Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

Before I talk about this coming Sunday, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate last Sunday, which was exceptionally joy filled with birthdays and anniversaries, many children, and a celebration of the love of St. Francis. Following the service we held a very special Blessing of the Animals with roughly 25 dogs, 2 cats, 2 camels, a guinea pig, a donkey and a calf. What a gift.

This coming Sunday is our third Acoustic Sunday with an eclectic mix of music throughout the service. Last month’s acoustic music was very well received and I encourage you all to come, especially if you’re looking to experience something new in worship. 

Our Scripture focus is from the Book of Job. Poor Job goes through an enormous amount of suffering and searches for an answer as to why he’s suffering. So many of our questions begin with “why” as toddlers, and some of us never seem to stop asking: Why do the roots go down and stems rise up? Why do dogs die so young? Many of our questions also begin with “where”: Where am I headed? Where is God in this and where is faith in that? I look forward to exploring the ways God answers these questions in our lives individually, and as a community of faith.

See you Sunday,



In-Person Worship St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 17th

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music (it’s Acoustic Sunday!), prayers, Children’s Discovery Time, 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, “Love Incarnate”:

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


You are cordially invited to the installation of the Rev. Nicole Trotter as pastor of the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Sonoma, October 17, at 2:00 p.m.

The Presbytery of the Redwoods
and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
invite you
to the installation of

Rev. Nicole Trotter

as pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Sonoma 
Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 2:00pm 
The service will be held in the sanctuary 
16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church invites all for refreshments to be served outside after the service.

Current Sonoma County regulations require masks when inside the church building regardless of vaccination status. Outside, people are welcome to remove their masks or leave them on as they feel most comfortable.

Please plan to join us!


The Church Office will be closed on Friday, October 15th. If you need anything from Amy or Stefanie, please contact us this week during office hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30am – 2:00pm




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!


A Conversation with Dr. Kenneth Hardy
“The Tasks of the Oppressed” on Sat. October 23rd @ 2pm

We are called to engage in anti-racist practices that Dismantle Structural Racism and White Supremacy. The Presbytery of San Francisco has chosen to do this work, and forge ahead to fully engage in this struggle—for healing, transformation, justice, and racial equity.
Last year, our conversation with Dr. Kenneth Hardy was to learn “How To Be An Ally”. (See the recording HERE). This second engagement is to understand the next steps, particularly around understanding what it takes for those who are oppressed to engage daily in this struggle for justice and transformation. We hope you can join us.

  • Title: “The Tasks of the Oppressed”
  • When: Saturday, October 23, 2021- 2:00 pm PST (Approx. 1.5 hours)
  • Where: ZOOM
  • Register HERE. (Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation that provides you with the link to the meeting; you will use that link to join us)
  • Questions: Please contact the Presbytery of SF at [email protected]

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy is a Clinical and Organizational Consultant at the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, NY where he also serves as Director. He provides Racially Focused Trauma Informed training, executive coaching, and consultation to a diverse network of individuals and organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He is a former Professor of Family Therapy at both Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Syracuse University in New York, and has also served as the Director of Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, NY.

Peace & All Good, Your Presbytery Transitional Partnership Team

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