Note from Nicole
This coming Sunday…
Dear St. Andrew Community,
Spirit was my first love as a child. It was the wordless thing that made me feel safe in my tummy. It was the kind eyes that welcomed me in, and the branches of trees that held me. In 2015, as part of the ordination process, I was required to state my belief in the Spirit, and I knew I had to come up with more than my childhood understanding, so I wrote this-
I believe in the Holy Spirit and embrace its mystery, beauty and grace as the manifestation of what connects and inspires all. Spirit presents itself as a connection through the universal desire for love and brings me home. I’m overwhelmed with the Spirit’s limitless capacity as it presents itself as a whisper, a dramatic aria, as quiet reassurance, an unexpected visitor, and holy invitation into renewed hope for life. At its height of grandeur the Spirit inspires ecstatic love for strangers as though I’ve known and loved them a lifetime.
In re-reading what I wrote, I don’t think my experience of the Holy Spirit has grown over the years, but more likely, it’s just my vocabulary that’s grown. At the end of the day, the Spirit is still that wordless experience I feel in my gut, which is probably why we use words like wind and fire in an attempt to describe it. How would you describe it if you were asked?
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It’s the day we celebrate the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church (Acts 2:1-21). I’ll be celebrating my daughter’s college graduation this Sunday, but I am so grateful that you will have Tracy Walthard in the pulpit. Tracy knows St. Andrew and all of you better than I do. It will be a grand worship with lots of joy. I will be with you in Spirit as you celebrate the church together.
Yours in Christ,
WORSHIP WITH ST. ANDREW ON MAY 23RD
In Person Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
This Sunday, May 23rd
9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary
10:30 am – Outdoors on our Patio
Join us for worship at St. Andrew, this Sunday, May 23rd. These services will include live music, prayers, Scripture and a message from Tracy Walthard. (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
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 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
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.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING YOUNG LIFE
WE DID IT!!
The Mission Committee voted last month to match up to $1,200 towards the Young Life camper’s sponsorship – the congregation of St. Andrew stepped up to the challenge! Thank you for your generous gifts. As of today, we will be sending a check to Young Life totaling $2,420.00, which includes the full $1,200 Mission Committee match!
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