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News from St. Andrews -- June 10, 2020

Dear St. Andrew's Community,

Dramatic events continue to unfold as we move through the pandemic and the many calls to deal with racism in our country.  I am impressed with the way St. Andrew’s is accepting the challenge to explore this issue, and to listen to new voices and each other as we seek healing and change.  I find the book our adult group is reading, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, to be an engaging story that is giving me new and welcome insights into my own life and that of our nation.  I am honored to be sharing this journey with all of you.


THIS SUNDAY we will welcome a guest preacher – Rev. Peter Buehler. Peter retired from First Presbyterian in 2018 after a long and fruitful ministry.  He and his wife Kati have been worshipping with us at St. Andrew’s since last fall.  Linda Sizer will be the reader,  Chris and Erin will lead us in music, and Disciple Dog and I will be part of the supporting cast.


The St. Andrew’s PNC has suffered an upsetting loss.  Our most viable candidate has had to withdraw from the process of the call to our church.  We are very sad and have to start over.  When we reported that we would have good news soon, we did not expect that we would instead have sad news.  We soldier on.  There are several good candidates to review and we hope we can report more in the next month.

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


This Friday will be the final day of this remarkable program that has been distributing free, healthy food to 350 needy families every week.  In addition to the St. Andrew’s stalwarts, a number of other people from the community and neighboring churches have been working as a well-coordinated team.  We are all grateful to Ann Padden-Rubin, Dana Monk, Linda Sorensen, and all those who have stepped up and stepped in to make this happen.  It’s a stellar example of putting into action Jesus’ directives to “love your neighbor” and “give us this day our daily bread.”


As our nation and the world react to graphic images of racial injustice and violence, we are continuing our study of “Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race"* by Debbie Irving.  We are using a study guide written by the 2017 Co-Moderators of the Presbyterian Church, the Reverends Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston.  We’ll include videos to introduce some of the issues discussed in the book, so, even if you haven’t read it, we encourage you to join the discussion with us in the Zoom Room at 11:00 AM on Sunday June 14, 2020. 

*The book is available to order at Chaucer’s, taking 1-5 days to ship to store for pickup.  It’s also available from Amazon and electronically from Apple's iBooks Store and on Kindle.

Time: Jun 14, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 890 8236 1568


Dear Book Club Participants:

Our next virtual book club session will be on Saturday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m.  Bernie will lead the discussion of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  We’ll be meeting via Zoom, and here are the codes for access:

Meeting ID No.: 779 3442 7387 Password: 6JxL2i

Do be prompt to sign in, because our Zoom session will only last around 40 minutes.

Our July 11th meeting will have Jackie leading us in discussing The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.

Happy Reading! Bob & Carole

St Andrews Presbyterian Church

4575 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara
CA 93110 United States


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