Note from Nicole
This coming Sunday…
Dear St. Andrew Community,
SPECIAL PALM SUNDAY LIVE ZOOM WORSHIP-
At 10:00am Sunday I am encouraging everyone, including those who have moved away and distant relatives who would like to join us, to gather together for a special worship service. I know we’re all zoomed out. But I’m hoping this experience will fill you up in a new way.
While it’s nothing near as fulfilling as being in the sanctuary together, this worship will allow us all to be in one space, albeit virtually, without masks, to wave and say, “hello” in live time. But we will also worship together, with different songs and videos, Scripture, Sermon, Discovery Time, Offering and Prayers of the People.
Palm Sunday is the day we remember Jesus’s arrival into Jerusalem. In traditional worship services, we wave palms and shout Hosanna as we imagine Jesus parading in on a donkey.
We invite you all to stop by the church and pick up palms to wave over zoom. The palms are sitting outside the office by the fountain for you to pick up anytime.
Many of your faces will be new to me, but I trust over time, I will have the opportunity to meet you all in person and come to know you more. Please feel free to reach out for a visit anytime.
I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday,
For the next few months – each Thursday from 2-4 and Sunday from 12-2, Reverend Nicole Trotter will make herself available for a conversation so that we can get to know one another. This can be by phone, Facetime, Zoom, or an outdoor visit at the church, in a yard or at the square. You may like just 15 minutes or perhaps an hour. Please contact Amy in the church office at [email protected] to set up a time and let her know your preferred method of contact; Phone, church, etc.? If neither of these times work for you, please feel free to reach out to Nicole directly to set something up.
At the start of Lent, the worship team invited all of us to create a spot at home that connects us to the experience of Lent beyond Sunday mornings. It began with finding a stone as a symbolic invitation to the many biblical representations of stones.
We’ve received several testimonies about the touchstones. Here are the words of our own Rene Coronado and photos from the Tommasi and Schoeningh families:
My Touchstone reflection by Rene Coronado:
I do not need to look too far, the rocks are my own self and today I am an Instrument of GOD. For many years I’ve known that. Does not matter which way I go North or South, East or West, at the end of the day I found exactly the one I started with. Yes, ME. Each second of my life I am the one who is living my own life. I am the one who has to answer. I am the one who is facing GOD and his creation.Today. This moment, no yesterday and no tomorrow. “GOD give us our daily bread”. Today’s bread. The prayer does not say give us the rest of our life’s bread. We only ask for today’s bread.I ask GOD every time I can to “Make me an instrument of you”When I ask that, I feel that I am living and doing what I have to do in that moment. I only have now and here.If tomorrow exists, I can say, “I am glad I did it. I did not give up.” Yes, many times I want to give up, but if I live today as the only moment and as an instrument of GOD, tomorrow if I have to look back as I have many times, I can say I am glad I did not give up, and I did it in the presence of GOD. I am more than blessed. I am in the hands of GOD.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Good Morning St. Andrew,
We’ve come through a year of such profound challenges and loss and through it all has been a sense of urgency to find the familiar sense of belonging: the simple thing of a phone call, a six foot visit, a Zoom box to hold the space of hugs, family time and our sense of connection.
Knowing we belong is the root of Jesus’s teaching. Connection is the founding love of God’s Word and action. Being one part of a greater whole reassures us during turbulent times, allowing us to trust that we are never alone.
St. Andrew is a Presbyterian church belonging to the PCUSA. We are a part of a whole.We may not always agree on everything, but there are core values we can all agree on such as our responsibility to care for those in need. We benefit from being part of a larger system of connection. This is most visible during times of crisis, as it was during the last round of fires, when the Presbyterian Disaster Agency contacted our Presbytery offering grants for churches directly affected.
Each year at this time, the PCUSA organizes a giving event called One Great Hour of Sharing. OGHS is an opportunity to contribute to the greater system: one that looks out for us as we look out for them. Collectively building God’s house, the internal mission work of the PCUSA serves the hungry, those effected by the devastation of disasters and invests in the education of Presbyterians responding to poverty, oppression and injustice.
One Great Hour of Sharing is an opportunity for St Andrew to walk alongside the ministries that serve around the world. Please consider giving during the One Great Hour of Sharing so we at St. Andrew can, and will, be a part of building God’s house.
Blessings and Love,
Stacey Schoeningh, Mission Coordinator
Watch this fun video, “Building God’s Household” from PCUSA about One Great Hour of Sharing:
A HUGE “THANK YOU” FROM THE YOUTH GROUP
St. Andrew Youth Group wants to thank our church, families and friends for supporting us in making our St. Andrew Youth Fast so successful. Through your generosity, we surpassed our goal of $2,000. In fact, we almost doubled it! It was a blessing to give money to Sonoma Overnight Support this past week along with many “Blessing Bags” (Hygiene bags). The other part of the money will go to Romania to help the Roma people. I am reminded once again that when we show up and trust God, He takes our time, gifts and money and multiplies them for His Glory! Thank you again for supporting the Youth Group of St Andrew!
February 26-27, thirteen youth and two leaders fasted for 30 hours in our own homes. It was a time to learn about how people are affected when living in poverty, living on the streets and the challenges of being hungry. We learned that it’s hard to be around people eating. We learned that our emotions, temperaments and physical activity are different when we are hungry. We learned that we are blessed and want to be a blessing to others. We learned more about ourselves, those in need and how we can be a part of His plans!
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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