Weekly Connection - May 17, 2018​

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am

I was picking up the kids from school yesterday, and as I watched the herd pour out the front door, I thought, “who is that huge kid wearing my son’s shirt??” And then I realized I was looking at my actual kid. But he was suddenly ENORMOUS. Either he grew in his sleep over the weekend (which has been known to happen) or my eyes were playing tricks on me. I suspect that both of these things are true.

Kids grow fast. But also, our eyes play tricks on us. As do our ears. So how are we ever supposed to trust anything? Not just what other people tell us, but even what we perceive for ourselves? With our own senses? So much of life is subjective, and so often, even our own observations are skewed by one thing or another.

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. We’ll hear the story of how the Holy Spirit moved through the crowd that became what we now call “church.” The Spirit moved like a rushing wind; like fire and flame; and like the sound of a thousand voices speaking at once, in different languages. The miracle of Pentecost is that even in the midst of all that noise and chaos, each person felt the presence of the spirit in his or her own way. And each person heard the good news in their own language—even if the person next to them was speaking in a completely foreign tongue.

Sometimes we can all be looking at exactly the same thing and see something different. Sometimes, we can all be standing in the middle of a noisy room, but still hear the same single note rise above the chaos. Who knows how the Spirit moves… but move she does. And sometimes we get to be a part of it.

Come Sunday and we’ll have a special service to celebrate the day of Pentecost. There will be new music, colorful banners, and a couple of baptisms. But most of all, there will be the Spirit that moves among us, always, whenever we are “together in one place.” See you then.


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
3:00pm    Youth Leadership Meeting, Youth Room
4:00pm    Angels, Patio
                Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
May 18    Banner Change, 6:30pm
May 21    Mission Committee Meeting, 5pm, Friends Hall
                Finance Committee Meeting, 6pm, Room 202/203
                Leadership Circle, 7pm, Friends Hall
May 22    Bible Study, 7pm, Room 202/203
                Ladies' Night Out, 7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
May 23    Pastor's Class, 6pm, Friends Hall & Room 202/203
May 24    Break The Fast Dinner, 8pm, Friends Hall
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. 
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! 

Break-the-Fast Dinner During Ramadan

May 24

Friends Hall

8pm - Reception

8:15 - Welcome Speech

8:20 - 8:45 Presentation

8:45 Dinner

You are cordially invited to a Break the Fast Dinner organized by Dialogue Institute Southwest.  This dinner will be during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sundown.  This is an opportunity to learn about our neighbors and their faith, and share with them our own faith. Please RSVP so dinner can be planned for appropriately.

Picnic on the Plaza
June 3
Save the date for our first picnic of 2018!  We are calling it our Sizzling Summer Kickoff!  We will supply fried chicken, roast chicken, and a vegetarian alternative.  We will also supply a choice of pasta salad, potato salad, and coleslaw. Please sign up here!

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
May 20        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
May 27        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

May 20         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Leadership Meeting, 3pm, Youth Room
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
May 27         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms

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.

Rolling River Rampage VBS

Learn all about our upcoming Vacation Bible School.  Complete a registration form to attend (preschool - 5th grade), sign up for Volunteer Opportunities and/or check out our Donation Requests. Registration forms also available here. Join the ride of a lifetime!​​​​​​​

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

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.”
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