Sunday News & Notes: December 17, 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!
INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED EXTRA PRAYERS: The family of Dave Kilmer, Thora Graves, Gordie Stedman, Chris Pena, Natalie Haserot, Don Swisher, Carolyn Shultz, Odessa Sanden, Mary and Dale Adams, Jean McQuady, Mark Gibson, Sharon Craig, Lynn Klingberg, Jim and Patricia Berry, Jim Morris, Carol Morgan, Kathy Parker. If you, or someone you know, would like to be added to this prayer list, contact the church office.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT TODAY—IT will be performed at both worship services
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS TO JOIN US THIS CHRISTMAS – SEE INSERTS IN YOUR BULLETIN
. . . . SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS . . . . . We are looking to create a team of people who would be willing to help on Christmas Eve—specifically in two areas. Parking lot patrol (one-hour shifts) walking around both street level and lower parking lots, making ourselves “visible” to prevent car break-ins—which has happened in years past.
Second, we are looking to create a team to help with clean-up beginning at 7:30 PM. PLEASE USE THE SIGN-UP SHEET IN THE NARTHEX IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS TEAM. THANK YOU!
THE ST. ANDREW CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED DECEMBER 25 — JANUARY 1
As always, our answering service will be taking calls and relaying messages. In case of an emergency, please call the church office at 996-6024 and our answering service will contact a staff member.
NEW YEAR—NEW WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES! BEGINNING SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018
Services will be at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. We hope a shorter time between services will create more community.
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]
YOU WILL FIND COPIES OF THIS MONTH’S PRAYER/BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY CALENDAR on the round table in the Narthex.
OUR KIDS NEED PRAYER now more than ever! Prayer Cards are being created for each child, ages 0-18 every week. Each card will be carefully distributed to accountable adults at St. Andrew who commit to pray for your child(ren) for at least one year. Head to the orange table between services to get set up or pick up your card!
TODAY IS “FISH” SUNDAY! On the third Sunday of every month, we solicit support for “FISH” (Friends in Sonoma Helping). We rotate between non-perishable food items, gently used clean clothing and financial donations. Today we are collecting financial support. F.I.S.H. (Friends In Sonoma Helping) is an outreach ministry in the Sonoma Valley which helps families in need. Make your checks payable to St. Andrew and clearly mark “FISH” in the memo.
KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP—MONDAY, DECEMBER 18TH 10:00 AM—12:00 NOON We are gathering at the home of Melba Newman—630 Cherry Avenue. The group meets the 3rd Monday of every month. Bring your projects and join us for fun and conversation! If you would like to know more, you can call Melba at 373-7927.
THE BROWN BAGGERS—WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20TH—10:00 AM—1:00 PM
Everyone is welcome to join us at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly the Grange), 18627 Highway 112, 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!
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FINANCIAL FREEDOM AND PEACE? MARK YOU CALENDARS!
The 2018 Financial Peace University classes will begin on Sunday, January 28th at 11:40AM. This is a nine-week course. Students must be present during the first class—and cannot start in the middle of the course—the weeks are built on one another. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP OR RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE MAKE A NOTE ON YOUR PRAYER CARD.
SEND A LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO ONE OF OUR OWN! Patrick Baker’s son, Cameron Baker, has joined the Navy. He is currently in Boot Camp and we encourage you to send him a letter of encouragement and well wishes: SR BAKER, CAMERON, M / SHIP 02 DIV 910 / 3600 OHIO STREET / GREAT LAKES, IL 60088-7105. Please note: they run a tight ship. Only letters are accepted—no thick envelopes, glitter cards or musical cards are allowed. Thin and simple, please!
GIRL SCOUT TREE RECYCLING
Girl Scouts will come through your neighborhood once each weekend on the 3 Saturdays following the holiday (Dec. 30, Jan. 6 and Jan. 13). If you would like your tree picked up, please put it out to the curb by 9am on SATURDAY morning with your donation under your doormat. Reservations are not necessary unless you live in a rural area. Suggested donation: $10 per tree (checks payable to Girl Scouts). For more information visit: SonomaGirlScouts.com or to be added to our email reminder list, contact us at [email protected], or by phone at 707-205-1233.
The Sonoma Community Center and Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble welcome you to attend “Spreading Joy! A Musical Christmas Card From Our Heart To Yours!” in the St. Andrew sanctuary Today, Sunday, December 17th at 3:00pm. VOMCE will present a feast of music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Tickets may be purchased at www.svbo.org, by calling (707) 938-4626 x1 or in person at 276 East Napa Street.
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!
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: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0158108 . Thank you for supporting St. Andrew!
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.
On the fourth Saturday of most months (except where holidays or MedShare conflicts occur) from 1:00-4:00PM, we will be sorting and packing medical supplies for distribution in the San Leandro MedShare facility. Each Sunday sign up sheets will be available in the Fellowship Hall between services.
Future MedShare dates are: 1/27/18, 2/24/18, 3/17/18, 4/28/18 and 5/19/18. No medical experience is necessary. Come and join the fun… also a great way to enjoy meeting others at St. Andrew!
For questions or additional information contact John or Nancy Schiller at [email protected]
H20 4 RO
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”.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Sundays—9:00 AM 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: 707-280-8656
Weekly bible study: THE BOOK OF acts. JOIN US IN THE ST. ANDREW CONFERENCE ROOM (ROOM 106) each Sunday FROM 11:40-12:40. Read about the beginning and growth of the church; about how Peter and Paul and many others brought the message of Jesus to the wider world.. 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.
ARE YOU LIVING IN PAIN? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! WE HAVE AN ON-GOING SUPPORT GROUP TO HELP.
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]
2017/2018 F.I.S.H. (FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING) SCHEDULE
December 17 Financial
February 4 Food—”Souper Bowl” Sunday!
March 18 Clothing
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
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.
NExT (New Exciting Transitions) classes are for all High School youth to better prepare them spiritually, mentally and emotionally for the transition from high school to college, career or military service. Classes will meet during regular High School Youth Group time in the Youth room on the following dates: Dec. 31, Jan 21, Feb. 25, Mar. 4, Apr. 29 and May 6. Some of the topics that will be discussed are Time Management, Friendships & Relationships, Gifts & Passions, What Do You Believe?, Taking Your Faith to College, Resumes/Job Interviewing, Etc. For more information, contact Judy Morgan at [email protected]
ELDER OFFERING LOCK-UP
3 December —Joel Green
10 December —Ron Moser
17 December —Chris McNairy
24 December —Leslie Miller
31 December—Laura Zimmerman
7 January —Eileen Haflich
14 January —Joel Green
21 January —Gary Claeys
28 January —Camerino Hawing