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News from St. Andrew's - July 1, 2020

Dear St. Andrew's Community,

It’s an interesting year to be celebrating the Fourth of July.  The COVID pandemic infection rate has suddenly risen, and many public places are closing.  The racial unrest of the last month has led to debates about how we honor our past.  This week I was struck by the decision in Mississippi to abandon its flag that includes the confederate symbol so that, in the words of its Governor, all the people of the state will be able “to come together, to be reconciled and move on” after 126 years of division.  But the flag will retain the phrase, “In God We Trust.”

So there is plenty of anxiety, fear, division – but also hope. And faith.

As our congregation moves into July and the fullness of summer, I trust God has already given us the vision for what needs to be done – it’s up to us to do it, as our “Feeding Our Neighbors” program demonstrated.  As you know, that program evolved in a way that eventually included participation from churches in the neighborhood, and discussions are taking place to see if it is feasible to continue the work in a new way with leadership shared with the other congregations.  Who knows where that may lead?

The PNC continues its journey in seeking the next pastor.

And – a week early – our Choir Director Erin McKibben gave birth to the new addition to their family, a miracle named “Roxanna.”

So life continues and the challenges are many.  But with faith, hope, love and trust – and each other -- we join together to keep moving forward.

Steve

There is a path to resuming worship in our sanctuary...

The Health Task Force met on June 30 and reviewed an initial overview of what formal policies and procedures St. Andrew's would need to implement in light of current county and state guidelines. Their next meeting is July 7.  We assume it will be quite some time in the future before we can gather in-person, but we are becoming clear about what that would look like and how best to conduct our activities in the near future.

Change of Plans

ALERT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roxanna (Roxie) arrived early (June 30) !

Watch for an updated announcement as we wish the best for Erin, Nick & Roxie.

ADULT STUDY:

This Sunday we are continuing our Adult Education Class “Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race" by Debbie Irving.  How do we understand our own racism and respond as Americans and as a community of faith to the on-going legacy of racism in our country and community?  The discussion is based on a study guide written by the 2016 Co-Moderators of the Presbyterian Church, the Reverends Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston.  The Study Guide can be found by clicking on this study guide link.  We will be discussing Session Three of the Study Guide: What Is Racism?  The Guide contains readings from the book, so, we encourage you to join us for the class even if you don’t have the book.

Adult Education is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: St. Andrew's PCUSA Adult Education Class
Time: Jul 5, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 815 2071 8809
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St Andrews Presbyterian Church

4575 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara
CA 93110 United States

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