Interim Pastor Update

The St. Andrew Session is working with Reverend Jan Reynolds on an agreement to become our Interim Pastor.  Jan is the former Senior  Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and brings a wealth of Strategic Planning and Pastoral experience to St. Andrew. Jan will be instrumental in helping us find a new permanent… Read more »

DON’T GO TO CHURCH – BE THE CHURCH

St. Andrew is cancelling our morning worship services to go out and become Christ’s hands and feet in Sonoma Valley through Faith in Action – “Don’t Go to Church, Be the Church”. Later that evening, we’ll join together for a Fellowship Dinner to celebrate ALL that we do as a congregation throughout the year. Even… Read more »

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! “Living in the Cracks of Life” – Rev. Robert Conover, Ph.D., June 16, 2019 “Our Spiritual DNA” – Marcus Alphin, June 9, 2019 “After Easter…Now What?” – Rev. Jan Reynolds, June 2, 2019 “Abiding With Us Still” – Rev…. Read more »

A WAY OTHER THAN OUR OWN: “Who’s In Charge Today?”

The symptoms are familiar. A sense of being restless, irritable and discontented begins to churn inside me. The solution is also familiar. It is more than my unwillingness to live life on life’s terms. It is my failure to surrender to God’s will – I’m more and more living on my terms, rather than God’s terms. The promises God makes… Read more »

United Methodist Decision Regarding Inclusivity

For years the United Methodists have been torn about how to welcome LGBTQ folks. This week they voted, as a denomination, to affirm the stance that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”  This will ban gay and lesbian clerics and prohibit officiating at same-sex marriages.   Sonoma United Methodist Church has long… Read more »

Weekly Preacher’s Post: A Way Other Than Our Own

A WAY OTHER THAN OUR OWN: “My Lenten Journey Plan” The older I get, the more I appreciate the wisdom that’s been passed down through the generations by my spiritual ancestors. Some of it, which made little sense to me forty years ago, now makes perfect sense. My immaturity showed by my dismissing traditions, like Lent, as… Read more »

Join Us! Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance on Sunday, February 24th

LEE MORGAN BROWN, Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, will be joining us on Sunday, February 24th. Lee shares the following information with us until then… Dear St. Andrew Congregants: Every day you are an inspiration to those around you by taking your church out into the community and serving. Are you looking for… Read more »

Women’s Spirituality Programs at St. Andrew – Graceful Aging

Women’s Spirituality Programs at St. Andrew – Graceful Aging What? Women’s Spiritual Growth Group: Join us for a three-week program, as we engage with themes relevant to our lives and faith. Reverend Jan Reynolds will offer a series of spirituality groups on various themes. There is room for 8 women per group; please commit to… Read more »

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, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love.  Why is that? My experience tells me that… Read more »

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 change, which is pretty much everyone, since I’m clearly not you, God. At least not… Read more »

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 is next Thursday. You might wonder how in the world a holiday dedicated to love… Read more »

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 made to endlessly roll a huge boulder up a steep hill, only to have it… Read more »

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 of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future. St…. Read more »

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 one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus… Read more »

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 at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to… Read more »