Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

This Sunday we finish our Popcorn Parable series with the 2005 movie Because of Winn-Dixie. This is a movie that families with elementary school children could enjoy together, which is in large part why I chose it. 

The overall theme for this series has been “Food and Faith”. Each film lent itself to what we call Table Theology, with the focus on the communion table and the holy sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The first Sunday, we saw the table as a place of reconciliation. Week two, the table became a place for grace in times of grief. Last week, we found our place at the table, and our ultimate identity, as belonging to God, as everyone born has a place at the table.

This week the table becomes a place to celebrate. In the movie is a piece of candy that has a secret ingredient that wakes up whatever sorrow people are carrying. The town librarian believes that the town has fallen apart because people have forgotten to share their sorrows with one another. But the little girl, Opal, has another idea and decides that what the people really need is to remember to share their joy. As a result, a party ensues. 

In Worship we will be celebrating the Ordination and Installation of Elders and Deacons. And at 6:00 that evening, we will have a party around a table outside as we celebrate the life and community of St. Andrew in fellowship.

See you Sunday,

There are many options to view this film: 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.


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 via 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 11th

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music, prayers, birthday/anniversary blessings for those celebrating in the month of July, the Ordination and Installation of our new Deacons and Elders, 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.


Photo by Asiya Kiev on Unsplash

Popcorn Parables-Faith and Food, a Sacramental Ritual
Potluck Dinner – July 11th

Join us on July 11th at 6:00pm – 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 by email to Stacey Schoeningh at [email protected]. Please also let Stacey know what dish you are bringing to share.


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: Vermont is the first state to outright ban throwing away food waste

Green Tip #22: This month is the annual celebration of Plastic Free July! Everyone is encouraged to eliminate (or at least limit) your purchase or use of plastics, particularly single use plastic. If you have ever tried to do this, you know how difficult it is and how ubiquitous plastic is in packaging. Whenever possible, choose canned goods over plastic packaging, buy from farmer’s markets, reuse your plastic produce bags at your grocery store, and utilize the meat counter at your local store instead of buying pre-packaged meats. Sonoma County has a Plastic Free July campaign with four separate actions we can take:
1. Make a pledge to eliminate or reduce your plastic consumption.
2. Organize or participate in a clean up of your neighborhood, a beach, or a park.
3. Sign up for any or several upcoming webinars (see link below).
4. Attend the screening of the “Story of Plastic” on July 30th. Information and links for all these and more can be found on the Zero Waste Sonoma Website:
Good Luck! Eileen

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


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