Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

By now most of us have heard the expression “helicopter parenting”. For those unfamiliar, the term is used to describe parents who hover over their children, micromanaging areas of their children’s lives excessively. Some hovering has become necessary because the world has changed. But other types of hovering disempowers our children from developing life skills, such as handling failure and adversity, allowing them to grow stronger and wiser.

When my children were young, I remember driving them to school and being faced with a decision when one of them announced they forgot their lunch or their homework. Would I turn the car around or would I allow them to suffer the natural consequences? As they got older, and they came into a conflict with another student or teacher, I had to decide whether I would intervene on their behalf. 

There’s a parenting book titled, “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee.” I never read it, but the title spoke to me and I carried the title around in my head like a mantra. I knew intuitively that if I wanted my children to grow, I had to let them fail. I could hand out all the warnings in the world, remind them to make good choices while offering words of wisdom, but ultimately the choice was theirs.

In this Sunday’s Scripture reading, (1 Samuel 8) God does just this. It’s the period of Judges, and the people want a king “like other nations”. Samuel tells them this is a terrible idea. God knows it’s a terrible idea, but tells Samuel to go ahead and let the people have what they want. So Samuel follows God’s instruction, including a long list that warns the people of all the ways it will go wrong. The people choose a king anyway, and sure enough, the natural consequences ensue.

What natural consequences have you suffered in your life and, more importantly, what have you learned? What consequences have our nation and world suffered through the choices we’ve made and continue to make? God gives us free will and allows for us to fall, but not without warning. Are we identifying the warning signals in ways that allow us to learn from our past, so as not to repeat the same mistakes? These are big questions and I’m not sure I have the answers, but this is our Scripture that we’ll explore together this Sunday.

Yours in Christ,


In Person Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
This Sunday, June 6th
9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

Join us for worship at St. Andrew, this Sunday, June 6th. This service will include live music, prayers, Scripture, Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching and Communion. (An online service will be available that day with similar content).

The seat reservation deadline is 5:00pm Saturday, June 5th – please RSVP so we can plan properly-spaced seating.

Based on Covid-19 Regulations, we can take reservations up to 95, plus staff to allow for proper distancing indoors. 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.
  • No singing is possible due to the regulations.

Please use the button 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 / Annual Corporation Meeting

Sunday, June 6th – 10:00am

We’ll be meeting this 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.

To review the minutes of the previous Congregational Meeting / Annual Corporation Meeting held in September 2020, please follow this link.

Please Plan to Attend – all Covid-19 health and safety regulations will be in place!




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.


We are also looking for volunteers to help ensure the week goes smoothly. It’s always a fun, rewarding week for our volunteers!


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