Sunday Worship Services at 9am & 10:30am

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Welcomes You


PENTECOST SUNDAY SERVICES @ 9:00AM and 10:30AM

2nd Town Hall Meeting: Sunday, May 20

 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!

 Pastor Rich’s Weekly Post:

Women

The seeds for this message were planted on the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee last year. We were considering the financial support Jesus received, especially from the women who were among his early followers. I remember my palm colliding with my forehead—duh—how come I never saw that before?! It’s not that I hadn’t read Luke 8:1-3 before, it’s just that I didn’t pause and really let it sink in. Why? My guess is because it just didn’t seem important to me. I blew through these verses on my way to passages I thought were more important. I apologize. I’ve never heard a sermon preached that included these women and highlighted their contribution. With some trepidation, I want to change that this Sunday. Here’s what Luke wrote:

Not long afterwards Jesus began a tour of the cities and villages of Galilee to announce the coming of the Kingdom of God, and took his twelve disciples with him. Some women went along, from whom he had cast out demons or whom he had healed; among them were Mary Magdalene (Jesus had cast out seven demons from her), Joanna, Chuza’s wife (Chuza was King Herod’s business manager and was in charge of his palace and domestic affairs), Susanna, and many others who were contributing from their private means to the support of Jesus and his disciples. (Luke 8:1-3)

 

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!

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]


 

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: 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: 707-996-6024

 

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!

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.

 

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.

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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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Pick-up your copy!

 

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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Pastor Rich’s Weekly Post: The Common Good

May 20, 2018

In 2013, Jim Wallis wrote an article for Time entitled, “Whatever Happened To The Common Good?”. Wallis wrote: “The common good has origins in the beginnings of Christianity. An early church father, John Chrysostom (c. 347–407), once wrote: “This is the rule … Continue reading

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

May 15, 2018

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ? It’s all right here! A Higher Calling: “The Common Good” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, May 20, 2018[Audio clip: view full post to listen] A Higher Calling: “Partners n … Continue reading

Pastor Rich’s Weekly Post

May 13, 2018

Women   The seeds for this message were planted on the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee last year. We were considering the financial support Jesus received, especially from the women who were among his early followers. I remember my palm … Continue reading

TOWN HALL MEETING – SUNDAY, MAY 20TH

May 6, 2018

  You are all invited to the second Town Hall Meeting with Denis Greene on Sunday, May 20 immediately following the second service (11:45am). Denis will report back to us about our survey and interview responses to our capital improvement … Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FUN FELLOWSHIP EVENTS:

April 22, 2018

Tuesday, May 1st: St. Andrew Family Meet-Up at the Farmer’s Market Sunday, May 6th: 11:45am—Tamale Fellowship Lunch with The Grace of the Cross Congregation Sunday, May 20th: 11:45am—Town Hall Meeting Recap Lunch Sunday, June 3rd: High School Graduate Celebration between … Continue reading

VBS KIDS + VOLUNTEERS: REGISTER NOW! June 25-29, 2018

April 8, 2018

VBS ADVENTURE: JUNE 25-29, 2018 Special performances on Sunday, July 1 @ 9:00 and 10:30AM   MORNING CAMP: 9:00AM – 11:30 (Pre-School – 5th) $35 each* DAY CAMP: 9:00AM – 2:00PM (1st – 5th Grades) $50 each** *Snacks provided. **BYO … Continue reading

4/1 Preacher’s Post: The Game Changer: The Road to Emmaus

April 1, 2018

Death is the doorway to Resurrection. Something has to die in order for new life to spring forth. So many of Jesus’ metaphors signaled that he was and is the game changer. No more business as usual. Yet, I’m pretty sure many of … Continue reading

HOLY WEEK @ ST. ANDREW: Join us! Bring a friend!

March 23, 2018

PALM SUNDAY 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. MAUNDY THURSDAY MARCH 29 – 6:00 PM to … Continue reading

Preacher’s Post: In God We Almost Trust

March 18, 2018

[Important Note: effective April 1st, this weekly post will be sent directly from the St. Andrew office. If you are not currently receiving eBlasts from St. Andrew and wish to continue receiving this weekly post, please contact Amy in the … Continue reading

When The World’s Biggest Problems and Jesus’ Good News Collide

March 4, 2018

I’ve been reading a truly disturbing book by Brian McLaren entitled, Everything Must Change: When The World’s Biggest Problems and Jesus’ Good News Collide. McClaren wrote what I now feel so strongly, “…religion, even the religion we are committed to … Continue reading