Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St Andrew Community,

The Lord called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'” 
So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (1 Samuel:3)

How do we know whether we’re hearing a call from God? For some it’s subtle, like a gut feeling, and for others it feels loud and obvious. We may know it in a heartbeat, and other times it may take months, or even years, to discern how God is calling us.

This Sunday Tracy Walthard will be preaching on our calling as it pertains to the Mission work of St. Andrew, both here in our community and abroad in Romania. St. Andrew has a long history of mission projects and understands it as the core of what the church is called to do.

I hope you will all come to worship to be reminded of how we can be used by God as a church called to help fulfill God’s mission here on earth.

Yours in Christ,
Nicole

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – CONTINUED VISITS WITH PASTOR NICOLE

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

Grace and Peace,
Nicole

WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREW ON JULY 25th

In Person Worship – St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, July 25th – 9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music, prayers, Scripture, and we’ll be welcoming Tracy Walthard, who will bring the morning’s message. Reservations are no longer required.

St. Andrew has been, and will continue to be, in compliance with the County and State regulations regarding Covid protocols. We have these guidelines in place for everyone’s safety, in accordance with CDC and Sonoma County regulations, and approved by our Covid Taskforce and St. Andrew Session:

  • Unvaccinated folks are required to wear a mask indoors. Masks are recommended for fully vaccinated people. We trust that we will all follow these guidelines using the honor system and we recognize that not everyone agrees with the requirements, some feel they’re too strict, others not strict enough, either way, we ask that you respect the county requirements. 
  • All employees/volunteers who work with children and youth will be required to wear masks.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. If you prefer your child to be in the sanctuary and he/she is over the age of two, please have your child wear a mask. For indoor activities children should wear a mask, but most activities will take place outdoors, weather permitting.

AUGUST SERMON SERIES

Ask Anything – An “Ask it Basket” for Church

August 8th-29th

Have a theological question? Want to hear more on a specific topic? Some may have questions about the power of prayer, forgiveness or God’s omnipotence. Others may want to know more about a specific bible passage. Others may just want to know how their new pastor makes sense of certain life challenges we all face.

From August 8th through August 29th, Rev. Trotter will be attempting to address your questions through scripture, liturgy, sermon, prayer and song.

We are currently collecting questions from the Congregation. Simply write your question on a communication card and place it the offering plate this Sunday or you may email Amy, our Office Administrator, directly at [email protected].

All questions will remain anonymous unless otherwise noted. Depending on the response, it’s possible not every question will be addressed.

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.

Our next Plastic Free July installment:

Good News: Nearly 17 million baby Chinook salmon are being shipped directly from the hatchery to the sea in an effort to save the salmon from perishing in low stream flow during our historic drought. 

Green Tip #23: We are in the midst of Plastic Free July 2021. How have your efforts to avoid plastic changed your buying habits this month? We should carry these habits to the rest of the year with the Four R’s in mind:

  • Refuse – choose not to buy products packaged in excessive plastic, choose glass or metal over plastic. And ask yourself – “do I really need this?” Bring your own containers for “doggie bag” leftovers or take out – refuse the styrofoam, plastic cutlery, and plastic bag!
  • Reuse – look for packaging that can be reused such as glass jars or other containers that can be reused for storage. Reuse any plastic produce bags you have collected. And we can finally now bring our reusable grocery bags into the store!
  • Recycle – look for packaging that can be recycled, avoid buying products in #5 or #7 plastic or which have soft single-use plastic wrapping.
  • Rubbish – Zero Waste is our goal!

And did you know that Refill Madness in Sonoma now recycles the following items:

  • All BIC products (pens, pencils, highlighters, etc)
  • All Bert’s Bees packaging
  • All wine corks (not plastic)
  • All dental and deodorant packaging
  • All razors
  • All Oxi Clean and Arm & Hammer resealable packaging.

Become brand-loyal to responsible manufacturers!
Thank you! Please send an email to Eileen Haflich via the church office at [email protected] to let us know how your Plastic Free July is going!

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