Note from Nicole
This coming Sunday…
Dear St. Andrew Community,
This Sunday begins our four-week Popcorn Parable series on Faith and Food. Our first film, Big Night, centers around two Italian brothers who immigrated to the U.S. and own a restaurant in Jersey in 1957. The restaurant is failing and the reversal of their fortune depends on one big night. The movie is written and directed much like a play and the character relationship is the focus of the film. The food in this film could arguably be named as another character, in relationship with every other player.
One of my favorite scenes sums up our theme for the series. The chef, Primo (Tony Shalhoub) is in the kitchen with his love interest Ann (Alison Janey). He gives her a taste of his food to which she replies, “Oh my God.” Three times she says, “Oh my God.”
Primo replies, “Oh, my God is right. Now you know to eat good food is to be close to God. You know what they say? To know God…..the knowledge of God is the bread of angels. I’m never sure what that means, but it’s true anyway.”
To be honest, I’m not sure what that means either, but here’s a guess: Angels are messengers, sent to share God’s knowledge to others. Without God’s knowledge they would be out of work. The knowledge they receive is what gives them purpose and identity. It sustains them.
The food that Primo cooks gives him purpose and identity when it’s shared with others. The food that Christ shared at the table is reenacted in our tradition once a month as sacramental. To share in the bread of Christ is to claim our identity as belonging to Christ and one another, in the sharing of the bread and cup. I wonder how many angels are present in that moment, or whether we become angelic ourselves when we open ourselves up to the sharing of it.
Yours in Christ,
To View this Film you have options-
Currently you are able to watch Big Night streaming on Paramount Plus, Paramount+ Amazon Channel. It is also possible to buy “Big Night” on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube, Redbox as download or rent it on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube, Redbox online.
WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREW ON JUNE 20th
In Person Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, June 20th
9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary
Keep an eye out for Thursday’s special eBlast outlining the changes to our Worship Service Protocols based on State and County Covid-19 guidelines.
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.
Next week’s movie (Sunday, June 27) is Babette’s Feast, written and directed by Gabriel Axel (1987). Beautiful but pious sisters Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, Philippa’s former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette (Stéphane Audran) to serve as the family cook. Babette’s lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family’s dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines. Just who is this strangely talented Babette, who has terrified this pious town with the prospect of losing their souls for enjoying too much earthly pleasure?
Currently you are able to watch “Babette’s Feast” streaming on Criterion Channel, HBO Max. It is also possible to buy “Babette’s Feast” on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video as download or rent it on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video online.
The Youth Group is having a fundraiser!
Clean out those old papers that need to be shredded and bring them to St. Andrew this Saturday, June 19th between 9:00 am-11:00 am. There is no set cost for shredding – just your donation to Caravan 2021 in Wilmington, North Carolina! We will be set up at the end of the parking lot near Sobre Vista. Thank you for supporting Caravan and our Youth Group!
NEXT WEEK! VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT ST. ANDREW
PRESS PLAY: GET IN THE MIX
NEXT WEEK! June 21-25
$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.
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