Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

Sunday, July 31st began our Sermon Series, Is Archie Bunker a Christian?, based on the television show, All in the Family. It’s MOST important to watch the first sermon in our series for the rest of them to make sense. It gives a broad overview and sets us up to go deeper. So, when you have a moment between now and Sunday morning, I encourage you to watch or listen. Follow this link to watch the sermon from Sunday, July 31st.

See you Sunday for Part Three,


Sermon Series

Is Archie Bunker a Christian?

In the 1970’s came a television show unlike any show before it. The name of that show was All in the Family, and its protagonist was Archie Bunker. Norman Lear was the producer of that show and used the series to portray the many challenges and controversies facing the United States during that time.

In some ways, we have progressed as a country, no longer comfortable with much of the language and dialogue portrayed in the show. But in other ways, we are still holding the same arguments we did over 50 years ago.

I have a friend who sat with Norman Lear at a celebrity luncheon. According to my friend, Mr Lear said the writers of the show would often equate Edith’s character with Jesus. So while debating how Edith might react or what she might do, the writers would often ask, “well what would Jesus do?” Because, like Jesus, Edith loves everyone, even the bigoted, racist, and intolerant Archie Bunker.

Archie thought of himself as a Christian. But how do we define Christian? Is it enough to hold beliefs but not put them into action? Are our intentions enough or do we have a responsibly to behave certain ways even when we don’t want to? And when we say we love our neighbor, are we required to love people like Archie?

Through the comparison of history, our challenges then and now, our Christian lens, and the comedy of the brilliant Norman Lear who radically changed the nature of television, we will explore these questions.

See you Sunday,


If you weren’t able to attend last Sunday’s service, or if you would like to watch the sermon again, click the link below to watch the video of last Sunday’s sermon by Rev. Nicole Trotter- “Is Archie Bunker a Christian?”, Part 2:

To access past Wednesday E-News emails and Sunday Sermon Videos, follow this link.


St. Andrew has a long history of mission giving as we put into practice what it means to love our neighbor. We do this within our church, in the greater community of Sonoma, across the country and around the world. In an effort to focus our giving and participation, we will be highlighting one mission each month throughout the year in worship, during announcements and in our weekly Wednesday Eblast.

Our Mission focus, for the month of August, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. See below for more details!

Each month over the course of the year, should you feel moved to contribute financially towards the mission of focus for that month, please indicate on your check or envelope where you’d like the money to go. Without notation, we will place all contributions towards the operating budget of the church, which is always appreciated.

Focusing on one mission per month does not preclude you from giving towards any of our missions throughout the year. You can always indicate where you’d like your contribution to go, and please keep in mind there is more than one way to contribute to the life and community of St. Andrew, as your time and talents are greatly appreciated.

Creating Opportunities For Sonoma Valley’s Youth

The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance is the go-to agency for youth in need of social and emotional support or those facing family or cultural barriers to success. Since 1996, the Mentoring Alliance has helped school children by pairing them with caring adult mentors who make a big difference in their life. We do this through one-on-one school based mentoring.
Our approach is different from that of most mentoring programs because we address the social and emotional needs of our mentees by providing in-school one on one dedicated mentoring time. Additionally, optional add-on after-school programs that including enrichment activities and career discovery outreach are available. We also ask our mentors for a commitment to remain involved with their mentee throughout their formative years.

Our mentoring program currently provides mentors for 375 students throughout the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. We maintain professionally-staffed Mentor Centers at all eight K-12 public schools campuses in the Sonoma Valley. We also oversee mentoring matches at local charter schools and private schools.

For the past five years, we have had a 100% high school graduation rate. We want all our mentees to graduate high school and have a plan for 2-year or 4-year college, trade school or a job.

We look forward to learning about all the ways we can become involved in supporting this wonderful organization. Here’s one: The Altimira Middle School Mentor Center needs freshening up for the new school year. Please let [email protected], 707-938-1990 know if you can help on Monday, August 15th between 9:00 – 2:00, or Tuesday, August 16th between 10:00 – 3:00.

If you’d like to support Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance with a financial donation, please follow this link to donate electronically or drop a check to St. Andrew in the mail or in the offering plate on Sunday with “SV Mentoring Alliance” in the memo field. Thank You!


Environmental Moment

By Cathy Claeys

Hello dear friends! I’d like to talk about capturing rain water from your homes gutters today. This topic is dear to my families heart as we enjoy our backyard with several large shade trees, shrubs, ground covers and small vegetable garden. There is also a drought tolerant Bee and Butterfly Garden, that now grows where our front lawn used to be.

My husband Gary had the great idea to purchase a large, inexpensive container from Friedman’s hardware store several years ago. You may have seen them, they are old olive barrels that are light weight when empty and cost under $20.

He was wondering how much rain he could capture if he placed a barrel under one downspout that collects from 1/3 of our roof surface area. Turns out, the container over flowed in less than a few hours after a moderate rain. Now we have 6 barrels and are planning to modifying two more down spouts to drain into them.

We try to save water at our house in as many ways as possible since the late 80’s and early 90’s when we lived in Main County and were restricted to a mere 50 gallons of water a day. It takes some work, and the willingness to carry water from the barrel to plants in buckets but it is totally worth it!

Be assured we do shower before attending church on Sundays!

I would love to learn how you folks conserve and reuse water at your homes and places of business.


BERGEN-MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP AND HAZEL BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: Applications for the Fall 2022 Semester are now being accepted for the Bergen-Martin Scholarship (college Freshman and Sophomores) and the Hazel Burnett Scholarship (college Juniors and Seniors).

The deadline for applications is Sunday, August 28, 2022. All application forms and paperwork must be received (hard copies, not electronic submission) in the church office by this deadline –PLAN AHEAD! For additional information and to get applications, email the church office at [email protected]


Come learn ringing basics in a safe and supportive environment! We will offer semi-private instruction in basic handbell techniques every Sunday, following the Worship Service, until the end of the summer. This workshop is also an opportunity to improve your ringing techniques for those in the handbell choir. Reading music is not required! Please see Barret if you are interested.


St. Andrew Congregational Meeting
THIS Sunday, August 14th – 10:00am

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, August 14th, following our 9:00am worship service, for a Congregational Meeting to review the 2022-23 Annual Budget, discuss the 2022 Annual Report Highlights and review and approve Rev. Nicole Trotter’s Terms of Call.

Please Plan to Attend!


Join us in reading Brian McLaren’s Do I Stay Christian?: A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned.

Do I Stay Christian? addresses in public the powerful question that surprising numbers of people―including pastors, priests, and other religious leaders―are asking in private. Picking up where Faith After Doubt leaves off, Do I Stay Christian? is not McLaren’s attempt to persuade Christians to dig in their heels or run for the exit. Instead, he combines his own experience with that of thousands of people who have confided in him over the years to help readers make a responsible, honest, ethical decision about their religious identity.

There is a way to say both yes and no to the question of staying Christian, McLaren says, by shifting the focus from whether we stay Christian to how we stay human. If Do I Stay Christian? is the question you’re asking―or if it’s a question that someone you love is asking―this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

We will gather together on September 8th at 6:00 by Zoom  to unpack and discuss. The discussion will be led by Rev Trotter and Lisa Webster, Ph.D. of Religious Studies. Zoom link will be sent out one week prior.


Follow this link for a message from Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, detailing ways we can provide aid for refugees and civilians suffering in Ukraine, and call for engaging a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

The Community of Sonoma Offers Opportunities to Support Ukraine

All are invited to meet on the Sonoma Plaza on Friday night at 5:00pm until further notice to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

Join Sonoma Valley Interfaith on Mondays and Wednesdays (9:00-9:30 AM) at the Sonoma FCC/CCS Redwood Grove for silent prayer and deepening compassion for the people of the Ukraine, Russia and the Baltic Countries. All are welcome!


In-Person Worship
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, August 14
Indoors in our Sanctuary

St. Andrew has been, and will continue to be, in compliance with the County and State regulations regarding Covid protocols. It’s important for us to protect one another as we worship. We have these updated guidelines in place for everyone’s safety, in accordance with CDC and Sonoma County regulations, and approved by our St. Andrew Session:

Masks are currently strongly recommended, for all individuals indoors. Health officials strongly recommend masks as an effective tool to prevent the spread of the virus. All employees and volunteers working with children and youth will be required to wear masks.

Do not attend services if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, etc.

We will continue to have doors open to aid airflow throughout the sanctuary and hand sanitizer readily available.

We ask that all in attendance refrain from hugging and other forms of physical interaction.

Please continue your giving during this time, so that St. Andrew may continue to serve our local community and our membership. We recognize that some of you have been impacted financially by economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you who can, please continue to give on a regular basis.

There are several options available:

  • Give electronically to the St. Andrew General Fund
  • Set up your donation to St. Andrew to be paid through your bill paying service at your personal bank.
  • Mail a check to St. Andrew, or drop your envelope into our locked mail box: 16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476