Note from Nicole
This coming Sunday…
Dear St. Andrew Community,
Soon after we moved to Sonoma, I put a birdbath outside our kitchen sliding glass door so that I could watch birds while writing sermons from a loveseat. Each time I hear the splash of bird I stop writing to watch, and watch some more. During especially hot days it gets very busy out there and it’s a wonder anything gets written. Each time a bird bathes or drinks, it brings me deep joy: a kind of joy that feeds my soul and sustains me in ways that would be foolish to try to describe with words.
This week, thanks to some very busy moles, the heavy stone bird bath fell over and broke into pieces. I was sad to say the least, and emotionally it hit me harder than any sane person would find reasonable, because I had written a false and unhelpful story in my head which I’ll explain further on Sunday.
Instead, for now, all I really want to say is this; things break. For no apparent reason, and sometimes for many reasons, things of beauty shatter. Sometimes dreams, visions, ideas. Sometimes relationships, careers, institutions. And often, very often, it is no one’s fault. And God didn’t will it, and you didn’t deserve it. It just fell apart because it was time.
Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us of the impermanence of everything, as everything changes. For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted…..
And yet, there is more. And yet, there is God, with us in all things, even the broken things, maybe especially there, showing us once more, that God is the permanence we seek, in everything and everyone, there is God, the Shepherd whose goodness and mercy follows us our whole life long. (Psalm 23)
See you Sunday,
SUNDAY SERMON VIDEO
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 – “Be a Blessing”
To access past Wednesday E-News emails and Sunday Sermon Videos, follow this link.
MONTHLY MISSION FOCUS
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 September, is The Presbytery of the Redwoods Hunger Task Force Mission, Pedal for Protein. 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.
Pedal for Protein (P4P) is a group bike ride sponsored by the Presbytery of the Redwoods, Hunger Task Force based in Napa, California.
All funds raised are donated to Northern California Food Banks for local food pantries and one international hunger relief project. Participation helps many grassroots food pantries that are struggling to provide quality protein food such as canned tuna, peanut butter, canned beans, yogurt, eggs and more to hungry families, seniors and children along the Northern California Coast from the Golden Gate Bridge to Crescent City, also including Napa, Solano and Lake Counties.
Pedal for Protein raised over $60,000 in 2021. In its first eight years, riders have raised collectively $352,000!
Once again this year, a St. Andrew family has generously offered to match all donations received by St. Andrew for Pedal for Protein in September!
If you’d like to support Pedal for Protein 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 “Pedal for Protein” in the memo field. Thank You!
ASSISTING THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE:
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!
WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREW ON SEPTEMBER 18
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, September 18
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