I hope that your Easter celebrations were joyful. Between the spring weather and the significant decrease in Covid-infections, things are starting to look very positive. In fact, yesterday Gavin Newsom announced that he expected California to completely open up by June. After a year of ups and downs, I am too cautious to bank on the date, but I admit I really appreciate having a goal post in sight.
So, I imagine many of you are wondering what this means for St. Andrew's as a worshiping community. Well, I'm glad you asked. We are working diligently on getting the live streaming launched. The date has changed from April 18 to April 25 due to some delivery delays (the start date is a moving target). On that Sunday all you will have to do is click on the worship link at 9:30 on Sunday. It will be very similar to the current set up, except instead of having a pre-recorded video play, the link will open up to a live broadcast happening in the sanctuary. This is the first, critical step to our eventual return to in-person worship.
In the meantime, for those who are curious, I expect to be fully vaccinated in two weeks time. This means that I would soon be available to meet in person with anyone who feels comfortable with that (I will still wear a mask and will prefer outdoor meetings). I am looking forward to meeting my congregation at long last!
While I hope that everyone is still staying safe with masks and social distancing, but that you are also feeling buoyed by the good news and your social life is starting to look more active. We aren't out of the woods yet, but the path is definitely brighter.
Thanks be to God!
Updated Vaccine Information
The county has lowered the vaccine eligibility to anyone over the age of 16 effective immediately. Here is the website link to get to the appts through county clinics: Vaccine info here
Adult Education. This Sunday, we will continue a series from Faith and Reason on The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart featuring Joan Chittister answering the questions:
• Are the Ten Commandments antiquated and obsolete?
• Do they have anything useful for us in the 21st century?
• How did they come to be, and what was their original purpose?
• Have the Ten Commandments evolved?
In this series, Joan Chittister, OSB, invites us to think deeply about the moral fibers of our society. She presents the idea that the Ten Commandments are an adventure in human growth and that we are not so much convicted by them as we are transformed by them. “What does it mean to us, to the world, to preserve the Ten Commandments as the bedrock of our civilization?” Sr. Joan offers an honest and refreshing approach to the Ten Commandments unlike anything else today. Today’s lesson will be on the 4th and 5th Commandments, Keeping the Sabbath and Honoring Father and Mother.
Please Join us Sunday right after Coffee Hour at 11 AM on Zoom!