Weekly Connection - April 26, 2018​

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 17:16-28

How can you pray if you doubt?

As we continue our sermon series Head Full of Doubt, we’re going to talk about prayer this week, and how prayer from a place of doubt might differ from prayer that comes out of certainty.

In Acts 17, Paul comes across a community that has built an altar “to an unknown God.” I picture a shrine-like table full of flea market trinkets, good luck charms, and plastic Made-in-China icons to various deities. It’s like they don’t *quite* know which god is the right one, so they are covering all the bases, just in case. Paul commends them for having faith in… something. But he wants them to understand God in a different way. The God made known in Christ is not some far-off presence that needs to be made tangible by all this STUFF; but one in whom “we live and move and have our being.” This God is in us and with us, in all things.

The great existential question then is: “how are we to know?” We can’t see God. We can’t make God real by way of plastic charms or graven images. So what is that we are praying to? What is behind that veil of mystery, and how can we know when our prayers have landed somewhere?

Sometimes, when we don’t receive an answer right away, it may feel like our prayers are just words cast into the void. Maybe that’s why we human-types find so many other “idols” in which to place our faith. Money, guns, celebrities, our own success and awesomeness… Pick your poison, but we always manage to find a god that will answer us more quickly and tangibly than the God who cannot be seen.

Maybe it’s time we learned a better way. Come Sunday and we’ll work on that.


Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday​​​​​​​
9:30am    Adult Education, Friends Hall
                Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
                Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms
4:00pm    Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
May 2    Pastor's Class, 6pm, Friends Hall
May 4-5 Women's Retreat, Tall Oaks Conference Center
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.  Dennis Chiles whose brother, Marvin Chiles, passed away; Tandy Wood's sister, Sherry, whose husband, Jack, passed away; Lois Penn's son, Jon Penn, who had knee surgery; Shari Tedford's dad who is recovering from a fractured pelvis.

Thanks to all those who gave blood at our drive on Monday.  We exceeded our goal which is really great!  Our goal was 19 and we collected 21 pints.
Upcoming Events
CSA Participants
Due to the very cold weather, our CSA farmers will be providing vegetables starting May 27.

Camp Scholarship & Mission Trip Fundraiser!
Thanks to everyone who has already donated to our fundraiser!  If you haven’t had the chance, check out the board in the Hearth Room where you’ll find envelopes numbered 1-100.  Choose the envelope that corresponds to the amount you’d like to give to support our children and youth summer camp and mission trips! These experiences are not only FUN, they’re also spiritually formative for our young people! THANK YOU for supporting this fundraiser and the children and youth of Saint Andrew Christian Church! 

VBS Fair
May 6
Rolling River Rampage VBS is coming soon! Check out all the details and reserve your spot!

Youth Sunday
May 6
Join us for this special youth-led service exploring the question “What Can You Imagine?”

Recognition of Graduates

Sunday, May 13

We will honor graduates on Sunday, May 13 in the 10:45 worship service, and would like to have a complete list of all graduates (high school, college, grad school). Please contact the church office if you are graduating and let us know what school and if college, what degree. Also, please let us know if you can attend on the 13th. Thank you!  

Dinners for 6, 7 & 8
Get to know some of your Saint Andrew friends even better by signing up for Dinners for 6, 7 and 8.  Sign up clipboard is in the hearth room.  This is an excellent way to share time and conversation with others and to forge bonds.  Meals rotate from one home or restaurant to another on a schedule to be determined by group members.  This is one more way to make the Saint Andrew community even stronger. If you have questions, please contact Jodi Dinkins.
Children & Youth Ministries
April 29        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

April 29        Sunday School, 9:30am, Youth Room
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
May 5           Tentative Youth Sunday Rehearsal, 9am, Sanctuary
May 6           Youth Sunday, meet in the Sanctuary at 8am
May 11          Dinners Out, 6pm, meet at the church, SAY & Chi Rho will go to dinner at                      different locations
May 13         Sunday School, 9:30am, Youth Room

Toy Swap in Children’s Sunday School
Sunday, April 29
We are learning to care for God’s creation! One way is to recycle or reuse things we no longer need or want, rather than throwing them away. Next Sunday we’ll have a toy swap during Sunday School. Each child may bring toys they would like to swap or give to charity. (no limit on how many they bring.) They will then be able to choose two “new” items to take home. Extra toys will be donated to Micah Ministries. Items should be brought to Room 202 before reporting to your classrooms.

Children’s Choir
Children’s Choir rehearsals are held every Sunday in Room 202 for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, directed by Amy Diediker. Rehearsals will be 10:20 -10:40. We’re rehearsing for a performance in worship on May 13. See you Sunday!

Thoughtful Parents
9:30am, Room 102
Thoughtful Parents is a group of parents, grandparents, and others who gather on Sunday mornings for support, discussion, and sharing of joys and concerns.  Sometimes we have a guest speaker, sometimes we simply share a topic or article of interest.  ​​​​​​​

Tall Oaks Summer Camp
Register Now!!
Tall Oaks is accepting registrations at this link. Saint Andrew offers a 50% scholarship to all SACC families.  Please see the camp table in the Hearth Room or contact the office for the scholarship code.

Vacation Bible School Dates

Mark your calendars for June 18-22, 9am to noon.  VBS is for preschool through 5th grade children, and we’ll need 6th through 12th graders and adults to sign up to work in activity sites or as group leaders. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  

Women's Ministries
Women's Retreat
Our annual women's retreat will be May 4 - 5 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  A brochure with registration form is available hereThis Sunday is the deadline to register.  Planning Team Chair is Lois Penn.

Ladies Night Out
May 22
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
Please note date change - we are now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Wise Women
May 9th (Please note we are meeting on Wednesday this month.)
7pm, Friends Hall
My Family"s Journey Through the Generations - An Immigrant Story by Grieg Rieke will be the title of our May Wise Women program.  As we have all been aware, immigration is a topic that has touched and is touching all of us, directly or indirectly.  Greg will share his family story with us at our May Wise Women meeting.  Greg Rieke is a historian and author.  His book " From the Harz Mountains to the Heartland of America" will be highlighted, as part of the program. (More info on the Women's page.)  

Following the program, we will have our yearly "Spring Dessert Potluck" before our Wise Women summer break.  Please bring a dessert to share. Thank you!  Wise Women is a group for women of all ages, and friends are always welcome.  Join us!
SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology)​​
SAGE gratefully accepts your donations of bird seed or cash to purchase bird seed.  Cash donations can be placed in the birdhouse located in the Hearth Room or in the offering basket marked "bird seed."  Bags of bird seed can be placed in the marked space in Friends Hall.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Overland Park Spring 2018 Recycling Extravaganza
Saturday, April 21
8:00am - 2:00pm.
Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., OP, KS
Make plans to recycle just about ANYTHING. EVERYONE welcome. More info HERE.
Mission & Outreach
The Saint Andrew Mission Team resolves to seek God, create community and practice justice by actively promoting congregational engagement in the community, both locally and globally.  Here is a current Mission Committee Update.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Table of Faiths Dinner
May 8
Overland Park Convention Center
The Mission Committee, in our commitment to interfaith activities, is sponsoring Table of Faiths dinner at the Friend Level. We received five tickets for our sponsorship and would like to offer them to anyone in the church who have an interest in learning more about other faiths and interacting with others who share this interest. Nate Phelps will be the Keynote Speaker - read more about Nate here. Anyone interested in using these tickets please contact Beth Rieke, 913, 980-6891 or beth.rieke@gmail.com.

IHN Training
May 15, 6:30-8:30pm
St. Paul's UMC
The next IHN training will be Tuesday, May 15, 6:30-8:30.  It will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7740 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS.  St. Paul’s is one of the congregations which supports Saint Andrew with hosting.  Questions?  Call the Family Center at 913-345-2121.

IHN Annual Dinner & Auction
Save JUNE 14, 2018 for IHN’s 7th Annual dinner/auction, held at the Overland Park Convention Center, 600 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Let’s make Saint Andrew a significant presence!

Help to empower situationally homeless families and single women by attending IHN’s only fundraising event.  Enjoy a casual evening with a delicious dinner, 2 top-shelf drinks, games, silent and live auction at the cost of $75 per attendee. Sign-up sheet and brochures are available in the hearth room.  

Register, including names of attendees.
        1) online at jocoihn.org/auction
        2) mailing checks to the IHN Family Center, 6315 W. 110th St., Overland Park, KS  66211
Deadline is May 25, 2018.

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference
*  Volunteer with Catholic Charities as an ESL tutor, Citizenship tutor, or help with new arrival move-ins.  For more information, contact Judi Barkema at jabarkema@gmail.com
*  Help Congolese refugees learn English through the social justice ministry at Metropolitan Avenue United Methodist Church.  Weekend and weekday opportunities to volunteer from one hour a week to one hour a month, ending in mid-June.  Contact Judi Barkema (jabarkema@gmail.com) for more information.
*   Catholic Charities has a new TurnStyles thrift store location at 135th and Nieman.  They welcome shoppers and donations of gently used items. 

Thank you to everyone who signed up for CSA shares with our farm family.  We look forward to farm produce and Ramat, Habay and Swa Dit’s cheerful greetings on Sunday mornings starting in late May.

U.S. refugee resettlements so far this fiscal year are VERY LOW.  Sharon Stanley-Rea from the Disciples Home Ministry shared in a recent newsletter:  “As we approach the "half year" for refugee resettlement in this fiscal year on March 31st...the U.S. has resettled less than 10,000 refugees (not even 20%) of our national 45,000 admissions goal for fiscal year 2018!  Already, this 45,000 annual goal is the LOWEST in our nation's resettlement history, at a time when there are over 22 million refugees worldwide.”
In the Community
Contemporary Spirituality Series
May 5
Country Club Christian Church
Rev. Dr. Mike Graves will speak on Rethinking Communion and Community. View flier HERE. (Registration & Information).

Tragedy of the Child Soldier
May 8
Reception 6pm, Program 6:30pm
Get more details here.
From the Church Office
We are now using a Google Drive site to provide Saint Andrew members with monthly financial reports, Leadership Circle minutes, current directory, and access to other important SACC documents.  If you would like access to these documents, please email Debbi@sacchome.org.

If you would like to have your financial donation to SACC processed monthly from your bank account or a credit card as automatic payments to SACC, please submit this form to Debbi Adams, Church Administrator.​

13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org