Sunday, September 15, 2019

News and Notes

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: Dan Gustafson, Nancy Kirkpatrick, Pat and Debby Ingram, Lorna Gantenbein and family, Bert Gantenbein, Barbara Lilley, Jean McQuady, Mary Adams, Chuck Young and Mary Alice Welsh, 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.


THE DEACONS ARE GATHERING NAMES OF PARISHIONER’S UNABLE TO ATTEND CHURCH. Do you know of someone who would appreciate contact (i.e. phone call, visit, card) from a deacon? Please contact Mary Dixon or Kathy Hicks with the parishioner’s name, home or cell number and the reason he/she is currently unable to attend church (i.e. bedridden, recent surgery, unable to drive, etc.).


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]





Eileen Haflich- ”In Memory of my loved and deeply missed dad, Dick Aberley”


SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are looking for faithful, energetic people to lead our youngest students each week and help point them to Jesus. Classes are held at 9:00AM and 10:30AM for approximately one hour each—choose the time that works best for your schedule! Attendance fluctuates with an average of 5-8 children per service. Teachers are responsible to prep in advance for lessons each week under the direction and guidance of the Director of Children’s Ministry. Please see Kelsey Walthard with questions or to sign up.

MAKE YOUR DONATION FOR PEDAL FOR PROTEIN! The Presbytery is once again organizing a bicycle ride, this time traveling from Orick to Santa Rosa, to raise funds that will help food pantries along the Northern Coast of California to provide protein-rich food such as Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Chicken and Milk to Families, Seniors and Children. All funds raised will be donated through local Food Banks. Through the generosity of St Andrew and the other North Bay Presbyterian Churches, Pedal for Protein raised over $50,000 last year to supplement the spare resources of North Coast food banks. The Pedal for Protein mission held a special place in Pastor Rich Gantenbein’s heart and we hope St. Andrew can meet or exceed our $4,000 goal in Rich’s honor. Envelopes are available in the bulletin today or you can send your contribution directly to the church.



Clean out your closets and bring your clothing donations to St. Andrew TODAY- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH We are collecting clothing for F.I.S.H. (Friends In Sonoma Helping).  Please bring your clothing donations and leave them in the side entry of the fellowship hall. The good, gently used, clean clothing will be transported to F.I.S.H. and distributed to families in our own Sonoma Valley who are in need.  Thank you for supporting this vital local ministry



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!


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 Sept., Nov., Jan., March, and Mayfor a potluck dinner and fellowship. Sign up to attend the month(s) you’re available—you don’t need to attend every gathering. Our first dinner will be hosted by the Schoeningh & Tommasi families, from 5:00-7:30pm on Sunday, September 22nd at the Tommasi home. Sign up / learn more at the table in the Narthex!

ST ANDREW GOLF EVENT: Join us on Saturday, September 28th at the Oakmont GC—East Course. 11:30AM Shotgun start (please arrive by 11:00AM). Golfers of all skill levels are invited to play. The game will be a four-person team scramble. You may request a partner or foursome. $75.00 per player includes golf, cart and prizes. All proceeds benefit St. Andrew Missions. To sign up: contact Jerry Owens via email or text by Wednesday, September 25th

MISSION STUDY FOCUS GROUPS: The Mission Study Team has begun their work to develop a plan to produce the Mission Study Report;this will inform the Pastor Nominating Committee about our church priorities and describe St. Andrew to prospective pastor candidates. We will be holding four Focus Groups in the St. Andrew Conference Room to gain input from the congregation about our aspirations for St. Andrew Church and our new pastor: Sun., Sept. 29th—10:15am, Sun., Oct. 6th—11:45am, Tues., Oct. 8th—7:00PM and Sun., Oct. 13th—10:15am. Sign-ups began last Sunday in the narthex and will continue today. We are limiting attendance to 15 people at each meeting. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard. We will also be sending out a survey to the entire congregation—more details soon!


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. Beginning October 5, 2019, 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 10/5/19, 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!

PATRICK INGRAM UPDATE: Patrick continues to show improvement everyday.has been accepted and admitted to the Centre for Neuro Skills in Emeryville where he can receive the best care available for his injuries. Debby and Patrick extend a huge thank you to everyone for the cards, thoughts and prayers that have come their way.address any well wishes to Patrick & Debby at their home address


Sunday, September 22nd: 5:00-7:30PM—Home Happenings at the Tommasi Family’s home

Saturday, September 28th: 11:00AM—Oakmont Golf Tournament benefiting St. Andrew Missions

Sunday, September 29th: 5:30PM—Aretha Franklin “Amazing Grace” Sunday Night Dinner & Movie


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.




 BUDGET                      ACTUAL                      DIFFERENCE

TOTAL INCOME:          $    40,498                    $    34,141                    $     (6,357)

TOTAL EXPENSE: $   (43,633)                   $   (37,685)                   $      5,948   

INCOME/ (DEFICIT):    $     (3,135)                   $     (3,544)                   $        (409)

*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!


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



September 15               Clothing

October 20                   Financial

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. Beginning 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.



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.

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.




1 September — Kaitlin Tinder

8 September —Chris McNairy

15 September—Laura Zimmerman

22 September —Gary Claeys

29 September — Joel Green


6 October —Kaitlin Tinder

13 October —Becky Minor

20 October —Eileen Haflich

27 October —Ron Moser



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Marty Reddell & Ron Moser


Ed Vaughn & Mabeth Sanderson



Karen Egan & Kathy Hicks




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