Category Archives: News, Notes + Opportunities

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

WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: “Bringing Back the Scapegoat”


WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: FINDING THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY: “Bringing Back the Scapegoat” Intimate, loving relationships are complicated. Erich Fromm highlighted the struggle in our marriages: There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, … Continue reading

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THE NEW SERENITY PRAYER

We’ve received numerous requests for a copy of “The New Serenity Prayer” that Rich shared with the congregation on Sunday, February 10th. Here it is: THE NEW SERENITY PRAYER God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot … Continue reading

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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! We apologize, due to technical issues we do not have a sermon recording for February 10, 2019 We apologize, due to technical issues we … Continue reading

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FINDING THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY: “Mirrors and Marble Jars”

WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST FINDING THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY: “Mirrors and Marble Jars” “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” (Anne Dillard)   Head’s up…for those who have lost track of the calendar…Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary

“Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary” Is life as futile as it sometimes seems? The writer of Ecclesiastes laments that all is vanity and the only rational reaction is to eat, drink, and be merry. (Ecclesiastes 8:12) In Greek mythology, King Sisyphus is … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY WORKSHOP

Please join us for the FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY WORKSHOP Learn the Secret to Financial Independence What if you were following a plan for your money that you KNEW worked? With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control … Continue reading

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WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: The Sanity Prayer – Reasonably Happy

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying … Continue reading

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WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: THE SERENITY PRAYER

“The Gift of Presence” God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day … Continue reading

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OUR CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST: “We Three Kings”

The last Christmas carol of our Christmas series this year is “We Three Kings of Orient Are”, written by the Rev. John Henry Hopkins Jr., rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Williamsport, PA, in 1857. (Words at the end of this … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Services

Celebrating Christmas at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Sunday, December 23 – 7:00 PM – Blue Christmas Service This service is for anyone and everyone who has ever had their hearts “broken”. This is the service of the broken-hearted—and it’s our … Continue reading

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WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: THERE’S A SONG IN THE AIR: “Be Born in Us Today”

I appreciated what Julie Rafferty wrote in her blog about this time last year: I think it would be accurate to say that most of life is lived and experienced in the in-between… In a fast-paced consumer-driven economy and society, … Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Bread to Hungry Romanians

THE ROMANIA FLOUR MISSION – Beginning THIS Sunday! Buy local this year and shop for Christmas at St. Andrew, while making a difference for families in Romania! Each year we reach out to our generous congregation requesting financial help in … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Gratitude Project

This day is a great gift. If you learn to respond as if it was the first day of your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well. (Brother David Steindl-Rast) There’s something deep inside … Continue reading

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PREACHER’S BLOG POST: THE GRATITUDE CHALLENGE

“The dominant characteristic of an authentic spiritual life is the gratitude that flows from trust – not only for all the gifts that I receive from God, but gratitude for all the suffering.  Because in that purifying experience, suffering has … Continue reading

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor – More Than “Neighborly”

From Pastor Rich’s Preacher’s Post: “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see … Continue reading

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