November 1, 2018​

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture:  Mark 12:28-34

What a fun night we had at Trunk or Treat! Thanks to our Children’s Ministry Team for pulling it together. I love getting to meet the friends and neighbors who come over to share this event with us every year. I also love to see our kids (and some of our adults!) dressed up as some of their favorite creatures, heroes and villains. This is just one more way that being part of a community allows us to share our stories together. The stories that we choose to read, tell—and maybe even re-enact in costume—say a lot about us.

The story that I’m choosing to tell on Sunday is not the one I had planned to tell this week. But given recent events, and the timing of Election Day, the lectionary for this week seemed more fitting than the text I originally chose. The Spirit moves like that sometimes.

In Mark 12, a scribe approaches Jesus with a challenge. When religious leaders engage Jesus in this way, it is usually meant to reveal that he is not a true prophet or legitimate teacher. In this case, the scribe asks Jesus to choose which commandment is the most important. Clearly, this is trap! No matter which law he chooses as the top priority, they will accuse him of not thinking any of the others are important.

Is it just me, or does this echo the tone of recent political debates?

Of course, Jesus turns the question around, answering in a “yes-and-also” fashion that the scribe cannot dispute without looking like the bad guy. Jesus says there are two great commandments that cannot be extracted from each other: Love God, and love your neighbor. Full stop. These, he says, are far more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice you can make in the temple, and more important than keeping the letter of any law.

Come Sunday, and we’ll continue our stewardship series This Is Your ___________. This week we’re going to think about the question of call. How is God calling us to love our neighbors in this difficult and anxious time? What gifts are we called to share with the church as a response to God’s abundant love? We don’t have to bring burnt offerings or animal sacrifices. (Thank goodness—that could get messy). But we are uniquely called and gifted to meet the challenges of our time and place, while loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Speaking of filling in blanks—don’t forget to vote! Complete that ballot as a way of loving your neighbor: your poor neighbor, your immigrant neighbor, your gay neighbor, your Jewish neighbor… Vote like their life depends on it. This is your calling, and our greatest commandment.

See you Sunday,


Don’t forget! Pledge Sunday is November 11. Please fill in your commitment for the year and bring it to worship that day, or you can mail in or drop it off at any time before then. Turning in your pledge on time helps our leaders and staff plan for next year’s budget!

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
Day Light Savings Ends - Set Your Clocks Back One Hour
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Basement & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
                     Thoughtful Parents, Sr. Pastor's Office
11:45am       Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay, Room 102
4:00pm         SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice), Pastor Erin's Office
                     NO Youth Group Meeting
This Week at Saint Andrew
Nov 2             Shabbat Service, Congregation Beth Torah, 5:45pm
Nov 3             One Homeless Night, SAY, 4:00pm
Nov. 6            Men's Breakfast, Ginger Sue's Olathe, 7:30am
                      Election Night Communion & Prayer, 7:00pm
Nov. 8            Wise Women, Friends Hall, 7:00pm
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.  

A special “thank you” to those generous volunteers who prepared the meal for the Washington staff on October 17.  Kudos, especially, to the person who provided the quinoa salad. The secretary shared that it was a big hit with the vegetarian staff. 

Thank You!!
Trunk-or-treat was a great night full of family fun! Thank you to everyone that participated! It takes a village and the Saint Andrew village came together to celebrate. The chili was delicious, the grilled cheeses were popular, the cars were so creative, the games were crazy, the craft was adorable and the fellowship was amazing. Thank you especially to the youth and Angels for designing and running the game stations! The kids loved throwing eyeballs, face painting, rolling pumpkins, etc.! We loved having visitors and loved that our community came together from young to old! Thank you for being there! Thank you for making kids a priority! You are so appreciated!
And the contest winners were:
Kellan Arnhold - CHILD costume as Bumblebee Transformer
Grayson Yoder - YOUTH costume as Deadpool
Chuck Pickrel - ADULT costume as Hipster Harris
Wathen Family - GROUP costume as Guardians of the Galaxy
The Helgesons - won the best CAR and best CHILI
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
Affordable Housing/United Community Services with Julie Brewer​​​​​​​
9:30 am, Friends Hall
One hundred and sixty-eight persons were identified in Johnson County’s 2018 point-in-time (PIT) count of homelessness – a sharp increase after years of decreasing overall numbers. United Community Services completed a thorough study of the lack of affordable housing in our county Julie Brewer, Executive Director of United Community Services of Johnson County, will provide the findings of the study and discuss what steps are underway to address the problem. Julie has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. 

Shabbat Service at Congregation Beth Torah - November 2
This Friday 20 members of Saint Andrew will be attending the Friday evening Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park. The senseless act of violence that was carried out against the members of Tree of Life Synagogue last weekend transformed what began as a way for us to experience a Jewish worship service into a show of solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers. In the days ahead, I pray that each of us will find ways to proclaim that love is always stronger than hate - not just in the wake of a tragedy, but in our every situation of our life journey. May we intentionally practice Shalom in every moment of our lives and this is more than the absence of hostilities; it is the pursuit of right relationships with God and with each other.
In peace, Mark
Rev. Mark Harmon, Associate Pastor

Election Night Communion & Prayer Service - November 6
7:00pm, Sanctuary
As the polls close on Election night we’ll gather for a time of communion and prayer for our nation and the world.

Tall Oaks Gala - November 9
Unveiling the Future, a Masquerade Gala
The Tall Oaks Gala and Auction is a benefit for Tall Oaks Camp and Conference Center. The fundraising goal is $45,000 to be used for on-going programs and future development. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the silent and live auction, the wine pull and those who are attending! 

Annual Thanksgiving Meal - November 18
11:45am;  Friends Hall
Come and take part in our annual Thanksgiving Meal. Again, this year we will have individuals and families from the Dialogue Institute as our guests. We want to share our abundance and accommodate their halal dietary restrictions in some of our offerings. If you have questions, contact me (Anita at 913-205-9308 or  If I do not have an answer, I will find the information.  Please sign up in the Hearth Room or here if you plan to attend and if you can bring any of the following: 16-18 lb. turkey (6 needed, at least 2 halal - cooked and ready to serve).  We have mashed potatoes coming, but we do need a couple of people to supply gravy. We want 2 or 3 people to bring stuffing. We will also need salads, side dishes, and desserts to share, as well as extra help with set-up, serving, & clean-up.  We are looking for those family Thanksgiving favorites, and if you can, add those extras like olives. or pickles, or cranberry relish, or .... 

Calling All Artists
We will once again host an art sale on December 2, 9 & 16. A portion of sale proceeds will benefit Saint Andrew Youth Mission. If you are interested in participating in the art sale, please contact: Al King,

Children & Youth Ministries
Nov 4          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Nov. 11        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4:00-6:00pm, Room 204
Nov 18        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

IHN Toy Drive
This Sunday Interfaith Hospitality Network representatives will be talking to the Sunday school classes to kick off our toy drive for the IHN holiday shop.  IHN will provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for current guests of IHN and for those who have graduated from the program. Items are collected from churches supporting IHN for the  baskets. This Sunday, Saint Andrew children will learn how they can donate a new toy of $5-$10 value so the IHN children can “shop” for presents to give to their loved ones. Should the children of Saint Andrew like to share a new toy to be used for this event they may bring them to Sunday school and/or Worship and Wonder for the Sundays of November 4, 11 and 18.  Seeing the smiles on the faces of these precious children supported by IHN is such a gift to those who volunteer at the party.    

Children's Choir
The children's choir will be rehearsing every Sunday in Room 202, 10:15 - 10:40 in preparation for our December 16th performance.  All Saint Andrew children, K - 5th grade are encouraged to attend.

Nov 3           One Homeless Night (SAY), 4:00pm
Nov 4           Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    No Youth Group Meeting
Nov 11         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                    SAY & Chi Rho, Friends Hall, 4:00-6:00pm
Nov. 17       SAY & Chi Rho: Regional Bon-Fire, @ Tall Oaks.4:00-7:00pm
Nov 18        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    SAY & Chi Rho: JOCO youth Xchange @ Hillcrest: 4:00-6:00pm 

Thoughtful Parents
Sr. Pastor's Office
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.  
Women's Ministries
Wise Women
November 8, 7pm
Friends Hall
with Valeria Edwards
It’s true that “you can’t take it with you!”  So, what will happen to your personal household possessions when you downsize or pass away?  Come to participate in the program “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” to learn the 6 factors you might consider for dispersing your personal possessions.   The program for the Wise Women group provides guidance about managing and giving away personal possessions when one no longer needs them. 

Valeria studied Family and Consumer Sciences at Kansas State University and graduated with Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees.  When she retired from the telecommunications industry after 26 years, amazingly, her dream job was available at the same time, so she served as a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator with K-State Research and Extension in Johnson County beginning in 2008.  She retired about 2 years ago, after serving the people of Johnson County for 8 years. 

Ladies Night Out
November 27
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
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. 

IHN Training - November 15
The next IHN training will be November 15, 6:30-8:30pm at Overland Park Christian Church. It is located at 7600 W. 75th St., Overland Park, KS 66204. You must be present for the entire 2 hours to be considered trained. Please help add to our Saint Andrew host team.
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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