News & Notes

Sunday, November 4, 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!


THOSE WHO NEED EXTRA PRAYERS:  Phyllis Doerr, The Ebert Family, Bert Gantenbein, Wes Meyer, The Adams Family, Ken Blackwood & the Blackwood Family, ‘Nita Summers, Ronalee & Shane Davis, Sharon Craig, Jim Berry, Ann Rhodes (daughter of Jeanine Lane), Jeanette Jaycox, Cindy Leinonen, Carolyn Shultz, Jean McQuady,  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 MORNING’S FLORAL ARRANGEMENT ON THE COMMUNION TABLE is given by~Lynn Roumiguiere Hodgkinson- ”In celebration of my daughter, Barbara Jean’s engagement of marriage and in memory of my father who did so much for many”.


TODAY IS COMMUNION SUNDAY and it is the time when an offering is taken for the Deacon’s Fund.  This offering is used to help families or individuals in the Sonoma Valley who are in urgent need.  The money is also used to support the convalescent home ministry and for communion supplies for those who are shut-ins.  Please use the offering envelopes in the pew racks for your offering.

***Special Note  –   Rice crackers available for those with food allergies. 


GREAT NEWS! OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN, “BUILDING MISSION & CHURCH TOGETHER”, HAS STARTED OFF STRONG: We have collected a total of 93 pledges, totaling $522,732—THANK YOU—THANK YOU– THANK YOU—and there is still work to  be done. We would like to have 100% participation. If you haven’t made a pledge yet, please do. You have between now and the end of the year.

Have You Seen Our CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Videos? Now showing on the St. Andrew website page are video clips highlighting some of the programs the Capital Campaign will support by the creation of a Mission Grant program that will enable those with limited resources to receive financial assistance for “away” St. Andrew Missions.



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.


A ST. ANDREW CHRISTMAS TRADITION!! . . . . .SIGN UP TODAY TO RING BELLS FOR F.I.S.H. . . . 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 7th.  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 ST. ANDREW SHOEBOX MINISTRY! This year, our Shoeboxes are 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. 9TH.



It’s time to get ready for Angel Tree 2017 and the opportunity it brings 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.  Prison Fellowship has provided us with the list of children to bless. Volunteers are needed to purchase gifts for the children and assist with delivery. We encourage anyone who would like to play a role in this vital ministry.There will be a sign-up sheet before and after the second service. If you would like to know more about these opportunities, please contact: Rene Hudson or Heloisa Heinen


YOUNGLIFE NEEDS YOUR HELP: Sonoma YoungLife invites you to join the YoungLife Committee! This committee will meet quarterly at Jean McQuady’s home to assist with planning and organizing. Many hands make little work—please join us! The first meeting will be Thursday, November 15th. If you’re interested in joining or have questions about the committee, please contact Kitty Brenek


OUR SONOMA VALLEY FAITH COMMUNITY will be gathering at Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Thanksgiving morning, NoVEMBER 22ND 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.


IT’S BACK! mEDsHARE CLEAN BIRTHING KITS ASSEMBLY IS COMING TO ST. ANDREW ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018. MedShare’s Clean Birthing Kits include the necessary supplies for a safe, hygienic birth outside of a medical facility. Registration for this event will be open TODAY, November 4TH—18TH. Contact Nancy or John Schiller


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND: NEW MEMBERS INFORMATIONAL CLASS —11:45 AM in the LIBRARY.  Join Pastor Rich for a light lunch and discussion on what it means to be a member of St. Andrew.  RSVP for your lunch and to request child care on your Communication Card.  


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. Also plan to join Julie Baretz (our tour guide) and her husband, Benny on the evening of Tuesday, December 4th when they are visiting Sonoma. Mark your calendar—more details to come!


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!


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!




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. 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, contact him with questions or for further details.


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, December 15, 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 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!



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.



NUTS AND BOLTS—”Real Life Situations Needing Real Life Solutions”

Sonoma Speaker Series – In Conversation with Fr. Gregory Boyle: December 5, 2018 at Hanna Boys Center

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Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.







4 November —Laura Zimmerman

11 November —Laura Zimmerman

18 November —Eileen Haflich

25 November —Joel Green



2 December —Camerino Hawing

9 December —Chris McNairy

16 December —Becky Minor

23 December —Ron Moser

30 December— Kaitlyn Tinder









9:00 AM

Kris Irvine

Eric Van Cleave

Cathy Macy

Rhoda Peterson


10:30 AM

Kathleen Hawing

Camerino Hawing

Robert Bernard

Sylvia Bernard



9:00 AM

Janine Tommasi

Tony Tommasi

Chris McNairy

Felicia Ballard


10:30 AM

Stephanie Parsons

Caryn Prince

Barbara Lilley

Joyce Parker






Dale Cecil & Rhoda Peterson


Elaine Giorgi & Jeanette Teves




Eric Van Cleave & Marty Reddell


Melba Newman & Patricia Akay