E-Log Newsletter | March 16, 2017
 
Welcome to our new Rector
The Rev. Richard C. Weyls!
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Lenten Quiet Morning
at St. Mark's Cathedral on April 1
St. Andrew's has a longtime tradition of seasonal quiet days in Advent and Lent. A few years ago, through conversations with Dean Steve Thomason of St. Mark's, a collaboration developed between St. Andrew's and St. Mark's. Since that time we have alternated hosting of the quiet mornings with the Advent quiet morning here at St. Andrew's and the Lenten quiet morning at St. Mark's. Some people have attended these times regularly over the years and others come and go. You are most welcome to join us at this year's Lenten morning at St. Mark's on April 1. Please find more details here . Longtime parishioner and writer Chris Dubois has attended several of these days and wrote about her experience:

Quiet Day at St. Mark's
by Christine Dubois
My nametag says I'm practicing silence, but I'm not doing it well...Cherry explains that it's a morning of retreat, a time to get away from the distractions and craziness of daily life, a chance to sweep your arm across your desk and start fresh. Read full article here.

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Contemplative Outreach United in Prayer Day 2017: God Is Love
Ways you can celebrate this 25th annual worldwide day of prayer
Retreat Morning 
Saturday, March 18, 9 am-1 pm, St. Andrew's
Join others at St. Andrew's for a retreat morning that includes times of centering prayer, two brief segments from Fr. Keating's God Is Love series, lectio divina, and time for reflection. This event is sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Northwest with support from The Center at St. Andrew's.
Please RSVP to  cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org . Would you like to volunteer to help set up, clean up, or offer hospitality? Please let Cherry know.
If you are unable to be present at St. Andrew's, you may find resources online in order to plan your own private retreat. Go here for more information .
 
Prayer Vigil
Friday, March 17, through Saturday, March 18
A 24-hour, worldwide silent prayer vigil will be hosted by Contemplative Outreach to recognize and build up the unity of existence with our Creator, with all humanity and with all creation. All are welcome to sign up for 30-minute prayer periods, either as individuals or in groups. Go here for more information and to sign up.
 
quietLenten Quiet Morning: A Seasonal Day of Silence and Reflection
Saturday, April 1, 9 am-12:30 pm, at Saint Mark's Cathedral
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. Please RSVP to cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org .

Centering Prayer: An Acceptable Lenten Practice, An Excellent Path
Wednesdays, 5:45 pm in the Chapel, one half hour of prayer
If Lent is about getting back to the fundamentals of faith, then what could be more fundamental than our relationship with God? That's one definition of prayer. Fr. Thomas Keating has called our prayer time "a heavy date with God." Wednesdays in the chapel are a good time for a date and an excellent way to deepen our relationship with God. You are welcome to come. God will be waiting for you! (Really God IS with you always!)

Astrobiology & the Meanings of Life
Wednesdays, through April 5, 7-8:30 pm
In this exciting class, the Rev. Dr. Lucas Mix will help us look at everything from the microscopic to the cosmic-with us in between. How should we in our age think about the meaning or meanings of "life"? Why does this matter to anyone, particularly Christians? Please don't miss this opportunity to spend time with Lucas. Priest, scientist, and native of Seattle, Lucas is back in our area for just a year. We are blessed to be able to host such an amazing human being and engaging speaker who is both heady and fun. You are welcome to any evening of the Wednesday Lenten series, or to any part of the evening. On the first Wednesday, the topic was biological life. Succeeding topics will be internal life, mental life, transcendent life, and existence. 
 
Presenter: the Rev. Dr. Lucas John Mix, studies life-concepts in biology and theology. After receiving a PhD in biology (2004 Harvard), he attended seminary in Berkeley, CA, and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. He consults for NASA on interdisciplinary communication in the search for life in the universe. A member of the Society of Ordained Scientists, he writes and speaks regularly on theology and science.  Find out more here.
 
Wednesday Evenings at The Center
Wednesday evenings include Centering Prayer in the Chapel at 5:45 and supper in the Parish Hall at 6:15 ($10 donation requested). No fee for the Lenten series. Suggested donation of $10 per class, or whatever amount you are comfortable with, gratefully accepted. RSVP appreciated for supper and class. Feel free to invite friends! To reply or ask questions, contact 523-7476, ext. 304, or  cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org

Join Wendy for Gentle Yoga this Spring 
Mondays, through May 22; 1:30 - 2:30 pm (No class on April 10)
Wednesdays, through May 31; 11:15 am - 12:15 pm (No class on April 12 or May 3)
You are welcome to register ahead or to drop in to try Gentle Yoga (drop-in rate $10/session).  If you like it, you are welcome to register for the rest of the term. Registration forms available here. Please mail in or bring your registration to class.

All are welcome at The Center


 
Children & Youth

Mardi Gras
mardi gras 2017 Was a huge success! Thanks to Gretchen and all the volunteers! The food was great, the desserts were delicious, Bottle Rockit put on a great show, and the dancing was fantastic. And to top it off we raised more than $4000 for our youth programs! Thanks to everyone who made it happen!
 
Middle Schoolers Wanted - For a Great Time This Summer!
July 10-14 - VBS for middle schoolers
Well, as you know, our VBS only goes up to 5th grade. Knowing that we have a great crew in middle school this summer, we've created something special for our middle schoolers: 
(a) During the week of VBS, our middle schoolers will have the opportunity to help out with the younger kids. Love helping with the little kids? We'll find the perfect spot in the preK room for you. Want to help the big kids with their play? We'll get you in there helping with practice and costumes. Perhaps the kitchen or craft room is the right spot - we'll make sure you get there.
(b) Of course there will be lunch following VBS every day.  This provides our middle schoolers with a great chance to talk about the day and share their point of view with our adult volunteers.
(c) In addition to helping out, every day will feature a bonus activity just for our middle schoolers. We may walk over to Green Lake and rent some paddle boats.  There may be a visit to one of our local frozen yogurt shops.  We'll make sure these activities include opportunities for our middle schoolers to have fun and get to know one another.

End of summer/TBA - Middle Schooler sleep over (or almost sleep over)! 
What could be better to help our middle schoolers get to know each other than a sleep over at St. Andrew's?  (Those less excited to spend a night away from their own cozy beds are welcome to stay late and come again early to catch all the fun activities other than sleeping.) We'll be sending a doodle poll before summer to find the best possible day to include as many as possible. Anticipated activities include games, movies with popcorn and a pancake breakfast. We're hoping to put our middle schoolers to a little bit of work making breakfast for our middle school families and those supporting this ministry.
Want to sign your middle schooler up or want more information when we have it?  Email jordanu@saintandrewsseattle.org and we'll make sure to include you on future communications.
 
Sign Up for Camp Huston with Friends!
Camp Huston Did you know our diocese has an amazing summer camp? This year we're encouraging families to sign up with friends from St. Andrew's. So talk to other families and find a week that you can go together! A group of our elementary age kids are going for Mini Camp (grades 1-5), July 17-20. And one option for older kids is International Discovery Camp (grades 3-10), August 13-19.  For the schedule and more info check out their website.  Talk with other families and figure out a week to go together!
 
Vacation Bible School July 10-14
You can now register for VBS online or find brochures in the Parish Hall.  The dates are July 10-14, 9am-noon every day, cost is $40 per  child (scholarships available).  So sign up for a great week at St Andrew's!  And invite your friends too!

Jordan Uomoto
Director of Faith Formation for Children & Youth

What's New at St. Andrew's?

FamilyWorks Food Bank     
Baskets for your gifts are located in the narthex. Thank you for your continued generosity in supporting the Food Bank. For vulnerable people in transition Family Works is a beacon of light, a safe place for those who are adrift, hungry, and seeking stability. The focus food for March is soup.
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Save the date for St. Andrew's Auction
Saturday, May 6
Plan on a fun night out including a delicious Hawaiian dinner and Tiki bar! You can help make this night a big success with your donations. We also appreciate your asking local businesses to donate goods or services. Donation forms are available to download here.

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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, Pat Williams, Jan Viguers, Margo Smith, Patricia Bryant,  Sven & Bernie Couch, Marilyn L'Esperance, Kathy Franklin,  Peter Hudson, Carole Sassaman, Al Campbell, Nathan Novak,  Rosa Ebsary, Tucker Sparkman,Ellen Hansen, Georgiana Nielsen, Glenn Sassaman, Gerry Soike, Pat Seaman, and Louise Wicks.
A memorial service for Carol Marshall who died on December 22nd will be held on Saturday, April 1st at 1 pm at St. Andrew's.
 

Celebrating Life in the Resurrection: A Workshop on Planning the Celebration of Your Life through Faith, Hope and Love!
Saturday, March 25, Bloedel Hall, Saint Mark's Cathedral, 9 am-2:30 pm 
celebrating life workshop It is a painful irony that when we are grieving a loved one, we are also called upon to handle so many details. In my experience, a little bit of guidance is a welcome relief. I am always sad when someone tells their family not to "make a fuss" when they die. When you die, take my word for it, there will be a fuss." -- The Rev. David Marshall , St. Dunstan, Shoreline
 
Join Bishop Rickel, Dean Steve Thomason, Rev. Marshall, the Rev. Richard C. Weyl, and other clergy for pastoral perspectives and practical advice on funerals and memorials. Time for Q&A at round table discussions. All participants receive the Diocese's Life Planning Manual. Cost: $20. Sign up on-line here.

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