Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

I’ve been told that celebrating All Saints’ Sunday may be something that many at St. Andrew aren’t used to doing. So here’s a little background to get us in the mood for Sunday-

What defines Saint? In our Reformed Tradition, “saint” is a title that applies to the whole people of God, not just a select few. They are the living and the dead. We are, all of us, saints through our active faith in God.

Why celebrate All Saints’? This time honored tradition connects us with those who have died before us and honors their life by taking time to give thanks for them in ritual and song. Rather than being morbid, honoring those that have died contributes to our gratitude for life and for one another.

What will we do on Sunday? With your help, we will fill the communion table with pictures of our loved ones. Please bring a framed photo of a loved one to place on the table. We will hold a ritual of remembrance as we process and place a fallen leaf on the communion table and cloths that will surround it. Leaves will be provided along with a flute and piano duet. And finally, at the end of worship, we will join our voices to sing “For All the Saints,” a hymn that dates back to the turn of the 20th century and is described as one of the best hymns of the 20th century. If you’ve never heard it you can listen here.

See you Sunday,



In-Person Worship St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, November 7th

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music, prayers, Children’s Discovery Time, Scripture, Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching, a Ritual of Remembrance for All Saints’ Day and Communion. 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 Ed Vaughn’s sermon again, watch this video of last Sunday’s sermon by Ruling Elder, Edward Vaughn, “Miracles”:

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


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 #2: Did you know that over 50% of the people who have lost their homes to a wildfire found that they were at least 25% underinsured (and that doesn’t include those who had no insurance at all)? When was the last time you looked at your homeowner’s insurance policy? This is not a particularly exciting topic, but acting now will ensure that you get the most from your insurance policy when/if you ever need it. Here are some tips when reviewing your policy:

1.   Have you upgraded/renovated your home recently? Does your insurance cover at least 80% of your home value? Take a look at the photo attached for a cautionary note about the consequences of being under insured.

2.   Check the fine print, for some policies in fire prone areas (e.g. Sonoma Valley) insurers have specifically excluded wildfires in their coverage!

3.   Ways you can decrease your insurance premium:

  • Have you upgraded to safer construction? For example modernization of your utility systems; window and door upgrades; creating a defensible space around your home.
  • Can you afford a higher deductible? If so, your premium will likely decline.
  • Did you know that your Credit Score affects your premium? 
  • Consider bundling your insurances together with one company, there’s usually a premium bonus for all.

***RENTERS*** Do you have a Renters Policy? If so, also check it regularly. If you are interested in a comprehensive guide to resiliency, I recommend “How to Prepare for Climate Change” by David Pogue. 

P.S. Don’t forget to put your Thanksgiving turkey bones in the green compost bin! 

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



Sunday, November 7th from 11:30am-1:00pm(Informational Luncheon) and

Monday, November 8th from 6:00pm-9:00pm

This workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Nicole Trotter, Linda VanSciver (certified grief and loss counselor) and Dawne Carver. Join us as we share and explore tools for navigating through the journey of grief and loss. Please RSVP on your Communication Card this Sunday or email Dawne Carver through this link.





Join us as we learn how to walk through life and respond to God’s gifts, discussing how to move through the process of creation to completion. We’ll hear from two ladies as they share their joys, gifts, challenges and struggles of judgement and self-doubt in their creative processes. Please RSVP to Dawne by following this link, or mark your Communication Card on Sunday.

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