Our January 2023 Digital Presence Team update noted that our most visible activities were on Youtube and our Website. Since then, due in large part to the efforts of Lila Woodard, we now have an active presence on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. These Social Media sites are where folks expect to find vibrant organizations. Both when searching out and investigating them. You can access these sites via the menu at https://linktr.ee/standrewssb .
In Information Technology, when we “keep the buses running on time” folks don’t see what happens behind the scenes. For your DPT, that includes the provision of a dedicated Adult Ed Window Room PC, replacing the Becker Booth soundboard, and the ongoing update of the software for the website, livestream, and network systems.
This summer, we were able to ease the opening of the More Mesa Childrens’ Center who required internet access to operate. So we extended our church network to their building while waiting for Cox Communications to provide service to MMCC.
We continue to have several projects in the queue. The most valuable of these for our social media outreach may be the creation of welcome, about and congregant video testimonials. At this stage, we should professionally produce these to present our best selves.
The DPT meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7-8pm. If you have interest in attending, please contact a DPT member. And for a different perspective on our service, please consider participating one Sunday in the Becker Booth on slides and sound. You just need to push buttons at the proper time – there are only 6 of them. Samsun does a good job of making sure you don’t forget one. Ask me how I know 🙂
On Behalf of the DPT: Kirk Grier, Samsun Keithley, Rachel Tobler, Tom Weisenburger and Lila Woodard.
In Worship This Week
It is the second Sunday of Advent and we will continue with the nativity story from Luke. This Sunday we read about Elizabeth and Mary, the unlikely ones whom God chooses to bring light into the darkness.
Sermon: Rev. Jennifer L. Fraser, “We Find Joy in Connection.”
Scriptures: Isaiah 40:1-11 and Luke 1:24-45
Hymns: “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You,” “Come, Come Emmanuel,” “Now the Heavens Start to Whisper,” “Savior of the Nations, Come.”
Our liturgy and art are from an Advent series titled “How Does a Weary World Rejoice,” produced by A Sanctified Art. You can get more information in our bulletin. Above: “Comfort, O Comfort” by Lauren Wright Pittman, digital painting.
Saturday, December 9, 2023
December Book Club Gathering
Annual book exchange: Bring a wrapped gently-read book for others to pick.
Participants are encouraged to bring holiday nibbles to share.
We will reflect on the 11 titles we read this year and take suggestions for 2024 books.
Will take place in the Window Room at 10am on Saturday, December 9th!
Saturday, December 9
Please join us this Saturday at 1:00 for our 2nd annual Tamalada! We will be making tamales for Transition House in the kitchen Saturday, December 9 at 1:00. All are encouraged to attend. No experience necessary! Light snacks, activities for children and festive spirit provided. Contact Melinda by text with questions. 805 708-8699
Monday, December 11, 2023 7:00 PM
Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus
Our very own Tim Accurso is the Director of the Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus and they are hosting a new event, and they’d love to see you there!
Join us for A Midwinter Night’s Dream, December 11, 2023 at 7:00 PM.
Honor or Memorialize a loved one by purchasing a Poinsettia in their name. The cost is $6 each and order forms are in the Bulletins. Orders accepted up until December 10th. Call the office for more information about placing your order.
Coffee Hour Host Opportunity
We still need volunteers for Coffee Hour in 2024!
Involves set up of table, making coffee, bringing treats (optional)
Do it as a team with your friends
2023 schedule is full
2024 signups start in November
Tuesday, December 12th
Join us for Cider, Crafts, and a Jolly Good Time!
December 12th, at 4:00 P.M.
Tickets 5$ per Adult, Children under 18 Free!
Mug Clean Up
If you have any mugs that are left in the kitchen they will be donated on January 1st.
Please make arrangements to come pick up any mugs that you don’t want thrown away…
Saturday, February 3rd
SB MISSION CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN.
Registration for “Engage,” the 2024 Santa Barbara Mission Conference, is now open.
Register by going online here or by filling out a form available at partner churches and sending a check.
Come in person or join us via livestream.
You can look forward to keynote speaker Robert Chao Romero plus 8 outstanding breakout sessions, which will motivate you to engage in your mission. The date is Saturday Feb. 3.
Applications Now Open!
Did you know that through the grace and generosity of the Naegle family, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church is able to offer scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students who meet the eligibility requirements? If you are a member of our congregation, you can apply at scholarship.org/apply/. Applications are open now and close on January 31, 2024.
It Takes Many Hands
Church ministry is the work of many hands and includes everything from caring for the grounds to planning worship to organizing mission opportunitiesand more. If you are interested in lending a hand see one of the Elders below about joining a committee or you can talk to Pastor Jen anytime:
Buildings & Grounds – Porter Spencer
Congregational Life Team – Shannon Gerow
Worship – Carol Lefly
Personnel – Diana Lee
Mission – Tamara Skov
Finance – Melinda Gerow
Membership – Melinda Gerow
Digital Presence Team – Kirk Grier
Adult Education – Rachel Tobler
Children & Youth Ministry – Caroline Willsie
Youth Engagement – Lila Woodard
Calendar of Events
Happening This Week
12/07(Thurs) – Fit for Parkinson’s 2-3:00pm (MH)
12/08 (Fri) -Llamada Final 6:30pm (MH)
12/09 (Sat) – Book Club Party 10:00am (WR); Tamalada 1:00pm (MH) Llamada Final 6:30pm (MH)