Note from Nicole
This coming Sunday…
Dear St. Andrew Community,
The finest gifts are not “things,” but intangible offerings of the mind, heart and spirit.
Gifts like these may seem as fleeting as music—
but like music they continue to resonate long after they are given.
Parker J. Palmer
This Sunday is designated Stewardship Sunday. Wait! Before you roll your eyes or decide you’d rather go on a hike, please read through. Stewardship Sunday is too often thought of as the Sunday that “they” (“they” being the church or the committee) ask for money. Stewardship Sunday is so much more. First of all, whether you are a member or not, we are the church. There is no “they” or “them” in this equation. The church is made up of its people who show up on Sunday. Whether you are one of those who show up every Sunday or just once in a while, you are a living part of this living body of Christ.
As a living body we’ve been through a lot these past few years, and so it seems fitting that our theme is Recommitting Our Spirit. Some of us are energized by coming back into the sanctuary and others prefer to stay home and watch in our pajamas. Wherever you are on the journey, we rejoice always that we can stay connected and thrive as a community. We have so much to look forward to and as we pray together for our future, I hope that you will begin by asking yourself what this community means to you, how it’s surpassed all expectations, how you have grown in it and because of it, and how we might trust together that God is still speaking through us in this new chapter.
Yours in Christ,
WORSHIP WITH ST. ANDREW ON MAY 16TH
In Person Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
This Sunday, May 16th
9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary
10:30 am – Outdoors on our Patio
Join us for worship at St. Andrew, this Sunday, May 16th. These services will include live music, prayers, Scripture and Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching. (An online service will still be available that day with similar content).
Based on Covid-19 Regulations, we can take reservations up to 95, plus staff to allow for proper distancing indoors and up to 60, plus staff to allow for proper distancing outdoors. We expect each 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.
- No singing is possible due to the regulations.
Please use the buttons below to reserve seats for you and/or your family (first come, first served). Please include all family members in your “Covid bubble” who will attend with you so we can pre-assign a cluster of seats 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 read through 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 worshiping together
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.
Good News: The bald eagle population has quadrupled since 2009 after being on the brink of extinction not that long ago.
Green Tip #17: At the inside Church service on April 25, Eileen handed out and briefly discussed the Recology guidelines for the recycling and compost bins. For those of you who were not able to attend this service, it is attached for your reference. Some people mentioned that the City of Sonoma Waste Company has different guidelines, and in fact that’s true – Sonoma composting guidelines are much more liberal! For example, you can put certified compostable products such as bags and utensils in the compost bin – this is a big win! Here is the link for what goes where in the City of Sonoma: https://www.sonomagarbage.com/recycle.html
BUT, please be an earth friendly consumer. When you purchase something ask yourself:
- Do I really need it?
- If the packaging is plastic, can I buy the same product in a glass jar or can?
- Can I reuse the packaging?
- Can I recycle the packaging?
- Reuse is better than recycling, and recycling is better than the landfill. For example, the plastic package for some plant-based burgers is a perfect water base for plants.
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
ST. ANDREW CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
St. Andrew Congregational Meeting / Annual Corporation Meeting
Sunday, June 6th – 10:00am
We’ll be meeting on Sunday, June 6th, following our 9:00am morning worship service, for a Congregational Meeting to elect Deacons and Elders, immediately followed by our Annual Corporation Meeting to elect our Corporate Trustees.
Please Plan to Attend – all Covid-19 health and safety regulations will be in place!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT ST. ANDREW
PRESS PLAY: GET IN THE MIX
$50.00 per child for the week
Get Ready for the Very Best Summer!
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 are forgiven.
They can change.
They can make a difference.
SUPPORT YOUNG LIFE
Sonoma’s local Young Life club has announced that they are going to camp in Santa Cruz this summer, taking 10 youths and 2 leaders. This camp is geared to kids already centered in faith and not really an outreach camp like Woodleaf. YL could use funding for the youth to offset the cost, they are looking for $2400 to help sponsor the 10 kids, and the cost is $550/kid.
The Mission committee has voted to match up to $1200 towards the camper’s sponsorship! If you feel inspired and want to help these youth solidify their faith please consider giving to Young Life. Mark your checks to the church with “Young Life” in the memo section, or follow this link to give electronically.
TOUCH PHONES NEEDS YOUR HELP!
JOIN THE TOUCHPHONES TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS!
Our Touchphone Ministry is looking for a few additional volunteers to make calls to our Congregation on a monthly basis. This is an important ministry that keeps us connected with all of our church families. If you’d like more information or to volunteer your time once a month to make a few phone calls, please email Kitty Brenek via the church office at [email protected]. Our volunteers report that they get more then they give when making these calls!
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