Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 31, at 11:00 a.m. for our Annual Parish Meeting. You can share your thoughts via ZOOM or by phone. The Annual Reports for parish ministries can be downloaded via the link posted above. The agenda, the names of the candidates for Vestry and alternates for Convention, and information on how to use ZOOM will be posted this week.
Don’t miss this chance to have your voice heard and your vote recorded!
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church has long provided scholarship funding for promoting education. The amount varies from year to year, depending on funds made available to the Outreach Committee. Any person wishing to further their education in technical, academic, or job-related fields is eligible to apply. The Scholarship Committee considers applications annually.
Please be aware that a scholarship award does not automatically guarantee renewal the following year. Applicants must apply each year, and priority will be given to members of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church parish family.
Packets are available online at http://www.saintandrewstacoma.org/scholarship-committee/ and in the office at St. Andrew’s Church.
Applications should be completed according to the instructions included in the packet and completed packets should be emailed, postmarked, or hand-delivered no later than April 16, 2021.
Questions? Email the Chair of the Scholarships Committee, Judy Nelson: email@example.com
Through these long days of pandemic, I believe we are growing and learning much, although we may not realize it yet. I came across a story to share about disguised gifts, from a book of Celtic wisdom, Anam Cara, by John O’Donohue.
There is a wonderful old story told of a young king who took over a kingdom. He was loved before he became a king and his subjects were delighted when he was finally crowned. They brought him many different gifts. After the coronation, the new king was at supper in the palace. Suddenly there was a knock at the door. The servants went out to discover an old man shabbily dressed, looking like a beggar. He wanted to see the king. The servants did their best to dissuade him but to no avail. The king came out to meet him. The old man praised the king, saying how delighted everyone in the kingdom was to have him as king. He had brought the king the gift of a melon. The king hated melons. Being kind to the old man, he took the melon, thanked him, and the old man went away happy. The king went indoors and gave the melon to his servants to throw out in the back garden. The next week at the same time, there was another knock at the door. The king was summoned again and the old man praised the king and offered him another melon. The king took the melon and said goodbye to the old man. Once again, he threw the melon out the back door. This continued for several weeks. The king was too kind to confront the old man or belittle the generosity of the gift he brought. Then, one evening, just as the old man was about to hand the melon to the king, a monkey jumped down from the portico in the palace and knocked the melon from the old man’s hand. The melon shattered into pieces all over the front of the palace. When the king looked, he saw a shower of diamonds flying from the heart of the melon. Eagerly, he checked the garden at the back of the place. There, all the melons had melted around a little hillock of jewels. The moral of this story is that sometimes in awkward situations, in problems or in difficulties, all that is awkward is the disguise. Very often at the heart of the difficulty, there is the light of a great jewel. It is wise to learn to embrace with hospitality that which is awkward and difficult.
An Epiphany is a revelation, when something worthy of joy becomes manifest or clear. I pray that this Epiphany season, we may come to see God’s love and grace more clearly in, through and in spite of all the difficulties and challenges of these days.
I would love to hear your reflections on Epiphany and what this story signifies for you.
The ZOOM Bible study with Fr. Martin welcomes you this Tuesday, January 19, at 11:00 A.M. We will continue reading and studying the Gospel of Mark. No preparation or homework is required. Just click on the link below. Then say yes to the audio option and turn up your volume so that everyone can hear you.
Here are the instructions for connecting:
Click on this link on Tuesday at 11:00 to join the waiting room for the meeting.
Meeting ID: 914 5583 4386 Password: 970640
St. Andrew’s offers Evening Prayer by phone (conference call) every Sunday at 5 p.m. No computer or internet connection is required. You can join us for prayer, contemplation and reflection by calling 712-432-3900 and then using 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.
Join Music Director Naomi Shiga on ZOOM every second Thursday at 7:00 P.M. for hymn-singing and fun!
Naomi writes: One of the things I’ve missed greatly through the pandemic is the singing of hymns. Early on the pandemic it became clear that because of the aerosol spread of COVID-19, singing is one of the most dangerous activities. I am so happy that through the streaming of Sunday services we’ve at least been able to share music in worship. But as our time apart continues, I’ve been trying to think of additional ways to be together with the great hymns of the church.
From January, the music ministry invites you to join a monthly “hymn sing gather- ing” It will be the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Hymns will be selected ahead of time, and I will play the accompaniments and screen share the text so that you can sing along from the comfort and safety of your home. Unfortunately, because of the limits of audio on Zoom, we won’t be able to hear each other sing (I will mute everyone’s microphones when playing the hymn accompaniments to limit sound delays), but we will be together. And you will also have a chance to sing some of your favorites as I will compile a list of requests ahead of time.
The “hymn sing gathering” will go like this: we will gather, pray, sing some hymns, then have time for coffee/wine to close. In between will be plenty of time to have conversation and be together. You can join us in your PJ’s or your Sunday finest. The gathering will conclude by 8 pm because…. That is Izumi’s bed time.
So, please give this a try. The first gathering will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 7. I will send a link the day before (the same one that is below) through the church office. If you would like, please send your hymn request to my personal email, <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This should be a wonderful chance to be together with beloved hymns as we continue to socially distance. Please join us!
Love, Naomi Shiga, Director of Music
HYMN SING—January 7, 2021 at 7 P.M.
Join the meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86211082898?pwd=eVVJUCtoK1F5K295Y0dkZ3Aybi90dz09
Meeting ID: 862 1108 2898
From Bishop Greg Rickel’s Pastoral Update (Dec. 19, 2020)
Click on the image to read the wonderful article on Father’s Ed’s life of service!