Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

This Sunday I look forward to being in worship with you as we welcome together the Rev. Bob Conover into the pulpit. Bob, as you may recall was a good friend of Rich’s. Bob is also the now honorably retired Mission Presbyter and Stated Clerk of The Presbytery of the Redwoods. He is also a mentor of mine and many others. He will be preaching John 15:9-17 and the title of his sermon is “Who Your Friends Are Says a Lot About You.” 

John O’Donahue, one of my favorite writers, wrote a book titled Anam Cara. It’s a beautiful book, and I highly recommend it. For those that don’t know the meaning of the title, here’s an explanation from O’Donahue-

Anam is the Irish word for soul, and Cara is the word for friend. In the Anam-Cara friendship, you were joined in an ancient way with the friend of your soul. This was a bond that neither space nor time could damage. The friendship awakened an eternal echo in the hearts of the friends; they entered into a circle of intimate belonging with each other. The Anam-Cara friendship afforded a spiritual space to all the other longings of the human heart.

Some might recall the old hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus. It was written by a Pastor as a poem for his mother, who was living in Ireland while he lived in Canada. He wrote it as a source for comfort. There’s comfort in thinking of Jesus as a friend, and perhaps more profoundly when thinking of him in light of O’Donahue’s words. There’s perhaps no greater comfort than to enter into the Anam-Cara friendship with Christ. It is a prayer, a practice and a gift.

Yours in Christ,
Nicole

WORSHIP WITH ST. ANDREW ON JUNE 13th

In Person Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
This Sunday, June 13th
9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

Join us for worship at St. Andrew, this Sunday, June 13th. This service will include live music, prayers, Scripture and Rev. Bob Conover’s teaching. (An online service will be available that day with similar content).

The seat reservation deadline is 5:00pm Saturday, June 12th – 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

COMING SOON…POPCORN PARABLES

Popcorn Parables-Faith and Food, a Sacramental Ritual
June 20th through July 11th

This four-week sermon series will reflect on the importance of food as it is connected to our faith. According to one website, the Bible refers to food 1,207 times. We are connected in our need for food to sustain life. Food brings us into relationship with the earth, fellow creatures, family, friends, strangers, and ultimately God. We gather around tables and share ourselves, our stories, our days. And, we come into communion with Christ as we gather around the table in sanctuaries all over this world.

At the end of the four weeks, on July 11th at 6:00, we will finish the series with a meal around one long table outside on the patio of St. Andrew. Please stay tuned for details on reservations and potluck contributions.

Each movie will be shown the previous Friday here at St. Andrew or you can watch all the movies in the comfort of your home, depending on your streaming services.

Our first movie will be the 1996 film Big Night about two Italian immigrant brothers from Abruzzo who own and operate a restaurant called “Paradise” in the 1950’s on the Jersey Shore. The movie does contain strong language and is not suitable for children. 

FINANCIAL UPDATE

Thanks to those of you who have returned your Pledge Card for the July 2021 – June 2022 fiscal year.  If you haven’t turned yours in yet, it’s not too late!  

St. Andrew continues to be truly blessed by your generosity over this past year.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration in helping to sustain St. Andrew during these challenging times as we now begin to reopen to indoor services.

Average Weekly Stewardship has been uneven over the past four months but is now trending higher than prior months.  Our Special Easter Offering was $9,870, which was also higher than budgeted.  Expenses have been slightly below budget, partly because we had set the budget with an estimate that we’d be fully open starting in 2021.

For the Fiscal Year-to-Date we have a net shortfall of $13,494, with only one month, June, remaining in the fiscal year.

In closing, Session wants to thank you for your ongoing generosity during this challenging period.  We pray that over the remaining weeks of June we will be able to reduce this shortfall.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office.  The following is a summary of the financial statements for February through May, and Year to Date total for the Fiscal Year from July, 2020 through May, 2021.

ENVIRONMENTAL MOMENT

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: A new National Park was created in West Virginia, preserving this landscape forever.

Green Tip #20: Household hazardous waste poses its own unique disposal issues. Hazardous waste must never be put in any of the Recology bins. If you’re uncertain what is considered hazardous waste click this link: What is Hazardous Waste 

Hazardous waste can be disposed of by 3 methods: 1) Central Disposal at 500 Meacham Rd, Petaluma (Thur, Fri, Sat 7:30am – 2:30pm)

2) Hazardous Waste Event – click this link for event times and places: Hazardous Waste Drop Off Events

3) Rover pick up ($50 – call 795-2025).

***NOTE:*** As of December 2020, treated lumber (usually red or green color with patterned indents) is considered a Class I hazardous waste which means it cannot go in landfills or be disposed of at Central Disposal or any other local hazardous waste pickup location. In fact, treated lumber should not even be stored on your property. Recology does not currently have a solution to this dilemma, but they emphasize that treated lumber must never be put in the compost or trash (grey) bins. As I hear updates on this, I will post them.

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

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT ST. ANDREW

PRESS PLAY: GET IN THE MIX 

June 21-25

9am-12pm

$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 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