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News from St. Andrew's - October 14, 2020

Dear St. Andrew’s Community,

Just a few quick notes:

· The pastoral transition continues.  Just today, Jen was part of our Worship Committee meeting which included plans for advent and beyond.  She is bringing fresh ideas and valuable experience, and I think everyone is excited about this new possibilities on the horizon.

· This year’s stewardship campaign has begun. Dana and Ann are a mobile camera crew who are visiting members to ask they why they are enthusiastic to be part of St. Andrew’s future; you will see the first four minute video this weekend.  I surprised myself by volunteering to write the appeal letter to everyone, based on what I have learned about you and can see in your future.  Pending session approval, you will receive that next week along with pledge cards.

· On next Tuesday’s session agenda is also a report from the Health Advisory Task Force about reopening, meeting with two people who want to join, reviewing a plan to replace Chris Davis, and finalizing details of my departure in November.

· Goleta Presbyterian is hiring a part-time Office Administrator and Treasurer. Details below.

· Last week I concluded the “Glimpses of Paradise” series. I’ve taken some time to review the nine weeks to summarize the themes which you can also see below.  (I always like remembering where we’ve been.)  This week, we’ll see how a basic understanding of the two words for love Jesus uses in John 21 can give us practical tools to make a difference in our everyday life – including in political discussions.

Glimpses of Paradise Series: A Brief Summary

1. At Heaven’s Gate – Jacob’s Dream at Bethel.  Asleep in the wilderness, Jacob has a dream in which he sees a stairway to heaven with angels ascending and descending.  He gets a message to be faithful to his duties and God will be with him.

2. “The Wonders Around Us” – We looked at Psalm 104 and saw we can experience “paradise” here and now in the glory of nature.

3. “Openings” -- In the first chapter of John, Jesus tells Nathaniel that he will see “angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” if he becomes a disciple.

4. “Almost There” The Beatitudes teach us that we can experience the “kingdom of heaven” in the midst of life’s challenges if we open our minds and hearts to God and others.

5. “Heavenly Experiences and Everyday Grace” Paul tells of his mystical experience of being “caught up to the third heaven,” but that did not mean he was free from a “thorn in the flesh.” Instead he found “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

6. “Border Crossing” We looked closely at the context and meaning of Jesus’ words to the criminal on the cross, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”

7. “Imagine the Path to Heaven” Scott drew on his many years of experiences of being a hospice volunteer to encourage us all to be open to what people “see” as death draws close.

8. “The Other Place” The story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” provided us with a way to see the importance Jesus placed on connecting with the poor as a crucial litmus test of our faithfulness.

9. “Imagining Heaven” We looked at passages from the book of Revelation and saw how heaven has been imagined in Handel’s Messiah, spirituals, film and Dante.

Goleta Presbyterian Church, Goleta, California, is looking for a part-time Office Administrator and Treasurer to help with the day-to-day operations of the church.  GPC is looking for an ambassador for God's love and grace who would welcome visitors to the church, answer incoming questions, and assist the Pastor and church staff with the newsletter, bulletins, and other church communications and materials.  As Treasurer, they would help maintain the financial records of the church. keep track of giving, and process payroll and other checks.

For a more complete job description and more information, contact Michael Joiner at or Pastor Jim Pazan at

Front Porch Campus Ministry of Presbytery of Santa Barbara

Greetings Presbytery friends, from Rev. Joel Drenckpohl, Front Porch Executive Director

I hope you are all well! I wanted to not only invite you, but encourage you to invite others, to this year's Front Porch Virtual Fundraiser, “Together We Thrive." It will be on November 7 at 7:00PM. This is our most important fundraising event of the year and this year especially! We want to get as many people there as possible! Come hear how Front Porch continues to impact the lives of students and the community, even in the midst of a pandemic! We could really use your help in getting the word out to your congregations and other friends!

RSVP for the event by clicking this link - RSVP. It's not necessary to RSVP, but we really encourage it! Thank you all for your continued support! So thankful for each of you! 

Grace and Peace,
Joel Drenckpohl


Adult Education continues this Sunday with the Faith and Reason Series, “Does Christianity Have a Future?” We can look forward to serious and useful examination about whether Christianity has a future or not. This FAITHANDREASON seminar was held at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, Houston, TX, October 18 & 19, 2013. Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after Coffee Hour for Joan Chittister’s presentation, Who Is God In An Evolutionary World? Subsequent lectures will be presented weekly.

Marcus Borg – Why I Am Still a Christian.
Joan Chittister, OSB – Why I Am Still a Catholic
John Dominic Crossan – Why I Am Still a Christian
Marcus Borg – Progressive Christianity and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSB – Who Is God In An Evolutionary World?
John Dominic Crossan – Covenant & Divine Violence
Marcus Borg – The Cross and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSB – American Women and the Women of the World
John Dominic Crossan – Jesus & Divine Violence

Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: Does Christianity Have a Future?

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