Category Archives: News, Notes + Opportunities

These are the most current headlines and information related to the St. Andrew Presbyterian community in Sonoma and beyond.

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ?

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ? It’s all right here! Good News: Hope in the Midst of the 24 Hour News Cycle – “When Winning Means Losing” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, March 26, 2017[Audio … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Beth Carter…

What a blessing it is to be part of the life and ministry of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church! You are truly a gift to me and all those with whom you come in contact every day. I would like to … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: Ability or Availability?

I don’t usually string a series of biblical passages together as the primary content of my Preacher’s Post. But a key assumption at the center of my life has been challenged over the years and I want to share my … Continue reading

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VBS is JUNE 26-30: MAKER FUN FACTORY… Register NOW!

STEP ONE:  Register By Clicking Register Link Above STEP TWO: Pay with PayPal Bellow (no account required) Session Choices (Pick either 1/2 Day or Full Day) 1/2 Day Attendance $35.00 USDFull Day Attendance $70.00 USD Name of Child Attending This … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: When Religion Gets In the Way

Jaroslav Pelikan: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” My biggest disappointment when I first … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: NIMBY is an acronym for the slogan, “N…

NIMBY is an acronym for the slogan, “Not in my backyard,” and is often the source of resistance when a project which might have a greater good, ends up being planned for the empty lot next to my house. That … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Other Side

We divide the world between “us” and “them”. That’s how we’re wired to protect us from threats. You’re either on my side or you’re against me. One of the rules in many of our families is it’s always family first, … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Evite List

From the Preacher’s Post… In the beginning there was Cronkite. And it was good. The mighty Walter was “the most trusted man in America,” and the CBS Evening News is how the nation got its daily dose of current events … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Remembering What We Already Know: Forgiveness of the gift we give ourselves.

Matthew 18:21-22: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?”  “No, not seven times,” answered Jesus, “but seventy times seven… Murphy’s Law … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Mindful Living: Habits

Of the many decisions I’ll make today, about 40% of those decisions will be driven by habits I’ve formed my entire life. Everything from the mundane (brushing my teeth) to how I react to the people around me. Habits are … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Good Things Take Time

The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living. (Frederick … Continue reading

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God Zone: SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN K-5TH

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN K-5TH Our “ORANGE” Children’s Ministry at St. Andrew is called THE GOD ZONE. Ministering to young people is a primary focus at St. Andrew. We seek to offer a warm and inviting environment for your children … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Mindfulness: Grace and Forgiving Yourself

It’s been said, “There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and nothing you can do to make God love you less”. That is probably the best definition of grace I’ve come across, but I’m not … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Grinch Makes It To Christmas

From Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Unwelcome Guests (Grinches) at Christmas

Monday morning I took off for a bike ride in the Berkeley hills. It was a cool, beautiful morning with a fantastic view from Grizzly Peak Road. I was merrily peddling along, and all of the sudden it was like … Continue reading

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