Weekly Connection - April 18, 2019

Maundy Thursday, April 18: 7:00 pm
We will gather tonight for a simple feast, singing, and conversation around tables, perhaps much like the last time Jesus gathered with his friends. Nursery available. Family friendly.

Good Friday, April 19: 7:00 pm
Join us for an intergenerational service: the last seven words in poetry and song.
Nursery available.

Holy Saturday, April 20
Work Day: 9:30 am-2:00 pm - Come and go as you are able. Indoor & outdoor projects, all skill levels welcome. Projects will be determined by the weather.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt: 10:00 am - Bring your friends, your baskets, duct tape, recyclables and your imagination! After the eggs have been found and a little bit of candy consumed get ready for a robot making extravaganza. There will be other VBS projects to work on too.

Easter Sunday, April 21
Sunrise Service - 7:00 am in Friends Hall; coffee & refreshments will be served
Worship - 8:30 & 10:45 am in the Sanctuary
Christian Education - 9:30 am, for Children, Youth & Adults

Special Easter Offering
Our Easter Special Offering will support our ongoing relationship with our sister community El Higueral. Your support goes to community projects, medical supplies, Directiva support, and education. Please write "Easter" on the memo line of your check. If you will not be here for the Easter service but would like to contribute to this ministry, you may mail a check for this special Easter offering to the church office or give online HERE.

Women's Retreat Early-Bird Registration ends on Sunday!!
Don't forget that Sunday is the deadline for Early-Bird Registration. Follow this LINK to Register and pay online. More information about the retreat is in the Women's Section.

Pastor's Class Meals Needed!
Saint Andrew has a long-standing tradition of providing meals for the students and mentors in our Pastor’s Class. These are the young people who are preparing for baptism or confirmation, and they begin each class meeting with a shared meal.

We’ll need a simple meal for about 12 people.
Thank you for participating and supporting these young people!

Pastor's Class meets on April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 - Here is the LINK to sign-up!
Welcome the Stranger Event
April 28
2-5pm, Community Christian Church
Saint Andrew is co-sponsoring a gathering to boost awareness of the refugee and immigration crisis on April 28, 2-5pm at Community Christian Church (4601 Main St., KCMO). This is a come and go event. Also, our CSA family (SwaDit, MeeNge, Habay and Ramat) will have food available for purchase ($5 per plate, cash only). At 3pm, we will be screening a new documentary film, Strangers in Town, followed with a Q&A session with the film’s producer, Steve Lerner. The film tells the story of how global migration unexpectedly transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. Please join us!
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Sunrise Service: 7:00am
Worship: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Education 9:30 am
Easter Sunday

Scripture: Genesis 28:10-19a, John 20:1-18

Preacher Jim Friedrich says, “The central question of Easter is not ‘What happened to Jesus way back then?’ but rather ‘Where is Jesus now—for us?’ Or even more strikingly, as theologian Gareth Jones asks, ‘When is Jesus? When is Jesus for us?’ Easter becomes not a matter of our questioning the resurrection but of allowing the resurrection to question us. Who are we now, and what must we become, in the light of the risen Christ.”

How wiling are we to let the resurrection question us? To let the mystery of that long ago morning at an empty tomb in a quiet garden seep into our lives? To open our eyes and hearts to the presence of the living Christ in our midst?

Rev. René Jensen

Musicians this Sunday are: 7:00am - Terry Young; 8:30 - Cindy Egger-Farris; 10:45 - Marti Johnson & Bonnie Burnside (soloists) and Saint Andrew Choir

Last week's sermon is available HERE.
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. Please pray for Gary Duncan's mom, Barbara who was hospitalized.

If you have a prayer request you can fill out a Prayer Request Form that goes to the clergy staff.
This Sunday
7:00am       Sunrise Service, Friends Hall
9:30am       Adult Education, Friends Hall
                   Children & Youth Sunday School, Upper & Basement Level Classrooms
                   Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
This Week at Saint Andrew​
Apr 18   Maundy Thursday Service, Sanctuary, 7pm
Apr 19  Good Friday Service, Sanctuary, 7pm
Apr 20  Workday @ Saint Andrew, 9:30am-2pm
             Easter Egg Hunt, Saint Andrew Grounds, 10:00am
Apr 23  Church Life Meeting, Friends Hall, 9:30am
             Pastor's Class, Friends Hall, 6pm
             Pastoral Partners Meeting, Room 204, 6:30pm
Apr 24  Youth Drop In, Panera, 5-7pm
Apr 25  Ladies Night Out, Spin Pizza in Olathe, 7pm
Upcoming Events
9:30 am, Friends Hall
He Has Risen! Now What Do We Do? with Jody Gyulay
Awareness of the holiness and sacredness of life brings action, wisdom and  generatively. Aren’t we blest?????
Jody Gyulay is a certified hospice nurse (retired), social worker, certified grief counselor and death educator, and chaplaincy trained. She has worked in many areas of grief and loss. She is a member of Saint Andrew, Buddhist and a former nun – a spiritual eclectic!

April 29
3:30-6:30pm, Friends Hall
Community Blood Center will be at Saint Andrew on Monday, April 29 from 3:30 to 6:30. It should be a beautiful spring day so come out—one and all—to donate a pint of blood. We have been a little short of our goal the last several times we had a drive, so let’s make it up this time! Sign up in the hearth room or go online to do it. We need you! 

Thanks to your generosity, we offer a 50% scholarship to SACC kids attending summer camp at Tall Oaks. 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! (You may also make your payment online HERE.) These experiences are not only FUN, they’re also spiritually formative for our young people! THANK YOU for supporting the children and youth of Saint Andrew Christian Church!

DINNERS FOR 6, 7 & 8 - Sign up on Sunday!
Interested in getting to know others at Saint Andrew? Sign up in the Hearth Room for the annual dinner groups of 6, 7 and 8. You will be randomly placed in groups who agree to meet for meals throughout the year. Each group determines their own schedule and place to meet. Names will be collected in early May and groups notified by the middle of the month.

Make plans and RSVP today! Information in the MISSION section

If you are new to our community we invite you to join Rev. René Jensen and Rev. Mark Harmon for an informal time to get to know each other a little better and answer any questions you may have about Saint Andrew. We will gather in the Sr. Pastor’s Office at 9:30 am. Please rsvp@sacchome.org to let us know you are coming. Childcare available.

All are welcome to attend. More information in the MISSION section.

July 20-24
Des Moines IA
Make plans now to join other Disciples of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, for service, fun, worship and educational opportunities. And, Saint Andrew is co-sponsoring Resolution GA-1929: An Invitation to Education for Welcoming and Receiving the Gifts of Transgender and Gender-Diverse People. Join us to support this resolution! It’s so close this time, we should be able to have a large contingent of Saint Andrew folks attending! More information is available at disciples.org/ga.
Children & Youth Ministries
Apr 20       Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saint Andrew Grounds, 10am 
Apr 21      Sunday School, Upper Classrooms, 9:30am
Apr 28      Sunday School, Upper Classrooms, 9:30am

Apr 20     Chi Rho/SAY Hide the Easter Eggs: 9am, breakfast provided
Apr 21     Sunday School, Basement Level Classrooms, 9;30am
               Easter - No Youth Meeting
Apr 24     SAY Meeting @ Panera, 5-7pm
Apr 28     Sunday School, Basement Level Classrooms
May 4-5  Lock-In, 7pm-Sunday after services

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Online Registration Available!
June 10-14
Get ready to explore where God’s power can take you! To Mars and Beyond will be landing in Saint Andrew June 10 – 14! Friends are always welcome! Register online HERE. Paper registration forms will be available in the Hearth Room.
Women's Ministries​
April 25
7:00pm, Spin Pizza
We meet on the 4th Thursday of every month. Hope see you, 7:00pm at Spin Pizza in Olathe!

Saint Andrew Women’s Retreat, May 3-4
with Rev. Kerry Waller Dueholm
Please join us for our annual retreat! Our own Kerry Waller Dueholm will be our keynote presenter. Kerry grew up at Saint Andrew; she is an ordained Disciples minister and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. The retreat is a wonderful time to get away, get acquainted with Saint Andrew women, and spend some time with God in the beautiful outdoors at Tall Oaks Conference Center! Brochures are available in the Hearth Room and at this link you may Register HERE.
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 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. 

There are additional Mission Reports in the Hearth Room and online HERE.

On April 30th the Kansas City Interfaith Council hosts the Table of Faiths event which Saint Andrews supports as a “Friend”. Thank you to Jim and Patti Regan, Lougene and Gary Marsh, and Martha Pierce who will attend as our representatives.

Please join us for a Ramadan Dinner at Saint Andrew provided by our friends at the Dialog Institute. The reception of our Muslim friends will begin at 7:30 pm with a sharing of their cultural traditions. The dinner will begin at 8:20 pm sundown. Child care will be provided. Please RSVP for planning purposes.

We will have a meeting at 9:30 am in Room 102 to discuss our mission, goals and plans for El Higueral. This is for anyone who is interested in attending.

June 27
SAVE THE DATE! IHN’s Annual Charity Dinner and Auction is IHN's only fundraiser. It will be held on June 27, 5:00pm at Overland Park Convention Center. Sign up and reservations due by June 7. Sign-up will be available in the Hearth Room. - Purchase your tickets online or pick up a mail-in brochure in the Hearth Room. Be sure to sign the sign-up sheet so we know who is attending. Can Saint Andrew fill more than 1 table of ten? Challenge! More info and to purchase a ticket follow this LINK.

From the Church Office
We are now using a Google Drive site to provide Saint Andrew members with monthly financial reports, Leadership Circle minutes, and access to other important SACC documents. If you would like access to these documents, please email Debbi@sacchome.org
13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org