Events

eNotes – June 27, 2024

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.

July 27, Saturday, 6:00 p.m. A new event: Attend a baseball game at Joe DiMaggio Field to see the Martinez Sturgeons vs. the Bakersfield Train Robbers. The Sturgeons are a professional baseball team in the Pecos league of Professional Baseball Clubs. Meet there. Arrange your own transportation with other church members. Cost $10.00 for individual tickets or $15.00 for front row seats.  Purchase tickets in advance at Martinez Sturgeon Tickets or google “Martinez Sturgeon Tickets”.  A Fellowship committee member can help you get tickets or arrange transportation.

SIGN-UP in the Celebration Center

Christmas is Coming

Christmas in July on Sunday the 14th in the Celebration Center.

Kay’s rushing the season with red and green table decorations and XMAS STOCKINGS, but there’s a method to her madness.

On July 14 only, you’ll find Xmas stockings in the Celebration Center. Stuff them with your financial donations (cash or check-memo line backpacks) so that HOPE SOLUTIONS can stuff backpacks with school supplies for students this fall. July 14 is the deadline, but you don’t need to wait until then. The Xmas stockings and decorations are a reminder that generosity and thoughtfulness are not restricted to December. Thank you for your support.  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.

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