E-Log Newsletter | February 1, 2018 
2018 Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:45 a.m.
All members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church are invited to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting.  We will be electing four new members of the parish Vestry and several Delegates/Alternates to the Diocesan Convention.  The Annual meeting is Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:45 am.  All adult members (age 16 or greater) who are regular communicants in good standing have a vote.  In addition to coffee hour treats and elections, there will be brief reports from parish leadership and committees.  Please plan to attend.
Rector's Corner
My dear friends in Christ, please see the following important announcement from Father Terry Steig, Associate Rector, at St. Andrew ' s. You will receive more from me in the next LOG.
The Rev. Richard Weyls+, Rector
An Important Word From Father Terry
I want to let you know that, after a lot of reflection and discernment, I have decided to retire in my service as your priest at the end of May.
There are many factors that have moved me to make this decision. First and foremost, my spouse Theresa retired from her position at the university last fall. She is delighted in her decision, and I've not only wanted to support her in this but even to join her in retirement adventures that we can create together. Second, within a month I will celebrate a milestone birthday I thought was only for my parents and grandparents to reach - I'll turn seventy! From what I know now, my health is quite good. But rather than wait until it isn't so good and wish I had retired earlier, this seems the better choice. This will also enable me to spend more time with our grandchildren, something my leaving church responsibilities will enable to happen. Third, it's time to let others who are younger and who themselves have enormous gifts to find their way to St. Andrew's even as I did when I was a much younger energetic priest myself. 
This summer I will have been ordained a priest forty-four years. Serving as a priest here for twenty-eight of those years, and as a counselor here two years before that, has been the most wonderful journey of a lifetime. I was initially welcomed here by our then-rector Fr. Stan Fowler who hoped that here I would find a church home, and that's just what happened. Here is the church where my daughters grew up and where they learned to be young women of spirit, women with an ever inclusive faith.
Here at St. Andrew's, I've experienced so much. Here I learned from Ruby McLachlan how to touch others with a generous heart. With Stan's successor, Pete Strimer, I learned that having fun together prepares everyone to be well incorporated in the Body of Christ where we can help sustain one another through the griefs and tragedies of life. With Michael Cooley, I enjoyed hearing his great, theologically grounded, compositions. Working side by side with Cherry Haisten at The Center, I've learned centering prayer, and as I helped her prepare dozens of classes for The Center, many that I've taught, I discovered the importance of shared reflection in creating a successful learning experience. Through the Center, we've also had enormously fun social events that I've helped produce, like the jazz and blues evenings with Frank Anderson and Friends, among many others. And in terms of growing new forms of worship, with Arthur Lee and many others, we developed and have led the weekly Taize' experience of Sunday evening song-prayer and music in which the Spirit of God ends up singing us! In all of this, including the very best parish staff members anywhere (the loving kindness of Ruby and Sydnie Sliker and Jordan Uomoto and Margo Rogers, and one of the best deacons in the diocese, Anne Novak, the fun exuberance of Marcia Barthelow, and now with the gentle Rich Weyls at the helm as our rector and the new musical innovations of Tim), Wow! I am so thankful that my life has included all of you.
There will be plenty of time to share more with each other in the weeks and months that remain. I am heartened to hope that, as with Connie Carlson who continues to serve as a retired priest at St. Andrew's, I, too, after an appropriate period, may find myself once again occasionally at the same altar table with you where all are welcome. And we know that on the last day, we will join together in that heavenly country where with our dear Brother Jesus and with all the angels and saints, we will join our voices to our loving Creator in songs of endless praise: Blessed be God, from our birth to our death, now and forever!
Fr. Terry Steig
Associate Rector
St. Andrew's Church
January 27, 2018
Mardi Gras!  
Tuesday, February 13 - 5:30 p.m.
Mark your calendars for Mardi Gras - Dinner, Dancing and Jambalaya!
Mardi Gras is traditionally an opportunity to get all of your sweets out of the house to fast in preparation for Lent. At St Andrew's it's also an opportunity for our youth to throw an amazing party and fund raise for their programs, including the Summer Mission Trip. There will be dinner, live music by Bottle Rockit, dancing and a dessert dash. Tickets will be on sale in the Parish Hall during coffee hours (January 28, February 3 and February 10). Tickets are $13 ($16 at door), children 12 and younger are free.

Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
noon and 7:00 p.m.
Companionship Workshop 
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - noon, The Library at St. Andrew's
How do you support the individuals in your community who live with mental illness, insecure housing, chemical dependency or trauma? How do you move from a transactional exchange to a relational engagement enabling substantive change?
Companionship is designed to encourage compassionate awareness for those struggling within our neighborhoods and our communities of faith. The training develops skills to listen consciously with openness, along with an awareness of limits and boundaries, easing the isolation these difficulties often bring. In this workshop you will learn how to integrate Companionship into your organization or your faith community with your staff, ushers, social justice teams, and pastoral care teams.
Join us for a FREE Companionship Workshop at St. Andrew's on Saturday, March 17th from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. This workshop will be offered by Kae Eaton, Chaplain and Director of Mental Health Chaplaincy. Kae is a Chaplain Fellow in the Addictions Treatment Center at Seattle's VA Hospital. She holds a Masters in Theology, with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She practices her faith in the St. Paul's Episcopal Parish in Seattle.
Please RSVP your plans to attend to Fr. Rich Weyls at richw@saintandrewsseattle.org so we know to expect you!

Centering Prayer at St. Andrew's
Centering Prayer Special: The Future of Christianity: A Startling Vision of Hope, featuring a DVD with Fr. Thomas Keating and Ken Wilber
Wednesdays, January 31 and February 7 (5:45 - 7:15 p.m.), The Chapel of the Resurrection 
What does the Christian ideal look like in the 21st century? Were it to be taken up, embodied and lived, what would be the implications for the world? In September several of us watched the first part of the DVD "The Future of Christianity." Now let's watch the second part, "Deeper Inquiries." It includes a presentation by Christian contemplative Fr. Thomas Keating and a discussion between Fr. Keating and philosopher-psychologist Ken Wilber on spirituality and religion. Each evening will include centering prayer, a few simple refreshments, a segment of the DVD, and some brief sharing.
All are welcome--whether or not you attended the first part in September. If you can, please let Cherry know you are coming, if you will provide a few nibbles, or if you can help set up! RSVP cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org .  
Lenten Series: Demands of the Gospel for Followers of Jesus
Wednesdays, February 21 - March 21, 7:00 - 8:30 
Following up on his Sunday forum last week, Michael Ramos, Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, will continue to explore what principles and pathways in our Christian tradition can guide our engagement in the public square today. Given the practical concerns of our hurting and troubled world, what demands does the Gospel make of us? Michael will lead Sessions 2, 3, and 4. Bookend Sessions 1 and 2 will include Lenten preparation, reflection, and discernment for action.
Plan to come for Centering Prayer, 5:45 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by a simple Lenten supper in the Parish Hall at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome to all or any part of these evenings. E-mail  cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org with questions.  

candle-wreath-centerpiece.jpg Lenten Quiet Morning 
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Nave, St. Mark's Cathedral; 1245 - 10th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
All are invited for this morning of communal and individual silence, prayer, and reflection. The retreat will include morning prayer, two periods of Centering Prayer, and a shared unstructured time in silence during which you may choose among several contemplative activities.
We will conclude with prayer and a brief examen. Facilitated by Cherry Haisten and jointly sponsored by The Center at St. Andrew's and St. Mark's Cathedral. RSVP to Cherry Haisten (cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org). 

Sunday Forum
Sunday Forum - February 4, 11:45-12:30 p.m. in the Nave
Grasping the imago Dei and Grappling with Privilege 
Writer and speaker, Cara Merideth, who preached at St. Andrew's on January 14 will be back to speak about Christian, Jewish and Sufi traditions and how they share a belief in the imago Dei, or image of God. Sometimes though, believing that Christ manifests himself in every human, everywhere, means coming to grips with our own privilege. Cara is a St. Andrew's parishioner is a writer and speaker. Her first book, a memoir about her journey into issues of race releases in January 2019. Please grab a cup of coffee in the Parish Hall after church and then come up and join us.

Ongoing Programs 
Centering Prayer Spiritual Journey Series - Next Meeting: February 5 - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  
Each session includes Centering Prayer, a portion of a Thomas Keating DVD, and sharing. Continues 1st and 3rd Mondays throughout the program year. Questions: Contact facilitator Sue Kraemer at smkraemer@gmail.com.

Gentle Yoga with Wendy Townsend - Spaces Available in Monday Class 
You are welcome to drop in (drop-in rate is $10/session), or to attend and register for the rest of winter term at a very reasonable pro-rated price. Registration forms available at the church and on the website. Monday class meets in the library 1:30-2:30 (through March 19, 2018).

Stand with our Neighbors Field Trip: Visiting a Mosque 
by Donna Hawkins 
On Wednesday, January 17, my husband Jim and I joined 12 other members of our church to attend evening prayer at Masjid Ar-Rahmah, a Mosque in Redmond which is also the center for the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, MAPS. We gathered at St. Andrew's and loaded into three cars to travel across the lake in the pouring rain. Young girls from the MAPS community welcomed us at the door and directed us to the meeting where we enjoyed a lovely buffet of Moroccan food.
Aneelah Afzali, Founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), who visited St. Andrew's in the fall and invited us to MAPS, gave a brief, fact-filled presentation on Islam 101, reviewing the Five Pillars of Faith, showing how closely Islam is related to Christianity, and emphasizing that the violent Muslims in the news do not follow the basic tenets of Islam and are but a small minority.
We were then ushered into the Prayer Hall-all removing shoes, women adding head scarves or Hijabs, men in one area, women in another for modesty. Even without understanding the Arabic words of the prayers, it was peaceful and meditative. The prayers entail four position changes-standing, bowing from the waist, kneeling, and prostration. We were invited to join in the prayers and to participate as able. Several times during the prayers the silence was so absolute and profound that no sounds from the outside penetrated.
We ended our evening with a Q&A time, no question too silly or controversial, even to discussions about ISIS, where our hostess shot back KKK, reinforcing that all good religions have people who twist the tenets of their faith to meet their personal or political goals.
This was a fabulous evening. Jim and I believe that all people should learn about other religions and cultures. This will be the way to minimize misunderstandings and hate and promote peace. We encourage other parishioners to attend one of the MAPS open houses this year. For more information, go to www.mapsredmond.org/events/maps-quarterly-open-house/. We had a great time and are so glad we braved the downpour to go. As-Salam Alaikum (peace be upon you)!
All are Welcome at The Center
Plant for the Planet Workshop
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - FREE!
St Andrew's has the AMAZING opportunity to host a "Climate Ambassador's Academy." Plant for the Planet is an organization started and led by children. Participating children are trained by peers who are already Climate Justice Ambassadors. They will learn about the climate and what they can do. There will be lots of great education, art, music, outside play and lunch. The day will end with our children leading a presentation for the adults. For children 8-12 and their families. The Workshop is FREE but registration is required. Please click here to see a brochure more fully describing the event. Register at www.climatechangeforfamilies.com.
You are invited to read an essay by Elizabeth Darlington, below, which talks about the benefits of outdoor experiences for both kids and adults.

A Day at Discovery Park (by Elizabeth Darlington) 
The other day, my two kids and I went to Discovery Park. Since it was drizzling out, they didn't want to leave the warmth of our car. But after about five minutes of being outside and crunching our feet in the sand, I could see a softening within them as they settled into the vibrant yet peaceful feeling of being outside. We spent way more time down by the beach than we had expected; having endless fun throwing rocks into the water and scampering over great mounds of driftwood. The kids seemed to be transformed for a time - they were calmer, more cooperative, and even more loving toward each other. This place of raw beauty was affecting them physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, as it was me. The feeling lasted long after we got back into the car.
I'm so grateful that a few months ago, Carolyn Rodenberg exposed me to the book, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Louv talks about the nurturing power of nature that affects living beings on both conscious and subconscious levels. People heal faster in hospitals if they have a view of trees; school children fare much better during school with more time spent outdoors; and a huge range of mental health conditions can greatly improve by spending more time in nature. Unfortunately, most humans in our society are spending less and less time outdoors, and for children, being indoors is now the default, rather than previous generations of children who spent countless hours outdoors. One thing that Louv suggests is to foster an intimate connection with our immediate natural surroundings - to go for walks outside, to feel the bark of a tree or the softness of a leaf under our fingertips, and to allow our children to get dirty and have plenty of unstructured time outside. Being in natural places more often can have lasting effects on our entire being, and on our sense of caring for the greater community and our planet.
In about a month, St. Andrew's will be hosting the Plant for the Planet Academy for children from 8-12. Plant for the Planet was started by a third grader in Germany who wanted to take action in combating climate change, and is now in over 130 countries! Plant for the Planet teaches about climate change and empowers children to become Climate Justice Ambassadors: leading the effort to reverse climate change by educating others. This free event is Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and will involve lots of fun activities and games. Lunch will be provided and there will be a free parent workshop in the morning.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by not knowing what I can do to help in the effort to combat climate change, and so as a family, we can feel great about committing to Plant for the Planet's mission. One of the best ways we can all participate is by sending our young people to the March 3 event; by spreading the word about the event so that we can get a good turnout, and by committing to be out in nature more! Magical experiences like the one our family had at Discovery Park have been happening more and more as I have endeavored to visit a "park a week."
St. Andrew's Parish Camp
April 28 - 29, 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! St. Andrew's parish camp is coming up. We'll gather once again at Camp Huston (in Gold Bar, next to beautiful Wallace Falls State Park). Families, singles and couples of ALL ages are welcome for a weekend of R&R: campfires, great food, s'mores, hiking, crafts, and a casual worship service. Signups starting in February. $50/adult and $30/kid (12 & under) includes a bed in a heated dorm cabin, three meals, and snacks. Or join us as a tent camper ($30) or just for a day ($25). Registration information coming soon.
Questions? Contact

Children & Youth
Director's Corner
I love the way we get to mark the liturgical seasons. This past Sunday our children made felt letters that spelled out "Alleluia." Did you know that we don't use Alleluia during Lent? Well, to help visualize this for our kids we're going to put these "Alleluias" on a banner and then bury them for all of Lent and then dig them up on Easter! It's a great symbol of our preparation during Lent and of the resurrection on Easter.
I also love the idea of marking significant events for our children as they grow in the faith, which is what Faith Milestones are. On Saturday, Februaryruary 10our 3rd-5th graders will join us for the Sanctuary Walk Milestone. Much like the Instructed Eucharist we had this past Sunday and will do again this coming Sunday, the Sanctuary Walk is an opportunity to learn about the richness of our tradition and liturgy. Our faith is full of treasures. It is my hope that by walking around the Sanctuary and learning about the elements of the space and our liturgy, that our children will feel more at home, will see more of the beauty of our worship, and experience this community and tradition as a place for them. 
To help bring that message home we'll present each of them with a gift necklace. As I've been reflecting on what kind of necklace to give them it's brought up a question: what might be a good symbol for this community? I've looked at a variety of necklaces (Jerusalem, Celtic, Trinitarian symbols, dove, Taize enamels, miniature prayer labryrinths, etc) and thought, "How might we remind these children that they belong in this community? What about a piece of stained glass, an icon, something that represents hospitality? What do you think? What type of symbol might you use? Feel free to share ideas with me or someone else or just reflect on what this community means to you. 
If you have a child in 3rd-5th grade we'd love to have them join! So please let me know if Februaryruary 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. works for you. We'll walk the Sanctuary, learn how to use the labyrinth, have pizza for lunch, and more! 
Jordan Uomoto, MDiv
Director of Faith Formation for Children & Youth  
Faith Milestones Meetings (February 4 and March 4, 2018)
As we introduce Faith Milestones this year we'd like to continue having a discussion of what these will look like. We'll meet on the first Sundays in February and March to discuss what these rites might be, what they might look like, and how we might do them. We'd love your feedback on all this! Join us on February 4 and March 4 after the 10:00 a.m. service, in the Youth Room.
Sanctuary Walk & Acolyte Training (February 10, 2018)
These two events will begin together at 11: a.m. in the Sanctuary, split off, and then rejoin for a pizza lunch. The Sanctuary Walk is one of our Faith Milestones. Our 3rd-5th Graders are invited to come for a "tour" and teaching of our Sanctuary and Grounds. The acolyte training is required for ALL current and new acolytes, both youth and adult.
Questions, comments, concerns, or want to connect? Contact Jordan, our Director of Faith Formation at jordanu@saintandrewsseattle.org.

Ways to get involved at St. Andrew's
Coats and Sweaters Needed 
Donations of sweaters and coats are needed for Jubilee guests to be distributed at the meal on February 25th.
Winter still has months to go and our Jubilee guests have requested coats and sweaters to help them get through the rest of this winter.
Please bring your clean and gently used donations to the stage area in the Parish Hall the next few Sundays. If you have questions, please contact Charles Stahl at 206.783.2398 or chas1954@comcast.net. 
Making Music at St. Andrew's

The Hand Bell Choir: You are invited to ring hand bells with our hand bell choir. It is a fun and easy way you can serve the worshiping community of St. Andrew's. Rehearsals are every Thursday, 6:15 to around 7:30 p.m. and we play at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service every few weeks. If you haven't rung bells before, we have friendly ringers who can teach you! For interest and more information, contact Music Director Tim Drewes at timd@saintandrewsseattle.org.

Recorder Ensemble:
Would anyone like to start a recorder ensemble to play during worship every month or so? If so, Tim would like to meet you. You can reach Tim Drewes, Music Director at timd@saintandrewsseattle.org.

2018 Flower and Sanctuary Candle Charts yellow_closeup_flower.jpg  
Flower and sanctuary candle charts are now out for the year 2018. Sunday flowers are $50.00 and the candle is $5.00. This is a nice way to support the beauty of the church and remember loved ones and celebrate special occasions.
Showcase is located next to the nursery in the Parish Hall and is open most Sunday mornings during the program year. It sells many treasurers at bargain prices. All proceeds go to the general budget of St. Andrew's. 
SCRIP is available every Sunday at the morning coffee hours.
Forward Day-by-Day  
The latest edition of the devotional booklet, Forward Day-by-Day, is now available at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings.

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, Scot Crawford, Ruth Adams, Judy Madison, Jan Viguers, Margo Smith, Patricia Bryant, Sven & Bernie Couch,   Marilyn L'Esperance, Kathy Franklin, Peter Hudson, Carole Sassaman, Nathan Novak, Rosa Ebsary, Tucker Sparkman, Georgiana Nielsen, Glenn Sassaman, Gerry Soike, Pat Seaman, Angie Sangston, Al Campbell, Connie Campbell, and Mary Dunn.

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