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January 10 Farewell to Interim Pastor Jan Reynolds
Last Sunday at our in-person worship service, Becky Minor (Clerk of Session) and Chris McNairy (Chair of Personnel) led a Litany of Farewell for Rev. Jan Reynolds, our Interim Pastor from May 28, 2019 to January 15, 2021. You can view it by clicking on the arrow, or read the text below:
A Litany of Farewell
Chris: A church community is constantly changing. Loved ones come to the end of their lives; new lives are born and baptized into the faith community. Individuals and families come and go throughout our life together. It is important for us to recognize and mark well these times of passage, these endings, and beginnings. Today we bid farewell and Godspeed to Pastor Jan Reynolds who has served us as Interim Pastor for the past 20 months, whose time with us has now drawn to a close.
Pastor: I thank you, the people of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, for the love, kindness, and support you have shown me these past months. I thank you for accepting my leadership and receiving me as your pastor for this time of transition and challenge. I recall with joy the many things we have been able to accomplish together, and with some sorrow the many challenges we faced together. I ask your understanding and your forgiveness for the mistakes I have made and for any ways I may have let you down.
Becky: On behalf of the congregation, we receive with thankfulness the ministry you have offered us in the time we have shared. We accept that you now leave us to begin your retirement and to discern your further ministry, trusting that God goes with you on that journey. We are grateful for the time you have been with us.
Pastor: I gratefully accept your gratitude, trusting that our time together was pleasing to God.
Chris: Do you, the people of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, release Pastor Jan from the duties of Interim Pastor? Please answer, “We do, with the help of God.”
Onsite Congregation: We do, with the help of God.
Becky: Do you, Pastor Jan, release St. Andrew from turning to you and relying on you to serve them as Pastor?
Pastor: I do, with the help of God.
Chris: Do you, Pastor Jan, offer your encouragement for St. Andrew’s continuing ministry?
Pastor: I certainly do, with gratitude and joy!
Becky: Let us pray.
O God of all creation, whose love for all is trustworthy and true, help each of us to trust the future, which rests in your care. During our time together we have experienced joy, laughter, and tears, hopes and disappointments. Guide us as we carry these cherished memories with us in new directions. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Chris: Go now, Pastor Jan, with our blessing, surrounded by our love and led by the promises of God, the presence of Christ Jesus, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let us all say “Hallelujah! Amen!”
Congregation: “Hallelujah! Amen!”
Here is St. Andrew’s preaching schedule for the next month:
January 17 – Marcus Alphin will preach at our recorded service on Luke 10: 38-42, the Story of Mary and Martha. The title of his sermon is “Be to Do.”
January 24 – Rev. Bob Conover will preach for our recorded and in-person services. RSVP for the in-person service via the link below.
January 31 – Rev. Nicole Trotter will offer her sermon at our recorded service.
February 7 – Rev. Nicole Trotter will preach for our recorded and in-person services.
If you require pastoral care during the period of 1/16-1/24, please call or email the church office at 707-996-6024 / [email protected] and speak with Amy Cox who will connect you with someone who can support you.
WORSHIP ON THE PATIO JANUARY 24TH:
Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, JANUARY 24 at 10:00 am
Join us for worship at St. Andrew, Sunday, January 24 at 10:00 am.This service will include recorded music, prayers, Scripture, Pastor Bob Conover’s teaching, and Communion. (An online service will still be available that day with similar content).
We can take reservations up to 45 people + staff. We expect the service to last about 45 minutes, allow 60 minutes for leaving carefully socially-distanced.
We have these guidelines in place for everyone’s safety, in accordance with CDC and Sonoma County guidelines, and approved by our Covid Taskforce:
– We will greet you, check your temperature, receive your signed agreement and guide you to your assigned seats.
– Participants will always stay 6-feet apart and wear masks.
– It is important not to physically greet one another in any way.
– Unfortunately, no chatting in groups is allowed on church property.
– We will ask each person to use hand sanitizer before sitting.
– Sanitized chairs will be spaced with at least 6 feet between individuals or family groups.
– No bulletins will be provided, and no singing is possible for safety.
– Participants will leave with self-contained communion kits that they can open in their cars or at home. Please do not leave the used packaging at the church!
Please click here to reserve seats for you and/or your family (first come, first served). Please list all family members in your “Covid bubble” who will attend with you so we can pre-assign a cluster of chairs for you.
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our Worship Service Agreement. Please sign the Agreement and bring it with you to the service – this will shorten check-in lines the day of the service.
Thank you! We look forward to worshipping together
ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS:
BERGEN-MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP AND HAZEL BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: Applications for the Spring 2021 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, January 24, 2021. 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]
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
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