MARCH 25 – 9:00 AM / 10:30 AM
Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday. Both services will feature a palm branch procession, special music and a message from Pastor Rich.
MARCH 29 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Join us on Thursday evening anytime between the hours of
6:00 PM and 8:30 PM for a self-guided “Journey to the Cross”. Go at your own pace and spend some quiet, contemplative time with your Savior. This is a very special worship experience as we celebrate Jesus’ Last Supper and re-imagine the journey to the cross, just as Christian pilgrims have done for centuries.
COMMUNITY GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
MARCH 30 – 12:00 Noon
Sonoma Valley Community Church,
181 Chase Street, and sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Ministerial Association. Join with other Christian friends as we spend some special time together.
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
APRIL 1 – 6:30 AM
One of the worship highlights of the year!
Join the Jr. and Sr. High Youth Groups as they lead us in a service celebrating the Risen Son! DRESS VERY WARM and join us on the South Patio.
HE IS RISEN!
EASTER RESURRECTION CELEBRATION
APRIL 1 – 9:00 AM / 10:30 AM
Easter Sunday is always special with music, sanctuary art,
Pastor Rich’s Easter message and fresh-baked muffins.
Bring a friend to experience this amazing Sunday at St. Andrew!
JOIN US! SUNDAY SERVICES @ 9:00AM and 10:30AM
JOIN US AFTER SERVICES FOR COFFEE, DONUTS AND CONVERSATION!
We enjoy connecting as a church family and meeting new people—please join us for coffee and donuts in the Fellowship Hall between services each Sunday!
Everyone is welcome; and recovery is spoken here.
Hope to see you this Sunday!
PLEASE RESERVE THE CIRCLE DRIVE PARKING AREA AND ALL ACCESSIBLE PARKING SLOTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES! And, remember to please enter from Arnold Drive and exit north onto Sobre Vista. Thank you for your cooperation!
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. (Poor in spirit)
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. (Mourn)
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. (meek/humble)
Jesus led off his Sermon on the Mount with the full extent of how upside-down the Kingdom of God is. Click here to read the entire Preacher’s Post…
VBS KIDS + VOLUNTEERS: JUNE 25 – 29 and July 2
KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP—MONDAY’S 10:00 AM—12:00 NOON. We are gathering at a private home. The group meets the 3rd Monday of every month. Bring your projects and join us for fun and conversation—it’s as easy as that! If you would like to know more, you call Melba at 707-996-6024.
THE BROWN BAGGERS—WEDNESDAY’S—10:00 AM—1:00 PM: Everyone is welcome to join us at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly the Grange), 18627 Highway 112, Sonoma, to make lunches for those in need. We meet on the third Wednesday of every month. If you would like to participate in this fun and rewarding venture with women and men, please come join us!
ANDREW MEN ARE GOING ON STRIKE! The next Men’s Club meeting will be a bowling night at AMF BOWLING LANES IN PETALUMA, Tuesday, MARCH 13th. Meet at 6:30PM at In-N-Out Burger, 1010 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, for dinner, then we’ll head to AMF for 2 games of bowling. Cost for bowling: approx. $16, includes two games and shoe rental. Please RSVP to Brian Mayo: [email protected] so that he can reserve lanes.
HOME HAPPENINGS IS STARTING SOON! Home Happenings is a time to enjoy Christian fellowship with other families at St. Andrew in an informal setting. It’s an opportunity to know and become known by others while sharing a fun time with your family unit and others. And, includes the whole family and a meal!
The Twelve Steps: A Way Out: A Spiritual Process For Heading
Thursday Nights: 7:00pm-8:30pm starting in January. Jane Marzoni will join as a co-facilitator as we work through this life changing workbook.
Thank you for supporting our Romania Flour Mission! As a congregation, we were able to collect $3,833.00 in donations for the Romania Flour Project! Those funds have been sent to Romania to purchase flour to feed the families throughout the Winter. Thank you for your generous support of this amazing mission!
NURSERY – 5TH GRADE: ORANGE SUNDAY SCHOOL Stop by the Orange Table for details about this church-wide mission to continually pray for the children of our St. Andrew Family.
At St. Andrew, we follow a Sunday School Program based on Luke 2:52: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Did you know? St. Andrew is an orange church. This means we combine the love of our immediate family (in red), with the love of our church family (in yellow). We are excited to learn and grow alongside your children and help to strengthen the family of Christ! St. Andrew is calling for faithful prayer warriors on behalf of our children. We are also in need of faithful volunteers to share the love of Christ with our kids. NO experience necessary; just the desire to share your spiritual gifts and the ability to make a short or long-term commitment in the season ahead. Can you help? Contact Jess Schiller with any questions: 707-664-1170 / [email protected]
YOUTH GROUP NEWS:
JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH: 6-8TH GRADERS (usually*) meet upstairs, 8:30 to 9:30 AM every Sunday to explore God’s word and how it still applies to us today. Light breakfast is served. We are doing a study of the film Woodlawn, based on being courageous.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH: 9-12TH GRADERS, meet upstairs, 10:15 AM to 11:15 PM every Sunday.
NExT (New Exciting Transitions) classes are for all High School youth to better prepare them spiritually, mentally and emotionally for the transition from high school to college, career or military service. Classes will meet during regular High School Youth Group time in the Youth room on the following dates: Apr. 29 and May 6. Some of the topics that will be discussed are Time Management, Friendships & Relationships, Gifts & Passions, What Do You Believe?, Taking Your Faith to College, Resumes/Job Interviewing, Etc. For more information, contact Judy Morgan at [email protected]
From the Preacher’s Post: As we bid 2017 ado, and welcome 2018, I’m feeling the need to get centered and grounded in my faith and practice. It’s not that I want to disengage with the world around me, but if I’m not spiritually grounded, I won’t be able to engage in the ways that are rooted in God’s hope, joy, peace, and love. I need to let God’s Holy Spirit work in me and trust the Spirit to even pray on my behalf. Romans 8:26-28 points to the Spirit doing for me what I can’t do for myself:
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Over the centuries, God’s people have used the Psalms as a means of letting God’s Word and Spirit shape their prayers. I confess that I’ve not prayed the Psalms on a regular basis, but as I look for strength, guidance, and grace these days, everywhere I turn I seem to be pointed to the Psalms. People of faith have taken their fears, angers, hurts, troubles, and sins and allowed the Psalms to shape all of what life stirs up into prayers which provide comfort, forgiveness, and hope. The Psalms express the real struggles of life and God’s real presence in the midst of it all. The Psalms connect me both vertically in conversation with God and horizontally with the community of faith. I do not stand alone in life.
All evidence is that the Psalms are a treasure I’ve neglected, with the exception of reciting Psalm 23 when things are really bad. So I’m on a treasure hunt over the next five weeks to discover what the people of faith before me reportedly discovered, starting with Psalm 1.
URGENT!: Habitat for Humanity is responding in a big way to help the fire victims of the recent devastating fires. Habitat will be offering FREE shopping to fire victims at the ReStore in Santa Rosa. But, we need YOUR donations of household items such as furniture, dishes, silverware, appliances, beds and bedding, etc. If you can donate any of these items, please call (707) 568-3228 immediately. Habitat will send a truck to pick up all of your donated items. (Habitat does not accept clothing). This is NOT a time to get rid of your junk! These families find themselves in temporary shelter and it would be nice if we could offer them good quality, useful items. We know St. Andrew will come through – you ALWAYS do! Thank you!
MEDSHARE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! Since 2009, many at St. Andrew have volunteered at MedShare, the non-profit agency that collects and distributes unused medical supplies and equipment for distribution in developing countries, local clinics and emergency situations around the world.
On the fourth Saturday of most months (except where holidays or MedShare conflicts occur) from 1:00-4:00PM, we will be sorting and packing medical supplies for distribution in the San Leandro MedShare facility. Each Sunday sign up sheets will be available in the Fellowship Hall between services.
Future MedShare dates are: 3/17/18, 4/28/18 and 5/19/18. No medical experience is necessary. Come and join the fun… also a great way to enjoy meeting others at St. Andrew!
For questions or additional information contact John or Nancy Schiller at [email protected]
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Sundays—9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Conference Room #106: We are watching and discussing, “The Great Courses” DVD series on The Old Testament presented by Dr. Amy Jill Levine, PhD. She is a widely sought speaker and professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Come join us. Contact Stephanie Parsons with questions: 707-996-6024
Weekly bible study: THE BOOK OF acts. JOIN US IN THE ST. ANDREW CONFERENCE ROOM (ROOM 106) each Sunday FROM 11:40-12:40. Read about the beginning and growth of the church; about how Peter and Paul and many others brought the message of Jesus to the wider world.. All are welcome, bibles provided – join us when you can. Led by Brian Mayo, contact him at [email protected] with questions or for further details.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY NEWS: The Tuesday morning women’s group meets FROM 9:30-11:00AM in the St. Andrew Conference Room. We are currently studying the life of Jesus as told in John’s gospel. We are using the book, “John For Everyone”, by N.T. Wright, as well as a short video. We would love to have you join us. Please call Cindy Leinonen at 707-996-6024 or email [email protected] for more information.
ARE YOU LIVING IN PAIN? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! WE HAVE AN ON-GOING SUPPORT GROUP TO HELP.
Thursdays—7:00 PM to 8:00 PM—St. Andrew Conference Room
This weekly group uses a book by J. Keith Miller’s “A Hunger For Healing”.
This group follow a 12-step format. If you or someone you know is hurting and wants to start the process of healing, please check this groups out! Questions? Please contact Dawne Carver at [email protected]
F.I.S.H. (FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING)
March 18: Clothing
OUR KIDS NEED PRAYER
now more than ever!
NUTS AND BOLTS
”Real Life Situations Needing Real Life Solutions”
Hospice by the Bay is looking to add to its Volunteer Team. If you’re interested in providing emotional, social and practical support to patients with terminal illnesses and their families, apply for the next training program. In-person training sessions take place throughout the year with self-paced online training. For information and an application: www.hospicebythebay.org / (707) 996-6024. Check the Bulletin Board leading into Fellowship Hall for an informational flyer.
Sonoma YoungLife has been helping teens in Sonoma Valley for over 15 years. Caring adults walk alongside our teen friends and help them walk through life’s challenges by listening to them and just being there for them. Weekly “Club” meetings build lasting relationships. Your help is needed to keep YoungLife present in our Valley. Call Diana Booker-Spry through the church office. [email protected] / 707-996-6024
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY NEWS: The Tuesday Morning Women’s Group meets FROM 9:30-11:00AM (St. Andrew Conference Room). We are studying the life of Jesus as told in John’s gospel. We are using the book, “John For Everyone”, by N.T. Wright, as well as a short video. We would love to have you join us. Please call Cindy Leinonen at through our church office at 707-996-6024 / [email protected] for more information.
Have More Questions? Want to Connect?
Call or write our church office with any questions or comments, anytime; if would like to participate or help with any service, event or need.
Westminster Woods: 2-5 day Christian Camps for 2nd through 12th grade. Many of our children have experienced the excitement of this Redwood Adventure Camp, including Challenge Courses. They are excepting registrations now at: http://www.westminsterwoods.org/
Contact the church office if you would like to find more info about any event!
707-996-6024 or [email protected]
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10TH: BLACK DOG LUNCH—11:30 am. St. Andrew is hosting a lunch for those who suffer from any form of depression to join for mutual support and encouragement. To view the Black Dog video created by the World Health Organization, go to the following website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCrniLQGYc or Google “Black Dog Video”.
RSVP for your lunch and to request childcare on the Prayer Card in your bulletin.
St. Andrew is praying for those with depression. We will join together for mutual support and encouragement as time goes on.
The Black Dog video created by the World Health Organization is highly recommended for anyone dealing with depression, CLICK HERE.
Work continues at Irma’s home on Broadway.
Check in with Pam Sherman at the Habitat table if you’d like to join the fun!
Our new pictorial directories ARE HERE!
Pick-up your copy!
DO YOU DARE?
There will be short term studies offered throughout the year! We will be posting them on our website and the News & Notes as the details develop!
Contact the church office if you would like to RSVP for any event or class…
707-996-6024 or [email protected]
We are an ORANGE church. What does that mean? It means our model takes the heart of the family (red), partners it with the light of the church (yellow), to create a powerful ORANGE team! Our goal is to provide quality instruction to your children regarding the bible and its truths while helping to empower parents to share their faith in the home!
Invite a friend!
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Bring your grandchild!
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Sunday worship is about good works. If you want to find out what Jesus had to say about life and love, visit with us on Sunday. We teach from the Bible, learn about God and open our doors to everyone. Our family welcomes you!
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St. Andrew is a Presbyterian Church situated in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Are you looking for a Christian Church in the Sonoma Valley area? You have come to the right place. If you are new to Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Napa, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Penngrove or Cotati or planning a visit to the Sonoma Valley and looking for a place to worship, we welcome you to join us. In this website, you can find information for those New to St. Andrew to tell you more about our Church, our mission, our people and our programs including Students’ and Children’s Ministries. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us anytime.
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