ST. ANDREW MEMBERS AND FRIENDS: OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THE FIRES – THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE EVACUATED, THOSE WORRIED ABOUT LOVED ONES IN HARMS’ WAY. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF WE CAN SUPPORT YOU IN ANY WAY, WITH PRAYER OR CONNECTING YOU TO SERVICES. CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE
Sometimes we have to step back and get a larger view to gain perspective. This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. It is a day when we take communion with all Christians across this planet. It is a day when we express our solidarity not only with other Christians, but with our brothers and sisters on this planet who breathe the planet’s air, eat from crops of the earth and drink from its waters. People with children, the elders, leaders and followers, just like us – beautiful in our diversity and touching in our vulnerability and humanity.
This beautiful hymn sung by Presbyterian Peacekeepers from all over the world touched my heart. This is what our PCUSA website had to say:
In light of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program embarked on this project to bring together a global virtual choir of peacemakers, including past International Peacemakers and their hosts, participants in our Travel Study Seminars and Mosaic of Peace Conferences in Israel and Palestine, and friends and colleagues of our Program. As we join our voices in song, we join our hearts and efforts in a continuing and resolute desire for peace in and between every land. “So hear my song, o God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.” The peace of Christ be with you!
Here are the lyrics to this gorgeous hymn, sung to the tune of Finlandia. The first two stanzas were written between the 20th century’s two world wars and focus on the theme of international peace. The third stanza, by another author and added later, uses the language of the Lord’s Prayer to voice hope for human unity.
Enjoy it by pressing the arrow below:
This is my Song from the PCUSA Glory to God Hymnal
This is my song, O God of all the nations
A song of peace, for lands afar & mine
This is my home, the country where my heart is
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations
A song of peace for their land and for mine
This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms;
Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him,
And hearts united learn to live as one.
So, hear my prayer, O God of all the nations:
Myself I give thee; let thy will be done.
Continual prayers for you! With love,
Pastor Jan Reynolds
PLEASE JOIN US – OCTOBER 11:
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC) and Session
Invite you to view and attend
A recorded worship service featuring the PNC’s Candidate for Pastor
Live Congregational Meeting
October 11, 2020 – 10:00 am by Zoom
Moderated by Ariel Mink, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Redwoods
All Members and Friends of St. Andrew are welcome to attend this important milestone meeting in the life of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.
A link to both will be emailed on Saturday morning, October 10 to St. Andrew members and early Sunday morning to all members and friends.
The purpose of the congregational meeting:
• Your elected Pastor Nominating Committee will present their report and nominate their candidate for Pastor of St. Andrew
• Q & A with PNC
• Members of St. Andrew will vote to receive the Candidate and approve the Pastor’s Terms of Call
• Vote to dissolve the PNC with our thanks.
If you need help setting up a Zoom meeting on your tablet or computer, please contact the church office and we will try to help before this date.
With the recent wildfires, there doesn’t seem to be anything but bad news with respect to Climate Change. But there is actually a lot of good news and there are many things we can all do to help the environment. We will be sharing some of these Good News stories and some Green Tips in bi-weekly installments. May this instill a little hope for our future.
Good News: After a letter writing campaign by kids, Lego will no longer package their toys in plastic!
Green Tip #2: First a Clarification: ‘compostable’ and ‘biodegradable’ bags cannot be put into your green bin. So what’s the advantage of compostable over plastic garbage bags? 1) compostables are made from plant based products not petrochemicals, so fewer chemicals will pollute the environment, 2) they fully break down and do not produce “micro plastics” which is a huge environmental concern. Bottom line: reduce your waste so that you can reduce your use of bags of any kind
Tip: Did you know that your food waste does not decompose into dirt if you put it in your garbage bin? In landfills, food waste decomposes anaerobically (without air) and simply produces methane gas. Methane is 80% more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, in other words, it does more harm to the atmosphere than your car emissions. So PLEASE put all your food waste in the green yard waste bin where it is aerobically composted into soil without producing methane.
Thank you! And if you have any Good News or Green Tips, pass them along to Eileen Haflich through the church office at [email protected]
Brought to you by the Mission Committee
SONOMA OVERNIGHT SUPPORT:
The mission of Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS) is to shelter and feed the homeless and hungry of Sonoma Valley. This need continues to grow; August numbers increased by 642 over the previous month. Prior to the COVID pandemic St. Andrew’s congregation provided meals monthly through the youth group, Brown Baggers and other volunteers. Although we can no longer help in this way, the need is great and a financial contribution is extremely appreciated. Since our challenge to the Congregation at the end of August, we’ve received $996 from our generous congregation! The Missions Committee has a challenge – they will match our current donation of $996 and additional donations up to a total of $2,000. Donations will be accepted until October 15th toward this challenge. Thank you for your ongoing support to this local endeavor!
To make a donation of any amount, Follow this link to donate electronically to SOS:
Or, mail a check to St. Andrew, or drop your envelope into our mail box: 16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476. Please write “SOS” on the memo line of your donation check
SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY:
“God Talk” with Pastor Jan
Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 5:00-6:15 pm
Jan will provide some starting off points as food for thought each week, and then we will have a conversation speaking aloud our own thoughts and experiencing, and hearing what others have to say.
Here are our four areas of exploration:
Creation & Providence – How do we conceive of God in relationship to the world and its creation? What kind of God are we dealing with? How/what does God provide for us?
God’s Revelation – How does God reveal Godself to you? How and why?
Faces of God – How do we think of and encounter the various attributes of God, such as “Creator, Jesus and Holy Spirit”? Do you relate to one more than the other and why? What other “faces of God” do you relate to?
Humanity and Hope – Why is there human suffering? Who are we in relationship to God? What is the purpose of humanity?
There is still room for more to join us. If you would like to join this group, please email the church office with your interest and you will be sent a link to join the meeting.
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
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