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News from St. Andrews -- June 17, 2020

Dear St. Andrew's Community,

How Much Longer?

I grew up in San Bernardino.  Many times in the summer we'd make the hour-long drive to the ocean to spend the day -- usually Corona del Mar or San Clemente.  It seemed like it took forever and soon after we left the house my sister and I would begin the pleading chorus of "How much longer?"  But then we'd arrive, and the toil of waiting was forgotten.

How much longer with the pandemic?  In the midst of the endless statistics, forecasts and plans it's hard for me to find some clarity.  For me the most helpful comment was from a health official last week.  I understand more about baseball than public health, so it was instructive when he gave his appraisal: "We are in the second inning."  I'll confess I thought we were in the sixth, or seventh at least.  But the facts seem to suggest we have a long way to go.

If we are in just the second inning of the pandemic, where are we in the journey towards racial equality and justice?  It seems we also have a long way to go.  The message this coming Sunday will focus on how a transformation Peter experienced in Acts 10 sheds light on our own time of opportunity.

Our session met this week, and we continue to adapt to the current situation while wanting to care for one another, embrace the truths of the Gospel, and do God's will.  We are all grateful for the strong support of the St. Andrew's community.


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

but it's a complex one.  The federal, state and county governments have laid out conditions that must be met in order for faith-based organizations to resume worship gatherings in their sanctuaries.  We have in place a task force that will review, define and implement the new policies and procedures that we must enact at St. Andrew's.  While the task force is working diligently, their tasks are substantial.  They anticipate that they will have an update to our plan by mid to late July.  To review the new requirements, you can go to and
scroll down to "Worship/Faith-based Groups."

Until we can gather together in person again we will continue to communicate via US Postal Service and social media.  For the meantime, we look forward to being in touch with you via email and Zoom.


Last Friday was the final day of this remarkable program that has been distributing free, healthy food to 350-400 needy families every week.  We estimate that about 8,000 meals were provided over the span of the program.  This program was made possible through $10,000 in private donations, donation of produce from The Berry Man, and $14,000 contributed from S.A.I.L.  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.”

The Church Office will be Closed on June 30th and July 1st.

The office will be temporarily closed on these two days as our Church Secretary enjoys two well-deserved days off.

If you have church business on those days please leave a voicemail message, and it will be responded to on July 2.  If your business is urgent contact the pastor, Rev. Steve Jacobsen, or the Business Manager, Scott Eschbach, directly.


A baby shower VIA ZOOM is being planned for July 5 in honor of Erin McKibben and a new arrival.  More details to follow.


This Sunday we will continue 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 Two of the Study Guide: What is Race? 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.

Topic: St. Andrew's PCUSA Adult Education Class
Time: Jun 21, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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