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News from St. Andrew's - June 24, 2020

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.


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

The Health Task Force will be having its next meeting on June 30 to review an initial summary of what reopening might look like in light of current county and state guidelines. We assume it will be quite some time in the future, but we are becoming clear about what that would look like and how to best conduct our activities in the near future.

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.

It's a GIRL!

Baby Shower for our Choir Director Erin McKibben!

Sunday, July 5th starting at 4:00 pm via ZOOM

B.Y.O.B. Get comfortable and join Erin and Nick as they ZOOM in to welcome the new addition to their family.

Casual dress - RED, WHITE AND BLUE (4th of July)

Gifts and cards can be dropped off before July 2nd at St . Andrew’s on Tuesday thru Thursday between 9:00am and 2:00pm.
Pickup of gifts or cards is also available.
Call Pam Polan at 805-280-6960for information or pickup.

Amazon Baby Registry:


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.

St. Andrew's PCUSA Adult Education Class
Time: Jun 28, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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