The Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022

News and Notes

 

THOSE WHO NEED EXTRA PRAYERS: John Schiller, Jeanette Evans, Odessa Sanden, Jean McQuady, Shirley Walford. If you would like to be added to the list, contact the church office.

THIS MORNING’S FLORAL ARRANGEMENT ON THE COMMUNION TABLE is given by~

Dennis and Lora Grimes- ”In Gratitude for the many Blessings in our lives!”

 

JOIN US FOR COFFEE AND CONVERSATION! We enjoy connecting as a church family and meeting new people—please join us for coffee after worship service each Sunday!  Our weekly coffee service is going “green”!  Since there are no compostable paper coffee cups available, we are now serving coffee in ceramic mugs. Enjoy your favorite coffee or tea then put your used cup in the designated area and the Coffee Team will put them in the dishwasher. If you accidentally take the mug with you, please return it (You are also more than welcome to bring your own mug!).

 

ROMANIA MISSION UPDATE: This past week St. Andrew was able to send $5000 to our partner church, Bisetica Baptista Betania, to help support their vital Bread Ministry.  Pastors Sabin and Florin (brothers) are committed to providing support, acceptance, and the message of God’s love to the Roma in Transylvania.

The Bread Ministry was started by the brothers in response to the starvation and poor nutrition so many Romas experience each winter.  They purchase nutrition-enriched flour bake bread to provide to families during the cold winter months. Most of the Roma are only able to secure seasonal work in agriculture during the summer months. The bread is baked in traditional Roma ovens and a few modern pizza-style ovens funded by St. Andrew!

 

ANGEL TREE WILL AGAIN SERVE CHILDREN OF IMPRISONED PARENTS: Angel Tree provides the opportunity to deliver Christmas gifts to the children of imprisoned parents—on behalf of an absent Dad or Mom and in the name of Jesus Christ.  Volunteers are needed to assist with delivery. Sign-ups will be available in the Narthex. Questions? contact: Rene Hudson

 

HELP US CONTINUE THE ST. ANDREW SHOEBOX MINISTRY! Once again this year, our Shoeboxes are going to Sonoma children who are in need via the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. Your Shoebox gift is sure to put a smile on their faces and hope in their hearts! Unwrapped Shoeboxes should be returned to St. Andrew no later than Next Sunday, DEC. 11TH.

 

WARM ACCESSORY COLLECTION FOR S.O.S. The Mission Committee is collecting gloves, hats and scarves for donation to S.O.S. (Sonoma Overnight Support). A bin will be available in the Fellowship Hall from Sunday, November 27th—Sunday, December 11th for your new or gently used donations. Thank you!

 

THE 2023 FLOWER CHART IS IN THE NARTHEX—COST IS $75. Sign up early to get that special date and 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 by the date of your choice.  Prior to your chosen Sunday, the church office will send a letter confirming your sign-up, a form to fill out specifying what you‘d like printed in the News and Notes, and a return envelope to mail back form and your check to St. Andrew.

 

WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Are you looking for a way to be of service alongside our St Andrew family? We’re looking for 2 ushers each Sunday to help collect the offering, be helpful in seating our congregants, and general service during our Sunday Worship Service. Contact Skye Miller with questions or to sign up.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING (F.I.S.H.) NEEDS OUR ASSISTANCE! Each December service, social, and religious groups and community members ring bells at our local markets to raise the funds to provide Holiday Baskets for 550 Sonoma Valley families. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is going to be ringing bells at Lucky Supermarket on the following days: Friday, December 2; Saturday, December 3; Friday, December 9; Saturday, December 10; and Friday, December 16; and Saturday, December 17. Will you help and ring a bell for two hours?  Bells and Santa hats will be provided; just bring your warm, friendly St. Andrew smile. Sign up for a shift in the Narthex. Let’s make some holiday magic together!

CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT AT ST. ANDREW: Sunday, December 18th at 4:00pm. Come celebrate the joy, warmth, and light of the holiday season through music in the St. Andrew Sanctuary! We are grateful to be able to host a holiday benefit concert featuring the St. Andrew’s singing chorale and handbell choir led by Coordinator of Music Ministry and pianist Barret Wilber who will also include holiday and classical selections. The concert will be open to the public with a suggested donation of $20. All proceeds will go to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).

 

Save the Date:

Sunday, December 4: Alternative Christmas Faire following the Worship Service

Sunday, December 11: St. Andrew Children’s Christmas Pageant during the Worship Service

Sunday, December 18: Heavenly Treasures Fair Trade Event following the Worship Service / St. Andrew Christmas Concert 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Sanctuary

Wednesday, December 21: Contemplative Winter Solstice and Blue Christmas Service: 7:00pm

Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve Services at St. Andrew: 3:00pm & 4:30pm—Family Services with Children’s Pageant / 6:00pm—Candlelight Communion Service

YOUTH GROUP NEWS:

Jr. High Youth, 6-8th grade & Sr. High Youth, 9-12th grade— The St. Andrew Youth Group will meet periodically as we search for a new Director of Youth Ministry. If you have a junior or senior high youth and are not receiving Youth Ministry emails, Contact the church office at [email protected]

ON-GOING EVENTS:

ST. ANDREW CHORALE AND BELL CHOIR: Share your musical talents with the Congregation! The St. Andrew Chorale Rehearses every Wednesday evening 6:00-7:00pm, followed by the St. Andrew Bell Choir Rehearsal every Wednesday evening 7:00-8:00pm. See Barret if you are interested in joining!

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY—Every Wednesday from 11:00am-12:00pm in the St. Andrew Conference Room. Join Us!

FRIDAY MORNING WOMEN’S MEDITATION—9:30-10:30am in the St. Andrew Conference Room Whether you’re a meditation guru or just needing some quiet time to yourself, we want to provide a space for you to decompress and connect with other women. Meditation is led by Pastor Nicole. Bring a friend!

 

GRACEFUL AGING WOMEN’S GROUP—every 2nd and 4th Fridays from 2:00-3:15pm on Zoom. All women are welcome—contact Nancy Kirkpatrick with questions.

ACOUSTIC SUNDAY—the 3rd Sunday of the month during Worship Service at 9:00am—A slightly less traditional service with acoustic music throughout the service.

 

MISSIONS:

 

MISSION/MINISTRY FOCUS CALENDAR—2022

January: Deacons

February: Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS)

March: Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH)

April: Earth Care / One Great Hour of Sharing

May: Caravan / Youth Group

June: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

July: Young Life

August: Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance

September: Pedal for Protein

October: Wreaths / World Communion

November: Local Shoebox / Angel Tree

December: Romania Flour

In an effort to focus our giving and participation, in 2022 we will be highlighting one mission each month.  Should you feel moved to contribute financially towards the mission of focus for that month, please indicate on your donation where you’d like the money to go. Without notation, we will place contributions towards the operating budget of the church, which is always appreciated. Focusing on one mission per month does not preclude you from giving towards any of our missions throughout the year. You can always indicate where you’d like your contribution to go, and please keep in mind there is more than one way to contribute to the life and community of St. Andrew, as your time and talents are greatly appreciated.

 

BRING BACK YOUR CENTS-ABILITY CUPS AND POUR YOUR COINS INTO THE COLLECTION JUG.  Then take the cup back home, collect more coins and repeat the process all over again. This is an on-going collection program – a way for all of us to help in the battle against hunger. These small acts of faithfulness can really add up:  One hundred persons in a congregation will contribute $180 a month at two cents a meal. That’s $2,160 a year. Pick up your Cents-Ability cup today and get started!  Let’s make a difference together. NOTE: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ONLY INCLUDE COINS (U.S. only please) in your donation—our bank uses a coin sorter and other objects can jam and break the machine.

 

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!

 

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]

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

OCTOBER 2022 FINANCIAL REPORT

The figures below are not yet an indicator of where we will wind up at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2023. Income and expenses are not constant and fluctuate from month to month, sometimes greatly. The following “Fiscal Year” amounts reflect our income and expenses since our current fiscal year started on July 1, 2022.  We anticipated this happening.

                                                Month of October 2022                                  Fiscal Year to date (July 2022-June 2023)

Total Income:                                   $      57,399                                                      $179,673

Total Expense:                                  $      46,153                                                      $193,076

Total Surplus/(Shortfall)                   $      11,246                                                     $ (13,403)

At this time, because of additional stewardship and cost savings, we are projecting a budget surplus when the fiscal year ends. Questions? contact Ron Moser, Treasurer.

 

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, go to: bit.ly/StAndrewGiving  – Note from the office: Please be sure to write in the memo line of your checks, the purpose of your donations. Tithe, Solar Capital Campaign, Missions, Deacons, Caravan, Flowers, etc.