What a year it has been! While it seems like we were constantly pivoting and altering plans, we were able to get creative and accomplish so much. Here’s just a taste of some of the wonderful and meaningful things the staff, volunteers and congregation of St. Andrew were part of the last few months:

In-Person Youth Group Meetings / Worship
Don’t Go to Church, Be the Church
Selecting a new Pastor (thank you, PNC!)
In-Person Worship Services twice a month
Children’s Sunday School & Advent Activities home delivery
Children’s Christmas pageant
Youth Group Advent Food Drive
Youth Group Adopt a Senior for Christmas at Broadway Post Acute
Deacons’ cards/care packages
Humphrey the Bear Donation to Community Children
Ringing Bells for FISH – live & virtual
Fulfilling gift requests for 25 children through Angel Tree
Deacons and Missions cash gifts to support S.O.S.
Blue Christmas Worship Service
Pop-Up Nativity
Christmas Eve Online Service

We’re excited to see where 2021 leads us…

ENVIRONMENTAL MOMENT

We start a new year with new resolve to reduce our carbon footprint. 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. May this instill hope for our future.

Good News: Denmark became the first major oil-producing nation to set itself a deadline to end extraction.

Green Tip #9: Let 2021 be the year we all resolve to use less plastic, particularly single use plastic. NPR and Frontline completed an investigation on the plastics industry which exposes the profit motive of producing plastics and the ad campaigns that “make all plastic look recyclable”. It goes on to say that “It’s pure manipulation of the consumer,”. Here is a link to the full article: The Recycling Myth. Become a thoughtful consumer, support companies that package their products in paper and cardboard. Become familiar with the plastic codes (#1 and #2 are the most recyclable). And, finally, we would love to get feedback from you on your efforts to reduce waste this year!

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 10TH:

Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, JANUARY 10 at 10:00 am

Dear Friends,

Join us for worship at St. Andrew, Sunday, January 10 at 10:00 am.This service will include recorded music, prayers, Scripture, Pastor Jan’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 CPC 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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