Midweek Update from St. Andrew's - January 6, 2021
As I was watching live coverage of the Congress’s debate over the electoral vote on the PBS Newshour, the coverage broke away to a gathering of aggressive, potentially violent crowds that had broken through police barriers and were approaching the Capital. As disturbing as that is, I find that I was more unsettled by the debate, which centered on the election results in my former home state of Arizona. I shared with many of you that my last act as a resident of Arizona was to vote. It was a significant act for me and I am deeply invested in seeing it honored.
But...I take a deep breath. It is tempting to personalize this week’s events. Even though what is happening in our country is very serious, taking offense and reacting in anger will not dispel the toxins that afflict us. It is wiser to stay calm and clear in the face of the insanity. Clear boundaries that hold firmly to principles is what is needed at this moment, otherwise the structures that hold the union together will collapse like the flimsy wooden barriers that stood between a mob stoked by rhetoric and the halls of our government.
This week our scripture passage from Isaiah (60:1-7) will illuminate another vision, one that counters what we are witnessing in real time. On the one hand it offers hope, and yet as we meditate on it, it also delivers clear direction to those who would choose the purifying force of holiness to the poisonous draught of anger.
May this be our way and no other!
Deacons will be delivering member's 2021 offering envelopes to homes this week. Thank you, Deacons!
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 at the beginning of the virtual Coffee Hour. Please join us for this important yearly meeting. Thank you.
Scholarship Deadline next Friday
Brad & Dorothy Naegle Scholarship - Deadline to Apply 1/15/21
To St. Andrew’s Members,
We are so fortunate that Brad and Dorothy Naegle, long time members at St. Andrew’s, upon their passing, left a generous donation to our church. As part of their legacy, they allocated funds for a postsecondary scholarship to be awarded to a member of St. Andrew’s. This year, we expect this award to be in excess of $7,000.
This scholarship is being administered through the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Therefore, any member interested in being considered for this funding must apply through the Foundation and the Foundation will make all decisions regarding the awarding of this scholarship. In accordance with the Naegle’s wishes, preference will be given to a student seeking to study education, music, or a church/seminary related field.
Please be aware that the deadline for applying is January 15, 2021. Applicants must complete the online General Scholarship Program application. Applications are available at www.sbscholarship.org. For additional information, contact the Scholarship Foundation at (805) 687-6065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Education continues this Sunday with the Faith and Reason Series, “The Future of Christianity.” John Dominic Crossan will present Covenant & Divine Violence. He emphasizes the importance of using the historical/critical method of reading scripture in order to understand the “matrix’ and thus meaning for those who first heard them. He demonstrates this by using the examples of Adam & Eve and Cain & Abel. Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after Coffee Hour for John Dominic Crossan's presentation.
NEXT WEEK: John Dominic Crossan – Jesus & Divine Violence
THE FOLLOWING WEEK: Q & A with Borg, Chittister and Crossan
Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: The Future of Christianity