News & Notes

Sunday, September 23, 2018


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!


THIS MORNING’S FLORAL ARRANGEMENT ON THE COMMUNION TABLE is given by~Stephanie Parsons- ”In memory of my brother Dale Parsons and Mary and Don Martin.”


THOSE WHO NEED EXTRA PRAYERS:  The family of Doris Audiss, Gary Felt, Karen Egan, Mabeth Sanderson and Family, Melba Newman, Bert Gantenbein, Wes Meyer, The Adams Family, Ken Blackwood & the Blackwood Family, Cathy Collier, Sandor Farkas, ‘Nita Summers, Ronalee & Shane Davis, Sharon Craig, Jim Berry, Ann Rhodes (daughter of Jeanine Lane), Jeanette Jaycox, Cindy Leinonen, Carolyn Shultz, Jean McQuady, Mark Gibson, Jim Morris, Carol Morgan, Kathy Parker.  If you would like to be added to this 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]



This group gathers at Broadway Quilts—join us as we make tote bags for SOS (Sonoma Overnight Services).  We will meet all year long on the 1st Monday of every month.  All questions can be directed to Karen Taylor


  1. ANDREW SONOMA FIRES COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join us for a Community Celebration on Sunday, October 7th from 11:45AM-1:45PM, as we celebrate the 29th anniversary of rebuilding St. Andrew after our fire in 1989 and remember our shared experiences during the Sonoma Fires last October. We’ll have a BBQ lunch, Testimonials, Photo Booth and Jolly Jump for the kids. Invite a friend! RSVP on your Communication Card or online at: http://goo/gl/x3H3ej.


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Q & A: Were you not able to attend one of the scheduled Capital Campaign Events? Or maybe you attended one, but some additional questions came up after you got home? Denis Greene, from Church Development, will be here Sunday, October 7th. He’ll be available between services to answer your questions or provide you with the presentation paperwork if you missed an event. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your questions answered!


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN…PICK A PARTY!: The Events Team has organized several fun events—each one is an opportunity for us to get together and learn more about the Capital Campaign, give our input and ask our questions (we will NOT be asking for pledges at this time). The Goal is for all our families to attend 1 event! We have one event left on the schedule that still has room for additional attendees:

Sunday, October 14th—11:30-1:00PM—Capital Campaign Luncheon— Join us for a delicious lunch and Capital Campaign Presentation in the Fellowship Hall! Check your social calendar and SIGN UP TODAY in the Narthex.


WE’RE HIRING!! CHILDREN’S MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES: We are preparing for BIG changes to our Children’s Ministry and need help to reach others in the community. We are asking for substitute volunteers to help in the transition; and we have opportunities to teach pre-school (permanent, on-going position) and lead the nursery (temporary position) on Sundays.There are two separate, paid positions for the 9:00AM and 10:30AM service times. A background check is required for all applicants. If you can help pitch in as a volunteer, are seeking employment or know someone who might able to step up, please make a note on the communication card or check in with Jess Schiller.


SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are looking for faithful, energetic people to lead our grade school students each week and help point them to Jesus. Classes are held at 9:00AM and 10:30AM for approximately one hour each. Attendance fluctuates with an average of 5-10 children per service. Teachers are responsible to coordinate their schedule and prepare in advance for lessons each week; and will work in coordination with the Director of Children’s Ministries and staff to manage curriculum and supplies.Check in with Jess Schiller with questions or to volunteer.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD DAY: We will be participating in a Habitat Build Day on Saturday, October 13TH. We will be joining folks from Presbyterian Church of the Roses (Santa Rosa) and First Presbyterian Church of St. Helena. If you are interested in participating in this exciting event, please contact David Irvine.


JOIN THE EL SALVADOR MISSION TEAM! We’re planning our next trip to El Salvador from October 25-30th. If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact Pam Sherman-Wilkinson or Kitty Brenek


Do you plan to join PASTOR RICH for the 2019 Israel Tour? We’ll visit “The Best of the Holy Land” from March 31—April 12, 2019. Informational brochures (including the registration form and details) are available on the round table in the Narthex. Reserve your spot by turning in a completed Registration Form and $400.00 deposit, payable to IGM Tours, to the church office.




Sunday, October 7th: Community Celebration—Sonoma Fires: 11:45AM-1:45PM at St. Andrew



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!


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


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!




Sundays—9:00 to 10:00 AM, Conference Room #106: We are watching and discussing, “The Great Courses” DVD series on The Old Testament presented by Dr. Amy Jill Levine, PhD. She is a widely sought speaker and professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Come join us. Contact Stephanie Parsons with questions


Weekly bible study: THE BOOK OF HEBREWS. This group will resume in October: JOIN US IN THE ST. ANDREW CONFERENCE ROOM, #106 each Sunday FROM 11:50-12:50. Come read the Book of Hebrews and learn more about who Jesus is and what he has done for all of us. All are welcome, bibles provided – join us when you can. Lunch is available for the cost of $5. Led by Brian Mayo


WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY NEWS—The Tuesday morning women’s group meets FROM 9:30-11:00AM in the St. Andrew Conference Room (#106). We are currently working on a study of the book of John. We would love to have you join us!


A HUNGER FOR HEALING THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP: For many of us, there are a litany of hurts, habits and hang-ups that block us from feeling free and weigh us down with regret. This Healing Group meets every Thursday at 7:00PM in the Fellowship Hall where we discuss a model that has brought true healing to many participants.

We show you that 12-Step programs are not just for addiction recovery, as we apply their time-honored steps and traditions to any pain, loss, or conflict you bring to the table! All are welcome. We schedule our meetings with book study, quiet reflection and small group sharing where the only requirement for membership is a desire to Heal!!


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. Coming up on Saturday, October 27, 2018, and 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 10/27, 12/15, 1/26, 2/23, 3/30 and 5/4. No medical experience is necessary. Come and join the fun…also a great way to enjoy meeting others at St. Andrew!



October 21          Financial

November 18      Food

December 16      Financial




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.










2 September —Laura Zimmerman

9 September —Gary Claeys

16 September —Eileen Haflich

23 September —Joel Green

30 September—Becky Minor



7 October —Camerino Hawing

14 October —Chris McNairy

21 October —Kaitlyn Tinder

28 October —Ron Moser










9:00 AM

Jeanette Evans

Whitney Evans

Judy Morgan

Jim Morgan


10:30 AM

Odessa Sanden


Kymry Borkenhagen

Laura Zimmerman



9:00 AM

Janine Tommasi

Tony Tommasi

Chris McNairy

Felicia Ballard


10:30 AM

Stephanie Parsons

Caryn Prince

Barbara Lilley

Joyce Parker






Karen Egan & Kathy Hicks


Laura Zimmerman & Jaquie Tomke




Jeanette & Whitney Evans


Joyce Parker & Ellen Gilbert