August 23, 2018​

Sunday, August 26, 2018

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

Philippians 2:1-4
Some days—okay, many days—I look around Saint Andrew, and I’m in awe. Yes, the building is beautiful and amazing. But what really knocks my socks off, again and again, is how many people it takes to make life happen around here. From volunteers doing yard work and feeding birds to those serving coffee, serving communion or singing in the choir, it truly takes a village. Or rather, it takes many moving parts to make up this body. And those parts really are moving.

This Sunday, we’re going to install Chuck Pickrel as our new youth director; and we’re going to commission Denise Dugan for her well-deserved sabbatical. Furthermore, we’re going to present our 2nd graders with their new Bibles (one of my favorite traditions in our children’s ministry!) and the Chi Rho and SAY youth are going to share stories from their summer mission trips. It’s going to be a great day, and you don’t want to miss it!

Taking a broader view, each of these celebrations is really about many parts of the body. With the installation of Chuck, we recognize the personnel committee and the youth and parents that were involved in the search and discernment process. With the new Bibles we share, we recognize how many teachers, leaders and volunteers it takes to build a vital children’s ministry (not to mention the parents that reinforce these values at home!) When we hear our youth tell about their mission experience, we think of the sponsors who traveled with them; and of course, the many members of Saint Andrew whose financial contributions made these wonderful trips possible. And as we send Denise off for 3 months of rest, renewal and continuing education… don’t even get me started on how many people it’s going to take to fill her shoes while she’s away. All hands on deck! I’m serious.

So many of you give so much. I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the time, talent and treasure it takes to make ministry happen around here. Just know that your pastors are grateful, and that we hope to see you Sunday. As it says in our scripture for this week: “make our joy complete… being one in spirit and of one mind.” Remember, when you’re not here, this place is a sad, empty Mr. Potato Head. We need all the parts and pieces that make up this one body of Christ and keep it in motion. That would be you. See you Sunday!


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
4:00pm         Youth Group, Friends Hall
                     Angels, Room 204
This Week at Saint Andrew
August 23             Get to Know Saint Andrew, 7pm, Seidel home
August 24             Harry Potter Family Night, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
August 27             Pastoral Partners' Meeting, 6:30pm, Barley's
August 28             Mission Committee Meeting, 6pm, Room 202/203
                             Bible Study, 7pm, Friends Hall
                             Ladies' Night Out, 7pm, Spin Pizza, 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 Kim Miles whose father recently passed away; Jane Gonzalez sister Diana.


It is with deep and profound gratitude that I prepare to begin my sabbatical next week. The generosity of your support, donations, and good wishes are characteristic of this community and mean the world to me. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers while I’m gone, as I hope I will be in yours. Thank you for making this time of renewal and learning possible! With much love and thanks, Denise.


Thank you to everyone for making our Back to School picnic a success.  About 120 people were served, and I heard that the bounce house was lots of fun.  I want to thank hard-working committee members: Sandra Askey, Martha Pierce, Sara Kurtz, Carol Skaja, Jody Gyulay, and Stevie Morris.  Thanks, especially, to our hard-working and flexible burger and hotdog chefs: Buck Arnhold, Gerald Hiller, and Bill Swaney.  Thanks, also, to the many who stepped up to help:  Lois Penn, Kathy Marian,  Sherri Arnhold, Pat Neubauer, Rich Baier, Don Skaja, Skip Graham, Linda Graham, Amy Diediker, Lindsay Waller, and Phil Askey.  And forgive me anyone I failed to get on my list.  Special thanks to Andrea McGregor and her team for scheduling and keeping watch at the bounce house.  Many thanks, also, to Patty Glauser for advertising, record keeping, and attempting to keep me on schedule, and to Debbi Adams for doing our shopping.  A world of thanks to Brandon Adams for making sure that everything is ready for events and then picking up after us - to be ready for whatever comes next.

Our next Church Life event, scheduled for October 7th, is the annual Apple Fest.  Dig out those favorite apple recipes for the baking contest and be prepared to win!

Anita Gordon-Gilmore
Church Life Chair
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Report on Youth Mission Trip
9:30 am, Friends Hall          
Join us for a presentation given by youth and adults who attended our Mission trip to the Tennyson Center in Denver. From intense student interaction, to death defying 40 mile hikes (actually, it was an easy and beautiful 1.4 mile hike...) we have lots of awesome experiences to share. Pictures and answers to all of your questions also included.  

Shabbat Service Opportunity
We are planning to visit a Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Torah which is located at 6100 West 127th Street in Overland Park. They have provided a list of dates that would work with their schedule and we would like your input on which of those dates would be best. Please go to this brief online survey ( and indicate which of the dates/times work best with your schedule.

Friday, August 24

All Muggles Invited!

Harry Potter comes to Saint Andrew!

6:30-8:00pm – Sorting Hat, Quidditch, Potions Class, Trivia Contest

Care and Keeping of Magical Creatures (presented by Scaly Hearts reptile and Amphibian Fostering and Adoption)

8:00pm -- Movie on the Lawn “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Free Dobby sock drive for Washington Elementary – free butterbeer, popcorn and water – Honeydukes Sweet Shop treats for $1

Pick up a FLYER in the Hearth Room; reply to to let us know you’re coming!

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

Hold the Date
Tall Oaks Gala
November 9
6pm, Arrowhead Stadium
Dinner, Silent & Live Auctions & Free Childcare.  More information coming soon.
Children & Youth Ministries
Aug 26         Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am
                    Angels (grades 3rd-5th), Room 204, 4pm
Sept 2          Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am

Aug 26        Mission Trip Presentation in Adult Ed, 9:30am, Friends Hall
                   Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Sept 2         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    No evening youth group

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
August 28
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.

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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