This Sunday will be our first in-person worship. If you planned on attending but haven't RSVP'd, please email me right away at firstname.lastname@example.org. For everyone who is coming, remember to wear red for Pentecost! How appropriate that we are returning on the day that marks the birth of the church itself.
Here is what to expect:
Please arrive early
We will need to check people in. It won't take long, especially if you have RSVP'd.
Wear a mask and plan on social distancing
Seats are marked by red dots and the usher will guide you to your seat. You probably won't get to sit in the pew you are accustomed to as the seating is arranged specifically to keep people 6 feet apart.
One person in the restroom at a time.
The outer door to the restroom will be open. When you go in, shut the outer door to indicate it is in use. When you leave the restroom, prop the door open again.
Please socialize on the patio after the worship service
It will be great to catch up with each other. Try to maintain distance and keep your masks on. We will not have refreshments after worship for now, but hope to reinstate that in the near future. Do not congregate in the sanctuary.
For those who plan on attending by livestream, please join us in Spirit by wearing red! As usual, we recommend going to St. Andrew's YouTube page before the worship service and try to click on a video to see if it works.
Kristine Pacheco-Bernt is a professional violinist, arts administrator, and music educator motivated to make instrumental music relevant within the community. Raised at the intersection of mariachi and Mozart, she draws upon over a decade of performing and teaching experience. Kristine strongly believes in the power of creative youth development through music and is proud to bring her perspective and skills to the non-profit arts sector. Kristine holds a Master’s degree in violin performance from San Francisco State University and dual Bachelor degrees in Music and Premedical Studies from University of California Berkeley. She performs regularly throughout the central coast with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Santa Maria Philharmonic. She devotes her spare time to playing board games with her husband and spoiling her pug, Hilda.
For May 30
RSVP for In-Person Worship
For Sunday, May 30,we will ask that people continue to RSVP so we can keep a count on the number of people coming. You can RSVP by filling out this online form, or emailing the office at email@example.com, or calling the office at 805-967-6327. Please let us know your name, the names of the people in your party, and a contact phone number.
Zoom Coffee Hour
St. Andrew’s is inviting you to a Zoom Coffee Hour…
This Sunday we will present a lecture by Jeorg Rieger, entitled Christ and Christian Rome: The Creeds as Domination and Liberation from the series, “GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice.” Rieger says, “The point of talking about empire is that Christianity has grown up in a matrix of empire. And since the Roman Empire, each succeeding empire has replaced the one before as it has faded.” Empire and Christianity have been in an ongoing relationship since the late first century. And don’t take this idea about empire lightly. Empires are not just about ideas, they are about power; not just about politics and economics, but about the sorts of things that will shape you, the way you live, the way you think and even shape the way you believe, meaning that will shape your Christian Faith and that is the problem we need to address.” Dr. Rieger asks what many of us will ask? “Well, what’s so bad about Empire?” There are two primary problems, Rieger says. First, Empire doesn’t entertain alternatives. Its motto is, “There is No Alternative!” And, secondly, in empire, power flows from the top down. Rieger continues, “Despite all its promises, the majority of people within an empire do not benefit from it.” Dr. Rieger says that we are used to seeing empire operate using “hard” power, i.e., the use of dominant military power. What is not so obvious is empire using “soft” power, that is, the power of argument, the power of attraction.
John Dominic Crossan and Joerg Rieger expand our awareness of the historic collusion between Christianity and the empires of the west, from Jesus’ non-violent program of resistance to Roman Imperialism under Augustus, to the imperialistic “partnerships” of the 21st Century. Individually, these two scholars are powerhouses. Together, they are explosive.