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News from St. Andrew's - December 16, 2020
December 16

Greetings, St. Andrew’s Community and friends!

Monday, December 14, was a historic day. The first delivery of the vaccine and the Electoral College’s confirmation of Joseph Biden’s win marked the crossing of a threshold from one state of being to another. And yet, these twin momentous events were nothing more than mundane activities. A health care worker receiving a shot and a group of representatives engaging in a procedural vote stand as proof that despite the tumult of the year people kept their heads and stuck with it, ensuring the structures that undergird our communities kept functioning. Thanks be to God!

Everyday people doing normal activities can change the world! This is something to take note of because, at the end of the day, our faith journeys are characterized by how we engage in normal everyday activities. We are strengthened by our faith in Christ to collect food to hand out to a couple of families, to engage in local civic life with integrity and courage, to reach out to the stranger with all of his or her differences, to listen to and make a place for the marginalized who live down the street. Why is our faith life so mundane? Because it is centered on a child, born to a poor family, who walked among regular people, healing them, teaching them, loving them. This is who we aspire to be as followers of Jesus: normal, everyday people walking humbly with God in the storm as in the calm.

Grateful to be walking along side of you,

Pastor Jen

This Sunday

4th Advent Candle Lighting

This Sunday, December 20th, is the 4th Sunday in Advent. Please join us virtually this Sunday as the Sommers family lights our traditional 4th Advent candle.

Presbytery News


Understanding and Responding to Our Times

Coming in January is a program the Church in the World Committee is very excited about.  Dr. Tracey Stringer, pastor of a multi-ethnic church in L.A., will be offering to our Presbytery: Rising to the Moment: Understanding and Responding to Our Times, a "five-week project to equip followers of Christ to Rise to the Moment by beginning the journey towards anti-Racism.” 

Sundays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Click this link watch a video introduction about the program from Tracey Stringer: Video Intro

Our Committee encourages you -- and also your friends -- to register for the program. The program is free of charge. The Presbytery is underwriting this program.

Click here to find out more:

Click here to sign up, it's free:

Chuck Curtis & Ted Brandt

Church in the World Committee

Presbytery of Santa Barbara

Questions? Contact Chuck Curtis ( or Ted Brandt (

December 16

Share Your Christmas Greetings!

Brighten the holidays by saying “Merry Christmas!” to your church family through a short video recording (10-15 seconds) of you alone or you and your family members. We will include your greetings as part of our Christmas Eve service. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

If you need help recording, you can call Dana Monk. Email the videos to Kirk Grier at by this Friday, December 18th. Questions? You can call the office or Pastor Jen directly at 480-250-5685.

Receiving the Offering this Sunday, December 20


The Christmas Joy Offering is one of the oldest Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It has two areas of focus: the current and retired church workers and their families in need and the support of the Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

The portion going to the Assistance program of the Board of Pensions provides critical financial support in the form of income supplements, housing supplements, and shared and emergency grants to Presbyterian workers in times of need.

The Education portion of the Offering supports: Menaul School in Albuquerque, NM, Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, TX, and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The offering will be received this Sunday, December 20. Please mail your offering to the church office and mark the memo line “Christmas Joy Offering”.


Church Office Closed Thursday, December 24th

Just a friendly reminder that the church office will be closed next Thursday, December 24th. We wish you and your family a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

December 20

Coffee Hour

Meeting ID: 852 8195 9585   

Passcode: 217540

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Adult Education continues this Sunday with the Faith and Reason Series, “The Future of Christianity.” Experience renowned theologians Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Joan Chittister together live on stage exploring topics of faith and life with honesty, integrity, and expertise. We can look forward to serious and useful examination about whether Christianity has a future or not. This FAITHANDREASON seminar was held at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, Houston, TX, October 18 & 19, 2013. Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after Coffee Hour for Joan Chittister's presentationWho Is God In An Evolutionary World? " Subsequent lectures will be presented weekly.

Marcus Borg – Why I Am Still a Christian.
Marcus Borg – Progressive Christianity and the Christian Future
Marcus Borg – The Cross and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSB – Why I Am Still a Catholic
Joan Chittister, OSB – Who Is God In An Evolutionary World?

Joan Chittister, OSB – American Women and the Women of the World
John Dominic Crossan – Why I Am Still a Christian
John Dominic Crossan – Covenant & Divine Violence
John Dominic Crossan – Jesus & Divine Violence

Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: The Future of Christianity?

Meeting ID: 852 8195 9585
Passcode: 217540

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St Andrews Presbyterian Church

4575 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara
CA 93110 United States


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