Dear St. Andrew's Community,
How Much Longer?
I was on a bike ride to Goleta Beach earlier this week. On the way home I looked up at the hills above our community. I found myself thinking about the times they've been covered with smoke from the various fires we've experienced in recent years. I thought, "I wonder if we'll have another fire this year..." A voice in my mind answered, "Not this year --we already have enough to worry about with COVID and recent social events." And then I thought how illogical that is. If the conditions emerge that create a fire or the tectonic plates beneath us get ready to shift in a way that will result in a major earthquake, nature won't hit the pause button because that would not be "fair" to the humans dealing with everything else. I kept pedaling. By the time I got home, I concluded "There's no guarantee we won't experience an earthquake or fire this year, so if it happens, remind yourself not to be surprised... and just deal with it."
I hope that won't be the case. But if it is, we've learned a great deal in recent months about dealing with shared challenges. I believe we'll do what it takes to pull together and do our best.
THIS SUNDAY will be a special worship service -- a chronicle of the "Feeding Our Neighbors" program including interviews with key participants, lots of photographs, inspiring facts and a "movie score" using some of Christopher Davis' original compositions. Scott has done a masterful job of putting it all together, and we look forward to you seeing it.