Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

This Sunday I have the privilege of performing a baptism, and you all have a role in this ritual. The congregation makes a promise to love and nurture the newly baptized in Christian faith. That’s because we’re a family in the eyes of God, and caring for one another is an obligation we welcome as part of living as disciples of Christ. “Obligation” is one of those words we tend to dislike because it’s something we should do, whether we feel like it or not. In the case of caring for a child, it’s something we welcome. 

But what about other obligations? Like our obligation to take time to be with God? Sabbath time, and being fully present to God’s presence in our life, is also our obligation if we’re taking our greatest commandments seriously. To love God with all our heart, soul and strength is to also make sure we set time aside to be with God. How do we create a space in our chaotic lives to be with God?

Tracy Walthard will be bringing the message this Sunday from the pulpit on this topic and her scriptures are Psalm 46 and Mark 1:32-39.

Tracy is, in my opinion, an excellent preacher and Pastor Rich saw this gift in her long before me. We are blessed to have her, and I look forward to sharing in leading our worship service together this Sunday.

See you Sunday,

Nicole

P.S. – This is also Birthday and Anniversary Celebration Sunday and we welcome the Oldie Band back with pleasure.

WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREW ON NOVEMBER 14TH

In-Person Worship
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, November 14th
9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music, prayers, Children’s Discovery Time, a celebration of Baptism, Birthday and Anniversary Blessings for those celebrating in November, Scripture, and Tracy Walthard’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.

SUNDAY SERMON VIDEO

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, “Weeps the Jesus”:

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

EXCITING NEWS…

St. Andrew is Going Solar!

Thanks to a dedicated subcommittee of Elders serving on Session who spent countless hours researching and comparing costs over the course of months, we bring you the exciting news of solar panels coming soon to St. Andrew. Session voted unanimously to support the committee recommendations which will save our church hundreds of thousands of dollars in electricity costs over the next 30 years! The congregation will be invited to contribute towards this installation via a new Capital Campaign or in single contributions. 

More details about the process and finances will be shared during Sunday services on Nov 14th and 21st.

We can all take a great sense of satisfaction in being able to take this next step towards caring for God’s Earth. In keeping with God’s charge to us to care for His creation this is an invaluable step and I am grateful to Eileen Haflich, Chris McNairy, Joel Green and Ron Moser for their time and care of Christ’s Church and God’s Mission here at St. Andrew.

Gratefully,

Nicole

WOMEN’S SPACE

THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH

9:30am-11:30am

ST. ANDREW FELLOWSHIP HALL

“IMAGINING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE”

Join us in a guided meditation by Rev. Nicole Trotter as we explore the creativity of our own imagination. Imagining is something we usually think only children can do, but we’ll find that our imagination and the creativity within the process can deepen our relationship with the One who gave us our ability to imagine. Exploring how having Jesus in the process enriches our creativity and deepens our experiences.  A light breakfast will be available. Please RSVP to Dawne by following this link.

FOOD FOR F.I.S.H.

Sunday, November 14th, we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping). Please bring your donations to the Fellowship Hall. Suggested items include dried pasta, rice, dried pinto beans, cereal, tomato sauce, canned tuna, peanut butter, jam, jelly, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned milk, baby food, diapers, Ensure, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY – NEW TIME!

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY—NEW TIME!

Every Tuesday from 11:00am-12:00pm in the St. Andrew Conference Room—All are welcome!

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