E-Log Newsletter | October 26, 2017
 
Rector's Corner
Staff Transitions
I am sad to announce the resignation of Jennifer Astion who has served us expertly and faithfully as Communications Specialist. She plans to continue to freelance as a writer and graphic designer. Jen has requested time away to attend to some family issues that requires travel. She intends to remain a parishioner of St. Andrew's after a brief leave of absence. Please keep Jen and her family in your prayers during this time of transition.

Margo Rogers , who currently provides administration support to The Center at St. Andrew's, will be assuming most of Jen's former responsibilities. Margo brings a wealth of administrative and graphic design experience to us from a long career in the business world. She continues to maintain a small consulting practice of her own. Please welcome Margo as our new Communications Specialist!

St. Andrew's Discipleship
Hopefully you have heard me preaching about God's abundant generosity to us and our invitation to a wholehearted response as disciples of Christ. To me, stewardship is all about following Christ more closely. It is our generous response to a gracious invitation. This is why we now call our stewardship efforts "Discipleship." Our program is rooted in the reality that our lives are a gift from God. Everything we are and everything we have is God's gift to us. It doesn't belong to us but is entrusted to us for our use while we inhabit this earth.
 
Our Discipleship program invites each individual and family to share in Christ's mission to the world as experienced at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. We are invited to give back out of the abundance of gifts that God has given us! Each individual is asked to make a comprehensive, one-year commitment to our parish from their time, talent and treasure.

This effort coincides with a new, web-based database that will, hopefully, enhance our connections and communications with each other. Volunteers will soon be contacting you to make sure that our demographic data is correct. We hope to become better stewards of our finances and paper as we reduce our written communications. Our new system makes e-mail communication and even text messaging very easy, however, it is essential that we know your communications preferences.

These same volunteers will also present you with our new Discipleship packet and invite your participation. We are hoping to collect pledge cards at our Ingathering Sunday on November 19th. I would hope that we can have 100% participation this year! St. Andrew's is a wonderful place and all are invited to share in the mission that Christ has entrusted to us!  
 
Sass and Soul at the Center
Friday, November 10, 2017 
Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m.

You won't want to miss this! Local singers, Frank Anderson and LaVon Hardison, with a great instrumental ensemble, will bring us a celebratory evening of Sass and Soul at The Center and a party in Center style. The sass and soul of these singers is contagious! In their presence it's hard not to smile, move to the rhythm, or get up and dance!
 
Patron Support of $150 includes two seats; individual seats $40 each. Register online by clicking on "Donation," at the church, or by regular mail. Checks to St. Andrew's. Note "Center Fundraiser."

Tickets on Sale now!


Center Fall Speakers Series
"Sisters and Brothers All: Cultural Perspectives on Immigration" 
Session 5, November 1 (7:00 p.m., Parish Hall): Common Immigration Myths (Danielle Rosché and Verónica Quiñónez) Attorney Veronica Quiñónez will speak on the undocumented individuals' accessibility to the legal system, their impediments to using the legal system and cultural identity in juvenile cases, including the impact of language and culture on immigrants. Attorney Danielle Roesché will focus on common immigrant myths such as the length of time it takes to obtain status (many categories are backlogged decades), avenues for individuals to obtain status (it's much harder than just marrying a U.S. citizen), payment of taxes contributed by immigrants, and immigrant crime rates. Both lawyers will comment on cases with undocumented minors.  
No registration necessary. 
Donations requested at the door.

Stand with our Neighbors : Field Trips
to Complement Immigration Classes
Sunday, November 5, 11 a.m.: An invitation to All Saints' Day Bilingual Mass at St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Church 
For 121 years, the diverse congregation of St. Matthew/San Mateo has been serving the local community, the marginalized and underserved. Earlier this year the church reaffirmed its commitment to Sanctuary and its readiness to host undocumented immigrants. Father Antonio Illas, Priest-in-Charge, has graciously invited members of St. Andrew's and others to visit their English-Spanish worship and stay for fellowship afterwards. "There is room for all at the table for all peoples," says Father Antonio. We will all gain by sharing the table and our stories.
 
You are invited to carpool with members of OneWorld from St Andrew's. Meet in the library about 9:45, leave by 10 a.m., and return between 2 and 3 pm. Even if you missed the Wednesday evening talk please join us. RSVP if you can or just show up. St. Andrew's OneWorld contact: The Rev. Richard W. Gillett (Dick) dgillseattle@yahoo.com.

St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Church
123 L Street NE - Auburn, WA 

Future Field Trips:
Thursday, December 7, 2017 (8:00 - 9:00 a.m.): Caf é con El Centro (Beacon Hill). 2524 - 16th Avenue South, Seattle
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.): A Mosque visit to the Muslim Association of Puget Sound. 17550 NE 67th Court, Redmond 
 
Centering Prayer and Wednesday Evening Suppers at The Center 
November 1, Centering Prayer 5:45 p.m.,  Supper 6:15, Classes 7:00-8:30

Movie Night at St. Andrew's: From the Ashes
Monday, November 6, 7 p.m.
A compelling look at the lives and issues behind the "war on coal," this documentary tells the story of coal in the United States through the voices of coal miners and takes the viewer around the country exploring what people are doing in the face of the energy and climate crisis.  All are invited to attend the viewing. For more details, see  
https://www.fromtheashesfilm.com/

Continuing Spiritual Journey
This opportunity to delve into Fr. Thomas Keating's presentation of the Christian contemplative tradition will continue throughout the program year and be facilitated by Sue Kraemer, longtime centering prayer practitioner. Each evening will include a time of centering prayer, a DVD segment, and a brief period of sharing.

Fall Sunday Forums
October 29, 2017: Luther's Reformation 500 Years Ago - How It Shapes the Christian Community Today (Lynn Hofstad, Ph.D.) 
Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, 500 year ago on October 31. Launching the Reformation, this act served as the first of Luther's challenges to the theological beliefs within the Roman Catholic Church. Three ideas marked Luther's theology - justification by faith, sola scriptura and the priesthood of all believers. Lynn Hofstad, Ph.D., a lecturer at Seattle University, will give a brief historical context before looking at these three ideas in more depth.
 
November 5, 2017: The Global Refugee Crisis 101 (Marianne Yahyaoui)
In 2016, the number of refugees worlwide again broke it's former record bringing the number to 22.5 million people. In 2017, under the Trump administration, the number of refugees to be resettled in the United States was reduced by more than half. This presentation will discuss the reality of the global refugee crisis as well as how refugee resettlement happens here in the United States as well as the Puget Sound region. Marianne Yahyaoui, a teacher at Kent-Meridian High School has previously worked in refugee
resettlement agencies in North Dakota and Arizona.

November 12, 2017: The Theology of Abundance (Rich Weyls)
As a consumeristic society, so much of our life is driven by economics and is governed by "the allocation of scarce resources."  This has formed us and guides most of our decision making.  It leads to a crippling theology of scarcity that is born of fear, not of God.  What if we were to concentrate upon what we already have, as a gift from God, as the source of our decision-making?  This awareness leads to freedom and a joyful, abundant life.  Join Father Rich as we reflect upon this together.

November 19, 2017: Inc. (formerly The Women's Incubator Project) (Marlene Mejia Weiss, Director)

November 26, 2017 (Sharon Wilson and JB Hoover):
Protecting Our Climate System: How's it going? What can I do?  St. Andrew's parishioners JB Hoover and Sharon Wilson will bring us up-to-date on climate science, effects of altered climate and recommended actions - all based on recent training with the Climate Reality Project.  This is God's creation and people that are suffering.  We are all called to respond.
 
All are Welcome at The Center 
Children & Youth
Wreath/Chinook Fundraiser (10/21-11/12)
We've begun one of our favorite Youth Group fundraisers - Wreaths and Chinook Books! For three Sundays (10/29, 11/5, 11/12) we'll be selling Christmas Wreaths and Chinook Books in the Parish Hall during Coffee Hours. We'll have four types of wreaths available to order: circular wreaths, door swag, center pieces, and garlands. After you've placed your order they will be available for pick up at the beginning of December 2nd (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon) and December 3rd (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). All proceeds go toward our youth programming, including the summer mission trip.

The Chinook coupons are great and support local and environmentally friendly businesses and the wreaths smell great, look great, and make wonderful gifts! So make sure you talk to one of our youth or check out our table during Coffee Hour! 
 
Intergenerational Worship: All Saints Day (10/29)
On October 29th during the 10am we'll be celebrating All Saints Day. This is an Intergenerational Worship so all ages will worship together. In honor of both Halloween and All Saints Day everyone is invited to wear costumes. If you bring a costume please make sure it is appropriate for the occasion (no costumes that glorify violence or are underdressed). All Saints is a celebration of all the saints in heaven, both famous and obscure, throughout all of history. It is an occasion to remember that we have a communion with them that cannot even be broken by death. It is a wonderful opportunity to remember those in the faith who are part of the "church triumphant" that we look up to, those who's stories we draw strength from, and those who have personally led us by their examples, whether that's an ancient martyr, a well-know pastor, or a grandmother.

JYC (Junior Youth Conference) - November 17-19, 2017 JYC is a Middle School Retreat that our Diocese puts on. The theme for the Fall JYC is Outside the Box. It will be held at St Margaret's in Bellevue. Click Here to read more information and to register.

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. If you could only go to one event out of the whole year I'd recommend that you make space for this one. More details and the registration form are forthcoming, but until then, put this weekend in your calendar.
all better and spending time with the Youth at St. Andrew's!  

Next Youth Group
Our next YG gathering is scheduled for November 5. We were disappointed that the Corn Maze was flooded this year but hope you were able to enjoy a free Sunday evening. 
 
Want to read more?  Email Jordan Uomoto if you'd like to be added to the Children & Youth Newsletter.

College Care Packages
School has finally arrived in Seattle and our college freshmen are in the middle of their first terms from Hamilton, New York, to Los Angeles, California and towns in between. It is time to remind them that we are with them on their journeys, both academic and spiritual with a care package. Boxes and cards will be located in the Parish Hall for the next few weeks. Please show these students some love with SCRIP and other goodies.

Ways to get involved at St. Andrew's
Jubilee Dinner: Our next monthly Jubilee outreach meal will be held on Sunday October 29 at 2 pm in the Parish Hall. If you would like to help with this meal, just check in at the kitchen on that Sunday.
 
Lady's Night Out at St. Andrew's
Saturday, November 4th
Come hang out with the wonderful women of St. Andrew's in th e Parish Hall between 5 pm and 8 pm on Saturday, November 4th.  Bring yourself, and if possible, something to share, either food or drink. If you need a ride, can give a ride, have time to help out or have any questions, then please email Cathy Jeannotte at cathyjea@hotmail.com

thanksgiving-dinner.jpg Thanksgiving Service and Potluck Meal
On Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd we will have a service at 10 am followed by our annual traditional Thanksgiving Feast . The church will provide the turkeys (cooked by the Hege family) and you are invited to bring all the trimmings. Lunch will be served at approximately 11:45 am. Mark your calendars and plan to join the church family as we celebrate and give thanks for all we have been given! For planning purposes and setup, there is a signup sheet at the Welcome Table.

Showcase
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.
 
Matthew 25 Ministries 
Bring your empty prescription bottles to the Welcome Table and place them in the container marked Matthew 25. These bottles are scrubbed and sent away to be filled with medical needs of people living in third world countries. For more information, about this ministry you can contact Mike Cook at michal.cook5235@gmail.com
 
Family Works Foodbank 
Many thanks to everyone who so generously supports the Family Works Food Bank throughout the year. Our focus items for October are pastas and pasta sauces. During the month of November and December we will be asking for items to fill the tables of those in need with typical foods you might find on your own holiday tables, including canned vegetables and fruits, potatoes, cranberries, olives, pickles, and stuffing mixes.
 
Host Coffee Hour 
We are still looking for coffee hosts for our December coffee hours following the 10 am service. Just bring a few treats, put on your best smile and meet new people as you pour their beverages. Creation Keepers will supply the clean-up help if you use the ceramic cups. Sign-up sheets can be found at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings. Thank you to all for being so willing to serve in this ministry of hospitality! 
  
Did you sign up for a Sanctuary Candle? 
The sign up sheet for the Sunday sanctuary candle from October 8 thru December 31 was lost on Kick-Off Sunday and hasn't shown up ye. If you remember choosing one of those Sundays in that time period, please call Ruby in the church office at 206-523-7476 or email her at rubym@saintandrewsseattle.org so we can list that in the Sunday Bulletin.
 
 St. Andrew's Community at Large
Women's Business Incubator's St. Andrew's Location now called The Inc.
St. Andrew's tenant and partner, Women's Business Incubator (WBI) has recently rebranded it's coworking + childcare location inside our church as The Inc., Community Coworking + Playschool, to provide a more clear and inclusive description about its wonderful services and community. This is a space where flexible working parents can have a few hours of focused work time while their young children are learning and engaged in a separate room. The Inc's preschooler room still has openings available so if you are a parent who is looking for a flexible preschool option where you pay as you need it instead of committing to a whole year like other traditional preschools, then this is the space for you and your child. 

You can learn more about The Inc. and what it has to offer at their website, http://www.theinccoworking.org/en . You can book a tour at https://theinccoworking_version_428709283.spaces.nexudus.com/en/tour and learn more about the overall mission of the Women's Business Incubator at https://womensincubator.org/
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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, Anne Novak, Joe Waltz, Reese Fowler, Audrey Hicks, and Wells Henley.
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