Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St Andrew Community,

This Sunday is Acoustic Sunday. I am grateful to those of you who let me know how much you enjoyed last month’s Acoustic Sunday and we’re looking forward to doing it again. The Introit is a song by Peter Mayer titled, Singing A Song. You can listen to it here:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRWq_39Sa3E

“We may never know where we are going 

but we can go there 

singing a song.”

Last Sunday we reflected together on the lyrics of a hymn, where people in need are asking God for the “courage to enter the song”. The song isn’t named but I interpreted it as the song of the Gospel, especially as told by the Apostle Paul through Jesus Christ. A song that requires self sacrifice and devotion, passion and a spirit which binds us together into interdependence and concern for the common good.

If that’s our collective song as a people of God, then what is your individual song? What is your personal song if you had a song that represented who you are? Is it a song you inherited or one you’ve created? Is it one that’s fluid and changes over time, or is it the same song from birth to death? Did you write it or did God write it for you? Is it complicated or simple? Do you have multiple songs going on at once, creating a cacophony of voices?

There are endless scriptures referencing songs and singing, but I’m drawn to this one-

He put a new song in my mouth…..(Psalm 40:3)

There’s a song in you, in each of us, worth singing. It’s God given and it’s yours to sing in praise of God, who is always writing new songs to represent the new things that God is doing with you, in this world, as a child of God.

May it be so.

See you Sunday.

Yours In Christ,

Nicole

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – CONTINUED VISITS WITH PASTOR NICOLE

Dear Friends,

Seven 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 through the church office 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 SEPTEMBER 19TH

In-Person Worship St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 19th

9:00 am – Indoors in our Sanctuary

This service will include music (it’s Acoustic Sunday!), prayers, Children’s Discovery Time, 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. 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.
  • If your child joins us 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 Sunday school activities will take place outdoors, weather permitting.

SUNDAY SERMON VIDEO

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, “Bound by a Gift”

To access past Wednesday E-News emails and Sunday Sermon Videos, follow this link.

COLLECTING CLOTHES FOR F.I.S.H.

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR CLOSETS READY FOR YOUR NEW FALL CLOTHES!

Clean out your closets and bring your clothing donations to St. Andrew Sunday, September 19, as we are collecting clothing for F.I.S.H. (Friends In Sonoma Helping). Please bring your clothing donations and leave them in the side entry to the fellowship hall. The good, gently used, clean clothing will be transported to F.I.S.H. and distributed to families in our own Sonoma Valley who are in need. Thank you for supporting this vital local ministry. 

NEW MEMBER INFORMATION CLASS

September 26th after Worship in the Conference Room

Please join Rev. Nicole Trotter for a light brunch and discussion on what it means to be a member of St. Andrew, the PCUSA and the Reformed Tradition. Learn more about the history of this church and the greater Presbyterian church, theology and traditions. There’s no obligation to join by attending. Check the box on your Communication Card this Sunday or email the church office if you’d like to attend.

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