Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
To all of our dear friends of St. Andrew,
Our heartfelt wishes for a beautiful Thanksgiving Day.
Pastor Jan and the St. Andrew Staff
Please enjoy the Thanksgiving Service offered by the Sonoma Interfaith Ministerial Association (Jan Reynolds offers the benediction; production assistance for the service was provided by St. Andrew’s Ron Moser.) Click the picture below to view the service (the service will be available beginning 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 25th):
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. Janine Tommasi contributed to this installment – thanks Janine!
Good News: Gavin Newsom signed the Toxic Free Cosmetics Act which is the nations first ban of 24 toxic ingredients in personal care products.
Green Tip #6:
Personal Care products are a multi-billion dollar largely unregulated industry. If you’ve looked carefully at the ingredients of shampoos, lotions, and toothpaste, just to name a few, you will find a perplexing list of chemicals. The Environmental Working Group has an on-line database to decode some of these ingredients: Skin Deep online database. In general, look for fewer and organic ingredients. Also, look for sustainable (i.e. not plastic) packaging. The Tommasi family uses toothpaste tablets that come in a recyclable package (available on Amazon). They also use shampoo bars (like soap bars but for your hair). Alternatively, try a product re-fill site (e.g. Oliver’s Market) where you buy a container once and refill it as needed, you pay for the product (shampoos, conditioners, lotions, soaps, etc) by the ounce. You use the original container over and over.
P.S. Don’t forget to put your turkey bones in the Green Recology Bin!
Thank you! And if you have any Good News or Green Tips, or if you would like some specific product recommendations, please contact Eileen Haflich via the church office at [email protected]
Brought to you by the Mission Committee
WORSHIP ON THE PATIO:
Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 6 at 10:00 am
Join us for worship at St. Andrew, Sunday, December 6 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 45 people + staff. 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 and 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
CHRISTMAS HOPE 2020
Christmas Hope 2020 is a Live Nativity for the Community of Sonoma, celebrating the light in the darkness. St. Andrew has partnered with fellow Sonoma Communities of Faith to find the hope in this challenging year.
Together, with our site partner Hanna Boys Center, on Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 5-8pm and Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 5-8pm the community of Sonoma is invited to drive through the beautifully decorated Hanna campus and follow the Christmas story, viewing the Live Nativity.
We will be following Covid-19 safety protocols and guests will stay in their cars, enjoying this great family event, while tuning in to the Christmas story.
This event will also be a community fundraiser for our local non-profits. The entrance way to Hanna will be beautifully lit by Christmas trees, donated by Moon Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. We invite St. Andrew members and friends to consider sponsoring a tree – all proceeds will benefit our annual Romania Flour/Food Mission. To donate to this beautiful and meaningful mission project (any amount is gratefully accepted – $25, $50, $100, or $200 to sponsor an entire tree) simply follow this link to donate.
Following the drive through event, the decorated trees will be delivered by the St. Andrew Youth Group on Monday, December 21st to a F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping) appointed local family in need, to brighten their Christmas celebration!
We hope you are all excited about this wonderful event, and will consider helping out and joining in the fun! We have several volunteer positions to pull off the many details for this event. Follow this link for volunteer opportunities!
RING BELLS FOR F.I.S.H.
Ring Bells for F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping) at Lucky Market
Sign Up Now – LET’S FILL THE SLOTS!
Fridays & Saturdays
the 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!
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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