Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

This Sunday we continue our four week Popcorn Parable series on Faith and Food with the 1987 movie Babette’s Feast. This movie has been written about by more theologians than I can count. This morning over coffee, I read a 46-page article put out by The Journal of Religion and Film (These are things pastors do at 6 am).

Here’s a warning to those who haven’t seen it: it does have subtitles, so make sure you’re not sleepy. For those that appreciate beautiful cinematography, depth of symbolism, and fine acting, I can assure you an enjoyable experience. And for those who have an appreciation for French food, you will come away salivating.

In 1871 was the Communard uprising in Paris. Babette, the protagonist of the film, loses her husband and her son in that battle and becomes a refugee. Losing a husband, son and your homeland all at once is a devastation few of us can begin to relate to, and yet there are people in our midst who have suffered unspeakable tragedy. How anyone heals from those kinds of experiences is a mystery to me, but I trust that God’s goodness has everything to do with it. That’s the story of Christ’s cross; triumphant victory over violence and death. The “Hallelujahs!” we shout on Easter morning are life affirming and joy filled. If there are those around us who have experienced unspeakable tragedy, then there are also those around us who are experiencing their own hallelujah moments. These also are often experienced silently by people who may never say it out loud, unless they’re asked to share their whole story.

My prayer is that we can all provide such a space for others to share their whole story, embracing them, as we witness the hand of God’s goodness.

I look forward to exploring the rich depth of this movie on Sunday and the ways it explores healing after tragedy and life after death.

Yours in Christ,

There are many options to view this film: 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.


In Person Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, June 27th

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music, prayers, scripture and Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching.
Reservations are no longer required. It is important that you do not attend services if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, etc.

We have these guidelines in place for everyone’s safety, in accordance with CDC and Sonoma County guidelines, and approved by our Covid Taskforce and Board of Session:

  • We will continue to have doors open to aid airflow throughout the sanctuary and hand sanitizer readily available.
  • We ask that all in attendance refrain from hugging and other forms of physical interaction.
  • In keeping with the State and County guidelines, masks will be optional for fully vaccinated people. Unvaccinated folks are required to wear a mask indoors, and previous health and safety protocols remain in place.  We trust that we will all follow these guidelines using the honor system. All employees and volunteers working with children and youth will be required to wear masks.
  • We will reserve a section of the sanctuary for people who prefer to stay physically distanced. When seating yourself at worship services, please be respectful of those sitting in these sections and allow for proper distancing of 6-feet between parties.
  • Children will continue to head directly to Sunday School or Childcare and will not join us in worship just yet since some adults will not be masked and not physically distanced.


Food Drive THIS SUNDAY at St. Andrew –

benefiting Food For Thought

When ordering or shopping for your own weekly groceries, Food For Thought would greatly appreciate it if shoppers could include any or all of the following items: Non perishable food items – particular needs include Whole Grain Crackers, Peanut Butter, and Olive Oil.

Food For Thought thanks the congregation of St. Andrew for hosting the event. A bin will be available at the church Wednesday, June 23 – Sunday, June 27 to collect your donations.

Food For Thought is a nonprofit organization that provides healing nutrition to more than 4,000 Sonoma County residents living with a range of serious illnesses, and who are at risk of malnutrition. Comprehensive services include healthy groceries (enough for 21 meals per week), prepared meals, vitamins, supplements and nutrition counseling. We believe that food is medicine: our services increase the health of clients, reduce food insecurity, decrease costs to the health care system and improve the lives of hundreds of individuals in need. In addition to our direct service work, we leverage our impact through our collaborative partnerships, research and policy advocacy. Food For Thought is a member of the California Food Is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC), an association of community-based nonprofit organizations that provide healthy meals and support to individuals facing serious illness, including many clients who do not qualify for other free and low-cost meal services. 


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, July 4) is Julie and Julia (2009). Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends… until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Currently you can buy Julie & Julia on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube, Redbox, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV as download or rent it on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube, Redbox, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV online.


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: Washington state has banned single use plastics!

Green Tip #21: Did you know that the electric power sector is among the largest contributors of greenhouse gases in the United States, representing 28% of all emissions. [source: EPA]. The energy usage of a single family residence, on average, produces 15 pounds of carbon dioxide per year [source: EPA]. Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable plus there is a 26% Federal Tax Credit (which will be reduced to 24% by the end of 2022). ***RENTERS*** see below. There are also low income credits in California. Solar panel life expectancy is 25-30 years and the payback for a solar installation is less than 6 years on average for a single family home. Added bonus: this will increase your home value (and in California, there is no property tax increase).
Are you a renter or unable to finance solar panels? There is another alternative to PGE – Sonoma Clean Power (SCP). SCP provides electricity service that is 50% renewable and 97% carbon free at about the same cost as PG&E. Here is a link to their website: Sonoma Clean Power for Residences

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

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