Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

We don’t talk much about anger in the church, and yet the prophets knew all too well what it meant to be righteously angry in the face of injustice.

In our scripture for Sunday (John 2:13-22) Jesus is angry enough to “make a whip of cords, drive all of them out of the temple, pour out the coins of the money changers and overturn their tables.”

That’s my kind of guy. Not because he was capable of anger, but because it was the right kind of anger. The right kind of anger is anchored in the righteousness of God. Righteous anger doesn’t harden the heart, but breaks it free from bitterness. Righteous anger doesn’t turn away in silence but enters into discussion with hope for change. And perhaps most of all, righteous anger remembers that it’s born from love; love for God and love for others. 

Author Cole Arthur Riley @Blackliturgies writes this as if speaking to God:

“We fear that to allow for anger is to become less like you. Let us meet the God of the prophets. For you tell the truth. You hold fury at injustice. You, in embodied anger, flipped the temple tables. Would you help us to become faithful discerners of when to calm and when to rouse? Rejecting that anger which leads to bitterness or hatred of another, yet tapping into a righteous rage when that which you’ve created is under abuse and neglect. The dignity of creation demands our emotions. Make ours a beautiful rage.”
— from Cole Arthur Riley, @blackliturgies, on July 29, 2020

As we continue our Lenten series “Out of the Dark Woods” let us remember that to feel angry at injustice or even at the circumstances of our own lives is not rejected by God when it’s rooted in a desire to love more. God can hold your anger and your passion as vehicles towards change.

Yours in Christ,
Nicole

GETTING ACQUAINTED:

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL MOMENT

The new Federal Administration has put fighting climate change as a marque item in their agenda. We all have a part to play in supporting this agenda. This bi-weekly Environmental Moment will highlight some environmental 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: Costa Rica is the first tropical country to reverse deforestation.

Green Tip #12: Did you know that it takes 8 gallons of water to produce one paper plate? This is in addition to the wood chips, energy, transportation, and single-use plastic for packaging. Invest in inexpensive plates for your next outdoor entertaining (thrift stores are a great place to buy plates). These non-paper plates can be washed and reused time and time again. If you do use a paper plate, be sure to put it in the green bin (all food soiled paper can go into the green bin).

Thank you! And if you have any Good News or Green Tips, or if you would like some product recommendations, please contact Eileen Haflich via the church office at [email protected]

Brought to you by the Mission Committee

CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY

The St. Andrew Taskforce has been meeting regularly to review National, State and County guidelines and evaluate our worship plans as we move forward during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We recently conducted a Congregational Survey to better understand the worship needs and current comfort level of the congregation as we move forward. We are tallying and reviewing those responses and will be sharing the comments and results with Session to assist them in their decision making as they work to support the congregation of St. Andrew and make decisions on how to best utilize our resources. More communication will be coming soon as those decisions are made.

GRACEFUL AGING

GRACEFUL AGING-

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday 2-3:15 by Zoom

For the next few meetings, we’ll be using Parker Palmer’s book, On the Brink of Everything-Grace, Gravity and Getting Old. Books can be ordered thru Amazon for Kindle, Paperback, or Hardcover. If you aren’t able to order yourself, please contact the church office for assistance.

Our next meeting is Thursday, March 11th, 2-3:15 pm on Zoom. Please join us for lively check in on your life happenings and discussion of Prelude and Chapter 1 of our new book. We’d love you to be with us regardless of reading book.


RSVP Here to obtain the Zoom Link


About the book and author-

From bestselling author Parker J. Palmer comes a brave and beautiful book for all who want to age reflectively, seeking new insights and life-giving ways to engage in the world. “Age itself,” he says, “is no excuse to wade in the shallows. It’s a reason to dive deep and take creative risks.”

WORSHIP ON THE PATIO MARCH 7TH:

Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, MARCH 7 at 10:00 am

Dear Friends,
Join us for worship at St. Andrew, Sunday, March 7 at 10:00 am. This service will include recorded music, prayers, Scripture, Rev. Nicole Trotter’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 CDC 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

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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