Welcome to St. Andrew
We hope you enjoy participating in the Worship Service contained in this email
Due to our “Don’t Go To Church, Be the Church” work parties happening today, we will not hold our All Church Coffee Hour this morning
Please join us next week – Sunday, October 25th, for our Coffee Hour Fellowship on Zoom!
SUNDAY – OCTOBER 18, 2020
“The Beloved Community: Don’t Go to Church! Be the Church!”
Since this is a virtual service, you can watch this before you go out and Be the Church! This service features testimonies from people who have served this church in various ways through the years.
And then, dozens of our members will work at the St. Andrew property, safely social distanced, enjoying one another’s company! In memory of Rev. Rich Gantenbein and in service to God, we dedicate our time and labor to work alongside others for the good others.
Welcome to this “virtual” worship service for Sunday, October 18, 2020
Many thanks for technical assistance / contributions from Ron Moser, Amy Cox, Rev. Jan Reynolds, Darcy McNairy, Stacey Schoeningh, Caryn Prince, Doug Bates, Brian Ness, Kathy Hicks, Lora Grimes, Dennis Grimes, Jacob Lange, Tracy Walthard, the Jr. High Youth Group, Kelsey Walthard, Dawne Carver, and Meredith Lehman.
“Be Thou My Vision”, Words: Ancient Irish hymn, translated by Mary E. Byrne; Music: Irish Folk melody – Performed by Caryn Prince and Doug Bates
Discovery Time & Sunday School
Click the arrow to watch our Jr. High Youth present Discovery Time:
Our Sunday School Lessons for today are as follows:
Preschool Memory Verse for October: “God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Click the arrow below to watch the Sunday School video for our Preschool children for Sunday, October 18th:
Preschool Bottom Line for the week of October 18th:
GRADES K-5 LESSON:
Grades K-5 Memory Verse for October: “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.” Proverbs 10:9
Click the arrow below to watch the Sunday School video for our Kindergarten – 5th Grade children for Sunday, October 18th:
Grades K-5 Bottom Line for the week of October 18th:
Message for Youth
Where are you serving in your family? Your church? Your community? What gifts did God give you that you will use to serve others? These are the questions I’ve been asking myself over the last week.
Today, my devotional started with the following statement: “In order to help others, you need to slow down to actually see people.” Yikes! That’s convicting! Even during this pandemic, I’m finding that I am moving at a fast pace. Plus, I have found myself not really looking at the people around me. It’s easy to do when everyone has a mask on. And it’s hard to understand people when wearing a mask. Yet 1 Corinthians 10:24 states “Look out for the good of others.” I can’t do that if I’m not paying attention. Which means that I need to look up and around.
God gave us gifts and He wants us to use those gifts to help each other out. 1 Peter 4:10 states that “God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” Use them well. Not so-so or bad, but well!
So what is your gift? Is it speaking, art or acting? Is it writing, hospitality or dancing? If you don’t know what it is, ask your family and friends. Then use your gift(s) to serve others. For it is through serving others that we find meaning in our lives. God wants to work through you and me. So we need to show up and do it. Plus, we need to have an attitude of love when serving. That’s not always easy but it’s definitely something to strive for. When I ask God to help me change my attitude from “having to” to “getting to”, my perspective changes. In shifting my attitude, I have experienced a lifting of spirits, getting out of a funk and opportunities for new friendships and experiences. When I focus on helping others, it draws me out of my thoughts and sometimes my own selfishness. Serving others is a way for me to be part of something bigger than myself. That’s the wonder about serving. So go out and serve, using whatever gifts God has given you. It doesn’t have to be grand. You just need to show up and be willing to let God work through you. Blessings, Dawne Carver
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.
Click on the image below to submit a prayer request.
Click the arrow below to hear Rev. Jan Reynolds offer this morning’s Prayer or read the prayer below
May Your Spirit Strengthen Us
Almighty God, the privilege is ours to share in the loving, healing, reconciling mission of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, in this age and wherever we are.
Since without you we can do no good thing, may your Spirit make us wise;
may your Spirit guide us; may your Spirit renew us;
may your Spirit strengthen us; so that we will be: strong in faith,
discerning in proclamation, courageous in witness, persistent in good deeds.
Everlasting God, strengthen and sustain all those who serve from St. Andrew;
that with patience and understanding we may love and care for your people;
and grant that together we may follow Jesus Christ,
offering to you our gifts and talents;
through Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
And we pray as Jesus 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
Gratitude for the joy in serving alongside others on behalf of others.
Click the arrow below to watch a short video highlighting past “Don’t Go to Church, Be the Church” Sundays:
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 see and hear Rev. Jan Reynolds read this morning’s Scripture or read the Scripture below
1 Peter 4:10
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
“The Beloved Community: Don’t Go to Church! Be the Church!”
October 18, 2020
Click the arrow below to see and hear members of our congregation describe their personal commitment to serving others or read the Testimonies below
Stacey Schoeningh, Mission Coordinator
Good morning, St. Andrew. I’m in the Danforth Chapel at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. And I just realized I have a Wyoming Cowboys sweatshirt on, so it’s a little risky. But it’s Don’t Go To Church, Be The Church 2020. And I have asked a few brothers and sisters to provide some testimony. I asked them to describe the passion in their hearts that ultimately became God’s call.
2020 has been challenging in so many ways. The last ten months we’ve been turned upside down. And this Don’t Go To Church is going to be a lot smaller than our previous years. But in an odd sense, I feel like it’s actually bigger. It’s challenging us individually to take a moment today, October 18th, to ask ourselves, where can I hear the whisper of God in my heart that ignites the passion that becomes God’s calling, and how does our faith become action? Because that’s what we do!
St. Andrew, we’ve been closed down, but our faith has been in action for the last ten months. And as Mission Coordinator, it has been a blessing to watch that unfold. As challenging as it’s been, it has been beautiful. That’s where the darkness shows us the light. And like I said, it’s an honor and a privilege to watch this the last ten months. Today is a small representation of what St. Andrew is all about.
I come to this church a lot when I’m visiting Layla, and there’s some scripture on the wall that inspires me and grounds me in God’s love and service. I’m excited to share it with you. “The Danforth Chapel is dedicated to the worship of God with the prayer that, “Here in communion with the highest, those who enter acquire the spiritual power to aspire nobly, adventure daringly, and serve humbly.””
God bless you, St. Andrew. And here’s to Don’t Go To Church, Be The Church 2020.
Caryn Prince – St. Andrew Music
Hi, St. Andrew, Caryn Prince here. I’m here to talk to you about a gift that I was given by God, which is a singing voice and a love for music.
Throughout my life, I’ve had lots of people who’ve encouraged me and helped me learn to understand and appreciate the gift that I was given. My parents were singers and we used to always sing together. And I met my darling, Mr. Bates, and he has always been encouraging me to sing and to play my guitar.
Tom Fettke was my high school music director, a fantastic music director. He was very, very encouraging. And, he was a Christian man. Even though I wasn’t a Christian at the time, I always was curious about his belief, and I wondered about that. It turns out he’s the fellow who edited our church hymnal. After teaching, he went into editing music books and writing music.
David Irvine and St. Andrew have given me so many opportunities to sing and play my guitar and enjoy exploring my musical gifts. And also Sandy Everett, who sang in our church choir. She invited me to come play with her and her friends, the Carrtunes, which was probably one of the funnest things I’ve ever done musically in my life. I got to play with them for about seven or eight years. And now, I get the opportunity to play with Tom Dixon and Rick Hicks and Doug and Sandy in the Other Band.
So, all throughout my life, I’ve had an opportunity to enjoy this wonderful gift of music that brings spiritual enjoyment to me. And at an older age, I now get to look back and connect the dots and see all the people who have encouraged me too, to play and sing.
So that’s it, that’s my musical gift and something that I’ve always enjoyed and really appreciate. And I know that all of you have a gift too.
Brian Ness – Overseas Mission: Romania
One Sunday I was sitting in church, listening to Warren Jaycox and the Romania team talk about Vacation Bible School in Romania. And immediately I thought, “I totally need to do this.” I was just overwhelmed with emotion and could hardly wait at the thought of going. But the dates didn’t match with what I could do. I thought, “I’ll go next year.” And then I had a family reunion, so I didn’t get to go.
And finally, after three years, the dates worked and I got to go to Romania.
I had an amazing time putting on a Vacation Bible School over in a little village of Daneş, just outside Sighișoara. When we returned, we started planning our trip for the next year, and I was really looking forward to it. But then things looked like they were going to start to fall apart and we wouldn’t get to continue with our Romania trip and Vacation Bible School.
I found myself praying, “God, here I am. I’m willing, send me. Here I am, I’m willing. Please send me.” And I never thought those words would come out of my mouth when it came to missions.
I now have been to Romania doing a Vacation Bible School four times. Then I also did a boot drop of 1,000 boots last fall, and a coat drop of 250 coats at the same time last fall. This past summer, we were supposed to go and I was going to be bringing along my niece, who’s a junior in high school, for her to get that experience.
So, I absolutely love going over to Romania and putting on the Vacation Bible School. It’s changed my life. I now try to plan trips around it, and that’s the priority when I’m making up my calendar, making sure I get to go to Romania.
Lora and Dennis Grimes – Local Missions: SOS
Lora: Hi, St. Andrew friends. My name is Lora Grimes.
Dennis: And I’m Dennis Grimes.
Lora: We want to tell you about our passion for helping and caring for others, especially those less fortunate than ourselves. Twenty plus years ago, I was invited by Adele Harrison, the founder of F.I.S.H – (Friends In Sonoma Helping), to be a part of the now called Sonoma Overnight Support board of directors.
The mission of Sonoma Overnight Support is to shelter the homeless and feed the hungry in Sonoma and Sonoma Valley. When St. Andrew started the Don’t Go to Church, Be the Church program, we were so excited to join a St. Andrew team to work at the SOS shelter called The Haven.
Over the past years on Be the Church Sunday, our team has eagerly and joyfully beautified The Haven, both inside and out, fixed broken cupboards, locks and faucets and cooked and baked for Haven residents. The really wonderful thing is that many of us at St. Andrew, including the youth, have volunteered for SOS more than just on Be the Church day. We’ve made delicious meals, we put together much needed personal necessity bags, donate clothes and money and prayed for the homeless and hungry.
I believe that God called me through Adele. I answered that call and to this day, I continue to serve on the board of directors and volunteer.
Dennis: And I continue to be available at a moment’s notice to help move refrigeration units from The Haven over to the Grange, and I’ve also made many dump runs for them.
Lora: As we work for SOS, we know we are being the hands and feet of God and are showing and strengthening our faith with action.
Jacob Lange – St. Andrew Youth Programs
St. A, it’s your boy Jacob here. And I’m honored to share a little bit of my experience behind working with St. Andrew’s youth in Youth Ministry. From Caravan to the Thanksgiving baskets to sunrise service on Easter to 30 hour famine, all these things that we do that I think are going to change people, do the exact opposite. Those experiences help form and create a better version of me.
And your kids, your grandkids, your friends that are part of our community at St. Andrew allow for that to happen. They give a space for a boy who loves to wander get focused and intentional behind the faith and the belief that Jesus is our savior and it’s through His love and generosity that I get to go out and participate in the community within the walls of St. Andrew, and I benefit tremendously from it.
It’s a nice example of what it’s like to Be the Church. I use that visual that Rich often used when you come together and stack hands. Of myself I’m but of nothing, but together we get to live. We get to struggle. We get to participate and we get to learn how to love. And through that, I get to have inner peace. I get to learn what serenity looks like. I get to be involved. I get to….
I wish you all a safe and prosperous week. May God guide us through our intentions and may we put forth the action that it takes to be a better version of ourselves. And through that, we get to thrive as a community. God bless. I love you and thank you.
Kathy Hicks – St. Andrew Deacons
Hi, I’m Kathy Hicks. And I want to tell you about how I feel about my Christian experience.
I know for one thing, that a year and a half ago, when Pastor Rich passed away, I was deeply affected by that event. I went into my living room and sat down and asked God in prayer at that time, “What am I going to do? Help direct me.” I really, really feel at that point in time that God said… Well, my question was, am I going to leave the church? I’m really, really shaken. Or am I going to step up my performance in my involvement in the church? I heard a voice say, “Step it up, Kathy.”
So, I am actively involved, luckily involved in the Deacon Ministry at St. Andrew and my mission, my ministry is the homebound program. At that point in time, I gave it a lot of thought. I decided to Be the Church and not just be somebody who came to church and sat in a pew.
That’s what really fuels my spiritual and Christian program is that I tap into a source, which is the Holy Spirit. It fuels me and it gives me energy and I stick with the winners and it gives me joy. I’m hoping that I make God and the church happy. I ask you today: What are you going to do? What’s your choice?
“In Christ There Is No East or West” – Text by William Dunkerley 1852-1941, Tune by McKee, African American adaptationHarry T. Burleigh 1866-1949 – Performed by Caryn Prince
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