E-Log Newsletter | February 15, 2018 
 
Rector's Corner
Dear Ones:
The liturgical seasons seem to move along so rapidly. Lent began this week with Ash Wednesday! Lent is a time to enter into the desert with Jesus to engage in a process of reflection and conversion. We repent from our sins in order to be filled by Easter grace. Also, you will notice some liturgical changes on the First Sunday of Lent. I will write to you in the next LOG about these improvements.

My first Annual Meeting as your Rector seemed to go well. We ended 7 minutes early! We are hoping to post the Annual Report on the website in the next few days. I am grateful to our outgoing Vestry members who provided excellent leadership during these past three years of transition; Mac McKellar, Barbara Larson, Colin Miller and Vikki Day. Special thanks to Vikki Day for serving as our Senior Warden for two years! I have appointed Karla Koon as our new Senior Warden for 2018. Karla brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the business world and is a woman of deep faith and kindness. I am excited to work closely with her this year. Our newly-elected Vestry members are Theresa Burciaga, Joe Waltz, Martha Swain and Mike Cook. Thank you all for serving our parish in this important way!

As you know, our beloved Associate Rector, The Rev. Terry Steig, announced his plans to retire on June 3rd. We will honor Terry on that Sunday with a festive party after the 10:00 a.m. service. I find myself taking every opportunity to thank him for his 28 year tenure as our assisting priest. His presence has provided stability and hopeful certainty in times of leadership change and growth. Thank you, Terry, for everything you are and everything you have given to us.

I am pleased to announce my intention to hire The Rev. Danáe Ashley to be our new Associate Rector, effective June 1. Mother Danáe and I have been in communication for months about her interest in joining our staff. The Personnel Committee of the parish, Vestry and staff are supportive of her hiring, however, nothing is final until the Vestry approves a revised 2018 budget. We will be working on this in coming months. Danáe is completing her work as Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen's church in Laurelhurst. That parish is in the final stages of their Rector search process. Mother Danáe is an extremely talented priest of a different generation and gender from me. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. Danáe hopes to split her time between her robust counseling practice and parish responsibilities. She is a well-known leader in the Episcopal Church. Please read her biography below.

These are exciting, and painful, times of change for our parish. We recognize that God is with us as we navigate these new and uncertain waters into the future. I am so glad that we have each other as we move forward in hope. I am grateful to be your Rector and feel blessed to spend the next decade of my life in service with you!
In Christ,
Rich Weyls+
Rector

Introducing Dan áe M. Ashley,  MDiv, MA, LMFTA
New Associate Rector (starting June 1, 2018)
The Rev. Danáe M. Ashley, MDiv, MA, LMFTA is an Episcopal priest and marriage and family therapist who has ministered with parishes in North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, and is currently serving part-time as the Priest-in-Charge at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Seattle and a therapist at Soul Spa Seattle, LLC. She is also the Director of The Episcopal Center for Embodied Faith, a website repository for resources for the intersection between our bodies and faith, and a proud member of Thank God for Sex, a psycho-educational group that puts on community education events to promote healing for those who have shame around their bodies, sexuality, and faith. 
   
Mother Danáe uses art, music, drama, poetry, and movement in counseling, spiritual direction, and creation of ritual, especially for pregnancy and infant loss. She is an alumna of The Young Clergy Women Project and has written for their online magazine Fidelia's Sisters and their Advent devotional published by Chalice Press, as well as being a contributing writer to the Episcopal Church's online ministry "Sermons that Work." Mother Danáe is also one of the contributors of the book Still a Mother: Journeys through Perinatal Bereavement that was released in February 2016 by Judson Press. Additionally, she developed and produced the verbatim play "Naming the Un-Named: Stories of Fertility Struggle" with playwright Amanda Aikman and has written for Working Preacher: Craft of Preaching. 
  
Her favorite past times include hiking with her husband and beloved dog, reading, traveling, visiting with family and friends, dancing with wild abandon to Celtic music, and serious karaoke.

Lent at The Center
"I invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word."
 
On Ash Wednesday every year with these words from the Book of Common Prayer, the 
 priest exhorts the people. Perhaps by the time you read this Log you will have heard them this week. The Center at St. Andrew's offers you some support in observing a holy Lent. Centering Prayer each Wednesday and the Lenten Quiet Morning on March 10 will give you an opportunity for prayer and reflection in the company of fellow journeyers. The Lenten series offers a time to reflect on the Gospel and learn about what Jesus calls us to in our individual and collective lives. What are we called to give up in Lent and what are we called to take on for Christ and our fellow human beings to bring about the Beloved Community on earth-during Lent and beyond? Please join us for these and other opportunities that may emerge in these weeks. We hope that your participation will bless you during this season, and we know that your presence will be a blessing to others. Please check in with The Center pages on the St. Andrew's website for updates. For now, below are some details.
  
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 a few weeks ago, 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 Cherry at cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org with questions.

Lenten Wednesday Evenings - Centering Prayer and Supper 
During Lent, plan to make Wednesday evenings at The Center a part of your practice and preparation. Come for Centering Prayer, at 5:45 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by a simple Lenten supper of soup, salad, and bread in the Parish Hall at 6:15 p.m. Of course, if you cannot make it to all of the evening, you are welcome to any part. An RSVP would be appreciated.

Please plan to make a donation for supper ($10 per evening) as well as a donation for class (donation $10-15 per session). Donations are suggested, not hard and fast, so if they present any obstacle at all, please give what you are comfortable giving to support programs at The Center and know that you are always welcome! 
 
  
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  candle-wreath-centerpiece.jpg
A seasonal time of retreat co-sponsored by The Center at St. Andrew's and St. Mark's Cathedral 
All are invited for this morning of commu
nal and individual silence, prayer, and reflection. The retreat will incl ude  morning prayer, two perio ds of Centering Pra yer, 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).
 
   
United in Pray Day Afternoon Retreat: Healing our Violence
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., followed by Taize Prayer Service at 6:00 p.m.
All are welcome and invited to join Contemplative Outreach Northwest for a retreat to celebrate silence as a source of transformation and relationship with our Creator and with all creation. This day marks Contemplative Outreach's 26th Annual United in Prayer Day, a worldwide event. The theme this year is Healing Violence. In addition to local retreat days, a 24-hour virtual prayer vigil begins Saturday, March 17. Schedules are suggested for individual, in-home retreats to join in spirit those coming together in groups around the globe. Find more information on the Contemplative Outreach website:  www.contemplativeoutreach.org
  
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) 
 
All are Welcome at The Center

Children & Youth
Director's Corner
As I write we're getting ready for our annual Youth Group fundraiser, the Mardi Gras Party - by the time you read this it will be past and we'll be in Lent! In advance I'd like to give a big thanks to everyone who helps make Mardi Gras happen and for all ways this community supports our children and young people! Thank you!
Since there's so much happening, I'm simply going to encourage you to read about it all below!
Jordan Uomoto, MDiv 
Director of Faith Formation for Children & Youth
 
Mission Trip: Chicago (July 21-28)
It's time to sign up! We'll be going to Chicago on the 4th week of July. YouthWorks will be hosting us once again. They do a great job of building relationships with those in the community and cultivating an experience for our youth to grow and learn. Since we'll join with groups from other churches and denominations it will also be an ecumenical experience and opportunity to learn with Christians from other perspectives. We'd love to have a solid count before the end of March, so please contact Jordan with questions, to get forms, and to sign up.
 
Faith Milestones this Lent
PreK/K: Lessons on the Lord's Prayer during Children's Church on February 18, February 25, and March 4. We'll March the milestone during the 10:00 a.m. service on March 11.
  
1st/2nd Grade: Lessons on the Liturgical Calendar during Children's Church on February 18 and February 25. We'll March the milestone during the 10:00 a.m. service on March 4.
 
Faith Milestones Feedback
As we introduce Faith Milestones this year we continue to invite your feedback on how they've been going and input on what/how we might do them in the future. We had originally planned to have a final of three feedback meetings on March 4, but this meeting has been cancelled because of the "Afternoon of Stories" being at the same time. Feel free to email or talk with Jordan if you have thoughts or suggestions.
 
Acolyte Training (TBD)
Thanks to those who attended the Acolyte Training this past weekend! Wayne Smith, Donna Hawkins and Jordan Uomoto led a time of learning about our liturgy and sacred spaces. We'll have another training soon and would love to have more children and adults join in this ministry! The commitment is only during the 10:00 a.m. service and could be once every month or two. The acolyte training is required for both current and new acolytes so that everyone is on the same page about the role.
 
Plant for the Planet Academy (March 3)
Read more about his AMAZING opportunity on our website!
 
Afternoon of Stories (March 4)
To wrap up our series on Stories and Testimony we'll go to Green Lake on March 4 after the 10:00 a.m. service to invite stories from people walking by. This is something that I have done in the past and it has been an incredible learning experience and so much fun! The idea of the Afternoon of Stories is to realize that everyone we encounter has a story. We will set up a grill, make hot-dogs and invite people who walk by to "trade a hot-dog for a story!" People often tell stories from their childhood, a favorite family story, or a story about where they are now and in return, they walk away with a delicious hot-dog! I am hoping that this will be a great way to end our series and hear some stories from our own neighborhood!
Megan McInnis, Seminarian, Faith Formation Intern
 
Vacation Bible Camp (July 9-13)
March your calendars! We've set our Vacation Bible Camp dates. More info and registration coming soon.
 
Questions, comments, concerns, or want to connect? Contact Jordan, our Director of Faith Formation at jordanu@saintandrewsseattle.org.

 
Ladies Night Out!
Friday, March 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m.  - Parish Hall
Come join the Ladies of St. Andrew's for another night of food, libations and conversations.
 
To encourage the arrival of spring we're doing a salad bar.  We'll provide the lettuce and you bring your favorite item to make a salad special - diced meats or cheeses, legumes, salad dressing, croutons/nuts, veggies and the like. We'll have a selection of items so each attendee only needs to bring a small amount rather than enough for all attendees.  We've set up this signup genius to help make sure we have a great variety.  You might use this as an opportunity to raid your fridge or plan on stopping at the store if you know your schedule will be tight. We're providing rolls as well as few appetizers to nosh on until things get rolling.
 
Please plan to bring an item for the salad bar or a sweet nibble plus a beverage to share.
   
RSVP and sign up to bring salad item or dessert here: 
 http://bit.ly/march-signup

Plant for the Planet Workshop
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - FREE!

Our Children's Future
One delightful way that we have been caring for our children is through singing them on their way to children's church during the 10 o'clock service.   As we sing; and the children follow Jordan, my heart reverberates with the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and all of us present who love children.
On March 3rd we have another opportunity to show our care and love for our children 8 to 12 years old, in the Plant for the Planet Academy, hosted by St. Andrews. Empowering children to take action in caring for our planet is a powerful remedy for the concern and even fear that some children are feeling as they learn about climate change in school.     
10 years ago, a 9 year old German boy, Felix Finkbeiner, began Plant for the Planet as his class project to honor Wangari Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt movement, and the first African woman and first environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Felix's vision has grown to 63,000 children in 130 countries worldwide who are planting trees, hope, justice and more sustainable world.      
Help plant these seeds for your children by registering them for the Plant for the Planet Academy March 3rd. Friends, classmates, scout troops are all invited! During the parent/adult presentation at the start of the day, you too will find empowerment in engaging with other parents who are learning about climate change and families. All adults who feel called to come because of your love for children are invited to attend the parent/adult presentation.
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!

St. Andrew's Parish Camp - All are Invited!
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
margaretcassady@hotmail.com


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. 
   
Nothing Succeeds like Success!

The SHOWCASE is doing a great business at our Jubilee dinners - so much so that we are in need of a third helper to take care of our customers. A one-hour shift would be a great help, either - 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m., or 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Jubilee dinner Sunday (the last Sunday of each month). Please talk to Margo Smith and or/Sherry Garman to learn more about this. We could also use a helper to affix price tags on merchandise on a random basis. Margo and Sherry will guide you as to how it is done.    
  
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
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
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.

PRAYERS 
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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