News & Notes

Sunday, January 20, 2019
News & Notes

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: Mary Adams, Sharon Craig, Ellen Black, Pam Sherman-Wilkinson, Natalie Haserot, The Morgan Family, Gordie Stedman, Pat Ingram, Anna (Joe and Barbara Lilley’s daughter), Phyllis Doerr, Bert Gantenbein, Wes Meyer, Ken Blackwood & Family, ‘Nita Summers, Ronalee & Shane Davis, Ann Rhodes (daughter of Jeanine Lane), Jeanette Jaycox, Cindy Leinonen, Carolyn Shultz, Jean McQuady, Jim Morris, Kathy Parker. If you would like to be added to the 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~Betty and Andrew Clyde- ”In memory of Betty’s mother and sister who went to be with our Lord—her mother 17 years ago and sister one year ago”.

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DECEMBER 2018 YEAR-TO-DATE FINANCIAL REPORT*
For December we remain $9,509 behind our budget. If each family gives an additional $1.00 per day or $7.00 per week we can get back on budget.
BUDGET ACTUAL DIFFERENCE
TOTAL INCOME: $ 295,980 $ 280,026 $ (15,954)
TOTAL EXPENSE: $ (278,302) $ (271,857) $ 6,445
INCOME/ (DEFICIT): $ 17,678 $ 8,169 $ (9,509)
*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, email the church office at
[email protected] and we’ll send you the link.
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OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN, “BUILDING MISSION & CHURCH TOGETHER”, HAS STARTED SUCCESSFULLY: We’ve collected 147 pledges, totaling $694,323—THANK YOU!—Big or small, we ask you to participate as God leads you to give. There is still time to make a pledge—Pledge Cards are available in the Narthex or from the church office. Our 3-year Pledge Commitment officially kicked off on January 1, 2019!

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR ROMANIA FLOUR MISSION! As a congregation, we were able to collect $4,768.00 in donations for the Romania Flour Project! Pastor Rich has added a donation from the Pastor’s Fund of $1,232.00 for a grand total of $6,000.00. These funds have been sent to Romania to purchase flour to feed the families throughout the Winter. Thank you for your generous support of this amazing mission!

ONCE A MONTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AM TouchPhones needs 3 volunteers. We meet 1 hour on the 3rd Thursday each month from 2:00-3:00PM in the conference room by the church office. We are very flexible and cover for each other when needed. We feel that we get more then we give when making these calls! Please call, text or email Cathy Claeys at 707-484-4050 / [email protected], or check the box on the Communication Card.

KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP—MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST 10:00 AM—12:00 NOON: We will gather at Melba Newman’s home. 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 at 373-7927.

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, January 26, 2019, 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 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!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FINANCIAL FREEDOM AND PEACE? The 2019 Financial Peace University classes will begin on Sunday, January 27th at 11:45AM. This is a nine-week course, ending April 7TH (No classes on February 17th & March 17th). Cost is $109 to cover materials per person/household. Students must be present during the first class—and cannot start in the middle of the course—the weeks are built on one another. PLEASE REGISTER ON-LINE AT: https://fpu.com/1083406

BERGEN/MARTIN AND HAZEL BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: Applications for the Spring 2019 Semester are now being accepted for the Hazel Burnett and Bergen/Martin scholarships. The deadline for applications is January 27, 2019. For information and to get applications, contact the church office at 707-996-6024 or email [email protected]
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NEW SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN! Beginning with the new year, women at St. Andrew will have more opportunities to connect and enrich their lives through learning and conversation:

Women’s Space: Beginning in February and each month on a Saturday morning from 9:30AM-12:00PM, we will engage with themes relevant to our lives and faith. Rev. Jan Reynolds will offer a short teaching, and then we will get to know one another in small conversation groups. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
Our first topics will be: February 9: Authentic Living / March 9th: Self-Compassion
RSVP for February 9th on your Communication Card!

Spiritual Growth Groups: We will offer a series of spirituality groups on various themes. There is room for 8 women per group; please sign up for one group and commit to attending all 3 sessions. We will begin with two groups: Wednesdays, February 20, 27, and March 6
Group #1: 9:00AM-10:30AM—The Art of Living Group #2: 11:00AM-12:30PM—Women in Transition
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CREATE A QUILT SQUARE FOR GORDIE: A member of the bridge club is making a support quilt for Gordon Stedman. Please write a message on a cloth square at the table in the Narthex. Directions are on the table!

HOME HAPPENINGS IS STARTING SOON! Home Happenings is a time to enjoy Christian fellowship with other families at St. Andrew in an informal setting. It’s an opportunity to know and become known by others while sharing a fun time with your family unit and others. And, includes the whole family and a meal! Four “family units” (singles, families, couples—intergenerational) will be assigned to each group.
Beginning February 10th, groups will meet at member homes from 5-7 pm on Sunday evenings (Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 3, 17 and 24). Each family will have an opportunity to host Home Happenings in their home. The groups have a Happenings guide, with discussion starters, short bible study, and a potluck menu. It’s super simple, super fun, and a great way to make new friends. Sign up on your Communication Card.

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!

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.

2019 F.I.S.H. (FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING) SCHEDULE
February 3 Food—”Souper Bowl” Sunday!
March 17 Clothing
April 14 Financial
May 19 Food
June 16 Clothing
July 14 Financial
August 18 Food
September 15 Clothing
October 20 Financial
November 17 Food
December 15 Financial

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!

ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES

Weekly Bible Study: THE BOOK OF JAMES. JOIN US IN THE ST. ANDREW CONFERENCE ROOM, #106 each Sunday FROM 11:50-12:50. Come read the Book of James with your St. Andrew brothers and sisters! The Book of James, in the New Testament, offers challenging, but insightful ways to live as a Christian in our world, today. Join 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 at [email protected] with questions or for further details.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

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.

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.

ELDER OFFERING LOCK-UP

JANUARY
6 January —Laura Zimmerman
13 January —Gary Claeys
20 January —Eileen Haflich
27 January —Joel Green

FEBRUARY
3 February —Camerino Hawing
10 February —Chris McNairy
17 February —Becky Minor
24 February —Ron Moser

COMMUNION SERVER SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 3
9:00 AM
TBD

10:30 AM
TBD

WELCOME COMMITTEE

JANUARY 20
9:00am
Ron Moser & Marty Reddell
10:30am
Skye Miller & Ed Vaughn

JANUARY 27
9:00am
Karen Egan and Kathy Hicks
10:30am
Jaquie Tomke & TBD

MARCH 3
9:00 AM
TBD

10:30 AM
TBD