Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

This Sunday we continue our Popcorn Parable series on Faith and Food with the 2009 movie, Julie and Julia, about two women set in two different eras. The first is Julia Child, who in the 1950’s went to a renowned chef’s school in Paris. The other is Julie Powell, a New Yorker in the early 2000’s, blogging her experiences about cooking Julia Child’s recipes over the course of a year.

Both women are depicted in the movie as searching for fulfillment. Both experience roadblocks and failures along the way. Both find their passion in their love for and creation of food. You could say that both find their place at the table, if the table is a metaphor for life. 

As life unfolds for all of us, you could also say that there are times we get up from that place at the table (to continue with the metaphor), and walk away searching for a new seat at the table, because the old seat is no longer representative of who we are. The old seat no longer suits us. It becomes uncomfortable, too small, too old, too…”false”.

Richard Rohr calls this the search for the “true self” and describes it as happening most commonly in the second half of life. But truly, I think it can happen at any point in our lives, depending on our circumstances.

Lady Wisdom knows all about what it means to search for our place at the table. And in Proverbs she sets a table of her own, inviting us to eat her food and drink her wine so we might walk in the way of insight (Proverbs 9).

I look forward to exploring this more on Sunday.

This Sunday is also the 4th of July and we’ll take some most meaningful time during prayers to watch a video and pray for our country.

I hope to see you this Sunday

Yours in Christ,


There are many options to view this film: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.


Dear Friends, 

Five months into being your new Pastor, I want to reiterate what a joy it’s been getting to know you. Visiting with you, learning about your lives and your faith journeys has helped me also to understand St. Andrew as a whole. 

I’d like to keep the visits going with the hope of visiting with those I still haven’t met with one on one. I am happy to meet here at the church, in your home, on the square, or at a coffee shop. Some of you are eager to do this and others might be weary. For those who are weary, please know that I understand and trust the relationship will grow organically, in God’s time. 

St. Andrew is a blessed community in so many ways, and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve as your Pastor.

Feel free to email me through the church office at [email protected] to set up a time, or by calling the church office during office hours.

Grace and Peace,



In Person Worship – St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, July 4th

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music, prayers, scripture, Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching and communion.
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.


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.

Next week’s movie (Sunday, July 11) is Remember Winn-Dixie (2005). A girl, abandoned by her mother when she was three, moves to a small town in Florida with her father. There, she adopts an orphaned dog she names Winn-Dixie. The bond between the girl and her special companion brings together the people in a small Florida town and heals her own troubled relationship with her father.

Currently you are able to watch Because of Winn-Dixie streaming on Disney Plus. It is also possible to buy Because of Winn-Dixie 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.

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. Bring a dish to share that represents connection for you and your family. RSVP this Sunday at church or email Stacey Schoeningh via the church office at [email protected]. Please also let Stacey know what dish you are bringing to share!


Dear Online Worshippers,

As you know, with the onset of the pandemic, churches all over the country did their best to make sure that God’s people were able to worship God from the comfort of home while staying connected to their church community. St Andrew chose to pre-record worship, putting together videos and transcripts, titles and images throughout the week, in hopes of making the experience a rich and meaningful one. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to open those worship emails and share your appreciation with us.

Now we are able to worship again in the sanctuary at 9:00am each Sunday. The number of attenders are not as high as they were pre-covid, but over time, as people return to church in greater numbers, we will re-visit the idea of a second service.

As you can imagine, preparing both a live and online worship each week has proven to be challenging along with all the other programs and care that the church is responsible for. The last on-line worship in this format will be sent out on July 11th.

Because the online worship has meant so much to those unable to be in church, including those with physical limitation, we will continue to offer a recording of our weekly sermon in an audio format, with plans to record the live video version in the near future. The recording will be posted to our website on Sunday morning following the service.

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