“Raspberry Delight” Salvia Flowers

Dear Friends,

What delights you? 

When my daughter was visiting recently, she introduced me to The Book of Delights by Ross Gay. You can get it from the online library. This book of essays is… Delightful!

Ross Gay (award-winning poet, professor, and essayist) decided that each morning for a year, he would write about something that delights him. Each essay is a chapter in his book. He writes about delights such as Inefficiency, Praying Mantis, Writing by Hand, Nicknames, Hummingbird, Airplane Rituals, The Do-Over, Fireflies, The Sanctity of Trains, Reckless Air Quotes, Church Poets, Found Things, and many mystery chapter titles where you really need to read the essay to discover its meaning. 

Here are a few quotes from The Book of Delights:

“It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar. Or maybe it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that implies that the more you study delight, the more delight there is to study.”

“One of life’s true delights is casting about in bed, drifting in and out of dream, as the warm hand of the sun falls through the blinds, moving ever so slowly across your body.”

“I also discovered in the course of writing this is that so much of what, to me, sort of inspired or uncovered or unveiled delight was so often personal interactions. So, I became acutely aware that delight is sort of a manifestation of interdependence.”

The St. Andrew congregation are world-class gratitude-givers! You are always on the look out for things in your life to be grateful for, particularly in the difficult times… food and shelter, friendship, church community, family, loyalty.

But, in this time of restriction, I wonder what it might be like for us to count our delights in addition to our blessings?! What gives you delight in your life, your world, your home, your morning walk? Ross Gay helps us see that delight is in the details of our senses and interactions. Try it!! Count your delights!

Blessings to each and every one of you. 

Love,

Jan

Rev. Jan Reynolds

St. Andrew’s Session wants to share with you Presbytery of the Redwoods’ A Statement Affirming Redwoods Presbytery’s Commitment to Anti-racism. St. Andrew is a member of Redwoods Presbytery – 55 churches north of San Francisco:

A Statement Affirming Redwoods Presbytery’s Commitment to Anti-racism

With hearts broken by the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all others known and unknown to us, the Redwoods Presbytery affirms that, because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, we must stand against, speak against, and work against racism. Antiracist effort is not optional for Christians; it is an essential aspect of Christian discipleship, without which we fail to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

While recognizing that racism victimizes many people of color, we acknowledge its unique impact on the Black community. Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in the history, culture, and society of the United States. The original Constitution defined Black Americans as three- fifths of a person. The economic foundations of the United States were built on slave labor, introduced into America in 1619. Black men in America could not vote until after the Civil War. The Jim Crow legal system and many other laws have perpetuated the oppression of Black Americans. Today, anti-Black racism finds expression in mass incarceration, instances of police brutality, barriers to voting, economic and wealth inequality, and acts of race-based violence and hate.

We do not always live the basic Christian truth that, just as God loves all of us without exception, we are called to love all people. We also recognize that white privilege and systemic racism permeate the ways we do church. Our choice to align ourselves with love requires that we actively and tirelessly work against anti-Black racism wherever we can, however we can.

A commitment to confronting anti-Black racism reflects our Presbytery’s values statement. First, it expresses our commitment to inclusivity: “We are all children of God. We proclaim that all are one family in Christ and seek to live like we mean it.” Second, it affirms our commitment to justice: “We challenge ourselves to see systems and structures that disadvantage and oppress others – that stand in the way of God’s kingdom coming ‘on earth as it is in heaven,’ and are willing to take part in seeking solutions.” [For further theological affirmation of our denomination’s commitment to racial justice, please refer to the Confession of 1967 in our Book of Confessions.]

Redwoods Presbytery, and all Christians, must recommit to the struggle for racial justice. We are one in Christ: if others are in pain, we are in pain. Churches must provide a moral compass for the nation by helping to shape public policies that will move the nation towards justice, peace, and reconciliation.

We continue to recognize and dismantle racism and unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, in the institution of the church, and in the broader culture. call all congregations to take action toward these goals.

Council of the Redwoods Presbytery and Committee on Ministry

SONOMA VALLEY ANTI-RACISM ART INSTALLATION:

COMING THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH:

Popcorn Parables are back this summer! During August, sermons will center on the gospel message in upbeat and inspirational movies. Because of social distancing, we won’t be gathering for movie watching; instead, we will indicate where you can view these movies online. Even if you can’t watch the movie beforehand, each sermon will provide a review of the plot so you don’t miss a thing. Note: Some of these movies have mature topics and raw language but the sermons will be rated PG! 

Jesus used the parables to teach biblical truths. Storytelling is still alive today, just a bit more hi-tech and in Popcorn Parables we find the biblical truth in classic hollywood movies.

The first in the series is Avengers: Endgame. The highest grossing movie of all time, the Marvel Studios comic sci-fi phenomenon did not disappoint! Avengers: End Game is streaming on Disney+ and can be rented through Amazon Prime Video or Redbox shows availability at CVS and Lucky’s in Sonoma.

View the trailer for this film by pressing the arrow below:

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS:

BERGEN-MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP AND HAZEL BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: Applications for the Fall 2020 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 30, 2020. 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]

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.

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