E-Log Newsletter | January 17, 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
Thank you to all who helped make Christmas at St. Andrew's such a beautiful and special time of celebration and prayer. Our snowy "Christmas Miracle" on December 24th affected our attendance but our music was glorious and those who braved the elements were filled with Christmas joy! Thank you, especially, to our parish musicians, altar guild members and liturgical ministers who had an especially rigorous schedule this year. We appreciate their generous service to us all.
In the coming weeks, we continue to reflect upon the ongoing manifestation of Divine Glory to the cosmos in the person of Jesus Christ. There are four Sundays in the Epiphany season as we prepare for Lent. This year Lent begins on February 14th with Ash Wednesday. This is a little different twist on the observance of human and divine LOVE!
This Sunday, January 21  begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Michael Ramos, Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and a Roman Catholic, will preach to us at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services. He will also offer a Forum at 11:45 a.m. In addition, we are all cordially invited to an Ecumenical Prayer Service to pray for Christian unity, on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church (1805 N 49th Street, Seattle). I will be proclaiming a reading on that night. Please join us!
Thank you to all who made a financial and ministerial commitment to our parish for 2018. Unfortunately, we were about $20,000 short of our pledge goal. The 2018 budget has been adjusted accordingly but no programs or staff positions have been eliminated. 158 households pledged $411,265 to our General Operating Fund and $20,500 was pledged to the Center at St. Andrew's. I am very grateful for the many ways our parishioners support our mission and ministry at St. Andrews. Not everyone can afford to make a financial pledge but many parishioners give generously of their time, energy and talent to make us who we are in Christ. This is every bit as important as your financial gifts.
Finally, there will be some liturgical improvements to our celebration of the Sunday Eucharist at St. Andrew's beginning the First Sunday of Lent (February 18, 2018). I am hoping to simplify some liturgical roles and improve the prayerful flow of our Sunday service. Our goal is to enhance and enrich our liturgical experience with beauty and dignity.  I will share additional details in the next edition of The Log.
With Epiphany Joy, I am,
Your brother in Christ,
The Reverend Richard Weyls+

Capstone Event: Cancelled
The Capstone Event for Capital Campaign donors that was tentatively scheduled for January 27 has been cancelled. A full report will be sent to all donors when more information is available about how the funds were used.

New Ministry Opportunities 
Companionship Training - Saturday, March 17
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Companionship Training for Jubilee Companions and table hosts will be on Saturday, March 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in the Library.  This training is open to all people who are interested in learning more about how to respond and "be with" people experiencing hardship and difficulty in their lives.  The training will be offered by Kae Eaton, Executive Director of Mental Health Chaplaincy.  There is no charge for this training and a continental breakfast will be served.  Please RSVP to Fr. Rich Weyls at richw@saintandrewsseattle.org or 523-7476 ext 302, if you plan to attend.

Blood Donors Needed
There is currently a winter shortage of blood and platelets, donors are needed. Platelet and type O negative and B negative are in particularly short supply now and the need is critical. The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment today (scheduling an appointment reduces possible wait times at blood donation sites).  You can do this by on-line by contacting redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767 ). One upcoming drive is on Friday, January 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Husky Union Building, University of Washington, 4001 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195. Find more upcoming blood drive sites at  redcrossblood.org .

Making Music at St. Andrew's
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.

Weaving God's Wisdom into Daily Life 
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
How can we overcome obstacles of the false self and grow spiritually and psychologically in order to weave God's wisdom into daily life? The "false self" is a collection of programs that worked well in our young lives to help us deal with our family contexts. Unfortunately, these programs are not so helpful in adult life. In fact, what once appeared to be a lifeline can keep us trapped in woundedness and stagnation. Loosening the grip of the false-self system is a major step in spiritual and psychological growth. It deepens our devotion to God and our compassion for self and others. Healing of the wounds enshrined in the false self can liberate us and empower us to bring God's wisdom and love into the world.
In this daylong workshop consisting of two conferences, 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. Morning and afternoon conferences will complement each other. Attending both will enrich your experience, but you are welcome to come to one or the other. Please specify with your registration.  
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Perspectives on the Self from Mystics and Psychologists (Presenter: Chris Hyde, Ph.D.)
Chris Hyde, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist.. He has worked in traditional clinics and private practice; provided therapy services in inner city schools; and worked with adolescents in the juvenile judicial system. He has also done physiological research on ADHD and aggression, and does program evaluation for a group that treats survivors of abuse. A longtime student of classical and modern spirituality, Chris currently provides private-practice psychotherapy with individuals, couples and families as well as Spirit-informed coaching in his office in Delaware. 
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.: Consenting in Everyday Life with the Welcoming Prayer (Presenter: Cherry Haisten, MA, MATS)
Cherry Haisten, MA, MATS, former Contemplative Outreach Northwest Coordinator and Contemplative Outreach Resource Faculty member, continues on the national faculty's Welcoming Prayer service team. A longtime presenter, she has practiced Centering Prayer, the Welcoming Prayer, and Lectio Divina for over two decades and regularly presents workshops and retreats nearby and across the country. Cherry is Program Director of The Center at St. Andrew's.  
Registration: Advance registration greatly appreciated for Saturday's workshop before January 16. Walk-ins are also welcome as space allows. Please bring a sack lunch and, if you like, a snack to share. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided throughout the day. Suggested donations sliding scale $15-$45. Co-sponsored by The Center at St. Andrew's and Contemplative Outreach Northwest. Click here for more information, or go to the website or pick up a brochure at the church.  
Centering Prayer at St. Andrew's 
Centering Prayer Schedule for January - March: Wednesday Evenings in the Chapel 
January 17, January 31, and February 7, 5:45-6:45 p.m.: Two prayer periods with walk between
January 24, 5:45-6:15 p.m.: One prayer period followed snacks and chant class (no supper)
February 14, 5:45-6:30 p.m.: One 30-minute period of prayer prior to the Ash Wednesday service
February 21-March 21, Lenten Wednesdays, 5:45-6:15 p.m.: Centering prayer followed by supper and classes
If you have questions about Centering Prayer, these gatherings, or participating in this ministry, please contact cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org
Circle of Sound: An Introduction (Presenter: Valerie Piacenti) - January 24, 2018 (5:45 p.m. - Centering Prayer; 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Circle of Sound)
A special evening of Chant will follow Centering Prayer on Wednesday, January 24. In this 75-minute class, we will be using breath, ancient techniques of humming, toning, chant, and listening to cross-cultural music selected from a variety of composers and genres, to help bring about increased health and well-being. Bring a snack to share after centering prayer, if you wish.
Presenter Valerie Piacenti, a certified Cross Cultural Music in Healing Practitioner, has been involved in personal transformation, spiritual work, meditation and chant for over 40 years, the past 8 in Sacred Sound through healing Hindu and Vedic chant.
RSVP: cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org. to let us know if you are planning to attend
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.

Lenten Series Classes at the Center
The topic is still being debated but we will have classes on the five Wednesday evenings between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. As usual Centering Prayer will be at 5:45 pm in the Chapel followed by a simple Lenten supper in the Parish Hall at 6:15 pm. All are welcome to all or any part of these evenings. More details soon.

Sunday Forum
Sunday Forum - January 21, 11:45-12:30 p.m. in the Nave
Demands of the Gospel for Followers of Jesus
Michael Ramos, Church Council of Greater Seattle Executive Director, will present a Christian perspective on these challenging times. Given the practical concerns of our hurting and troubled world, what principals and pathways should guide our engagement in the public square? Michael will preach at the 10:00 a.m. service. Please grab a cup of coffee in the Parish Hall after church and then come up and join us. 
All are Welcome at The Center

Children & Youth
Director's Corner
Hello St Andrew's Family! As we begin to make our journey from Advent to Lent we've begun a discussion about Faith Milestones. Thanks to all those who attended our first of three discussions on the topic. In some ways these milestones/rites will be "new" but in other ways they will be old and familiar. They are ways for our children to mark how they are being formed as Christians with various rites of passage. We'll be drawing from both ancient rites as well as discussing what new rites and traditions we can begin that will fit with St Andrew's to best celebrate and highlight what we want to pass on to our children.
Here's an example of some Milestones that we're planning for this Lent. Drawing from our Episcopal tradition, we have several rites that are a part of our preparation for the Sacrament of Christian Initiation (i.e., baptism). Among these rites (which can be found in our Book of Occasional Services) is the Presentation of the Lord's Prayer. This rite is traditionally done with adult catechumens during Lent in preparation for baptisms to take place at Easter. For those who are baptized as infants many congregations do these types of rites as a part of faith formation once they are old enough. With that in mind, we'll have a unit on the Lord's Prayer which will include singing, memorizing, and some teaching from various adults on its meaning for the church as a whole and for them personally. All this will culminate in presenting them with the Lord's Prayer as a gift during one Sunday in Lent. In addition to the Lord's Prayer we're going to have a Sanctuary Walk, which will be an opportunity to teach about the various elements of our sanctuary and church grounds.
I'm really excited about all this and would love for you to join in the ongoing discussion about how we might go about adding Faith Milestones to our curriculum!
Jordan Uomoto, MDiv
Director of Faith Formation for Children & Youth

Youth Group Service: Jubilee Meal (January 28)
Both MS and HS Youth Groups are invited to help out at our Jubilee Meal. We'll have the opportunity to assist with some of the many tasks: set-up, food prep, ministry of hospitality and clean-up. Please come for whatever portion you are able to help at.

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.
Mardi Gras - February 13, 2018 - 5:30 p.m., Parish Hall   
Mark your calendars for Mardi Gras! 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!
Plant for the Planet Academy (March 3, 2018)
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 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, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 pm. FREE!
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
Coffee Hosts Coffee Public Domain image
The coffee host signup sheets for January and February 2018 following the 10 am 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 am 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.

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.

Creation Keepers 
Creation Keepers seeks to live out our call to care for God's creation. Their next meeting is Sunday, January 21st from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Canterbury Room. Contact Carolyn Rodenberg for more information: carolynrodenberg@mindspring.com or 206-367-3058

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, Gerry Allen, Joe Abrahms and Joy Rogers.

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