Midweek Update from St. Andrew's - January 27, 2021
Mental Health Check In
People have been asking me how I am doing lately. It does seem odd that I have been here for almost three months and yet I haven’t met most of the congregation face-to-face. But don’t worry that I have been neglected. I have received cards, emails and texts with well wishes, comments on sermons, articles that people found interesting, or jokes. I have felt very welcomed by St. Andrew’s and Santa Barbara feels like home already. However, on Tuesday I received one of the warmest welcomes I could ever imagine. It totally took me off guard and made my week.
I was stopping by Pamela Polan’s house to pick up some plants that she had for me. As I entered through the gate, her cat Bruce came running out to greet me (not something many cats will do for a human). But it didn’t stop there. Bruce stood up on his hind legs and hugged my legs (literally). I was a little concerned about his claws so I brushed him off. But he did it again. So I brushed him off again. The third time he did it I realized he wanted to be picked up. So, I picked him up and he wrapped his paws around my collar and purred. It was the first time I have been greeted with a hug by a cat! I’m not going to lie, I miss hugs.
Thank you God for our four-legged friends! They have been the best companions through this whole mess of a pandemic. I hope that you are doing well and hanging in there. I hope you have someone there to hug you during this long isolation. And, most of all, I hope that you feel God reaching out to you in each moment. Especially when God sends a cat to do it.
Please don't park under or near the giant eucalyptus tree in front of the preschool as a large limb trunk fell today. There will be high winds and more rain in the next few days so don't park near that particular tree. Thank you.
Two Days To Go!
This Friday we begin “Who Is My Neighbor?”, this year’s virtual Santa Barbara Mission Conference,Jan. 29-30. Online registration for this virtual conference continues now through mid-day, Saturday, Jan. 30. The conference is Friday evening, 7 - 9 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM. Speeches by Shane Claiborneand Reggie Williams and six outstanding breakout sessions will inform and inspire you. The conference will be live-streamed. Also, you can take a break and return anytime; all content will remain online for weeks. Go to sbmissionconference.org for details and to register.
THIS SUNDAY - January 31, 2021
Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held virtually via Zoom on Sunday, January 31, at 10:30AM followed by the virtual Coffee Hour. Please join us for this important yearly meeting. Thank you.
Coffee Hour for 1/31/21
... will follow the Annual Congregational meeting.
Watch for information in a future email message.
Adult Education finally concludes this Sunday with the final session of “The Future of Christianity” from Faith and Reason. The second half of then Question-and-Answer session for the series with Joan Chittister, Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan will complete the program.The Q & A contains some original material from Borg and Crossan.Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after Coffee Hour for presentation. The Adult Ed Class has a ZOOM link (shown below) separate from the Annual Meeting&Coffee Hour link for this week only.
Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: Q & A with Chittister, Borg and Crossan