Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

This Sunday we will be holding a “Blessing of the Animals” after worship at 11:00am on the Patio. Please invite your friends for this relaxed and informal event. Blessings for animals typically falls this time of year because of the birthday of St. Francis. Francis led a fascinating life. He was born into a wealthy family and eventually gave it all up for the sake of Christ.

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mark 10: 17-31), Jesus tells his followers; “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

It seems St. Francis heard this message loud and clear. But Francis did more than give up wealth, he subscribed to what we might call an Incarnational Theology, understanding all of creation and all of God’s creatures as divine and to be cared for as such.

Richard Rohr, in his reflection on Francis, put it this way-

Franciscan spirituality emphasizes a real equivalence and mutuality between the one who sees and what can be seen. What you see is what you are. There is a symbiosis between the mind and heart of the seer and what they pay attention to. Francis had a unique ability to call others—animals, plants, and elements—“brother” and “sister” because he himself was a little brother. He granted other beings and things mutuality, subjectivity, “personhood,” and dignity because he first honored his own dignity as a son of God. The world of things was a transparent two-way mirror for him, which some of us would call a fully “sacramental” universe.

See you Sunday,



In-Person Worship St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 10th

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music, prayers, Children’s Discovery Time, Birthday and Anniversary Blessings for those celebrating in October, Scripture, and Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching. Reservations are no longer required.

St. Andrew has been, and will continue to be, in compliance with the County and State regulations regarding Covid protocols. We have these guidelines in place for everyone’s safety, in accordance with CDC and Sonoma County regulations, and approved by our Covid Taskforce and St. Andrew Session:

  • All in attendance are required to wear masks indoors. The California Department of Public Health recommends that you choose a mask that fits snugly over your mouth and nose and choose a mask made with two or more layers of fabric. An N95 respirator, that you wear for poor air quality from wildfires, provides the highest level of personal protection.
  • 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.
  • If your child joins us in the sanctuary and he/she is over the age of two, please have your child wear a mask. For indoor activities children should wear a mask, but most Sunday school activities will take place outdoors, weather permitting.


If you weren’t able to attend last Sunday’s service, or if you would like to watch Nicole’s sermon again, watch this video of last Sunday’s sermon by Rev. Nicole Trotter, “Dwelling Place”:

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


We will be gathering at St. Andrew this Saturday, October 10th, at 1:00pm for a Memorial Service to honor our dear friend and member of St. Andrew, ‘Nita Summers. ‘Nita’s family invites the St. Andrew Congregation to attend this service and join them in remembering ‘Nita.


On Sept 21st, we received an alert on our phones advising us to evacuate immediately due to a fast moving fire nearby. As it turned out, the fire was a few miles away and was quickly brought under control. However, it was a sober reminder that no one in California can confidently assume they have no fire risk.  

There is little debate that climate change is having an impact on us now and will be impacting us for the foreseeable future. While it is important to do our part to mitigate future climate change, it is also just as important to learn to adapt to the effects of climate change in the here and now. I will be devoting the next few months of the Environmental Moments to what I call Resiliency. These tips are not just for events related to climate change such as wildfires and droughts, but also apply to other natural disasters like earthquakes and even unexpected events such as a home fire.  

Resiliency Tip #1: We have all been told to have our “to-go” bag ready if we ever have to evacuate. Among other things, the “to-go” bag should have copies of important documents such as insurance policies, passports, vaccine records, etc. as well as medications, water, food, and a flashlight. Here is a link to a “To-Go” bag checklist: PGE To-Go Bag Checklist 

BUT, what if a natural disaster or home fire happens while you are at work or on vacation? It might be wise to consider keeping your “to-go” bag in your car. In addition, you should consider putting digital copies of important documents in a fire safe or on a ‘cloud’ storage site or even sending them to a family member or friend who lives out of state. If your home is damaged or destroyed by fire, it is critically important to contact your insurance agent immediately which is one reason why it is important to have contingency plans for important documents.  

If you are interested in a comprehensive guide to resiliency, I recommend “How to Prepare for Climate Change” by David Pogue. 

If you have any tips for how to be resilient in the face of climate change or any other unforeseen event, please contact Eileen Haflich via the church office at [email protected]

Brought to you by the Mission Committee


St. Andrew Men’s Group—Join us for burgers, ping pong, hanging with your buds watching the game…Heaven on Earth! Sunday, October 10th at 1:00pm at the Tommasi home—19270 Carriger Road. Bring your own drinks and RSVP by TODAY to Ed Vaughn at [email protected]!

A note from Ed: Here’s what the Men’s Group, The Brotherhood, is all about…


The St. Andrew youth group will be in the Narthex each Sunday morning, taking orders for Christmas wreaths, garlands and centerpieces during the month of October. These greens are a great gift for everyone on your gift list and will be available for pickup beginning on Sunday, December 5th! To order on-line, please follow this link. All money raised will go toward their Caravan mission trip the summer of 2022 to Logan, West Virginia. Thank you for supporting our youth group!


2021 Halloween Drive-Thru

This year’s Halloween fundraiser will help us raise money to help our food program keep up with the increasing demand. Trick or treat yourself to a delicious, fine dining experience that benefits Sonoma Overnight Support!

Halloween Drive-Thru Details:

When: Saturday, October 16th, 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Drive thru to pickup your meal at Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly The Grange)
18627 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, CA 95476
What: Four fine dining meal options:

Meal for 1 | $65

Meal for 2, plus one bottle of wine | $140

Meal for 4, plus two bottles of wine | $275

No meal, just a donation

The appetizer, salad, and sides will accompany your choice entree of either Prime Rib OR a Vegetarian Option.

Limited availability – place your order by October 9th!

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