these important ministries, let Terry and Peter know. If you cannot attend on Aug. 25, they will make arrangements for an alternative training session for you.

Anglican Sources Class Will Prepare Large Group for Confirmation
Twenty-nine people took the Anglican Sources class earlier this year in preparation for our one-every-three-years visit from Bishop Greg Rickel which is scheduled for Dec. 8. Our rector will once again be offering Anglican Sources during the Center at St. Andrew’s fall quarter on Wednesday evenings October 9 through November 6. Make up classes will be scheduled Sundays after church as needed.

Confirmation is a ritual of the Episcopal Church performed only by a bishop in which we make an adult “confirmation” of the promises made on our behalf at our baptism. While the Anglican Sources course is required for those seeking confirmation, many others find the class interesting as a refresher course for their faith. Covering Church History, Liturgy, Theology, and the Anglican philosophy and ethos, this class is an engaging way to explore our faith.

Please consider joining those already prepared in presenting yourself for confirmation by our bishop in December. Hopefully, this will be our largest class in decades. This class will give you the background you need to confirm your Episcopal faith with confidence.

PARISH CAMP at Camp Huston, September 7-8
A bonding experience for the whole  St. Andrew’s  community! Information/Registration: Morgan Schmidt,  or Niki LeProhn, Registration table open Sundays in the Parish Hall July 28 – August 18. Download registration form.

Sacred Grounds Update
Phase 1 of the Sacred Grounds Master Landscape Plan has begun, with two energetic work parties so far. If you have not yet had a chance to view the design drawings, they are posted on the St. Andrew’s website.

As the Sacred Grounds Plan has moved from design to build, a few folks are now overseeing specific aspects of the project:Roxanne Hamilton is acting as St. Andrew’s general contractor and design lead.  Mike Pinoges will build and/or monitor construction.John Iglesias is organizing the volunteer labor for work parties.

Sacred Grounds Work DayOn June 8, folks removed overgrown shrubs, ivy and blackberries from the back yard of the 1st Avenue rental house. The work revealed some unexpected terracing and allows careful evaluation of the retaining wall below the south parking lot.

On Friday, June 28, two trees west of Mentzer House were felled by a professional tree service. The branches were chipped for use on site and the trunks were cut into sections for logs. The following day, a team of volunteers split more than a cord of firewood. The wood was shared with parish members and neighbors, with a small portion reserved for church celebrations.

Coming soon: earth moving and construction projects! Dates will be posted on the church calendar as things firm up, but please feel free to call with questions. All volunteers are welcome, of course! All kinds of skills are welcome, from labor and construction to record keeping and lunch preparation.   Loaning a piece of equipment or offering a special skill can make a great difference, too. Thanks to Mark Gargett (chipper), John Reagan (chain saw), Cultivar Landscape Design (dump truck), Kathy Gilbert (garden work, acupressure/neck massages for volunteers), Kat Scanlon & Mikel Morrison (photography) and Stu Novak (splitting tools). Thanks so much to folks who have shared their precious time helping out: John Ginn, Chuck Perov, Darby Ringer, Kathy Gilbert, John Iglesias, JB Hoover, Mikel Morrison, David Olsen, Calder Danz, Bob Parker, Evy Morris, John Reagan, Roxanne Hamilton, Kat Scanlon, Carolyn Rodenberg, Jerry Rockhold, Ochi Fujimoto, Suzanne Dubois.


Nelda Danz for The Sacred Grounds Team
(Roxanne Hamilton, John Iglesias, Mike Pinoges, Pete Strimer, Darby Ringer, JB Hoover, Ruth Oskolkoff, Nelda Danz)

For questions about design and construction: Nelda, , 206.854.6025 or Roxanne, , 425.4590

For questions about volunteer opportunities & work parties: John, , 954.529.1632

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New Class! A Hands-On Introduction to Labyrinths

Mondays, August 19, August 26, and September 9, 7:00-8:30 pm
labyrinth_smallerThese remarkable designs were created by members of ancient civilizations on every inhabited continent. We’ll dive into history and design, assemble and walk labyrinths in each class.  We’ll share stories and celebrate community. Solvitur ambulando…It is solved by walking. Instructor/facilitator Dan Niven has created over one hundred temporary and permanent labyrinths in a variety of media, on private property and in camp, church, park, and school settings. Registration fee $30 for three-week course if registered by August 14. Thereafter $45. Drop-ins $15 per class. Students, seniors, and low income may subtract an additional $10, or request a full or partial scholarship for any Center class.  To register or ask questions, contact 523-7476, ext. 304, or . All are welcome.

Drop in to a Wednesday Gentle Yoga Class in July or August
Wednesdays at 11:15 am, through August 28 (skip August 7). Try a free introductory class for first-time students. After that, drop-ins are $10.

Taizé Community Potluck, Friday, August 23, 6 pm
Open to all who like Taizé at St. Andrew's and to friends and family as well. Bring food to share. In the library. Please RSVP number attending to .

August Sunday Forums, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
August 18, Abby Nelson will present Reflections on the Sabeel Conference in Bethlehem, Palestine. Abby Nelson is a rising sophomore at St. Olaf College in Northfield MN, and is planning to major in Biology with a possible concentration in Middle Eastern studies. Last January she studied French and Islamic religion and culture in Fes, Morocco, and since then has been interested in Arab culture and conflict in the Middle East. She has attended St. Andrew's for most of her life, and participated in the senior high youth group.

August 25, Meet Maggie Yowell, the New Resident Counselor at The Center at St. Andrew's.Maggie Yowell is a Mental Health Counseling Associate and a drama therapist, and co-founder of the Transformational Arts Project. She has an M.A. in Counseling with emphasis in Drama Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University. Maggie offers individual, couple and family counseling as a Resident at the Center for Saint Andrew’s Counseling Center and group counseling and drama therapy at George: Center for Community and in the world. Maggie’s passion is the intersection between creativity, spirituality and psychology.

Centering Prayer Returns September 4!
Centering Prayer is on summer break through August, but will meet each Wednesday in September 5:45-7:45 in the chapel for an evening of silence, a live or recorded presentation, and sharing and reflecting.  Please look for details on topics in the next Log and via email.

Monday and Wednesday Fall Yoga Series Start September 9!
Mondays, September 9-November 25 (Skip Columbus Day, October 14 and November 11)
Wednesdays, September 11-November 20 (Skip November 6)
Our truly gentle Yoga instructor Wendy Townsend has a gift for bringing her students into a deep and peaceful experience of the body-mind-spirit connection. She encourages her students to explore their “stretching edge,” to challenge themselves when ready, or to take a more restorative approach. $75 for 10-week series. $10 discount for seniors, low-income or early registration (by September 3.

All are welcome at The Center
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summer-daisy-pdYour 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, 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, Karen Chartier, Margaret Certain, Ruth Halpin, Joyce Carver, Karen Blindheim, Anne Novak, and Jon Fobes.

Ruth Halpin is still a patient at Ida Culver Greenwood Rehab following her recent stroke. Her family brought her to church last Sunday. It was good to see her and hear that she is working very hard to recover.

Joyce Carver has been moved to Richmond Beach Rehab Center following her stroke last month The address for that center is 19235 15th Avenue NW Shoreline, WA 98177

The families of both Ruth and Joyce appreciate all the love and support that they received these past weeks from the St. Andrew’s congregation as their mothers continue to work at their therapy.

Karen Chartier has received the good news recently that her cancer is in submission.

The prayers and sympathy of the parish family are extended to the family and friends of Loretta Lawrence who passed away last week.  A memorial service will be held for Loretta in August.  The time and date have not been confirmed…watch the LOG and Sunday bulletins for that information.

We need communion bread makers for the months of September and October …thank you for considering this  important ministry at St. Andrew’s. Watch for an announcement for a Communion Bread Baking Workshop in the fall.

Our next Jubilee Dinner is this Sunday July 28th. YOUR help is much appreciated!

Teen Feed: More than Just a Meal
The Teen Feed program provides a meal for homeless youth 365 days a year, but it provides more than just a meal. It provides a safe place, a sense of community, an opportunity for youth to talk about personal problems with adults who care, and a place to get good information about finding housing and work. For a brief video about Teen Feed, click on this link:

In June and July, the St. Andrew’s Teen Feed volunteers served a nutritious meal to a (combined) total of 83 guests. Many thanks to those who served in June and July: Tad Allyn, Edie Birk, Connie & Larry Carlson, Donna Handly, Steve Layman, Kathy Nichols, Meagan & Tyson Randall, Diane Shaw, and Evelyn Thompson. Are you interested in serving as a Teen Feed volunteer? Contact Kathy Nichols at 425-743-7244 or.

Hard working and responsible St. Andrew’s member, home from college at Pacific Lutheran University, looking for work through August. Willing to do house sitting, pet sitting, and child care or painting, cleaning and other odd jobs. Jennifer Rogers can give you a reference about my work.  Contact Jasper Wensnahan at or 206-579-6447.

Reflections of the Sabeel Youth Conference June-July 2013 by Abby Nelson
Earlier this month, I returned from Bethlehem, Palestine having participated in the annual Sabeel Youth Conference. The goal of the conference was to educate youth from around the world (38 different countries in this one) about Palestine’s situation in the Israeli occupation, and eventually have those young adults become advocates for peace between Israel and Palestine in their respective countries.  Here is a small recount of my experience.

Throughout my life, I was always encouraged to look at both sides of a conflict and to refrain from bias.  As a result, I aspired to be a neutral party when touching down in Tel Aviv.  I reasoned with myself that there had to be a reason for Israel’s behavior to the Palestinians and that there had to be a logical explanation to the giant walls surrounding Palestinian communities.  However, when I landed and was taken to Bethlehem, the location of the peace conference I was attending, I got my first glance at the occupation. Israeli soldiers stood on the balcony of towers with AK 47’s slung over their shoulders, watching us. To get to Bethlehem, we had to enter an opening in a large cement wall, perhaps 30 feet tall, with barbed wire lining the top (as if someone would try to climb over it anyway).  Once through the wall, we were officially in the West Bank. One could see rubble, the remains of a house that once stood on the right side of the street. Everything was impoverished relative to what we had seen passing by various Israeli settlements on the outskirts of Jerusalem with their perfectly paved roads and flower boxes hanging from windows. License plates were now white and green as opposed to the Israeli license plates which were gold and blue – an indication of the deep divide, and possibly a reality to come should a two-state solution come into play and the Palestinians become free from their occupier.  Throughout my week at the conference: how children were arrested in the middle of the night and taken to prison, their parents held back by gunpoint, all because the child may or may not have thrown a stone at an Israeli soldier. I saw a house demolished by Israeli forces 7 times, and each time the family chose to rebuild it, knowing that they would soon be getting another notice informing them to evacuate the house. I saw the faces of young boys painted on the walls of the refugee camps in remembrance of the fact that they had been killed in one fashion or another by Israeli forces, usually for a crime that should not be punishable by death. I saw fields of blackened stumps, once olive trees that were a Palestinian man’s livelihood, source of income and link to past generations. Israeli militants demolished all of these trees, the roots of the trees stretching back into time, in one day. I saw much more, but all of this, meshed with the Christian ideals incorporated into the conference lea me to my current beliefs about the conflict, and led me to leave behind some amount of disdain I had felt throughout the week. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ was a constant reminder throughout the conference, and this commandment led me past the hatred I may have had for Israelis at the time. The Israelis themselves are wonderful people. I met Israelis while there, and I know a few people with strong ties to Israel back home. The existing problem is that Israelis have grown up in a time and place when they can be ignorant of the human impacts of the occupation. A strong enough Jewish state has been built where regular life can carry on rather than a life where occupation must be faced. From childhood, Israelis have grown up thinking that everyone wants to destroy them; Jewish history is not one of happiness and peace, hence, the seclusion. So, I can learn to love them as my neighbor; it was not by intention that they were born into this conflict and into this mental state. However, I can only pray that they stumble upon understanding sooner than later. I am pro peace. Violence needs to end so that Palestinians can be released from their continual suffering. It has been 65 years since they’ve seen freedom and happiness. It’s time to give that back. I invite anyone who reads this to come to my presentation at a Sunday St. Andrew’s forum in the library on August 18 at 11:45 am – see the pictures, hear by stories, and hopefully come out understanding the conflict more than what is portrayed in the media.

Our special collection for the Family Works Food Bank for the months of July and August is focusing on school supplies for the children of the parents who use the food bank.  We want these children to be well equipped when school begins in the fall.  Some suggestions include…paper, pencils, crayons, rulers, pens, notebooks, folders,  back packs, and water colors.


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: 

  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.