Over the past weeks, as we approach Stewardship Sunday, we’ve heard and read about our new Vision and Mission Statements.
We envision a time when all people are valued, injustice and suffering are abolished, and God’s love and joy abound.
Pastor Jen reminded us that “our Vision Statement is different from most—it does not state what kind of church we want to be; it states why we want to be a church in the first place… God is remaking the world through every act of compassion, every relationship restored, every injustice reconciled, and every life renewed. This vision is the why of church and it sets the foundation for all that we do.”
St. Andrew’s Mission is to create and sustain an environment where followers of Jesus Christ are nurtured and challenged to grow in faith in order to carry out God’s reconciling work in the world.
Again, Pastor Jen: “If someone is in need, we seek to be God’s hands reaching out to them—hands that offer care, concern and recognition. We do this for no other reason than that this is the heart and soul of Christian community.”
Members of the 2035 Committee spoke to us about the development of a Five-Year Plan based on our Vision and Mission Statements and the process of establishing and implementing that plan by our Session along with the members of the congregation.
Stewardship is vital in determining whether the vision of the statement becomes a reality. Our time, talents and treasure are necessary for the church to succeed in its mission. Now is the time for all of us to join together in Planting Seeds for a Fruitful Future by developing and implementing our Five-Year Plan and providing the resources to make it a reality.
Pledges will be received during the worship service this Sunday.
The Stewardship Committee
Tamara Skov, Don Vickers, Tom Weisenburger, and Rev. Jennifer Fraser
In Worship This Week
It is Stewardship Sunday! We encourage you to prayerfully consider your 2024 pledge of time, talents, and treasures and prepare to present them joyfully in worship.
Sermon title: The Rev. Jennifer Fraser, “Planting Seeds for a Fruitful Future”
Scriptures: Hosea 10:12 and Luke 13:18-19
Hymns: “Gather Us In,” “Lord, Prepare Me,” “Let Us Build a House,” “We All Are One in Mission.”
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!
Sunday, Nov. 19th, 11am in the Window Room
Please join us for our second session of “Spirituality of Fundraising,” in which we cover two chapters: Our Security Base and People Who are Rich.
In these we discuss our relationship with money and interpretations of true wealth.
Come hear a stimulating conversation and join in for a new look at stewardship. 11:00am in the Window Room on Sunday.
Books are available in the office at cost.
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.
Saturday, December 9
Please join us 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
Christmas Card Donations
Christmas Card Donation
Do you have old, unused Christmas Cards?
Mug Clean Up
If you have any Mugs that are left in the Kitchen they will be thrown out January 1st.
Please make arrangements to come pick up any mugs that you don’t want thrown away!
Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2023 2-4pm
PW Christmas Tea
Presbyterian Women’s Christmas Tea.
Sunday, December 3rd in Morgan Hall 2-4pm.
Sign Up begins November 5th.
Sign up to host a table or come as a guest!
The annual Thank Offering will be received at this time.
Saturday, Nov. 18th, 2023 9am-12pm
Fall Clean Up Day Postponed!
Due to unprecedented rains this Saturday we have postponed the Fall Clean Up Day until further notice.
The Buildings and Grounds Committee is hosting a Fall Clean Up Day here on the Church Grounds from 9am-12pm with FREE LUNCH included! The office has flyers as well as a sign up sheet on the cork board in the office.
Please sign up as soon as possible so we know how much food to provide and hope to see you all there!
11/20 (Mon) – Running Stitches 9:30-12:30pm (WR); AA Grateful Group 8:00pm (YL)
11/21 (Tues) – Parkinson’s 1-2:30 pm (MH)
11/22 (Wed) -Llamada Final 6:30 pm (MH)
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: