Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

About a month ago, in a sermon, I mentioned a verb that’s still relatively new to our English language. The verb is “othering” and it occurs whenever one of us places a label, a stereotype, or a preconceived idea about who someone is without really knowing the other person.

In the sermon I asked you to think back to being a child, and try to identify when you first were taught to “other.” Was the other someone of color, a different religion, a different economic status, from a certain part of town, a cultural label, gender, sexual orientation, divorced, long haired, someone who never went to college, or the snooty rich? Who was the one you were taught you didn’t want to be? And are you aware of the ways that this understanding may still be playing out in your life today?

In this Sunday’s scripture (Acts 8:26-40) two very different people meet on a road. They have every opportunity for othering, but instead sit together to dwell in scripture. By the end of the encounter, it’s not at all clear who has been ministering to whom. They simply share stories of how scripture is making sense to them, given their extremely different backgrounds. They find that where they meet, on this road and in this life, and through the Holy Spirit which is always alive and well in the Book of Acts, they remain different, but not “other.”

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine, writes Mary Oliver in her well known poem Wild Geese. I wonder what the world would look like if we began every encounter with an other by trading stories of despair.

Tell me about your despair, your struggles and I’ll tell you about mine…. sit with me, that’s where we find one another. Our faith knows all about despair, but it also knows restoration and grace, and the ability to love one another despite every obstacle. Difference is not an obstacle, othering is.

Yours in Christ,


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.


We are all called to be Good Stewards of God’s creation and we all benefit from an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The Presbyterian Church USA actively encourages all congregations to be good stewards of all our God-given flora, fauna, and natural resources. St Andrew is actively pursuing an Earth Care Congregation designation by the PCUSA, with your help, this is an achievable goal for 2021.

Green Tip #16: Pop Quiz: What 2 things can you do as an individual or household to have the most positive impact on our environment? Until recently I would have answered ‘take public transport or ride a bike’ or ‘reduce my household energy use’, but I would have been wrong. ALL other environmentally friendly lifestyle changes you and your family make are only a fraction of the impact of reducing food waste and eating less meat [source: The Atlantic].

Did you know: “Animal farming is estimated to account for 55% of soil and sediment erosion, 37% of nationwide pesticide usage, 80% of antibiotic usage, and more than 30% of the total nitrogen and phosphorus loading to national drinking water resources? Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations are significant. At 18% on a global scale, they even exceed the emissions caused by the transportation sector” [source: Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production]. If you’re not already a vegetarian or vegan, consider adopting a ‘Meatless Monday’. Based on the environmental impact of beef production, skipping one serving of beef every week for a year saves the equivalent emissions as driving about 350 miles in a car. There are countless nutritious meat substitutes including this lentil soup.

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


Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
This Sunday, May 2 at 9:00 am

Join us for worship at St. Andrew, this Sunday, May 2 at 9:00 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).

Based on Covid-19 Regulations, we can take reservations up to 65, plus staff to allow for proper distancing. We expect the service to last about 60 minutes, allow 75 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.
  • We will ask each person to use hand sanitizer before sitting.
  • Reserved seating will be spaced with at least 6 feet between individuals or family groups.
  • bulletins will be placed in your reserved seat prior to the service to reduce physical contact, 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 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




June 21-25


$50.00 per child for the week


We’re turning up the volume at VBS to remind each kid that they can have confidence because of Jesus. When kids begin to see themselves the same way that Jesus sees them, then real confidence begins to take root and grow. We’ll be spending a fun, memorable week teaching kids these foundational Truths to begin understanding the base of their confidence.

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.


An Invitation from Sonoma Overnight Support

Throughout 2020, Sonoma Overnight Support served 37,706 meals to our grateful clients in need! Currently, we serve 250 hot, nutritious meals a day to those who are homeless, food-deprived, and economically disadvantaged.

Your financial support allows our food program to keep up with increasing demand. SOS is proud of the meals we serve. Healthy, fresh ingredients go into every meal prepared with love.

On Mother’s Day weekend, leave the cooking to us and take home a four-course supper, expertly prepared by our in-house chefs and volunteers.

For more information, or to order supper, please click on the blue button below. Limited availability, so please place your order by Friday, April 30.

Saturday, May 8


Sonoma Springs Community Hall

18627 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, CA

Click here to order of for more information

For assistance in submitting an order, please leave a message at 707-939-6777 or email [email protected]

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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