ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 5/19/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, Spirit was my first love as a child. It was the wordless thing that made me feel safe in my tummy. It was the kind eyes that welcomed me in, and the branches of trees that held me. In 2015, as part of the ordination… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 5/12/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, The finest gifts are not “things,” but intangible offerings of the mind, heart and spirit. Gifts like these may seem as fleeting as music—but like music they continue to resonate long after they are given.Parker J. Palmer This Sunday is designated Stewardship Sunday. Wait! Before you… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 5/05/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, Context is everything, and so let me start with where I am sitting as I write this weekly email to you. I’m sitting in a cafe at UCSF. My almost 25 year old son is about to get knee surgery. It’s not our first rodeo…. Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 4/28/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, About a month ago, in a sermon, I mentioned a verb that’s still relatively new to our English language. The verb is “othering” and it occurs whenever one of us places a label, a stereotype, or a preconceived idea about who someone is without really… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 4/21/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, I remember watching an episode of the television show Mad Men, whose fictional time was set in the 1960’s. In this particular scene, a couple had finished their picnic at a local park. When they finished, they shook off their blanket which held containers and… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 4/14/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, Our scripture for this Sunday (Luke 24:36-48) brings a smile to my face every time I hear it, because of this verse; “They gave him a piece of broiled fish.” (Luke 24:42) Here we are in the season of Easter and the lectionary provides us… Read more »

VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE FOR EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 4, 2021

Welcome to St. Andrew EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 4, 2021 “Do Not Hold On To Me“Rev. Nicole C. Trotter Welcome to this “virtual” worship service for Sunday, April 4, 2021Many thanks for technical assistance / contributions from Ron Moser, Amy Cox, Rev. Nicole Trotter, Tracy Walthard, Kelsey Walthard, and Dawne Carver. Opening Hymn “Christ the… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 3/31/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, Easter falls on a Sunday again this year! That’s dorky pastor humor and it never gets old. Neither does the Easter story. That’s my hope, anyway. I’m grateful that each Gospel writer’s version of the witness to the resurrection is different, but the message is… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 3/17/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… When my son was three, he must have remembered turning two, because he asked us not to sing “Happy Birthday” to him. That’s when I remembered how hard he cried at the age of two as we placed a cake in front of him, all eyes on him and… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 3/3/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, We don’t talk much about anger in the church, and yet the prophets knew all too well what it meant to be righteously angry in the face of injustice. In our scripture for Sunday (John 2:13-22) Jesus is angry enough to “make a whip of… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 2/24/21

Note from Nicole This coming Sunday… Dear St. Andrew Community, Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, Sylvia Boorstein tells the story of growing up in a post depression household with her parents and grandparents. She describes complaining to her grandmother that she wasn’t happy, as children often do, to which her grandmother responded, “where is it written… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 2/17/21

Dear St. Andrew Community, Today begins the season of Lent and if you were unable to come sit outside for our Ash Weds experience, there is a recording of music, scripture and prayer for you to listen to below. It’s twenty minutes long and may be used as a meditation. One of the songs I… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 2/10/21

St. Andrew Lenten Series 2/17-3/28 Gifts of the Dark Wood “There’s a path… though it winds its way through darkness We would choose … to avoid it if we couldWe awake… to an unexpected callingGod says, “come… there are gifts in the Dark Wood” This series, based on the book by the same name by Eric… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 2/3/21

Dear St. Andrew Community, Last Sunday afternoon, after a lovely backyard visit with the Dixons I found myself walking home with a bounce in my step. As I walked, I was transfixed by the quality of clouds in the sky. As I stared at the moving clouds I became aware of a hawk who had… Read more »

ST. ANDREW E-NEWS 1/27/21

Dear St. Andrew Community, I’m so grateful to be writing this first weekly email as your new pastor. And because it’s my first, it’s much too long. Choosing a scripture for this Sunday was a bit of a challenge. Over time a pastor learns the rhythm of the congregation, their mood, their energy level and… Read more »