Jackson St. Food Bank is closed until further notice

It is with supreme regret that we inform you that our Jackson Street Food Bank will be closing indefinitely after its distribution on Wednesday, March 25.

Our director, Ed Wolfer, reports: “I just want everyone to know that unfortunately, we have been asked to close our doors at the Jackson Street Food Bank after our March distribution. We are a small food bank, and in these difficult times, Nourish Pierce County is committed to getting the most food into the hands of those that need it most. To streamline their distribution, they have asked us to temporarily close our doors. We have been serving the West Slope neighborhood for over 18 years, and we are sorry we can’t continue, but it is for the good of the community.”

On Wednesday, The Food Bank extended its hours from our usual 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. and began serving at 3:00 P.M. They continued until they had nothing more to give out, and distributed dried beans, canned beans, canned vegetables, canned soup, rice, oatmeal, pasta, and other shelf-stable food.

Please contact Virginia Gaub, Ed Wolfer or Sunshine DeGennaro for further information.

Evening Prayer is now available Sunday evenings on your phone

St. Andrew’s will offer Evening Prayer by phone every Sunday at 5 p.m. You can join us for prayer, contemplation and reflection by calling 712-432-3900 and then use the conference 458556 #. This is a wonderful opportunity to declutter your soul in preparation for the busy week ahead!

The tradition of praying the Evening Prayer dates to St Benedict’s Rules of Precepts, which was written in 516. This tradition has been a part of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) since its beginning.

Please contact Jeffrey Boyce if you can help support this new prayer ministry.

Help fund your education through the St. Andrew’s Scholarship Fund

St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee’ s Scholarship Fund for promoting educational activities is available once again. Any currently enrolled or potential student is eligible to apply. Priority will be given to the St. Andrews community. The application form is available on our web site here.

Packets are also available in the office. Please submit the completed application online or to the office no later than Friday, April 10th, 2020. This is the date on the front of the application packet.

St. Andrew’s Outreach works locally and globally

Saint Andrew’s tithes ten percent of undesignated income to the community each year.

The Community Outreach Committee distributes these funds each quarter. This year, we started to track the types of community assistance that our outreach was funding. This is a summary of our spending through the third quarter of 2019.

Categories or purpose of giving:
Food: Jackson Street foodbank (Nourish), Nativity House Day Shelter, Saint Leo’s Food Connection, USO-JBLM, Emergency Food Network
Shelter: Rector’s discretionary fund, AIDNW, Rescue Mission, Tacoma Power Low IncomeAssistance, Habitat for Humanity
Health: Neighborhood Clinic, Pediatric Interim Care, Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Caring for Kids
Evangelism: Seminary fund, Associated Ministries, Kairos, Tacoma College Ministry, Episcopal College Ministry at WWU, Gregorys in Guatemala
Education: Scholarship fund, CoEd, Peace Community Center
Economic advancement: Outreach Special Request (international farm animal purchase), Episcopal Relief and Development, Anglican Relief and Development Fund
Disaster Relief: Episcopal Relief and Development, Outreach Special Request fund, Food for the Poor, World Vision, Anglican Relief and Development Fund

Locality of giving:
Pierce County: Rector’s discretionary fund, Scholarship fund, Associated Ministries, AIDNW,Jackson Street foodbank (Nourish), Kairos, Nativity House Day Shelter, Peace Community Center, Pediatric Interim Care, Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Rescue Mission, Saint Leo’s Food Connection, Tacoma Power Low Income Assistance, Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood Clinic, Tacoma College Ministry, Caring for Kids, Emergency Food Network
United States: Seminary fund, USO-JBLM, Outreach Special Request, Episcopal Campus Ministry at WWU

International: CoEd, Episcopal Relief and Development, Anglican Relief and Development Fund for the Bahamas, Gregorys in Guatemala

Total 2019, through 3rd quarter: $22,466 ($263 from 2018)

Amounts per category:
Food: $5,250
Shelter: $5,463
Health: $3,500
Evangelism: $5,100 Education: $2,550
Economic advancement: $366 Disaster Relief:$500

Amounts per locality: Pierce County: $18,113 United States: $3,250 International: $1,366

Report adapted from Susan Rowe’s article in the November Tartan

Worship with us on-line!

You can now log into our web page any time to enjoy last Sunday’s Morning Prayer. You will experience live the unforgettable organ music of Naomi Shiga and another thoughtful sermon from Fr. Martin. Our postulant, Pam Tinsley, will assist in the service and in the readings. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of our community!

St. Andrew’s music program for kids will resume with worship

Make a joyful noise to the Lord! (Psalm 100) Our music program for children will resume after our hiatus from worship! Little kids should meet Naomi in the front of the church for a mini-rehearsal after a quick bite at coffee hour, following the 10:00 a.m. service!

We will have fun singing, and learning Solfege (Do, Re, Mi) so that you will be ready to sing in the choir someday. Big kids are welcome to join us to learn music as well as helping the younger children. Adult volunteers are more than welcome too!

Jackson St. Food Bank will be open this week and needs extra help

The Jackson Street Food Bank will be opening its doors to our neighbors in need on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

A great food drive by school students

Due to the precautions encouraged to limit the spread of the COVID-19, we will be implementing some new procedures.  These new procedures will be somewhat more labor intensive for our volunteers.  You will have protection to keep you safe from contact with potential illness but we will need more than the usual number of volunteers.  We really appreciate all the volunteers that have helped the last few months.

What do Volunteers do?   1) 9:00am to 11 am, morning set up,  (moving tables and chairs) , receiving our food delivery,  and preparing bags of staple foods (canned and dry) to be ready for hand out later  2)  3pm to 7 pm , afternoon final set up and distribution  (volunteers will have limited contact with clients and will do the  selection of food items),  and/or   3) 6pm to 7:30pm Help is  especially needed with clean up and return the room to  standard set up (put the food back into the closets and reset the tables and chairs). Volunteer help is welcome at any or all of these times.  (We ask that children not participate in this season.)

Please contact Virginia Gaub, Ed Wolfer or Sunshine DeGennaro for further information.

Hear this Sunday’s sermon by Pam Tinsley and read the scriptures

Good morning, parishioners and friends of St. Andrew’s! Although we did not worship together in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Fr. Martin did want everyone to be able to read God’s word and to hear it preached. You can access Pam Tinsley’s sermon via the sermon link on our web site or by clicking here. This other link will take you to all of the readings for March 15. The Gospel passage from John is the focus of Pam’s sermon. You can read it before you begin or scroll through it as you hear her preach:

John 4:5-42

Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

The Good Book Club resumes this Sunday! All are welcome!

Please join the Daughters of the King on Sunday, February 16, in the Georgie Chapel for the third session of The Good Book Club, supported by Bishop Curry. We are exploring through Bible study the Gospel of John. Our first two studies gave us food for our souls and much to think about.

For a great introduction, watch Bishop Curry’s video message here . We invite everyone to start 2020 with a renewed commitment to the Word of God.  We’ll be reading John’s compelling account—inspired by “the disciple whom Jesus loved”—during the time from Epiphany through Shrove Tuesday.

Of course, we are familiar with the most famous verse of John 3:16, but our Good Book Club focus gives us an opportunity to read the extraordinary gospel from start to finish. We’ll hear stories only heard in John: Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding of Cana, encounters the woman at the well, and raises Lazarus from the dead.

How to serve the marginalized, right here, right now! By Jeffrey Boyce

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as I have loved you”. (Matthew 22:39) This is a pretty high bar. As Jesus did, we have opportunities to help some of the marginalized of our society. They are people, all children of God, who do not have a warm place to rest their heads. They include adults, elderly, and children who do not have the security of shelter at night, or the security of a warm meal. Currently, Nativity House needs more volunteers, in the kitchen and day shelter. See me with questions, like “how do I sign up?”.

By the time you see this, I will have participated in the annual Point-in–time count of the unhoused in Pierce County. This count is mandated by the federal HUD for all counties in the US. Next year, I want to put together a team from St Andrews. There is a mandatory training session of three hours. Most of the positions are during the day in places of opportunity to interview our neighbors who are unhoused. 

I am part of a team at Associated Ministries (AM) that provides a forum for churches to get together quarterly, together with non-government agencies and Government agencies, to explore ways to help those who are unhoused. A team from St Andrews would be helpful to the congregation and also to people with needs. AM is looking for volunteers to help with many things throughout the year. They are working on rehousing, and helping with taxes for low-income and unhoused people and need volunteers. 

The Mission to Seafarers, a Diocesan ministry, is still in need of hats and ditty bags. Hand crafted bags and hats will bring your Love, to these seafarers who are away from home for 10 month stretches. Many are from Asian countries who are not aware of how cold it can get in some foreign ports. The hats are particularly appreciated. There are in-structions, for bags and hats, available in the office and the Narthex. 

I have been part of a small team that has written a bill for the state legislature in Olympia that will set up state-wide rules for tent cities, Safe Parking,  and emergency shelters. The bills are: HB 1754 and Sb5644. Federal law stipulates that churches have a right to use their property for ministries without undue interference from cities, counties or the state. I encourage you to look up the bills and call your state legislators to support them. Our own Diocese has been involved in at least 2 Federal lawsuits in support of “Chaplains on the Harbor”. This Bill will provide language for churches and municipalities to work from. More shelters are needed. Churches have the space and volunteers to provide shelters. In a large number of cases, churches have been prevented by municipalities from providing emergency shelters, or space for safe parking. 

The need is great! Get involved now! I will bring other opportunities to your attention in future Tartans.