E-Log Newsletter | December 20, 2017
Rector's Corner
Discipleship Update:
Good news!
We are getting closer to our pledge goal of $425,800.  At the moment, 144 households have pledged a total of $399,655, putting us within $26,145 of our goal!  If you have not already done so, please return your pledge form in the next few weeks to help us balance our budget for 2018.  Thank you all for your generosity and commitment to our wonderful parish!

New Ministry Opportunities:
Jubilee Dinner Companions and Table Hosts: Did you know that our parish serves a delicious, home-cooked meal to our guests from the community on the last Sunday of each month?  This has been an important parish ministry for almost 40 years.  Our meal preparation crew and servers do an outstanding job and I am grateful for their incredible time commitment and devotion to our guests.  However, I would like to broaden our ministry to those who attend our meal by training some parishioners to be "Jubilee Companions" and "Table Hosts."  Companions will sit and eat with our guests and serve as hosts in the name of the parish.  Training will be provided so that our hosts can offer these principles of Companionship:  hospitality, neighboring, sharing the journey side-by-side, listening and accompaniment.  Please contact me, directly, if you are interested in helping with this new and important ministry.  You can reach me via e-mail at richw@saintandrewsseattle.org or by calling 206-383-5600

Edible Hope: Edible Hope is a meals ministry that serves over 100 hot breakfasts each weekday morning on the campus of St. Luke's, Ballard.  Their program director, Sara Bates, is always looking for additional volunteers to serve food in the morning and others to do the meal preparation in the afternoon.  She has made a special appeal to our congregation for additional volunteers for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day so that her regular volunteers can have a few days off.  If you or your children have a some time off from work or school during this week, would you consider helping out for a day or two?  There are spots available in the morning (for serving) and the afternoon (for cooking).  It looks like you can sign-up by clicking the following link ( https://www.volunteermatch.org/results/opp_detail.jsp?oppid=2568179.) or by locating "Edible Hope" at VolunteerMatch.org. For more information, you may contact Sara directly at meals@stlukesseattle.org.
Finally, on behalf of our parish staff, I wish you all a very merry and blessed Christmas and New Year's holiday. 

Your brother in Christ,
The Reverend Richard C Weyls+

Christmas & Epiphany at St. Andrew's
Emanuel Blue Advent Hanging The holiday season is upon us which means a bevy of activity at St. Andrew's. Below is a sampling of activities, services and outreach that should help you to plan your time, talent and gifts accordingly.
Other Advent Outreach Opportunities
Jubilee Dinner Gifts and Donations: We are collecting personal care
items for our Jubilee guests. Please place your donation in the appropriate boxes in the Parish Hall during Advent. Fresh fruit will also be distributed to our Jubilee Dinner guests. Please bring your fruit donations when you attend Christmas services and place them in the boxes on the stage. These items will be distributed at the next Jubilee Dinner on December 31. 
Christmas Eve Dessert 
Following our 10 pm Christmas Eve service, we will have our annual festive dessert party in the library. Cider and champagne will be served and you are invited to bring a dessert to share.  

All are Welcome

Christmas Services at St. Andrew's

Christmas Eve December 24 (4th Sunday in Advent)
Regular Sunday services at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. 
Christmas Eve Family Service December 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist and carol singing  
Christmas Eve Carol Singing and Candlelight Eucharist
Carol singing,  10:00 p.m. followed by Candlelight Holy Eucharist at 10:30 p.m. Dessert reception follows in the Library   

Christmas Day December 25
Holy Eucharist with carol singing at 10:00 a.m.

Stand with our Neighbors: Field Trips
Final Field Trip: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.):
A Mosque visit to the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). 17550 NE 67th Court, Redmond, WA:  
Join folks from St. Andrew's and others at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Redmond for a mosque visit. You will have the opportunity to tour the mosque, observe a prayers service, listen to a presentation on Islam, engage in a Q&A session and meet some of your neighbors in the Seattle area! Thank you to Aneelah Afzali of MAPS, one of our speakers for the Fall Immigration series for this gracious invitation! 
We need to let the MAPS community know how many to expect. Please RSVP to Cherry Haisten if you are interested (cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org). Informal carpooling from St. Andrew's will be arranged. More information coming soon.   
More Info: www.mapsredmond.org/amen 

Engaging with Our Neighbors: Field Trips Following up on the Fall Immigration Series
This Fall The Center at St Andrew's in partnership with OneWorld, the church's social justice group, sponsored a five-week program on immigration titled Sisters and Brothers All: Perspectives on Immigration. The series sought to inform and engage parishioners and visitors on critical topics concerning immigration and refugees. During the series, St. Andrew's own immigrant parishioners, immigration lawyers, a Muslim activist, refugee volunteers, a Jewish couple, an Episcopal priest from Puerto Rico, and a University of Washington DACA recipient ("Dreamer") all shared their rich history and hopes with us. The classes were the "inform" part. Still, the series planners wanted to go beyond simply "inform" and on to "engage" directly. Thus the idea of field trips was born.
On Sunday, November 7, our first field trip took five of us to St Matthew's-San Mateo Episcopal Church in Auburn where we worshiped with parishioners at an 11:00 a.m. bilingual eucharist. We prayed, sang and received communion with about 70 or 80 parishioners, a mix of younger Latino families and older long-term English speakers. The vicar, The Rev. Antonio Illas (speaker at our second St Andrew's session), celebrated and preached in both English and Spanish. After the service we enjoyed a generous and tasty coffee hour, prepared and served by the women of both languages and leisurely chats with parishioners young and old. The church has a weekly catechism class for children; hosts, in conjunction with the Auburn Food Bank, Spirit Fest, and White River Buddhist Temple, a weekly community dinner for anyone needing it; and serves as seat of the Jubilee Ministry Center, focusing on critical needs of immigrants facing difficulties of every sort, including threats of deportation.
Early Thursday morning, December 7, St. Andrew's parishioners J.B. Hoover, Will Lewis, Theresa Burciaga, David Newman, Dick Gillett, Terry Steig and Cherry Haisten attended the monthly open house of El Centro de la Raza, a non-profit educational, cultural and social service agency that assists Latino and other low-income families, youth and other individuals. Founded in 1972, El Centro is a prime example of how a group of individuals, who share the same vision for the common good for their community, can overcome obstacles to achieve amazing results. This self-described "Beloved Community" envisions "a world free of oppression based on poverty, racism, sexism, sexual orientation, and discrimination of any kind that limits equal access to the resources that ensure a healthy and productive life in peace, love and harmony for all peoples and our future generations."
El Centro's services and partners are detailed at http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/what-we-do/ . One World encourages all St. Andrew's parishoners to visit this wonderful, inspiring facility in the old schoolhouse on Beacon Hill with its recent adjacent project, a new plaza and low-income housing.
~ Dick Gillett and Theresa Burciaga of St. Andrew's OneWorld Group

A Centering Prayer Epiphany Party: A Special Evening to Welcome the Light
Wednesday, January 10, 5:45-7:15 p.m., Chapel
Let's celebrate Epiphany together by joining in two periods of Centering Prayer followed by some Epiphany-appropriate refreshments (there may be a surprise!), and some reflection on the significance of Epiphany from a contemplative point of view.
Contact Cherry at cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org to RSVP, to ask questions about Centering Prayer or this event, to offer to help with set-up and hospitality-or to just come!

~ NEW ~ Weaving God's Wisdom into Daily Life 
Saturday, January 20, 2018 
In this daylong conference, we will address the conceptual background of the false self, explore it from various perspectives, and learn about and practice a method that helps to dismantle it.
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: "Perspectives on the Self from Mystics and Psychologists" (Chris Hyde, Psychotherapist Chris Hyde)
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.: "Consenting in Everyday Life with the Welcoming Prayer" (Cherry Haisten, Center Program Director and Contemplative Outreach Presenter) 
Please register ahead if possible. Sliding scale: $15-45. Co-sponsored by The Center at St. Andrew's and Contemplative Outreach Northwest

Advent Journey with Music & Labyrinth
On December 16, 10 of us joined together in a morning of quiet contemplation, music, and a Labyrinth walk. Gentle chant to begin with calmed our spirits. Contemplating the journey Mary, Joseph and the Wise Men took, we looked inward toward our own journeys. After a silent labyrinth walk and a meditation with music, we journaled what came to us and shared our experiences. Our time together left us relaxed and filled with peace ready to continue with our busy lives in this full season of Advent. Many thanks to Valerie Piacenti and Donna Hawkins who served as guides for this journey.
All are Welcome at The Center 
Children & Youth
Director's Corner
This past week we had two big events for our children and youth: the Christmas Pageant and the Progressive Dinners. Both were great fun and great opportunities to point us toward Christmas and grow closer together in community. In the Pageant our children led us in worship by reading and enacting the Christmas story. Yes, they were definitely cute, but even more than that they did a wonderful job pointing us to Jesus and declaring in Scripture and song the birth of our Lord. I'm grateful that St Andrew's makes room in our liturgy for their voices to be heard because they truly bless us with their presence and their faith.
Each year that I've been to the Progressive Dinners I've noticed that they are a wonderful opportunity to play games, have good conversation, eat good food and enjoy one another's company. It's a joy to see our youth getting along, having fun, and celebrating together. I especially enjoyed hearing about some of the different Advent/Christmas traditions that families practice and what they mean to our youth. Both the Progressive Dinners and the Pageant are traditions that point me toward Christmas and help me to celebrate. How do you prepare and celebrate during the season? What traditions do you practice? Are there any that you'd like to start or end? Think about it, and maybe share some with me or one of our youth the next time you see us. Merry Christmas!
Jordan Uomoto, MDIV 
Director of Faith Formation for Children & Youth

Middle School Retreat (January 12-14, 2018)
This is the highlight of the year for our Middle Schoolers! Every year our Middle School Youth Group joins with other Episcopal Churches from around Seattle and the Eastside for this retreat. I can't recommend it enough! We go to Miracle Ranch where there is horseback riding, paintball, a ropes course, great food, great games, and more. The youth ministers who lead the weekend do an amazing job of planning the programming, the discussions, and all the details. We'd like to get registration forms back by January 1st if possible.  
Christmas Pageant Thanks The Pageant was wonderful! Not only was it fun to watch our kids enact the Christmas story, they did a great job leading us in worship and connecting us to the Scriptures and our faith. Special thanks to Elizabeth Darlington, Sandra Mackey, Margaret Cassady, Pam Gargett and all the families! Finally, thanks to Ross TenEyck-McDowell for the script!

Progressive Dinner Thanks
Our middle and high schoolers had a great time as they went to different locations for the different courses of the meal. A big thanks to our hosts for opening up their homes: the Glidewells and the the Lommers; and the Stewart/Feldmans, and the Peele/Dorns! Thanks as well to the Petits and Holowachuk/Hope Simpsons for bringing appetizers to our youth leaders and parents for helping make it happen! Ask our youth what the best white elephant gifts they saw were!

Mission Trip Meeting (Late December or Early January)  
We sent out an email with a poll for best dates. Please respond with availability so we can pick a time that works for the most people. At this meeting we'll finalize a mission trip location, discuss details, and set the dates. Let Jordan know if you didn't receive the email. Thanks!

Community/Parent Meeting: Faith Milestones (1/7)
We're planning on introducing some Faith Milestones this coming Lent. We'll explain these rites, discuss how we'll present them, and we'd love your feedback on all this! 

Parish Camp (April 28-29, 2018) We're excited to announce that we're doing Parish Camp this coming Spring! It's a weekend at Camp Huston for camping, games, music, time with other parishioners, and more. Stay tuned for more details and mark your calendars!
Questions, comments, concerns, or want to connect? Contact Jordan, our Director of Faith Formation at jordanu@saintandrewsseattle.org.

Calling all Cooks!
For nearly 40 years, St. Andrew's has served the community through the Jubilee Dinner. We serve 50-60 people a nourishing meal at table on the last Sunday of each month. Although our ministry is thriving (thanks to a dedicated core group of cooks and volunteers), we are in need of additional cooks to support this program so that some of our regulars, who have been asked to step up numerous times in the past year, can get a much needed break. We are looking for a light commitment from new folks who would be willing to cook even just one meal for 2018. We promise that you will have all the instructions you need to accomplish this task, plus plenty of volunteers to assist you in the kitchen. Help us to keep this long-standing St. Andrew's tradition of serving our neighbors-in-need alive. If you are interested, please contact Charles Stahl at 206.783.2398 or by e-mail at chas1954@comcast.ne.

End of the Year Contributions to St. Andrew's
If you would like to make a contribution to St. Andrew's before the end of the year, please remember the following:
  • IRS rules state that charitable contributions must be claimed in the year they are delivered to the church. Any contributions you plan to deduct on your 2017 federal tax return must be delivered to the church by December 31, 2017 or be in the mail and postmarked by December 31, 2017.
  • Any contributions in the offering plates on or after January 1, 2018 are deductible in 2018 no matter what date is on the check.
  • You may prepay your financial commitment (all or part) for 2018 before the end of 2017 and report it as a contribution on your 2017 tax return.
  • In January, we will issue you a statement of the contributions we received from you during 2017. You should not file your income tax return until you receive this statement from us.
If you have any questions, please contact Sydnie Sliker, St. Andrew's bookkeeper at 206-523-7476, ext 306 or by email at sydnies@saintandrewsseattle.org.

Ways to get involved at St. Andrew's
2018 Flower and Sanctuary Candle Charts    
colorful-flowers.jpg Flower and sanctuary candle charts are now out for the 2018. Sunday flowers are $50.00 and the candle is $5.00. This is a nice way to support the beauty of the church while remembering loved ones and celebrating special occasions.
Coffee Hosts Coffee Public Domain image
The coffee host signup sheets for January and February 2018 following the 10:00 a.m. service are available at the Welcome Table. Your hospitality is greatly appreciated. You are asked to bring and serve some simple goodies and pour coffee and tea. Thanks to everyone who has served as hosts in 2017! A big thank you to all who have stepped up and have provided goodies and acted as hosts at the 8:00 a.m. coffee hour while Joe Waltz has been recovering from an auto accident in August. He will return as our AMAZING and faithful host the first Sunday in January.  

SCRIP is available every Sunday at the morning coffee hours.

Showcase is located next to the nursery in the Parish Hall and is open most Sunday mornings during the program year, selling many treasurers at bargain prices. All proceeds go to the general budget of St. Andrew's.

Family Works Food Bank
Thank you for your amazing support of the Family Works Food Bank during 2017! These next few cold months are very difficult for people without enough resources to buy food and clothing...your contributions are so much appreciated.
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, Joe Waltz, Audrey Hicks, Wells Henley, Gerry Allen, Sue Rizzotti and Joe Abrahms.
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