Join us this Sunday, July 21st for worship services – 9:00am & 10:30am.

Jeremiah 29: 7,11
Philippians 4:13 

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we embark on a couple of Summer Worship “mini-series.”  We will share uplifting “Popcorn Parables” movie nights and worship services, with the overall theme of “Pulling Together.”  We start this week with the movie “Soul Surfer” starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood; it tells the true story of a teen surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark attack, but perseveres with the love of God, her family and community.  There are beautiful surfing scenes:  she’s one with the waves!  Next week, we will explore “Remember the Titans,” an outstanding football movie about pulling together under pressure, across divides. 

And Tracy Walthard will dive into the story of teamwork in “Toy Story 2” on 8/11.  The other worship “mini-series” is entitled “Holy Recreation” – yes, that’s recreation as in fun and summer.  The word “Holy” means anything that is set apart from the ordinary, often an attribute of God. The Hebrew translation Qadosh literally means “to be set apart for a special purpose” as in the concept of Sabbath – a day or set of days set aside for rest. 

So, this summer, I will explore a couple of Holy recreational themes – Travel as Pilgrimage (8/14) and The Nature of Water (8/28). Rev. Bob Conover will share his wisdom on 8/18.  This summer, I have the privilege to spend time with you in meetings, church social gatherings and in Worship, getting to know you as a congregation more over time.  St. Andrew is in good stead, so no worries!  I encourage you to fully enjoy your times of Sabbath…  taking every opportunity to recreate in God’s creation, with your families and friends. 

That’s Holy work!

Blessings,

JanRev. Jan Reynolds

Worship News: 

SUNDAY IS “FISH” SUNDAY: On the third Sunday of every month, we solicit support for “FISH” (Friends in Sonoma Helping). We rotate between non-perishable food items, gently used clean clothing and financial donations. This Sunday we are collecting financial support. F.I.S.H. (Friends In Sonoma Helping) is an outreach ministry in the Sonoma Valley which helps families in need. Make your checks payable to St. Andrew and clearly mark “FISH” in the memo.  

DINNER AND A MOVIE! This Summer’s Popcorn Parables Sermon Series is here. We’ll be previewing each movie the Friday before the sermon, beginning with a dinner at 6:00PM ($10 per person) and movie at 7:00PM. The schedule is as follows: Friday, July 19th: “Soul Surfer”  Friday, July 26th: “Remember the Titans”, Please RSVP for the pizza/salad dinner on the Communication Card this Sunday! Friday, August 9th: “Toy Story 2”

SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN: Spiritual Growth Group-Graceful Aging. This small group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month and gives women at St. Andrew an opportunity to connect and enrich their lives through learning and conversation. The next meeting will be Thursday, JuLY 25TH from 2:00PM-4:00PM in the St. Andrew Conference Room. Anyone who is interested is invited to join-limited to 12 participants per meeting – only a few spaces are left for this date. Please RSVP on your Communication Card this Sunday or to the church office at [email protected]

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH OUR SAUSAGE SANDWICH BOOTH FOR THE CITY PARTY: Are you available to assist with this event on Thursday, August 1st? We need assistance with set-up, booth helpers and/or cleanup. Shifts run between 4:30PM-9:00PM. Please sign up for the time you are available with Stacey Schoeningh between services this Sunday. We also have new St. Andrew T-Shirts available for purchase ($17.00) at the City Party sign-up table.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Registration is now open for Participants and Volunteers! VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – AUG 5TH TO 9TH: Pre-School-5TH Grade: 9:00AM-Noon ($50.00 per child) Extended Care available 12:00-2:00PM ($20 per child, please bring a sack lunch) ROAR-Get ready for an African adventure that engages the whole herd! Life is sometimes wild, but God is always good! Join us for a VBS experience where kids discover a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Children Registration: online at www.andrewpres.org or Text “VBS2019” to St. Andrew’s Text-to-church number (707-278-6024) and follow the prompts. VBS Volunteers: online at www.andrewpres.org or Text “VBSVOL” to St. Andrew’s Text-to-church number (707-278-6024) and follow the prompts to let us know your availability!

BERGEN-MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP AND HAZEL BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: Applications for the Fall 2019 Semester are now being accepted for the Hazel Burnett Scholarship (college Juniors and Seniors) and the Bergen-Martin Scholarship (college Freshman and Sophomores). The deadline for applications is August 25, 2019. For information and to get applications, contact the church office at 707-996-6024 or email [email protected]