St. Andrew’s mission statement is one sentence: “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.”
In the Vision, Mission, and Values booklet each of the bolded phrases above are broken down in more detail. There are six bullet points under “create and maintain an environment,” each of which represents a different environment. Last week, I went through the first three bullet points that pertain to the physical environment, the worship environment, and the relational environment. This week I will address financial policies, being intentionally welcoming, and leadership–each of which has a strong impact on the environment.
We adhere to financial policies that promote community trust and openness.
Churches need consistent financial support in order to function. This means that dealing with money is inevitable. However, this inevitability is good news because money matters serve as an opportunity to define and live out our faith values. Financial transparency conveys respect for one another and trust in God. All our financial decisions are made by well informed committees after thoughtful debate; we use our resources for God’s work in the world; and we are thoughtful and discerning in our mission giving. Transparency with money creates an environment of trust and openness. It puts our principles into action.
We intentionally welcome strangers into our community as friends.
Welcoming strangers is a Christian discipline. It is an act of love without regard for the benefits it returns to us. It is easy to be warm toward those we know and love, but our call is to share God’s love beyond the boundaries of our friends and families. That takes effort. If someone is traveling through Santa Barbara we provide respite and hospitality even if we will never see them again. If someone looks different from us, we make room for them exactly as they are. 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.
We hold standards for our leaders and support them in their work.
The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church USA calls for a representative form of government. This means that our leaders are elected to govern in council. It is the responsibility of the congregation to be thoughtful in who they elect. Is a nominee for the office of elder committed to growing in their faith? Do they demonstrate integrity and humility? Do they listen to different viewpoints and seek to learn? Is a nominee for the office of Deacon a person of compassion? Are they committed to work for justice and to serve those in need (inside and outside of our church)? When we affirm these qualities in a member by voting them into office, do we then support them in their work? Do we pray for them, ask them how they are doing, and support them by serving on committees? Good leaders need both standards and support in order to be successful. And if our leaders are successful, God is well served.
Each of these six bullet points represent a building block for creating an environment where followers of Jesus Christ can grow in their faith. Creating and sustaining this environment is the work of the whole congregation.
Planting Seeds for a Fruitful Future
Stewardship Sunday is November 19th. We are beginning an exciting process here at St. Andrew’s and you are invited to be a part of it! Starting this Sunday we will hear more about what is coming in 2024 and why so many of us are looking forward to the future.
As you hear more about the future of St. Andrew’s the Stewardship Committee invites you to consider how you would like to participate through your time, talents, and treasures. Every person makes a difference!
October 31st, 4:30pm Morgan Hall
Join us for simple Halloween festivities to show our neighborly spirit. Let’s carve pumpkins at 4:30 on Tuesday, October 31 in Morgan Hall, and pass out candy to trick or treaters by our parking lot entrance from 5:00 pm onward. Bring your own pumpkin (BYOP) Costumes are strongly encouraged!
Sunday, November 19th, 2023
CYMT Pie Sale
The Children & Youth Ministry Team (CYMT) will be offering pies for sale on November 19 after church, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Some examples of things CYMT uses funds for are cards and gift cards to stay in contact with our college age students, birthday cards for all of our youth, to fund graduation gifts for high school seniors, and to purchase Sunday school supplies and snacks when needed. If you like to bake, we need your help too and will have a sign-up sheet for volunteer bakers on November 5.
All Saints Sunday
All Saints Sunday is November 5th.
Bring a picture of a departed loved one for a display in the Narthex.
We will close the service with a prayer outside near the Memorial Garden.
2024 Coffee Hour Sign Ups
Do you like to set a beautiful table? Do you like to bake cookies or other treats? If so, share your gifts with St. Andrew’s. Sign up to host a coffee hour in 2024!
2024 Sign Ups start in November!
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, Nov. 18th, 2023 9am-12pm
Fall Clean Up Day!
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!
St. Andrew’s Vision, Mission, and Values
The Session is excited to share with all members and friends our new Vision, Mission, and Values. Click on the button below to download a copy. This Sunday, each elder will talk briefly about the document, sharing one thing about it that is important to them.
I am excited to preach on Leviticus this Sunday (no, seriously, I am!) Come and hear what this ancient text has to say to us today.
Sermon title: “The Inward Journey and the Outward Event”
Scriptures: Leviticus 19:1-2; 15-18 and Psalm 1
Hymns: “God Is Here!,” “I’ve Got Peace Like a River,” “Lord I Want to Be a Christian,” and “O for a World.”
Mindful of Mental Health
Staying informed while being mindful of mental health. Suzanne Grimmesey of the Santa Barbara County Behavioral Health, released a helpful guide on managing mental health during times of mass violence. Click here for the full announcement with suggestions for managing mental health, particularly for children.
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: