Sunday Worship Services at 8:30am & 10:15am

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Welcomes You

JOIN US! SUNDAY SERVICES @ 9:00AM and 10:30AM

 

NEW YEAR—NEW WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES! BEGINNING SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018. We hope a shorter time between services will create more community.

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!

The Twelve Steps:  A Way Out:  A Spiritual Process For Heading
Thursday Nights:  7pm-8:30 pm starting Thursday January 11. Jane Marzoni is joining me as a co-facilitator as we work through this life changing workbook.

Are you looking for Financial Freedom and Peace? Mark your calendars! The 2018 Financial Peace University classes will begin on Sunday, January 28th at 11:45AM. This is a nine-week course. Cost is $99 to cover materials (a $113.95 value) per person/household. Students must be present during the first class—and cannot start in the middle of the course—the weeks are built on one another. If you would like to sign up or receive more information, please make a note on your Prayer Card this Sunday or email Dawne Carver at: [email protected]

 

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 Have you heard about the PRAYER CARD project for our St. Andrew Kids? 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: STAY TUNED!

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: Dec. 3, 10 & 31, Jan 21, Feb. 25, Mar. 4, 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]

What’s Coming Up?

Have you heard about the PRAYER CARD project for our St. Andrew Kids?
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Preachers PostFrom 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.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE PREACHER’S POST…


 

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!

 

 

Medical Supplies for Developing Nations

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: 1/27/18, 2/24/18, 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]

 

 


ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES

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: 707-280-8656

 

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 360-543-3767 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]

 

 

2017 F.I.S.H. (FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING) SCHEDULE

February 4: Food—”Souper Bowl” Sunday!

March 18: Clothing

OUR KIDS NEED PRAYER
now more than ever!

Have you heard about the PRAYER CARD project for our St. Andrew Kids? When we first began this project October 1st, we could have never imagined the great tragedy, loss and challenges that lie ahead for our community. Our children especially have been faced with incredible burden and circumstance. They need to be showered with love and prayer and to feel God’s peace and presence in the midst of all things. Our hope is that each child will be blessed to move forward with joy and thrive in this valley. You can make a HUGE difference in their lives with a commitment to prayer on their behalf. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION…

 

THE BROWN BAGGERS

BROWN BAGGERS IS LOOKING FOR FREEZER SPACE… The St. Andrew Brown Baggers Ministry has been accepted into a food program through the No Pay Café, funded by Facebook. We need freezer space to store meals provided to us for our use with the Brown Baggers program. If you have questions or can provide freezer space, please contact Cathy Collier at

Everyone is welcome to join us at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly the Grange), 18627 Highway 112, Sonoma, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to make lunches for those in need.  If you would like to participate in this fun and rewarding venture with women and men, please come join us!

KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP—MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH 10:00 AM—12:00 NOON

We are gathering at the home of Melba Newman. 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 can call Melba at 707-373-7927.

 

 

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) 935-7504. 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.

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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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Please remember that St. Andrew has registered with AmazonSmile! Every little bit adds up to a lot that helps others because of your time and generosity to donate in this way. =)

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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.

Did you know that Winston Churchill originally referred to his depression as ‘the black dog’?

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Check in with Pam Sherman at the Habitat table if you’d like to join the fun!

 

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DO YOU DARE?

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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!

 

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Contact the church office if you would like to RSVP for any event or class…
707-996-6024 or [email protected]

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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!
Invite your neighbors!
Bring your grandchild!

It’s going to be AMAZING!

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!

Who knows what God’s Spirit might do in our midst?

 

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

January 16, 2018

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ? It’s all right here! Praying the Psalms in Real Life: “Thanksgiving in the Midst of Trouble” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, January 14, 2018[Audio clip: view full post to … Continue reading

Preacher’s Post: Praying the Psalms, Psalm 1

December 30, 2017

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, … Continue reading

OUR CHILDREN NEED PRAYER now more than ever!

Have you heard about the PRAYER CARD project for our St. Andrew Kids? When we first began this project October 1st, we could have never imagined the great tragedy, loss and challenges that lie ahead for our community. Our children … Continue reading

From the Preacher’s Post: God’s Love In Christ

November 19, 2017

Driving to church yesterday I noted with interest Altimira’s electronic sign—“Dude—Be Nice 11/13-17.” It struck me as fairly humorous to designate this as a theme for the week until I thought about it some more and realized that this was … Continue reading

From the Preacher’s Post: Hitting the Reset

November 12, 2017

JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS

YOUTH GROUP NEWS Jr. High Youth, 6-8th grade, 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. Junior High Youth Group Calendar 2017   IMPORTANT … Continue reading

From the Preacher’s Post: We Are A Called People

November 5, 2017

On October 31, 5017, Martin Luther walked to the Wittenberg Church door, where he nailed his ninety-five theses for the reformation of the church, and set off a firestorm. (And we know about firestorms!) There was much that needed reforming. … Continue reading

Preacher’s Post: Hope and Community Go Together

October 20, 2017

Hebrews 10:23-25:  Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let … Continue reading

From the Preacher’s Post: Philomena (Mercy and Justice)

August 13, 2017

The movie Philomena, based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee”, by Martin Sixsmith, is the true story of Philomena Lee‘s 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son and Sixsmith’s efforts to help her find him.  In 1951, Philomena … Continue reading

From the Preacher’s Post: A Bug’s Life: Working Together

July 23, 2017

“God helps those who help themselves.” That just makes so much sense and rings so true, it has to be a verse from the Bible. Actually, it’s the most quoted verse that isn’t in the Bible, and furthermore, it is … Continue reading