Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

We have a very special guest preacher this Sunday. Pastor Ricardo Bolanos has agreed to preach while I’m in San Diego attending my nephew’s memorial. Pastor Ricardo immigrated from El Salvador many years ago, and St. Andrew assisted with plane tickets to bring his family to join him in 2010. The Bolanos family has since joined our congregation for worship, as well as filling various positions at St. Andrew in our nursery, preschool and audio visual areas. Pastor Ricardo leads the Grace of the Cross congregation that meets for worship at St. Andrew on Sunday afternoons.

Pastor Ricardo will be preaching on 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 and the gifts God reveals to us by His Spirit. 

What do we mean when we refer to the Spirit? I’ll admit I’ve forgotten most of the Hebrew I learned in Seminary with the exception of this word- ruach. Most often translated as wind, it can also mean breath. This is the very same breath that returns to God after death in Ecclesiastes; the dust returns to the ground where it had been and the ruach returns to the God who had given it” (12:7). When God commands Moses to go and gather a sacred community, the word ruach refers to a life affirming internal sustenance that feeds us among some of the most devastating circumstances. 

Perhaps that’s why the Spirit is so often referred to as our “sustaining power.” It sustains us, whether it’s the breath that keeps our body alive, a wind that carries great change or the core of our being that tells us it will be okay when everything around us feels otherwise.

But it’s Greek that Paul uses when speaking of the Spirit. Here too, the word pneuma can also be understood as wind and breath. Spirit, wind, breath, two languages, three meanings.
Breathe in, breathe out. God in, God out. Spirit in, Spirit out. Amen.

Yours in Christ,



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

Grace and Peace,


CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 20th: The church office will be closed on Friday, August 20th. Amy and Stefanie will both be out of town moving their college kids into their housing for the Fall Semester. Please plan ahead and contact the church office by 2:00pm on Thursday with anything you need this week.


In-Person Worship St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, August 22nd

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music, prayers, Scripture, and we’ll welcome Pastor Ricardo Bolanos from the Grace of the Cross Congregation to share the morning’s sermon with us. 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. The California Department of Public Health recommends that you choose a mask that fits snugly over your mouth and nose and choose a mask made with two or more layers of fabric. An N95 respirator, that you wear for poor air quality from wildfires, provides the highest level of personal protection.
  • 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.


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, “Where Do We Go From Here?”


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]


Join us for a Fall Kick-Off celebration following our worship service.

We’ll have opportunities to sign-up to get involved in areas such as Life Groups, Bible Studies, and Volunteering and celebrate the completion of our kitchen remodel project with a light brunch served on our patio. Please RSVP on your Communication Card this Sunday or email the church office so we have an accurate headcount.


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


Last Sunday, we were honored to celebrate the recent United States citizenship of Carmina Bolanos, Ricky Bolanos, Monica Bolanos and Gustavo Cena!

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