Sunday, November 17, 2019

JOIN US FOR COFFEE AND CONVERSATION! We enjoy connecting as a church family and meeting new people—please join us for coffee and a donut in the Fellowship Hall between services each Sunday!


THOSE WHO NEED EXTRA PRAYERS: Ronalee Davis, The Fred Davison Family, Chuck Young and Mary Alice Welsh, Pat and Debby Ingram, Barbara Lilley, Jean McQuady, Mary Adams, Sharon Craig, Ellen Black, Natalie Haserot, Wes Meyer, Ken Blackwood & Family, ‘Nita Summers, Jeanette Jaycox, Cindy Leinonen, Jim Morris. If you would like to be added to the list, contact the church office.


SESSION WELCOMES YOUR INPUT…If you have comments or suggestions that you’d like Session to consider, please email our Clerk of Session in care of: [email protected]


THE 2020 FLOWER CHART IS IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL—COST IS $65. Sign up early to get that special date—celebrate a birthday or anniversary, honor someone special, remember a loved one or just because you want to make a contribution for a floral arrangement that will bring pleasure to our church family.  Write your name and phone number on the flower chart on the line by the date of your choice.  Prior to your chosen Sunday, you will be sent a letter from the church office confirming your sign-up, a form to fill out specifying what you would like printed in the News and Notes, and a return envelope to mail the form and your check to St. Andrew.



Each year families and friends of St. Andrew ring the Christmas Bells at Lucky Market to benefit F.I.S.H.

HAVE FUN AND SUPPORT THIS LOCAL MINISTRY by signing up for a 2-hour shift on weekends, beginning on Friday, December 6th. We are looking for two or more people per shift.  It is a great way for you, your children, spouse and friends to share the Christmas Spirit! Grab a partner and sign-up on the board!


HELP US CONTINUE THE SHOEBOX MINISTRY! This year, our Shoeboxes are once again going to Sonoma County children who are in need. Your Shoebox gift is sure to put a smile on their faces and hope in their hearts! Stop by the table TODAY to pick up your plastic shoebox and receive further information and suggestions for items to include. Shoeboxes should be returned to St. Andrew no later than Sunday, DEC. 1ST.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH IS “FISH” (FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING) SUNDAY!  This is your opportunity to support this vital ministry in the Sonoma Valley.  We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items that will be distributed to families in need.  Please leave your donations in the side entry to the fellowship hall.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR—NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH AT 10:05AM, BETWEEN WORSHIP SERVICES, WE WILL BE HOLDING A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING. We’ll receive an update from the Mission Study Team, discuss nominations and vote for the members of the Pastor Nominating Committee and elect additional members to the board of Deacons. Please plan to attend—this is a very important meeting!


DO YOU LOVE TO DO CRAFTS? The Mission Committee is putting together several crafts, the sales of which will benefit our Romania Flour Mission. We have one more craft party planned: NEXT Sunday, November 17th at 11:45am following second service. If you’d like to participate, please join us in Sunday School Classroom #102.

HOME HAPPENINGS IS BACK…WITH A TWIST! Home Happenings is a time to enjoy Christian fellowship with others from St Andrew in an informal setting. It’s a time to know and become known while sharing a meal and fun time with your family and others. We’ll meet on one Sunday from 5-7:30pm in Nov., Jan., March, and May for a potluck dinner and fellowship. Sign up to attend the month(s) you’re available—you don’t need to attend every gathering. Our next dinner will be hosted by the Carver family, from 5:00-7:30pm NEXT Sunday, November 17th at the Carver home. Sign up / learn more at the table in the Narthex!



We are gathering at the home of Melba Newman. The group meets the 3rd Monday of every month. 

Bring your projects and join us for fun and conversation—it’s as easy as that! If you would like to know more, contact Melba



Everyone is welcome to join us at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly the Grange), 18627 Highway 12, Sonoma, to make lunches for those in need.  We meet on the third Wednesday of every month. If you would like to participate in this fun and rewarding venture with women and men, please come join us!


OUR SONOMA VALLEY FAITH COMMUNITY will be gathering at First Congregational Church / Congregation Shir Shalom, 252 W Spain Street, Thanksgiving morning, NoVEMBER 28TH at 10:00 AM for our joint worship service.  This is a great way to make sure the real reason for the day is honored before we gather around our tables of plenty.




 BUDGET                      ACTUAL                      DIFFERENCE

TOTAL INCOME:          $  130,830                    $   102,081                   $     (28,749)

TOTAL EXPENSE: $ (135,725)                   $  (122,630)                  $       13,095   

INCOME/ (DEFICIT):    $     (4,895)                   $   (20,549)                   $     (15,654)

*Session would like to update the congregation on the most recent financial reports that have been received and approved by St. Andrew Session. Full financial statements are available by request.


NOTE FROM THE OFFICE: Please be sure to write in the memo line of your checks, the purpose of your donations.  Tithe, Capital Campaign, FISH, Missions, Deacons, Caravan, Youth Group, Flowers, etc.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE ELECTRONICALLY TO ST. ANDREW? It’s quick and easy! To set-up a one-time or recurring donation on your cell phone, text the word GIVE to St. Andrew’s Text-to-Church number: 707-278-6024, then follow the prompts. To set up the donation on your computer, email the church office at

[email protected] and we’ll send you the link.



OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN, “BUILDING MISSION & CHURCH TOGETHER”, HAS STARTED SUCCESSFULLY: We’ve collected 148 pledges, totaling $700,203—THANK YOU!—Big or small, we ask you to participate as God leads you to give. There is still time to make a pledge—Pledge Cards are available in the Narthex or from the church office. Our 3-year Pledge Commitment officially kicked off on January 1, 2019!

OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PRAYER: Gracious God, we ask for discernment as we cultivate Your vision of St. Andrew. We pray to be a welcoming place from which ministry flows and missionary work is launched; where respite and hospitality for our congregation, visitors, and our ministry partners are found. We ask for courage, wisdom and generosity as we move towards our future. Amen.


PLEASE RESERVE THE CIRCLE DRIVE PARKING AREA AND ALL ACCESSIBLE PARKING SLOTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES!  And, remember to please enter from Arnold Drive and exit north onto Sobre Vista. Thank you for your cooperation!


VISIT THE ST. ANDREW WEBSITE—! We’ve worked hard to update our site and make it easier to find details you need.

Please help us keep our beautiful fountain in working order! Coins, rocks and other objects should not be thrown into the fountain. Thank you!



November 17                Food

December 15                Financial


DO YOU SHOP ON AMAZON.COM? St. Andrew has registered with AmazonSmile. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know—same products, same prices, same service. You can support St. Andrew by using the following link when you begin your shopping: Thank you for supporting St. Andrew!



WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY NEWS—The Tuesday morning women’s group meets FROM 9:30-11:00AM in the St. Andrew Conference Room (#106) from September through mid-June. We would love to have you join us when we begin meeting again on Tuesday, September 10th!

THE THURSDAY NIGHT HEALING GROUP meets from 7:00PM-8:30PM every Thursday evening in the Fellowship Hall. Thursday, September 19th—November 14th, we will re-embark on our healing journey to focus on addiction and grace. Addiction may be defined as any attachments that get in the way of our life such as alcohol, drugs, food, anxiety, spending, etc. The source text for the sessions will be Gerald May’s, “Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions”. To participate, it is not necessary to have the book, nor to pre-read the text before each meeting. This course is designed so that you may drop-in on any meeting and participate without feeling lost. The Thursday night meetings will include a presentation, reflection time and both small and large group sharing. All are welcome! Contact Dawne Carver with questions.

MEDSHARE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! Since 2009, many at St. Andrew have volunteered at MedShare, the non-profit agency that collects and distributes unused medical supplies and equipment for distribution in developing countries, local clinics and emergency situations around the world. On January 25, 2020, on the fourth Saturday of most months from 1:00-4:00PM, we will be sorting and packing medical supplies for distribution in the San Leandro facility. Each Sunday sign up sheets will be available in the Fellowship Hall between services. Future MedShare dates are 1/25/20, 2/22/20, 3/28/20, 4/25/20 and 5/16/20. No medical experience is necessary. Come and join the fun…also a great way to enjoy meeting others at St. Andrew!


Jr. High Youth, 6-8th grade, meet upstairs, 9:00 to 10:00 AM every Sunday to explore God’s word and how it still applies to us today.  Light breakfast is served. We are doing a study of the Psalms.

Sr. High Youth, 9-12th grade, meet upstairs, 10:30 to 11:30 AM every Sunday.




St. Andrew Children’s Ministry is looking for two large-screen computers for the Preschool and Elementary Sunday School Programs. Do you have one you would like to donate? Please contact Kelsey Walthard, Director of Children’s Ministries, if you can help.



3 November  — Gary Claeys

10 November—Chris McNairy

17 November —Laura Zimmerman

24 November — Joel Green


1 December —Becky Minor

8 December —Ron Moser

15 December —Eileen Haflich

22 December —Kaitlyn Tinder

29 December —Gary Claeys



9:00 AM


10:30 AM





Kieran Toovey & Maria Phan


Mary Ratto & Keith Common



Marty Reddell & Ron Moser


Ed Vaughn & Mabeth Sanderson


9:00 AM

Eileen Haflich

Ron Moser

Don Minor

Becky Minor

10:30 AM

Stephanie Parsons

Felicia Ballard