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News from St. Andrew's - December 9, 2020
December 9

Greetings, St. Andrew’s Community and friends!

Well, it feels like one step forward and two steps back. Last Saturday I put the finishing touches on my office---put all the books up on the shelf, decorated a little, and organized my office supplies. As excited as I was to start a routine down at the church, I suspect there was a little denial at work. It's not like I didn’t know that stay-at-home orders were pending, I was just not thinking about it. But now that it's official, the denial has vanished and I am ready to comply.

The office will be open for essential business only. That means, those of us who can get their work done from home will do so (that means me). As disappointed as I am, I am anxious to do my part. I imagine for those of you who have been isolated at home without any visitors this is very dispiriting. Who could have imagined that we would be enduring this so long? And yet, as I write, the first delivery of vaccines are scheduled to arrive next week. Although this is a very dark time, there is a light dawning at the end of this tunnel.

Perhaps, while we are all sheltering in place and reducing our activities, we can focus on spiritual labor. By this, I mean this quiet solitude is a good opportunity to hold a prayer vigil. Throughout the day, stop and pray for nurses, doctors, Covid patients, hospital administrators, all those in prisons, long-term health care facilities, teachers, students, the homeless….the list goes on. What better way to spend our time than to commune with the One who is our hope and who ties us all together as one?

Wishing you peace,

Pastor Jen

December 9

3rd Advent Candle Lighting

This Sunday, December 13th, is the 3rd Sunday in Advent. Please join us virtually this Sunday as we light our traditional 3rd Advent candle.


TOMORROW is the last day to order a poinsettia!

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

Then, 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.

Thank you!

Ariel Bowers

December 9

Share Your Christmas Greetings!

Brighten the holiday by saying “Merry Christmas!” to your church family through a short video recording (10-15 seconds) of you alone or you and your family members. We will include your greetings as part of our Christmas Eve service. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

If you need help recording, you can call Dana Monk. Email the videos to Kirk Grier at by Friday, December 18th. Questions? You can call the office or Pastor Jen directly at 480-250-5685.

December 9


The Christmas Joy Offering is one of the oldest Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It has two areas of focus: the current and retired church workers and their families in need and the support of the Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

The portion going to the Assistance program of the Board of Pensions provides critical financial support in the form of income supplements, housing supplements, and shared and emergency grants to Presbyterian workers in times of need.

The Education portion of the Offering supports: Menaul School in Albuquerque, NM, Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, TX, and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The offering will be received on Sunday, December 20. Please mail your offering to the church office and mark the memo line “Christmas Joy Offering”.

December 13

Coffee Hour

Meeting ID: 852 8195 9585
Passcode: 217540

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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 Joan Chittister's presentationWhy I Am Still a Catholic." 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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