Sunday, September 19, 2021

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 on the front patio after worship service each Sunday!


THOSE WHO NEED EXTRA PRAYERS: The ‘Nita Summers Family, Kitty Brenek and family, Jim and Judy Morgan and family, Jacque Scott, Pat and Debby Ingram, Jonathan and April Karsemeyer, John McSween and Family, Roberta Gantenbein, Jean McQuady, Eric Padgett and Family, Shirley Walford. If you would like to be added to the list, contact the church office.



Stacey Schoeningh and Family- ”In celebration of Zackary’s last year of his 40’s”


PICK UP AN UPDATED CHURCH DIRECTORY IN THE NARTHEX TODAY! One copy per family, please! If you are not in our directory and would like to be, please indicate that by checking the box on your Communication Card and providing your current address and phone number so we can update our database for the next edition.


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. Please use the sign up in the Narthex. See Stacey Schoeningh or Jenny Shipston for details and questions.



TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY—beginning Tuesday, September 21st from 9:30-10:30am in the St. Andrew Conference Room, and each Tuesday morning thereafter. All are welcome!


NEW MEMBER INFORMATIONAL CLASS- September 26th after worship in the Conference Room. Please join Rev. Nicole Trotter for a light brunch and discussion on what it means to be a member of St. Andrew, the PCUSA and the Reformed Tradition. Learn more about the history of this church and the greater Presbyterian church, theology and traditions.  There’s no obligation to join by attending. Check the box on your Communication Card or email the church office if you’d like to attend.


PIZZA AND THEOLOGY—Thursday, September 30th in the Fellowship Hall. Please join Rev. Nicole Trotter for an evening of pizza and discussion of Theology from 6:00-7:30pm. Please RSVP on your communication card so we can order the proper amount of pizza—we’ll be ordering from The Swiss Hotel this month!


Sunday, October 3rd: World Communion Sunday (during worship service)

Sunday, October 10th: Blessing of the Animals  – 11:00am Outdoors—All are welcome—bring a friend!

Sunday, October 17th: Installation of Rev. Nicole Trotter—2:00pm at St. Andrew—Please plan to join us!

Sunday, October 24th: Faith in Action Sunday—”Don’t Go to Church, Be the Church”


Jr. High Youth, 6-8th grade, meets for bible study 9:00 to 10:00 AM every Sunday

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

DO YOU HAVE SUMMER TRAVEL PLANS? Our Youth are always collecting travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, lotions, soaps, etc. to add to their Blessing Bags that they donate to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping) for those in need. If you collect extra items that you’d like to donate, please leave them on the counter in the church office. Thank you!


LAST CHANCE! MAKE YOUR DONATION FOR PEDAL FOR PROTEIN! – The Presbytery is once again organizing a bicycle ride, this year, the loop ride starts and ends in Occidental, CA. Riders will enjoy touring throughmajestic redwoods, fertile valleys, farmlands and vineyards of Northern California, 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 $45,000 in 2020 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 again this year in Rich’s honor. Once again, a generous family in our congregation has offered a donation match to help us reach our goal! Envelopes are available in the bulletin today or you can send your contribution directly to the church.

CLOTHING COLLECTION FOR FISH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 –  Today is the day to bring your clothing donations to St. Andrew, as 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 to 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.




September 19   Clothing

October 17        Financial

November 14    Food

December 12    Financial

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE: We thank you for your continued support of FISH (Friends in Sonoma Helping). Due to limited storage we can only accept food or clothing donations on the designated weeks for donations.


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 that is 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.  If all of us at St. Andrew participate, multiply that by a factor of four.  That’s over $8,000 a year!  Pick up your Cents-Ability cup today and get started!  Let’s make a difference together.


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]


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!


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!

DO YOU SHOP AT SONOMA MARKET? Pick up a Nugget Market Community Scrip Card on the round table in the Narthex and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to St. Andrew to help support our annual budget.




                                                    Month of July 2021                      

Total Income:                                    $      42,048                

Total Expense:                                  $      42,243                

Total Surplus/(Shortfall)                  $          (195)                          


*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.


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:


*********NOTE FROM THE OFFICE********

Please be sure to write in the memo line of your checks, the purpose of your donations. 

Tithe, Capital Campaign, Missions, Deacons, Caravan, Youth Group, Flowers, etc.