Dear Friends,

Today, we show our appreciation for those who have served in the various branches of the U.S. military.

Who are your beloved veterans? My husband, my father and father-in-law, and other relatives were veterans who lived to tell the tales of their service, forever changed by their experience. We just went through my Dad’s WWII journal and artifacts. He was a photographer in the Signal Corps, so there are amazing photos. It’s difficult to imagine the gentle man I knew in those front line situations!

My husband John says, “I wish strangers wouldn’t tell me ‘Thank you for my service!’ It was my privilege.” And I try to explain that we say this clumsily because it is the only way we know how to acknowledge the depth of his giving that came with such cost. 

YouTube puts out a yearly video for Veterans Day. This one is from three years ago, but I think it is one of the best and worth watching. It speaks of the multifaced, complicated reality of serving in the armed services.

And here are a couple of comments from veterans who responded:

“You know sometimes in public i have strangers come up to me and thank me for my service. I stopped wearing baseball hats with any of the unit logos on them, except for days like Veterans day because of this. Not that i mind, i don’t. i just don’t know what to say. i mean i guess I’m kind of a romantic in the sense that i did what i did in the military out of a belief that we really do have a lot to protect here, and that we are truly blessed to be Americans. ALL OF US.”

“i never expected or desired praise. it was just my job, and in my opinion the best job in the world, even the bad parts of it and there were plenty in my 22 years. i was a paratrooper of sorts, and a medic…believe me folks if this tired broken old body could still be doing that job at any level, platoon, company, or team, i would still be doing it till i spit out my last breath. not for praise or gratitude, but for the guys next to me.”

Thank you, St. Andrew Veterans, for your selfless service, commitment, bravery, caring and so much more.

Love,

Jan

Rev. Jan Reynolds

WORSHIP ON THE PATIO:

Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, November 15 at 10:00 am

Dear Friends,

Join us for worship at St. Andrew, Sunday, November 15 at 10:00 am.This service will include recorded music, prayers, Scripture, Pastor Jan’s teaching, and Communion. (An online service will still be available that day with similar content).

We can take reservations up to 65 people. We expect the service to last about 45 minutes, allow 60 minutes for leaving carefully socially-distanced.

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

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.

Good News: Vermont is the first state ban food waste in landfill trash.

Green Tip #5: Did you know that used coffee grounds make a good soil amendment? Used coffee grounds are especially good for acid loving plants such as azaleas and camellias. So don’t throw away your coffee grounds, but be sure to put the coffee filter in the green yard waste bin. Or better yet, use a metal filter which can be rinsed and reused. Remember, it takes energy, water, resources, transportation, and single use plastics to manufacture and distribute coffee filters too. 
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

RING BELLS FOR F.I.S.H.

Ring Bells for F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping) at Lucky Market
Sign Up Now!

Fridays & Saturdaysthe first 3 weekends in December – 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th
Choose a Shift: 10am – noon; noon – 2:00pm; 2:00pm – 4:00pm; 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Grab a friend or family member and sign up today – Masks will be required and Social Distancing is easy to achieve!

SIGN UP HERE!

MISSION PROJECT – BEAR CARE

Meet “Humphrey the Bear”
Help assemble Humphrey this weekend:

Saturday 11/14/20 El Verano School: 10am-1pm Stuffing bears, ribbons


Monday 11/16/20 9am-12; Tuesday 11/17/20 9am-12 and 3-5pm. Help distribute Books/Bears to students at El Verano

Please contact Stacey Schoeningh for more information and to sign up.

This Christmas Season we’ve found that Covid-19 has stalled our usual opportunities for our annual Shoebox Mission. St. Andrew will instead join forces with First Congregational Church Sonoma on a special project, “Bear Care”. Our goal to raise enough money to buy 388 bears. The plan is to deliver “gratitude bears” to the children at El Verano Elementary School. We want to show them that we are grateful for them and also to invite them to remember what they are grateful for. 

To donate to this special mission project, mail a check to St. Andrew (16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476) with “Bear Care” in the memo or use this link to donate electronically – be sure to put “Bear Care” in the memo. Thank you for helping to spread the love.


WOMEN’S SPACE THIS SATURDAY:

Women’s Space

Saturday, November 14, 10:00-11:30 am

“Small Gestures of Grateful Living”

Gratitude builds contentedness and resilience in our lives. How can we share our Gratitude this Thanksgiving season? We’ll discover and talk about small gestures of gratefulness that can make all the difference in our relationships, family and community.

Join us on Zoom! Click this link to RSVP so we know to expect you:

RSVP HERE!

DO YOU SEW? OUR MISSION TEAM NEEDS YOU!

St. Andrew Mission Committee is looking for volunteers to sew burlap Christmas tree ornaments for our annual Romania Missions Flour Fundraiser.
If you are interested in helping, please email Eileen Haflich.

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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