Weekly Connection - March 1, 2018​
Sunday, March 4, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Third Sunday in Lent

Children are so literal… If you tell them something is true, they tend to believe you. And if you make a plan, you’d better believe they are going to hold you to it. Maybe you told them you were going to do some great fun thing, or that yes, their friend can come spend the night on Friday… But then something comes up. Somebody gets sick, or it snows, or any other number of things, and you have to change the plan. You can almost guarantee you will hear those 3 words of childhood lament: “But you promised!” In their eyes, some sacred trust has been broken.

Of course, you didn’t really “break” a promise. You spoke what was your true intention and one moment, but then circumstances changed. Life happens. But try telling that to a disappointed/snowed in kid…

In our scripture for Sunday, Peter has promised to stand by Jesus when the going gets rough, but Jesus knows the truth: in the moment, Peter will deny Jesus not once, but 3 times. And this broken promise marks the beginning of the journey to the cross, which we will stretch out over the next 4 Sundays.

Throughout this season of Lent, we are exploring practices of our faith, how they shape us and the world we build together. This Sunday, we’re going to talk about the promises we make: to ourselves, to each other, and to God. From cell phone contracts and rental agreements to marriage vows and baptismal blessings, we’ll think about what binds us to each other; and what makes this life of faith in community so rich and meaningful as we move towards resurrection together.


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
                Disciples 101, Sr. Pastor's Office
11:45am  Grief:  A Living Experience, Room 102
3:00pm    SAY Leadership Team Meeting, Youth Room
4:00pm    Youth Group, Friends Hall
                SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew
March 5    Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6pm, Friends Hall
March 6    Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's
                 Lent Study, 6pm, Friends Hall
March 8    Wise Women, 7pm, Friends Hall
March 9    SAGE Wine & Cheese, 7pm, Askey's
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. 

Thank you to the many folks who participated in our Week of Compassion special offering.  We collected over $3,900!  Visit WOC's website to learn more about how your dollars are put to use for people around the world.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Saint Andrew CSA News - Time to Sign Up for 2018 CSA
It is time to sign up for the 2018 Saint Andrew CSA. Our farm family from 2017 - Swa Dit, Mee Nge, Habay, and Ramat - have missed their Saint Andrew friends over the winter and are very excited to return! They have more land to farm this year and plan to provide even more variety of produce for us. They anticipate starting our CSA the last week in April, earlier than last year.

As a refresher, each Saint Andrew participating family pays in the spring for the whole year. This allows the farm family to buy seed and starts so that they can plant and grow our produce for the year. A small share will cost $280 and a large share will cost $420. This will be paid with a check made out to Swa Dit and can be given to him on March 11th. The family would like to have a short meeting with all participants at noon on March 11th in Friends Hall. At that time, they can answer questions and collect your annual payment. If you cannot attend this meeting, please give your check to Gloria Hiller and she will give it to the family on March 11th.

Please let Gloria know by March 4th if you plan to participate this year. You can email Gloria if you would like to participate in the CSA this year or there will be a sign-up sheet in the Hearth Room the next three Sunday (through March 4th).

Gloria Hiller
2018 CSA Coordinator
Upcoming Events
The Awakening of Hope
Tuesday Nights during Lent:  6pm - 7:30pm
March 6, 13, 20
Friends Hall
On Tuesday evenings in Lent, we’ll gather for a light meal, some songs, separate “study” activities for children and adults, and a short closing worship – we’ll plan to be done by 7:30pm.  

This year’s study will encourage each of us to think about why we do the things we do as people of faith and how doing those things are a source of hope for us and for the world around us.  Lenten stories and activities for children will be provided during the adult study.

All ages are invited to attend!

We’ll share in bringing soups, breads and desserts -- look for a sign-up sheet in the Hearth Room or RSVP@SACChome.org 

Holy Week & Easter​​​​​​​
Palm Sunday - March 25
All are welcome to join in our Palm Parade at 8:30 & 10:45 worship.

Maundy Thursday - March 29
Worship 7pm
This family friendly service invites us to a simple feast, singing, and conversation around tables, perhaps much like the last time Jesus gathered with his friends.  Nursery available. 

Good Friday - March 30
Worship 7pm
Join us for worship.  Nursery available.

Holy Saturday - March 31
Work Day, 9am - 1pm
Projects will be determined by the weather.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10am

Easter Sunday - April 1
Sunrise Service 6:30am - We will gather at Heatherstone Park (weather permitting).
Worship 8:30 & 10:45 with Christian Education at 9:30 for children, youth & adults
Children & Youth Ministries
March 4       Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
March 11     Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms   
March 4        Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
March 11      Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
March 18      Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
March 23      Chi Rho Lock-In, 7pm-9am
March 25      Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                     SAY Only, 4pm, Friends Hall

Camp Promotion Sunday
March 4
It’s time to sign up for camp! Join us this Sunday for s'mores treats and presentations in Sunday School and worship about the joys of our Tall Oaks camping program! If you have a Tall Oaks Camp t-shirt, please wear it this 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.  ​​​​​​​

Pastor's Class
Pastor's Class is our baptism and confirmation class designed for 5th through 8th graders. We explore what it means to be a Christian, to belong to God, and to be a member of the Christian community. If your child has not been baptized, or was baptized as an infant, this class, in which they are paired with a mentor from our congregation, will give them the opportunity to consider their beliefs, doubts, questions, and passions. Baptisms and confirmations will take place on Sunday, June 3. Classes start in April on Wednesday evenings, but we need early registrations so we can begin our planning and recruitment of mentors. Please contact Rev. Denise Dugan if you have questions or to register for the class.

Tall Oaks Summer Camp
Register Now!!
The Tall Oaks summer camp discount deadline has changed – it is APRIL 1 this year! Don’t be caught off guard – that’s almost a whole month earlier than usual. Tall Oaks is now 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 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
Wise Women
March 8
7pm, Friends Hall

All of us have had laboratory tests performed, some routine, some to help identity a variety of medical conditions and diseases. As necessary as they are, the results can be confusing as it is often difficult to make sense of numbers, ranges...and the connection with our state of health. On March 8th, Jean Cooper will help us look at basic laboratory tests to include blood count (CBC), chemical profile, and Urinalysis (UA).

Jean Cooper MPA, MT(ASCP) CT, was program director for the school of Clinical Laboratory Science for 28 years at North Kansas City Hospital. He was also Clinical Assistant Professor at KU Med Center. He taught all areas of the clinical laboratory relating to diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and diseases. Jean Cooper is a member of Saint Andrew Christian Church.

Come and join us. It will be an educational program. As always, Wise Women is a group for women of all ages, and friends are always welcome. For questions or comments, please contact Rejane Henn 816 587 1015 or rejanechantalhenn@gmail.com.

Ladies Night Out
March 12
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Women's Retreat
Save the date!  Our annual women's retreat will be May 4 - 5 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  Brochures will be available soon.  Planning Team Chair is Lois Penn.
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.​​​​​​​

SAGE Wine & Cheese
March 9, 7pm
Everyone is welcome!  We will gather at the home of Phil & Sandra Askey.  Bring a beverage and appetizer and join the discussion on future projects.  If you have questions, please contact Alex Waller.
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.​​​​​​​

IHN Training
Tuesday, March 13
Heritage United Methodist Church, 12850 Quivira Rd. (913-897-6446).
Prospective volunteers must attend the full session to be considered trained.

House of Abraham
House of Abraham can use volunteers almost any day, Wednesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  (mornings preferred for half day volunteers)  Potential volunteers can go to the following web site to sign up and see how many needed each day.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement program uses volunteers in many capacities to support refugees as they make Kansas City their new home.  If you are interested in helping, look through this list of volunteer needs and contact Judi Barkema to get connected with the programs that interest you the most.
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.​
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