News & Notes

Sunday News & Notes: August 20, 2017


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~Ron Moser and Dan Galagher – ”In celebration of 43 years together.”


INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED EXTRA PRAYERS:  Ann Lane Rhodes (Jeannie Lane’s daughter), The Olascoaga Family, Midge Herrick, Mark Gibson, Sharon Craig, Lynn Klingberg, Jean McQuady, Jim and Patricia Berry, Dave Kilmer, Jim Morris, Don Swisher, Carol Morgan, Kathy Parker, Mary and Dale Adams.  If you, or someone you know, would like to be added to this prayer list, contact the church office.


Isabella Martin has begun an exciting study abroad program at the Green School in Bali! She will be studying there during the first-half of her Junior year of high school through December 14th. She is very excited for her adventure, and a bit nervous. Here’s where you can help: We’re asking you to send Isabella an email during the time she’s studying abroad to offer your friendship, support and encouragement! Emails can be sent to Isabella through our church office at [email protected]


TODAY, AUGUST  20TH—WE ARE COLLECTING DONATIONS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR “FISH” (FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING). Please bring your donations to the Fellowship Hall.  Suggestions—dried pasta, rice, dried pinto beans, tomato sauce, tuna, peanut butter, jam, jelly, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned milk, baby food, diapers, Ensure, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.



We are gathering at the home of Melba Newman—connect with the church office for her address. The group meets the 3rd Monday of every month.  Bring your projects and join us for fun and conversation—it’s as easy as that!

If you would like to know more, you can call Melba through the church office at 707-996-6024.


THE ST. ANDREW SHOEBOX MINISTRY IS IN THE PLANNING STAGES! Again 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! We are looking for 3 volunteers to join the Shoebox Committee to assist with planning and organization. Check the box on your Communication Card if interested.


THE 4TH ANNUAL PEDAL FOR PROTEIN EVENT IS COMING THROUGH SONOMA VALLEY ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH. St. Andrew will be providing dinner to the riders on Wednesday, September 20th at 5:00PM in the Fellowship Hall. Following the dinner, we are looking for people willing to provide a warm shower and bed for the night and a ride back to St. Andrew for breakfast in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday, September 21st at 7:30AM. Please check the box on your Communication card if you can help with overnight accommodations.



We’re looking for Sunday School Teachers to partner in leading our children in faith development two times a month from September through May. We continue to focus on becoming “orange,” where the love of family (red) and the light of the church (yellow) blend to become orange (powerful partnering to pass the faith to the next generation!) With your help, it is going to be an exciting year, filled with dynamic change in children’s and families’ lives!  Mark your Communication Card to volunteer, or for more information.


PASTOR RICH IS STARTING A PASTOR’S BOOK CLUB! The first book we will read is “What is the Bible?” by Rob Bell. Pick up your book here at St. Andrew or purchase it on your own. The Book Club will meet on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00PM and Sunday, August 27th at 11:30AM for a book discussion.  Plan to have the book read before the discussion date and pick the date/time that works best for your schedule (it is not necessary to attend both discussion dates).


Are you, or someone you know, living with grief? You are not alone!

We are beginning another Grief, Loss and Forgiveness Workshop. This will be a 3-week progressive discussion of our grief journey. This group will meet in the St. Andrew FELLOWSHIP HALL on Wednesday, August 30, September 6 and September 13 at 7:00 PM. Check the box on your Communication Card if interested.


THE POPCORN PARABLES SERMON SERIES IS HERE! Our popular summertime sermon series, “Popcorn Parables” is under way! This year’s theme is “Leap of Faith: How do we live “BIG” in a dangerous world? How do we courageously pass on what we’ve received?”

Remaining 2017 Popcorn Parable Schedule:

Today, Sunday, August 20th: Of Gods and Men

Sunday, August 27th: Bonhoeffer  (Movie Preview at St. Andrew: Friday, August 25th—Potluck at 6:00PM, followed by movie preview). Potluck Assignments:   A—K   Main Dish       L—R   Salad       S—Z   Dessert

Please RSVP on your Communication Card so we can get a head count!



Applications for the Fall 2017 Semester are now being accepted for the Hazel Burnett and Bergen/Martin scholarships.  The deadline for applications is next Sunday, August 27, 2017.  For information and to get applications, contact the church office at 707-996-6024 or email [email protected]


A MESSAGE FROM SESSION…There was an inquiry regarding the Pastor’s Fund at the congregational meeting.  The Pastor’s Fund was set up originally over 20 years ago by members of the congregation, with the purpose of giving the Pastor independence to contribute to any individual in need of support and support ministry in general as he or she sees fit.  This has enabled the confidentiality of all those who receive donations and makes it possible for the pastor to make mission funding decisions rapidly.   This account is managed by the office and Session reviews by balance monthly.  The money given to this fund is given by individual donations ONLY, specifically to the Pastors Fund, not from stewardship.  If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to any current session member.  ~ Leslie Miller & Chris McNairy, Elders on Session


REMINDER: If you recently donated food for a Memorial Service or the Caravan Welcome Home Meals, please check the kitchen and pick up your serving dishes and platters. Thank you!


PLEASE RESERVE THE CIRCLE DRIVE PARKING AREA AND ALL ACCESSIBLE PARKING SLOTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES!  And, remember to please enter from Arnold Drive and exit north onto Sobre Vista.  Thank you for your cooperation!


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St. Andrew is providing wells in Romania! By drilling a well, a church can provide multiple flushing toilets, several showers, sinks for handwashing and teeth brushing and a clothes washing station. If you are interested in helping to provide a well in Archita and Laslea, please place your donation in a pew envelope and indicate “H2O 4 RO”.


SAVE THE DATE—Sonoma YoungLife fundraiser—Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Oakmont West Golf Course. Golfers: $85 covers green fees and cart.

Become a Golf Sponsor: GOLD $1,000 / SILVER $500 / BRONZE $250.

Tee Sponsors: Prizes, gifts, cash—Food Sponsors: Bag Lunches, Post-Game meal

Sonoma YoungLife has been helping teens in Sonoma Valley for over 15 years. Caring adults walk alongside our teen friends and help them walk through life’s challenges by listening to them and just being there for them. Weekly “Club” meetings build lasting relationships. Your help is needed to keep YoungLife present in our Valley. Call Diana Booker-Spry at 707-327-8997 for more info.





Sundays—9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Conference Room #106: We are watching and discussing a DVD Series, “Travel through the Holy Land”. Contact Stephanie Parsons with questions through our church office at 707-996-6024.


Weekly Bible Study: THE BOOK OF LUKE. JOIN US IN THE ST. ANDREW CONFERENCE ROOM (ROOM 106) each Sunday FROM 11:40-12:40. Read about Jesus’ life with your St. Andrew friends. All are welcome, bibles provided – join us when you can. Led by Brian Mayo, contact him at  [email protected] 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. We are currently studying the life of Jesus as told in John’s gospel. We are using the book, “John For Everyone”, by N.T. Wright, as well as a short video. We would love to have you join us. Please call Cindy Leinonen at 360-543-3767 or email [email protected] for more information.



Thursdays—7:00 PM to 8:00 PM—St. Andrew Conference Room

This weekly group uses a book by J. Keith Miller’s “A Hunger For Healing”.

This group follow a 12-step format. If you or someone you know is hurting and wants to start the process of healing, please check this groups out!  Questions?, please contact Dawne Carver at [email protected]




Jr. High Youth, 6-8th grade, meet upstairs, 8:30 to 9:30 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 film Woodlawn, based on being courageous.


Sr. High Youth, 9-12th grade, meet upstairs, 10:15 AM to 11:15 PM every Sunday.



August 20           Food

September 17     Clothing

October 15          Financial

November 19      Food

December 17      Financial



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

Hospice by the Bay is looking to add to its Volunteer Team. If you’re interested in providing emotional, social and practical support to patients with terminal illnesses and their families, apply for the next training program. In-person training sessions take place September 15, 25 and Oct. 19 with self-paced online training beginning September 1st. The deadline to apply for training is September 1st. For information and an application: / (707) 935-7504. Check the Bulletin Board leading into Fellowship Hall for an informational flyer.







6 August —Ron Moser

13 August —Chris McNairy

20 August —Leslie Miller

27 August —Laura Zimmerman




3 September —Debra Vaughn

10 September —Gary Claeys

17 September —Eileen Haflich

24 September —Camerino Hawing









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