Note from Nicole
This coming Sunday…
Dear St. Andrew Community,
Thanksgiving is approaching and often I’ll hear people say they don’t need a holiday to remind them to be grateful because we should be grateful all the time. That’s true, we should be grateful all the time. On top of that, many of us believe we should no longer be celebrating the story most of us were taught in childhood about the Pilgrims and Indians sitting peaceably together. So why celebrate this day at all?
Thanksgiving, like other rituals, is a marker of time. Rituals create bonds between those who participate in them. The meaning behind rituals and traditions often evolve as our consciousness is raised. Our understanding of biblical traditions and rituals are no exception. We understand the world differently today than we did years ago, and hopefully when we come to the table in the sanctuary we can do so with an ever-deepening experience of what it means to partake in the body of Christ.
Giving thanks to God is something we should never reserve for one day a year, but the tradition of Thanksgiving, with appreciation for what it means today, is something to be cherished as a tradition that brings people together around a table to share food, stories and time. Can we deepen our understanding of what this ritual means in light of last year, when many of us shared meals over Zoom?
Some will take in the day with a few friends, others with family, and some may be alone. This Sunday, if you have an extra seat at your table, I’ll ask you to stand so that those who may like to join you know who to connect with after service.
See you Sunday with some special music by our Acoustic Sunday players. You’ll want to be on time so you do’t miss the prelude!
Yours in Christ,
WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREW ON NOVEMBER 21ST
In-Person Worship St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, November 21st
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.
SUNDAY SERMON VIDEO
If you weren’t able to attend last Sunday’s service, or if you would like to watch Tracy’s sermon again, watch this video of last Sunday’s sermon by Tracy Walthard, “Be Still and Know That I Am God”:
To access past Wednesday E-News emails and Sunday Sermon Videos, follow this link.
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.
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