September 13, 2018​

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31   

How do you capture the essence of a story that has spanned 5 decades—amounting to 14 movies, 3 different tv series, and more than 700 episodes?  
Maybe you can’t. It’s a narrative, a world, and a cast of characters too complex to try and wrap up in a 20 minute sermon. But we can’t really do a sermon series about resistance in movie themes without featuring Star Trek in at least some of its expressions.
Our scripture this week is about unity and diversity within the Body of Christ. As modern day values go, “diversity” has become one of those complex trigger words. Some dismiss diversity as a hollow ideal, just more “politically correct” rhetoric with no real meaning. Others claim that diversity is killing us, openly embracing racist and nationalist speech to justify everything from police brutality to inhumane treatment of immigrants. But Paul tells the church at Corinth that diversity is critical to their survival: “The body does not consist of one member, but many…if one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”
I may not be a well-versed Trekkie like some of you, but I do know this: the whole ethos of the thing is about exploring the rich diversity of life in the universe. Kirk, Spock and company understand the essential truth that better understanding of other life forms leads to peace and prosperity for all.
Like scripture itself, the narrative thread of Star Trek is vast and wide and spans many generations. But that complexity only solidifies its place in our cultural canon, reinforcing its broader themes time and time again. So pick whichever movie (or series) you like best and watch it again before Sunday. I’m in the middle of Beyond myself. Yes, the reviews were scathing, and the party faithful said it was the worst. Episode. Ever. And yet… there’s this one quote that grabs me from the very beginning: “If the universe is truly endless, are we not forever striving for something out of reach?”
That well may be. Maybe our ideals of unity and diversity are always out of reach; maybe there is always something unknown and unknowable about God; maybe the answers to our biggest questions will always be just beyond our grasp, a truth that is “out there” somewhere eluding our human capacity. But that’s all the more reason to do this faith thing together. To boldly go, and keep looking for what it is that makes us human and holy, all at the same time.
Come Sunday! And go boldly with us.

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Basement & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
                     Thoughtful Parents, 9:30am, Sr. Pastor's Office
4:00pm         SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew
Sept 13          Wise Women, 7pm, Friends Hall
Sept 16-23     IHN Hosting
Sept 17          Finance Meeting, 6pm, Barley's, 
                      Leadership Circle Meeting, Barley's
Sept 18          Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.  We pray for Lois Penn who suffered a fall and concussion last week.

A Celebration of Life for John Benson, Saint Andrew member who passed away in late August, will be held on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00am at Saint Andrew.  Please join us as we surround Pat and her family as they honor John's life.
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
More Than A Word
facilitated by Anita Gordon-Gilmore
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Anita will use a video to raise awareness of the fight against using Indian mascots for sports teams.  More than a Word is a film about Native-American sports mascots and the Washington Red Skins.

Are You A Veteran?
In preparation for Veterans' Day, we are updating our record of Saint Andrew members who have served in the military.  If you served and you have not given us that information in the past, please reply and let us know.  Thank you!

Our CSA farmers have extra produce at this time and all are welcome to purchase these fresh vegetables - CSA folks who have prepaid get first pick.  Produce available are:  eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, herbs and greens.  Cash only.

September Leadership Circle Meeting

This month’s Leadership Circle meeting is on September 17 at 7pm.  Meeting covers leadership committee goals and current business items.  This month Finance and SAGE reports will be reviewed.  IHN families are staying at the church that week so the location has been moved to Barley’s on 119th Street.  Please join us if you are interested.  All are welcome to attend. 

Blessing of the Animals
October 6
9am, Patio & Grounds
This celebration will be an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our connection to all God's creatures, our pets and pet family members that have passed away.  There will be an opportunity for each pet present to be blessed for the gift they are to our lives.  For the safety of all, we ask that all animals be on a leash or in a carrier.

Regional Assembly - October 6
KC Disciples Assemble: Reclaiming Revival

Bring the whole family for a time of uplifting, restoring hope, and celebrating an awesome God! Assembly preacher is Rev. Brit Barron and there are activities for all ages! Register soon to join us at Community Christian Church, KCMO  from 11am-6pm. Information and registration can be found at

Applefest & Apple Baking Contest
October 7
Join us as we celebrate our relationship with the Migrant Farmworkers at our annual Applefest! Please RSVP and let us know how many are coming, if you can bring soup, salad, bread/crackers, or dessert to share, and let us know if you can help with set up or clean up. Do you love to BAKE? Sign up to participate in the Apple Baking Contest! (Make 2: one for judging & one to auction off.) If you wish, bring a donation of white rice or dry pinto beans to donate to the Migrant Farmworkers; proceeds from the auction will also benefit the Migrant Farmworkers. Sign up in the Hearth Room at the link above.   

Fall Work Day
October 13, 9am - 1pm
Please mark your calendar for our annual fall work day.  We'll have a list of projects soon.  All skill levels needed.

Tall Oaks Gala - November 9
Unveiling the Future, a Masquerade Gala
The Tall Oaks Gala and Auction to benefit Tall Oaks Camp and Conference Center is coming soon! The fundraising goal is $45,000 to be used for on-going programs and future development. Please consider donating an item or service for the silent or live auction, a bottle of wine worth $10 or more for the Wine Pull, and/or attending the Gala to eat, bid, and be merry with other Tall Oaks supporters. Free childcare provided. Sign-up sheets and additional information available in the Hearth Room. Contact Stacy Kearney ( for more info or questions. 
Children & Youth Ministries
Sept 16        Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am
Sept 23        Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am
                     Angels, 4pm, Room 204
Sept 30        Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am

Sept 16       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    IHN Setup & Lunch (no evening meeting)
Sept 23       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Sept 30       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

Thoughtful Parents
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.  We will begin meeting again on September 9 in the Senior Pastor's office.
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
September 25
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Wise Women
September 13
7pm, Friends Hall
Centering Native Nations, Their Citizens and Experiences in Literature for Children and Teens w/ Traci Sorell
Traci Sorell, author and former SACC member, will share about her journey to publication in the field of children’s literature and the need for accurate representation of Native peoples both in text and illustrations created for children and teens to read.
Traci’s debut picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, illustrated by Frané Lessac, features a panorama of modern-day Cherokee cultural practices and experiences, presented through the four seasons. She’ll read from this book and have a list of other books with accurate representation to share with attendees.
Those who wish to pre-order the book can do so from their favorite local bookstore (e.g., The Learning Tree, Rainy Day, Books, Barnes & Noble, etc.) or an online retailer. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga will be published on September 4, 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing. Traci will be happy to sign any books after the presentation.​​​​​​​

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children, featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies—the type of books she sought out in her school and public libraries as a child. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her other forthcoming works, visit
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.
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. 

Saint Andrew provided a salad luncheon for the staff at Washington Elementary on August 15.  I heard many comments and “Thank yous” from this dedicated staff.  Your participation is very much appreciated.  The next Washington luncheon will be Thursday, Oct. 18.  Please mark your calendars to support this community.
Jodi Dinkins

IHN Training & SACC Host Dates

The next IHN training session is September 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at St. Thomas, 12251 Antioch Rd, OP, 913-415-0512.  There is no need to RSVP.  Participants must stay for the duration in order to be considered trained.

Saint Andrew's remaining host dates for 2018 are September 16 - 23 and December 23 - 30.  An email with September volunteer opportunities for those trained will go out soon.

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference

Catholic Charities is looking for a volunteer Move-In Team Leader.  This person will coordinate and meet with move-in teams 2 to 6 times a month (usually on Tuesday evenings or Saturdays) and drive the moving truck to newly arriving refugee homes. There is occasional heavy lifting involved and the leader role can be shared.  If you are interested in helping, contact Judi Barkema ( for more information.

Preaching As Resistance
Rev. Erin Wathen has a sermon she preached at Saint Andrew included in a book being published in October.​​​​​​​  Follow this link for more details.

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

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.​

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