Dear Friends,

Yes, there is such thing as “political fatigue” where we find ourselves worn out by the constant barrage of attacks, strong opinions, stretched truth and high emotions. Layer that on top of Covid anxiety and we are “topped out!”

Psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu offers self-care tips to cope with anxiety of any kind; these apply to the blanket feeling of overwhelm many of us now face:

1.   Be compassionate toward yourself — it’s okay to not be okay.

2.   Develop a routine — engage with certain anchor points or soothing actions throughout the day to help ground you.

3.   Tap into media that helps you detach from reality — take a break from what is overwhelming you. No need to feel guilty about distracting yourself.

4.   Solve problems and tend relationships in your everyday life — doing this can help remove small barriers that can add up and increase a feeling of overwhelm.

5.   Be grateful for the things that you have — it can help lift your spirits and the spirits of those who receive your gratitude.

6.   Share how you are struggling — everyone is struggling in some way or another right now. Suffering is universal and it can be helpful to connect with people who can empathize.

In addition, you may want to decide how to get support on election night, or plan something enjoyable to look forward to for the day after the election such as meeting like-minded friends for a walk or a socially distanced conversation.

Here is a beautiful Psalm to help us keep things in perspective:
 
Psalm 124  

If it were not for You, O Beloved,
You who make all things new,
fear and chaos would reign
in every heart;
in You will I trust.

When doubt threatens to overwhelm
and separate me,
when anger makes me blind,
Then You, O Merciful One,
are ever-ready
to awaken the holy, the sacred
within me;
Then do your Living Streams of Grace
enfold me. 

Blessed are You, who are a very
Presence to us,
A comfort to troubled hearts!
Grant us the strength of eagle wings,
The courage to soar to new heights!
Break with us the bonds of fear
That we may live with love!

Our guidance comes from You,
O Counselor,
Blessed are You, O Giver of Life.
Beloved of my heart. 

– from Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill


And, for sheer delight, enjoy

this “flash mob” of child performers!

Much love during this stressful time,

Jan

Rev. Jan Reynolds

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. May this instill hope for our future.

This week’s installment is brought to you in part by Debra Vaughn.

Good News:
There is ground breaking research in converting plastics into usable resources like hydrogen and other fuels. It may be years, however, before there is a scaled up solution to our plastics problem. In the meantime, please reduce your plastic waste (even what you recycle) by using refillable water bottles and buy products in containers that are made from either glass or metal.

Green Tip #4:
The Vaughn family uses envelopes and paper from junk mail as note paper! 

Did you know that 44% of junk mail goes into the recycling without even being opened? If you want to reduce your junk mail you can look for the website of the company and there is usually an unsubscribe option. There are also on-line organizations that will remove you from the distribution list of catalogs or magazines. 

Thank you! And if you have any Good News or Green Tips, pass them along to Eileen Haflich via the church office at [email protected]

Brought to you by the Mission Committee

WORSHIP ON THE PATIO

Join us for worship at St. Andrew, Sunday, November 1 at 10:00 am.

This service will include recorded music, prayers, Scripture readings, Pastor Jan’s teaching, and Communion. (An online service will still be available that day with similar content; no online coffee hour).

We can take reservations up to 40 people – there are still a few seats left. We expect the service to last about 45 minutes.

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, send it by email to the church in advance, or 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

ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS EVERGREENS – SALES END OCTOBER 31

Don’t miss out – Sales end October 31! It’s October and that means the St. Andrew Youth Group is taking orders for wreaths, garland and more!

This is our annual fundraiser that raises money for the annual youth Caravan mission trip. Pick up a beautiful evergreen product and support the youth – it’s a win/win for everyone!
This year, we are taking orders online and directly through our youth from now through the end of October. Follow the link below or contact one of our Sr. High youth to place your order. Payments are being accepted via online payment through the attached link or mail your check to the church office.
Orders will be available via drive thru pickup at the church on December 5th and 6th. We will bring them to your car. Thank you for your support!

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO ORDER

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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