Sunday, March 15, 2020

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 and a donut in the Fellowship Hall between services each Sunday!

 

THOSE WHO NEED EXTRA PRAYERS: Linda VanSciver and Family, Odessa Sanden, Natalie Haserot, Mary Alice Welsh and Family, Joe Lilley and Family, Shirley Walford, Eric Padgett and Family, Ronalee and Shane Davis, Gary Stein, Ellen Shepherd and Family, Pat and Debby Ingram, Jean McQuady, Mary Adams, Sharon Craig, Ellen Black, Wes Meyer, Ken Blackwood & Family, ‘Nita Summers, Jeanette Jaycox, Cindy Leinonen. 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~

Kitty Brenek – ”Happy Birthday Today to my wonderful Mother, Marilyn Klingberg! With much love, Kitty”

 

YOU WILL FIND COPIES OF THIS MONTH’S PRAYER/BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY CALENDAR on the round table in the Narthex.

 

LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT CARAVAN BUY-A-MILE! Help our youth group get to Portland …and back! Our Goal is to raise $4,000. Twenty-four youth and 5 adults will be spending a week in Portland, Oregon, this summer, serving the homeless and those in need. This is a life-changing trip for our Youth. Please use the envelope in your bulletin if you wish to donate. Thank you for your support!

 

COLLECTING CLOTHING FOR F.I.S.H.—TODAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH 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 of 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. 

 

TONIGHT’S HOME HAPPENINGS GATHERING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SING-UPS. Our next gathering will be on May 17th, hosted by the Grimes Family. Sign-ups will begin closer to that date.

 

KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP—MONDAY, MARCH 16TH 10:00 AM—12:00 NOON

We are gathering at the home of Melba Newman. The group meets the 3rd Monday of every month. Bring your projects and join us for fun and conversation!

 

THE BROWN BAGGERS—WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH—10:00 AM—1:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to join us at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly the Grange), 18627 Highway 12, 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!

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 MARCH 28, 2020, 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 3/28/20, 4/25/20 and 5/16/20. No medical experience is necessary. Come and join the fun…also a great way to enjoy meeting others at St. Andrew!

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FEBRUARY 2020 FISCAL YEAR-TO-DATE FINANCIAL REPORT*

As of the end February we have a year-to-date shortfall of $29,730. we all increase our giving by $9.00+ per week, we can make up the shortfall

 

 Month of February                Fiscal Year-to-Date: July 2019-Feb. 2020

Total Income:                                       $      39,876                               $     308,674

Total Expense: $      44,178  $     338,404   

Total Surplus/(Shortfall)                       $       (4,302)                              $     (29,730)

 

Budgeted Surplus/(Shortfall) $       (9,511)   $      (11,091)   

Variance                                               $        5,209                               $      (18,639)

*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.

 

NOTE FROM THE OFFICE: Please be sure to write in the memo line of your checks, the purpose of your donations.  Tithe, Capital Campaign, FISH, Missions, Deacons, Caravan, Youth Group, Flowers, etc.

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: bit.ly/StAndrewGiving ************************************************************************

You’re Invited… celebrate the Easter Season at St. Andrew:

Thursday, April 9th — Maundy Thursday: Stop in Thursday evening any time between the hours of 5:00PM and 7:30PM for a self-guided “Journey to the Cross.”  Go at your pace and spend some quiet, contemplative time with your Savior. This is a very meaningful worship experience as we celebrate Jesus’ Last Supper and re-imagine the journey to the cross, just as Christian pilgrims have done for centuries. Communion served every quarter hour.

Friday, April 10th—Good Friday Service—3:00PM: A beautiful service of readings and songs from the Taizé’ community in France. Featuring music by John Steiner, a contemplative jazz pianist from San Francisco.

Sunday, April 12th—Easter Sunday Celebration!

Easter Sunrise Service– 6:30AM: Join the Jr. and Sr. High Youth Groups for one of the worship highlights of the year!  They will lead us in a service celebrating the Risen Son!  DRESS WARM and join us on the South Patio.

Easter Resurrection Celebration—9:00AM AND 10:30AM: Easter Sunday is always a great experience at St. Andrew.  Join us for Rev. Jan Reynold’s Easter Message: “We Can See Clearly Now!”  With music by The Band, St. Andrew Singers and Doug Bates’ trombone, organ by Lisa Cole and fresh baked muffins after the services.

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IT IS TIME TO REGISTER FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2020: June 22-26, 2020 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Travel back in time and experience the Bible come to life! Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul…straight from Paul himself! Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes-all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Through story, music, crafts, and games, at VBS, kids are inspired to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love of EVERYONE! $70.00 per child for the week. Register your child(ren) by at andrewpres.org or by texting: VBS2020 to St. Andrew’s Text-to-church number (707-278-6024) and following the prompts.

 

DO YOU HAVE SPRING 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 place them in the basket on the counter in the church office. Thank you!

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.

2020 F.I.S.H. (FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING) SCHEDULE

March 15            Clothing

April 19               Financial

May 17               Food

June 21              Clothing

July 19                Financial

August 16           Food

September 20     Clothing

October 18          Financial

November 15      Food

December 13      Financial

 

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!

 

VISIT THE ST. ANDREW WEBSITE—www.andrewpres.org! 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: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0158108. Thank you for supporting St. Andrew!

 

ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY NEWS—The Tuesday morning women’s group meets FROM 9:30-11:00AM in the St. Andrew Conference Room (#106). Beginning Tuesday, March 10th, we’ll be starting a new 6-week study—Beth Moore’s “Chasing Vine: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life”. We hope you’ll join us!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK STUDY—”UNIVERSAL CHRIST” BY RICHARD ROHR– This will be a 8-week study meeting on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-7:00PM at St. Andrew from Wednesday, January 29th—Wednesday, March 18th. Questions? See Stacey Schoeningh or Michael Weiss

 

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.

ELDER OFFERING LOCK-UP

MARCH

1 March  — Chris McNairy

8 March—Laura Zimmerman

15 March —Eileen Haflich

22 March — Becky Minor

29 March — Joel Green

APRIL

5 April  —Joel Green

12 April —Gary Claeys

19 April —Eileen Haflich

26 April —Ron Moser

COMMUNION SERVER SCHEDULE

APRIL 5

9:00 AM

Cathy Claeys

Gary Claeys

Eileen Haflich

Kaitlyn Tinder

10:30 AM

Joyce Parker

TBD

 

MAY 3

9:00 AM

Sara Clegg

Mary Dixon

Eileen Haflich

Kathy Hicks

10:30 AM

Claire Jones

TBD

WELCOME COMMITTEE

MARCH 15

9:00am

Marty Reddell & Ron Moser

10:30am

Ed Vaughn & Mabeth Sanderson

MARCH 22

9:00am

Karen Egan & Kathy Hicks

10:30am

Barbara Roberts & Jaquie Tomke