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In addition to this Virtual Worship Service, you are invited to join us on Zoom for the
All Church Coffee Hour
Sunday, July 19 – 10:00am – 11:00am
It will be a time for Check-in, Prayers, and getting better acquainted in Small Group Conversation.
We hope you’ll join us – Bring a church friend!
Use the Zoom link in our Saturday and Sunday emails.
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SUNDAY – JULY 19, 2020
It’s VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL / CARAVAN Sunday!
Welcome to this “virtual” worship service
for Sunday, July 19, 2020
Many thanks to Claire McNairy (photography, videography, and production), Amy Cox (production, formatting and posting), Tracy Walthard (production and assisting with VBS planning), Ricky Bolanos (Discovery Time), Kelsey Walthard (teachings for children and leading a fantastic week of VBS), Mason Cox (prayer), Ty Schoeningh (Scripture reading), Dawne Carver and the Caravan Youth and Leaders (song selections, the Morning Message and a wonderful week of fun and service!).
Holy is the Lord, Holyland Adventure VBS
I Will Trust You, Holyland Adventure VBS
Discovery Time & Sunday School
Click the arrow below to watch Ricky Bolanos present Discovery Time:
Click the arrow below to see a video of the highlights from our week of Vacation Bible School and Youth Caravan:
Our Sunday School Lesson for today comes from our week of Vacation Bible School:
At Wilderness Escape, kids explored how God guides and provides during these uncertain times. We learned to trust God in life’s challenges—even when you can’t find your own strength. There’s no doubt COVID-19 has come through our lives like a sandstorm and brought a thick haze of uncertainty over school plans, routines, and expectations. This summer, more than ever, kids need the hope, reassurance, and abundance of God’s love.
Remember, even when it feels like we are wandering through the wilderness, with no end in sight, that God is here to guide us, so trust God!
Be sure to check our Facebook page for Sunday School videos to share with your children: St. Andrew Sonoma Facebook Page
A Message for the Congregation from the Class of 2020
Joys and Concerns
Please let us know how we can support you in prayer this week. We will share requests for prayer with Deacons and staff, and with the congregation as appropriate.
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Prayer of Reflection
Click the arrow below to hear Mason Cox lead us in this morning’s prayer or read the prayer below
Lord, thank you for an amazing week at Caravan. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to run a successful Vacation Bible School during these trying times. Thank you for blessing us with good health throughout the week and allowing us to serve in your name by making masks for our community. Be with us during these difficult times and bless us with good health. Be with those struggling financially and mentally during these times.
Lord, in your name, we pray the prayer your Son taught us:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen
All good gifts come from you, dear Lord, and from these riches we bring this offering. Help us to use it for the furtherance of your purpose, and for the benefit of those in need. Amen
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
Click the arrow below to hear Ty Schoeningh read this morning’s scripture or read the Scripture below
Psalm 16:8 & Philippians 4:13
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
The Morning Message
Click the arrow below to see and hear this morning’s message from Dawne Carver and the Caravan Youthor read the Message below
Good morning. My name is Dawne Carver – I’m the Director of Youth and Adult Ministry. This past week has been an inspiring week! Nine adults, fourteen youth and twenty-two children came together to spend an amazing week celebrating God and being together. We hosted an outdoor Vacation Bible School/Stay in Sonoma Caravan. We celebrated being together in person, interacting with each other with masks, social distancing and learning about trusting God in everything. Sounds easy right? Not even!
Kelsey, Tracy and I wanted to combine an in person, hands free Vacation Bible School led by St Andrew Youth Group. You see, we had to cancel the traditional Vacation Bible School and Caravan. It was just another loss in the long list of things that were canceled. And we just couldn’t let it go. I couldn’t let it go. So what are we to do with one more disappointment? How can we support our families and give the youth a chance to serve?
Psalm 16:8 tells us this: “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” So we decided to dream big, to have faith in God’s timing and trust in God. And that’s when I knew God was guiding us on this journey! You see, Kelsey was looking at going back to The Holy Land VBS before Covid-19 . The children loved to dress up and the program she looked at was Wilderness Escape. How appropriate is that?! It’s about God leading Moses in freeing the Israelites from slavery from the Egyptians and the Israelites’ reaction. Which wasn’t all that great. The Israelites were taken out of slavery, they celebrated their freedom for a moment and then started a whining fest that would keep them in the desert for about 40 years! Hmmm… We are navigating a type of wilderness right now… don’t you think? I certainly feel like I’m wandering around in the wilderness!
So, we started to look at how to combine the two activities. I mean, if the youth group can’t go on Caravan to Portland, Oregon, then how can we serve in our own backyard? What would that look like and can we make it happen?!
What I found out is that dreaming and planning is full of starts and stops.
Dreaming big is hard to do when information and policy is constantly changing. When safety of family and loved ones is the topic of conversations. Fear can and will hold us back. I would feel confident one moment and then I would come crashing down with the weight of impossibility. It was hard, it was frustrating and frankly it was full of tears. Yet I knew we were to keep planning. God was definitely in this and kept prompting me to persevere. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
The theme this past week was to “Trust in God”. Trust in God in everything, not just the easy things, but everything! How appropriate in today’s world! So many things happen in our lives that can deepen our faith or shake our faith. Things like Covid-19, Racism, lost dreams or a radical shift in our lives are just a few things that can rock our foundation. How do you go with the flow in a world that feels like it’s upside down? That’s what we all studied through scripture, story time, games and service. Through the eyes of the children, it became simple and fun.
Each morning, the youth gathered at 7:45am to pray and do devotions. We would look at scripture and ask what resonated. We were encouraged to share. Then the youth led the children in VBS. In the afternoon, we re-strapped 5,000 masks for an organization called Scrappy Strappers. The masks will go to people in the community in need of masks. The days were packed!
For today’s message, the youth were asked a couple of questions. The first question is this:
What helps you to trust God through the ups and downs of life? Think about the changes they have had in their lives. I know that I have had changes- little disappointments to huge disappointments or losses. Yet think of what the youth are navigating through. Sports, plays and concerts canceled. Prom, graduation and the end of the school year canceled. Vacations, birthdays and family reunions canceled. Deaths, illness and other trauma without the in person support and gathering of loved ones. Little and huge things. Missed opportunities that cannot be made up. Heartbreaking and character building, but still not easy to go through.
So, again, the question- What helps you to trust God through the ups and downs of life? Let’s listen to what they have to say:
What is your answer?
The next question was this: How is God helping you through this pandemic? Usually in difficult circumstances, I rely on hanging out with the youth group and my friends to divert me, lift me up and to pray for me. I relied on being in church to reset me and prepare me for the upcoming week, being grounded in His word! Unfortunately that’s not happening right now. We are not able to gather together at church, or youth group and we are definitely not getting together to have celebrations with friends! We are having to connect on line, phone calls and even slow mail! And I’m thankful for that! So I’ve had to get creative. For me, that’s been scripture, an uplifting post on FB, music and connecting with my neighbors. I’ve had to set aside time daily to spend with God. Sometimes it’s to be still and listen. Sometimes it’s walking with a friend. And sometimes it’s dreaming big to be with the youth through a very different style Caravan.
So, how is God helping you through the pandemic? Let’s listen to what our youth shared:
So here’s my take away- God is with us always! I know that I can trust God in all things… He strengthens me, He provides for my needs and he guides me. And this past week has given me one more reason to trust in God! God’s timing is not ours yet when we follow His will, He shows up and amazing things happen. Things like laughter, excitement, learning new things about how our God loves us and how to serve even in a pandemic! Praise and glory goes to our God who strengthens us! Remember to Trust in God! Blessings, Dawne
“Trust in You” – by Lauren Daigle
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