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News from St. Andrews -- June 3, 2020

Dear St. Andrew's Community,

Pastoral Note: We Are Now in Two Storms

Several weeks ago, I quoted Damian Barr who said, in reference to the pandemic, “We are not all in the same boat.  We are all in the same storm.  Some are on super-yachts.  Some have just the one oar.”

It seems we are now also simultaneously in a second storm – an intense tempest of civil unrest and heated debate following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.  Just as COVID-19 revealed our biological and social vulnerabilities, the new storm has exposed the tragic, complicated realities of racism in American society.

At St. Andrew's we are navigating our way through these troubled waters, using the Gospel as our celestial and practical point of reference.  I am not sure yet how we will shape our service for this Sunday, but I’m working on it.  This Sunday is a communion Sunday.

Monday we sent a special email with our revised plans for adult education which will focus on the well-respected book “Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”  Here is the link to the opportunity with details: Adult Education.

In the midst of it all, the amazing “Feeding Our Neighbors” program, which is feeding more than 300 families a week, will continue through June 12.  We never have to wait until we’ve got everything figured out to be doing the actions that Jesus calls us to do, and this has been an exemplary expression of faith-in-action.

Time to Pray for Our Nation June 3 at noon: This morning I received an email from Charles Svendson, Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian: “In these terrible days of national unrest, racism and destruction, we need God’s healing and restoration more than ever.  One of the pastors in our Santa Barbara Presbytery has called on her congregation and others to pray at noon this Wednesday, June 3rd.  Please pray for Christ’s presence to end violence, address injustice and bring peace.”

Finally, you can read below an exciting update from our PNC.

See you Sunday.

Steve

PNC Update: 

The Pastor Nominating Committee has been hard at work in unfamiliar territory.  The Presbyterian Church does not have a handbook for completing a pastor search during a pandemic.  Therefore, we have been making this up as we go along.  We are happy to say that we have narrowed the field.  Through online church services,  Zoom meetings and emails, we have communicated with pastor candidates.  As we enter the home stretch, we are looking at ways to interview in person while maintaining social distancing.  As is required, we must maintain confidentiality until a candidate has been identified, okayed by Presbytery and has accepted our offer.  We hope to have some VERY good news for the congregation soon.”

--- Michelle Hertig and Kirk Grier, Co-Chairs

St Andrews Presbyterian Church

4575 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara
CA 93110 United States

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