Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

What happens when we die? That’s the question that’s been asked by more than one of you for this sermon series “Ask Anything.” The question was asked in different ways, with different sub categories of interest, but the main question remains the same.

None of us can really know for sure, but I’ve been asked to witness what I believe. “Belief” is a strong word and so often gets interpreted as a kind of defined static noun, as though what I believe is immoveable. Instead, I prefer to talk about what I trust will happen. And I base that trust on scripture, tradition but perhaps most of all, my experience. Not that I’ve ever died. But I’ve been around death more than most I know. I’ve also had a few people I’ve loved very much die. Those experiences have informed my beliefs and I can only trust that they are true. 

At almost every memorial service I’ve officiated, people have chosen to hear the reading of Psalm 23. You know, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want….” I’m not entirely sure why that Psalm became associated with death, though I assume it has something to do with the King James translation of verse 4; “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” But the NRSV translation refers to that shadow as “the darkest valley”.

Over time, the more time I spend with this Psalm, the more I understand it as having much more to do with life than death. Death itself is like this, too. The more time I contemplate death, the more it leads me to appreciating life.

That’s my hope for this Sunday. As we contemplate what we believe and trust about death, let us reaffirm the words of Jesus; “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:9)

See you Sunday, Nicole

P.S.- This Sunday will inaugurate our first “Acoustic Sunday” with an eclectic mix of songs and hymns. I hope you’ll enjoy it.


Dear Friends,

Six 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, Nicole


In-Person Worship

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, August 15th

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include special music (it’s Acoustic Sunday), prayers, Scripture, and Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching. 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:

  • All in attendance are required to wear masks indoors.
  • 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.

St. Andrew Congregational Meeting
Sunday, August 15th – 10:00am

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, August 15th, following our 9:00am worship service, for a Congregational Meeting to review the 2021-22 Annual Budget, discuss the 2021 Annual Report Highlights (click here to download the entire Annual Report) and vote on some benefit changes for Rev. Trotter.

Please Plan to Attend!


Sunday, August 15th, we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping). Please bring your donations to the Fellowship Hall. Suggested items include dried pasta, rice, dried pinto beans, cereal, tomato sauce, canned tuna, peanut butter, jam, jelly, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned milk, baby food, diapers, Ensure, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.


If you weren’t able to attend last Sunday’s service, or if you would like to watch Nicole’s sermon again, watch this video of last Sunday’s sermon by Rev. Nicole Trotter, “Which Way Do We Go?”


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 for this series from the Congregation. Simply write your question on a communication card and place it the offering plate 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.


We have been passing along these Green Tips every other week for nearly one year! If you missed any previous ones they are now all posted on our St. Andrew website. Amy will be updating the website with each new installment. Here is the link: Green Tips

Good News: There is a promising new battery technology that uses only air and iron rather than the lithium used in traditional batteries. 

Green Tip #24: Transportation accounts for over 30% of all carbon emissions. Depending on how much you drive your gasoline car, your private transportation may be the largest part of your personal carbon footprint. Most car manufacturers have pledged to stop making gas powered cars on or before 2035. 

Have you considered purchasing an electric vehicle (EV)? If not, now might be the time to consider it because the tax incentives are very generous (Federal – up to $7500 and State – up to $2000). Here is a link for more information: EV Tax Credits Explained. Also, consider these cost savings:

  • If you have solar, there is no cost for charging your EV (at $4.50+/gallon for gas, this is a significant saving)
  • If you don’t have solar, the current cost of fully charging an EV with a range of 150 miles is about $7.
  • PG&E has a rebate program for all electric cars (new or used) of $800
  • There are no oil changes, no transmission maintenance, no alternator failures, etc. etc. Batteries in EV’s have a life expectancy of over 100,000 miles.
  • Used EV’s are very affordable (this Fiat 500e cost less than $10,000). Note: you get the PG&E rebate but not the tax credits when you buy used.

Are you still unsure because of the limited range of a charge? Pay attention to how often you drive on trips that are 40 miles or less each week. You will probably find that, like the majority of families, your average car trips are well within the range of an EV charge. 

Thank you, as always, for your interest! Starting in September we will be moving to a once a month format, we hope you continue to tune in and live Green!

Brought to you by the Mission Committee


BERGEN-MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP AND HAZEL BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: Applications for the Fall 2021 Semester are now being accepted for the Bergen-Martin Scholarship (college Freshman and Sophomores) and the Hazel Burnett Scholarship (college Juniors and Seniors).

The deadline for applications is Sunday, August 22, 2021. All application forms and paperwork must be received (hard copies, not electronic submission) in the church office by this deadline –PLAN AHEAD! For additional information and to get applications, email the church office at [email protected]


It’s almost time for the annual Pedal for Protein (P4P) ride and fundraiser. As many of you know, this was one of Rev. Rich Gantenbein’s most cherished fundraisers. And if you do not know about this fundraiser, it’s purpose is to raise money for Food Banks to procure protein sources for their clients. To date, the seven P4P rides have raised nearly $250,000 for Food Banks within our Redwood Presbytery. St Andrew has always been a generous congregation, for this we thank you!

It’s not too late to sign up for the last day’s family rides (13.5 miles and 29 miles). If you are interested in participating please visit:

And finally, many thanks to those families who have graciously opened their home to the riders as they pass through Sonoma Valley. 

~ 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