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News from St. Andrew's - November 25, 2020
November 25

Greetings, St. Andrew’s Community and friends!

Well, Rev. Dr. Steve Jacobsen is officially off the books now! Steve has been a calming, loving and steady presence during our time of transition, and during this time of Covid. He has offered leadership, mentorship, encouragement, sensitivity, creativity and just plain fun (I can count on one hand the number of congregations that can claim to have been visited regularly by Disciple Dog!). I know that we all give thanks for a God who called him to us, and for Steve’s willingness to hear and accept that call.

Steve truly has paved a way for Rev. Jen Fraser, who will officially begin her walk alongside us in December (wait, is that next week already?!!). Actually, Jen has already been walking alongside. She has been zooming in on committee meetings, Sunday coffee fellowship and Adult Ed. She has already reached out to the local clergy association. Not only that: she has also agreed to join me in serving virtual communion during the December 5th Synod Assembly meeting! How’s that for total immersion!

This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Our celebrations may look very different this year: health officials caution us to refrain from travel and gatherings beyond our immediate households. May we all find ways to live out our gratitude in safe and healthy ways. Worldwide, we rejoice that Covid vaccinations are fast-tracking. Nationally, we anticipate the peaceful transition of leadership.

And churchwide, we enter this new season of Advent with great expectations for new life, for new ways, and for new possibilities. Advent is a time of holding space for God to deliver God’s greatest gift: his son, Jesus, who might truly bring good news of God’s enduring love to a world in need of just that. On Sunday, St. Andrew’s will enter into Advent with a triad of lectionary scripture verses and hymns, similar to our Christmastime lessons and carols. When you enter into that space via your computer or phone screen, know that the space is no less sacred than being in the church building. Enter in, and hold space in your hearts for God’s promise and gift.

Advent Blessings,

Rev. Suzanne Malloy

November 25
From Rev. Jen Fraser

Video Thanksgiving Message from Rev. Jen Fraser

November 25
1st Advent Candle Lighting

This Sunday, November 29th is 1st Advent Sunday. Please join us this Sunday for our annual traditional lighting of our 1st Advent candle.


This year we are continuing our tradition of the congregational poinsettias.

Despite Covid and the necessity of meeting by Zoom, this is a way we can be together in spirit to remember and honor family members and friends.

To order poinsettias: on or before December 10th, please call, email, or leave a message with the church secretary, Nancy Boger, at, indicating how many poinsettias you would like to order.

Please mail your check payable to Ariel Bowers to the church office at 4575 Auhay Dr., Santa Barbara CA 93110. The cost is $5 per poinsettia. Include the number of poinsettias ordering and to whom "in honor of" or "in memory of" the poinsettia is for.

In lieu of a physical, paper church bulletin, these remembrances will be typed out in the weekly Sunday email before Christmas.

Poinsettias will be available to pickup from the Sanctuary after December 15th during normal office hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm, or during Vesper service on December 24th.

Thank you!

Ariel Bowers


If you have not sent in your pledge for 2021, please send it in today. Session needs it to finalize a budget for 2021. Thank you.


November 29, 10:30am

Meeting ID: 856 8137 7977
Passcode: 341158

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Adult Education continues this Sunday with the Faith and Reason Series, “The Future of Christianity.” Experience renowned theologians Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Joan Chittister together live on stage exploring topics of faith and life with honesty, integrity, and expertise. 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 Marcus Borg's presentation Progressive Christianity and the Christian Future." Subsequent lectures will be presented weekly.

Marcus Borg – Why I Am Still a Christian.
Marcus Borg – Progressive Christianity and the Christian Future
Marcus Borg – The Cross and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSB – Why I Am Still a Catholic
Joan Chittister, OSB – Who Is God In An Evolutionary World?

Joan Chittister, OSB – American Women and the Women of the World
John Dominic Crossan – Why I Am Still a Christian
John Dominic Crossan – Covenant & Divine Violence
John Dominic Crossan – Jesus & Divine Violence

Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: The Future of Christianity?

Meeting ID: 852 8195 9585
Passcode: 217540

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St Andrews Presbyterian Church

4575 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara
CA 93110 United States


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