Events

eNotes – June 13, 2024

New Directions

Sermons Are Online

Just click on the following link to connect to the sermon page on our website:

 

https://standrews-pcusa.org/worship-and-music/

 

Once there, listen to the audio of any sermon by clicking on the title.

 

An audio CD recording of our worship services is also available from the church office.  Just ask David.

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Announcements

Beware – Cyberattacks

CyberattacksYou may have heard about the recent cyberattacks that hit the Oakley and Pleasant Hill city governments (https://abc7news.com/cyberattack-ransomware-attack-oakley-pleasant-hill/14471071/).

To help keep your personal data and keep you safe online, here are some cybersecurity best practices provided by the new Microsoft Copilot Artificial Intelligence chat bot (https://copilot.microsoft.com):

1. Use Strong Passwords and a Password Manager:
• Create unique, complex passwords for each account.
• Combine lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
• Consider using a password manager to securely store and manage your passwords.

2. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), such as text message authentication
• Adds an extra layer of security by using 2FA wherever possible.
• This ensures that even if someone guesses your password, they can’t access your account without the second verification step.

3. Double-Check Links Before Clicking:
• Be cautious when clicking on links in emails, messages, or websites.
• Verify the legitimacy of the link before opening it to avoid phishing scams.

4. Don’t Store Sensitive Information on Your Phone:
• Avoid saving sensitive data like passwords, credit card details, or personal identification information (PII) on your phone.
• Always use a passcode lock to protect your device.

5. Keep Apps and Devices Up-to-Date:
• Regularly update your operating system, applications, and security software.
• Patches and updates often fix vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit.

It’s summertime, but Hope Solutions is preparing to send children back to school in the Fall well equipped for a successful year.  In the past we have collected backpacks and school supplies.  But this year we are collecting money and letting Hope Solutions do the shopping.  They are outfitting 500  kids from Kindergarten through High School!  If you’d like to help, please put your check or cash in a pew envelope and mark it “BACKPACK DRIVE.”  Any amount will help and be much appreciated

Thanks,

Shirley, CIW.

A Word from the Coffee Committee

CoffeeHi Folks! The freezer is getting low on cookies, although we do seem to have some bags of Oreos and Oreo-type cookies. Donations can be left in the kitchen or even put in the freezer. We appreciate everyone’s help keeping our coffee hour sweet! — The Coffee Committee.

Hillcrest Food Pantry

Food Pantry NeedsDonations are welcome again. Every Sunday, you may place food items in the box outside the Sanctuary. For the next month, the pantry would be delighted to have: Chicken Noodle Soup, Cream of Chicken Soup, Cream of Mushroom Soup and cans of Chili Beans; the Food Bank where they shop is out. Cereal is always needed.

SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE

Pray for UkraineIf you want to support the people of Ukraine but are worried about scams and such, consider sending money to the Presbyterian Church USA Disaster Relief-International Refugee Program. You can have confidence your support will go to the right place. You can do this several ways:

 

1. Send a check to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) PO Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 and designate “Ukraine” on the check.

 

2. Call 800-872-3283

 

3. Go online to https://pcusa.org and click on the link to emergency relief to Ukraine.

 

You can also support Ukraine via our local non-profit White Pony Express
(www.whiteponyexpress.org) White Pony Express is collecting new medical supplies, hygiene products, toiletries, over-the-counter medications, non-perishable food items, high-quality new clothing, undergarments, shoes, and diapers. WPE is shipping these items to trusted organizations serving the over one million refugees that have fled Ukraine.

 

WPE is shipping these items to trusted organizations serving the over one million refugees that have fled Ukraine.

Next Week at St. Andrew’s

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