Transitions… we are in the midst of many changes. A new year, new government leaders, a new Pastor beginning next week! These changes can bring a mix of joy, excitement, anxiety and even fear.

For those moments when you feel overwhelmed by change, we offer this prayer – may it bring you comfort during changes and transitions:

Our Heavenly Father,

You are with us every moment, in every transition and change.

As we move forward into this new day with a mix of emotions,

we know you offer us your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.

We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.

We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.

We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our lives.

Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.

We ask this in your Holy Name.

Amen.

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We’ve received several requests in the church office from St. Andrew families who want to send a note of “thanks” to Rev. Jan Reynolds. If you didn’t have an opportunity to share your gratitude and would like to do so, feel free to drop a note in the mail in care of the church office. We’ll collect the notes and send them on to Jan on February 3rd: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476

ENVIRONMENTAL MOMENT

There seems to be no end to bad news about the state of our environment, but there is good news too. This bi-weekly Environmental Moment will highlight some good news and offer tips on how you can help reduce waste, energy, and use of plastics. This week’s moment includes a tip from Sara Clegg.

Good News: An Environmental Engineer in India has developed a method to convert medical PPE waste into construction bricks. He’s ramping up production to 15,000 per day and now has several buyers.

Green Tip #10: Did you know that your household cleaning products can contain chemicals that are carcinogens, can induce asthma, and pollute the air with their Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)? For more information, visit the Environmental Working Group’s web site: EWG on Household Cleaners. In addition, these products are packaged in plastic containers (while the main container is easily recycled the spray nozzle will end up in the land fill). A better alternative is to make your own household cleaner, it’s easy and will save you money and reduce waste. Reuse an empty spray bottle and try this recipe from Sara Clegg: “The formula is 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol, 25 oz. water, 3 drops liquid dish soap and 6 drops essential oil. I use grapefruit oil.” Essential oils not only give the cleaner a nice scent, but many essential oils also have antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. Happy cleaning!

Thank you! And if you have any Good News or Green Tips, or if you would like some product recommendations, please contact Eileen Haflich via the church office at [email protected]

Brought to you by the Mission Committee

WORSHIP ON THE PATIO JANUARY 24TH:

Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, JANUARY 24 at 10:00 am

Note: currently, rain is in the forecast for Sunday – be sure to check your email in the event we need to cancel due to weather

Dear Friends,

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 THIS 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]

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Friday, February 5th – 6:00 pm
Join us for Virtual BINGO! 

We promise a fun night of Fellowship, Fabulous Prizes and Friendly Competition for all ages! More details coming soon…

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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