Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

Our scripture for this Sunday (Luke 24:36-48) brings a smile to my face every time I hear it, because of this verse; “They gave him a piece of broiled fish.” (Luke 24:42)

Here we are in the season of Easter and the lectionary provides us with resurrection appearance after resurrection appearance. And in every one there is a very grounded, bodily experience for the resurrected Jesus to participate in. And this Sunday he eats a piece of broiled fish. He eats nothing fancy. He just eats. “He took it and ate it in their presence.” The gospel writer wants to make this point, the body of Christ is alive in a very bodily form: one that eats.

What do we make of this bodily resurrection? Some of us will read this as pure metaphor. Others of us depend on these details that include the body. Others of us will choose to accept both metaphor and body. At the end of the day, how we make sense of it isn’t as important as how it changes us. Does what you understand stop the conversation, or does it bring you into wonder? Does what you think need physical proof for you to believe, or can you trust that creation and Creator are capable of providing you with experiences that can never be explained rationally?

This Sunday we’ll explore what it means to choose wonder, to choose trust and to open up our minds to the physical experience of a very spiritual world, filled with holiness. Whether it’s the church, a river or a piece of broiled fish, we’re invited by Christ to share in the holy experience of communion with Him.

See you Sunday whether virtually or at outdoor worship.

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: The world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity in 2020!

Green Tip #15: A couple of you mentioned that there is a refill outlet in the Sonoma Market Shopping center. This is great news! For those of you who have not been to a refill center it’s definitely worth checking out. You either bring a container from home or buy one there and have it filled with the product of your choice. They have a large selection of personal care and cleaning products. You simply bring back the container and have it refilled time and time again. The cost of the product is roughly equivalent to the cost of buying the same product in a grocery store or pharmacy and you do not have to dispose of the container once you’re done. Bulk purchases made by the refill store result in less waste and transportation pollution.
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

WORSHIP ON THE PATIO APRIL 18TH

Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, APRIL 18 at 10:00 am

Join us for worship at St. Andrew, this Sunday, April 18 at 10:00 am. This service will include recorded music, prayers, Scripture, Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching, and a celebration of baptism! (An online service will still be available that day with similar content).
We can take reservations up to 60 people + staff. We expect the service to last about 45 minutes, allow 60 minutes for leaving carefully socially-distanced. Sunday School is available for children from preschool through 5th grade, but space is limited. Please be sure to reserve a Sunday School spot for your child(ren) through the reservation link.
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 due to the regulations.

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. After reserving your seats you will have an opportunity to reserve space in our Sunday School class for your child/children.
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

SAVE THE DATE:

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT ST. ANDREW

PRESS PLAY: GET IN THE MIX 

June 21-26

9am-12pm

GET READY FOR THE VERY BEST SUMMER!

Something remarkable can happen when a child starts learning to see themselves the way God sees them. To us, that’s real confidence. This summer, St. Andrew is planning a VBS that encourages every child to know that because of Jesus, they can have confidence because . . . 

They are known. 

They belong. 

They are forgiven. 

They can change. 

They can make a difference.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON…

“ENDING WELL WORKSHOP” INVITATION

The Presbytery of the Redwoods invites the Congregation of St. Andrew to attend this informative workshop:

ROADMAP OR SCAVENGER HUNT? The complimentary Ending Well Workshop Series (Zoom) gives you direction in how to provide the roadmap your children and executor/trustee will need to fulfill their responsibilities someday when you pass away. 

You’re giving your family a gift when, instead of a scavenger hunt to find everything, you’ve gathered all the necessary paperwork in one safe place, made decisions about burial or possessions, found the best way to provide passwords they need in order to access your online accounts, and so much more. In other words, it’s not simply having a Will or Living Trust. Classes are 1-hour weekly for 5 weeks. Contact Janet Logan for additional info or to register. You can reach her at [email protected]

Sundays Apr 25-May 23 at 2:00

Mondays Apr 26-May 24 at 10:30

Tuesdays Apr 27-May 25 at 3:00 

Wednesdays Apr 28-May 26 at 2:00

Wednesdays Apr 28-May 26 at 4:30

Mondays June 21-July 19 at 4:30 – Summer

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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