Weekly Connection - March 7, 2019
Wednesday Nights during Lent: Dinner & Study
March 13-April 10
6:00-7:30pm, Friends Hall
A Serious Look at Hard Questions – What does it mean to forgive? How do I reconcile my faith with scientific knowledge? Is the God of the Hebrew Bible different from the God of the New Testament? These are just a few of the questions that you might wrestle with – especially when you are talking to someone who is coming from a different theological or philosophical position. On Wednesday evenings during Lent, we will be taking a serious look at the hard questions of faith that we’re all faced with. This will be a time to seek understanding, not uniformity in belief, and to become better equipped to engage in meaningful discussions on these topics.
The evening will begin with soup and bread, followed by a short video and then small group discussions about the topics. All ages are welcome!
Put it on your calendars and RSVP today - let us know how many are coming and if you would like to bring soup, bread or dessert on one of the study nights. You can also sign up in the Hearth Room on Sunday.

More for Lent:

    The Poetry of Lent booklet is available in the Hearth Room. Pairing scripture, prayer, and practices with the poems of Mary Oliver, this devotional contains meditations for each week of Lent and the observances of Holy Week. Suggested donation $2.00.

    Families are welcome to pick up a “Lent bag” filled with a variety of items you can use at home to observe the season of Lent. The items and ideas included are designed for preschool and elementary-aged children, to introduce Lent and make this holy season more meaningful for the whole family.
Thank You!

Thank you Gerald Hiller! We are so appreciative of the time and energy you shared to ensure Saint Andrew could operate financially during Debbi’s medical leave. You made sure the staff and bills were paid on time and that offerings were deposited. While managing the congregation’s financials was a task in and of itself, you accomplished it while using a new version of our administrative system software! We are so appreciative of your hard work and willingness to fill this role.
Be sure to thank Gerald when you see him. He did a tremendous job!

Thank you Brandon Adams! We are so thankful for the hard work by Brandon Adams our Building Superintendent. He made sure our driveways and parking lot would be cleared and treated for Sunday morning and he shoveled all our walkways so we could have services last Sunday. Thanks again Brandon!
Search Committee Update!

Andrew’s Search committee needs and values your input in our search for a Called Pastor. In the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to answer a few questions that will help make the search more effective. This Sunday we will ask:
1) What are Saint Andrew’s strengths? (Why I tell other people I love this church)
2) What could we do more of? Do better? Do differently?
You may RSVP your answers or fill out the SEARCH SURVEY insert in Sunday's Bulletin.
Sunday, March 10, 2019

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

Scripture: Luke 4:1-13

Lent has begun, forty days of reflection and repentance and renewal. And we begin with the forty days of Jesus’ struggle and testing in the wilderness. The story, found also in the gospels of Mark and Matthew, recounts Satan tempting Jesus. While we might find the notion of a satanic being that seeks to lure us into wrong-doing ridiculously archaic, the passage powerfully reminds us that faithfulness to God demands making choices, often difficult choices. And it points out that the temptation to do wrong often comes wearing a very attractive disguise. Satan offers Jesus the power to do good—feed the hungry, achieve the power to free his people, proof of his identity as the Son of God. All these seem to be good; the dangers are hidden in the fine print.

Rev. René Jensen

Music this Sunday: 8:30: Rick Heinze, Melody Zakarian Cindy Egger-Farris 
10:45, Saint Andrew Choir & Rachael Rule (piano)

Copies of Interim Pastor René Jensen’s March 3 sermon are available in the Hearth Room and audio of the sermon is available HERE.
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. Congratulations! Jay & Ann Kinnamon have welcomed their first grandchild, Caleb Patrick Kinnamon. Caleb and parents Kyle & Mirta Kinnamon are doing well.

Thank You!
Thanks to everyone that helped pull together the meet and greet reception (on February 16) for our new interim, René. Couldn't have done it without Anita Gordon Gilmore, Sandra Askey, Sara Kurtz, and John Marksbury. ~ Sandy Marksbury, Church Life Chair
(This was mistakenly omitted from previous connections.)
This Sunday
Shoe Donation Drive for Washington Elementary - details in the MISSION section
Angels' Bake Sale - benefit Angels' mission projects - details in UPCOMING EVENTS
9:30am         Adult Education, Friends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Lower Level & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary  
11:45am      Youth Group to the Movies, AMC Olathe (fast food lunch & 1pm movie)
2pm             Angels Movie Day, Youth Room, 2-4pm
3pm             Caregivers' Group Meeting, Sr. Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew​
Mar 8       Put Banners Up, Sanctuary & Room 102, 6:30pm
Mar 11     Mission Team Meeting, off-site, 5:30pm
Mar 12     SAY Meeting, Panera, 5-7pm
                Worship Committee Meeting, Friends Hall, 6:30pm
                Bible Study, Room 204, 7pm
Mar 13    Prepare a Meal for Center of Grace, 3pm
                Lent Dinner & Study, Friends Hall, 6pm
Mar 14    Wise Women, Friends Hall, 7pm

Participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program has multiple benefits. You and your family have healthy food to eat plus you are saving the environment by buying and eating local produce. And, in the case of the SACC CSA, we are helping a refugee family be self sufficient. It is definitely a win-win for all involved.

It is now time to sign up for the 2019 Saint Andrew CSA. Our farm family - Swa Dit, Mee Nge, and Ramat - have already started their seedlings and will be ready to plant whenever Kansas City weather allows. Again this year they will be farming land in the Rosedale area, near Southwest Blvd. Huge thanks to Phil and Sandra Askey for generously letting our farm family use this property.

With our CSA, each Saint Andrew participating family pays in the spring for the whole year. This helps the farm family with annual start up costs so that they can plant and grow our produce for the year. Prices will be the same as last year. A small share will cost $280 for the year and a large share will cost $420. This will be paid with a check made out to Swa Dit and will be due by March 17th. You can give this check to Gloria Hiller at church on March 10 or 17th or you can mail to the church if you prefer. We will start getting produce each Sunday morning as soon as weather allows.

Please let Gloria know before March 17th if you plan to participate this year. Gloria is happy to answer any questions about this CSA program.

To learn more about CSAs, please plan to attend Adult Ed on March 10th. It will be presented by Cultivate KC. They are the instructors for refugee families who participate in the New Roots for Refugees three year farm training program. Our farm family graduated from this program.

Gloria Hiller
CSA Coordinator
Upcoming Events
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Community Supported Agriculture with Kim Gasper & Semra Fetahovic
Cultivate KC is the organization that teaches the refugee farmers about farming in the Midwest.  Their farm plots are located at Juniper Gardens Training Farm.  Catholic Charities is involved - they teach marketing skills and help the farmers learn how to sell their produce through CSA’s (like ours) and in farmer’s markets.  The overall program name is New Roots for Refugees. Our farmers, Swa Dit and Mee Nge, are graduates of this program. This will be the “kick-off” to our 2019 CSA season. Kim Gasper is from Cultivate KC and Semra Fetahovic is the Manager of the Juniper Gardens Training Farm.  

March 10
Pick up some tasty treats after either service and support the Angels (3rd, 4th, 5th grade youth group) mission projects.

March 10
Saint Andrew is ready to break ground on a columbarium which will have niches to house the ashes of members who have died. The site is near the labyrinth on the north side of the parking lot. We will dedicate the ground following the 10:45 worship service this Sunday. All are welcome to attend.

March 10
3:00pm, Senior Pastor's Office
The Caregiver Support group is open to all who are caring for loved ones at home and those who have loved ones in a care facility. Questions? Contact Rev. Mark Harmon, Mark@SACChome.org.

March 14
7:00pm, Friends Hall
Human Rights Violations in Turkey: Mothers and Children in Turkish Prisons
This is open to the public and men are invited. More information in the Women's section below.

March 31
9:30, Friends Hall
All ages are welcome join us in Friends Hall to make "Happy Kits" for Children's Mercy Hospital. These kits are used in a variety of areas throughout the hospital and clinics to make patients and families feel welcome and happy during their visit.
Donations of coloring books, crayons, and sticker sheets can be dropped off in Friends Hall during the month of March. There will be no Sunday School or Adult Ed on March 31 so we can all participate in this service project. Cash donations will also be accepted.

July 20-24
Des Moines IA
Imagine this: Worship that lifts your soul. Stories that touch your heart. Educational resources to assist your congregation in ministry. Conversations that stretch your mind. Messages that call you to action. Connections that remind you that God’s family is bigger than a local congregation. All this and more in five short days! It's a good idea to register early and reserve accommodations. Early Bird registration ends March 31, 2019. For more information and to register go to this LINK.
Children & Youth Ministries
Mar 10      Angels' Bake Sale
                 Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms
                 Angels Movie Day, Youth Room, 2-4pm
Mar 17     Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms

Mar 10      Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                 Chi Rho/SAY Go to the Movies - Captain Marvel - Olathe AMC 1pm
                 after church we'll go for a fast food lunch before the movie
Mar 12     SAY Meeting @ Panera, 5-7pm
Mar 17     Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                 Chi Rho/SAY Meeting, Friends Hall, 4-6pm

VBS will be June 10-14, 2019. We’re super excited about our theme – To Mars and Beyond! Watch for more information coming soon!
Women's Ministries​
Human Rights Violations in Turkey: Mothers and Children in Turkish Prisons
March 14
7:00pm, Friends Hall
The public is invited to join Saint Andrew and our Turkish friends in learning about Human Rights violations and the plight of mothers and children in Turkish prisons. Our interesting, esteemed guest speaker is Tom Nanney, an Associate Professor at UMKC School of Law where he teaches Global Legal Systems, Introduction to Islamic Law, and International Human Rights. Tom holds a BA in Religion from Dartmouth College, and MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a JD from UCLA. Additionally, stories and pictures of mothers and children in Turkish prisons will be shared. Child care will be provided along with coffee, tea, and light refreshments. We hope both men and women can join us at Saint Andrew for this meaningful experience.

March 28
7:00pm, Spin Pizza
We meet on the 4th Thursday of every month. Hope see you, 7:00pm at Spin Pizza in Olathe!

May 3 - 4, 2019
Save the Date!! Our annual women’s retreat will be May 3-4, 2019 at Tall Oaks Conference Center. We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker is Rev. Kerry Waller Dueholm. Kerry is ordained in the Disciples of Christ and is a Licensed Professional Counselor – and she grew up at Saint Andrew! We’re still working together on the retreat theme. If you’d like to be part of that conversation, please contact Lois Penn, loispenn@yahoo.com. Brochures coming soon!
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.

Browse the SAGE library in the hearth room.  To be donated soon:  The Overstory, by Richard Powers.  This is the story of five strangers, summoned by love of trees, brought together in a last stand to save the continent’s remaining acres of virgin forest.  Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018.
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. 

March 10 & 17
We began to collect shoes for kids in need at Washington Elementary on Ash Wednesday and will continue through March 17. Shoe sizes needed are sizes 2-5. The school prefers new shoes (Payless is a great place). Socks and small gift cards of $10-15 to HyVee or Target would also be greatly appreciated and accepted as well. You may leave shoes and sock donations in the Hearth Room in the marked basket. Please place gift cards in the offering basket. Questions? Contact Brian Cline, bwcline70@gmail.com.

14th ANNUAL DIALOGUE FRIENDSHIP DINNER - Service in a Time of Turbulence
March 28
6:00pm; UMKC Student Union, 401
A large interfaith event is taking place which is supported by our Mission Budget.
On March 28th the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City holds its 14th annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner and Awards ceremony at UMKC from 6-8:30. Devoted to promoting "mutual understanding and respect among people of diverse faiths and cultures”, this large dinner and program provides an opportunity to connect with a variety people in the Kansas City area with similar goals. As a bronze level sponsor, Saint Andrew receives 8 tickets to this event. If you are interested in going, please call Beth Rieke at 913-980-6891.
Community Event
April 5 & 6
Folly Theater, KCMO
Concert opportunity! Join the Kansas City Women's Chorus for 'Unsung' on April 5 at 8pm or April 6 at 2:30pm, Folly Theater in KCMO. Featuring our own Cindy Egger on guitar, and SACC members Sara Kurtz and Kristy Blomquist in the chorus.
Let's support them with a great SACC turnout! (For discounted tickets, contact Sara at: sara.kurtz@gmail.com)
The Kansas City Women’s Chorus' upcoming concert will feature “Unsung” by Eric Lane Barnes, a suite of seven songs written about seven women who helped shape society: Susan B. Anthony, Queen Lili'uokalani, Katherine Johnson, Billie Jean King, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Margaret Cho, and The Most Inspiring Woman We Know. In the wake of the
#MeToo and #TimesUp movements, this program is a powerful reminder of the groundbreaking women who led the way in the fight for equality and the furthering of women’s rights. www.kcwomenschorus.org.
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