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News from St. Andrew's - August 26, 2020

Dear St Andrew's Congregation:

The heat has eased somewhat, and everyone I know involved with education is working hard to adjust to this new reality.

This Sunday we will have a congregational meeting to elect church officers at 10:30 on Zoom.  The link is given below and will be sent out to everyone again on Saturday.  At the meeting, Don Vickers, the Nominations Committee Chair, will present the names before you.  We will then vote using a simple Zoom option that Scott will explain.  Each of the people who have accepted the invitation to serve represent St. Andrew's readiness to serve as the new pastor comes, and will play a key role in shaping the next chapter in the church's life.  We can be grateful for each one of them.

The Pastor Nominating Committee continues to report it may be getting close to having a candidate to introduce to the congregation.  As noted last week, we will let everyone know as soon as everything is in place.

Last week we announced the coming departure of our beloved pianist Christopher Davis on September 21.  We will have a special Zoom coffee hour to express our appreciation for him on Sunday, September 13.  Also, Chris and Erin will be recording at least one more set of hymns for our YouTube video services.  If there is a hymn you'd like to hear, send me a note.

Finally, Tom sent a poem from a Jewish Sabbath Prayer book that captures the experience of Jacob's dream in Genesis 28 as well as Psalm 104. It's reprinted below.


Days pass, and the years vanish,
and we walk sightless among miracles.

Fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing.

Let there be moments when your Presence,
like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk.

Help us to see, wherever we gaze,
that the bush burns, unconsumed.

And we, clay touched by God,
will reach out for holiness and exclaim in wonder,

“How filled with awe is this place…”


NOTICE OF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TO ELECT CHURCH OFFICERS:  A meeting of the Congregation will be held virtually via Zoom on Sunday, August 30 at 10:30AM at the beginning of the virtual Coffee Hour for the purpose of electing Church Officers.  SEE INVITATION LINK BELOW.

Get ready to ZOOM to the Congregational Meeting

We hope that a large number of our congregation will be able to participate in the Congregational Meeting via ZOOM.  If you feel challenged by participating in a Zoom meeting via computer or smart phone give a call to Scott before Saturday.  He will try to set up a practice session with you to familiarize you with the Zoom process.


St. Andrew's is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: St. Andrew's' CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - Zoom
Time: Aug 30, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 859 7140 6326
Passcode: 908672

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+14086380968,,85971406326#,,,,,,0#,,908672# US (San Jose)


Adult Education This Sunday: Judith-This fascinating video series examines the story of an Uppity Woman who took things into her own hands - including the head of a brutal warrior chief.  Rev. Dr. Lisa M Wolfe takes you on a tour of the Book of Judith posing provocative questions along the way.  Judith, from the Koine Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament reads like a historical novel rife with warfare, lust , espionage and intrigue.  This video takes you from a mythological battlefield and a besieged city into the studio and psyche of the baroque painter Artemesia Gentileschi.  Professor Wolfe's style is a refreshing balance of careful scholarship and a genuine love for the story of this amazing woman.  Please join us in our zoom Adult Education Class on Sunday August 30th at 11:00 AM.

The Study Guide for the class is available HERE.

PDF of the NRSV of The Book of Judith is available HERE.

Join Zoom Meeting

Topic: Adult Education Class: Uppity Women of the Bible

Meeting ID: 852 8195 9585

Password: 217540

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+16699009128,,85281959585#,,,,0#,,217540# US (San Jose)

St Andrews Presbyterian Church

4575 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara
CA 93110 United States


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