St. Andrew Advent Series
Darkness and Light
The light shines in the darkness,and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
Worship each Sunday 9:00
Nov 28th, Dec 5th, 12th, 19th
Our world is in need of compassion, hope, encouragement and kindness.
We are called to walk as children of the light.
Join us this Advent Season as we journey together towards Bethlehem.
Note from Nicole
This coming Sunday…
This Sunday we begin our Advent series by focusing on hope. I remember a children’s message that described hope as the most important candle on the advent wreath. Why? Because if all the other candles go out, (like love lost to a break up or peace lost to fighting), hope is the one thing that can restore light. Without it all candles stay dark. I believe that’s why it’s the first candle lit in this season. Advent is a deeply reflective time and the scriptures assigned to this time reflect a spiritual darkness…. but not without hope, as we journey towards the light of Christ, born as a baby who brings light to the world.
Yours in Christ, Nicole
A St. Andrew Decorating Party
Join us on Sunday, November 28th following church service until noon for a St. Andrew Decorating Party! Get in the spirit of Christmas as we gather to decorate the Fellowship Hall and the Narthex! Decorate an ornament for the tree, enjoy fellowship and help prepare the church for Advent! RSVP to Dawne Carver
WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREW ON NOVEMBER 28th
In-Person Worship St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, November 28th – the First Sunday of Advent
9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary
This service will include music, prayers, lighting of the Advent Candle, 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 Nicole’s sermon again, watch this video of last Sunday’s sermon by Rev. Nicole Trotter, “Grace Alone”:
To access past Wednesday E-News emails and Sunday Sermon Videos, follow this link.
INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE
The 2021 Thanksgiving service will be pre-recorded and will be available on YouTube. The serviced will include music from three local churches, Thanksgiving greetings from the Sonoma Valley Interfaith members as well as various non-profits in town and some city officials. Also included will by a sermon (by our very own Pastor Nicole), poetry and healing prayers. Watch for an eBlast on Wednesday for the YouTube 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.
To complete an electronic Pledge Card, follow this link.
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.
PIZZA & THEOLOGY
PIZZA AND THEOLOGY
Thursday, December 2nd – 6:00pm
St. Andrew offers an evening of Pizza & Theology at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for a slice of pizza as we gather around a table to discuss our most pressing questions about God. Donations to cover the cost of the pizza dinner are gratefully accepted. Please RSVP to Dawne Carver by following this link so we can plan accordingly. 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